Unemployment Update: Action stalled in Senate where parties bicker over funding mechanism…
Update 10/16 : Where is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid while Americans are waiting for a vote on the UE Extension??! Is he working hard behind the scenes to force a vote? Nah.
He is FUNDRAISING AND CAMPAIGNING IN NV WITH JOE BIDEN! unreal. The state of NV is among the highest in UE and foreclosures and this yahoo is doing PRIVATE HIGH DOLLAR FUNDRAISING appearances with Biden while we twist? NV please vote this guy out in 2010, pretty please? If you are waiting on this vote, please call your Senators.
Vice President Joe Biden is back in Reno for the first time since last year’s presidential election. The former U.S. senator from Delaware is in town to tout the progress of the federal stimulus package as well as help raise money for Democratic Sen. Harry Reid’s re-election campaign.
After a private fundraising breakfast, the two are scheduled to speak at an invitation-only event at 11 a.m. Friday at the Lawlor Events Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno.
The visit comes at a time Nevada continues to suffer more than other states from the recession. The unemployment rate continues to increase. Taxable sales are down, and gaming revenue continues to drop.
Update: HR 3548 made it to the Senate and through the haggling with Sen. Shaheen D-NH who wanted ALL the states to get an extension not just those over 8.5% UE.
Okay but then when Reid tried to bring it to the floor last week and now this week, the GOP is trying to get the funding drawn from the unspent stimulus instead of extending a federal tax. Sounds like a good idea, but the Dems wont do that. And the cost is even higher because of a bipartisan amendment to extend the home buyers tax credit which will cost 20 billion more.
Senate Republicans continue to prevent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) from bringing House bill H.R. 3548 – which would give a federal extension to unemployment benefits – to the floor of the Senate for a debate and vote, as Reid tried to do late last week and this Tuesday. GOP members object to the funding mechanism for the bill, which would require an extension of the federal unemployment surtax for an additional 18 months. Instead they apparently want to use unspent stimulus funds.
While I am all for spending stimulus cash on people who need and deserve it (the unemployed) rather than those who do not (banks, auto companies, and other corporations), this is the sort of ideological delay that we simply cannot have right now. It’s been three weeks since the House passed their version of the unemployment benefits extension bill. This delay, coupled with the likely amendments to the bill necessary to have it cover all 50 states, means that this legislation might not pass for weeks. It will be even longer for it to effectively reach people, I assume, given the red tape involved….