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October 2, 2014

Unemployment Extension Set to Pass After GOP Filibuster Fails

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Updated 10:25 p.m. | Senate Republicans failed to block an unemployment extension Thursday, with Democrats putting an end to their filibuster and setting up a final vote on Monday. The cloture tally was 61-35.

Six Republican joined all of the Democrats to beat back the filibuster attempt: Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Susan Collins of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada, Mark S. Kirk of Illinois, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Rob Portman of Ohio.

The vote comes after a deal on a vote for a GOP-catchall amendment to speed ahead toward final passage Thursday instead of next week fell apart. But after beating back the GOP’s third attempt to filibuster the measure, final passage in the Senate at least is now effectively assured, with a mere simple majority required.

But the bill still faces tough sledding in the House, with Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, slamming the Senate bill as “unworkable.”

At a press conference after the vote Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., urged the House to take up the bill despite Boehner’s reservations.

Heller said he hoped Portman’s backing could help sway Boehner, a friend from Portman’s days in the House.

“I think with Portman’s support on the legislation, that is good for Ohio, and the speaker being from Ohio, maybe that sends a message there also,” Heller said.

Heller also noted that he will try to meet with Boehner to discuss the issue with him.

Both acknowledged that there is a short time frame for the House to act, given that the five month extension extends benefits retroactively to December and it’s already April.

“The best result for the 2.3 million and counting Americans [who lost benefits] is timely action on the legislation that we passed or minor modifications that” can pass the Senate quickly, Reed said.

Senate Republicans had been pressuring Democrats to allow amendment votes on the bill and sought eight times Wednesday to get unanimous consent to attach their proposals to the bill.

But Democrats have refused, noting they already had 60 votes needed to cut off debate and pass the measure.

A senior Senate Republican aide ripped Democrats for rejecting the GOP offer of a final vote today in return for a vote on a Republican amendment.

“They are so afraid of this one amendment that they are willing to blow up their entire schedule,” the aide said.

Democrats had been hoping to clear the unemployment extension measure this week in order to be able to set up a vote on a pay equity bill on Tuesday, which is recognized as Equal Pay Day by the National Committee on Pay Equity, a coalition including women’s and civil rights organizations.

But now the earliest the Senate could vote on the issue is Wednesday unless Republicans agree to an earlier vote.

Among the ideas Republicans wanted to attach to the bill are the Keystone XL Pipeline, a repeal of the medical device tax, and modifying language in the Affordable Care Act that defines full-time employees as those that work 30 hours a week.

Stay tuned for more details.

Follow our coverage of the unemployment insurance extension proposals:

Unemployment Extension Vote Not Worrying House Republicans

Boehner Still Cool to Senate Unemployment Extension Bill

Unemployment Extension Fight Pits Portman Against Boehner

Doctors Win, Jobless Lose: The GOP Confronts New Perception Problem

Unemployment Extension Advances Narrowly in Senate

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  • Hawaiianstyle

    THE WORLD’S GREATEST deliberative BODY.

    Its too bad this GREAT body does not get paid based on its approval ratings or work product or America first rating or concern for ALL Americans, or its oversight function, or protecting voting rights, or stopping the Supreme Courts money first program, or no private money in elections or, or, or….

    • LaughnigLion

      Good point! How would Consumer Reports or J. D. Powers rate the Congress and the President? Interesting!

    • Stephen Barlow

      Maybe we should pay them like garment workers in China… by the piece. Then they would have only earned 54 units last year and are headed for even less this year.

      No bonuses for tabling all the important stuff that would have a Black Man leave the White House with a powerful legacy that would overshadow the Reagan Myth.

  • ADAM

    sick to my stomach on how our own government treats us,,,,,dems refusal to allow amendments is like pulling the trigger and committing suicide on the very bill the fought to get….wayto screw that one up…had a perfect chance to accept amendments and put pressure to get unemployment passed. if they would have accepted one or two amendments and Boehner tried to block it then the blame would have at least been on Boehner….now I blame the dems as much as anyone….keep plying your political games whil your country people and children starve…..good job ASSHOLES

    • mrmano_0

      Why would you blame them Dems?

      They have met just about every concession the Republicans have demanded.

      Republicans are using the desperation of millions of people to forward their unpopular agenda.

      That Keystone pipeline for example is being built by a Canadian company with pipe supplied by an Indian company while pumping some of the most poisonous substances known to man across the heartland of the United States.

      Just guess who would benefit the most from that pipeline being built…

      That’s right, the Koch Brothers.

      The biggest lease holder in the northern Alberta oil sands is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, the privately-owned cornerstone of the fortune of conservative Koch brothers Charles and David.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/03/20/the-biggest-land-owner-in-canadas-oil-sands-isnt-exxon-mobil-or-conoco-phillips-its-the-koch-brothers/

      • Ray

        And ACA’s website was outsourced to one of Michelle O’s corporate friends in CANADA! Anybody who thinks Dems are on their side is RICH. Face it, they didn’t include this extension in December for a reason, over $600,000,000,000 has already been spent on unemployment and the economy is roaring again thanks to Obama and the Fed. I get the unemployment rate is below 6% be the mid-terms.

        • mrmano_0

          You’re a dirty slimy lying troll.

        • Stephen Barlow

          Where did you manufacture your #’s? In a garage?

    • Raylusk

      You are blaming the wrong party. It’s the GOP terrorists that are doing everything in their power to make sure this isn’t passed. Democrats have made concession after concession to get this passed but everytime they do a new concession is demanded. The GOP has messed up the governance of this country to the point that if people like you don’t get the message and vote them out of office then I guess you get what you deserve.

      • Stephen Barlow

        The REDS are the New Soviet union. They are bargaining like Brezsnev played Nixon in Detente`. Demanding nothing that they really want, just to make Nixon beg and give up for the one thing they did want but never mentioned… a US missile reduction.

  • MarineOutOfWork

    im behond sick of this….

  • Annette

    democrats and republicans already worked on inputting certain specifications which should have allowed republicans and Bohenr to pass this bill. Now republicans want to insert even more items…this is beyond tiring. Democrats did not get their 1 yr extension, that was their compromise. The Republicans got their pay for and implementation of new procedures to assist the unemployed in finding work. It is time to stop this craziness, vote, and get it implemented. You guys can go back at it again in June, if/when things are not improved. Come on already!

    • mrmano_0

      Republicans would rather play politics than support the American people.

      The Keystone XL pipeline would enrich a few people while putting the American heartland in serious risk should anything go wrong with the pipe once it’s built.

      These Republicans are dirty dirty people. If aren’t forced out of office in November then we deserve what we get.

      • Matthew Bryant

        And as history shows us, something WILL go wrong with the pipeline at some point in time. Oil spills happen regularly, this pipeline would fare no better.

        • mrmano_0

          I’ll give you one guess who stand to gain the most from the pipeline being built….

          The biggest lease holder in the northern Alberta oil sands is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, the privately-owned cornerstone of the fortune of conservative Koch brothers Charles and David.

          Here’s an article about a spill of the stuff in Michigan in 2010.

          http://michiganradio.org/post/3-years-and-nearly-1-billion-later-cleanup-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill-continues

          • brtova

            On top of all this, are we Americans going to receive any of the benefits?

            After the pipeline is built, how many permanent jobs will this create?

            Do you seriously think this will lower consumer prices?

            How much of this will be exported and not benefit us at all?

          • mrmano_0

            The United States is now already a net exporter of oil and gas so all of the tar sands oil once refined, will be exported. Prices for gas in the United States are set by global demand not domestic as we’ve reduced how much oil we consume in part because the recession has reduced demand.

            What I’ve read is that there would be 35-50 permanent jobs once it’s built. That’s of course not counting the jobs that will be created to clean up the mess when it breaks spilling not just the bitumen tar but all the crap they have to mix the tar with to get it to flow through a pipe.

            This Keystone pipeline is a Republican boondoggle that will only enrich a few and potentially harm very many more.

          • brtova

            Sometimes, I feel quite powerless.

          • mrmano_0

            You should not. None of us should, we’re citizens of the greatest democracy formed by human beings. I firmly believe that the greatest weakness if our great democracy is not from a corrupt government, and not from the rich power mongers like the Koch brothers. Its greatest weakness is a citizenry that fails to pay attention, that fails to engage, and that fails to speak out when called for.

            I also believe that the United’s States of America came closest to being destroyed in the 1930′s during the Depression when the citizens of this great country fought, sacificed and were in open armed revolt all over the country.

            There was growing unrest that started to come to a head in 1931. Then in 1932 there was the Bounus Army March on Washington when close to 50,000 people occupied the capitiol seeking justice.

            That was followed by marches, riots and actual battles all over the nation and the Marxist, facist fervour grew as the hardships of the Depression effected more and more people.

            That I think is what prompted the government to act with The New Deal, The WPA, The TVA, and all the other social and economic reforms that came from that era.

            Then just as now Republicans resisted the reforms claiming that the necessary hike in taxes needed to pay for it all would slow the recovery, ignoring the plight of millions of Americans as they do now.

            In the end the people and the nation won just as I believe we will again.

            But now just as then the citizens must engage and DEMAND action.

            Republicans can ignore us if they want but it will be at their own peril.

          • Stephen Barlow

            ZERO fuel for Americans!!! That will be the purpose of the XL Pipeline. From Cushingto the coast is about exporting American oil products AND providing fuel for Americans. NONE of the tar sands will be refined for American use. it will ALL be sold for profits that you may only share in as a Petro industry stockholder.

        • Stephen Barlow

          Failure is designed into the project.

        • Bigdogg440

          yeah something will go wrong if they use that cheap imported pipe they keep letting in the country ,instead of our top notch USS pipe

      • REDJI

        You SUCK, Lefty…..

        • mrmano_0

          real smart. you’re exactly the reason we need to spend more money on public education.

          • Stephen Barlow

            You can’t fix stupid!!

        • Stephen Barlow

          Your avatar tells it all…

    • Stephen Barlow

      This is business as usual for the WELCHER’s Caucus. They have yet to keep their word on anything since Boehner got the gavel. Pelosi was getting valuable legislation PASSED!!! Beohner leads the laziest, least effective Dongress in history.

  • Susan

    My heart can not take anymore of this….I am going to have to go to the doctor for the first time in my life with a Medicaid card and get some anti anxiety pills. I have had headaches everyday for a month and stress pains in my chest. By the time this passes, my family will be using the back $$$ to pay for my coffin.

  • LaughnigLion

    . . . And the macabre dance continues . . . I can’t wait for my representatives to get back to Illinois which should be soon the way these guys and gals take vacations. I will give both an earful.

  • DJMiles

    People need to contact Reids office and every Senate Democrat and demand that they allow this Republican amendment. This would guarantee passage in the house next week before spring recess.Keystone pipeline and repeal of the medical device tax are the 2 top priorities for house Republicans.John Boehner is on record stating that approval of the keystone pipeline would create thousands of jobs.

    • Matthew Bryant

      But it wouldn’t create thousands of jobs. And it will destroy entire areas because there will be oil spills in the farmland the pipeline crosses to get here. It will be costly clean ups that local and state governments will have to shell out for. It’ll be more tax dollars funding big corporations.

      • DJMiles

        It would create thousands of jobs to build hundreds of miles onto the current pipeline.it would lower oil prices by 25% and no it will not leak.you need to understand that the keystone pipeline has been running thru our country for years this is phase 4 a extension of the pipeline.

        • Matthew Bryant

          So it’s already been mostly built? Guess that’s less jobs for it. There’s not a chance it lowers oil prices by that much, that would eat into profit. It will leak, there’s roughly 10,000 oil spills a YEAR, eventually Keystone will leak, the fact that it’s so big only increases that chance.

          • DJMiles

            It’s been built and up and running for years and not because the Republicans but both parties have passed the first 3 phases.keystone Xl is phase 4 of the pipeline that will definitely be passed anyway so why not ensure unemployment passes the house rather then doing what happened in febuary where Republicans asked for a amendment to attach the veterans cola bill to the unemployment extension Democrats objected their amendment and unemployment failed then 4 days later the veterans cola bill passed 93-3

        • mrmano_0

          It has leaked already at a cost of 1 billion of tax payer money to clean up in Michigan.

    • http://www.geekgirldiva.com/ Geek Girl Diva

      How about we get unemployment handled first.

      Neither of those issues is related to unemployment funding.

      • DJMiles

        Unemployment is not going to pass the house unless something that creates jobs is attached to it.

        • mrmano_0

          Every time the Democrats meet a GOP demand then they demand more. The Republicans are using blackmail and dirty tricks to try to pass their unpopular agenda.

          • DJMiles

            What you are not understanding is that this 5 month extension has 0 chance of not passing the Senate.on Monday it needs only 51 votes and is guaranteed to get at least 60 but what good is that going to do for the 2.7 million people who have no income for the last 3 months?passing the Senate means nothing if it has 0 chance of passing the house we will still have 0 income and next Thursday Congress goes on vacation until may meaning that this bill dies and we’re back at the beginning.

          • mrmano_0

            I understand that perfectly well. There is no garuntee that giving in to Republican demands will get the bill passed.

            The Republicans have been making demands without compromise for months. Each time a demand is met they make new demands.

            The Republican party is playing political games with the American people.

          • DJMiles

            Yes attaching keystone pipeline guarantees passage.ever Republican and speaker Boehner are on record stating that approving the keystone would create thousands of jobs.John Boehner has been saying for months they are willing to extend unemployment if the bill includes a measure that would create jobs and they certainly would never vote against the keystone pipeline it’s been a top priority of theirs and has a lot of Democrat support as well.

          • mrmano_0

            They said having a payfor would get it passed but they reneged on that deal. Even though they passed the medicare doc fix without a payfor.

            Todays Republicans don’t compromise, they demand.

          • DJMiles

            Who’s they? Some Senate Republicans demanded a pay for and they got it and will be passing the extension in the Senate at 5:30 est monday.The house has said for months must be paid for and contain a measure that creates jobs if it don’t have both then it don’t get voted on in the house.

          • mrmano_0

            They are Republicans and they are not dealing honestly.
            The Keystone pipeline creates far more wealth for the Koch Brothers than it does jobs for the American people.

          • DJMiles

            Why does anyone even care at this point? The unemployed have let this drag out since December.Rather then contacting their representatives both Democrat and Republicans and demanding they do what ever is necessary to pass a extension they spend all day posting comments about nothing of any importance. IF you need this extension then don’t worry about the keystone pipeline or the Koch brothers etc I don’t care if they attach a amendment to nuke Mexico if it’s what it takes to finally pass unemployment 3 1/2 months is too long.

          • mrmano_0

            I hear ya I’m just about ready to nuke Mexico too.

          • brtova

            “The Republicans have been making demands without compromise for months”

            CORRECTION: “for years……!”

          • mrmano_0

            These modern Republican have a single goal in mind. That is to dismantle the federal government. The same government that for over 80 years has worked to prevent tens of millions Americans from being subjected to the abject poverty that earlier generations had to endure when ever unregulated business activity crashed the economy. Which happened on a regular basis.

            Image search the Depression and you’ll see what’s in store for this country if these modern Republicans get their way.

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

          • Nicolo De Bari

            I’d agree for the Pipeline extension only if the pipe is put on land and not underwater. And that some brainiac creates rupture-proof or unbreakable piping for it and to replace whatever else has been laid out. I know, only in my dreams.

          • DerekJR321

            Have to agree with you there. The House will not even bring this to the floor. Boehner doesn’t give a %$@ about the American people. He just wants to go get drunk and mow his lawn. I don’t agree with attaching anything to this bill however. It’s just a slimy tactic so the Republicans can feel like they won something. More political games.

          • FedUpInNJ

            I cannot believe this is as dead as this article makes it seem, if enough pressure is applied there is no reason not to pass it now and fight it like hell in May when it ends. I urge EVEYONE to contact your Reps in the House and make your voices heard:
            http://www.aa4u.org/news/2014/4/1/zyt37naao3i3knp40vu367q3y1iq58

          • DJMiles

            Thanks for the list of contacts….Those are the Rep’s that matter most since their up for reelection this Nov.I read some good news today that 7 house Republicans signed a letter demanding John Boehner allow vote on the Senate Bill next week also many other house Republicans said they are for the extension and are waiting to see what the final bill contains before they also sign the letter to Boehner .we need only 19 of them to sign it providing every house Democrat also signs it to force Boehner to allow vote on the bill.
            I guarantee the house will pass this bill but not without some attachments it’s really just a matter of it could be done by Thursday because if not we’ll be back at the beginning again come may since a new bill would have to then be created or Retroactive payments removed from the current bill because they will not be passing a extension 4 weeks before it expires

        • Nicolo De Bari

          What’s the point of a job bill if companies don’t want to hire? Since the Great Recession started, you have a better chance of getting government clearance than finding a job. I’ve noticed the interviewing process has turned into a very long and drawn out process for place only hiring one person at a time.

        • FedUpInNJ

          after leaving people out in the cold for over 3 months on this issue it would be stupid not to pass it. They can always add amendments in May + even job creation (that would be great) but too many people are losing too much because there was NO WARNING in Dec this was happening, people will at least now know in May where they stand.

      • kiontra

        I agree with u also! But at this point its their way or the highway, so however they want to pass the bill…..senate should just go for it.. to help get it passed at this point. I pray they can come together and agree on something before the recess.

        • DerekJR321

          Let’s say they added these amendments. I seriously doubt the House would pass it anyway. The Republicans in the House would see the addition as a means for them to try and sneak in more useless nonsense. They don’t care about the people, they care about their political power. And we will all remember this come November. Personally I think the party system should be abolished. All it does is destroy this country.

          • FedUpInNJ

            So if they get ALL their amendments and still don’t pass it what does THAT say?! I think them even holding it up 1 more day is inexcusable. We are talking about 3 million AMERICAN CITIZENS! They had no problem giving the Ukraine 1 billion $ is 2 days flat! INEXCUSABLE!

          • DerekJR321

            I absolutely agree.

    • DL

      No way. No way we agree to screw the environment for big oil. That is why he wants it’s passed. He is in the pockets of big oil. I hope Harry tells him to suck on his pipeline.

      • DJMiles

        Are you aware that we already have the keystone pipeline this is just a extension of it?
        Their has been dozens of test conducted at the request of the president and every test showed that their would be no effect on the environment. If your so worried about out environment and about politicians filling their pockets from the big oil companies then write to Obama and ask him why he opposed E85 gasoline 35% less emissions,only 15% oil and would have cost less then $1.50 A Gallon.

        • mrmano_0

          the pipeline is not complete, just portions of it.

          I’ll give you one guess who stands to gain the most from the pipeline being built….

          The biggest lease holder in the northern Alberta oil sands is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, the privately-owned cornerstone of the fortune of conservative Koch brothers Charles and David.

          Here’s an article about a spill of the stuff in Michigan in 2010.

          http://michiganradio.org/post/3-years-and-nearly-1-billion-later-cleanup-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill-continues

          • DJMiles

            3 phases are complete and been running for years.if your worried about a spill then you should ask Congress to eliminate drilling of natural gas,exporting oil since it could leak from ships,and drilling oil.

          • mrmano_0

            the tar sands bitumen is not like other sources of oil or natural gas.
            In order to get it to move through a pipe it has to be mixed with some pretty nasty stuff.

          • Icare

            And 99% of the jobs are temporary and will be gone once the pipeline is finished! Then What?

            This is just a temp fix to just a portion of the job problems. How about investing in businesses that can be hosted in any state?

        • DerekJR321

          Phase 1,2 and 3 are complete. Phase 4 is basically to replace phase 1. It would not create that many new jobs. And at best it would create jobs only where the pipeline is. Work would first begin in Alberta.. which means no American jobs would be created for months. I agree that we need jobs.. but this will not help those suffering now.

    • Raylusk

      No. We need to quit giving into every demand these GOP idiots make. First they said if it was funded they would pass an UI extension. Then when it was paid for they started adding more demands. It’s time to quit giving into every unrelated demand they make. It’s time for the unemployed in red states contact their conservative reps in mass and let them know everyone of you will vote against them if this isn’t passed in the House. It’s time for Americans to stand up and tell these conservative haters of government that we will no longer tolerate their anti government crap.

      • Ron Warrens

        yes! yes! yes!

    • kiontra

      I agree totally

    • DerekJR321

      Create jobs for whom? I live in NYS. What jobs is it going to create for me? I’m sure some corporations may get jobs from it.. and in turn they will hire illegal immigrants to do the work. No… sorry but no “government sponsored” jobs packages have EVER created REAL jobs for Americans. The last big “successful” jobs program they created was the census. Whoopie. They gave a few thousand people a job at minimum wage for a few weeks. And only to pad the unemployment numbers.

      • Scott Jelonek

        i agree with you. im in nyc been looking for work over a year no income euc ended. nyc is losing jobs left and right what good is five months im not even going to catch up.this is a program i can get on but if i get on it and they pass the unemployment bill i get kicked off and cant reapply for a year talk about a rock and a hard places. both parties are play games. but let not forget the biggest liar the president he stated in his address he will not wait to restore euc hello over 3 months later his he stupid or is his memory that bad

      • DJMiles

        Wouldn’t help me either I don’t live anywhere near the pipeline but your missing the point.
        Keystone pipeline has been running for years the proposal is to authorize phase 4 witch both Republicans and Democrats already passed in the house.Its not a question of whether we should build the pipeline or not because that’s guaranteed to happen anyway.what I simply said was since the Senate is guaranteed to pass the keystone pipeline anyway then why not use it to rush the unemployment bill thru both chambers.Keystone will either be attached to unemployment by the house or passed by the Senate at a later date so I would have rather it been used to pass the extension of unemployment now rather then next month or to have what happened with the veterans cola bill in February when 12 Republicans offered to pass unemployment if Democrats would attach COLA to the bill.Democrats rejected unemployment failed and Cola was passed 4 days later 93-03

        • DerekJR321

          If there was some guarantee that Boehner wouldn’t play games, and that the extension would pass.. then I would be all for this. But I believe that attaching this to the bill would increase the debate and probably cause much more delays.

          • DJMiles

            The bill will definitely be amended by the house and the only one who will be able to delay it will be Reid in the Senate since they will have to vote again on the amended version.House Republicans are not going to add anything that house Democrats have not already supported in the 96 bills passed by the house and never voted on by the senate.I read a few of the house Republicans that are in favor of extending unemployment will push to include small things into the bill mostly all tax issues like the Obama care medical device tax they also stated they would not push for anything Democrats are against to avoid being accused of blocking the extension.

    • FedUpInNJ

      Excellent link for contact from AA4U to contact your representatives and have your voices heard:
      http://www.aa4u.org/news/2014/4/1/zyt37naao3i3knp40vu367q3y1iq58

  • Clarice King

    I do agree that the work week should be 40 hours.Also agree that the medical device tax should be scrapped.The pipeline no.Because of the danger to the environment and the fact that the US will not benefit. Jobs? What job can a 60 yo nurse do on the pipeline ?When Boehner gets emphysema from his chain smoking,that is when he will care about breathing.

    • Raylusk

      The ACA should stay at 30 hours for determining eligabiliy for health care insurance. The medical device tax should not be scrapped as it’s an important funding source for the ACA and will raise the federal deficit if it is scrapped. The fact is that the GOP wants to use any vehicle they can to attack the ACA. It’s time these obstructionists quit with their crap.

    • LaughnigLion

      Don’t sell yourself short. There are jobs you can do on the pipeline. You can clean the oil off the wildlife and farm animals when the pipe ruptures.There is monitoring the water supply that the spill pollutes (I’m sure you have some lab skills). There are lots of environmental jobs that the pipeline will create.

  • Ray

    ACA’s crap website was outsourced to one of Michelle O’s corporate friends in CANADA! Anybody who thinks Dems are on their side is RICH. Face it, they didn’t include this extension in December for a reason, over $600,000,000,000 has already been spent on unemployment and the economy is roaring again thanks to Obama and the Fed. I get the unemployment rate is below 6% be the mid-terms.

    • mrmano_0

      Dirty lying slimy troll

      • DerekJR321

        Obviously.. another person with a low post account that ONLY comments on unemployment articles. With the same typical nonsense “Get a job”, “your a loser”, etc comments. People should grow up. Funny thing.. I’ve never heard a single person who is against this give a good, LEGITIMATE alternative besides “get a job loser”.

  • REDJI

    Best thing that could happen: Let it FAIL to pass……Then, Maybe, the American Public, especially the unemployed ones, would get it through their thick heads that GOVERNMENT is the real reason there are NO jobs……For the past 5 years the current Administration has done everything possible to damage the private sector, all while lavishing billions of taxpayer dollars on itself…..Wake up America, throw the bums out, get their hands OFF the businesses that create jobs……..

  • David Flannagan

    I need this government handout. I’ve been collecting UI for almost 2 years now. They can’t stop this . Vote for the Democrats . They know how to buy our votes. More government handouts! I love spending the taxpayers money. Keep it coming. I need it for another 2 years! Extend,extend ,extend. God Bless the Democrats!

    • mrmano_0

      You’re lying. No one has received UI for 2 years.

    • DerekJR321

      Well.. goes to show how completely uneducated you are. See this extension would already be paid for through extensions on other programs. IE: The “tax payer” wouldn’t be paying for anything. And if you ever were on unemployment.. you would realize that the tiny amount you get per week is nothing to be proud of… or to kick back and live it up. Obviously your just some ignorant troll who has nothing better to do that try and aggravate people. As mrmano_0 said earlier.. everyone ignore this waste of time.

    • Icare

      2 The Twenty-seventh Amendment (Amendment XXVII) prohibits any law that
      increases or decreases the salary of members of Congress from taking
      effect until the start of the next set of terms of office for
      Representatives. It is the most recent amendment to the United States
      Constitution. It was submitted to the states for ratification in
      September 1789 and became part of the United States Constitution in May
      1992, a record setting period of 202 years, 7 months and 12 days.[1]

      Who decides what size salary and when they get it??? It’s no wonder they are paid so much!!!

      They shouldn’t be allowed to decide how big of raise they get!! It
      should be put to a vote every time they cry about wanting a higher
      salary and let the people decide how much of a raise they have earned!!

      Or maybe a salary cut???

  • David Flannagan

    99 weeks baby. You do the math. You haven’t heard of the “99ers”?

    • mrmano_0

      the 99 week ended in june 2012

  • Leeza

    How many more “procedural” votes do they need? Pass this damn thing already! There were 10 Republicans supporting this legislation on Monday – WTF happened that we lost 4 of their votes in support of moving this forward? Why did they turn? I can’t keep us with the political moves on this. Why are they playing games with us!!! Why can’t the President step in and DO SOMETHING!!! It’s like watching a tennis match – and the back and forth moves is getting us nowhere! I don’t understand why the President has been silent on this issue for the past 3 months, all the while watching his team of representatives act like children!

    • FedUpInNJ

      My question exactly Leeza, WHERE IS THE POTUS on this? Haven’t heard from him about this since the State of the Union address. If this is an EMERGENCY extension and the boys on the HIll can’t get it together why isn’t he using his pen to get this done? I’m really disappointed. I’ve actually called the White House 202-456-1111 and commented that I don’t think he should sign the aid bill to the Ukraine until benefits are extended for AMERICANS. AMERICANS FIRST. It’s shameful we have heard nothing from him and I reply back to each donation request with just that info.

      • mrmano_0

        The President can’t spend any money. Constitutionally that’s Congresses job alone. He could use the “bully pulpit” to more vigorously speak up for the long term unemployed but that’s the limit of Presidential power in this matter.

        • Stephen Barlow

          And he has. Frequently. But since the “liberal mainstream media” is a Conservative DECEPTION and ALL media including NPR /PBS is Republican leaning… How do you expect to get the WHOLE truth?

    • Stephen Barlow

      The President does NOT control Congress except through veto power. Sorry the Fox blather has deluded you on this truth. Even if you don’t watch it, IT has corrupted your understanding.

  • Garrett Daniels

    Yea, that was a pretty dumb statement David.

  • David Flannagan

    Dude,you’re preaching to the choir! I love this gravy train just as much as any poster on here. Those penny pinching Republicans won’t help us long term unemployed. The Democrats are the only ones we can count on for ongoing support. Where else in the world can you get $412.00 a week to sit on your couch and watch cable TV? I can’t thank the Democrats enough. I have to admit I have gained some weight with this sedimentary life style.

    • mrmano_0

      Please ignore this troll.

    • FedUpInNJ

      David if you are sitting on your butt collecting and not even trying for a job then you are just stupid. I’ve been actively looking everyday for 8 months…you better get started. This “gravy train” as you call justifiably has an end and with this economy you are only hurting yourself. Not to mention making yourself more fat, more lazy and def MORE STUPID. You’ll get caught when they ask for your application history and check it. People like you should be thrown off the program if you are not applying the rules. P.S: Your mom wants you to get a job too so you will get out of her basement and stop using all her electricity… just saying.

  • David Flannagan

    Oh Democrats won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz. The Republicans all drive Porches ,I must make Amen’s. I get free housing(section 8),free doctor visits(ObamaCare)free meals(food stamps)free money(lifetime unemployment insurance benefits).
    If that isn’t Heaven on Earth-what is? You would have to be crazy to vote for a Republican!

    • K.D.

      Don’t let this guy fool you. He’s Sebastian Klay and he has nothing better to do than post childish comments on websites that are suppose to address issues of the American people.

      • Sebastian Klay

        you are obsessed with me..I love it!!…and..”david” is not me…yer so under my spell…excellellent…my plan is working to perfection…

        • K.D.

          He’s your boyfriend precious!

  • DerekJR321

    Let’s make an analogy. Let’s say you cut yourself and are bleeding to death. Do you need an Emergency Room? Or do you need someone to teach you how to sew stitches? The unemployment situation is exactly the same. Yes.. we need jobs. However, even if they passed the greatest jobs bill ever conceived, it doesn’t help those who are suffering NOW. Any jobs package would take months if not years to have any impact. And it would only affect certain areas of the country. People need help to survive RIGHT NOW. Not next month, not next week, NOW.

  • Icare

    The Twenty-seventh Amendment (Amendment XXVII) prohibits any law that
    increases or decreases the salary of members of Congress from taking
    effect until the start of the next set of terms of office for
    Representatives. It is the most recent amendment to the United States
    Constitution. It was submitted to the states for ratification in
    September 1789 and became part of the United States Constitution in May
    1992, a record setting period of 202 years, 7 months and 12 days.[1]

    Who decides what size salary and when they get it??? It’s no wonder they are paid so much!!!

    They shouldn’t be allowed to decide how big of raise they get!! It
    should be put to a vote every time they cry about wanting a higher
    salary and let the people decide how much of a raise they have earned!!

    Or maybe a salary cut???

  • Icare

    99% of the Kosh pribeline jobs are temporary and will be gone once the pipeline is finished! Then What?

    This is just a temp fix to just a portion of the job problems.

    How about investing in businesses that can be hosted in any state?

    Maybe it is time for more employee owned businesses.

    How many new businesses owned by the now unemployed could then be created?

    And created in the area they are now living and able to afford a good
    living while creating jobs and selling goods and products…

    And all this can be sustainable without the corporate greed…

    Imagine… tens of millions of heads coming together and using the
    law of the land to prosper and live the real American Dream…

    All you have to do, but only with the money sources to start the
    businesses… this would come by pooling 50% of your extended ui checks
    to create and fund the newly created businesses…. you just have to
    come together and make it happen.

    • LaughnigLion

      You forget about the long term jobs that the pipeline will bring. There will be the perpetual clean up jobs when the pipeline ruptures. There are the water pollution monitoring jobs that comes with the pipeline (and don’t forget the monitoring that has to be done because of fracking).

      • mrmano_0

        All at tax payer expense. Over one BILLION already spent in Michigan to clean up a Koch brothers mess in 2010.

        http://michiganradio.org/post/3-years-and-nearly-1-billion-later-cleanup-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill-continues

      • Icare

        Long term Jobs??? What, maybe a couple of hundred jobs when millions are needed!!! This pipeline is a joke and they want to go through so billionaires can make billions and it will be mostly tax dollars paying for any cleanups!!!

      • Icare

        And what does the name laugh-nig-Lion mean anyway???

        Is it supposed to be Laughing-Lion???

        It should be Laughing-Hyena!!!

  • Ron

    The Republican attitude “Bend over and take it like a man.”

    • Layla

      It wasn’t the Republicans who caused this, Ron. It was OBAMA.

      • mrmano_0

        That is incorrect. George W. Bush took a surplus and turned it into a tremendous debt. Bush started two unfunded wars and made tax cuts knowing it would create debt. Bush crashed the economy long before President Obama was in office.

  • NeedsVacation

    PHONE JAM BOEHNER

    Contact John Boehner’s office until the phones are unplugged:
    John Boehner says the implementation will be “difficult”? Is that really the attitude you want to have towards long-term unemployed seeking jobs? Its “difficult” so give up?

    #SETEXAMPLE

    John Boehner
    Phone: (202) 225-0600
    (Press 1 to leave a message or 2 to speak with his assistant)

    SPREAD THE WORD AND GET THIS OUT

  • ConcernedAmerican

    I had the unpleasant experience of getting laid off in December and I’m contacting John Boehner’s office every day to make sure he’s aware that the American people who aren’t abusing the system need help. I encourage anyone in the same position to do the same:
    John Boehner (R – Ohio)
    Washington, D.C. Office
    1011 Longworth H.O.B.
    Washington, DC 20515
    (202) 225-0600

  • Ron Warrens

    Ok listen up

    Problem: To many hard working Americans do not have jobs, why?
    For thirty years the leaders of this Great Nation allowed the rich to take our jobs over seas and Mexico.
    Solution: Throw all of them out! We need to start a new party the WCA (Working Class Americans). We are the ones that built this great Nation We could straighten this Great Nation Out. Our current leaders are not for the WCA they are actually against us. What needs to happen for starters we need to raise taxes on all the companies that left the USA, so that it would be more profitable for them to come back to the USA. Right now America is like the most powerful Train Engine in the world, the only problem is it’s not on the tracks. I believe If we started the WCA we could put this nation back on the tracks headed in the right direction. There are many other issues that need to be addressed also, but I believe and many others also, that the rich going over seas and Mexico is the biggest problem when it comes to the unemployed. Ok now the WCA needs to pull together and make this happen. We need honest hard working Americans to take this nation back. follow me on facebook if you are a WCA that has a sincere desire to get this Powerful Train Engine Back on the tracks.
    (WCA: copy right 04-04-2014)

    Sincerely

    RPW Ron Warrens

  • Layla

    There are people in my community who have been on unemployment for the past 5 years. They have no intention of even looking for a job. Why should they?

    • mrmano_0

      What has that to do with anything?? The folks you’re referring too will NOT be covered by this extension.

    • 1of1.5million

      Layla, it’s people like you who have no clue that is the reason for the delay. Educate yourself on the topic! Let me say this loud and clear. NO One, NOT ONE person has collected more than 99 weeks TOTAL! EVER!! NO ONE has collected for 5 years. You get 26 weeks UI, and upto 4 tiers of EUC. The for tiers were 73 weeks total. The tiers have dropped off over years and weeks. Example. In PA, in Dec of 2013, all there was was 2 tiers of 14 weeks each, that is it. If you already collected 28, weeks this extension and all before it gives you NO more weeks, in any way!!!

    • Ron

      If they have been unemployed that long, they certainly are not collecting unemployment. So, what was your point with that statement exactly? To show that you really have no understanding of the issue.
      Additionally, it is not Obama’s fault. He is not among the Republicans doing everything they can to block this bill. Of all the votes for this bill only 4 (now 4) Republicans have voted for it, the remaining 35 who voted no were Republicans.
      I will remember these weasels in November.

  • FedUpInNJ

    It is absolute insanity that this is such a game with politicians. “If you give us the XL Pipeline we’ll give you UI benefits” WTF? The 2 have NOTHING to do with each other – same as the tax on medical equipment… These are people’s lives they are playing with and the whole display is just disgusting. Renewing UI has not been an issue for 5 years and NOW because its an election year they are using hard working, tax paying citizens who have fallen on hard times as pawns. I’m so fed up with ALL of them. Republicans have gotten what they asked for but the problem is once they get it they ask for something MORE! Who can negotiate with someone who wants to keep changing the goal? Republicans are the bullies here and that is blinding obvious even to Republicans so it will most likely hurt them in the upcoming election. They could save it and be known as “heros” if they pass this through the senate quickly. People see also how Dems took their sweet time bringing it to the floor at all. Republicans ALWAYS have May to add these last minute requests in but for now every day they block and delay this vital lifeline for 3 million Americans they lose voting party members. Boehner is truly stupid because this is NOT the battle to stand ground on in his fight against Obama, he has the minimum wage for that, but THIS extension has too many ramifications both economically and financially that directly affect the lives of everyday people. Boehner needs to let this one go, gain the trust of people back and continue with his fight. If you want to win the war you have to choose your battles carefully.

  • FedUpInNJ

    Excellent link for contact from AA4U to contact your representatives and have your voices heard Please contact them:
    http://www.aa4u.org/news/2014/4/1/zyt37naao3i3knp40vu367q3y1iq58

  • teapartyidiots

    God, just let them vote on Keystone already or the medical device tax. Obama can veto it if he wants.

    • Thomas William Muirhead

      Obviously not if it is attached to this bill

      • teapartyidiots

        True. I meant offer it up as a stand alone.

        • Thomas William Muirhead

          Yea, but offering it up to be voted on and then vetoing it, will mean they just vote down any UI in the house and were exactly were we stand now.

  • Thomas

    This needs to be approved. Too many people with no jobs to go to. and no money to pay there bills. Our jobs have gone to other countries, so sad.

  • David Flannagan

    We must keep the pressure on John Beanor. Call his office and tell him you want your UI extension. There is no reason why that we can’t keep getting these extensions. We can spend money looking for planes that have disappeared. Or give money to corrupt governments. We want our unemployment benefits extended until they bring our jobs back. They tirrrkk errr JERRRBBSS!

    • jdondet

      The whole thing is kabuki theater. This bill has supposedly been in the works for months now. It is now scheduled for a vote this coming Wednesday, convenient that day is, Congress goes on recess on Thursday. The Senate passes the bill knowing it will die because the House will not be session. Had either party truly wanted it to pass, they would have already done so.

      • Raylusk

        Wrong. The Senate democrats have tried twice already to pass this bill and both times it was filibustered by the GOP. You don’t know what you are talking about.

  • Lucky

    First they were going to vote this week, than Monday, now Wednesday. We might as well forget this and work on voting these A##Holes out.

  • Stephen Barlow

    The attacks in the PPACA are becoming more insignificant in nature. The REDS keep asking for less and less but endangering more and more Americans. I don;t understand the working class, trailer trash fools who keep voting these REDS into office.

    If the Dems are smart, they would not bother with individual races, but a wholesale condemnation of the SHUTDOWN PARTY, the WAR ON WOMEN Party, the WHITE SUPREMACY Party, the KILL Healthcare Party, the SPECIAL RICH Exemptions Party.

    Use their Rovian tactics against nationwide. Swiftboat ALL Republicans thusly:

    “Republicans have been lying to you for half a decade.
    There ARE no Death Panels. The PPACA is SAVING taxpayer dollars.
    The Recovery is slow because of REPUBLICAN OBSTRUCTIONISM.
    90% of Americans WANT gun contrl, the Republican DENIED you gun safety.
    70% of Americans want the PPACA fixed. The Republicans DENIED you by failing 54 times to sabotage YOUR healthcare, YOUR Medicaid, YOUR Medicare.

    If you want more stagnation and only want the Rich getting Richer, Vote Republican.

    If you want the working middle class to thrive again…
    If you want equal pay for equal work…
    Living wages to end poverty and save on SNAP and TANF…
    If you believe in healthcare for all…
    If you demand a functioning Congress…
    If you think the few should NOT be able to BUY elections

    VOTE THE REPUBLICANS OUT OF OFFICE EVERY WHERE!!!

  • Thomas

    I’m going Democratic if this doesn’t pass. We’ll lay all of you off.

  • Five Guyz

    Here we find our resident marxist agitator, Hussein Obama, spinning another tall yarn: http://youtu.be/6jJvkkNmR_8?t=1m29s

    • mrmano_0

      You wouldn’t know a Marxist if someone knock you upside the head with Das Kapital.

  • El Capitan

    Here we find our resident Bolshevik ideologue, Hussein Obama, spinning another chimerical tale: http://youtu.be/6jJvkkNmR_8?t=1m29s

  • Priorities

    Does anyone know why John Boinker was crying???

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    While the crisis in the Ukraine, is newsworthy and important, let us not forget the more than two million unemployed workers, and their families, who had loss their benefits last December, still waiting for the Unemployment Extension Bill to pass in the senate. Since late last December, the Republicans have dragged their feet, and have put off passing the bill, while millions of families have been suffering on account of it. For the first time in many years, the senate failed to extend the benefits for the unemployed, leaving these poor families to suffer eviction, home foreclosures, bankruptcy, and homelessness. Even though the congress quickly approved of Billions of dollars in aid for the Ukraine. How is this possible? How can the republicans justify spending Billions of tax payer’s dollars on foreign aid, yet refuse to help poor Americans at home? These workers were not asking for something that they haven’t already paid into over the course of their working years. These families need help, and need it now. If our country can use tax payer’s money to Bailout Huge Corporations, they should be also capable of giving assistance to those who have worked for it. The problem isn’t with the poor and unemployed in this country, but with the government spending billions of dollars on Corporate welfare and corporation bailouts. What happened after all those bailouts?? The CEO’S rewarded themselves with huge bonuses on the tax payer’s tab. That was the thanks we received from Corporate America for our help. The Republican Party likes to represent their party as being the party for “family values”. But where are their values? Charity should begin at home, and it’s been too long now that these unemployed Americans have been suffering, Senators such as John Boehner, have shown their contempt for the poor and less advantaged in this country, and in the coming elections in 2016, the Republican Party will realize their mistake in not supporting these two million unemployed workers

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    I hope the American people will not forget the more than two million unemployed workers, and their families, who have been without unemployment benefits, since late last December. For the past four months, these families have had to endure countless delays, and party politics, while facing evictions, home foreclosures, personal bankruptcy, and homelessness. The Republican senators, have used these people as both bargaining chips, and for political leverage to further their political agendas. These people have worked all of their lives, paying into the system for such an unfortunate occasion, but have found themselves left hung out to dry by the republicans. While billions of tax payer’s dollars has been approved for the Ukraine, no extension bill to help these poor Americans has been passed in the senate. Senators like John Boehner, have used every possible method to have the extension bill killed in the senate. The Republicans have shown a total disregard and distain for the poor in this country, as well as for women in the workplace. Apparently, women also have suffered in the senate with the rejection of equal pay. Please help these families in dire need of this extension bill. For many it may already be too late to have helped them. Many families are living in their cars, or on the streets, after being unable to pay their mortgage and rent.

  • Maria Cardoso

    Republicans will suffer the loss of millions of votes as a result of their refusal and failure to pass unemployment extension in the house. Time for an uprising against the GOP and their callous and cold disregard of the American people. Perhaps if we all relocate to the Ukraine we can receive the aid there.

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