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October 22, 2014

Unemployment Extension Amendment Offered on Tax Cut Bill

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Reed hopes to add a one-year extension to the Senate’s $85 billion tax cut bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Jack Reed wants to add a one-year unemployment extension to the Senate’s $85 billion tax cut bill, but his amendment is a long-shot to pass the Senate, let alone become law.

The Rhode Island Democrat’s proposal would be retroactive to December — so people who have gone without checks for months would be eligible for a sizable lump sum.

“I am committed to helping job seekers,” he said in a statement.

Reed has led the effort for an unemployment extension. His state has the highest unemployment rate in the nation at 8.3 percent. Emergency unemployment benefits expired in December, and since then more than 2.5 million unemployed people have been cut off from their weekly checks.

Republicans filibustered the tax cut bill on Thursday, although Democratic and Republican leaders said they would continue to talk in an effort to agree on which amendments would be allowed to the bill, so there is at least a theoretical chance Reed’s amendment could see the light of day.

In the meantime, Reed urged the House to take up the Senate-passed, Reed-Heller bill, which provides for a retroactive extension ending in June.

“The House just needs to do its job and take an up-or-down vote,” Reed said. “They are free to attach any measures they wish to the bill. They just need to take a vote so we can work out a bipartisan agreement.

“The clock is ticking and every day that the House fails to act will make it harder to provide emergency help to those who need it most.”

That five-month extension was painstakingly negotiated over months after Republicans filibustered an earlier proposal, which failed to advance by a single vote in February.

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, has repeatedly said he will not advance any unemployment extension until the White House makes him a new offer on jobs. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez sent Boehner a letter offering to negotiate, but that letter doesn’t appear to have resulted in any action, either.

Sending the House a tax cut bill with a benefits extension added wouldn’t necessarily change the dynamic in the House, if Reed were somehow able to attach it. And some expect that tax extenders bill will languish until after the elections when Congress faces a lame-duck session.

That leaves the question of whether President Barack Obama will make the issue a bigger priority and call Boehner personally to ask what can be done to extend the benefits.

Obama has yet to pick up the phone to call Boehner about an unemployment extension. Nor has he threatened to veto a tax cut extension bill that does not include an unemployment extension.

The $85 billion Senate bill includes more than 50 tax breaks that expired at the end of last year. It would add to the deficit because the it is not offset with spending cuts or tax hikes.

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Obama Pressures GOP on Unemployment Extension, Minimum Wage

Senate Passes Unemployment Benefits Extension

Unemployment Extension Vote Not Worrying House Republicans

Boehner Still Cool to Senate Unemployment Extension Bill

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  • bigbanglasers

    It would me much better to use that money to help oil companies not pay taxes or bomb other countries….well at least that is what Republicans think

  • rodney grinnell

    Look at the picture on here that senator is running like he’s going to save the world…lol

    • http://rollcall.com Steven Dennis

      It’s a good picture. Senators often run when they are late for a vote.

  • aaaa aa

    While Reed and Heller seem to have good intentions.Its my belief that neither party wants it to pass.They could care less about anyone but themselves and big corporations.

  • Jim Labruno

    There will never be an unemployment extension. This is a dead issue and has been for a long time. Boehner or whatever his name is will never have the vote and Obama was never really serious about it he just pretends to be. If he was serious he would threaten to veto the tax bill. He just wants you to think he cares to help his cliff falling approval rating. It does not matter whether you are a republican or a democrat. Both of them honestly do not care and only care about things important to them. This is why America is by far the biggest disgrace of a country out of all of them.

    • ali reza

      Senate has reached a compromise, the house just has to vote up and down. No one is to be blamed Republican or Democrat except the Speaker of the house. Simple matter of personal responsibility he has to take; it is his job and he should do it.

      • Jim Labruno

        He has already said publicly he will not bring it to a vote unless the white house works with him on it. So its a dead issue

        • shawn segler

          They did exactly what Boehner asked and when they did he tried to change the rules a couple of different ways. He’s blocking it because he knows it’s the only leverage he has. It’s not surprising someone snapped and threatened him. It’s a tribute to the unemployed Americans putting up with his political game playing that it only happened once.

          • zappacat

            They have arrested another man now too.

          • FedUpInNJ

            I’m sure there will be more arrests. Do these idiots actually think desperate people don’t do desperate things?

          • Tim

            WHY HASNT JOHN BOEHNER BEEN ARESTED FOR SMOKING IN A CAPITAL BUILDING??? IF YOU OR I SMOKED IN A FEDERAL BUILDING WE WOULD BE ARESTED RIGHT. IS HE ABOVE THE LAW OR IS HE BUYING PEOPLE OFF?????.

          • ex-Republican

            Tim please stop with the smoking thing, who drinks more than cops, and have you heard of any of them getting a DUI, WAKE UP brother, they are above the law, get with it, The new reality is that the takers will continue to take, they don’t vote, and we all know who the takers are, the DEMS care about these people the most. Repukes care about being in the Country Club, we have seen this script throughout history, we are collateral damage, we are the folks and they hate us, plain and simple. They hate you, but come NOVEMBER they will be asking for your vote, VOTE for yourself, do what ever it takes and SAVE SAVE SAVE, and don’t participate in commerce, spend the next couple of years saving very penny every quarter, every dollar, Volunteer send to Charities when you can, build your STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN, ignore them don’t watch TV news they are a part of the scheme, go inward, LIBRARY, EXCERCISE, eat HEALTHY, but put this away, and never forget that they HATE YOU TIM(for taking up this smoking thing)(They scoff at you), they are threatened by your presence, only you hold the key. PREPARE for a HUGE ECONOMIC BUST, I feel it in my bones,

          • Kate

            I agree with Tim. Just because he’s allowed to doesn’t make it right Just like what he’s permitted to do to the american people.

        • ali reza

          Exactly. If that does not sound to you like a poor excuse to not consider a bill so carefully constrcuted by the other chamber, I cannot imagine what does. Congress is a branch of government not a place to whine about the executive when the other body sends you something.

      • mrmano_0

        Democratic Populists using plight of veterans to further their rage against the unemployed…..OBAMA HATES VETERANS!!!…Reid takes his marching orders from someone…..

        http://www.theblaze.com/storie

        • ali reza

          whatever. does not change a things about what I said. but nice negative ad :)

          • mrmano_0

            its not negative..just a fact..

          • ali reza

            that and Obama’s birth certificate being fake…lol and stop yelling in caps, we can read. grow up.

          • mrmano_0

            Caps isn’t about your ability to read. Move along,child..

          • erick

            Republicans hate you and hate your way of life.

          • mrmano_0

            oh..okay…what a dupe!!

    • Ivan

      You are so right. While we may agonize over our next move and sometimes lie frozen with indecision, it is obvious no one in Washington from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave to Capitol Hill is really concerned about our plight. They are all being the worst stereotypical politicians. This whole thing is a cigar and brandy bar discussion. Nothing is going to happen. They care about us as much as they do the kidnapped Nigerian girls Everyone wants to make sure they’re quoted saying the right thing although they don’t mean it

    • Terry Williams

      Obama DID threaten to veto the tax bill if the Unemployment Extension was not included. I look at my situation and it is dismal but it pains me to see everyone here feeling the same level of disgust and dismay. There is something very wrong when a population that has the size of most major cities, is faced with long-term unemployment. We are talking about people of various backgrounds, various ethnicity, various education levels, various skills, various ages and sex and so on… At least 3 million and climbing and that does not include the children effected! There is something wrong when there is 92% unemployment rate among Back youth 16-19 on the south-side of Chicago. Many of us have never experienced what they experienced until now. This makes a mockery out of the notion of democracy and capitalism as it represents a tremendous waste of human capital. I am more than sure that people here could do the jobs that they are applying for if given the opportunity. The lack of skills excuse that we often times hear is a down right lie. It is criminal that anyone is unable to secure employment to take care of themselves and their families.

  • tired_of_it_all

    Why do you even report on this? None of these politicians care about the unemployed people who are losing their lives and their livelihoods while this extension gets kicked back and forth. Reed’s amendment won’t result in anything. He knows it. You know it. I know it. This whole unemployment insurance extension fiasco has been about posturing, posturing by politicians whose re-election either depends, or kind of depends, on them presenting themselves as either caring, or uncaring. In the end, none of them actually care at all about what is happening, If they had any sense of what its like to not be able to find a job, and to see your life disappearing from under you, then at least some of them would have made a legitimate effort to resolve this issue. But there has been no legitimate attempt by either party to work out a viable solution.

    I think that the most telling remark during this whole sickening debacle was Obama’s joke during the White House Press Dinner, when his punchline for a joke about unemployment was: “If you want to get paid while not working, you should have to run for Congress just like everybody else.” For Obama to reiterate the stereotype of unemployed people “getting paid for not working”, even in a joke, means that he’s never had to hustle to find work after his income has been cut in half and he can’t even pay his electric bill or his phone bill, or put gas in the car. It means that he hasn’t thought about the human dimensions of the issue at all, which to me means that he just doesn’t care. I see no evidence that anyone in government cares about this. And I realize that caring is hard, and living a life of self-centered narcissism can insulate people from the pain of others, and make life easier, but I truly believe that in this life or the next, an accounting of our lives is required, and I wish our politicians good luck with that accounting.

    • Kate

      Very well said. Thank you

    • Chicken

      Yeah I am over it… Those a-holes can rot from all their games.

    • Deven Mischel Collins

      Well stated. I think it is absolutely ridiculous the way Congress has played this. I wish we could fire them all and make them live on UE for 6 months. It infuriates me. My daughter only received 6 months of UE and has worked since she was 14 years old….she is now 28. I lost mine in December. Luckily I landed a job in April but it is 105 miles from my home one way. And the BS numbers/stats about lowest UE rates in years, because the destitute who lost their meager assistance are no longer being counted!

      • Pearl

        I think neither side had any intention of pass UEI bill I think it is all political gain .we need to vote them all out in November .they care more about other countries problem more than US problems.My eyes have really been opened this last year.I will not vote for any of them .Boner he isn’t worth the paper to write on!

      • satoshi n.

        deven the the rate only counts you if you receive a u.e. check. If you are 26.1 weeks and no job you are not counted as jobless, even if you are. .

    • ex-Republican

      Second that, you nailed it. They Don’t care, so prepare for the new NEW, with 0.10 GDP growth, if they were in the private sector they would all be on the unemployment line. GDP correlates directly to new quality employment. Blame the electorate, I blame myself I voted for the Repukelicans because of wedge issues(pro-lifer). Looks like the GOP has lost its way, I promise you all, I will never vote for a Repukelican, as long as there is air in my lungs. It’s here its NOW, going forward, never forget how you were treated, never forget that they HATE you, they think you are LAZY, so SAVE all of your money going forward, for the next few years do not spend any money on luxuries, hoard your valuables, convert to hard assets. No more MALL trips, eating at fast food joints, SAVE your money and always prepare for the worst just, as our Grandparents did. The only friend you have now is Jesus himself, these politicians evidently didn’t get the training required to be good Stewards/Shepard’s, or worse they were taught and now they choose to forget, when your Brother/Sister is hungry you feed them, when your comrade is stuck out there in thick mud, and he is still breathing or not, you go back and you retrieve your brother. WOW, I am thinking in the beginning they would say hey guys lets wrap this up, ” Our BROTHERS/SISTERS need our help. NOPE, THEY ACTUALY TOILED WITH THEM, SAID MAYBE, Chuck Schumer, caught off guard as stating ‘I hadn’t even considered attaching it to tax extenders. REALLY, he hadn’t even thought about that aspect of the negotiations, REALLY. Go inward and never forget MAY 2014, when AMERICANS were left on the BATTLEFIELD TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES IN THE WORST JOB RECOVERY IN DECADES, fend for yourselves, and never forget at the end of the day, they HATE you and they think you are LAZY.

      • amber

        Great post. There are very few people that when they have the ability to help someone they will actually do it. I know one person who sent me a check in the mail because he had a great year. I kept crying for a few days because couldn’t believe the kindness of a person. I will never forget this kindness ever and the timing of this check. The only thing he knew was that I was looking for a job and only had a “pretend” job that is straight commission pay. The problem with the way this UI unfolded was they gave no warning at all. People were left blindsided by the cutoff. You can’t just walk in and get any job. You have to pretend you are not educated to get certain jobs. Or you try to enhance your accomplishments and apply for jobs out of your league. It’s a vicious game.

        • BC Shelby

          …everyone, excellent posts. They all hit the nail squarely on the head.

          I was fortunate to have a couple good friends assist me for the last tow months. Unlike most employers, they believe in me and what I can still do even though I have no degree, am one of the many older unemployed being stiffed for younger hires, and can no longer perform in the capacities I used to work in due to debilitating artthirits.

          Unfortunately there is only so much they could do as well. and I understand. So this month I was unable to pay rent and now am facing eviction if I do not come up with the money required by this coming Thursday.

          Once that happens it’s pretty much over, one’s credit score (which many employers use these days to weed applicants out) is trashed. You have no means of looking for work out side of “pounding the pavement” and hoping you will be hired on the spot, you no longer have the means to care for and groom yourself, wash your clothes, you no longer have an address or means of contact in case you actually get an interview or transportation to get there,

          Life on the streets is no picnic. Crime, drug addition, alcoholism, disease, violence, mental illness, these are all part of your new “homelife”. Add to that the lack of available sanitary facilities such as restrooms and showers which creates health issues.

          Then there’s the weather. I can’t imagine how harsh it was for homeless people in the Great Lakes & Northeast during one of the worst and longest winters in decades. Here in the Northwest it is the constant rain and dampness which makes finding a dry place to bed down for the night a real challenge.

          Shelters? those can be just as bad if not worse than the streets and most are at capacity levels already.

          This is the fate that is waiting many of the millions of long term unemployed besides myself. It is a fate our elected representatives are blissfully ignorant of as most (if not all) have never been requried to confront the possibility it would ever happen to them. Vote them out of office? They still have pensions, their personal accounts, and fallback occupations (many end up going into the lucrative profession of “consulting”). They won’t be hurting when they get their congressional “pink slips”.

          …an who’s to say those who replace them will be any better? Politicians are just that “politicians” who play the game each term to get reelected. True there may be those with honest convictions, however they usually get shouted down by the “takers” in government, discredited and discouraged to the point it’s either join the “brotherhood” or be an outcast among your peers.

          Not much different than hooligan street gangs save there are no rumbles or drive bys.

          I have lost what little faith I had in our government anymore, Republican Democrat, Senator Representative, even up to the President. As tired_of_it_all mentions, it has become nothing more than a game of posturing for the politicians’ instead of the people’s good.

          • amber

            I really hope that you will find a place to stay and that you will find a job before this happens. Doesn’t it take a few months before someone can be evicted. People are really in a tough spot and what are they to do. How is there nowhere to turn?

          • BC Shelby

            …thank you.

            Yes, there is a 90 day period for one to vacte the premisis, However part of the stipulation is “…you will be required to vacate the rental premises clear of all your furnishings…”

            This means, save for clothing I forfeit all property contained withing including my bicycle (which I custom set up for commuting years ago and is the only way I can get around) and my computers one of which I use for my work search and the other which is a Computer graphics workstation I built while still employed on which I have been trying to learn 3D modelling and production to try and make my own job.

          • Ann James

            Hello, I read a lot of these blog, b/c I am a long term unemployed worker also. I tries to give information that I know. By chance do you have a local salvation army or a catholics church in your areas. Seek them out, they can give you some help, like food, rent, utility bills. Most of them will do this for one month only. At least here in Michigan their other organization that will help for a little bit, like one month. That will buy you some time.. Good Luck. I thank God for my Mom and friend who have help me so much as I still such for a job…

          • BC Shelby

            …thank you, I have been looking into what other resources may still be available.

          • Ashleigh Smith

            Well said. I agree I hope you are able to get your rent paid. I hope you are able to get a job or this long overdue, worn out bill gets passed. You have some good friends since they are willing to help. I don’t blame them, if I had it and I knew you, I would help you out myself. I mean it’s crazy. The way things are going now people don’t have a choice but to stick together and help out. The government has forsaken the very people who made this country a great thriving country. It will always be because of the middle class that this country is great.

          • BC Shelby

            …thank you.

      • satoshi n.

        ex r. they donot care media/ senators etc. Not eating at fast food. A city government leveled a fast food tax to make up pension investment looses for “city” employees. The pension fund made bad investments and lost money, so every one eating out gets 3.5% added to bill sent to the city employees pension fund. So even if your business has no restaurant the glass of beer or cold pop at gas station is taxed 3.5% plus the sales tax of 7%. Politians say thanks for the money and btw f u. Also hard assets look into bitcoin

    • Joseph Lucas

      They give us hope and then take it away-its like a game for them. Playing with lives of taxpayers who bailed out their favorite corporation who now campaign for their reelection. Our votes mean nothing now-the Lobbyists control every vote-if we were to have a say, we need to hire a LOBBYIST for UI-this is how democracy has been eroded in the US of A.

    • Ashleigh Smith

      The government has forsaken the very people who made this country a great thriving country. It will always be because of the middle class that this country is great.

  • Derfallbright

    Unemployment Insurance was designed for temporary assistance (26 weeks). Congress has turned it into another welfare program. For many there is never an appropriate to reduce welfare payments.

    Part of the problem is there have been so many different support programs passed by lawmakers that people are not willing to take minimum wage jobs because they can make more money on government assistance programs doing nothing. I’ll bet if you asked all 535 members of Congress to list the various assistance programs that are out there I’ll bet they can not list half of them. They also have the programs spread around so there is not a single Congressional committee or even Cabinet department that covers all of the programs. Some are part of HHS, some under the Agriculture Department, others in the Commerce Department and a few in the Department of Education.

    There needs to be only one committee in Congress that covers all welfare and assistance programs. For example cash for food stamps (SNAP) doesn’t have a damn thing to do with farmers. There are dozens of committee chairman that don’t want to give up their chairmanship jobs…..and no President is ever going to want to see a ‘Department of Welfare’ because that will just highlight how much money is being wasted.

    Now let me acknowledge some people need many of these programs …..but clearly the system has no way to weed out the abusers.

    • ali reza

      4 trillions in quantitative easing for banks and Wallstreet, trillions of bail out; think of it as a bail out for people who have worked all their lives; a few months extension won’t come to close to what the rich got. Then, you can start from scratch all you want.

      • Derfallbright

        Yes….but this is like the kid that promises to ask for ‘just one cookie’ Congress is incapable of saying no to anything.

        Extension of unemployment and the bank bailouts are such different things it really is not possible to equate the two other than both represent examples of wasteful spending or possibly wise spending…..it’s all a matter which side of the fence you are on.

        • ali reza

          I don’t care how you characterize it; I can see extreme unfairness when I see it. They can cut both, never do it again but for now it cannot stop with the rich in such disproportional way.

        • FedUpInNJ

          Republicans say NO to just about everything- check your facts Derfallbright

          • Derfallbright

            Well I wish Republicans had said ‘NO’ more frequently when they and George Bush were in total control of the executive and legislative branch.

            There are 535 members of Congress, I don’t know if that is too many or not enough. My gut tells me it’s too many people chasing to little money and TV time solely for the purpose of getting reelected.

            I find it alarming to occasionally watch C-span when they are covering some important issue or another and then you notice that it’s a game of musical chairs. The only person that seems to say to hear everything the witnesses have to say is the Chairman and ranking member of the Committee. They drop in long enough to ask their question and then they are gone. I seriously doubt they are watching the C-span rerun of the hearing later that night.

            You will notice that you never see the camera panning around the empty chamber when Congressmen are giving their impassioned speeches to an empty room with a few clerks that are required to be there in attendance.

            There are some great people in Congress and there are some that appear to me to belong in jail. My suspicion is most fall somewhere between great and crook.

            With free speech laws I do not know how to limit the amount of money that is spent on elections. As a TV viewer and normal human being I would favor a limit on the number to times a campaign Ad can be run. Maybe something like during the 120 days prior to an election you can run 60 total minuets of political Ads.

            While you might be able to control that, you could never control all the ‘support’ groups that are not a direct part of your campaign or under your direct control.

            Back to your core comment….Republicans say ‘no’ to everything. Well first I guess I would ask where do you rate what Harry Reid is saying when he takes a bipartisan Bill passed by the house and just sticks it in his bottom drawer never to see the light of day again. (the same happens with the Speaker of the House)

            A yes vote is only meaningful if it legislation that is going to make it into law because of your vote, to some degree a no vote is only important if it stops something from being passed into law. Both yes or no votes can be good or bad things depending on your personal view.

    • Mark Grejda

      Make 75k a year and when you apply for $15.00 an hr jobs because you’re laid off for “involuntary reduction in force” after 10 years, you are looked over, because they know you’re not serious about the position and are just using it to tide you over while you’re sending resumes out in hopes you can pick your career back up.

      I wish I could land a $15.00 an hour job, but I barely get interviews in entry level tech positions and I have 15+ years of IT experience.

    • david vitrogen

      Emergency unemployment extensions are not really the same as “welfare” since not only is it temporary and limited, but requires the claimant to continue looking for work. As well anyone who qualifies for it also had to qualify for UIB meaning they were a working tax payer. I know I paid more in taxes last year then 14 weeks of an extension would cover. Not to mention almost $4,000 in taxes was taken out of my UIB that my ex employer paid into for ME.

      EUC cost approx 1% of a taxpayers gross income. If anyone is really concerned about the “cost” they need to do some research into where the majority of out tax dollars are going and work on that.

      The other option is they can just pay me back the 1% they have taken out since I first joined the workforce after college. I figure a lump sum of 10 grand is a conservation estimate.

    • Larry king

      Do you want to know what is worse than everything you mentioned about too much welfare? It is the the corruption with the politicians in Washington who are getting paid for doing nothing to help the American people. I have lost all respect for both parties. They both suck and I will only vote independent from this point on. I am sick of all of this. To hell with all of them.

    • jh443

      You’ve obviously never been on unemployment in Florida. You can make more money working 20 hrs at a minimum wage job than you get from the maximum award the state allows.

      • BC Shelby

        …similar to where I live. a 40 hr a week minimum wage job would pay me over 350$ more per month than I was receiving on UI. And instead of having to put away money to pay taxes this year, I would have actually received a small refund from both the Feds and State.

        • jh443

          The reason I phrased it the odd way I did is the annoying habit of an increasing number of employers around here to hire for only 20 hrs/week.

          • BC Shelby

            …indeed by breaking up one full time position into two part time ones it not only creates an “extra” job opening but allows employers to skirt having to cover any benefits.

            the real sad part of this is that many part timers will hold down one or even two other positions just to make ends meet. So while two or three jobs are seen as being “filled”, only one person is actually back to work.

    • FedUpInNJ

      What idiot would rather collect 1/3 of their salary than have a full time job? 6 months is NOT ENOUGH time to secure a full time job, thats if there even IS a full time job available. It takes 1 month to get the callback, another month to go through the interview and another month to go through the credit, background and drug test process and NONE of it happens quickly. Abusers of the system should be penalized, not the people who need it.

  • SAMMY

    I done all I can do,, I done writing

  • Chicken

    I just wish it was not so difficult to leave the country… This place is no dream… It is a American nightmare.

    • Mike

      I just want to say,
      there is no place like home, we may have some egg heads both parties, one thing
      we have that others envey is our tenacity, diversity and opportunities all
      founded on the constitution. BORN IN THE USA

      • FedUpInNJ

        When ONE MAN (Boehner) holds 3 million people hostage and its ok its treason. To DENY Americans the basic right of the democratic process is treason. You can “God Bless the USA” all you want Mike, personally I am ashamed of the representation in Washington and ashamed that our President has not stepped up to get the job done that Boehner simply REFUSES to do. I am not proud to be an American, sorry.

        • mrmano_0

          Democratic Populists using plight of veterans to further their rage against the unemployed….OBAMA HATES VETERANS!!!…Reid takes his marching orders from someone…….

          http://www.theblaze.com/storie

          • FedUpInNJ

            If Dems hate veterans so much why is ONLY REPUBLICANS blocking bills that directly help vets?

          • mrmano_0

            umm….the proposal was a direct hire measure to help vets and the Demos shot it down

          • Chicken

            This is not a Republican or Democratic thing… They BOTH share equally in the lack of care for the American people period.

          • erick

            The republican party hates you and hates your way of life.

          • mrmano_0

            oh…okay…thanks…what a dupe!!!..

          • mrmano_0

            Apparently..you didn’t comprehend the link…The GOP wants a direct hire bill helping Vets get employed…but..the Demos shot it down..

          • Terry Williams

            Take your political jargon elsewhere please. Your willingness to make these types of post is a major part of the problem.

          • mrmano_0

            no jargon…just facts..

      • mikevig

        Mike get spell checker

    • Chicken

      I seriously have been researching how to leave the country lawfully and where to go. Most other countries care for their unemployed looking for work.

      • mrmano_0

        um…not a difficult thing to do

        • Chicken

          It is difficult to get a a work visa… Also that all takes money etc.

  • barrnone

    Obama will be remembered as the man who let America fall. Boehner, Reid are both delusional and probably crazy they see this as a contest to win seats they don’t have a clue about how people feel. Obama is different he knows we are inches away from a revolt but it seems he doesn’t think he can do anything about it.

    • DJMiles

      You saying Obama don’t think he could make a phone call to Boehner ? People are looking at this issue completely wrong…..Finding a compromise on unemployment is not hard in fact it’s been done 11 times since 2008 and to make things even easier neither party is against extending unemployment. …Boehner has said a dozen times he would pass it as long as it’s paid for and contained 1 jobs bill! Either 1 of the 45 house passed that the Senate won’t allow vote on or 1 of their own proposals….Harry Reid refused to allow 1 be attached so Boehner called on the white house to list what jobs bills they would accept if the house we’re to attach 1 on its own (should be simple) but the white house responded by saying Obama will not negotiate….If Senate Democrats continue to refuse to send a simple bill that’s paid for and contains something that creates jobs and Obama refuses to care about the 3rd million unemployed with no benefits then this is going no where .

      • david vitrogen

        All Boehner said is he would “consider” it if had “job creation” measures and something about getting the economy running again. He never said he would just pass it and he never said it had to be one of those bills or which one if any. Should they just go “eenie meenie minie mo” and who cares what damage the bill might do just to appease 1% of the population who exhausted all of their UIB?

        Now can you tell me which “jobs” bill sitting in the senate does this? I have no idea why you are defending the ONE orange drunk that is holding all this up for political games when almost 3 million long term laid off workers are going without jobs AND without unemployment benefits. All he needs to do is stop blocking democracy and allow a vote on a bipartisan bill…or bring to the floor any amendments he sees fit and let the negotiations begin already. But he will not do this. Why?

        • jh443

          Boehner has no intention of allowing an extension. Claiming that he’s holding out for a job creation package is just his way of deflecting blame. If the Dems DID create such a package, Boehner would find some other reason not to pass the extension, such as his recent “justification” that it was already too late and too difficult to implement. Those arguments won’t disappear with even the best job creation bill.

          • FedUpInNJ

            Boehner not “allowing” a vote is treason and he should be removed from office.

        • FedUpInNJ

          The extension itself is a JOBS BILL.

      • FedUpInNJ

        Its not Obama’s job to get bills debated and voted on, its the Congress’s job. Why should the White House “compromise” on anything? If Reid and Boehner can’t get the job done THEN the POTUS must step in and be a voice or signature of reason for the American people. Its ONLY Republicans blocking this vote period and 3 million KNOW IT.

        • mrmano_0

          Democratic Populists using plight of veterans to further their rage against the unemployed..OAMA HATES VETERANS!!!…Reid takes his marching orders from someone…..

          http://www.theblaze.com/storie

          • erick

            Republican want to kill veterans by cutting their benefits.

          • mrmano_0

            Demos killed the direct hire bill helping give Vets preferential treament in job hunting….Demos shot it down..killing even more veterans…..

        • DJMiles

          I’m not sure where you get your information from but the fact is its not Boehner fault or any Republicans….Democrats have been saying for months that They do want want any of these pocket book issues to pass….The strategy us to force Republicans to oppose them and they meet regularly with Obama who is part of the scam….The unemployment extension was never supposed to get past the Senate but on March 9th when the 5 Republicans authored this 5 month Retro extension Democrats were left no choice but to pass it since they couldn’t suddenly oppose extending unemployment…..

          http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/03/26/us/politics/democrats-as-part-of-midterm-strategy-to-schedule-votes-on-pocketbook-issues.html?referrer=

  • DJMiles

    Theirs no chance of EUC passing…Few days ago Harry Reid refused to attach the unemployment EXT to the tax extenders claimed it wasn’t the right vehicle! Now all of a sudden they add a 1yr unemployment ext.Sounds like they have come to the conclusion that the tax extenders are going to be put off until after the mid terms so why not try to further convince the unemployed your trying to help them…Currently in the house their is 5 different unemployment extensions all authored by different Reps some Democrats some Republican so if the Senate Democrats were serious about extending unemployment they would attach a bill to the tax extenders and author another bill or bills with Job creation measures attached and send them to the house….Do it why they still have the 5 Republican Co sponsors and would easily get more Republican support if a jobs bill is attached….

    • david vitrogen

      Reid didn’t say it was out of the question. It just makes little sense to attach EUC to a bill that might be held up until after the elections.

      • DJMiles

        No Harry Reid rejected all amendments that is why it failed the procedural vote….Boehner is not going to add amendments to a unemployment extension that’s ending in a few days. He stated from day 1 that the bill must be attached to a jobs bill and the Democrats refused to attach 1! I’d love more then anything for him to pass the bill but realistically how can you blame him? The house took their time to write 106 bills that the Senate refused to allow a vote on many of them bills were authored by Democrats so why should he pass a bill that came to his chamber a few weeks before the extension ends! Possibly he would have been more open to passing it if the Democrats were not so obvious that they never wanted to extend unemployment….Really the president refuses to even make a phone call! He had no problem working with Congress to rush money over to the Ukraine.

        • david vitrogen

          Why should one man be blocking this? I understand with most bills that this is politics as usual but for something that is literally causing thousands to lose homes and preventing them from looking for work he should just allow the vote. As far as the amendments you claim Reid did not allow the republicans to add in the senate if I recall it was unrelated things like obamacare repeals and a pipeline for Canada and Mexico? Do you have a list of the claimed “amendment and if so perhaps would understand why they were rejected on this bill?

          • DJMiles

            The amendments the Republicans were attempting to add were Removal of the wind energy tax for the reason that the savings go to wast and are actually causing energy companies to give it away ….They did not try to repeal Obama care they know that’s not possible….what they tried to do is not renew the Medical Device tax witch is something many Democrats also agree should be ended.

          • david vitrogen

            You are a good cherry picker. I needed this benefit and I read articles every day and I know what they were trying to extort out of this bill.. Well not to mention the McConnells calling us all lazy and saying that cutting EUC magically creates jobs and forces people back to work.

          • FedUpInNJ

            its treason – plain and simple

          • mrmano_0

            Democratic Populists using plight of veterans to further their rage against the unemployed…OBAMA HATES VETERANS!!!…Reid takes his marching orders from someone…..

            http://www.theblaze.com/storie

          • erick

            Republicans hate veterans. They want to cut veterans benefits.

    • FedUpInNJ

      The extension itself IS A JOBS BILL.

      • DJMiles

        No its not a jobs bill and since 2008 it’s been extended and did not create any more jobs then what’s been created since it expired 5 months sgo…Harry Reid has 45 house passed jobs bills to choose from or is welcome to come up with his own.

        • BC Shelby

          since the measure expired the US economy lost nearly 6$ billion in commercial revenue, revenue that would go to local businesses and services that the unemployed patronise, local businesses and services that employ people here in our neighbourhoods and towns.

          • DJMiles

            I agree bit come November Democrats aren’t gonna be talking about that but rather the below 5% unemployment rate from kicking 6 million people of the record.

          • BC Shelby

            ..that too. It’s all just a political game for them.

  • ILoveJesus

    Are these ppl delusional I thought reid was not letting UI be attach to the Tax Bill?
    none of the career politician care about the american people.

    • david vitrogen

      You might be confusing Jack Reed with Harry Reid. Regardless Reid did not say he was not going to attach EUC to the tax extenders for certain, that was just speculation and the option apparently remains open. However due to the fact that this tax extenders bill could be held up until after the midterm elections it might be the best bet to use another bill as a vehicle if Boehner still refuses to allow a vote on the current bill or negotiate any amendments.

  • amber

    So I guess it’s not going to pass after being discussed for 5 months. That’s a long time. What I don’t get is how they can string people along like this and actually give them hope. It would be better if people knew since January that it was done instead of giving them glimmers of hope over a long period. This has really put me in my place wow. My head is spinning every day.

    • david vitrogen

      I for one am glad some are still fighting for it. You can thank the republicans for holding this up for 3 months in the senate with filibusters and now Boehner won’t allow a vote when they finally did their job and got a bipartisan bill to the house. However anyone is free to assume this is over and get on with their lives and stop reading articles and blogs if they can’t take the roller coaster ride.

      • amber

        I am glad too but it’s like torture and are they really fighting for it or are they all posers. I thought Heller was going to be the hero. There has to be one decent man there. Has to be!

        • david vitrogen

          The thing is we don;t know for sure. What we do know is Heller has tried to work with Boehner as well as the secretary of labor. Sadly “one” man can not fix this. However only one man is blocking this right now and that is Boehner. I guess that is why he drinks so much, I have no other idea how he could sleep at night..

          • amber

            Yeah do not know how he sleeps at night or how his wife looks him in the eye. I would be disgusted. I would like to see one of them risk their job to save all of these people. Like maybe Reid? No he would never do that.

          • david vitrogen

            Politicians risk their job every day. It is up to us to figure out who is on our side and vote the ones out who are not. But we need to base this on facts and not emotions.

          • amber

            They do?? Seems like they play it safe every day by campaigning to stay in office. How can we base this on facts when they are not. This is all based on emotion with them. If it was based on facts wouldn’t Boehner have at least allowed a vote in the House.

          • david vitrogen

            Well do you like any of them right now? What they are banking on is we will forget or not vote. Americans seem to do nothing but complain about these idiots. Heck congress has pretty much the lowest approval rating ever., Yet, we vote them in…right? If they wanted to play it safe we would of had EUC reinstated in January just based off the empirical data alone.

          • amber

            true good point

          • FedUpInNJ

            LOL I will NOT FORGET and I WILL VOTE I’m going for no incumbents (they ALL proved useless), no Republicans (I’m not rich so they would do nothing to benefit me) most likely I will vote Independent straight across. Maybe some crazies can get something done.

          • FedUpInNJ

            Reid is too involved with his personal vendetta against the Koch brothers to worry about something as trivial as the American people he is paid to represent.

      • Ray

        They aren’t fighting for it. It is just lip service from a few R’s in states with high unemployment. Nothing will get done this year before the mid-terms anyway on anything.

    • FedUpInNJ

      I’ve watched more CSPAN is the past 5 months than I did in my whole 58 years on the planet and let me tell you-they do absolutely NOTHING to benefit the PEOPLE and its beyond shameful.

      • Ray

        That’s why the market is at an all time high. Gridlock is what’s best for the country.

        • erick

          Recently a company laid off 1200 workers, then the company stock rallied 7 points on wall street. See the economy is picking up.

          • mrmano_0

            it is when you have cash..sorry about your miserable little life…and…you are such a loser giving others the power to make it miserable… you are exactly where you are suppose to be, tete-sucking bum..

          • Kate

            Troll get off here trying to make others miserable. How much are they paying you?

      • Chicken

        I KNOW!!!!! ME TOO…. I AM SHOCKED what they actually do… All I see is them talking about eachother… Or their friends.

      • mrmano_0

        um…CSPAN hasn’t been in existant for 58 years..maybe this is a problem with the Demos.

  • amber

    I don’t feel like voting ever again unless they start having term limits. Everything is just one long campaign.

    • david vitrogen

      The worst thing you can do is not vote. If we want revenge we need to vote all the incumbents out.

      • amber

        Is that possible?

        • david vitrogen

          Based off history…no. Most Americans are complacent and the rest think posting on blogs is being “proactive”. What this congress needs is a few million angry people to march on the capital with flaming pitchforks lol. But heck…not one person will even make a freaking sign and picket over EUC.

          • amber

            yes I wonder If that is because it is so humiliating to be unemployed? It is socially unacceptable. I would never tell anyone I was collecting unemployment. They might find out but I would not volunteer that info.

          • david vitrogen

            Well that is certainly a factor. I myself never discussed it much with anyone other then my closest friends and family members. Many are too proud and there is no doubt that some including republican politicians have been stigmatizing the unemployed into all being some kind of lazy leeches sucking off the gubmint teet and are addicted to a “handout”. And many believe cutting EUC will magically create jobs and “force” millions of people back to jobs that don’t exist.

            But there are certainly many who are not too proud at this point and could be losing their homes and means to continue job searches. Why they won’t fight harder and at least picket is beyond me. I know congress has been dragging their feet and trying to keep some hope but honestly if something is not done soon they will think we lost interest and congress will focus on more important things like tax breaks for the rich and aid for other countries.

    • ambermozz

      Please vote! If we all sat around and didn’t vote than only their voices will be heard and nothing would get done. Not voting is like saying “Do what you want to me, I don’t mind.”

      • erick

        Voting is essential to promote your interests in society. Even my pet cats vote by absentee ballot every election. I’ve even began registering dead people in the grave yard to vote absentee ballot. You would be amazed at how many elections have been won due to the voters in grave yards.

      • amber

        They do that anyway! If I do vote it will be independent not for a democrat or republican

  • DJMiles

    This article will show you why The unemployment extention has gone nowhere in 5 months and likely will never be passed……Note where Democrats state they have no intention of passing any bills but instead force Republicans to oppose them. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/03/26/us/politics/democrats-as-part-of-midterm-strategy-to-schedule-votes-on-pocketbook-issues.html?referrer=

    • david vitrogen

      Why won’t Bohner allow a vote?

      • DJMiles

        Sure why not hold a vote on a $3 min wage increase,Equality and Immigration reform etc…And the other issues Democrats don’t want to pass! Here’s a fact Republicans are at no risk of losing the house majority so for them their already looking ahead to the 2016 Presidential election and what better way to get a head start then by letting Obama and the Democrats run the country into the ground! Let’s Take Unemployment For Example….Democrats may gain a few votes this November but by using it the issue for political gain it will have long lasting effects.3 million people today have been pushed into poverty since December their losing the homes,destroying their credit & some that were lucky enough are working part time min wage jobs just to eat….we still got another 3 million ready to join them this year and who knows how many next year especially with the employer mandate of Obama care coming at the start of next year….So for the Republican party it’s in their best interest to sit back and laugh at Obama doing cartwheels that he finally found a way to bring the unemployment rate way down from 7.4% to 5.7% in just 5 months (during a cold winter when hiring was at a 3 year low) Obama is ruining the next Democrats presidential candidates chances.

        • erick

          Republicans hate you and hate your way of life.

          • DJMiles

            Never said Republicans were good in fact Only voted for 1 in my life and that was Romney who I didn’t like either but was 100,000,000 times better then Obama…I can’t afford Obama before my job went out of business because of him I was making $65,000 a year and that wasn’t nearly enough. …In 2008 I would have lots left over for savings every week…

        • david vitrogen

          It is amusing that you did not even answer the question but answered it with other questions. I would not consider that making a very good case.

          Now allow me to expose some of the flaws in your argument. The 3 million people and the other 2-3 million or more long term unemployed we could have by election time are going to be just as pissed and Boehner and the republicans who cut off their lifeline in the voting booth as they are now. That is one thing people don’t forget. However it won’t really effect the elections in districts and states that are normally republican as they vote part line no matter what. They are brainwashed by the fox news sock puppets.

          Where the dems can win some seats is from swing voters and republican voters that have been cut off and realize the reason why.

          The drop in the unemployment rate is normal during a recovery period but even Obama openly admits the long term rate is still too high and we need the reinstate the extensions. Now the republicans are in a dilemma since if they say the economy is doing to good to reinstate extensions that works in Obama’s favor since the republicans did nothing. The bottom line is that ONE MAN…the speaker of the house is not allowing a vote so we even know who is on our side or not. He has not made ANY case for obstructing the vote for reinstating EUC. If he wants any “job creation” then he should bring it to the floor of the house and start negotiations and get the ball rolling.

          But that said if any of these politicians actually knew how to “create” private sector jobs and “get our economy running again” and did not do this back in 2002 they should ALL be hung for treason. So in closing simply put of Boehner makes an impossible and unreasonable demand or demands he can stall this forever. I don’t think he is to worried about re election as he runs uncontested in his district and as long as he “plays ball” has plenty of Koch bros money to back him. And do you find it ironic that the Koch bros are openly and strongly opposed to any emergency extensions? Makes yo go …hmmmmm…

          However with any luck and the dems playing their card right we can take the senate in November and in hours would have EUC again.

  • Millie Stevens

    I think the unemployment extension will be added to the tax extenders. It solves both their problems, republicans require a bribe to help the unemployed and the democrats need an excuse to pass tax extensions to corporations. They should be ashamed that they are using the unemployed as bargaining tool.

    • david vitrogen

      You can thank the republicans for that. The bill should have passed clean, but they only did that for Bush. As SOON as Obama came in, they have been blocking jackasses and trying to extort measures for the mega rich and obamacare repeals out of an emergency safety net program for American workers during a recession/recovery. It is disgraceful. The rest of the world must be mocking us.

      • me

        No wonder we’re a laughing stock to the rest of the rational world. And yes, this all falls on the repukes insistence on keeping those corporate tax breaks going for corporations who outsource jobs and take their profits out of the country. But hey! It’s all about keeping their corporate sponsors happy for the next round of elections, now isn’t it? What a bunch of scumbags.

      • FedUpInNJ

        Republicans are racists. They prove it over and over and over. Shameful!

      • amber

        Does the rest of the world even know this is happening? If they are not sitting around watching c-span how would they know? Are Americans even aware that these bills are being blocked?

  • SUPA_Saiyajin_God_Son_Goku

    I’m just happy to hear that there are some people that are doing something about getting this done.

  • charles

    Guys ths aint going anyway. i know how hard it is to hear, but its always same story, one min one senator stands up to unemployment ext. next min it sinks or didnt change boehners mine. obama and boehner are affiliates. this is a waste of time and deceit. Ill bet u any thing. it aint gonna happen. Ive already concluded 5months ago

  • Advocate

    Call Boehner, Reid and Reed — Call as many GOP Congressional leaders as possible if you want this bill passed.

    Boehner:
    Phone: (202) 225-0600

    Reid:
    Phone: (202) 224-3542

    Reed:
    Phone: (202) 224-4642
    (1 to leave a message and 2 to speak with their assistant)

  • http://www.bellesansmerci.weebly.com Bella

    Senator Jack Reed gets this done and I am sure even if he didn’t run for POTUS, he will successfully get 3 million votes of grateful Americans. President Jack Reed has a very nice ring to it.

  • GR sharpsville

    We need an attorney to sue the
    republican party for slander calling long term unemployment people
    LAZY. Making getting job all the more difficult have a label of being
    LAZY.

    If they attach the unemployment to 85
    billion tax credit bill reinstate unemployment for 99 weeks.
    President Obama to do his job and get pass today and not be all talk.
    I been praying for Boehner to make the right choices in his voting.
    He has showed a lot dislike for America and it’s people by his
    votes. If hates America and it people that much why don’t he move to
    Canada.

  • rick

    unfortunatly the unemployed and all thier friends and family,totalling more than 5 million are sick of these heartless politicians. due to the FACT that they have now proved thier lack of compassion,and proved that they are indeed led by selfish greed. the result? many have lost their zeal for patriotism……

  • Rick

    After 10 months, I finally start a new job on Monday. However, I still need those retroactive benefits badly right now, because I’m still two months behind in my rent, and have a ton of other overdue bills. I won’t even get my first paycheck from my new job for two weeks.

    Obama has been vocal in supporting our cause, but it is now time for him to be more proactive with his actions, rather than just words. Put pride and partisan politics aside, and extend the olive branch to Boehner, by picking up the phone a calling him. We all know the GOP wants concessions, so just figure out something you can concede to them, and be done with this.

    This is an emergency. People are suffering and losing everything, including their dignity. It’s horrible to see Americas getting treated with so little sensitivity or regard, by the people we elected into office. There is going to be a reckoning come election time for some of these Congress people.

    • aftermidnight

      I’m not sure what concessions the Democrats could make. Repeal the ACA, maybe? No, there will be no day of reckoning. The GOP base fully supports the GOP here. You understand that the average street-conservative cares less about you than the GOP politicians in DC? This is the new America–the one where intrra-middle class resentment and hatred is the norm.

    • Shizue Leigh Hicks

      Congratulations, Rick! We’re all hoping for those retroactive benefits. I hope they come through for you and the rest of us soon.

    • Ray

      Congratulations!
      Hard work, due diligence, and intelligence always pay off. That’s what makes our country great.
      Don’t expect the retroactive payment though. Unlike normal UI from the states that isn’t insurance.

  • Joseph Lucas

    Both sides are conning us “unemployed through no fault of our own” ( as we are labeled). While they go about with this charade, I like many others support “tired_of_it_all ” , completely that there has really been no legitimate effort to work out a solution.
    Meanwhile, my rent is due-my lease is in jeopardy, the credit card payments are due, my car is in dire straits , gas, food, school fees, water, electricity, gas bills are coming up. I am free falling without any support. I set aside 3-5 hours daily applying for jobs. As a 59-year old with 2 masters diplomas, I have not been able to get a white collar job. I even applied for jobs half of what I was earning. Now I am looking to Target, Wal-Mart, Rite Aide among other stores.
    All this going on, I am also very tired of this. I hope that I had a magic wand to wave and make every Legislator lose his job and walk the streets aimlessly like a destitute-I suppose that will be left to the almighty-as vengeance is his. We have been cheated and lied to-so that this saga will play out till June-then it will other be given on terms or scrapped. In the process, they have been lying to us all along that it would have been given from January till now. What shenanigans by our lawmakers.

  • Joseph Lucas

    I am also disgusted with Obama statements at the White House Press Dinner-how can you make this a subject matter of a joke! There are millions of us suffering daily. We as Americans have better qualities than those in Congress. Many of whom should be investigated.

    • DDB

      I agree. Obama has nothing to lose at this point, he will kick back for the next 2 years, no big deal to him. It isn’t like he needs to run another campaign, so I guess he figures “why bother.” The whole mess is disgusting.

  • Shizue Leigh Hicks

    Unfortunately what we, the long-term unemployed, have had to deal with is our fate in the hands of politicians, many of whom have their own biases and personal demons about helping poor people.

    Harry Reid is the son of a Nevada coal miner. His mother worked as a laundress.

    It isn’t so much hate. I would call it more disgust and revulsion. Republicans — especially JOHN BOEHNER — seem to feel nothing but disgust with poor people.

    JOHN BOEHNER is a Catholic. Even his own church finds his view and attitude toward the poor reprehensible. An open letter in the New York Times from 75 Catholic professors (May 11, 2011) essentially called BOEHNER an enemy to the poor. (In other words, BOEHNER is a fan of the rich).

    I saw the 2011 letter as a kind of “stay away” and “shame on you” note to BOEHNER who was scheduled to give the commencement address at Catholic University of Washington, DC.

    Strange turnabout for the son of a bartender who grew up in a 2-room house
    where he, his parents, and 11 siblings had to share a single bathroom.
    Maybe that’s where BOEHNER’s disgust with the poor and love affair with
    the rich began.

    • DDB

      So well written, Shizue. BRAVO!! I agree 100%. I am a catholic and have also followed the church’s view on Boehner. Pretty much everyone is appalled with him at this time, even his church.

      • Shizue Leigh Hicks

        Many thanks, DDB. What galls me is that all the dirt about BOEHNER is like an “open book” test. “That’s Where the Money Is” by Bob Herbert is a column written for The New York Times. in 2010. It explained just how “sleazy” JOHN BOEHNER was with Big Tobacco money and handouts to certain “chosen” colleagues on the House Floor when he was Minority Leader. Now he rules the roost. (Mad Magazine quote” “AARRRGHHH!!!!”)

        The UI extension, I’m afraid, is sunk. because BOEHNER holds the poor in such sanctimonious disdain while he wields unlimited power in the House. BOEHNER is playing political pissing games with Democrats because I think JOHN finds the Democrats’ style of humanity galling.

        I’m still waiting for President Obama or God to yank out their almighty trump cards.

        DDB, at least this thug from Ohio is making all his moves in front of God and the world. Maybe it’s not too late, but 5 months of this insanity is just beyond hope and reason.

    • amber

      Did he speak at Catholic? Gross! if he did. Seriously is he just doing his job and being fiscally responsible or is blocking the bill like a personal vendetta. If he is being controlled by the lobbyists, do the Koch brothers really care if the unemployed are helped? I really don’t get how this could be dragged out for this long. Is this different from a few years ago when the 99′ers were seeking more weeks or does Congress view this as being the same thing? Or is Harry Reid blocking it? Why does Harry Reid get to decide whether UI gets attached to the tax extenders? Can’t someone talk to Harry? These bills have to be the most important bills being presented at this time because it’s a life or death situation for people. How can they be focusing on anything else

  • Tim

    WHY ISNT THE UNEMPLOYED NOT IN THE NEWS? MAN GETS ARESTED FOR THREATNING BOEHNER BIG DEAL BOEHNER NOTHING BUT AN ASSWIPE ANYWAYS. BOEHNER SHOULD BE ARESTED FOR SMOKING IN A FEDERAL BUILDING NOW THATS NEWS. HOW DOES THAT WORK ASSWIPE BOEHNER KOCH BROTHERS PAY YOU OFF, AND YOU PAY CAPITAL POLICE OFF FOR NOT ARESTING YOU FOR SMOKING IN A FEDERAL BUILDING. WHAT ARE YOU ABOVE THE LAW????… I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A CITIZENS AREST…….AND HAVE THAT ASSWIPE THROWN OUT OF OFFICE.THESE REPUBLICANS ARE ROONING OUR COUNTRY. WE ALL WOULD BE BETTER OFF LETTING CHINA RUN THE UNITED STATES. ATLEAST WE WOULD ALL HAVE JOBS. WAKE UP ALL YOU ASSWIPES REPUBLICANS THE UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS ARE SUFFERING. THERE ARE NO JOBS OUT THERE, AND IF THERE IS 1,000 PEOPLE WANT THAT SAME JOB SO HOW DOES THAT WORK????. LIKE NOSTERDOMIS SAID 20 MILLION STRONG IS COMING TO GET THE US AND THEIR FIRST STOP IS CAPITAL HILL AND THE WHITE HOUSE. YOU ARE ALL GOING DOWN FOR ROONING THIS COUNTRY.KEEP GIVING MONEY AWAY TO ALL THESE COUNTRIES,BUT DONT HELP YOUR OWN PEOPLE. OUR BANK VAULTS ARE OPEN TO ALL THESE OTHER COUNTRIES,BUT NOT TO THE UNEMPLOYED WHO ARE SUFFERING.

  • In ohio

    I am just tired of all the games being played with our lives. I cannot tell you how many jobs I have applied for, I am either over qualified in my own field. Under qualified in other fields. Truth be told I am 64 years old which makes me not a positive move for anyone. I have lost everything I have because the government wants to . play games with lives will lose my house at the end of the month, a house I have paid into for the last 20 years, it will just be gone. The last few months have ended my life of working hard, never asking anyone for help for anything. Now I take a shower with homeless at a church. I even took food off a table that someone left behind because I was so hungry I just couldn’t help it. I wonder what all the Congressmen and Senators had for dinner. I don’t even pray anymore, not sure what to pray for help, death which seems a great way out of this. Welcome to the American nightmare. Funny my garden is growing now and there for once is no joy in it.

    • amber

      Oh my gosh this is unreal. I hope you don’t lose your house. You could use the garden to make food to eat

  • Sheila Bannister

    The government don’t care if we lose our homes and can’t feed our children, but I bet they won’t lose their homes and they fill their bellies with FINE FOODS. But they sure will taxes from you.

  • mrmano_0

    Republicans don’t want to see this pass. Republicans are trying to “starve the beast”. Republicans don’t want to spend on thin dime on the American people lest we come to rely on our Government in time if need.

    The Republican’s master the Koch brothers don’t want an influential federal government so Republicans must oppose it too.

    Don’t be fooled ladies and gent Republicans are responsible for the emergency unemployment not.passing.

    Paul’s Ryan kept it out of the budget. Senate Republicans whittled the 12month extension Democrats proposed down to 5months and the House Speaker has prevented the bill from being voted on in the House.

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

    • mrmano_0

      Democratic Populists using plight of veterans to further their rage against the unemployed…and…then killing them in VA Hospitals…where is obama??…..OBAMA HATES VETERANS!!!…Reid takes his marching orders from someone…..

      http://www.theblaze.com/storie

      • erick

        Republicans hate you and hate your way of life.

        • mrmano_0

          not really..

    • Ashleigh Smith

      Actually, John Boehner said if job provisions were added to the bill they would bring to the floor for a vote. Democrats don’t want to add provisions to it and that’s what’s holding it up. Democrats need to just add the provisions and be done with it. Republicans want to see the SKILLS Act added to the bill and they said it would have a good chance of passing that way. What’s preventing Democrats from adding these provisions?.

      • mrmano_0

        What job provisions does John Boehner want?

        The Congressional Budget Office says passing the unemployment extension would create hundred’s of thousands of jobs.

        Meanwhile the Keystone XL pipeline, which is what Republucans and Boehner have wanted in exchange for an extension will create 40-50 permanant American jobs.

        • Nemesis4Life

          Those jobs that are created are for people that get our unemployment money (i.e. electric, gas, stores, etc.) They are not creating jobs for us…the unemployed. What happens to us when our EUC does run out? We will still be without a job.

          • mrmano_0

            The economic activity created by the extension will help get the economy going on its own

          • Nemesis4Life

            Not true…it hasn’t helped get the economy going since 2008…how will this help this time around? I want a job, I want stability and not have to worry about what am I going to do when this ends (the EUC). I don’t want a hand out and then I will end up on welfare. And honestly…it creates 1.5 million jobs…there are over 100+ million Americans out of work…how does that equate to job creation?

            It’s all to get your vote…the Dems want you vote and they won’t do anything with this until Nov elections…which they are losing all ready due to all the misleading’s of the Democratic party overall and the President is just making it worse. It’s involving other issues…not just EUC.

          • mrmano_0

            Absolutely it has help the economy since 2008. We were losing hundreds of thousands of jobs a month when GW Bush left office.

          • Nemesis4Life

            It’s made us more dependent on the government. It hasn’t created jobs. If that were true then we wouldn’t be here in this mess in the first place. I would be getting ready to go to work instead of packing all my stuff up because I lost everything. I’m not sure how that works? This helped us to keep the economy going…but it has in NO way created jobs at all. That is not job creation. They are taking all of our jobs and giving them to companies overseas to do.

          • mrmano_0

            the economy is growing very well..very, very well without the LT unemployed draining money and resources from the rest of us…you just don’t know becasue you are broke, bitter and are exactly where you are supposed to be..

        • erick

          Join the boycott on Koch industries. See http://www.boycottkochbrothers.com.

  • Tim

    PRETTY BAD WHEN YOU CANT GO TO WORK EVEN IF YOU FOUND A JOB BECAUSE YOU CANT AFFORD TO GO TO WORK BECAUSE YOU DONT HAVE ANY MONEY TO GO TO WORK LIKE PUT GAS IN YOUR CAR. THANKS TO THE ASSWIPE REPUBLICANS….

    • Ashleigh Smith

      Actually, John Boehner said if job provisions were added to the bill they would bring to the floor for a vote. Democrats don’t want to add provisions to it and that’s what’s holding it up. Democrats need to just add the provisions and be done with it. Republicans want to see the SKILLS Act added to the bill and they said it would have a good chance of passing that way.

  • Tim

    JOHN BOEHNER THE ASSWIPE NEEDS TO BE ARESTED FOR SMOKING IN A FEDERAL BUILDING.SO CAPITAL HILL POLICE GET OFF YOUR BUTTS AND DO YOUR JOB

  • FedUpInNJ

    More BS thats all this is. Boehner’s actions are treasonous and the POTUS lets it happen. The long term unemployed will NOT be silenced and there WILL be revolt.

  • mrmano_0

    Reid will never allow this. Not now. Neither will Obama do anything..not now…the unemployed are being used by the demos as a political tool..right now…the LT Unemployed are being used to keep the TUR dropping for this Fall’s election talking points. face it, LT unemployed…you aint gonna see a dime…and..its all on the Demos..

    • The Crying Boozer Tangerine

      No its not ‘ALL’ on the Dems but it might as well be having to constantly babysit the evil Republicans.

      • mrmano_0

        Democratic Populists using plight of veterans to further their rage against the unemployed…and…then killing them in VA Hospitals…where is obama??…OBAMA HATES VETERANS!!!…..Reid takes his marching orders from someone…..

        http://www.theblaze.com/storie

        • The Crying Boozer Tangerine

          All Garbage. Like Republicans.

          • mrmano_0

            well comprehended…..well thought out..no wonder you are where you are…no skills..and..on the losing side of the poker game….wait till the fall…you’ll be crying in your tangerines..

          • The Crying Boozer Tangerine

            Facts are like pearls before swine to Republican swine. Your tactics are always to ignore them and wear your opponents down with crazy. No thanks.

          • Nemesis4Life

            I notice democratic supporters all resort to name calling and putting people down. It’s really not called for. Seriously…we are all in the same boat and for someone to feel it’s ok to do that…hopefully they feel better about themselves honestly! And shows how intelligent they are.

          • mrmano_0

            you sound like Homer Simpson…facts are meaningless…you can use them to prove anything…your fact less ideology is killing you..

          • mrmano_0

            you are such a tolerant Democrat…and a hypocrite…

        • erick

          President Bush killed quite a few also.

          • mrmano_0

            link??

      • mrmano_0

        Democrats have been trying to get and extension approved since Paul Ryan refused to allow it in the budget.

        Democrats proposed a year long extension the Republicans in the Senate pared down to 5 months.

        Now its John Boehner that has stopped the extension from coming to a vote in the house.

        Its been Republicans that have called the long term unemployed “lazy” and “takers”.

        Not Democrats.

        • Nemesis4Life

          You go back and forth with your posts. I don’t understand, one minute you are putting dems down and the next you are putting reps down. I think you just want to argue with people. Say what you mean.

          Dems have been trying to get votes…not passing EUC or any other bills. And they seem to have your vote, so I guess on some fronts it’s working.

          • mrmano_0

            I have a personal troll that is following me around and making post that support the Republicans talking points.

            I’ve reported the troll.

          • Nemesis4Life

            So which side are you on…Dems or Reps?

          • mrmano_0

            Democratic Populists using plight of veterans to further their rage against the unemployed….OBAMA HATES VETERANS!!!…Reid takes his marching orders from someone…….

            http://www.theblaze.com/storie

          • erick

            The republicans want you to die and they will help you die sooner by cutting benefits.

          • mrmano_0

            you crack me up, little bitter buddy!!…you have no clue what is happening aorund you…your world is going to get even more bitter!!

  • The Crying Boozer Tangerine

    GET OUT AND VOTE IN NOVEMBER. VOTE FOR ALL NEW PEOPLE.

  • mrmano_0

    Democratic Populists using plight of veterans to further their rage against the unemployed…and…then killing them in VA Hospitals…where is obama??…OBAMA HATES VETERANS!!!…Reid takes his marching orders from someone…..

    http://www.theblaze.com/storie

    • erick

      The republican party hates you and hates your way of life.

  • SUPA_Saiyajin_God_Son_Goku

    I’m just happy to hear that somebody is making an effort

  • Ashleigh Smith

    If Democrats would just add the job provisions that the Republicans asked them to add, this would get passed faster.

    • Nemesis4Life

      Exactly!!! Why aren’t they…

  • mrmano_0

    The CBO says passing the extension will create hundreds of thousands of jobs.
    In the meantime the Republican boondoggle the Keystone XL pipeline which they call a job creation measure will create 40-50 permanent American jobs.

    What Keystone XL really is, is a wealth creation measure for the Koch brothers the Republican’s masters.

    • Ashleigh Smith

      The main job provision Repulicans wanted to add was the SKILLS act created by Virginia Foxx R-N.C. Republicans specifically asked for this bill to be attached. However though, Republicans are willing to take any job provision bill like this one. So it dosent necessarily have to be this one. This is just example of what the Republicans are willing to accept. If the Repulicans want job provisions then add them. If that’s what it takes to pass this.

      • mrmano_0

        The SKILLS act is an anti union bill that would hurt American works much more than it would help.

        Republican solution all speak to deregulate labor laws, deregulate environmental standards, or defund the ACA.

        Republicans are America’s greatest threat foreign or domestic.

    • Arrest Obama

      Your Demonrat Boondoggle the Bullet Train is only going to cause people who have cars to start walking.. Neither is good.

  • Vincent Vee

    Our government is corrupt and useless. Even the means by which representatives are chosen has been corrupted … and then we vote based on our favorite flavor of corruption. I predict a rebellion in the next 20 years.

    • Nemesis4Life

      If not sooner…People will only take so much and now our friends and families are affected by this as well. So it’s way more than 3 million people

  • Myles A Hart

    the gvt has been illegitimate for decades, im glad some are finally paying attention bc it affects them..these useless idiots sent billions to Ukraine in under a 2 week period, TWO WEEKS! Agreed and sent, there arent even Americans…didnt u figure out under bush and the patriot act etc that this gvt is done and illegitimate..they bail out the banks, GM, etc…wake up, should of voted in ron paul…u will vote in another r or d in the next election, GUARANTEED…

  • Tim

    JOHN BOEHNERS NOTHING BUT A PIECE OF TOILET PAPER TO WIPE YOUR BUTT WITH…..

  • Tim

    COULD YOU IMAGINE JOHN BOEHNERS THIRD IN LINE TO BE PRESSIDENT???? THIS COUNTRY WOULD BE IN ALOT OF TROUBLE IF THAT EVER HAPPEND…

    • Arrest Obama

      There is no anything in line to the Presidency!

      It is not a succession! Go back to Pakistan!

  • mrmano_0

    Why won’t Republicans in Congress pass the President’s American Jobs Act? It’s estimated to create 1.3 to 2 million American jobs. The CBO says it will reduce the deficit by 6 billion dollars in 10 years and it will rebuild Americans infrastructure as well.

    • Ashleigh Smith

      Go to-govtrack.us and read the SKILLS act.

      • mrmano_0

        The SKILLS act is an anti Union bill that would hurt American workers more than it would help.

        • Nemesis4Life

          I just read the SKILLS Act and it was created by a Democrat…so why would you be against it? it creates jobs and is for the people. I don’t see how it’s tied to the Unions at all? Giving our jobs away and moving them overseas is what is hurting the American workers. And Unions are not for the people either. You pay them to stand up for you, that’s money that you can feed your family with. Why would I want a Union?

          • mrmano_0

            H.R.803 – SKILLS Act was created by Virginia Foxx a Republican from Virginia and passed the House with NO Democratic support.

          • Nemesis4Life

            That’s not the one…Skills Gap Strategy Act of 2014 is sponsored by Matt McConnell, Democrat…H.R. 4541 created on May 1, 2014…it’s ALL about job creation…

          • Nemesis4Life

            and there are only 2 others related to it…H.R. 4591 and H.R. 1619…

          • erick

            Join a union and pay dues so the union bosses can create jobs for their relatives and cronies with your dues money.

    • mrmano_0

      yer having a tough day with fact less ideas…yer just as dumb as your posts..

      Democratic Populists using plight of veterans to further their rage against the unemployed….OBAMA HATES VETERANS!!!…Reid takes his marching orders from someone…….

      http://www.theblaze.com/storie

      • erick

        Pass HR 1579 the “Inclusive Prosperity Act of 2013″ to gain funding to aid veterans.

        • mrmano_0

          more money deosn’t solve the killing at the VA’s by the Demo administration…the problem is the adminsistration..

    • Arrest Obama

      Because only Democrat voters age 22 or under who get drunk at noon during their lunch break will get a job….

      It won’t help those of us who work hard to get work. It will only help liberals who would rather play spin the bottle and whose lap shall I sit on next at work to have another useless, wasteful party without inviting us.

  • Ashleigh Smith

    If Democrats would just add the job provisions that the Republicans asked them to add, this would get passed faster. Sheesh!. This probably would have been past.

    • BC Shelby

      ..agreed, Obama’s response (along with Harry Reid’s) to Boehner and the House was that the bill had to be passed “as is”, knowing that the House speaker had already stated he would not bring it to a floor vote unless it included provisions job creation.

      Basically they insured it would be a no win scenario.

      • Ashleigh Smith

        Democrats just don’t like the idea that they have to cave into what Republicans want. But for the rest if us, it’s not about that. It’s about getting the help we need. They just need to add the job provisions that Republicans want so it can get passed.

  • Tim

    C- SPAN. CONGRESS AND THE SENATE ITS LIKE WATCHING ANOTHER SOAP

  • mrmano_0

    Why the Republucan SKILLS act is bad for America and bad for you and me!
    John Boehner allow the UI bill to come to a vote. Stop playing games with millions of American families!

    http://www.nlc.org/media-center/news-search/why-is-the-skills-act-bad-public-policy

    • mrmano_0

      Democratic Populists using plight of veterans to further their rage against the unemployed….OBAMA HATES VETERANS!!!…Reid takes his marching orders from someone………

      http://www.theblaze.com/storie

      • erick

        The republican party hates you and hates your way of life.

        • mrmano_0

          not really…the GOP is making me rich..sorry

  • Tim

    CAPITAL HILL POLICE NEED TO DO THEIR JOB. LIKE GO AND AREST JOHN BOEHNER FOR SMOKING IN A FEDERAL BUILDING. IF YOU OR I SMOKED IN A FEDERAL BUILDING WE WOULD BE ARESTED RIGHT????? WHAT IS THIS JERK ABOVE THE LAW????

    • Arrest Obama

      Only a democrat would threaten violence and poverty to an entire political party, frame innocents, play death games with the cartel while they nominate the various MS13 kingpin and ex callgirls reminiscent of Al Capone for office all over the country, threaten our officials while we seek legal impeachement of Obama for legitimate crimes and trash the constitution while they preach about the benefits of socialism..

      Go spend your Dominos $11.50 an hour on the next Lady Gag or Trick Pitbull show, accidentally get your Catholic girlfirends preggo with 5 kids and get free section 8 and impose your lifestyle on those who work hard to pay our way and yours, and wonder why the world is what it is..

  • Tim

    JOHN BOEHNER WE ALL THE UNEMPLOYED HOPE YOU DIE OF A VERRY SLOW DEATH. LIKE A SLOW HEART ATTACK OR CANCER

    • Arrest Obama

      Funny we ask for Obama to be impeached after November’s Gubernational and Senate election by legal means and you say that and we need help for following due process while you dish out street justice suggestions?

      Typical liberal violence and thugism.

  • mrmano_0

    Republicans are following a plan to destroy a away of life Americans have enjoyed for close to a hundred years. Google “starve the beast” and read all about the Republican plan to destroy our way of life.

    Republicans want the market to dictate our lives and decide our fates. Republicans want government reduced to such a small sizes so that industrial interest have no restrictions on thier activities.

    Who will suffer under laissez faire capitalism? American’s who don’t own the markets or the industrial interest who would profit from even more than they do now, will suffer.

    Trickle down economics and laissez faire capitalism will only profit the rich and the rest of us be damned.

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

    • erick

      The republicans believe in tough love. Love the privileged few and tough for everyone else.

      • Arrest Obama

        Dems are the ones who did not want to extend,

        Dems want the immigrant to pump out kids while the man works a sub-minimum wage job and the employers evades payroll taxes and W-2 taxes so they can make enough to pay rent and eat GOOD,

        Dems cut Food Stamps and TANF and want free prison style housing for all, and they did not lower taxes but instead paid more social service authorities to police recipients more so they never do re-enter the general workforce

        Dems do not count people 91 million out of the labor force as unemployed even though that is the number that counts,

        Dems want the Tea Party to curl up and die

        Dems want to provide medical care to people who lack housing and will still not get medical care because ‘they are just trying to come in from the streets and aren’t sick, just on drugs’

        Dems want to make more than a MBA in Science in Fast Food and pretend Bill Nye rides the Subway for fun or for a publicity stunt,

        Dems want everyone to work for free and be socialized to get help forever..

        • erick

          The tea party in the primary for Boehner’s house seat revealed that John Boehner has erectile dysfunction. That is why Boehner can not extend.

  • Ray

    Seriously, as if they are just going to give millions a five month lump sum. To think suckers actually think either party will pass it. Can you spell “they don’t care”?

    • BC Shelby

      …however they’re effectively prepared to do just that with the tax extenders and 6 permanent tax breaks which will, if all are passed, add 85$ billion to the deficit over the next two years and another 378$ billion over the next ten years.

      Meanwhile EUC required an offset which was one of the major sticking points that kept delaying the measure in the senate.

  • Nothing will change

    What the heck, since all of these politicians are to blame why should we vote at all? If no one votes it might get the message across that we, as a nation have had it.

  • Ray

    “If you want to get paid while not working, you should have to run for Congress just like everybody else.” Guess who said that this month? Hint: not a republican

  • mrmano_0

    Who describes the long tern unemployed, who are without jobs through no fault of their own, as “lazy” and “takers”?

    The Republican party wants Americans to suffer and Koch brothers to prosper.

    • mrmano_0

      Democratic Populists using plight of veterans to further their rage against the unemployed……OBAMA HATES VETERANS!!!…Reid takes his marching orders from someone…….

      http://www.theblaze.com/storie

      • erick

        Pass HR 1579 the “Inclusive Prosperity Act of 2013″ and veterans can be well taken care of by the additional funding provided.

        • mrmano_0

          See above comment to you copy/paste job

    • erick

      Join the boycott on Koch brothers companies. See http://www.boycottkochbrothers.com

      • mrmano_0

        boycott george soros and his 40 million being pumped not the Fall elections…you really are an idiot.

  • Ray

    The first item taken on when Democrats had all three (WH and congress) was healthcare, not jobs.

    • ex-Republican

      And they knew their would be collateral damage, companies have found that they can make it with less employees, they trimmed the fat, buy a XXXX computer, call for customer service and guess who your speaking with, Haji, can you blame XXXXXXX XXXX, “Sir if you export all these jobs, you can OK the Hawaii compound, OK for new Yacht construction” hmmmmm ” Is this legal” ” wouldn’t we have to lay off a lot of Americans” “Yes and Yes Sir” OK DO IT. Forget Democrats and or Republicans, we the payer’s not the takers got DUPED. Imagine this in the private sector, these are the people running your granddaddy’s farm, imagine if our fore Fathers were like these modern day so called Stewards, these guy’s on the left and on the right are committed to take this country down, BRACE FOR A BIG ECONOMIC DOWNTURN. I feel the Rooster is Coming. States have huge unfunded liabilities with UNIONS, labor participation lowest level in 30 years, minimum wage under poverty levels(40 hour week). Stock Market soaring under this White House, Fed Easing causing BUBBLE, Housing in the tanks except for foreign cash buyers, less consumers buying the basic necessities, feels like a bad moon a rising, GDP at 0.10, in the end Boehner should have signed the check, the UI % would have gone up, actual tax payers would have thought have him as a MAN OF THE PEOPLE, and in one clean swoop could have taken his oppositions head off, but now after he dies people will make homages to literally spit on his grave for leaving them out on the battlefield, again we are/were the payers not the takers, this will not be FORGOTTEN.

  • Demogorgon9

    Go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/petitions to sign the unemployment extension petition. It needs 90,000 people by June 6.

  • PhaQit

    Attention Maine Delegation
    If any representative from the State of Maine doesn’t support this, they are done in politics,,, regardless of party affiliation….!
    I am a long time conservative, with many conservative Republican and Democrat friends, and we represent a sizable segment of Maine’s voting population. Those that I have spoken with are concerned about the debt, but see many that have worked for many years that need this and think if there are cuts to be made, they should lead by example and start at the top…!
    For generations we have witnessed our “”Representatives”" give themselves raises, and cut vital programs to balance the budget. Its time for the DC Criminals to Man Up and take no more than the median income of their home state, and receive “”No Medical, Dental, Travel, Or Any Other Bennies”" until the we are out of the woods, and not owned by some foreign country.
    I know, its never going to happen, because we have become the most out of control corrupt country in history.
    .

  • Daniel Ryan

    Yall as badly as I hate to admit it,this one is on the democrats. It took two months of Senate Republican filibusters to get this 5 month UI extension through to Boehner’s House where it has languished for another two months all the while Heller is trying to convince Repubs in Congress to hold a vote. Now behold last week the tax extender authored by the House Ways and Means committee all democrats by the way makes it to Harry Reid and he wont allow the UI amendment attached as a rider to a 85 billion piece of corporate pork with only more tax break votes to come all year!! He is now blaming the Koch brothers while trying sweep it under the rug. Even the Republicans who were in favor of the extension couldnt believe it and cried foul!!! At least I know where the GOP stand on social issues but I feel like this was Karma come back around because Harry Reid holds the same bill in his hand that he passed off to Boehner that can restore Immediate Relief to 4 million unemployed and job-seeking Americans. Are we now supposed to call Harry Reids office day and night instead of Boehners office. Senator Reid has been in front of too many cameras accusing people of passing this bill to get away unchecked… This will definately harm our Democratic Party which is sad because they were supposed to be the “good guys”

    • Chicken

      I blame BOTH parties at this point

  • Daniel Ryan

    After meeting with Harry Reid last week Sen. Dean Heller said quote “There no longer seems to be the appetite there in the Senate to pass the unemployment legislation.” WTF??

  • Daniel Ryan

    has anyone noticed how quickly that moveon.org UI extension petition was almost entirely removed from search engines after receiving 25,000 votes in a few days I thought that was our best chance of anything happening and now its totally obscured from viewing

  • voltaic

    Amazing how GOP will bust the budget from crony corporations, but they ignore millions of job seeking families and 280,000 veterans by ending their unemployment insurance. GOP needs to stop feeding the rich and start helping the poor and middle class. The wealthy have everything and the poor and middle class majorities are given nothing by a thuggish, corporatist GOP.

  • del himlor

    The closer this thing gets to it’s expiration date it becomes a diamond in the rough, concentrating it’s worth each step closer until it’s shelf life passes. There are games to be played and deals to be made with this bill and it will be interesting to watch what happens until the end of May.

    As many posts have said before, pols don’t care about the unemployed, it’s true.

    I can almost hear them quipping behind closed doors about how long will the destitute hang in there before they go on long-term hand-outs or simply kill themselves.

  • Arrest Obama

    “Welcome to our NEW Country, throw everything you learned about this
    country’s greatness away. This counties greatness lies in your hearts
    and in your souls, WE THE PEOPLE DONT NEED THEM. THEY LIED TO YOU, THEY
    LIED TO ME, they turned us into SUCKERS, These women stand with men, who
    don’t care about you, the DEMS think we are stupid,…”

    Yes I believe this NEW name is USSA according to Urban Dictionary or United Socialist States of America..

    Easy to see Obama won’t call Boehner because he wants the out of work, or ‘not in the labor force’ to all make $221 a month in peace and his supporters think we should give up finding paying work altogether – shoveling asphalt for that gracious sum of cash from TANF or writing free articles and giving free appearances to media people like the Chicago Tribune and OC or LA Weekly as slaves so that they can also tote us around their shell rackets to toil as slaves with no pay or little pay, thankful for the air conditioned workhouse, a toilet and plumbing, and top ramen for lunch….

  • YONATAN C

    Another thing that the republicans should be “ashamed” of, is the fact that they STILL haven’t passed the unemployment extension bill, for the 2.6 million unemployed families in this country. Since late last December, the republicans have held the extension bill “hostage” in the senate, for political leverage, to get the Koch Brother’s XL Oil Pipeline approved in return for their vote on the extension bill. The republicans have used these unfortunate families as bargaining chips, not caring about what these families are going through. Many of these families have lost everything, while waiting these past five months for the extension bill to pass, to help them survive financially until they find employment. The republicans have continued to make delay after delay, stalling so that time would run out for the passing of the bill in the senate. This was a deliberate act, and these families will now have to continue suffering and struggling without any income. The republicans have shown a total lack of compassion, and common decency towards these families. There are now 2.6 million unemployed, and the number is growing every week. The American people are angry and will voice their anger at the ballot box in the coming elections. They will remember how the republican senate made their lives a living hell..

  • DJMiles

    Democrats stated a dozen times that they have no intention of passing a unemployment extension….Even the white house has been saying Obama has no interest in a compromise And that this is a strategy Obama found success with in 2012. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/03/26/us/politics/democrats-as-part-of-midterm-strategy-to-schedule-votes-on-pocketbook-issues.html?referrer=

    • david vitrogen

      Why won’t Boehner allow a vote on the current senate passed bipartisan retro bill that has been sitting in the house for months? I mean we know every single democrat in the senate voted yes and enough republicans to block their consistent filibustering. So why not allow the vote? Then we can see for sure who is on our side or not? Or why not the retro bill introduced to the house in early april which is sponsored by 150 democrats and 1 republican? He has TWO…count them.. TWO retro EUC bills sitting in the senate for months. Why won’t HE allow a vote? Are you suggesting the democrats are causing Boehner to obstruct the bills they wrote? Or that you single handedly are the one who figured out that in order to win votes they don’t want any of their bills to pass? Are you nucking futs? Yes…the Dems plan is to drag us along with flase hope to win elections….okay..I see you have not put too much critical thinking into your hypothesis.

  • jeffm

    Can everyone agree that leaving 3.5 million Americans with no way
    to pay their bills, no way to get to an interview or have good credit
    when they do happen to get that lucky interview, have a place to live,
    food to eat or transportation. These are people that worked their
    entire lives and for what ever reason are being discriminated against.
    It isnt happening to me, but my girlfriend, who was the only
    Accounting /HR person at a mid sized company that closed in 2013. I
    didnt believe her at first, I really didnt, I have also worked since I
    was 18, I am now 59. She has worked since she was 16 and she is now 53.
    She has had so many interviews I cant count them anymore. She has said
    the minute they find out she is unemployed they end the interview or
    they see her age and they are polite but find an excuse and move on to
    other applicants. She knows this because she used to hire people. Her
    boss who was 60, died from his feeling of worthlessness and the
    complications that ensued from the stress of losing everything. She
    fought back for awhile, but finally gave up when she realized this was
    just a election year and felt that the unemployed were being used as a
    prop for photos and she refused to partake in that any further, she even gave speeches with Congress, which I think is what finally made her quit. She
    tried to get people to stand up for their rights but found people didnt
    really want to do that..so she stopped. I hope that the Government does
    help everyone, I really do, I have seen some bad things happen in the
    past 8 months. I wish all of you well.

  • ex-Republican

    Good Morning All, couple things, I will try to be brief. I am going back into commerce tomorrow, I am going to knock the proverbial cover off the ball, blow past 100k etc. I now have a chip on my shoulder which I never had prior. Going forward I will be a small imprint on this economy, no more Dunkin Donuts coffee, no more buying lunch at work, No more pop corn, if I ever go to a Movie Theatre again, I will carry with me the undisputable, non debatable fact that TYRRANNY has reached our shores, and wouldn’t you know it, it came from within our own ranks. Go down the list of all these slimy current politicians on both sides of the isle. Take a look you will be astonished at the Irony of this, how did they get there, we put them in office and guess what they proved who they really are and Pop in Heaven you were right, “You Don’t need a McMansion” he was right, and I was wrong. After I pay back my CC debt, I am going to SAVE SAVE and SAVE, just like my Father did, and now I know why, growing up in the USA in the 20′s and 30′s then becoming a WW11 vet, he saw TYRANNY with is own two eyes. My take away is that you all must VOTE for yourself, develop a thick skin, and you go out there and you rebuild, you save, you keep a small financial imprint, because things can not get better economically, what are going to do when LONG TERM UI is worse as the fiscal year progresses, your all smart
    your not the takers in this society, times ahead will be rough going, but I/WE got this. For myself, I pray with all I have inside, Praise for your vessel, and keep your souls clean, and never forget, never forget, that TYRANNY is the new NEW, its blood money now anyway, and they are all dead to me anyway. They can not affect me in any way shape or form. We can pray for them, but I don’t think it would help, they have all just failed the number one fundamental law of our JUDAO/CHRISTIAN upbringing, you never let your Brother and you Sister starve, because that vessel/soul is JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF, impossible to overcome this sin. Signing Off and don’t you ever forget what just happened MAY 2014, I thank my DAD for preparing me for what is about to come down the pike, I see decades of slow growth, Unions are bankrupting our local and state treasuries, millions of paying customers cant buy even the bare essentials and think about it. Weak leaders very weak leaders, childish sneaky lying and lecherous leaders, so vote for yourself in the next decade and good luck. IGNORE THEM AND WORRY ABOUT YOURSEVES.

  • Ladyj

    I can TOTALLY relate to each and everyone that has been praying,hoping,begging,crying,sad,depressed,etc waiting for the outcome of this small,but helpful benefit extension.I leave it to God! Treat others as you would treat yourself. So there time will come…. Today my rent is overdue,bills,debts to pay ,no money.. But I am alive.. Thank God! Got in to car accident today.Not my fault.My Honda 94 accord. So now no car. I KNOW my heavenly Father must have a Great,wonderful,abundantly,joyously,grand,plan for the OUTCOME from all of this .Amen…I look forward to see all the BLESSINGS he has in store for me. I PRAY FOR ALL..

  • Jazzy

    Obviously the same cronies doing the VA stats are doing the unemployment stats too, ie- if we kill them all and getting rid of the data, it’ll look like the economy is really swinging

  • http://seekingalpha.com/article/1514632 lottopol

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

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

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

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

  • wanda jefferson

    sick of the president now ignoring a chance to veto tax cut and pay more attention to unemployment and the desperate situation 3million people are going thru.cant for the life of me understand why this is not even part of the news no mention at all no mention of the person who threatened Bonehead no mention at all we should tweet these news stations to make them say something e mail them go on their facebook bombard then with unemployment like they bombard us with the clipper owner and as you see no mention of us at all go on capitol house facebook and leave suggestion that is the only way we will be noticed is to keep it out there

    • david vitrogen

      The tax cuts are most likely not going to get to the president until after the November midterm elections so it is a moot point. As far as us not being acknowledged anywhere in the media etc that is our own fault. Now granted I think most of us were hoodwinked because we knew there was hard empirical data to support reinstating the emergency extensions even with all the filibustering in the senate back months ago. It seems other then in 2010 they have never let it lapse this long when the LTR is this high since WW2. Why they chose to obstruct this now when we are recovering from the worst recession in history is a matter of hypothesis but knowing the majority of the republicans voted yes for extension time and time again…you can ask yourself what is different now and 2010 then back before? Need I say more on that?

      Now what we should have been doing and need to do is make some real noise. All this facebooking and twits and blogs and petitions and calling is not really reaching the general public who if they have a job are just getting on with their miserable lives not even aware of our issue.

      We need to be in DC….like an “occupy the Capital” kind of thing. I know many of us maybe can’t afford to get to DC or a million other excuses but there are thousands of unemployed in the DC area. Why can’t a bunch of them occupy the capital and then I think others would follow suit. We would get more media attention than ever. But sadly it seems this 3 million does not even have ONE person to march on DC with a sign much less thousands and thousands that we would need to make enough noise and expose the obstruction of democracy going on in the house. Bottom line…we reap what we sow.

  • BOB

    approve the UEC now…. people are hurting and loosing there properties due to this crap…

    Fire Boehner asap

  • White Army

    A default is only triggered if Hussein Obama’s regime chooses not to pay the interest payments due on the debt.

  • YONATAN C

    THIS IS A VERY SAD AND SORRY SITUATION FOR OUR COUNTRY AND OUR PEOPLE . WE HAVE ELECTED PUBLIC OFFICIALS WHO GET IN OFFICE, AND ONCE IN OFFICE,FEEL THAT THEY NO LONGER NEED TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT.THESE SELF-IMPORTANT, SELF-RIGHTEOUS, SELF-INDULGED, CAREER POLITICIANS, ANSWER ONLY TO THEIR PARTY AND SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS. WE HAVE BEEN LET DOWN BY OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS, AND ARE NOW AT THE MERCY OF POLITICIANS WHO REALLY DON’T CARE ABOUT THE POOR AND UNEMPLOYED WHO ARE STRUGGLING AND SUFFERING WHILE THEY TAKE BREAK AFTER BREAK, AND VACATION, AFTER VACATION. THE REPUBLICANS ARE DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MORE THAN 2.6 MILLION UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES WITHOUT BENEFITS, BECAUSE THEY CHOSE NOT TO HELP THEM. IT HAS BEEN FIVE MONTHS THAT THESE FAMILIES HAVE BEEN WITHOUT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, AND THEY HAVE WATCHED THE REPUBLICANS PLAY THEIR WAITING GAME, MAKING EVERY ATTEMPT TO STALL THE VOTING ON THE EXTENSION BILL, IN THE HOPES IT WILL GET TOO LATE TO VOTE FOR IT. THEY HAVE DELIBERATELY WASTED FIVE MONTHS, WHILE THESE FAMILIES FACED EVICTIONS, HOME FORECLOSURES, BANKRUPTCY, AND HOMELESSNESS. THESE POOR FAMILIES HAVE LOST EVERYTHING, WHILE WAITING FOR THE HELP THAT THEY DESERVED . THE REPUBLICANS HAVE NOW JUST HANDED OVER TO THE DEMOCRATS 2.6 MILLION NEW VOTES IN THE COMING ELECTION. THESE UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES WILL NOT FORGET THE BETRAYAL OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

  • YONATAN C

    OUR SO CALLED “PUBLIC SERVANTS” HAVE BETRAYED THE TRUST OF THE PEOPLE THAT THEY SUPPOSED TO SERVE. THEY HAVE FORGOTTEN WHY AND FOR WHOM THEY ARE WORKING FOR.

    WHAT ARE THE DEMOCRATS PREPARED TO DO ABOUT THE UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION BILL? DO THEY PLAN TO WASH THEIR HANDS OF THE WHOLE ISSUE? THERE ARE STILL MORE THAN 2.6 MILLION UNEMPLOYED FAMILES WITHOUT ANY MEANS TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES SINCE LAST DECEMBER. THEY NEED YOUR HELP PEOPLE. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE ALREADY TURNED THEIR BACKS AGAINST THEM, AND HAVE TRIED EVERY DELAYING TACTIC KNOWN TO MAN, SO THE BILL COULD NOT BE PASSED IN TIME. THESE MILLIONS OF FAMILIES, FOR THE PAST FIVE MONTHS HAVE SUFFERED EVICTIONS, HOME FORECLOSURES, BANKRUPTCY, AND HOMELESSNESS, BECAUSE OF YOUR LACK OF COMPASSION AND HUMAN DECENCY. THE UKRAINE HAS RECENTLY BEEN GIVEN BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN FOREIGN AID, WHAT ABOUT THE POOR AND UNEMPLOYED IN THIS COUNTRY? THE PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER THIS ISSUE IN THE COMING ELECTIONS, AND IT WILL BE OUR TUEN TO VOTE, AND TO VOTE MANY OF YOU OUT OF OFFICE.

  • YONATAN C

    HOW MANY MORE LIVES MUST THE REPUBLICANS DESTROY???

    WHAT ABOUT THE UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION BILL??? THE REPUBLICANS HAVE FAILED THE MORE THAN 2.6 MILLION OF UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES, WHO HAVE BEEN WITHOUT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS SINCE LAST DECEMBER. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE INTENTIONALLY DELAYED, AND STALLED OVER THE PAST FIVE MONTHS SO THAT THE EXTENSION BILL WILL BECOME TOO LATE TO PASS. THEY HAVE SHOWN A TOTAL LACK OF COMPASSION AND COMMON DECENCY, TOWARDS THESE MILLIONS OF STRUGGLING FAMILIES.

    • satoshi n.

      Y., about 3.5 million long term unemployed minus the 266,000 that got jobs in may 2014, created by the trillions transfer from u.s. government to the BANKS DURING banking crisis. So the 10.1 million will either get jobs or loose the u.e. stipend in their 26.1 week cycle, in florida it is 16 weeks loose u.e.
      btw y. the bureau Labor states 3.5 million not 2.6.// Diane sawyer and major media donot give a rats a about your loss of stipend. She has reported the IMPORTANT STUFF THE NEW LEGOS AND ELECTRIC HARLEY D.// MATH CLASS WITH YOGA IN SCHOOLS all you 3.5 mill people NO MENTION.

  • satoshi n.

    reply to tired of it all,///the sickening part of this is that the abc nbc and cbs and all major media will rather report on the new legos , and the electric Harley d. , and make us look like a rich nation by sending billions to other countries, I mean WHAT COUNTRY SENT BILLIONS TO NEW YORK AND ORLEANS AFTER DIASTERS WHAT WAS THAT NBC,WHAT COUNTRY. YOU SAY NONE. ///B ACK TO THE MEDIA. So no abc cbs nbc will ever breathe a word about 3.5 million people losing homes cars, phones , utilities, due to no job and no u.e. income. I mean diane sawyer you call yourself a “”"”"reporter”"” millions of people are becoming desititute and diane sawyer you report on Legos new product ??? Oh but you media did such a fantastic job of reporting in may 2014 that 266,000 people got jobs..what you refuse to say is that 13.6 million do not have a job. So media cannot say 1.8 % got jobs and most are PART TIME less than 40 hours. So media how about instead of saying 266,000- got jobs, emphasizing this pathetic number/percentage . Media SAY THIS/// 98.2 % were not able to get jobs this month in May 2014 OR 13.4 MILLION people did not get jobs and the senators do not give a f and the pres don’t give a f just/// sshut f up when you get a job and pay up your futa taxes.

  • Chad Adamczak

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/investigate-boehner-taking-bribes-companies/Fsw7PPFG

    Sign this if you can’t believe this:

    The tax cut bill that was just approved is 60 times as much as it would cost to pass the extension of emergency unemployment insurance, seven times the combined yearly investment in education, job training and social services, and 10 times the budget for veterans.

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