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December 19, 2014

Senators: No More Excuses to Deny Unemployment Benefits Extension

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Heller was the top Republican author of the bipartisan Senate unemployment insurance extension bill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:34 p.m. | The top authors of the bipartisan Senate unemployment insurance extension bill defended their work after Speaker John A. Boehner torched it Wednesday.

Sens. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Jack Reed, D-R.I., who represent the two states with the highest unemployment rates in the nation, each issued statements to Roll Call defending the proposal and decrying people trying to find excuses not to pass it.

“Since December, Senator Reed and I have been working to get these vital benefits to the millions of unemployed Americans who need them,” Heller said in an email sent from his office. “It is extremely disappointing that, no matter what solution is reached, there is some excuse to deny these much-needed benefits. I look forward to passing this proposal out of the Senate next week, and stand ready to help the Speaker, as well as any organization or any individual necessary, in order to make this extension a reality.”

Boehner slammed the unemployment bill earlier Wednesday, saying it failed to meet his test of being fiscally responsible and adding jobs. The Ohio Republican cited a letter from state unemployment officials warning about the bureaucratic requirements of the legislation potentially delaying implementation for months to suggest the bill is “unworkable.”

Reed, meanwhile, called for quick action.

“I agree that time is of the essence and if the House tries to drag this out, it will make it tougher for states to get this needed assistance out the door and into hands of job seekers,” Reed said in a statement. “The fact remains that Congress has passed retroactive [benefits] several times and this legislation can be implemented. … The real question is will Speaker Boehner allow an up or down vote on this bipartisan compromise? Congress should focus on passing this responsible, temporary reauthorization instead of looking for excuses not to help job seekers.”

Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said they want to work with Boehner.

“We believe the concerns that have been expressed are resolvable and we look forward to Speaker Boehner coming to the table to find solutions,” he said. “It is hard to imagine Speaker Boehner simply walking away from the thousands of people in Ohio who lost their jobs through no fault of their own and need this lifeline to make ends meet while they continue to look for work.”

A group of five Democrats and five Republicans, including Reed and Heller, negotiated the agreement, which was unveiled last week.

The Senate is expected to vote on the proposal as soon as next week after voting on a Ukraine aid package.

A Senate Democratic aide noted that the issues the state employment officials had with the bill were due to new requirements demanded by Senate Republicans as the price for their votes.

  • Carmela Kessinger

    When next week?? Maybe like next month or the month after. This is madening. Us millions of unemployed people including myself really need this. As gas prices keep going up, and up ($3.79 per gallon), how we suppose to look for work when these gas prices are going up???

    • Raylusk

      They do need to quit dragging their feet. Unfortunately most Republicans oppose any extension. So even once the bill passes in the Senate, the Republican controlled House will just sit on it. All the unemployed need to rise up against the Republicans and let them know they will not get your vote.

      • ID-2

        I really should make a flippant comment that the unemployed are not entitled to my tax dollars. But I won’t. Instead I wish them the best of luck finding a job in the Obama economy.

        • demz taters

          It’s an improvement over the Bush economy where we were losing more than a half million jobs a month.

        • Joshua Pelletier

          To your tax dollars? Are you serious? I have worked steady for 17 years without claiming unemployment once. When I finally do, I get 26 weeks and that’s it? How about 17 years of paying taxes means I’m to get my OWN money. Don’t comment when you haven’t a clue.

          • cavalierrs

            I am not in support of not giving the extensions. However, food for thought. How much were you paying for Unemployment in your taxes? Let’s say it was $15 a week (which is much higher than average). That is $13260 over 17 years which comes out to a little over 26 weeks (at $500 a week). So after 26 weeks, it is no longer your own money. With that being said, due to a crappy economy, lack of jobs available, and too many taxes placed on companies to allow for growth that will increase jobs…. all of our collective taxes help pay for unemployment. I was out of work for almost 2 years back in 2008-2010 so I know how it is looking for a job to replace one lost, and how companies are hiring for positions at much lower wages than the job used to pay…at a time when expenses are up (energy costs, food, etc). Wall Street is up, but that’s because the few big companies have let people go (lowering expenses)…many companies and small businesses are still struggling.

          • JimmyBiden

            Cavalierrs you do know how “insurance” works right? You don’t just get back your premium when you have claim. All the premiums are pooled so if someone has a claim the money is there to set them right.
            The plan is to collect premiums from everyone, knowing that only a few will have claims. As a worker I support my fellow workers who now have a claim because one day I or my kids may have one.

          • Joshua Pelletier

            Here’s more unexplainble food for thought. From 2007 until 12/28/13, it was alright for there to be up to 99 weeks of state and euc benefits. That extension was passed by the bush administration when employment rates were higher than they are currently. So how is it that republicans can justify approving extensions of that magnitude in an economy (at that time) that didn’t justify it. Now however, those same republicans that vote for 99 weeks magically feel that 26 weeks is more than enough in an economy that is far worse. Its not about anything other than them playing games with peoples lives. The same people in some cases that voted them in. There is no justifiction for them denying extended benefits now, when they are needed the most, but approving almost 2 years worth when times were better.

          • Rachel

            What?!? Please reference your numbers here! You are totally incorrect.

          • Art Bagnall

            “Cavaliers” has ONE S.
            Idiott.
            Oh, and employers’ taxes pay for Unemployment Benefits.
            So you can erase the “math” you tried to do…none of it makes any sense anyway.
            Most unemployed people never get a cent in unemployment benefits because the standards are so high to draw anything at all.

          • cavalierrs

            No need to call me an Idiott for driving a Cavalier Rally Sport, hence the cavalierrs.

          • http://baiine.com BAiiNE

            Lies. Unemployment comes from INSURANCE, not your tax dollars

          • terri s.

            if only unemployment paid 500.a week do your homework first

          • Guest

            Joshua, I hear you bro, but I can top that, I have a 44 year straight work history.

          • ID-2

            Thanks I have a clue. Just because you have worked for 17 years does not entitle you to endless unemployment benefits. Feel entitled much?

          • Issa dis-on?

            Feel smug much?

          • ID-2

            Nope. But you copy a lot.

          • Issa dis-on?

            Yeah. You’re so original…

          • Priorities

            Endless benefits??????? You sound just as out of touch as the rest of the dumb@$!#!

          • Janet L Brown

            Your ignorance is wasting valuable space.

          • Hopeful

            SINCE WHEN DID UNEMPLOYMENT BECOME ENDLESS? ROFLLL SMH.

          • http://baiine.com BAiiNE

            Thank you. And the sad part is this guy knows unemployment is not endless. It’s not like you get it and now you have a “win for life” lottery ticket. He knows this and still posted that dumbass comment anyway. Damn shame

          • http://baiine.com BAiiNE

            Oh ok because 26 weeks plus an additional extension that together I believe was maxed out at no more then 70 weeks in total is considered “endless”… Sure.

          • Sharron A Lee

            The perception of the long term unemployed is so wrong. I have been a working individual who paid taxes my whole life. I was a mortgage processor till the mortgage crash, I took a job after a year of looking in a car dealership for 10.00 an hour. Add it up I worked 55 hours every week for three years and still had no car. I got laid off . Now all the jobs are part-time, so I go to school so I can get a job. This is not luxury its a necessity.

        • Rachel

          Don’t be stupid. You just made the comment by saying you weren’t going to make the comment.

        • Art Bagnall

          YOU are not entitiled to the money you “earn”, because you are a Tea Party bigot. You hate people because of the color of their skin. Screw off.

        • BAiiNE

          Ummm unless you are the former EMPLOYER of the unemployed your so called tax dollars don’t pay for unemployment insurance

          • Hopeful

            RIGHT, ITS THE EMPLOYERS RESPONSIBILITY

        • Sharron A Lee

          There are no jobs .. Until you walk in someones shoes you have no clue. I am college educated, I went to Katherine Gibbs also. I have worked and paid taxes my whole life are you kidding me? I am currently in school. I have no children, no house. What were my taxes for? I deserve to get a little help for a few months more till I finish school.

        • Hopeful

          OMG, ARE YOU DAFT? YOU TAX DOLLARS DOESN’T GO TO PAY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT. PEOPLE WORK AND AND PAY INTO THEIR OWN UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH TAXES AT ALL. THAT IS MORE OF AN IGNORANT COMMENT THAN A FLIPPANT ONE.

        • boxermom

          So… my husband’s 30+ years of employment history paying into the unemployment system doesn’t count and it’s just YOUR tax dollars footing the bill?!! Get a grip – I hope you never have to experience this and WE have to pay for YOU.

      • Danetta

        Go to the website
        We the People” Helping the 1.8million cut off Exended UI”

        They are organizing a group to march on the congress on April 3

        • Rachel

          Well, what’s the link??

          • Danetta

            Copy ahd paste….. We the People “Helping the 18million cut off Extended UI”

      • Danetta

        Go to
        We the People” Helping the 1.8million cut off Exended UI”

        They are organizing a march on April 3

      • mikem42

        The House under Boehner is as close to anti American as it has ever been. Nothing that will help the country recover is considered, in the hope it will damage the president, in spite of the damage to the rest of us. The R’s want to take over the Senate, but based on what? They will rip the heart out of the middle and lower class if they get in. Unfortunately, there is no real pushback from the Dems in the house or senate, since they too are slurping from the same trough. We may say we care more, but don’t work together to highlight what is going on, and fight to defeat it.

        • BC Shelby

          …this is pretty much what I have been saying as well.

          While Obama was attending his first inauguration, in 2009, there was a core group of Republican senators and congress members who held their own little “gathering” with the goal of plotting the means to effectively sabotage his presidency from the get go.

          Had a similar thing occurred in the private sector, those who were involved would have been sacked on he grounds of insubordination.

          • mikem42

            I agree. Private sector insubordination. Elected officials tyranny. They are working against the interests of our country and should be held accountable. Newt Gingrich gets a large share of the guilt for starting the House on the path it is following.

    • Sharron A Lee

      ENOUGH IS ENOUGH WE MUST UNITE///// WE ELECTED YOU REPUBLICANS AND WE CAN TAKE YOU OUT….. NO MORE VACATIONS.. WE NEED FOOD, SHELTER. I AM IN SCHOOL BUT HOW CAN I LEARN WHEN HUNGRY.ONLY PEOPLE IN SOCIAL SERVICES ARE DRUG DEALERS AND CAREER RECIPIENTS. REAL PEOPLE WITH NO INCOME GET DENIED TIME AND TIME AGAIN.

      • Rachel

        I completely agree Sharron, but what is your suggestion for uniting? I do not see an effective leader willing to step up and organise us all. What is your solution??

        • Danetta

          Go to the website
          We the People” Helping the 1.8million cut off Exended UI”

          • Sharron A Lee

            Thank you Danetta, I am going on that website right now.

        • Sharron A Lee

          Bombard all the senators and the President on Twitter every day as much as you can. It can not hurt

  • KarenJ

    Boehner said the Senate bill was “rammed through” by Majority Leader Reid. Seriously? With 5 Dems and 5 Rs drafting the bill? Boehner is as twisted and evil as the Tea Partiers and corporate overlords leaning on him.

    • Issa dis-on?

      Johnny is such a drama queen…don’t you think?

      • Based_Knowledge

        Drama queen is an understatement

    • Hail_to_the_victors

      This is just the most recent example of the democrat party holding the unemployed hostage for political head lines. As much as I dislike the republicans I absolutely hate the democrats.

      • Issa dis-on?

        Well I am glad someone is covering this story….everywhere else it’s “missing plane”….constantly.

        • Hail_to_the_victors

          I turned that three ring circus off last week.

      • Andre Leonard

        There are other viable party’s to consider. Libertarian, Constitution and Independent. The current two party monopoly is fast losing interest for many.

        • Hail_to_the_victors

          well run those parties candidates and I will take a look at them.

      • mickschix

        It is NOT the Democrats who have held the unemployed HOSTAGE, it is the wonderful work of BONE HEAD BOEHNER and Mitch McConnell constantly demanding changes, and when Reid makes the requested changes, Boehner comes back with more nonsense, another roadblock. Reid WILL get this passed, one way or another. Boehner will NOT be re-elected, nor will McConnell and the rest of these SUBHUMAN ASSWIPES who are playing with peoples’ LIVES

        • Hail_to_the_victors

          Nope this is the handy work of Obama, Reid and Pusslousy. Reid keeps adding riders to the bill they know the republican will not agree to. But, instead of a clean bill the rat a$$ democrats what to manipulate this issue IN AN ELECTION YEAR to cause as much damage as they can to the republican party at the expense of the unemployed . And this is one of the reasons I hate this president and his party. And believe you are STUPID!

        • Hail_to_the_victors

          Listen you brain washed c*nt. I live in Michigan .I have watched the democrat party and their union henchmen manipulate the black community into inescapable poverty in Detroit , Flint etc. The leadership of your god da*med party is unspeakably evil. And because you defend them SO ARE YOU! So F*ck OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Sharron A Lee

      Boehner should remember he is an elected official and that as much mercy as you give is as much as you will get. I am in school to better myself. I am not looking for a free ride but I deserve the Government’s help after all these years. They take first class flights, vacations and all sorts of things we do not even know about. We the American people who are normally hard working citizens some help. NOW!!!!!!!

  • dshepherd

    Maybe the REPUBLICANS will all disappear!!!!

  • Dellhar
    • BC Shelby

      …I did, twice now, and still have yet to get a reply. Both times my messages were clear, well wrotten, and very diplomatic.

      I’ve heard from some who did get a response that the replies were usually rather condescending if not belligerent and insulting.

  • Carol

    How can you say after the Ukraine Package. Why don’t Americans come first. Since when did we become the second class citizins? I have been a Republican all my votinng life but I am seriously considering changing. We need money, I need to eat, by gas for the car. I am sure that Mr. Boehner doesn’t have to worry where his next meal is coming from or if he will have light in his house when he gets home. Come on and cut the crap and give us what we worked for.

  • PatriotVirginian1

    1. Senate Bill goes to bi-cameral committee.
    2. GOP gets their jobs bills.
    3. Retro-active clause is stricken.
    4. A 6-month extension starts April 1st.
    5. A flat $300/week nationwide, take it or leave it.
    6. Paid for by a 5% one-year cut in ALL Federal Pay & Contracts… take it or leave it.
    7. Everyone wins when everyone Compromises.

    • Rachel

      If you call this winning – you are horribly mistaken.

      • PatriotVirginian1

        Hi Rachel, in what way?

  • BOEHNOR666

    Like Putin and the other leaders have said, the UNITED STATE GOVERNMENT IS CRAP. They are all in this together. This is why other countries will take these nuts down just like they did with 9/11. Maybe next time it will be cyber crime. These are greedy, selfish, ignorant demons. They will burn in hell and so will their children. They are all in this together and this was a well orchestrated plan by both sides. I hope Putin, China, Pakastan and North Korea take the USA Leaders out. Boehnor is the ANTICHRIST

    • Rachel

      North Korea?? Kim Jong-Un is supremely evil. Get a little perspective here.

  • Sharron A Lee

    We the longterm unemployed are not lazy and are not trying to make a buck. We are people who because of the economy have had to take lower wages and give up things after paying our taxes and done our part then to make matters more humiliating got layed off. I go to Hunter Business School but how can I get to school with no car no bus money and no food.
    Social services only helps Drug Dealers and Immigrants with 10 kids trust me I was there with all my documentation no income and got denied. Disgusting… Is this America, I am a writer and will make sure I get the word out and band people together to get you Republicans out…. I am a Republican for now …

    • Rachel

      You’re right. I am a single, white, educated (two graduate degrees) female with no kids. There is NO assistance for me other than food banks. I have been trying to get some help paying my insurance policy so I can keep it and now, also not have to pay the damn fee that Obama forced on everyone for NOT having health insurance. People who are ignorant assume there is all this government assistance available. Not so! Not for people like you and me.

      • Guest

        Rachel, you can file a waiver form if you cannot to keep your help insurance.

    • Rachel

      You’re still a Republican after all this? Why? Well then, do not expect anything other than what you are getting right now.

      • Sharron A Lee

        I became a Republican only because I was a election inspector and they needed a Republican. What I vote is secret…. I think by bombarding @SpeakerBoehner’s twitter account with true stories of how hes ruining economy and ruining chances for Republicans to get seats in the house and senate they want…

      • Sharron A Lee

        The government has just put long term unemployed on back burner. I will not be forgotten when I have paid my taxes and elected these officials so my life could be better.

  • BOEHNOR666

    Who ever passes it will live a good life and who ever doesn’t will go to hell. A spell has been cast on any evildoers Boehnor is going to hell.

  • Angel Alamo

    Most of these damn house republicans should be voted out on November 4th. I am sick of their ignorance and stupidity. SICK OF THEM. VOTE THEM OUT ON NOVEMBER 4TH. On November 5th I want a lot of these scumbags to prepare to leave washington and put in people who will do a great job. These are no nothing republicans.

    • Rachel

      You cannot “vote them out.” The system does not allow it. It is the electorate that determines who goes – not us. It is NOT the peoples’ vote anymore.

  • Daniel Smith

    Maybe Boehner hates (2) of his siblings because according to Wikipedia,
    all but two of his siblings still live within a few miles of each other;
    two are unemployed and most of the others have blue-collar jobs.This is
    a way to punish his two siblings that he hates. I’m moving to Ukraine!
    I’m sure we can get aid faster being a citizen of another country. I’m
    voting Democrat here on out!!!

    • Rachel

      Wikipedia? Wikipedia is NOT a reliable reference!

  • Obama Who??

    Haha. I don’t understand. Every time I go to the local office, workers are doing absolutely NOTHING! If they don’t want to do it, give me their job. And I truly think it’s the states fault by not letting people to keep filing. Can’t shoot yourself in the foot and ask for a bandaid. This whole charade is quite hilarious. IM really starting to bite the bullet that this won’t pass. Sad to say. Can’t blame republicans though. All Harry Reid and the Obama administration. by not allowing amendments back in Jan. I was actually for the immigrant tax amendment that was brought. It made sense. They can file kids that don’t live here and get back thousands. I file and get back 300 haha! Thank you democrats. Oh it’s not racial either. I am a young black educated man myself ;-)

    • BAiiNE

      Obama Who??… love your name and yes you’re right. This cast of characters has just been putting on a show, a sad one at the expense of the people. I do not blame any one party in particular either, though the Democrats have been doing everything in their power to blame the Republicans for this. Reid had his head up his butt refusing to even hear any amendment from the Republicans, it took about 4 failed votes for him to even hear them out.

      • Guest

        duh, please tell me how attaching yet another ‘Repeal the ACA’ amendment to extending UI helps the unemployed in America? Who’s got their head up their butt?

        • BAiiNE

          I don’t know that that amendment would help or hurt the unemployed… but I do know that the check they have been waiting on will for sure help! Don’t you agree??

      • Art Bagnall

        You “don’t blame one party in particular either”, but then in the same sentence you blame Democrats.
        You really aren’t smart enough to think, are you?
        Make up your mind, halfwit.

        • BAiiNE

          Sorry Art, I don’t think I was blaming them, just pointing out the facts. Reid refused to even hear any amendments offered by the Republicans all while waging a smear campaign against Senators Portman and Coates to try to make them and Republicans look bad and force them to vote with Dems. It wasn’t until after the repeat failed votes, that not only did he hear out the Republicans… he accepted their whole bill. So Reid FINALLY realized the Republicans would not just back down after wasting precious months in standstill (supposedly just trying to make Republicans look bad to win seats in the next election)?? I’m a Democrat and have NO reason to side with a Republican any day of the week but I’m not blind to the BS game that both sides are playing, Democrats and Republicans alike!!

          • ex-Republican

            Baiine don’t kid yourself this is a misguided, alcohol induced bad judgment call by these blood sucking trust fund intolerant Republicans, cant you remember these kids when we were in school. It was Ok for them to sneek the weed, but god forbid if you did, they and their parents would admonish everybody else, but not them remember where hypocrisy is born. Phonies…..

          • Hopeful

            VOTE THEM ALL OUT AND GET THEM REPLACED. IF WE CAN STILL EVEN DO THAT.

  • Beth’s

    Please explain to me why aid to the Ukraine takes precedence over aid to the people you were elected to represent. How long now have you been talking about job creation? The problem that’s all you’ been doing. No one has actually come up with a plan, it’s all just lip service so you’ll get your way. I have news for all of you. You graduated from kindergarten a very long time ago and it’s time to start actually representing the people you were elected you. If you can’t put your egos aside and start working for the people who “hired” you then don’t be surprised when you are fired in the next election. You will only have yourselves to blame.

  • YONATAN C

    Since late last December, more than two million unemployed
    workers,

    And their children, have been without unemployment benefits,
    due to

    The failure of the Republican Party to pass an unemployment
    extension bill.

    After several proposals by the democrats, to get this bill
    passed in the senate,

    These unemployed workers are still no closer of getting the
    financial help that

    They so desperately need to provide for their families. The
    Republicans have consistently

    Denied passing of the bill. These families have had to face
    evictions, home foreclosures,

    Bankruptcy, and homelessness. When millions of tax payer’s
    dollars are freely given to

    Finance corporate welfare, and foreign aid, nothing is given
    to these families who are

    Out of work. When billions of tax payer’s dollars were used
    to Bailout both the Banking and Airline industries, to name but a few, how is
    can it be justified not to help the average

    American family? These millions of people are angry
    and will voice their anger in the 2016 election with their vote. These families
    will not forget their struggles and pain.

  • YONATAN C

    Since late last December, more than two million unemployed
    workers,

    And their children, have been without unemployment benefits,
    due to

    The failure of the Republican Party to pass an unemployment
    extension bill.

    After several proposals by the democrats, to get this bill
    passed in the senate,

    These unemployed workers are still no closer of getting the
    financial help that

    They so desperately need to provide for their families. The
    Republicans have consistently

    Denied passing of the bill. These families have had to face
    evictions, home foreclosures,

    Bankruptcy, and homelessness. When millions of tax payer’s
    dollars are freely given to

    Finance corporate welfare, and foreign aid, nothing is given
    to these families who are

    Out of work. When billions of tax payer’s dollars were used
    to Bailout both the Banking and Airline industries, to name but a few, how is
    can it be justified not to help the average

    American family? These millions of people are angry
    and will voice their anger in the 2016 election with their vote. These families
    will not forget their struggles and pain.

    • Rachel

      Do not be naive! It is the electorate that determines who stays in power – not the people.

  • YONATAN C

    While the republicans continue to play “party politics”, millions of unemployed workers and their children continue to suffer without their extended unemployment benefits. The republicans have shown that they’re not “the party for family values”, like they pride themselves as representing. They are a party that’s lacking in human compassion, and decency, for not helping these families in need. Since late December, these families have been without any financial means to care for their families and households. The republicans have rejected every opportunity to pass an extension bill that would have helped these families through a very difficult situation. This party has shown nothing but contempt of the poor in this country, by their countless stands on a variety of fundamental issues. How can they possibly delay this bill after all of this time, with these people having had to face be eviction, home foreclosure, personal bankruptcy, and homelessness? How do these fellows sleep at night, knowing the affects of their decision on the poor? Why is there never a long drawn out debate, when they use tax payer’s money to pay for CORPORATE WELFARE, AND FOREIGN AID , OR THE BILLIONS SPENT ON BAILING OUT GREEDY BANKERS, AND THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY? These unemployed voters are angry and will make their voices heard in 2016 elections. I hope all of these selfish losers will be voted out of office, and replace with “public servants”

    • Rachel

      The thing is, it is not just the poor – it is the middle class suffering now.

      • BC Shelby

        …or what’s left of the middle class.

  • NeedsVacation

    CONTACT JOHN BOEHNER AND DISCUSS THIS ISSUE WITH HIM AND HIS OFFICE!

    Washington, D.C. Office
    1011 Longworth H.O.B.
    Washington, DC 20515
    (202) 225-6205
    (202) 225-0704 fax

    Spearhead this before it becomes and issue. I’ve called and discussed the fact that long-term unemployment needs to be signed back into law immediately.
    Long-term unemployment benefits was a law put into effect when Bush was President and the unemployment rate was (LOWER) than now. Does that make sense? NO!

    Good luck everyone.

  • Brandon W.

    Why doesn’t the Senate/Congress just reinstate the continuation of the same EUC insurance, in the same form as it ended with on 12.28.13? Vote it thru and get on with it!!!!!…..God help you lame A$$ MF’ers.

    • Rachel

      Exactly.

  • Danetta

    I understand everyone wants to share their stories of hardship on sites like this but we need to do something about this! Everything that has ever implemented a change in this country took some physical work to do it! We need to get together and march on Washington. That would bring some attention and attention is what we need right now! Go to the website: We the People” Helping the 1.8million cut off Exended UI…..they are organizing a march on April 3

    • BC Shelby

      …like many, I wish I could participate but don’t have the resources to travel clear across the country even by bus (from Oregon).

      My question, where is the Occupy Movement in all this? Now they actually would have a concrete focal point to rally around.

      • organize

        There is a movement. google “may 16 ex general peaceful protest.” Enough is enough.

  • C.C Jr.

    Blah Blah Blah, sick of it all….

  • purenia

    Speaker please allow to be discussed and voted on the floor. It is a part of your job. Stop being an obstructionist. So many people are silent because we think that our elected officials will in the end do their jobs on behalf of the people, regardless of party affiliation. There is a silent majority….you experienced it with the last election. We may not have tons of money like the Koch Bros or scream as loud as the Tea Party, but we are watching and we will come out to the polls in droves to vote you all out of office. The republican party is slowly becoming extinct and with this kind of obstructionism you are speeding up the process.

  • LaughnigLion

    The poor, over-burdened state worker might have to put down their People Magazines, click off their March Madness brackets screen, and put away their crossword puzzles.

    I am contacting the NASWA today to see if I can get a job helping process the claims for unemployment insurance extension. I would love to be hired, trained, and paid to process the unemployment claims. I am not afraid of hard work and would love to work. All the long term unemployed should do the same.

    NASWA contact info: https://www.naswa.org/index.cfm

  • Issa dis-on?

    These country clubbin’ MFs need to be brought down.

  • chris v

    hello

  • Andre Leonard

    Heller and Reed should be ashamed of themselves. What type of leaders are they? Trying to extract another 5 months of unemployment insurance will buy nothing but a little time for their chronically unemployed constituents.

    The better interest of the country will be served when people go to work and stop looking for handouts and then extensions for the handouts.

    If 11 million illegals can come here and find work. There is no reason their constituents cannot find work, save for being lazy. Opportunity is where you make it.

    • Steve10pt

      If you think I want to live on the measly UI benefits I received for 26 weeks which have since expired you are seriously delusional. I worked 30 years for a major financial firm and was laid off in Aug 2013. I’m not going to reinvent myself or my career. Lazy? I’ve sent out over 1000 resumes and had 8 interviews but nothing has stuck yet. The measly benefits help but my priority is to go back to work as I made MUCH more weekly. The problem with society is if you’re unemployed people categorize you as being lazy and feel they “shouldn’t pay for your unemployment”. I hate being unemployed and feel I’ve paid my share for 30 years (April 1984 through August 2013 continuous). DON’T LABEL OR JUDGE ME.

      • Andre Leonard

        I would rather you not have the benefit at all, much less have to live off it.

        People are either excuse oriented or results oriented. If 11 million illegals can find work, then you should be able to find something.

        Society should not have to pay for you to sit home idle. Get to work and stop making excuses.

        • Steve10pt

          Live off it, sit at home idle and make excuses? Guess you didn’t read my original post. I received a severance package so I don’t need the UI money or have to ask society to pay my way. I can only hope you are put into the situation of being unemployed. Oh I forgot, you’re a results orientated person because you’re employed or one of the 11 million illegals that are working. One more thing… Thanks for paying for my unemployment :). keep up the good work !!

  • chris v

    I REALLY THINK THE ONLY WAY TO SPEED THINGS UP IS TO HAVE A BIG MAJORITY OF THE UNEMPLOYED MAKE IT A POINT NEXT WEEK TO SHOW UP WHILE THE SENATE IS VOTING. IF ENOUGH PEOPLE DO THIS, AND THE STREETS ARE FILLED, NOW YOU WILL HAVE THE NEWS CREWS THERE. WHICH MEANS WORLDWIDE ATTENTION. MAYBE WE COULD ASK OTHER COUNTRIES IF THEY MIGHT CARE TO ASSIST US. SINCE OUR COUNTRY ONLY HELPS OTHERS

    • Kim Wilkins

      Sounds like a great plan. I wish i could afford to get to Washington. I am so broke and it is soooo depressing.

    • Art Bagnall

      Your caps lock is stuck on, cretin.

  • Based_Knowledge

    Eject the elected

  • Cynthia Lambert

    They are coming off recess and their first order of business is the Ukraine. Really! This is absurd. I have worked and paid my dues. We need money to put gas in the car or pay for public transportation to get to interviews. They need to iron out details at a later date. The US needs to take care of their own.

  • legendmixtapes

    how do you vote on money that aint yours and decide where it goes ? where can i buy this video game at?

  • legendmixtapes

    i think we should just all go on welfare untill that bill is brought up and we will sell r foodstamps for money

    • BC Shelby

      …unfortunately in most states that required having dependent children living in the same household. If you have no children, or are an older person living alone, you are out of luck.

  • legendmixtapes

    how about we use the money made from taxes in 1 day

  • Don Turco

    Gee I don’t know, whey don’t you just post a copy of the BILL… ya know so us here simple folks can see what the dilly do is,, ya know…

  • legendmixtapes

    US Budget in 1 Day: $10,460,188,800

  • legendmixtapes

    2011

  • Kevin Hampton

    The worse part of this entire article is they might vote on American benefits, AFTER they vote on sending money to the Ukraine, what a shame.

  • matt davis

    their an unemployment crisis going on here but its never talked about in the media iam tired of hearing about urkine and the president hasn’t said a word about extending jobless benefits since the state of the union

    • Jordan White

      Im sure the media in some way is paid under the table to keep quiet about this unemployment extension as much as possible, the republicans know what there doing, there goal is to lower the deficit and reduce spending in anyway possible weather it affects the tax payers here in the U.S. or not they couldn’t care less.

      • BC Shelby

        …you hit the nail squarely on the head when you mentioned the Fed. They are not a part of the US government, but are an independent institution which is dictating our monetary policy. This is exactly what Jefferson and Jackson warned us about and fought against – establishment of a central bank.

        I also agree with your points as to why we are basically in a jobless recovery. Companies are sitting on financial reserves, some of them substantial, but unwilling to hire because of perceived uncertainty due to the lack of consumer confidence and lack of purchasing power.

        As I have mentioned elsewhere we have the largest percentage of long term unemployed since the end of World War II (and that number is growing weekly). This alone should have been enough grounds for an EUC extension before the end of last year without any debate.

        Those arguments about “99 weeks” and “X” number of years have little relevance as the issue has continued to persist. Many comments I read are from people who were laid off within the last year such as myself. Why are there still so many unemployed? Could over two million people be that “lazy” as Boehner and others suggest? No it’s because the economy itself is “lazy” as are congress and business.

        Yeah, the numbers on Wall Street may look good, but down on Main Street the situation is a lot different. Companies are still laying off (one of the major employers where I live announced it is giving over 450 workers their “pink slips”).

        Neither side of the political aisle has put together any
        coherent plan to stimulate hiring or real job growth. Creating a few
        thousand short term construction labour jobs will do little. We need
        something that will work for the long term and help people of all ages and abilities to get back on the job and avoid ending up on the “breadline”. Until these can be put into place, the millions still out of work need help so they have the resources to continue their work search and participate in the various programmes such as workshops and classes currently offered by WorkSource agencies.

        Giving more tax breaks to corporations that continue to ship jobs overseas will not do it. Continuing to allow loopholes in tax laws to be exploited by the rich will not do it. “Trickle down” is a flawed thory and has only served to enrich the accounts of the top tier and further widen the economic gap.

  • http://forumsforjustice.com/forums/showthread.php?p=211#post211 Forums4Justice

    Federal Unemployment Compensation Extensions http://forumsforjustice.com/forums/showpost.php?p=4106&postcount=1

  • Esther Williams

    Public service? Here we find Obama regime apparatchiks enjoying lifestyles of the rich and famous on your dime: http://tinyurl.com/ltd2wpq

  • Nora Mendez-Robles

    Boehner is a fool. Everyone who stopped receiving benefits is now no longer considered, or counted as unemployed. So Obama can point to lower unemployment rates as the mid term elections come up. Add to that the American people need help as much as say the Ukrainians or any other people around the world we jump to send money to. I’m a union construction worker in NY and my first tier ended 4 weeks ago, so my benefits are gone and the work out look has not gotten any better, and I do blame Obamas misdirected stimulus for that. and here is Boehner helping the prez with cooked unemployment numbers.

  • Jordan White

    I’ll just remember when it comes time to pay my federal taxes by 4-15-14 SCREW YOU. Since I got no assets or property have fun trying to collect my outstanding balance for 2013 of 5688.00 I got all my income for the year already spent for 2013. Just returning the favor!

  • Al Bumen

    A debt default is triggered if Hussein Obama’s criminal marxist regime chooses not to pay interest on the Federal debt.

    • ex-Republican

      Al Bumen, tell us what your parents were like, I can not imagine that the little boy they raised grew up to be such small minded ignorant and pathetic cold hearted little man. Don’t tell me they were genius just like you. I too was a Republican, but I am also someone who needs to be able to answer the question my maker will ask me when we meet, he will ask “Where were you when I was hungry” This most important question amazingly and regrettably with respect to the people who need these funds to keep a roof over their heads and put food on there plates, so they can continue to fight on to get back on track. I changed my vote from life long compassionate Republican to vote for my new Party, I can not wait to vote for Hillary, and for every Democrat every time. This Unemployment issue is a deal breaker. I can only hope that a huge percentage of my fellow ex-Republicans see this as I do. No greater shame can come to these POS.

  • Bundle Up

    Not even $17 trillion in debt could stop Joe Biden’s lavish summer vacation to Paris where his one-night hotel bill ran $585,000.

  • ex-Republican

    Rich people have some kind of crazy hatred for lesser advantaged good and decent people, I would love to know why this is. I have seen it my own life, what gives why are Rich people so cold hearted. Most of the rich people I have met have inherited their wealth, they didn’t even earn the money, yet they have obsession to hate anybody who is not as fortunate….would love to hear opinions…

  • Sheryl Brand

    Bottomline we NEED our Unemployment Benefits. You guys in the Senate & House need to try and live on zero income a month!!!

  • BC Shelby

    …the Electoral College only determines who wins the the Presidency. Members of the Senate and Congress are elected by direct vote in their local states and state congressional districts.

  • Scott Guldenschuh

    We have to let this idiot know that we Americans come first, not freakin aide to ukrain, and we can only do that by hammering them constantly on there emails and with phone calls. Boener is a drunken loser that should never had been elected, and am sure he,s done enough damage to the republican party, and both houses, that he will not be relected come this November, as for me I will never vote for a republican again period, am so sick of all this BS when these guys dont give a dam about there own constinguants and the people that put them in those seats to begin with.
    I am 57 been working since I was 14,was laid off in Julyof 2013 and have nothing left at this point, my gas, phone and water have already been shut off and power will be turned off on Wed, so I am really frustrated with all this BS, when these guys make the kinda money they do, what happen to it being a privaliage to serve, why should they even be paid? There all millionaires to begin with, you cant get elected unless you have millions to campaign with. Its time we take back our govt from lobbists, and big buisness, and find people that when they get to washington dont forget who and where there from!!
    Another misconcept is the numnber of people that need this help, its alot higher than 2 million, probably closer to 5 million, even if it is just one American, let alone 5 million?
    Sorry about the spelling and the venting, but please people lets stop bickering amonst ourselves and get these fools to do our bidding, pass this extention now……

  • RickAsh4312

    I have received $415 on January 2, 2014 from EUC. I am disabled due to surgery/chemo for pancreatic cancer. Nothing since. No cash. What am I to do? VA Disability delayed, delayed, delayed. Same for SSDI which you must have to draw regular SS. I worked 42 years after serving 6 years during Viet Nam. Still, delays. I still file every 2 weeks as instructed and do my eligibility review every six weeks So, VA and SSDI plus regular SS not even close. Thank You Congress and Thank You for everything to a grateful nation.

  • David Bridges
  • David Bridges

    the link below is to impeach bohner. please sign it!

  • David Bridges

    impeah boehner

  • David Bridges

    impeach Boehner!

  • catherinejordan76

    I will be voting anyone in office currently out, it is time to clean house and senate

  • catherinejordan76

    Time to audit the tax returns of everyone in the Senate and House

  • LC

    It’s a pissin’ match. America really needs to re-evaluate it’s priorities and he people who are suppose to represent us.

  • YONATAN C

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

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  • YONATAN C

    Those individuals who think like many of the Republican senators, that the unemployed are “lazy”, and “unwilling to work”, are sorely mistaken and delusional. No one in their right mind, would prefer unemployment to working, and making a better wage. For those misinformed with jobs, No one gets rich off of weekly unemployment benefits. The amount you receive can “barely” pay your minimum living expenses. Often it doesn’t, and you end up able to pay some bills, and not others. None of us are dining out on Steak and Lobster every night. This is a misconception and a means to discredit those unfortunate enough to have been laid off from their job. It’s always much easier to point your finger and blame the victim, instead of those in power that are making these laws and decisions. If you recall back, several years ago, it wasn’t the “unemployed” that caused the economic meltdown around the world. This was the directly caused by greedy bankers and CEO’s, who used tax payer’s money, as if it were their own to spend and invest as they chose. It wasn’t the “unemployed” that chose to Bail out the Banking and Airline industries, and the Automobile Industries. In case you’ve forgotten, this was done by our government officials, our so called “public servants”. Furthermore, it wasn’t the “unemployed who gives millions of tax payer’s dollars to foreign Aid, and to finance the rampant corporate welfare in this great country. So to those who are misinformed or delusional, you must re-direct your blame to the correct party. My question to the Republicans, is how do you justify all of the above, yet refuse to help the common man and woman, who has found themselves in a stagnant economy and unable to find employment? Why isn’t there a big drawn out debate about corporate welfare, foreign aid, banking bailouts, as there has now been with helping the unemployed with passing an extension bill? Do we live in two Americas? One for the one percent, and the other for the remaining ninety nine percent? You need to pass the extension bill immediately for the sake of these two plus million families in need. I can assure you that in the 2016 election, we two million voters will Not forget how we were treated

  • rigoberto beltran

    I have an idea , if boehner and all of his “friends” fire the guys that are carrying their brief cases around because they are too lazy to do it themselves , all that money would pay for some of the extension , boehner you don’t need 2 or 3 people to carry your brief case , you can do it “come on come on baby steps , you can do it ” I’ll be proud of you and get laid , you look like you need a lot more than the needy need your excuses .

  • mike moroney

    You can bet the Ukraine gets their assistance on the first try..

    • The Crying Tangerine

      Nope. Pubs want more dark money first.

  • Angelica

    The longer this decision takes the more the American people suffer; especially the children. They’ve issued grants for healthy eating but how can you live that way if you don’t know where your next meal is coming from, rough over your head, clean clothes, and a nice hot shower. What if it was a member of your own family? Would your conscious really allow you to watch them suffer. The Senate and the House need to stop dragging their feet and make that yes decision so we the people can get back on our feet.

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