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December 22, 2014

Heller May Try to Attach Unemployment Extension to Tax Cut Bill

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Heller may try to add an unemployment extension to a tax cut bill. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Dean Heller may try to attach a long-stalled unemployment extension to an $85 billion package of corporate tax breaks Senate Democrats plan to bring to the floor next week.

“Yes,” Heller said, when asked about whether he is considering trying to attach the five-month unemployment benefits extension to the tax extenders bill.

“We are taking a look at favorable pieces of legislation out there that we can attach something to,” he continued.

Heller, R-Nev., is the leading Republican backer of an unemployment extension that passed the Senate, but has been unable to convince Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, to take it up.

The Senate is expected to take up the tax bill as soon as next week. The Finance Committee cleared the measure in early April.

The extenders bill is considered a must-pass measure. The legislation resurrecting more than 60 expired corporate tax breaks has bipartisan support and could represent one of the best chances for the unemployment bill to make it to the president’s desk.

The Senate passed the unemployment relief bill early last month, but the measure has been stalled in the House after Boehner raised questions about whether the proposal – which would pay benefits retroactively from when they expired in late December — could be implemented. Boehner also has said the bill needs to be attached to job creating provisions. Republicans in both chambers have complained that their policy ideas to kick start the economy are not considered in the Democratic-run Senate.

But Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez has sought to allay any concerns and contends that any hurdles could be overcome.

Perez recently sent a letter to Boehner offering to negotiate on a range of job-creation measures and urging the speaker to act on the unemployment measure.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    As a former republican supporter, it sickens me the way the senate republicans have held” hostage” the passing of the unemployment extension bill in the senate. When there are more than 2.6 million families affected by unemployment in this country, many of whom have lost everything and have become homeless, while waiting for the extension bill to finally be passed. It saddens me to think that my party who claims to represent “family values”, have shown itself, to be the party that represents big business interests, and lobbyists. Senators such as John Boehner, have put the interest of the XL Oil Pipeline lobbyist, before his own constituents, and countrymen. The republican party has shown us their “new face”, and it’s not a pretty one. When millions of families in this country have had to face evictions, home foreclosures, personal bankruptcy, and homelessness, the senate are still playing “party politics” as usual. Since late last December the republican senate have used these poor families as bargaining chips, and for political leverage, to advance their own political agenda. As Benjamin Franklin once said “you can’t fool all of the people all of the time”, and the republican party will see a tremendous backlash by these millions of voters in the coming election. Many of voters who were once long time republicans, are disillusioned, and disgusted by the republicans uncaring and unsympathetic policies and decisions. I nor any of my “former ‘ republican friends, will not ever AGAIN VOTE FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

    • Tom_F

      Don’t be childish. The Democrats could fund this offset quite easily, but they don’t want to. It serves Ds interests much better to keep hitting the Rs over the head with the “meanie!” label. Just like it serves Rs interests to keep this from happening so they can seem *tough!* to their campaign contributors. Plus, Rs don’t want to have this fight again 6 months from now when campaign season is closer and the economy is no better, because they will lose yet again. Doing the “right thing” has never been on anybody’s political agenda.

      • Wayne Heddinger

        they did pay for it…Boehner still won’t let them vote !

        • Tom_F

          The Ds are paying for it now, literally and figuratively!;-) Hilarious, they want their cake and eat it too, they have bashed the Rs until the country is tired of the issue, now 18 weeks after the last Unemployment Extension expired why would Boehner bring a vote on a subject for which he and the Rs have already paid the price for saying “no”? Just to have it rise again in a few months? Don’t be a silly child, this issue was abused by the Ds as used as a cudgel. Now the Rs have “not lost” (which is actually surprising) but the only ones who suffer are the unemployed. You know, the citizens of this country that politicians don’t really truly care about unless they can use them…as a cudgel. Oh well, keep on doing what you are doing, maybe it will make a difference.

          • Wayne Heddinger

            you are a special kind of stupid aren’t you ?……maybe you should go sit at the children’s (republican) table now and let the adults figure this out !

          • mrmano_0

            LMAO those guys you’re trying to reason are not too sharp.
            I’d move on and let it go if I were you.

          • kasia54

            Tom F. is not stupid — have you not paid attention? If the D’s are wanting to help the unemployed like they say they do, then why in the heck did they pass a bill they knew from December, would not see the House floor???? The extension was not in the budget (cough cough) Harry Reid (cough cough) Democrat (cough cough). Both parties are useless. But to blame only the Republicans is short-sighted and uninformed. They’ve all been using the unemployed as pawns — it’s an election year — mid terms.

          • Waiting for work

            You’re forgetting the extenders were not in the budget either. Remember they, the repubs shut down the government already and could have had them added then. BTW just remember Boehner demanded the UI bill (9 Million)be fully funded, but the extenders (400 million) are not.

          • FedUpInNJ

            Dems + Repubs found the extenders “pay for” in April Waiting for work!

          • Myles A Hart

            exactly…i support the xtension but both parties r to blame

          • Larry king

            Just put it like this….both parties suck, but if you have to pick one you have to go with the Dems unless you are part of the 1%. That is the bottom line.

          • smutek

            Exactly, I wish more people would wise up to this and just *stop* voting for candidates from either of the two major parties.

          • Evoyne

            You ask why would Boehner bring a vote on a subject for which he and the Rs have already paid the price for saying “no”? Answer: because it’s the decent thing to do ….No Boehner has not paid the price …. MAYBE IF HE LOST HIS HOME AND HAD NO FOOD OR NO MONEY FOR HIS FAMILY AND LOST HIS CAR AND NO GAS MONEY TO GO LOOK FOR ALL THOSE SO CALLED JOBS HE THINKS ARE THERE … MAYBE HIS HARD HEAD WOULD GRASP THE REALITY OF WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THIS REAL WORLD; INSTEAD OF JUST TRYING TO PROVE WHAT A BIG SHOT HE IS BY SAYING NO AND LITTERLY STARVING SO MANY. HOW CAN HE CALL HIS SELF A HUMAN BEING? HOW CAN HE SLEEP AT NIGHT? I COULDN’T THE DIFFERENCE IS I HAVE A HEART.

          • Itsmommy

            Nicely stated. Ironic how the “Christian” party is so UN-Christian.

          • Evoyne

            Thank you it’s hard to understand how anyone can justify supporting this man someone like this who has no soul.

        • Mark

          EUC is not paid for. It is simply funded. you are wrong. you have no clue how EUC is paid for.

          • FedUpInNJ

            Funded, paid for, semantics. Bottom line is Dems + Repubs got this passed in the Senate with added Republican provisions. Republicans are simply assholes.

          • Mark

            you are wrong.

          • biggin

            pimpin’ ain’t easy baby

          • biggin

            Boats ‘n’ Hoes, Boats ‘n’ Hoes, I gotta have me more boats ‘n’ hoes

          • StefsterNYC

            you are priceless. Keep up the good work.

          • biggin

            CAN U HANDLE A BOAT FULL OF HOES ?

          • biggin

            WAKE UP YOU OLD SUN OF A BUZZARD

      • Erik

        Tom is absolutely right. It’s never been policy before politics in Washington. I know it’s hard to look at things objectively, but a vote for either party is a wasted vote; and a belief in either party is a wasted belief.

      • http://marknmays.com Mark Mays

        The offset is right there in the Senate bill.

        • kasia54

          Sure it is but the Dems/Senate knew the bill would not see the House floor. Why would they pass a dead bill?

          • Itsmommy

            Republican Senator Dean Heller and 5 other GOP Senators seem to think it can see the House floor. There are also a handful of GOP Congresspeople and GOP governors pushing the bill. Perhaps the Dems problem was trusting the GOP to do the right thing. That, I would agree, was a rookie mistake. GOP never does the right thing for the people, only corporations and billionaires.

          • FedUpInNJ

            Political game – its an election year.

      • Itsmommy

        Seems like you’re the childish and uninformed one. The bill passed by the Senate IS paid for.

      • FedUpInNJ

        Its ONLY the Republicans not allowing this bill to the floor for a vote, what else would you expect people to think? Even die hard, long term Republicans have given up on their own party!

    • Purp Chiten

      it’s the house that’s holding it up, the senate passed it. Boehner is a representative, not a senator… but I agree they’re a-holes

    • jerry

      I have some serious questions? if 99% of us is middle cldirectoor why do we put Republican in office? Understand that if you are not filthy rich you are not apart of the 1%. If there are only 1%, do their families and friends and people just vote republican to go along? Because this doesn’t add up. Or is it a race thing and whites don’t want to be in the same class as blacks? Which would automatically make whites republican. Understand that if you are middle class you are not far from being poor. But you’re really far from being filthy rich. So if you do have a job now you might need sources to fall back on.. such as unemployment extended benefits for example. Voting republican wouldn’t help because they’re trying to cut the very benefits that help the people. Look or google the Paul Ryan budget. And ask yourself is this what you want for your friends and family? Not only unemployment cuts but medicare, medicaid, food stamps, and next would be social security to go. Next take notes on how they want to pass the $300 billion tax breaks permanent with no offsets to big corporations. The jobs go overseas for cheaper labor and operations cost. While avoiding tax loopholes saving corporations billions. One reason they have so much money to waste lobbying in their own interest. Logically one would think if you are the 99%, 1% don’t stand a chance, so how is this so. People need to stop raising there kids as racist and understand we are one under a government. Vote in you and your families best interest. If you are republican and you’re not rich and wealthy I want to know why vote republican? Is it because your parents are? Or because your best friend or social group are republicans? We need to change the way we think…this should be a wake up call..also democrats aren’t perfect but seem to be leaning in the 99% direction

      • Erik

        Because half of America doesn’t want the federal government to exist, at all. The closest thing (they believe) to that, is to elect Republicans who run on a platform of smaller government. While establishment Republicans are full of crap, and only seem to make government larger while increasing tax breaks, the Democrats always seem to increase the taxes on EVERYONE, making an even larger government, larger deficit, and even worse economical decisions than their counterpart. Point is, neither party is good for the middle-class.

        • FedUpInNJ

          So what do you think people think should be done with all the FICA tax we pay? I don’t mind government taking care of business but that hasn’t been the case for many years, way before Obama and George W. They are only allowed to do nothing because they have a contract, we def need TERM LIMITS for the Senate like we do in the House. That might help.

        • toptwome

          That is not true. If anything republicans are happy to raise taxes on everyone, but will spare their dear darling one percent. That is a fact whether you have that much sense or not. Democrats are the only party that shows with their voting and with their legislation that they are concerned and care about the middle class and the working poor. The GOP never talks about the middle class. They are doing all they do for the wealthy and have for a long time.

      • Rich999

        It’s because 49% of Americans are fanatic sycophants who believe that by kissing rich people’s butts they too will become rich.

      • kasia54

        Ever hear of gerrymandering? Look it up. The Repubicans are not elected by the voters.

        • jerry

          Ok gerrymandering and Fascism

        • Itsmommy

          Exactly. I recently read Democrats received more actual votes by far in House and Senate races than GOP in the past several races. Gerrymandering and obstructing unfriendly voters give them undeserved seats. The only way GOP is winning races is by what some would consider cheating. The Dems don’t seem to know how to fight back.

        • Erik

          You respond with a talking point? Brilliant. Yes, because Gerrymandering is Republican exclusive, and only happened in 2012. Is that what you find out when you “Look it up”? Who told you? Rachel Maddow?

          • kasia54

            Well, yeah, Erik I do respond with “gerrymandering – look it up.” Look it up – I did and didn’t find Rachel Maddow anywhere in tthe results on Google search. And I don’t watch CNN.

          • toptwome

            Rachel Maddow is on MSNBC. So you are definitely not getting your information from her.

          • toptwome

            I will take every word from Rachel Maddow before any right wing liar that is only for the rich and the greedy. I will take every word that Ed Schultz has to say before any right winger that is always for the rich and those who want to continue to damage our water and air. The Koch brothers are the ones the GOP always kowtows to. These are two brothers who have done all they could to stamp out solar and wind energy.

      • smutek

        You’re doing yourself a disservice if you think R’s are solely to blame in this fiasco and D’s are somehow the party of the people.

        FFS – look at the bill they are considering tying this to – *more* corporate tax cuts. I thought we had a revenue problem? Well, we do, only when it comes to helping poor people.

        D’s and R’s are different sides of the same coin.

        Hopefully this will pass and provide long term unemployed people with at least a temporary reprieve. It seems liek the best chance as it might give Boehner a chance to save face with the tea party caucus.

        • jerry

          I thought that’s what I said. But republicans are way of the human societies radar. They simply don’t care at all. If you don’t believe me ask them to pass “temporary”unemployment extension with actual offsets and see what they say. Then ask them to pass f&d tax breaks with no offsets” permanently” and see what they say and how fast they want to do it.

        • jerry

          I thought that’s what I said. But the republicans are way off the human societies radar. Ask them to pass “temporary” emergency unemployment with actual offsets and see what they say. Then ask them to pass R&D tax breaks with no offsets to corporations “permanent” and see what they say and how fast they do it. Actually the tax breaks is a bipartisan deal that they have been reenacting for years.

        • FedUpInNJ

          They don’t think there is a revenue problem because they could care less about collecting FICA tax from 3 million unemployed Americans. Republicans are just the most OBVIOUS obstructionists here. Harry Reid should have added this to the budget in Dec 2013 so it makes me wonder what “motivated” him to not add it. Term limits should be in place for ALL politicians period. They get too comfortable in office with the lobbyists etc… its disgraceful. Like you I hope this passes but its really too late for the Republicans now, Boehner has made a fool of his party again and they just keep going back for more!

      • ONAHILL

        Yes ,you are soo right ,I lost my newspaper job because the newspaper I worked for outsourced to India , now they are on the auction block .Now ,as a widow ,I am months behind on rent ,car insurance ,etc .Never been ‘lazy ” ,working since I was a young adult ,after college . Sinister and going to get uglier .

    • Sue

      Well put Yonatan.

    • FedUpInNJ

      There are a LOT of “former” Republicans out here. Boehner RUINED the Republican party all by himself , the other Republicans KNOW he is wrong but follow him like mentally challenged sheep-they ALL need to go + we DEF NEED TERM LIMITS.

  • MarineOutOfWork

    To all the Families including myself, hang in there. Please.

    • sha44ss

      PRAY!!!

  • biggin

    I will believe it when it happens. I have had my hopes up for too long.

    • Lindy Lawson

      Yeah, I’ll believe it when I see it. Does Boehner have to approve that too? He is God ya know. ..just ask him.

      • biggin

        it is all about money in their pockets

  • Frank

    What they really need to do is pass an ui extension through the end of the year. Passing this 5 month extension will do nothing more than amount to a lump sum retroactive payment to those who have been without benefits since December, 2013. This is a cheap fix that does not really address the long term unemployed. The job market is not going to improve anytime soon.

    • Gary

      Yeah but I’ll take the five months to keep from losing my home. Maybe I can find seasonal work till I find steady work. If not my family of five will be in the streets.

      • jh443

        The odds of finding a job right now are diminishing. College students are ending the semester right about now, and in a few weeks high school will too. Seasonal and min wage jobs will be eaten up by them.

  • Daniel Terry

    As a former republican I have still voted mostly for Republicans, that will change now. They are listening to the lobbyist not the people. There a ton of family’s affected by this but they are cold in Washington. They give money to other countries at the drop of hat. They are no longer for us!

  • Chuckawobbly

    Well fine if this passes but what about the people who will run out of benefits towards the end of the year?

  • John Lahommedieu

    When you stop and consider all the monies (Tax payer dollars) our representatives give to the Ukraine,Middle East,Asia and Africa,Europe…yet they turn their backs on our own here at home who by no fault of their own have run out of benefits because they could not find work…..it shows you how out of touch our representatives really are! This H.R. 3979 Unemployment Insurance federal Extension bill should have been passed long ago? But it sits in limbo and each day that passes many more of our brothers & sisters here in the U.S. Struggle? My own congressman Eric Swalwell.15th district N Calif is too busy with his own re-election campaign which is more important to him then taking on Boehner and his posse who are holding up this most important bill which is only a short term lifeline…not a long term solution mind you! Shame on our representatives from Obama on down……Why do we put up with such arrogance and disrespect? We the people did not vote these self serving representatives into office to just take care of their own! We must vote them out!

    • kasia54

      Been singing this same song since December — we need to give this up and just not vote for either party. This is trickle down — the trickle down that the Republican’s “God,” Reagan, spoke of. Trickle down economics (economically robbing the middle class) to create the 1%. This did not happen overnight.

  • Ronald Lopez

    what a shame! it’s time to RENEWUI! way overdue!

  • biggin

    WHY IS IT ALWAYS NEXT WEEK ?

    • cw79

      That seems to be something politicians are great at, procrastination.. “Put off till tomorrow what should have been done yesterday, and throw things into the future until they disappear!”

    • Mark

      try next month at earliest..back to the Senate!!!

  • Annie Rose

    Citizens of the US. Stop paying taxes. Money will stop flowing to the government. This will give them a wake up call on where the government receives their money and maybe then they will back the people first before their own agenda.

  • Lisa Morrison Lang

    Is it possible for us to find a “Hero” in Sen. Dean Heller who just happens to be a Republican? Maybe, just maybe they are not all rotten apples. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and chins held high!

    • kasia54

      Um, that’s what he wants you to think – that he’s a hero. This won’t pass. After five months of people losing everything and Congress still calling them lazy and unmotivated — what would change their minds? They all both chambers of Congress — look down their noses at the unemployed.

  • Thomas Wise

    I started back to work today after a 7 mth layoff(same job). I hope the rest of you can find something also, depending on our gvmnt is and has been a joke for a long time now.. Even though I went back to work I’m still not voting for any republican’s in November.. Whoever is running against Boehner already has my vote(I live in Ohio)…

    • Shizue Leigh Hicks

      Congratulations, Thomas Wise! Al the best from California.

    • Kim M.

      Congrats to you! I am praying for an outcome like yours. I was laid off this past November, the day before Thanksgiving. I didn’t think that it would take me this long to secure a new job. In this economy we need God’s grace and mercy. Having a degree and a wealth of experience does not seem to get you employed any faster than anyone else.

      Good luck to you!

    • mrmano_0

      Congrats I hope you can keep working and not end up back at the mercy of Republicans like the ones that are running Congress today.

      • j reynolds

        We mean nothing to them unless they want our vote. Then all the promises come out. It’s quite sad

    • Georgeh

      I’m glad to hear your working again congratulations!!!!

    • Tim Day

      Thanks, please don’t forget. YOU’VE felt the the sting of simply being less fortunate in America.

    • Itsmommy

      That’s great news Thomas Wise! I got laid off in March of 2013. I am finally starting a 6-9 month contract assignment Monday at 71% of my prior salary but with no benefits, which brings it down to 62%. I am thrilled non-the-less. I agree that anyone who has suffered through this unemployment crisis should be doing everything they can to vote Republicans OUT!

    • FedUpInNJ

      Thomas Wise I have to ask, HOW does Boehner get re-elected time after time? The UI rate in Ohio is 8%!? Does he put something in the water? ANYONE who lives in Ohio and supports Boehner is either stupid or filthy rich. Congrats on your new job! I took a temp position for 1/3 of what I was making and I hate it but have no choice, I will continue to look while I’m temping.

    • Al

      You know I have read the comments here and my wife is also unemployed, first time in over 25 years. The problem isn’t the Republicans as much as you people think it is. Sure they need to get off their stump and vote in an extension but the problem is the Democrats. Obama came from Illinois (my state) The most corrupt state in the entire US. 3 of our last 5 Governors went to prison, 2 of them Democrats and about 25% of the Democrats in Chicago end up in prison, from city council to senators. Obama came from that crew, he has absolutely no business sense and has no plan that is putting anyone to work. Literally every single move he makes is opposite of what he should do. It’s the liberals that are corrupt, stupid, inexperienced and a plethora of other negative traits that are killing this country. I know I am not going to convince any of you on here but this country could be a powerhouse if the morons would open up coal and drilling, decriminalize drugs we would be energy independent and jobs would be rampant just as they are in the Dakota’s. But nope, it’s tax and spend, tax and spend…. Obama has blown more debt than the entire combined previous 40 Presidents and where did it go? Into Union and government employees pensions and filling corrupt coffers. So just keep on drinking that Kool-Aid and cast that vote solely based on an unemployment extension vote, you will just be furthering your despair.

  • Gary

    This is crazy I’m three months behind in my mortgage. Hope it passes soon if not me and my family will be in the streets. I have worked and pay taxes for over twenty years. Never been with out a job but this has made me see the light and will not take small things for granted like food and shelter and having a job. Well hope two things happen the UE passes and I find a job.

  • Millie Stevens

    This is taking too long.

  • Mark

    Reid’s private, personal “Koch” addiction just flushed EUC down the drain…oh, well…..The Demos really, really blew this poker game…they had all the cards in December in an uncontested budget…what were they thinking with president Boehner running the show….watch the Demos and Obama tout the falling TUR as vindication for their economic policies…which…is you…you are their policy….man..saw Obama on the tube today…he looks like death warmed over…50 bucks says he’s medicated….he’s lost…bye, bye demos..he said he sure wishes he could do more to help those poor kidnapped girls…really??…how about putting Boko on the terrorist list?…OBAMA IS FAILING ALL OF YOU YET YOU WORSHIP HIM!!!..

    • Guest

      Hmmm, nothing in your comments about the real problem(Boehner)..This is a story about extending unemployment and Obama is all for that.. As far as the Koch Bros.. it’s obvious they run the republican’s decisions, you can’t see that?

      • Mark

        That’s because the real problem is the negotiating abilities of the demos…you can’t see that??…..got any proof the Koch’s run the show??..or..just educate yourself in the headlines..

        • kasia54

          The REAL problem started waaaaaayyy before Obama, Bush, even Clinton (yes, point to NAFTA but his Congress was all Republican). Started with Reagan and his brilliant “trickle down” economic policies — trickled up to the 1% who then sh*t on the middle class by putting them out of work. True story. Who is worshipping Obama???????

          • Mark

            Nothing you say above is relevant. You are a race-bating bigot.

          • kasia54

            LOL! Mark, eh????? Nope nope — you go under several names — can’t make up your mind which troll name you want to comment under yet, huh? LOL!!

          • Mark

            trolls are myths. They do not exist. can’t defend your race-baiting comments??…

          • kasia54

            I don’t defend my comments to TROLLS ~ LOL!!! You’re busted!

          • Mark

            You can not comment to trolls. trolls do not exist. they are myths. you respond to me. I am not a troll. you are incorrect again. you are weak. you have no value. you have no skills. you are a living, breathing bigot. You try to avoid but I will follow and expose your weaknesses. you offer no facts. nothing..

          • kasia54

            LOL!!!!! You can’t stand that you are busted!!!! LOL!!!!

          • Mark

            You continue to be wrong. The racism and bigotry you espouse has no place here.

          • kasia54

            LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL! You have to keep responding with insults because I busted you as the same troll commenting on every unemployment extension article online! You’re the guy who was denied unemployment and lives in your parents’ basement – Keep responding – just proves my point.

          • Tim Day

            Hey, are you paying attention to what Obama has done and is trying to do. Not every thing I agree with, but you cant dispute all legislation has been truly for the people.

          • BC Shelby

            …add deregulation of the finance and banking sector signed into law by President Clinton as well which effectively laid the groundwork for the recession.

          • smutek

            Also add media consolidation, started by Ronald Regan and finished with the Telecommunications act of 1996, signed into law by Bill Clinton.

            In 1983 the majority of media was owned by 50 competing corporations. Today 6 corporations own 90% of the media.

            When people ask why this isn’t being covered by the media, there’s the answer. Brought to you by both major parties.

        • biggin

          It’s obvious the Republicans want the pipeline. In turn the Koch brothers stand to make billions. In turn the republicans get millions in kick backs, so it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out who is running the Republicans

          • Mark

            Proof??

          • kasia54

            You prove they don’t – it’s very well known. Get out of your parents’ basement and take a wiff of fresh air – clean out those cobwebs, uh, “Mark” aka troll commenting on every unemployment extension article.

          • StefsterNYC

            seems you are the one ‘busted” for being a bigot and racist. You act like Lois Lerner. Your childish LOLS! are silly and outdated.

      • Mark

        typical…

      • j reynolds

        Mr. Boehner does not care about us at all. I have no faith at all on this bill. He simply does not care. I stated before. At Easter they had 15 days off in a 21 day period. Tough schedule. With Limos. No use, waste of time. It is to bad the Speaker has more authority than the President. Sad Sad Sad

        • Tim Day

          So why, why continue to tell the American people to hold on. Mothers day is here and iv’e got to borrow rather than give. I swear this is pushing me to my limits as a man there are no jobs! They no damn well the math is not there. What are they trying to create trying to push me to do for my family its been three months absolutely no income I paid for this safety net. What the HELL!

    • ex-Republican

      You want to pick a fight little Boy, pick one with me, President Obama has not failed any of us, I am the type of Christian that will fight you double fisted. Everybody knows what I think here, These Repukelicans lead by an Alcoholic, SNAP. Definition if Insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and get the same negative results. This money is the peoples money, when you turn your back on Women and Children, well then that takes this up to a whole new level. John McCain, has turned his back on his fellow American Veterans, think about that, think about that you Little Boy, are going to come in here and tell us President Obama has failed us, Here is a Man who has come to show us all that is good in the world, He will sit by Jesus Christ side, I feel God’s love for him. I feel it in my bones. He wants people to have a fair shot, he wants to protect those who sometimes can not protect themselves, and you come in here and bad mouth him. MMMMM MMMM MMMM you want to pick a fight, well then, with me you would have nowhere to run No Mommy’s skirt to hide behind. So you want to come in here and spew your nonsense, your day will come PUNK, Lazy I would show you Lazy, nothing would make me happier then to see you calling out for your Mommy. You want to turn your back on your fellow American in their time of need. Any time Any place. Lots of types of Christians , I defend my own double fisted.

      • Mark

        Do you realize how silly you sound??…..and..you sound very familar…i recognize the ignorance and apathy…time fo more schooling for you…buckle up again

        • kasia54

          LOLOLOLOLOLOL! Get out of the basement, uh, LOL, uh, cough cough, “Mark.”

          • StefsterNYC

            Just can’t leave “Mark” alone, can you??…Needy??…care to address the bigotry and racism in your past comments?…you really have no credibility. responding with LOLS! is so outdated. LOLS! show lack of thought process, comprehension and inability to engage beyond superficial commentary…what the LOLs and your comments show is a tendency to speak in shortcuts, without depth, reasoning and facts…you live in a fantasy world….which mirrors the ignorance of a bigot and racist.

        • ex-Republican

          Hey Mark, I apologize for my rant against you, I am frustrated and I took it out on you. Please except my apology. You have every right to state your opinion, I will be insolvent w/in a week. We both know, put us back on the rolls and the unemployed % goes through the roof and the Dems will lose big time, I got it, I can see it on Mrs. Obama’s face. I can not believe this though with current crop of Repukelicans, going forward I will re-adjust and recalculate my life, as you know I have faith, I have 2 wonderful dogs that keep my spirits up, I walk them 25 miles per week in my church, our county park. I try to speak with the Holy Mother hoping she will intercede, and get her Son to soften Boehner’s soul, looks like my prayers will not be answered this time. I understand Alcoholism and it’s affects on people. His judgment will be harsh, no doubt in my mind. In the end my party failed me in my time of need and this I will never forget. I was the kid who at 14 was bussing tables in the local reception hall on school nights, I worked up to CEO in my last contract, so you can just imagine my disappointment. Again take this from an old Catholic School Boy my most sincere apologies, too bad we cant all have a beer or a coffee, and smile and have joy in our lives again. I wish you the best, “Keep up the Spirit” your OK with me.

    • Nemesis4Life

      I agree with you Mark! Obama is failing all of us!!! The Dem’s are failing us…the Repubs are failing us! NONE OF THEM CARE! Nigeria has been a country torn apart for years and the Congo…oh wait…that’s right they offer nothing to us. How many of them get raped and killed over there? Does our country help them? NO…Little boys at 10 are forced to rape their mothers and sisters and then kill them…do we do anything to help them? NO…just look at your sons and imagine them doing that to your wife and daughters! And I have to say I never heard of the Koch brothers until Mr Reid started spitting their name.

      Dem’s want us to hate Repubs they signed a bill they new wouldn’t pass on purpose just to make people hate the Repubs more! I don’t like any of them…they all make me sick! I wish I had all their money then I wouldn’t be in the position I am. All the money these people make they could afford to pay all of us 1 Million dollars and still be billionaires…who really owns us? We are slaves to the 1%. And honestly, who said Boehner was holding out for the Keystone XL? Oh that’s right the Dem’s again…putting all the crap on the Repubs so they come off smelling like roses…NICE!!! I don’t believe anything that comes out of either parties mouth any more! I woke up!!! My vote goes to the people that aren’t backed by corporations and the 1%

  • Wendy Beck

    Keep calling Boehners office everyday! 202-225-0600 slam him with phone calls!

  • mrmano_0

    Make no mistake Republicans are entirely to blame for this mess.
    Starting with Paul Ryan keeping the unemployment extension out of the budget to Senate Republicans trying to attach poison pills to the extension, to John Boehner preventing a House vote on the extension.

    Thank you Senator Heller for showing some heart in the face if the heatless party you’re a member of.

  • Millie Stevens

    How can we afford tax breaks when we can’t afford to extend the unemployment?

    • BC Shelby

      …because those are allowed to add to the deficit without an offset. Basically, Congress has no qualms doing so when suits the corporations as they benefit from all the campaign funding and lobbying big business kicks back their way.

    • smutek

      Because both of the major parties are, ultimately, pro-corporate, pro-capital, anti-labor and anti-regulation. The only answer is to start voting third party.

  • Georgeh

    Please help by joining this petition that will force boehner’s hand. Show him who we the People are..

    http://wh.gov/lGtev

    Good luck!!

    • KyngHype

      I checked it out, but its asking Obama to pass the bill. Obama cannot pass the bill himself, if he could it would’ve never expired.

  • Calypso2998

    Dean Heller for President! He’s the only one I see doing anything for anybody other than himself. Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner are only out for themselves, and it shows.

    • Tim Day

      HUH! Nancy Pelosi could have told the people to go home instead she held the press conference outside on the steps and allowed everyone to speak. She started a discharge petition to forced the house to a vote, which no repubs signed. Harry REID CALLED OUT THE REPUBS on the true reasons why theirs no movement in the house on this bill the Koch Brothers who wants a key stone pipeline thrown in. And OBAMA said a long time ago it’s up to the people cause he could see the house wasn’t gonna move on the legislation. GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT AMERICAN…

  • RMT

    No politician/business man really cares about America or its citizens. We are on our own so time to quit pretending that these rich scum bags care about anyone. They do not have any way to create enough jobs and they know our economy is ultimately doomed otherwise they would be doing something because it would mean more money for them if they did. The reality is that there are far too few jobs available and no resources to create new jobs during the recovery from the Great Recession, so those without a job are just considered collateral damage. Providing unemployment assistance sends a false message of hope and attaches an expectation for more “hope”. Attaching the UI to this tax-breaks bill will most likely not happen, but suggesting it is a smart political maneuver by Heller to gain future public favor.

  • kasia54

    Corporate WELFARE will go through with or without the extension — SURE WHY NOT REWARD THOSE CORPORATIONS that put millions out of work — might as well help those who have gone without for the last 4 months since it’s the corporations that put them in that position, anyway — it’s almost like the corporations that laid the unemployed off – made people who were gainfully employed by them, unemployed — are getting breaks for putting people on the street — GEEZ this country is so effed up! Signed, former Republican for 40 years.

    • Tim Day

      Now, you know the truth, don’t forget. Don’t forget who’s truly fighting for the well being of the people in this country. It hurts when nobody cares. The dems do.

      • Nemesis4Life

        The Dems work for the corporations too!

      • kasia54

        No, Dems are just as bad as the Republicans — if the Dems truly cared, Harry Reid would have included the extension in the budget back in December. He’s just as big a moronic liar as Boener is a drunk.

      • mrmano_0

        You’re correct the Democrats do care more about common people. By no means are they saints but its the Republicans that keep cutting taxes so that the government can no longer make the investments that support most American’s pursuit of prosperity.

        Republicans are doing it on purpose they want a small weak ineffective federal government so that Republican corporate interest can run roughshod over the American landscape and the American people.

  • Shizue Leigh Hicks

    Senator Heller, the whole world may not be watching, but every one of us long-term unemployed will keep an eye on your progress and your battle with JOHN BOEHNER — that’s 3.5 million men and women.

    We know that JOHN BOEHNER, and JOHN BOEHNER ALONE, has batted down every attempt to reinstate he Unemployment Insurance Extension since December 2013.

    I admire you, Senator Heller and appreciate what you are doing on behalf of the 3.5 million Americans who are the long-term unemployed. Thank you very, very much!

    • Tim Day

      I do too, but the word republicans to me now means subtract every possible thing we can from the people. Which is why dems always seem so far to the left they have to be, just to get things a little closer to the middle. At least this 1 man in that party has a heart, cause at this point that’s really what it’s all about.

      • Shizue Leigh Hicks

        The New York Times, May 11, 2011, Open Letter by Catholic Professors addressing JOHN BOEHNER (a Catholic):

        “Mr. Speaker, your voting record is at variance from one of the church’s most ancient moral teachings … From the apostles to the present, the magisterium of the church has insisted that those in power are morally obliged to preference the needs of the poor. Your record in support of legislation to address the desperate needs of the poor is among the worst in Congress.”

        Taking the past 5 months into account, JOHN BOEHNER hasn’t changed a bit.

  • Becky

    Don’t they go on another Vacation next week? This is awfully irritating I just want to Cry I feel like giving up all ready I want to Drop out of the work force and just give up Day after Day week After Week Same Old Story. Cant take it no more cant pay my Bills I just Want to cry done being Mad As Hell it’s. Not good for my health Why Me Why Us …………. :(

    • Sherry Plutakis

      Becky, I feel ya. I just went back to work 2 weeks ago after 10 months, and my UI stopped on Dec. 28. Heads up everyone, read Screw the Recruiter (you may be able to get a free copy at the library). Lie on your resume and say you’re currently working and give a friend or family member’s phone/address as your place of employment. Naturally, you’ll have to have a trusted resource, but I’ve done it. And I don’t care that I had to go that route. I was willing to take my chances. You have to do what you have to do. Desperate times call for creative measures. Don’t give up, Be strong and good luck!!!

      • Becky

        Thank You. Sherry I will try that it’s. Just so Sad that we have to resort to this but you are right Desperate times call for creative measures :)

        • Sherry Plutakis

          Sometimes you have to rely on hope. At this point, none of the unemployed have anything to loose, and if lying on your resume gets you the job so be it. You won’t be the first or the last. People do it every day. Just keep the job you add to your rez in line with the experience you have or just extend the date from your previous employer to current or April of 2014. Don’t give up; our government sucks, we don’t.

      • JG59

        That only works if they don’t run a credit check so be careful.
        Credit checks tell all.

  • Scott

    Only if it’s attached to a tax cut bill does it have a chance of ever making it to the President ‘s desk. …

    Shows how much they care about you.

    • Tim Day

      But, the fact that 3 MILLION Americans did nothing while we lost every thing including respect from our families says alto about US. What the hell!

      • charles

        America is a country where if u dont do first i wont, this is the only country where everyone is afraid, fear runs the hearts of everyone, i tried to gather ppl and no one did a thing, and its for the benefit of all of us. everyone seems to be afraid of the government but they can be gangsta on their own fellow civilians instead showing such rage to protect and fight for our rights

    • kasia54

      Who said they cared about us? They only care about the ones who can pay them — no loyalty to voters or those who put them in office — Dems & Republicons.

  • Gail

    I hope he attaches to the tax cut bill. Boehner wants his corporations happy, so he’s likely to finally concede. Heller has shown true compassion and a by and for the People attitude that is very appreciated in these days of partisan politics.
    I am an Independent now, and vote according to whose ideals I align with and not any of these silly party lines. Democrat, Republican, Liberal, Conservative, Moderate….who is to say?, we are all a little of each if we are honest with ourselves.

    • Nemesis4Life

      I agree! Me too…they all have their own agenda’s…I will pick the one I think is best and isn’t backed by corporations.

  • Teresa

    If you haven’t done it already, please log into ( http://www.unemployedworkers.org) and tell your story. They are the organization that helped the people to get to DC to tell their stories on the steps of the Whitehouse. The more of our stories they hear the more the may be able to help.

    • Shizue Leigh Hicks

      Thank you, Teresa. I just signed up.

  • barrnone

    We have to get the press involved they are not reporting this. Instead they spend weeks talking about Donald Sterling or anything they can come up with to distract from what is going on. Take a minute and email CNN and MSNBC let them know they are not doing their job make them report what is going on in this country.

    • Nemesis4Life

      Which ones? They all work for the Corporations that put us out of jobs…so to let you in on a little insight…say you work for Verizon (just popped in my head) and you think that they are the ones running the show…you know the CEO of the company and all it’s board members are the ones making the decisions right? WRONG…if you look up Verizon, you will find out that it is owned by an investment company. That CEO is just running things and then answers to the Investment Company. Then you think you finally found the ‘real’ owner of Verizon…WRONG…that Investment Company has it’s own CEO and blah blah…Finally, just finally… you break into who funds the investment company…you find out it’s part of the 1%.

      I know, because I worked for a Corporation…I was in the higher management…I seen how the CEO had to answer directly to the person funding the investment company…who by the way owns 20 other popular companies…there you have it!

      The news, the government, all our companies that laid us off was owned by the 1%. The President walked out on us when he realized the same thing I just told you…he was a puppet. And found out that he really can’t change a thing!

      • barrnone

        CNN has been derelict in it’s reporting for years they are 3rd in cable news ratings. The last thing they need is bad publicity from FOX and MSNBC even if they are owned by Time Warner. The emails would resonate with them and they can help get this passed.

      • smutek

        It sounds so…. conspiratorial, but, alas, it’s true. It’s not even a conspiracy, it’s just the way things are. Do a little digging and it’s all right there, just below the dusty surface of petty arguments that distract and pull common people apart.

  • Brian

    Will this also include 5 extra months from June to November? That’s what I gather from reading HR 4550.

    • DJMiles

      4550 is not a unemployment extension itself it is a amendment to add skills training and employer incentives to the Senate passed bill.. The dates u see on it 01-06/06/11 mean that the amendment would be attached if the bill is retroactive or non retroactive and program restart from now to November.

  • Erik

    You’re all forgetting the biggest problem here. Our money is being spent on tactics used by both parties, to make themselves more electable come November. That’s it folks! There was never a real solid plan to get this passed. It was just a way to pit one party vs the other come November. It’s always been politics before policy, and people are STILL not waking-up to it.

    • kasia54

      Yep. Very well said. This was never in the cards to pass – if it were it would have been included in the budget.

      • justaguy

        Amazing that anyone would have any faith in either party at this point.

    • Michael Maiden

      Speak the truth shame the devil 100% correct the words where just being said to my wife from me when I saw the post Ty for putting it so much better then i

  • debbie

    okay here is my idea…everyone file exempt on there payroll taxes and pay at the end of the year and maybe the house and congress will work and quit taking vacations ,eating cavier maybe they will have to work for once.. think about it !!

  • debbie

    will yall join me lol

  • W173

    Invaluable idea…for provenly deserved Americans…Go Sen Heller

  • Bottle of blue

    A tax cut that is dearly wanted by republicans, attached to the unemployment bill. This will put them in an awkward position. Definitely a last ditch effort to pass it. Everyone cross their fingers. again…..

  • DJMiles

    These same tax extenders failed on December 13th only because Harry Reid played the same game he’s been playing with the unemployment extension,Min wage,Veterans,Equity and most recently the keystone….He has no intention of passing any bills this election year his only objective is to force Republicans to oppose everything. The Democrats have become so predictable that I bet that now that Heller planes on attaching unemployment to the extenders Reid will likely delay the vote again like he did in March when the Republicans authored this 5 month unemployment extension to run the clock down since it expires soon or will again block all amendments offering ways to pay for the extenders.

    • erick

      Pass the “Inclusive Prosperity Act of 2013″–HR 1579 to get revenue to offset the unemployment extension and the tax extenders. This bill will impose a financial transaction tax on wall street speculation.

  • donna

    Quid pro quo. Why wouldn’t they agree to
    $13 billion to desperate American citizens when the corporations who placed
    these “representatives” in office stand to benefit by $156 billion. Unemployed Americans have waited five months and are “praying” that the House passes the bill before they lose their houses in foreclosure. What a great strategy. They could attach it to a trillion dollar stimulus package for the 1% and Americans again will be grateful for the crumbs that fall from their table. Over the weekend they could attach the Keystone Pipeline and increase student loan interest and if they pass the unemployment extension, we will just shrug our shoulders. This is sickening, disgusting politics.

  • Gordon R

    Not voting for Republican in November for sure. But the Democrat proved that they are also a waste of my vote. Could even book a meeting room for the 6 unemployed to share their stories make them sound inept. When John “Hitler” Boehner asked for something in past several weeks, the Dem’s response was blank, no actions. There are 2 cent for every dollar – $9B vs $400B, one provides emergency relief to ~2.6M unemployed Americans vs. the other provides loopholes for Hollywood movie studios, rum importers and NASCAR track owners…, and Dem couldn’t even work out this lopsided spending, priority?? My vote goes to anyone who has a plan to change – one person in the house can’t denial a vote that impact millions of people. Lastly, why the f sending $B to Israel, Pakistan?? Did any of these so called strategic alliances helped prevent 9-11?? Stop sending money elsewhere, and give it back to the tax payers…

    • Shizue Leigh Hicks

      My voter’s handbook and sample ballot are already “edited” with all the Republican names crossed out with my medium-point Sharpie.

      BOEHNER and his arrogance and inhumanity is a clear demonstration that the GOP is a Rich Person’s Only Club or as they used to say in England in the 1950s, the “I’m Alright, Jack” Club. “IAJ” was a clean, upbeat way of saying “F-You.”

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

    Heller sucks

    According to DHS, as of 2011, eight million illegal immigrants, including visa overstays, were working in, non-agriculture, American jobs, by using false, or stolen SS numbers. Only 7% of the over 7 million employers are presently using E-Verify. E-Verify has a 99.71% accuracy rate (per Congressional testimony) … only 0. 043% of employers (3,000) were audited for I-9 compliance in 2012. Using SS mismatches, DHS knows where these illegal immigrants are working. With each passing day, more illegal immigrants are on the way, taking our work. It’s time to begin enforcing our existing Federal laws against illegal immigration.

    HELP ENFORCE E-VERIFY LOCALLY

    E-Verify Search Employers Tool http://1.usa.gov/1mNR5Nq
    this enables you to find out which employers are using E-Verify, to help determine which ones aren’t … and need to

  • DJMiles

    Democrats may once again force Republicans to block unemployment extension if Heller attaches it to tax extenders. http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/how-democrats-play-the-obstruction-game-20140407

  • Gary

    Dean Heller is actually working for the people. Not some puppet for the Koch brothers not like that drunken orange a$$hole.

    • rollipolliolli

      Yea, at least that’s the image he puts out…
      We all know this game of politics, is a game of image…

      Great opportunity for some to act like they “really, really care!!” when the fight has already been determined, its destiny set in stone..

      It would be a grand miracle never before seen if the Unemployment Extension bill were to somehow pass.
      The deadline is the end of May, and as usual we have heard nothing of a “plan B” by the Democrats, were the unlikely to happen (lol *sarcasmo*) and the Unemployment bill does not pass before the month is over..

      *all eggs in a single basket* the Democrats master plan…

      Let me guess… as always they will scramble after another obvious loss at the House, crying foul, when they themselves were the ones beating a dead horse the entire time…. a.k.a. the stalled bill they keep praying to Lord Xenu for Light and Deliverance..

      They should have scrapped that loser bill over a months ago, and started over on a proper bill that gives the House exactly what they want… In return for a few months of extra unemployment for the citizens who didn’t get a chance to collect in the same manner as the ones who came before.

      Is it really all that difficult?!
      It’s plain as day that NO ONE will get any emergency unemployment without the House getting what they want.
      That’s the stage that has been set, those are the current rules of the game, we all agree to those rules (don’t really have a choice), and we all try and find a way to make things work within the parameters.

      So what’s the big holdup?!
      The Democrats that care about the sheeple, scratch that… People* soo dam much aren’t willing to give the lame House dudes what they want?!? That’s why?!
      What is it that they want 100 tons of Mar’s rocks?!!
      Adamantium exoskeletons?!!
      To make everyone but white people disappear?!!

      NO!!

      It is none of that, they just want a lil mo’ money and a lil mo’ power….
      IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR TO HELP YOUR DAM CITIZENS??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Patrica Scott

    maybe they need to live with out money not elegiblbe for any assistance. I am not on welfare and worked all my adult life. You have messing with veterans seniors and unemployed I am all three cut the crap

  • George McElroy

    I will never vote republican again. For over thirty years I have been a member of the Republican Party, but this issue has exposed the leadership of the party for who they really are. Congress should be trying to make all Americans lives better, not just those who give campaign contributions.

  • darrell_b8

    ‘Tag’ this one; I know the leftist’s don’t care, BUT the Constitution says ‘all revenue or spending bills must originate in the House. NOT the leftist RINO controlled Senate.

  • Shizue Leigh Hicks

    The gall to end all gall. I had e-mailed JOHN BOEHNER to urge him (in very nice, sedate terms) to reinstate the UI Extension Benefits. There was even a “please” in there somewhere.

    I mentioned there are veterans, parents, and other men and women who were barely existing because of zero dollars since December.

    BOEHNER’s only response — a Mother’s Day message received in my e-mail today. One glance told me where the message was headed. Photo of him hugging his own mother and an attached video. I deleted it without watching.

    BOEHNER, if you care so much about motherhood, there are plenty of mothers struggling to keep their children alive — fed and housed. These mothers have the bad luck of being one of the long-term unemployed. Let’s celebrate and honor them!

    BOEHNER, prove that you truly care and fast-track the UI Extension.

  • Lance Lasley

    EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION NOW!

  • Lance Lasley

    EMERENCY UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION NOW!

  • Scott

    Scary to think we’re being run by humans with artificial intelligence.

  • mrmano_0

    Make no mistake Republicans are purposely trying to break down the federal government and it’s ability to make the investments that support most American pursuit of prosperity.

    Every time Republicans want to cut taxes they are trying to strangle the federal government and it’s ability to promote the general welfare and protect workers and our environment from corporate crime and malfeasance.

    The modern Republican party is Americas greatest threat foreign or domestic.

    • DJMiles

      Senate Democrats ready to make another attempt at passing $85,000,000,000 (Un paid) tax extenders! The 50 tax extenders many of witch offer companies tax breaks for outsourcing America jobs expired December 31st after failing to gain Republican support!

      http://thehill.com/policy/finance/193555-senate-dems-expected-to-push-for-extenders

      • jerry

        I say tie with the unemployment and they have themselves a deal. Who cares by now anyway just get it done. And its actually a bipartisan deal they’ve been reenacting for years anyway. The republicans just want to make it permanent corporate welfare so they don’t have to keep bringing up the issue when legislation is due.

        • DJMiles

          If unemployment is attached to it then I agree pass it…problem with have to worry about is Reid don’t want unemployment to pass in fact the Senate has not passed a single bill proposed this year because he has blocked debate on every one of them.Only reason the unemployment extension finally passed was because 5 Republicans authored it guaranteeing it’s passage.Back in February 9 Republicans tried to attach the unemployment extension to the Veteran’s COLA bill Reid rejected unemployment failed and COLA passed 4 days later 93-03 so it’s clear the Democrats only want to say their for extending unemployment and make it look like the Republicans are against it.

          • jerry

            That COLA bill would have only been through March. We would have been in the same situation or even worse todayhttp://www.politico.com/story/2014/02/unemployment-insurance-bill-103108.html

          • DJMiles

            Well that was on February 5th so we would have got retroactive from Dec and just like previous years before the end of March they could have proposed another email tension….At least if that happened the state UC offices wouldn’t have cut staff and stopped accepting applications for euc and bi weekly claims . getting Retroactive payment now will not happen since it’s been 5 months.

          • jerry

            I’m in Georgia I can still file every week submit my weekly jobs that i applied for and get a confirmation number but the payment doesn’t go through so there is a way to track this thing..so I would say keep submitting if it allows you to.

      • jerry
        • DJMiles

          I understand why your confused since media avoids the tax extenders issue just like they do with unemployment. …What happened this week in the House was they voted to make the R&D tax credit and the charter school credit permanent rather then keep renewing them every year or 2 like they been since 1981….Their is 4 more tax cuts they have yet to vote on that they are also trying to make permanent. The Senate is about to vote this week on the renewal of 60 tax credits that expired in December witch include renewal of the 6 the house is trying to make permanent. Obama also agrees the R&D tax credit and the business tax credit should be made permanent and has been working on doing just that for several years ultimately waiting on a tax reform package that has yet to happen. As I told someone earlier if the Senate attaches the unemployment extension to the tax extenders it will definitely be passed! The 2 chambers will go into negotiations and more then likely will settle on a package that renews the tax extenders for 2 years but makes permanent the R&D credit and Business tax credit permanent….unemployment will likely be changed from a 5 moth extension to a 1 year As part of the deal….This same exact situation has extended unemployment every year since 2010 it always ends up being attached to tax cuts only difference is this year Congress waited till now to do it when as previous years it’s usually before both expire.

  • Tim

    JOHN BEOHNER NEEDS TO BE ARESTED FOR SMOKING IN A FEDERAL BUILDING…… IS HE ABOVE THE LAW??????…..

  • smutek

    Or, vote third party.

  • DJMiles
    • rollipolliolli

      Repost*

      Yea, at least that’s the image he puts out…
      We all know this game of politics, is a game of image…

      Great opportunity for some to act like they “really, really care!!” when the fight has already been determined, its destiny set in stone..

      It would be a grand miracle never before seen if the Unemployment Extension bill were to somehow pass.
      The deadline is the end of May, and as usual we have heard nothing of a “plan B” by the Democrats, were the unlikely to happen (lol *sarcasmo*) and the Unemployment bill does not pass before the month is over..

      *all eggs in a single basket* the Democrats master plan…

      Let me guess… as always they will scramble after another obvious loss at the House, crying foul, when they themselves were the ones beating a dead horse the entire time…. a.k.a. the stalled bill they keep praying to Lord Xenu for Light and Deliverance..

      They should have scrapped that loser bill over a months ago, and started over on a proper bill that gives the House exactly what they want… In return for a few months of extra unemployment for the citizens who didn’t get a chance to collect in the same manner as the ones who came before.

      Is it really all that difficult?!
      It’s plain as day that NO ONE will get any emergency unemployment without the House getting what they want.
      That’s the stage that has been set, those are the current rules of the game, we all agree to those rules (don’t really have a choice), and we all try and find a way to make things work within the parameters.

      So what’s the big holdup?!
      The Democrats that care about the sheeple, scratch that… People* soo dam much aren’t willing to give the lame House dudes what they want?!? That’s why?!
      What is it that they want 100 tons of Mar’s rocks?!!
      Adamantium exoskeletons?!!
      To make everyone but white people disappear?!!

      NO!!

      It is none of that, they just want a lil mo’ money and a lil mo’ power….
      IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR TO HELP YOUR DAM CITIZENS??????????????????????????????????????????????
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  • Larry king

    Why does Boehner continue to try and throw it all on the Obama administration? Everyone has tried to reason with this dictator John Boehner. It’s obvious that his entire focus is to try and make the president look bad in any way he can. All he is doing is showing how much he needs to be voted out of office for not doing his job. If he was so worried about adding job creation, then he would be speaking with Perez or Heller, or someone to work out a compromise. He is so determined to make the president look bad that he is willing to throw 3 million people and their families under the bus in order to do it. I don’t think he realizes that this is all going to backfire on him. I of course would love to have my retroactive benefits like everyone else, but at this point, the most important thing is to make this man pay for what he has done, and what he is continuing to do. So go ahead Boehner, your time in office will be coming to an end. Your legacy will be known as being the worst politician in the history of America. You can be right up there next to Hitler.

    • Shizue Leigh Hicks

      Larry, I still believe this is nothing more than theatrical MISDIRECTION.

      In September of 2013, the Federal Election Committee began their investigation of JOHN BOEHNER and “irregularities” or misuse allegations concerning his campaign funding — direct contributions and matching federal dollars.

      Since September, he’s been kicking up dust over everything that should be pretty straightforward including reinstating the UI Extensions: “Don’t look at me, FEC, look over there at the UI Extensions.”

      Early on, NASWA was to blame for the delay. The National Association of State Workforce Agencies couldn’t handle reinstating the UI payments. That was was so much BOEHNER BULL. BOEHNER referenced some letter from the head of NASWA that was never republished. BOEHNER never “shared it with the class.”

      Of course, Democrats were being unreasonable and uncooperative. More singing and dancing from BOEHNER.

      This is just noise and nonsense to draw attention away from his dirty deals and his questionable income sources so that the FEC will think he’s too busy to answer their questions.

      People have been calling BOEHNER “sleazy” for years.” 2010 Bob Herbert’s “That’s Where the Money Is” New York Times editorial is all about JOHN BOEHNER and how “sleazy” he was and is.

      BOEHNER’s gums will be flapping away about President Obama and Secretary Perez and how they’re making it impossible for him to do his job. It’s all “monkey business and monkey shines” to keep us busy thinking that BOEHNER knows what he’s talking about.

      All I know is that there are people — 3.5 million of us at last count — who are trying to survive until this debacle is over.

      JOHN BOEHNER is the one and ONLY person to blame for any and all of the delays in getting UI Extensions Fast-Tracked. BOEHNER’s name should be prominently featured in every article and letter about the UI EXTENSION DISASTER!

  • Larry king

    Is this the guy that is hurting 3 million Americans and their families?

    • rollipolliolli

      I would put more blame on certain Democrats before him

      • mrmano_0

        Well you would be wrong.

    • Shizue Leigh Hicks

      From The New York Times, May 11, 2011:

      “More than 75 professors at Catholic University and other prominent Catholic colleges have written a pointed letter to Mr. Boehner saying that the Republican-supported budget he shepherded through the House will hurt the poor, the elderly and the vulnerable, and that he therefore has failed to uphold basic Catholic moral teachings.

      ‘Mr. Speaker, your voting record is at variance from one of the church’s
      most ancient moral teachings,’ the letter says. ‘From the apostles to
      the present, the magisterium of the church has insisted that those in
      power are morally obliged to preference the needs of the poor. Your
      record in support of legislation to address the desperate needs of the
      poor is among the worst in Congress. This fundamental concern should have great urgency for Catholic policy makers. Yet, even now, you work in opposition to it.’

      The letter writers criticize Mr. Boehner’s support for a budget that cut financing for Medicare, Medicaid and the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program, while granting tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations…”

      The letter was in response to the fact that BOEHNER was scheduled to give a commencement address at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Sounds like those 75 Catholic professors were “on the ball” and that in May of 2014, JOHN BOEHNER has not changed a bit.

  • rollipolliolli

    Politics are such a turn off….
    And they wonder.. You have to be crazy to willingly get swept into this chaos…

    We have an issue, and boy it is horrible!!
    And guess what?! We have the resources too!!
    But wait!!
    Instead of acting on the issue, We are going argue on all of the possible ways of going about helping..
    Oh! and all the while also looking out for our best interest, for the countless (MY) future generations (GO FOSSIL FUELS).
    OHH YEAA!!
    We love the people.. err sheeple..

  • FedUpInNJ

    Boehner is running the clock out on this. If it doesn’t pass by May 31st it goes back to the Senate for a new bill. I think we all know they will take their time AGAIN. Obama threatened to veto any bills until this got a vote, NOW Heller wants to attach tax breaks for corporations to it? WTF? They are ALL playing a game with people’s very lives. Boehner won’t bring it to the floor for a fair vote no matter what they attach to it, everytime he gets what he asks for he asks for MORE! If they DO allow a vote after the attachments then it just proves AGAIN that “job creation” was NEVER what it was about. Its disappointing that Obama hasn’t done more than make threats to veto bills, he should be using his pen and phone to get the job done that Boehner REFUSES to do.

    • DJMiles

      Obama never made such threat! He stated that he would veto the permanent tax cuts at a cost of $310 Billion if they were not paid for only mentioned unemployment extension as a example that Republicans demanded that it be paid for….The last thing Obama wants is unemployment extension to pass if fact has done everything to ensure it don’t get passed….Boehner made a simple demand and that was since Harry Reid Refused to allow Republicans to attach a job creation measure to the unemployment bill witch of the 43 house passed jobs bill will the white house allow the house attach to the extension. Obama refuses to respond and that is why we are still waiting and likely be waiting until after November. Read for yourself http://www.examiner.com/article/white-house-refuses-boehner-gop-unemployment-benefits-extension-bill-compromise

  • FedUpInNJ

    Both parties are playing the people. This must be one hell of a tax break for corporations if BOTH parties want it! I don’t care if they attach it to a donkey’s balls, THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN PASSED MONTHS AGO, matter of fact it never should have lapsed. Remember these games in November people! TERM LIMITS would put all the political aholes in their place!

  • Eric Matterson

    Boehner is like a child that takes the ball away unless he gets his way.

  • mrmano_0

    Google “starve the beast” and read all about the Republican’s plan to destroy the federal government’s ability to support the people’s pursuit of prosperity.

    The Republican party is to blame for this unemployment extension not being passed.

    Do not let folks who are spreading disinformation and using rightwing talking points and truthiness to make false arguments.

    The modern Republican party is America’s greatest threat, foriegn or domestic.

  • lancealot

    The real problem is there are no real jobs left. I am 44 with degrees and experience. I was edged out to be replaced with 20 somethings who just want a job with whatever pay it comes with. The revolution is coming. When more of you go through this, you will know. Unemployment keeps everyone eating however it does not provide a life. Lets all take back our unemployment and our lives….we need this revolution to begin….

    • erick

      Lets begin by throwing the money lenders out of the temple of our society. Pass senate bill 1282 the “21st Century Glass-Steagall Act, and house resolution 129 the “Return to Prudent Banking Act of 2013″. This will separate speculative financial banks from legitimate commercial banks. Then pass the “Inclusive Prosperity Act of 2013″–HR 1529. This will impose a financial transaction tax (FTT) on wall street speculative stock transactions.

  • Spilled Milk Antiques

    Money for Ukraine. Money for Nigeria. Money for Benghazi Investigation. No money for nearly 3 million hardworking Americans, their spouses and kids. This isn’t welfare, these people work! What the hell is wrong with Speaker Boehner? This is a no brainer, but then again….most politicians lack brains.

  • Advocate

    Contact Dean Heller and explain your story.

    Phone: 202-224-6244

    Extended unemployment is a crucial lifeline and it needs to be reenacted immediately.

    • DJMiles

      Heller knows that and has been the only politician that’s done anything to try and get this passed…Harry Reid is the one we have to worry about so far this year he’s done all he could to ensure no bills get passed. …I expect he will delay voting on the tax extenders or do as he did in December with them by adding ones Republicans oppose to force them to vote against them. http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/how-democrats-play-the-obstruction-game-20140407

    • BOB

      its time

  • Tim Day

    dj miles. Have you been reading? Please stop. Nancy Pelosi began the discharge petition for the extension. NO REPUBS SIGNED IT… 193 SIGNED need just 217 COULDN’T EVEN GET THAT… Americans please do your research. HELLER change the bill that was originally 1 year to 5 months.

  • Tim Day

    HELLER is appreciated at least he has a heart… But certainly there are many other congress men and women put there best efforts in to getting this bill passed.

  • Tom Robertson

    You want the tax cuts then give the unemloyment benifits.If the dems don,t enforce this senerio then you know they are really honey boloney.

  • Welcome To The Zoo

    It’s a political game, while 6-7 million Americans are held hostage. I was out of work for almost six months, during which I ran out of benefits. I did finally get to work—at a job paying one-third of my former salary. I have about 20 weeks of back-unemployment coming, and it will help pay the bills if I get it. If the House stalls this until it no longer exists, I can guarantee you that I’ll vote for zero Republicans this fall.

    • DJMiles

      You are absolutely right it is a political game that caused us to be late on all our bills and many to lose their cars and homes.The good news is its about to end very soon providing Obama and Reid don’t mess it up! Since 2010 all unemployment extensions have been attached to tax cuts in order to get passed and it’s easy to see what Congress is getting ready to do….The house is trying too make 6 tax cuts permanent 2 of witch just passed yesterday and at the same time the Senate is ready to vote on renewing 60 tax cuts for 2 years that also include the 6 the house is working on so what is going to happen is the Senate will attach the 5 month extension as it is to the tax extenders and they will pass with a lot of support and be sent to the house. The house will finish voting on the remaining 4 permanent tax cuts witch the Senate will not be voting on leaders from both chambers will go into negotiations and the house will push to make the R&D tax credit and the business tax credit permanent and the other 58 will be temporary the Senate leaders will likely agree but demand the unemployment extension be for 1 year the total package will then be passed by the Senate and house …..

  • Erik

    The unemployed should just quit WHINING and get back to WORK!! /wingnuts

    • erick

      Where are the jobs–overseas.

  • mrmano_0

    Well at least Obama has leverage over the Republicans and their love of corporate interest. The threat to veto the tax extenders just might be the trick that works in our favor.

    • DJMiles

      It’s a done deal unemployment will be extended in about 2 weeks providing the Senate passes the tax extenders this week….The R&D tax and business tax credit will be made permanent the other 58 will be renewed for 2 years and unemployment will be part of the negotiations and likely be a 11 month or 1 year extension. …This same exact situation happens every year since 2010 Republicans demand unemployment be paid for then when the tax cuts come up for vote theirs a deal reached and both are passed none paid for…..Watch and see I have been saying for a month now it’s all going to end when the tax extenders are voted on.

  • toptwome

    No corporate tax cuts. We have had enough of republicans doing everything for the wealthy. Corporations can pay taxes just like we all do. We do not need to do all we do in the government by giving everything to the wealthy in order to help those who are unemployed. It is not a fair or just trade.

  • DJMiles

    Unemployment Will Be Extended Before The End Of May If Obama And Harry Reid Are willing to Negotiate!
    Most of you seem confused by the tax cuts the house just passed and the 60 Tax extenders the senate is about to vote on witch is understandable since major media stays quiet on the issue. The House voted on making the Research & Development tax credit and the Charter school Tax credit Permanent witch have been consistently been being renewed every year or 2 since 1981.Those same 2 tax credits are part of the 60 tax credits the Senate is about to vote on Renewing for 2 years Retroactively from Dec 13 when they expired.Obama supports making the Business tax credits permanent and has been promising to do so for years (see Link) What is going to happen is the Senate will attach the 5 month unemployment extension to the 60 Tax extenders and the bill will easily pass the Senate with nearly every Senator supporting the bill….When the house returns May 19th they will not immediately take up the Senate bill but begin the negotiation process with Senate leaders Republicans will want to remove some of the 60 tax cuts and make the business tax credits permanent and the Senate will insist on changing the 5 month unemployment extension to a 11 month or 1 year extension( All will be unpaid for) This identical battle has taken place every year since 2010 with Republicans insisting unemployment be paid for and eventually ending with a deal to renew tax cuts…Usually its settled before either expire but since in 2012 the business tax credits were renewed for 2 years their has been no rush since they don’t expire till the end of this year….Neither Party Nor Obama will allow the Business tax credits too ever end since they benefit all their big donors like comcast,Verizon,Koch Bros,Exxon and thousands of others
    Just be patient this is going to end very soon I promise that.
    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/promise/20/make-permanent-the-research-development-tax-cred/

  • C Cummings

    DJMiles is right. This whole “debate” has been about political posturing. The republicans and democrats will make sure that the corporate tax cuts are extended AND the democrats will also insist that unemployment extensions will be included through the end of 2014 and retroactive to the end of 2013. Don’t be fooled by their childish theatrics. It is a done deal.

  • mrmano_0

    B.J.Miles is a Koch swallowing idiot and shill for the right. Please don’t put any stock in what DJ says.
    It says something different everyday and usually lies or misrepresents information on a regular basis.

    • C Cummings

      The corporate tax breaks will be approved because both parties want it, and there will be a UI extension through at least the remainder of this year and retroactive to the end of 2013 in order to satisfy both the democrats and many republicans who want it such as Dean Heller. And you can take that to the bank.

      • erick

        My creditors will be pleased.

  • RheadNative

    I think this is a fabulous idea. Attaching the extended unemployment bill to the tax breaks bill is going to make it really, really difficult for it not to be passed, because the Republicans want to extend those tax breaks so badly. It’s going to make things very interesting, because they can’t pass one part of the bill and veto another…………….

    • DJMiles

      As I said below all unemployment extensions since 2010 were attached to a tax deal….Neither party will ever vote against the business tax cuts in fact the only time the business tax cuts expired Was December 31st 2011 NYE and Congress worked to renew them finally reaching a deal at 1:43 am Jan 1st….If Reid brings the 60 tax cuts to the floor with unemployment attached the only debate will be the few tax cuts of the 60 Republicans oppose but it will pass then the house will negotiate to remove some of them and make permanent the Business credits….Obama is going to have to be willing to negotiate tho because in 2011 as part of the compromise he had promised to find a way to make the business tax credits permanent and failed to do so….He does still agree that the should be made permanent it’s just in order to get this package passed he’s gonna have to get it done.

  • mrmano_0

    Once again Republicans show us that they are willing to sell.out the American people to enrich their donors and millionaire friends.

    These 310 BILLION dollars tax cuts that are NOT PAID FOR will do more damage to an American way of life that supports the pursuit of prosperity for the middle class.

    We can clearly see Republican hypocrisy is sickening. How Republicans can hold up 10 billion dollars in PAID FOR support for the Americans people looking for work in an economy they REFUSE to work to improve.

    Then these same Republican in the GOP-controlled ways and means committee fall over themselves to approve 310 billion in UNPAID-FOR tax cuts for business. Now they will lie to us and tell us those tax cuts are job creation measures and they we poor takers should be thankful.

    Modern Republicans are Americans greatest threat foreign or domestic.

  • Hutch King – HK

    There is no virtue in further condemning the children of these united states further into the hock of hostile foreign creditors.

  • Tagg Heurer

    There is no virtue in further condemning the children of these united states further into the hock of hostile foreign creditors.

    • erick

      The republican party hates you and hates your way of life. Republicans hate babies.

      • Garrett Daniels

        Then they should really hate John Boehner huh?

      • Tagg Heurer

        If today’s liberals will callously murder the unborn, they’ll certainly have no qualms about callously murdering you.

  • No Name

    It saddens me to think that we have a republican party that is not for “family values” or for anything that isn’t older white rich males. Unfortunately this countries monorities population makes 55k or less. I would like to see all the republicans make 55k or less with a family of 4 and see how far they get. Working 2 to 3 jobs to make ends meet and then getting laid off. We need jobs where people can feel good about themselves and make a good income. Previously there where production jobs, but the government allowed those jobs to go over seas. You need to take care of the people in this country and give us good jobs. You couldn’t even raise the minimum wage. I would like to see a Republican live under these means. We are paying you for what????? To make you richer and to kill the middle class. Then things need to change in this country to make it a bigger country.

  • Garrett Daniels

    Rebublicans will fold. They all want this tax extender too much. EUC will be passed by May 26.. This is how this stuff works. Both Dems and Rebubs knew this would happen and both knew that EUC would be passed by late June but neither party wanted to take blame so this is the result. GET IT?
    .

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  • Tim Day

    YOU WERE RIGHT. BUT DONT GIVE UP SIGN THE PETITION MOVEON.ORG .IT CANT HURT.

  • 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.

  • YONATAN C

    THE REPUBLICANS HAVE DENIED 2.6 MILLION UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES, UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION BENEFITS SINCE LAST DECEMBER. WHILE THEY CONTINUED TO HOLE THE EXTENSION BILL “HOSTAGE” IN THE SENATE, THESE FAMILIES HAVE LOST EVERYTHING. FOR THE PAST FIVE MONTHS THEY HAVE USED THESE UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES AS BARGAINING CHIPS FOR POLITICAL LEVERAGE TO FURTHER THEIR PARTY’S POLITICAL AGENDA. MILLIONS OF THESE FAMILIES HAVE FACED EVICTIONS, HOME FORECLOSURES, PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES, AND HOMELESSNESS IN THE PROCESS. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE DELIBERATELY MADE DELAY AFTER DELAY, MONTH AFTER MONTH, SO THAT EVENTUALLY THE BILL WOULD BE TOO LATE TO VOTE ON IN THE SENATE. THEY HAVE STOOD ASIDE, WHILE THESE FAMILIES SUFFERED AND STRUGGLED TO FEED AND SHELTER THEIR CHILDREN. THEY PUT THEIR POLITICAL AGENDA BEFORE THE WELFARE OF THESE NEEDY FAMILIES. THEY HAVE DEMONSTRATED A TOTAL LACK OF COMPASSION AND COMMON HUMAN DECENCY. I ENCOURAGE ALL AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THIS BILL, OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS SUFFERED BECAUSE OF THIS ISSUE, TO NOT VOTE FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN THE NEXT ELECTION. THEY HAVE SHOWN US THAT THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT US, LET’S NOT VOTE FOR THEM.

  • Orval Burk

    they intended to not do this from the start,just playing with peoples lives to make there new car payments,what comes around, goes around.stop paying taxes,of we all do this at the same time what can they do.stop putting your hard earend money in there banks.cash your check and put your money in your owe pocket.

  • Chad Adamczak

    Well what happen they voted last week on tax cuts, Why is everyone so afraid of Boehner we need Senators with backbones. Sheesh he is just a man who puts one leg in at a time when he puts on pants. Please stand up to this man and tell him we need to pass the unemployment bill.

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