What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : (H.R. 4213) Passage of legislation extending unemployment insurance for laid-off workers through November 30, 2010, extending through 2010 tax credits for small businesses, and extending through 2012 a bonds program that offers state and local governments to invest in infrastructure. (2010 house Roll Call 324)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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(H.R. 4213) Passage of legislation extending unemployment insurance for laid-off workers through November 30, 2010, extending through 2010 tax credits for small businesses, and extending through 2012 a bonds program that offers state and local governments to invest in infrastructure.
house Roll Call 324     May 28, 2010
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This was a vote on legislation extending unemployment insurance for laid-off workers through November 30, 2010, extending through 2010 tax credits for small businesses. The legislation also extended through 2012 a bonds program that offers state and local governments to invest in infrastructure. In addition, the measure extended the flood insurance program through December 31, 2010.

In addition to all of the provisions listed above, H.R. 4213 originally blocked a 21% cut in Medicare payments to physicians (known as the physician payment “fix”) scheduled to take effect on June 1. The Democratic leadership, however, decided to divide H.R. 4213 into two different sections, each to be voted separately.  The first vote (this vote) was on all provisions contained in the bill except the Medicare physician payment “fix.” The second vote dealt exclusively with the physician payments. This strategy allowed members to vote in favor of extending unemployment insurance, and against blocking cuts in physician payments, or vice versa.

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) urged support for the legislation, particularly the extension of unemployment insurance: “If you think starving the children of unemployed people by saying, We're not going to give you money to go to the store and get food for your kids, is going to somehow make them go out and find work in a time when we have six people looking for every job in this country, you simply don't understand the human condition.”

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) argued the measure “protects the safety net for Americans who are out of work through no fault of their own. It extends their unemployment insurance and helps them keep their health coverage. That's not only the right thing to do; it is also one of the most effective ways to boost local economies.”

Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV) urged members to opposed the measure: “ Instead of creating jobs, this bill will cost jobs. Instead of providing much needed certainty, this bill merely kicks the can down the road. Instead of helping our economy recover, this bill will more likely delay it.”

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) argued the bill would fail to create jobs: “…Let’s look carefully and quickly at what the job creators are saying about this bill. The United States Chamber of Commerce says it will hinder job creation. The Business Roundtable says it takes us two steps backwards in terms of job creating….
Look, this is a cascading disappointment….This needs to go back to the drawing board….Let's get about the business of serious job creation, and not just fall headlong into an orthodoxy that is a complete failure.

The House passed the measure by a vote of 215-204. 214 Democrats – including a majority of progressives – and 1 Republican voted “yea.” 170 Republicans and 34 Democrats voted “nay.” As a result, the House passed legislation extending unemployment insurance for laid-off workers through November 30, 2010, extending through 2010 tax credits for small businesses, and extending through 2012 a bonds program that offers state and local governments to invest in infrastructure – and then proceeded to a vote on blocking a 21% cut in Medicare payments to physicians scheduled to take effect on June 1.

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