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Senate To Vote On Fed Unemployment Extension

From a deeply concerned Associated Press:

Showdown set on unemployment bill in Senate

By DAVID ESPO | January 7, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new year looks a lot like the old one in the Senate, with Democrats scratching for votes to pass an agenda they share with President Barack Obama, and Republicans decidedly unenthusiastic about supporting legislation without changes.

Of course, they shouldn’t support it even with ‘changes.’ (Which will only amount to being a pretense at paying for these benefits.) But they will.

At the dawn of the 2014 election year, the issue is unemployment benefits, and a White House-backed bill to renew benefits that lapsed last month for the long-term jobless…

As always the AP studiously fails to note that these federal benefits were implemented back in 2008 as an emergency, one time boost at the height of the recession. The recession officially ended in July of 2009, four years ago.

Meanwhile, these ‘one time’ benefits have been extended every year since 2008. Now the Democrats want to make them, in effect, permanent.

The Democratic agenda also includes measures designed to demonstrate sympathy with those who suffered during the worst recession in decades and a subsequent long, slow recovery…

"Demonstrate sympathy" is Dem speak for ‘buying votes.’ And never mind that it has been Obama and the Democrats who have prolonged the recession and given us the worst economic ‘recovery’ in the history of the nation.

At issue was a complicated system that provides as much as 47 weeks of federally-funded benefits, which begin after state benefits, usually 26 weeks in duration, are exhausted. The first tier of additional benefits is 14 weeks and generally available to all who have used up their state benefits.

An additional 14 weeks is available to the unemployed in states where unemployment is 6 percent or higher. Nine more weeks of benefits are available in states with joblessness of 7 percent or higher. In states where unemployment is 9 percent or higher, another 10 weeks of benefits are available.

26 + 47 + 14 + 10 = 97 weeks of unemployment. And never mind that the recession is supposed to have been over for four and a half years.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Senate To Vote On Fed Unemployment Extension”

  1. dasher

    4.1% GDP growth and still unemployment benefits are an issue? Hmmm, methinks something’s rotten in WDC!

    D.




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