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Washington, D.C. (July 19) – The House of Representatives have already placed H.R. 4213 now being referred to by the House as the Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act, on the House calendar as Senate action on cloture is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon with, the final vote if passed, to be determined.
As of last vote on the bill, both Senators Collins, and Snowe both Republicans from Maine, supported the measure regarding cloture. At that time, two days after the passing of the honorable Senator Robert Byrd, the bill fell one vote short of passing leading to the Majority Leaders nay vote to keep the measure alive.
C-SPAN reported today that talks regarding the expired Estate Tax were ongoing with possible inclusion in the current bill. The bill H.R. 4213 has been through the ringer and as it stands, exactly which amendments have been added, and what has been removed from the House version is not quite clear at this time.
What is known about the bill is the extension of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act until the end of November remains intact. The bill up for cloture vote will still need to head back to the House for action. As of this time, it would appear no further committee action would be required.
WorldNewsVine has learned from Senate sources, “[sic] it will be only unemployment insurance, then the bill we be sent back to the house where they pass it one more time.”
Millions of unemployed Americans have been living without any assistance for weeks since the Republican Party began a filibuster on the bill stating the entire bill should be offset by existing funds, and not treated as emergency spending.
Other measures being considered by Congress this week; Small Business Loans, Offshore Oil Exploration practices along with a number of smaller unrelated matters to the unemployment extensions.
To date, no positive news to announce regarding the 99er’s, one measure exists in the Senate however, to date the bill has not been introduced hence, not placed on the calendar.
Stay tuned to WorldNewsVine for all the latest action on the unemployment extensions, and make certain to visit us tomorrow afternoon for the breaking story on the cloture vote.
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