The House of Representatives voted to extend the emergency unemployment extensions using the fast track, which would require a 2/3 majority for passage. The end vote was 258-154. The GOP stood strong and said that they would not pass a measure without corresponding budget cuts.
Americans watched as their dreams deflated. Over the holiday season, millions of Americans on the current emergency extensions will lose their benefits. As their benefits lapse, there will be a corresponding lapse in checks.
The failure of the passage of the unemployment extension in the House solidifies fears that a Tier 5 extension will never be passed. With the GOP taking over the House and having gains in the Senate, passing such a measure will be difficult.
In response to the GOP's failure to pass the unemployment extension, the House of Representatives Democrats announced they would stand firm and will not vote to extend Bush Tax Cuts to ALL Americans - only those making less than $250K per year.
What do you think of the denied unemployment extension, tier 5, and 99ers benefits 2010?