Unemployment Benefit Extension Deal news and Note Update Today April 12, 2014:
Earlier this week, the Senate was able to find enough support to pass the long term unemployment benefit extension deal. The deal is designed to provide unemployment benefits to America’s long term unemployed through May. The deal is also designed to provide emergency compensation to those who have been unemployed without benefits since December 28, 2013. Six Republicans joined their Democrat counterparts during the Senate vote to push the legislation through to the House. It is now up to the House to review and consider the bill.
Right now, the bill’s likelihood of passing through the House unscathed appears to be minimal. House Speaker John Boehner is one of many Republican House members that does not favor the bill. He has stated that the bill is unworkable. Boehner does not believe that the bill was designed to spark job development in the U.S. and as a result, he has said hat it does not meet the criteria that he believes is necessary in order to gain his support. Due to the unemployment benefit extension deal’s lack of job creation design, Boehner states that the “ball is still in their court.” Boehner does not believe that Democrats have done their part to create legislation that is passable. So, despite the fact that the Congressional Budget Office has reported that the extension would boost the U.S. economy overall, Boehner appears content to ignore these findings and conflict with the extension of long term unemployment benefits for millions of Americans.