Could the Senate vote no to the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension? There appears to be a possibility now that the Senate could vote no and unemployment benefits could just reach a maximum of 26 weeks from this point on. According to this story in the Sun-Sentinel, the Senate is in a stalemate over the extension of 2010 unemployment benefits. This means that those who have exhausted their recent tier or their initial 26 weeks would no longer be able to gain benefits.
What does this mean for the jobless Americans who were collecting unemployment? It means that there is a possibility that many many unemployed Americans will be facing a huge crisis unlike we have seen before. Initial reports last week were that approximately 300,000 would go without benefits while the Senate waits to decide on the matter. Those same reports estimated that the total number without benefits would increase to 900,000 this weekend as a new pool of jobless Americans runs out of their current benefits or tier.
This should be a national crisis. It would seem imperative with this many people involved that the Senate would act in an urgent fashion to pass such an emergency bill. Yet, the Senate has utilized a 10 day holiday vacation while the fate of many jobless Americans hangs in the balance.
The Senate is expect to either address the issue and/or vote on the 2010 unemployment benefits extension on Tuesday. It might be one of the more crucial votes this country has ever seen. Many jobless Americans will be left without benefits while the statistics have said that there are still 6 applicants for every one available job.
What is at issue? The Senate is weighing the fact that the national debt would increase if unemployment benefits continue. Yet the United States continues to aid other countries and spend huge amounts of money on other items that are deemed more important. How can we ever justify a bank bailout if we won’t make money available to those United States citizens who truly need it during an epic fiscal emergency? The fact that this 2010 unemployment benefits extension is even under consideration instead of being passed in a quicker fashion remains a mystery to many. That number is now growing and will top the 1 million mark of those who have exhausted benefits next week. If the senate chooses to vote no to the 2010 unemployment benefits extension it would have dire consequences for many people who have lost jobs through no fault of their own.
What kind of message is this sending to those unemployed people who can not file for benefits? It sends a message that there is a complete and total lack of empathy. It also sends the message that the Senate must believe there are great volumes of people who can find a job but aren’t. Could 1 million or more people actually be laying low and not trying to find work? What in the world is the Senate thinking if they don’t pass this 2010 unemployment extension bill? It seems to be a complete lack of trust between the Senate and those who are seeking benefits if the vote on Tuesday is no. Why did we elect these people if that is the case? Aren’t politicians supposed to help people have a smoother ride instead of making it tougher? There are polls about people really being concerned over the national debt. Why on earth would the United States be using money to aid other countries, be involved in wars and bail out banks if we are that concerned over the debt. The real problem is that people can’t truly find jobs in a horrible horrible economy. The number of unemployed will most likely remain stagnant even if the Senate votes no on Tuesday. That just means that there will be way less spending and way more frustrations as jobless Americans fight to figure out their next step.
There will be many people hurt by a vote of no for this bill. Many many people. The 1 million people who will be suffering in the short term will only grow to larger numbers in the coming weeks. Maybe the Senate believes a small percentage of those people will go back to work by waving a magical wand and the unemployment numbers will come back to more realistic proportions.
The economic crisis was most likely generated by politicians who have made bad decisions leading up to this point. Now jobless Americans are going to truly suffer more because of another bad decision if the vote is no on Tuesday. The debt seems of little consequence to those who are already suffering and having a painfully hard time finding work. What will the United States be like later this week if such a bill doesn’t get passed?
The debt certainly won’t disappear. It will always be there. We will always owe money as a country. We should also always protect our citizens who are being hurt by what we have created. Slowing down the debt will in no way help our citizens. How does that change the obstacles that a 50 year old unemployed worker in Boston faces? How does lowering the debt help a 30 year old who got laid off and has been having a tough time finding work? How does easing the national debt provide shelter for those individuals who will now lose their house because of a vote of no? Please, enlighten me Senators. How does that work?