Once again, the US Senate has chosen to ignore the plight of thousands of American citizens and put its own schedule of precious vacation time above the needs of the unemployed.
On Friday, the House of Representatives passed bill HR 4213, aka the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010. This bill would extend the filing deadline under the current system of federally-subsidized unemployment insurance benefits, which allows for up to 99 weeks maximum extended benefits under 4 tiers of extensions. Other provisions in the bill include a COBRA extension and closing certain tax loopholes for individuals and corporations.
This bill would *not* create additional benefits beyond the 99 weeks in the form of a Tier V or similar extension.
According to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) last week, the Senate would not act on this same essential bill until after the Memorial Day recess, which is currently underway. The Senate resumes its chamber on this upcoming Monday, June 7.
This means that the Senate is once again – again! – letting the previous two-month extension expire. They had two months this time to get something done and nevertheless they fail to produce before the deadline.
Perennial procrastinators, they – if only they could be fired from their jobs such as happens with unproductive employees (hint, hint, voters).
In short: business as usual on the Hill.