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August 22, 2014

Boehner Willing to Extend Unemployment, For a Price

Speaker John A. Boehner said Wednesday he was willing to give President Barack Obama an extension of unemployment benefits, but not for free.

“When the White House finally called me last Friday about extending unemployment benefits, I said that we would clearly consider it as long as long as it’s paid for and as long as there are other efforts that will help get our economy moving once again,” the Ohio Republican said Wednesday morning at a press conference.

“I’ve not seen a plan from the White House that meets those standards,” Boehner said.

The lack of an unemployment extension is one of the chief complaints from Democrats about the emerging budget deal.

  • Leslie Piper

    Usual cruelty from the patented BS machine and its operators…Boehner only being a puppet, really.
    By the way, who was it that offered me the plans for a guillotine? I’m getting interested in a hands-on project again. Nothing like political knowledge to raise one’s interest in doing something civic. Anybody read “This Town” ?

  • MarneyJones

    How about closing just ONE tax loophole, Mr. Boehner?

  • Don M

    I’m a 55 year old unemployed male who lost his job 29 weeks due to no fault of my own. I spend 7 days a week diligently looking for work but with no success. In addition to job searching I attend my local Department Of Labor constantly seeking advice from various job counselors. If Congress does not extend unemployment for 2014…I will quickly lose my home. The most precious gift I have is my family and my one priority is to keep them fed and warm. The only Christmas gift I have this year is to find a job…or at least not to lose my most important benefit which helps to feed my family.

    • Wuthie

      I wish I could help you more than wish you good luck. Years ago I was out of a job for a few weeks. I still remember that feeling, It was the most depressing feeling I’ve ever felt. I wanted a job so bad I offered to work for free for a month. No one took me up on the offer but I got a job. I don’t think that was the reason I got my job, as they gave me a pretty comprehensive background check.

      Hang in there and don’t give up. I’ve seen people in my volunteer work that had been out of work for over a year and they finally got a job. You’ll get one too. Good Luck

  • Tom Delfs

    This sounds good … let’s take the money out of DOD….. and by closing tax loopholes for corporations.

  • YONATAN C

    I think that this entire situation is a disgrace, and speaks volumes to the HUGE disconnect between the “political elite” and the rest of the country. This should never have taken place in the first place. When these two million plus unemployed workers ran out of their benefits in late December, there should have immediately been a bill passed to help these families. It’s unfortunate, that instead of assisting these families in need, many of these politicians chose to name call, an blame the victims for their predicament. I guess it’s much easier to blame others, than to actually spend the time and resources to fix the problem. It’s been three long months of debate after debate, as to whether or not to help the unemployed. Throughout this time, these families have had to struggle to survive each day, not knowing if they will be forced to be homeless the next day. Many of these people have worked all of their lives, and have paid into the system for years, and now find that the system’s not working for them. Actually, they have been hung out to dry by the politicians. They have been used as bargaining chips, and political leverage, both both parties, for their own agendas. This week the congress has approved billions of dollars for the Ukraine, and it passed through the congress in no time at all. The wheels of justice turn quickly depending on the cause. It looks that the American people, are not as important as foreign countries. When it comes to spending the tax payer’s money on Corporate welfare, and foreign aid, or Bank and Airline bailouts, money doesn’t seen to be a problem. How many “breaks” and ” vacations” does the senate have? The average American doesn’t have even a quarter of the time off that they do. Because of the senate’s inability to pass the unemployment extension bill, many families have faced eviction, home foreclosure, bankruptcy, and homelessness, This is a very real tragedy that’s taking place in this country. The Republican party has deliberately stalled and postponed and rejected each proposal submitted to them for a vote. Hoping that it will just go away. My hope is that these more than two million unemployed voters will remember the pain and hardship that they were forced to endure, and vote all of these politicians out of office. Perhaps they need to be unemployed too, and maybe they will understand the pain and struggle that these families are going through. Politicians like John Boerhner, should not even be in office in the first place.

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