What: All Issues H.R. 5063. Welfare and Unemployment Benefits/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill to Limit Extension of Welfare and Unemployment Benefits to Current, But Not New, Jobless Workers. (2002 house Roll Call 479)
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H.R. 5063. Welfare and Unemployment Benefits/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill to Limit Extension of Welfare and Unemployment Benefits to Current, But Not New, Jobless Workers.
house Roll Call 479     Nov 14, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

On this vote, Republicans sought to move the previous question (thereby ending debate and the possibility of amendment) on a rule governing debate on a bill which would extend welfare benefits through March 31, 2003 and allow current recipients of federal unemployment benefits to receive those benefits through January 2003. In the view of Progressives, the underlying legislation provided insufficient government assistance for the jobless and the poor. Progressives pointed out that the bill would only extend unemployment benefits for those workers currently receiving them. In the view of Progressives, the jobless workers whose sixteen-week unemployment benefits have expired also deserved federal assistance. The motion to move the previous question was adopted by a 207-198 vote margin and the bill was therefore allowed to move forward in the legislative process.

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