A Senate Unemployment vote could and should happen today–but Democrats appear to be worried they will not have enough votes to get the item passed. The Democrats in the Senate have been trimming and trimming the broad bill, which includes many items such as the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension.
Now a new report out this afternoon says that Democrats are fearful they will not have enough votes to get the unemployment benefits extension passed in the Senate. The same Democrats say that if they do not get enough votes on the bill–they will move on to other legislation. Wow! I thought I had seen it all. The 1.2 million people are currently not receiving benefits because of this fight in the Senate should be concerned. It means that they will not receive benefits until this issue is resolved. 100 people in the Senate are holding up aid to 1.2 million people. How is it that our political process has allowed that to happen? Is it our fault that we voted these people in? Should we have seen the future and realized we would lose our jobs in this horrible economic climate?
I find it unfortunate following the Senate Unemployment News for the past 22 days that this emotional roller coaster ride seems to not have an end to it. It’s been up and down every day as the Senate continues to act as if this tug of war does not hurt this many people. I continue to get many comments from many people. I can only assume the people who will newly be added to those without benefits in the coming week are scrambling to find information on what is happening. I am sad that those people are also experiencing this awful roller coaster ride-except there is nothing fun about it.
The prospects of not knowing where your next check is coming from is a horrible fate to suffer. Especially when you are trying to concentrate on finding a job in this horrible job climate. The stats still illustrate there are 6 people for every one job opening-at least. So if the economy hasn’t helped produce more jobs-why isn’t the United States Senate jumping on the opportunity to help so many people?
It’s quickly becoming a sad Republican versus Democrat battle-if it wasn’t to start with. The number of those without benefits will continue to increase and the sad stories will continue to unfold as we wait for the United States Senate to make a decision. Hopefully, with any luck this bill will somehow pass today. It doesn’t look like that is extremely likely. Let’s just say it seems like a 50-50 at best. In more probability, I think we are looking at a 45-55 type of vote–despite the trimming. Hopefully a few Republican Senators will realize the impact this lack of urgency is having and make a decision based on the best interests of the people–and not a silly “number” like the deficit. I’ve said it before. The deficit will still be here tomorrow. The deficit isn’t going anywhere. The fact some Senators say they don’t want to pass this on to their children is absolutely ridiculous. Absolutely. Our children and their children will most likely be facing a deficit of some kind. Not to mention the 1.2 million people who will be without benefits have children and families. What about those people? The bickering has to stop and the Senate has to realize what is going to happen when these 1.2 million people face foreclosures, bankruptcies and the prospects of being homeless. That’s really going to help the deficit. Really.