The 2010 Senate Unemployment Benefits Extension vote is giving little if any comfort to those who have exhausted benefits. Those jobless Americans, who have or are reaching either Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 or even Tier 4 of their unemployment benefits, are going without benefits until the Senate makes a decision. The Senate has yet to vote on the issue, as of Tuesday June 15, 2010.
The Senate is scheduled to vote on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 on a bill that would extend unemployment benefits for millions of Americans who have exhausted benefits. The bill includes various other items that could hamper the passage on Wednesday.
Unfortunately, the Tier 5 or 99’ers(those who have already received 99 weeks of unemployment benefits) will not be among those who will be aided by this particular vote-if it is a vote of yes. The passage of the bill will still directly impact many jobless Americans in search of aid while they look for employment. A reported 300,000 had exhausted benefits during the first week of June when the bill was first scheduled to be discussed by the Senate. Now that number is up to over 900,000 jobless Americans who did not receive a check this week. That number continues to quickly grow as the Senate continues to dwell on the issue.
So will the Senate pass and vote yes to the bill that includes an unemployment benefits extension for those who have not yet reached Tier 5? It first appeared that the Senate would pass the bill earlier this week. As the week progresses, there seems to be more talk about the concern of the national deficit. Some Democrats are even skeptical of the passage of this particular bill-which includes several other items. 60 of the 100 votes from the Senate are needed to pass the bill. There are 59 Democrats in the Senate. That typically would mean one Republican vote would be needed to pass the bill. Now with several Democrats apparently juggling the issue and the deficit, it might take even more Republicans to get the issue passed. It could spell trouble for all those jobless Americans depending on the passage of this bill to get unemployment benefits and retroactive pay.
What is the latest news on the 2010 Senate Unemployment Benefits Extension? One report here says that Senate is currently considering eliminating the $25 dollar per week stimulus money if the bill doesn’t get the nod on Wednesday-when it is expected to be voted on. The subtraction of the $25 dollar a week stimulus money would reportedly cut federal spending drastically. Democrats in the Senate are apparently weighing that option if the bill doesn’t pass during the Wednesday vote.
President Barack Obama has even sent a letter to the Senate urging them to pass the bill that includes the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension. You can read some the Obama letter to the Senate here. The letter was sent to the Senate from Obama on Saturday, June 12, 2010. Majority leader Harry Reid filed for Cloture on Monday to end discussion and call the issue to a vote on Wednesday. You can read his comments on what he expects to happen here.
The latest news on the Senate Unemployment Benefits Extension vote is that a preliminary vote should take place tomorrow on Wednesday June 16,2010. The June 16, 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension vote, if it takes place, could determine the fate of millions of jobless Americans who have lost employment through no fault of their own.