Unemployment Benefit Extension News review and Update March 13, 2014:
It has been approximately 10 weeks since long term unemployment benefits expired for over a million Americans and despite multiple attempts to pass proposed extension plans, members of Congress have been unable to come up with the needed votes. Each week that passes adds tens of thousands of Americans to the ranks of the long term unemployed living day to day without federal benefits. The Senate was expected to vote on another unemployment proposal this week, but members continue to quarrel over plan details. And now that both parties have proposals, the infighting is mostly partisan bound which only serves to make the process less efficient. The Republicans made the most recent proposal that would extend unemployment benefits for the long term unemployed for five months and be retroactive, but Republican Senator Dean Heller of Nevada shares that the Democrats will reject the proposal. Specifically, Heller Said, “I think they’re going to reject it and that would be a shame.” Democrats may not like the reforms that come along with accepting the proposal. GOP Senator Susan Collins of Maine said that the Republicans have placed their best offer on the table with minimal tweaks. Republicans are calling out the Democrats now by saying that the wording of the long term unemployment plan extension is not the issue preventing a plan from being accepted. Republicans now say that the primary reason the Democrats do not show favor with their proposal is based mostly on the fact that it is a GOP led proposal. The party affiliation listed with the names at the top of the bill is being cited as the reason some members of the Senate may or may not vote for the measure. While members of Congress bicker, Americans continue to suffer the consequences. EUC is still in limbo.