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September 4, 2015

Harkin Didn’t Want Unemployment Extension to ‘Screw Up’ Job Training Bill

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Harkin said he didn’t want anything — including a fight over an unemployment extension — screwing up his job training bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Tom Harkin says an unemployment extension was kept off a job training bill intentionally.

“We have a good bill and we are not going to allow it to be tampered with,” said Harkin, an Iowa Democrat who chairs the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and is shepherding the bipartisan Workforce Investment Act through the Senate.

Harkin, asked if unemployment extension was left off because of concerns the House would oppose it, said that wasn’t the reason.

“No, it’s just that this is a WIA bill,” he said. “We worked five years on it and it’s a good bill and we are not going to let it get screwed up by anything.”

In April, a job training bill had been seen as a promising vehicle for a bipartisan compromise to revive an unemployment extension, on the theory it could get more Republican support in the House.

Earlier Tuesday, the top Senate backers of an unemployment extension offered to give up retroactive benefits.

But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the House should make the next move on unemployment benefits.

So far, there is no sign of that happening.

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  1. Jazzy

    June 24, 2014
    8:02 p.m.

    Take your Job Training bill and screw it right up your arse Harkin.

    renewui w/ retro

  2. rhonda_relative

    June 24, 2014
    8:24 p.m.

    Train for WHAT JOBS????????????????? I guess that’s the magic question isn’t it????????

    • JimiVestor

      June 24, 2014
      9:44 p.m.

      Harkin has lost his silly mind!

    • Guest

      June 25, 2014
      12:18 p.m.

      There are jobs for the right people. You obviously are not the right people. I bet you thought you were too.

      • rhonda_relative

        June 25, 2014
        1:20 p.m.

        I bet you think my feeling got hurt? Idiots dont effect me. Nice try

        • Guest

          June 25, 2014
          1:30 p.m.

          I hope not. But I bet you’ve heard that a million times by now anyway? You should be used to it.

    • Todaysfate

      June 25, 2014
      10:44 p.m.

      Um …. how about PAID training?

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    June 24, 2014
    9:44 p.m.

    we petition the obama administration to:

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  4. Wayne Heddinger

    June 25, 2014
    9:55 a.m.

    VOTE NO !
    VOTE NO ON UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSIONS WITHOUT RETRO BENEFITS !
    WE ARE URGING OUR REPS IN CONGRESS TO VOTE NO ! UNLESS IT
    INCLUDES RETROACTIVE BENEFITS THIS BILL DOES NOT DO ANYTHING TO HELP US WHO
    HAVE LOST EVERYTHING SINCE DECEMBER 28TH…NOTHING…

  5. Al Amo

    June 26, 2014
    11:24 a.m.

    W. Bush helped cut the deficit from $318 Billion to $161 Billion between 2005 and 2007.That 49% rate of decrease is far faster than anything Hussein Obama has accomplished.

  6. Yonatan YONATAN

    June 26, 2014
    4:53 p.m.

    It must be nice to be above the rest of us Americans… As long him and his family have jobs and careers… Has the government forgotten about the three million unemployed workers, and their families, STILL WITHOUT an extension of unemployment benefits since last December? While Billions of tax payers dollars are sent to the Ukraine in an aid package, more and more of these unemployed continue to sink into financial ruin. How can our government send our sons & daughters off to war, but not help their unemployed loved ones back at home? The republican senate has failed these millions of voters, and their families. These Americans have lost all trust and hope and respect for the government because of this lack of compassion, and common decency. Both parties have been a huge disappointment , and need to be all voted out of office this coming elections.

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    June 27, 2014
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    The US government’s debt on January 20, 2014 was over 17.2 trillion dollars.

  8. Brandon little

    July 6, 2014
    4:53 p.m.

    The job training stuff is a joke. I am a industrial electrician over 10 years experience my unemployment runs out in 3 weeks. I called about the training thing to see what was offered it is a dam joke. I figured they would extend ur unemployment if you do the training or go back to school. For me to do training i would get 10 dollars a day and i would have to drive an hour. Wow 10 bucks wouldn’t even cover my gas. Plus they have no training for the electrical field at all. The government is a dam joke

  9. Brandon little

    July 6, 2014
    4:57 p.m.

    The only reason unemployment rate is down is cause once ur unemployment runs ur no longer accounted for. It like u fell off the map. So sure unemployment rate is going to drop still doesn’t mean you are back to work

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