Congress Shamed into Moving on Unemployment Assistance

United States Congress

United States Congress

(Washington, DC) – An article published just five days ago on FLATLINEgov has spurred the United States Senate to agree upon extending benefits for the unemployed.

“This shows that FLATLINEgov is a valuable tool in legislatively moving the country forward,” said a FLATLINEgov spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity.

On December 28, 2013, Congress allowed the country’s Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program to expire, meaning 1.3 million Americans were no longer eligible for continued unemployment assistance from the Federal government. Subsequent attempts to restore funding to the EUC failed.

John Boehner (R-OH)

John Boehner

The number of Americans affected by the EUC defunding now tops 1.8 million.

The new plan, which would cost $10 billion, restores funding retroactively and continues unemployment assistance through May 2014.

While the plan shares bipartisan support in the Senate, it will likely have trouble getting through the House of Representatives.

“Look,” said a spokesman for Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), speaking on condition of anonymity. “New economic data, just released today, shows the number of average, ordinary, everyday Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped to a three-month low. So we fail to see why Congress should pay out $10 billion on a bailout.

“Now, if the bailout involved a corporation – such as General Motors (GM), the nation’s banks, or other Wall Street companies – that would be different,” continued Boehner’s spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Everyone understands the purpose of Congress is to prop up the capitalists who buy our votes, not take care of the average, ordinary, everyday Americans who put us here but can’t afford to buy our votes.”