2010 Unemployment Extension bill could pass in days. The unemployment extension 2010 bill is expected to pass soon. Benefits Bill Passes in Days. The benefits bill for the unemployment extension 2010 is expected to pass within days, according to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. The extension of unemployment benefits would only allow those long term unemployed to file for the emergency extensions previously enacted. It doesn't add to the existing structure.
It also doesn't allow those states previously ineligible for the third or fourth tiers eligible. Everything stays in line with the current legislation, which is still better than the current 26 week maximum that is in place even when times are good.
Many have expressed their frustration with the system, noting how the Financial Reform bill was pushed through Congress yet there's reluctance and disagreement over a measure that will help Americans. It doesn't make much sense to constituents who put their trust in their Senators and are let down time and time again.
Hopefully by the end of next week, Robert Gibbs will be correct and the Senate will have passed the measure. Then, Obama can sign the bill into law and people will be able to breathe a sigh of relief knowing that at least their bare essentials will be covered by their unemployment check.
In the meantime, the unemployed are being resourceful to meet their needs. Food stamps, HUD vouchers, 401(k) withdrawals, garage sales, and selling personal affects on eBay are all ways families are trying to get by. Some teenagers who are lucky enough to get employed by fast food restaurants are contributing to the family fund, rather than spending the money on lattes and shoes at the mall.
July 19th or Monday is the earliest that the unemployment bill will be brought to a vote. Many are holding on to hope that this time it will pass.