Barring something unforeseen, July 22, 2010 will mark the day the Unemployment Insurance Benefits Extensions finally become law. The bill, which is known as H.R. 4213, is expected to finally be officially passed on the floor of the United States Senate late tonight after a 30 hour Republican stall. That means July 22, 2010 could be a small victory for jobless Americans. That’s because July 22, 2010 will finally mark the day that this H.R. 4213(or Unemployment Insurance Benefits Extension) is approved by the House and sent to President Barack Obama for his signature.
It’s been a month and a half long epic fight on the floor of the United States. The bottom line is jobless Americans, who had been denied benefits for that duration, don’t care if H.R. 4213(Unemployment Insurance Benefits Extensions) is paid for or not. The reported 2.5 million Americans who fall under the category of lapsed benefits are only interested in paying home mortgages, car payments and putting food on the table. How it was passed is probably seen as irrelevant to many jobless Americans who have been denied aid in a horrible economic crisis.
Republicans and Democrats have both utilized election year politics to throw the issue around while many Americans served as collateral damage. H.R. 4213, or some other equivalent bill, should have passed in early June when it was first introduced on the Senate floor. The Senate has completely failed in every aspect to reach a mutual decision leading up to the inevitable July 22, 2010 Unemployment Insurance Benefits Extension passage. What has turned into a partisan issue has certainly not been anything to cheer about for those doing without income for up to 7 weeks. The Senate has completely dropped the collective ball and many innocent Americans have been crushed financially and emotionally during what can only be described as the 2010 Senate Unemployment fiasco. The bad news might be that there could be another epic war on the floor of the United States Senate in November when the current extensions(about to be passed) run out.
There is still more bad news for jobless Americans. Since the Republicans have stalled on July 21, 2010 for the near 30 hours, jobless Americans will now be receiving benefits 30 hours later than what they could have. Individual states will be distributing individual lump sums to jobless Americans in the form of retroactive pay. The retroactive pay is expected to take anywhere from a week to four or even six weeks to each some of those jobless Americans. While the news is mostly good, it doesn’t certainly fix the long term problems for those still looking for employment.
In fact, the July 22, 2010 Unemployment Insurance Benefits Extensions going into law will be of little consolation to many who have been financially devastated by the lack of aid. It will still be a source of at least some good news to many of the 2.5 million people who have lost benefits during that lapse. But it won’t be great news. Great news for those Americans can only happen when the job market improves and those same Americans can finally have an opportunity to realistically land employment. That’s why this 2010 Unemployment Insurance Extensions bill should have passed on June 2 and not July 22, 2010. It’s tragic that it took that long for a group of 100 politicians to determine the fate of nearly 2.5 million people.