Senate Finally Passes Unemployment Aid in 59-39 Vote: What’s Next on GOP Filibuster List?

July 22, 2010

(ChattahBox)—After Republican senators engaged in a pointless additional 30-hours of delay after their filibuster was finally broken on Tuesday with the swearing in of Carte Goodwin (D-WV), the extension of unemployment benefits finally passed last night with a vote of 59-39. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) was the only Democrat to vote against the measure, with Sens. Snow and Collins from Maine the only Republicans to vote for it.

The measure extending unemployment assistance to the long-term unemployed, will be ushered through the House today in a quick vote and be immediately sent to the White House for President Obama’s signature. The benefits will be paid retroactively to jobless Americans who suffered a lapse in payments, during the time when Senate Republicans spent weeks filibustering the extension.

Unemployed Americans in some states may still have to wait several weeks until they receive checks, according to the Washington’s Post’s report:

“The bill would authorize states to provide retroactive support to an estimated 2.5 million people whose unemployment checks have been cut off since federal benefits expired June 2. It would also make available up to 99 weeks of income support through the end of November to millions more who have exhausted state benefits, which typically last for 26 weeks. Advocates for the unemployed say it could be several weeks in some states before the checks are in the mail.”

What’s next on the Republican’s filibuster list? Federal aid to help small business and the states to save public sector jobs, including police, firefighters and teachers.

Are senate Republicans really trying to heartlessly destroy the economy for political gain heading into the November elections? The answer is yes. Even fiscally conservative Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) thinks so.

“I think Senator McConnell knows and believes this bill could actually create millions of jobs and doesn’t want to give the president and Democrats credit for doing what we do, which is standing up for the middle class,” Landrieu said.

Republicans are banking on an angry, hungry and hopeless electorate to vote them back in power in the fall.


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