Today’s Extended Unemployment Benefit News Review and Update March 31, 2014:
Today is the last day of March and although the Senate is expected to vote on the unemployment benefit extension deal this week, American frustrations have been growing immensely. April will mark the fifth month during which some Americans have been out of work and without long term unemployment insurance. Over a million Americans exhausted their long term unemployment benefits in late December 2013 and now, through 5 separate months, more Americans remain in wait.
The Senate has taken multiple recess sessions so far in 2014 while failing to pass the unemployment benefit extension deal. After their most recent return from recess on March 24, lawmakers were able to initiate a vote to end the filibuster on the unemployment deal. By doing so, the Senate will once again bring the bill to the floor for consideration this week.
Finally, the deal to extend unemployment benefit insurance for over 2 million Americans could be brought to a vote this week and pass through the Senate. Despite recent criticisms of the deal, the Senate is expected to pass the legislation. Ten Republicans joined to support the vote last week to end the filibuster and Senate Democrats hope that the Republican support will build momentum for when the legislation finds its way to the House. House speaker John Boehner has been a vocal critic of the bill. His comments could derail the bill’s path to the President’s desk. If accepted and signed by the President though, the current deal would extend unemployment benefits retroactively to December 28, 2013.