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Unemployment Extension Vote Likely this Week

November 18, 2008 - by Donny Shaw

OpenCongress user Annie Fields submits this link, via Drudge, with the most recent information about what’s going to happen this week in the Senate during the lame duck session:

>Levin’s bill would provide loans with initial interest rates of 5 percent to the U.S. automakers and suppliers in exchange for a federal stake in the companies or warrants that would let the government profit from future gains. Loan applicants would have to give the government a plan for “long-term financial viability.”
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>A vote on the measure – which includes an extension of jobless benefits – could come as early as Thursday. But in an acknowledgment of the long odds facing such a plan, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., also laid the groundwork for a straight up-or-down vote on the more widely supported unemployment measure, which is probably all that can pass this week.

As I speculated last week, it looks like there probably will be a clean vote in the Senate on extending unemployment benefits. The unemployment bill, H.R. 6867, has been the most-viewed bill on OpenCongress for several weeks. There’s a very active community using the comment forum on the OpenCongress bill page to organize for getting the bill passed, so if this is an issue you care about, jump in and get involved.

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