Democrats are considering a single issue Unemployment Extension or Jobs Bill after being rejected in the Senate for a third time on Thursday. A new report by the Associated Press says Democrats in the House are thinking about a stand alone bill that could be introduced next week. While this may be some good news in the fight to get a 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension passed-it also comes with a little disappointing news.
The good news is that progress may be being made by the introduction of such legislation next week. The bad news is that the House would need to pass it, send it to the Senate for approval and for it to get back to the President to sign it into law before the Senate takes a July 4th recess. That could mean another lengthy delay on the part of our United States Senate. How ironic is it that the possible delay from the Senators, who would be leaving the office without finishing business once again, would take place on or around Independence Day? Does anyone see the irony in that besides me? The answer to that question is that there are 1.2 million people who currently see the irony in that. There will be an additional 200,000 people a week joining us while the Senate plays politics and abandons the American people who truly need aid and benefits.
If it wasn’t enough that we had a 10 day vacation before the Senate ever officially took up the issue-now jobless Americans might have to deal with another recess while they wait without money and the knowledge if any such benefits are headed their way. It would be yet another slap in the face in this roller coaster of emotions thrill ride that so many of us are jointly experiencing. But we have certainly come to expect such lunacy from these politicians who we elected.
The level of frustration bubbled over a long time ago for people who lost benefits in this swoop of inaction. Now with each slap in the face many Americans are learning to lower their expectations of what to expect from our politicians. A stand alone Unemployment Extension or Jobs Bill should have happened the first time around. It’s unacceptable that both parties have tried to press agendas in the total overall scheme of the first broader bill and the following rejection of it. It is not a party issue.
It’s a people issue and the people are suffering. Now more and more people are being added to that emergency mix. Some will have been without unemployment benefits for 3 weeks or more entering the weekend.
The single issue Unemployment Extension is certainly the way to go.
My only question for our politicians is why wasn’t that explored in the first place? How did this not get introduced at an earlier point so people would not have to go a month or nearly that without aid and benefits. If the aid was going to happen, why wasn’t emergency legislation utilized to not only help people but allow them to not suffer the consequences they will so inevitably face?
Are the Senators going to pay our late fees on credit cards, car payments and mortgages? Of course not. So why wasn’t this passed as one single item issue a month ago? It just doesn’t make sense and the people in the United States Senate should collectively be ashamed of what they have put innocent people through. Not allowing those people to have those benefits in this crucial time is a tragic moment in the history of our great country. I hope this single issue item does get introduced soon by the Democrats and the good people who are suffering are then allowed to search for jobs and sleep at night.
No matter what happens, the American people are owed a huge apology from the United States Senate for the lack of urgency and a huge apology for making them feel like big fat losers in this whole situation.
These are people who unfortunately lost their jobs through no fault of their own. It’s a tragedy on many levels and the 1.2 million and growing will certainly remember that come election time. The national media is now jumping on board as the total number of those affected makes it blatantly obvious. I still say thanks to the New York Times for being the leader in writing editorials to further put pressure on the Senate to come to their senses.
It’s stories like that that make me proud to be an American. I can not in good conscience say the same for what I feel about the United States Senate.