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Old 04-16-2010, 11:17 AM
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Default President Signs Bill to Extend Jobless Aid

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By CARL HULSE
Published: April 15, 2010

WASHINGTON — Congress on Thursday approved legislation that would keep unemployment checks flowing to jobless Americans, and President Obama immediately signed it.

After the Senate resolved a stubborn impasse, deciding the $18 billion cost of the measure could be added to the deficit, the House quickly followed with approval of the measure on a bipartisan vote of 289 to 112.

The measure, which would continue added unemployment benefits and other expired federal programs through May, will restore aid to thousands of Americans who had exhausted their benefits or whose eligibility was expiring. The legislation means that those out of work can receive up to 99 weeks of unemployment pay in some states. It will restore benefits to anyone who may have lost pay during a two-week interruption in the program.

In the Senate, three Republicans joined Democrats in shutting off debate on the legislation that also continues health insurance subsidies for those out of work. In the House, 49 Republicans joined 240 Democrats in backing the measure. Joining Democrats in the vote of 59 to 38 in support of the bill were Republican Senators George V. Voinovich of Ohio and Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe of Maine.

Congressional Republicans argued that the spending cuts should be made in other federal programs to cover the costs of the measure, which Representative Kevin Brady, Republican of Texas, characterized as up to 17 months of unemployment “courtesy of the federal taxpayer.”

“What unemployed workers really want are jobs and paychecks, not almost two years of unemployment checks and more debt for our country,” he said.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/16/us...cs/16cong.html
Altho the S.O. is unemployed and I may be staring unemployment in the eye. . .WHAT I REALLY WANT IS A JOB AND A PAYCHECK!

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Altho the S.O. is unemployed and I may be staring unemployment in the eye. . .WHAT I REALLY WANT IS A JOB AND A PAYCHECK!
Yes, ma'am! JOBS - not more dole. I know that people who have lost their jobs certainly need help, but stimulate the economy in the form of aid to business and industry so that they will be able to put people back to work. Every move that the government has made lately has put a larger burden on employers. Instead, the crooks are bailed out, and everyone becomes more dependent on Uncle Sam.

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