What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : (H. Res. 1537) Legislation extending unemployment insurance for laid-off workers -- On a resolution allowing the House to bring up a “rule” setting a time limit for debate and limiting amendments to the bill on the same day it was passed by the House Rules Committee (2010 house Roll Call 458)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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(H. Res. 1537) Legislation extending unemployment insurance for laid-off workers -- On a resolution allowing the House to bring up a “rule” setting a time limit for debate and limiting amendments to the bill on the same day it was passed by the House Rules Committee
house Roll Call 458     Jul 21, 2010
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This was a vote on a resolution allowing the House to bring up a “rule” --- setting a time limit for debate and limiting amendments to legislation extending unemployment insurance for laid-off workers -- on the same day it was passed by the Rules Committee.  (Before legislation can be considered in the House, agreement must be reached on a “rule” setting a time limit for debate and determining which amendments can be offered on a particular bill -- and these rules are drafted by the House Rules Committee.) According to procedural rules in the House, passage of a rule on the same day that the rule was passed by the Rules Committee requires a two-thirds majority vote rather than a simple majority vote. In an effort to circumvent the two-thirds majority requirement for same day consideration of a rule governing debate on the unemployment insurance bill, Democratic leaders brought up a resolution which would waive that requirement and allow the rule to be passed by a simple majority.

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) urged support for the “same-day” resolution: “ This would allow for the same-day consideration of any resolution reported through the legislative day of July 23, 2010, relating to consideration or disposition of a measure addressing unemployment compensation….the Restoration of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2010 [the unemployment insurance bill] ensures that absolutely essential funds continue to reach the millions of American citizens struggling to find a job, keep their homes, and provide for their families.”

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) urged opposition to the same-day resolution: “I rise in opposition to this same-day rule on unemployment insurance… Painting Republicans as being unfeeling and uncaring about those who have lost their jobs is inappropriate. We are very concerned with those people, and we want to do everything that we can to help them. But putting us more and more into debt and increasing the deficit is not going to do that. And our colleagues across the aisle should have learned that by now with their very, very bad policies.”

The House passed the resolution by a vote of 233-185. 233 Democrats voted “yea.” 170 Republicans and 15 Democrats voted “nay.” As a result, the House agreed to a resolution allowing the House to bring up a rule setting a time limit for debate and limiting amendments to legislation extending unemployment insurance for laid-off workers on the same day it was passed by the Rules Committee.

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