The Senate votes no to the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension tonight. It wasn’t even that close. The proposed broader bill, which includes the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension, failed in the vote 57-41 according to this story on CNN Money. That means 1.2 million people will be living without benefits at the end of this week. That number will jump to a reported 1.6 million by July 4, 2010.
This also means that this unemployment benefits measure won’t pass, in the short term, until the Senate receives pressure from the media, citizens or wherever over the weekend and into next week. Key Democrat Harry Reid, who is behind the efforts to get this particular broad bill passed, has said before that he may remove the legislation all together if it failed for a third time. This is the third time so now what?
It’s another painful day on the roller coaster ride of emotion for many jobless Americans who were patiently waiting and hoping a 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension was in the works. The United States Senate is sending a clear message to the 1.2 million people with jobless aid-they just don’t care. Period.
The Senate vote of no to the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension might have turned into a yes without the Democrats stuffing more items into what has been termed a grab bag piece of legislation. The Republicans might eventually offer more legislation–but is still unclear as to what the next step might be. I find this to be an absolute outrage. The Senate is making a mockery out of the politic process by staging petty fights against one another when over 1 million people and counting are suffering.
This horrible economic climate should be deemed an emergency. That aid, in the form of an individual bill, should have happened weeks if not months ago. Now many Americans will once again go back into panic mode without enough income to pay for their homes, credit cards and automobiles-let alone putting food on the table. What has our United States accomplished in the past month? NOTHING. ZERO. It’s insane to think that these 100 United States Senators can punish so many jobless Americans who were already living on the edge of poverty(probably) to start with. The lack of urgency, the lack of compassion and the constant reminder that our political parties should be abandoned will be prevalent thoughts of those who are now faced with the prospects of no income and a horrible job market. It’s embarrassing that fellow Americans are treating other Americans this way.
I’ll have to admit that some Senators are at least trying to work it out. The fact that this bill could all together be scrapped is one of the saddest commentaries I have ever seen in my lifetime. I had heard stories of The Great Depression and how bad things did get. Now, 1.2 million Americans and counting will slowly start to feel the effects of the decisions, or lack thereof, our United States Senators have made in the past 3 weeks since taking a 10 day vacation.
The fight isn’t over yet. We, as citizens, should absolutely not give up. We should protect one another by sending letters to Senators, The President, Congress and the media. This is a huge issue that should be at the forefront of our public eye. I have a really good feeling that the majority of people would not want 1.2 million people and their families to suffer. I do not have the same optimistic feeling about the Senate any longer. The Senate had an opportunity to help so many people and their families and they bailed out before it was finished. Now many jobless Americans will have to pay the price for those decisions that weren’t made.