June 29, 2010: New hope? S.3520: Extension may come in stand-alone bill
Here’s Why recommends following the online group Unemployed Friends for a well-informed discussion of life for the currently jobless, and what may be next. Some participants there are speculating on the likelihood of an executive order.
In a June 22 release, Employment Development Department explains how Californians are affected.
6/24 3:39 p.m. PDT Baucus amendment to H.R. 4213: Summary and Status
Debate on H.R. 4213 and its amendments is heating up again today. There may actually be a cloture vote on this by the morning of June 24, 2010. Keep an eye on the proceedings:
Excerpt from Republican Floor Updates (see above link)
Floor — Reid, McConnell
Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 10:11 AM
Senator Reid: (9:33 AM)
· Today —
· The Senate will proceed to a period of Morning Business for up to one hour, with senators permitted to speak up to ten minutes each. The time will be equally divided and controlled, with the Majority controlling the first thirty minutes and the Minority controlling the final thirty minutes.
· Following Morning Business, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R. 4213, the tax extenders bill.
· It is possible that the Senate will move to the Iran Sanctions Conference Report at some point during today’s session.
· Unless an agreement is reached, the cloture vote on the Motion to Concur in the House Message to accompany H.R. 4213, with the Baucus Amendment #4386, will occur tomorrow morning.
· Votes are possible during today’s session.
· Spoke on the tax extenders bill.
· SUMMARY “It will save jobs. It will create jobs. I don’t think big businesses should be rewarded for shipping jobs out of America when so many here at home are desperate for a paycheck and the dignity of a day’s work. This is the eighth week since March we’ve tried to find a resolution to this issue. We’ve gone back and forth countless times considering ideas, compromising when necessary and courting support. But I’ve come to the conclusion, Madam President, that the other side doesn’t want a solution. We have changed, we have moved. You want this, we’ll give you this. Everything in this bill is paid for. Everything is paid for except unemployment compensation. FMAP, the money for firefighters, police officers and teachers, nurses. Paid for. Everything is paid for except the long-term unemployed. We’ve tried to bring it to the floor, but the Republicans have said no. Once we finally succeeded in bringing it to the floor, we tried to bring it to a vote. The Republicans said no. Somewhere along the line throughout these charades, this job-creating bill has become a political football and that is too bad. The debate is focused more on winning and losing than whether what I’m doing is right.”
Senator McConnell: (9:49 AM)
· Spoke on the tax extenders bill.
o SUMMARY “Madam President, last night Senate Democrats introduced their latest version of the deficit extenders bill. It has one thing in common with every other version they offer. It adds new taxes and $30 billion to the all staggering $13 trillion debt. Despite consistent bipartisan rejection of doing that, both sides have offered ways to address the program in this bill that both sides agree should be extended. And now we even agree on redirecting untimely and untargeted money from the failed stimulus bill. The only difference is that the Republican proposal reduces the deficit while the Democratic proposal adds to it. So the only thing Democrats are insisting on in this debate is that we add to the debt. The principle they’re defending here is not some program. The principle Democrats are proposing is they will not pass a bill unless it adds to the debt.”
CONTACT YOUR REPS
From the official United States Senate website, here is the contact information for state senators. Please note that each state handles unemployment insurance benefits slightly differently.
From the official United States House of Representatives website, here is the contact list for representatives from all states.