Nearly a month ago, ground was broken on a new extension to unemployment insurance in the Senate, with an apparent bipartisan deal reached to approve the bill and reinstate benefits to many long-term jobless across the country.

However, despite that positive step, no vote has taken place yet in the House. Problems have appeared over the exact measures included in the legislation, and for many of those out of work, that signals more time to wait and hope for something to change.

Vote hinges on job creation
When the new unemployment insurance bill was first discussed in early 2014, the lines were firmly drawn in the sand between Senate Democrats and Republicans. However, that changed with this past vote, as a more collaborative deal was struck and the focus shifted to the House for a final tally.

Even so, the same sticking point remains, according to Roll Call. Speaker John Boehner stated that he would push for a vote, but only on the condition that the White House add a job creation proposal to the extension. So far, this measure has not been taken. As a result, the bill is stuck in between the Senate and the House, and a high number of Americans remain without unemployment insurance benefits.

“I do understand the frustration,” said Sen. Dean Heller, a Nevada Republican, according to Roll Call. “But that is where the speaker is coming from, that is where the Republicans are coming from, so much legislation that we send over that no action is being take on. … They feel compelled that this [unemployment insurance extension bill] is the only thing they can attach it to.”

Hearing takes place in Congress
On May 6, seven unemployed workers testified before members of Congress about the long-term jobless extension and the months spent without benefits since they expired at the end of 2013, according to The Fiscal Times.

However, this hearing didn’t take place before a bipartisan group, the news source noted. Instead, it was attended by Democrats only, at an internal Steering and Policy committee. The witnesses present included men and women between the ages of 30 to 50, of such occupations as a former flooring salesperson and former director of accounting and human resources.

The hearing helped bring to light the problems many unemployed Americans without benefits face. Mitchell Hirsch, of the National Employment Law Project, told the news source that it is striking how quickly people go from a stressed financial situation to no money at all.

At Corporate Cost Control, we work closely with employers across the country to better manage the nuances of unemployment insurance. Legislation changes on the state level could impact you today, and we welcome any questions or concerns you may have on a wide range of topics.


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