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Senate Cloture Vote on H.R. 4213 Unemployment Extensions Passes

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

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41 Responses to Senate Cloture Vote on H.R. 4213 Unemployment Extensions Passes

  1. Morpheus

    July 20, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    We need to to something for the 99rs, No Hard Working American should be left behind.

    • tommy99

      July 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm

      I am one of the 99ers who has two weeks left in Florida unemployment and then what? I have been applying for jobs for two years with a Bachelors degree and over twenty years experience. I have had one interview in two years. The 99ers will need help as well otherwise the foreclosure rate will go higher than the 25% it is at in Florida.

      How do we get these politicians to listen?

  2. bnaji

    July 20, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Thanks to all the senators and Our President for making this bill pass. I knew that our government would bail out main street as it did Wall Street.

    • T. Cahill

      July 20, 2010 at 2:31 pm

      Hi bnaji, this vote does not yet accomplish the task. It puts the aspect of only the unemployment extensions once again into a holding pattern. It’s a convoluted cycle, but it is how our government works.

  3. Fred Madden

    July 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Cloture doesn’t put a Bill on a 72 hour hold. It does allow, the GOP in this case, to make them wait up to 30 hours (which may mean 3 days in Senate terms, I’m not sure) if they so choose.

    Considering it only takes 51 votes to pass the Bill, HR 4213 in this case, and that they got 60 to force Cloture, it usually results in a fast vote on the actual Bill. If they choose to use the entire time, it is to make a point that they are really unhappy with the Bill.

    • Editor

      July 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm

      I am certain that is what was meant by the statement I will request a change be made

      • T. Cahill

        July 20, 2010 at 4:09 pm

        Correction made – reworded since this comment provides input.

  4. Jimmie vanhorn

    July 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    sorry but i watched the senate vote on c span 2 and they said it was going to the houseof reps right away today. to sign by President by thursday

    • Editor

      July 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm

      I have not seen an up down vote on the bill… I will look into this….

    • T. Cahill

      July 20, 2010 at 4:11 pm

      We are checking our sources and will update accordingly.

  5. JoblessAmerican

    July 20, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    T. Cahill: You say it will be a “72” hours wait before the vote on bill–but it is “30” hours after a Cloture vote. Where do you see 72 hours? Also, the Senate leaders can agree to make it less than 30 hours can’t they?

    • Editor

      July 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm

      Given the fact that it is actually 30 hours of “active” session — it could be as early as tomorrow morning if the Republicans wanted to argue for the remainder of the time but, once again it will only take 51 votes to pass…. I believe is the point behind the statement… the House on the other hand can have a bill plopped down in front of them and vote right away

    • T. Cahill

      July 20, 2010 at 4:12 pm

      Corrections have been made to the report itself, along with statements in the comment area. Appreciate your attentiveness!

  6. gee

    July 20, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    so the main question is..how long before I have a check in my hand??

    • T. Cahill

      July 20, 2010 at 4:14 pm

      We are staying on top of this and have special inquiries out to specifically address this question. So basically as soon as we know, so will you.

  7. Don

    July 20, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    The born again fiscal responsible Republicans want to pass a $678 Billion “tax break” for the richest 2% of the population without paying for it. But my anger is with BOTH parties for playing politics with peoples lives. Both these parties have blood on their hands, as hopeless unemployed are starting to kill themselves.

    If unemployment is over 7.5 % then it therefore becomes an emergency, and continous benefits kick in. The way BOTH parties have played this is a disgrace. The Republicans have no answers, they pick on the weakest of our society in favor of the rich. What has America come too?

  8. dangling

    July 20, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    From Senate.gov:

    cloture – The only procedure by which the Senate can vote to place a time limit on consideration of a bill or other matter, and thereby overcome a filibuster. Under the cloture rule (Rule XXII), the Senate may limit consideration of a pending matter to 30 additional hours, but only by vote of three-fifths of the full Senate, normally 60 votes.

    • T. Cahill

      July 20, 2010 at 5:06 pm

      mea culpa already LOL (and I’m not even Catholic)!

      My mistake, I stand corrected (numerous times) and I made the corrections within the article over an hour ago (immediately actually).

      Now let’s get down to the business of seeing what happens next.

  9. charles k

    July 20, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    WE NEED A TIER 5 NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU WILL TOO SOON!!!!!!!!!!

  10. John

    July 20, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Praise the lord.

  11. JustCause

    July 20, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    I’m just glad at least some of are going to start moving ahead. As for the rest of us hopefully they make a bill for the 99ers and try to pass that as well. I’ve never been a republican fan but now its even worse. They know the rich don’t need help but its a way to keep the middle and lower class on check and where they think we belong. I hope all of you remember all that went on these past two months so this November u do the right thing and not vote republican.

    That bill included everything that was needed and the republicans kept turning it down and had it changed so that they can have more money to give to the big CEO’s of the oil companies…just be aware of what is really going on and don’t buy into the BS that the democrats are spending soo much money and that’s why this country is the way it is…you can’t get a deficit that HIGH IN TWO YEARS U FREAKIN MORONS…

    • ninetyniner

      July 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm

      Dear JustCause,

      I have NEVER BEFORE voted a straight PARTY vote, but this experience has taught me something that I will NEVER FORGET! I will be voting a STRAIGHT “DEMOCRATIC” TICKET, come election time.

  12. Gale Satchell

    July 20, 2010 at 4:49 pm


  13. BamaLady

    July 20, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    CNN reported that “experts” say it could be a month before our checks are sent to us. I pray that is not true. I’ve hung on as long as I can. I had a yard sale to cover July’s rent. Just last week I broke down and borrowed money from one of those check cashing places. I had to. I was out of food. I don’t know how I’ll get the money for that and for August’s rent. Everyone pray that we get the money quickly!

    • T. Cahill

      July 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm

      I would imagine, my opinion only, that it would be a State-by-State arrangement on how soon checks would arrive. Let’s hope for the best (and that you live in a fast-acting State).

      • annoyed at congress

        July 20, 2010 at 5:48 pm

        i need some clarity. am i to believe after all our efforts we 99ers still gets no help. please tell me that isnt so…

  14. annoyed at congress

    July 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    i have a question i swear my heart cannot take any heartache. i have exhausted all my benefits since february and was told the only way i can benefits is if a tier is passed. i have collect 1-4 and i even though its only 30 weeks something like i am classified as 99ers.. but i though the pettition we have been signing and begging for was hr 4213. am i to assumed that people who is considered 99 ers should be included? am confused…

    • BamaLady

      July 20, 2010 at 7:46 pm

      In case someone hasn’t responded to your question…I’m so sorry to tell you that HR4213 didn’t include a fifth tier, which is what would be required for a 99er to continue to draw unemployment. How many weeks did you say you’ve drawn? Is it possible there has been a mistake? An unemployed person can draw 26 weeks unemployment before they are able to advance to the first tier. The first tier is for up to 20 weeks, the 2nd is for 14 weeks, 3rd is for 13 weeks and the 4th is for 6 weeks. This adds up to 79. I am almost positive that the actual number of weeks a person can draw on any given tier is dependent on their state’s unemployment level. That would explain why some get 99 and others don’t, even though they’ve exhausted all tiers. If you haven’t drawn at least 79 weeks then something may be wrong. I encourage you to call your local unemployment office and find out for sure. Don’t give up. Maybe with enough pressure on Congress they will consider a Tier 5. Good luck and God bless you.

      • annoyed at congress

        July 21, 2010 at 3:59 pm

        @bamalady. thank you for explaining it to me. am going to call the unemployment office again. i called everyweek and pretty much was told the same stories. hopefully today might be different. in the meantime i will continue praying for relief for the 99ers…may god bless us all…

  15. Matt

    July 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I’m lucky I found a low paying backbreaking right before all this nonsense started 4 mths ago.The once middle class need to unite against the 2 party left/right paradigm or our future is grim..

  16. Boris

    July 20, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Did I miss an updated Senate version of HR 4213? The majority of the funding provisons in HR 4213 are indeed going to unemployment benefits, but there are other “issues” dealt with in this bill: Energy Credits, Tax Exemptions for School Teacher Expenses, Low Income Housing Credits, Business Tax Relief, Regional Tax Provisions, Pension Provisions,etc…
    We need to pay more attention to the actual legislation and not to the name given by the sponsor or the media; dig down into these bills and read as much of these as you can…My reading of the bill has less to do with Unemployment and Tax Loophole Closures than with tax credits, breaks, and extensions for specific areas and industries.

  17. jumprunner

    July 20, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    To clear things up…Ive taken these two passages from the Senate Floor Log, July 20:

    “House message to accompany H. R. 4213 (American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act). Motion to concur in the House Amendment to the Senate amendment with the Reid amendment #4425. Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Concur. Yeas and nays ordered. The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 60-40. ”

    -So, the cloture vote was invoked meaning they will have only 30 hours to vote on the bill, being that it requires 60 votes for cloture to break the current filibuster and only 51 votes to actually pass the bill in the Senate, bill passage is virtually guaranteed. Now for the closing of todays session:

    “The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, July 21, 2010. The Senate will proceed with a period of Morning Business for one hour. The Senate will then resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H. R. 4213 (American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act). Upon dispensation of the bill, the Senate will resume consideration of H. R. 5297 (Small Business Jobs Bill).”

    -So, it looks like the Senate will be voting on the bill tomorrow morning at 10:30. Although it actually says ‘resume consideration’, meaning that Republicans can argue over the bill for the full 30 hour period, it isnt likely, according to what it says in terms of ‘dispensation of the bill’ followed by ‘resume consideration of HR 5297. So according to this, the next bill cannot resume consideration until 4213 is dispensed, meaning that the actual vote should occur with it being sent out of the Senate back to the House. ‘Dispensed’ can also mean voted against, which is highly unlikely since we all know there are well over the required 51 votes for it to pass.

    The media is saying that it will be expedited through the House and Presidents desk for signature, and states will expedite payments. I believe that to be true, however CNN and another source says it will probably take a month for checks to be sent out.

    Highly unlikely, unless the states are trying to be vindictive about sending out UI extension checks, or unemployment offices are being vindictive and purposely slowing around at getting the checks out.

    I dont think that is the case at all, being that unemployment offices have been gearing up for funding, attempting to guess at a date, and have been trying to poise themselves for the event the bill goes through, so they are anxious to get the checks out to people right away. However, it has been a guessing game with them making it difficut for them to secure a date when they will be able to launch programs to expedite check processing and delivery. They can only do so much under the circumstances.

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  19. Barbara Shatley

    July 20, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Why did the Senate pass up the 99er’s, they are the one that need assistance. Why don’t the Senators try looking for work for 99 months plus. I hoped and prayed to see a bill that would include the 99er’s. WE NEED HELP TOO.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  21. Phil1973

    July 20, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    By the way, I’ve been unemployed since Sept. 2009, but believe the benefits extension should be paid for with Stimulus funds.


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