Unemployment Extension July 14, 2010 Update – Millions of unemployed Americans have been clamoring for a tier 5 unemployment extension ever since their unemployment benefits expired months ago. However, until now, July 14, 2010, no unemployment bill has been passed yet. Republicans are not in favor because they claim that the $34 billion costs associated in passing it would just add to the government’s enormous budget deficit. Technically speaking, the bill would need a majority of 60 votes in the Senate to pass.
The most urgent issue right now in the passage of this unemployment extension bill is how fast an interim senator could get appointed that would replace the late Senator Robert Byrd from West Virginia. As of the latest update, Governor Manchin could get to appoint an interim replacement by Friday at 5 p.m. ET or by Sunday the latest.
The next most important issue lies from the hands of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on when the Senate adjourns for the week, or when they work through the weekend to file for cloture on the motion to proceed to the unemployment bill. When the cloture motion is already“ripe” which is technically one hour after the Senate convenes on the second day after it was filed, the Senate will now need to gather votes on whether or not to continue with the debate despite Republican opposition.
We cannot do anything about it but to wait. It will all depend on these politicians on how fast will they act to pass this unemployment bill. Let’s just hope that they will prioritize it since this is one of the most important issues affecting millions of unemployed Americans.