The H.R. 4213 vote, which includes Unemployment Extensions for a reported 2.5 million Americans, is inevitably going to pass on the floor of the United States Senate in the next few days. Despite the inevitable passage, the H.R. 4213 vote is still being further delayed by Republicans in the Senate. This following a day Democrats broke up a filibuster with a 60-40 procedural vote.
The issue could have went to a simple majority vote yesterday-but Republicans are still delaying the inevitable passage on Wednesday. There is a 30 hour window to vote on such legislation-so the Unemployment Extensions appear to be inevitable when the H.R. 4213 vote will take place tonight at the very latest. So why would Republicans push back funds for the unemployed for even longer periods of time? As Republicans try to make a point, Democrats are issuing sharp criticism on the floor of the United States Senate today.
Enter Democrat Bob Casey. The Senator from Pennsylvania blasted the GOP for further delaying the funds on Wednesday, July 21, 2010. Casey says the bill has already passed the procedural vote and that he didn’t understand why many Republican Senators were blocking the simple majority vote for the maximum period of time. “We have a very basic choice here,” Bob Casey said. “We can vote right away. Or we can still have the games and the hypocrisy that we’ve seen on display here.”
The H.R. 4213 vote, which will now take place no later than late on Wednesday evening, just needs a simple majority after bypassing the filibuster before it moves to the House. After the House approves it, and it’s assumed it will, it will move to the President where he can sign it into law.
Bob Casey says the hypocrisy and political gamesmanship continues to hurt many jobless citizens. The Senate has delayed the 2010 Unemployment Extensions, now found in the H.R. 4213 upcoming vote, for over a month and a half. Republicans have cited the bill needs to be funded so it doesn’t add to the deficit. Democrats want to deem H.R. 4213(jobless bill) as emergency spending.
“It’s very simple and there is no in between here. You are either on one side of this issue or the other. We should not be waiting hours to get this final vote in place,” Casey continued to criticize the GOP for delaying the H.R. 4213 vote. Casey was just one of many Democrats who scolded opposition to H.R. 4213 on Wednesday, July 21, 2010. Democrats are pointing out that time is of the essence for the reported 2.5 million Americans who have seen benefits disappear. Republicans are still content to waste time even though the filibuster is over and denial of the H.R. 4213 is now highly unlikely.