The House of Representatives just passed the unemployment extension bill HR 3548 by a vote of 403-12. Coming so quickly on the heels of yesterday’s passage of the bill in the Senate, this is very welcome news to the thousands of unemployed Americans whose benefits have already run out or are close to it and desperately need this support from the federal government.
The House has acted in near lightning-quick fashion on this legislation, in stark contrast to the plodding deliberations of the Senate. Hopefully President Obama will take his cue from the former and John Hancock this bill into law ASAP. He is expected to move quickly on this much-needed legislation.