Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008
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The bill, introduced by Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) and Rep. Phil English (R-Penn.), provides for a program of emergency unemployment compensation. The amount established would be either "50% of the total amount of regular compensation (including dependents' allowances) payable to the individual or 13 times the individual's average weekly benefit amount for the benefit year"  These compensation would apply to anyone whose benefits are exhausted before January 2009, which is an estimated 3.5 million.As of June 2008, the bill had 35 sponsors. 
The Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008 (H.R.5749) would extend emergency unemployment compensation for 13 weeks beyond the 26 weeks already authorized under law. Also, states with the highest unemployment rates - of 6% or higher, such as Alaska and Rhode Island - would be eligible for an additional 13 weeks.
Criticism and condemnation
In addition to President Bush's threat to veto the bill, Republicans argued that it eliminates the requirement mandating that people have to work 20 weeks before they would be eligible for the emergency assistance. Additionally, concerns have been expressed over states with low unemployment rates also receiving the extension. 
Democrats initially attempted to pass the bill on the "fast track" suspension calendar, however the 279-144 result fell three votes short of the required two-thirds majority to override a veto. 49 Republicans, including those facing challenging November re-election races, voted for the bill.
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- Name of bill: Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008
- Chamber: U.S. House of Representatives
- Roll call number: 403
- Congress number: 110th
- Session number: 2
- Vote link: U.S. House of Representatives record vote 403, 110th Congress, Session 2
Org. position: Aye
"Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) motion to suspend the rules and pass a bill to extend Federal unemployment benefits 13 weeks for people who have exhausted their 26 weeks of compensation, plus an additional 13 weeks in states with high unemployment rates"
(Original scorecard available at: http://www.adaction.org/pages/publications/voting-records.php)
Scorecard: National Journal 2008 House Scorecard
Org. position: Nay
"Extend unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks. June 11. (279-144; 282 votes required in this case to pass under suspension of the rules)"
(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/cs_20090228_4813.php)
However, by avoiding shortcuts and taking a more traditional approach, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) achieved the necessary votes to send the bill to the Senate. Forty-nine Republicans pledged support for the bill, leading to the final vote to be 274-137. 
- Americans for Democratic Action
- Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now
- Catholic Charities USA
- Coalition on Human Needs
- Economic Policy Institute
- Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
- National Association of Counties
- National Employment Law Project
- National Women's Law Center
- Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration
- Sargen Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
- Unemployed Workers
- United Church of Christ
- Washington State Employment Security Department
- Montana Chamber of Commerce
Articles and resources
- ↑ House Likely to Pass Jobless Bill on Second Try CQ Politics June 11, 2008
- ↑ House approves jobless benefits "Politico" June 12, 2008.
- House Democrats to try again after unemployment bill fails "The Hill" June 11,2008.