Unemployment Extension Senate Vote – Unemployment Extension July 20 2010 Update: The ongoing and very partisan problems that are holding back the extension of millions of citizen’s unemployment benefits may end today, Tuesday, as Democrats endeavor to end the stalemate.
Yesterday in the Rose Garden, the President posed with three unemployed Americans, a clear indicator that he wishes to see an end to this ongoing political argument that is leaving millions of citizens without proper unemployment benefits.
He took the opportunity to attack Republican Senators for standing in the way of what he considers an essential extension. He also attacked them for being eager to give wealthy citizens tax breaks, while denying more unfortunate Americans essential living expenses from the benefits extension.
Update: The Senate will vote on a bill to extend federal unemployment benefits today around 2:30 p.m.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will invoke cloture on the bill to extend federal unemployment benefits. Goodwin is expected to provide the 60th vote needed to finally advance the bill.The Senate must take one more vote on the bill after cloture. Because the bill is slightly different than the one passed by the House of Representatives, it will return to the House for another vote. And then the bill will go to President Barack Obama for his signature, as soon as tomorrow.