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Congress Links + Unemployment Benefits

July 21, 2010 - by David Moore

The major unemployment bill (H.R. 4213) is of course our most-commented and most-tracked bill by users over the past month. For all the best info: peruse its latest news and blog coverage from around the Web, see the highest-rated user comments, visit our community-generated Benefit Wiki project to better understand how it affects your state, read our helpful past coverage of the bill’s long journey, and send us your questions: writeus at opencongress dot org.

Today’s Congress Links ::

  • Republicans delay the vote to extend unemployment benefits for those who have been out work.(Reuters)
  • Gail Russell Chaddock discusses why extending unemployment has been so difficult this time around.(Christian Science Monitor)
  • Sens. Charles Schumer, (D-NY) and Tom Harkin, (D-IA) are urging the Federal Reserve for more credit card protection. (AP)
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee approves Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.(LA Times)
  • House and Senate Democrats fight over the delay of the food safety bill. (Washington Post)
  • The Senate Democrats overcome a threat of a filibuster to pass unemployment extension benefits.  More coverage of this is on our blog. (NY Times)
  • With the passage of unemployment benefits extensions, Republicans say that the US cannot spend more money than it has. (ABC News)
  • Senate Democrats have said the House Democrats may cut education money in order to pass a war speding bill. (CNN)
  • Senate Democrats may not get enough votes to pass environmental legislation. (Washington Post)
  • President Obama urges Congress to pass equal pay legislation. (USA Today)
  • Sponsoring 137 bills, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is rated the most active member of Congress. (US News)

Today’s helpful bundle of Links come from OC Research Assistants Jason Rhee and Hilary Worden. Image of Sen. Schumer (who we must resist calling Chuck, as we esteem the U.S. gov’t and don’t [yet] know him personally, although Senator, holler at us, some of us are your constituents in NYC yo!) via our data- and talent-rich news partners Daylife.

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Displaying 181-210 of 219 total comments.

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    understanding 07/22/2010 6:14am

    Now the Republicans are trying to defend the tax cuts and not doing a very good job at it.

    A Republican Representative actually said that tax cuts do not always generate revenue. He had to go all the way back to the JFK era for an example of it actually doing that. The 60’s???!!!

  • GodisGreat44 07/22/2010 6:12am

    does anyone know what’s going on? is the house passing it? i don’t really wanna try and watch it on tv i dont think it could get more boring :)

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    artledoux 07/22/2010 6:24am

    It is boring on CSPAN but at least you get to hear the words right from their
    own mouths. I can’t believe the outright lies and distortions.
    They were debating it a few minutes ago, the RepubliCONS want it paid for through
    the unused stimulus funds. It will be voted through I’m sure, but when I do not
    Art LeDoux

  • Comm_reply
    ExGOP 07/22/2010 6:24am

    The House has not voted yet, but they are discussing it.

  • Comm_reply
    GodisGreat44 07/22/2010 6:36am

    they are voting NOW :)

  • Comm_reply
    understanding 07/22/2010 6:47am

    I’m not sure but I think they are voting on the rules for debating the bill.

  • Comm_reply
    GodisGreat44 07/22/2010 6:50am

    lol sorry it’s all new to me

  • Comm_reply
    understanding 07/22/2010 6:59am

    If the Yays have it there will be an 1 hour debate with no other amendments and no other changes.

  • Comm_reply
    crystalnjen2001 07/22/2010 7:04am

    So does that mean they will again debate on 4213 and then vote after that hour is up?

  • Comm_reply
    understanding 07/22/2010 7:37am

    I am not certain but they would have the final vote. I am not sure what is going on now since I was away from my TV.

  • Comm_reply
    GodisGreat44 07/22/2010 8:00am

    i watched one republican got up and BASHED the other ones because they’ve been playing with our lives for a few weeks now. are we going to give you the money? or will we make you wait even longer? he’s right! these people will never understand the things that we are dealing with.

  • Comm_reply
    crystalnjen2001 07/22/2010 8:22am

    Does anyone know if the final vote has to be 2/3 or if it is majority wins?

  • Comm_reply
    Abaratarrr 07/22/2010 8:54am

    simple majority 218 votes

  • Comm_reply
    Abaratarrr 07/22/2010 8:55am

    voting now you can wathc here

  • Comm_reply
    crystalnjen2001 07/22/2010 8:57am

    Thank you!!

  • Comm_reply
    GodisGreat44 07/22/2010 9:00am

    177 almost there :)

  • GodisGreat44 07/22/2010 6:36am

    ok i found it on tv. now i’m wondering how many YEAs that they need to pass it. i’m not surprised to see that the republicans are ALL ABOUT saying Nay. i’m so glad that they are only interested in helping the upper and middle class people and don’t think about the people that DESPERATELY need this money. we won’t be able to pay our rent without this money and could possibly have to move. i think we’ll know who’s getting my vote in november.

  • dlharris1189 07/22/2010 6:53am

    yes they spend most of their time kissing each others asses that u can never figure out what the real freakin issue is.

  • jkbrink 07/22/2010 7:42am

    Does anyone know what time the final vote is suppose to happen?

  • Jonapoo4u 07/22/2010 8:00am

    they voted yesterday to limit debate in house i believe this is the final vote yesterday they said this is vote 1 of 2 they need to pass the bill

  • Abaratarrr 07/22/2010 9:03am

    it passed the house, now oboma just needs to sign it and its done

  • saturnsc2 07/22/2010 9:04am

    i just read on aonther site that the extra $25.00 is eliminated from new claims, but if you were getting it before you will continue to do so. can anybody confirm this? also what’s the latest with the house vote? it’s hard to get this news on tv because they seem to think that the Lindsey Lohan jailing is more important seeing that’s all i seem to see when i turn on the tv!

  • Comm_reply
    Abaratarrr 07/22/2010 9:08am

    you will get the $25 untill the teir you are currently on ends then its over, if you are currently in a benefots gap you will not see the $25 again

  • saturnsc2 07/22/2010 9:06am

    thanks Abaratarr, i just posted my comment & you answered it while i was typing! now the extra $25.00???

    i live in Ohio & our agency says that we will get outr payments with 2 days of the signing! that’s awesome! i use direct deposit which is faster, so people who just use standard snail, mail might want to change their accounts to direct deposit for faster service…

  • Comm_reply
    Abaratarrr 07/22/2010 9:23am

    that is amazing in Colorado they said they hope to start getting out checks in 3-4 week from the time the bill becomes law, one of the Carlina’s said it would take them 6 weeks, you are very lucky.

  • saturnsc2 07/22/2010 9:16am

    well actually i was just approved for my 20 weeks of state EB & i got my first payment before it then expired & i was getting the $25.00 then. so that being said will i still get it??

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    Abaratarrr 07/22/2010 9:21am

    no if you stopped receiving benefits you will no longer get the $25.

    the $25 is not in 4213 at all, the only people who will still get the $25 are the people that have yet to have a gap in benefits and the $25 will stop for them when they get to their next tier.

  • saturnsc2 07/22/2010 9:23am

    well like i said there was no gap i was currently getting the eb. i was not in between tiers as i already used up the euc a while ago…

  • saturnsc2 07/22/2010 9:25am

    everybody had a gap in benefits since they were not extended until now right??

  • Comm_reply
    Abaratarrr 07/22/2010 9:32am

    no people that still had weeks left on their current tier are still getting benefits, with exception to state extended benefits which are a different animal

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