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September 30, 2014

Obama Pressures GOP on Unemployment Extension, Minimum Wage

President Barack Obama continues to keep up the drumbeat for an unemployment extension and a minimum wage hike, but neither issue appears any closer to a reality in Congress.

The president is taking his case to the airwaves and social media, using his advocacy arm, Organizing for Action, to try and pressure the GOP.

On Saturday, Obama used his weekly address to push his $10.10 an hour minimum wage proposal, ahead of votes in the Senate when Congress returns next week.

“Republicans have voted more than 50 times to undermine or repeal health care for millions of Americans. They should vote at least once to raise the minimum wage for millions of working families,” Obama said. “If a Republican in Congress represents you, tell him or her it’s time to give the politics a rest for a while and do something to help working Americans. It’s time for ‘ten-ten.’ It’s time to give America a raise.”

And on Friday, the @BarackObama Twitter account tweeted another call for Congress to pass an unemployment extension.

The prospects for both proposals remain bleak.

Speaker John A. Boehner has flatly opposed a minimum wage hike as a job killer. And the Ohio Republican has made it clear since December he’d only be willing to accept another extension of emergency unemployment benefits if it was accompanied by jobs legislation sought by the GOP — although, he has been vague about what, exactly, would be enough to convince him to act. (Other Republicans have floated a job-training overhaul, approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, repeal of the medical device tax and assorted other ideas which have bipartisan support). There has been speculation that a bipartisan job training overhaul could be the linchpin to a deal on an unemployment extension. 

Boehner made his own pitch in the GOP’s radio address for Republican jobs bills that remain stalled in the Senate, while taking a victory lap on the conservative accomplishments under his tenure — including cutting government spending and preventing an income tax hike on 99 percent of Americans.

So far there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of direct contact between Boehner and Obama, as both sides continue talking past each other.

Drew Hammill, spokesman for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., also took a whack Saturday at Boehner.

“Nowhere did he explain why Republicans refuse to enact comprehensive immigration reform or why Republicans have wasted so much time with 50 votes to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act. Not once did he tell us when Republicans will allow a vote to increase the minimum wage or extend unemployment insurance. … Doing nothing is not an agenda – it’s a disgrace.”

 

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  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com/ Goon’s ND Redneck

    I guess Nancy Pelosi needs to get it through her head that she’s not in charge anymore.

    • Aces High

      I GUESS REDNECKS WILL ALWAYS BE REDNECKS.STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES

      • Brandon

        You can’t fix stupid!

        • Shizue Leigh Hicks

          Oh, yes you can. You can also pay them $676,500 (BOEHNER’S 2013 take-home) above their stated base salary of $223,500, then give them the power to withhold UI extension payments ($300 per week per recipient) from long-term unemployed Americans (including VETERANS), then let them posture and pose for the camera with a Jersey faux tan and, last, you name them the United States Speaker of the House. That’s how you fix STUPID! Or maybe that’s how STUPID fixes US!

    • Ray

      Hope she and the rest of Congress are enjoying their tax payer-paid two week vacation.
      What are you nincompoops gonna do about it?
      Let me guess, buy a bigger TV on credit!
      Chumps.

  • Aces High

    I guess Boehner thinks hes god!!! we’ll show him at the voting booths whos in charge…republicans are going to cry for a recount when the democrats win by a landslide…Boehner is soooo out of touch with hard working americans he doesn’t even realize how many former republicans hes pushed to the “other” side now..he really screwed up by playing games with the unemployment extension and minimum wage increase..NOW BOEHNER WILL REAP WHAT HE HAS SEWN!! STAND UP DEMOCRATS AND MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!!!!

    • Thomas

      Exactly, The republican party screwed themselves with younger generations. He is so out of touch and uneducated with the times. He really does not care because he gets paid for doing nothing. First time in 20 years that I will not be voting republican. It is time to get these idiots out of office.

      • Aces High

        I to used to vote republican, but after watching him belittle the middleclass and jokingly refuse to even answer what hes willing to even negotiate with democrats about, I cannot in good conscience vote republican anymore. Boehners continuous blind rage towards negotiating unless he “gets what he wants” will be the republican parties undoing. my brother picked a job out of the country instead of going to California due to his hatred for anybody elses point of view other then his republican beliefs!! this bizarre behavior of their party(like rats on a sinking ship) is only hurting themselves in the long run,when they couldve easily compromised,and satisfied a great majority on both party lines. it reminds me of the old southern attitude and fear of change.

        • papal

          Another used to be repub. that is taking their “ball” home because they are not doing what he wants. Bull, more OFA logic.

          • Aces High

            look, it doesn’t take long to hang out with a republican to see clearly why there is a “shift” in party lines. no-one expects them to “act like a dem” however, their childish refusal to budge on issues that will only help their fellow americans is insane!! even other repubs are blasting boehners actions….

          • bb111

            The Republican Party doesn’t exist it’s now the Tea Party bought and paid for. There are a good many Republicans just disgusted in what’s happened to our government. They believe in different things like right to life and others from Dem’s but always found a middle road to keep this great country moving forward. The Tea Party couldn’t get a vote on their lunacy so they bought the Rep. Party. If you in office and don’t vote their agenda they cut you off and run another candidate in the primary and your out. All the Koch’s want is not to have anything more powerful than them and shutting down the government is the way to do it and so far their very close. So sad for 2 guys near judgement day. Hope they wake up to what their destroying. Either way they can’t live forever or take it with them.

          • FedUpInNJ

            Tea Party and Republican are the SAME thing to most people – always will.

          • FedUpInNJ

            Its ONLY Republicans who are blocking this vote and that’s a fact EVERYONE knows.

      • papal

        Yeah right first time in 20 years and it is because the repubs screwed them selves with younger generations
        1. Younger generation are young and ignorant.( like myself when I voted for Carter)
        2.I do not like Boehner either, but I have a real legitimate reason unlike your made up reason that the young folks do not like repubs.
        3. Do you really consider yourself a young person and claim you voted for repubs 20 years
        4. That is the exact type of logic that exists at the OFA.

        • Aces High

          younger generations are young and ignorant???!!! that’s the best you got??really….pretty pathetic..much like your party, your a lyrical genius when it comes to giving logical answers.

          • fustrated in tn

            hey im one of the younger generation and a republican but I have to agree this is sum real bullshit me and my mom lost our apt cause she lost her unemployment and tn long term unemployed is screwed with this bill anyway they stopped letting them certify in feb so theyre only going to get a few weeks back pay and by the time the laws passed at this rate its gonna b past the 5 months extension which only goes til the end of may well that’s not gonna solve anything really

          • Aces High

            Greetings and welcome,i can greatly understand your frustration..to clarify though (& possibly offer some form of hope) ohio stopped having people file in February as well. However, if the bill would pass retroactively (the way its being pursued) your mom would be entitled to all of her back pay.(not just since they stopped taking filings in february) . I have witnessed some folks that have worked so hard all their lives & stayed free of the temptations of other “means” of obtaining income that are sadly losing everything…and many people its the first time ever even needing unemployment!! please use your energy to ask your state representatives & congress to pass this bill..so many are depending on it and so many other politicians both democratic and republican are asking Boehner for a vote in the house of representatives but he is asking for job creation measures to accompany the “bill”. yet, when asked what measures he would like to see he simply sais…”that’s up to the administration to come up with” He has an agenda in mind & you may be right? he may just be scratching his nuts until the 5 months are up so nobody gets a dam thing!!?? but if it does go thru your mom would be entitled to 5 months back pay, & that would not only help you & your mom but would increase consumer spending all over the country because people like your mom would use it to get caught up on bills etc…I wish you and your mom the very best to survive while we wait for John Boehner to give a dam & stop thinking of the unemployed as “lazy” and pass this bill already.

          • Aces High

            what are you guys doing to survive since you lost the apartment now?

          • Alex

            The government is corrupted there is nothing we can do the rich stay rich the poor stay poor where your at now is where you will stay money is the route to all evil learning to accept what we have and making the best out of life is most important. Bills heartache issues money trouble is all temporary. Life is temporary some make out a little better than others life is temporary what will you do with the rest of your life is up to us, accept life for what it is sometimes you must smile even when there’s nothing to smile about. Let the negative fly over your shoulder and keep moving forward

          • ada

            CORRECTION ALEX The LOVE of Money is the route OF ALL EVIL AND THAT’S WHAT WE ARE DEALING WITH IN THE GREAT USA THE COLOR IS NOT BLACK OR WHITE THE COLOR IS GREEN AND THE SOONER WE REALIZE THAT, THEN AND ONLY THEN WILL WE BE ABLE TO STOP THE GOVERNMENT FROM ALWAYS LINING THEIR POCKET’S

      • keith

        43 years old and 1st time ive registered (shamely) in 25 years but ill crawl to that booth if I have to but im there!guess in those 25 years I lost touch wat was actually going on ,was to busy worken cause at 17 I got tired of liven underbridge well 25 years later I wonder if that spot is available yet but still have no desire to see so Boehner u can kick me while im down like u have so many but rest assured im a survivor as well as im sure all these other people and rest assured(on yer alls part anyway) we wont go away!

    • papal

      Have you had your oxygen level checked recently?

      • Aces High

        hmmmmmm..hang on a minute……………….yup!!!..all done!!.your mom just gave me a clean bill of health and she didn’t come up for air for a real long time!

    • mabramso

      I’m sure Boehner is not worried. He is a pretty safe bet for re-election.

      • almost homeless at 58

        hes a drunk with a nice tan from all the time off he takes from not being there for the american people.

        • Mr.Allen

          The American people should take a vote to cut off Boehners pay for not doing his job

          • Ruth

            I am 59 and only have enough to continuing paying rent for the next 5 months or so. So I am also almost homeless at 59. I don’t think it’s possible to get rid of him without him getting his $ from our pockets.

      • Aces High

        I disagree…and wait and see what the Koch brothers do because boehners broken promises to them. he only gives a damn about the corporations in his pocket..not middle amercans

        • mabramso

          Who cares what the Koch brothers think? Boehner certainly doesn’t need their money. They certainly weren’t there for the past 24 years when Boehner has won his seat with over 60% of the vote every year.

          • Aces High

            why do you think Boehner is pressing for the pipeline so bad?…its not going to reduce OUR dependence on oil.

      • Aces High

        he has as much chance as Michael grimm…another repub (NY)that just got taken into custody TODAY!! for wrong doing….just another example of republicans having a god complex

        • mabramso

          Who cares about Grimm or which party he belongs to. Both sides have had their share of scandalous and criminal behavior. He’s dirty, he goes to jail.

          Boehner has won at least 60% percent of the vote in his district in every election he has been in for the past 24 years. NO ONE who makes a living in politics is even watching this race. Boehner has about as much chance as losing his seat as Nancy Pelosi does.

          • Aces High

            i live in ohio and trust me……ohio is sick of Boehner..

          • mabramso

            It doesn’t matter. All that matters is whether or not Boehner’s constituents like him better than the person who runs against him. Any GOP candidate would get no support against him, and a Democrat would have to overcome the very harsh demographics going against him or her.

          • Me12234

            I don’t really have anything profound to contribute to this conversation however, I’m sadden we live in a world like this. I’ve been waiting for my unemployment since February and no one will hire me because I’m graduating we my masters degree in occupational therapy next month. I’m bless to say I don’t have to be in the unemployment boat again. My heart breaks for the familys who are struggling and can’t pay their bills. People need to get out and vote that’s how change happens. It doesn’t surprise me they are acting foolish…. They are trying to stick it to the president. It’s disgusting….

          • mabramso

            I don’t see anything different than any other year in politics, except that the specific names and events change. Politics is brutal, and the system we have is essentially a replacement of war and bloodshed as a means of governing and settling our differences. Yes, I wish that things could be resolved too, but this has never been about sticking it to the President. That is merely a by-product of the traditional conflict about the nature and role of government. This is about each side trying to achieve its political goals (of winning elections and passing their agendas), and that is no different than any other year.

          • Aces High

            ya know what……every single damn thing someone posts on here..you seem to think its all just the same ol same ol…if your going to contribute then kindly do so but your “bantering” isn’t making much sense.!!! every president is different every term is different and to say otherwise it makes me wonder why you even vote at all?? you don’t think that Boehner has a personal grudge against president Obama??? open your eyes!! Id love to listen to the bug in Boehners racist office and expose him to the world!! I used to be a member of a very large racist gang, and I know a racist bigot when I see one….It takes one to know one…and I used to be one so TRUST me I know…not to mention ONCE AGAIN I LIVE IN OHIO!!! (my family knows “certain” politicians on a personal level)..what more do you want??

          • mabramso

            You seem to be under the false impression that I like or am rooting for Boehner. All of my previous comments are about his re-election chances, not about his policies. Frankly, I am not a fan of Boehner, but I don’t pretend to know what his thoughts are, as you you seem to do.

            And I am well acquainted with Ohio politics, having lived in the Dayton area for 8 years.

          • Aces High

            IM PRETTY SURE YOUR COMMENTS ARE SHOWING YOU HAVE A SECRET FANTASY TO BE HIS (BOEHNER) POM POM GIRL

          • Aces High

            go over your “replies” to everybody and let me know if you can find the difference between your remarks and everyone elses…a comment is a comment but a pattern is a pattern.go read your replies

          • mabramso

            I do not deny, nor have I ever denied, that I have political opinions — and conservative ones at that. But you cannot find anything I have written that shows that I like Boehner. In fact, most conservatives dislike Boehner because of his tendency to compromise on issues they do not want him to. Personally, I just don’t think he is all that great of a leader. But I don’t hate him either, as you clearly do.

          • FedUpInNJ

            Is it true he runs un opposed? How could that be?

          • almost homeless at 58

            open our eyes? this man, J.B. should be taken into custody! his hate for obama has put over 2,000,000 people in financial hell! his is not about the prez!

          • pepjrp

            Then you should know one in our POTUS and the Attorney general. They are the real McCoy.

          • FedUpInNJ

            NEVER has unemployment not been extended when the national average was over 6% and that’s a fact that EVERYONE sees and WILL hold ONLY the Republicans responsible for.

          • mabramso

            Well, to be fair unemployment was extended, but it was not extended past its last extension. :-) But also, NEVER have we seen levels of debt and spending this obscenely high either. At some point, if we do not get our fiscal house in order, none of this will matter. Once the US dollar is replaced as the world’s currency (and there already countries who are pushing for this), we will become a 3rd-world nation overnight.

          • Aces High

            the unemployment rates were lower then they are now!!!!! when George bush enacted the extension in the first place….so how does it make sense to suddenly have a problem with it..??

          • Ruth

            Agree, it’s a sad day in our country when we can’t take care of our families. I don’t know where I will live once my $ runs out. I am 59 you can tell me until you are blue in the face that I am not being discriminated against because of my age.

          • Aces High

            it ALWAYS matters what people think…and I disagree once again with you because what im trying to say is…a democrat would NOT have to overcome any harsh demographics going against him in ohio because as a resident of ohio ….I CAN TELL YOU THAT OHIOANS ARE DISGUSTED WITH HIM..and we are making our voices heard to other politicians in this state…remember…a lot of republicans (politicians & otherwise) are for this bill and others that Boehner refuses to budge on.

          • mabramso

            If you are not in his district, you can be disgusted all you want with him, but you cannot vote for or against him (unless you vote illegally, which I suppose is possible given what happened in the Cincinnati area in 2012). And as to a Democrat’s chances at beating him, I appeal to Cook, Rothenberg, Sabato, Silver, etc. — pick one. These are nonpartisan predictors who are almost never wrong, and when they are, it is 1-2 House seats that were in the Lean GOP/Dem category. ALL of them have Boehner’s seat as Safe GOP (not even in the Likely GOP category), and will no doubt have it that way every day of the campaign from now through election day. Boehner has as much of a chance at losing his seat to a Democrat as Pelosi has of losing her San Francisco seat to a Republican. Now, could he lose his position as Speaker of the House? Much more likely than losing his seat.

          • Aces High

            im in his district!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DAMMIT !!!!HELLO???

          • Ruth

            It seems to me that there are a lot of us who are sick of him and what him out. Does anyone know if it’s possible to get rid of him? And if so how do we start the fire the get him out?

          • Ruth

            I really don’t know how to go about it, what I would love to see is a rally of the unemployed in Washington at the Capitol steps. I was only a teen in the 60′s, one of the most memorable things I saw on TV was how people rallied with MLK. Another “POWER TO THE PEOPLE” I don’t want a hand out I really want a job, any job.

      • http://www.reverbnation.com/mickswagga Benny Blaze

        Mambramso and you’re sure he’s human too right?

        • mabramso

          I wouldn’t know — never met him. :-) LOL

      • Ruth

        I have been spreading the word to all my friends on FB/Twitter and instragram that he needs to go. Even my republican family and friends agree. 4 (including me) of my 6 siblings are unemployed my oldest sibling took early retirement and moved in with her daughter so she wouldn’t be homeless.

        • mabramso

          Good luck with that. I did pretty much the same thing in 2012, telling all my family to vote against Obama. Didn’t work too well. Who knows though. Perhaps you will be able to get Boehner under 60% (which hasn’t been done before).

    • Frank

      I believe that the majority of Republicans think that passing the unemployment extension bill is the right thing to do. They are afraid because they are receiving pressure from the far right Tea Party who will yank their election contributions. Boehner will not put the bill up for a vote simply because he wants to personally stick it to the president. My wife and I have changed political parties after voting Republican for over forty years because the Republican party has swung too far to the right. In my opinion they are now just the puppets of a handful of self serving powerful businessmen. My voice will be heard in the November election. Together we stand, divided we fall. Good luck everyone.

      • Aces High

        So true Frank, Ive never seen a personal grudge affect so many people of this magnitude in my lifetime.(that didn’t work out to good for Hitler either though)

      • Hopefu

        I agree with you Frank the Repos have sucked up to these powerful contributors to get them re-elected. We have power in voting. We need a bill for term limits in November.

        • FedUpInNJ

          Absolutely! 2 years MAX for all of Congress (House + Senate)

      • FedUpInNJ

        If they believe its the right thing to do they need to grow some balls and make it happen just like the Dems did when they got ACA approved. Republicans ONLY represent the rich and corporations and they have really let people know it by the way they are handling the unemployment issue, its disgraceful!

    • joanne

      I agree Boehner is totally out of touch with reality. He should be. He gets $223.500 for life and a lifetime pension. We need a bill for term limits and to get rid of their lifetime pensions.
      j

      • mabramso

        Actually, you should check your sources with Snopes.com. It has been many years since laws were passed making members of Congress subject to the same benefits as the rest of the federal work force. And $225K in the DC area is upper middle class.

    • joanne

      I agree Boehner is totally out of touch with reality. He should be. He gets $223.500 for life and a lifetime pension. We need a bill for term limits and to get rid of their lifetime pensions.

      • Aces High

        YOU ARE SO RIGHT!!! WHERE ELSE DOES ANYONE IN AMERICA GET PAID 223.500 FOR LIFE?? UNLESS YOU HIT THE LOTTERY??

        • almost homeless at 58

          dont worry,his liver is going!

      • Ruth

        Agree, he needs to go. It sucks that he gets lifetime pension when most people only get 401Ks. My unemployment just ran out I had to cash out my measly 401 just to continue to pay rent and bills for the next six months.

        • pepjrp

          Your measly weekly unemployment paid all of your bills?

          • Ruth

            Hi Pepjrp, no I have been using my 401k to pay my bills, my unemployment paid my rent and gave me $200. towards my bills.

          • pepjrp

            I see Ruth. I hope things get better for you very quickly.

    • johnBoneage

      My family and I are those Republican voters moving to the otherside until our Republican party is back to normal and less extreme!

      That will be five new Democratic votes from uome this November!

      • pepjrp

        Yea, vote for the racists in D.C. They laugh at you.

    • Ruth

      I say lets all get together by the busload and meet at Boehner office and demand he take action. It’s about time he actually does something for the “We The People” oh and he so needs to go!

    • ada

      I BET BOEHNER FATHER HAD NO PROBLEM CASHING WELFARE CHECKS AND UNEMPLOYMENT CHECK IN HIS BAR BACK IN THE DAY IN CINCINNATI,OH

  • DJMiles

    Instead of wasting his time talking about raising the Min wage for teenagers in 2016 when he leaves office He should be calling Boehner to work out a compromise on his top priority the unemployment extension I know it’s only been 4 months but it should only take him a few minutes. As far as raising the Min wage nobody wants that except for those who don’t understand it’s effects.The cost of everything since Obama took office has already gone up 66% and by raising by raising min wage $3 prices will go up much more and nobody could afford that.It is however a great income source for governments since taxes are a percentage the higher the cost of everything The more tax dollars collected.
    If Obama didn’t believe that by raising the min wage might force more companies to move oversees them he would be pushing for the increase to start now not in 2016 when his term ends and it would be the next presidents problem.

    • Brandon

      Min wage is much more than teenagers, I know plenty of people in the low 10′s as far as wage that would get a bump from this, it raises wages for more than just teenagers. The cost of everything has NOT gone up 66 percent(fact) since Obama took office, trust me they don’t care about taxing people making 10.10, you know why?, because they fall under the taxable income bracket for the federal government. To any Independents reading this, please think about issues rather than giving any weight to the fear spread by the obviously less intelligent of the country who are ruining it though fear and loathing.

      • DJMiles

        No company will take a loss out of their profits to raise wages $3 per hour they would pass that increase onto the consumer.
        And yes statistically prices are up 66% but to me it seems like it’s much higher then that

        • Pamela Lyon

          DJ, of course corporations will pass this on. The government does every day. However, people have the choice to buy or not buy. You seem to believe that corporations and businesses need to be paid by the government and not earn their business or own the lack their of.
          Fair trade act, Supreme Court claiming that Corporations are “people”.
          If you think voting Boehner or any of them out of office will help, think again. They take their salaries and benefits to the grave.

          • DJMiles

            That’s not true we don’t have a choice…you have electic,gas,oil,Cable? Do you buy groceries,have car insurance,? When everything goes up the only ones that win is government you will pay more taxes out of your check and more sales tax for the higher priced items.The other thing we have to worry about is small business because they can’t get away with raising prices way up like big companies could.
            I’m not against raising wages up some but it needs to be like it’s always been and that’s gradual increases but the real problem is that under Obama inflation is up 66% witch is more then the last 4 presidents combined.Lower gas prices to Bush levels and increase min wage by $1 and things will get better

          • david vitrogen

            WHere the hell are you getting this info from? All I could imagine is faux “news”. FYI….adjusting for inflation, prices rose to $2.52 (Bush) and $2.53 (Obama) seven months into their terms, $2.76 and $2.71, respectively, nearly two years in and $3.27 each three years in. This month, gas is $3.85, more than a dime cheaper than at this point during Bush’s second term when adjusted for inflation.

            As far as inflation where are you getting this 66% increase number from? If anything I think inflation is normal but the horrible worst recession in history that is the legacy of the Bush era dumped on us is keeping things stagnant and of course as we are all are living proof of…costing jobs. Well that and all the outsourcing that the speaker of the house Mr. “job-creation” seems to have no trouble voting yes for it every chance he gets.

            As far as minimum wage increases I am on the fence as I never in my life had to work for that low of a salary. But looking at the way things are heading many of us may not have a choice and to be honest the current minimum wage is not livable. If I was forced to take a job that only paid that..even if it was FT I would most likely also have to do less then ethical things on the side just to survive unless I got rid of my car and lived in a refrigerator box.

    • papal

      Obama will not call Boehner and work on a compromise because Obama is not very good at compromise. Besides Obama received a sever smackdown from Reid the last time he compromised with Boehner. Obama is a campaigner and excels at whining and that is the arena he will stay to avoid the wrath of Reid.

      • DJMiles

        I pray daily that the Democrats strategy of using the unemployed,Min wage,Equality,Veterans and Immigration reform to gain would be Republican voters in November ends up being the biggest mistake they ever made and costs them to lose the majority in the Senate

  • mike

    A raise will do nothing but make the cost of living go up only kids make minimum wage anyway unless your stupid with no

    education.

    • Pamela Lyon

      Mike,
      What on earth are you talking about? Do you have a clue? I know people that have several masters degrees and experience that are working minimum wage jobs.

    • rpj7884

      61 years old with a masters….can’t get hired……overqualified ? yeah right….they just don’t want hire seniors.

  • tweed54

    Republicans should pressure the Obama administration. regarding lack of employment opportunities and the destruction of the middle class. Having a job would reduce the need for extension of benefits and the future need of other subsidies.

    • Brenda Huddleston

      That is correct tweed54! The people forget that the Republicans said that they would not approve another unemployment extension UNTIL the Democrats had something in it that also addressed creation of jobs.
      Why are we not creating jobs for repairing all of the old decaying infrastructure, the Keystone Pipeline, etc?

  • flashbyte

    get rid of ovomite

  • Mark

    I think it would have been much, much more effective to send two tweets showing EUC support…what a schmuck!!..the unemployed have, at the very least, superficial support of the Lying king..the unemployed no longer fit his agenda…

  • Ray

    Extended UI ended last year and will not be voted on.
    Get
    A
    Job
    Moochers
    #Boehner2016

    • Unemployed1

      What kind of an irresponsible “bone head” comment is that? You must be Bone Head’s, I mean Boehner’s kin.

  • Demogorgon9

    If I lived in Ohio, I definitely would not vote for Boehner in the next election.

    • Shizue Leigh Hicks

      Too bad Justin Coussoule didn’t have enough momentum. Now tell me, You Tube has that “Jersey Shore Boehner” campaign ad that shows Boehner being his boozehound-self taking expensive vacations and treating himself to tans, cigars, and big fat steaks at taxpayers’ expense. Did that Coussoule campaign ad really run in Ohio? And, if it did, BOEHNER actually went on to win? YIKES!

      • Aces High

        NEVER SAW THAT AD EVER…and I live in ohio..

    • Shizue Leigh Hicks

      BTW, Demogorgon9, in 2010 did you ever run across the following public service announcement from supporters of Justin Coussoule. Here’s the title as it appears in YouTube caps, quotations marks and all:

      “JERSEY SHORE” JOHN BOEHNER: Spends $150k on Steak, Cigs, Booze & Spray Tan — “”LET THEM EAT STEAK”

      If voters went for BOEHNER after these featured expenditures were made public, had I been Justin Coussoule, I’d have demanded a recount.

      • Demogorgon9

        Never heard of it.

  • flycatcher

    I just got back from walking my dogs. They exerted a lot more pressure on me to take ‘em out for a crap than Obama is exerting on the GOP via a tweet!!….Obama has become such a joke. Just a user of people. The unemployed are no longer a tool for him. Obama is not even using an executive order to help out the unemployed….what does that tell you??..the pres of the US doesn’t give a rat’s a$4 about you guys…plus…the more stalling..the lower the TUR goes…soon..no one will qualify for any EUC…

    • DJMiles

      You are 100% correct my states unemployment rate went from 6.9% in December to 6.0% in march and I assume will probably go below 6% when April data comes out meaning that EUC will only cover tier 1 for 14 weeks….Retroactive payments will definitely be removed from the the bill if a deal is reached meaning those who collected all of tier 1 will not benefit at all.
      I have posted since December that the unemployed need to stop praising the Democrats for using the unemployed for political gain and promising to vote against the Republicans in November because their are doing exactly what the Democrats planned and delaying the extension longer.Reality is Democrats have 0 chance of gaining the house majority and slim chance of maintaining the majority in the Senate and by people praising them and promising to vote against Republicans why would they try to compromise on extending unemployment ? Doing what they been means they gain votes in November and bring the unemployment rate way down

  • blfdjlj

    Actually, the House did hold one vote to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 as a motion to recommit with instructions, and it was defeated with all Republicans voting no. Harry Reid’s Senate on the other hand has held no votes on the minimum wage.

    • mabramso

      That’s because the CBO estimated that raising the minimum wage would increase unemployment and raising it that much make increase it dramatically.

      • blfdjlj

        That vote took place months before the CBO report came out.

        http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll074.xml

        • mabramso

          I stand corrected — the House voted against raising the minimum wage because it is ALWAYS a job killer. The CBO Report only quantified it.

  • Steve

    Why would congress and the house care about us? they make a million per year, vacation all around the country, and their kids have silver spoons in their mouths. I’d like them to live the way we do. they don’t care and the american people aren’t pushing their rights to correct this. It says “WE THE PEOPLE”, NOT WE ARE CONGRESS. they’re so out of touch with the working americans that it’s not funny. we post on facebook, we try to tell the news, we can yell until we’re blue in the face but they don’t give a hoot. they have money, they never have worry about whether the gas bill will get paid this month, or if there’s enough food for our kids to eat. they don’t care that gas is $4/gal, most of them own shares in big oil. now, don’t get me wrong…politicians are good people, everyone should own one!! this is not just my opinion, i’m just the one that’s man enough to post it. and I’m not a keyboard warrior, I’ll tell the world my opinion too.

    • mabramso

      If they make a million a year, it certainly isn’t because of their Congressional salary.

      • DerekJR321

        No.. they only make $175k a year. Its all the Corporate kick backs and insider trading that make them millionaires.

        • Shizue Leigh Hicks

          Let’s not forget the monetary “grease” supplied by lobbyists along with the misuse or misaappropriation of campaign funds that has JOHN BOEHNER in hot water with the FEC (Federal Elections Committee) as of September 2013.

  • papal

    The Affirmative Action Presidency is pressuring everyone and no one is listening. Putin is refusing Obama’s calls. He is tired of the whining too.

  • http://unlimitedwhispers.com/ Unlimited Whispers™

    How and why this man has become the ruler of many baffles me. He’s one uppity evil man.

  • mabramso

    Boehner is not worried. He resides in a very safe GOP seat.

    • david vitrogen

      Maybe he thinks so, or you for some reason but times have changed. “John Boehner now earns the worst voter reviews in the three years he’s been speaker of the House.”

      “A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 29% of Likely U.S. Voters have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of Boehner, while 56% view him unfavorably. This includes five percent (5%) with a Very Favorable view of the Ohio Republican and 28% with a Very Unfavorable one.”

      http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/congressional_favorability_ratings

      http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/john-boehner/

      And despite the fact that Ohio is a swing state and becoming more democratic if you check the current demographics data, even if they still vote republican they want a different one. Boners days are numbered,

      • Shizue Leigh Hicks

        I think BOEHNER is his own worst enemy. He drinks, he smokes, he showboats, he buries the helpless — the long-term unemployed — without batting an eye!

        • david vitrogen

          Reid had said in an article there is sometimes a way to get things done with him. And that is hold the meetings in his office where he chain smokes and drinks. According to Reid this tends to “pacify” Boehner. What is ironic is he is holding the EUC bill hostage claiming it does not have enough job creation measures….yet he votes yes anytime there are measures that outsource our jobs. How are the schmucks that would vote this guy in again?

          • mabramso

            Isn’t it obvious? The schmucks who would vote this guy in again are … Republican voters. :-)

      • mabramso

        As I replied above, none of this matters in House elections. The ONLY thing that matters is what HIS constituents (in one small district in Ohio) think. (And actually, from 2008 to 2012, Obama’s margin in Ohio went down.)

        In fact, that’s why the stupidest and most useless statistic out there is the generic Congressional approval rate, which is what, under 10%? That’s because all the Republicans who respond to the poll hate what the Democrat Senate is doing, and all the Democrats hate what the GOP is doing and so they ALL respond by saying they disapprove of Congress.

        • david vitrogen

          Well if his district approves of a drunk that blatantly obstructs democracy and would vote him in again knowing this….we have bigger issues then EUC to deal with. To tell you the truth I an half a foot out the door and ready to vacate this country. If he actually gets another term it might be the final push for me. I can not be proud of a country that not only tolerates this, but would vote for it.

    • Shizue Leigh Hicks

      On the other hand, mabramso, JOHN BOEHNER is currently under investigation by the Federal Elections Committee for the misuse of campaign funds (donations and matching federal monies).

      I don’t think anybody is ever that secure when it comes to federal and congressional investigators. Remember, Nixon?

      • mabramso

        It will only matter if he is indicted of a crime.

  • Henry Vargashie

    If you want to live your dreams like I’m living mine go to the website Gold Trading Academy, I believe you can just Google them and find them. These guys will teach you how to trade and you can make all the money you need to in order to live a great lifestyle. Then move to Thailand like I have from Florida and really enjoy yourself like I am. The Internet here in Thailand works great for trading! Plus you can’t beat the women.

    • theesenuts

      no way mr maddoff

  • almost homeless at 58

    ive been unaffiliated with either party since i registered to vote 40 years ago. John Boehner has changed all of that. Im going democratic as soon as i can get to town hall to re-register.

    • Shizue Leigh Hicks

      I think that needs to be hit home with our Democratic leaders and that those leaders, President Obama namely, need to capitalize on the demonizing of the Republicans — a purely self-inflicted wound courtesy of JOHN BOEHNER.

      Despite the fact that long-term unemployed people come in both Democratic and Republican varieties, JOHN BOEHNER and his fellow “fat cats” think they are only sticking it to “lowly, lazy, slovenly, couch-surfing” DEMOCRATS when they withhold UI Extension Payments.

      It’s been political shenanigans from Day One for JOHN BOEHNER. If he’d put down his Jack Daniels long enough, he’d see that he, JOHN BOEHNER, is responsible for turning the name of the Republican party into a pile of unmentionable filth and that their own party members are quickly abandoning ship.

  • Alfred Neuman

    After 5 years of failed economic policies, what else has Obama do besides push for more unemployment benefits? A sad record indeed.

    • DJMiles

      Don’t worry he’s not really pushing all he did was send 1 tweet…. you will never see him mention it on TV he uses his air time to talk about other countries and basket ball team owners.

    • theesenuts

      I guess you all forgot why we are in bad shape right…?? bush set this country up to fail years ago.he took the money the oil and ran.oh and also killed people in and out the country and why he not in jail..

  • mrmano_0

    Why won’t the Republican Congress address the President’s American’s Jobs Act?
    It’s estimated to create 1.3 to 2 million jobs. How you might ask well by:

    Cutting Employer Payroll Taxes from 6.2% to 3.1% and Create Bonus Payroll Tax Cut for New Jobs/Increased Wages
    10-Year Cost (Billion) $65

    Extending 100% Expensing for 2012
    10-Year Cost (Billion) $5

    Teacher Rehiring and First Responders
    10-Year Cost (Billion) $35

    Modernize Schools
    10-Year Cost (Billion) $30

    Infrastructure Spending
    10-Year Cost (Billion) $50

    Create an Infrastructure Bank
    10-Year Cost (Billion) $10

    Rehabilitate and Repurpose Vacant Property
    10-Year Cost (Billion)$15

    National Wireless Initiative
    (Paid For Through Spectrum Auction) $0

    Veteran’s Hiring Initiative
    N/A

    Extend and Reform Unemployment Insurance
    10-Year Cost (Billion)$49

    Tax Credit for Hiring Long-Term Unemployed
    10-Year Cost (Billion) $8

    Create Fund for Low-Income Youth and Adults For Training and Year Round/Summer Jobs for Youth
    10-Year Cost (Billion)$5

    Cut Employee Side of Payroll Tax from 6.2% to 3.1% for 2012
    10-Year Cost (Billion) $175

    10-Year Cost Total $447,000,000,000

    The Congressional Budget Office confirms that President Obama’s jobs bill would be fully paid for over ten years and also gave its seal of approval to Senate Democrats’ version that includes a surtax on millionaires.

    The CBO said that the original Obama stimulus bill would involve $447 billion in tax cuts and new spending—the same estimate given by the administration. It said the bill would raise $450 billion over ten years. The result is a $3 billion decrease in deficits over ten years.

    http://www.cbo.gov/publication/42533

    Vote Democrat in November and put America back to work.

  • Disposal mind

    So these republicans shouldnt whine come November when they are voted out and either lose more seats or lose their majority in the House. How anyone could possibly vote for people who show so much contempt for less fortunate American citizens is beyond me. Even sadder still its these same people who sit in church on Sunday and act all holier than thou.

  • Orval Burk

    never thought i would see the day the middle class are getting it just like the poor.how does it feel; these people never did care,nothing to see here,keep moving ,keep moving/right to the poor house,stop by on your way home from work and put more money in my state owned bank, i am in need a new boat this year sucker.

  • DisgustedInMichigan

    Hope you all are joining the #RenewUI #TwitterBomb Monday !! Going on now, where they can hear us!!!! Please join the #RenewUI TwitterBomb ..this is your JOB for today & week!!

  • theesenuts

    Boehner should be arrested for being an a$$.cant wait to November im voting all dem and telling everyone I know to vote all dem even if I have to pay them to.this guy needs to go the rich never care about the poor and never will how you.they act like this is welfare no everyone worked for they money are they kidding me but yet they willing to give people welfare and pay them 68$ every two weeks/ and want them to work for it. this country is crazy we need to reform the whole goverment

    • DJMiles

      Why do so many of you wast your time posting about how your gonna vote Democrat in November?Do some research the Republicans hold a 37 seat majority in the house and most the Republicans are running uncontested including John Boehner ….Democrats have 0% chance of gaining the house majority.The Senate is the only race that matters this November where Democrats are behind in the polls and are likely to lose the Majority and after they used the unemployed for political gain I hope they do get voted out.

  • KDuluth

    good reporting

  • Inez Panicoe

    Doing nothing is not an agenda – it’s a disgrace.”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Santiago Alemedia

    Separating the estimated 8 million illegals from working jobs they have stolen and punishing employers who hire illegals would allow more Americans and legal immigrants to find jobs and not have to rely on unemployment. But in the democrats’ world, that would be impolite, even though it is right and would work. Reducing, and not increasing the number of foreign workers that can be imported into the US would also raise wages for legal workers already in the US. But again, doing the right thing might offend a few illegals, so don’t even consider that!

  • Annoyed mamma

    why cant Obama as president just approve it?

    • DerekJR321

      That’s not how it works unfortunately. I wish it were that simple.

    • DJMiles

      He could easily approve it by making a phone call to Boehner and discussing a compromise but he has yet to take the time to call…He did call Eric Cantor of the vacation to discuss a way forward on Immigration reform but nothing about unemployment.

  • dah100

    Congress!!!!……………. Pass HR4415 !!!!!!
    People are at their limits…and are approaching foreclosures and welfare FAST !!! Welfare is not the solution for god sakes !!!!
    People are looking for work with no success!!! Still in DEPRESSION not Recession !!

    Pass HR 4415 starting extension for all still unemployed for 5 to 6 more months!!!
    Not Retroactive to January 1st 2013……Make it simple! can’t people in Congress
    make a dam decision and make it simple?
    Give us a chance to find these dam jobs???

    • Shizue Leigh Hicks

      dah100, makes you wonder if anybody knows we’re out here. 3.7 million long-term unemployed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics last count through the end of March.

      I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and I know by my workshops (the over-50 employment workshops), I know there are plenty of us out there in my little county north of San Francisco.

      I’m 61 and there are more than 50 of us who meet regularly and most of us identify ourselves as having been unemployed longer than 27 weeks. That’s the criteria for being a long-term unemployed person.

      Nationally, collectively, there are 3.7 million of us. That’s the population of the state of Oklahoma. That seems like plenty of people to me, but somehow, in the course of a day’s work on Capitol Hill, we’re negligible and easy to dismiss.

      Someone who is more savvy on these matters, please tell me why JOHN BOEHNER has the final say as to whether or not people receive UI Extended Benefits so they and their children won’t be evicted or go hungry, or get so desperate that the contemplate suicide?

      dah100, please tell me how did the fate of so many wind up n the hands of JOHN BOEHNER, an arrogant, blubbering drunk? I’m forever in the dark over this one puzzle!

  • Johnny Medina

    my thinking is this……..if you vote republican, are out of unemployment and still plan to vote republican if they don’t even bring it to a vote, then you deserve to be without. The only party holding this up is the GOP. TAKE when Bush was president, they extended unemployment and they passed stimulus and you never heard republicans crowing about pay-fors for any of it. But now that a democrat is in the white house, everything needs to be paid for. They didnt pay for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, they didnt pay for the PDP, they cut taxes at the same time to give us even LESS money with which to run the government and they want to blame Obama for it all. The bottom line is this, if Boehner brings it up for a vote, it will pass. The only way it isn’t getting extended if it is never even brought up for a vote

    • DerekJR321

      I will NEVER vote for another Republican again if this does not pass. I don’t care if the opposition is the devil himself. NEVER AGAIN.

      • Johnny Medina

        I had already decided that when I saw all the blocking they had done with all of Obama’s policies. They are voting against the greater good of the country over their own partisan beliefs…I think it is sad that they will not compromise on anything and would rather do nothing than give Obama a win on ANYTHING…..makes me sick to think about it

  • John Carmiche

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid launched a new assault on the Koch brothers, blaming them for House Republicans’ not passing an extension of unemployment benefits, a minimum wage hike or other parts of the Democratic agenda.

    “Their billionaire sugar-daddies aren’t interested in helping middle class Americans get a fair shot. Charles and David Koch aren’t concerned with the long-term unemployed families, and so the Republicans that they sponsor in the House of Representatives are content to do nothing for the long-term unemployed,” Reid said, renewing his barrage against the wealthy businessmen and donors to a variety of conservative causes.

  • meechworldpeace

    I can’t believe this is How Americans are treated… Like “hostages” or for ransom by the Republicans

  • DerekJR321

    Yup. I said the same thing. This pathetic leech is going to drag it out until mid-week and then say “well it’s too late now”.

    • DJMiles

      John Boehner is still waiting on Obama to offer something that will create jobs….The reason for that is because the Senate refuses to allow vote on a single jobs bill that the house passed many of witch had the support of house Democrats.

  • StefsterNYC

    It’s a shame it’s come to this. EUI needs to be reinstated and reinstated now. Millions are suffering. How we, as Americans can sit there and watch this happen is beyond me. We need to vote people like Boehner out of office. No matter how much money the Koch brothers throw in the ring.

    • Aces High

      I agree, but an orchestra can be heard a great farther distance then one man/woman singing. I urge you to contact your congressman and express your views. I just received an e-mail back from my state senator offering his full support to get this bill passed…there is strength in numbers..thank you for your support. WE CAN DO THIS !!!

      • StefsterNYC

        I already do that and have done it. As well as signed Obama’s dealio. Not much more I can do. As an attorney I hope to some day impeach Bonehead. Err I mean Boehner LOL

    • DJMiles

      John Boehner is running uncontested so has a 100% chance of being re elected….Also the unemployed make up only a very small percentage of the over 300 million people in the US and many Americans who are not unemployed feel the #1 problem in America today is the lack of jobs therfore do not feel that by John Boehner insisting that another extension of unemployment should also contain 1 of the 43 job creation measures that house Republicans and Democrats had passed but never allowed vote in the Senate.

      • david vitrogen

        1) How do you know he is going to be uncontested?

        2) Now yes 3 million might be a small percentage but it is a lot of voters. Now include those indirectly effected such as friends and family etc. Boehner may not be aware that every vote counts but he will find out. Why do you think day by day we see more republicans jumping ship and supporting EUC? It is because the smart ones are actually listening to their constituents.

        3) The current bill passed by the senate is bipartisan, has public support, met Boehner’s “vague” demands, and has support of the white house. For him not to allow a vote is nothing less then obstruction of democracy and like the gov. shutdown, most voters will not forget.

        4) As far as these so called “job creation” measures…have you had a look at them? I have. Reminds me of the same thing they did during the Bush era. And what did that do? Well yes the top 1% did and are doing better then ever. The rest of us got massive layoffs, cut hours, cut pay and benefits and lost homes. It is those failed policies that got us into this mess.

        Now if Boehner and others who oppose extending EUC could make a good case that now is the time to totally cut it all….let us hear it. All I hear is they are fine with it as long as the Dems give into unreasonable demands.None of this is the fault of the laid off workers yet Boehner is dumping the burdon right onto their backs.

        • DJMiles

          Because the primary in his district is in 1 1/2 weeks and there is nobody running that even cones close to him in the polls…If fact the top contender has only $2,000 raised compared to Boehner 1 million…
          I understand theirs 2.5 million people needing this extension I’m 1 of them but you have to understand that we could only vote for Representatives in our district so when you break that down into 100′s of districts it’s not a lot for example my district has over 550,000 people in it and not sure how many cut of from euc now but in December it was 5,000 And if you look at the last midterm election the Representative won by over 65,000 votes so if 1/2 the 5,000 show up to vote it would have no effect at all.
          And yes I had a look at them and see many that are good and house Democrats liked them as well but truthfully It don’t matter if I think they are good or not because If it means unemployment is extended then I say attach as many of them as they want.

          • david vitrogen

            It is only April.The elections are in November. Most polls actually show Boehner has horrible approval ratings. I also was pretty sure the entire state votes for their representatives..not just the district.

            As far as which jobs bills are good please post ONE single one that you think is good, If the senate is sitting on them just for spite I would like confirmation of this as if that is the case they are no better then Boehner. I mean if you look at history since 2002 during Bush, EUC was voted on and extended many many times….and every single time the vast majority of the republicans in the house and senate supported it with no unreasonable demands. Now that we have Obama it seems suddenly they don;t support the working class. The hypocrisy and spite is so transparent I don’t see how someone like Boehner could possibly win a reflection running against a dem of another repub.

          • DJMiles

            No the entire state votes for Senators not House Representatives only their district could vote for them and Boehner is the only contender in his district.And yes the Bi partisan extension the Senate passed only finally passed because the Republicans were tired of the political games and authored their own 5 month extension.If you Remember before the authored it Reid was going to again use the unemployed with the 6 month extension paid for by using the savings from the farm bill knowing that house Republicans have refused to allow those savings be used on any bills so really Thank Dean Heller and the other 4 co sponcers.
            We had obama the last 10 times euc has been extended some years its been extended 4 times once every 3 months so that is not the reason…
            This year the Democrats decided to use the unemployed,Min wage,Equality,Vetrans and Immigration as capmpaign issues to gain would be Republican voters.
            so the Unemployment extension was not included into the 2014 budget like in previous years.

      • StefsterNYC

        Boehner can actually be impeached with a majority vote in Congress. There is, if I’m not mistaken, a plan in the works to make that happen now. However, the majority happens to be the Republicans so that’s not going to be an easy feat.

        If the Dems take the majority in the next elections then you could definitely see something happen like that. That’s why it’s so important to vote.

        I love practicing law but am definitely thinking of following in my grandfather’s footsteps and running for office. We’ll see.

        • DJMiles

          Again the Democrats have 0 chance of taking the majority infact Obama himself is urging campaign donors to donate to the Senate Democrats instead.

          • StefsterNYC

            LOL you of ye little faith. Wait and see. The House will change drastically. You wait and see.

          • DJMiles

            Let’s hope the the author of the extension Senator Dean Heller makes progress today at his meeting with Boehner.

    • DJMiles

      theirs still hope tomorrow debate on the tax extenders begins in the house witch are $85 billion dollar tax breaks for big companies so if the Democrats want to extend unemployment they could not allow vote on the tax extenders in the senate until Boehner allows vote on unemployment or compromise and attach the 2….Also the president could refuse to sign the tax extenders if no deal is reached on unemployment.

  • DJMiles

    Not sure where your getting your info from but it’s far from the truth.Nobody has ever said that the unemployment extension will only be approved if Keystone pipeline is approved.And no the Senate did not send a bill that meets Boehner demands.John Boehner has said since December when the Democrats didn’t include the unemployment extension in the budget that he would only still consider a bill that’s paid for and contains a measure that creates jobs and tho Dozens of Senate Republicans tried to get 1 of the 43 Jobs bills attached to the unemployment bill the Democrats blocked their efforts and sent a bill over to the house knowing that it would not be brought up for vote.

    • david vitrogen

      I am getting my info from reality and what anybody but an ignorant fool knows. And this is not so much about getting the extension “approved” by him, but allowing a vote which is allowing democracy. He has turned an emergency bill into a bargaining chip and the ones paying the price are those actually looking for work who were laid off by no fault of their own.

      As far as the bipartisan senate bill according to the non partisan CBO it will create 200,000+ jobs. That to most normal people would be “job creation”. Now as far as his current demand which he was quoted as saying recently “measures to get the economy running again” that is a heavy burden to pull on us right now. This entire do nothing congress should have been focusing on this as priority since 2001 and they failed us. Oh yes that had some “policies” and measures such as these so call “jobs bills” sitting in the senate but have you read them? If you did you would note they are the same failed measures that got us into this mess back during the Bush years.

      If Boehner really cared he would get this bill to a vote and support it FIRST….THEN make this so called “job creation” and “getting the economy running again” top priority so there will be no more need to vote for extensions anymore. I mean he is in a pretty powerful position as speaker of the house..maybe it is time he actually did something rather then do nothing and dump the burden on those who have no control over it.

      And by job creation and getting the economy going is going to take a lot more then what he wants….which is a pipeline, more tax breaks for the rich including outsourcing and subsidies, and obamacare repeals. Yes go ahead…explain to me like I am a 6 year old how any of that will do squat for the job crisis. And no fox news sock puppet propaganda…..link me to some empirical data please.

  • Frank

    Any voters reading this from Ohio? As you already may know, Boehner is running in a primary election on May 6th and has some stiff competition. You have the opportunity and the power to FIRE Boehner. From what I have read he is not a shoe in. Get out and vote! Your vote does make a difference. The Tea Party is backing his competition which still does not make me happy but Boehner has got to go.

  • Gary Camden

    Is this not an issue that would allow President Obama to issue the Executive Order? If he can and did, it would be the boldest and thing he has done while in office. I believe many republicans including myself would applaud this, if not openly.
    If he has the power, he needs to do it tomorrow.

    • DJMiles

      He cant even make a phone call to see what it is John Boehner would see as acceptable in order to pass the unemployment bill.

  • Gary Camden

    And please all you constituents that are in Boehner’s district, please vote for one of the three Republican candidates running against him. We plan on doing the same against Cruz and Cornyn here in Texas. No matter if you have been a liberal or conservative your entire life, you cannot let them just put us on the streets after we voted for them. Good luck guys. And Cruz, you can forget the Oval office if it was ever one of your goals.

  • DJMiles

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/12/1262327/-Only-32-Democrats-Vote-Against-Budget-Detal-That-Screws-Federal-Workers-and-the-Unemployed#

    Anyone who believes that the Democrats and Obama want unemployment extended should do some reading.

    • david vitrogen

      You don’t have to read articles. You just need to look at who voted “yes” for it…and who voted “no”. And now that it passed the senate all you need to look at is who is blocking the vote. Once we get a vote then we will see who supports it or not in the house. As far as the President it is common knowledge he is waiting for a bill to sign. Not much more he could do but I would not mind if he was a little more vocal and started some serious republican bashing already.

      • DJMiles

        You are a perfect example of why 4 months after the Democrats allowed unemployment to expire we are all still here waiting…
        Both in January and Febuary the Democrats refused to allow debate on the bills,Turned down common sence proposals like banning people from collecting euc and unemployment at the same time it was take it as it is and Republicans were forced to vote no…They did however make 2 counter offers in Febuary for 6 month extensions paid for using the same way as Dems proposed nothing attached other then the Vetrans Cola bill
        .Democrats refused their counter offers unemployment failed and cola passed 4 days later 93-03 so clearly the Democrats are just using the unemployed for polititical gain but cant blam them because its working because people like you who dont look into the issues are claiming ur gonna run to the polls and give them a vote….hopefully you have a job by then to buy gas to get to the polls because as long as morons like yourself keep on promising the Democrats a vote they are not going to do anything to find a compromise…
        The president will be waiting forever to sign a bill because John Boehner is waiting on him since December and the only thing Obama has done was sent a tweet saying congress should extend unemployment.

    • david vitrogen

      Also for that article to have any merit, it would be nice to know what exactly was being “negotiated” in exchange for EUC. Until we know that….and no one seems to, I can not hold the Dems totally responsible for it not making it into the budget deal. It is plain as the nose on anyones face who is supporting emergency extensions and who is not. And ironically most of those that oppose it are only doing so to see what they can extort out of it for big oil and their rich cronies. No one seems to have empathy for the laid off workers that are dealing with this economy and job market. Even if some can take a major pay cut if they qualify for a job it takes time to adjust to it..like maybe having to downgrade cars and homes etc.

      Granted no one should be forced to take a 90% pay cut these days it seems the only thing the republicans support are measures that help the mega rich. Well during Bush they had no problem granted extension after extension even when the long term rate was about 1/2 what it is now…but hypocrisy is what it is.

      • mrmano_0

        This person DJmiles is a shill for the Republican party or the Keystone XL pipeline.

        • david vitrogen

          Not so sure. I think he is just a very misinformed troll. A dime a dozen.

          • DJMiles

            Not misinformed at all….the unemployed who have been praising the Democrats for 4 long months after they didnt put a extension in the budget are misformed.

        • DJMiles

          Im a Democrat hoping that Hillary runs in 2016 so things could beigin to get back to normal.

  • Gary Donofrio

    I can Not believe how they toyed with the Americans waiting for approval and reports have it they have passed approval to extend BENEFITS to the 2.3 million in total hardship. The games they play are heartless. Remember to vote properly!! Remember there last recess of two weeks and No negotiations as to the unemployment issue. Boehner should be ________. You fill in the last word!!

  • BOB

    get it done…… or get fired / voted out asap

  • mrmano_0

    Make no mistake. Republicans are ENTIRELY to blame for this Emergency Unemployment Extension mess. ENTIRELY!

    Republicans DO NOT want to compromise. They want to obstruct, and lie and drive up the debt.

    They want to defund the ACA, which they will no doubt vote on AGAIN during this short session in May (while NOT voting on an EUC extension).

    They want to build the Keystone XL pipeline and continue to lie about the number of jobs that will be created.

    They want to deregulate industry and continue to lie about the magical number of low wage, environmentally detrimental jobs that will be created.

    Republicans want to destroy an American way of life that this country has enjoyed for nearly one hundred years.

  • DJMiles

    If anyone wants Unemployment Extended please call the White House at: 202-456-1111 and Demand Obama find a compromise with Boehner.

    Those who dont need unemployment extended could keep on posting about how your going to vote in November.

    • david vitrogen

      I called Obama. I got Michelle on the phone. Nice lady. Says she and her hubby have already told congress to get this done over and over and had talks with Boehner. Obama said he is willing to compromise once Boehner tells him what it would take to get the bill to a vote. So far he has not received a response. But meh look at the bright side. All the employers can now get skilled, experienced, loyal workers for pennies on the dollar. Well a bright side for the rich. For the rest of us not so much.

      • DJMiles

        He should let Jay Carney know that then because when asked on Friday he stated Obama has not contacted Boehner nor does he plan on it.Boehners office stated the same havernt heard from the white house at all…you could make up lies all you want this really isnt about who people should vote for in November….2.5 million people have had 0 income for 4 months and if they dont start pushing Obama to work out a compromise they will be waiting anouther 4 months.

  • DJMiles

    Make no mistake. Democrats are ENTIRELY to blame for this Emergency Unemployment Extension mess. ENTIRELY!

    Only 32 Democrats Vote Against Budget Deal That Screws Federal Workers and the Unemployed http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/12/1262327/-Only-32-Democrats-Vote-Against-Budget-Detal-That-Screws-Federal-Workers-and-the-Unemployed#

    Democrats DO NOT want to compromise. They want to obstruct, and lie and drive up the debt.

    They want to promote the ACA, which they will no doubt keep TALKING about during
    this short session in May (while NOT voting on an EUC extension).

    They want to build the Keystone XL pipeline and continue to lie about the number of jobs that will be created.

    They
    want to deregulate industry and continue to lie about the magical
    number of low wage, environmentally detrimental jobs that will be
    created.

    Democrats want to destroy an American way of life that this country has enjoyed for nearly one hundred years.

    • david vitrogen

      What are the republicans going to run on? It seems all they have is anti-obamacare propaganda. Let us see how that pans out for them come election time. As far as the Keystone pipeline and deregulations that not only are dangerous to the environment but will kick indigenous people off their land…that is ALL a republican thing. Do the research and you will see who is lying. And do not listen to fox news or that liar Hannity..it is all 100% BS.

      The pipeline will do NOTHING to benefit America heck it is not even our oil but Canada’s dirty tar sand crap that will be going to other countries. As far as how many jobs it creates neither sides numbers show it would even make a scratch in the unemployment issue we have. MAybe a bunch of local welders and pipe fitters, rig drivers and those qualified to operate heavy industrial machinery will have a shot at a temp job. Yes..they are TEMP jobs. Any grunt work that actually pays will have a waiting list of thousands and it is not like they just hire anyone who shows up. Not to mention the rents in these “oil boom” towns in the middle of bumfuct typically charge $600 a week for a one bedroom. Not a misprint…that is a WEEK. Odd that hannity and the rest of the fox news sock puppets never mention that or ask the tough questions.

      • DJMiles

        Im not a Republican but if I was to guess they will run on the same thing that won them the huge majority in the house and thats Obama’s failed 6 years…
        *gas prices 96% higher then Bush
        *Inflation up 66% (higher then last 4 presidents combined.
        *Unemployment at highest since WW2 with only 54% of working age americans employed.
        *Personal Debt up 89%
        *National debt up 77% expected to double that by 2016
        *Household incomes down 2.9%
        The list goes on so Im sure they will have alot to run on in November….Keep in mind their is nobody intelligent that believes Obama is doing a good job his poll numbers are less the 1/2 of Bush when he left office.

        • david vitrogen

          You are making stuff up again and it is not going to work here. Gas prices are NOT higher then with Bush. Prices fluctuate regardless of who is president and is dependant on Global demand. But if you are going to pull that card consider that when President George W. Bush took office, gas prices averaged $1.45 per gallon. Throughout his eight years in office, the national average to $4.12 per gallon by the summer of 2008, according to GasBuddy.com statistics.

          As far as this 66% inflation number where are you getting that from other then out of your butt? Inflation like the economy is pretty stagnant.

          The root cause of all the problems you are listing is a direct result of the great recession left to us by GW Bush and the republicans failed economic policies. For example..Deregulated Wall Street, Cut Taxes For The Wealthy, Ran Up A Tab On Two Wars, Left Homeowners In A Lurch, and Weakened Workers. You or anyone else can google this if you need further proof. Otherwise just say the word and I will google it for you.

          • DJMiles

            http://cnsnews.com/news/article/price-gallon-gas-96-under-obama
            Read it for yourself or if you want other sources just google Obama gas prices…
            I post nothing that is not true and I encourage you to look anything up you think is inaccurate.
            Inflation is up 66% and if you havent noticed that the prices of everything you buy are alot higher then in 2008 then I cant help you because thats something everyone is complaining about.

          • david vitrogen

            I already looked it up. You are dead wrong almost to the point of outright lying. If you think things are too expensive go to the freaking dollar store. I happen to be in business and notice prices are going down as the market is extremely competitive right now. So if you have evidence of what went up 66% please post what that is. I am not going to do research to try to prove your points….that is your job to prove you are not full of crap if posting crap. And as I stated earlier the president does not control gas prices, global demand does. But regardless you want to push this pointless issue but yet try to ignore that during Bush gas prices rose from $1.45 to $4.12 after his eight years. Why won’t you address that? Oh I know why…because it proves again you are getting your information from your buttocks.

          • DJMiles

            Well beleive what ever you wish the facts are out their and people who want to know could easily just look it up….What more evidence do you want? I posted a link and said if you want more sources just google it….Im not gonna post instructions on how to search the internet.

          • david vitrogen

            I am not asking you how to search the internet., I am asking you to back your baseless assertion of 66% inflation. The link you left is some kind of bogus nonsense you cherry picked even if the president had anything to do with gas prices. If the president had any real control over this why didn’t Bush do something when he started with gas at $1.42 a gallon and left us with gas at $4.12 a gallon by the end of his term? Either he could have done something but didn’t, or he has no control over global demand. You can;t have it both ways. Pick one, or the other and explain.

          • DJMiles
          • mrmano_0

            The average price for gasoline has zoomed up and down several times under Obama, but it NEVER REACHED THE RECORD $4.11 SET IN JULY 2008 UNDER BUSH.

            The highest price posted under Obama was $3.97 in the week ending May 9, 2011. The most recent price is, however, still 82 percent higher than the unusually low average of $1.85 for the week just before Obama first took office, when a worldwide recession was pushing down demand. And it’s 2 percent higher than it was when Obama began his second term in January.

            http://www.factcheck.org/2013/10/obamas-numbers-october-update/

  • mrmano_0

    Harry Truman said it in October 1948 and it’s still true today.

    Republicans
    “They think the American standard of living is a fine thing — so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people.

    And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. ”

    The Republican party is America’s greatest threat foreign or domestic.

    • Shizue Leigh Hicks

      Thank you very much, mrmano_0, for reminding us all about President Truman’s perceptive words.

  • mrmano_0

    Republicans are at war with the People of the United States of America.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/02/07/1275866/-Robert-Reich-The-War-on-the-Poor-and-Working-Families

  • DJMiles
    • erick

      The financial class is at war with the working class. It is time to throw the money lenders out of the temple of our society. The financial class worships the false god if finance, which is a cruel and unjust god.

  • david vitrogen

    Republicans are at WAR against the American workers…..

    “But let’s be honest. If the Republican Party had its way, there would be no NLRB, no OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), and, very likely, no Department of Labor. What prevented the elimination of those agencies was America’s political landscape. Those agencies were viewed as overwhelmingly beneficial. But, alas, the contour of the landscape has changed.”

    http://dissidentvoice.org/2011/12/republican-party-war-on-working-class/

    Everything the republicans do (if anything) is a DIRECT assault on the working class.

  • Debra Rodriguez

    I am Republican, but I want John Boehner out. He really doesn’t care about the little people. He cares about his own pocket. Being unemployed for nine months, no income and at the end of my rope, just listening to what goes on there turns my stomach. He needs to come down off his his horse and see how we have to deal with no money and no way to pay bills, rent or gas and take away his luxuries for a week and see how far he gets.

  • Vegas Home Sellers

    What did they do about this http://tinyurl.com/lbaam6c

    • DerekJR321

      Screw you and your stupid spam for your terrible site.

  • DJMiles

    Emergency unemployment has expired 4 months ago and all the President could do is send a tweet saying Congress should extend unemployment…
    Their is 43 house passed jobs bills sitting in the Senate awaiting vote many of witch had the votes of house Democrats it will only take attaching 1 of those 43 to the Republican authored 5 month unemployment extension to end this long delay in benefits.We need to call the white house and demand the President allow this to happend or we will be waiting anouther 4 months.

  • DJMiles

    Tomorrow the house begins working on the tax extenders witch cost us $85,000,000,000 to give tax breaks for compaines who relocate outside the US aswell as breaks for many of the most profitable compainies in the US like GE…
    As a few of you may know in order for this bill to pass it must first pass the Republican controlled House the The Senate where the Democrats how the majority and also the option of not allowing the extenders to be voted on.Also the tax extenders bill would need to be signed by the President so what does all this mean?
    This is going to determine if the Democrats want to extend Unemployment or not….Senate Democrats could easily refuse to allow vote on the tax extenders unless Bohner allows vote on the unemployment Extension or attaches the extenders to the EUC bill.Obama whos #1 priority is extending unemployment could also refuse to sign the bill unless Boehner allows a vote on Unemployment so those of you waiting for the last 4 months pay attention to what happends and see for yourself if the Democrats really want to extend unemployment.

  • david vitrogen

    REALITY CHECK…….

    Anyone feebly attempting to blame the Dems or Obama for this EUC mess is either a troll. shill or severely misinformed. Allow me to make my case….

    1st off the republican filibuster that held the bill up in the senate was due to Mcconnell, the senate minority leader. He was trying to extort Obamacare repeals out of the bill and at the same time calling the long term unemployed lazy leeches. As well out of one side of their lying hypocritical mouths they say the economy has improved enough where we no longer need EUC, but out of the other side of their mouths say the job crisis is all Obamas fault. They want it both ways and that is not cutting it. Either they make a case that EUC is no longer needed, or get it done without extortion and holding it hostage.

    Now let’s review the historical data that is irrefutable….The republicans overwhelming supported extending EUC many times throughout Bushes term from 2002 until 2008. They did not try to extort anything out of it such as pipe lines or even pay fors 3 times and they voted yes for it by a huge percentage, sometime unanimous.. Now that we have a half negro president they deicide even though the long term unemployment rate is around twice what it was when they voted yes during Bush… they decided to cut it all unless the Dems give into “demands”. Now don;t ask me but ask yourselves with an open mind…why are they doing this now?

  • mrmano_0

    I would like for someone to list a single Republican jobs bill and what it proposes to do about jobs.

    The Democratic jobs plan is estimated to create 1-2 million jobs. With the added benefit of rebuilding America’s aging infrastructure.

    The CBO says that the Democrats jobs plan for America it WILL reduce the deficit by 3-6 billion dollars over 10 years.

    http://www.cbo.gov/publication/42533

    • david vitrogen

      There is no such thing as a republican jobs bill that creates jobs. We all saw the results of that during the Bush era and are still paying dearly for it.

    • DJMiles

      Keystone Pipeline 42,000 shovel ready jobs.

      • david vitrogen

        Uh..not quite. Most of those TEMP jobs are localized and specialized such as welders, pipe fitters, truck drivers and heavy machinery operators. Out of the current 3 million long term unemployed not counted the additional 70,000 or so per week 42,000 temp jobs is about a half a week worth of unemployed if they happen to be near the pipe line, can afford $600 a week per room, and have specialized skills. Any “shovel” jobs there if it actually pays well will be extremely tough to get and by the time these jobs are available it will be way too late for many. They need to get this vote done, pass it and THEN focus on real long term job creation and to STOP encouraging outsourcing. What they need to do is have a bill that penalizes any company that outsources during a recession recovery period, and give tax breaks to the ones the don;t. OH wait…the Dems tried to do that and it was rejected by guess who??? And now they expect a vote to encourage outsourcing. This is a freaking joke. Republicans need to be publically tared and feathered like how we handles those who conducted treason in the good old days.

    • mrmano_0

      The Keystone pipeline job numbers are highly exaggerated. basically another Republican lie.

      Facts about Keystone XL

      50% or more of the steel pipe, the main material input used for Keystone XL, will be manufactured outside of the U.S.
      Jobs will be temporary and between 85-90% of the people hired to do the work will be non-local or from out of state.
      The Perryman study, which estimates around 119,000 (direct, indirect and induced) jobs is a poorly documented study commissioned by TransCanada.
      Job losses would be caused by additional fuel costs in the Midwest, pipeline spills, pollution and the rising costs of climate change. Even one year of fuel price increases as a result of Keystone XL could cancel out some or all of the jobs created by the project.
      http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/globallaborinstitute/research/keystonexl.html

    • DJMiles

      Forget about Jobs bills the Democrats and MR OBAMA have the tax extenders now to force the vote on unemployment.

  • DJMiles

    REALITY CHECK……..
    If the Democrats want Unemployment Extended then its going to happend very soon…. House begins voting on the Tax Extenders tomorrow witch Cost us $85 Billion dollars to give tax breaks to companies who relocate outside the US. These tax breaks are passed every 2 years and will pass again however the Democrats who control the Senate could refuse to allow vote on the tax extenders until Boehner allows a vote on EUC and the president could also refuse to sign the bill if a deal is not reached on unemployment! So those who are confident the Democrats and Obama want unemployment extended then take this as great news because after 4 long months its finally going to happen.

    • david vitrogen

      Anyone who supports a bill like that during this job crisis and the fact that extensions are done should be shot right in the face. If any Democrats support that measure I hope they can make a good case.

      • DJMiles

        Where have you been they are extended every 2 years and signed by the president.

  • katoya

    It’s time for Bohner to take a seat. Instead of working against Obama, he should try working with him. He is not hurting Obama but is hurting the millions of Americans that need this extension and pay raise. People are not just passing out jobs. Even if they are fortunate enough to get an interview most of them can’t get to the interview because they have no money for gas, car may have gotten repossessed, or no where to live to make self presentable to go to an interview. Bohner needs to try to help the American people and stop hurting them.

    • DJMiles

      Good Idea tell Obama to call Boehner and work out a compromise…..Thats may have more effect then his 1 tweet saying Congress should ectend unemployment.

  • david vitrogen

    YES AWESOME….THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE “CREATES” A WHOPPING 35 PERMANENT JOBS…..

    But at what cost and who does it really benefit?

    http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/feb/10/van-jones/cnns-van-jones-says-keystone-pipeline-only-creates/

    • DerekJR321

      Koch Brothers and their pipeline company. That’s it. Not the unemployed. It won’t lower gas prices. it won’t help anyone except them, and those in their pocket.

      • david vitrogen

        Correct.

  • mrmano_0

    Keystone XL is ANOTHER Republican LIE!!

    Republicans want to starve the wrong beast.

    Republicans want to destroy the federal government because the Feds regulate commerce and try to create a level playing field where they can.

    The beast we should be starving is the creature that funds lawmakers campaigns and makes it possible for only the wealthy to hold national office.

    • david vitrogen

      Agree. The republicans think “deregulation” is “job creation”. Tell that to all the people that lost their homes during the Bush era. Oh and also let us not forget how Bush weakened worker safety regulations and collective bargaining rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Department of Labor throughout his time in office. Today, corporations are back to making record profits, while workers’ incomes are falling.

    • david vitrogen

      The list of republican lies is seeming endless. For example this article ..http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/22/unemployment-extension_n_5192990.html?utm_hp_ref=politics which states “On Monday, White House spokesman Jay Carney called Boehner’s demands “an attempt to throw spaghetti against the wall on sort of ideological things that have nothing to do with making sure that these benefits get to the people who need them.”

      “More recent studies, however, have found that extensions of benefits have kept unemployed people from giving up their searches altogether. And some new research has found employers simply unwilling to hire anyone with long gaps in their resumes, even if they have the same qualifications as the short-term jobless.”

      As far as hypocrisy they have that one covered as well…for example Boehner wants ”new jobs” in America before he will allow a vote for EUC, but plans to vote “yes” to have jobs moved overseas.

      What else can you do but facepalm and take this into the voting booth?

  • jterranova86 .

    This is why the republican party will not sniff the white house for a long time. Its all personal grudges against the president. The working class is suffering because of this and as most of the comments on this site prove; there is a shift in voter sentiment when it comes to the republican party. The fact is we have a democrat in the white house and a GOP house and there has been no bipartisanship in 6 years of this presidency, and its clear to see that its the GOP led house that is stalling our country. I am not a republican but also not a liberal, i did not agree with all aspects of the affordable care act, however i do see the positives of having all of our citizens have health insurance, we will be a healthier country for it.

  • jaisingh

    The Republicans have a heavy dose coming for them in the next election. People and their children will not forget these exploitive people. I do not care for the Democrats either but I have no choice. It is my civic duty to vote and I will be forced to support the Democratic party, after all they are not as bad as these republicans.

    • david vitrogen

      Yep totally agree. It is a lessor of 2 evils kind of thing.. Which is the only reason I voted for Obama as well. I would prefer a 3rd party and am registered independent however not only do 3rd parties not make it far and cause a wasted vote, but they tend to be either too far left or too far right. We need a new party called the “centrist” party that actually has the welfare of “we the people” in its best interests such as is written in the preamble of the constitution. Until then we will suffer the status quo until we wake up but at least can use the one power we have left to get rid of the scummiest..the power of the vote.

  • Shizue Leigh Hicks

    Boehner Gets Weepy on “60 Minutes”

    That’s the title of a You Tube clip that will make you cringe — BIG TIME. It’s an interview with Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes from 2010. Considering how many lives he’s destroyed, well, all I can say is this clip is very CRINGE-WORTHY.

  • Emil Oshana

    i hate john boehner to death i really do i think he is cutting our throwt and our kids throwt

  • Tom Martin

    Why is my comment pending for approval by GOPpers ? AHA, another Boehner trick. I guess I’ll never understand how big brother really works. Goodnight everyone. Pray for congressional guidance from above.

  • DJMiles

    FINALLY UNEMPLOYMENT WILL BE EXTENDED THIS WEEK.
    As we all know President Obama and Democrats #1 priority is extending unemployment(dont let the 4 month wait fool you) But a way foward has finally been found!
    Dozens of recent news stories are reporting that Tomorrow the House will begin voting on the $85,000,000,000 Tax extenders witch are tax breaks for companies who relocate outside the US and tho you it may seem like these tax extenders should not be approved by congress they have consistently been every 2 years for the last several years.
    This gives Obama and Senate Democrats the perfect opportunity to force House Republicans into extending unemployment either as a stand alone bill or Attached to the Tax Extenders.If any of you remember when in 2010 unemployment was allowed to expire for 2 months before finally reaching a deal to attach the unemployment extension to the tax extenders….This is what we will see again! the House will pass these Tax Extenders quickly and then The Democrats who control the Senate will not allow a vote on them until Bohner passes the unemployment extension or attaches it to the Tax Extenders before sending it over to the Senate for final passage.Our President will also act on our behalf ensuring that the $85 Billion Dollar UN Paid for TAX EXTENDERS will not get signed by him without the $9 billion Dollar aid to Americans being part of the deal.
    So if your unemployed hang in their a few days this long wait is soon over.

    • DerekJR321

      I’m not holding my breath. Neither side cares about us.

      • DJMiles

        Trust me on this….2010 was exactly the same situation.

        • DerekJR321

          I hope your right. I can’t hold out much longer. Sometimes I wonder if a bullet would be better

          • DJMiles

            Go read up on the 2010 2 month delay of emergency unemployment witch ended by agreement to attach the tax extenders to the bill….what’s happening now is a exact repeat both were left out of the budget deal in December and now that unemployment is being held ransom again the house has decided to move on the tax extenders after many house Republicans suggested tying them to the unemployment extension…

          • david vitrogen

            Which house republicans suggested tying unemployment to the tax extenders, And has the president or any house democrats said they support this tax extenders? If so…why?

          • DJMiles

            http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=5cc597d4-7681-4d8e-8c6d-336e945871e2
            And yes Obama and the Democrats pass the tax extenders every 2 years since Bush was in office…In fact Harry Reid just stated that the Senate will also soon be voting on them.

          • DerekJR321

            That article is almost a month old. While I would certainly love to see it happen.. I have no faith in our government any more. They simply could care less about the unemployed and seem to be content to let us all disappear off the face of the earth.

          • DJMiles

            It’s actually from right before the 2 week vacation and I would assume their working on it now that their back….It’s finally a sign of hope at least since the tax extenders were what got the 2010 extension passed after a 2 month lapse. ..Everyone on here seems to believe that Obama and the Democrats are fighting for the unemployment extension so I couldn’t imagine that they would allow $85,000,000,000 in tax breaks for companies to move over sees without demanding what many Republicans are suggesting attaching the 2 .Also Harry Reid recently announced that the Senate will be voting on these tax extenders soon and since for some crazy reason these tax breaks are considered to create jobs according to Republicans and Democrats they would certainly count as a job creation measure like Boehner is demanding. ..So we have to watch and see what happens and if Obama and the Democrats do attempt to allow these to pass without the unemployment extension attached then we will at least know that they had never wanted to extend unemployment from the beginning and their definitely will be no chance of EUC ever being extended.

          • DJMiles

            If your that clueless and don’t know that the tax extenders have been signed by the President every 2 years since the day he moved into office then I can’t help you…Their is thousands of articles from the last 6 years all explain what they are and that they are passed every 2 years by both the Republicans and the Democrats….

          • david vitrogen

            You didn;t answer my question and have provided no supporting evidence whatsoever that this will have anything to do with extensions. Hence another EPIC fail post from you..and again…dismissed.

          • DJMiles

            GOOGLE search tax extenders and read for yourself….No bill becomes law without being passed in the house and Senate then approved by the President. …If your not even aware that Obama has been giving these breaks for years then you should not be on here posting anything good about him….He ran our country into the ground even sold the internet.

          • DJMiles

            Same way they did in 2010…The Democrats control the Senate and Obama has to sign the bills and they will not spend $85,000,000,000 on tax breaks to wealthy corporations with out also helping the unemployed they wouldn’t in 2010 and they will not now…It would be political suicide for both parties if they did that…Also Dean Heller and Harry Reid both talked about combing the bills since the tax extenders are considered as job creation for the company’s here in the us like GE.

          • DJMiles
          • DJMiles
        • david vitrogen

          Well it was the same in the sense they let it lapse. And it was also the same that the republicans were trying to extort something out of it. But it was not this “tax extenders” deal….read and learn…

          Democrats argued that emergency benefits have never been paid for — even during the Reagan administration — and accused Republicans of trying to undermine public faith in the Obama administration.

          “They’ll say it’s because of the deficit. But in reality, they’re simply trying to make this president fail at any cost,” said Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), who accused the GOP of trying to “infect” voters with “fiscal fear.”

          “The Republican leadership in Congress has decided that the way to get the White House back is by denying unemployment benefits to people who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own and show them that this government doesn’t work,” he said.

          The extension was first introduced in a nearly $200 billion package of economic measures sought by the Obama administration, including fresh aid to state governments and extended health insurance subsidies for the unemployed. Republicans blasted the spending plan, and conservative Democrats revolted, demanding that the package be scaled back.

          Democratic leaders spent the next two months tossing various items overboard until nothing was left but the least controversial bit of spending: income support for unemployed workers. Democrats downsized even that program, dropping a $25-a-week bonus for all jobless workers that had been enacted under last year’s stimulus package.

          Even as the House approved the jobless bill, the Senate was wrestling with what may be the final item on the president’s economic agenda for this year — a package of small-business tax incentives.

          Late Thursday, the Senate approved a provision that lies at the heart of the package — a $30 billion fund to increase small-business lending. The measure passed 60-39, as Republicans George V. Voinovich (Ohio) and George S. LeMieux (Fla.) voted with the Democratic caucus in favor of the fund.

    • david vitrogen

      Total fail post again, And EUC will most likey FAIL thanks to the repugnads…. read and enjoy…

      As politicians return to Washington on Monday, leadership in the House of Representatives has the ability to bring the extension of emergency unemployment compensation to the floor for a vote. The benefits would assist more than 2.5 million Americans who are actively looking for jobs but are unable to find them in a rough job market.

      But Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is unlikely to bring the bill to the floor. While speaking to an audience after the Senate passed a bill to extend the EUC program, Boehner insisted that a new proposal be brought forward. Essentially, he told the Senate to start over. He also echoed previous comments that the package must be paid for (it is) and insisted that it include “things that would help get our economy moving” (without the bill’s passage, 240,000 jobs could be lost). Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) are reportedly planning to meet with Boehner to discuss the bill.

      So what legislation will the House be working on next week?

      Tax extenders. An expensive collection of tax give-aways that overwhelmingly benefit corporations is expected to be the first matter of business for the House on Tuesday. These tax breaks include incentives for corporations to move profits and jobs overseas. Included in this package is the “GE Loophole,” which helped General Electric – a household name in the United States – to avoid paying taxes on$27.5 billion in profits between 2008 and 2012 by moving profits offshore.

      The House majority seems more than willing to extend a helping hand to corporations, whose profits are at all-time highs, but for working families, House leadership continues to deliberately delay and obstruct needed assistance.

      http://www.foreffectivegov.org/node/13026

      • GT Senior

        Yes, I agree, it will pass without no problems, because the big corporations have the money they need to run their campaigns. They don’t need to negotiate. Just like the Doc Fix. They say it give corporations more money to expand and create more jobs. And to tie it onto small tax benefits to the working class and nonprofit. If you compare the percentage of new jobs created to the percentage of increase in business profits/share holder profits, it doesn’t take a fool to see it isn’t working. The US is a greedy country, and those that have and have no conscious now take from those that have not.

  • mrmano_0

    Republicans refuse a straight vote on the emergency unemployment extension.

    Americans need to straight vote Republicans out of office.

    • david vitrogen

      That is the truth. They had no problem making straight votes while Bush was in office. But some of these conservatives are old scumbag racists who have it out for Obama only because he is half negro.

      Anyone with even the slightest bit of intelligence knows if not for McConnell and his senate filibuster, and had we been blessed with a democrat house speaker, this EUC would have been reinstated months ago.

      • mrmano_0

        Nor did Republicans in the House have a problem holding a secret voice vote to pass the medicare doc fix paying medicare docs more taxpayer money with NO offsets.

        • david vitrogen

          Well the republicans have a history…especially recent ones…..let;s review in a nutshell…

          According to the Bush Administration’s own records, when Bush was elected in 2000, he inherited a federal budget surplus of $236 billion from the Clinton Administration.

          But in 2008, after eight years of George W. Bush, the federal budget deficit soared to $454.8 billion almost triple the $161.5 billion recorded in fiscal year 2007.

          How did Bush squander the huge budget surplus, when he had a Republican controlled House and a Republican controlled Senate?

          Bush Republicans abandoned three key conservative principles: a balanced budget, a strong military, and service to country. Instead Republicans implemented several other conservative ideas, including lower taxes for the rich and deregulation of the financial industry. The result was a fiscal disaster.

          The first to go was the call to make sacrifices for your country. After the 9/11 attacks, the entire country was united behind the President. But instead of asking Americans to make sacrifices for their country in a time of war, Bush told us to go on vacation.

          Instead of asking Americans to pay higher taxes to pay for the War On Terror, Bush threw away the balanced budget and choose to borrow money instead. Americans understood why taxes needed to be raised for the war effort, but Bush and the Republicans didn’t.

          Republicans thought that holding down taxes was more important than paying for the war. Republicans thought that lowering taxes on the wealthy and deregulating the financial industry would spark the economy.

          Exactly the opposite happened. The wheels came off.

          Why would you ever vote for a Republican again? The Republicans are the ones who got us into this mess. Why would you trust them to get us out of it?

          • DJMiles

            Today under Obama it’s 7 trillion and expected to double that before he leaves office.

          • david vitrogen

            Why don’t you post where all that money is going and why? I will wait here.

          • DJMiles

            For that you will need to ask Obama….just recently we spent 30 million on Facebook likes, $100 million on promoting maple syrup,a billion + to Ukraine , 4 Billion to Malaysia,$85 billion on tax extenders soon, a trillion on Obama care ….

          • david vitrogen

            Wow all that with a republican controlled house? Did Obama use executive orders to pay for all that?

          • DJMiles

            You must feel like a idiot now…..I told you things were going to happen fast! I will guess that by next Wednesday this will be a done deal.

          • DJMiles

            As I stated several times yesterday the announcement of the tax extenders is what will get unemployment passed very soon…
            I’ve have been saying since December that if people want unemployment extended they need to attack Obama and the Democrats because they are the ones refusing to negotiate on getting the bill passed.The announcement of the tax extenders coming to the floor for vote in the house and Senate created a outrage from the unemployed that our Congress both Republicans and the Democrats are soon to again give $85,000,000,000 in tax relief to companies that move our jobs oversees while 3 million people are suffering and being ignored by the media due to the white house media block on the issue.Today social media was very active demanding that Obama and Democrats end the political game and not dare vote on the tax extenders while forgetting about the unemployed….Within hours John Boehner stated again he is willing to extend unemployment if the Senate takes up a jobs bill before the end of may….Soon after Dean Heller finally got the conversation he had been seeking with John Boehner and was informed of what will pursue him to vote on unemployment. ..3 hours later Harry Reid did a 100% turn around and announced plans to bring the Keystone pipeline to the Senate Floor as early as next week…
            So as you clearly see we went from nothing happening with the unemployment extension for months to a very active day all because people finally started attacking the very vulnerable Democrats.

        • DJMiles

          Didn’t the Democrats also pass the Doc Fix? How about Obama signature was that a secret too?

        • DJMiles

          Now that the unemployment battle is coming to a end I guess your gonna have to find another issue to blame the Republicans for.

    • DJMiles

      No need for that since both unemployment and the tax extenders expired in December we are going to see a even trade just like we did in 2010

  • DJMiles

    I’m just excited that this is finally coming to a end…4 months is to long to leave 3 million Americans out in the cold.

    • david vitrogen

      Thank the republican for that. They had a vote in early January and the republicans filibustered it. Why didn’t they filibuster it during Bush? I will wait here for the answer.

    • Shizue Leigh Hicks

      I’m grateful DJMiles that you’re staying on top of matters. I went to bed last night here in California with an upbeat heart!

      More should be made in these blogs of how the Republicans, by their
      underhanded and vicious tricks of repeatedly delaying UI Extensions for 4 months, are handing tons of votes and the future of the United States
      over to the Democratic Party of America.

      JOHN BOEHNER set the egregious and deadly tone with his arrogance and stupidity preferring to play political games while the long-term unemployed, 3.7 million and counting, are left penniless and twisting in the wind.

      It isn’t just the long-term unemployed who are witnessing what Republicans are really like, but their friends and family as well. And, what about the children of those long-term unemployed who have children who are hungry and, at this point perhaps, homeless? They’ve had 4 months of listening to their parents’ pain and frustration and seeing their parents’ tears as they hear that REPUBLICANS and JOHN BOEHNER are responsible for their family’s misery.

      Believe me, my 31 year old son has heard me vent!

      I’m a 61 year old “aged out” long-term unemployed woman. Friends that I’ve made at my 50-Plus Employment Workshop have had some pretty potent and ugly things to say about that !!#$%^@%*(^T%!! JOHN BOEHNER and his !!#$%^@%*(^T%!! GOP House over these past 4 months, I guarantee you!

      The Republican Party, thanks to SPEAKER BOEHNER, is digging its own grave.

      I’m grateful DJMiles that you’re staying on top of matters. Take care and please continue! WE ARE ALL LISTENING!

      • DJMiles

        I have more good news for you…The Republican Senator who authored the 5 month extension has a meeting today with Boehner to try and discuss a compromise so let’s hope he could get it done. http://t.co/uyXyWkHqMK

  • Moshika

    I see there is a race between the tortoise and the hare. The hare knowingly can outrun, outsmart the tortoise; but nonetheless; the hare lingers, mocking the tortoise because of the load he carries and the speed he travels, yet, the tortoise is sturdy in its path to the finish line. It is when the hare believes he can win just by shuffling himself around; sleeping, feeding himself, laughing at his joke on the tortoise that the hare suddenly wakes up and realizes, the tortoise with all its weight and its endurance crossed the finish line. We are the tortoise carrying the heavy load that the hare in the republican’s mocked and was very shocked at the outcome. Lets hope only good comes from our endurance; otherwise, we lose the weight we carry as one.

  • Jodie Mcgruer

    We need the unemployment extension to pass. We need them to stop gambling with our lives & our children’s lives. Help us now, quit ignoring us. Or the voting will speak for itself.

    • DJMiles

      Your wish is coming very soon… I’d say by next week.

  • Naomi Evans

    I just don’t understand is he looking forward 2 having 2.+ million people home less? I feel like if I been at my job for more than 1 to 10 or 20 or more years then I should without a argument receive unemployment for more than a year. If unemployment is only 6 months long then it should only come out of hard working Americans pay check for only 6 months. Do he think that it’s just that easy 2 find a job if so then nobody would be on unemployment. You can’t get over time on unemployment you can’t save money on unemployment you can only just get by on unemployment while you desperately look for a new job. But I guess he doesn’t care cause he doesn’t need it. It’s not affecting his life. He is showing everyone just how much he cares about Americans or should I say the middle class who can barley save money for times like this cause we don’t make that much money in the first place. Times are hard for the unemployed an instead of boehner working hard to assist us he’s working his hardest to neglect us. How many people has he gave a job to lately? I hope he never loss his job an can’t find another one an run out of his unemployment after 6 months. I can’t even buy gas an he took a two week break. When he should of been working on the problems at hand.!!!!!

    • Shizue Leigh Hicks

      According the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the long-term unemployed (those unemployed longer than 27 weeks) is 3.7 million. That was in their April 4, 2014 report.

      Their report that takes April into account is due out on May 5.

      2.2 million was the count of long-term unemployed (also according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) at the end of December 2013 when the Unemployment Extended Benefits were cancelled.

  • barrnone

    The senate bill is dead there is no way the House is going to draft a new bill so unless people come up with something besides posting and phone calls UI won’t be renewed.

    • Shizue Leigh Hicks

      I’m sure none of us is under the impression that letters and e-mails are actually being read by any of our leaders. Junior support staffers, maybe, but the primary addressee? You don’t have to be as old as I am (61) to realize that that is wishful thinking.

      What blogs like this one help do, however, is let people PUBLICLY vent and share what they know about any subject with their fellow citizens.

      JOHN BOEHNER? Currently under investigation by the Federal Election Committee (FEC) for possible misuse of campaign funds. There’s man who knows how to massage the most out of a buck. $223,500 base salary transformed into $900,000 take-home in 2013. And, what about those matching FEDERAL CAMPAIGN DOLLARS from 2010?

      JOHN BOEHNER is not reading any of his mail I’m sure. Frankly, I’d be surprised to learn that any of his staffers are actually READING them. They’re probably just holding their noses and counting them.

      • ex-Republican

        I have enjoyed reading your posts, I can not imagine what God in heaven is up too, so many hungry mouths in this world and now the US is no different.

        • Shizue Leigh Hicks

          ex-Republican, many thanks for your kind words. I have been reading and appreciating your comments as well. Your bankruptcy comment (above) disturbs me. I hope you’ll be able to get through it with a minimum of loss — personal, real and material. Take care.

          • ex-Republican

            thanks Shizue, at 46 I don’t know how much more rejection I can take. I am not one to ask for things, I was a republican because I am pro-life, but I am in agreement with our new Pope, perhaps this is Jesus’s way of letting us know that we can not judge other’s, that’s only for him. This video inspires me daily. Thank goodness for the Art’s, Of course Paul Ryan wants to cut funding, who would be surprised.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2FOPaZs_7o

  • Lost and hopeless

    I been looking for work for the pass 10 months this is ridiculous I got two months left on my lease and payments on my car due and past due bill I never had unempolyment in my life now when I need it there’s no support in place I been robbed on my pay checks by taxes the little money they leave me for income tax went into keeping everything and looking for a job may 9th I go homless my car will be repossessed soon goodluck to all there is no hope we facing the belly of the beast head first. I mean I don’t have a cent I can’t even make it to interviews anymore no where near me wants to hire me there’s nothing more I can do.

  • John Carmiche

    Not once did he tell us when Republicans will allow a vote to increase the minimum wage or extend unemployment insurance. … Doing nothing is not an agenda – it’s a disgrace.” couldnt have said it better

  • John Carmiche

    koch brothers suck to

  • Dennis Corbo

    Regardless of republican or democrat you would have to be out of your mind to vote for a party that purposely hurts their own people.
    Keep giving to the world but let Americans suffer, unbelievable.
    Boehner seems to be an evil person.
    Everyone knows someone that’s hurting, so why would you still vote for these Bastards….

  • ex-Republican

    Hey People, we are lost now…when CNBC doesn’t mention, not even a peep on Unemployment, this jig is up, I am going to start preparing for Bankruptcy, I never in my wildest dreams thought this would be the country that I was so desperately in love with. Home of the free and the brave, the old red, white and blue. Good Luck all, you have been officially abandoned…

    • Shizue Leigh Hicks

      Makes you want to scream, doesn’t it? The mainstream news media! It also makes one wonder who is calling the editorial shots? Lazy politicians or just lazy journalists?

      At last count, the long-term unemployed, like you and me, ex-Republican, are 3.7 million strong. That’s a lot of people! It’s nearly the entire population of the state of Oklahoma.

      3.7 million-plus is the current total of long-term unemployed. That is according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 4, 2014 – Employment Situation Summary USDL-14-0530.

      Why is it we keep hearing that long-term unemployed people total only 2.2 million? It’s because Harry Reid can’t read a report and the same misinformation keeps getting shoveled around in press releases.

      You and I both know that no one does any real investigative reporting anymore. Reporters, familiar with the AP-Style, know how to rewrite a press release to make it look like they’ve been “investigating” their guts out for days.

      In reality, those 2.2 million people were participants in a DEPARTMENT OF LABOR SURVEY and that’s why they’re listed and described in USDL-14-0530:

      “In March, 2.2 million were marginally attached to the labor force…these individuals were not in the labor force, wanted or were available for work, and had looked for work sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work prior to the survey.”

      These SURVEY TAKERS and their SURVEY RESULTS had nothing to do with me or the rest of us 3.7 MILLION LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE, right ex-Republican?

      At the end of 2013, I had qualified for extended benefits. I went to a meeting at our local EDD office — there were about 125 of us present. It was a 3-hour class on what Tiers 1,2,3 and 4 were all about and how to fill out a job search record.

      I was all official for extended benefits, my first claim form came in the mail, and I completed it. I waited until the weekend passed so that I could get down to the post office to get some stamps. (This seemed better submitting it by snail mail).

      THEN, BOEHNER LOWERED THE BOOM!

      None of us know where this is headed. BOEHNER is still a blubbering, alcoholic blockhead whose ass-backward reasoning tells him that if you withhold money from people, making them live on ZERO, they should be able to run right out there and land a job — EMPTY GAS TANK, EMPTY STOMACH, EMPTY WALLET = A JOB!

      ex-Republican, all we can do is pray. Take care. All my best thoughts are with you. I wish I had better, more resounding words of encouragement, but believe me, my heart is with you!

  • Yvette Ellis

    I am a republican but not no more what a disgrace to the American people. We are told things are a entitlement when foreigners come here they are given everything without a hassle. It’s embarrassing at times like these to be told we can’t have a minimum wage increase and we cannot have unemployment past the 26 weeks all they are doing is making us lose our shelter and our minds. We the people are dying of stress that is opposed on to us by the people in office because bill collectors don’t have putty on us while we wait around for a decision. I am not prejudice I am a loving person that is stressed out and only received the 26 weeks of unemployment, denied me for social security disability because u wasn’t entitled to it which is crazy because it was taken out of my paycheck for years and years, and finally welfare yea right I get told to sell my house so where is the help for the American people. It feels like there is none we will all lose are homes live in the street or shelters or die from the unbelievable stress for our unpaid bills. I have been looking for a job endlessly and been on job interviews and nothing yet and my mortgage is die again on the 1st and still nothing when is this all going to stop you all have your homes and high paid jobs that we the America people voted for you, without us you wouldn’t be in the position your in. All we need is HELP, please don’t desert us now!!!!

  • DJMiles

    Senator Dean Heller the author of this 5 month Extension is meeting with speaker Boehner today to find a compromise on getting the bill passed. http://t.co/uyXyWkHqMK

    • david vitrogen

      How did that pan out?

      • DJMiles

        As you see it worked out very good….Reid is finally going to vote on 1 of the 43 job bills next week….Republican Senator Heller has another meeting tomorrow….. How many meetings has Obama or Reid set up?

  • DJMiles

    More Great news Speaker John Boehner has givin up on waiting for Obama and stated today that Harry Reid is holding this up and if he passes a Jobs bill before the end of may he will pass the Retroactive 5 month extension.

  • phlhui

    I worked as an NIH-funded research specialist for 10 years at 2 of the top medical schools in the world. I was laid off along with half my industry when the GOP cut $2 billion in NIH-funding. My industry isn’t hiring obviously since it’s lost so much funding.

    I’m about to hit 8 months unemployed. I thought I’d get a job with a private research organization pretty quick because of my academic awards and my CV, but it hasn’t worked out that way since private companies usually hired us at universities to collect and analyze their data.

    I have about $3,500 left b/c I was paid well and am fiscally responsible, but I’m starting to avoid family and friends out of embarrassment. I’m out of unemployment benefits and my money won’t last much farther. I tried selling clothes on eBay, but that doesn’t amount to much because because I didn’t have many fancy clothes.

    I’d cancel my $30/month gym membership, but I’m afraid working out is the only thing keeping me from falling into a bad rut. I am definitely experiencing depression for the first time, so much that I wonder if my woman is better off if I kill myself. I feel pretty worthless anyway, and apparently I actually am.

    I’ve applied to construction companies, retail shops and bars/restaurants. Nobody will hire someone who they consider overqualified, presumably because I’ll be job hunting the whole time? I really don’t know why they won’t hire me. I was a pretty good artist at one time and am good with tools, so I thought I could get a job with a carpenter or a refurbisher, but none are interested.

    I’ve already decided how I’d end it. We have a 9 mm and a 38. I’d write up a suicide note telling my woman I’m leaving for her own good, reassure her there’s nothing she could do to convince me she’s not better off without me, tell her I love her, and ask her to give special care to my favorite of our pets. Then I’d drink a bottle of whiskey to make sure I don’t wuss out, walk into the woods, text the police my location so my body can be found, and shoot myself in the heart.

    The reason I haven’t done it already is because she loves me so much that it would send her into a depression so deep that I don’t think she’d recover because she wouldn’t be able to step away, look objectively, and see how much better off she is with someone else.

  • DJMiles

    I will guess that by Tomorrow Reid will have a jobs bills on the Senate floor….I just wish people would have realized their scam earlier then we wouldn’t of had to wait 4 months.

  • ex-Republican

    thanks Shizue, at 46 I don’t know how much more rejection I can take. I am not one to ask for things, I was a republican because I am pro-life, but I am in agreement with our new Pope, perhaps this is Jesus’s way of letting us know that we can not judge other’s, that’s only for him. This video inspires me daily. Thank goodness for the Art’s, Of course Paul Ryan wants to cut funding, who would be surprised.

    • Shizue Leigh Hicks

      Lovely video, lovely song! Thank you very much, ex-republican.

      I’m an old bird of 61 who’s too young for Social Security , but still needs to get out there and work.

      In my 61 years, I’ve seen a lot of politicians. These past 4 months have shown me one thing: JOHN BOEHNER IS A BUM WITH NO INTELLIGENCE, COMMON SENSE, OR COMPASSION. HE NEEDS TO BE SHOWN THE DOOR.

      ex-Republican, as my late Japanese mother would say, “Gambatte, kudasai!” or “Please don’t give up!”

      • ex-Republican

        Don’t give Up, Don’t give Up. Don’t give Up, mmmmmm Thanks again my prayers are with you too. I was walking my puppies down by the river and I am thinking to myself, here we have and adulterer, tax cheat, coke head, and a drunk all repukelican congressman who think we are lazy. Wow SNAP, isn’t it ironic that these Momma’s Boys think we are lazy. I am sure we would be great fast friends, your better off in Cali, NJ is downright disgusting. Here we have wise guys/girls, who think its cute to essentially shut down traffic on the George Washington Bridge to punish a Democratic Mayor. tell me I am dreaming. I would love to see this punk from Staten Island in an Orange Jump suit, his Mommy claiming his innocence all the while. Not my boy, my boy would never do something like that, Cocaine, “oh no not my boy”. Can you imagine what their wives really think of them. Imagine that.

      • phlhui

        lol he has plenty of common sense. Money is important to him, and a lot of rich people give him a lot of money to not allow Emergency Unemployment to go up for a vote.

        He’s doing it because he thinks he’ll get away with it. And he will.

    • phlhui

      Hey I was a Republican too! Then I got an outreach job in the ghetto. I was in hundreds of homes in the worst neighborhoods in the developed world – North Philadelphia. All the ghetto queens living it up on the taxpayer’s dime with nice clothes and new appliances? They didn’t exist. I’d been had.

      That got me to listen to the other side more often – really listen to them – and they were right about nearly everything.

      I’m truly embarrassed that I was ever GOP.

  • Ky’s Grandma

    Yes, I receive $277 a month from the state and a few food stamps for which I’m grateful for but $200 of that goes to rent. Low income housing has at least a one year waiting list. I can barely buy toilet paper….at this point I just wish Obama would approve this pipestone line, but then again, Boehner would still find a reason to deny the vote. Mr. Boehner, I sure hope you sleep well after eating your steak, drinking your Jack Daniels, and doing “your thing” whatever it is. Because you’ve got millions who can’t even get a drink of water. One day you will answer to the decisions and the wrongdoings you’ve done. I hope everyone says a prayer for you because I truly believe you will need them unless you start listening to all of us who are in the same boat! And while you’re sleeping so peacefully, the rest of us will be up half the night trying to figure out how to put off the landlord, utility companies, and praying we can get a ride to the food pantries, oh and find a job!

    • phlhui

      LOL right. It’s alllllllllllllllll gonna even out in the afterlife.

      Spoiler alert, sweetheart: There ain’t no St. Peter, Zeus, Buddah or Mohammed to answer to. Boehner and the rest will get away with all of it unless some nut takes them out. That’s the truth.

      Or go on finding solace in your fairy tales.

  • Jennifer

    Do you all really think this has anything to do with being democratic or republican, it doesn’t!! This has everything to do with Boehner’s hatred for President Obama and this is his way exacting power over the president. He doesn’t care that the American people are being hurt in the middle of his petty power struggle. But the saddest part of all this is the president and all the members of the house and senate are allowing one man to hold the future of millions in his hands and no one has the balls to stand up and say enough is enough. They can impeach a president but they can’t over turn a house speaker….SIMPLY RIDICULOUS!!!!

  • ex-Republican

    Doug I will make a deal with you, you guy’s don’t give up and I wont give up either, next chapter is going to amazing, you are not alone, just make sure that no matter what happens, we must be pro-active prior to the next election, we owe that to ourselves and the rest of the 3.8 million people, I have researched my state of NJ, identified the politicians/traitors who have considered me lazy, and I will be canvassing nights weekends, what ever I can do. I will work the phones, I am telling everybody I meet about what is happening to me, and to a man/women. Nobody is sticking up for and or will vote for these silver spoons. Hope your listening repukelican congressman from NJ, tell your staff to start sending resumes out, it’s hell out there, in fact in March NJ lost a net 1200 jobs. Now let me see Oh you worked for that guy who called all the long term unemployed lazy mmmmm my brother who is highly qualified and sent out huge amounts of resumes with no responses, beat it.

  • Elle’s Island

    For a brief period, during the early part of the mid 19th century, the Federal debt was completely paid off.

  • DJMiles

    Harry Reid may vote on Keystone pipeline next week in exchange for Republicans supporting the energy efficiency bill….Does not mention unemployment extension the Democrats #1 priority http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5236295

  • Roberta Crichton

    Our resident marxist agitator lied continuously about the anticipated effects of the 2013 sequester: http://youtu.be/YWElzVoOhpQ?t=2m35s

  • DJMiles

    Boehner may get vote on Keystone next week 50,000+ Shovel ready jobs and the long over due extension of unemployment. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/04/29/reid-signals-he-may-schedule-major-vote-on-keystone-approval/

    • david vitrogen

      You must be on crack. The keystone vote if it even happens will have nothing to do with extensions and is eons away from any “shovel ready” jobs. Please research before you post. The pipeline will not create 50,000 shovel ready jobs, It will create a few thousand specialized temp jobs for welders and pipefitters , truck drivers and heavy machinery operators. Not so much shovel genius. And the article you posted implies it probably won’t have enough votes to pass anyway. But back to the “jobs” Seems they are temp jobs and the pipeline will only create 35 permanent jobs LOL…

      http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/feb/10/van-jones/cnns-van-jones-says-keystone-pipeline-only-creates/

      Sorry no extension. Not from pipeline vote and not from tax extenders. Try again, Maybe Boehner will grow a heart. Nah just kidding that will never happen. He hates the unemployed and thinks they are all government teat sucking leeches and he wants Kock bros money and they strongly oppose the extensions. So what will it take to make the Kock bros happy enough to trade EUC for it? I doubt anything the Dems are willing to lose elections over.

  • Shizue Leigh Hicks

    Note to Steven Dennis:

    As of the April 4, 2014 report USDL-14-0530 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 3.7 million long-term unemployed citizens like me.

    We worked, collected 27 weeks of unemployment, and then remained unemployed. We qualified for a “4 Tier Plan” of extended unemployment benefits once we started our 28th week being unemployed. We were the ones who had our emergency lifeline chopped off at the end of 2013.

    USDL-14-0530: “The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) at 3.7 million, changed little in March; these individuals accounted for 35.8 percent of the unemployed. The number of long-term unemployed was down by 837,000 over the year.”

    The next report is due out on Friday, May 2, 2014 and the total of long-term unemployed is expected to rise.:

  • Joe Galtea

    JOHN BOEHNER… YOUR NEW NAME “THE JIM JONES OF WASHINGTON.’… WATCH THE SUICIDES YOU CAUSE…

    • DHFabian

      Think about Clinton repealing welfare aid, even after US corps shipped out a huge number of working class jobs. Instead of trickle-down wealth, we have trickle-up poverty. But we have the policies we said we wanted.

  • Joe Galtea

    JOHN BOEHNER… YOUR NEW NAME “THE JIM JONES OF WASHINGTON.’… WATCH THE SUICIDES

  • FedUpInNJ

    Democrats are weak and prove it everyday they LET Boehner get away with this bs. In November even the good will go, people have had enough! ALL INCUMBENTS and ALL REPUBLICANS need to be voted out, its the only VOICE we have as PEOPLE. Why isn’t Obama using his pen and phone to get this passed? “Keeping up the drumbeat” is simply not good enough, he needs to POUND THEM IN THE HEAD! Republicans are finished, there are simply too many unemployed Republicans who won’t forget how their own party kicked them in the face when they were down.

    • david vitrogen

      What do you mean by they “let” Boehner get away with this? It seems to me they have been quite outspoken against him on this issue including the handful of republicans that also support the bill. I mean besides putting arsenic in his booze how could the Democrats prevent someone so powerful as the house speaker from getting away with this? It would take a change in the constitution to do anything about this. As it sits as crazy as this seems one man can obstruct democracy with impunity and that is exactly what Boehner is doing and getting away with it because he can legally do this.

      As far as Obama’s pen he is ready to sign any bill they can get him as he requested but what else can he do? An executive order is out of the question as there will be no way to fund it and there is not enough support to warrant using an executive order since many people feel we are just a bunch of lazy leeches who expired our UIB, then got extensions, and now want more. I fully believe there are justified grounds to reinstate EUC as the long term rate is still too high above pre recession levels and the job market is way too competitive for only 26 weeks of UIB, but the reality is the Koch bros “contributions” are more important to Boehner then we are. And since the Koch bros strongly oppose EUC, Boehner is holding his ground and not budging on the issue.

      It is okay to toss blame but make sure you are blaming those who are actually responsible.

    • DHFabian

      That’s the catch: They aren’t weak, they don’t cave, etc. We have what the Clinton administration labeled, the “New Democrats,” and they have worked consistently WITH Republicans to ensure passage of the right wing agenda. Check the voting records of some of those Dems in Congress who try to market themselves as “bold progressives.”

  • mabramso

    feeding his pocketbook? How does he accomplish that on a federal salary? Really? The President makes 5 times his salary and has no expenses. Millions starve? Why? Because they can’t find jobs in his jobless recovery? Well, I can tell you the easy solution for that!

    And don’t bring veterans into this — I am a 20-year veteran, and Boehner certainly hasn’t done anything worse to me than passing Obamacare.

    • Aces High

      im a veteran to you eeeeeeediot!!! if you don’t think Boehner is padding his pocketbook off of us you gottta stop smoking that chronic!!!…and what praytell might your “easy solution be for that” as you so eloquently wrote??? 3 million people across the country would LOVE to have YOU tell US what 3 million people are doing wrong….oh lord of lords oh supreme being such as yourself…we are not worthy of you!! PLEASE..GRACE US WITH YOUR FN WISDOM AS TO WHAT WE ARE ALL DOING WRONG ??? ALL 3 MILLION OF US!!! WEVE WAITED FOR THIS FOR SOOOO LONG…PLEASE ENLIGHTEN US ALL OH SMART ONE….

      • redmanrt

        Maricón.

  • Ray

    Jobs Report Beats Expectations !!!
    Now get off the couch. Stop asking for another handout.
    The Dems need a robust job market and economy and today’s news reaffirms it.
    Why would they give anything but lip service to a five month FREEBIE?!?!? Are you people ON DOPE?
    Keep dreaming that congress will actually pay you to do nothing.
    The free ride is over.
    Get
    A
    Job

    • DHFabian

      I assume you are aware that we have a job crisis? A massive number of working class jobs have been shipped out since the 1980s, and then welfare was wiped out — far more people desperately competing for far more jobs. The last I heard, the US has 7 jobs for every 10 people who desperately need one. Do the math.

    • david vitrogen

      Actually that report made the case for keeping the extensions for now. It showed that over 800,000 people dropped out of the work force. That is a direct result of the emergency extension cuts. Boehner called it “troubling”.

      Yeah..you think Mr Speaker?

      But nah don;t worry about us. We need to send billions to other nations to help them and give the rich billions in tax cuts so they can outsource more jobs.

  • g2gretire

    Hello everyone….I’ve said this a few times already through posting. Didn’t think I had to keep repeating myself…….here it is. Stop with the comments and attacking each other. It’s bad, situation critical.(UNEMPLOYMENT) “WE MUST TAKE THIS TO THE DOOR FRONT OF THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA”. ………PASS THE WORD, WE MUST BE HEARD. WE THE PEOPLE, CAN DO THIS TOGETHER.

    • DHFabian

      Today’s jobless are no different from the jobless of 2006, or of 1996. The US simply does not have enough jobs for all who desperately need one, and we knew that when we ended welfare (cash benefits; I noticed some now use the word “welfare” to mean food stamps). Welfare WAS extended UI (far lower benefits, but usually enough to keep families housed and fed). America decided that extended aid “creates a culture of dependency.” Trust me, I know that joblessness and poverty look very different when YOU are the one going down, but you need to understand that you’re no different from all those who have been thrown off the cliff before you. We made our choices.

      • david vitrogen

        Stop calling extended unemployment benefits “welfare”. Most of the people that are needing this extension are good decent hard working Americans and war veterans. No one can just wake up one day and say “I don;t feel like working anymore so I will just go one unemployment forever”,. That is not the way it works and unemployment benefits have standards and limits required to even qualify.

        The grounds to continue the extensions is based on hard empirical data, not based on what you are saying which is something like “well other people never got it so screw you”.

        The bottom line is we are in a recovery period from the worst recession in history and the last thing this economy needs is millions and millions of penniless laid off workers all competing for the same jobs at once. Well the Koch bros might like it since their cronies can get great experiences honest and ethical workers for pennies on the dollar but when the amount of jobs available are so much less then the number of unemployed that is the time when we expect the Feds to follow the general welfare clause in the preamble of the constitution and do what we voted them in to do.

        Now if Boehner has some “job creation” measures that will magically get even half of the laid off workers going again he should introduce that to the house floor but in the meantime he is hanging millions out to dry that could lose homes over this…at the very least all the tools it takes to maintain job seeking these days such as a car, phone and internet access.

  • elf

    petitions.moveon.org/sign/impeach-john-boehnerhouse

    • BOB

      get it done asap

  • http://batman-news.com Robert Block

    BOYCOTT OHIO Products Your not the president so let the president lead Mr Boehner.

  • http://batman-news.com Robert Block

    That is the whole problem you won’t let the president lead. So let ruin the country instead.

  • elf

    petitions.moveon.org/sign/impeach-john-boehnerhouse

  • James Jagdfeld

    Maybe it’s time the government sends Boehner packing. He doesn’t care about anyone but himself. He’s a self-righteous a**hole who doesn’t know what it’s like for a family of 4 to live on 1 income and have mortgages and car payments to make. I may lose my house now because they wont sign an extension. I can’t force companies to hire me, all I can do is apply and hope I get an interview at least.

  • DHFabian

    Think a minute. America got what they demanded. Clinton ended welfare (cash aid), saying that “there is NO excuse” for long-term joblessness, and America agreed. He said that any aid (by any name) must be strictly time-limited, to “serve as an incentive to get up every morning and find a job.” America cheered! Welfare WAS extended UI; I don’t think there has been any time since WWll when the US had enough jobs for all who need one. It’s ludicrous to now say that hardworking Americans need more help/aid than those with significant disadvantages .

    • david vitrogen

      Extended unemployment benefits is not welfare. In order to qualify for extended benefits you had to be a legally working taxpayer. And as well the benefit is limited and requires the claimant to continue seeking employment.

      These extended benefits typically called “EUC” meaning emergency unemployment compensation which has been used since WW2 during times of extraordinarily high unemployment rates are designed to help those who were laid off by no fault of their own and wish to remain in the workforce.

      Without going back too far in history President Bush called for these extensions many times and got them with the vast majority of the republicans supporting and voting yes for it.

      It seems apparent that since Obama was in office the republicans tried this same nonsense back in 2010 but eventually signed on after a 50 or so day lapse in exchange for tax cuts for the wealthy. They are doing the same thing now again.

      Remember the grounds for extending unemployment benefits beyond the standard 26 weeks in most states is and has always been based on the long term unemployment rate….not on personal bias, ignorance, bigotry, or what conservatives can extort out of it. But this time something changed. And the main thin I have noticed that changed is we have a democrat in the white house instead of a republican. As a matter of fact they passed these very extensions 3 times under GW Bush clean without demanding these “pay fors” and “job creation” measures that if you really look at them only seem to create jobs by the title of the bill only.

      So now we have a bipartisan bill to extend passed by the senate but have democracy being obstructed by Speaker Boehner who has no problem voting for measures that encourage more outsourcing of our jobs, yet holds a bill hostage that helps workers saying it does not have enough “job creation”.

      Debunk that.

  • DHFabian

    It doesn’t matter because Americans made it clear that they oppose extended UI, for the principle of it. Welfare (cash aid) WAS extended UI (yep, over 80% used it short-term).

    • david vitrogen

      Evidence of this? All polls I have read show the majority of Americans support reinstating the extensions while the long term unemployment rate still remains above pre recession levels.

      The only ones “claiming” to not extend it over “principles” are the ignorant republicans who say they are okay with extending unemployment benefits as long as they can get more tax breaks for the rich and a pipeline.

      Now you tell me…explain it to me like I am a 6 year old….if someone opposes EUC based on “principles”…why don’t they simply make a case against it using these “principles” instead of turning it into a bargaining tool to extort something out of it only to benefit the same hate mongers who want to give billions in tax cuts to the same fascists that are outsourcing jobs….yet out of the other sides of thier lying hypocritcal mouths say they are okay with extending EUC if it has “job creation” measures. Please…please….explain that to us.

  • Roger Straight

    NEWS FLASH: House Speaker John Boehner could care less what Obama has to say or what we think or report.

    Boehner is showing Obama that he runs the show, and that if Obama wants to help 3.5 MILLION AMERICANS Obama has to give Boehner exactly what he wants.

  • YONATAN C

    BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES HAVE FAILED THE POOR AND UNEMPLOYED MISERABLY. THEY HAVE INTENTIONALLY DELAYED AND POSTPONED THE UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION VOTE IN THE SENATE, UNTIL IT’S BECOME TOO LATE TO PASS. WHILE MILLIONS OF FAMILIES CONTINUE FACING EVICTION, HOME FORECLOSURES, BANKRUPTCY, AND HOMELESSNESS, THE TWO PARTIES HAVE WALKED AWAY FROM THE CRISIS. THEIR LACK OF COMPASSION AND COMMON DECENCY IS APPALLING. HOW CAN 2.6 MILLION UNEMPLOYED, AND FINANCIALLY RUINED PEOPLE, BE LEFT HUNG OUT TO DRY IN THE WIND WITHOUT SUPPORT? WE EVEN RECENTLY HELPED THE UKRAINE WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN AID. WHAT ABOUT THESE FAMILIES HERE??

  • Buford Bingham

    58, out of work for 9 months, and on top of that a stroke, probably because the rep are refusing to help americans get thru a hard time. I believe none of this crap about the economy getting better and jobs on the rise. This country is in deep trouble. The rep aren’t the only cause, but they sure as hell aren’t helping things. I’m getting real tired of being lied to.

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