Will Unemployment Benefits be restored on July 20, 2010? Analysts are pointing to that day as the start of the potential restoration of Unemployment Benefits Extensions. Here’s why. The Senate has juggled the 2010 Unemployment Benefits issue for almost a month and a half now. Democrats started with a broad bill that Republicans said would only add to the deficit. Republicans didn’t allow the issue to come to a vote by filibustering it. The Republicans cited that the broad bill would only add to the deficit and have stuck with that theme for the duration.
So the Democrats went back to work on the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extensions. Democrats like Majority Leader Harry Reid trimmed and trimmed the bill to no avail. Eventually, after another failed vote, Democrats were ready to pose a stand alone 2010 Unemployment Benefits. That bill was also proposed but Democrats did not offer a way for it to be paid for. Republicans once again filibustered the issue. With two Republicans now finally on board, the bill would have been passed if the unfortunate death of Senator Robert Byrd would have not happened. Now it seems like the 2010 Unemployment Benefits legislation will inevitably pass once a replacement is named for Byrd. That replacement is expected to be named in the next few days. Once the replacement for Byrd is named, the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extensions could finally be restored. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has indicated that a procedural vote will take place on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. By that time, the Democratic replacement for Byrd should be in place and on board with the plan.
What could hurt the 2010 Unemployment Benefits from being passed? If Republicans Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins jump off the stand alone Unemployment Benefits track the bill could be derailed. Is that a possibility? It certainly seems as if the back and forth potential juggling has been never ending for this issue. It wouldn’t probably be smart to rule out a possible switch from Snowe and Collins. Now the two are going to face party pressure over the next few days to hop back on the Republican side citing deficit concerns. A switch from either Snowe or Collins would be devastating for the 2010 Unemployment Benefits vote on Tuesday, July 20.
It’s imperative that both Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins remain in the fight to restore Unemployment Benefits for 2010. That, as is the replacement of Robert Byrd, serves as the key ingredient to the success for jobless Americans in the coming week. So the answer to the question–“When will unemployment benefits be restored?”–doesn’t have an immediate answer. The tentative answer is a vote on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 could be a the key to bypassing a Republican filibuster and helping restore the 2010 Unemployment Benefits. Jobless Americans might not have a final answer until the middle or late next week. If Snowe or Collins abandons the potential legislation concerning the 2010 Unemployment Benefits, 2 million plus Americans could be left in the cold without that particular answer. That would also start the nightmare over again for jobless Americans who have lost employment through no fault of their own.