600,000 more jobless Americans or more will be added to the list seeking an unemployment benefits extension this weekend. The Senate plans to discuss or vote on the issue on Tuesday after delaying the item last week.
It will be another rough weekend for those who had exhausted their unemployment benefits the past week–and a completely new group of frustrated jobless Americans will be added to the mix of those who are uncertain about the status of their unemployment benefits.
Many more Americans will be wanting an explanation as to why their benefits have exhausted on a certain tier when others received benefits for up to 99 weeks. It won’t sound fair and the harsh reality is that these reported 600,000 additional jobless Americans will no doubt be shell shocked to find out they can no longer file for unemployment benefits in 2010. That may change within the week if the Senate finally passes an unemployment benefits extension bill. But those seeking the benefits will have at least a few days filled with fear and the prospects of not having any money coming in. If the Senate is truly in a stalemate as some reports have indicated, unemployment for many could possibly come to an end.
The Senate is receiving harsh criticism across the board for taking a long time to finally come to a decision on the unemployment benefits extension. There are many people hurting and that number is going to more than triple this week if the estimates are right.
I have had many many comments on the unemployment benefits extension stories I have written for the past few days. Many Americans are scared to death that the Senate will not pass this new unemployment benefits extension for the remainder of 2010. Many say they will not be re-electing any of the Senators for taking their sweet time when a sense of urgency is needed.
What will it take to pass the 2010 unemployment benefits extension this time around? 60 votes are needed out of the 100 Senators. There are 59 Democrats in the Senate so just one Republican vote will most likely be needed. But not all Democrats are with the plan according to one story in the Sun Sentinel.
It looks like, if the Senators ever get around to voting on the issue, it could pass sometime this week. The delay for those who have exhausted their funds has been unacceptable to many. The Senate left for a 10 day Holiday before finally taking the issue back up. Now, instead of passing the unemployment benefits extension early last week, the Senate has pushed a vote until this coming week.
Will the vote on the 2010 unemployment benefits extension take place on Monday or Tuesday? According to this article in the Sun Sentinel, the Senate plans to take up the issue on Tuesday. The same article unfortunately says that the Senate is in a stalemate-and that not all Democrats are ready to pass the unemployment benefits extension package. Could this be the end of the unemployment benefits for those jobless Americans who need it?