Unemployment benefit news review and extension updates today April 1, 2014:
Today is April Fools Day, but many Americans have felt fooled for months now. Long term unemployment benefits expired for over a million Americans in late December 2013 and have not yet been restored. The number of Americans now struggling to survive day to day without a job and without federal emergency unemployment insurance grows with each passing week. Approximately 2.5 million Americans are now waiting on the Congressional policymakers to pass a deal to extend the benefits once more. The most recent vote in the Senate last month failed to gain the necessary number of votes (60) in order to pass the bill through to the House. The deal has since been reworked and Senate lawmakers successfully voted to bring the legislation to the floor this week to consider once more. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev, shared two weeks ago that the legislation would be a top priority this week. The deal is expected to garner enough favor to pass a Senate vote. The House vote is another issue altogether.
John Boehner has been an outspoken critic of the deal saying that it would not promote job growth and was generally unworkable. Boehner believes that the current deal should be dropped from consideration. In response, Senate Majority Leader Reid said that the Senate will pass the bill this week and hopefully the Republicans in the House will have strong minds to pass the bill as well.