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Posted: 8:59 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, 2010
By Jamie Dupree
The Senate takes a key test vote today on a bill that would renew an extension of long term jobless benefits, which started running out for some Americans two weeks ago. "What and who is holding up this issue?" wrote one listener on Tuesday.If only the answer were so easy.If you side with the Democrats, then the guilty party is the GOP, which has not been excited about extending jobless benefits simply by adding the cost to the federal deficit.That kind of financial plan has been standard operating procedure for both parties for years on the issue of long term jobless benefits.But Republicans have changed their minds in the 2010 version of this debate, arguing that the size of America's debt has simply become too big.If you side with the Republicans, the guilty party is the Democratic Party, which refused to entertain anything that looks like a budget cut and will only default to more spending and more taxes.Extended jobless benefits aren't the only thing involved in this battle, as this Senate bill is chock full of all kinds of other items, one reason it would add $77 billion to the federal deficit.The bill also would renew a grab bag of federal tax breaks on both the business and personal side, most of which have strong support in both parties.It also includes a temporary "Doc Fix" that does away with a scheduled 21% cut in payments to doctors for Medicare patients.But because of deficit worries in both parties, and opposition to some tax increases in the bill designed by Democrats, progress on this bill has slowed dramatically in recent weeks.Back in March, April and May, Democrats were able to finally win a Senate victory with the votes of several Republicans, like Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) and both Senators from Maine, Snowe and Collins.But those three have been withholding their support this time, partially because of deficit issues.We'll see what happens today. The agreement set up by the two parties allows for a test vote today, and if that fails, then two more test votes on Thursday.
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