The 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension vote could be blocked by a GOP filibuster.In a report filed this afternoon by an Associated Press writer, it seems the Republicans in the United States Senate are blocking a broad bill that includes the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension. Democrats have worked hard to trim the bill and costs yet that seemingly has failed to impress enough Senators to have the required 60 votes.
There are 59 Democrats in the Senate and such a vote would require 60 total. That means at least 1 or 2 Republicans would need to be swayed even if all of the Democrats vote for the measure.
Instead it seems the Republicans are content on going back to the drawing board, and in essence, ignoring the soon to be 1.2 million jobless Americans who are living without the aid of the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension. Never before has the country failed to provide such benefits during a time of crisis. Yet these Senators, particularly the Republicans in this matter, are okay with having those 1.2 million jobless Americans suffer while the issue gets panned for some time.
Key Democrat Harry Reid told reporters he might remove the legislation completely–seemingly frustrated with the prospects of losing once again to a potential vote. So what does that mean for jobless Americans who were hoping for the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension? It means they are just plain out of luck until the issue is brought up again. That could take weeks at the current United States Senate pace-if it ever happens.
Why this issue hasn’t been passed as a single item is beyond me? Why the 2010 Unemployment Benefits is not important enough to stand alone-it only affects 1.2 million people by the end of the week-is another question our politicians should have to answer. This entire situation is draining and sucking the life out of many jobless Americans who lost employment through no fault of their own. The emotional roller coaster ride continues as our United States Senate continues to fail to produce results when many Americans need it most. Let’s face it. They are absolutely not doing their job. This 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension should have been a no-brainer. Never before has such a bill went by the wayside during an economic crisis. Is this the worst crisis the United States has ever faced–because it seems like these drastic measures the Senate is taking, inadvertently or on purpose, make it seem as if this current crisis demands decisions we have never seen before. Decisions like turning your back on the people who elected you. I have heard enough about the rising deficit to make me sick at my stomach. The deficit is going to be here tomorrow, next year and 20 years from now. This deficit watch is the worst excuse I have ever heard for not providing to the country. In one way, shape or form–the 1.2 million people are going to have to be provided for. It might be welfare. It might be the fact that we have a completely new homeless crisis. Foreclosures, bankruptcies and losing cars will cost the government big money in the long run.
There are still 6 people for every one job. That means best case scenario that 1 out of every 6 people out of the 1.2 million who will fall under this category this week will be able to find a job. The remaining 750-800 thousand will be just plain out of luck. That’s if the current group of unemployed workers without benefits beat out the other unemployed workers with benefits for positions. It’s just insane and I am not quite sure I understand the Republican logic on this. To be quite frank I don’t understand the Democrat logic on it either. Bring up the legislation as one item with various ways to fund it. Get it done. 1.2 million people are now depending on your to make the decisions that best represent the people who elected you. It’s crucial.