Republican Unemployment Insurance stalling methods are rubbing salt in the wounds of jobless Americans on July 21, 2010. What inevitably should have happened is that the Republicans should have allowed a vote yesterday once the Democrats bypassed a filibuster. What has happened is a disgrace.
Republicans have continued to block the Unemployment Insurance for the short term by using a 30 hour window after the bypass of the filibuster to file motions for amendments to H.R. 4213. The bill, which will most likely finally receive the simple majority vote it needs tonight in the Senate, would then move on to the House for final approval before reaching the desk of President Barack Obama. Democrats have enough votes now that H.R. 4213 is a foregone conclusion.
Instead of allowing the Unemployment Insurance bill to pass quickly, Republicans have in essence stalled for the greatest amount of time allowed on the Senate floor. Republicans have 30 hours to attempt to add amendments and they are seemingly going to use every second of it despite not having any true realistic potential to pass new legislation at this hour.
The Republican stall is sending huge messages to the reported 2.5 million unemployed who are desperately needing Unemployment Insurance. The message is that Republicans aren’t concerned if jobless Americans have to wait for a greater amount of time to receive those benefits. It’s unfortunate this stall only added salt to the wounds of people who were already hurting. Republicans have stuck with the contention all day that this bill, H.R. 4213, needs to be paid for. Now it seems the GOP is trying to make a political point in the last hours. The collateral damage just continues to be inflicted upon many innocent American citizens who have lost employment through no fault of their own.
Debate raged today on the floor of the United States Senate concerning the delay and the inevitable passage of H.R. 4213. Many Democrats criticized the GOP for further blocking the Unemployment Insurance that so many citizens who have lost benefits so desperately need. Republicans have shot back with concerns over deficit spending and “mortgaging our future”. The Senate has failed miserably to provide Unemployment Insurance for 2.5 million Americans since the June 2, 2010 lapse.
Now it seems that July 22, 2010 will be the day the Unemployment Insurance Extensions finally goes into effect. There is still expected to be some delay from each individual state getting money into the hands of jobless Americans who had previously exhausted benefits by reaching specific Tiers.