The U.S. Senate yesterday by a 59-38 vote voted on a bipartisan bill to renew unemployment benefits for five months to 2.3 million Americans. However, the measure still must be voted on by the House of Representatives, which at this time has an uncertain future. Republican House Speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio) doesn’t seem likely to bring it to the House Floor for a vote.
President Barack Obama’s response to passage of the bill in the U.S. Senate:
“Today the Senate acted in a bipartisan way to reinstate emergency unemployment insurance for 2.3 million Americans who depend on it as they search for work. As Iâ€™ve said time and again, Washington needs to put politics aside and help these hard-working, responsible Americans make ends meet and support their families as they look for a job. Â Each week Congress fails to act on this crucial issue, roughly 70,000 long-term unemployed Americans lose their vital economic lifeline. I urge House Republicans to stop blocking a bipartisan compromise that would stem this tide, take up the bill without delay, and send it to my desk. Letâ€™s remove this needless drag on our economy and focus on expanding opportunity for all Americans.”