PressTV: US Senate fails to pass extension of jobless benefits

Fri Feb 7, 2014 1:19AM GMT

The US Senate has failed to extend long-term unemployment benefits for 1.7 million Americans for three months.

On Thursday, Republicans for the second time in less than a month blocked a bill to restore benefits.

Fifty-nine senators, including four Republicans, voted to advance the legislation, falling one vote short of the 60 needed to break a Republican filibuster effort.

“We’re one Republican vote away from restoring unemployment benefits for 1.7 million Americans,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said. “We’ve given them everything they wanted. Paid for.”

The measure called for a three-month renewal of an expired program that provided up to 47 weeks of federal benefits when state-paid aid runs out, generally after 26 weeks.

The cost was estimated at slightly more than $6 billion over a decade.

US President Barack Obama has repeatedly pressed Congress to extend the program.

“We cannot allow one vote to stand in the way of supporting these Americans as they struggle to find work,” a White House statement said on Thursday.

“Both sides of the aisle have worked together to prevent this kind of hardship in the past, and neglecting to do so now is unacceptable — especially given the high long-term unemployment rate.”

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6 Responses to PressTV: US Senate fails to pass extension of jobless benefits

  1. gear13 says:

    The US don’t have the money to pay its bills for its citizens, but they offering money to other countries, how can that make sense?

  2. Lauraidh says:

    Once senators are voted out or retire they receive their big fat salary for the rest of their lives – endless “jobless benefits” – extorted from the very taxpayers whom, they assume, couldn’t possibly tolerate an extension of jobless benefits for those who actually need it. Ah, the irony ~~~~

  3. Raine says:

    If Obama is really pressing them so much, why can’t he just do an executive order like he has threatened to in his last State of the Union address?

  4. John Stevens says:

    Figures, eh? So, what else is new? LMAO TY Jean Cheers Hugs

  5. The real warriors in this society who are mostly unacceptable life forms until they are needed have a solution: a generous application of H.E., appropriately placed.

  6. lisa says:

    Where is democracy in the this country? Why can’t we have an up or down vote on this?
    Why are senators who represent only 20% of the population allowed to block a vote on this? The filibuster is not a part of the constitution and needs to be abolished.

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