Unemployment benefits extension freed from Republican filibuster

by ARParty
posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesday, a Republican filibuster stopped in Senate with the unemployment benefits. Since this has been stalled since May, around 2 million Americans no longer have their job benefits. The U.S. unemployment rate has been at 9.5 percent for a long time now. Five times more people than there are jobs available are still looking for jobs. Most Democrats say unemployment benefits are an effective way to stimulate the economy. Some Republicans say unemployment benefits discourage individuals from looking for jobs.

Unemployment benefits escape Republican filibuster

The Senate voted 60-40 to break the Republican filibuster on the unemployment benefits extension. The vote took place minutes after Carte Goodwin was sworn in as the new Democratic senator from West Virginia to replace the late Robert C. Byrd. The New York Times reports that Democrats were mad at Republicans for stalling the extension by their power to delay the vote. Republicans said Democrats were forced to extend unemployment benefits because their efforts at lowering the U.S. unemployment rate with job creation had failed.

Unemployment benefits extended through November

Anyone who had their benefits expire can be covered by unemployment benefits through November. The House and Obama nevertheless need to pass the bills, reports USA Today. Republicans want to help lower unemployment rates but think the $ 33.9 billion bill shouldn't be placed into action unless the spending budget could be balanced still with cuts elsewhere. Obama believes that Republicans are just putting spending "on the backs of the unemployed" instead of trying to cut taxes for the wealthy.

Unemployment benefits and economic recovery

$ 310 a week is, as outlined by the Congressional Budget Office, is the average jobless benefit and will help the economy. The unemployed spend their benefits on basic needs like rent, food, gas and electricity. $ 1 spent on benefits puts 70 cents into $ 1.90 growth, reports the CBO.

Unemployment vote hardens political divide

After so much personal involvement from Obama in passing the unemployment extension, Republicans are way less likely to help him pass any kind of bill. It would be extremely hard for Obama to pass other things before November elections after Tuesday's vote which made political divisions stronger than ever, reports the Los Angeles Times. Democrats still plan on putting full efforts into job creation.

Unemployed Americans used as pawns in a political game

Democrats are hoping job creation and economic recovery is right around the corner with November elections nearing. Numerous hope democrats will lose control of Congress with the November elections.

Sources
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/21/us/politics/21jobs.html?ref=us

USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/employment/2010-07-21-1Ajobless21_ST_N.htm

Los Angeles Times
http://www.articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/20/nation/la-na-jobless-20100721



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