The list of Senators who voted to no continues to cost 1.2 million their unemployment benefits extension(H.R. 4213). Many jobless Americans, who lost employment through no fault of their own, want to know which Senators are on the list of those who voted no against the latest job bills. It’s actually a vote of nay in the Senate-but that tidbit is of little significance to those who are hurting and living without those 2010 Unemployment Benefits.
The broad bill or H.R. 4213, proposed by the Democrats in the last few weeks, needed 60 votes in the United States Senate out of 100 total Senators to pass. For the third time, this Democratic proposed bill was voted down by a final tally of 57-41 on Thursday. Jobless Americans who have lost their unemployment benefits now want to know the answer to one question. Who is on the list of Senators who voted no to the proposed 2010 unemployment benefits bill or H.R. 4213?
The list of Senators who voted no to unemployment benefits(or H.R. 4213) includes 41 people. Who exactly is on the list of those who voted no for the most recent Unemployment Benefits Extension? Here is the link from the United States Senate site on those who voted no and yes to the unemployment benefits extension which was included in the broader H.R. 4213 bill.
In case you can’t connect to the link, I have typed in each individual Senator below with their party affiliation and state to the right in parentheses. These 41 people have directly determined the fate of 1.2 million by voting no to the recent Democrat plan. Perhaps the Democratic plan should have included a stand alone Unemployment Benefits Extension without several other items. Regardless of that, many jobless Americans will now suffer for a greater time period without benefits. It’s of little consolation as to how the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension is passed. Jobless Americans aren’t concerned about the specifics and how much the bill adds to the deficit. They are just concerned about putting food on the table.
Here is the list of Senators who vote no or nay to the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Bill(H.R. 4213).
There is also a short list of two who do not vote yes or no on the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension.
That list includes Senators Byrd(D-WV) and Murkowski(R-AK).
As I have written before, it does not completely appear to be the Republicans fault. The Democrats are trying to stuff the grab bag bill of H.R. 4213 with several agendas instead of solely isolating on the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension. If the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension is proposed this coming week as a stand alone item-it will be interesting to see the list of votes, yes or no, to the new legislation. Then perhaps we would be able to truly find out which Senators want to help the American people or not. Although I would say not many want to help the Senators if their recent body of work is any illustration. 25 days now without benefits for many. That is ridiculous.
These 41 Senators above are the current politicians who have cost 1.2 million their Unemployment Benefits for the week. Many other jobless Americans have been without those benefits since June 2 when the Senate reconvened. Whether a new bill is proposed this week or not, damage has already been done to many Americans. These jobless Americans are collateral damage from the complete lack of urgency in the United States Senate.
Democrat Harry Reid is now appearing to play the “stubborn” card and refusing to accept a Republican 30 day emergency unemployment benefits proposal. Reid reportedly also shot down a stand alone Unemployment Benefits Extension bill proposed by Olivia Snowe(R-ME) who is on this list of those who voted no to the H.R. 4213. Reid is apparently a bit bitter about the three rejections from Republicans on H.R. 4213 and says the legislation will be dropped for now and put on the shelf. So grow up. Propose a new bill. How can we as citizens watch our politicans sit there and act as if they are children in regards to this issue? It’s not a issue that should have even been debated. It’s an emergency crisis. You figure out ways to help fellow Americans during times of emergency, period.
So will this stalemate cost the innocently unemployed even more money and benefits? The Senate is expected to recess once again for the July 4th weekend. That currently means that such a stand alone 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension would need to be proposed, passed and then get to the President within one week. It would need to go through both the House and Senate once again before it ever gets to the Oval Office.
What does that mean for the jobless Americans who are waiting for benefits? It doesn’t seem to likely at this point that they will receive those benefits before the holiday. Considering the stalemate and the fact that things are moving at a snails pace in the Senate, it just doesn’t seem feasible they could come to a resolution in such a short amount of time. Especially after bickering for nearly a month already. Are jobless Americans losing hope? The question is, have jobless Americans already lost hope in the political process? Many unemployed Americans, who are suffering through this emergency crisis, have been without aid for 25 days.
What does that mean for the average jobless individual? It means at least one mortgage payment is late by now. It also means that at least one car payment is late. One month without payments also means that food has probably not been put on the table like it should be. We are talking about people who were already struggling living on unemployment benefits. The average unemployment benefits aren’t exactly making these jobless Americans rich. 200-400 dollars is the average I have heard concerning weekly benefits. That means some are doing better than others, depending on which state they live in. But that money is usually not enough to begin with for those who have larger bills to pay.
Will the list of Senators who voted no to this legislation be stepping up to pay late fees associated with this loss of income as a direct result of their lack of urgency? The answer is an obvious no. If the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension is passed with retroactive pay, it won’t come with a cherry on top. Nobody is going to give away any extra money but they certainly should weigh that option. Jobless Americans are going to be in a hole they can’t dig out if the Senators keep passing up opportunities to help them.
I find it horribly shameful. Our own people are in effect hurting their own people. This political process is failing us miserably as over 1 million people are now suffering in a horrible job market. The climate for jobs is still terrible. It makes no sense that H.R. 4213 did not pass-and if it didn’t then another stand alone bill should have been introduced. Instead, the Senate moved on to other legislation on Friday as if they are turning their backs on the American people and this issue isn’t important enough. It should have been top priority until they get it done.
The worst thing about the situation is I do believe that these Senators realize the dire consequences that are resulting from this complete indifference and political tug of war. Yet they still drop the issue and refuse to pass any such legislation that would help the people.
The Senators who voted no didn’t just hurt the 1.2 million people by disallowing the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension. The Senators on that list turned their backs and looked away. If they didn’t like the Democratic plan, change it and propose a greater one of your own. By that, I don’t mean a simple 30 day extension. Provide a long term fix for the jobless Americans until this economy and job climate turn around.
This 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension should have been passed weeks, if not months, ago.
The Senators had the ball in their court and they just completely dropped it. How do those Senators sleep well at night while 1.2 million people stress and worry over how they are going to pay their next bill? Let alone find a job after months and months of searching and failing.