What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : The Unemployed : H.R. 1527. NTSB Reauthorization/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment to Extend Federal Unemployment Benefits to Jobless Workers. (2003 house Roll Call 191)
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H.R. 1527. NTSB Reauthorization/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment to Extend Federal Unemployment Benefits to Jobless Workers.
house Roll Call 191     May 15, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

During House debate on reauthorization legislation for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Congressman Cardin (D-MD) proposed an amendment which would have extended unemployment benefits by thirteen weeks for those workers who have exhausted their federal unemployment benefits. After unemployed workers exhaust their state unemployment benefits, federal benefits are provided for an additional thirteen weeks to provide jobless workers with additional time to find a new job. The stagnant economy in recent years, however, has made it difficult for the jobless to find work. As a result, the unemployment benefits for over 1.1 million jobless workers have expired and those individuals are currently left with few available means to make ends meet. Progressives supported Cardin's amendment as a way to provide financial assistance to unemployed workers whose benefits have expired. In their view of Progressives, the federal government has a responsibility to insure that unemployed workers are provided for during tough economic periods. During debate on Cardin's proposal, Congressman Mica (R-FL) raised a point of order against the measure on the grounds that Cardin's amendment was not relevant to the NTSB legislation under consideration (in the House, amendments to legislation must be deemed relevant to that legislation; points of order can be raised against irrelevant amendments). Progressives voted in opposition to the point of order based on their support for the Cardin amendment. On a 225-200 vote, however, the Cardin amendment was defeated.

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