March 10th, 2010
03:12 PM ET

Unemployment bill passes Senate

The Senate on Wednesday approved a wide-ranging bill that would push back the deadline to file for extended unemployment insurance until year-end and extends dozens of expired tax breaks.

The bill, passed by a 62-36 vote, is the latest job creation effort to go before lawmakers, though it contains virtually no new initiatives. Its price tag has wavered between $140 billion and $150 billion, which is partially offset. Its next stop is the House.

Lawmakers have come under pressure from both the White House and unemployed Americans to do more to spur hiring. But after many speeches, officials have enacted little to help the nearly 15 million looking for work.

The latest efforts - which include a $15 billion job creation effort that the Senate will take up next - have come under fire from both sides. Some say that more must be done to boost employment. Others, particularly

Congressional Republicans, have voiced concerned about adding to the deficit.

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  1. Randy Harmon

    It's funny how adding to the deficit is a concern for Republicans when attempts are made to help the American people, but not when cutting taxes for the rich and businesses or starting wars.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Eleanore

    The unemployment situation is very SCARY and I often wonder if things will EVER get better.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jeanwoo

    At least the unemployed are being acknowledged and took care of.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. andrew hubbard

    we need a tier 5 or more weeks added to unemployment we are goin to see people turning to crime and total chaos when these benefits of unemployment run out the time to add these weeks is now not while people are on the verge of loosing everything even know many are about to lose it all help us they bailed out the bank now bail out the people jeese its so frustrating and they wonder why so many people distrust the government and people go crazy and attack the irs and the pentagon because they probable had nothing left to loose its crazy and i think we are only seeing the beging of a horrible trend of people snapping thanks congress for the exstension on the deadline but what about the people on the verge of running out all together and no work in sight help us

    March 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. strogolo

    this will help people for a liitle while, and make other people no to try harder in search for a job

    March 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Amy

    So now our country is going to spend an additional 150 billion on unemployment!?? Maybe they should put that towards businesses to employ more people which will help stimulate buying and then stimulate the need for more jobs. All I see is more and more people being let go for lack of money or because a state/county/city is in a deficit and need to make cuts (which is usually job cuts and not their jobs of course) which then makes unemployment go up and after their unemployment is up they end up having to sell their houses and leave! Stop bailing out the wrong people/businesses already!

    March 10, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Antonio Madison

    I've been out of work since October 2008, I have exhausted all of my employments benefits.... I've had all of the tiers, since the last week of January 2010 I've haven't any money, my wife have supported our family, she been the bread winner,thank God for her .... It's funny to me that a President (Bush) can lead a country into war on false pretenses and commit billions of dollars to it and the Republicans supported it, now everyone sees that it was a waste of Tax dollars. The economy has sunk, millions of American people are out of work and out of unemployment benefits, now the Republicans want to play politics,now they say they are worried about the federal budject defecit, why were they not worried when they commited all of these billions of dollars to killing people or invading a country we have no business in ... They are talking about Federal Defecit ten years from now,a lot of Americans can't see next week.... if you can commit Billions of dollars to killing and destruction, cut some of that money from defense and help the American people. I remember seeing on news reports that the Iraqi war was costing 15 billion a month and they supported it, now the American people need help and they want to play politcs with people lives, What's the world coming to, they need to find love and compassion in their heart and soul for their fellow Americans, May God Bless Them!!!!!

    March 17, 2010 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bernie Fablo

    The best solution to this madness is term limits for everyone in Washington. Every one in Congress who is against the American unemployed should be thrown into the unemployement ranks as well.

    March 18, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Teshara

    I have just run out of benefits from my original claim and they say I don't get anymore because I didn't run out before the March 27th deadline! I don't get any emergency, tier, extention, nothing at all! So all you people quit complaining about not getting anymore extentions! I am so screwed right now!

    April 14, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mark H

    did you know that capitol hill politicians earn no less than 170 thousand a year plus benifits let them try to live on unemployment i bet then they would find money for the program real quick they are so out of touch with the real america they couldnt survive on what we survive on power to the little people time to vote all career politicians out they forgot about serving we the people

    May 22, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. sandi

    i'm one of the many americans that has used up all unemployment and eb.. no job in sight no insurance.but money from the usa can go to. all these other countrys......why can't the money help us poor fokls @ home....i look for work every day .. so don't want to hear i'm not trying.......HELP USA FIRST..........

    June 2, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. Reason

    Helping the unemployed is a good idea, although it would be better to have the private sector create a way. They would be so much more successful. However, this bill is a nightmare because of how they are trying to pay for much of it. They will raise taxes on investment fund managers and others by 157%. I know many very well and they have told me this bill would force many of them to retire. These taxes are ruining people and forcing businesses to go out of country. All of the people I know in this category work super hard and have worked up to100 hour or more weeks often to get where they are. In addition, they create so many jobs and employ many people and treat them very well. They also give so so much to good causes and create lots of programs to help those in need of work, food, education, and other needs. One created a fund for a food bank that was about to be shut down due to no money. Now they have more than enough and they operate off the interest of the money so they will not have that problem again. By raising taxes they are actually lowering the revenue brought in by the government. This is simple economics. Finally, the majority of the wealthy I know grew up poor or without much money, they worked their way up. If we study history, the solution is right there for us to see.

    June 10, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |