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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- Wyche Fowler Jr. U.S. Senator [D] Georgia
- William "Phil" Philip Gramm U.S. Senator [R] Texas
- Robert "Bob" W. Kasten Jr. U.S. Senator [R] Wisconsin
- Carl Levin U.S. Senator [D] Michigan
- Alan K. Simpson U.S. Senator [R] Wyoming
The Senate passed S. 1722, to provide emergency unemployment compensation.
Debate on Unemployment Benefits Extension Act
The Senate debated the conference report on S.1722, the Unemployment Benefits Extension Act. Earlier in the month,…
The Senate began consideration of S. 1722, to provide emergency unemployment compensation.
Unemployment Compensation Debate
Members of the Senate debated the issue of unemployment compensation.