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September 16, 2014

Boehner Rejects Senate Unemployment Extension Bill (Updated)

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Updated 4:41 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner signaled Wednesday the House will not take up a bipartisan Senate bill to temporarily extend emergency unemployment insurance benefits.

The Ohio Republican posted a statement on his blog, reacting to a letter from the National Association of State Workforce Agencies warning the Senate unemployment bill would take most states one to three months to implement and create new bureaucratic requirements that would be “virtually impossible” to enforce retroactively.

“We have always said that we’re willing to look at extending emergency unemployment benefits again, if Washington Democrats can come up with a plan that is fiscally-responsible, and gets to the root of the problem by helping to create more private-sector jobs.  There is no evidence that the bill being rammed through the Senate by Leader Reid meets that test, and according to these state directors, the bill is also simply unworkable,” Boehner said in the statement.

After Boehner’s statement, the top Republican author of the Senate bill slammed what he called the latest “excuse” to deny benefits and a spokesman for Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., urged Boehner to come to the table to deal with his concerns.

Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., dismissed Boehner’s concerns.

“Obviously, the administration would have to issue guidance to the states as has been done in past extensions,” Hammill said. “Using these relatively minor concerns to continue to justify leaving more than two million people out in the cold further illustrates that unemployed Americans are invisible to House Republicans.”

  • Sally

    So, once again, it’s Dems fault that Boehner has to be cruel? Why didn’t he say that it was up to Congress to come yup with a plan? Oh, because the GOP no longer does any work at all on anything except…ACA repeal, or hearings on Benghazi, or other idiocy. How anyone can support these cretins is beyond me.

  • Bob Viering

    The Republicans are constantly bashing Sen, Reid for not bringing up bills in the Senate when it is equally an issue that Speaker Boehner won’t bring up bipartisan bills passed by the Senate. How do we ever get through to these people that they actually need to do something whether it’s passing bills into law or repealing bills. But this constant passing of partisan bills that have no chance of ever becoming law for the purpose of trying to to get a political leg up on the opposition is what is wrecking our country.

    I do understand that passing bipartisan bills into law is not good for fundraising and heating up the political base but, it is what they are being paid to do.

  • afisher

    Trying to keep up: Boehner certainly wants to create more homeless folks and also assure that those who can figure out a way to stay in a home will have great difficulty in buying food. Typical Republican. GTH!

    • mabramso

      No, that would fall on Obama for doing essentially NOTHING to improve the employment situation in the US during his entire Presidency, despite having total Democrat control of Congress (including a filibuster-proof Senate) for 2 of those years.

      • CPullum

        Nothing? There have been numerous jobs and veterans job bills all blocked by the GOP in congress. And despite their sabotage of the president and people, the private sector has added jobs STEADILY since Obama took over. From Factcheck.org-”The economy has added more jobs since Obama took office than it did in his predecessor’s entire eight years in office’. Hmmm.

        • mabramso

          Jobs bills in Congress are all about public jobs which does virtually nothing to improve overall employment levels. It’s a pittance compared to private sector jobs. So they are jobs bills in name only. Come back when you want to talk about real job growth.

          As to your other point, FactCheck.org is a biased source, regardless of what they may assert. That’s like saying CNN in unbiased, which is laughable. So it’s pretty much their opinion. But that said,

          1. The labor participation rate (the percentage of able-bodied Americans who are actually working) is lower now than at any time since the Great Depression. Yeah, jobs are being added, but not fast enough to do anything about overall unemployment.

          2. And if job growth is SO good, then there is no need to extend unemployment benefits past the already generous 99 weeks!

          • betsym

            Where do you get your facts, mbramso, FOX? FactCheck.org is nonpartisan. They even criticize Dems, so please stop writing the Tea Party line. It’s totally ridiculous. Maybe if you were out of a job for a year + you would whistle a different tune.

          • mabramso

            Wow, you are about as off as you can be. I am not, nor have ever been, a tea-partier (though I sympathize with their original emphasis on the absurd level of government spending), and I couldn’t watch FOX if I wanted to — I don’t even get cable TV.

            And if I were out of a job for a year, I would still have another 40+ weeks of unemployment coming. I still stand by my comment #2. The only reason the Dems are bringing this up (or minimum wage, for that matter) is to try and make the GOP look bad. Otherwise, they could have easily passed this sort of thing in Obama’s first two years when they held all the levers of government. But they didn’t because they don’t actually care.

            My experience with FactCheck.org is based on my own experience and observations of past things they have written over several years. That’s not to say they aren’t useful — they do get things right more than half the time. But I don’t trust them much. To me, it’s like the Arizona and California redistricting commissions being referred to as “non-partisan”. It’s a complete and total oxymoron. All “non-partisan” means in politics is that they are (at least on the surface) trying to have SOME semblance of objectivity (though actually not in the case of the redistricting commissions I cited), while hiding their own pre-conceived biases, which EVERYONE has. I am sure that MANY of the folks on CNN and FOX believe they are non-partisan too!

          • Kenny Powers

            fact:..no one receives tht amount of EUC anymore…Tiers 3 and 4 no longer are triggered due to TUR being below their threshold..Why do you want a jobs bill if the unemployment rate is dropping like a rock??/

          • mabramso

            Unemployment is not dropping like a rock — only the statistics that the federal government chooses to report, which measure nothing useful. The real number to look at is the labor participation rate — the percentage of people who are actually working, relative to those who are eligible to work. That number is STILL as low as it has been since the Great Depression.

          • KW

            Unemployment benefits stop after 26 weeks since all federal extensions have expired.

          • Shamed_American

            How would you have 92 weeks of unemployment benefits when all I was provided was 36 weeks, @mabramso? Are you a politician or something? I did nothing wrong but I am out of a job nonetheless. I was a prized employee, in fact, with letters of recommendation if you’d like to read them. I can’t pay my utility bills or buy groceries with all the letters and my great reputation put together, but I’m going to keep them for posterity. I want my grandchildren to know I was a hard worker and very good at what I did when they learn Grandma killed herself after she lost everything she’d worked all her life for and couldn’t even get an interview for a job, let alone a job offer despite 30 years of experience, two degrees, and a load of energy. I hope someone tells them I died with my dignity because, despite those in power claiming the unemployed are lazy, I worked as hard as I could and did everything I knew to do to find myself a job and a way to support muyself before I had to throw in the towel, my spirit broken.

          • mabramso

            If this is true, then you situation is unfortunate. I have a friend of mine who has run several businesses and was once fairly well off. He is over 50 and has an MBA. But when the economy tanked, so did his business. He hass been applying for jobs for well over 6 years now, has blown through his 401K, and he and his wife are now driving school buses part-time. I should put you in touch with him.

          • Stephen Barlow

            If he was well of and has such wonderful experience and talent, why didn’t he incest in himself and buy or start up a viable business?

            these easily debunked “ghee we found a guy who coulda but didn’t so it’s the Black Guys fault!!!” stories just NEVER FLY further than a church mouse farts.

          • mabramso

            You can believe what you want — I don’t care — God knows that I am truthful. Do you need to be put in touch with him? I can have him give you a call. I see him every week at church.

            Why are you so obsessed with race? What does that have to do with anything? Heck, I would say EXACTLY the same things here if Clinton or Biden were President.

          • foolproof

            Shamed I hear you, I’m 55, out of work, and paying my life insurance premiums has been a priority, I’m worth more dead than alive. I think life insurance companies are going to be hurt too when enough of us who still have insurance say F*CK this and check ourselves out so we can leave something to our kids instead of being a burden. Gonna die anyway…

          • None ya

            take a few of the bastards out with you.

          • Stephen Barlow

            Sad but true and the guy under Me is right. please make your few Roberts, Alito and Scalia!!

            I’ll get Perry, Cruz and Gohmert.

          • Stephen Barlow

            He has 2 ID’s. 26 Weeks is normal, the extensions were for what additional 20 and 16?

            92 is almost 2 years.

          • BC Shelby

            …uhhh, the only reason Boehner and his cronies are kicking the unemployed around like a football on this matter is because they have undertaken a mission to oppose and discredit the President at every turn because of the ACA.

            It’s nothing but politics on their side as well, and millions will end up paying the price for their sick petty partisan games.

          • mabramso

            Actually, after 50 attempts at repeal, the GOP is no longer pursuing repeal in exchange for the unemployment extension. From what I have heard, it is about spending. the GOP wants spending cuts elsewhere to compensate for the increase in unemployment compensation. I don’t think that is unreasonable. But the Dems have a different, unspoken reason for not giving in on that. If they agree to cuts, the new budget (with the cuts) becomes the baseline, and when they go to continuing resolutions in future years, a clean continuing resolution (like the ones used in the budget fights that shut the government down) would include those cuts.

          • jackiefr

            Well lets cut down on gas for Air Force One for personal trips like to China for one. That would certainly free up some money and then how about all the funds issued for ILLEGAL aliens. That should cover 5 months of benefits. Solved.

          • mabramso

            Don’t get me wrong. I am all for repeal of the ACA and for most of the spending cuts that the GOP advocates. I was simply stating something about what is really going in Washington. And I have no problem with the suggestions you just made (though it is unclear how much money we would really be saving). However, all budget bills do require the President’s agreement (since a veto override would never fly), and I don’t think he would sign off on fewer trips, or especially fewer benefits for illegals because that is a potential very large source of additional Democrat votes (which I think is very sad). The only thing the GOP can really do if they want to cut costs is actually win elections, so that they can push their priorities.

          • Stephen Barlow

            And because if Bush’s brother hadn’t cheated by suppressing 100,000 citizen’s votes in 2000, and since the Diebold machines approved by Bush were designed SPECIFICALLY to NOT record and keep the data for a recount, so a flip flop of 6% from a Kerry victory to another theft by a Bush could happen in Ohio…

            Republicans haven’t honestly won and election since ’94.

            But they really need to actually do their jobs. THAT’s the way to WIN public majorities, not voter suppression, gerrrymandering and other corruptions like changing the definitions of voting regulations during a recount.

          • mabramso

            Blah, blah, blah. Yeah, sure. more “centrist” talk. And Bush caused 9/11. And Obama was born in Kenya. LOL

          • Thomas Kidd

            Dont worry about boehner we will kill him care

          • califmichele

            Obama said his green energy plan would put thousands to work….shovel ready…you remember? He is just on lie after the other.

          • kasia54

            Excuse me … they are ALL one lie after another. “…for the People ..” is long long gone. It’s all about lining their own pockets. Boehner is a falling down drunk. Maybe if we bought him a case of Glen Fiddich, he’d agree to pass it. These are supposed to be grownups working for the People. If they could care less, they would! Both parties.

          • BC Shelby

            …I agree, that plan was flawed. it also didn’t address the needs of the many older less able bodied unemployed who are no longer able to perform “shovel ready” work.

          • Stephen Barlow

            Who DIDN’T approve the funding for those?
            Who didn’t authorize funding for training for Veterans AND medical benefits for Veterans coming home to Walmart jobs?

            The same guys who eagerly pass subsidies for the most profitable companies on earth?

            YEP!

          • Stephen Barlow

            Remember the 92 BUSH killed in THIRTEEN ATTACKS.

            Would those attacks have happened at all if BUSH hadn’t fabricated a scam on the American people about WMD’s?

          • Stephen Barlow

            ROTFLMAO!!!!!!

            The GOP is doing that just fine all on their own!!

            Listen to their leaders lately? They want Putin to be OUR next president!!! they want to close the whole of Gopvernment EXCEPT the DOD, Treasury, Justice and uhm.. uhm… oh yeah.. CONGRESS!

          • mabramso

            Which GOP leaders? I think you are delusional.

          • Stephen Barlow

            READ the Heritage Foundation Blueprint for a New America? The GOP platform policy authors since 1996? Looked @ the Ryan Budgets for the last 4 years? Even bothered to listen Romney speeches during the last election loss?

          • mabramso

            The Heritage Foundation wants Putin to be their leader? Romney wanted to close the government? LOL. Make a coherent argument, buddy.

          • wsucram15

            organize..http://www.aa4u.org/take-action/ step up for your rights

          • Stephen Barlow

            He makes them up.

          • kasia54

            I wish you people would use facts when you judge? 99 weeks? Really? http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=3164

          • mabramso

            Wow, if this is true, then there are a heck of a lot of mainstream media outlets getting it wrong.

          • kasia54

            Yes, indeed. The media is downplaying this whole crisis. The only states that, years ago when this started, received 99 weeks, were the states with the highest unemployment rate and then it was cut down to 73 weeks. But people who like to judge the unempoyed make it sound like they are riding high on free money – makes me sick how Americans who disagree with other Americans treat each other. Where are the Americans who are proud of their countrymen and are there to help them? Certainly not in Congress and from the tone of these comments, they are few and far between.

          • mabramso

            I think part of your argument is bit of a strawman. While there are no doubt some people who criticize and judge the unemployed, I don’t think many conservatives have an issue with unemployment compensation because it is specifically designed to be a temporary program. I think the real beef that conservatives have is the absurd level of federal spending, and they are using the EXTENSION of unemployment benefits as a means of getting SOME type of spending restraint out of the administration.

          • kasia54

            Sure feels true. Except there are HUMAN AMERICAN CASUALTIES — those who hired these morons to serve them let them down in a huge way.

          • kasia54

            Yes, it’s designed to be a temporary program, but to cut people off like they did — brutal — at Christmas during one of the most brutal winters in history. The Congress needs to change to the law — historically they’ve always been extended without a pay for when unemployment went above 5%. It was cut off in December when the nations unemployment rate was 6.7% but remember — that’s not the correct rate — that just reflects how many people are collecting unemployment. It doesn’t count how many are long-term unemployed.

          • jackiefr

            Yes this is very true.

          • jackiefr

            99 weeks. What country are they from? I got 6 (26 weeks) months of benefits and then cut off. No more funds.

          • kasia54

            I know — I’ve read so many comments about “lazy; free money for 99 weeks.” Journalism at it’s best is trying to brainwash; probably getting paid huge sums to do so. This is such a travesty.

          • JanLang

            I live in GA and I only got 16 weeks. Mine ended in January. I wish these guys had to live my life for a few weeks and then maybe they would be ready to help the American people !

          • Matthew Pieri

            you are absolutely clueless if you think the President does anything to create private jobs. that would be Congress but you just keep hating the Executive, the office that ENFORCES the laws, not PASSES them.

          • mabramso

            I don’t hate anyone. I am frustrated that this administration has presided over a terrible economy for so long and has done so little about it. There are real people suffering, and the administration is feckless. As to the other point, I made that elsewhere. Basically, you are clueless if you think the executive branch has no power to affect the economy. For one, they have ultimate power over regulations that get written by the different agencies, a power which ought not to have been ceded to easily to the executive branch by previous Congresses. And then, of course, there is the implementation (or lack thereof for partisan political purposes) of the ACA, which has caused so much uncertainty for businesses that they don’t dare invest money in new employees, lest they have to lay them off later under penalty of additional costs. Furthermore, the ACA raises costs to individuals big-time, which is less money spent in the economy, which means a decrease in business revenue. When that happens, they can’t afford to hire.

          • Stephen Barlow

            WHEN did laying off employees ever REALLY and ACTUALLY disturb a board members golf game or a CEO’s $200/plate stockholder funded luncheon?

          • Stephen Barlow

            healthcare costs have flatlined since 2010, for the first time since health insurance was written.

          • mabramso

            LOL!!! flat-lined? I don’t know ANYONE who believes that one.

          • Stephen Barlow

            from the double digit average over the last 3 decades down to 1.4% growth is just a bout as flatlined as healthcare costs will ever get.

          • mabramso

            I don’t think anyone really cares about costs to the government or insurance companies. What people care about are what THEY are paying out-of-pocket. And that has spiked big-time for MANY people.

          • mabramso

            Death panels will eventually come, but they were really already there — in the insurance industry.

          • Stephen Barlow

            Those guys in the sheets together.. they ALL wear those dunce caps and just keep failing Civics 101.

          • BC Shelby

            …many of us were laid off in the last year so there’s no “99 weeks” involved. I was in the first tier of EUC and shorted benefits when the programme was allowed to expire.

            So how do we stimulate private sector job growth? Give even more tax breaks to big corporations, many of whom are more interested in outsourcing jobs overseas than hiring people here at home and who have billions in offshore holdings and accounts that they don’t pay a dime of corporate taxes on? Right. that will help.

            Offshore outsourcing is a “lose lose” situation for the US economy and American workers. Not only are the overseas investments, holdings, and profits immune from US taxation, but employees hired overseas pay noting into the US economy either through their purchasing power or income taxes.

            This is just one reason why job growth here is so sluggish. Another is that small and mid sized business here is still smarting from the recession and this is the sector that traditionally employs the most people. No incentives were directed their way. Finally it has been reported that many companies, while sitting on substantial financial reserves, are still extremely reluctant to expand hiring.

            The House bills sitting on Boehner’s desk are not “job creation” measures, they primarily benefit the oil and gas industry. These bills will at best only will create a small number of short term construction positions, many in semi remote areas and requiring applicants to be very able bodied. A large number of the long term unemployed are in their 50s – early 60s many of whom are no longer capable of withstanding the physical demands of such work.

            Tell me, you expect people who have worked in an office all their career lives to be able to go out and work on building a pipeline or on an offshore drilling rig?

            No, we need more comprehensive job stimulation and training/retraining measures which benefit all age segments. Ones that also will have long term positive effects, lest we end up in the same situation we are now in a couple years down the road.

          • wsucram15

            there are not 99 weeks, I wish I would have had even 73 weeks..it might have helped. Organize..http://www.aa4u.org/take-action/

          • Stephen Barlow

            So all those Defense CONTRACT jobs are PUBLIC jobs and CANCELLING them would not affect unemployment #’s either?

            Roads, bridges, levees and power lines are ALL built by private contractors, just like the F-35. Which is still a money pit because “20,000 lockheed employees might lose their jobs.”

          • mabramso

            Your response is a bit incoherent. What part of my post are you responding to? Where have I talked about public sector jobs?

          • Stephen Barlow

            Well you claim to know all the misinformation, I’ll let you have center stage figuring out your own spiele.

          • Stephen Barlow

            “mabramso CPullum • 9 days ago

            Jobs bills in Congress are all about public jobs which does virtually nothing to improve overall employment levels. It’s a pittance compared to private sector jobs. So they are jobs bills in name only. Come back when you want to talk about real job growth.”

            Why that posted here, I don’t know. I’m driving a 2006 MAC here.

        • wsucram15
        • Stephen Barlow

          Fact check doesn’t matter to him. I’ll bet he applauded John Schnatter for announcing @ Christmas 2012 that he would start cutting hours for single mothers and college student because for his entire pizza chain, it would cost a whole increase $ ZERO . 04 per pie.

          He could make that up by cutting one TV spot a week nationwide. Maybe by spending a little less for NASCAR?

          I bet this guy already stiffed his few employees even though he would never have to buy insurance for them anyway!

          I am talking about mabramso.

      • KarenJ

        Why do you RWNJs keep repeating the lie “having total Democrat control of Congress (including a filibuster-proof Senate) for 2 of those years”?

        That lie has been debunked over and over again. “Total control” of Congress by Democrats lasted all of 4 months. A blog in Boehner’s own state, under the banner of the Akron Beacon Journal, outlines the details: http://www.ohio.com/blogs/mass-destruction/blog-of-mass-destruction-1.298992/when-obama-had-total-control-of-congress-1.332977

        • mabramso

          That is a distinction without a difference. OK, they had 59 SENATORS instead of 60. LOL. That means all they needed to do to pass ANYTHING was to convince ONE GOP senator to vote for cloture on a bill — to convince one of the liberal GOP female Senators from Maine, and they couldn’t even do that? Plus, the Democrats could have done ANYTHING in a budget bill because budget bills cannot be filibustered. The point is, it was EASY during those two years for the Democrats to get ANYTHING through the Senate. This was a CHOICE by Obama and the Democrats.

          • Raylusk

            You are an idiot. Piss off.

          • mabramso

            People who can’t win arguments resort to name-calling. Cry me a river.

          • Matthew Pieri

            No, he won, you are just to clueless and closed mind to get it.

          • Shawn

            No. You are an idiot.

          • mabramso

            If you are smarter than me, then be a man and refute the argument with something substantive.

          • Shawn

            I barely made it through high school. My cat may be smarter than me. Just by reading your posts though, you are an unhappy idiot. Congrats on the college education though. You got it all. Refute ? Speak english .

          • mabramso

            Your education level has been made abundantly clear.

          • Shawn

            You are a sad man. God bless you. Find happiness.

          • mabramso

            You can believe what you want, but I am very happy with my life — been very blessed. Great job, great family, including 7 children, sufficient funds to meet my needs. It’s a great country! Best wishes.

          • Shawn

            You look like a zombie. Eat more vegetables.

          • Hayes Baldauf

            No they are frustrated! You my be drowning in that river yourself one day! So you best hope they don’t cry too much! I have a name for you but I won’t spell it out here because with your attitude you have probably been called it a lot!

          • Wayne Heddinger

            61 asshat !

          • mabramso

            I assume you mean 61 senators, and if so, then you are wrong. Look it up.

          • BC Shelby

            .so why wasn’t EUC part of a budget bill back before the end of 2013?

          • mabramso

            Last I checked, we have EUC as federal law, and I have absolutely NO problem with that. This is about extending EUC, and there is a big difference. If the argument is SO good for extending it by a certain number of weeks, why not extend it for 5 years? Why not an entire lifetime? Is someone less compassionate if they favor a smaller number of weeks? And if so, what does that say about the original lawmakers who created EUC? That they were Neanderthals because they didn’t vote for more weeks?

          • BC Shelby

            …the extension could have been a part of a budget bill last year as has been done in the past. The original proposal was for an eleven month extension.

            The rest of your response makes absolutely no sense.

          • James Hoskins

            Sorry my friend, but you are mistaken. They cut funds to EUI, and that is what this is all about. There has been no EUC since December 28th 2013 NONE. It’s no wonder we have no public support, if people are as in the dark about this as you are. I got 26 weeks (which was off and on all year as I tried to stay working) of my state unemployment, and TWO weeks of EUI before they pulled funding December 28th. If it had stayed in place, as it was, I would have been eligible for another 26 weeks total. That would be 52 weeks, not 99. I am 63 yo, have worked and paid taxes in this country since I was 15yo, I am disgusted with the way people are being treated. I will survive, and I will not lose my home, but there are many prople with families out in the cold right now because of the lack of care by the people that are safe and warm. You should be ashamed of your smug attitude.

          • califmichele

            The Democrats are for bigger government and the Republicans are for giving people jobs. Think about it, you can’t deny it.

      • Isaac Gracia

        What do you want any president to do there mabramso? Force companies to sacrifice profits in order to hire people instead of running with bare minimum employment. Funny how individuals blame a man who was probably in grade school when these events were set in motion. Globalization and capitalism bring these casualties, not a president. Granted neither dem nor the GOP have any applicable solutions, the last grand scheme that still seems to be commonplace is trickle down economics. An economic disaster of WMD proportions.

        • mabramso

          You are correct that capitalism brings casualties, but ANY other system brings on much worse. And what do you really mean by trickle-down? It’s a catchphrase that is used politically with inherent meaning. If you mean that, by reducing tax rates on the rich they have more money with which to employ people, then my response would be that it depends on where you are on the Laffer Curve and what type of tax it is, and how much of a change it is.

          If I am a business owner operating with a marginal profit (which MANY small businesses and even corporations do), and the government raises taxes on my business, what do I do? I have 3 choices — I can cut costs, I can absorb the taxes, or I can go out of business. And Option 2 may lead to Option 3, depending on how much profit there is. So if my company only has a small relative profit, then I cut costs. Who gets cut first? Me? Never gonna happen. So workers get laid off. That’s not trickle down economics. It’s economics.

          It’s the same thing for your personal finances. If the government raises taxes to pay for Obamacare (by way of insurance changes that result in higher premiums), you have less money to spend. Multiply that my many million people, and you have less money being put back into the economy (i.e., less demand for goods and services), and then businesses start cutting back their work force because they don’t need them. Sounds like trickle down to me. The rich protect their own — yes, they will pay their personal taxes according to the law, but since they run the businesses, they simply shift the burden onto the work force. Sounds like trickle down to me. But it’s actually not trickle down economics. It’s economics.

          • kasia54

            Yea, trickle-down was good in theory – but in execution it totaled the workforce – you don’t see that trickle down actually trickled up and corporations got greedy? Seriously, are all you Republicans blind?

      • DL

        He did not have a filibuster proof house for 2 years. He had one for exactly 72 days before the obstruction began. 72 days.

        • mabramso

          See comment below. It’s a distinction without a difference. BTW, I think you mean the Senate. The House was controlled by the Dems, where filibustering is not allowed.

          • Earl Webb

            Sir, can I come and work for you?

          • mabramso

            A clever response, I grant you.

        • Stephen Barlow

          Thank you.

      • jay

        Obama can only create jobs in the Gov sector insipid little man, he has zero control over big businesses hiring people. dummy

        • mabramso

          Stupid fat man, Obama has quite a bit of power over the economic circumstances, based on the issuing and revoking of federal regulations, implementing (or failing to implement) laws that affect the economy, which he has shown a great tendency to do (e.g., selected portions of the ACA), and the general uncertainty that has accompanied the ACA since it’s beginning. If you don’t think those things affect business decisions to hire or not to hire, then you are delusional.

          • jay

            read your constitution bud, and if an executive order has not been made on the issue, he can’t control it. Congress/Senate makes the laws. wake up bigot. As for the ACA it’s just the deregulation of the healthcare industry, kinda like how they deregulated long distance a while ago. by the way, the ACA has over 5 million enrolled members creating job’s. you only know what you follow instead of researching. typical low foreheaded bigot. guess you forgot about the GOP shutting down the US Gov. costing 24billion dollars. but thats Obama’s fault right. lmfao. grow up and read boy.

          • mabramso

            More name calling. I’m not the one trying to keep minorities on their plantations through government dependency — that is a left wing practice.

            Read the Consitution. The phrase, “executive order” does not appear there. Regulations (which include MUCH more than the ACA), are under the purview of the President, due to previous laws passed that essentially cede authority to the executive branch.

            And why don’t you research your numbers instead of quoting leftwing talking points. The administration claims there are 5 million enrollees, but most of those are people who lost their (much better) insurance plans and have no other choice.

            The government shutdown was the fault of childish behavior on both sides.

          • califmichele

            He can’t control an executive order Jay. It isn’t a law and by which, we don’t have to follow it. The ACA is a failure, and the Republicans tried to tell you but you wouldn’t listen. 2.5 million that have been counted in signing up got free Medicaid…more cost to the tax payer. 6 million policies got cancelled, how many people belonged to those policies. How did enrolling 5 million members create jobs? And the so called shut down was by the Democrats…man you don’t watch any tv?….the Republicans starting introducing bills as stand alone, like they are suppose to….there is no such thing as a clean CR….it is supposed to be some give and take, but the Dems want all or nothing. I say give them nothing then. Greedy bastards is what the Democrats have become.

          • wsucram15

            http://www.aa4u.org/take-action/ sign it..organize..at least attempt to step up

        • Tim

          BAEHNER IS A FFFF LIER ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENTION.LOOK AT HIS NOSE HE JUST GOT 100 PINOKIOS LOL

          • Tim

            BOEHNER IS A PIECE OF CRAP……..PEOPLE ARE HURTING OUT THERE AND HE DONT CARE.IF OBOMA WAS A REPUBLICAN UNEMPLOYMENT WOULD OF PASSED THE FIRST TIME.BOEHNER NEEDS TO GO HOME AND SIT IN HIS ROCKING CHAIR AND JUST FFF DIE……

        • Stephen Barlow

          “mabramso CPullum • 9 days ago

          Jobs bills in Congress are all about public jobs which does virtually nothing to improve overall employment levels. It’s a pittance compared to private sector jobs. So they are jobs bills in name only. Come back when you want to talk about real job growth.”

          Funny how PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS that ended the last Republican depression dropped 25% unemployment down to 7% in 1000 days.

      • Stephen Barlow

        For those 2 years, YES. BUT! Since the Boehner gang has chronically reneged on struck deals and shut the government down, wasted millions on useless camera ready votes and not only obstructed employment but have actually sabotaged the unemployed…

        Methinks you need a reality check and a class on using the dictionary so you can understand WHAT responsibility means.

        • mabramso

          1. Spending us into oblivion with money we don’t have is what is NOT responsible. All the Democrats had to do was find SOME form of compromise by cutting the requisite amount of spending, but they won’t even do that.

          2. Not voting on a temporary extension hardly qualifies as sabotage. If the Dems really want to extend unemployment, come up with the cuts.

          3. “Camera-ready votes”. How about not plagiarizing Harry Reid’s left-wing talking points.

  • ShadrachSmith

    If it is a bad bill, it should not advance. The proper arguments would be about the merits of the bill. Does it cause the problems the National Association of State Workforce Agencies suggests?

    • Based_Knowledge

      There just lazy…. Maybe they ought to v hire more people getting the job done and creating more jobs at the same time

  • Leon Evans

    Boehner makes 250.000 thousand a year what do he care about you plus free INS. and other benefits plus a car body guards and more

  • KarenJ

    These two phrases don’t jibe: “a bipartisan Senate bill to temporarily extend emergency unemployment insurance benefits” and “the bill being rammed through the Senate by Leader Reid”.

    How can it be “rammed through” when it’s bipartisan? What would it take to meet Boehner’s criteria? Allowing the minority leader to write the legislation?

    What ever happened to the power of the electorate? Didn’t the majority renew the majority to the Senate, and would have returned the majority to the House were it not for vicious gerrymandering after 2010? It’s time to change the House back for good in 2014.

    • mabramso

      While I agree that the two phrases don’t jibe, your comments about redistricting don’t either. Redistricting was a wash in 2010. For every state you can cite that picked up GOP seats (such as NC and PA), I can cite others where the Dems did the reverse (CA, AZ, IL). And some of the seats the Dems lost (such as MA) were not due to gerrymandering at all, but to a population shift from blue to red states (surprise, surprise).

      And I will spare you the softball response about the difference between the 2012 electorate and the House results — the standard talking points about how there were more Dem House votes than GOP votes, yet the GOP won more House seats. Redistricting is based on numbers of citizens, not citizens who actually come out to vote. So the difference was turnout, and that is entirely consistent with how Obama won re-election. The Obama administration simply did a better job in turning out their voters than the Romney campaign did, and so total turnout was higher in Obama-won districts.

      The Dems have no chance at winning back the House any time soon in 2014, and probably not before 2022. In fact, I would wager they will lose House seats in the single digits in 2014. As for the Senate, it will most likely flip to the GOP in 2014, and might flip back in 2016, depending on how well the GOP does in 2014 and how tired the public is with the two parties.

      • kasia54

        Not. Gonna. Happen. Republican constituents are bailing. And Romney was as out of touch with real Americans as Boehner. That’s why he didn’t win. American people aren’t as stupid as you’d like to believe.

        • mabramso

          I have been analyzing House and Senate races since about 1996, and I will appeal to the Cook, Rothenberg, and Sabato web sites to support my analysis. Even Nate Silver agrees. If the Senate races were in blue, or even purple states, then you might be right. But here it is in a nutshell.

          WV, SD, and MT are open seats held by the Democrats, and they are states Romney won in a Dem year by double digits. Polls there show the GOP candidate comfortably ahead. GOP+3

          AK, AR, LA are states where Democrat incumbents are running in states Romney won by double digits. Polls there indicate toss-ups (or Dems behind) with the Dems in the low 40s, which is death to an incumbent. GOP+6

          That is enough to flip the Senate, but there is more:

          NC is a state purple state that votes red in midterm years, and where the harshest anti-gay-marriage constitutional amendment in the country was passed 60-40 by the voters there quite recently (compared to other states). Hagan is polling terribly and is actually in worse shape than the incumbents in AK or LA. GOP+7

          In the open MI seat, the GOP candidate continues to lead the Dem candidate, which is rather shocking, considering that Michigan almost never votes in Republican Senators. But they do seem to be more purple in midterm years, as they have had several GOP governors. GOP +8

          In CO, Udall was only up 42-41 over his opponent in the last poll, and that was after Gardner had only entered the race days before. But again, being tied with your opponent and stuck in the low 40s is death to an incumbent. GOP+9

          in NH, Scott Brown just entered, and while he may now win, NH races do seem to jump around quite a bit from year to year, depending on the mood of the country. They have tossed their House members and Senator up for re-election quite a bit over the last 10 years. And they don’t care for the ACA much up there. But even if Brown does not win, he will force the Dems to play defense there, which will divert funds from other races.

          IA is also an open seat, and the Dem candidate has a modest lead (but well under 50%) but the GOP has yet to even pick a candidate. This will probably go down to the wire. I am not predicting the GOP wins here, but the race there has hardly begun.

          The Dems only have two shots at picking up seats, McConnell in KY, and the open seat in GA. If this were 2012, I would say that Grimes would have a better chance at beating McConnell. But I doubt she can actually get to 50% in such a red state. In GA, the only prayer the Dems have there is for the GOP to foolishly nominate Broun or Gingrey. But since neither one seems capable of attracting 50% of the GOP vote in a primary or a runoff, the only way one of them wins is for both to make the runoff. That seems highly unlikely, and in the latest polling, they are stuck near the back of the pack with more reasonable candidates leading.

          As far as the House goes, there simply are not enough vulnerable seats in play. In order for the Dems to flip the House, they would have to win ALL the toss-up seats, ALL those that are “Lean Republican” and a handful of seats that are not really even competitive. Remember that, even as Obama was winning comfortably in 2012, the House was not even close to being threatened — and that was in a Dem year with good turnout.

          • Johnny Medina

            you do not sound objective to me. It sounds to me as though you are PRO GOP and also I remember the GOP talking about how the polling was wrong and Romney was actually ahead in the polls. I think the Dems will control the senate maybe 52-48. I predict all four incumbents to win in LA, NC, AR and

          • mabramso

            It’s a free country — you can believe what you want. I do not deny that my projections lean GOP this time around, but that is because of the political landscape. The Dems are trying to win in places where the GOP tends to dominate in off-years, and where Mitt Romney won by double digits.

            A 52-48 split, BTW, is a completely pro-Dem argument, which assumes the Dems pretty much win all the toss-up races — everything except the obvious flips.

            While there was a certain degree of logic to the skewed polling argument (which was based on unreasonable R/D/I splits), I never put much stock in it — seemed like GOP wishful thinking. There were certainly individual polls that were skewed (and I think intentionally if you look at the R/D/I splits) in some states, but when you have hundreds of polls that show you losing, the likelihood that all of them are skewed is completely bogus.

      • Stephen Barlow

        But did those Dems seat increases come from racial gerrymandering? in NC, they mapped out 3 whole black districts and replaced them with 3 convoluted RED districts making it what 9-4 in a 50% black state?

        • mabramso

          Your understanding of demographics and redistricting is flawed. First, NC is 21.5% black (according to the 2010 census). Second, the GOP NEVER eliminates black districts. In fact, they do the opposite. They exploit the Voting Rights Act to give minorities EXACTLY what they want — they pack minorities in as many 80-90% minority districts as they can so that they can make the rest of the districts 55%-60% red. That is how they achieve their lopsided majorities, and the Democrats can do almost nothing to undo this practice because it would be seen as racist — according the VRA itself. What the GOP is essentially doing in the South is successfully eliminating WHITE democrats. Go investigate this yourself — there are VERY few white Democrats left in the Southern states. I can think of one — John Barrow of GA — and he is in danger every election.

          • Stephen Barlow

            I stand corrected on the 21%. i understand HOW they gerrymandered the districts. I also KNOW they wiped out 3 Blue seats and all but mandated lifetime RED seats for whoever they wanna stick in the chair.

            As to the White Republican Supremacy in the South? They are the children and grand children of the Klanner Democrats!!! The Helms, Thurmonds, Maddoxes and Wallaces of our time.

            The player are different, the team was moved from Alabama to nebraska, but their game is the same sir. Keep America White, Keep women subservient, keep the race pure and for “God’s sake, NEVER force an employee to serve a gay couple f it offends their sincerest Christian values.

            YOu know, like LOVE THEY BROTHER MAN!!!

          • mabramso

            On the redistricting, cry me a river. The Dems in NC held the legislature for over 100 years and gerrymandered the heck out of the districts for their own partisan advantage. The GOP returned the favor, and the Dems gerrymandered the heck out of districts in other states, such as CA, AZ, and IL. NC is a purple state that votes pretty red in elections without Obama at the top of the ticket. The fact that the Dems had most of the seats shows that the Dems redistricting was more extreme than that of the GOP. So the idea that this was all racist is loony. The parties have one interest in gerrymandering — winning elections. If this was not the case, the GOP in SC would not have gerrymandered SC-1 so that a black Republican in a Southern state could win there. Furthermore, the GOP currently has more elected minorities nationwide than the Democrats do — including in Mississippi!

            I have lived in a couple of places in the South (Alabama and Texas), and I have seen a little racism. And believe me, it spans both parties. You can believe your uber-leftwing generalizations if you want, but it simply hasn’t been my experience.

            And regarding homosexuals, Christians generally do not object to serving them (why should they?), but they do not like being compelled by force of law to PARTICIPATE in their WEDDING celebrations, which they find morally wrong. So this is discrimination based on chosen behavior, not on the way they may or may not have been born.

          • Stephen Barlow

            Check the maps, NOTHING like these horseshoe districts were ever acceptable until the Roberts Republicans violated their oaths of office, which specifically enjoins them from considering their own political associations in decisions, violated all minorities voting rights.

            The fact that Reds are in charge of the NC government for the first time explains it ALL. Southern Democrats have become the non racist party in the south, beginning in the ’68 election. By Reagan, that complete change was inevitable and the racists had no where else to hide but the GOP.

            These districts are somewhat economically organized, with all the industry and blacks in articulated districts and the wealthy and white in the majority of districts.

            What you don’t realize that you have done is admit I was right. The way you did it was by making excuses for your racist buddies and GOP contributors.

            First it was. “The GOP ain’t haters”
            Then “Well it’s OK because 40 years ago, 100 years ago, the Democrats did it too.”
            What’s next? “God told us to force pregnancies on women and keep the darkies on the plantation!”

            Thanks for the confirmation AND the double admission of guilt and ignorance.

            I will walk in the light of the Lord because I usually don’t pull a Hat Trick AND hit the Trifecta all in the same thread.

            Keep chumping on there GOP guy.

            BTW: I am a Centrist, just like 60% of America and 80% of the Democrats and 40% of the Republicans.

          • mabramso

            What a crock. Go back and look at the Democrat-drawn districts of 1990 and 2000 in NC. They weren’t ANY different than those of the GOP with respect to shape.
            It’s the Democrats who keep blacks on their plantations. Even in the House, they relegated them to the back of the bus. Where are the blacks in leadership positions? The Dems keep them out.
            You are certainly no centrist. And while I am a conservative, I am not a Republican.

          • Stephen Barlow

            Who was that co chair with Issa on the ethics committee?

            What’s his name?

            I’m baiting you.

          • Stephen Barlow

            This is the Boehner House, 113th.

            http://www.nationalatlas.gov/printable/printableViewer.htm?imgF=images/preview/congdist/pagecgd113_nc.gif&imgW=7

            look at the absuridites of Districts 2,4,5,9,13.

            One of them even has 1/4 mile of railroad track between the 2 halves because that way they can keep the black votes all segregated.

            Please tell Me HOW Democrats keep minorities down by fightingfor Education, schools drug programs instead of ridiculously harsh sentences for victimless crimes?

            How exactly does that work.

          • mabramso

            No, it just proves you are lazy. I never said the GOP didn’t have an absurd map — I admit that freely, but it is not done for racist purposes — it is done for partisan purposes, which is EXACTLY what the Democrats do. But they didn’t draw the districts out of thin air — I don’t think the politicians are that smart. They actually made pretty mild changes to what was already there, but enough to flip a few districts (which is not difficult in a state like NC). And minorities don’t complain about it, so why should you? They get what they want — more minorities in Congress. Are you a racist who opposes more minorities in Congress?

            Yeah, just look at the results. Try DETROIT, which was managed by Democrats for 60 years — no Republicans there, and minorities are trapped there in crappy schools and drug-infested neighborhoods. And this is common in most big cities in America, which are almost always governed by liberals — from either party. The Democrats encourage government dependency because it gives them, the elitists, more power over them, and they get to stay in office longer. The Democrats don’t fight for education — they fight for teacher’s unions. And what good does it do? The children in the areas they represent are STILL in crappy schools, no matter how much money they throw at those districts.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Boehner doesn’t HAVE ANY critieria. That is why it was a safe Red Senate vote, until Cruz (who is famously silent these last few weeks) scuttled his superiors by threatening a filibuster.

  • http://www.Xenu.net/ simkatu

    Washington Republicans can’t come up with a fiscally responsible way to fund the extension? Maybe start by taxing income above $250,000 at the rate it was before Bush the Lesser. Maybe end the carried interest deduction for billionaire hedge fund managers?

    • BC Shelby

      …and tax US corporations on their overseas holdings and profits.

      • mabramso

        That is EASILY circumvented.

        • BC Shelby

          …not if they implement it like the taxing of individual accounts in overseas banks.

  • Jim Mahacek

    I think it interesting that as unemployment ran out employment has increased. This is factually consistent with economic opinion that many chose to not work when other working people’s money was handed to them. No free money so no they go back to work and….God forbid….might pay taxes!

    • ms

      you do know that by letting the unemployment extensions expire, the unemployment rate automatically goes down because they don’t count those on unemployment extensions anymore right? that is the reason it appears that unemployment is down. you simpleton

      • DL

        Exactly.

    • Brandon

      Oh and yes Jim, I love getting 269 dollars a week, my life is so gay and grand. Screw taken home 700, I’d rather sit on my couch, touch myself all day and eat saltines.

    • Wayne Heddinger

      people who receive unemployment pay taxes on that money…go read something !

    • truthhurts

      Uh no, employment hasn’t increased, the MILLIONS who are no longer receiving any benefit at all are no longer counted…that’s a big reason why it’s important to look at the labor participation rate, which is lower than it’s been in over 40 years! Get a clue, there has been NO recovery, there are no jobs, and I only pray that yours too is shipped overseas or done away with so that you can experience what so many hard working, tax paying American patriots are dealing with first hand!

  • Jim Mahacek

    The problem with your analysis is that the number of employed went up… As predicted with ending unemployment. Thank you for you less than civil personal insult. You must be a democrat.

    • Raylusk

      Actually the number of jobs added since the end of unemployment benefits is below the average of jobs added in the months directly preceding the loss of unemployment insurance. You really need to quit commenting until you get your facts correct.

  • Hector Castro

    Yes unemployment went down but what they don’t tell you is that most companies are hiring part time workers so they don’t have to pay for health care like the law requires. If you are a full time employee that have to health care for you as a part time they don’t. But a job is a job that’s how they count it.

    • Raylusk

      Actually you are just repeating a lying conservative talking point. Real facts say that the vast majority of jobs that have been created are full time.

  • Jenners10

    Oh for God’s sakes. Give the unemployment extension without retroactive compensation. I realize it’s a bandaid solution; but one that is needed to stop the gushing of blood in families across America. 2 million families.

    • Eliza Marez

      And screw all us that are owed thousands and punish us for finding jobs? How is that fair?

  • Keith

    The President cannot make legislation. He must rely on congress to pass a bill any bill, then it falls on the President to either sign the bill into law or veto it. That’s all he can do!
    The fact that not only is our country but the entire globe is on the brink and all congress can do is blame the President instead of putting forth meaningful legislation to address the needs of our great nation is appalling. If they really wanted to push the President, why don’t they pass legislation and make the President be accountable to the American people by passing or vetoing what they want.
    The only thing our federal tax dollars actually do is pay the salaries of these morons. I saw a respected senator on tv today bash the President of the United States for not arming the Crimean people while over two million Americans have no way to pay for anything!

  • blfdjlj

    The house has passed dozens of jobs bills which the do-nothing Senate refuses to take up.

    • Raylusk

      The House hasn’t passed a single real jobs bill. Killing environmental protection and job safety regulations aren’t jobs bills. Either are bills designed to transfer even more money to the wealthy jobs bills. Quit with the lying Boehner talking points.

      • BC Shelby

        …exactly, As I mentioned above, the few that even remotely could be called “job creation bills” (like Keystone and expanding offshore drilling) will for the most part, only result in a small number of short term construction jobs. Once those are over, then what?

        Everyone goes back on UI again?

  • Isaac Gracia

    It amazes me. Supposedly, a democratic aide stated that the letter Boehner is referring to from state officials speaks of delays that would occur due to all the “new reform” and stipulations that Republicans demanded. This situation is an emergency. Pass the extension, first. Then work reform into future legislation in order to implement things in a more streamlined manner. Boehner’s answer is to instead scrap the idea and sweep the 2 million Americans and their families under the rug. Not to mention, Americans taking a backseat to Ukranians is absolute madness. The people are getting restless Mr. Speaker and will soon be coming for your head.

    • KW

      I agree, someone will soon flip out and drive to Ohio to pay him a visit! Enough is enough. I’m voting Dem down the line for the rest of my days!

  • Eric Mead

    once again, i love how all through bush jr’s reign of terror, all i heard from the republicans was “We all have to stand by the president” beyond the point of annoyance and disgust. Yet all through Obama’s time in office, all those SAME people have done is use every possible ounce of energy to prevent him from successfully doing anything.

  • KW

    The guy that supposedly mopped floors in college has apparently lost touch with the working poor! The powers that be in the GOP world better wake up! Vote all Dem down the line even if I don’t know a thing about them! America is becoming a sad place to be.

    • DL

      The only floor he has ever mopped is with his face when he passes out drunk.

      • Shamed_American

        Love it, DL. The truth rings clear. I’d need to drink myself silly to escape reality if I was someone like him, too!

  • Mark Alberto Yoder Nunez

    Does he not realize that it is only a five month extension that is a temporary fix to keep people from being evicted and to buy food, gas, bus fare, pay their telephone bill so they can continue to look for work? People are not even getting the benefits and they are still expected to show proof they have been looking for work when they have had no money coming in? A jobs bill to create more jobs is a separate issue that is huge. How can they attach that to an unemployment benefits extension?

    • Eliza Marez

      Do you not realize that the States are threatening to not sign the labor agreement to operate the program if the bill passes? Read articles not headline.

      • Matthew Pieri

        Do you realize that is only because of the hoops Republicans built into the legislation Use understanding instead of parroting.

      • Wayne Heddinger

        the states pay the first 26 weeks…after that the federal extensions kick in…you should read the article !

        • James Hoskins

          The funding comes from the Fed to the state, who then in turn pays the EUC. There is no longer ANY EUC!! That is what this is about. I came in to this discussion by chance, it is amazing to me how few people here understand what is going on. mabramso doesn’t even understand that there is no longer any EUC, he thought this was about extending beyond the 4 teirs that existed years back. I got a total of 26 weeks spread out through last year as I was laid off and called back to work all year, then finally laid off the end of Oct with no promise of being called back soon. My 26 weeks ran out in December, at the end of the month after two EUC checks I was cut off with the other 1.7 million people. there are over 2 million of us now, no income since Dec 28th. Some of those people are families that are now homeless. What happened to the heart in this country?

  • Jim Mahacek

    I guess you mean I shouldn’t rely on labor dept. statistics. Given the factual accuracy and integrity of the current irs, state department justice department and of corse their guru ” you can keep your doctor, policy, hospital etc. your caveat does make sense. Thank you.

  • Mitch McConnell

    WE ALL STARVE FOR THE CRYING TANGERINE. THE CRYING TANGERINE. CRYING TANGERINE.

  • Wierdninja

    John Boehner will approve a package for the Ukraine to receive American aid. But, unemployed Americans are denied an unemployment extension. Are you kidding me. How can you have money for one, but, not the other. John Boehner should be impeached, now. How is this man serving the people he was elected to serve. Boehner and his obstructionist Republican Party are bad for this country. They serve only the big Corporate companies that help them get elected. $174,000 a year salary and the best medical plan you can have, plus plenty of vacations each year. Meanwhile, American people are starving, and losing their homes as we speak. It’s disgraceful. It should be a crime.

    • mabramso

      Last I checked, Boehner represents one small district in southwestern Ohio, and election results there show that HIS constituents general like him way more than anyone else who has run against him. You are free to spend resources to defeat him, and PLEASE do. :-) I doubt you would be successful.

      $174K is not all that much money in the DC area. Sure, it’s comfortable, but certainly not wealthy. Of course, he may have other wealth. But his salary is nothing compared to Obama, who will no doubt SIGN the Ukraine aid bill into law.

      • Wierdninja

        My point is, Boehner and his republican obstructionist pals in the senate do nothing for the people that need in this country. He doesn’t mind handing out corporate welfare, or sending billion dollar aid packages to foreign countries, or start a senseless foreign war that will cost billions. Use that money here. Take care of us first. That 174,000 paycheck he gets, he gets for life. Even in NYC $174,000.00 is a lot of green. And NYC is more expensive to live in than Ohio. Wait ’til November when a lot of the Republicans lose their seats. There is a ground swell against the republican party. watch in November when we answer with our vote. Democrats will gain because of what the Repub’s did in 2013-2014. i see at least 4,000,000 votes going the other way at least. I’ll be doing my best to get the message out with my other blogs and outlets. i personally have gotten over 30 yea’s from people switching over to democrat. I’m just getting started. The middle class and the poor are aware of what happening here, and the Dem’s will just hammer it home.

        • mabramso

          1. Your point about starting here first is certainly a valid point for debate, though I doubt many people care much.

          2. To be fair, as is the case for most DC politicians, Boehner spends most of his days living in DC, out of necessity. So to compare NYC to Ohio is somewhat unfair. Furthermore, for any skilled DC politician, he is required to maintain two homes, one in each place; otherwise, he could find himself successfully primaried a la Richard Lugar. So his expenses are significantly more than the normal person making $174K. Of course, ALL House members and Senators from both parties make that much money.

          3. The idea that Congressmen make their salary for life has been debunked countless times, no matter how often it has been repeated via e-mail spamming. Those things were changed a long time ago — and specifically because of public outrage.

          4. Your comments on the Democrats electoral chances are mistaken. With Obama’s approval rate mired in the low 40′s, the bigger groundswell is going to be with voters who are dissatisfied with Obama’s job performance. And that has ALWAYS been the case with 6th year midterm elections. Furthermore, the Senate will probably flip because so many Democrats hold seats in states that voted overwhelmingly for Romney in the Democrat year of 2012. And in the House, I am looking at the races, and it seems more likely that the GOP will increase (slightly) than the Dems win seats. 2014 reminds me a lot of the GOP in 2006. And back then, the economy was still relatively good.

          • Wierdninja

            People do care. I care. Speak to the people I speak to. Read the articles I read, and read the comments from people that I read. We care. That’s where you are wrong. I was a lifelong Republican until 2013. Over 30 years. Now I will do everything I can to get democrats in office. Many more people like myself. I speak to people like that every single day. Dem’s will win seats, and the Republicans will lose seats come November. It’s simple really. The Republicans are anti-poor, anti-union, anti-veteran, anti-elderly. Any legislation they approve lately shows exactly that. Look at the farm bill. The way you speak, I know you know what was in that bill. That passed. That bill gave money to big special interests and took away from the have-nots. That’s just one example. When it comes time to help the less fortunate, they filibuster and obstruct. They have no one to blame other than themselves. I’m the 99 %. The Repulicans don’t care about us. They protect the 1% of this country. The 99% will have a voice come November.

        • califmichele

          Every single Democrat voted for Obamacare, without even reading the bill. Do you sign a contract without reading it? Because if you do then you are truly stupid. Now the American people have to pay the price.

          • Wierdninja

            Every bill passed in this day and age is not read all the way through. Every one. The democrats are not the only ones that do that. That’s why they are trying to get legislation started that says you can’t pass it if you don’t read it all.

  • don’t vote republician

    I cannot believe these screw balls again. More jobs are being lost everyday. If they can give billions to other countries like John Kerry then why can’t they help the American Worker. American people WAKE UP. We need some major changes in Washington lets begin with the MILLIONAIRE CLUB in Washington.

  • don’t vote republician

    Hey Boehner, American Workers are fed up and want you out of office. I really believe American their will not be too many people voting Republican because of you.

  • don’t vote republician

    We are not being told the truth. First Obama said he would help the American Workers and Extend the Unemployment…that was suppose to be the first thing on the agenda REMEMBER. Now Boehner is now playing these games again…We really need major changes in Washington or American People and Middle Class Workers will be in Food lines…I don’t know about everyone else but I can add more people coming in this country more jobs lost, and more people on Welfare systems. Boehner its time to do the right thing if you want to save the Republican Party.

    • Wayne Heddinger

      Obama never said that..Obama can’t write bills to do anything…learn something !

      • BC Shelby

        …actually he did in his SOTU speech.

        • James Hoskins

          he sure did

      • mabramso

        But his party can certainly do it at his request.

  • don’t vote republician

    Bring back the independent party… We need to break up these parties…and get some real Americans in office that care about the American People and Workers. We don’t need greedy millionaires in office.

  • don’t vote republician

    I want to thank Boehner for losing everything I worked so hard for 45 years…..

  • sublimetalmsg

    Sadly i bet reps look at the unemployment figures and take them to heart and think the unemployment rate is plummeting from all that hard work If you cut unemployment benefits to say 2 weeks i bet we would see less then 1% unemployment…..at least with the numbers its true not in real life scenarios. The unemployment and job loss rate is still high. and GOP now is saying and crying crocodile tears. Corporate america cant afford to raise min wage or pay over time to workers who work 70-80 hours. Even though we have record high profits for 30+ years and wages have only increased 5% in those 30 years for a small number of people at the bottom. What a crock cant wait until we can cut congress off the american teet when they need a Job…o wait they set up laws and have friends so they are pretty much set for life in the political economic impenetrable Bubble.

    • BC Shelby

      …a lot of that profit is from operations, holdings and cheap labour overseas which do not return one dime to the US economy. If it did, they’d have to pay corporate taxes on it.

  • lostfaith

    Maybe these other countries have it right when they rise up against their governments and then as America for help, I wonder if we did that if American government would find money to help us

  • Carol Eller

    Boehner doesn’t need money and he gets free health care he and the rest of those bastards wish we all get sick from starvation and die.

  • Angelo

    We pay our taxes so we could have these benifits when we hit a ruff patch in our lives, now we have these greedy selfish repubicans not wanting to extend our benifits. Put them in our shoes and lets see what they will be saying about the extention. These are the people that run our country, they could care less what the people got to say unless its about making a new law thet would profit them in some way . Its not your money assholes its The people of the unite state that paid into it. I cant believe they can do this. A couple of people in senate overriding the rest of the US.
    WELCOME TO THE REAL COMMUNIST COUNTRY!!!!!
    THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!!

    • Matthew Pieri

      That would be fascism. Get your ism’s right.

  • DisgustedInMichigan

    Mr Boehner!!!! Your rationale is totally ludicrous!!! Another example of ditching your sensitivity to the by situational crisis in this country!!! All the data & information systems are already in place!!! Income data????Hello….??? Claimants benefit amount is already determined by earnings that employers have already reported to the IRS for each employee. This is not complicated!!

  • shelly somerville

    If you aren’t unemployed you really have no idea. Unemployment is high and jobs are scarce, opinions are like “you know what”. After you have been unemployed for a certain amount of time your “stock” goes down. People are scared and stressed trying to decide how they’re going to feed their family, keep a roof over their heads and pay their bills. Oh! and the majority of unemployment is 26 weeks or less. I don’t where that person lives getting 40+ weeks of unemployment. HELL YES! The President could be doing a lot more but Congress is not doing anything more than what they usually do..Nothing. No one chooses to be unemployed; however I think Congress forgot that the unemployed are still VOTERS and just like they voted to put them in office “blocking the unemployment extension” won’t be forgotten at election time.

  • franklybetterme

    I really don’t think anyone has bad intentions here. I think Boehner wants a say in this, and he is signaling that it wont pass as written. There will be a debate, a house bill, a conference committee, an agreement, and a new extension.

    I just hope it happens in time for my landlady to let me stay, or I will be another of the new homeless. Because all that is just gonna take longer.

    It may very well be true that the Senate bill will be hard to implement based on the length of payment lapse. This is a VERY BAD REASON to delay even longer. I hope that they do NOT delay unless they have a plan to more quickly and cheaply process these back payments already in hand. Somehow, I think not.

    Look, Im a hard-core conservative, but also without income since December 28, 2013. I still support both paying for this bill and also passing a companion jobs measure along with it. But in the end, it needs to GET DONE and REAL SOON!!!

    • Matthew Pieri

      Typical conservative, has no compassion until they need it themselves.

      • franklybetterme

        Typical liberal, attack the person rather then debate the issues

    • emmanne

      I value optimism. I search these comments for a glimmer of hope. Thank you for your hopeful “…and there will be a new extension.” I pray that it arrives sooner rather than later.

    • DisgustedInMichigan

      I don’t believe it would be anymore complicated then if the UIA suddenly had a major employer decide to lay off a mega number of workers…… Just use the same program, & criteria as any other claim. A person is either eligible or not. The ‘retroactive part’ is what complicates it. Then again, not everyone is eligible for the same benefit amount or number of weeks. Claimant who claims retroactive might exhaust their benefits immefately. Another PLUS to the program……EUC is not intended to keep going and going. Eventually a person does become in eligible.

      • BC Shelby

        …Oregon (where I live) has a very streamlined process in place. Literally everything can be done electronically from filing your claim to receiving your benefits.

        All reporting is performed online there are no forms to get lost or delayed in the mail. the State also set up UI Accounts using a “ReliaCard” Debit card that payments are automatically transferred to. One can also request direct deposit if he or she still has a bank account.

        When I was in between my primary 26 weeks and first tier of EUC, a couple weeks lapsed, yet they had no trouble issuing retroactive benefits for those weeks.

        One thing I have been doing is continue to file my weekly work search reports/UI claim submissions since the last week of December. I spoke with a representative last week about this and she told me that was the right thing to do as they will have all the data that proves I have been continuing to look for work. I have also enrolled in a number of career building/job search workshops which also new needs to be reported as well.

        Basically I am continuing to comply with the rules as long as I still have a roof over my head and the means to continue conducting my work search.

        Of course should this bill get shot down in flames, that will be it as I will be forced out on the streets with no resources at all.

        • DisgustedInMichigan

          You are right and Michigan has a very similiar if not identical type system set up. Its very efficient providing the claimant just follows thru. However it only allows to enter work search for balance of weeks to claim. Its reallyba no brainer for them to restore.

    • Diane Madison

      Franklybetterme – I am so sorry that you obviously believe all the BS being handed out. Boehner does NOT want an extension of unemployment and has openly stated as much right from the beginning (in bs-speak). They will string this along until everyone has forgotten and nothing will be done. They count us as the poor people now — lazy and expendable and definitely not profitable to them any longer. When they did not put unemployment in the budget, each time they let another week go by, they know very well what the outcome will be. So, either speak out and let your voice be heard to the media, congress, and tell everyone you know to do the same – or get used to the fact that you might very well be one of those flashing a cardboard sign along the highway.

  • Diane Madison

    There are a lot of justifiable angry comments being posted after all of the web news stories, stories about what is going on with the extension of unemployment compensation (or rather what is NOT going on – which is to pass SOMETHING). You care, I care, compassionate and rational people care, but the media doesn’t mention it any more, it has vanished from the radar. Congress is playing games with people’s lives, and meanwhile people are losing their phones, cars, homes, self-respect, and sanity. Meanwhile it is as obvious as the nose on your face that Boehner will be the next one to kick the can down the road. That he will do this with impunity makes it all the more frustrating. So just what are all of you prepared to do? Sit back and take it like everyone else who has been screwed has done lately, (while being called lazy)? Cross your fingers and hope that somehow you will wake up from this nightmare? Click your red shoes together so that you can get way from OZ? Or are you prepared to do SOMETHING! Anything at all to wake up the sleeping Americans and allow them to see your plight and the possibility that they could be next. We need to issue a plea for help! Help us to survive! Help us win out against this senseless, heartless, machine that pretends to have the country’s best interest at heart while turning the US into a third world country. As I have mentioned before: contact your local and national media, send in videos to post on Utube, and if you are able — go to your government offices to protest the cruelty and injustice going on against taxpayers (because that is what we still are). 400,000 people protested the VietNam War. No one is protesting this inaction. I understand that under the circumstances most unemployed can not even think of marching on Washington, but we need to do something. This sick, twisted comedy of errors can not be allowed to continue.

    • emmanne

      What can I do?

      • Diane Madison

        Contact every family member, friend and past working colleague, and have them inundate the House members with a demand that unemployment be reinstated and retroactive. Let the House members know that the unemployed have a voice and will not keep silent on this. Have someone film your story of how you have been impacted and post it on UTube or have someone help you to do this. Contact your local or state news media and ask why they have kept silent on this and ask them to do stories. Better yet come up with ideas to share on how we can organize to officially protest.

        • BC Shelby

          …surprisingly, after over two months of silence on the subject, our major local media outlet (Oregon Live/The Oregonian) has suddenly become very active about this once the filibuster was broken and a plan agreed on. In an ongoing poll they have (now over 10,000 responses), more than 95% favour both reinstatement of EUC and retroactive payments.

  • emmanne

    WHERE IS THE WHITE HOUSE? HELP US

  • I Give Up!!!!!

    Amazing that looking at there agenda upon returning the first 45 minutes will be on how much money will be sent to the Ukraine!!!!!! John Boehner will be front and center to assure he gets this resolved in 20 minutes. WITH NO QUESTIONS ASKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    John Boehner needs to have his brain checked. AMERICANS are tired of his ongoing excuses. Who does he think he is GOD are the President?????????
    It has been close to 3 months/2000 hours. John Boehner SORRY this is not the Ukraine. Take off the blinders to AMERICANS get this resolved without ongoing EXCUSES!!! Look at it as a war on moving this country ahead. Because war seems to be the only thing that gets your attention.

  • DisgustedInMichigan

    Create a job bill???? Really???? Well I guess simply restoring EUC. Mightbgives good reason to put back ton work a good number of people in the state agencies dept, to deal with the number of new claims!!! So GET TO WORK!!!!

  • Dawn

    So if the American people have spoken to help save our neighbors by getting them some money through UI to live, how is it Boehner as one man can stop all of it? Boehner needs to go. Take his money away and see how he likes it!!!!!!!! He’s not doing his job he needs to be downsized and unemployed!!!!

  • The Crying Tangerine

    Boehner has relied on ALEC to write laws for him for so long that he has forgotten how to do his job. This guy uses his own ineptitude at revising legislation as an excuse not to revise legislation. That would be like a normal American getting a job at Mcdonald’s and telling their manager that McDonald’s should never serve burgers again because he can’t flip burgers. John Boehner shoots down the jobs bill then uses that as an excuse to be too lazy to revise and update UI systems when he then says he wants it. He’s too cheap to update the UI system and gets a Yes Man report saying that his cheapness is a reason to leave 200,000 veterans and their families starving. He has cost the economy millions, cost hundreds of thousands of jobs and all so he can go to Washington and cry about how much he (fake) loves Americans. This guy is the worst. GET RID OF HIM.

  • Dawn

    Give Johnny a little tweet or send him an email and let him know how you feel!

    • BC Shelby

      ..sent emails to him twice, no reply yet. The emails I sent were very thoughtful, well written, and not confrontational. If anything I may have erred on being a bit too diplomatic.

      Most likely both probably got deleted by a flunkie aide paid to screen all incoming correspondence and never seen by him, or he’s using them for joke material over at the Capitol Hill Club during happy hour with his cronies.

      I’ve read where those who did get responses from his office, that the replies were often rude and condescending.

  • xnerd

    I hope he dies of liver failure today

  • xnerd

    my weewee is this big

    • BC Shelby

      …looks like he had a few belts before getting on the Beltway to go to work.

  • Justin

    Senator Boehner and NAWSA have slammed the Unemployment Extension, more excuses for not supporting the millions of Americans with no income, voice your opinion on the CHANGE.ORG petition:

    http://www.change.org/petitions/national-association-of-state-workforce-agencies-and-john-boehner-pass-the-emergency-unemployment-extension

    **Their is a list of the NAWSA officials emails, copy and paste all of their emails and send a message to them!**

    Oh and send a message to Senator Boehner, here is his email contact form:

    http://boehner.house.gov/contact/default.aspx

  • Justin

    1 Senator Boehner and NAWSA have slammed the Unemployment Extension, more excuses for not supporting the millions of Americans with no income, voice your opinion on the CHANGE.ORG petition:

    http://www.change.org/petitions/national-association-of-state-workforce-agencies-and-john-boehner-pass-the-emergency-unemployment-extension

    **Their is a list of the NAWSA officials emails, copy and paste all of their emails and send a message to them!**

    Oh and send a message to Senator Boehner, here is his email contact form:

    http://boehner.house.gov/contact/default.aspx

  • Justin

    2 Senator Boehner and NAWSA have slammed the Unemployment Extension, more excuses for not supporting the millions of Americans with no income, voice your opinion on the CHANGE.ORG petition:

    http://www.change.org/petitions/national-association-of-state-workforce-agencies-and-john-boehner-pass-the-emergency-unemployment-extension

    **Their is a list of the NAWSA officials emails, copy and paste all of their emails and send a message to them!**

    Oh and send a message to Senator Boehner, here is his email contact form:

    http://boehner.house.gov/contact/default.aspx

  • PghWriter

    This makes me sad and sick to my stomach. I swear he has got to be the
    most heartless man on the planet. I am already facing eviction, along
    with thousands of others, and this man is on yet another vacation and
    basically “teasing” those of us who lost our job by saying, “yes, there
    is help, but you can’t have it.” For years they have given tax breaks
    to companies to take their businesses overseas – so they did. And now
    that those jobs have gone overseas (which is what happened to mine) they
    are saying that it is the fault of the US citizen that the jobs are
    gone. I joined a nonprofit group to open an employment center (because
    the government closed ours) and they wouldn’t allow that either. This
    government just doesn’t make sense. They didn’t think twice to pass
    their salaries in the budget. they don’t think twice to send billions
    to other countries (Ukraine being the latest to profit from the US
    government) but they refuse to help the US citizens. The people who
    elected them and trusted them to represent them – are the people who
    have been tossed to the wayside. They have been told time and time again that they are out of touch with the reality of the American people but they still don’t care – nor will they ever – why should they??? They have jobs!

    • Diane Madison

      Yes — they have jobs and that needs to change. Vote out all of those who are responsible for this travesty come November. Contact friends, family, and anyone you know who will email, phone, fax, tweet Congress to stop the game playing and extend Federal unemployment benefits or face the consequences. “No taxation without representation….” Ha. The citizens are not being represented by this mob, only the wealthy have a voice. And the gerrymandering of congressional districts has not helped…..

  • truthhurts

    I only wish that Americans would stand together to throw off the yoke of tyranny we currently live under…that like so many people in so many countries that we support directly through financial and military aid American patriots would take to the streets, refuse to be quieted, make ourselves heard! Sadly I believe that a revolution and complete change of our government is the only answer-term limits must be imposed, and we must stand up and fight-AFTER ALL, THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOT A DIME, IT IS OUR MONEY!! IT IS PAST TIME THAT WE DECIDED HOW IT IS USED!!

  • http://batman-news.com Marlene

    http://www.ncjustice.org/?q=budget-and-tax/media-release-drop-unemployment-rate-due-largely-shrinking-labor-force
    The NC Story – the real story. This will spread like a disease. We have not had extensions here for almost one year. Since we are a red state no one talks about it. You can cry all day long but unless you live in NC – you are not doing as bad as you think. On top of all that we are about to lose funding for food stamps state wide because the state is so far behind in getting people help. HOPELESS here. Our state has already remarked that if this new bill passes thru the Feds it will not be inacted in NC. Such a move would DOUBLE our now fictional low unemployment rate and the republicans would lose their jobs and there are no jobs to replace them. Soooo cry me a river.

  • http://batman-news.com Marlene
  • barrnone

    It suppose to work like this, we tell them what we want and they get it done. Now we are at ‘I won’t allow a vote’. Evidently this is not a democracy any more and they never intended to pass it.

  • Earl Webb

    It’s a shame that OUR Government is so concerned about the other people in the other part of the world other than the good ole people in the United States. I am firm believer that you take care of home first. It’s one thing to be fired from your employer. But I was laid-off after 11 years with my company. I don’t give about how much these people in the Government make, I just want them to pass the bill to maybe give us some more time. That’s not asking to much, is it?
    It’s like they don’t give a damn about us or our families, all I am asking for a chance for me to continue to put food on my table for my kids, roof over my head for my kids, water, and gas for my kids. You maybe in Politics and I am not, but we are the same. We are men that both need to provide for our families. For the record I have been applying for jobs, even working a part-time job until i can find something full-time…why??? because of my kids!!!
    God Bless America!!!

  • Orval Burk

    they get there pay checks from our money,stop putting your money in there banks,just cash your checks and keep your money in your pocket,this will dry up the banks and it will stop payments to the congress.they will change there tune real quick.

  • Orval Burk

    all we want is a fair chance.but they kill the truth.they a least could have told us we are cutting you off from you unfair work laws so we could find a basement to live in.what comes around.

  • NeedsVacation

    JOHN BOEHNER IS BEING UNTRUTHFUL!
    (SPREAD THIS AROUND AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE)

    John Boehner informed the media on Wednesday that The National Association of State Workforce Agencies said the proposed plan was not workable. NASWA said they did not say that — “NOT WORKABLE” is Mr. Boehner’s words, not NASWA.

    95% of American’s support long-term unemployment.

    Contact John Boehner’s office and tell him for himself. He clearly doesn’t act on behalf of the majority, he acts on what he wants!

    Washington, D.C. Office
    1011 Longworth H.O.B.
    Washington, DC 20515
    (202) 225-6205

    Good luck everyone.

  • Frank White

    here is food for thought since the only thought I have today is torn to shreds here is a cold hard fact this bill covers a large spectrum of vast differences it really doesn’t need a bipartisan what is does need is a clear communication skill in ethics we have gone so far in our society in creating an environment of sustainability that we are getting to the point of re writing laws due to economic and proprietary ,(us as individuals ) Downfalls and reality is we created it as a whole we created the problems we have today in example take a guy we will name him bob average guy average job average social environments . now bob works at a plant or what ever or what ever position you create lets say economic times are great there fore your on top of your game there is something in life not money not concrete items any way but abstract . now when bob receives this money for all his hard work over time and just sweat and tears he puts in to a company this is called a paycheck now bob puts a way for his future aside investing 1% he contributes and his company matches his pay bob feels what is known as secure he feels like he is paying his part in the world and this is a new feeling called accomplishment the one feeling that ignites our drive to do better now we all naturally want to do better we all have a hero part of us . that wants to save the day and not ever ask for a certain thing this feeling of wanting do do greatness is called motivation now lets say bobs company looses a client exponential he also gets reduced hours or paycheck feels smaller this is called taking one for the team its the big surprise initially that brings some sort of downward spiral of emotions that end up crashing at some point but with out going into much detail . lets say he realizes that sometimes we have to work hard just hard to get motivated to feel like you work extra hours when your pay is shrunk weekly this is called hard times its the ability to make ends meet and never feel like your on top . well and that is what bob does he works hard so hard he feels like he would do anything for his company by any means necessary . this is called ownership the feeling you get when you worked so hard that its like they feel like they owe you something even though they cant pay it . especially if they are loosing money .

  • Frank White

    now bob has been called in to the office he walked in to his office thinking he is going to be applauded by his peers for putting in all that great work he walks into the office to see his boss not so happy at all . He sits bob down and tells him “we Need to let you go ” bob acts as if he didn’t hear correctly “what I am sorry ?” Bob we have to let you go it was not easy decision to make but according to our logs and reports we are over staffed and need to keep labor cost down . THE Boss desperately trying to keep bob positive and trying to feel like he done the right thing .now bob is middle aged and he starts to feel what we call depressed ,with a side of defeat this is caused by when you put so much work into your future and take ownership to lead your peers and take leadership rolls and realize it was all gone to waste the very idea of work was your downfall bob didn’t go to college bob has a ged bob just wants to keep his head above water . bob also just wants to cruise through life and not have any worries to feel a sense of completeness well bob knows he is at square one and needs to get a move on it does every thing even working on working by working to get a job working to find a job working to fill his dream and creating his destiny . what bob didn’t account for was the fact money doesn’t grow on trees and he will run out eventually so he doubles it tryst implementation to strategic views to win a position at a job . no outcomes no motivation left and now out of money bob starting to feel defeat and depression well poor bob he feels like just another tiny weep in the jungle with loud animals so bob starts to stress with no food in his stomach he starts to feel pain and suffering a feeling of what you get when your so broke your homeless and gave up your only existence and materials to try to live out a situation that is beyond our control . remember bob is average he remembers when he seen this guy up the street deal drugs and now bob is interested because he has this justification a feeling that will play with your very logic of humanity with logic we know what is wrong from right we know what is also possible bob seen him with lots of money well bob is on the street bob also knows that if he don’t do any thing to support his self he can die well this is how we justify from doing the right way to doing what we think is the righteous way so we do what we have to do to keep us going at all cost bob gets addicted to selling now bob had a great life and remembers when hills and grass were much greener not to mention he has people and friends now that from time to time see him on the side of the road or curled up in a alley to give him a hot meal by surprise bob was so thankful that there are nice people in the world . and because of that kind of made him cry at night to sleep . well bob seen so much of the world and has been homeless for years now that its driving him insane a feeling you get when all is lost and you realize but still try to cope with humans of interest but you cant because your loss of connection with society . bob has done so much gone so far tried so hard and lived so fast that he never had an opportunity to become anything he was in the dab smack middle of his time and didn’t invest smart enough because of his mentality. but bob is the smartest man and knows allot just because he forgets how to communicate doesn’t mean he don’t want to when we separate our selves and don’t communicate then we will eventually start to loose our touch we cant even keep a dollar to our name sometimes we cant even keep our own lives but our touch is what makes us different make us have a will . and when I say a will it can even will you to learn there are a giant amounts of people in this world all different in every way but when we see a drug dealer homeless or crazy person we think to our selves glad its not me or even poor man or even I feel bad because I can relate unemployment benefits were bobs only hope to getting a real solid life and could have prevented his loss and its a shame when you see some old man or panhandler or dealer we label them as immature or crazy psych we distance our selves from them instead we should be guideing them in the right direction because they were once like us just normal every day kinda people

    • Robin Jankowski

      I think that may have been a good read, but without the use of proper punctuation and capitalization, it made me dizzy just trying to figure out what you were saying…

  • Martha Johnson

    Arts
    John Boehner is from a state with the highest poverty rate in the country. I reside in N.E. Ohio and the rate is 65%. We guarantee that he will not win a re-election even as a dog catcher. Voters need to remove all who voted against the passage of the extension. I am a healthcare administrator and this is the first time in 30 years that I have been out of work. Let look at the reality of the situation. Congress should be limited to one term and not have benefits allocated for healthcare and pension. Let them experience the real world that they created. The majority are over 55 and should be on social security. Vote them out of the White House.

    Reply

    • Kevin Parker

      I agree! I want all of them out of office and to experience what they have done to this country. This even has angered Ben and Jerry’s Ice cream. look at this link and see what they are doing about it. Ben And Jerry Are Really Passionate About Ice Cream. And Political Corruption, Too.www.upworthy.comTasty justice.

  • lowCal90

    A default is only triggered if Hussein Obama’s regime chooses not to pay interest on the debt. Interest payments on the US Government’s debt are only about 10% of US government revenues.

  • Richard Longfellow

    The Republicans have lost my vote after 34 years of support. I can’t see myself voting for a party that doesn’t have my back after supporting them and paying taxes for the last 27 years that I did hold a job.
    At the same time they manage to find $1 billion dollars to send to the Ukraine?
    What a damn shame. I hope the Ukrainians have fun with MY tax dollars!

    • mabramso

      We appreciate your donation of $3.33 to the Ukrainian cause ($1 billion, divided by the number of US citizens — roughly 300,000,000 people).

      • Kevin Parker

        Who cares about the math…As a country we simply cannot afford to aid another country when we cannot aid ourselves no matter how incremental each individual contribution may be. The billion is better served here along with the rest of the foreign aid. I want to impeach all of the politicians from office because they have shown that NONE of them should hold office!

        • mabramso

          There is plenty of waste in government, but if you want to see everyone impeached for allocating a billion to the Ukraine and a few billion more to foreign aid, go for it. Of course, impeachment would require that the members vote to impeach themselves, but please, proceed.

          • Kevin Parker

            You have the cattle mentality. We the people should choose to impeach if we so choose and not rely on corrupted politicians to control their own fate, and as far as money goes it still applies it should stay here and go no where else!

  • wsucram15

    Hey everyone..just go here sign the petition, we are trying to organize now, it is more than one group. http://www.aa4u.org/take-action/

    • Kevin Parker

      I signed it! We need everyone to sign this!

      • wsucram15

        Kevin..send this to everyone you know. I have been on newspaper sites on every state in which I am familiar and which I know someone, They all have blogs like this and getting the word out is important..the website I showed you is also working with a sister site on radio time and possible television time. Getting these sites to the people so they are aware and can put pressure on the Congress is how this will get done. There are a lot of agencies involved in this and they are pushing..but the cannot push enough..with out us!!

        • Kevin Parker

          Already done and shared on my Facebook.

          • wsucram15

            Awesome..

  • Kevin Parker

    Take a look at this link and see what Ben and Jerry’s is doing.
    Ben And Jerry Are Really Passionate About Ice Cream. And Political Corruption, Too.www.upworthy.comTasty justice.

  • jackiefr

    This is just so out of control it is unbelievable. Something so easy all the jerks in DC have made impossible to accomplish. Its a big joke. One is more stupid then the next. Anyone that is waiting for this to happen is just kidding their selves. It is never going to happen so now it is time to figure out another way to survive. I am sure some will go the illegal route and I understand it 100%. When your hungry and have no place to live, and god forbid the people that have children, you do what you have to do. I hope all the people that represent us (WHAT A JOKE, THEY REPRESENT THEMSELVES) all rot in hell and that karma comes a knocking on their doors very soon. Good luck to all of you and I hope the best for each of you, including myself. I am just so tired of them yanking my chain and letting me down in another way each and every day. Oh yeah and thanks to our almighty president also. No longer proud to be an american.

  • lowCal90

    Hot garbage? In 2012, three man-made global-warming knaves serving our resident marxist agitator were paid more than $370,000.

  • Six Edits

    Compassion? Here we find liberal democrat Harry Reid playing politics with cancer-stricken children: http://youtu.be/O0lFyFJeZSY?t=1m22s

  • lottopol

    Unlike food stamp and welfare recipients, many unemployment compensation recipients (all of which previously held jobs) are Republicans. If the news media shows one person saying: that he had always voted Republican but if the House leadership does not allow a vote on extension of unemployment benefits he will never vote for a Republican again, the Republicans will cave, as 4.3 million voters could be a critical in the next election.

    The joke used to be that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged. The new version will be a Democrat is a Republican who had his unemployment benefits ended.

    “..It is not just a coincidence that tax cuts for the rich have preceded
    both the 1929 and 2007 depressions. The Revenue acts of 1926 and 1928 worked exactly as the Republican Congresses that pushed them through promised. The dramatic reductions in taxes on the upper income brackets and estates of the wealthy did indeed result in increased savings and investment. However, overinvestment (by 1929 there were over 600 automobile manufacturing companies in the USA) caused the depression that made the rich, and most everyone else, ultimately much poorer.

    Since 1969 there has been a tremendous shift in the tax burdens away from the
    rich and onto the middle class. Corporate income tax receipts, whose incidence
    falls entirely on the owners of corporations, were 4% of GDP then and are now
    less than 1%. During that same period, payroll tax rates as percent of GDP have
    increased dramatically. The overinvestment problem caused by the reduction in
    taxes on the wealthy is exacerbated by the increased tax burden on the middle
    class. While overinvestment creates more factories, housing and shopping
    centers; higher payroll taxes reduces the purchasing power of middle-class
    consumers….”
    http://seekingalpha.com/article/1543642

  • sl

    WORKERS HAVE PAID FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND HAVE, THEREFRE, WE DESERVE TO RECEIVE THOSE BENEFITS WITH OUT YOUR EXCUSES AND BS. HARRY REID YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BE ON OUR SIDE AND AGAIN THE LET DOWN CONTINUES. IF YOU ARE TRULY WORRIED ABOUT MONEY GET YOUR NOSES OUT OF ALL OTHER COUNTRIES, AND STOP FOOLISHLY GIVING MONEY IN THE FORM OF STUPID UNNECESSARY GRANTS.
    This is complete BS. If you all do not want to get the work done, resign and take all your support workers with you. There are millions of us who are dependent on you to make decisions that will allow us to continue scrapping by on a measly and in some cases no benefit. We have plenty of experience in business and other fields that I am confident that we could fit right in and get the job done. I have worked for 30+ years and have paid my taxes, therefore, I am owed this benefit. I am collecting 760 per month and that barely keeps the roof over our heads.
    So I repeat, if you do not want to get along and get this country moving forward, take care of your citizens, then GO HOME, let us have a chance to do what you are unwilling to do. This is directed at our WA state employees who might feel the need to complain about the extra work this will take to get back payments taken care of. It took me 2.5 minutes to calculate my proposed pay out, I get direct deposit so it should be fairly quick work. Oh yeah, Obama care is a life savor for some of us, so supporting this will not be an issue for us who are willing to line up for the jobs you should be vacating and leaving DC with your heads hung in shame. It is only that you all are of the most upper income levels in this country that allow you to have Zero compassion for us who are collecting well below the poverty level.
    Challenge, put all your huge bank accounts away, and figure out how to support yourself and husband family of pets (AND NO WAY WILL I SACRIFICE THEM just because you have no feelings) pay rent of 1200, while only getting 760 per month. How do you take care of water, power, etc. I have lowered my expenses as far as possible and by the grace of God, I have managed to stay living in my home, I will never be able to catch up on rent owed, however, this bill was supposed to save my situation to allow a purchase of an rv that we will be able to park at a rv park to lower our rent. And as a tax paying citizen I looked patiently forward to you working together and making this an important priority to get this passed.
    HANG YOUR HEADS YOU LAZY, SELF ABSORBED, OVER PAID GOVT WORKERS.

  • David Bridges

    below is a link to impeach boehner

  • Tammy Willford-Moss

    This ” man” is not God and is playing with many life’s. Who does he think he is? In my book he is a pos!

  • DisgustedInMichigan

    Meanwhile, bascknin the land among the frozen unemployed tundra , we are still freezing!!! No home heating fuel, No Cash, No Credit!! 2 pay check family down to 1 income – heating costs killed us this winter. 70 gallons a week × $3.88 per gallon? Anyone capable of this basic arithmetic? Oh good you figured it out? We missed out on any of Snyder’s home heating assistance being over the income guidelines byb$20!!!!???? How poor does 1 really need to get.

  • YONATAN C

    How sad that men like John Boehner will stand in the way of the passing of the unemployment extension bill that would help the more than two million unemployed workers and their families without benefits, and the means to survive economically, while seeking employment. How can he claim to be for fiscal responsibility when millions of our tax payers dollars are going to fund corporate welfare and foreign aid? When tax payers dollars were spent on bailing out the Banking and Airline industries, amongst other companies, where was their “fiscal responsibility” and budgetary concerns then? Why is helping the average working American worker and families, not as important? I’m looking forward to the 2016 election. You will see these millions of voters show their distain and anger towards these career politicans in the voting booths.

  • YONATAN C

    How sad that men like John Boehner will stand in the way of the passing of the unemployment extension bill that would help the more than two million unemployed workers and their families without benefits, and the means to survive economically, while seeking employment. How can he claim to be for fiscal responsibility when millions of our tax payers dollars are going to fund corporate welfare and foreign aid? When tax payers dollars were spent on bailing out the Banking and Airline industries, amongst other companies, where was their “fiscal responsibility” and budgetary concerns then? Why is helping the average working American worker and families, not as important? I’m looking forward to the 2016 election

  • jimv8673

    Hold on, this is waiting to be approved by GOPpers. LMAO

  • Guest

    They sent out i Billion dollars aid to Ukraine and failed to help their own people.

  • mrmano_0

    How about that sneaky, underhanded medicare doc fix? Conducted by voice vote (so no record of who voted to approve it), and guess what NO OFFSET.

    Republicans are hypocrites and need to be removed from office.

  • James N

    Rosanne Cash said “John Boehner: Stop using my dad’s name as a punchline, you asshat, I agree he is an asshat.

  • erick

    Next John Boehner will say that the extended benefits are no longer necessary because the long term unemployed have starved to death and died.

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