Sherrod Brown on Welfare and Unemployment

Last Updated : Nov 04, 2012

Summary

Senator Brown is a strong advocate for school meal programs, welfare programs, food stamp programs, and other items. Throughout the recession, Senator Brown has been a strong proponent of extending unemployment benefits to those who have exhausted the previously allotted benefits. He has noted that this money is directly  and immediately spent on food and other necessities. He has stated that for this reason, there is no better stimulus than unemployment benefits.

Senator Brown is also a strong advocate of providing free lunch programs to students. He is a supporter of programs that provide these free lunches to students in the summer months. He has lamented the lack of use of this program by those who qualify for it.

 

Not a Welfare Program

In October of 2008, Senator Brown spoke on the Senate floor in support of unemployment extension and noting that the program was not a welfare program but was insurance that employees and emplyers paid for previously.

 

Extending Unemployment

In November of 2008, Senator Brown spoke on the Senate floor in support of the extension of unemployment benefits. He noted that if the Senate can pass a bailout for the financial industry, it can pass assistance for unemployment benefits.

 

Unemployment is the Best Stimulus

In a November 2008 newsletter, Senator Brown advocated for an extension of unemployment benefits. In that newsletter, Senator Brown noted that unemployment money is spent immediately and stays in the local community. He stated that there was no better stimulus than that.

In January of 2009, Senator Brown spoke on the Senate floor about the benefits of extending unemployment insurance to additional lengths and about the numerous benefits to the economy. He notes that the best part about the unemployment benefits is the lack of Wall Street CEOs receiving the money.

 

 

School Meal Programs

In June of 2009, Senator Brown released a press statement noting his sponsorship of The Hunger Free Schools Act. This legislation was designed to increase the number of children available for reduced or free lunches by creating incentives for states to expedite the approval process so that the demographics of those on assistance match government estimates. The legislation also sought to allow "universal access" for schools in high poverty areas. This would allow an entire school to simply provide free lunches to all students rather than enroll students on an individual basis.

In May of 2010, Senator Brown released a web video noting school lunch programs that continued into the summer, so that children could continue to receive free or reduced lunches.

 

Support for Continued Unemployment Benefits

In October of 2009, Senator Brown spoke on the Senate floor about the need to extend unemployment benefits.

In February of 2010, Senator Brown issued a press statement noting his support for extending the unemployment benefits for an additional 6 months, and for increasing unemployment benefits.

In July of 2010, Senator Brown reiterated many of these statements when unemployment benefits were finally extended. 

 

Official Website Statements

 

 

Voting Record

Senate Passage of Extending Unemployment Benefits

On July 21, 2010 the Senate voted on the final version of legislation to extend unemployment insurance benefits. The measure passed 62-36 with most Democrats supporting it and most Republicans opposing it. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of extending the unemployment insurance.

Sherrod Brown voted in favor of extending the unemployment insurance.

Cloture Vote on Extending Unemployment

On March 10, 2010 the Senate voted on cloture for legislation to extend unemployment insurance benefits. Several Senators supported cloture on the bill merely to move it along in the hopes of paying for the provisions later. It passed 66-32. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of cloture, supporting debate on extending the unemployment insurance.

Sherrod Brown voted in favor of cloture, supporting debate on extending the unemployment insurance.

Final Passage of Extending Unemployment Benefits

On March 10, 2010 the Senate voted to pass legislation to extend unemployment insurance benefits. The measure passed 59-39 with most Democrats supporting it and most Republicans opposing it. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of extending the unemployment insurance.

Sherrod Brown voted in favor of extending the unemployment insurance.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3000; A bill to extend the increase in the FMAP provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for an additional 6 months - Cosponsor

Amends the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to extend until January 1, 2011, the temporary increase in the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP), under title XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act, for any state with a certain unemployment increase percentage during the recession adjustment period. Extends the entire recession adjustment period from December 31, 2010, through December 31, 2011.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3981; Unemployment Insurance Stabilization Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Amends the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 with respect to the state-established individual emergency unemployment compensation account (EUCA). Extends the final date for entering a federal-state agreement under the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program through January 3, 2012. Postpones the termination of the program until June 9, 2012. Amends the Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act to extend until January 4, 2012, requirements that federal payments to states cover 100% of EUC.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 1647; Assistance for Unemployed Workers Extension Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008, as amended by the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 and the Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act, with respect to the state-established individual emergency unemployment compensation account (EUCA). Extends the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program through December 31, 2010. Amends the Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act to extend until January 1, 2011, federal-state agreements increasing regular unemployment compensation payments to individuals.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3706; Americans Want to Work Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 with respect to the state-established individual emergency unemployment compensation account (EUCA). Requires a further additional Tier-5 period for deposits to an individual's EUCA if, at the time the amount added to such individual's account under the Act is exhausted or at any time thereafter, the individual's state is in an extended benefit period. Prescribes a formula for making such Tier-5 credits.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 2544; Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 - Cosponsor

A bill to provide for a program of temporary extended unemployment compensation.

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