Unemployment Extension July 21 2010 Update: Senate Passed HR 4213 Unemployment Extension Bill

Unemployment Extension July 21 2010 Update: Senate Passed HR 4213 Unemployment Extension Bill – Millions of unemployed Americans cheered as the Senate voted “yes” to pass the much awaited Unemployment Extension Bill. As previously mentioned, Carte Goodwin, the Senator who replaced the late Robert Byrd of West Virginia sworn in at 2:15 and voted “yes” at 2:30 adding to the total of 60-40 votes to counter the previous Republican filibuster.

Of all the Republicans who voted “no” and Democrats who voted “yes” for the Unemployment Extension Bill, one Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson from Nebraska voted with Republicans against the motion, and two Republicans, Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Olympia Snowe, both from Maine crossed the aisle to vote with the Democrats. Meanwhile, two Independents, Senators Joseph Lieberman from Connecticut and Bernie Sander from Vermont voted in favor of the Democrats to pass the bill. I guess these names would be remembered come elections this coming November.

Under Senate rules, a vote on passage of the unemployment bill itself must now occur within 30 hours. This is the “motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill with Reid Amendment No. 4425” of which unlike the original 60 votes needed, a simple majority of 51 “yes” votes is needed to pass. Since the Democrats have just shown that they have more than 51 votes for the bill in the first Senate vote, the Republicans probably may just agree to letting the final vote happen before the 30-hour clock has completely run out.

After this final Senate vote, this unemployment bill can now be send over to the House of Representatives for the final vote and finally lined up for Obama’s signature to become an official law. Once the bill becomes a law, it is expected that state labor departments will immediately begin implementing it and sending out unemployment benefits to help the millions of unemployed Americans. If our politicians would move as quickly as they can, this much awaited unemployment extension bill could become a law as early as Wednesday afternoon or the latest at the end of this week.

For the record, the unemployment extension bill passed by the Senate which is soon expected to become a law is called H.R. 4213. This is not the Tier 5 that most unemployed is clamoring as it would not create additional weeks of unemployment benefits. As in Tier 4, 99 weeks would still be the maximum amount of time an unemployed American could receive unemployment benefits for states with high unemployment rates (above 8.5%). However, as in Tier 3, 86 weeks would still be the maximum time for those who are located in states with low unemployment rates.

In addition, H.R. 4213, originally named as the “American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act” has now been renamed to as the “Unemployment Compensation Extension Act.” This bill would also extend the filing deadline for unemployment insurance benefits which expired last June 2 to until November 30, 2010. The bill also provides for unemployment benefits to be paid back retroactively for people who have seen their payments cut off since the filing deadline expired on June 2.

UPDATE: Courtesy of CSPAN and offered as a public service to all Americans, you can watch the US Congress live HERE

113 thoughts on “Unemployment Extension July 21 2010 Update: Senate Passed HR 4213 Unemployment Extension Bill

  1. As James said, 2 years is a long time to remain unemployed, although I don’t think you understand many people’s situations. I am nowhere close to being a 99er but I have recently exhausted my original unemployment benefits. People who have had a particular income with house, car and college payments for their children cannot simply take a job at target simply because they are hiring. That would do nothing for their families and because they lost their jobs through no fault of their own, it is rediculous to believe they should take a job a fourth of their previous pay simply because it is there. This simply will not take care of their families. What else are these people supposed to do. I understand there are certainly people out there that abuse the unemployment insurance, but in no way is this close to the majority. I pray that I won’t reach the point that these people are in but I strongly believe that they will accept the first job that can provide for their families in the manner that they need. How do republicans justify the tax breaks they’ve given to big business and the wealthiest percentage of this country and choose to ignore the middle class during a recession.

  2. Once Obma signs off on the bill. I am just curious of how long it will take the goverment to disburse the money that is well owed to the americans? My car is about to be taken and without that my hubsand can not get to work and I have no way of finding a job.
    What erks me is (I know this may sound harsh), but when other countries are need of money they seem to be able to find money to help. But when we the people of the United states have to sweat bullets and cross our fingers and hope to god that they will help us. Keep our money over here for those who need it over here. When we had problems with BP and their oil spill, did you see other countries try and help the U.S try and figure out what to do to solve the problem or donate money to help us. NOOOOOO!

    1. For all the people who truly believe the verbal pus being excreted by Limbaugh, Beck, and the rest of the Republican tea-baggery set, impugning the character of the unemployed (that we’re lazy, or even more insulting, that we are motivated by these payments which are keeping our families alive and bills paid – barely – to just kick back and enjoy the largesse of the Federal Government) I’ll bet that there’s no spot in Hell hot enough for the likes of you. Cheering as your fellow Americans were denied benefits from a system that most of us have paid into our entire lives without ever tapping into it, and snidely suggesting that we were somehow unpatriotic or Socialist in character because we prevailed on the Government we elected to do something, anything to keep us afloat during this rough time. Get bent, all of you. And to those among us who have used these benefits to survive; Good luck to you in your continued job search, and please, REMEMBER the names and the faces of the Millionaires who represent you in Washington, and whose decision to act as one hive-mind, to further their far-right agenda, even at the expense of their own constituents, WHO PUT THEM THERE to deny you the help you needed (and still need), when you needed it most desperately. Remember, and VOTE. And have your friends, both working and not, do the same. Vote your conscience AND your pocketbook. In this race all previous axioms and metrics are out the window.

      Finally, I’d like to use the UI extension and the subsequent disbursement of the allotted monies as an example of something Gov’t CAN and DOES do well. From passing the bill in the Senate, to kicking it back over to the lesser chamber to be passed there and then sent to the President’s desk for his signature no more than an hour or two later, to subsequently advising the states on their rights and responsibilities in acting on implementing the thing… All this was accomplished in naught but TWO DAYS. Remember that, also next time a corporate Mephistopheles takes weeks to release a ream of incriminating data that might result in a dip in the stock price OR, even worse, reflect negatively on executive compensation.
      Repulsion runs deep this long, hot summer. Let them remember with whom your elected representative stood, and whom they stood AGAINST when it’s election season!

      Thanks for reading my barely coherent screed, and God Bless and Keep you all.

  3. Hi all They are to vote any minute in the house of representatives to pass the extension bill.
    I found a GREAT website forum that will answer many of your questions about the extension :


    You all should check it out. You can search by state for local questions. There are allot of great people there too!
    I also just saw an AP report that said NY and PA residents to see retroactive payments next week!

  4. We have all got to stick together and push hard for a Tier 5. The job market hasn’t changed but now we 99’rs are left out in the cold. I believe this recession is going to take years to even get back (which it probably won’t ever be the same at that) to what it used to be. If your on Tier 3 or 4 you’re not far off from being in the 99’rs shoes. It’s horrible what our officials have done to us by making us feel we don’t deserve help. The President should’ve jumped in a long time ago. Everyone wants to shove us under a rug and forget about us. We can’t let that happen. It’s not our fault that the economy is so bad but like every thing else it’s us hard working Americans that must foot the bill. Now they want to pull the rug out from under us too!

    1. just wondering if i would be elegiable for the extension if i have used teir 1-4, ii hope so ive been out of work for two years now and live in texas and on top of that a college town that would rather hire young students than a 51 year old women with years of experience, i cant find out any information on this and the unemployment office cant tell me anything or they say they dont know, who can help me with this question.

    2. What do you mean the president should have jumped in long time ago. How do you think you got the first 99 weeks? The Republicans wanted to only give 26 weeks. I’m so sick of everyone saying the president this and the president that if he didn’t have to fight congress so much over everything he would have more time to do more things.

  5. Does anyone know if the benefit amount will change when obama signs the unemployment extension? Will people still receive the same amount they were getting before unemployment stopped?

  6. I have been unemployed for 19 months. I could not believe how slow our great representatives moved to pass the unemployment extension act. This however, like everything else congress does, had an hiddent clause. NO MORE HELP FOR THE 99ERS”’ I was flabbergasted. How dare they blame us. It sure didn’t take this long to pass the bailout money for AIG OR FANNIE MAE OR FREDDIE MAC.Hell the congress worked all night and on the weekends. I guess the average joe doesn’t contribute as much as the big corporations for campaigns. I am really ED OFF………………

  7. All of the information being provided is so convoluted it is impossible for the average person to figure out. While those not unlike myself have found themselves feeling slightly relieved that with the new unemployment bill being signed into law we could breathe a little easier, it is not so. I am a 52 year old woman that has been a manager for over 25 years in the hospitality industry that can not find employment. I have always worked and contributed to society and have never been able to qualify for any type of welfare or assistance other than unemployment. It has been so frustrating seeking employment because I am competing with people half my age with college degrees for positions that I qualify for in every aspect. I have had to create at least four resumes to present to various levels of employment without being dishonest I have had to downplay my experience in an attempt to apply for an hourly job just to survive. After being told I am over qualified so many times I have come to the conclusion that with so many years of management experience I have to continue looking for a management position. Please stand with me and inundate our government with emails and letters begging for Tier 5 unemployment for those of us that exhausted all other tiers and see no other way to survive. PLEASE start with our Governor Charlie Crist at charlie.crist@myflorida.com He has to know how desperate we are! Thank you!

  8. i hered two different stories about the bil. i was thinking that i would be wanting for a few months for the rusults. this happened quit. this changes my thoughts about the country and the goverment. i am about to begin my first tier money that is realy needed. we have a child on the way. i can go back to school. i feel that i am a part of society again. thanks.

  9. well it seems that the senate has done a bad job again. we all know who will get the benifits. what about the long timer’s. do we exist anymore? it seems that if you exhaust all your benefits there is no room for more, bogus, this started in 2008. it won’t end anytime soon. so to you claiments who are on you last tier, you don’t have much to look forward too. good luck in the future.

  10. Just wanted to say Thanks, Obama, I live in Hawaii and Hawaii does not qualify for another extension. I drew unemployment for 73 weeks. Why can’t I qualify for the 99 weeks. It would have allowed me to pay rent just a little longer. I lost my job early 2009, I am 66 years old, no one will hire me. What do I do now?

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