What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : The Unemployed : S. 925. Fiscal 2004 State Department Reauthorization/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment Designed to Extend Unemployment Benefits to Jobless Workers. (2003 senate Roll Call 269)
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S. 925. Fiscal 2004 State Department Reauthorization/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment Designed to Extend Unemployment Benefits to Jobless Workers.
senate Roll Call 269     Jul 10, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

The sagging economy has left millions of workers without jobs. During Senate debate on a State Department reauthorization bill, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) proposed an amendment which would have extended federal unemployment benefits by an additional seven weeks for those individuals who had exhausted their twenty-six week benefits. For individuals who had lost their jobs within the last thirteen weeks, Murray's amendment would prolong their unemployment benefits by an additional thirteen weeks. Progressives supported Murray's amendment as a way to financially-protect jobless workers during tough economic times. However, because reauthorization bills are procedurallyprotected by Senate budget rules, Senator Nickles (R-OK) raised a point of order against Murray's amendment on the grounds that it was not relevant to the State Department reauthorization bill. To overcome a point of order, sixty votes in support of Murray's amendment were needed. The proposal failed to garner the necessary sixty votes and was defeated 48- 48.

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