What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : The Unemployed : H.J. Res 2. Fiscal 2003 Omnibus Appropriations/Vote to Allow Consideration of an Amendment to Extend Unemployment Benefits to Jobless Workers. (2003 senate Roll Call 14)
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H.J. Res 2. Fiscal 2003 Omnibus Appropriations/Vote to Allow Consideration of an Amendment to Extend Unemployment Benefits to Jobless Workers.
senate Roll Call 14     Jan 22, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In recent recessions Congress has acted to respond to the plight of unemployed Americans who are searching for work. In the early 1990s, Congress extended unemployment benefits five different times--three of those times during the Presidency of President George Herbert Walker Bush. In contrast to the 1990s, the situation is even greater today. At the end of December 2002, an estimated 2.2 million workers exhausted their Federal benefits; whereas, in the recession of the 1990s, approximately 1.4 million Americans had exhausted those benefits. This vote involves a procedural motion to allow consideration of an amendment offered by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) to provide a thirteen week extension of federal unemployment benefits for individuals who had exhausted their state and federal benefits but remain unemployed. Progressives view unemployment insurance as an important component of a social safety net and voted in favor of Reed's amendment to support the unemployed though difficult economic times. The motion required the support from three-fifths of the Senate (60) and failed by a tally of 45-49.

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