Today’s unemployment benefit extension news review and updated notes March 21, 2014:
Senate lawmakers will soon return from recess as millions of Americans anticipate quick action on the newest long term unemployment extension proposal. Many of America’s long term unemployed have been without federal aid since their benefits expire last December. The number of Americans now struggling with unemployment and without federal support is over 2 million. Right now, given the proposal that awaits Senate lawmakers, the plan is to extend long term unemployment through May and cover retroactive payments. Senate lawmakers were expected to pass the proposal but since going out on recess, conflicts have arisen. Due to recent conflicts brought to light, it is unclear if the deal will pass the Senate and then the House. House Speaker John Boehner may not be happy with the way that the deal is put together. He has said that the format of the proposal, and resulting warnings from various state officials, is cause for serious concern. Boehner went on to state that an unemployment benefit extension has always been open for debate and consideration, but the deal would have to be economically and fiscally responsible. The deal would have to create more private sector jobs according to Boehner. Boehner implies that the current deal shows little evidence of meeting the previously mentioned contingencies. As a result, Boehner believes a better use of the Senate’s time would be action which would pass the many House-passed bills that would aid in U.S. job creation. Given this developing news, the current unemployment proposal appears to have a more challenging road to travel to gain majority support.