Emergency Unemployment Compensation Bill

The Senate debated S. 1722, the Unemployment Compensation bill, which would provide additional unemployment benefits to persons in certain… read more

The Senate debated S. 1722, the Unemployment Compensation bill, which would provide additional unemployment benefits to persons in certain parts of the country out of work for over six months. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Bentsen, would provide 20 extra weeks of benefits for unemployed workers, whose benefits usually run out after 26 weeks. Because of the deficit-increasing nature of the $6.1 billion measure, the president must sign the bill and declare a national emergency under the 1990 budget act; in August, President Bush signed a similar bill, but refused to declare the emergency. An unemployment compensation bill passed by the House the previous week was written so that the president would have to veto the measure to block it. Sen. Bentsen’s bill passed in a vote of 69 to 30. An unemployment bill previously introduced by Sen. Dole, costing $2.4 billion, was also defeated by the Senate, as was an amendment introduced by Sen. Gramm to pay for the benefits through a cut in the capital gains tax and other changes in the tax system. During the debate, Senate Democrats criticized the White House for failing to aid Americans when the U.S. aided refugees around the world. Senate Republicans criticized the Democrats for lack of concern about the deficit. close

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Emergency Unemployment Compensation Bill

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21514-1
Category:
Senate Highlight
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Senate Highlight
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Sep 25, 1991
Last Aired:
Sep 29, 1991

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  • Sep 25, 1991 | 12:16am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Sep 25, 1991 | 7:04am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Sep 29, 1991 | 2:30pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
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