What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : The Unemployed : H.R. 2185. Unemployment Benefits/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Republican-Drafted Bill to Extend Unemployment Benefits to a Limited Number of Jobless Workers. (2003 house Roll Call 214)
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H.R. 2185. Unemployment Benefits/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Republican-Drafted Bill to Extend Unemployment Benefits to a Limited Number of Jobless Workers.
house Roll Call 214     May 22, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Before debate is allowed on legislation in the House, agreement must be reached on a rule that governs the handling of a particular bill on the floor (rules are drafted by the House Rules Committee which is in effect an arm of the majority party leadership). The subject of this vote was a rule to provide for House consideration of a bill to extend the federal unemployment benefits program through December 31, 2003. Progressives pointed out that the GOP-drafted bill to extend the federal unemployment insurance program by six months would not extend the eligibility of those 1.1 million workers who exhausted their state and federal unemployment benefits and were ineligible for additional benefits; only recently unemployed workers would benefit from the program's extension. In the view of Progressives, the GOP-bill was a mediocre effort that failed to provide the necessary level of financial support for those workers who ineligible for any additional unemployment benefits. Progressives opposed the rule because they opposed the GOP-bill. On a straight party line vote, the rule was adopted by the House by a 216-201 margin.

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