The Senate is set to pass an unfunded extension of unemployment insurance benefits tonight around 10:00 pm Eastern.
Republicans have been fighting to force Democrats to pay for the $34 billion extension without increasing the deficit. Democrats have argued that passing this bill — without cutting any spending whatsoever elsewhere — is vital, this moment and any delay is absolutely unacceptable.
Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said just this morning, "Even though Democrats have the votes to give unemployed workers the safety net they deserve, Republicans are callously delaying the vote for an entire day. There are people literally waiting for this assistance to buy food and pay their bills while they search for work. Why should they suffer for another day?"
But the unemployment benefits that had to be passed immediately, without delay are just going to have to wait another day. House Democrats have a swanky fundraiser and a birthday party to attend.
The House has adjourned for the evening.
“How will Washington Democrats look themselves in the face tomorrow morning if — after using Americans who are struggling to find work as a political bludgeon — they skip out on their responsibilities tonight to party with lobbyists and raise campaign cash?” asked House Republican leader spokesman Mike Steel.
When: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Where: 1299 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest, Warner Theatre Atrium
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
The Honorable Steny H. Hoyer, House Majority Leader
The Honorable Xavier Becerra
The Honorable John B. Larson
The Honorable Barbara Lee
The Honorable James L . Oberstar
The Honorable David R . Obey
The Honorable John M . Spratt, Jr.
The Honorable Bennie G. Thompson
• Pedro Alfonso-Clarence Avant-Larry Bailey-
• John Clyburn-Art Collins-Renee McCoy- Collins –
• Charles “Buddy” Darby-Ralph C. Dawson-Robert J. Flanagan-
• Jeffrey Fried-Julius Hollis-John “Hank” Hofford-
• Robert L. Johnson – Lacy Johnson -Richard Kramer –
• James L. Loving-Lloyd Moore-C. Earl Peek-
• Wilbur Peer-David E. Rivers-Elijah Rogers -Marva Smalls-
• Dana Stebbins -Donald Washington-David W. Wilmot-Bob Wright –
Cordially invite you to a
70th Birthday reception honoring
James E. Clyburn
House Majority Whip
When: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Where: Jones Day Rooftop 51 Louisiana Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
7/21/10 7:00 pm – 7/21/10 8:30 pm
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee DCCC 99 Day Countdown with the House
Democratic Chairmen: Jones Day Rooftop 51 Louisiana Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Contact: Amy Pfaehler at [contact info withheld]
Contribution: Host: $5000 PAC or $500 Individual; Sponsor: $2500 PAC or $250 Individual Committee: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, 430 South Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC 20003
When: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
Where: Johnny’s Half Shell 400 N. Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
7/21/10 5:30 pm – 7/21/10 6:30 pm
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Reception Benefiting Red to Blue Open Seat Candidates with Special Guests: Hon. Chris Van Hollen, Hon. Bruce Braley, Hon. Donna Edwards, Hon. Patrick Murphy, and Hon. Allyson Schwartz:
Johnny’s Half Shell 400 N. Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Contact: Stacey Smith [contact info withheld]
Contribution: $10000 PAC Host, $5000 PAC Patron, $2500 PAC Friend, $2500 Individual Host, $1000 Individual Patron, $500 Individual Friend, $250 Individual
Guest Committee: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, 430 South Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC 20003