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House to Vote on Stand-Alone Unemployment Insurance Bill Today

June 29, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

The House of Representatives this afternoon is scheduled to pass, under the expedited suspension of the rules procedure, a new, stand-alone bill to extend unemployment insurance benefits. The bill is H.R. 5618, the “Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2010.” It was introduced yesterday by Rep. Jim McDermott [D, WA-7] and has one co-sponsor — the powerful House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Sander Levin [D, MI-12].

This is expected to pass easily in the House, as indicated by its place on the suspension calendar. It would then be sent immediately to the Senate to give the upper chamber a chance to pass it before the end of the week when they are scheduled to leave for their July 4 recess.

Although the House is generally supportive of a robust benefits extension for the uninsured, Rep. McDermott has purposefully limited the scope of this bill to what he thinks can pass  the Senate. The bill would not extend the Federal Additional Compensation program from the stimulus bill that provided an extra $25 per month for benefits recipients, and it only extends UI benefits to November 30, 2010, one month shorter than the Senate’s stand-alone bill. It would not create a new fifth tier of benefits. 99 weeks would still be the maximum amount of time unemployed individuals could receive UI payments under this bill.

Both chambers have to pass the exact same version of the bill before it can be snet to President Obama to be signed into law. These changes make it more likely that the Senate can simply agree to the bill, avoiding a situation where the two chambers ping-pong the bill back and forth with their own amendments until they can find an agreement.

It’s still unclear, though, if this has the support to pass in the Senate. For one thing, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid [D, NV], who ultimately decides what bills get voted on, still wants to do unemployment insurance together with Medicaid funding and other unrelated tax issues. Additionally, only one Republican — Sen. Olympia Snowe [R, ME] — has said publicly so far that she would vote in favor of such bill. That means the Senate Dems may still be two votes short of the 60 they need to break an inevitable Republican filibuster.

UPDATE: Contrary to some reports I’m seeing on Twitter and Facebook, the House has no passed this bill yet. It was brought up and debated, but the vote was postponed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi [D, CA]. Under House rules (Rule XX, CLause 8), it now must be voted on within two days. But it will likely be voted on sooner, probably tonight or early tomorrow.

The fact that Dems are trying to do this under suspension of the rules is giving them a little trouble. Suspension allows bills to pass quickly and without minority obstructionism tactics (no amendments can be offered and debate time is limited to 40 minutes), but they need 2/3rds support for it to pass under the procedure. That means the Dems will need about 35 Republicans to cross the aisle and vote with them on this. The Democratic leadership is surely busy behind the scenes right now working to win over Republicans (and the GOP leadership is undoubtedly working to keep wavering members from defecting).

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Displaying 1-30 of 106 total comments.

jgpt777 06/29/2010 8:36am

Rep. David Camp [R, MI-4]




Chris51 06/29/2010 10:04am

Congress that rushed through a $700 billion bailout of Wall Street in 2008 in a matter of days, cannot bring itself to support even the most meager subsistence for the unemployed workers who are the victims, not the perpetrators, of the economic crisis.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that American corporations have increased their cash reserves to $1.84 trillion, the highest figure in history. In other words, big business and the banks, after an unprecedented bailout by the public treasury, are hoarding the funds that could put millions back to work. The cash reserves of major corporations have jumped 26 percent in one year, the largest percentage increase in nearly 60 years. The cash reserves of working people, and particularly the unemployed, have not been so fortunate.


Houselogic 06/29/2010 8:26am

lets see this recorded vote.

EmilyGoodall 06/29/2010 10:20am

GOP supporters crack me up. They think they’re in the club and that the GOP is representing their interests. Here’s a quick test to see if you’re in the club:

1) You’ve given at least 1 million dollars to a GOP – or multiple GOP – representatives, and he, she or they have contacted you and acknowledged the donation.

2) You’ve recently been contacted by a GOP congressman, by phone, and struck up a first-name basis conversation.

3) You’ve had legislation introduced and passed that directly benefited your private financial self interest.

If you don’t recognize any of these, you ain’t in the club. You’re just a raa-raa wannabe who’d LIKE to be in the club.

True GOP club members are corporations, large private financial self-interests, and oil company executives.

If you “work hard” and have great “family values” but don’t fit into any of the above categories, sorry, you ain’t in the club. But you can always fantasize!

Revolution 06/29/2010 10:47am
in reply to jrhill Jun 29, 2010 10:37am

What are you talking about? The Senate version is what we are waiting for. Presented by Michigan Senator and is what Democrats are trying to gain support from your friends on. The house version was voted on and failed a little while ago-thanks to your Republican friends. “INFORM yourself before shooting off your mouth” as your republican friend stated.
The real issue is passing the unemployment assistance for ALL Americans who need it.

Revolution 06/29/2010 10:41am
in reply to jrhill Jun 29, 2010 10:33am

Typical. Our Children and grandchildren and unemployed Americans need help NOW idiot. The Republicans spent all the surplus money already. Unemployment INSURANCE money should be there as everyone pays into it. You spent it in Iraq and Afganhistan. You want to talk about spending at a time of crisis? Your Rep senator from Texas was just on asking for flood insurance to be passed today-she voted no on unemployment.
I said no one cares at this point due to the idiots on the Republican side as this is just an excuse-same as you are doing here. This issue is NOT the issue to take a stand on spending as it affects many..go fight about spending on other issues, not this one.
The real issue is getting the unemployment assistance NOW regardless of how it is paid for NOW. This is playing with lives.

peony8702 06/29/2010 11:13am

Revolution!… thanks for the information. I didn’t know there was another bill. so there is still hope….

I don’t understand why the unemployment extention money can’t be found, if that is the problem, frankly?? does anyone have any thoughts on this?

I understand from what I’ve read umemployment extentions have always been considered emergency funding, not pay/go. But now the GOP + some Dems are dmanding pay/go, so this isn’t an emergency???,
at this point,can’t they just come up with some money so people can get paid?

Revolution 06/29/2010 11:31am
in reply to lonnienyssa Jun 29, 2010 11:06am

The House Version is not completely dead either..the vote that was defeated earlier was to move faster on passing to the Senate etc..that failed..but now the House can vote under regular rules to pass and get to the Senate but may take a longer period Today-Thursday etc…Dont give up,, they are feeling the pressure and know this is an emergency and that their posturing/playing games is not going to be tolerated. Hang in there!

Chris51 07/08/2010 6:59pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 08, 2010 9:56am

GOP are determined to bloc everything the President is trying to do for the USA right now. He has a vested interest, and seems to take pride in doing the best job he can while in office.
We are in trouble as long as Republican politicians continue favoring their special interest.
How can any CEO or Owner of business get anything done if half of his managers or executives stand in his way just to be defiant.

President Obama speech on CSPAN today, while in Kansas City, MO to support a future candidate. Was right on.
If you are an unemployed American, and are thinking no one understands the difficulties of being jobless. Obama speech articulated the financial and emotional struggles well. Hat’s off to the President for saying what needed to be said.

NevadaMod 06/29/2010 11:12am

Can you believe that these persons who represent the people are playing with the lives of so many? Political showboating should be a capitol offense; I do not care what side of the isle you are on. Where was their concern over the deficit when the banks that were “too big to fail” needed two trillion dollars, they lined up their jets and flew in from all over the country to pass trillions to aide Wall Street and the banks. Now when citizens need assistance and it is a matter of people starving they want to play like they are concerned; just like the addict who spent his pay check on his addiction buys a candy bar to feed his children all week. My prayers go out to the people who are trying to make it in this economy, and I also pray that the ones refusing to help have nightmares about it.

Chris51 07/10/2010 9:46pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 6:47am

Oil & Gas Industry, history of strong influence in Washington. Individuals and political action committees affiliated with oil and gas companies have donated $238.7 MILLION to candidates and parties since the 1990 (Bush Senior term) election cycle, 75% of which has gone to REPUBLICANS…
Former oilmen George W. Bush and Dick Cheney occupied the White House for 8 yrs, the oil and gas industry could not win support for repealing bans on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. However, Congress voted in 2008 to lift a ban on offshore drilling… Read full story:

Drilling bans were lifted during Bush’s last months in WhiteHouse in 2008. The After consumers & transportation industry & economy felt the pain of $1-$2 price hikes of gas, during Summer 2007. It was “the straw that broke the Camel’s backs”, PUTTING USA/AMERICANS INTO TAIL SPIN.

jgpt777 06/29/2010 8:10am



………………GOD BLESS YOU SIR…………………

Chris51 07/10/2010 9:48pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 9:47pm

Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle:
If you’ve been following the ongoing Senate campaign of Nevada hopeful Sharron Angle, you know that she’s sick and tired of the long-term unemployed taking home all of those cushy unemployment benefits. Angle’s angle is that these millions of Americans are just living large on the dole and need to have their unemployment benefits terminated so that they will be motivated to go out and get a job — one of the millions of magical jobs that exist in Sharron Angle’s mind!

Chris51 06/29/2010 11:10am
in reply to EmilyGoodall Jun 29, 2010 10:20am

President Obama gets it. The GOP who are busy watching out for Wall Street/Corporations. Shame on Congress for not coming up with a solution for all its unemployed americans.

Watch President Obama discussion on this earlier today, go to CSPAN.

Then go to

raegan81 06/29/2010 10:20am

Several Democrats also voted against this, if the dems would have had 100% voting yes it would have passed so they are to blame too. They want it to be included in a package that includes pork spending and do not care about us unemployed any more than the Republicans do!

Chris51 06/29/2010 9:58am

How hostile are some members of Congress, not only about unemployed Americans in general?
“You know, we should not be giving cash to people who basically are just going to BLOW IT ON DRUGS and not take care of their own children.” — Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).
“Is the government now creating HOBOS?”, Rep. Dan Heller (R-Nevada)
“We shouldn’t TURN THE SAFETY NET INTO A HAMMOCK, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)
“[W]e have put in so much entitlement into our government that we really have SPOILED OUR CITIZENRY and said, you don’t want the jobs that are available.”, Sharron Angle, Republican Senate candidate in Nevada and Sen. Harry Reid’s opponent
“©ontinuing to pay people unemployment compensation is a DISINCENTIVE FOR THEM TO SEEK NEW WORK” ,Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona)
If you are one of the 1.2 million Americans who have not been able to find jobs and who are at risk of losing their benefits go to WWW.CHANGE.ORG

kgarman1685 06/29/2010 10:21am
in reply to CJKell Jun 29, 2010 9:57am

they just announced on Cspan that it did not pass. :(

Chris51 07/08/2010 7:00pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 08, 2010 6:59pm

Senator’s excuse for not passing is a false statement.
Read all about it:
The funding argument is even harder to swallow. I’d be more sympathetic with these new converts to fiscal responsibility if they were as enthusiastic about paying for extending $32 billion worth of special interest tax breaks as they are about funding the unemployment extension. If I understand correctly, these lawmakers insist that Congress fund every dime of added jobless aid, which nearly all analysts agree will help boost the economy. But they feel no need to pay for continuing these special interest tax breaks, which will not.
Full Story:

Chris51 07/10/2010 9:47pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 9:46pm

Top 5 Contributions from Oil&Gas Industry 2009-2010:
1 Koch Industries $724,300 14% Dems, 86%Repubs
2 Exxon Mobil $548,214 13% Dems, 87% Repubs
3 Chevron Corp $516,891 18% Dems, 82% Repubs
4 Valero Energy $467,000 17% Dems, 83% Repubs
5 Marathon Oil $378,190 23% Dems, 76% Repubs

Tea Party Movement benefits from millions of dollars from conservative foundations that are derived from wealthy U.S. families and their business interests. Money flowing primarily through two conservative groups: Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks. FreedomWorks receives substantial funding from David Koch of Koch Industries, the largest privately-held energy company in the country, which make substantial annual donations to conservative org…

Chris51 07/10/2010 9:47pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 9:47pm

Letter was written to Senators:
On behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to carefully consider all aspects of H.R. 4213…

If the bill comes to a vote as currently formulated, we encourage you to vote NO, and will track the vote on our Economic Scorecard….

Signed FreedomWorks President and CEO
(FreedomWorks funds Tea Party ;)

XvxRAINxvX 06/29/2010 9:50am

I just want to say thank you Mr. Shaw for keeping everyone updated on this issue. If it wasn’t for this site I wouldn’t know what’s going on half the time. Thanks I’m sure on behalf of everyone for keeping us informed!!!

firestorm145 06/29/2010 8:40am

Thats fine about the additional $25 as long as they extend the unemployment for people that have been out of work for a while. Pass the bill, the people of the US needs this bill or the economy will go down even further and be in a depression like in the 1930’s where they had rations. Peopl need this extension to help them live while they are searching for jobs.

XvxRAINxvX 06/29/2010 8:32am

Well maybe the senate can find it in their hearts to pass this bill. They need to put all their agendas aside and do what’s right for the American people. The GOP do not wanna increase the defecit but however they do wanna bailout every business too big to fail. Sadly those buisnesses are one of the reasons we are in this situation.

jenny2010 06/29/2010 8:42am

Thanks to all the senators who are still trying to help us stay afloat. Its very hard having to look for work all day only to come home to search for the latest news on unemployment extensions so that I can survive while looking for work. I have been unemployed now for 6 months and don’t know how I am going to pay my mortgage if i go another week without benefits. PLEASE ACT COMPASSIONATELY TODAY AND HELP THOSE IN NEED, I PRAY EVERYDAY THAT I WILL FIND A JOB SO I WILL NOT HAVE TO BE AT THE MERCY OF OTHERS. GOD BLESS US ALL.

Chris51 07/10/2010 9:49pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 9:47pm

Republicans only care about one thing, their own job preservation. Reps are working hard to win November’s election with the help of Tea Party Movement (FreedomWorks) and their BIG CONTRIBUTIONS FROM SPECIAL INTEREST.

Oil&Gas Industry Contribution 2009-2010
Koch Industries $724,300 14% Dems, 86% Repubs

Kosh has made big contributions to FreedomWorks, a non-profit that funds Tea Party. These 2 organizations are putting a great deal of pressure on Senators to not support UI Ext. with stimulus that require corporations to help pay back through taxes.

Most big corporations have made record profits this year by cutting jobs long-term. They started layoffs in 2007, and putting millions of Americans on unemployment.

They created the business mantra of “DO MORE, WITH LESS”, causing today’s workforce to do more job responsibility with no more pay.

wendya1972 06/29/2010 9:16am

God Bless All the Senators still standing up for the American people!
I don’t see how the Republicans voting NO can sleep at night knowing that they are responsible for children starving!

peytonsplace007 06/29/2010 10:19am

Unbelievable. They don’t care about American citizens. Only themselves.

jgpt777 06/29/2010 8:48am

THANK YOU TO: Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee [D, TX-18]



Chris51 06/29/2010 10:55pm
in reply to XvxRAINxvX Jun 29, 2010 8:32am

To the 1.2 million jobless americans I thought you would be glad to know that the Republicans let the Democrates get the Small Business Bill through.

How many Small Business loans will be approved to the jobless workers who are looking at the option of doing a business start up? NONE
-Poor credit and/or unemployed need not apply.

Everyone knows that banks, retailers, small or big businesses have the legal right to not interview or hire applicants if they have had any negative information on their credit history report. So on top of everything else the unemployed are trying to keep up with they must be sure to keep a high credit score standing while they are unemployed, in order to have at least a chance to get interviewed after completing MOST companies on-line application and required background information checks.
- It’s not always about experience, but about the criteria businesses/agencies use to screen applications for employment.

Chris51 06/29/2010 3:22pm

Once again, Republicans defeat a proposed extension of unemployment benefits for workers who have been jobless…

Yet Congress was able to rushed through SEVERAL billion $$$ bailoutS of Wall Street in 2007-2008. Starting with JPMORGAN CHASE.
The Wall Street Journal reported a few weeks ago that American corporations have increased their cash reserves to $1.84 TRILLION, the highest figure in history. In other words, big business and the banks, after an unprecedented bailout by the public treasury, are hoarding the funds that could put millions back to work. The cash reserves of major corporations have jumped 26 percent in one year, the largest percentage increase in nearly 60 years. The cash reserves of working people, and particularly the unemployed, have not been so fortunate..

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