What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : The Unemployed : H.R. 2185. Unemployment Benefits/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Republican-Drafted Bill to Extend Unemployment Benefits to a Limited Number of Jobless Workers. (2003 house Roll Call 222)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H.R. 2185. Unemployment Benefits/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Republican-Drafted Bill to Extend Unemployment Benefits to a Limited Number of Jobless Workers.
house Roll Call 222     May 22, 2003
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The economic downturn which began in late 2000 has caused nearly 2.7 million Americans to lose their jobs. One of the few federal programs designed to assist unemployed workers provides those workers with $260 a week for thirteen weeks after their state unemployment benefits have expired. However, an estimated 1.1 million laid-off workers who have been unable to find new jobs will soon exhaust their sixteen week federal benefits and would be left without a steady source of income while they are searching for new employment. To address the issue, GOP leaders drafted a bill which would extend the federal unemployment insurance program through December 31, 2003 (the federal unemployment insurance program is a temporary program which requires a congressional reauthorization every six months and was due to expire on May 31, 2003). Progressives noted that the six-month extension of the federal unemployment insurance program would not extend the eligibility of those 1.1 million workers who would have already exhausted their state and federal unemployment benefits; only recently unemployed workers would benefit from the program's extension. In the view of Progressives, the GOP-bill was a half-hearted effort that failed to provide the necessary level of financial support for those workers who would soon become ineligible for any additional unemployment benefits. During House debate on the legislation, Congressman Cardin (D-MD) motioned to recommit the bill to committee with instructions to extend workers' eligibility for federal unemployment benefits by twenty-six weeks. Progressives supported the motion to recommit-which is one of the few procedural prerogatives afforded to opponents of legislation-as a way to provide assistance to jobless workers whose unemployment benefits are due to expire. The motion to recommit was rejected on a 205-222 vote.

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