Jobs Bill Officially Stalls Out in the Senate

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Yesterday evening, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) withdrew his filing for cloture on the jobs bill, also known as the tax extenders bill or H.R. 4213, currently in the Senate. Instead, today, the Senate voted on whether to waive paygo rules on the $140 billion provision that would keep up Medicare payments to doctors, provide states with money for Medicaid and extend unemployment insurance.

The measure lost, 45-52, with a 12 Senate Democrats voting in opposition. Essentially, the Senate said the $80 billion the bill would add to the deficit does not qualify as “emergency” spending and therefore is not exempt from paygo. Deficit concerns trumped concerns about the plight of the jobless. Already, 903,000 Americans have not received checks due to the expiry of the unemployment insurance exemption at the beginning of June.

So how do Democrats move forward? Likely by finding funding for some of the provisions, or continuing to argue they are emergency. It is not clear what will get cut and what will get paygo funding at this point.

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TimOregon
Comment posted June 16, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

They can get the housing bill done again… But they can't get the unemployment bill passed. Ummm, seem like it all depends on who's pockets are getting lined.

This Bill didn't fail because it was not needed, it failed for two reasons; A). all the other crap they added to it. Just focus on Unemployment and B). Who it taxed to get the funds. It was doomed to fail from the get go. No Senator was going to vote for to increase taxes on fund managers, Hello Senators are fund managers and supported by fund managers.

So far 33,000+ people have told Congress to get off their butts and get the extension passed. I don't recall seeing a petition to get the housing bill done…

http://www.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_…


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rp421
Comment posted June 17, 2010 @ 7:54 am

I am deeply angry and ashamed at my own party, the Democratic Party, for its cowardice on HR 4213 . Not to let the Republicans off the hook, however butt kicking starts at home!

For example:

Senator Jon Tester (D — Montana) introduced the idea of cutting the $25 stimulus added to unemployment checks.
Tell him what you think: http://tester.senate.gov/Contact/

Diane Feinstein was quoted as saying “We have 99 weeks of unemployment insurance now. The question becomes how long do you continue it before people just don't go back to work at all?”. Does she not understand the bill? HR 4213 would only extend the filing deadline NOT the number of weeks.
Tell her what you think: http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?Fu…

Nancy Pelosi has been quoted making a similar statement.
Tell her where to go: http://www.house.gov/pelosi/contact/contact.html

Full list of Dems/Independents voting NO in a test vote on hr 4213:
Evan Bayh (Ind.) http://bayh.senate.gov/contact/email/
Begich (Alaska) http://begich.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Ema…
Feingold (Wis.) http://feingold.senate.gov/contact_opinion.html
Kohl (Wis.) http://kohl.senate.gov/contact.cfm
Landrieu (La.) http://landrieu.senate.gov/about/contact.cfm
McCaskill (Mo.) http://mccaskill.senate.gov/?p=contact
Nelson (Neb.) http://bennelson.senate.gov/contact-me.cfm
Nelson (Fla) http://billnelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
Pryor (Ark.) http://pryor.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Cont…
Webb (Va.). http://webb.senate.gov/contact.cfm
Russ Feingold (D-WI) http://feingold.senate.gov/contact_opinion.html

Everyone is now suddenly a fiscal conservative when it comes to the unemployed, after bailing out every unseemly entity this country has to offer.


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zeitgeist2012
Comment posted June 17, 2010 @ 11:45 am

Jobs in NY have been decimated on all levels and there are no foreigners rushing to our aid. Now the state gov't is cutting gov't jobs and school funding. If they cut into the social programs even deeper soon we will have nothing left and we will truly be like Mexico or China. The over all job creation by foreign companies is fractional in comparison to job loss. it leaves a bad taste in my mouth even having foreign companies in our country where they create a few lower paying jobs with lousy benefits, and knowing all the real profits go to dictators who will make people work for nothing to take over our businesses and buy up our real estate. It is Treason we are really dealing with and no one wants to face up to it or deal with it!


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The people
Comment posted June 18, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

Throw out the republican senators, and the blue dog dems at the next election, that is the only way to show these people that the american public means business when they speak. The jobs bill is esential to all the unemployed untill this economy recovers. They speak well when it comes to giving our money to foreign countries, or their favorite perks, something like leave their oun family starve while feading the neighbors across the street!!! REMEMBER- VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE, AND LET THEM SEED WHAT UN-EMPLOYMENT LOOKS AND FEELS LIKE!!


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