The latest Senate Unemployment news reveals yet more struggling to get the 2010 Extension passed. The 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension is part of a much broader bill that Democrats have been trying to get passed through the Senate. 60 votes are needed to pass the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension bill–and there are 59 Democrats in the Senate. That means the Democrats, even coming to a consensus, would need at least 1 Republican vote to get the latest effort through and on to the House.
Here is an article from the Sign On San Diego business section which details the struggles on the new trimmed down bill that wouldn’t add as much to the deficit. One of the key points in the article concerns the lack of support from the 1 or 2 Republicans it would take to get the bill passed and for Unemployment Benefits to resume.
So an even more trimmed down bill is apparently being worked on currently as the Senate continues to provide a roller coaster ride for those who are currently without benefits. The benefits expired for many jobless Americans who had reached Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 during the month of June. The number of people without benefits will increase to a startling 1.2 million this week. That number seems to have jump started the Senate to get back to work on the bill-but it doesn’t look like it’s a done deal or relatively close just yet. Last night key Democrat Max Baucus told reporters that a deal was close–meaning the Democrats had nearly gathered the 60 votes it would take to pass this 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension. Now, as any good roller coaster does, we are climbing the mountain once again hoping to peak and have smooth sailing down the hill.
There has been little smooth sailing for those without benefits for up to the last 3 weeks. This horrible economic climate seems to have just become worse for so many without benefits. The sad comments continue to come in on my Associated Content stories. I have found that people don’t typically comment unless they are emotional. I can’t even begin to imagine some of the emotions people are going through while they search for jobs and hope for aid from the federal government in the form of the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension. I hope we have truly good news by the end of the week and I am still optimistic the powers that be will finally realize the dire consequences soon to come from this scenario.
You can read more about my opinions on my blog here. Please feel free to leave comments and let’s hope a resolution comes very quickly this week instead of another seven day week of worrying and stress.