2010 unemployment extension is needed, and unemployment extension 2010 unemployed benefits bill discussions are likely to continue at least for a few days. A lone Republican senator wants to try to figure out a way to pass an extension as a standalone measure. This comes after the measure to pass the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010 was thwarted 57-42 on the Senate floor.
Not one single republican voted for the measure, angering many constituents in the 50 states. However, Olympia Snowe, a Republican Senator, sent a message to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid suggesting a standalone measure vote.
Snowe is quoted as saying "Separating the unemployment insurance provisions [from numerous other provisions in the bill] and passing it as emergency legislation acknowledges the urgency of helping those who continue to look for work."
The majority leader isn't taking too kindly to the suggestion, instead urging the Senator to help end a stalemate that has lasted for two months in the Senate.
The partisan lines are part of the reason why the benefits extension haven't been passed. The Democrats wanted to fund the Tax Extenders bill using various tax hikes. Among them were hikes on taxes to oil companies, certain S-Corporations, and investment fund managers. What wasn't funded with tax hikes would have been deficit spending.
Republicans didn't want to hear anything about deficit spending, preferring to pay for the entire bill using unused stimulus funds. Democrats don't want to use stimulus funding to pay for the bill.
While finger pointing and needless bickering is taking place in Washington, those on main street are suffering. Those who are currently in the middle of one of the four tiers of emergency unemployment benefits will be without benefits once they exhaust their current tier.
Does it really matter if the measure is passed as a standalone measure or not? Senators need to put their partisan politics as usual aside and take action (for once) and help the millions of Americans in need of a lifeline.