On Tuesday afternoon, Democrats named on the Senate to pass the Unemployment Insurance Stabilization Act beneath the expedited unanimous consent method. As anticipated, Sen. Scott Brown [R, MA], acting on behalf of all Republicans, objected and will drive a full-fledged debate on the situation that may probably final numerous weeks and be rolled together with unrelated tax issues. Federal unemployment benefits expire today for hundreds of thousands of long-term unemployed workers.
The bill Democrats attempted to move these days would lengthen federal unemployment benefits till January 3, 2012. Simply because its fees (approx. $54 billion) usually are not offset, there was in no way a lot of a chance that the Republicans would allow the bill to go through so effortlessly. Republicans have repeatedly mentioned they want to spend for unemployment benefits with corresponding paying cuts (a thing that’s by no means been carried out) prior to they’ll vote for it, and since the Democrats really do not have a filibuster-proof majority they have a god deal of leverage for enforcing their position.
Immediately after objecting to unanimous consent, Sen. Brown turned the table and called for unanimous-consent passage of a one-year unemployment extension that is fully paid for by rescinding unspent non-security appropriations. Democrats objected.