The AFL-CIO's James Parks explains today's news:
House Republicans today blocked an effort to extend federal unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, making a lapse in benefits all but certain when they expire at the end of the month.
House Democrats tried to speed the extension through by calling for a suspension of the rules, a procedure which requires a two-thirds majority. Although 258 members—a significant majority—supported the bill, the final vote fell short of the needed margin. The bill, H.R.6419, would have extended UI through February 2011 for those who have exhausted 26 weeks of insurance provided by states. It also would provide 100 percent federal funding to state unemployment programs to cover additional costs.
A total of 143 Republicans and 11 Democrats voted against suspending the rules. Twenty-one Republicans voted for it. Check out the roll call vote here.
Republicans are looking petty, small and mean. And if you're paying attention, Democrats are looking patronizing. They should have taken care of this before the mid-terms. In fact, if they had done that and Republicans had voted the way they did today, maybe Dems would not have lost so many seats. For more on today's vote . . .
House Republicans Block Unemployment Benefits Extension
New York Times (blog) - Michael D. Shear - 13 minutes ago
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