July 20th, 2010
03:11 PM ET
12 years ago

Jobless benefits extension passes Senate test

New York (CNNMoney.com) - More than 2.5 million unemployed Americans are one step closer to having their unemployment benefits restored.

A bill that would push back the deadline to file for extended unemployment benefits until the end of November passed a key procedural hurdle in the Senate Tuesday. The vote was 60-40, the minimum margin needed to end debate on the measure.

The Senate could put its final stamp of approval on the bill as early as Tuesday afternoon, after which it would go back to the House. It is expected to pass both chambers and be sent to President Obama for his signature. Final passage in the Senate requires just 51 votes.

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Patrick

    Voters won't remember who helped them. Sad, actually.

    July 20, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. norma

    YES! It has been another good day. Thank you all Democratic Senators and two Republican Senators for providing good Americans who are still searching for work some relief while they continue to search. Please go ask the unemployed if they'd prefer the government handout or if they'd prefer to work. THEY WANT TO WORK! They aren't lazy, sitting back in luxury with their maximum $1200 monthly benefit. Seriously, try to support a family on $14,400 a year. This money helps them stay in their houses, pay the electricity bill, buy some food and put gas in the car to go to job interviews. That's it!

    God Bless America and the fine elected officials who voted for this. I pray that the officials who voted against this find a soul soon.

    July 20, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. Tall Ed

    Who are the two Republicans... or should I say Heroes?

    July 20, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. get real

    I'm sure the Repubs so concerned about the deficit that they voted against some basic protections for the unemployed will vote for letting the Bush tax cuts to the rich expire since that contributes much, much more to the deficit. Yea, I'm not holding my breath...hypocrites!

    July 20, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. t22

    So both parties wanted to extend it and one wanted to pay for it out of stimulus funds and the other wanted to pull it out of thin air. So in a functional Congress, we would have extended it at some lesser term and split the funding from the two sources.

    Can we get some adults in there so we can actually do things right instead of scoring political points?

    July 20, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Augsbee

    Okay, but what happens come November????? we're already going into August.

    July 20, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    WAY TO GO DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    At long last you've unified yourselves to pass through a bill that will help Americans. You did it by asserting your majority in the Senate, reading from the 'same playbook', and with the conviction that doing what is right outweighs the outcome of any future election.

    Congratulations on a job well done!!

    July 20, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. charlie from the North

    Two Republicans - Maine Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins - today sided with Democrats,

    I would like to thank my Senators for doing the right thing. If this move cost them the support of the idiot tea baggers then I know a party they could join who would not attack them for doing the right thing.

    July 20, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Peace

    To those who are unemployed; you will now survive to Nov. and beyond. Those (GOP) who have denied your survival and voted "No" as usual, are waiting you to reward them! How can you forget this!

    July 20, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Video Guy

    They sure love to say NO.

    July 20, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Kevin in Indiana

    This a horrible mistake and very typical for this hack of a president. I personally know 5 people that are staying home and taking this handout instead of looking for a job. Please stop stealing from my kids and giving to these lazy people.

    July 20, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. PDH

    this bill will create new jobs by..........incentivizing people not to get new jobs?

    July 20, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Muffet

    I think it is great to help those who helped big business by paying for the bail outs. Now on with generating jobs so folks can get back to the business of supporting themselves, their famiies, and communities while helping chipping in towards the deficit reduction...makes sense.

    July 20, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Why is there no outcry when it comes to funding the wars, but when there are so few jobs, and there are so many unemployed people, there is almost a firestorm when the benefits need to be extended. Where are the jobs?... China, India, and almost everywhere else, just not here. Gotta have those low prices every day!

    The unemployment rate here in Las Vegas stands at 14.5%.. A record high! And growing....

    Mean while the multitude of illegals come in and get a platterful of benefits on the house! And of course, those who make the laws are almost all millionaires and don't feel the pain at all

    July 20, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. BeverlyNC

    THANK YOU Democrats for standing up for the People once again. We see the line clearly now. Republicans are AGAINST the working middlle class and only stand up for the large abusive corporations and the white wealthy cronies.
    Republicans would not spend 30M to help desperate unemployed people pay basic bills and feed their families. They say the unemployed are "lazy", "drug addicts", and "won't look for work if they keep getting unemployment checks". Show how clueless Republicans are and how out-of-touch with reality they are. The average check is $250/week. No one can live the good life on that small amount of money. Republicans just don't care. They call the middle class "the lesser people".
    Now of course they are fighting to spend 700B to keep the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. Those sad rich people must really be hurting.
    Republicans are ENEMIES of the People and have betrayed us. We must get all of them out of office before they again destroy our country.

    President Obama and the Democrats have DELIVERED solutions for the PEOPLE all year. The list is long and the laws important to the recovery of the PEOPLE. Republican voted NO every single time, told lies, spread hate and fear, and whipped up racism against our President and have aligned themselves with dangerous lunatic gun-carrying racist tea baggers.

    If you want continued focus on the PEOPLE, jobs created, the economy continuing upward, no more abuses from Wall St, the insurance companies and the oil companies – then you need to vote carefully and make sure it is for someone who will REALLY SERVE YOU and not big business. That is the Democrats.

    Never trust a Republican!

    July 20, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. Muffet

    I think it is great to help those who helped big business by paying for the bail outs. Now on with generating jobs so folks can get back to the business of supporting themselves, their famiies, and communities while chipping in towards the deficit reduction...makes sense.

    July 20, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. tchoate

    Anything would be better than the current administration. Yes, even the Bush administration! And it is not just the administration. This country has been going downhill ever since the DEMs took over control. It's so obvious.....

    July 20, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Let's hear it conservative true-believers...regurgitate some Williams' sentiment for us...maybe a slab of "dope smoking oprah watchers" with a side of "it's a giveaway for mexican illegals"?

    July 20, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. Gary

    I want to help the unemployed but truly half of people don't even start looking for a new job until they are 3 months away from losing it and don't get serious until they are one month away....unemployment should be only 4 weeks for free, everything after 4 weeks it should be required that the recipient do at least 40 hours per week of volunteer work at a school, church, nursing home, hospital or government facility to qualify. If you have to work to earn unemployment you'll appreciate it more and start looking for a new job sooner and more aggressively.

    July 20, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. Uncle Sam

    Awesome! Some day my kids will be paying taxes to pay for this. There are millions of jobs available, plus the millions now held by illegal aliens. Some of these execs and middle managers my need to work in a packing plant for a while. But better they receive $13/hour plus health and dental than run up OUR national debt!

    July 20, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. Clint, Wa.

    Go over the in the corner & CRY, GOP.

    July 20, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. Laverne

    How does the jobless republicans feel about their party? I thought so!

    July 20, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. Sandy

    'bout time! Thank you to the two Senators from Maine!

    July 20, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. Four and The Door

    How come every time the Democrats get their way, America's debt and unemployment both get bigger?

    July 20, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. KImberly

    AWESOME! I am soooo happy that people will be able to keep getting the benifits until the job situation picks up. Its disgusting to me that the republicans and their FAT PADDED pockets once again picked big business over the hurting American people. The sad part is, most the peolpe that will benefit from this is the very people that VOTE for the republicans...sad indeed. Atleast there are TWO decent republicans in congress!

    July 20, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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