Today’s Unemployment benefit extension news review and note update April 6, 2014:
We are now almost one week into April and the deal to extend unemployment benefits for the long term jobless is moving procedurally onward. Last week, the deal to extend long term unemployment advanced in the Senate and passed another procedural vote on Thursday. The Senate voted 61 – 35 to invoke cloture on the measure. Cloture is a procedure by which the Senate can vote to place a time limit on the consideration of a bill which cleared the way for the bill to officially pass through the Senate on Monday.
The House will be next to deal with the unemployment benefit extension for the long term unemployed. Republican Cathy McMorris of Washington recently said that party leaders will decide what to do with the legislation through “conversation.” The term “conversation” does not seem to be very action oriented. Long term unemployment benefits initially expired for many on December 28, 2013. Waiting through more “conversation” could be incredibly unfortunate and financially devastating to so many.
Many House Republicans remain adamant that job creation is what is currently needed to help out the jobless in America. They contend that the current bill to extend unemployment benefits does little to support U.S. job growth. This is a primary reason members of the House, such as House Speaker John Boehner, have said repeatedly that the bill should be dropped from consideration. We will have to wait for additional “conversation” to begin this week.