EUC unemployment benefit extension news review for long term unemployed today March 17, 2014:
The Senate is expected to bring a plan to extend unemployment benefits for millions up for a vote and the measure is expected to find the support needed to pass through the Senate. 60 votes are needed, and expected at this time, in the Senate for the measure to pass.
The current plan that awaits vote was created by 10 Senators, 5 of which are Republicans. Since 55 members of the Senate are Democrat and 5 Republicans helped to create the unemployment plan that is coming up for vote, the required 60 votes should be a sure thing.
Approximately 2 million Americans are currently living day to day without long term unemployment insurance and many have been struggling without federal aid since December 28, 2013. The current plan to be voted on is expected to reinstate long term unemployment benefits for five months. The plan is expected to be retroactive, meaning that it will be backdated to when long term unemployment originally expired in December.
If the current extension plan passes the Senate, it will then have to pass the House to be signed into law. Concerns though are on the rise that the legislation will have a difficult time passing the House. For now, millions will hold onto hope that the measure efficiently passes the Senate. The vote will not happen this week however since lawmakers are currently on recess. The Senate majority leader said that the long term unemployment plan will be a top priority once the lawmakers return next week.