REJECTED: H.R. 4213: Keeping an eye on the Senate


June 29, 2010: New hope? S.3520: Extension may come in stand-alone bill

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Cloture rejected

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.

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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:

  • Democrats Senate Floor Calendar
  • Republican Floor Updates
  • Latest modifications to H.R. 4213: American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act from the U.S. Senate Commission on Finance (Max Baucus, Chair)
  • Excerpt from Republican Floor Updates (see above link)

    Floor — Reid, McConnell

    Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Opening Remarks

    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.

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    4 CommentsLeave a comment

    1. […] } UPDATE 6/23/10: H.R. 4213: Keeping an eye on the senate. A cloture vote may occur by end of day Thursday, June […]

    2. I CANNOT FIGURE OUT HOW ANYONE FROM EITHER PARTY WOULD DENY TRUE AMERICAN WORKERS FINANCIAL HELP DURING THIS TROUBLESOME TIME IN OUR HISTORY.I CAN’T SPEAK FOR EVERYONE BUT SKILLED WORKERS LIKE MYSELF OVER ( 50 ) ARE FINDING OUT THAT EMPLOYERS TODAY WOULD RATHER HIRE A TRAINEE AND PAY A WAGE FAR LESS THAN THE NORMAL RATE.TAKE MY WORD THIS WILL COME BACK AND BITE YOU SOONER OR LATER. IT’S NOT LIKE WE ARE ASKING FOR A HANDOUT,WHAT IT DOES MEAN THAT WE HAVE NOWHERE TO TURN FOR FINANCIAL HELP TO GET BY ON A DAILY BASIS.I PRESUME THAT YOU REALIZE THAT SEARCHING FOR WORK DOES COST MONEY AND YOU AND I WILL SLEEP BETTER IF WE WORK TOWARD A COMMON GOAL.

      THANK YOU,
      MIKE GOVLIER

      • Hi Mike,

        Thanks for writing. The people who need to hear this are our representatives and senators.

        You can find and reach your reps at the links below:

        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.

        Good luck, Mike!

        ~~ Anne

    3. I agree with Mike 100%, by the way good luck Mike, anyway as a skilled union tradesperson, I also felt the effects of the hiring of apprentice workers for cheaper rates. 2 apprentices could be as cheap or cheaper than that of a journeyman. Not being over 50 but over 40 sometimes makes it difficult to find new employment not to mention the fact that most employers see that I am union and layed off causing hesitation to hire, because the asssumption is I will automatically go back when and if called back. A skilled worker like Mike over 50 and others like him should absolutely be given some financial asistance in such times of hardship, hasent Mike and people like done enough for the work force of this country already, time to put all politics aside and pass this extension NOW. I challenge any 1 republican to sacrafice their paychecks until November, just so they can see what its like in the real world.


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