A President Barack Obama letter to the United States Senate concerning the unemployment benefits extension should have been enough. Obama, who sent the letter on Saturday, wrote to advise the Senators about the urgency needed to pass the unemployment benefits extension. Why was the letter not enough to get the bill passed in a quicker fashion? Apparently the President was sending a message that was falling on mostly deaf ears.
Here is the President Barack Obama letter to the Senate. It details what should be done in such a time of urgency. Yet, the Senate continues to wait to vote on the issue of the unemployment benefits extension for 2010.
President Barack Obama addresses the letter to a pair of Democrats-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Harry Reid. The letter also is sent to Republican Leader John Boehner and fellow Republican Mitch McConnell.
What does the President Barack Obama letter to the United States Senate say about the unemployment benefits extension? Obama mentions that this moment is critical-and “we can not afford to slide backwards just as our recovery is taking hold. We must take these emergency measures”. It’s a letter that should have prompted immediate action from the United States Senate. Instead, now there is no clear evidence a revised bill will even get a vote of yes when it is scheduled to come to the forefront tomorrow in the United States Senate.
Different people have different opinions about how to handle the unemployment benefits extension situation midway through 2010. Some think providing aid to those jobless Americans will only add to the deficit. Some think the aid is needed but perhaps there is a better way to fund it. It seems so many people in the United States have such strong opinions that a consensus is unlikely regardless of the President Barack Obama letter appealing otherwise.
The President Barack Obama letter to the Senate should have been enough. A plea for help for those who will soon be, if not already, devastated by the sudden loss of income should have been heard. The deaf ears in the United States Senate has to be very frustrating for those many jobless Americans who are already struggling to make ends meet without a regular income. Now those same Americans will have to wait for a Senate decision and then another vote from the House on such a revised bill. It could take several weeks before the unemployed workers who fall under these categories will even know an answer.
Does the Senate expect those people will immediately find jobs? Why doesn’t a letter from President Barack Obama carry enough weight to prompt immediate action from the United States Senate? It seems like a colossal tug of war where the loser is those jobless Americans who are already hurting. I don’t feel that we as United States citizens can blame Barack Obama for not trying to make things right. Obama is doing his part by calling for urgency in this matter. The Senate, meanwhile, has completely dropped the ball. The irony is that the Senate, who are against the passage of the bill, talk about irresponsible spending. I find it hard to come to terms with the fact that any Senator who dilly dallys for such a length of time can call anything irresponsible. Millions of jobless Americans are waiting to see what will happen while they try to make ends meet without income. The lack of urgency by the Senators, even with a President Barack Obama letter in their hands, is what I call irresponsible.