While the Senate has been busy with shall we say, more important matters, The Wall Street Journal reports that over 2.5 million unemployed workers have lost their federal unemployment benefits.
That's 2,502,02 unemployed workers and their families to be exact.
A long awaited vote on the federal unemployment benefits is expected to take place on Tuesday afternoon, some say at exactly 2:30 pm, after a replacement for the late Senator Robert Bryd (West Virginia), Carte Goodwin is sworn in.
Goodwin, a Democrat is expected to cast the 60th vote that is need to pass the bill.
Regarding "back-pay" the Wall Street Journal says
"As the partisan gridlock kept the Senate from acting, some $2.76 billion in payments to the unemployed were held back. The legislation is likely to include retroactive payments, but that is little relief for many of the jobless who needed the money immediately.
Jobless benefits also provide one of the best sources of government stimulus, since nearly all of the payouts are spent quickly. To be sure, the $2.76 billion is little more than a rounding error in an economy that saw consumers spend $9.235 trillion last year. But it’s also just a tiny fraction of a $3.552 trillion 2010 federal budget."
Back home, the Boston Globe reports that Senator Scott Brown is complaining that his version of the jobless bill was never given consideration by the Democrats.
As Brown is quoted in the Boston Globe:
“Why is it that I’m always the one that has to vote with the Democrats?’’ Brown lamented. “Bipartisanship is a two-way street, you know? Why can’t they also work together to pay for these things within the budget, within the monies that we already have? Why is it that we always have to add to the deficit?’’
Brown's plan included using federal stimulus money, earmarked for railroad and transportation projects, including money for Massachusetts to update the T stops at Revere and Wonderland, a commuter rail extension to Fitchburg and bridges in New Bedford.
In Brown's plan was also a freeze on food stamp increases, Medicaid pricing for certain prescription drugs and summer jobs programs.
Do you think Brown will vote yea or nay for on Tuesday?
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Please keep in mind that the bill expected to be voted on by the Senate does note provide an additional tier of unemployment. It does extend the time unemployed Americans can apply for tiers one through four.
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