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Thursday, February 17, 2011

99ers and Long-Term Unemployed bill HR-589, halted in Congress due to violation of rules

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Representative Denny Rehberg
(R-MT) raised a 'Point of Order'
in the U.S. House, hereby stalling
HR-589 from further actions.
For millions of 99ers and long-term unemployment pinning hopes on HR-589 The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2011 by Congressional Black Caucus Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Bobby Scott (D-VA), the bill was halted in its’ tracks for passage on February 17th.  

The legislation would have added 14 weeks of supplemental unemployment benefits to all state based jobless compensation precipitants, who received the Tier I benefit level; the next step of Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) after the initial 26 weeks of stated funded payments. 

Specifically, it appears actions taken by Lee and Scott to pass the legislation via a House Budget Resolution, to the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, violated a rule that states any legislation which changes existing law or creates new law cannot be added as an amendment. 

As the original sponsor of HR-589, Representative Barbara Lee, made an attempt to attach the legislation to the Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Budget Resolution, a stopgap measure that will continue to fund federal government budgetary resources. 

Congressman Denny Rehberg (R-MT), raised the issue as a ‘Point-of-Order’ in the House, hereby halting HR-589 effectively for a long-time to come.

For the legislation to have any chance of passage, it would require overpowering support from both Democrats and a substantial amount of Republican support in the House of Representatives.

We had contact this afternoon with a staffer from Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Washington, D.C. office who confirmed the point of order had been made on February 16th by Representative Rehberg. The staffer stressed HR-589 still reside in the House Ways and Means Committee but, acknowledged without prodigious support, the legislation would more likely than not, die in the committee process.
“HR-589 still sits within the House Ways and Means Committee. We are encouraging all concerned about the status of this bill to call their individual state Representative (in the U.S. House) to encourage their support for this bill."
When asked directly about the chances of passage for HR-589, the staffer replied.
“The bill cannot be voted upon on the floor unless it makes its way, out of the Ways and Means Committee process”.
Reach Out Job Search News Blog, was not made aware of this information nor was it confirmed to us at the Press Conference meeting we attended on Wednesday, February 9th in Washington, D.C. with Congresswoman Lee or the Americans99ersUnion.

We will be adding information to this breaking news story as soon as updates are available.

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