Unemployment Extension Update: The WV Senator has been appointed to fill the seat of the late Robert Byrd. Carte Goodwin, the youngest Senator in office, will be the 60th vote needed to pass the Unemployment Extension Bill, according to CBS News.
This is great news for the people who are unemployed and past the critical stage of having money to pay their bills. Shortly after Carte Goodwin is sworn in on Tuesday July, 20th, the vote for the Unemployment Extension 2010 will be taken. This time it will pass according to Senator Jay Rockefeller. He says that “Goodwin will make the 60th vote in what is a very necessary piece of legislation.” “We will take up and pass unemployment legislation.”
It has been a hard and long road for the millions of unemployed people counting on the Unemployment Extension 2010 bill to pass. The Senate has done nothing with this bill since it came up for a vote months ago. Obstacles were put in the way and the differences of the Senate parties made for an unnecessary delay.
The Senators had a long extended 4th of July holiday vacation without passing the bill. This was seen as an insult to the many unemployed Americans who were looking to keep food on the table for their families. The Senate is due for the August recess, so the bill needs to be voted on and passed before they all take off again for their beach and country vacation homes.
There seems to be nothing in the way for this vote slated on Tuesday July 20th. CBS News reports just minutes after the new WV Senator is sworn in, the Unemployment Extension 2010 Bill will be voted on and with the 60th vote of Goodwin, it will pass.
The passing of the Unemployment Extension 2010 Bill will be nothing to celebrate for the unemployed entitled to these benefits, there has been so much damage done already without these funds being available. People are losing their homes, bills are piling up and utilities are being turned off. This extension will help, but for some it came too late.
After all the back and forth debates and the obstacles that were put into place, the bill ends up passing anyway. Again, it is coming too late for many. Look at the damage done by wasting the taxpayers money while the Senate argued over the extension bill. The damage that was done to the individual unemployed in this nation could have also been avoided. It is just such a travesty that never had to happen if they just did the right thing in the first place for the American people and pass the extension bill. The government wasted no time at all for the bail outs of the big businesses, it is too bad the individual American was not given as much respect.
The American public has taken notice of this bill stalling in the Senate. They also know who the key players were from their states that put the Unemployment Extension 2010 Bill on the back burner. They will not forget the Senators who forgot them. This will come out loud and clear in November.
References: CBS News