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A in-depth look at the vote on unemployment extensions and H.R. 4213

Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar voted against H.R. 4213 while Sen. Evan Bayh voted in favor of H.R. 4213.
Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar voted against H.R. 4213 while Sen. Evan Bayh voted in favor of H.R. 4213.
photo by Ellen Corcella

H.R. 4213 has become synonymous with a vote on extension of unemployment benefits.  The fact is that H.R. 4213 consists of numerous provisions that have nothing to do with unemployment benefits.  The title for H.R. 4213, the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010, does not accurately describe the extensive objectives of the bill.  An in-depth examination of the Bill may lend insight into the difficulties Democrats are having getting enough votes.  

  • First, the H.R. 4213's provisions for unemployment extension are overwhelmed by other costly programs that have nothing to do with unemployment benefits.  This is the reason there has been an outcry for a "stand-alone" bill solely addressing unemployment.  Such legislation would be far less costly than passing the entirety of H.R. 4213.  It is estimated this portion of the legislation would cost $39 billion versus the $80 billion cost of H.R. 4213.
  • Third, H.R. 4213 contains other provisions that should be included in separate stand-alone legislation.  The Bill extends  the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act small business lending program, the Surface Transportation Act of 2010 infrastructure programs, business tax relief and increased spending on federal disaster relief programs. 

These facts make plain that the vote on H.R. 4213 was about far more than assistance for the unemployed

Stay-Tuned:  More about the vote on unemployment extensions, the long term unemployed and job creation

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  • Joye 5 years ago

    Ellen, You've raised a key issue here that a lot of the unemployed don't realize. A key reason this does not pass is because of the riders and pet projects.

    How congress is allowed to add these projects to the bills is wrong.

  • Jon Weiss 5 years ago

    This practice of hiding pet projects in popular bills is an old practice that should never have been allowed. Each bill should stand or fall on its own and each spending measure should have it's own bill and it's own vote. Doing business as I suggest would wipe out massive amounts of waste and abuse routinely committed by Congress, with our tax dollars.

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