Today’s unemployment Benefit news review and extension update March 28, 2014:
Although the Senate is expected to pass the unemployment benefit extension deal soon, it has not yet happened. Senate lawmakers have been back from recess now for almost a full week, but despite the claims that the unemployment benefit extension legislation would be a top priority upon their return, policymakers have still not voted to pass the legislation through the Senate. Many worry that Senators may now struggle with recent criticism of the bill. One vocal voice of opposition has been House Speaker John Boehner. Boehner has repeated more than once that the current deal is unworkable, not implementable, and not a job creator. His criticism has sparked additional debate regarding the current deal awaiting Senate vote and worry is on the rise for millions of Americans who are out of work and out of federal unemployment benefits. GOP Rep. Devin Nunes recently stated that the current deal in the Senate will actually “encourage unemployment.” Even Joe Heck, R-Nev. has said that there are problems with the Senate deal to extend unemployment benefits. Heck’s comments come all while his state holds the second highest unemployment rate in the country. The situation is tumultuous, but the Senate took a necessary step last afternoon. The Senate did vote to end a filibuster against bringing the bill up for debate. The vote to end the filibuster against bringing the bill up for debate cleared with ease by a 65-34 outcome. Ten Republicans voted to advance the bill so that it can be brought to the Senate floor. The bill will now be debated in the Senate and may be cleared through the Senate by next week’s end.