June 29th, 2010
03:00 PM ET
4 years ago

House fails to extend jobless benefits

Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives failed Tuesday to pass a bill that would extend long-term unemployment benefits through the end of November.

The legislation would have made the benefits effective retroactively, allowing those who may have been cut off from unemployment insurance at the end of May to collect those federal payments.

The House last month approved an extension of unemployment benefits in a larger package that also included an extension of health care insurance for the unemployed and some popular tax breaks, but that package is stalled in the Senate.

"We believe that passing unemployment insurance is critical for individuals, for families, for communities, for the country and for the economy," House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, said at his weekly session with reporters.


The bill costs $34 billion in new deficit spending, which the Democrats say does not need to be offset because they consider jobless benefits an emergency expense.

Senate Democratic leaders have opposed a separate bill extending jobless benefits, instead favoring the larger package, which has failed to get the 60 votes needed for Senate approval.

House Ways and Means Chairman Sander Levin told reporters Democrats will put the same bill back on the floor Wednesday and predicted it will pass. Levin also said he's in discussions with Senate leaders about a vote in the Senate on the bill.

soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    1,000,000 people without jobless benefits should haunt the republicans. This just goes to show you who's side they're on. They can stand up for BP and big corporations, but when it comes to the American people, they are willing to make us suffer. Shame on you republicans.

    June 29, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    That isn't as critical, as doing something constructive in job creation, would be. Of course, that actually requires you to have a plan......and it is very obvious that you do NOT!

    June 29, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    I see so many people getting very comfortable not working and just collecting unemployment. They are not knocking down doors trying to get a job. So put people back to work. Let unemployment benefits expire after a reasonable amount of time ( which really should be no more than 90 days ) and let people know they will need to take responsibility for their own livelihood. That's what the American eonomy needs, people working.

    June 29, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Better bit–h slap the Boner. He got his money, his favorite banks an corporations got their money, he'll vote against the SMALL people (to quote his BP oil buddy).

    June 29, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Camille G

    Mr Reid Need to stop adding bacon to the extension Bill and let it pass as is

    people are hurting and need there checks

    and for the GOP see ya in November

    June 29, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. sonny chapman

    "Let them eat cake!"–Senate Republicans

    June 29, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. David

    if you have the money go ahead and pass it. if not, then i guess the unemployed can find a job. there are jobs out there, but for most Americans they are jobs beneath them, that is why we have immigration issues. Either way, this country is on a path of self-destruction, probably sooner than later if the far right conservatives have there way.

    June 29, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. Hammerer

    With the Dems refusing to do anything to create jobs, how long do they expect the taxpayers to support the jobless.
    If all of the promises of jobs saved and created with their bills past, if they are true, everyone should be working. With the healthcare creating thousands of jobs and paying down the debt and the stimulus billions creating and saving millions of jobs who needs a job?
    Or is that all a big lie?

    June 29, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. WA resident

    Give jobs, not handouts.

    June 29, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    They couldn't agree before their 10-day Memorial day break and now they might not be able to agree before their 4th of July break. Maybe if they had less breaks we would have more money to share with people who want to work but can't find jobs?!

    June 29, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Donkey Party

    Take the money out of the fat unnecessary defense budget.

    June 29, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. normajean

    There are a lot of people out there who like to criticize those on unemployment insurance.They call it welfare,which it certainly is not. The recipient has payed into the program for probably many. years and believe me, you can not sit around and live it up on this little bit of money.. It might pay your rent and keep you eating, but it won't do much more. Also you have to prove that you've been trying to get work.If you happened to have a degree and had a career rather than a job, it is almost impossible to get back into what you have experience at. The building industry bombed,leaving designers,carpenters,painters plumbers.electricians,roofers.landscapers,office personnel, out of work indefinately, just to name one area of unemployment. Don't think this is a vacation for all. of these people. It's a disaster!

    June 29, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Bob of Lompoc

    Dems try to repair another Republican monster evil – denying the Un- employment Extension in the past ten days. The Republicans have no heart and don't care about the average American.

    June 29, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Mad as Hell

    It is always an emergency with the Dems. This spending has to stop, people have to start standing on their own again. There may not be as many good paying jobs as there were but there are jobs if you are willing to take them and wait for a better one to come later.
    If I had to work two jobs at a 7-11 to get by I know I would, I did it when I was younger, (well it wasnt a 7-11 but it was a gas station)
    People need to get off their lazy butts and do something

    June 29, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Samantha

    I can think of a few politicians who ought to be unemployed as of November and more as of November 2012. Maybe then they will have a better idea what it means to be unemployed.

    June 29, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    The bill costs $34 billion in new deficit spending, which the Democrats say does not need to be offset because they consider jobless benefits an emergency expense.
    ______________________________________________________
    Don't laugh. This is our money they are spending. To put it in perspective, just the debt service ( interest payments ) on borrowing this money to pay people to continue not working is $142 million a month. The US taxpayers would pay this in perpetuity and not one penny of the $34 billion would be paid off. I don't like the way these guys are managing our money, do you?

    June 29, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Michael, Phoenix AZ

    That's awful "white" of them to pass extension of the unemployment compensation. Good thing, I have not been able to land a job back in my former career in retail management for over 3 years, and find it hard to land a teaching job in career technology in the business area to boot with schools cutting back on vocational teaching jobs and classes here in Arizona, so I'm doing what our former President said to do: return to school and retrain, but don't tell 'em how old you are.

    June 29, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Debra

    This bill need to be taken care of immediately. There really are no jobs and if 1.5 million people are going for the same job today. What happens at the end of the week when 2 million people will have no income. Right now as it stands most people are going to be homeless and starving, I know this is not what the House wants for the American people. We need help now we can't wait until the holiday is over for us unemployed, there is no holiday and what Independence Day can we celebrate when we don't know where our next meal is coming or if we will have to sleep in our cars with our children . Who want's to celebrate the 4th of July when the Unemployed American people are suffering they way we are...

    June 29, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. Bobert

    Dear House Democrats:

    Each time you pass another extension of unemployment payments as "emergency spending", I think if the phrase "bad planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part". How many times have you already extended the unemployment benefits only to extend them again? Cannot you guys not take some foresight and either A) pay for it, or B) plan far enough out so it doesn't become an "emergency".

    Sincerely,
    Taxpaying Citizen.

    June 29, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. chuck harris

    How in the world can this country celebrate it's independence being so divided on such a critical issue. WE THE PEOPLE need your help NOW.!
    I am 55 years old and worked since I was in junior high. Now I am either over qualified or under qualified. Many employers now also do credit checks. We'll (thanks to all this) my credit sucks. Any other suggestions..?

    June 29, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    What is it an election year? what should congress do?
    Throw a small bone to the little people.
    The time to clean up both The House and 1/3 the Senate is upon us. Don't vote for the party! It is time the people sent a message to Washington DC we reject politics as usual.
    Fire All incumbents!
    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.
    This November tell Congress "You Are Fired!"

    June 29, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. YoMama

    They are trying to turn unemployment benefits into welfare, no thanks.

    June 29, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. Dean

    How about just bringing jobs back to America? Place high tariffs on foreign made goods. Especially goods that are made overseas by American companies. Also tax corporations that use foreign workers located overseas instead of American workers here at home. Then we wouldn't need unemployment, could ease the deficit and increase our income tax revenue.

    June 29, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. using money we don't have

    Come on, two years of benefits is more than enough. There comes a time when family and friends need to step in.

    I've been laid off. It was uncomfortable, but allowed me to start my own business. After 2 years of struggling, things got much better.

    June 29, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. Debra Mackintosh

    It is bad enough that we can't find jobs after working 38 years straight! And we need the assistance. I have clamed unemployment for 6 month only to find out today that I will no longer receive assistance, we can help other countries but we can't help our own. What is wrong with this picture!

    June 29, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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