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House Rejects Stand-Alone Unemployment Insurance Bill

June 29, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

The House today failed to pass a stand-alone bill to extend unemployment insurance benefits (H.R. 5618). The final vote was 261-155. 277 votes (a 2/3rds majority of those present and voting) were needed under the suspension of the rules procedure that was used by the Democrats in order to avoid Republican obstruction tactics.

The full roll call details are not yet available online, but I will update this post with a link as soon as they are. Full roll call details can be found here.

Republicans opposed the bill because it’s costs, approximately $34 billion, were not offset with new revenue. Since the financial crisis of 2008, Congress has routinely passed UI extension bills without offsets because benefit payments to help the unemployed are considered “emergency spending” and are not subject to pay-as-you-go rules.

The bill that was rejected today would have extended UI benefit payments, which expired in late May, until November 30, 2010. Without the extension, some 1.7 million unemployed people will lose their payment by Jul 3. Benefits for the unemployed will continue to run out at a rate of about 200,000 per week until an extension is signed into law.

This leaves Democrats with basically two options for passing an unemployment insurance extension before the July 4 recess — find a revenue offset to pay for the costs that can pass through both the Senate and the House (which may be what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid [D, NV] is talking to Republicans about today on the Senate side), or try again in the House under normal rules and see if they can overcome Republican dilatory tactics and poison-pills to pass it with a simple majority.

UPDATE: Arthur Delaney at Huffington Post reports on the next step:

Bill cosponsor Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) said Democrats will return to the measure on Wednesday, when it will face a much lower simple-majority 219-vote threshold. “It will pass,” said Levin, who added that he is coordinating with his counterparts in the Senate.

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  • general 06/29/2010 5:57pm

    Everyone in all the states that have an election in November need to vote these fuckin scumbags out. If you are unemployed go to the polls in your state and vote against these so called representitves of the people and throw these people out its your duty as Americans.Enough is Enough these people are playing with your life it is your duty as an American citizen to put them out of work like they did to YOU!!!!!!!!!!! MARCH ON WASHINGTON STOP FUCKIN AROUND AND LETS GET THIS DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • general 06/29/2010 6:13pm

    THE REPUBLICANS ARE PLAYING GAMES WITH YOUR LIFE TO MAKE THE DEMOCRATS LOOK LIKE SHIT WAKE UP CAN’T YOU SEE WHATS GOING ON HERE TAKE THE REPUBLICANS OUT NOW OR YOU WILL CEASE TO EXIST.THIS IS NO JOKE THEY VOTE AGAINST EVERYTHING THAT WILL HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WATCH THEM AS THEY PASS BILLS THAT WILL HELP EVERYBODY BUT THE PEOPLE THAT YOU ELECTED THEM TO HELP THE TIME IS NOW BEFORE ITS TO LATE.OPEN YOUR EYES THIS IS A DISCUSTING SPECTICLE AND ITS IN YOUR FACE!!!!!

  • shannwil 06/29/2010 7:54pm

    These are the same people who passed NAFTA that sent the jobs out of the country. Gave the rich all kinds of tax breaks. Gave wallstreet hundreds of billions in bailout money. 2 wars (who knows how much that cost) now all of a sudden they’re worried about the deficit. These people are flat out wicked without a soul in their bodies. Their egos are so big they can care less about your children you have to feed. I also believe if we vote them out they’ll just be replaced with more corrupt politicians whose only concern are the wealthy and big business. Our country is being stolen right before our eyes and there is more to come.

  • MrHappy 06/29/2010 11:32pm

    I think what is so scary is our illusion of control has been torn away. I woke up at 3:30 this morning, worrying about what is going to happen with all of this. Of course I have zero control over any of it. I think many of us have been the bread winners for so long we have forgotten what it is like to be so out of control. I have often heard we are only 9 meals away from anarchy and most people are only 30 days away from homelessness. Will see if all this is true?

    I think if this does not pass, soon the country will see tent cities, and mass migration not unlike the great depression. I know I have our house for sale, and we will be moving somewhere warmer. Easier to be homeless in warm over cold. My Grandmother used to tell a story of moving from area to area in a covered wagon just to find work. I often wonder if we are going back to that.

    Are there no prisons? And the Union workhouses? Are they still in operation? The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour, then?

  • davej59 06/30/2010 3:02am

    This bill has been changed and tweaked and cut time and time again the past few weeks. Just to try and win a few Republicans over so they can vote for the bill and pass the extensions. Now they are FINALLY proposing a stand alone Unemployment Insurance Extension bill. And they are STILL running into opposition from the ASSHOLES who don’t have a heart to begin with. Pathetic!!!!

  • lonnienyssa 06/30/2010 4:13am

    Good Morning all!!! I have been up for hours awaiting a vote on the extension…. I feel it may all be for nothing. Does anyone know about what time cspan will have this vote on?

  • lfrushone 06/30/2010 6:01pm

    Politics should not be the issue, the Citizens of this GREAT COUNTRY are! The House and the Senate need to realize this, as we the Taxpayer are responsible for their wonderful salary, benefits, and pension. For this we are denied what most Americans need to help pay some of our bills! I say it is time for CONGRESS TO TAKE A PAY CUT and a PENSION CUT, that way there will be enough for the unemployment benefits! Anyone else agree?

  • lonestar2020 06/30/2010 7:45pm

    Keep getting people to sign the petition at Change.Org

    The Goal of 10,000 signatures has been reached and is now onto the next goal.

    What is happening is pure dirty politics that the President, Democrats in Congress & Republicans in Congress are playing. So everyone in there needs to be voted out and new folks voted in…so nobody will win the game they are playing at our expense with our families on the street from the loss of our homes,more people will continue to lose jobs,& the U.S. will be in a Depression with no way out since our smart folks in Congress supported outsourcing everything to other countries.The days of America being the beaken of light are over thanks to the greed in Washington.

  • Chris51 07/03/2010 9:58pm

    REPUBLICAN FILIBUSTER ON UI EXT BILLS!
    Why don’t our Senators get that there is a great need?

    The job market is broken.
    The corporate executives are not going to give up their year-end profit bonus by adding jobs/payroll to their companies.

    Here are a few stories on our jobless nation:

    Job recovery hits a wall
    http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/02/news/economy/jobs_june/index.htm

    Job gloom at all time high
    http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/03/news/economy/discouraged_workers/index.htm

    7.9 million jobs lost- many forever
    http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/02/news/economy/jobs_gone_forever/index.htm

    Jobless claims spike
    http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/01/news/economy/jobless_claims/index.htm

    Thousands at risk for losing unemployment benefits
    http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/money/job_news/unemployment-benefits-jeopardy-6-28-2010

  • Chris51 07/06/2010 1:34pm

    Great reporting on YouTube.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ljoh5oW1Yb8

    This news reporting, the debates on CSPAN, and OpenCongress.com help give the public a close-up look at our cRepresentives job incompetence.

    Congress should draft up a “Fairness To Jobless Citizen’s Act”, that would remove incompetent Senators and be required to replace them with an unemployed American that will appreciate the job opportunity, work hard and will be effective for The People.

  • Chris51 07/07/2010 9:10pm

    CNN has actually screened and blocked several comments/blogs that expose the truth about the Republican Senators in regards to the UI Ext bills.

    Here are some stories written with very accurate reporting of the UI Ext Crisis.

    The unemployment emergency
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/05/AR2010070502658.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

    Senate struggles with unemployment benefits
    http://www.csmonitor.com/Money/Tax-VOX/2010/0707/Senate-struggles-with-unemployment-benefits

    Calls to Suicide Hotlines Skyrocket Along with Unemployment
    http://uspoverty.change.org/blog/view/calls_to_suicide_hotlines_skyrocket_along_with_unemployment

  • Chris51 07/08/2010 9:55am

    Read and sign this petition on Change.org today if you agree.

    Petition Title: Tell your Senators to vote for an emergency extension of UI Benefits.

    http://uspoverty.change.org/blog/category/employment_unemployment

  • Chris51 07/10/2010 6:46am

    Republicans filibustered UI Ext bill! They’re asking for UI Ext be paid, while at the same time they’re fighting to give their Special Interest groups special tax stimulus. Rep are trying to look like they care about the deficit, but for 10 yrs (Bush Admin) they never spoke of concerns for the huge deficit they were digging us into as they approved large spending for Special Interest. The Rep debate on these UI Ext bills are like “broken record”. They want USA to use the stimulus money that is already committed to the agreed upon projects, programs, etc. Republicans want USA to “rob Peter to pay Paul”, so they can try to prolong the problem past November election. This is how they have operated for YEARS, and we’re in worse shape now because of their IRRESPONSIBLENESS. People should not be in Leadership positions if they cant make decision for the problems at hand.
    Dont take my word for it. Please read links Donny Shaw and others have provided with accurate research and reporting.

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