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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bingaman: US Senate Votes to Move Forward with Unemployment Benefits Bill


Sen. Bingaman speaks about UE bill on Senate Floor today

Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he is pleased the Senate has voted to move forward with legislation to extend unemployment benefits to thousands of New Mexicans who have been unable to find a job in this difficult economic climate.

The bill would extend unemployment insurance by up to 14 additional weeks for jobless workers in all states and up to 20 weeks in hard-hit states with unemployment levels at or above 8.5 percent. New Mexico’s unemployment rate as of September was 7.7 percent, up from 4.3 percent a year ago. The Senate is expected to vote on final passage later this week.

“This legislation will help many New Mexican families who are struggling because of the economic downturn. I am pleased the Senate is making this issue a priority,” Bingaman said in a statement released today.

You may recall that Republican Senators have been blocking movement of this bill for a month, using stall tactics and attempts to add controversial and unrelated amendments having to do with ACORN and tax cuts, among other things. Imagine the mindset and lack of empathy that would motivate the GOP leadership to delay unemployment benefits for millions of Americans who are suffering from an economic disaster created in large part by their own failed policies under Bush and a Republican-dominated Congress. Have you no decency, sirs?

The House passed a scaled-down version of the bill, H.R. 3548, on September 22. Since then, Senate Democrats have tried at least four times to move the bill quickly through the Senate under unanimous consent agreements, but Republicans rejected the agreements each time. Today's vote was for cloture, which means the bill will face amendments -- and we can be sure that the Repubs will try to derail it once again. Open Congress provides more info about the procedural hurdles the bill has faced and will face as it goes forward.

October 27, 2009 at 07:48 PM in Economy, Populism, Jobs, NM Congressional Delegation, Obama Administration, Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Unemployment | Permalink

Comments

DEAR SENATE
TTHANKS FOR YOUR WORL ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT BILL.
I WAS BORN IN NEW MEX ITS STILL MY STATE.
THANKS LON IN FLA.

Posted by: LON HOWELL | Oct 30, 2009 10:42:04 AM