Unemployment benefit extension news review and update today April 4, 2014:
The unemployment benefit extension deal advanced again this week when the Senate voted to pass the bill on in the Senate for a final approval vote. Congress allowed unemployment benefits to expire for over a million Americans on December 28, 2013 and the number of Americans now categorized as jobless and without unemployment benefits has ballooned to over 2 million. If the current Senate deal becomes law, Americans will once again gain access to long term unemployment compensation and the payments are expected to be processed retroactively. On Wednesday, Senate lawmakers that included six Republicans, voted to end debate on the bill. The bill cleared another test vote last session in the Senate and is now expected to move forward with the final vote on Monday.
The multiple votes that the deal has undergone throughout the process in the Senate has been confusing considering the myriad of procedural safeguards in place. Despite the votes of passage already endured in the Senate, the bill to extend unemployment insurance benefits is now officially heading to a final vote after passing the last procedural hurdle by a vote of 61 – 35. The last procedural vote, which does not yet officially pass the unemployment benefit deal through the Senate, revealed that enough support has been gathered in the Senate to put minds at ease regarding the official vote on Monday. It has definitely been a struggle to get the unemployment benefit deal through the Senate, but Monday’s vote is expected to give temporary relief.