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October 31, 2014

Republicans Block Unemployment Extension, Democrats Plan to Try Again (Updated)

Updated 3:29 p.m. | Senate Democratic leaders plan to again try to extend unemployment insurance after Republicans blocked their latest attempt Thursday.

Democratic leaders came up a single vote short of overcoming a GOP filibuster. The final tally was 58-40, short of the 60-vote threshold needed, after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid switched his voted to preserve his right to reconsider the measure.

Four Republicans — Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Susan Collins of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — joined the Democrats.

The vote would have advanced a three-month $6.4 billion extension to expired unemployment benefits, paid for by “pension smoothing,” which would have the effect of increasing taxable income.

Republicans charge that this is the latest in an election-year effort to score political points.

“If Republicans were in charge, unemployment would have been acted on months ago and it would have included reforms that actually enable people to get back on their feet,” said a senior Senate Republican aide. “Unfortunately everyone is stuck while Democrats play games.”

At a news conference before the vote, Reid said the outcome did not look good and pledged that Democrats would continue to push for an extension.

“We are not going to give up on the unemployed,” the Nevada Democrat said.

Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., said he believes Republicans think “unemployed people are lazy” and that is why they have voted against extending jobless benefits.

The Senate last month voted on a previous Democratic plan to extend the jobless assistance for about 11 months, which would be offset by adding another year to automatic spending cuts, known as the sequester, through fiscal 2024.

The GOP rejected the Democratic proposal as unfair because Reid would only let Republicans offer five amendments with a 60-vote threshold for passage, but demanded only a simple majority threshold for final passage of the extension.

Reid said that Democrats have sought to compromise with the Republicans on the issue, but that it never seems to be enough.

He said Democrats initially did not want to offset the extension because they believe it’s emergency spending. Then Republicans wanted to offer amendments, which Democrats allowed.

“They can’t take yes for an answer,” Reid said.

Reid also noted that he’d heard one Republican senator say they couldn’t vote for the Democratic proposal because it would not restore cuts to the cost-of-living adjustment for working-age military pensions that was included in the budget agreement passed in December.

He said those who have that concern should know the Senate will likely vote Monday evening on a bill from Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., to repeal the cuts without an offset. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said that the rationale behind not offsetting the bill “is very simple: our veterans have paid a big price already.”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney called the Senate vote “disappointing.”

“We cannot allow one vote to stand in the way of supporting these Americans as they struggle to find work. Both sides of the aisle have worked together to prevent this kind of hardship in the past, and neglecting to do so now is unacceptable – especially given the high long-term unemployment rate,” he said.

Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.

  • jimv8673

    what a bunch of heartless idiots, thats fine ive waited long enough on those worthless bassturds, im done paying taxes, and will simply start taking what i need, however i have to get it,

    • sad and disappointed

      I am so hurt. I don’t know what I am going to do now. I am ready to just die. I am going to loss every thing I ever worked for.

      • Marcus Maxon

        go ahead…more air for us

    • helpless

      True that we r gonna need to do what we have to do as well be it good or bad

  • tom

    this is what bothers me…1.7 mil without UI benefits = 1.7 mil collecting welfare= a fraction of one percent of that 1.7 mil resorting to criminal activity.
    sounds like a great solution to me …huh republicans?

  • pagosanative

    I will never vote Republican again…I feel so betrayed!

    • mrsludge

      You’re a troll. Your comments are also on politico, and likely, twenty other sites as well.

      • Vikki Schmitt

        And that makes this person a troll? YOU are the troll, mrsludge, gloating today over someone’s misfortune. You Republicans are all the same from top down–worthless.

        • David Mnpa

          Here Here! ive already converted 1,321 republicans to democrats and after this..that number will likely triple

          • jonur

            count me in…Been a republican for a long time… now I need help for the first time and nothing they turn their back. Okay wait for election day..it will be me, my wife, brother, sister, a couple of friends so they will lose a couple of votes…

          • fauxhawk70

            Five from my family to turn Democrat!

      • kasia54

        Anyone who would make disparaging, cruel remarks to fellow Americans who are in dire need, is a troll in my book. Another troll is Marcus Maxson. Kick a person when they are down, why don’tcha? The mighty will fall.

        • Marissa Sue Sis

          agreed Kasia, even though I am getting ready to lose my home, I am letting a couple and their child stay in my spare room until then because they have already lost theirs. I am not tooting my own horn, but the poorest people are the ones that have me most in life. While those with support sit on their high horses and judge.

          • Marcus Maxon

            so you’re delaying someone else’s inevitable? Niiice.
            If you wouldn’t have burned so many bridges, you’d have some resources and “support” to turn to also.

          • Disgusted

            God don’t like ugly! You will eat all of your words. Karma will come around and bit you good. Good Luck with that.

          • Marcus Maxon

            apparently karma has gotten most of you people since you believe in that stuff.

    • Richard Tebaldi

      Pagosanative: another taker!

    • brbr2424

      Congratulations on coming to that conclusion but what took you so long?

    • Perla Nera

      My guess is you never have….

    • HappyNow!

      Wow…I could of told you they never had your back!!!

  • Chris

    I am tired of this crap. A revolution is bound to begin soon with the way the Republican Party is blocking any advances to help us that need the money. I hate being “over qualified” for jobs that pay minimum wage…

    • sad and disappointed

      I agree. I don’t know what they expect us to do. When you apply for jobs that you are over qualified for and you can’t even get those jobs!

      • Andy Boley

        This is the change you wanted when you voted Obama in office now deal with it!!!

    • Garbonzo

      I hope your right and the revolution comes. Us conservatives have all the guns and nothing would make me happier than to cleanse this country of the d-baggers

      • mikem42

        Hope you can eat your gun when you lose your job.

        • Garbonzo

          No I can’t. But I could provide food for my family with it.

          • mikem42

            Deer hunting with a pistol or AK-47? Happy hunting.

      • Vikki Schmitt

        Except the drones would be on our side, fool. Your peashooters wont do you a bit of good.

        • Garbonzo

          Yeah that military that Obama looovvvveeeessss so much is going to stick up for him. Your nuts.

          • Vikki Schmitt

            He has friends all around this world that would love to do him the favor. You’d lose this wager, I am certain of that. They would have tried it by now if they thought that would work. They know it wouldn’t. YOU are not only nuts you are stupid. No wonder you take such glee in people losing unemployment. Sickos.

          • Garbonzo

            Run along, there’s a teat out there that needs to be sucked on that has your name written all over it. I’m not gleeful, see my above post why I have no sympathy.

          • Vikki Schmitt

            Sounds like you have a yen for “cleansing” this country, the Secret Service would probably consider that more than idle sparring over unemployment. Perhaps someone should bring it to their attention. Meanwhile, you keep up the hate talk on here, Im sure they will be watching you now.

          • Garbonzo

            I did not threaten “revolution” the original poster did. You seem to have a thing for droning American citizens. Wonder how they feel about that.

          • Vikki Schmitt

            Im sure Obama would be able to tell which of us are his real friend. And yes you clearly stated that you had the guns to “cleanse” all us d-bags. In response to your threat I said the drones would be on my side because I would be on the govt’s side. Too late to take it back now. You should watch who you threaten on here, that’s not smart.

          • Garbonzo

            I’m shaking with fear. Maybe I’ll get droned while I type this.

          • Vikki Schmitt

            No sense shaking with fear, Ive heard you don’t even know when someone has turned you in. Have a nice day.

          • Garbonzo

            Don’t you have unemployment paperwork to fill out or something?

          • Delilah

            Your comment made me laugh so hard I spit out my coffee.

          • Mr. America

            don’t assume you are safe from the military if it splits into fragments and stages a coup de etat… if that happens I would have to agree your weapons won’t matter. It’s not the Walking Dead tv show… nor is it 1776… the weapons the pros have will flatten you in an instant. And you know that… because that is why the small weiner big gun big talk people haven’t taken the country “back”… the right to bear arms in the constitution is often toughted as a protection against government tyranny… but as the government became tyrannical they DID NOTHING proving they were cowards… but I’d let them off the hook because face it they are outgunned by the government and for many decades too.

      • andrew smith

        Hey I hate to inform you but not every liberal minded person is anti gun. Come to my hose sometime and I well be glad to show you what my arsenal can do. You small minded, anti american, douche bag. So you want to cleanse the country, hmm sounds more like Hitler than the founding fathers. You know what was the line. We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that amongst these are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure those rights governments are instituted among men, deriving their power from the governed. That whenever any form of government become destructive to those ends, it is the Right of the people to alter or abolish it.

    • Chris

      I was not threatening revolution… I was making a clear statement that 1.7 million people is a lot of people to piss off. I wouldn’t want to be in there shoes.

      • hellhound55

        nothing wrong with threatening revolution…..even if the NSA is listening…they know we are all getting screwed. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if people run a gauntlet on Washington soon. They certainly deserve it

      • Mr. America

        Don’t be a weenie and backtrack. Sedition is against the law but so are a lot of things the government does nothing about. You are not alone, it’s time people get up in huge masses and storm the insulated rich plutocrats that think they are kings.

  • pilotf105

    Kelly Ayotte demonstrates again that she is double crossing the people who got her elected, conservatives. I have not seen one conservative vote she has made.

    • MrSmith

      Ayotte has a plan- with bipartisan support- to extend the UI benefits and Harry won’t let it come to floor!
      The Dems thrive on ignorance.

    • David Buck

      you are saying that NOT extending benefits is a conservative move? Well, from an economic standpoint, it is exactly the opposite. Fiscal responsibility also involves managing the economy. This is hurting that economy. You so called conservatives are so ridiculous. Read the constitution, don’t just stand on it…

  • pilotf105

    GOP. Keep up the good work.

    • David Buck

      good? as in NOTHING? They get paid to do nothing and many of them are UNQUALIFIED to even hold office..

  • steverino9

    I have never voted Republicans, and this is why.

  • Stacy

    This is bullshit. I would do anything to go back to work. We aren’t lazy. I made more money working than I did on unemployment so why the hell would I purposely want to receive benefits? Republicans are such trash. Maybe if it hit home for their family these bastards would understand.

    • sad and disappointed

      I agree. I wish they had to deal with the same issue we have to deal with.

    • mikem42

      Here’s the truth; it isn’t Republicans, it is traitors to the American way of life. Republicans are out of work in equal if not greater numbers as progressive, and can use a hand up. Some do seem to vote against their own best interests, because of cultural red herrings the right throws out there. If Republicans in gerrymandered districts demanded representation for the working class they would get economic justice. Money has made this almost impossible. We must keep fighting to correct this unjust system of electing our reps. Scalia and Roberts need to be enlightened about money in elections and election laws.

      • Marcus Maxon

        very few Rs out of work and even less complaining about the extended handouts going away.

        • mikem42

          Very few R’s out of work. Wow!! Stop the presses. You really must have studied statistics, right? And to know that they don’t complain is amazing. Unemployment is an equal opportunity entity, no favorites. Nice try, but “we gotcha”.

          • Marcus Maxon

            we have studied it and many have investigated it. and the few that are collecting are not whining on comment pages either.

          • mikem42

            “We”? I’ll stick with e pluribus Unum. And if you would care to enlighten the rest of us out here, please notate any studies or investigations on this. I will reiterate my point, which I know to be true. Dems and R’s are out of work in equal numbers and collect various social benefits in roughly equal numbers. The southern red states collect the most, percentage wise by far. Those are the facts.

          • Marcus Maxon

            that’s because you use lib.t.a.r.d propaganda, and the only study you need at this point is the big difference in out of work dims wanting more handouts and they’re the ones doing all the commenting on these pages. red states handout the least in govt freebies…that’s the fact you need to get with.

          • Marcus Maxon

            what do you want? you’re life and answers to your life solved on comment pages? just have fun with this…that’s all its meant to be.

          • linda

            You haven’t worked 12hr days .I paid taxes for 35yrs.this is the first time I collected unemp.I do not have anyone to ask for help.Your rep. Assholes never took care of anyone in your life. I hope you know these bastards have put me in bankrupcy, while looking for work.I wish they would bring back the draft….teach you to be a man.

          • Marcus Maxon

            you can have your initial weeks like everyone else….the extended handouts are over.
            you must the only one that has ever worked hard. you put yourself in bankruptcy by not taking care of your bidness. you’re old and bitter now…because you’re life didn’t turn out well. its never you people’s fault is it?

          • kasia54

            Link, please? Go to the R’s FB pages and you will see how many of their constituents are unemployed. That was quite the dumb remark, Marcus, even for you, who loves to troll these comment sections and make disparaging remarks. Don’t forget, the mighty do fall.

          • Marcus Maxon

            those are basically phonies and there hundreds of facebook walls. there are no real unemployed republican forums.

          • hora

            Idiot let criminals Hate KKK flood with illegal and give all job,illegals be will working for few cent of dollar, and finish send USA to hell and all be will loose. Liberals who have block a brain must barrel for vote.

          • hellhound55

            the gop troll strikes again. we are on to you….and we are watching you

          • Marcus Maxon

            I’m not going anywhere just like the euc handout extensions aren’t going anywhere. are you getting this?

        • SISSY

          YOUR IGNORANT

          • Marcus Maxon

            you’re a phony

          • kasia54

            Sissy, Don ‘t get yourself all upset over Marcus’s remarks. He’s a paid troll sent to all these forums to kick people when they are down. His time is coming.

          • Marcus Maxon

            dims are weakminded and thin skinned. that’s why their so easy –ck with

      • hora

        Another liberal idiot with no brain, a good are Conservatives are majority, and Communist idiot like you are minority, 51% and over take all step, minority must shut a mound or move to Cuba, there be will happy. Communist be will all destroy.

        • mikem42

          hora: You are incoherent. Are you off your meds, or drunk?

    • HappyNow!

      I completely agree Republicans are making this about Democrats when

      it should be about people who are trying and to no avail. I definitely would do anything for a full time job that is even half of my prior income just to say I am employed. I work anywhere that will have me but it is mostly part-time and seasonal work that I have obtained. Very disheartening and frustrating, I as of this moment have no faith in the country we call the United States. The only people united are the rich!

    • bosoxinny

      If politicians had it ‘hit home’ for their families, this would have been passed many weeks ago.

    • Murray Weintraub

      It is easy for conservatives to oppose unemployment benefits. What they don’t understand, is that people on unemployment don’t save a dime. That money is spent back into the economy for groceries, rent, gas, clothing, and utility bills.

      • Marcus Maxon

        paying your rent is not an economic stimulus. this moral hazard has gone on too long. wave buh bye to the gravy train.

        • SISSY

          AGAIN YOUR IGNORANT – WALK A MILE IN THE SHOES OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE HURTING AND HAVE WORKED FOR 30, 40 YEARS – WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR A HAND OUT I WOULD RATHER WORK I WOULD MAKE MORE MONEY – MY RENT IS MORE THEN THE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

          • Marcus Maxon

            I’m making those choices right now so I don’t have to do any of that. I don’t need a social experiment to tell me its bad for me.
            why would you live beyond your means and think ue checks were a financial back up plan?

          • Marissa Sue Sis

            Marcus, I have to say, I have been employed up until the end of June for 25 years and became ill in March of 2013 and was let go from that position due to my leave time running out and can not be re-employed by that company for 3 years because of their policy. I live in an College/factory town. I have been an Admin Assistant for 15 years and am to old to be hired by a factory. I was not choosing to live outside my means, illness happened to me, it was not a choice. I ask you given just that amount of information, what would you suggest I do. I am a month away from losing everything I have worked all these years for and a child with a 3.92 GPA who desperately wants to go to College this year. Seriously, what do you suggest?

          • Marcus Maxon

            life happens. I had my mind set on a pro baseball career…even signed and then an injury, contract rescinded and was on my own. that loss could have effected me much longer, but I didn’t let that happen. and believe me having that opportunity and then losing it is harder to deal with than losing an admin position.

          • kasia54

            Oh, so that’s why you’re so mean. You ‘re a frustrated baseball player. Got it. Makes sense.

          • Marissa Sue Sis

            Marcus, Well that explains a lot, you are all about you and no one else, what makes your loss that much more special then mine, is your home and your child’s future at stake, you really are part of the problems of this country not the solution. Let me guess you have a supportive family who will bail you out if need be and no one depending on you, you should be ashamed of yourself for your callousness.

          • Marcus Maxon

            way past that now…that was 17 years ago. just pointing out career paths. Now I’m a successful entrepreneur…people have to know how to move on.

          • Marissa Sue Sis

            People would love to move on. However, we are not talking about 17 years ago, we are talking about the here and now and the basic survival of over 1.6 million people. I hate not working and the 15 years that I put into that position meant a lot to me, I worked incredibly hard working my way up, but more importantly, it meant a lot to my children and their futures. In an earlier response you stated your loss was greater then mine because of how hard you had worked back then. There are a lot of assumptions in that statement, not to mention arrogance. While you are busy judging, just spend a moment and think of not being able to provide for your family, knowing that you will lose your home you have paid for, your car, with no idea where you will go or how to put food in their mouths. Please think about telling your child who has worked so hard that she won’t be able to attend College because you don’t have the funds for a deposit. I fought cancer and lost my womb (would you rather I would have passed on) and after battling that and giving well over a decade to my employer (not to mention all my savings on medical bills), I was then replaced by someone who they pay half of what they paid me. They actually replaced my job with two positions and the two together are paid less than what my income was. Please don’t ever judge something with such disregard. I also put my family first, have no family back up and yet still volunteer in my community and put people up who have already lost their homes in my home until they can find somewhere else to go. It seems to me you are trying to prove to us all that we need to move on and that you are a better person for having done so 17 years ago. As I recall, things were much different as far as starting over at that time in this country. I hope that you and your family never have to experience these circumstances. I don’t quite understand why you are in this discussion. Is it just to feel superior or do you truly think the lot of us haven’t been trying day and night just to find any kind of employment? How lucky you are that you can judge and mock those of us who have worked hard our entire lives. We do indeed expect some help from the government in the economic situation that this country is in, due to the choices our government put us in. WE do expect them to step up and help. We have worked hard and earned it. Regardless of whether the jobs we worked at were up to your standards or not. Would you take in a friend that has lost everything, or would you mock them and teach your children to do the same. We WANT to work, are we not making that clear. I will gladly move on, there are no jobs. Seriously, what is your stake in this, other then to hurt those already hurting. I have to say and you need to know, you may be in a better place in life then I am, but you are no better than any one of us and as you said life happens. What will you do when it happens to you later in life with almost grown children depending on you to see them through. I am truly saddened by attitudes such as yours and feel sorry for children growing up in such an arrogant and entitled household, because life will happen to them also and there will be a reality check. I may be losing everything, but I still have empathy and compassion for others. All of your patronizing posts show what kind of person you are and I don’t believe it’s mean. It is a willful ignorance of what is truly being lost by so very many people who want nothing more to move on as you continue to so glibly say.

          • Marcus Maxon

            saying you want to move on and actually doing it is what separates the doers and wannabes. You’ll have a 17 years from now point in your life too…time stops for no one. And you…talk about someone making it all about themself. Oh and puhleeze everyone thinks they have worked incredibly hard.
            I’m am here to call out phonies and bash the harmful liberal mentality that has seeped into this great country.
            My motivation and ambitions are greater than a car payment or a can of soup….it is something you can’t even begin to imagine or would be equipped to manage. No you’re where you belong.

          • Marissa Sue Sis

            Marcus, Well that explains a lot, you are all about you and no one else, what makes your loss that much more special then mine, is your home and your child’s future at stake, you really are part of the problems of this country not the solution. Let me guess you have a supportive family who will bail you out if need be and no one depending on you, you should be ashamed of yourself for your callousness

          • Marcus Maxon

            People in general are about themselves. I know how I felt and what it meant to me, you know how you feel. I know I lost a lot more in the big picture and I worked too hard to let it go so easily, but I had to for the sake of moving on. Yes my family is supportive but they are not my financial back up plan. I have my own family and its growing, so they are my number one priority.

          • Marissa Sue Sis

            (and it’s affected, not effected) If you are trying to make people feel smaller than you, at the very least you could try to sound as superior as you feel.

          • Marcus Maxon

            maybe one of these sites can give you typo police gig.

        • mikem42

          Marcus Maxon aka Marky: Paying rent definitely is an economic stimulus. What do you think happens to that money? The landlord just puts it in his mattress maybe, or possibly he spends it out in the community. Money keeps flowing, and that is stimulus. Econ 101

  • Fred

    I am 62 years old, have served my country, never been on welfare or unemployment. No one will hire me. Now that i need what i have worked for, where is it. Have never voted Republican and this is an example why. Obama, step up to the plate, use your authority and do what you have to do for the people that put you in office…

    • Perla Nera

      I know very well the issue of being “older” and no one will even consider hiring you, that said there are jobs out there. At 62 you can collect social security and still work part time without losing FICA benefits – I think the limit is around $15,700 before you start losing some FICA money, but even that adds credits to your payout.

      The one thing you said that I consider a “fault” is that you have never voted for a Republican, why? I’ve voted for both parties, I vote for the best person rather than blind loyalty.

      You blame Republicans for cutting off (your?) unemployment, but that means you’ve had at least 6 months – probably more – is anything going to really change in 3 more months or will you be back to the same place blaming one party for the lack of a job? A helping hand should not become a lifestyle, but you earned your Social Security – you have options.

      Last July North Carolina cut state basic benefits to 19 weeks – the result? Unemployment rates went down 2 percent.

      • hellhound55

        what is it with you people who still think that unemployment is some welfare handout? Unemployment rates go down because people go off the records when they are done with benefits. That doesn’t mean the unemployment rate goes down like suddenly those people have jobs. It just means they are likely now on welfare and food stamps because they can finally qualify because they are officially destitute. People aren’t collecting unemployment as a lifestyle …that is absurd. Most people who are on unemployment have worked most of their lives and now late in life they find themselves out of work and unable to find anything..even a low paying crappy job. There are 100′s of applicants for every job and companies are in no hurry to hire people, especially older people. So stop trying to protect either political party, Neither one has done anything to help the economy.

        • RealityChick

          Unemployment ahas always been a LIMITED benefit . It was never intended to be extended into infinity on demand . Extending the benefits is indeed a benefit that is not supported by the paid “premium” .
          If you are requesting a benefit you never earned it is more than “welfare” .

      • kasia54

        This is hysterical! You sounded pretty convincing until you used NC’s declining unemployment rate. LOL! It went down because they lost their benefits and are no longer being tracked! *shakes head*

        • Perla Nera

          It’s a lot more complicated than what you project. I used NC as an example because they are one of a handful of states that limit IU to under 26 weeks (FL, GA, MI, MS, SC, are the others).

          IU on a basic level is state run and managed, on the “extended level” it is federally funded by mandating states borrow additional funds from the Federal Government which have to be paid back with interest AND that also raises the cost that employers have to pay into the fund – in addition to paying back the mandated federal “loans”.

          During the height of the recession, extended IU (over the basic state 26 weeks) was 99 weeks, that’s already been cut back to 40 to 73 weeks, except NC who refused to do the dance. NC was stuck with 2.8 Billion in mandated borrowed Federal funds – they are ahead of schedule paying it off.

          All money you get from the Federal Government comes with a catch – same as extending Medicaid under the ACA – but that’s another discussion.

          • Jane

            You’re spreading false information, Perla. First of all, the states that only offer 20 weeks are AR, MO, SC, FL, GA and MI. Did you know that at the end of 2014, MO will have a $4 million surpus in unemployment insurance funds? That by reducing benefits to 20 weeks, it will save employers $186 million per year? Where do you suppose these savings will be spent? New jobs? No. These savings are going into the pockets of these employers. That’s only one state. This money, like our Republican Congress, is not working toward job creation to put these long term unemployed back to work and if they don’t do that, what do they expect from people looking for jobs in an economy that has 3 unemployed persons for every job? They’re putting the horse before the cart. Eventually, extended benefits need reduced or removed, but before cutting off the lifeline, create new jobs to put these people back to work.

            Our Republican Congress has an agenda and that agenda is exacting a political vendetta and using unemployed citizens as hostage. They need to find a new platform that doesn’t leave people hanging in the balance while they play political games.

          • Perla Nera

            >>Our Republican Congress has an agenda and that agenda is exacting a political vendetta and using unemployed citizens as hostage.<<

            Nice talking point, completely groundless, but nice try …

          • Jane

            Care to provide a source to your information? After your previous post of misinformation, I can’t take you at your word.

            And groundless? Republicans will not pass this bill because they can’t amend it. And the amendments they want to add include repealing Obamacare so again, they have an agenda. You can blindly follow a political party and shrug off what you don’t want to hear as groundless, but read up on these amendments they wanted to add to the bill in order to pass it. Like it or not, they are holding the unemployed hostage in an attempt to repeal Obamacare, among other things.

          • Perla Nera

            Your link just proves my point that MO revised their exposure to extending IU and they are taking steps to pay back the federal money, just as NC is, the brief news article gives no details other than they are paying the funds back and employers are paying 4X normal IU premiums to repay the debt.

            Here is one of my sources – CRS is the nonpartisan and a part of the Library of Congress (policy wonks).

            https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS22954.pdf

            As an aside, I do not blindly follow any political party, but are you sure you don’t ?

          • Jane

            I’m positive. I do not associate to either party, but in this situation, I’m calling a spade a spade.

            And your point was not that MO revised their UI to repay. Unless, of course, saying “If MO manages to pay back to the Federal Government over $574 million dollars by the end of 2014 that’s amazing !! We need those guys running DC !!” in an attempt to be condescending. In fact, they’ll have it paid back before the end of 2014.

            Again, Republicans have an agenda. Whether you chose to see it or not is of no concern to me, but when someone can’t even present accurate facts regarding unemployment, it’s only adding fuel to a raging fire.

          • Perla Nera

            Obviously you did not read the CRS reports

          • SISSY

            WHO CARES!!!! THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY ARE HURTING – THEY NEED JOBS, FOOD, MONEY – WHO HELPS US???? WE HELP OTHER COUNTRIES BUILD AND LET THEM BORROW – THIS IS A NON TOPIC – I DO AGREE THOUGH THAT THAT UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE NEEDS A REFORM THAT WHEN YOU UNEMPLOYED THEY SHOULD OFFER YOU TRAINING ON SOMETHING ELSE IN THE FEILDS THAT ARE HIRING AND DON’T AGE DISCRIMINATE

          • Perla Nera

            Try something new, look JUST at the fiscal facts. I know this doesn’t allow for real people that need assistance feelings or stories.

            Remove any name calling, talking points, evil republicans, pure as snow progressives, or any other BS misdirection – JUST look at the fiscal facts.

            THEN you will understand how I approach my posts. By the way, I’ve been married for over 35 years and have been in public service industries for over 40 – I am immune to insults and name calling.

          • Perla Nera

            The Affordable Care Act is not being tied to IU in any way. As much as I’d like to discuss the ACA, that’s got nothing to do with unemployment insurance benefits.

          • Jane
          • Perla Nera

            Seriously?

            Harry Reid, the most political person on the Hill, says something and THAT is a fact? Where in the “blog” does it say any Republican offered an amendment tied to the ACA? Reid said he would not allow it, where does he say it was even suggested?

            If you are getting your hard facts from blogs and short news clips but refuse to read actual non-partisan reports like CRS, CBO, or even the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (who btw, thinks IU is good as far as economic sense) then we have nothing to discuss. I’m done….

          • Jane

            My work here is done. Again, if you choose to bury your head in the sand, that’s of no concern to me and even your attempts to discredit the source rather than admit you spoke out of turn are a dead end.

            I read your “reports” edited and re-edited as your replies were, and it didn’t change what I already said. You couldn’t even get the correct states with reduced unemployment terms so I understand why you feel the need to discredit anyone who can see that you’re not as informed as you’d like to appear.

            Good day to you. ;)

          • Jane

            http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?r113:5:./temp/~r113eQLTDq:e46769:

            Library of Congress work for you? Or will you discredit it as well?

          • Perla Nera

            Thomas is the LoC list serve for legislation, it’s not a pro or con it’s a legislative information posting of bills.

            I prefer Legislative Information Service over Thomas, but its a similar listing service.

            Your link doesn’t work so I can’t see what bill you are referring to or how much traction it has – you realize there are 10,000 or so bills introduced over the course of a Congress – many are just messaging efforts.

            You might look again at actual NC numbers as to results after July 1, 2013 when NC discontinued all extended UI benefits.

            https://www.ncesc1.com/pmi/rates/PressReleases/County/NR_Dec2013_CountyRates_M.pdf

          • Jane

            NC discontinuing extended benefits has absolutely nothing to do with your denial that ACA was in any way tied to the extension bill. That is one of the several amendments Republicans want to add to the bill before they will pass it. I could research it for you, or you could get more informed yourself so you don’t continue to spread false information. I stumbled on it while doing research for work. It shouldn’t be that difficult for you to find.

            BTW – A 6 month period is by no means accurate enough to base any major decisions on.

          • Perla Nera

            Federal unemployment benefits tied to the ACA? Yeah I’d like to see where that was part of any legislative package – not some trial balloon offered by someone or the media to test a reaction.

            Show me current legislation having to do with current federal extended unemployment extensions that having expired as of 12.31.13, and I’ll gladly concede.

          • Perla Nera

            your link doesn’t work, but Thomas is a legislative list serve which shows legislative bills that have been introduced.

            I have no idea how that would prove anything.
            I prefer Legislative Information System (www.Congress.gov).

            This is just my opinion, but I think you need to understand the difference between serious legislation and legislation designed for “messaging” – hint, to score political points from a party’s base rather than actually get something done.

          • Jane

            Ah, gotcha. Rather than admit you were wrong, you’re discrediting the source.. again.

            Also, I work for the government so I don’t need your condescending “hints” or advice. I deal with governmental budgets all day. Spare me the condescending tone.

            The truth is, members of the Republican party want Obamacare repealed or at least the mandate stalled for one year and they want this amendment attached to the EUC bill. Believe it or don’t believe it. It doesn’t change that it’s out there for any intelligent person to see.

            And finally, please stop referring to it as IU. It is UI as in Unemployment Insurance.

          • Perla Nera

            There is no way you work with government budgets. Your arguments deal in emotion rather that fiscal facts and you “fault” one political party over another.

            I did not discredit Thomas, I just find Legislative Information System easier to use and more complete.

            Besides your link didn’t work so I have no idea what bill you were talking about. Give me a bill number.

            The ACA and extended employment insurance are two completely different issues, and I’m not going to hijack this thread to discuss the ACA and its taxes/mandates.
            I’ve stated many times in this discussion that I am not for or against extended unemployment benefits,

            I have just discussed the fiscal facts/factors without tossing emotion in there, something you obviously are unable to do.

            I’ll be happy to discuss “federal budgets” and $17.3 trillion dollars of debt along with $245 billion dollar of federal interest every year with you, if that discussion comes up – this one is about IU extensions.

          • Jane

            It doesn’t matter if you believe my employment, but you basically called me a liar which is ironic coming from someone who is so inaccurate in the information you present as fact.

            Go to congress.gov since you’ve already claimed it as reputable (until you find something you don’t like, no doubt) . Find the EUC bill that is currently on the table. Check out some of the amendments yourself. I’ll even provide you the link since you seem incapable or unwilling to find it yourself.

            http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/senate-bill/1845/amendments

            Check out Amendment 2609 or 2623 or 2624 and come back and tell me again how EUC and ACA are totally unrelated. I suppose pension smoothing is directly related to UI (not IU) or extending Medicare cuts, also directly related to UI.

            I really see no reason to continue this discussion with you. I simply found that information doing some research for work (U.S. Government) and thought I’d share it with you. Some people simply refuse to expand their knowledge. Maybe you’re one of those people. I do know there’s nothing further to say if you chose to bury your head in the sand.

          • Perla Nera

            Senate Bill 1845 (S. 1845)

            S. AMDT 2603 has to do with a requirement to include a SSN to file for a Child Tax Credit Refund – this targets illegals that claim tax credits for their kids without a SSN or ITIN – nothing to do with the ACA.

            S. SMDT 2623 and 2624 are unrelated “wish list” type add on’s having to do with flat tax, enterprise zones and other unrelated legislation. This is not uncommon in the Senate or even in the House, but even so I don’t see where the ACA is being tied to Expended Federal Unemployment Benefits in any of the amendments.

            I don’t know what you do for the US Gov – since you say you do, but even if you do work for the US Gov – it’s SURE not in Budget matters or Legislation.

          • Jane

            It must be amazing being you, knowing so much more than others, right down to what they do for a living. How self-righteous can one person be? lol

            Here’s the deal. I don’t care if you believe where I work or what I do for a living. Truth be told, I don’t believe you’ve ever worked a day in your life. You’re a middle aged woman who’s stayed at home while the spouse earned the living. There’s NO WAY you’re EVER been employed. Did I do it right?

            The writing is clearly there in the amendment – hint, use ctrl F to find it. I did and it worked amazingly well!! Man, I swear, you sure need a lot of handholding to get new information so here goes – straight out of Amendment 2609 (no clue where you got 2603 but probably from the same place you got IU)

            SA 2611. Mr. COATS submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 1845, to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

            Effective Date.–The amendments made by this section

            shall take effect as if included in section 1501 of the

            Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

            SEC. __. DELAY IN APPLICATION OF EMPLOYER HEALTH INSURANCE MANDATE.

            (a) In General.–Section 1513(d) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is amended by striking “December 31, 2013” and inserting “December 31, 2014”.

            (b) Reporting Requirements.–

            (1) Reporting by employers.–Section 1514(d) of the Patient

            Protection and Affordable Care Act is amended by striking

            “December 31, 2013” and inserting “December 31, 2014”.

            (2) Reporting by insurance providers.–Section 1502(e) of

            the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is amended by

            striking “2013” and inserting “2014”.

            (c) Effective Date.–The amendments made by this section

            shall take effect as if included in the provision of the

            Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to which they

            relate.

            Can you please just give it up already? You’re wrong, as hard as that is for you to believe. Sheesh.

          • Jane

            Wow, are you for real? lol

            Not only do you insult me and call me a liar, you can’t even read the context of an amendment. Hint – use ctrl F. It’s there. Look for it. It’s there, in clear and easy to read text. I’m done holding your hand. Some people simply cannot be educated.

            You’re clearly a Republican and you are debating based on political belief and not the facts so to judge me seems hypocritical.

            And finally, the fact that I am capable of feeling emotion, having seen the impact this has on seasonal employees and a family member, is something I am of proud of and is a pathetic basis for judging someone. Judge all you wish.

          • Jane

            It must be amazing being you, knowing so much more than others, right down to what they do for a living. How self-righteous can one person be? lol

            Here’s the deal. I don’t care if you believe where I work or what I do for a living. Truth be told, I don’t believe you’ve ever worked a day in your life. You’re a middle aged woman who’s stayed at home while the spouse earned the living. There’s NO WAY you’re EVER been employed. Did I do it right?

            The writing is clearly there in the amendment – hint, use ctrl F to find it. I did and it worked amazingly well!! Man, I swear, you sure need a lot of handholding to get new information so here goes – straight out of Amendment 2609 (no clue where you got 2603 but probably from the same place you got IU)

            SA 2611. Mr. COATS submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 1845, to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

            Effective Date.–The amendments made by this section
            shall take effect as if included in section 1501 of the
            Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

            SEC. __. DELAY IN APPLICATION OF EMPLOYER HEALTH INSURANCE MANDATE.

            (a) In General.–Section 1513(d) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is amended by striking “December 31, 2013” and inserting “December 31, 2014”.
            (b) Reporting Requirements.–
            (1) Reporting by employers.–Section 1514(d) of the Patient
            Protection and Affordable Care Act is amended by striking
            “December 31, 2013” and inserting “December 31, 2014”.
            (2) Reporting by insurance providers.–Section 1502(e) of
            the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is amended by
            striking “2013” and inserting “2014”.
            (c) Effective Date.–The amendments made by this section
            shall take effect as if included in the provision of the
            Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to which they
            relate.

            Can you please just give it up already? You’re wrong, as hard as that is for you to believe. Sheesh.

          • SISSY

            AND THAT WAS OVER A YEAR AGO – “NEXT” !!!!!!!

          • kasia54

            Blah blah blah. I am speaking to your citing unemployment falling in NC after they cut benefits. Has anyone interviewed those who were cut off? Geez, I hired the government officials to take care of me — I did my part — paid taxes for decades; still did on my EUI. I don’t want excuses why they can’t help me; just like if I didn’t pay my taxes — they wouldn’t want excuses from me. It’s simple — they looted our money and now they won’t help us! It’s not complicated at all.

          • Perla Nera

            Extended benefits were 99 weeks during the recession, they have ALL been cut to well under that (the trigger has to do with state unemployment figures as to how many weeks of extended benefits over the basic 26).

            I’ll say again, I have not taken a position for or against IU or extended IU, I’m just discussing the issue without personal attacks.

          • kasia54

            Fair enough. Yes, I am angry to the point of being disturbed.

          • Marcus Maxon

            get off the govt dole. being on it can cause the problems you’re suffering with now.

          • SISSY

            AND AGAIN YOUR A VERY IGNORANT PERSON – MAYBE GO READ A BOOK OR READ SOME BLOGS ON HOW PEOPLE ARE BECOMING HOMELESS WITH FAMILIES AND PETS. NO PLACE TO GO – COUCH SURF – A WEEK HERE A WEEEK THERE. SEE HOW YOU LIKE IT WATCH – MARK MY WORDS THE ECOMONY WILL GET WORSE AT A RATE OF 70 TO 80 THOUSAND A WEEK ROLLING OFF THE 26 WEEKS OF UI – WE WILL BE BACK IN A RECESSION AGAIN BY SUMMER – WATCH THE STOCK PLUMET

          • kasia54

            And Marcus! you can get off your high horse. Your time is coming. You may be financially set, but there are other kinds of desperation. The mighty all do eventually fall.

          • Marissa Sue Sis

            I’m sorry Perla, but the way you phrase things does come off as you judging, this isn’t about welfare, because if you haven’t worked you don’t get unemployment. I’m not going to cite all kinds of legislature and the like, I am looking at the 1.6 million plus people, 70,000 added weekly who have worked paid their taxes and are being dismissed by the government because we mean nothing to them and this is an election year. BTW-yes 3 months would help considerably. I have been filing since they cut me off mid January and that would at least get me to spring.

          • kasia54

            Blah blah blah. I don’t want excuses why they can’t help me … They wouldn’t accept excuses from me if I didn’t pay my taxes! They looted our funds and now cry broke when we need help. Do what I elected you to do. No fricken excuses. It’s not complicated at all.

      • Janeen Dunn

        Grrr I typed a long response three times and it got deleted. The jist of it republicans lack analytical skills.

        • Perla Nera

          pretty broad brush to paint every republican one way, which assumes democrats are the opposite.

      • Jason Wegman

        hey Fred listen to this might change your mind. Say your in a car accident you have been paying your premiums forever. One day your child is hit in a horrible accident. Now your kid lays in the hospital clinging to life. Insurance company steps in and says Fred… the insurance to save your kids life is just too much money so sorry about your luck. Now i have worked in the labor force my whole life. One day my company lays off 2500 workers all with the same skill set. Now i have been paying my “premiums” into unemployment for 17 years. Are you yelling me that i don’t deserve more time to find work in an over saturated market? If it happened to you i bet your answer would be different

        • Perla Nera

          I don’t know who Fred is, but since you addressed me, I’ll just say I don’t believe I’ve expressed a for or against opinion of unemployment – I’ve just discussed the program and issue.

          It should be noted that the cost of unemployment is paid for by the employer, not the employee. Yes I’ve heard the opinion that as pat of the over all employee compensation this is considered by the employer, just as matching FICA costs are paid by the employer, but I don’t think that is much of a factor on the actual hourly wage an employee gets since its charged at a base rate of 6 percent on the first $7,000 of wages only. This amount can be discounted to an employer based on a number of factors, but still its only charged on the first $7,000 of gross wages.

          Something else to consider, once a state accepts federal extended benefits, THAT money has to be paid back with interest and THAT costs an employer even more which depresses available payroll funds for future hires. In other words, extending unemployment benefits now costs future hires and or wage increases, until those funds are repaid.

          The whole thing is not as simple as the talking points published or just “extending benefits” a few more months.

      • SISSY

        DO YOU WORK PERLA? WELL I HAVE FOR OVER 25 YEARS SOMETIMES 2 JOBS WHEN I WAS YOUNGER – DON’T WORRY ABOUT 3 MONTHS FROM NOW IT BEING THE SAME THING CAUSE EVERYDAY YOU HAVE TO HAVE HOPE BUT AGE DOES PLAY A FACTOR AND I KNOW IT – I’M IN MY LATE 40′S NEVER TOOK A HANDOUT AND NOW WILL BECOME HOMELESS IF SOMETHING DOES NOT GIVE CAUSE WHAT THEY GAVE ME 405 MINUS TAXES A WEEK DIDN’T EVEN PAY MY RENT – SO EVERYTHING ELSE LIKE FOOD, GAS, ELECTRIC, CABLE, CAR NOTE INSURANCE MEDICAL ALL CAME FROM WHAT I SAVED FROM WORKING

    • Marissa Sue Sis

      if you have never been on unemployment you should qualify for at least 26 weeks Fred? Have you tried?

    • blogcity

      Obama IS using his authority, as well as usurping the authority of
      Congress. He is trying to keep you, and the rest of America, in this
      cauldron, fighting one another, instead of focusing on the reasons you,
      and others, are out of work——his policies. Maybe it’s time you look
      at the root of the problem and decide to never again vote Democrat.

    • RealityChick

      If people like you had voted Republican , a lot fewer would be looking for the EXTENDED pay for not working . At 62 you should be prepared to retire and cash in all that big Socialist Security cash anyhow . By requesting Obama to “step up to the plate ” (Subvert Congress and the balance of power) to give you unearned benefits it is easy to understand why you vote Liberal .

  • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

    Unemployment was never intended to be a long-term disbursement. We cannot afford to keep people on unemployment, indefinitely. There are far more Americans who support legislators not willing to spend money that we do not have.

    We do not believe those people that continue to take unemployment (a year or so later) are actively looking for work. Good jobs are available. Will you make what you did, no. Not likely. But, you must get a job. The longer you stay out of the workforce, the harder it will be for you to get a job. We hope they place requirements on all so-called “unemployment payments.” You must work somewhere to be approved for supplemental income benefits.

    • David Buck

      Actually, that is exactly what one aspect of UI is intended for. To belay the effect that unemployment has on the economy as a whole. These payments are “instant stimulus” to an economy that has stagnated due to 5 years of blatant obstructionism from the far right. This is ridiculous. Not to mention the fact that much of this unemployment issue is derived from the mess that happened BEFORE President Obama took office.

      • Richard Tebaldi

        B.S.!~

        • andrew smith

          If that is the best you can come up with please stop commenting your ignorance is annoying.

          • Richard Tebaldi

            Andrew you are a lemming follower of the weakest President I’ve seen since I started voting in ’62. I can only conclude you are a delusional misfit with no guts and poor guidance. And no, I will NOT stop commenting because you ask me not to! Why would I take a Lemmings position with your B.S.?

          • kasia54

            Wow, pops. Age certainly hasn’t helped you to mature, has it? You’d fit right in with the current administration with that attitude. Since you insist that you are right, let me educate you that even the CBO agrees that extendingEUI will increase our GDP. Read and learn,Richard, read and learn.
            http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/economy/news/2014/01/10/81927/5-reasons-congress-must-extend-unemployment-insurance/

    • Vikki Schmitt

      I am almost 63 yrs old with a deteriorating spine which affects how I walk. Ive been on countless interviews and as soon as I walk in you can feel the urgency to get rid of me. Don’t tell me I haven’t tried or am picky. You don’t know what you are saying. Typical smug Republican has all the answers. Wait till they come for you.

      • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

        You don’t even know me. You know nothing of my background, what I’ve experienced, what I deal with on a daily basis, nor any clue as to whether I am unemployed or have been in the past.

        You are typical of those that would rather whine about their situation rather than work toward a solution. That is most likely why you can’t regain employment. You may even reek of failure. You and all of those like you that whine and moan about an extension of an extension of an extension of benefits are shameful. It’s an unsustainable path. It appears you and those like you could not care less if this country fails.

        I would like to be understanding and compassionate when dealing with people like you, but to be perfectly candid, you do not deserve it.

        • Sean

          I love how you make such a generic statement, yet you immediately go on the defensive when someone responds to you. You are obviously beyond uneducated in this subject and should probably stick to other topics. I have worked since I was 12 and realize how difficult it is to get a job in this day in age and this is not 1999 where people can just “get a job”. First off Obamacare has basically ruined full time unemployment for many companies who now try to fill each position with part timers to save money on benefits so you are basically looking for a minimum of two part time jobs where each job wants you to be available at any time with varying schedules and not have a second job to accommodate their high turnover rates. Secondly, as I tried to pick up a second job (just to save extra money for a move out of Nevada for better jobs in my actual career) I have gotten interviews from Office Depot, Lowes, Sport Chalet, and Sports Authority and each one of those has been a minimum of 3 interviews each and at least 1 week in between each, meaning it takes AT LEAST a month to get in the door after you are selected. I have a job and have seen firsthand how poor it is and have many friends with horror stories. It is easy to blame the Republicans in this vote and I do, but the health care law made job searching 1000 times more difficult as well. People on unemployment get it because they pay into it in case something happens. You don’t get unemployment because you can’t hold a job and get fired for being an idiot, you have to qualify for it because you were a hard working person unlike welfare. I hope you never have to look for a job in this economy and I hope I will never need to even think of unemployment in my life, but you have to understand it before you come out with such ignorant remarks on how people should get jobs. People are discriminated against because of race, age, sex, disability and just about everything else when it comes to employment and if you don’t think so then you are living in a fantasy world.

          • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

            Typical of you people to claim those with whom you disagree are uneducated. That’s all you’ve got. We can at least agree that Obama, his “principles,” and his lousy administration are largely to blame for the current mess. BTW, if you voted for him, you deserve the consequences.

        • richcreamerybutter

          “You may even reek of failure”

          Stay classy, dude.

        • kasia54

          http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/economy/news/2014/01/10/81927/5-reasons-congress-must-extend-unemployment-insurance/

          Well, aren’t you a helpful American in the time of a crises of proportions we have yet to encounter since the Great Depression. You just go ahead and keep on hating your fellow American and your head in the sand.

          • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

            Again, just as with the others, you do not know me, nor do you know what I do for those less fortunate. Worse for you, I don’t feel a need to brag, so you will go on thinking the way you do. For you and your ilk; ignorance is true bliss. You’re a woeful lot.

    • brbr2424

      We can’t afford to not extend unemployment. I know it is counter intuitive but when you run the numbers which economists do, that is the result.

    • ivan

      Have to wonder what jobs you refer to. The last I read on jobs said there were now about 3 or 4 persons for every job , good or bad . Which means many will not find them soon. If you have a good job, am happy for you. But consider, it was congress who signed trade deals that took thousands of jobs from this nation. And they are still pushing trade deals. I would hope that you never have to go for unemployment funds at any time. But maybe you should take a bit of time and go to an office (employment ) and see what goes on rather than passing judgment on many who are having a hard time with finding work.

      • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

        Share the source so we can at least discus what you read.

    • mikem42

      And so, do you believe that Big Oil deserves the 5 billion dollar subsidy per year that it accepts, while making historic profits? Big Ag, Big Pharma, and just about every big corporation shares in the booty coming out of Congress. And the working people who have no job to go to because of the outsourcing of their jobs should just wither up and die? You may be out of work one day, sooner than you think, because you are dispensible. I trust you will turn down unemployment benefits.

      • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

        I am against ALL subsidies.

        • mikem42

          I am sure you enjoy some government subsidy. Home mortgage interest subsidy, writeoffs for many things involved in running your business, etc. And we never hear from you and the right about being against the huge corporation subsidies as a way to offset budgetary items that are necessary to the well being laid off workers.

        • richcreamerybutter

          Fantastic for you. Small businesses and large businesses have their place in a community. Unless you’re running every aspect of business yourself however, you also need employees with specialized talents depending on your scale.

          If you require a wedding cake or photographer, you can either hire someone or do it yourself. If the wedding date is known a year in advance and you predict you’ll have spare time, you can take a class in cake decorating or photography and perhaps with lots of practice, you can do an acceptable job at one or the other. Or, you can opt to hire someone with years of experience to create the perfect cake, or know exactly how to get the photos you need on the fly.

          The same goes for running a small business. It’s a skill (which partially relies on luck) that requires different levels of energy and focus. Sometimes you can focus on your primary talent and also the business end with success, but if the business starts to grow you inevitably need to choose where your personal resources will be allocated. I’ve seen way too many small businesses fail because the owner lacked the proper knowledge. It’s also apparently uncool to admit you have neither the patience nor the desire for the business end of things…even if it’s too late.

          This is why it’s absurd when some business owners say “well just start your own business!” in response to the unemployed. If responsibly established, the new business owner will have educated his or herself through classes and research. A financial investment is also a necessity, something many unemployed people lack.

      • Perla Nera

        Sigh…. the “Big Oil Subsidy” talking point – use snopes, fact-check, whatever you want, there is NO big oil subsidy. Oil companies just like any other company is allowed to deduct the cost of doing business and yes that includes drilling dry holes. Oil companies make 7-8 cents a gal on gasoline, “Government” makes 50 cents a gal and states take even more.

        When you disallow GE and Boeing and Google and Apple their R&D subsidies, then maybe you can toss the oil companies in there too, until then take off the rose colored glasses.

        • mikem42

          So if you actually read my post, you would see that I said just about every big corporation. What didn’t you understand about that? As for big oil, the 5 billion has been acknowledged in many interviews by politicians and pundits for several years, no denial. It is a tax subsidy, loophole or giveaway no matter how you try to defend it. Corporate welfare dwarfs help to low paid citizens. Stop carrying water for the filthy rich.

          • Perla Nera

            I read your post and you are misinformed if you believe that oil companies are treated any different than other companies that deduct R&D expenses.

            I have no interest in “carrying water” for anyone, but I also don’t parrot BS talking points – I actually research facts.

    • Renee’ George-Mauk

      I do work, part time at the only job I can find. I fulfill my unemployment requirements of searching for work. I am a single parent of 2 kids, who can’t get the system to collect my child support so rather then give me my extension you would prefer I’m on welfare. So what you believe is bullshit. I also have a 72 year old mother who worked her whole life. Now her unemployment ran out, she can’t Luce on her social security, tell her she’s lazy and not trying to find work.

    • andrew smith

      I have been unemployed since Oct., this pisses me off because I have been gianfully employed since 2008 when this crap started. Heck I was a small business owner back then. Because of Republican policies I have seen my company go under, luckily I already had a job lined up. Now after working for a manufacturing firm I was laid off by corporate restructuring. Now when I need these extended benefits ( that I have gladly paid for when others have needed them in the past few years) where are they? Being held for ransom by a orange umplompa and his gang of thugs.

      I have been looking for a job since October 1st and I have had 1 interview so far. So tell me where are all of these good jobs you speak of? Please tell us o’ wise one. So the unwashed masses can go to work a McDonalds and live the American dream of working 3 jobs just to make ends meet.

      • Layla

        Is there a contest going on at Roll Call? These stories are pitiful and FALSE. The jobs are going because of Obamacare. Until you figure that out, nothing is going to change.

        • andrew smith

          Are you calling me a liar. I guess you have bought into this republican idea of returning to a simpler time , you know when women couldn’t vote, and were expected to stay home and be subservient to their husbands and not express any opinions.

          Heck your probably one of those women who have never worked a day in her life, or accomplished anything but squeezing out a few more neo-conservative rugrats, and rests on the laurels of her husband.

          See it’s not fun having assumptions made about you by someone who knows a whole paragraph and a half of your life story. Whatever happened to compassion for those in need in this country, isn’t that supposed to be one of the main Christian values?

          I hope next time you need a hand keeping your head above water some republican is there to put his foot on your head and roughly push you on under.

          • Layla

            I haven’t “bought” into any Republican idea. I’m telling you the idiot in the White House you worship and voted for TWICE is steering the country in the direction it is heading. HOPE AND CHANGE!

  • Jay

    It’s unbelievable how the Republicans are doing the long term unemployed by blocking the extension. I can’t understand why it’s even an issue. People are suffering and cannot afford to live. This is not the time to make a point or to play politics. It’s amazing that Republicans are saying the Democrats want to play election year politics. Huh? In the past, Republicans have always voted for the extension when the long term unemployment rate is as high. What’s the difference now? If it’s so called election year politics, what about the other years that weren’t and Democrats and Republicans voted to extend it. Do Republicans not care about people. Goodness.

    • Richard Tebaldi

      Yes, when you’re on the dole because the Dem’s don’t know how to create jobs and putting the screws to small companies by insisting we all pay for illegals, indigents, and dole takers health insurance policies and bailing out the banks with taxpayer money instead of bailing out the taxpayer, and you meatheads can’t tell the difference…. you hired an incompetent President who hired incompetent help and put them in powerful places. It’s been 6 years, meatheads! When do you say “ENOUGH” the buck he claimed “stops here” started “here” and no responsibility has been accepted. BAH on jerkblossoms!

      • mikem42

        I got your meathead. So we go back to the good old days under G.W. Bush, is that it? The country was teetering on collapse under his administration. Everything is getting better with the exception of jobs, and that needs congress to pass legislation to make it happen. You surely know nothing about living a Christian life as portrayed in the gospel of Matthew.

        • Richard Tebaldi

          unlike you, mikem42, I don’t need an orthodox religion that has been so corrupted by “humans” as a guide to lead a “good life.” I can understand the difference without dictating to me what’s right and whats wrong and their “do as I say not as I do” attitude. So I’ve chosen to ignore much of the “history” of my previous religion for my own integrity! Unfortunately, they’ve convinced you that Obama is God and cannot do wrong. You are a lemming! DO integral justice before making decisions before you and yours take this Country into hell!

          • mikem42

            Gosh Richie, why did you put humans in quotes? Are you not one of us? And me a lemming?? My God man, anyone who know me will set you straight on that, as I am as much a contrarian as can be found. I make up my own mind, and frankly, what you do or don’t believe about yours or my religion doesn’t interest me. You seem to have a need there, and I hope you sort it out some day.

    • brbr2424

      Not only do they not care about people but they don’t compare about the economy. A vote to extend isn’t even about compassion, it’s about what is best for the economy.

      • Truth

        Exactly. It should be a no brainer. Then Republicans say people on unemployment don’t look for work. It makes them lazy. Wow, that’s what they think about our citizens. I know many people that are unemployed and they want to work. They know the benefits don’t last forever. Making 1200 a week and 400 a week on unemployment. Get for real.

      • Layla

        How’s all this Hope and Change working for you? Sucks, does it?

    • wrigney

      The “difference” is……there’s a “black” guy in the White House. Unless you can think of an alternate reason?

      • enzomedici

        I agree that we should extend unemployment benefits. If there’s a trillion dollars to help out big banks and billions more for useless wars, then we can find the money for the unemployed. But there are legitimate reasons things are going south. 1) Obamacare is hurting jobs because companies are hiring less people and forcing others to work less than 32 hours a week. Obamacare requirements force big companies to pay millions more in taxes. My company will have to pay $150 million a year due to Obamacare, so do you think we are hiring more people now? No, we are not. 2) Raising minimum wages sounds like a good idea, but the reality is that it only discourages employers from hiring more workers, they just make everyone else work harder if need be. 3) The Senate won’t pass GOP job bills because they wouldn’t be able to live with themselves if a GOP idea passed and actually worked. Clinton had no problem doing this though. 4) Democrats don’t want to lower taxes and spur job growth, which they should be eager to do. 5) Democrats won’t build the Keystone Pipeline which would add some jobs.

        • wrigney

          All your points sound good on paper…..but unfortunately, they are just pipe dreams.

          What you just placed forward as a solution is “Trickle Down Economics/Reaganomics.”

          Reagan tried it, Bush also. FAILED because you can’t regulate GREED. Nice thoughts though.

          Try again.

          • Layla

            Wrigney, I think I heard your boss just call you….The DNC need someone to go get more stamps.

  • MrSmith

    Harry blocked UI again with a ‘poison pill’- by making elderly pensioners pay for it.
    If media was factual he’d be forced to accept Ayotte’s plan to pay for it by eliminating a well-known means of tax fraud. That has bi-partisan support.
    But with Harry and his minions it’s ‘their way or the highway’ and the unemployed can go jump in a lake if they don’t like it.

    • brbr2424

      Wow, wow, wow. Both Ayotte and Reid voted for it. The Republicans demanded that the costs be paid for. The Democrats said “ok”. Not all elderly pensioners would pay more, only the Koch bros and their economic peers and a bunch of young people also.

      • Layla

        And here I thought these comments were genuine! When all along it’s just been more partisan bullcrap coming from Congress.

        You ALL NEED TO BE FIRED.

    • Vikki Schmitt

      Bullshit. It is the Republicans who want to get rid of Unemployment period, nobody else. They did it in NC and are now working on getting rid of it nationwide. They care nothing about whose lives are ruined, they don’t care about anyone at all other than their rich friends. The cocky talking Koolaiders who continue to vote for them will get theirs in due time, that’s a given. See how smug their comments are then.

  • Richard Tebaldi

    The only reason the Dem’s need to dole out more unemployment “entitlements” is because they don’t know how to help Americans get more jobs. Actually, they do, but it was an Republican idea, and THAT won’t pass muster with Dem’s! If it’s not an “ObamaPlan” he squashes it! If Dem’s did not exist we’d have jobs!

    • andrew smith

      See comment above, you ignorant a**!

      • Layla

        You’re the ignorant one, to keep voting for more welfare from Democrats.

  • jimv8673

    I cant believe that the congress blocked this again. Well now you will see what happens when people lose all hope. And by the way, its not just the Republicans. When two men see a person on fire, they dont spend months in debate about the cost of putting out the fire, they help the person and then figure out the cost later. This is two groups of politicians, that only care about their own paychecks, and how many vacations they get a year. My solution…Dont vote for any incumbent in any election up coming, clean the slate, yep… what we get will most likely be just as bad, but at least the long term unemployed wont be lonely anymore. We will get all new faces.

    • Andy Boley

      Its okay to vote this down by the same people who pays their wages while in office along with reaping a huge retirement pension at hands of the same American Taxpayer they are cutting off. Yes, I would say its a corrupt system!

    • andrew smith

      That’s my plan as well, no incumbents.

  • brbr2424

    Let’s see a map of the unemployment rate in the states of the Republican senators that blocked the bill.

    • kasia54

      Mark Kirk, who had a stroke, voted no. Illinois senator, no less! We are the third highest in unemployment.

      • Layla

        and you keep right on voting in the same people, don’t you, Kasia?

    • Layla

      More desperate DNC politics. Who runs the Senate? Who’s got the majority in the Senate? HINT: It’s not the Republicans.

  • Garbonzo

    As we learned from the administration on Tuesday after the CBO reported on 2.5 million people would”choose” to work less hours because of government subsidies for healthcare insurance. Why should unemployment benefits be any different? Sorry d-bags, you can’t have it both ways!

    • brbr2424

      I pity you and your ignorance. People are tied to their jobs because of the healthcare and having pre-existing conditions. They would leave their jobs (not eligible for unemployment) and start a business or stay home with the kids. r-bags like people starting businesses or so they claim.

      • Garbonzo

        So if they choose to stay home with their kids, I should have to pay for it why? I started my own business. No subsidies, handouts, tax payer provided insurance. And because of the Obama economy my business has suffered. Instead of shutting down my business and collecting never ending unemployment checks (a system I have paid I to for 30 years and never once have collected on)we down sized, rented out the house we own and moved into a smaller and cheaper place, I have picked up part time work far below my skill set to help fill in the gaps, and trimmed our budget in half. Sorry if I have no sympathy for whining little progressive d-bags.

        • kasia54

          Well, golly. You are really special, then, aren’t you?

          • Layla

            Well, she’s working! You said you weren’t. And you keep voting Democrat. If you’re going to continue to do that, quit the bitching.

        • andrew smith

          Uuu dude my company went under because of this economy and it was W’s fault not the current administration who put us in this mess. Get your facts straight.

          • Garbonzo

            In 2003 and again in 2005 when George Bush was trying to slow the housing bubble down by requiring Fannie and Freddy to be capitalized like normal banks; Teddy, Chrissy, Barney, Chucky, Dicky, Barry, Hillary and the rest of the Hitler youth were threatening him with filibusters. They killed the reforms that could have stoped this whole mess from happening. Don’t get me wrong, the Shrub and Republicans had plenty of culpability in the whole thing, but the D-baggers were just as responsible. My business did fine through. 2011. So it was Obama’s economy by then, in fact it was Obama’s “recovery” by then. The “recovery” that is so weak it defies Econ 101. Welcome to the Obama Dragdown Economy where income equality is defined as everyone being as equally poor. My business catered to wealthy people. Very wealthy people. When their taxes got jacked up by Obama, a lot of them cut back.

        • richcreamerybutter

          Perhaps your business failed because of your own doing.

      • left wing

        yes, your ignorance is pitiful brbr

      • Layla

        Your first sentence gives you away. That’s when most stop reading.

    • brbr2424

      Does the other person in your photo appreciate being associated with your angry and hateful rants?

  • helpless

    Why am I not surprised. My husband has over 2 doz apps n resume s out there and he calls them every week. He is still with out an interview and is only been unemployed for just over 6 months. We r struggling now but I try to remind him how fortunate we r to only feel the affect now as opposed to all those who lost their benefits on dec. 28. Republicans need a reality check notn only is this affecting the unemployed but their families as well the children don’t deserve any of this. But ppl can keep raising money to support ppl in other countries but can’t help their own wtf

    • Layla

      Helpless, are you aware that the Democrats have the majority in the Senate? Why are you blaming this on Republicans?

      Congress needs a reality check. The need to be voted out of office. All of them.

  • Mark Douglas

    I know there is a lot of frustration out in the General public, for a myriad of reasons. But let’s not get caught up in the same Congressional BS that they constantly use as excuses for not helping the long-suffering Citizens of this Country or of this Economy.
    Obama, the President, isn’t cutting anything or throwing any money away. How
    the Republicans, the opposition, can even remotely associate the President with the blame for their dysfunction and incompetence is beyond my recognition;except, for two very glaring reasons: 1) gerrymandering (Redrawing voting districts-which they seem to forget will be redrawn again) and 2) the very real maxim that if you repeat, long enough, even the most bold-faced lies, some people will began to believe and even repeat them. Some of us will just never forget!!
    We will never forget how petty the opposition was in trying to make the
    President, Harry Reid, Boehner or whoever is the “goat of the day,” look bad.
    The President is the leader of the Executive Branch. Congress has its own
    leaders or lack thereof. Yet the Republicans jump up and down, like grade-schoolers,and try to blame even their own lack of cooperation as the President’s fault. All at the People’s expense. They should all be fired; Period.

    They don’t seem to care that the long-term unemployment rate remains higher than at any point since the Second World War. Nor do they care that every dollar spent on unemployment insurance pumps $1.49 into the broader economy, in other words it halfway pays for itself and every dollar spent on food stamps generates $1.67 for the economy. As a long-suffering, long-term unemployed citizens; who is now without any income for the past two months; I’m done begging the Opposition to please be reasonable, we are in the midst of one of the worse winters in recent memory of my fifty some years of age. Now; I implore my own party, I implore Harry Reid, let’s just give in to their
    extortion. Give them what they ask. Like Gerrymandering, we will just redraw
    the lines later. Let the Citizens eat today. Let us eat Now. They want it paid
    for;, let’s figure out a way to pay for it; then they want to move the lines and
    attach Corporate welfare, attach the corporate welfare, then on top of that they
    want more tax breaks for their rich friends and supporters?; Lets agree to it. We’ll settle up come election day, just let us feed our families today.

    Yours truly, Mark

    • Perla Nera

      Mark – good points but as far as Gerrymandering or re-districting, this is anything BUT party specific on a national level. the 10 year US Census decides population shifts by states, after that is 100% state legislative districting that draws the lines. Red states tend to favor red, blue states blue with about 80% of congressional districts considered “safe” in each election – safe for Dems, safe for GOP and there are “urban” carve out and “rural” carve outs. Redistricting or Gerrymandering depends on STATE governments based on the 10 year Census – not Capital Hill Politics.

    • wrigney

      The Republican Response:
      “We will cooperate with the American people, IF, the people PROMISE to NEVER vote for a “Black” President again. That way, we will never have to govern like this again…….we know its painful……..but, we must……
      “Take Back The Country.”

      • left wing

        and another wrigney racist post

      • Layla

        The Obama racism just never stops, does it? The Great Divider.

    • Layla

      More political partisan bullhockey. This president is one of two things. He is either the dumbest man to live in the White House or he is the most corrupt. He cannot have it both ways.

  • mikem42

    Effing Republicans. They keep saying they would do something differently if in control. If they passed a good jobs bill, it would fly through. They have nothing to offer that benefits the working class, only the affluent They are disgusting and should never be entrusted to the welfare of our citizens.

    • Perla Nera

      Ask the US Senate how many House passed Jobs Bills they are sitting on – then ask how raising the minimum wage and cutting hours through the ACA are helping employers to hire more people.

      • mikem42

        Thank God for the Senate. No bill worth the paper written on has come from the House in 5 years. The country thinks less of the House than any public institution ever, and with good reason. Show me one, just one jobs bill offered or passed by the Boehner led House that would help this country. And we know the ACA is working, and people are finally able to get real insurance at an affordable cost. Let’s hope your job doesn’t get cut or sent overseas. You will have to get in the gravy line.

        • Perla Nera

          Suggest you look up the SKILLS Act passed by the House stuck in limbo in the Senate.

          • mikem42

            An obnoxious bill offered by one of the most far out wing nuts, Virginia Foxx. Passed straight line, and for good reason. No progressive would offer such a bill. If this is your idea of a good jobs bill, I think we have identified the problem.

          • Perla Nera

            Perhaps….but its a Bill that offers job training for older workers and youth. Rather than degrade “any” effort at a jobs bill, you prefer to use the “progressive vs wing nuts” and you wonder why nothing is done? Getting people back to work should not be a red/blue scorecard, it should just be the right thing to do for all involved. Sorry that you think its a political scorecard for a political cause, it shouldn’t be in my opinion.

          • Dee1968

            You are just as clueless as the Republican Party. This is why they are continually elected to office…..the blind leading the blind!

          • mikem42

            Look, I don’t like dipping into the name calling, but since we refer to ourselves as progressives, and that meets derision from the right, and y’all (ha) don’t seem to know what to call yourselves, we have to have some moniker to identify you. As for job training bills, that has been the talk for 30 years. Older folks don’t need job training for jobs that don’t exist. They need jobs first, then they will fill them and learn damn fast how to fulfill them. And really, haven’t you watched, heard and/or read the nonsense from Foxx of North Carolina? Can you support her in all her craziness for real? No scoreboard, because this is not a game, it is serious business and needs fixed by sober and progressive individuals regardless of political party.

          • Perla Nera

            Perhaps I should have picked a different jobs bill stalled in the Senate – I don’t really care about the “politics” of Ms. Foxx, that wasn’t my point.

            The two highest unemployed groups are the young and the older folks, you’ll see comments on this tread and others about older people that are having a hard time getting their foot in the door because they are “over qualified”, etc. etc. the SKILLS Act offered jobs training to both groups specifically, the young and the old(er).

            I’ve been there, after decades of work and experience, having sent out hundreds of resumes, I worked 3 p/t jobs just to get by, averaging 60 hours a week working until 2:00 am and starting the next one at 6:00 am and I did this for over a year – none of these jobs used my skill set – but I saved my home from foreclosure and I drove a car for over 11 years and close to 300k miles. To go from a six figure income to cleaning toilets is not fun, but I did it because I had no choice.

            I never took a penny in “assistance” of any kind, Note that I do not fault anyone from using unemployment or assistance, but I don’t think its helpful if you don’t look at it as a temporary helping hand.

            This economy is a joke, you hear about how things are improving and how this part or that party is looking out for YOU and they do that by demonizing the other party. THIS article, the one we are commenting on blames the Republicans for blocking extending unemployment – that’s just not true – the republicans are saying how do we pay for it when we are 17.3 trillion in debt and that cost the American taxpayer $245 Billion dollars a year JUST in interest. $245 Billion would pay a LOT of benefits and yet we are just pissing it away on interest because politicians can never say NO to spending money they don’t have.

            When you fall into the blame game of blaming “wing nuts” or “moonbeams” you are just buying into the misdirection of not dealing with the hard choices for fiscal responsibility.

            I’ll say again, my posts have discussed (or at least tried to) the bigger picture of unemployment (started in 1935 a long time ago) as a means of temporary assistance rather than an entitlement owed.

          • mikem42

            Very compelling story. I’ll finish by just adding two things. First, you should care about her politics, and all in office, and understand their ideology. Second, in states as well as Federal, the right always says we are in terrible shape financially, and so make cuts to social benefits; they always feel it is okay to supply huge financial breaks to the wealthiest among us. They are disingenuous, and are doing the bidding of the wealthy. Therein lies my discontent.

          • Layla

            And therein lies the problem….Mike is a cool aid drinker. How about we cut all corporate benefits, all foreign aid for about 5 years, and concentrate on helping the American people, both left and right, get back on their feet?

            Does that sound like a plan?

          • mikem42

            You need to get up out of your big brass bed and pay attention. Cool aid drinker? What ever does that mean? I am as independent a thinker as lives. I have been in favor of ridding the economy of corporate welfare forever, and as for foreign aid, the percentage of our economy that goes their is so small it is laughable. Military overspending would be a good start. The R’s want to privatize the Postal Service, a profit making entity last year when the 5 billion dollars required by the R’s toward pension payments are not counted. They must pay their pension 75 years out, something that NO business must do. If the post office privatizes, service will suffer, prices will go up, and many hard working folks will leave their jobs. Many of them are Veterans. You know about this, right?

          • Layla

            Mike’s not interested in discussing the bigger picture. He’s here to blog the hell out of this site for the Democrats. And our tax dollars are likely paying for him to do that.

          • Layla

            That is exactly what he, Reid, think.

          • Layla

            Oh, I see….you just don’t like REPUBLICAN bills. Maybe that’s why nothing is getting passed. Maybe we need to send some of those lifelong Democrats home.

          • mikem42

            You figured that out pretty well, and yes, I don’t like the bills that have been passed by Republicans in the House, as they are regressive and harmful to the working and lower class citizens. The Dems in the House also don’t like them, nor the Dems in the Senate. I am in the majority on this. Republicans care not a wit about the well being of our country, only want to bring down the presidency of Barack Obama, a clearly stated goal. You are losing Republicans across the country because of the far right policies, which are harmful to most Americans.

        • Layla

          I’d like to see the same list come from the Senate, Mike. Reid is in charge. He has a majority. What’s the problem?

          • mikem42

            All bills that involve money, finances must originate in the House. The Senate can that act on a bill if it is passed in the House. Jobs bills are nonexistent from the Boehner led R’s.

      • Janeen Dunn

        Raising the minimum wage and tying it to inflation does two things. 1) it gives the class with the highest purchasing power (the lower classes) more money to spend thus creating jobs. 2) Tying it to inflation prevents employers from creating artificial inflation.

        Second topic of discussion, government can only create so many jobs. Government jobs get paid through our taxes. Thus the reason why minimum wage is the only way for job creation.

        • Perla Nera

          Be careful what you ask for, as “gross dollar wages” go up, state and federal benefits go down including nutritional benefits, heating assistance, housing assistance and especially Medicaid and/or ACA benefits.

          A person working full time at $10 an hour full time 40 hours week makes $20,800 a year – well over the poverty level, even at 30 hours its over $15k a year, again over the federal poverty level. Public Assistance (various types) are pegged to the federal poverty numbers and as you make more you lose more.

          Just something to think about …..

    • left wing

      yes, unlike the dems the would NOT spend all their time killings jobs so they could buy your vote like the dems do with a little handout, how is life on the dem plantation – getting a little bad from your post.

      • mikem42

        No, actually writing this from sunny Florida where I am vacationing with wife and dog, playing tennis

        • Layla

          Well, then, Mike….you just keep voting Democrat and let me know how all that Hope and Change is working for you. Who is it that steers the direction of the country? Bet you voted for him, twice.

          • mikem42

            You are funny. G.W.B. nearly ruined our country with his inattention to security threats, leading to 9-11, then war against Iraq, a tragedy in life and money that was based on lies, then tax cuts for the richest, pharmacy bill that was unpaid for. No, I didn’t vote for him. Then, my choice was John McCain and Sarah Palin on the Republican side. You must be kidding, right? You offer now the bully from Jersey, or Rand Paul, or Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio, or old libido himself, Huck. Great lineup again. Ma

    • Layla

      Right, Obama is doing such a GREAT job….all those new jobs and all…

      • mikem42

        Yes, all those new jobs, each and every month, unlike the 800,000 lost under Bush. The economy is improving by every metric used. We do need jobs brought back to America by our unpatriotic corporations, and we have the job force to fill any and all positions available. We now have health care available for all, and I have friends and family who have been able to take advantage of this, since their employers had not provided it. You want to blame our president for everything you perceive as bad, and don’t want to credit him when things go well. Stay on that Republican train and ride it down to the bottom. And, they are so anti woman in all their policies, I find it unbelievable that you could support them. But, it’s a free country, right?

  • Andy Boley

    The true lazy people are those in Congress!!!

    • Andy Boley

      Better yet, the true lazy people are those who havent worked a day in their lives and wouldnt know what its like to live paycheck to paycheck, you would have to add members of Congress in here because they dont know what its like to work for a living. If they had to work for a living while losing their jobs in the process then they can understand like the rest of us Americans of what its like to be without!!!!!!!!

      • Layla

        Then WHY do you keep voting Democrat?

  • Jominith

    Once again we have a minority of 40 senators stop another badly needed bill. And they call the President a King, an Emperor, a Tyrant etc, if he sides with the majority and issues an executive order?

    • sad and disappointed

      I hope he makes a Executive Order!

      • left wing

        he does at least one dump a day.

      • Layla

        And I hope they impeach him.

    • Layla

      You see that’s the problem here. We are not supposed to live by Majority RULE. We are supposed to reach a consensus. The liberals OWN the Senate. Whose fault is that?

      • Jominith

        Two answers for you “Laayla”:
        1. How do you reach a consensus when the minority made their Number one legislative priority to deny the President anything he proposes?
        2. What about the House: Nothing comes to the floor unless the speaker has a majority in Republican votes only? The bi-Parisian Senate Immigration Bill had more than enough republican support to pass in the House; but the Speaker did not have the majority with only Republicans. So he refuses to bring it up for a vote blaming instead that he does not trust the President to enforce the la!. What a lame excuse…

  • Steve Dumford

    Also, take a look over at CNN’s page and the headline story that the Republicans are using misleading e-mails to fool people into thinking they are donating to Democrats while actually collecting donations to the Republican Campaign Committee. Can this nasty Party get any more repugnant than that? Swindling people for donations? And worse yet, when questioned about it, they said it’s ingenious to swindle people like this. What world does this Party exist in?

    • Layla

      Is this the best the DNC can do in an election year? Seriously?

  • Janet LSD

    I agree, I will NEVER vote for a REPUBLICAN again! Maybe they rot in hell.

    • sad and disappointed

      I hope they do rot in hell!

      • left wing

        no, room for them. completely filled up with dems.

    • left wing

      good, they need people that think in the party not dembots

  • hellhound55

    everyone needs to put aside the political party nonsense about who is at fault. They are ALL equally irresponsible and heartless to even try to play political games at the expense of struggling people. This is NOT a political issue . This is about a serious national problem that is not being addressed or taken seriously by either party. The economy is NOT getting any better , no jobs are being created no matter what the Corporate news is telling you. Things are as bad now as the great depression was, only their weren’t as many greedy people on top taking away everything from those less fortunate. Back then they made an effort to actually help create jobs, now it seems they don’t care about that anymore. This is all about politics and shameful self gain…nothing more. The sad thing is these bone heads will be up for re election soon and should all be voted OUT but will probably end up back in their positions again destroying the country and the economy for their own gain and the gain of their corporate sponsors. This entire political system is a joke and all bought and paid for. The people no longer have any choice because of these greedy self centered people who sold out to the corporate lobbyists.

    • wrigney

      Agree with most of what you say, EXCEPT the root of the problem. We have a black President who has been under assault since day 1 of his inauguration (by the obstructionists / Tea Party.) They hate this President so much, they’re willing to throw MANY of their own constituents under the bus, to punish America for electing a black President.

      Period.

      All that matters is tarnishing/diminishing Obama’s legacy.

      • left wing

        wrigney, the racist – any more hate and lies to post. or will you be too busy worshiping your corrupt liar in chief?

      • Layla

        Now that’s pure Democrat crap. You party hacks can’t help yourselves from trashing the Tea Party.

    • Kevin Parker

      I agree! This issue has been steadily getting worse because jobs are disappearing here. Companies are not going to set up shop because they tax incentives suck

    • Layla

      This is what happens when you leave politicians in office for life. You feather their nest. VOTE, PEOPLE.

  • Sellenzz

    Im glad its such a game to them, and its just a way for them to get votes. As I end up on the street and starve while Im trying to get a job again. Should have more luck as a god damn bum right.

    • Kevin Parker

      I can’t wait until they come to my door to solicit votes. They will hear an earful and I will make sure to let them know that I will refuse to vote them back into office.

      • Layla

        Hope so. Because if you don’t vote each and every one of them out, we’re stuck with more of NO JOBS.

  • Barbara

    how about all of u republicans who voted against it come out and live our life for a month and see how hard it is as far as being lazy and not working that is not true there r no jobs out there and if there r they don’t hire any over 40 my husband has had several interview and nothing because he is 57 and they don’t want him have some consideration for us people and it not like it is coming out of your pocket we pay into unemployment!!! U PEOPLE R JUST GREADY just thing KARMA it get everyone!!!!

    • Kevin Parker

      Yeah, the over 40 crowd is suffering hard. I’m 49 and have been out of work a year with many interviews but no getting hired. If they invested a fraction of foreign aid to creating some type of stimulus to help get people back to work and help them instead of forgetting them would be great.

      • left wing

        dems are to busy killing jobs so they can buy your vote with handout.

    • left wing

      no, YOU did not pay into unemployment YOUR employer did. seems to be a lot of jobs that no one wants. did you try one of those?

      • kasia54

        Yes, we DID pay into it, left wing — we paid taxes, plenty of them. And when negotiating salaries, employers figure in costs. Never owned a business or paid employees?

    • Layla

      We are living it, Barbara. There is not enough money to extend welfare benefits for FIVE YEARS. You likely voted for this, twice.

  • Hamza Hamza

    I hope all of these politicians Die horrible deaths, we need real change, why can’t the so called terrorists destroy these political buildings, what do I have to do, sell drugs to they’re kids to make them feel my pain, it’s they’re fault I lost my job, I don’t care anymore, I’ll never work for this corrupt system again, they will never get any tax money from me

    • Kevin Parker

      A lot of people feel the same way you do. This government is creating this turmoil and they do not seem to even care.

    • left wing

      a lot of people decided that obama would support them and they would not have to work again.

    • Layla

      How’s that Hope and Change working for you?

  • Hamza Hamza

    We need to march on Washington and shoot these politicians dead, like what is happens to the stray dogs in Russia, screw them all, both parties, they are all selfish greedy mf’ers who are playing political games to push they’re agenda, while getting richer off the tax paying citizens who are suffering, I have no remorse for them, I’m giving up

  • kasia54

    The real terrorists are in the Senate.

    • Kevin Parker

      You are right! Isn’t the government supposed to work for the people instead of trying to drown them like a sack of kittens?

  • Jim Dunbar

    The revolution against the right is coming. You cannot continue to show “we the people” your back on unemployment and food stamps while passing a farm bill that gives NBA BB starts $100K a year for NOT growing corn. The Koch Brothers are right now in their offices off of Lincoln Center congratulating themselves on fine tuning the destruction of America and middle class.

    No sense name calling..people a hundred years from now will be walking past Paul Ryan’s headstone and wondering why the stone cutter cut”prick” into the back of stone. People will not recall who Ryan was..they will only recall that someone called Him what he really is..

    • Kevin Parker

      I can see a revolt coming in the near future.

    • left wing

      the left’s hate and lies just keep on – the left want to keep the poor on the dem plantation so they can buy their votes. and scaring poor jim to death with the bogyman koch brothers.

    • Layla

      Revolution against the right? It’s the left who caused all this. It’s the left who’ve been in the White House. And it’s the left Majority Leader who has done NOTHING since he’s been in office except repay favors. Talk about a bunch of Democrat BULL on this sight.

      Wonder what you’re all going to do when your bosses LOSE their elections in November?

  • wrigney

    Meanwhile, Congress just returned from a forum titled “Compassionate Conservatism” They like the way that sounds.

    • Kevin Parker

      Remember the movie Brewster’s Millions?, The whole country should vote none of the above on all the current politicians!

  • andrew smith

    Ahh once again the baby boomers strike to ruin our country. It’s it great that the greatest generation gave birth to the worst. Baby boomers. Aka the me generation.
    If it doesn’t directly affect them they don’t care, greed is their only god.

    • left wing

      so andrew, you are a baby boomer confessing your plot. or are you a spoiled brat who wants everything given to you without any effort on YOUR part?

      • andrew smith

        No I’m not a boomer, I’m the person who has been gainfully employed through all this crap, and gladly paid for this safety net for others for the last 5 years but now that I lost my job and need it, it gets canceled. By the way, change your name if you want to make comments like that, not very left wing.

        But it does seem through out my life I have had a babyboomer telling me “This is what you need to do to have a good life” but every time I reach said place, all I have is another boomer going ohhh no no, you have to do this as well.

        the boomer generation has done more to keep down the ones who came after it than any other generation in the history of this land. Look at the state of our country after the last 30 year of the boomers being in charge.

        And spoiled and entitled those words fit the boomers perfectly.

        And yes I know it’s generalization, and not all of them are that way, but a health majority are.

  • Kevin Parker

    Reid keeps looking for plans to offset spending on UI, well look below and we can easily guess where the money should come from:
    Foreign aid to Afghanistan 2,659,000,000
    Foreign aid to Israel 31,000,000
    Foreign aid to Iraq 1,183,000,000
    Foreign aid to Pakistan 1,026,000,000
    Foreign aid to Egypt 172,000,000
    Foreign aid to Haiti 1,263,000,000
    Foreign aid to Kenya 1,032.000,000
    Foreign aid to Jordan 850,000,000
    Foreign aid to South Africa 757,000,000
    Foreign aid to Philippines 610,000,000
    Foreign aid to Ethiopia 607,000,000
    Foreign aid to Tanzania 560,000,000
    Foreign aid to Sudan 534,000,000
    Foreign aid to Nigeria 530,000,000
    Foreign aid to Uganda 469,000,000
    Foreign aid to West Bank (Palestinian Authority) 463,000,000
    Foreign aid to Colombia 436,000,000
    Foreign aid to Congo (Kinshasa) 427,000,000
    Foreign aid to Mexico 411,000,000
    Foreign aid to South Sudan 387,000,000
    Foreign aid to Mozambique 350,000,000
    Foreign aid to Zambia 323,000,000
    Foreign aid to Somalia 278,000,000
    Foreign aid to Liberia 256,000,000

    The politicians are idiots and love to play with peoples lives and really do not care about the citizens of this country. As long as these career politicians stay in office the more they will ruin lives.

    • Layla

      You’ve got that right. Idiots voting Democrat and then surprised when the country collapses.

  • Diane

    Where is Obama in all of this? Have the guts to override. It’s the general population of hard workers who put him in office!!!!!!!!!

    • Kevin Parker

      Obama is off on vacation on our dime most likely

    • left wing

      right, obama is busy living the royal life at taxpayer expense. he does not care about YOU. you sold him your vote and guess what he does not need YOU anymore.

    • Layla

      Hard working idiots who thought they’d get something for nothing. How’s that Hope and Change working out for you? Oh, that’s right, it’s all failed due to racism and not because the guy in the White House couldn’t successfully run a lemonade stand.

  • john

    Depressed and mad all at the same time. Thanks congress . Mr President please overturn congress . Be my hero !

    • left wing

      mr. corrupt president, john is sold, and wants to sell you his vote

  • Tim

    I wish they would stop bickering like children and sit down and come to a conclusion that will help these unemployed Americans. They can’t just expect people to magically get a job just because they turned off the UI benefits. It’s hard to get a job in today’s world. They might think that people who receive these benefits are so called “lazy” but a good bit of the Americans who need the benefits are hard workers who just abruptly lost their respective positions for whatever reason. The UI benefits not only help those who really need it but it also keeps order. It keeps people from becoming homeless, feeling desperate and robbing stores, mugging others or robbing banks. It keep gas in job seekers cars so that they can make it to their interviews. It’s just all around wrong to just cut off individuals lifelines the way that they have and they need to get their act together and be professional adults and get to the bottom of this situation because PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING!!!

    • kasia54

      People aren’t just struggling — they are dying! And everyone (most everyone) lost the job through layoffs and cutbacks because as the ignorant don’t know, you can’t get unemployment if you are fired! So we were all laid off (corporate cutbacks = greed) and they call us lazy??? UI does not offer a high on the hog lifestyle. Mitch McConnell needs to have a very serious accident — just enough to maim him so he, too, can feel desperation. He’ll never feel financial desperation so maybe he can feel physical desperation. This is an unreal situation destroying many Democratic AND RE PUBLICAN lives!!! Shame on them!

      • Layla

        Doesn’t bother you that Pelosi and Reid are two of the wealthiest members of Congress, does it? You have no problem with that. Geeze…

  • Guest

    I’m just done paying taxes! How much room they have in jail for all that don’t pay taxes looks like a free welfare ride!

  • Dwain Edwards

    Lets face it people the grand ol party got there name for one reason PARTY on your dollar. They could really care less about the American people there vet’s that served them they care about the grand ol party only. I’ve worked my whole life lived in southern Ohio where they said there was no jobs funny lived there for 15 years always had a job. Saw people on welfare and SSI from the day they where born when asked why are you on that the answer always oh my Mom and Dad got me on it, really what’s wrong with I don’t know! Oh you we can’t help the unemployed tho! Goes to show how the system works.

    • kasia54

      You mean how the system doesn’t work for people who need it?

    • Layla

      why didn’t you move? Ever occur to you that those damn Ohio Democrats were responsible for not doing anything to change things?

  • Wizardphoto

    Let’s get stuff done in 2015 – 2016 .. I hereby pledge: I will NOT vote for ANY Republican

    • left wing

      nice pledge, just keep yourself on the dem plantation and keep selling your vote for a handout. after all why work when the people actually working will support a brain dead dembot selling its vote.

    • Layla

      Then you’d better make sure you’ve got LOTS of money saved to pay those taxes that are ahead…Democrats TAX.

  • Desiree

    People in Congress please help us!! My family will loose everything we have worked our lives for. My husbands unemployment will run out at the end of March. I can not support our family on what I make alone. We have already tapped out our savings and 401k. Please reinstate these benifits so he can continue to look for work and we don’t loose our car and home. Please don’t leave us and our kids with nothing.

  • richcreamerybutter

    Major points this time around include:
    * Hiring discrimination against the aging and long-term unemployed
    * Skill training to accommodate changing employment environment
    * Concerns about funding

    If there are a limited number of jobs with particular skillsets, it’s tempting to just say “learn a new skill.” This is problematic because it doesn’t address age discrimination, nor the finite resources for training. The age discrimination issue is also frustrating, because often the same people who say “well it’s your fault” also aren’t comfortable legislating discrimination. In essence, it’s people’s own fault for getting older or accruing experience in one field.

    Skill training resources are a bit easier to tackle. However, how are people supposed to pay their bills in the meantime? I’m still relatively young and have always changed the course of my career (because of my ADHD lol), but even I know that acquiring additional skills is most efficient done within the context of a current job, as a transition.

    Funding: you get what you pay for. A legitimate complaint among the unemployed is “banks had a bailout, what about us?” Americans are indeed an untapped resource, capable of great potential. How are they any less a part of our country’s backbone in comparison to banks and corporations? And no one has ever explained how only giving corporations incentives suddenly creates jobs if consumers have no money to buy the products. Corporate incentives alone aren’t going to solve the problem.

    What if we could address all of these issues while also strengthening our infrastructure within national, state, and local municipality levels? Imagine a new iteration of the WPA that allows people back into the private sector via government jobs; those who qualify for EUC would be able to take a temporary government job which would function as a gateway to the private sector. Participants would earn a little more than unemployment in exchange for a variety of positions ranging from physical to office work. They would also have the opportunity to undergo skill training to perform these tasks.

    This would:
    * Get the long-term unemployed out of a rut and back into a routine. Even a few days in the new routine inspires and improves morale, enabling them to be more competitive candidates for future interviews. They would also be able to interface with others for effective networking.

    * Allow the US to catch up on a massive work backlog for competitive rates.

    * Since the rates would be livable (but not lavish), most of the money would end up back in the economy, and therefore create more jobs in the private sector.

  • mikmor

    Heartless greedy Bstds.

  • left wing

    yes those dirty heartless, greedy dems who try to keep everyone on their plantation in order to BUY their votes with handouts.

    • Amanda Feguson

      ummm republicans are the ones who own land everyone knows that and they are the reason UI didnt pass time to start reading son

      • left wing

        wow, so if you have a dollar, you are supposed to give it to amanda who only votes the dem politicians into power so she can get handouts. harry is the one blocking the UI bill not the pubs.

        • kasia54

          Every time I see your posts, you are saying the same thing. Reeks of paid trolling.

          • Layla

            So do yours

      • Layla

        No, Amanda, we don’t. We know that both sides are guilty in this one.

        • Amanda Feguson

          i sat and watch the whole thing dont tell me all dems voted yes all rep. vote no gtfo of here

  • Joseph Pires

    It’s basically the end for my family and I. I’m not going to
    be able to pay my bills and mortgage. I have worked so hard and this is what I get,
    I have not gone on a vacation in over 10 years. My kids are honor students, one
    of them is high honors. In two years one of them is ready for college. What do
    I tell them, I don’t have the money for college? Wait until they find out we
    might be out on the street. I’m 51 and it’s sad I have to live this way. I hope
    they get through this, they hate the thought of being poor, I guess this is the
    way we should live. It’s great for our self-esteem.

    • wrigney

      Don’t give up……seek out the “Most High” for guidance. You sound like a candidate for “down-sizing.” — For instance…..I just canceled some premium cable TV channels…saving $30.00 a month.

      Coupons…..online specials……less expensive meats help also…a lot.

      I reluctantly gave up my home of 14 years and moved into a more affordable apartment…..big stress relief. Me and wife have NO children — so our situation not comparable to yours…..just suggestions.

      Forget about college for now. Times are changing. They can still get decent well paying jobs without degrees……maybe no suit and tie though.

      Problem is NO JOBS. Republicans determined to tarnish legacy of this President by blocking every effort he puts forth to help economy. Remember, their stated goal was to make OBAMA a 1 time President.
      That means folks like yourself must suffer in order to diminish and make “illegitimate” this President.

      Its called punishing white Americans for electing a black President.

      I’ll be praying for you and yours that The Most High smiles upon you very soon.

      • Layla

        Wrigney, even in my town people have stopped the racism. You didn’t elect a black President, you elected a corrupt and totally unqualified President and now we are all paying.

        But you wouldn’t listen, would you. One political party convinced you the other didn’t care about you and you listened.

        • kasia54

          Really, Layla? “Tsk- tsk-ing”? Don’t kid yourself. The PUBS are po’d that a black won the presidency. You can live under a rock and know that much.

        • wrigney

          Removes the “Benghazi on The Rocks” (w/Lime Twist), from your hand…….

          …..pours the contents in the toilet………hands you back an empty glass.

          Go lay down, you’ve had enough.

  • left wing

    don’t worry obama and his chicago thugs will continue to make sure that you do not have a job. then you can sell YOUR VOTE to the dems for a handout.

  • Sam

    I will Never vote Republican. They are only for the wealthy. They could at least go to the table and work something out instead 95% of Republican senators vote NO while families continue to struggle

    • left wing

      your hero harry is the one blocking your welfare check, not the pubs.

      • Guest

        unemployment insurance is not welfare a$$hat, you had to have worked and had payroll deductions taken out of your paycheck for state and fed taxes that pay into the system. take off your tin-foil hat and pay attention to reality . . .

      • kasia54

        Yea, and it gets through the senate to the House and then what? So do some homework about who is blocking it. Harry doesn’t want to allow amendments to immigration. That’s wrong, too. They are all to blame for us not getting our welfare check. “Welfare welfare welfare”. You seem to think I care what you call it. When you are as far down as we are, I don’t care what you call me, ” loser, teat-sucker” – just give me my check so I can keep the roof over my head. I know that I am not a loser — doesn’t matter to me if you think I am. One day you will be desperate — Mark my words, one day you will be, maybe not financially — but desperation takes many forms. And when you are, well. You’ll see. And don’t think you are immune — everyone has their time on the edge. You won’t have a chance in hell of surviving your time on the edge because you seem to enjoy kicking people when they are desperate.

        • Layla

          Nobody enjoys kicking anybody. But stupid people keep voting Democrat in this country. Look at cities like Detroit, Chicago, LA. They are all ruled by Democrats and every one of them is broke.

          You voted for this. Nothing is going to change until you don’t.

          • kasia54

            “I” voted for this? I’m pretty powerful, then, aren’t I?

    • Layla

      They say NO Sam because the few still working can’t afford to keep paying welfare for the rest of the country. How many years have you been voting Democrat?

      • Sam

        Shut the heck up. I just got a job but snobs like you do not understand that Some Americans were looking hard for work and could have used an extension. if I didn’t get hired I would have needed the help like millions of Americans. jobs are not that easy to get DUMBA$$

  • Amanda Feguson

    the problem is Republicans are accepting bribes, let me tell you how we know. 78% of Americans say to extend unemployment which means they dont listen to the people which prove they are getting money from somewhere else.

    • left wing

      dems accepting bribes and paying off their supporter with taxpayer dollars. you sold the dems your vote, so you have no real value to them now.

  • Mr. America

    1.5 Trillion wasted on a Jet that can’t fly right!! Trillions more of such welfare into GOP pockets… Time for a massive uprising and I mean MASSIVE!!!

    • left wing

      you mean dem pockets of course. all those dem politicians who became millionaires while in “public service”

      • kasia54

        They are all to blame. None of them are for us, the people.

    • Layla

      And yet, you keep voting Dem.

      • Mr. America

        Wrong! I’m an Independent and last time I voted GREEN PARTY. I’m not a corporatist. Both GOP and DNC are on the conservative side of the spectrum, however, the GOP is more concerned with creating war, being authoritarian and as such their corrupt capitalism feeds their types of cronies. DNC has it’s own cronies however, in case you haven’t noticed there is a GOP majority in the house that has blocked any progress for the country.

  • Al

    people that say you just want to smooch of my money for unemployment are idiots my wife has worked almost 40 years and paid in taxes (taxes that entitles her to unemployment is she needs it ) my wifes work closed up and she had to go on unemployment because she can not find a job
    it has been 25 weeks and still can not find anything . the interviews she has had said she was over qualified be cause she has a degree yup she tried for burger flipping but overqualified and several other places said the same

    • left wing

      sorry, she is out of work, but the employer paid the unemployment taxes, not your wife.

      • kasia54

        Yes she did. It’s called taxes AND don’t think employers don’t figure the cost of unemployment insurance when negotiating salaries. They are in business to make a profit. You must have never worked payroll.

    • Layla

      You’re going to have to move, Al. Folks in my neighborhood have been collecting unemployment for almost 5 years. The government doesn’t have the money to keep paying it. And people keep voting for more of us mess.

      We need jobs, not welfare.

      • kasia54

        So, move, that’s the answer? You gonna sell my upside down mortgage, pay my moving expenses and guarantee me a job when I get to where I am moving to? My savings is gone. The government certainly CAN pay it. They want to hang us out to dry to further their political agenda. BOTH parties.

  • One Thirsty Bear

    The “big idea” of Marxism is the notion that a self-proclaimed group of the uber-enlightened are somehow magically entitled to consciously direct the future of mankind.

  • wrigney

    I’ll go out on a limb and bet you $10,000 that this Republican/Tea Party Intransigence is hurting REPUBS, DEMS, LIBS and INDEPENDENTS alike. Hunger and financial stress /anxiety is “no respecter of persons.”

    In the later days…….”the love of many will wax cold.”

    • bajasurfer

      The real TeaParty is not affiliated with the rino republicans who are now in office , with the exception of 4 .

  • unbelievable us freefallin

    When do the democratic party plan to push now ,when ? An Executive Order is the only thing that would rush this delayed help for the suffering SO what NOW when?

  • Jack C

    Total bullshit! I was hurt on the job requiring two surgeries. After a year and a half of healing and being on light duty and workers comp the company released me once I was medically clear. The State found the company in the wrong and allowed me unemployment benefits that I have been paying into for 19 years. Now I lose my benefits and I’m still struggling to regain the strength I once had in both arms. Been looking for work for 9 months and never get a call back with having to put on the application I was let go due to injury. Companies throw my resume aside do to this fact. And now I will struggle to pay bills and food for my 4 children while trying to get back to the health I once was. And they wanna call us lazy bottom feeders living off others…Come to one of my physical therapy sessions and I will show you lazy!

  • bajasurfer

    Looks like the rinos don’t want to takeover the senate come November . This will hurt them big time . Then again , they’re all liberals anyway .

  • Guest

    How about cutting the billions in tax breaks we give big oil or how about closing the loopholes on offshore accounts. This alone would pay for unemployment
    benefits. Instead Republicans prefer to cut food stamps and all other safety nets for the poor, while allowing the rich to cheat on their taxes and get tax breaks so that they can make more money without creating one freaking job.

    The unemployed will be able to stand in line 16 or more hours in November to vote them out. Remember who voted against you when you vote in 2014. The only way to change the government is to change the players.

  • SISSY

    HOW MUCH MORE CAN I LOSE? LOSING MY CAR – GETTING EVICTED – USED MY SAVINGS SOLD MY JEWELRY – NO MONEY LEFT TO EVEN LOOK FOR A JOB! ME AND MY 2 CATS WILL BE OUT IN THE STREET – HANDS ARE UP IN THE AIR – PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SAID THEY CAN’T GIVE ME A 1 SHOT DEAL (WHICH IS A LOAN) FOR RENT CAUSE I DO NOT HAVE A PLAN ON MOVING FORWARD TO PAY THEM BACK OR NO JOB! IF I HAD A JOB I WOULDN’T NEED PUBLIC ASSISTANCE – NOW I HAVE TO GO ON SNAP BENEFITS AND MEDICAID AND SEE WHAT CASH ASSISTANCE THEY CAN GIVE ME – I HAVE SOME NICE FRIENDS THAT GIVE ME A FEW DOLLARS HERE AND THERE BUT IT BOTHERS ME THAT AT MY AGE I HAVE NOTHING LEFT AND WILL BE ON THE STREET – MY STRESS AND ANXIETY LEVEL IS THROUGH THE ROOF – WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO? PLEASE COME WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES SIT HERE AND PACK UP YOUR HOUSE WITH NO WHERE TO GO OR STORE YOUR STUFF – I DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL BECOME OF ME – IT’S A SHAME AND ENDLESS AMOUNT OF INTERVIEWS AND 2ND INTERVIEWS WITH NO ONE EVEN HAVING THE COURTESY TO CALL AND SAY SORRY WE DECIDED TO GO ANOTHER WAY – NO ONE CARES – THERE WILL BE PLENTY MORE HOMELESS PEOPLE – IT WILL BE 2 CLASSES OF RICH AND POOR – NO MORE MIDDLE CLASS!!!! WHAT A SHAME I HAVE WORKED FOR OVER 3O YEARS AND AT THIS STAGE IN MY LIFE NO BECOMING HOMELESS NO JOB NO BENEFITS NO MONEY

    • kasia54

      Sissy, I never heard of a one shot loan from public assistance. What state do you live in? I know how you feel. I raised my family, took care of my parents and now that it’s my time, I get laid off. People say I should have been prepared. Well, that’s what “my time” meant – that it was time to save for myself – I have 8 more years until retirement — but they cut me off at my knees. I am alone.

  • SISSY

    WHO IIS THE MODERATOR ON THIS SITE?????? IS IT THE IGNORANT MARCUS????

  • Gary

    Meanwhile we send millions of $ over to countries like Afghanistan, but won’t spend it on American people out of work. Makes sense?

    • Bluemaxxx

      Millions? Shouldn’t that be billions?

  • John Murvin

    Another example of our officials being more interested in politics, and less interested in their constituents. This may be a government of the people, and by the people, but, it damn sure isn’t FOR THE PEOPLE. Many people are saying wait till November, but what do those of us who are going to become homeless do until November? I hate being unemployed, I enjoy working, not to mention I make much more working than I do on unemployment.

    • kasia54

      Yes. What don’t these idiots get that unemployment benefits are no gravy train? One third of my previous salary. Whoo-hoo! I have to conclude that they are just very uncaring assholes. And choose to not listen to their people who elected them. What DO we do until November … And they will still be in office until 2015, anyway, so really, these are idle threats to them. They don’t care at all. At all.

  • Tim Reimer

    Neither party give a crap about us-the long term unemployed. We have become another pawn in their posturing for the 2014 mid term elections. If the Dems really cared they would pass this extension: but if it passes they can not beat the Reps up for being mean and non caring pigs. So there goes my chance at not being hungry or losing my home. I will take a minimum wage job and wait for the Dems to ride the white horse and save me by adding $3 to my hourly wage.
    F— them all. It is time for a hands on revolt. we the people go right to the Capitol Building and push them all over the balcony. It is our government WHY are WE paying them.

    • kasia54

      Well, during a revolt, we can pray to be arrested and be ensured food and shelter. What have we to lose?

      • Layla

        You have a vote. USE IT.

        • kasia54

          Yes, but by November, many will have lost it all.

          • Layla

            Where have you been this entire presidency? Were you not watching when millions lost homes?

          • kasia54

            So that makes it ok to stick it to millions more?

  • bugjah

    Republicans charge that this is the latest in an election-year effort to score political points.

    “If Republicans were in charge, unemployment would have been acted on months ago and it would have included reforms that actually enable people to get back on their feet,” said a senior Senate Republican aide. “Unfortunately everyone is stuck while Democrats play games.”

    ====

    which is why the **Republican controlled** house has been quick to act…

    right?

  • Chris Gervais

    Obama is a democrat, can’t brag much about that. The republicans refuse to reinstate unemployment. The politicians won’t reduce or seriously curtail immigration until enough jobs are available. They could downsize government, simplify taxes by going to a % of income with no ceiling, reduce healthcare costs by reducing the ungodly amount of paperwork necessary and reducing fraud, enforce EEO and increase job security. Instead we get Right to Work laws that mean if you say one wrong thing you can be fired for no reason. I know this because I got asked to leave twice under this, no breaking policy, no clinical deficiency and went to a layer twice who stated I would win the suit but they still wouldn’t have to give me my job back. I would just lose $30,000 to clear my name. We need unions. A national union because as individual employees, we have no voice. This government has given all the voice to the corporations and wealthy. If you take political science at the college level you will understand that the government was set up to protect the rich. And that is just what it does. Remember Geo. Bush Sr on the luxury yacht tax? “I will not punish the rich for being rich.” The middle class is always the ones to suffer. We make too much for government assistance and not enough to be financially secure. I am 63 years old, have an RN and an MHA. I am “overqualified” or don’t have the right certification, or “cost too much” due to EEO which is in truth, age discrimination. I have not been able to find any job for over 6 months and have put in for everything from Kohl’s to Costco, to Petco, to furniture sales and you name it. I would much prefer to work. I am competent and capable and do not like staying at home. But, apparently, the decision is not mine to make. One gets lucky, or one does not. What good is it going to do the economy if all of us unemployed go bankrupt? These people will then by on more government programs; food stamps, medicaid, etc. So what difference does it make in the long run? By extending unemployment, it would at least keep that money in circulation which would benefit the economy rather than draining more social resources. Or are we all supposed to live under bridges? Just what we need. More unnecessary homelessness, more depression and growing dissatisfaction with a bunch of unctuous, self-serving politicians. I agree with the post below. Forget democrat or republican. They all are a bunch of self-serving liars. Vote out all incumbents and continue voting them out until we get a government that is for the people, not just the wealthy. And as far as veterans go, reducing their pension is not as bad as it may seem. Many government workers make more in retirement than they did while working while the government was in collusion to allow private companies to cease retirement funds and offer 401k, 403k etc. Then they tax the capital gains on these retirement funds. I am not anti veteran, but as a single mother and after working in healthcare for over 30 years, I served my country well and with as much danger to my life too boot. I have been exposed to fatal contagious diseases, attacked by patients and sometimes their dogs, driven in ungodly weather when it was advised that no one go out, etc. I did serve my country well not to mention that when I was of age to join the military, women were not welcome. At least that has changed. I was also left homeless from a divorce 18 years ago with a 4 year old son while my ex made over $70,000 working for the VA. What kind of justice was that? This government at all levels is so far out of touch with reality. Protected by their pensions, salaries and surrounded by like politicians, they have no idea of the stress of common everyday life. The death of the American dream and dependence on nothing more than luck to get ahead. You know, it is our money that funds programs, not theirs and we should have a say on what is important and what is not. Not a bunch of unctuous, platitudinous, self-serving, rhetorical, worthless politicians. Vote them all out and continue voting them out until we get true representation. And let them all feel unemployment. Keep them voted out. Don’t hire them, don’t admire them. Remember them as the arrogant villains they are and will always be. Geoffrey Dommer stated if freed he would kill again. A politician is no different. Re-elect them and they will do it again. They must be raised on a farm somewhere and indoctrinated to be fat, self-centered assholes.

  • Richard Tebaldi

    U R right mikem42. U certainly may be a contrarian based on your understanding. I don’t know what you’re reading into what I said, so I must assume that you don’t read well. That’s why you feel you are a contrarian.

  • SISSY

    CAN I ASK WHY ARE WE EVEN RESPONDING TO MARCUS THAT INCLUDES MYSELF – HE IS JUST TRYING TO PUSH BUTTONS – LET’S ALL JUST IGNORE HIM – HE HAS NOTHING NICE TO SAY TO ANY OF US ANYWAY – WE CAN TALK TO EACH OTHER AND TOTALLY IGNORE IGNORANT PEOPLE!!!!!

    • kasia54

      There are a few people aside from Marcus commenting with nasty words and thoughts. They, too, will face adversity in their lives. And with them kicking their fellow Americans who are down on their luck, they will pay. Maybe not financially, but there are all kinds of desperation.

      • Layla

        The people you should be kicking OUT are THIS CONGRESS! They created this mess, along with the President. When the Great Ruler destroys our economy, who is standing up saying NO?

        NOBODY.

        • kasia54

          This issue is being used to further BOTH parties’ agendas. It should have been a no-brainer back in December, before the budget passed. It doesn’t seem to bother those fat cats that many many many, the most in the history of our nation, are suffering. Sure, we can all vote Independent or straight ticket while voting the incumbents out. Of course it’s a symptom of a bigger problem. We’re not stupid. But hungry people trying to feed their families care about their basic needs NOW! TODAY! And what do they get? Criticism that they are lazy, stupid and losers. Time for a reality check, my friends. We are your colleagues- some with educations as high as PhD’s. And one cannot get unemployment if one is fired. Educate yourselves before throwing stones.

          • Layla

            Educate myself right into a Democrat Senate office, like you, Kasia?

            Are you babysitting this blog?

          • kasia54

            Are you trolling?

  • spamblaster

    Let us hope that those who where republicans will now vote against these social paths. Handouts? The economy is not in recovery. So the repubs are critical on Obama’s ability to get the economy growing again, yet they say the unemployed don’t need assistance because the economy is growing. Rand Paul calls us lazy. Let us all band together and vote these A-holes out of office. Rand Paul wants to be president. He would be more suited for a position in the fast food industry, or building maintenance.

  • blogcity

    Stacy, no one is saying that you’re lazy. It’s just that there is no end to this. Unless and until the policies of the administration change, that is, they take their hands OFF the free enterprise system and let it work, this country is going to continue spiraling downward and you are going to continue to be out of work. No amount of benefits will change what is happening. Do you want the direction of your life to change? Get rid of the people who are actually calling the shots in Washington this next election. Just a hint….it isn’t the Republicans.

    • Layla

      Don’t waste your time. This is a partisan blog. The good news is that if this is the best the DNC can do, well……

    • kasia54

      You know, blogcity, we KNOW that already. We, contrary to what many seem to suggest, are an educated populace. Ran through savings; sold belongings, borrowed from friends and families; there are not enough jobs out there … Really, we’re not making this up just so we can sit home and collect 1/3-1/4 of our former salaries. However, until that day comes, you know, what you’re suggesting … Changes in the administrative policies … people … And I mean LOTS of people, millions in fact … More than are being reported, more than in any time in history are suffering so yes, benefits WILL help in the short run. So what, we starve and freeze until someone finally notices that, “hey, this is indeed a crises.”

  • Layla

    Try not voting Democrat for 30 years and see if things don’t improve. Why do you keep listening to the same lies and believing them?

    • Tami Snyder

      Sorry you are stuck in lala land Layla! I grew up in a family of republicans and was never a fan, you need to think back about who got us where we are now! BUSH !!!!!!

      • Layla

        No, it wasn’t George Bush who got us into this, it was Senate Democrats.

        • Tami Snyder

          Really Layla what centrury are you living in? Both George Bushes were the reason
          that began all the problems from their years in the white house, the senate is now made up with cry baby Republicans that worry more about their millions then the American people, Seriously get with the program lady!!!!!

  • SAMMY

    How come I don’t see any news on these are they going to vote anytime soon, my rent is overdue, an I have no food,,,,

    • Layla

      But you still have a computer? Get out and find a food bank, Sammy. And get ready to move in with a friend.

      • SAMMY

        Friends are you kidding me, these people are fair weather friends, an family are worst, im going to the f bank a lot, but they are running out of food because , foodstamps are cut, no eu, an I going to rob a bank soon,,,, an when I go to trial all this will come how the government sucks an made up to take drastic steps..

      • kasia54

        Layla, how much are you being paid to spit in the face of your suffering fellow American?

    • Layla

      Oh, and until we send this WHOLE CONGRESS packing, nothing is going to change.

  • Layla

    Message to Congress on both sides of the aisle: We need jobs, not more welfare. You are all going home if you cannot turn things around, that’s fact. Too many in the Senate have been sitting there for decades and now you have become dead wood.

    Politics is not going to help here, when all incumbents are to blame for the destruction of this country.

  • Layla

    I’ve got a GREAT idea! Why don’t we give Congress a salary and retirement cut to fund this! Just like we did to the United States military.

  • SAMMY

    this is bull crap, I will out in the street, an nobody give a flying f I swear I going to file for disability for me an my wife an im taking that money overseas to retire,, I already have applied for welfare an Medicaid an I will be approved or I will reach over the desk strange the person ,,,

  • SAMMY

    sorry STRANGLE THE PERSON

  • Janet LSD

    Majority Leader Harry Reid switched his voted to preserve his right to reconsider the measure.

  • Tank_Commander

    Unemployment and immigration could both be fixed if congress got some courage and make e-verify mandatory for all employers, regardless of size, with jail and fines for offenders. If they actually funded enforcement, we’d get somewhere. They could go bi-partisan and pass this as a “jobs” bill coupling it with raising the minimum wage. It would be a win-win for legal American citizens.

  • fauxhawk70

    “Unfortunately everyone is stuck while Democrats play games.”

    What a bunch of malarky! If the Republicans wanted it to pass they would have voted for it!

    How stupid does the GOP think the people are in this country? Or should I start spelling it c*ntry with a ‘u’ at this point!

  • YONATAN C

    Since the senate is back from another break, will they finally pass the unemployment extension bill this time? With over two million unemployed workers and their families, with no means of support, it’s time the Republicans stop playing politics, with people’s lives, and do the right thing, and pass the extension bill. It is shameful that that these unfortunate people were left hung out to dry during the Christmas holiday, not knowing what will happen to them. The Republican Party claims to be for “family values”, then they do such a heartless and cruel thing to innocent people, through no fault of their own, became laid off, and ran out of benefits and the means to shelter and feed their children. The Republican Party has done a huge disservice to itself, because the American people will not forget it, and will vote with their anger and disappointment in the next election. With more than 2 million citizens and their families affected, that is a huge voting block. I hope that the Republican representatives will do the right thing for these people and vote to extend the unemployment benefits. This situation can turn into a great upset for their reelection in 2016.

    just now

  • YONATAN C

    I think that those who think that unemployed workers are “lazy” or “unwilling” to work, haven’t really got a clue, but it’s probably because they have a job. It’s always easy to label and blame others, until it’s your turn, and then you find out how wrong you were. I do believe in Karma, and believe that what you say and do, comes back to you again. I hope that these self righteous people, that have criticized the unemployed, will get a “life experience” for themselves, and I hope that when they find themselves unemployed, evicted, and homeless, someone will show more compassion than they have for their fellow man.

  • ken

    we can send a billion dollars to ukraine, and for everyday the house meets to try and discuss the euc extention it cost the american people 25 million for every day they meet, and this has been going on since dec 28,, and they still haven’t passed crap, add up all the days and do the math, THEY COULD HAVE ALREADY PAYED FOR THIS,, BUT NO !!! THEY JUST WANNA ARGUE,, SCREW CONGRESS AND ALL THE REPUBLICANS,, THEY ALL SUCK AND DON’T GIVE A DAMM ABOUT ALL OF US WHO LOST BENEFITS,,

  • ken

    hey marcus, blow me,

  • Sherry

    I’m not sure why this subject is so hard for the people voting to get our unemployment exstition back. I collected it for 6 months after loosing my job of 13 years. The goverment supports so many programs and some are not for the American people. It’s time to support us in America. Are you setting us up for failure it sure seems like it. We can’t pay our car,phone or house or house bills. What are you thinking. I’m sure your bills are getting paid. Remember who votes and pays your wages.

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