Final Vote on Unemployment Extension Likely Today in Senate; House Will Have to Approve New Benefits Bill
Today a final vote on the pending unemployment benefits extension legislation is likely to happen, unless Republican opposition to the bill is determined to delay it further.
Last night the Senate approved an amendment submitted by Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) to extend the extension through the end of May. A lone Republican, Senator George Voinovich (R-OH), voted to include this amendment in the bill.
The final version of the bill, amended as it is from the version already passed by the House, will have to return to the House for approval. It is expected that the House will quickly pass it and send to to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.
This unemployment extension represents a bigger window of eligibility – unemployment insurance claimants can now file up until June under the present systems of benefits tiers.
Many hope that this now two-month extension, retroactive to April 5, will allow the Senate enough time to come up with a solution to extend unemployment benefits until the end of the year.
However, it is uncertain at this point whether a new proposal will include new benefit tier(s), extended eligibility for filing, or a combination of the two.
What do you think about the prospects of this current extension passing?