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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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    MrHappy 06/29/2010 2:02pm

    “The even BIGGER question is will it be able to get passed before the 4th?

    Of December?

  • janderson116 06/29/2010 2:00pm
    I feel the same way all of you do about this situation, and I hope and pray that this nightmare will end soon. But we can never forget who put and is keeping us in this position, THE REPUBLICANS. Even with all of our outrage, pleading and even begging over this issue, they still turned and will continue to turn their backs on us. It is critical that come November we vote out as many as we can, we must keep their numbers under 40 in the Senate, that is the only way we can keep these heartless clowns from ever inflicting this kind of pain on anyone ever again. Please never forget how you feel now and always remember who is keeping you in this situation, THE REPUBLICANS, which in all fairness, I used to be a member of until all this happened, now I am as embarrassed as hell to admit that that I ever supported any of these DA’s. I WILL NEVER MAKE THAT MISTAKE AGAIN. GOD BLESS all of you and I pray we all make it through this.
  • peytonsplace007 06/29/2010 2:04pm

    That’s the hard ? is if it will pass the Senate at all if the Dems don’t figure out how to pay for it and if it passes by the 4th is unknown with Senate not in session of Thursday b/c of Byrd being in repose there.

  • senufftomakeucry 06/29/2010 2:14pm

    I completely identify with you! I am a single mother of two who is gainfully employed (thank God!) helping out my husband who has been unemployed for close to a year now AND paying my father’s bills so that he can have water, food and electricity. I live in a nice neighborhood that is literally “decorated” with ‘For Sale’ signs and U-Hauls everywhere! It is a mess! I work for the state in a department that is constantly getting desperate calls and people telling us “you don’t care” which is so untrue!

    We are the messengers and have NO power in this either! I tuck my children in at night and just pray and cry for our nation to do SOMETHING to stop all the unnecessary suffering! I go to a job that I took to help people and I am POWERLESS to help and sometimes I have to stop a call and cry because I am still human after all! Please remember that though we work for the “system”, we see where the “system” has failed to do what it promised to do .. I pray for this country!!!

  • Cindy7 06/29/2010 2:21pm

    I just want to especially, say to (DESPERATENTX) and each and everyone of you. I’ve taken the time, to go up and down each and every post on this thread and sincerely prayed for each one of you and your family/situation. I’m in the same situation as many of you, but I know my God is able to keep me along with all of you. He doesn’t come when we want Him too, but He’s always right on time! I know to some, you may not want to here this, but He’s always taken care of me, when I had nothing or no one else to turn too. Have Faith and Pray!! Get down on your knees now and sincerely pray, that God will send someone to help you get through these next several weeks, until the “Bill Passes Congress.” It will pass, just have FAITH!!! It’s not our President, it’s CONGRESS, they are the ones who passes the Bills. The Presidents hands our tied. I don’t know about you, but I’m making a list of all the Senators who voted against this Bill. They will not get my Vote in the next Election!!

  • Farmhouse168 06/29/2010 2:27pm

    They need to pass this bill and help American’s. The end result will be people resorting to stealing,and violence. Shelter’s are overcrowded.People are living in tents and cars already. People have no help, and are fighting with Banks, who don’t seem to use the Government Mtg. programs. BOA sets up people for failure with Fake Forbearances (that are in thier best interest to get your house) and that is why they keep getting sued by consumer’s trying to force them to use the government programs. Too much red tape. Too many inexperienced mortgage staff. The ocuntry is a mess and it will only get worse if they don’t pass this. Don’t turn your back on the American people. This is all about greed. We need help, and jobs. Stop shipping our jobs overseas and giving tax breaks to big companies. Bring industry back to the USA. We made India rich by all the outsourcing.

  • lisa2595 06/29/2010 2:35pm

    I know this very stressful. No one should feel this much pressure on there heart and minds. The waiting and wandering is mentally and physically draining. We got to pray. Not just for the bill to pass, but for everyone in the senate. I think I read in the article there will be a vote tomorrow, so tomorrow go to this page and let’s all touch and agree that Gods will be done!!!!! Stay encourage.

  • Ktula7 06/29/2010 2:38pm

    It is so heart wrenching to read all of your stories. I’m definitely hurting but not as much as it seems some of you are and I am so sorry. Hang in there and have faith everyone. Everything will work out! Remember, the squeaky wheel gets greased! And of course, United we stand divided we fall!

  • Chris51 06/29/2010 2:52pm

    President Obama gets it. God bless him.
    It is the GOP who are busy watching out for Wall Street/Corporations.
    Shame on Congress for not coming up with a solution for all its displaced hard working americans.

    Today President Obama’s discussed what was happening with corporations, the economy, and the need to help the displaced unemployed. Watch his entire interview on CSPAN. I has been obvious for some time now that CNN and FOX are not intouch with what is really going on in our country. These news stations are only interested in the stories that they have a self-interested in.


    Then go to

  • Revolution 06/29/2010 3:09pm

    “When things go wrong as they sometimes will;
    When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill;
    When the funds are low, and the debts are high
    And you want to smile, but have to sigh;
    When care is pressing you down a bit-
    Rest if you must, but do not quit.
    Success is failure turned inside out;
    The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;
    And you can never tell how close you are
    It may be near when it seems so far;
    So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-
    It’s when things go wrong that you must not quit.”

  • emd 06/29/2010 3:11pm

    Forget 4213 – it’s been pulled. They will debate today’s bill by a simple majority vote on Wednesday. It should pass on Wednesday. Watch C-span tomorrow.

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    Chris51 06/29/2010 3:18pm

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

    Yet Congress 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..

    Get in touch with what really is happening by going to and

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    CJKell 06/29/2010 3:53pm

    this extension will be ending in nov. or dec ?

  • eavina30 06/29/2010 3:28pm

    everyone knows the obama administration is cleaning up after bush meltdown, now the republicans are using the political crutch of over spending to get re-elected. republicans are trying to get these corporate lobbyist backing to get major sponsorships and to get elected in office. I knew they would scapegoat anyone who got the presidency. I’m not from iowa i can’t farm some agriculture. i live in california were basketball players make more than a teacher or a doctor. most of these issues never hit home for the fortunate than they make us feel bad because all were trying to do is feed ourselves, and get back on our feet. the american people need to stand up and defend ourselves they tax us with no problem, but when there’s a problem they wanna turn there head and to the blame game. stop playing with our money, who give a fuck about new jersey and what the fuck there are doing there. we are all different, over saturated job markets and private sector lobbyist humanitarians we need fema

  • eavina30 06/29/2010 3:29pm

    it’s time to destroy and rebuild

  • illucy 06/29/2010 3:38pm

    Can anyone tell me where on this site do I find who voted Nay to this bill? I want to know if anyone from my state voted NO. I will now who not to vote for.

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    Jonathan_Nicholas 06/29/2010 4:41pm

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    Iamamerican33 06/29/2010 4:47pm

    illucy… look up under the first paragraph where it say Full roll call can be found here and click on here. Has yea and nays and ones who did not vote. At the top it tells you which fonts represent the part. Republicans are in italic.

  • eavina30 06/29/2010 3:48pm

    our grandfather’s father’s paid there taxes so if something like happened, we would have a back up plan

  • firestorm145 06/29/2010 4:02pm

    We need the extension now. Senators the ones that said nay wake up!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your people need your help. Pass the bill!!!!

  • hag976 06/29/2010 4:14pm

    I am a single mother who was laid off after 13 years of employment with my company. When I was laid off I was able to get into an education program, I completed 1 year, and now because my UI benefits have expired, I will not be able to complete my second year. On top of not having my UI benefits, if I don’t complete the schooling within a certain time frame, I may be subject to reimbursing the costs associated. Currently I am attending school full time, and looking for work, fortunately, in the last year, my children and I have become accustom to living below the poverty level. PLEASE PASS THIS BILL!! I WOULD LIKE TO COME CLOSER TO FINISHING MY EDUCATION SO THAT I MAY FIND A JOB THAT DOES NOT PAY MINIMUM WAGE TO SUPPORT MY FAMILY!!!

  • ToniB23 06/29/2010 4:20pm

    I feel like Congress is holding the American People Hostage, They have their own personal issues with different bills. I feel that the republicans won’t let the bill pass because they have thing that they want passed first. I have worked since I was 16 years old and I and now 30 years old. I have been LAID OFF twice in the last 4 years. When I’m on a job I work very hard. I want the republicans to know I am not sitting at home on a vacation with government funds. I have not received benefits in a month, and what I do receive form unemployment pay my basic needs ie Food, rent and bills. Like one of the Senators said I AM NOT GETTING RICH OFF MY UI BENEFITS. It should not take a month to resolve this issue when so many people are in need of their UI Benefits. Congress Help the people and stop hold us hostage to your own personal issue with each other.

  • mom2304 06/29/2010 4:27pm

    I really couldn’t tell ya’ll how often I come to this site. It seems like I check it about 20 times a day. I check to see if anything is new & to read the stories & comments. I am so sorry that we are all in this situation. I am praying for every one of you & your precious families. It has been a rough day & I feel as though I have been trod upon by about 100 pairs of feet. However, I Will keep the faith & remember the word says" He shall swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all the faces" Isaiah 25:8 ….. It is important to have a voice!

  • desperatentx 06/29/2010 4:41pm

    emelysma i appreciate what youve said…demoralizing doesnt even begin to tell the worthless feeling but you are so right i am the best mom my kids could ever have and i will continue this battle w/God by my side i will not fail. God has blessed me in many ways and i dont dare forget that!!! i also know that there are so many more blessings in the future. thank you for your prayers and you too along with everyone suffering here will be in mine! may God bless you always!!

  • painterjtc 06/29/2010 5:01pm

    Folks, the way this whole fiasco is going, as hard as it would be to give up your homes,I say let them go! Then our government would see that the bank bailouts meant nothing, because all the money lost on foreclosures would bury them in a big hole again.I have been in my home for 21 years, but im this clos to giving it up to make a point!

  • hotcitykitty2 06/29/2010 5:23pm

    Folks does anyone have the names of the elected who are blocking this = we need to get a calling action started and not let up on them- if we can find home numbers so be it- I need this extension like everyone else – live in a casino area and they are attacking the cocktail girls now- trying to find ways to minimize their tips so the money can go to the house-business’s have just gotten so completely greedy- even the ones working are working for 3- Please if you know who voted against this lets publish the names and get moving- I am in a critical situation- Its 115% in Arizona right now and my electric bill( no air just swamp cooler) is 150 bucks- I cant lose the benefits-its life or death or street

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    Jonathan_Nicholas 06/29/2010 6:03pm

    Ha. My heating bill in the winter is $350/ mo.

    Vote results/names:

    White House Fax# 202-456-2461

    CNN Feedback:
    SUBJECT: “Unemployment vote-Congress”
    COMMENT: “unemployed U.S. citizens need help, and deserve more coverage.”

  • painterjtc 06/29/2010 5:27pm

    People, the saddest thing here is many say if we have time to be here in this forum, we are wasting valuable time that should be spent looking for work! Seems to me that we are all just getting tired of trying.I am a union painter in the Chicago area who was making 41.68 an hour working. I have worked 19 of the last 43 months, so im not as overpaid as people say. I began my trade when Jimmy Carter was president, long time ago. In this nation of ours, if a man, or woman cant make 75k or more a year after doing the same job for 34 years, this is not the country it once was, and we are all in trouble. serious trouble! One more comment for the republicans telling us to take jobs for less pay, ive had non union contractors offer me 15 an hour, ive said ok. Then they say, sorry, you wont give me a good days work because your used to making so much more. Senators I ask you, what am i to do?

  • painterjtc 06/29/2010 5:36pm

    Hotcityktty, whats your tricolor collies name? Mines Skyler. Sorry, had to ask as collies are the best dogs on the planet!

  • jenny2010 06/29/2010 5:53pm


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