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Washington, D.C. (Apr 15) – The final amendment being added to the long debated “Continuation Bill”, a non-binding measure that states the Senate opposes the value added (federal sales) tax has been voted upon, setting the stage for the final vote on H.R. 4581 the “Continuation Bill” extending the temporary deadline until the first week of June allowing claimants to apply for additional unemployment extension benefits.
The amendment proposed by Senator McCain (R-AZ) was overwhelmingly adopted.
The Senate moved quickly to invoke cloture to bring the debate on H.R. 4581 to a close, and proceeded directly to the final vote on H.R. 4581 which has in fact, finally passed the Senate 59 to 48.
The bill will provide some relief for those seeking unemployment extensions but, still does not provide funding for those that have exhausted their “Tiers”, or unemployment extension benefits under the current EUC program.
H.R. 4851 will now return to the House for final passage possibly this evening then, onward to President Obama’s desk for his signature. This has been a long unnecessary hardship and burden on America’s unemployed workforce instigated by members of the republican party utilizing more fear and stall tactics.
The bill will now extend the deadline out to June 2, 2010 allowing those that were previously disqualified under the current EUC program to apply for additional weeks of unemployment benefits.
The ball is now in the House of Representative’s court.
Repeated requests into Senator Schumer’s (D-NY), Press Office have failed to provide any valued information either dismissing, or admission that plans are underway for additional unemployment assistance to those that have exhausted their current EUC benefits.