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July 25, 2014

Unemployment Extension Benefits Still Stuck, Won’t Be Retroactive

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Heller is still trying to pass an unemployment extension. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An unemployment extension remains dead in the water in Congress, despite a new offer to ditch retroactive benefits by its primary Senate backers.

Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Dean Heller, R-Nev., unveiled a new proposal that would revive an emergency unemployment extension for five months, but it’s unclear whether it will be considered by the full Senate and doesn’t appear to impress Speaker John A. Boehner, either.

The key new wrinkle is they’ve given up on providing a retroactive check for five months of benefits to the long-term unemployed. They would only get a prospective weekly unemployment benefits check if Congress acts.

That change alone did not appear to be enough for Boehner, although the speaker has been concerned that implementing retroactive benefits would be unworkable.

“The speaker laid out the criteria before Christmas: We will take a look at any plan that is fiscally-responsible, and does something to help create private-sector jobs,” said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel. Republicans have in the past pointed to a pileup of House bills in the Senate as examples of items they would consider attaching to an unemployment extension.

A bipartisan worker training bill, once seen as a promising area for adding an unemployment extension, is set to pass the Senate this week without unemployment benefits attached.

Reed and Heller said at a news conference that they want to be prepared in case there is an opportunity to act this summer, but they don’t have any commitments for floor time.

“This is a very crowded agenda for the rest of the year,” Reed said. But he stressed, “We are not giving up. We are going to use the same all-out full court press all the time. If there is an opening and we can bring the bill to the floor and we’ve got the votes we are going to urge the leader to do that.”

“What I was hoping would be a sprint has become a marathon,” Heller said of their effort to pass an unemployment extension.

The bill is similar to the measure that passed the Senate in April, except it would not be retroactive to December when unemployment benefits were first cut off. Instead the legislation would provide benefits for the long-term unemployed for five months starting from the date of enactment.

Similar to the retroactive proposal, the cost of the bill, a little less than $10 billion, would be fully offset using a combination of revenue raisers that includes extending “pension smoothing” provisions and extending customs user fees through 2024.

Another way to spur action in the Senate would be if the House acts on a version of the bill.

“My sense is if we saw real interest on the House side, we would respond,” Reed said.

Heller said that Senate Republicans would also be “more eager” to vote for unemployment insurance again if they saw action on the House side.

But there has been no sign of action in the House.

Heller said the message he’d received from conversations with Majority-Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., a close friend from their days in the House together, was that the House wanted jobs measures added before they would consider unemployment benefits.

Heller also reiterated his request that Obama get more engaged, which Heller said he has told the president in conversations on the unemployment extension issue.

“If we are going to make progress … he needs to be more engaged and I’ll continue to say that,” Heller said. “He needs to pick up the phone and call the speaker and say, ‘Hey, how are we going to get this done.’”

Asked what case they make to those who say that an extension isn’t necessary since the unemployment rate has been coming down, both said that the long-term unemployed continue to struggle.

“We are seeing the overall unemployment numbers come down, but long-term unemployment is stuck pretty much where it’s been for the last year,” Reed said.

“I’m concerned going into the summer months,” Heller said, adding that distances are greater in the West and that rising gasoline prices would take a toll on the long-term unemployed.

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  • satoshi n.

    Inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues hit a record $1,104,947,000,000 in the first five months of fiscal 2014, from article “”"”Similar to the retroactive proposal, the cost of the bill, a little less than $10 billion, would be fully offset .”"” 5 months of fed tax revenue is $1 trillion 104 billion minus the $10 billion leaves the feds with///// $1 trillion 94 billion cash to spend./// Next 5 months the tax revenue should be close or exceed the $1 trillion 104 billion with the stock market hitting record highs some investors will take stock money off the table and buy a better jet,boat etc.

    • erick

      I have a better idea. Pass HR 1579 the “Inclusive Prosperity Act of 2013″. This bill will impose a financial transfer tax on speculative wall street stock transactions. With this enhanced revenue the government can create millions of high paid jobs rebuilding the national infrastructure. The north American water project (NOWAPA) would double the amount of fresh water on the north American continent. Melted snowpack that now flows into the Artic ocean can be redirected to the lower 48 states thru pump stations and dams. This project will also increase electrical production by 30%, agricultural production by 40%, and open new areas to development. This approach will create almost full employment and improve the real physical economy.

  • Wayne Heddinger

    THIS NEW BILL DOES NOTHING TO HELP THOSE WHO LOST BENEFITS ON DEC. 28TH….IT DOES NOTHING AT ALL….EXCEPT SEAL THEIR FATE AT THE BOTTOM OF A CLIFF !

    VOTE NO ON UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSIONS WITHOUT RETRO BENEFITS !

    WE ARE URGING OUR REPS IN CONGRESS TO VOTE NO ! UNLESS IT
    INCLUDES RETROACTIVE BENEFITS THIS BILL DOES NOT DO ANYTHING TO HELP US WHO HAVE LOST EVERYTHING SINCE DECEMBER 28TH…NOTHING…

    VOTE NO !

    • Disqus189781378

      What a sorry sap you are. So your logic is to screw over even more innocent Americans because you can’t get your retro? Let me use your logic against you: If you didn’t have EUC you would have been dead in the water long before December, now you’re adopting the misery loves company mentality, wanting more to suffer because you did. Shut the hell up!! We’ll take anything we can get, I can’t wait til I get a job so I no longer have to be in the same category as dolts such as yourself. “We lost everything since December, and if we can’t get retro I want even more people to lose everything they have!! If I can’t have it, nobody should!” Says the big baby, kill yourself, seriously.

      • Ivan

        As much as I would like to disagree with you, I can’t The Dec28 club (I’m a member) have a right to insist upon the retro bennies but dragging more people into this mess is hypocritical and makes us just as bad as Boehner. It’s like the person wrongly convicted, serves time, the is exonerated years later. The lost years cannot be reacquired, just like the hole cannot be refilled without the retro. But these people know this. Again we cannot be divided and conquered and fight each other. Sometimes you have to take one for the team. I say when you are fortunate enough to be reemployed explore the possibility of having these deductions removed (if that is possible) citing this situation and the difficulty accessing what you thought you had a right to

        • guest

          You have the right to insist and the right to be rejected. You have been rejected. Act like an adult and move along. Make something of your life. Its up to YOU.

      • Ralph

        first thing is these people you talk about paid into unemployment system, number 2 ; if you pay 50.00 dollars a week in 10 years you pay unemployment 26,000.00 dollars ,in 20 years 52,000.00 dollars , in 30 yaers 78,000.00, in 40years 104,000.00 dollars this not inclue what the companies pay or interest., so the question is do you give the money to the fat cats in the government so they can spend on them self your help the people that need it

    • guest

      Its not supposed to help you and your long term deadbeats. You are very, very selfish and short sighted for encourgaing a no vote. Its not all about you and the long term anymore. You’ve been bailedout. Move along, bum. You are a drain on resources. You are worthless. You have no memories, clothes or ideas. The long term unemployed will pass just like the pig in the python. Just like the unemployed in the 70′s recession which ran much deeper. You are a historical asterik. You are the great turdness that has been placed in everyone elses pocket. Stop being selfish and move along.

    • Icare

      Bottom line: It is better to restart weekly extended and have a check to help you start again then nothing because you hope they will approve retroactive which they won’t.

  • satoshi n.

    “”"“We are seeing the overall unemployment numbers come down.”" b.s. the ones who hit the 26.1 weeks are NO longer COUNTED AS UNEMPLOYED IF don’t have a job. So drop 3.5 million people off the count sure the rate will drop.

    • erick

      When the long term unemployed die from exposure and starvation the unemployment rate will drop even further. This is the plan. The class war in action.

      • satoshi n.

        e.,so hating on the unemployed why? Dont u have other things to do?

        • Angela Owens

          Your ability to read and understand English, and understand the comments of those who are able to understand and communicate is poor. Your comments and response to comments makes no sense. You need to stop blogging.

          • Zac Johnson

            Angela you make comments intentionally to make people feel bad. What does this have to do with the main topic. No one cares about your opinion. Why do you do it? It makes no sense. You need to stop blogging.

          • satoshi n.

            Thanks Zac I cannot understand bahing the less fortunate but Angela seems to enjoy bashing the less fortunate, how about she call the S.E.C. about Boehners’ insider trading seems Angela has no issue with Boehners profiting using insider trading.

          • satoshi n.

            racist
            angela owens
            racist
            your mind is limited and that is understandable but since you are a racist that is no excuse for your limited mental ability

          • satoshi n.

            UNDERSTAND THIS ANGELA OWENS F.O.B

      • http://wh.gov/lA551 JimiVestor

        3.4 million long term unemployed American families need everyone to get 100,000 signatures for #RenewUi petition to include retro and help getting hired. Please sign and get everyone you know involved in getting signatures for this petition —————> wh.gov/lHzRg

      • Angela Owens

        You are absolutely right. Thank goodness for people like you who are able to see past the lies and manipulation.

    • guest

      the overall numbers are coming down. Including the number of Long term unemployed “Dems” is the facts….or?…is all the pre-recession data inaccurate too???

      • Wayne Heddinger

        THEY ARE NOT COMING DOWN…….LEARN TO READ PLEASE !

        • guest

          yes they are.

          • Wayne Heddinger

            wrong….the verifiable numbers are going down due to the unverifiable numbers going up. the people who lost unemployment benefits stopped being counted as unemployed…only ones getting benefits are counted……before dec. 28th there were about 5 million long term (not collecting benefits and not being counted) and now add 3.5 million to that and 70k added per month to that 5 million and to that 6.2 million who are still being counted and it gets you closer to the real number of unemployed.

          • guest

            verifible numbers going down. thank you….

      • David

        Hey LOSER, Satoshi, Pay no attention to the little man guest as he is a loser that uses many names here such as Sebastian Klay, Left wing, mrmanno, articulate and clean, biff wellington and even as a woman valerieblanck … yes this loser poses as a woman too. He hurls would be insults from behind the safety of his computer screen. His daddy is not proud of him and he knows it. He has other issues he is not dealing with that affect his manhood parts.

    • http://wh.gov/lA551 JimiVestor

      3.4 million long term unemployed American families need everyone to get 100,000 signatures for #RenewUi petition to include retro and help getting hired. Please sign and get everyone you know involved in getting signatures for this petition ————–> wh.gov/lHzRg

    • Angela Owens

      You are absolutely right on.

    • Sugi

      That’s why they’re not doing it. The numbers went down because they didn’t have to count the extendees anymore. If we were on the unemployment rolls, we’d have to be counted. Everyone including Obama would look bad and that’s why he’s not supporting this.

  • satoshi n.

    from article
    “” that an extension isn’t necessary since the unemployment rate has been coming down.”" Really please remember this at voting time.

    ……….extension isn’t necessary// Many of the 217,000 jobs are due to employers reducing the per employee work schedule to less than 32 hours to avoid healthcare, and hiring ADDITIONAL WORKERS to make up the hours. Just ask any/securitas// dollar tree employees if u disagree

    • guest

      An extension is not necessary. The number of long term unemployed are an INCREDIBLE small proportion of the electorate. The long term unemployed mean nothing. They have no effect.

  • satoshi n.

    Congress instead of conning us , fake caring, just tell the 3.5 million people, you are never going to have l.tu.e… , but at least thank the 5 month tax revenue of $1 trillion 104 billion you get to spend and, give tax credit to poor race horse owners, railroad track repair tax credits, you know the railroads are impoverished. Someone ask Boehner why he gave tax credits to race horse owners and the poverty stricken railroads.

    • erick

      Because Boehner represents the interests of the financial class in their class war against the working class.

      • mabramso

        Last I checked, this story is primarily about the Reed-Heller bill, which is stuck in the Senate. Boehner is 1 of 435 House members.

        • Wayne Heddinger

          the Reed Hellor bill was passed in the senate in April….it sits on Boehner’s desk….so now they recreated it without the retroactive benefits in it….but it probably won’t get to a vote because they can’t get any senate republicans to vote and get past the 60 vote min.

          • Icare

            The Senate Finance Committee, not the Senate Passed $85 Billion Tax Extenders Bill In April

      • Angela Owens

        They’re all bad guys.

    • Angela Owens

      I think there are a lot more than 3.5 million long term unemployed, along with millions more spouses and children who have been disenfranchised and sentenced to the inevitability of destitution and death.

  • Icare

    First from above you have this:

    A bipartisan worker training bill, once seen as a promising area for adding an unemployment extension, is set to pass the Senate this week without unemployment benefits attached.

    Then two paragraphs later you have this:

    “This is a very crowded agenda for the rest of the year,” Reed said. But he stressed, “We are not giving up. We are going to use the same all-out full court press all the time. If there is an opening and we can bring the bill to the floor and we’ve got the votes we are going to urge the leader to do that.”

    They talk a full court press and if there is an opening they will attach the bill, but two paragraphs earlier they say a bipartisan worker training bill will pass the senate without the unemployment benefits attached.

    What happened to the all-out full court press all the time??

    • dj

      Picture Perfect………LOL

  • Moynihan, d

    I get a kick out of people who say the unemployment figure
    is coming down. What about the people like myself who’s benefits are exhausted.
    So the unemployment rate given in the news is really is not correct. We not in
    the count, and still out of work and unable to collect. Really sad to see how
    little the government cares about us, while they are collecting a good salary.

  • zappacat

    Obviously the senate is playing a game, pretending to push this so they can be guaranteed 3.1 million votes. I have come to realize they are, in some ways, worse than Boehner. At least he said straight up “screw you”. The senate is not REALLY pushing, Obama didn’t even make a phone call. It is all just a game to them.

    • FedUpInNJ

      Well said!

    • Angela Owens

      You are right. It’s a game of good guy versus bad guy, but the reality is that they’re all bad guys, and the unemployed are the victims.

  • erick

    Congress is willing to ditch the retroactive payments. Yet congress gave 155 billion to corporations that outsource jobs overseas.

    • mabramso

      Congress does not simply give money to companies. How about some honesty here and say what 155 billion dollars you are talking about and what program you object to.

      • Wayne Heddinger

        tax write offs (extenders) coming to around 600 billion has been passes by the house this term..with no pay fors ! these go to the so called job creators we keep hearing about but never see !

        • mabramso

          Tax breaks do not give money to companies. Companies are paid money by their customers, and government TAKES money from companies in the form of taxes. When they grant a tax break, that means they TAKE
          LESS MONEY from companies than they were taking before. That is not GIVING them money because it was THEIR money to begin with.

          • Icare

            Your logic sucks! Tax breaks and extensions are the same as giving money to corporations. When you file 1040 and other tax forms and get money back, that’s the government giving you money for a tax break.

            This is the same for corporations and since our illustrious leaders have decided to declare corporations as a living person, they get even more!

            Why do you think corporations make such huge profits?

          • mabramso

            My logic is EXACTLY correct. And you are correct when you say it is the same for individuals. The money I earn is a relationship I have with my employer. The money THEY give me for MY services is MINE. The government has the right per the Constitution to TAKE a certain portion of it. If they decide to give me a tax CUT, that is the government TAKING LESS of MY money.

            Withholding is simply the government TAKING my money up front. A tax return is nothing more that settling one’s affairs with respect to how much money the government may lawfully TAKE from me each year. If they have TAKEN too much, then they owe me back a refund of MY MONEY. Sometimes I owe them more money, and I have to pay them. And that’s OK too.

            If the government had this attitude with EVERYONE’S money, perhaps they wouldn’t be so quick to spend OTHER PEOPLE’s money so poorly.

            Frankly, I don’t care one bit how much profit a company makes. if they make a lot, good for them! That means they can expand and HIRE more people and lower the unemployment rate.

          • Wayne Heddinger

            wrong….the company must meet specific criteria for each tax break and then actually apply for them…that amount of the tax break comes from my taxes….congress creates a budget…that budget it a total dollar value….then they appropriate the money for all the stuff government must pay for. then…without paying for them…they give away tax credits and the cost for those credits goes on credit….we the tax payer pays for that credit…..which is why republicans are hypocrites for demanding things like unemployment must be paid for but the extenders do not !

          • mabramso

            If that were true, then it would change your taxes, but it doesn’t! You have to pay the same taxes, regardless of what some corporation makes. So it doesn’t come out of your taxes — it comes out the massive amount of debt that the federal government runs up each year. And there is a cure to that — raise taxes or cut spending. And that is up to the citizens to decide through who their choices at the ballot box.

          • satoshi n.

            MAB WERE DID THE GVT COME UP WITH GE TAX REFUND OF $4.1 BILLION??

          • satoshi n.

            a guy I know owns a company and we discussed when you go to buy the same tools he got $200,000.00 or so in 1 year tax breaks to purchase where if you purchase the same items you pay full price with no tax breaks, btw he bragged that he did not increase wages.

          • mabramso

            That is between him and his employees. If the employees don’t like the wages they are being paid, they can change jobs or start their own business and take with it all that risk themselves.

          • satoshi n.

            mab I cannot determine if yr an idiot or liar, which ru? how about my next 5 years of income I pay no taxes ,”"”

          • mabramso

            I am neither, and you can’t read. Everything I have said about taxes is true.

          • satoshi n.

            mAB,YOU ARE BOTH// WELL YOUR TO IGNORANT TO UNDERSTAND AND THAT IS TOTALLY UNDERSTANDABLE

          • satoshi n.

            mab fng ahol//The practice of holding profits overseas has been highlighted as a strategy to avoid paying taxes. GE paid no U.S. taxes at all in 2010, according to The New York Times //

            …….Thanks to these practices, the U.S. is not only losing out on tax revenue, but it is also missing money kept overseas that will not be used to invest in the U.S. or pay dividends to shareholders// mab./ahol.do u work for ge hide my profit to avoid paying tax dept????……… The drugmakers Merck and Johnson & Johnson each saved about $2 billion last year by shifting profits overseas, according to Bloomberg……….

            GE did not comment on the $108 billion in profits overseas.

            Sixty big U.S. companies analyzed by the Wall Street Journal kept on average more than 40 percent of their annual profits overseas last year

          • mabramso

            So companies act in their financial best interest! What a shocker! Companies actually change their economic behavior because the US corporate tax rate is the highest in the world. Another shocker!

            So they kept 40% of their profits, as opposed to what? Hiring more people? There would also have to be a reason to hire based on economic conditions — such as an increase in demand for their goods and services.

          • satoshi n.

            mab aka a hole, The biggest U.S. companies boosted their offshore cash hoards by 14 percent last year, according to a separate Bloomberg report. Apple, Microsoft and Google together have more than doubled their overseas holdings over the past two years. Mab apparently , apparently some people have to play by the rules and pay their income taxes, parking tickets, but others do not. So are you a rich dude that has paid no income taxes by parking y our stash in a tax haven, while the less fortunate have to play by the rules as taxes get removed from their weekly income, u know just stop bashing people who use to be ………….employed………//General Electric GE -0.56% Co., famous for its aggressive tax minimization efforts, filed suit Friday seeking a $658 million federal tax refund

          • satoshi n.

            HEY AHOL HOW DID GE GET A $4.1 BIL REFUND??//YOU SAY MAB Tax breaks do not give money to companies

      • satoshi n.

        m, maybe a bad example but a tax break is like buying cigs in a non tax environment. One guy pays $20 for a carton and u pay $20 for 4 packs. You are wrong on point 2 yes they get a check in the mail not all, but business do.

        • mabramso

          See my reply to Wayne

      • Icare

        An effort to renew $85 billion in tax breaks for individuals and businesses is stalled in the U.S. Senate until after the November congressional elections, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday.

        http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/03/us-usa-tax-extenders-idUSKBN0EE2B120140603
        *****************************************************************************

        Remember that Tax Extenders Bill that seemed to be moving ahead? Consider it stalled.

        http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2014/05/17/tax-extenders-bill-stalled-in-senate/
        *****************************************************************************

        Here is a list of the tax extenders that are stalled in the senate, maybe they’ll add the unemployment extention to this and pass it. Naw… hell hasn’t froze over yet!

        http://taxfoundation.org/blog/senate-finance-committee-passes-85-billion-tax-extenders-bill

        • http://wh.gov/lA551 JimiVestor

          3.4 million long term unemployed American families need everyone to get 100,000 signatures for #RenewUi petition to include retro and help getting hired. Please sign and get everyone you know involved in getting signatures for this petition —————> wh.gov/lHzRg

      • http://wh.gov/lA551 JimiVestor

        3.4 million long term unemployed American families need everyone to get 100,000 signatures for #RenewUi petition to include retro and help getting hired. Please sign and get everyone you know involved in getting signatures for this petition ————–> wh.gov/lHzRg

      • AC180ms

        You are clueless. These same people are worried about the people in Iraqi.

      • satoshi n.

        mab. you are dishonest or talk out yr without any facts.5 months of fed tax revenue is $1 trillion 104 billion minus

        • mabramso

          Your inability to form a coherent argument is sad.

          • satoshi n.

            MAB/THAT IMPLIES YOU ARE A RACIST, MAB.YOUR ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND A COHERT ARGUMENT IS VERY LIMITED.

      • satoshi n.

        That bears repeating: GE has paid an average tax rate of just 1.8 percent over the past decade, mab aka ignorant a hole u work for a f. 500 co. ?/ GE avoided paying any taxes last year. But the story gets worse. Through a series of tax incentives, breaks and write-offs, GE recorded a net gain on their 2009 tax liability. This is to say that not only did GE avoid paying taxes, taxpayers paid GE. In fact, during the past five years GE has “received a net tax benefit from the I.R.S. of $4.1 billion.” Meanwhile, since 2002, GE has eliminated 1/5 of its American work force. Fortunately for GE, as a member of the U.S. Chamber, Donohue lobbied on their behalf. ////

        Chamber Member GE Gets $4.1 Billion Taxpayer-Subsidized Tax Refund — And Donohue Defends It

        Posted by Matt Trojan on March 31, 2011
        sadistic f mab enjoy making taxpayers pay g.e. $4.1 billion so g.e. can buy a fleet of corporate toys. while fng with the $300 a week a family may get for u.e. a hole troll

        • mabramso

          Where did you go to school? They would be ashamed of your writing! Wow.

          As I have written below several times now, a tax on a corporation is the government TAKING a company’s money. A cut in that tax is the government TAKING less money from the company, not the government giving money. It’s THEIR money.

          Now, if you want to debate the government taking more money from corporations, then fine, we can have that debate. I am certainly in favor of corporations no paying zero taxes. So change the law!

          • satoshi n.

            mab aka ahol ,”"you say I am certainly in favor of corporations no paying zero taxes. So change the law!”"
            If someone could teach you mab how to read and understand you would have noticed g.e. did not PAY ANY TAXES ON INCOME PLUS RECIEVED FROM THE TAXPAYER A $.4.1 BILLION DOLLAR REFUND

          • satoshi n.

            SO MAB YOU OK WITH THE NFL A NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANIZANTION AND MAB DO PLAY BY THE RULES AND PAY YOUR PARKING TICKETS?

          • satoshi n.

            THOUGHT SO

        • mabramso

          You are the troll. You keep copying and pasting the same incoherent garbage, and it just makes your argument poorer.

          Who cares. GE does what suits them financially. So they pay their taxes to a different country because their tax rates are lower. I would do the same thing. So go ahead and raise their taxes, and watch them lay more workers off. You can’t legislate profit or business decisions. The only people who get screwed either way are the low level employees. Even if you establish 90% tax rates, the executives get their money, shut the company down, and start laying off all the employees. If you have no problem with that, then you are a communist.

          • satoshi n.

            mab, y r a fng ahol plus mentally limited but it is not your fault it probably a character defect

          • mabramso

            Stomping your feet and breathing out profanity only reveals your lack of intelligence and character. And it convinces no one, except for how pathetically weak your arguments are.

          • satoshi n.

            mab if it is the truth, which it is, then you are what I say you are, look in the mirror troll

          • mabramso

            You are astonishingly dishonest.

      • satoshi n.

        troll mab “”"you say,

        mabramso

        Congress does not simply give money to companies”" mab you lie or r ignorant or both

      • satoshi n.

        hey ignorant f how did g.e get $4.1 billion tax refund ?? you say Congress does not simply give money to companies So did the government give g.e. 4.1 billion what ;

    • Angela Owens

      It’s all a sick game and the end game goal is mass extermination of millions of people who have been labeled as expendables.

  • heypolliolli

    haha they’re still goin’ on with this lost cause?
    ya’ll must be clickbait magnets?
    stil lil ol’ Reed siding with the people…. this entire debacle has been pathetic on all fronts… especially the gov’t…

  • David

    Satoshi, Pay no attention to the little man guest as he is a loser that uses many names here such as Sebastian Klay, Left wing, mrmanno, articulate and clean, biff wellington and even as a woman valerieblanck … yes this loser poses as a woman too. He hurls would be insults from behind the safety of his computer screen. His daddy is not proud of him and he knows it. He has other issues he is not dealing with that affect his manhood parts.

  • David

    Boehner is not able to get the Koch brothers Keystone XL Pipeline approved and the brothers are getting more upset by the day with Boehner. Soon they will have to find another front man to do their dirty work. Boehner is probably crying in his office right now about it. He knows without the pipeline they will have no use him. Poor Boehner why don’t you just sit in the corner and cry. You can watch him cry on youtube just for fun.

  • Dan Coddington

    Please sign this https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/get-obama-comment-and-help-pass-bill-extend-unemployment-benefits-quickly-we-need-help/z0Qb5KYC if you are unemployed or if you know someone that is unemployed it only takes a minute and it is sad we can get a 100,000 people to sign a petition to deport Justin Bieber but we can barely get 10,000 for 3 million people that need our help. Lets make this petition work please sign it will make a difference.

  • David

    For anyone here not familiar with our trouble maker, he uses all these user names … mrmanno, left wing, articulate and clean, biff wellington, guest and even Valerieblanck … yes he poses as a woman too. He has other issues he is not facing and thats why he feels the need to abuse people here. Tell him to grow up and be a man for a change. Ask him if his daddy is proud of him, not likely.

  • satoshi n.

    in fiscal 2014, as the federal government’s total receipts for the fiscal year closed May at an unprecedented $1,934,919,000,000, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement.//By Terence P. Jeffrey,June 12, 2014 – 11:20 AM ….By the end of May that year, the federal government took in approximately 1.908 trillion in total receipts in constant 2014 dollars.

    …….
    Boehner can you spare a dime,Boehner no fng way for 5 months, i only got 1.908 trillion to spend
    no $ for extension/so what can $`1.trillion 908 billion

  • David

    Boehner should be publically executed for the harm he has done to good American citizens. His family should be made to watch his execution and then be deported. He is nothing but a crybaby that is only concerned with getting the Boehner/Koch Keystone XL Pipeline approved when Buffet is going to move that oil by rail car and reap all the benefits, him and his democrat buddies. Screw Boehner as he can’t get it approved and the brothers have no further use for him.

  • David

    For anyone here not familiar with our trouble maker, he uses all these user names … mrmanno, left wing, articulate and clean, biff wellington, guest, Sebastian Klay and even Valerieblanck … yes he poses as a woman too. He has other issues he is not facing and thats why he feels the need to abuse people here. Tell him to grow up and be a man for a change. Ask him if his daddy is proud of him, not likely.

    • guest

      David, see how he’s using Guest today? He thinks he’s got everybody fooled.

      • David

        Hey Brother, We need to get his address. I will offer a bounty for it. I want his address bad and I want it now.

        • guest

          It’s just a matter of time. Did you notice someone stole his name? Good! Give him a taste of his own medicine.

          • David

            Looks like my posts to you are being moderated. Please help me get his address and this will all end fast.

          • David

            I am hammering him today and I am not going to stop. If it is the last thing I ever do, I will get even. Have a great day my friend.

          • guest

            I looked at archive blogs made by him under the name Marcus Maxon where he mentioned he works at some kind of call center. Same guy, you can tell, also talked about USAF commission. He’s going to screw up and we’ll get our info on him. The troll said he’d love to “cut my throat”. It’s personal now!

          • David

            Brother, you help me get his address and the pleasure is all mine. He will never give anyone a hard time again when I get done with him. I want that youtube video of him pleading for his life as I urinate on him and I want to tag it to the ones of his buddy Boehner crying on youtube. We can all watch and have some fun at his expense. The coward won’t even post today, he finally realized this is for real.

        • satoshi n.

          david just call the SEcurities and Exchange Commission and state Boehner did insider trading.

        • satoshi n.

          On September 18, 2008, Congressman Boehner attended a closed meeting with congressional leaders, then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, and was urged to craft legislation to help financially troubled banks. That same day (trade effective the next day), Congressman Boehner cashed out of an equity mutual fund.[52]

  • Icare

    An effort to renew $85 billion in tax breaks for individuals and businesses is stalled in the U.S. Senate until after the November congressional elections, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/03/us-usa-tax-extenders-idUSKBN0EE2B120140603
    *****************************************************************************

    Remember that Tax Extenders Bill that seemed to be moving ahead? Consider it stalled.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2014/05/17/tax-extenders-bill-stalled-in-senate/
    *****************************************************************************

    Here is a list of the tax extenders that are stalled in the senate, maybe they’ll add the unemployment extention to this and pass it. Naw… hell hasn’t froze over yet!

    http://taxfoundation.org/blog/senate-finance-committee-passes-85-billion-tax-extenders-bill

  • http://wh.gov/lA551 JimiVestor

    3.4 million long term unemployed American families need everyone to get 100,000 signatures for #RenewUi petition to include retro and help getting hired. Please sign and get everyone you know involved in getting signatures for this petition ————-> wh.gov/lHzRg

  • Ralph

    It’s sad when one man becomes like Saddam Hussein ,yes in free America we have a dictator his name is John Boehner

  • guest

    Sebastian is using Guest today thinking you’ll get us confused. The difference is I know the English language and know how to spell.

  • FedUpInNJ

    “The key new wrinkle is they’ve given up on providing a retroactive check
    for five months of benefits to the long-term unemployed. They would
    only get a prospective weekly unemployment benefits check if Congress
    acts.” WHAT?! Then what are they debating about?! 3.4 million people lost or are in the process of losing everything they worked many years for and DESERVE RETRO! How can Congress justify extending it for some and not others? HOW IS THIS FAIR? Many of the LTU are back at work at significantly lower paying, temp jobs and are deep in debt because of this bs! Mr. Reed thanks for your efforts but honestly if you can’t include RETRO + add some viable job creation it is useless! The financial harm done will take YEARS to undo; knowing I’m just not “one of the chosen” to get benefits I paid into is crazy! When did unemployment insurance become a lottery!? The LTU are sickened by this bill.

    • Jim

      I totally agree! Refer to all my comments.

  • Darrell Peck

    All I have been reading is that they would vote on it today. Now I read that there won’t be any openings for a vote. Why even say anything if your not going to act on anything. All they did was raise the hopes of people just to let them down again. Do something or just say your not going to do anything.

    • satoshi n.

      d; if it was a tax break to benefit rich corp, they have time

  • David

    Sebastian Klay is an idiot and uses multiple user names here to bother people. He is also mrmanno, left wing, valerieblanck … yes he poses as a woman too. He is also articulate and clean and other names as well.

  • Ralph

    I agree with you

  • document finesse

    This bill needs to pass NOW. Most of us who are looking diligently for jobs and not yet been hired are DESTITUTE. College-educated, decades of work experience and employment benefits that have run out is making millions of Americans into hungry, homeless and hopeless individuals. In my lifetime, this is the worst Congress I’ve ever seen, and I’ve followed politics closely for decades. And this is the most heartless bunch of repubs to ever be elected. If Boehner holds up this bill in any way, I honestly hope his so-called political career goes with it. He deserves to be jobless and hungry.

  • Angela Owens

    Ditching the demand of retroactive benefits, then offering a feeble yelp to beg the House of Representatives to toss a crumb of “5 months of benefits moving forward” in who knows how long from now to the 3.5 million long term unemployed who have already lost homes, vehicles, cell phones, and thus the ability to search for jobs that don’t exist, is an insult added to the irreparable damage that’s already been done to the long term unemployed. The demand for job creation should have been demanded and plans implemented back in 2008, not when America is short by an estimated 8 million jobs. But, denying unemployment extension benefits is not about the need to save money, or create jobs. It’s about an initiative being implemented to cut the fat, and the fat includes anyone considered as expendable. Anyone without a job, regardless that there are no jobs, and anyone collecting any type of government assistance is considered as expendable.

    • Sugi

      It appears that Obama doesn’t care and no one in congress except those two.

      • charles

        You think obama is a human being? ppff he is too busy helping everyone else in other countries. playing big man, santa clause

    • satoshi n.

      Angela, the press is proud of the 217,000 that received in part//part time jobs because employers like dollar tree cut it’s employee’s hours back to below 32 to sidestep the health care, and hired more people for the same amount of open store hours. The press keeps quiet about the 13.6 million unemployed chasing 217,000 jobs in May,2014. Btw the haters y ru bashing the less fortunate does it give your p a sadistic thrill, I mean y,seek some help .

  • Icare

    For We The People… It’s A Place To Start… Created For Those That Asked For A Place To Post Their Stories To Be Used In The People’s Fight For Change!

    In The U.S. States and Territories Blogs Page Above You
    Will Find Blogs For Every State And Six Territories In Alphabetical
    Order.

    These are blogs created for the unemployed by state and they are also
    for the employed and unemployed to exchange ideas for helping the
    unemployed, unemployment updates in your state, activities within the
    state, tracking what is happening in our country including all of your
    elected government officials within your state and much more.

    Hecklers are banned from the blogs, so if you want to harass others
    for what they have to say, know that your comments and postings will
    never be seen and your email, domain, ip will be banned!!!

    This page where you are now is the main page for The Unemployed That Our Government Has Left Behind

    The page titled We The People United As One is a blog for all of us
    to exchange ideas and keep updated for all states. This is not a site
    for people putting people down, being out of line, propaganda, or
    illegal activities, if you do… you will be banned from all blogs.

    These blogs are for everyone, state by state, to stay in touch, stay
    informed, exchange ideas, help each other to survive and fight for
    changes in the way our government has gotten out of hand.

    Blogs are easy to join and have chat.

    http://www.the-unemployed-american-people-our-government-left-behind.yourtrafficmanager.com/

  • barrnone

    This is treason..make no mistake about it the government is impoverishing it’s citizens. Many of us don’t want to believe that but today the House passed deregulation of Wall Street, the people responsible for this mess, but won’t allow a vote on renewing unemployment benefits. People are not just losing everything they are literally starving while Congress only works half the year, has a 6% rating but voted themselves a raise. The media is not reporting this so the country doesn’t know what is going on. Before we go at Washington we have to force the media to do it’s job and report what is happening to 5 million Americans.

    The media is not reporting on 4 million unemployed people having their unemployment benefits cut, being describe as ‘lazy’ and Congress refusing to act.

    That’s why I created a petition to CNN News Headquarters, which says:

    “The media is not reporting on what is happening to unemployed people in America.”

    Will you sign my petition? Click here to add your name:

    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/force-the-media-to-do?source=c.fwd&r_by=10184902

    Thanks!

  • YONATAN C

    The Failure to pass the unemployment extension bill in the senate, thereby denying the financial rescue of these unfortunate families, left in financial ruin, after six months of senate debate, should be considered a CRIME against the poor in this country. No less of a crime than murder. Because in fact, it is an economic assassination of entire unemployed families. When Billions of tax payer dollars have been approved for the Ukraine, and more planned for the military defense of Europe, nothing was approved to help unemployed Americans, here at home. While we’re expected to send our sons & daughters off to war again, the senate will not pass a bill to help their unemployed loved ones here back at home. It’s plain to see that unless you’re the Koch brothers or other powerful lobbyists, you can NOT expect help from the republican party. These families are in financial ruin, many for whom will never recover from, because of the delay and refusal of the republican senate. They need to all be voted out of public service, because they have proven themselves to be UNWORTHY of duty.

  • Robert Tennyson

    Then “ALL” incumbents don’t need me to pay a “penalty” for using “my” money they have fraudulently swindled me out of, surprise them all like Eric Cantor, vote them all out that are incumbent……

  • David

    We need these advocacy groups to tell Heller and Reed that a package without some form of retroactive benefits is unacceptable. Even if they would consider 3 to 4 months of retroactive benefits would be better than nothing. The States have already had mechanisms in place for its claimants since late December to handle the lump sum payments once legislation passed so don’t use that as an excuse for inaction! They need to either go big or go home! And there is no room for the latter! Heller and Reed have found money for the prospective five months so they are halfway there.

    But for the additional retroactive benefits, why not simply move some of the funds from foreign aid allocations on a one time emergency basis if you have too? The aid would still be meeting its ultimate objective, which is to help those desperately in need, but more importantly, it would be helping those at home, particularly those veterans who are also hurting from this debacle and who have served in many of those territories where we usually send that aid! Another option, though not an ideal one is to temporarily remove some of the funding from one or a few of the plethora of ObamaCare incentives that are currently or expected to be in effect. It would be a very nominal amount at best! We are only looking at an additional 10 to 20 million dollars. That’s pennies in a trillion dollar economy!!!! We are desperate now!

    If that isn’t workable, I’m sure there are some discretionary funds in Congress somewhere?! Every business and/or institution has them!! Second, attach that jobs training provision to the bill and one other provision that the house has sent over. Third, conference with both Obama and Boehner present together and DO NOT hold a press conference until you have gotten a positive result. Finally, pass it!! In sum, this new legislation can pass, if complacent, stubborn, and lazy Congress and Obama will stop being ideologues where citizens’ livelihoods are concerned and just allow for some flexibility as Boehner has been asking. As NIKE so eloquently puts it, “Just do it!” This is not the time for
    political posturing!

    Again, any new bill MUST HAVE RETROACTIVE BENEFITS! I REPEAT, IT MUST HAVE SOME FORM OF RETROACTIVE BENEFITS! All advocates, activists, and lobbyists who are “allegedly” working on our behalf and reading this. You MUST STOP WITH THE THEATRICS ON THE STEPS OF THE CAPITOL EVERY WEDNESDAY AND INSTEAD MAKE THIS ABUNDANTLY CLEAR TO
    BOTH HELLER AND REED!! “CONGRESSMAN WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR SINCERE EFFORTS BUT YOU EITHER NEED TO GO BIG OR GO HOME PERIOD! THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CANNOT AFFORD ANYTHING LESS. THEY HAVE BEEN MORE THAN PATIENT AND ARE WILLING TO CONTINUE TO DO SO UNTIL YOU GET IT TOTALLY AND NOT PARTIALLY RIGHT!!! THEY
    ARE COUNTING ON YOU!!! DON’T LET ERIC CANTOR’S FATE BECOMES YOURS TOO!!” I’m sure the last thing any member of Congress wants is 3 million unemployed and rapidly counting citizens with nothing else better to do to show up on Super Tuesday this fall and vote them out of office! Don’t think you’re “irreplaceable!” Gerrymandering and campaign funds can only get you
    so far…Somebody will surely take the fall, if they personally don’t. Ask Cantor!

  • David

    We need these advocacy groups to tell Heller and Reed that a package without some form of retroactive benefits is unacceptable. Even if they would consider 3 to 4 months of retroactive benefits would be better than nothing. The States have already had mechanisms in place for its claimants since late December to handle the lump sum payments once legislation passed so don’t use that as an excuse for inaction! They need to either go big or go home! And there is no room for the latter! Heller and Reed have found money for the prospective five months so they are halfway there.

    But for the additional retroactive benefits, why not simply move some of the funds from foreign aid allocations on a one time emergency basis if you have too? The aid would still be meeting its ultimate objective, which is to help those desperately in need, but more importantly, it would be helping those at home, particularly those veterans who are also hurting from this debacle and who have served in many of those territories where we usually send that aid! Another option, though not an ideal one is to temporarily remove some of the funding from one or a few of the plethora of ObamaCare incentives that are currently or expected to be in effect. It would be a very nominal amount at best! We are only looking at an additional 10 to 20 million dollars. That’s pennies in a trillion dollar economy!!!! We are desperate now!

    If that isn’t workable, I’m sure there are some discretionary funds in Congress somewhere?! Every business and/or institution has them!! Second, attach that jobs training provision to the bill and one other provision that the house has sent over. Third, conference with both Obama and Boehner present together and DO NOT hold a press conference until you have gotten a positive result. Finally, pass it!! In sum, this new legislation can pass, if complacent, stubborn, and lazy Congress and Obama will stop being ideologues where citizens’ livelihoods are concerned and just allow for some flexibility as Boehner has been asking. As NIKE so eloquently puts it, “Just do it!” This is not the time for
    political posturing!

    Again, any new bill MUST HAVE RETROACTIVE BENEFITS! I REPEAT, IT MUST HAVE SOME FORM OF RETROACTIVE BENEFITS! All advocates, activists, and lobbyists who are “allegedly” working on our behalf and reading this. You MUST STOP WITH THE THEATRICS ON THE STEPS OF THE CAPITOL EVERY WEDNESDAY AND INSTEAD MAKE THIS ABUNDANTLY CLEAR TO
    BOTH HELLER AND REED!! “CONGRESSMAN WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR SINCERE EFFORTS BUT YOU EITHER NEED TO GO BIG OR GO HOME PERIOD! THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CANNOT AFFORD ANYTHING LESS. THEY HAVE BEEN MORE THAN PATIENT AND ARE WILLING TO CONTINUE TO DO SO UNTIL YOU GET IT TOTALLY AND NOT PARTIALLY RIGHT!!! THEY
    ARE COUNTING ON YOU!!! DON’T LET ERIC CANTOR’S FATE BECOMES YOURS TOO!!” I’m sure the last thing any member of Congress wants is 3 million unemployed and rapidly counting citizens with nothing else better to do to show up on Super Tuesday this fall and vote them out of office! Don’t think you’re “irreplaceable!” Gerrymandering and campaign funds can only get you
    so far…Somebody will surely take the fall, if you don’t. Ask Cantor!

  • Jim

    We need these advocacy groups to tell Heller and Reed that a package without some form of retroactive benefits is unacceptable. Even if they would consider 3 to 4 months of retroactive benefits would be better than nothing. The States have already had mechanisms in place for its claimants since late December to handle the lump sum payments once legislation passed so don’t use that as an excuse for inaction! They need to either go big or go home! And there is no room for the latter! Heller and Reed have found money for the prospective five months so they are halfway there.

    But for the additional retroactive benefits, why not simply move some of the funds from foreign aid allocations on a one time emergency basis if you have too? The aid would still be meeting its ultimate objective, which is to help those desperately in need, but more importantly, it would be helping those at home, particularly those veterans who are also hurting from this debacle and who have served in many of those territories where we usually send that aid! Another option, though not an ideal one is to temporarily remove some of the funding from one or a few of the plethora of ObamaCare incentives that are currently or expected to be in effect. It would be a very nominal amount at best! We are only looking at an additional 10 to 20 million dollars. That’s pennies in a trillion dollar economy!!!! We are desperate now!

    If that isn’t workable, I’m sure there are some discretionary funds in Congress somewhere?! Every business and/or institution has them!! Second, attach that jobs training provision to the bill and one other provision that the house has sent over. Third, conference with both Obama and Boehner present together and DO NOT hold a press conference until you have gotten a positive result. Finally, pass it!! In sum, this new legislation can pass, if complacent, stubborn, and lazy Congress and Obama will stop being ideologues where citizens’ livelihoods are concerned and just allow for some flexibility as Boehner has been asking. As NIKE so eloquently puts it, “Just do it!” This is not the time for
    political posturing!

    Again, any new bill MUST HAVE RETROACTIVE BENEFITS! I REPEAT, IT MUST HAVE SOME FORM OF RETROACTIVE BENEFITS! All advocates, activists, and lobbyists who are “allegedly” working on our behalf and reading this. You MUST STOP WITH THE THEATRICS ON THE STEPS OF THE CAPITOL EVERY WEDNESDAY AND INSTEAD MAKE THIS ABUNDANTLY CLEAR TO
    BOTH HELLER AND REED!! “CONGRESSMAN WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR SINCERE EFFORTS BUT YOU EITHER NEED TO GO BIG OR GO HOME PERIOD! THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CANNOT AFFORD ANYTHING LESS. THEY HAVE BEEN MORE THAN PATIENT AND ARE WILLING TO CONTINUE TO DO SO UNTIL YOU GET IT TOTALLY AND NOT PARTIALLY RIGHT!!! THEY
    ARE COUNTING ON YOU!!! DON’T LET ERIC CANTOR’S FATE BECOMES YOURS TOO!!” I’m sure the last thing any member of Congress wants is 3 million unemployed and rapidly counting citizens with nothing else better to do to show up on Super Tuesday this fall and vote them out of office! Don’t think you’re “irreplaceable!” Gerrymandering and campaign funds can only get you
    so far…Somebody will surely take the fall, if you don’t. Ask Cantor!

  • Jim

    Anyone with any real compassionate and constructive feedback please join this debate!

  • Jim

    We need these advocacy groups to tell Heller and Reed that a package without some form of retroactive benefits is unacceptable. Even if they would consider 3 to 4 months of retroactive benefits would be better than nothing. The States have already had mechanisms in place for its claimants since late December to handle the lump sum payments once legislation passed so don’t use that as an excuse for inaction! They need to either go big or go home! And there is no room for the latter! Heller and Reed have found money for the prospective five months so they are halfway there.

    But for the additional retroactive benefits, why not simply move some of the funds from foreign aid allocations on a one time emergency basis if you have too? The aid would still be meeting its ultimate objective, which is to help those desperately in need, but more importantly, it would be helping those at home, particularly those veterans who are also hurting from this debacle and who have served in many of those territories where we usually send that aid! Another option, though not an ideal one is to temporarily remove some of the funding from one or a few of the plethora of ObamaCare incentives that are currently or expected to be in effect. It would be a very nominal amount at best! We are only looking at an additional 10 to 20 million dollars. That’s pennies in a trillion dollar economy!!!! We are desperate now!

    If that isn’t workable, I’m sure there are some discretionary funds in Congress somewhere?! Every business and/or institution has them!! Second, attach that jobs training provision to the bill and one other provision that the house has sent over. Third, conference with both Obama and Boehner present together and DO NOT hold a press conference until you have gotten a positive result. Finally, pass it!! In sum, this new legislation can pass, if complacent, stubborn, and lazy Congress and Obama will stop being ideologues where citizens’ livelihoods are concerned and just allow for some flexibility as Boehner has been asking. As NIKE so eloquently puts it, “Just do it!” This is not the time for
    political posturing!

    Again, any new bill MUST HAVE RETROACTIVE BENEFITS! I REPEAT, IT MUST HAVE SOME FORM OF RETROACTIVE BENEFITS! All advocates, activists, and lobbyists who are “allegedly” working on our behalf and reading this. You MUST STOP WITH THE THEATRICS ON THE STEPS OF THE CAPITOL EVERY WEDNESDAY AND INSTEAD MAKE THIS ABUNDANTLY CLEAR TO
    BOTH HELLER AND REED!! “CONGRESSMAN WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR SINCERE EFFORTS BUT YOU EITHER NEED TO GO BIG OR GO HOME PERIOD! THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CANNOT AFFORD ANYTHING LESS. THEY HAVE BEEN MORE THAN PATIENT AND ARE WILLING TO CONTINUE TO DO SO UNTIL YOU GET IT TOTALLY AND NOT PARTIALLY RIGHT!!! THEY
    ARE COUNTING ON YOU!!! DON’T LET ERIC CANTOR’S FATE BECOMES YOURS TOO!!” I’m sure the last thing any member of Congress wants is 3 million unemployed and rapidly counting citizens with nothing else better to do to show up on Super Tuesday this fall and vote them out of office! Don’t think you’re “irreplaceable!” Gerrymandering and campaign funds can only get you
    so far…Somebody will surely take the fall, if you don’t. Ask Cantor!

  • Jim

    Now we just heard from CNN the economy declined by 2.9% much steeper than initially anticipated. I’m telling you this is only going to get much worse if EUC and retroactive benefits are not restored. Furthermore, where are all the fortune 500 companies on this issue? They should be championing this cause as well? Don’t they know every time the unemployed misses their payment on utility bills or don’t purchase necessities such as food and clothing at various merchants that this significantly undermines their profit margins too!! I understand that tax breaks are an important issue for their longevity and operations, but customers that can’t pay their bills is equally important too!!! They need to also start lobbying Congress to pass this legislation WITH retroactive benefits!

    • satoshi n.

      Jim, but the Dow and other indexe s hit record highs. Not having that u.e.stipend matched the 2.9 decline in g.d.p. in same time frame, dow hit record highs. Jim you are incorrect about tax breaks. Why if you get on a bus, and another person get on a bus you pay the full fare. The other person the bus driver pays. The difference is the person getting on the bus that the bus driver pays to get on the bus has trolls on capital hill making laws that he must be paid money to board the bus.

      • Jim

        i’m not following you….i think we have to respectfully agree to disagree. stock indexes are not a true measure regarding the strength of an economy. its only one but a very volatile marker. anything could set it off in another direction, including a terrorist attack or some major natural disaster. Therefore, I am more inclined to follow the GDP numbers as being a more effective device for assessing the state of the economy.

        • satoshi n.

          Jim the months of the g.d.p. decline matched the same timeframe,the 3.5 million long term unemployed were cut off u.e., who stopped injecting $300 per week stipend directly into the economy . Economics teaches the multiplier effect, the $300 a week is turned over, but was halted during the same time 2.9% g.d.p. loss….
          ……….The bus thing is easy. Jim do you pay all your taxes on your 1099? What happens if tell the gvt not today im not paying. Now what if you had purchased friends on capitol hill and said I only want to pay 1.8% of my income in taxes, your 1099 is I would guess greater than 2% taken in taxes. Then you tell your purchased friends you want the tax payers to pay you $4.1 billion refund on income taxes aka G.E.So Jim u pay the full bus fare asked of the gvt, on your income, While G.E. pays 1.8% income taxes BEFORE the $4.1.billion refund? Jim is your income tax bill greater than 1.8%,AND do you pay g.e. $4.1 billion?

          • Jim

            Listen Satoshi…I’m not going to get into the weeds of economics jargon with you. Its clear and simple here! We immediately need these benefits and having them is good for the economy and for big business generally. Its a win/win for everyone period! This will be my last comment to you regarding this this issue. Thanks and be well!

  • Jim

    This is probably one issue where Big business and the working class and/or poor have mutually shared interests! With that said, they along with the Chamber of Commerce should also be rallying Congress to immediately pass EUC with retroactive benefits. Otherwise, third quarter earnings will be even lower and they will be forced to again lay off more workers to shore up costs and satisfy their shareholders! Big business not that the horse is out the gate, you need to get on board!!!!

  • David

    As everyone here is probably aware the room has a trouble maker who uses multiple names here such as Sebastian Klay, Mrmanno, Left wing, Biff Wellington and even Valerieblanck … yes it is gender confused and is not sure what it is. Pay the little girley man no attention and he will go away. His only intention is to get a rise from you and to get under your skin. Ask him if his daddy is proud of him for trying to kick those that are down on their luck. If anyone can get me his address I will end his need to hurt others online while hurling his would be insults. Nobody needs a character like this trying to cause others aggrivations.

  • Larry king

    The bottom line is that Boehner is in bed with the Coch brothers and they do not want an extension. It is not going to happen. Boehner has had excuse after excuse. He will not let it happen. Our government is corrupt and the only thing we can do is to make our votes count in November. I personally think that both Republicans and Democrats are all liars. Just make sure you don’t vote for a republican no matter what. They have been bought out by the 1% and unless you are a billionaire, you will only be hurting yourself if you vote republican.

    • Jim

      I disagree. Please refer to my comments below concerning “Big Business.” Having EUC benefits is very much in their financial interest as well. Think about it. You have 3 million plus individuals unable to buy necessities and pay their bills. Where do you think they will try to recoup those costs? They will try to pass it on to the consumers who are employed with increasing prices, which is last thing you want to do in a still very volatile economy! So, again its very much in their interest to have this passed as well! We just need to keep pointing out this very CRITICAL fact!

  • Jim

    hi

  • Jim

    boehner is on c-span now

  • Anonymous

    Okay children since we can’t act like we are educated adults….. Job training does not help I have my MBA and can’t find work…. You people are paid to make a resolution. Therefore, I think the funds should come from your ongoing retirement fund. Let’s take that away, fire you, let you live where we are. Then we can talk. Because it seems sitting in your seat you still do not get it. And by the way the reason the numbers are coming down, because people cannot claim unemployment. For giggles let’s do a trail run, see how many apply and actually are still unemployed.

    • satoshi n.

      Anon good points

  • ron eboo

    Well, I am not stuck in my opinion. And there will be no retroactive votes for me for the GOP come September. I will not cast my vote for politicians who cannot do the just and right thing. My just and right decision is to do all I can to oust them from office in 2014, 2015& 2016. Join me in casting your vote to retire these guys!

  • guest

    I’m right there with you!

  • Jim

    We need these advocacy groups to tell Heller and Reed that a package without some form of retroactive benefits is unacceptable. Even if they would consider 3 to 4 months of retroactive benefits would be better than nothing. The States have already had mechanisms in place for its claimants since late December to handle the lump sum payments once legislation passed so don’t use that as an excuse for inaction! They need to either go big or go home! And there is no room for the latter! Heller and Reed have found money for the prospective five months so they are halfway there.

    But for the additional retroactive benefits, why not simply move some of the funds from foreign aid allocations on a one time emergency basis if you have too? The aid would still be meeting its ultimate objective, which is to help those desperately in need, but more importantly, it would be helping those at home, particularly those veterans who are also hurting from this debacle and who have served in many of those territories where we usually send that aid! Another option, though not an ideal one is to temporarily remove some of the funding from one or a few of the plethora of ObamaCare incentives that are currently or expected to be in effect. It would be a very nominal amount at best! We are only looking at an additional 10 to 20 million dollars. That’s pennies in a trillion dollar economy!!!! We are desperate now!

    If that isn’t workable, I’m sure there are some discretionary funds in Congress somewhere?! Every business and/or institution has them!! Second, attach that jobs training provision to the bill and one other provision that the house has sent over. Third, conference with both Obama and Boehner present together and DO NOT hold a press conference until you have gotten a positive result. Finally, pass it!! In sum, this new legislation can pass, if complacent, stubborn, and lazy Congress and Obama will stop being ideologues where citizens’ livelihoods are concerned and just allow for some flexibility as Boehner has been asking. As NIKE so eloquently puts it, “Just do it!” This is not the time for political posturing!

    Again, any new bill MUST HAVE RETROACTIVE BENEFITS! I REPEAT, IT MUST HAVE SOME FORM OF RETROACTIVE BENEFITS! All advocates, activists, and lobbyists who are “allegedly” working on our behalf and reading this. You MUST STOP WITH THE THEATRICS ON THE STEPS OF THE CAPITOL EVERY WEDNESDAY AND INSTEAD MAKE THIS ABUNDANTLY CLEAR TO BOTH HELLER AND REED!! “CONGRESSMAN WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR SINCERE EFFORTS BUT YOU EITHER NEED TO GO BIG OR GO HOME PERIOD! THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CANNOT AFFORD ANYTHING LESS. THEY HAVE BEEN MORE THAN PATIENT AND ARE WILLING TO CONTINUE TO DO SO UNTIL YOU GET IT TOTALLY AND NOT PARTIALLY RIGHT!!! THEY ARE COUNTING ON YOU!!! DON’T LET ERIC CANTOR’S FATE BECOMES YOURS TOO!!” I’m sure the last thing any member of Congress wants is 3 million unemployed and rapidly counting citizens with nothing else better to do to show up on Super Tuesday this fall and vote them out of office! Don’t think you’re “irreplaceable!” Gerrymandering and campaign funds can only get you
    so far…Somebody will surely take the fall, if you don’t. Ask Cantor!

  • Jim

    Now we just heard from CNN the economy declined by 2.9% much steeper than initially anticipated. I’m telling you this is only going to get much worse if EUC and retroactive benefits are not restored. Furthermore, where are all the fortune 500 companies on this issue? They should be championing this cause as well? Don’t they know every time the unemployed misses their payment on utility bills or don’t purchase necessities such as food and clothing at various merchants that this significantly undermines their profit margins too!! I understand that tax breaks are an important issue for their longevity and operations, but customers that can’t pay their bills is equally important too!!! They need to also start lobbying Congress to pass this legislation WITH retroactive benefits!

    • satoshi n.

      Jim they blame the 2.9% decline on the weather, when has the weather ever been wonderful? The press still refuses to look at the 3.5 million who are L.T.U.E.. and how that $300 a week u.e. would cause people to NOT BE able to purchase items in the economy lowering G.D.P…except the 217,000 new part time jobs and yes some are full time.;During Super storm Sandy Boehner said no to a relief bill.. The Storm affected a lower number of people who received house insurance and the economy did not tank. Maybe it is not the weather since a super storm did not produce a 2.9% decline maybe it is the 3.5 million L.T.U.E. with no income.

  • David

    Just moments after President Obama emailed you, Boehner took a drastic step to take the President down: Boehner’s planning on using taxpayer money to sue President Obama.

    Let’s face it. Republicans will use every last dirty trick to throw a wrench in the spokes of progress. They shut down the government. They’re blocking everything President Obama proposes. And now this.

    It’s a serious slap in the face to all of us.

    Boehner should be publically executed. I would gladly volunteer to be part of that firing squad.

  • David

    This government is useless to the people. Corruption is the new standard in politics and the people don’t even expect the truth from politicans. One day the people will tire of the same old antics from politicans and begin to hold them to new standards where they are expected to tell the truth. It makes me question when the last time was that Boehner spoke the truth. It must have been to the Koch brothers because he isn’t straight with the people. The brothers will soon be looking for a new front man to do their dirty work. The good thing for the citizens is that they will never get the Boehner/Koch Keystone XL Pipelione approved. Looks like Buffet will be moving that oil by rail car instead and the democrats will benefit from it.

  • David

    They are all corrupt with one group no better than the other. They lie, steal and cheat the people everyday to make their living.

  • David

    If this is the best this government can do is to leave you for dead then do anything you can to go on welfare and take them for all you can. Politicans do not work for a living and why should you?

    • satoshi n.

      David just use bitcoin

  • David

    Just moments after the President emailed you this morning, Speaker Boehner announced his plan to launch a lawsuit against President Obama.

    This destructive Tea Party majority has shut down the government, blocked all legislation to create jobs and help working families, and now they are pulling this lawsuit stunt — this is the last straw

  • FedUpInNJ

    Congress has selectively decided to “forget” about 3.4 million Americans. This Congress is out of control! Please sign this petition for TERM LIMITS and pass it on… maybe it will help. http://wh.gov/l67N1

  • David

    Great just what we need, the speaker plans to serve the president with a lawsuit. Of all people Boehner bringing the president up on charges, isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black … no pun intended. If anyone should be brought up on charges it would be Boehner. I would love to see Boehner on a witness stand while attached to a lie detector test. Not that Obama would do any better as all politicans are corrupt and are only in it for the money. W.T.F. is this country coming to when the president can be involved in a lawsuit from the most crooked man on the planet. What next? I am sure that the Koch brothers put Boehner up to this stunt.

    • satoshi n.

      potus should have his 3 letter agency look into Boehner. Boehner sold his stock position( For all you limited brain function racist I will translate it is called insider trading) on the same day he had a closed door meeting with fed chairman, and the treasury before public knowledge of the banking crisis, Boehner was made aware, maybe potus should consult with Martha Stewart.

      • satoshi n.

        David since potus is being called out by Boehner here is an idea. David ask potus or his office to look into Boehner’s insider trading. Martha would approve.

  • sebastian nay mamoclone dirty

    Sebastian mama klay and articulate and dirty cracks me up. all we can do is laugh at this point of this charade. i still cant believe they give so much corporate tax breaks without a second thought and have the gaul to say euc has to be paid for. u notice klay never has any outrage for the corporate tax breaks. hipocrat troll. If hes not getting paid to obstruct the real conversation to organize then he is just beyond pathetic. anyways good luck. all the headlines seem all too familiar. lip service do nothing news with empty rhetorics and gestures that lead no where. at the end of the day. we only have ourselves to blame for falling for this fake news and propoganda. divide and conquer at its bests.

  • John Carmiche

    support removal of john boehner as speaker of the house

    http://teespring.com/REMOVEJOHBOEHNER

  • Sam Oiocha

    Delusional? Or just a congenital liar? Here we find even more Obama lies: http://youtu.be/YWElzVoOhpQ?t=3m6s

  • satoshi n.

    Just to say the extension will never happen primarily the Koch bros funding puppet Boehner, if Boehner can get away with insider trading, and the S.E.C. LOOKS THE OTHER WAY, than he holds more power than Martha Stewart and overrides THE S.E.C., and should be in a cell beside Madoff. SO WHAT CHANCE does the extension have? Boehner’s suing potus .Potus will lie down and take it, just like the 3.5 million people, who remain silent, and will not raise Boehner insider trading,.

  • satoshi n.

    10.1 million plus the 3.5 million looking for those 217,000 jobs obtained in may, gas prices will rise in July, due to the conflict plus the gvt. is allowing u.s.a. oil to be exported to countries that pay more for oil for the first time. So much for theory Keystone oil stay in the states .

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    Has the government forgotten about the three million unemployed workers, and their families, STILL WITHOUT an extension of unemployment benefits since last December? While Billions of tax payers dollars are sent to the Ukraine in an aid package, more and more of these unemployed continue to sink into financial ruin. How can our government send our sons & daughters off to war, but not help their unemployed loved ones back at home? The republican senate has failed these millions of voters, and their families. These Americans have lost all trust and hope and respect for the government because of this lack of compassion, and common decency. Our representatives are a disgrace.

    • satoshi n.

      Y.Y.
      Screw the u.s.a.’s; 3.5 MILLION, L.T.U.E. WE NEED MONEY FOR SYRIA, The Syria program is part of a broader $65.8 billion overseas operations request that the administration sent to Capitol Hill on Thursday. The package includes $1 billion to help stabilize nations bordering Syria
      ….. By JULIE PACE FROM A.P.//Associated Press writers Matthew Lee and Donna Cassata contributed to this report.//Follow Julie Pace at http://twitter.com/jpaceDC

  • satoshi n.

    Y.Y. I had a great idea, i will share.

  • satoshi n.

    First screw the 26.1 week unemployed, they dont get jack. Lets borrow $500 million dollars from other countries. We (u.s.a.) will pay interest and principal payments to other countries. Then we will get the money for the payments, by juicing the u.s. taxpayer, grab the money from them. Next we will pay Syrian I.S.I.S. AND ISIL THE $500,000,000.00 so they can train in miltary training. Then lets borrow more $4 billion and $1.5 billion to support the training for Syria isis. Y.Y. COULD you run that past potus for me, and tell potus, Syrian isis and isiL, is needful of miltary training, and needs it more than those 26.1 weekers.?

  • satoshi n.

    Y.Y maybe potus could find the brother could you spare $500 million for isis and isil to train Syrian people off the unemployment futa surplus of $3.2 billion per week, or the $43 billion profit they madeoff student loans.

  • satoshi n.

    yy, screw the u.e. they dont need it”"” Syria does, Quote from isil and isis”"”The total overseas contingency package is about $21 billion less than the administration said it expected to request “”

  • Anthony Rodriguez

    Anyone that want something done please sign this petition at http://wh.gov/lHzRg Your signature would make a difference.

  • Icare

    The Lie of Obama’s Workforce Recovery: 92 Million Americans Unemployed – See more at:
    http://www.fixthisnation.com/conservative-breaking-news/the-lie-of-obamas-workforce-recovery-92-million-americans-unemployed/

    Hushed-Up Conspiracy May Wipe Out 281 Million Americans In The Next Six Months
    http://www.usdeception.com/vsl/index_nc.php?split=121

  • studio4289

    Boehner will sign the unemployment extension as soon as the Keystone XL Pipeline is passes. He has already been paid by the Koch brothers during his election to do so. Boehner is not worried about re-election…he is walking away after his term to go to his new $485,000 home in Florida. I’m seriously disappointed in our countries leadership.

  • studio4289

    Follow both stories and watch it all come together.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    It’s been six months now that the three million unemployed families have been without an unemployment extension. Both political parties have walked away from the issue, leaving behind millions of families in financial ruin, and deep debt. While our government sends billions of dollars to the Ukraine, and even more for the defense of Europe, these millions of families are left to struggle and suffer on their own. Clearly our politicians care more for those around the world, than for the American families struggling here in our own country. Our government has shown a total lack of compassion for the poor and unemployed. They choose to close their eyes to it.

  • satoshi n.

    Lets find $2.2 billion for South americans but neglect our own people nice

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