A full vote on the 2010 unemployment extension bill will be held tomorrow, says the U.S. Senate. On Tuesday, Senators broke a Republican-led filibuster which had held for weeks, clearing the way for a final vote to extend unemployment benefits until November 30. The 2010 unemployment extension bill (H.R. 4213) was originally a $141 billion dollar package, but was reduced by nearly two-thirds by Senate Dems in an effort to gain Republican support.
Senate OK’s Wednesday Floor Vote On 2010 Unemployment Extension Bill, Breaking Weeks-Long Filibuster
The 2010 unemployment extension bill (H.R. 4213) will be put to a floor vote in the Senate on Wednesday, after which point it will go to the House for approval. The bill was originally dubbed the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010, but has since been named “Unemployment Compensation Extension Act”, which brings the focus back to the heart of the issue: jobless Americans in need of extended unemployment insurance.
After all the hurdles H.R. 4213 has faced, the unemployment benefits extension bill will likely be signed into law by President Obama next week. President Obama has said publicly that he supports the measure, and was disappointed to see the GOP so opposed to giving hard-working Americans the boost they need.
Now that Senate Democrats have managed to break the 2010 unemployment extension bill filibuster, and the extended deadline to file for unemployment benefits is expected to become law, millions of Americans can collectively take a breath. Though the average unemployment benefits check is only around $300 a week (according to CNN, 7/20), this money is a much-needed lifeline for many hard-working but out-of-work Americans as they navigate this tough economy. If it passes, the measure up for vote tomorrow will retroactively allow for those cut off by the June 2 filing deadline to apply for extended unemployment benefits through Nov. 30, and also allow for the long-term unemployed needing to move to the next tier of benefits to be able to do so.
According to OpenCongress.org, this 2010 unemployment extension bill does not provide for unemployment benefits beyond the current Tier VI (99 weeks of benefits) for states with high unemployment rates. In states with low unemployment rates, Tier III (86 weeks of benefits) is still the highest tier of unemployment benefits available.