Unemployment benefit news and emergency compensation update today March 23, 2014:
Tomorrow, the Senate will reconvene after being out on a week long recess. Legislation awaits their return and millions of Americans are focused on the current unemployment crisis. Over 2 million Americans remain unemployed without long term emergency compensation and the numbers continue to grow with each week that passes. The unemployment rate just recently ticked higher again to 6. percent and the economic recovery in the U.S. does not appear to be moving swiftly. The economic recovery process is not recovering soon enough and Americans suffer without federal aid as a result. Prior to the Senate’s week long recess, lawmakers appeared in agreement and were ready to vote the most recent long term unemployment benefit extension plan through. The deal was proposed by a contingent of Democratic and Republican lawmakers and will extend emergency unemployment to the long term unemployed through May. The deal is expected to be retroactive as well. Some Americans have been without benefits since they expired in December of 2013. The Senate vote was expected to get the Republican support necessary for safe passage, but now concerns, conflicts and volatility appear to be growing. House Speaker John Boehner is the primary suspect and has publicly stated that the deal is not workable. Boehner says that the deal should be dropped because it is neither financially responsible nor is it legislation that will promote job growth. The uproar over the legislation’s “unworkable” nature could affect proceedings in the Senate when lawmakers return tomorrow. Over 2 million Americans will be watching closely this week as the extension developments continue to unfold.