Senate Republicans have repeatedly obstructed job creation legislation that extended critical unemployment insurance benefits to help Americans who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own make ends meet as they look for their next job opportunity. More than two million families are without their economic lifeline because of the latest Republican obstruction.
On June 29th, the House considered the Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act (H.R. 5618) under suspension of the rules. The bill fell short of receiving the necessary votes (261-155) to pass with the two-thirds majority needed under suspension of the rules. The House passed the bill under rules on July 1st 270-153 to restore this economic lifeline. This emergency legislation will extend unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to millions of Americans families.
The bill extends the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and Extended Benefits programs through November 30, 2010. The legislation would retroactively restore benefits to people who may have started losing their benefits as early as the end of May--some after just 26 weeks--the same policies that were included in the jobs package (HR 4213) passed by the House on May 28th. In an effort to garner Senate Republican support, the legislation does not include an extension of the Federal Additional Compensation program, which increases all UI benefits by $25 a week.