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Washington, D.C. (Jul 20th) – The Senate ruled in favor of cloture for the long awaited legislation affecting millions of unemployed and the emergency extensions. The outcome of the vote for cloture on the revised H.R. 4213 was 60 for and 40 against.
Just prior to voting, right after their weekly luncheon, Mitch McConnell, Minority Senate Leader, tossed in his two cents stating in essence that while his party wants to help, they were concerned about the impact of helping the jobless and it’s impact on the economy.
He and Senator Lamar Alexander, were doing the GOP party two step. The Republicans claim they want to help yet they have done nothing but obstruct the vote on unemployment extensions for months. The GOP’s stance on “helping” has been to delay payments for millions of jobless throughout June and well into July.
The GOP is clearly out of touch with reality. They continue to take the stance that America as a whole does not want any more assistance. They continue to tag those who have looked for months and years for another job as lazy. They continue their stance that American does not need to change. The status quo, helping the rich while robbing from the poor and newly poor, puts the GOP party squarely in the corner of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Never more than now is a “Robin Hood” as important.
Once back in afternoon session, the Senate first swore Carle Goodwin (D-WV) into office. The now Senator Goodwin replaces Senator Byrd who passed away at the age of 92 just before the July 4th recess.
While this is much-needed legislation, tensions ran high prior to the vote for Cloture. The legislation is a travesty of the original bill that the House approved many months ago. Stripped of the right to penalize businesses for sending jobs overseas, stripped of the right to close tax loopholes for the richest, the bill voted on today covered strictly unemployment and the right to continue extensions for millions.
Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid had to revise H.R. 4213 via his own amendment in order to pacify GOP obstruction and get the unemployed their money. Without regard to the fact that the finest economists in the country state that unemployment is a stimulus for the economy since those unemployed are forced to put that money back into circulation, the battle to get the jobless the extensions they need continue. Cloture puts the bill into a temporary holding pattern, before it returns to the Senate floor for final voting. Only then will H.R. 4213 go back to the House. Once the process is complete, it is given to President Obama for his signature.
Passage of the bill for long term unemployment extension payment benefits will be retroactive to June 2, 2010.
T. Cahill – WorldNewsVine