House Fails to Move Standalone Unemployment Extension Bill
This afternoon, the House failed to pass a standalone bill that would have extended federal unemployment insurance benefits. Last week, the jobs bill pending in the Senate — containing those benefits as well as Medicaid aid for states and dozens of other provisions — died. Each week that Congress fails to pass the measure, as many as 300,000 lose their extended benefit checks.
House Ways and Means Committee Chair Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) and Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) had introduced the bill, H.R. 5618, to extend UI through Nov. 30 and to retroactively grant benefits to those who started losing them at the beginning of June.
In the House, the bill failed with a majority — 261-155, with 277 needed to pass. House Democrats suspended certain rules to try to push the bill through on a two-thirds majority. Now, the bill isn’t dead. It goes back to the Rules Committee, then will come up for another vote.