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CNN says 5 million people would have been affected by June if unemployment benefits not extended

 
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CNN says 5 million people would have been affected by June if unemployment benefits not extended
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Washington (CNN) -- The Senate voted Tuesday to pass a $10 billion measure to extend benefits for unemployed workers and fund road projects after Sen. Jim Bunning agreed to end his filibuster.

The 78-19 vote on the 30-day extension known as H.R. 4691 came minutes after the Kentucky Republican made a final plea on the floor of the Senate for his colleagues not to borrow the money.

"We can't do everything we'd like to do," Bunning said. "We don't have the money."

A Department of Transportation official said the president will sign the package Wednesday morning and that 2,000 furloughed transportation workers were being told to return to work in the morning.

The original short-term extension of unemployment benefits needed unanimous consent to pass because Democrats have labeled it an emergency spending measure. Bunning rejected the motion for unanimous consent.

The 78-year-old former professional baseball player had proposed an amendment to pay for the measure by closing a tax loophole used by the paper industry, but the amendment was stricken Tuesday night when a motion to waive a budget point of order against it failed on a vote of 43-53. That meant the Bunning amendment did not get a direct up-or-down vote.



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Afterward, Bunning issued a statement deriding the move as "a procedural gimmick."Bunning, who is retiring at the end of this year, said he didn't oppose extending the programs -- he just didn't want to add to the deficit. Democrats argued that, because it is an emergency measure, the bill should not be subject to new rules requiring that legislation not expand the deficit -- the pay-go rules.

As a result of the Senate's delayed action, many jobless people were not able to apply for federal unemployment benefits or the COBRA health insurance subsidy as of Monday.

Bunning's action created a political firestorm. On Tuesday morning, he pushed on the Senate floor for a measure that would have paid the $10 billion tab out of the Democrats' previously passed $862 billion stimulus bill. He also dared Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to hold a vote to cut off debate on the measure.

The Nevada Democrat rejected Bunning's motions.

"You have made your point ... [but] the majority of the Senate disagrees with you," Reid told Bunning. The need to extend unemployment benefits is "an emergency. ... Our economy is suffering. [There are] long lines of people out of work."

Reid called Bunning's legislative maneuvering "terribly inappropriate."

iReporter: Shame on you, Sen. Bunning

Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins sided with the Democratic leader, saying Bunning's views "do not represent the majority of the Republican caucus."

House Minority Leader John Boehner, however, defended Bunning.

"He's got a legitimate argument that he's making," said the Ohio Republican. "The Democrats just passed this legislation" requiring bills not to increase the deficit and not even "a week after the president signed [it] into law they want to exempt the first bill that comes across the Senate floor."

Federal unemployment benefits kick in after the basic state-funded 26 weeks of coverage expire. During the downturn, Congress has approved up to an additional 73 weeks, which it funds.

These federal benefit weeks are divided into tiers, and the jobless must apply each time they move into a new tier.

Had the Senate not acted, the jobless would have stopped getting checks once they ran out of their state benefits or current tier of federal benefits.

That could have been devastating to many of the more than 1 million people who would have been affected this month and nearly 5 million by June, according to the National Unemployment Law Project.

Several other programs were also affected by the legislative spat, including federal flood insurance, satellite TV licensing, and small business loans.

The bill also provides a short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund, which pays for transportation projects nationwide.
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Re: CNN says 5 million people would have been affected by June if unemployment benefits not extended
One million would have lost benefits by the end of this month! That is an earthquake of finacial doom!

Start stocking up now while you can because you may be glad to have this 30 day window to get ready.

I'm sick of all the bitter people that are angry that the millions of people aren't starving and homeless yet because they got a little 30 day extension.

You bitter people are going to be eating crow. When the affects of that many people having zero income are felt, there will be even a larger bunch of layoffs including your jobs!
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Re: CNN says 5 million people would have been affected by June if unemployment benefits not extended
ok 5 mill people stop getting unemployment in june how maney more would this have affected because these people are not spending thier unemployment checks on food shelter clothes and outher things they use in their day to day lives
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ok 5 mill people stop getting unemployment in june how maney more would this have affected because these people are not spending thier unemployment checks on food shelter clothes and outher things they use in their day to day lives
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 700544

I have no idea how many more it would affect, but I can bet it will be major!
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We are headed for an economic death spiral!
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Its only a matter of time before it shuts off for real.
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Re: CNN says 5 million people would have been affected by June if unemployment benefits not extended
So only 5 million people are on unemployment?
laugh
yeah right.
There is atleast 1 million in ny state alone, that leaves 49 more states.
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Re: CNN says 5 million people would have been affected by June if unemployment benefits not extended
We are headed for an economic death spiral!
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We have been in that spiral since the creation of the federal reserve.
Are you saying we should keep that system in place forever?
Why are you so concerned with unemployment, which helps your fellow man, rather than being concerned with removing this corrupt system?
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Its only a matter of time before it shuts off for real.
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A agree with you. I foresee an end to unemployment compensation down the road.
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Re: CNN says 5 million people would have been affected by June if unemployment benefits not extended
So only 5 million people are on unemployment?
laugh
yeah right.
There is atleast 1 million in ny state alone, that leaves 49 more states.
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think they mean the people who about to reach the limit of the lazy cheque.
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Re: CNN says 5 million people would have been affected by June if unemployment benefits not extended
Bunning made half of the GLPers look really bad. rofl
Sad day when a congressman has more of a heart than conspiracy nuts.
Good thing GLPers don't run Washington.
dubya dance dick clinton no odance
Yes! We succeeded in making conspiracy nuts look worse than us.
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