Senate Adopts Another Cloture Motion on Unemployment Extension Bill

Senators have adopted yet another procedural (cloture) motion on the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act (H.R. 3548) by a vote of 97 to 1.  This represents the final procedural vote on the measure.

According to Congressional Quarterly, the Senate’s version would “provide 14 additional weeks of unemployment aid in all 50 states.”

People in states with jobless rates exceeding 8.5 percent would get an additional six weeks of benefits. Currently, 27 states, along with the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, would qualify as high-unemployment states.

Also included in the Senate’s bill is an agreement “covering the home-buying credit and an expansion of the net operating loss carryback break for businesses.”

The current first-time homebuyer credit of up to $8,000 was created in the stimulus law enacted early this year and is set to expire Nov. 30. A compromise version is expected to reduce the maximum tax credit to about $7200, boost income eligibility limits for taxpayers hoping to claim the credit and make it available to existing home owners who’ve owned their homes at least five years.

The stimulus law also contained a net operating-loss carryback provision, but limited it to small businesses. Money-losing companies of all sizes have been pressing for an expansion of that measure all year. Under current law, qualifying businesses can apply this year’s losses to two prior years of taxable profits, obtaining immediate refunds. Businesses want to be able to apply current losses to five years’ prior profits.

A final vote is expected this week, and that could happen as early as today if Republican members objecting to the bill allow the 30 hours of post-cloture time to be yielded back.

Update: This bill has been passed by the Senate.

*Additional updates here.

(credit image – associated press)



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34 responses to “Senate Adopts Another Cloture Motion on Unemployment Extension Bill

  1. Emanon

    The 3rd Cloture Motion passed by a vote of 97 to 1. Senator Jim Demint was the only one voting No.

    • Bill

      Who DeMint? Is he a deranged conservative? A teabagger? or just a nut?

      • Emanon

        Please call Republican Senators to ask them not to use any of the 30-hour post-cloture debate time. If they don’t use this time & if they yield it back, the vote on the ACTUAL bill can take place today. If the Republican Senators insist on stalling by running out the clock on the 30 hours, the vote on the bill can’t take place until tomorrow morning.

        Also, please keep this in mind:
        The revised bill that they will be voting on was finalized on October 29, 2009. They could have voted on this same bill on October 29, 2009, if the Republican Senators had not objected again.

      • Emanon

        Senator Jim DeMint is the Senator from South Carolina.

  2. Emanon

    I called Senator Jon Kyl’s office (R-AZ)
    (202) 224-4521 – His office said they do not know if the Republicans will use the 30 hours.

    I called Senator Mitch McConnell’s office (R-KY)
    (202) 224-2541 – His office said Senator McConnell has not decided whether the Republicans will wait out the entire 30 hours.

    I called Senator Jim DeMint’s office (R-SC)
    (202) 224-6121 – His office said Senator DeMint is against this bill because he feels “they should be taking measures to create jobs instead.” I asked Senator DeMint’s office “Such as what? What kind of measures? His office’s response was: “I’ll pass along your message to the Senator.”
    Translations: No ideas on how to create jobs, but I’ll object to the bill anyway.

    The September 2009 unemployment rate for:
    South Carolina is 11.6%
    Arizona is 9.1%
    Kentucky is 10.9%.


    today i had to decide rather to buy milk or bathroom tissue and by the way i only have enough food for today please pass the unemployment extension

  4. Carol

    Regarding the call to DeMint’s office.
    Senator DeMint is against this bill because he feels they should be taking measures to create jobs instead.” What jobs? Jobs are not created over night. And in the mean time millions of unemployed Americans are starving to death and losing their homes and wondering what bridge to crawl under. What good will these jobs do these people. Meanwhile more people are being laid off of work and more businesses are either folding up or moving out of the area. In this economy I would like to see how DeMint will be able to create more jobs for these people. Not unless he is a magician.

  5. bj

    I called De Mints office and was also told he feels it wont help create jobs to which i politely told him to have the senator get his head out of his butt, unemployment will help the economy and save jobs. No extension means people don’t spend at the stores and people will get laid off. I proceeded to tell him to tell the senator 1+1=2. You senator DeMint are contributing to LOSS of Jobs. How did anyone elect this man?????? IF he is that stupid he has no place on politics.


    it is everyfunny that we the people have voted people like u in the chair i don’t vote yesterday cause i’m tired and very upset

  7. Malcolm Wright

    Does senator Demint(ia) plan on running again? whoever votes for him is sicker than he is.Just like Bush, he’s screwed many of the people who voted for him. I guess republican voters are seeing that repubs care about big business ,not people.

  8. Wendy

    While everybody keeps blaming President Bush, we are forgetting that the Democrats had both houses the last 2 YEARS of the Bush administration and they were the ones who kept stating that the economy was good. President said “keep spending, lets keep this economy going and growing” and Barney Frank and Chris Dodd are the ones that mislead us and kept telling the banks, keep giving people loans to buy houses (wether they can or can’t afford to repay the banks) therefore losing their houses – Hence the collasp of the housing industry.

    But I agree, we need to pass another UI benefit extension to keep this economy going and not allowing people to loose even more. JUST PASS THIS BILL AND MOVE ON.

    • Michael B

      Since when has a Republican leader just followed the advice or suggestion Democrat without question. Who came up with that load of BS, Glen Beck? The current predicament is 30 years in the making not the last 2.

    • Liz

      Wrong, Wendy. The democrats had to deal with a republican- a conservative republican- president who spent a democratically gained surplus on an illegal war. There were plenty of republicans against his spending, plenty of democrats for it. The point is that now – today- people are literally suffering without this extra unemployment income and it is only republicans who are holding it up. No other debate is important. People suffer and the handful of senators who could care less are all republicans.

  9. MARTY


  10. miki

    We the people need help, there can be no doubt. But this little bit, here and there, enough to keep us alive but just short enough that we can’t rid ourselves of dependance and debt, is what is destroying our country. And like a big corpoation, only the debt holders survive – taking our assets with them. WE NEED JOBS along with UI!

  11. Emanon

    I just called Senator Reid’s office. No vote on the bill today. The Republican Senators are going to run out the 30-hour clock.

  12. Michael B

    Is anyone aware or familiar with this info I just read regarding the pending extension:

    “However, under the legislation as written, it is unclear how many people in those high unemployment states could ever collect that additional 6 weeks of benefits.

    To get them, a person in one of the affected states would have to exhaust the newly authorized benefits of up to 14 weeks first, and do so by the end of the year. But there are only eight weeks left in 2009.

    Some people, who would get eight weeks or less of new benefits under the law, would be the ones who would likely qualify for the extra six weeks under the legislation as written. But expect Congress to attempt before the end of the year to further extend the eligibility window – albeit in another piece of legislation – to give people in hard-hit states like Michigan more of a chance to collect those six weeks.

    In May, the state Unemployment Insurance Agency projected that 99,000 Michiganders would exhaust their coverage between then and the end of the year. In the last month, as many as 18,000 Michigan residents saw their unemployment benefits expire.”

  13. miki

    Emanon – sure, why not, don’t want to be late for muffy’s evening rsecital. What’s for dinner, hun? Had a hard day at the Senate saving the world.

  14. Ryan (North Carolina)

    I sure hope the ignorant people in SC who voted for Demint, vote his butt out the next election. For the people who believed in Obama’s b/s and voted for him, I sure hope you are enjoying all this CHANGE he was suppose to bring. I ran out of benefits Sept 6th and what has the people we elected in office done for me…not a darn thing. I bet if they was receiving unemployment benefits, it would have been passed alot sooner. When I vote again at the next general election, you can bet your bottom dollar, I will vote against the blue gum in Washington and ANYONE else already in office. What we need is new faces, ideas and people who will actually do for the people who elected them. This also includes Bev Purdue, the idiot we in NC call the governor. I have alot better adjectives for her but Im sure it wouldnt be printed. They could have passed bill #3548 long ago yet they didnt care what some Americans have had to go through. So, in the future dont vote for someone because the color of their skin(to make history) or the party, vote for the person who will BEST serve the people they are suppose to represent. Am I a racist, NO!!! Im just tired of the people in Washington wasting time on stupid bunk and putting real issues that would have a instant impact to help AMERICANS!

    • Sheereen

      “When I vote again at the next general election, you can bet your bottom dollar, I will vote against the blue gum in Washington and ANYONE else already in office. “- Ryan(North Carolina)

      My God! Was it necessary for you to spew your racist bs on here??? Those of us who have been waiting for this to pass are ALL upset and are probably barely making it by but haven’t sunk as low as you just did. North Carolina, huh? What a damn shame!

      • Ryan (North Carolina)

        With a name like “Sheereen” I can sure tell which side of the fence you are on. I bet if I was named Tyriska you wouldnt have said anything. HaHaHa this is America FOOL, I can say what I please!

  15. Emanon


    On CSPAN – Senator Dodd (D-CT) said there is going to be a vote on the bill today in 15 minutes.

    I called Senator Reid’s office again. I was told it looks like there is going to be a vote on the ACTUAL BILL today, but they are awaiting confirmation.

  16. Emanon


    I called Senator Schumer’s office just now. His office said they were hoping to have the vote at 4:30 p.m. today. Now, they are hoping to have the vote on the bill at 5:15 p.m. EST.

  17. Emanon

    I called Senator Max Baucus’ office (D-MT). His office said the vote on the actual bill is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. today, but “it is not set in stone.”

    Please watch CSPAN at 5:15 p.m. EST just in case the vote does take place.

  18. Wendy

    Liz – I agree with you on the UI benefits BUT I disagree with you on the war. We do need to get this extension passed, people are hurting. I am hurting, I need this too. I have exhausted my benefits 10/4. But I am not here to dispute people’s beliefs, or tell them they are wrong or how to feel. The war on Terror (to me) is not an illegal war. I know many people who died in NY on 9/11. Do you, if you do, then how can you say it was an illegal war? If you didn’t know someone then you can not sit there and tell someone who has lost someone that they are wrong. I can only hope that it doesn’t happen again and with this administration it possibly could. At least, after 911 President Bush kept us safe and I felt safe, I no longer do. And I am not wrong. Are you saying that the Dems didn’t and don’t have both houses? Because I am not wrong on any point I made

    • Ryan (North Carolina)

      I agree with you 100%. I also lost someone close to me in 911 and havent felt safe since Obama got into office. At least With President Bush, we had someone who would stand up for us and not spend time jet setting around the country and being on so many tv shows. I also thought the nobel peace prize stood for greatness, so please someone tell me what Mr Obama has done so great to deserve it? Yeah he talks a good game, but what has he done? Ive had about all of Obama I can stand, too bad he has 3 yrs left in office.

  19. Emanon

    The BILL (yes bill – not another cloture motion) was passed by a vote of 98 to 0.

  20. gg

    Does anyone know if this is going to include an extension to subsidize COBRA like the package in February did?

  21. Ryan (North Carolina)

    Thanks Emanon for the update. Now if the house will pass it and Obama sign it into law speedy, it will be a true blessing.

  22. Emanon

    The following Senators worked on getting this bill passed and/or spoke out many times urging the passage of this bill. You may want to send them a Thank You note:

    Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)
    Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)
    Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
    Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
    Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)
    Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND)
    Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL)
    Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
    Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
    Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)
    Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT)
    Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY)
    Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
    Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

    and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-NE) – She helped negotiate the final version of the bill that was passed today.

    If I left anyone out, please feel free to add to this list.

    Some of you may be upset that this bill was not passed sooner. If it weren’t for these Senators, this bill would still be blocked & objected to.

  23. Wendy

    Well they passed it. Thank you Ryan. I think we ALL need to remember 911 wether we lost some one or not and I think people forgot that. And I remember President Bush telling us this was going to take years, not days, weeks or month. I did not vote for BHO, and not because I am a racist. I will not sit here and tell you I am not a racist because I have friends of color or that I do not see the color of ones skin, I do, but I do not judge a person by the color of their skin, I judge them by their actions, the people they associate with and how they treat others. I didn’t vote for him because of his policies, his associations and his lies. I would have voted for Condi Rice or Colin Powell or any other person of color that share my views. I just didn’t think he was experienced enough or for the reasons I stated above. Yes he can talk a good game but he obiviously can not walk the walk.

    The Peace Prize was given to him for a couple of reason, 1 because of what he SAYS he will TRY to do, which I don’t agree with but who am I. I am not on the committee. Another reason was to mock President Bush. Ok Bush wasn’t perfect BUT who is? We all stood by President Clinton, when he lied, cheated and something called “Whitewater” He was impeached for God’s sake.

  24. Carol

    Good news everyone. The Senate passed the unemployment benefit extension bill today. Now it has to go back to the House and then on to the president to sign. Do a Google search and check out unemployment benefit extension November 4, 2009, and the links to the news should come up for you on this.

  25. Thank God. But I’ll believe it when I see it. There has been so much anxiety and anger spent on this within myself and from what I read alot of other people in the same boat. I am so disappointed in these Senators’, no feeling ELECTED officials. Well lets see if the President makes good on making the companies that send jobs overseas for lower wages and I might add a lesser product, be penalized for having businesses out of the country. Bring these jobs home!!

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