What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : The Unemployed : S 23. Unemployment Benefits/Vote to Allow Consideration and Adopt Rules of Debate on a Republican-Drafted Bill to Extend Unemployment Benefits for a Limited, Thirteen Week Duration. (2003 house Roll Call 5)
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S 23. Unemployment Benefits/Vote to Allow Consideration and Adopt Rules of Debate on a Republican-Drafted Bill to Extend Unemployment Benefits for a Limited, Thirteen Week Duration.
house Roll Call 5     Jan 08, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

One of the first orders of business in the 108th Congress (2003-2004) was a bill to extend unemployment benefits for workers whose benefits had run out. The bill added 13 weeks to the standard 26 weeks of coverage. Progressives supported the extension in principle, but they felt it did not go far enough. They supported adding still another 13 weeks for a total of 26. In the House, every bill must have a rule attached to it that specifies how debate will proceed. It is common to use the vote on the rule as a way to obstruct a bill itself, for if the rule does not pass, the bill cannot pass either. Progressives-and Democrats generallytried to stop the limited version of unemployment by holding up its rule, but Republicans brought this motion for the previous question to move matters ahead. The motion called for an end to debate about the rule and a vote on its passage, so a vote for the motion was a vote for the rule and for the unemployment bill itself. Because Progressives opposed the limited version of the bill, they voted "no" on this motion. However, the motion passed, 224-196, and the rule was ultimately adopted on a voice (unrecorded) vote.

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