The unemployment benefits extension 2010 bill will be brought to a vote later on today. At 2:15 pm EDT, Carte Goodwin will be sworn in as interim Senator from West Virginia . He is the replacement for the late Robert Byrd, who died before being able to vote on the measure the last time it was brought to the floor.
With the advent of Carte Goodwin, it appears as if the measure will have the votes necessary for passage. This is assuming that Republican Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins stay on-board as the only politicians in their party approving the bill.
The extension is needed. There are literally millions of Americans in need of some type of relief – either through jobs or through unemployment checks. There are over 8.6 Americans who are considered long term unemployed. Even though 313,000 jobs were added to the payrolls in June, that’s hardly a drop in the bucket considering these figures.
President Barack Obama is on the side of those who need to find work. He said during his weekly address: It's time to stop holding workers laid off in this recession hostage to Washington politics. It's time to do what's right. Not for the next election, but for the middle class”
The true test will be to see what happens today. Carte Goodwin will be sworn in, and then the Senate can get to their business of trying to pass an extension. Fasten your seatbelt, folks – it’s going to be an interesting day!
Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics