Another short-term extension of unemployment benefits becomes law
by desmoinesdem, Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 11:18:52 AM EDT
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.
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.