2010 unemployment benefits extension will be brought to vote on July 19th. The unemployment extension in 2010 would extend the time to file the tiers 1-4 unemployment benefits. Currently, the time to file has been suspended as of June 2, 2010. Many thought that the extension would have passed before the Memorial Day holiday. Then, it was the July 4th holiday. Now, we will be lucky to see it before August.
There is going to be a vote on July 19th for the unemployment extension. If the replacement for Senator Robert Byrd from West Virginia is sworn in by that time, then it is expected to pass. The Democrats have 59 votes and 60 is needed to pass the measure.
Of the 59 votes, two of them are Republican Senators from Maine. As long as they don't flip and go back with the rest of their party, the measure should pass on the next vote.
Although the Republicans have in one way a valid claim - they don't want to pass the measure because it adds to deficit spending - their logic isn't sound. If the government wasn't doling out billions of dollars to foreign entities and Wall Street bankers then it would be a valid claim. However, if money can be spent on those types of expenses it can be spent on Americans.
We will see July 19th whether or not the measure will pass. Many are hoping and praying that the extension will pass but there's still that possibility as we have seen before that it won't.