H.R. 5618 has passed the House today at a vote of 270-153. See who voted for and against.
Next step is a Senate vote, which could take place July 12.
Thanks to reader Steve for his eyes on this while Here’s Why was otherwise engaged today.
Update June 29: Many thanks to Here’s Why reader Steve for this alert as HW was otherwise engaged today: H.R. 5618: Extends deadline and stops ‘temping penalty’
Here’s Why has been of the opinion that Washington will be coming to their constituents’ rescue, in spite of the recent assassination of H.R. 4213. Elected officials are now concerned about losing their own jobs as millions of people react to the stalled employment figures.
The most recent attempt to extend benefits registration, H.R. 4213 was unrecognizable by the time it came to a vote. Earlier in HW we took a look at all the amendments and challenges that were bogging the proposal down. *
On June 22, Senator Debbie Ann Stabenow (D-MI) introduced a stand-alone bill called S.5320 that could save the unemployed as well as certain seats in the House and Senate. Common sense suggests that a simple and clear-cut bill addressing the extension of deadlines to file for unemployment insurance stands a far better chance of success.
No Tier Five
Again, there is no fifth tier in this bill. Earlier this year House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stated that the establishment of Tier V could be addressed at the end of 2010, but most likely not before then.
Extension of filing deadlines
S. 3520 would permit currently eligible unemployment insurance recipients (those who have not exhausted available benefits of up to 99 weeks) to proceed to the next level of established tiers and FED-ED benefits. It would also allow the weekly $25 stimulus payment to continue.
As of today, June 29 2010, the bill does not seem to address either the COBRA subsidy or the “temping penalty.”
Here’s Why recommends staying up-to-date with Open Congress coverage of S.3520.
We are hopeful that you’ll understand our inability to monitor this from moment to moment, as we continue our own search for full-time employment.
*Excerpt from full post: “Take a look at the number of amendments under discussion to get an idea of why this sort of issue takes so long. (If this link does not work, go to the Bill Summary & Status page and click the amendments link.”