As the nation watched, the US Congress moved all too slowly to extend the unemployment benefits until November and grant retroactive monies due, a godsend to some two and a half million Americans who had reached one stage, or 'tier' of their benefits, and were dependent on Congress to move to disburse further funds.
Of course, in counter-point, there are a minimum of one million folks who have completely exhausted their unemployment insurance funds, and will not benefit in any way by this recent Congressional action. These people quite simply have little or no recourse.
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Yet, the Republicans obfuscate the issue. Particularly the Senate Republicans. They demanded an extra thirty hours, allowable by law, to discuss 'procedural issues' instead of simply moving with an up or down vote. Yes, it is only thirty hours. Another yawning, boring thirty hours for these 'representatives' who choose to hold hostage many families---working families with children to feed---another thirty hours.
This is a disturbing fact. Until the electronic fund transfer process occurs within the ACH banking system, no money is moved. And in this instance, most recipients will still have to wait ten days for 'normal' processing.
For a family who have been waiting for these insurance funds, and rely on them for daily sustenance, they now must wait the additional thirty hours to actually have the funds in their hands. For some, this will mean going without food or medicine for more than a full extra day. One wonders if these Republican leaders might be willing to take the place of one of their constituents who fits into this nightmare scenario?
Or is it like Dick Cheney used to reply, 'So What?'
Perhaps Senator Kyl is correct---it is a dis-incentive to continue to pay these lazy bums---after all, what average American can't live comfortably with a one-third pay cut?
Or maybe Senator Hatch had it right---most of the families waiting for their checks are only going to buy drugs in any case. Yes, that's the ticket---forget the rent or food or medicine. Just wipe out the whole check on 'drugs.' To paraphrase Keith Olbermann, 'That man is an idiot!'
And so is any governmental institution which treats its citizens with no respect or concern.