What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : The Unemployed : H.R. 3030. Community Services Block Grants/Vote to Extend Unemployment Benefits to Jobless Americans by Six Months. (2004 house Roll Call 18)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H.R. 3030. Community Services Block Grants/Vote to Extend Unemployment Benefits to Jobless Americans by Six Months.
house Roll Call 18     Feb 04, 2004
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During debate on legislation to reauthorize federal funding for the community services block grant program-a federal program which helps fund the anti-poverty efforts of over 1,000 charitable organizations-Congressman Miller (D-CA) proposed an amendment to extend unemployment benefits to out-of-work Americans by six months (unemployment benefits are provided to laid-off workers to help them support their families until they can find new jobs). Progressives supported the Miller amendment because, in their view, Republican leaders and the Bush Administration had failed to protect jobless workers from financial distress during the recent economic downturn which began in 2001. Conservatives opposed the amendment and argued that it would create a duplicative program within the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department responsible for administering the underlying community services block grant program. The Labor Department, Conservatives argued, should remain the sole entity responsible for managing unemployment benefits. Representative Boehner (R-OH), Chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee, called Miller's amendment "a cruel, cynical hoax and a slap in the face to American working families." Despite the objections raised by Conservatives, thirty-nine Republican lawmakers-disproportionately those representing districts which have lost agricultural and manufacturing jobs in recent years-joined a unanimous group of Democrats in support of Miller's amendment, the measure passed on a 227-179 vote, and the six month extension of unemployment benefits was included in the underlying community services block grant program.

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