Thursday, July 1, 2010


This is Lynn Jenkins, she does not represent us.

H.R. 5618 is the Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2010. This extension of unemployment benefits failed to get the required ⅔ vote mandated by the Rule under which brought it to the House, H. Res. 1495. Rule 6 (a) speaks to Privileged Reports from the Rules Committee. Generally a bill cannot move to the House on the same day it is introduced, because H.R. 5618 was introduced on June 30th and considered on June 30th, passage required a ⅔ vote of the members present. Yesterday 416 Representatives were present and voting, the ⅔ margin was 282. The vote, on roll call 398, was 261 to 155.

Republican economic policies were implemented in the eight years of George W. Bush's administration. Wall Street was deregulated. Republicans in Congress and the White House took this nation from a BUDGETARY SURPLUS to BUDGETARY DEFICITS and they wrecked the economy along the way.  Massive unemployment continues, despite stopping the job loss hemmorhage of the previous administration.

We've seen Lynn Jenkins vote against any measures to reign in Wall Street, prohibit Golden Parachutes, or regulate Insurance Companies. When it comes to the average American Lynn Jenkins tells you to tough it out. She voted against families struggling to keep bread on the table when she voted against extending unemployment insurance benefits.

This bill will return and  it will garner the necessary simple majority. Help is on the way, no thanks to Lynn Jenkins who cares more for fat cats than regular folk.

Coming up will be the Conference Report for H.R. 4173, the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010.  Wednesday's debacle will not be repeated.  Yesterday the House passed H.Res. 1487, which waives Rule XIII 6(a), so that only a simple majority will be needed  to pass. H.Res. 1487 also covers H.R. 4213, the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010.

Democrats aren't going on the Fourth of July holiday break without restoring hope to Americans.

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