July 22nd, 2010
07:48 AM ET
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Unemployment benefits bill goes to the House

A bill that restores unemployment benefits to 2.5 million jobless Americans goes to the House of Representatives on Thursday.
A bill that restores unemployment benefits to 2.5 million jobless Americans goes to the House of Representatives on Thursday.

Washington (CNN) - A bill that restores unemployment benefits to 2.5 million jobless Americans passed the Senate and goes to the House on Thursday. It is expected to pass there are well.

The bill pushes back the deadline to file for extended unemployment benefits until the end of November.

The Senate on Wednesday voted 59 to 39 to restore the benefits, ending a seven-week stalemate.

After the Senate vote, President Obama urged the House to act swiftly and pledged to sign the bill soon afterward.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Chris (Sacramento CA)

    Another billions of dollars that will go to our debt. Democrats are pathetic

    July 22, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. Marty, FL

    It is about time. Shame on Republicans for trying to block much-needed benefits for our fellow Americans in need.

    These disingenuous Republicans voted for emergency unemployment during past administrations, so their glaring obstruction now is another transparent ploy against decent Americans.

    Their excuses over deficit spending simply lacks credibility, considering the GOP is pushing to extend Bush tax cuts for the rich WITHOUT a way to pay for it again. These fiscally irreponsible costs are much higher than unemployment benefits for Americans.

    July 22, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. Don

    Why did so many innocent people have to suffer, GOP? Its because so many of you are dillusional, corrupt, and paid-off by Big Business. Maybe, the banks can finally do the correct thing-issue credit to finally shake off the recession!

    July 22, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  4. jay

    If they think it's a good idea to send all jobs to cheap exploited labor Countries, then unemployment extension is a good idea.

    July 22, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. Ron in california

    Here's a novel idea...Instead of more unemployment checks. Why not turn those into paychecks by requiring the recipients to do work for the government or in the community. For example...asissting at the post office or doing clean up work at public buildings...somehow usng their skillls to be productive. Or would the ACLU say that is unconstitutional?

    July 22, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. Bobber

    How long are we going to give handouts? Some people have been on unemployment for over two years! How about creating some private jobs? I don't think the Dems know how to do that...it's all about bigger government and more control.

    July 22, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Just think, the libs are adding another $36 billion to the deficit instead of using unclaimed "stimulus" money to score political points with their "base." The democrats added to our tax bill to make the Republicans look bad for an election. Unbelievable arrogance, corruption, ineptness and mismanagement. Just like the Obozo administration. Screw the hard working American taxpayer to make some political points with the dope smoking, non working, products of the NEA dominated public education system. I really love it, stating with the election this year the libs will never win a majority again and by 2012, we can get real people running our government and maybe put some of these fools in jail where they belong.

    July 22, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Let's remember that ALL the money spent on unemployment goes back into the economy immediately.

    July 22, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Republicans, deciding in unison, that unemployed Americans do not deserve unemployment benefits to feed their families....are the true death panels.

    July 22, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    The big question is........did the bill stick to unemployment, or did the Dems put through more trash, tacked onto it??????

    July 22, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. katiec

    The American people must never forget that the vast majority of the republicans voted against this extension. Yet, they are pushing the extension of tax cuts, perks etc for the rich that will add an UNFUNDED $3.5 TRILLION to our deficit.
    The republican politicans have sold the American people down the river with their undying love and support for Wall St.
    We cannot allow these people the opportunity to continue their destruction of our country.

    July 22, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. thor

    This measure could have been passed long ago if the Dems hadn't insisted it being put into place without being paid for.Again ,whip out the ole Uncle Sam's credit card to pay for it .And these guys will act with fake disdain when in Dec. the president's commission recommends raising taxes in order to get all this debt under control
    Debt at the time they didn't mind creating to the tune of 34billion more.

    July 22, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. Naqib

    Yea... hurry up and pass it... have no idea how to pay for it... refused to address it in the budget prior to passing... All the republicans wanted to know is where the money would come from... but of course Dems can't answer (you guys... sometime later... from your kids or something... don't worry about it)... but that's what Dems do... spend other peoples money without regard to effect... kind of like kids with an ice cream truck... just go to the money tree

    July 22, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Michelle Donovan

    What about people like my self that have used up all her unenployment benafits and can"t find a job, what do we do? I have a child and all kinds of bills, I need help. I only maid 100.00 dollars a week but it was something,

    July 22, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |