So when can we expect Senate Democrats in Washington to take another stab at passing an extension of the filing deadline for emergency unemployment benefits? Perhaps by Tuesday, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Open Congress explains what procedural steps Reid would need to take to set up a vote, which includes the swearing-in of a new senator from West Virginia no later than Monday morning.
That last step is crucial given how few Republicans are willing to break their party's filibuster and support unemployed workers. Indeed, GOPers seem more comfortable blaming those without work for not having jobs while simultaneously promoting deficit-busting tax cuts for the wealthy. This stance is infuriating for numerous reasons, chief among them is the GOP's apparent ignorance of recent labor market trends. Check out this graph created by the Atlantic's Daniel Indiviglio using new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The takeaway? It's just insanely hard to find a job right now.