Unemployment Benefits Extended By Senate Vote Today!

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Unemployment Benefits Extended By Senate Vote Today!
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With the long-term unemployment extension that was cut off at the end of Dec 2013, approximately 1.3 million people were left high and dry, waiting to find out if it would be extended when Congress returned from their holiday break.

It has been extended in the Senate vote, and after passing the House, those who have been unemployed for more than six months will be getting the extended benefits.

In a Senate vote of 60 to 37, the extension of benefits was granted for another three months. However, it still has to pass the House vote.

Of the 60 yes votes to extend, the four Republicans who voted yes made it decidedly clear that they wanted the cost of this extension offset by other budget cuts, somewhere.

“It was in the balance till the very last minute,” said Senator Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island, an author of the measure with Senator Dean Heller, Republican of Nevada.

And President Obama kept the pressure on the Senate, as well as the House, to pass this bill as he spoke from the East Room in the White House.

“We’ve got to get this across the finish line without obstruction or delay,” he said, even as he praised the surprise outcome.

But, there always has to be a fly in the ointment – and that fly in this ointment was John A. Boehner of Ohio, who made it abundantly clear that those extension benefits would have to be paid for one way or another, and the repayment must be tied to Republican priorities. Some of those priorities he was speaking about included the Keystone XL oil pipeline, expanding exemptions from the Affordable Care Act and opening energy exploration on federal land.

“One month ago I personally told the White House that another extension of temporary emergency unemployment benefits should not only be paid for but include something to help put people back to work,” Mr. Boehner said after the Senate vote. “To date, the president has offered no such plan. If he does, I’ll be happy to discuss it, but right now the House is going to remain focused on growing the economy and giving America’s unemployed the independence that only comes from finding a good job.”

Either way, let politics be politics, the American’s who feared losing those benefits forever have just received some great – and much needed – news.

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Unemployment Benefits Extended By Senate Vote Today!
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  • Tyler Ellis

    This story is not 100% true. While the Senate did pass a TEST vote, basically a vote to open the topic for real debate in congress, of 60-37 it will still have to achave to pass the house in which the aforementioned fly in the ointment is the current speaker of, and is much more GOP controlled. This story is really getting up false hopes. Retract it!

    • http://yahoo.com rob

      It is still in the Senate I watched today jan 9th.

  • Adam

    I thought it still has to go through the house of reps??

  • bc

    All of your are out in the next election cycle.

  • http://www.tinavolpe-writer.com/ Tina Volpe

    It does still have to go through the House – but Boehner has already agreed! It should pass no problem.

  • lonie

    This money is taken from each and every person that draws a paycheck It is our money, so what the hell is the problem with giving back to the people that need it and deserve it.

    • Kim

      Yes, this is correct! So why are they trying to find the money? Didn’t we already have it taken out of our paychecks? Where is our money?? Maybe they needed it to pay for Obama Care lol.. This is a complete joke?? I have paid into the system for over 30 years without asking for help. Now I am unemployed for the first time in my life and cannot find the help I need. Maybe if I came from Mexico and never paid anything into the system I could get a check, medical insurance, and my teeth cleaned all compliments of tax paying law abiding citizens. What the hell is the matter with our government???

    • Richard

      I’ve been paying in to social security and edd since 1968 and have never needed to use it until the last six months. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to tackle new work at my age. So I do appreciate the help since times are really rough for me right now. In the past I’ve always helped everyone else when I could, hoping that someday someone would return the favor to me. I do believe ,however, that money should be set aside to create more jobs that don’t just include the health industry which has the majority at this point.

    • Judy

      I agree, I have paid in to unemployment for 45 years and now that I need it I should be able to get it. It is our money in the first place.

  • colleen nichols

    when will the final vote take place

  • http://yahoo.com rob

    They didn’t pass unemployment today I watched them on the senate channel they were still argueing at 4pm today listen and watch!

    • Skittrell

      Yeah The not so great politican , but warrior for Obama and the Progrssive moment .. Mr. H Reid again tried to pull a fast one ..Instead of 3 months lets go 10 and get through the election and not allow any amendments from the GOP… I am so tired of our Government spending our tax money on themselves and making sure they have a job instead of what is good for the America peopel By seeing some of your comments you are for the O’s Nice that we are now paying millions for Mrs. O to vacation on her own. I did not know we (the taxpayer ) has to pay for the first lady to party. The O’s before this last vacation had 17 vacations in 3 1/2 years either together or apart. They have spent over 47 million on just their vacations and that does not account for anything else…Boy oh Boy they are sure for the middle class…The middle class pays for the poor, the rich, the unemployed and the illegals…This is what O has done for America.

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