Congress, under the leadership of Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, continues to drag its feet on an issue affecting 1.3 million unemployed Americans, according to FOX News. Congress refuses to pass the 2010 Unemployment Extension Bill before they go to recess for the July 4th holiday, according to the Associated Press.
Harry Reid Votes ‘No’
Thanks to a vote of ‘Nay’ or ‘no’ from Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, the 2010 Unemployment Extension Bill failed to garner passage this week, denying 1.3 million Americans access to additional unemployment funds.
Reid’s reasoning on voting ‘no,’ which helped caused the bill not to have the required 60 vote support for passage this week, was done to delay the bill revote from happening. Harry Reid didn’t want the revote to occur until a replacement can be named for recently deceased senior Democrat Senator from W. VA., Robert Byrd.
Reid Delays 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension
Citing the Republicans as the cause the unemployment extension benefits bill was not passed in the Senate, Reid attempted to draw attention away from his own vote of ‘no.’ “It is beyond disappointing that Republicans continue to stand almost lockstep against assistance for out-of-work Americans,” Reid told the press, conveniently forgetting to mention he blocked the revote from happening before the July 4th recess.
“We will vote on the measure again once there is a replacement named for the late Sen. Byrd,” Reid added. But 1.3 million Americans will face zero unemployment funds this July 4th holiday, as Reid and fellow Congressional members vacation with their loved ones on the taxpayers dime.
Waiting for a replacement for Sen. Byrd is an unnecessary delay and could be eliminated if the Democratic majority would agree to use funds already in existence in Congressional coffers, according to Republicans in the Senate.
Surplus Funds Not Used for Job Creation Last Year Available
“The only reason the unemployment extension hasn’t passed is because Democrats simply refuse to pass a bill that doesn’t add to the debt,” Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky shared with the press.
McConnell’s referring to the surplus left over from the stimulus bill signed last year. Enough monies allotted for job creation remain unused to meet the $33.9 billion cost Congress would face by passing the unemployment extension bill. However, Congressional democrats refused the republicans’ offer to immediately sign passage of the bill if those funds could be used instead of borrowing additional money from foreign entities.
Democrats Say ‘No’ to Using Available Funds for Extension Bill
The democrats said ‘no’ to tapping into the unused job creation funding, but did not explain why those funds were never used last year and still remain available for use, as well as why the unemployment rate continues to climb in spite of the stimulus monies borrowed for job creation.
Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, however, still insists that the unemployment extension bill will have to wait for passage until West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, a fellow Democrat, can choose the late Sen. Byrd’s replacement.
According to Harry Reid, more debt must be taken on in order to pass the unemployment extension bill in spite of the surplus funds that remain unused from last year, and Sen. Byrd’s replacement will help the Democrats in Congress make it happen that way. Meanwhile, unemployed Americans, who will repay that debt stimulus money someday, are told those funds can’t be touched to help them this July 4th by Harry Reid.