Great opinion piece on the stalled unemployment benefits Bill in the Senate by Alexandra Jarrin.
Yesterday, Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced details of an amendment to the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act (H.R.3548) that would extend the jobless benefits for all 50 States by 17 weeks. The jobless, who count on unemployment benefits to survive are now caught in the middle, as there appears to be NO movement on passage of any Bill that would benefit them.
Friday night, Bill Maher made the comment that "the Senate is the place where bills go to die". I thought it apropos to this situation, as it seems the Senate can't or is it won't pass a bill that address's the loss of benefits to our America's unemployed.
Last month over 400,000 people lost their benefits. Benefits that allow these people to survive, pay bills and eat. Benefits that go directly back into the system and help revive a slumped economy. Why must politics always be about posturing and the betterment of the Representative as opposed to representing the people's best interests?
It was reported last night on a local affiliate of ABC news in NY that the Senate had passed a Bill that would provide an additional 13 weeks of jobless benefits for States with 8.5% or higher unemployment numbers. A clip of Senator Schumer was included as well. http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/business&id=7051024
As the video clip unwinds, it becomes clear that the Senate has yet to vote for any Bill and that vote MIGHT be taken up last evening. Imagine the disappointment the unemployed now feel as, once again their hope for survival has been dashed by the Senate and an out right lie news feed.
I'm sure the unemployed appreciate the sudden interest by all our Senators with this unemployment situation, but enough of the stalling. Pass a Bill and do it this week and provide all of the unemployed some denouement unfolding. The unemployed are patiently waiting for passage of a jobless Bill that will get the benefits moving again but their patience is wearing thin.