Today’s unemployment benefit extension news and vote update March 22, 2014:
The week of recess has passed and Senate lawmakers are prepared to reconvene on Monday to consider the most recent unemployment benefit extension proposal. Although the Senate was expected to vote and pass a deal to extend long term unemployment, media reports have revealed that House Speaker John Boehner is not happy with the plan. The proposed plan waiting in the Senate right now would extend long term emergency unemployment benefits for five months through May and would be retroactive. Boehner has publicly shared his disapproval of the deal. He does not believe that the plan would be financially responsible nor does he believe that the plan would promote private sector job growth. Boehner cites warnings from the state workforce agencies that state the legislation would be unworkable. House Speaker Boehner states that the deal does not get to the root of the current problems and should be dropped. These words are not good news for over 2 million Americans that are currently unemployed and not receiving long term emergency compensation.
Despite the negative possibilities, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez openly disagrees with House Speaker John Boehner’s assessments. Perez says that he is confident that solutions are workable. He also stated that the Department of Labor has consistently worked with states to implement benefit extensions in an efficient and effective way. The war of words should escalate until the Senate vote transpires, potentially this week.