What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : The Unemployed : H.R. 1559. Fiscal 2003 War Supplemental/Vote to Instruct House Conferees to Include More Generous Senate Language Regarding Unemployment Benefits for Displaced Airline Workers During Conference Committee Negotiations with the Senate. (2003 house Roll Call 112)
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H.R. 1559. Fiscal 2003 War Supplemental/Vote to Instruct House Conferees to Include More Generous Senate Language Regarding Unemployment Benefits for Displaced Airline Workers During Conference Committee Negotiations with the Senate.
house Roll Call 112     Apr 08, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

The airline industry has faced serious financial problems since the September 11th attacks-fewer travelers are flying and airlines have laid-off numerous aviation workers as a result. The Senate version of the war supplemental spending bill included a provision providing displaced airline workers an additional twenty-six weeks of temporary unemployment benefits; the House version included a similar though less generous provision. During House debate on the war supplemental bill, Congressman Obey made a motion to instruct House conferees to adopt the more generous Senate language regarding unemployment benefits for aviation workers in the final version of the legislation. House conferees are lawmakers chosen by their party's leadership to attend a conference committee with the Senate to iron out any differences in the legislation approved by each chamber. Progressives supported the Obey motion as a way to help unemployed airline workers-many of whom lost their jobs through no fault of their own-regain their financial footing and find new jobs. Democrats voted unanimously in favor of Obey's motion and it passed on a 265-150 vote.

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