Jobs bill delayed in the House; Senate may cancel recess to keep fighting for it

by: Chris Bowers

Tue May 25, 2010 at 17:00


The AP is reporting that the House will vote Wednesday, at the earliest, on a bill to extend filing deadlines for unemployment benefits, providing aid to states, extends some tax breaks, and closes other tax loopholes  It is a decent bill, coming in at $134 billion all told (see here for more detail on the bill).  The vote was expected today, but that isn't going to happen:

Democrats in Congress are racing against the clock to renew unemployment benefits for hundreds of thousands of jobless Americans, in legislation that also raises taxes on investment fund managers and multinational companies.(...)

The House could vote on the measure on Wednesday at the earliest, leaving little time for the Senate to act before the benefits expire.

Because this is a new spending bill, the House has to act first.  Even if the House does pass this bill tomorrow, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would have to file cloture in the Senate tomorrow night in order to vote on the bill on Friday.  And even if Reid manages to pull that off, assuming that Republicans will not grant "unanimous consent," continuing procedural hurdles mean that passing the bill will take the entire weekend (see Arthur Delany for more on the process).

Fortunately, Harry Reid is threatening to keep the Senate in session all weekend, and into next week, until the bill passes, rather than just signaling surrender to a republican denial of unanimous consent.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned his colleagues Tuesday the Senate could stay in session over the holiday weekend if it doesn't wrap up its work.

Reid said it's possible he might keep senators in Washington over the Memorial Day holiday unless the chamber is able to move forward on war supplemental and tax extender bills he'd hoped to bring up this week.

"I would hope that it's not necessary that we're going to be in session during the Memorial Day recess," Reid said Tuesday morning on the Senate floor.

Hopefully, once the House finally passes a bill, Senate Republicans will either cave to this threat (unlikely), or Reid will make good on this threat and keep the Senate in session until the bill is passed.  There can't be anymore dithering around--the unemployment extension and the additional stimulus need to be passed.  both morally and politically, that is a lot more important than giving Senators a week off back in their districts.

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Has the Senate *actually* (0.00 / 0)
ever cancelled their recess to do something? Or do they just keep threatening it?

it'll depend on whether or not (0.00 / 0)
Obama wants to make recess appointments, I bet.

New Jersey politics at Blue Jersey.

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it'll depend on whether or not (0.00 / 0)
Obama wants to make recess appointments, I bet.

New Jersey politics at Blue Jersey.

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sorry (0.00 / 0)
about the double click.  

New Jersey politics at Blue Jersey.

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Its a good point, but I am sure recess appoinments can be arranged, even its for just a few hours of recess. (0.00 / 0)


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The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky


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Isn't this just so much BS? (0.00 / 0)
They threaten to bring in the mattresses - everybody looks mean and tough and then another crappy piece of legislation gets passed.

All talk....and never any good, concrete action.  The common person is just walked all over - again.  But Harry and Friends get to frown at the camera, shake their little fingers into an imaginary face and get their five minutes of air time.

What about action in the Gulf Coast?  What about DADT?  What about a jobs bill that actually DOES something helpful - and not just for a few people?

So sad.


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This bill is important.   Extending benefits is needed desperately.  Otherwise many will be fucked on June 2.

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They always put one important thing... (0.00 / 0)
.....(this time, extension of benefits) into a piece of cr*p bill.

That way you have to vote for/support it rather than work for better legislation.  SSDD.


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Maybe so, but that STILL doesn't change the importance of it.    

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cough .. yes yess (0.00 / 0)
repealing DADT isn't good enough, it has to be done in some other manner? Its being repealed, y the people who said they would repeal it, faster than the last method. It should never have been put in, thats the crime, the way to get rid of it isn't a crime its "a problem" which appears to be being solved.
On the Gulf coast I agree completely, I want the site taken over permanently, fixed by the army corps of engineers right now, and the bill sent to the stockholders. Obama must act Now.

Obama has coalled on congrss for a second stimulus a scited here on openleft today, and congressis adding billions to the iraq/afghanistan war bill for teachers and Pell grants. We need a better congress, we are in a historically high removal of incumbent conservadems, and we can all help with that.

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The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky


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It is not a repeal bill (4.00 / 1)
Repealing DADT is not a done deal, even if it does pass.  It may be a step in the right direction, but it's not done.

Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity.

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