Congress voted down extending unemployment benefits for another three months, so as of November 30th, the unemployment benefits will start to lapse for millions of the long term unemployed, according to the Huffington Post.
Without the unemployment benefit extension going through, two million long term unemployed will see their benefits stop before the end of the year.
This is a “sad moment,” said Rep. Alan Grayson (D, Fla). He says that “the Republicans keep pitching and pitching and pitching for the tax cuts for the rich, yet they will not join in to help the people on unemployment who may lose their homes.”
The unemployment extension vote lost at 258 – 154 with mostly democrats that gave the bill their support. The Senate is not prepared to put this through, even if the bill had passed.
Three more Democrats are needed in the Senate to pass the unemployment extension bill if it ever gets to them. This means there needs to be at least 3 Republicans that change their minds and vote with the unemployment extension bill.
The three are needed to bring the bill to the 60 votes needed to pass the Senate.
We will most likely see the Congress try another vote before Christmas, according to the Huffington Post. With the Congress on Thanksgiving vacation all next week, this will not happen anytime soon. The next hurdle of the Senate will be a harder sell it sounds like.
This is a replay of earlier this year when the unemployment extension took weeks to get the Senate’s vote of “yes” once the Congress put it through the House.
Even after the unemployment extension passed, it took months to get all the retro pay owed to the people owed this on unemployment. This was due to the systems in all the states not set up for an extension. Computer systems in some states were 25 years old and it took weeks to months to program the computers to cut the checks.
The money spent to get these computer systems up and working, along with all the overtime paid to the unemployment workers to get the checks out, would have probably covered a good part of this extension.
Reference: Huffington Post