June 24, 2010 news on the Senate Unemployment Benefits Extension decision isn’t good or bad so far. Let’s just say, according to various reports, the Democrats continue to trim the bill and the cost so it can possibly be passed in a procedural vote today or tomorrow. According to this story from WEB CPA, the total overall cost of the very broad bill, which includes the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension, has been cut to about 110 billion dollars. That’s a far cry from the original 200 billion the Senate was dealing with a few weeks ago.
Perhaps the further trimming of the proposed bill, which includes the Unemployment Benefits Extension, could lead to gaining a few votes from the Republican side. Initial concerns have been that the unemployment benefits extension, along with the wide array of other items in the bill, would need to be paid for. Republicans have criticized Democrats for spending money they don’t have-and they have fought almost too hard to make that point over the last few weeks. In the process, many jobless Americans have lost Unemployment Benefits for up to 3 weeks. That total number of people who have lost benefits will reach 1.2 million by the end of this week.
So it’s apparent those numbers, along with several other considerations, are forcing the Senate to take an even closer look at this bill that will affect so many.
So what happens next? Jobless Americans who have seen their unemployment benefits vanish have to try and remain patient. At the same time, the jobless Americans can write letters to Senators or sign petitions to express their disapproval. Another option will be presented come election time-where many who are being hurt in this Senate Unemployment Benefits saga can truly express their disapproval. The thing that bothers me the most with this entire situation is this. If the bill was inevitably going to pass–and I am assuming it still will.
Why couldn’t there have been a temporary passage ready to keep the flow of money to those people who are without benefits? The truth is this bill needs to happen or it will cause suffering and pain in every single state in America. No state will be excluded from having jobless Americans who are living in peril. So if that’s the case and the Senate is aware of that-why would they not figure out a way to pass a short term fix to keep the flow of money going to those people? Or do we see a reality where those Unemployment Benefits Extensions just stop? It seems kind of unlikely given the current circumstances and the horrible job climate. But then again, we are talking about a political process that has sucked the life out of many jobless Americans in the past three weeks.