The 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extensions week long wait must seem like an eternity to those who have lost benefits after as little as 26 weeks. With no guaranteed passage next week, jobless Americans are forced to continue searching for employment as basic necessities run out. Jobless workers are now forced to think about how to put food on the table or even put gas in the car for a potential interview.
The Senate could quite possibly introduce the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extensions as soon as Monday, July 12 after their week long recess. The Senate, thanks to several GOP filibusters on Democratic proposals, has failed miserably to pass legislation leaving a reported 1.7 million jobless Americans without income.
For some, the wait to see 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extensions passed will have been almost a month and a half. That’s if the Senate even decides to take up the issue on July 12 when they finally reconvene after their second vacation in a few months. Some jobless Americans have been just waiting several weeks. Some jobless Americans will be added to the pool of existing unemployed workers who will have lost benefits at the end of this week.
What will the Senate do to remedy this situation? Or will bickering and finger pointing resume on Monday, July 12? The House has already passed a stand alone bill that would retroactively pay many jobless Americans for the money they have missed while the Senate continues to argue. But the Senate still will need 60 votes out of the current 99 members to get the bill passed. The unfortunate death of Robert Byrd has left the Democrats potentially 1 vote shy of getting the bill passed. If his replacement is named quickly then jobless Americans could see the bill pass as early as next week. There is another condition for that. Two Republicans, who voted yes on the issue before the latest vacation, will need to stay on board to help it pass. There are many variables and the last thing a jobless individual in this horrible economy needs to hear is that the bill will not pass.
Enough time has already passed for jobless Americans who have reached the end of a respective Tier. If the Senate does decide after this long wait on the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extensions, it would still have marked nearly 45 days of indecision. The horrible thing is that the bill is not guaranteed to be either introduced an/or passed on Monday, July 12. Surely the Senators will have heard enough outrage from the 1.7 million jobless in the past week while they were on the July 4 recess. Or will the Republican party continue to filibuster the bill until a new replacement for Byrd is in House?
There are questions many jobless Americans desperately need an answer to. The fate of the 2010 Unemployment Benefit Extensions is also vital to the United States economy. For obvious reasons, the Senate should overlook differences for once and pass this bill without hesitation. The Republicans have made their point that the deficit should not be overlooked. Unfortunately that point has resulted in heavy collateral damage for innocent jobless Americans who have lived for over a month without benefits. The long wait for the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension has been tragic for many reasons. So why did it have to happen?
Many jobless Americans have had a great length of time to debate why the Senate has not learned to compromise. In an election year, the tragic consequences have perhaps provided the opportunity for many Americans to get a closer look into the world of politics. Why? Because their fate hangs in the balance. Unfortunately, the closer look these jobless Americans are getting of our political process is that of two selfish political parties hell bent on making points instead of helping the citizens who so desperately need it.