Obama Signs Unemployment Extension Bill to Help Unemployed Americans – After three unemployment extension votes, finally the Unemployment Extension Bill HR4213 has finally became a law after Obama signed it Thursday afternoon.
The Unemployment Extension Bill was debated for three days in the Congress. Republicans continued to counter its passage since according to them, there’s not much enough funds and that it could just add a burden to the fiscal deficit of the government. However, the Republican filibuster was broken when Carte Goodwin, the Senator who replaced the late Robert Byrd from West Virginia voted “aye” ending to a vote of 60-40 for the Democrats.
The Senate had another vote on the unemployment extension bill the next day after they’ve made amendments into it. Once again, Democrats won in a vote of 59-39 pushing the bill to the House of Representatives for its final approval in the Congress.
Finally, the House of Representatives finally approved it in a vote of 272-152 on Thursday after which Obama signed it immediately to restore desperately needed assistance to 2.5 million Americans who lost their jobs in the recession.
Obama said in a speech after he signed the Unemployment Extension Bill:
Today, I signed the unemployment insurance extension to restore desperately needed assistance to two and a half million Americans who lost their jobs in the recession.
After a partisan minority used procedural tactics to block the authorization of this assistance three separate times over the past weeks, Americans who are fighting to find a good job and support their families will finally get the support they need to get back on their feet during these tough economic times.
Named as H.R. 4213, the Unemployment Extension Bill which finally became a law would extend the filing deadline for unemployment insurance benefits which expired last June 2 to until November 30, 2010. However, this is not the Tier 5 that 99ers are clamoring as it would not create additional weeks of unemployment benefits.To receive updates from WWNN.co.uk directly to your e-mail, you can subscribe to us for free by entering your e-mail address here and confirming your subscription by clicking the link that will be sent to your e-mail address.