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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  1. Axel000

    GOP votes no on everything, its pathetiic that the Senate can't just run on majority rule, time to get rid of the fillibuster once and for all so the elected majority can do the business that the majority of Americans sent them there to do.

    Goodbye party of no.

    July 20, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. David in Houston

    A special thanks to the mavericks who bucked the "Party of No" in order to help their constituents during their time of need.

    Two republicans who are actually capable of governing...imagine that!

    July 20, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. R Perez

    It' about BLOODY TIME!!!!!!

    July 20, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Kellie P

    My husbands benefits have been cut for 6 weeks now. We have had our power turned off 3 times due to lack of funds. I work 20 hours a week and both me and my husband have gone out everyday looking for work. Jobs simply are not there. We put 421 miles on our car last week job hunting. Alot of people say that the extended benefits will only allow the unemployed to sit on the couch a little longer. That is simply not true nor is it fair. Unemployment benefits do not pay all that much and it certainly does not pay enough to sit on the couch instead of trying to find a job. I am very thankful that this bill has passed. We are hoping it will get use through long enough to find a job that is more that 20 hours a week although I am not complaining about my 20 hours I would like for it to be more like 40 or 50 hours. I am a 45 year old with a college education and I have never had a problem finding a job. There a so few jobs out there that the younger work force are getting the jobs so the 40's and 50 year old worker is not considered which in turn makes it that much harder for people my age. I have even considered going back to school for my masters but I am afraid I will have student loans come due and not be able to pay for them due to the amount of jobs that are available. I am very, very thankful for the extended benefits.

    July 20, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. AMZ

    It is the right thing to help those out of work...however rules need to be tuffer on those collecting to make sure there ae indeed looking for gainful employment. Here is where they lose me on this I really do not understand why the remainings funds could not come from the stimulus that was already there instead of adding more debt. Both sides in Washington are worse then a bunch of four year olds or worse teenage girls!! I am one American who is sick and tired of all the name calling and blaming that both side are doing...Especially that which is coming from the presidents mouth...he is ripping and dividing this country more then any of the others...what is they say it all rolls down hill...oh btw that last part was in defense of Mr Bush...I am just saying two wrongs do not make a right just because one was a terrible president does not give the current one the right to continue the same legacy of destruction. Bless all you Americans out there that have remembered who are, what country your in and identify yourselves as an American instead of the party you vote for.

    July 20, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Roflchrist

    Yes, let's spend more money we don't have! BRILLIANT!

    July 20, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Ross

    You can't have millions of more people go bankrupt in this economy.

    July 20, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. D.

    Spend spend spend will cause less employment at the end.

    July 20, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Keith in Austin

    It is unfortunate that extended unemployment checks can't be relegated only to those that are truly trying to find a job vs. The multitudes of parasitic slackers too lazy to work.

    July 20, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. haren

    I am not face readers but someboby should read face of senator Ben Nelson, I am sure result will be a face of dishonest crook.
    Nebraska next time in election defeat this senator.

    July 20, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. sb

    It's about time! I bet if it were tax cuts for the rich every Republican would be on board whether it added to the deficit or not. This sudden concern about the deficit is so phony considering that their tax cuts, wars, etc., etc. caused the deficit spending to begin with.

    July 20, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. JS in CT

    FINALLY!!! It is disgusting how some conservatives acted about this bill.

    July 20, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "She should also be prosecuted for violating the farmer civil rights. I hope he sues."

    Yep, an anecdote about improper behavior that happened 24 years ago while working in a DIFFERENT JOB certainly should lead to firing in the current job...and why don't we just waive that pesky statute of limitations and government/employee immunity so the white guy can sue her and the Obama administration for it? A quarter century has passed and it has nothing to do with her performance in her current position...meh...who cares? The Teatards need themselves someone to lynch in revenge for Mark Williams come-uppance!

    Raise your hand if you'd like your employer to check on whether you've done anything reprehensible in the past 24 years and then fire you for it if he finds anything.

    July 20, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. Rob Sanderson

    I am simply amazed or should I say, frustrated, concerning our miss-guided and out-of-touch that represent us. Many of these representatives have been there quite some time and have healthcare benefits and also will receive a lucrative retirement package. I think that unti the American People have as good or better benefits as these representatives, that the representatives benefits should be placed on hold. Many of these representatives are so out of touch with what the "real world" people go through. Many of them have a legal background. lawyers, of which in the legal world, the money is given up front, and effectiveness is not measuerd.

    I think that there should be term limits on these representatives to the same lmits as the Preseident of the United States. Also, they should not get this retirement package that enables to live a very good life. People are struggling and the only assistance to help these people not become homeless is the unemployment benefits.

    For these representatives, let's take away your perks and let them try to find another job. I am a process expert/consultant and have no healthcare benefits. It makes me sick that these representives do not think of the repercussions to the "little" people. Look at Mitch Mcconnell educational background, BA in Political Science. What makes him an expert on the fiscal budget, absolutley nothing except for the poor intern that has to perform research for him. In my assessment, how are these rrepresentatives quantifiable measured for process effectiveness? They are not. Let's start treating our represetives as the "real" people are treated. They have no clue of the struggles with the job market, only their own political agenda. Tell you what, due to the lack of funds, lets have a congressional and senate layoff? Issue some pink slips to them, and take away their own golden parachutes.

    July 20, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    No thanks to the party of NO. I wonder how many voting unemployed who will have their benefits extended are going to remember this come November 2010 and 2012.
    Even if are employed you have to see these rethugs for what they are. A bunch of self serving fools completely out of touch with middle America. Who cares if you lose your house as long as they have free parking, travel and the best healthcare money can buy.

    July 20, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. Shirley in California

    Although I support our president 100%, at some point the benefits HAVE TO STOP ANYWAY. I know the repubs. are only out to destroy our president and everything they do is spiteful and petty but this is one area where I would have liked to see change shown. We simply have to stop spending so much money. I sympathize with the people who are really out there looking for work and can't find any but so many are simply lazy and unwilling to work. We have to draw a line somewhere. This is not my idea of helping.

    July 20, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. haren

    Who has to decide what dollar figure of deficit is disaster for country.
    When Bush was president 700 billion was Okay, so why 1 trillion is not Okay?

    July 20, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. jean2009

    Republicans don't mind tax cuts for their wealthy friends, but an extension of benefits for a family depending on unemployment, NO they are left to carry the weight of this recession without assistance.

    Everyone is paying for those tax cuts.

    July 20, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. Obama Enemy List Wannabe

    Obama-nomics. Borrow money from the Chinese or charge higher taxes. Give it away. Expect that to generate jobs. Ignore the fact that John Keynes is rolling in his grave. When jobs don't happen, blame Bush.

    July 20, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. Hugo

    Here is an idea, why doesn't Nancy Pelosi just fly coach for the next 6 months and forfeit her paychecks for the remainder of her limited duration as Speaker. She is already a multi-millionaire and I believe the first Speaker to have their own private taxpayer funded airlines. Just think of the tax dollars that could go to help the now unemployed people that actually earned it....She could lead the charge for our elected elite to give back some of what they have been stealing from us for years!

    July 20, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. Marcus

    Gary – Why don't you simply admit that you think that everyone who receive unemployement benefits is a lazybone succubus who doesn't wants to work? Without any exception?
    Your justifications are lame and baseless, no, make it proofless.

    July 20, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. Barack.Hussein.Obama-America's-Incompetent-DICTATOR

    So the DemocRATS add even more to the deficit instead of paying for this LONG TERM WELFARE PROGRAM. Why not extend them indefinitely and see how many people collect them? The DemocRATS just continue to try and buy votes any way they can to try and save their skins in November. It won't work!

    July 20, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Zombie Jesus

    How dare Democrats use taxpayer money to help Americans.

    We need to have Republicans back in control, that way we can re-open the Chinese credit card account and provide more tax cuts for the rich and more money to private security groups.

    Using tax money to help Americans? Disgusting!

    July 20, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Here is an idea

    Hey,,, here is an idea. Why dont they CREATE JOBS to get this people off of unemployment?
    What happened to all those jobs the stimulus bill was going to create?
    Why dont we kick all illegals back to Mexico or where ever they came from and let AMERICANS work those jobs? Or wont Americans lower themselves to do a hard works pay to put food on the table.

    Keep giving handouts. The problem is NOT giving people more money for doing nothing, the problem is getting the jobs back so they CAN do something.

    July 20, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. Orlando Patriot

    Way to go Democrats and thiswill GUARANTEE a Republican victory in November!! Your total disregard for what is best for this country and how to actually fix the economy will guarantee continued unemployment close to 10% (maybe higher) and convince those of us who actually WORK for a living that we need a government that works for the people and not the other way around. Do you hear that? WE DO NOT WORK FOR YOU!! YOU WORK FOR US!! And we will make sure that is heard LOUD AND CLEAR in November!!!

    July 20, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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