Digital News Report – Congress didn’t pass an extension for unemployment benefits before going on a two week break. This left almost 400,000 that are receiving unemployment benefits could see no money when they run out of their long-term benefits.
Members of the House of Representatives felt it was important to extend the unemployment benefits before going on spring break. They knew that benefits would be running out on Monday if the Senate didn’t approve the bill. Unfortunately the Senate couldn’t come to an agreement because there was a debate on how the government was going to pay for the extra benefits.
The Democrats reasoned with the Republicans that were in opposition to extending the benefits by saying that they have passed unemployment extensions three times in the past over the last two years because it was determined as emergency spending. They felt that this extension would fall under that reasoning as well and wouldn’t have to figure out a budget rule that would otherwise be required.
The Senate will reconvene one week from now and they will have the unemployment benefit extension the first matter to vote on.