The 2010 Unemployment Extension Bill is still sitting and waiting for the Senate to pass it. This is such an important bill for the unemployed Americans that are counting on this help to pay their bills and put food on the table. Why is it that the Senate can put this on the back burner when so many people are in a crisis financially?
CNN News Today carried the coverage of the Senate meeting and discussing the unemployment extension bill. Two speeches occurred, one for and one against and then that was the end of the discussion as they went on to other things.
President Obama summoned General McChrystal to the White House today after reading some disparaging words the General had to say about the President, according to Fox News. The General was “relieved of his duties” because of these insulting words against our leader and chief. It took less than three days for the government to act on this after reading the General’s interview in Rolling Stone Magazine. Why was this more urgent than getting the unemployment extension underway? The point being, the General insulted the President. Whether you agree with it or not, he was relieved of his duties almost immediately after the President got wind of this. Why can the government act on this so quickly but leave millions of unemployed people hanging with no answers on when their next check is coming?
A hurt ego on the part of the President may be what constituted immediate action, but the people who are counting on this unemployment extension still have to sit and wait for an answer. It is amazing the priorities in the government today. Unfortunately for the unemployed, this unemployment extension bill has become a ploy between the two parties in the Senate.
Senator Hatch proposes a drug testing amendment that he wants attached to the unemployment extension bill. This is a foolish waste of taxpayers money and would cost more to operate than the unemployment extension will cost to pay out. This is just an example of the foolish suggestions in the Senate right now that are tying up passing the bill.
There is no reason that the unemployment extension bill can not be passed just the way it is. They also want to cut the weekly unemployment amount by $25, which was the money added on by President Obama’s stimulus bill from last year. Each time an unemployment extension has been granted, the Senate passed the $25 stimulus money along with it. This time they want to cut it out.
So not only is the Senate taking their time on passing the unemployment stimulus bill, they are trying to put more obstacles in the bill for the people who will receive the benefits. $25 cut a week will be $100 less a month that people have counted on for food and bills. This is unfair. Then to add insult to injury, Senator Hatch thinks that putting a drug testing component into play will help save money because this will catch the drug users and they will not be able to collect a check. If a positive drug test is found, then no money will be paid in unemployment or welfare benefits. This is degrading to the good people on unemployment. It also stigmatizes the entire group of people on unemployment benefits. It is like saying the unemployed are drug users.
This is the wrong group to target for fishing for drug use. As in any group of people, there will be drug users, but the majority of drug users are not on unemployment. Doesn’t Senator Hatch know that if you are eligible for unemployment this means you held down a job for some time. It is not as if the unemployed have never worked and are asking for hand-outs. They had work and lost it due to no fault of their own.
Enough already with the hold up on the 2010 unemployment extension bill. It does not need a drug testing component and it certainly does not need a $25 cut from the already meager funds that are given out as benefits. It is sad to see that the Senators are so out of touch with what is going on with the American people.
References: CNN News Live, Fox News Live