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House Moves to Extend Unemployment Benefits

By July 1, 2010

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The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a bill that would further extend federal unemployment compensation benefit payments, thus putting the controversial issued squarely back before the Senate, where a similar bill was killed on June 22.

The bill H.R. 5618 would extend unemployment compensation through November 30, and would retroactively restore unemployment insurance payments to recipients who began losing their benefits as early as May 31.

The bill killed by the Senate would have extended unemployment benefit payments through December 31. The bill stalled when Senate Democrats failed to get the 60 votes needed to end a Republican filibuster against the bill.

While the House passed the new unemployment benefit extension by a vote of 270-153, Senate action on the bill will not come until Congress returns from its weeklong Fourth of July break.

Also See:
Senate Kills Unemployment Compensation Extension
An Alternative to Extending Unemployment Benefits?
Unemployment Benefits: A Federal-State Lifeline

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July 2, 2010 at 6:45 am
(1) EllieL says:

It was nice of them to take their vacation first before caring about the people who elected them and pay their salalry that are suffering due to this economy with no where to go for help,,,,,Nice job ,,,,,Hope you can sleep at night,,,and live with yourselves….I can’t wait till NOV,,,,,maybe some of you will be REPLACED after this brilliant move,,,, It’s not the unemployed’s fault we are at this junction, we didn’t ask for the banking crisis,,,but make sure you bail them out first and let them get their bonus,,,,on us,,,again,,,,Wow,,,I love how government thinks,,,,ONE WAY!!!!!!!!!

July 2, 2010 at 8:47 pm
(2) Greg says:

Stop all of the wasteful war expenditures, and help the people here! We need to get our own economy rebuilt before we try to nation build where we are not wanted!

July 3, 2010 at 2:03 pm
(3) annemarie says:

The Senate killed the bill and left for vacation. Let’s kill the Senate. It is a group of greedy self-consumed bastards, anyway. It should be deconstructed and put back together in a way that represents the true issues of 2010, not 1910.

July 3, 2010 at 2:08 pm
(4) bcr8tive2 says:

I could go into the long story of all of the major health issues and surgeries I had through the end of 2008 – 2009. I actually went back to work after having a large, life-threatening tumor removed from my head and more, but 9 months later was back in the hospital for more months. Turned out the hospital left metal in my stomach. 4 months of more procedures and I was once again, out of work.

I’ve collected approximately 18 weeks, and have only a few weeks left. I had to give notice to my apartment complex yesterday, to inform them that I have to move. I won’t have the money to stay. I’ve been here for 11 years.

I’ve spent each and every day of this time, actively looking for work and viral marketing my skills, every where possible, with minimal response so far.

I have no money to retain a new place to live at this rate. Without any extended benefits … I feel like I am looking down the barrel of a gun and actually wishing I owned one, so I could put myself out of my misery.

July 10, 2010 at 5:00 am
(5) JoeR says:

Is it conceivable that there are too many people in the world for the jobs available? Migration, both legal and illegal, indicates that a number of underdeveloped countries canít provide jobs for their people. Zimbabwe has a 90% unemployment rate. Much of Europe is in the 10% range. So the workers are taxed so that the unemployed can become consumers of the goods that the workers produced. Is it time to start looking seriously at overpopulation, or maybe a more extensive worldwide education that might allow for more workers. But in Europe and the US a high-level education doesnít guarantee a job today. For those interested in the problems of overpopulation , you might want to read “In Search of Utopia” (htttp://andgulliverreturns.info)

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