The 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension bill unfortunately did not pass during a preliminary test vote on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 in the United States Senate. The final vote was a reported 45-52. Unfortunately that means millions of Americans who had reached Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 or Tier 4 of the Unemployment Benefits Extension will be without pay for now. Could a revised edition of the unemployment extension bill be passed by the Senate? It’s unlikely that would happen really soon but there is word that a possible revised bill that includes the Unemployment Benefits Extension for 2010 could be brought up by this afternoon. With the amount of time that has passed since the Senate first addressed the issue, that would seem to be far fetched.
What does that mean for jobless workers who are still waiting on word of whether they will receive pay/and or retroactive pay dating back to the start of June? It means those people will have been waiting for a paycheck for at least three weeks while the Senate continues to balance the unemployment benefits extension with several other non-related items.
It’s a sad day for jobless Americans who continue to suffer thanks to a horrible economy and a lack of decision making on the part of our United States Senate. Does this mean the unemployment benefits extension won’t resume at all? It is possible that those who are on unemployment will only receive the standard 26 weeks from now on.
It seems that some workers, who were just going to enter Tier 1, are being punished for becoming unemployed through no fault of their own during a specific time window. If those same jobless Americans would have been laid off 2 years ago then they could have utilized 99 weeks of unemployment. Now some jobless Americans won’t even get half of that if the Senate does not revise and push through a bill to extend those same unemployment benefits.
You can read more about the decision of the Senate here and what might happen next. It’s another road block on the way to more than a million jobless Americans being able to survive in the tough economic climate. That economic climate, which was certainly not made better by politicians, should allow for emergency spending.
The latest news on the Unemployment Benefits Extension is not good for jobless Americans–but there is still hope something can be done to get those people who are suffering a little help. Those jobless Americans need income before it has dire consequences on the United States economy-if not already.