Are those seeking a 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension running out of patience? The Senate has decided to wait until next week to make a decision on a bill that would extend such benefits for many jobless Americans.
It’s been a long week of waiting and worrying for those who had previously exhausted their previous tier and were hoping to move on to a different tier of unemployment benefits. A long week without an answer.
The only thing jobless Americans in that particular situation know now is that the Senate plans to vote on the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension sometime next week. Without any guarantee of such a bill passing, those jobless Americans wait amid uncertainty if they will start to receive unemployment benefits once again in 2010.
The House already passed a bill that would keep unemployment money in the pockets of those who have yet to fully exhaust their benefits. By that, I mean those who have not reached Tier 5 or the 99 week plateau. Everyone else, who lost a job through no fault of their own, should start receiving benefits retro-actively if the Senate does pass a 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension bill any time soon.
Should jobless Americans sit and do nothing while the Senate takes time during a time that requires urgency? There isn’t much jobless Americans can do while they wait for those they elected to make a decision that directly affects their future. That makes the entire situation very frustrating for those involved. According to various reports, over 300,000 jobless Americans are going without an unemployment benefits check this week. That number will be up to nearly 1 million people as soon as next week begins. Does that not seem like an issue that would require urgency?
It sounds seemingly similar to a national crisis. Yet, the Senate is delaying pushing such a bill until next week for unspecified reasons. Many jobless Americans will have to wait on an unemployment benefits check for probably 10 days or more. That means those same jobless Americans will have gone without a check for nearly 2 weeks and a half by the time the Senate does push such an item through. Shouldn’t the bleeding be cut off much sooner than that. Where is the empathy? Where is the quick fix those Americans so desperately need?
The bill should pass from what I have read online-if that’s any indication. That’s if the Senate decides to exercise leniency and give jobless Americans a break. I say that very sarcastically. We have earned more than a break from collective years of employment and paying taxes. The people who are suffering are suffering as a direct results of this horrible economy. This horrible economy stems from bad leadership. The bad leadership, you got it, directly relates to our United States politicians. Those same politicians are making another huge mistake by passively looking at this item as one that possibly doesn’t deserve a solution. Two wrong definitely don’t make a right in this situation. You can’t blame the collective masses of unemployed for being lazy. There aren’t that many people who want to sit and wait while they collect unemployment checks. Especially if those unemployment checks fates are determined by politicians who don’t seem to care about the urgency of the situation. We are most likely in this position and horrible economic state as a direct result of decisions made by our previous politicians. So I feel there should be a direct need on the United States Senators part to make it right. Or just make it doable.
The people who are unemployed through no fault of their own are out of patience, as well they should be. It’s a very frustrating situation for all of those involved. It won’t just affect 1 million people starting next week. It will affect way more because those 1 million people have loved ones who are depending on them for food and other bills.
The unemployment crisis is turning into an unemployment nightmare thanks to the complete lack of urgency from the United States Senate. These are elected officials who should be responding to the needs of their constituents in a much quicker manner.
I understand that it takes time to sort out a bill and make decisions. Why it takes this much time is beyond me or any of the other jobless Americans who are trying to patiently wait through an incredibly tough and oft devastating time. I am fortunate enough to have a little bit of savings to get by for several weeks. There are many who are not as fortunate that have been living paycheck to paycheck since going unemployed through no fault of their own.
What are these people going to do while they wait for a Senate decision on their future? It’s unfortunate that the fate of so many hangs in the balance. It’s unfortunate that 100 people can determine the fate of 300,000 or more people. That’s how important this decision is. That’s how important receiving an unemployment benefits extension is. The burden should have been eased for jobless Americans well before the deadline approached and benefits were exhausted. It’s not a game yet it seems like the United States Senators are treating it as one.
If Republicans are blocking the bill, it certainly won’t make anyone want to vote for Republicans in the next election. Not anyone who is being tormented by the lack of empathy on the part of the United States Senate during this horrible situation.
60 of the 100 Senate votes are going to be needed next week when the Senate finally takes up the issue.
There are 59 Democrats. That means in all likelihood that just one Republican vote will be needed if all of the Democrats vote to push the bill through. There will be major major implications if the bill does not pass. Many jobless Americans will be added to the growing number of those who are not receiving any more Unemployment Benefits Extensions in 2010. The number will go from 300,000 to 1 million to even more. Each week the Senate delays will bring even bigger numbers of people who should be receiving benefits who aren’t. It’s a major crisis that should have been avoided. The government provided all of these silly shots for the Swine Flu. We have provided relief for Haiti. We continue to look over the oil spill. The government seems to look over these issues without any concern for the national debt. Why would we worry about it with this issue either? It doesn’t make sense that so many people could be hurt yet the Senate is lagging behind when it should be well in front.