A key Democrat told the media the Senate is close on passing a 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension. The story, which appears on The Hill.com and can be read here, uses a quote from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus. Baucus says “We’re close” but adds there is no announcement yet. The comment was apparently made in reference to securing the 60 votes needed to pass the bill which would include the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension.
It appears the United States Senate, after bickering on this issue for nearly 3 weeks, may have finally come to its senses. The story from The Hill.com says also that many Senators want to pass the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension. That seems far fetched considering that the Senate did not pass the bill and instead sent a revised version which did not include unemployment benefits back to the House. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called the bill inadequate because it didn’t include certain provisions such as addressing the jobs bill(which includes the unemployment benefits extension). It appears that the Nancy Pelosi refusal may have turned the tide, at least for the moment, in the fight to get the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension passed in the Senate.
We’ll still have to hold our breaths for the next few days as the Senate tries to finally get this bill through and back to the House for further approval. Let’s hope we finally are close on getting the bill passed so that the soon to be 1.2 million people will continue to receive the benefits that have stopped as of early June. The fighting and bickering has accomplished little it seems other than hurting 900,000 plus people so far by not allowing them to receive benefits.
The irony is that during this entire debacle many selfish people have posted comments about how the unemployment benefits extension isn’t needed and that the unemployed people are taking handouts and refusing to look for work. I have seen a very sad side of the human spirit and how people react during a controversy. It’s amazing how many people who have jobs have little empathy for those who are just unfortunate and have lost positions. I’ve seen so many comments on many columns/stories about how providing an unemployment extension will hurt the incentive of job seekers. Let’s just say that most job seekers, if they didn’t already, aren’t going to depend on any politicians to provide their income. This 3 week wait explains that theory case and point.
I just hope the good people who have lost jobs through no fault of their own will be fortunate enough to look for work without having to worry about making house payments and putting gas in the car. We definitely deserve better from our United States Government.