March 10th, 2010
03:24 PM ET
4 years ago

Jobless claims bill OK'd by Senate

New York (CNNMoney.com) - The Senate on Wednesday approved a wide-ranging bill that would push back the deadline to file for extended unemployment insurance until year-end and extends dozens of expired tax breaks.

The bill, passed by a 62-36 vote, is the latest job creation effort to go before lawmakers, though it contains virtually no new initiatives. Its price tag has wavered between $140 billion and $150 billion, which is partially offset. Its next stop is the House.

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Filed under: Economy • Jobs • Senate • unemployment
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Iamalyingcorruptliberalandobamaman

    I'll bet those corrupt, thieving unions are really happy. The crooks they elected have managed to steal some more money from hard working taxpayers to support their executives resort retreats.

    March 10, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Robert

    Is this a new extension or jusr more of the one already in place?

    March 10, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Stacie

    Ohhhh, those three republicans better watch out! The tea baggers are comin' for ya. Apparently, they didn't get the GOP memo stating that unemployment benefits and COBRA were UNAMERICAN! The GOP thinks all the unemployed need is a good kick in the butt (git yourself a job, boy!) and then some more tax cuts to the international corporations who are going to buy our elections might help too.

    March 10, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Mentioning No Names

    May I see a pie chart showing the political affiliation of the 36 Senators that voted AGAINST these benefits for UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE.

    That would be real reporting CNN and it might reveal to the "Joe-the-Plumber" crowd that one particular party tends NOT TO SUPPORT their interests.

    March 10, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. Dar

    Looks like a couple of repub's voted for it too.
    I know people need help but when does it stop, when do we say you have untill the end of the yesr and you have to do it on your own.
    This is the second extention of benifits, how much more can we afford.
    With all the money thats going out the door Odumbo will have no choice but to raise some sort of taxes to pay for all of this.
    Nothing is adding up, nothing.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    March 10, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. terry,va.

    Give me the Obummie bucks while I sit on the couch and eat potato chips and watch Oprah. What a country!!!

    March 10, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. terry,va.

    @ Stacie...If China and Japan do decide to cash in their chips on the US we might be better off. At least people will realize that we will be ran by socialist/commie's rather than the closet socialist Obummie. Obummie needs to come out of the closet and tell what he really stands for.

    March 10, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Tayo, NY

    Politics as usuall. While some welcome giving the uneployed a break others things it none of their business if you are jobless!

    Its pathetic. No matter your position, people will critisize you. Its hard for people to even determine what they actually want.

    Everything is politic. period!

    March 10, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Willy Brown

    More debt THANK YOU DEMOCRTAS!

    March 10, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. seebofubar

    I think I finally figured out Obama. He certainly not inteligent enough to solve any issue facing our nation with reason or creativity so in order to avoid realizing that, he just throws our money at the problem. Than way, in his own pea sized brain, he feels that he has accomplished something.

    March 10, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. I WANT MINES

    wasnt their a stimulus bill passed that was to create jobs????
    SO where are these millions of jobs that were created and saved? this is such a fraud the dictator created jobs to look out for fraud of the stimulus money terry va you could watch springer you dont have to watch oprah it isnt mandatory just because she is a supporter of barry boi

    March 10, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. southerncousin

    Very well stated terry@. Another union giveaway for the Obozo crowd on the backs of people who actually work.

    March 10, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. Marc

    Iamalyingcorruptliberalandobamaman – March 10th, 2010 3:32 pm ET
    'I'll bet those corrupt, thieving unions are really happy. The crooks they elected have managed to steal some more money from hard working taxpayers to support their executives resort retreats.'

    If this happen and you somehow learn about then call the police or the FBI, mismanagement of federal funds/money would be a start as the accusation they would face.
    Otherwise, since you are no longer force to work 10/15 hours a day (weekends include) in dangerous/hazardous workplaces without any safety for your health or life, I would like to know why you hate UNIONS so much.

    March 10, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Charles

    I have never collected unemployment. but I do not mind if those who need it do. 8.5 million jobs were lost under President Bush and republican majority.

    First the Repubs take your job, then they do not want to give you benefits.

    Does anyone know how "The Savior of the World, Scott Brown voted?

    March 10, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. Doug - Dallas

    Makes me wonder what all those who are against the passage of this extension would say if they were unemployed and were relying on that money to survive until they could find a job? It's easy to be an armchair quarterback but when the tables are turned, it's amazing how their opinions change!

    March 10, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. marcus

    Although I must agree that there are some who are without work that are sitting on the benefits until they have only a week or so until they run out, there are others who cannot find work.

    My brother in law, who receives unemployment benefits cannot search for a job because it goes against the Union.

    March 10, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. jm for sc

    Terry, va. One day when you become unemployed or if you are rich; sick and your money can't help you, then you will have a different view.

    While some people may abuse the system, there are many who can not find a job and have a family to take care of.

    If congress can vote to spend millions to make sure the people in Iraq are taken care of which is none of our business, they can pass a bill that will help our own.

    March 10, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Asinine. You do realize that the GOP singled out a few of its own to fall on their swords so the thing would get passed don't you? They knew it wasn't safe to block it outright after using Bunning as their public reaction litmus test, so they gave the bare minimum. Letting it pass with 60 or 61 would have been too obvious. They simply maximized the number of GOPers who voted "nay" as best they could and still remain credible when they the rest of them who voted to oppose it start mouthfarting into a microphone about how awful it is that all the people who are now unemployed, quite clearly as a result of applying GOP deregulatory trickle-down economic theories to our economy, are getting an extension in benefits so they don't lose their homes, can feed their children, can continue to afford health care (maybe), etc. It's a farce, but it's a 100% truth in our political system: when you're the minority party, what's the best way to stay safe and never take ANY responsibility for governing like you were elected to do? Oppose everything. That way, nothing gets passed that might work, thereby damaging you and helping the other party, and you don't have to take responsibility when something fails (and can play the "I told you so" card). It's childish. It's GOP.

    March 10, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. lucy2

    This is good news for those struggling to find work. I'm in an industry that has been extremely hard hit by this recession – I've been lucky, but I know many talented, hardworking people who have been laid off because the work just isn't there.

    For all those who complain about benefits being extended, you're fortunate you've never had to rely on that to keep a roof over your head and food on your table. I don't doubt for a second that if any of you were in a pinch, you'd gratefully accept unemployment benefits.

    But yeah, keep coming up with clever names to call Obama. That's helpful.

    March 10, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. Marc

    'terry,va. – March 10th, 2010 4:13 pm ET
    @ Stacie...If China and Japan do decide to cash in their chips on the US we might be better off. At least people will realize that we will be ran by socialist/commie's rather than the closet socialist Obummie. Obummie needs to come out of the closet and tell what he really stands for.'

    Besides the continuous childish names which you use to refer to the POTUS, your post shows a lot of misinformation.
    For starters:
    Japan is not a socialist/communist country, not by far.
    'Closet socialist'? A moderate/centrist democrat like him?
    'tell what he really stands for.' Where have you been since the inauguration? He already told us what he stands for, if you did not listened is your problem.

    March 10, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |