What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : In a show of protest by Democrats over the Congress' lack of legislative accomplishments, Democrats requested this vote on passage of a customary resolution (H Con Res 404) offered by Republicans that would permit the House and Senate to adjourn for the chambers' two-week-long April recess. (2004 house Roll Call 115)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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In a show of protest by Democrats over the Congress' lack of legislative accomplishments, Democrats requested this vote on passage of a customary resolution (H Con Res 404) offered by Republicans that would permit the House and Senate to adjourn for the chambers' two-week-long April recess.
house Roll Call 115     Apr 02, 2004
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Progressives in a largely symbolic gesture - since it was clear that the entire Republican majority would unite to overrule them - sought to turn back a resolution (H Con Res 404) offered by House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-Texas), that would permit the House and Senate to adjourn for the chambers' two-week-long April recess. Progressives argued that it was unfair for the House to adjourn without first considering an extension of federal unemployment benefits for the estimated 1.1 million jobless workers who will have exhausted their regular state unemployment benefits without receiving additional aid, since the extended benefits program was cut off in December 2003. Progressives said this is the largest number of people exhausting benefits in over 30 years, and noted that an additional 160,000 people would exhaust their benefits during the April recess. However, conservatives countered that the federal benefit extension was not needed because while during previous recessions the federal government has provided unemployment assistance, they said there was no precedent for doing so when the unemployment rate is down to 5.6 percent. The resolution was approved 212-201, thus the House adjourned without extending the unemployment rules.

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