Another short-term extension of unemployment benefits becomes law

The Senate approved another short-term extension of unemployment benefits yesterday by a vote of 59 to 39 (roll call). The bill also extends COBRA benefits (related to keeping your health insurance after leaving your job) and delays a planned cut in Medicare reimbursement rates for doctors. (Click here for the text of the bill. Three Republicans joined Senate Democrats to support the bill: Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine and George Voinovich of Ohio. Scott Brown of Massachusetts voted to end a filibuster of the bill earlier this week, but stuck with the GOP caucus on all procedural votes yesterday.

The House of Representatives quickly passed the bill as amended by the Senate. The bill had more bipartisan support in the House, with 49 Republicans joining 240 Democrats (roll call).

President Barack Obama signed the bill last night, but Congress will revisit this issue soon, because the new law extends unemployment benefits only until June 2 and other measures through the end of May.

Tags: unemployment, Congress, House, Senate, Barack Obama, unemployment benefits (all tags)

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is it retroactive?

Is the extension retroactive?  If not when do benefits begin again?  Does anybody know?

by sethinfinite 2010-04-16 12:16PM | 0 recs
I watched it on C-SPAN2

And chuckled to myself as Harry Reid (the hated one) and the feckless Democrats he leads (the hated ones), calmly and methodically went about the business of doing what they do: slay Republicans. 

The awesomeness of Reid, Pelosi, and Obama is historic in its epicness. Too bad so many true Progressives are missing out by not appreciating just how wonderful, and perhaps fleeting, these experiences are.

by QTG 2010-04-16 08:15PM | 0 recs

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