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October 10, 2015

Unemployment Extension Fight Pits Portman Against Boehner

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The fight for a bipartisan unemployment benefits extension bill is pitting two powerful, prominent Ohio Republicans — Speaker John A. Boehner and Sen. Rob Portman — against each other, but the two men haven’t yet spoken about it.

“I haven’t talked to him,” Portman told CQ Roll Call Monday evening. “I did have my folks reach out to the Ohio state agency that handles this issue, and we want to make sure that … it can be done and be done smoothly, and so we’re working to be able to address any concerns that he has, but I haven’t talked to him directly about it.”

Boehner ripped the bill as unworkable last week, citing concerns expressed by the National Association of State Workforce Agencies that it would be difficult to implement in its current form and would potentially result in months of delays.

Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez weighed in late last week, saying that he was confident the bill could be implemented. And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Monday he wants to pass the bill this week.

Portman said he would vote against a filibuster when Reid calls the bill up. He is one of five GOP senators to sign on to the deal, potentially making him the key 60th vote.

“We of course would want to work with all of the states to ensure that they could implement it properly,” Portman said.

As for the question of whether the House would call up the measure?

“That’s up to them. That’s up to the House,” Portman said. “You know, I got involved in this because I believe that the current unemployment system does not work to provide the tools to people who are long-term unemployed. I’m very concerned about the numbers of long-term unemployed, and the poor prospects they have right now for getting a job.”

Portman said his interest is “not to provide an extension alone, but it’s to ensure that we … reform the system, and there’s some reforms in the legislation that I signed off on, and then there is a promise of additional work to reform during this interim period to try to add more skills training, to try to do the things that are creative to get people to work.

“The notion is to lower the barriers to hiring these folks,” Portman said. “I want to work with both sides to make that happen.

“I do want to work with the House, and maybe they have some better ideas,” he added.

Reid said he may keep the Senate in through the weekend to ensure the chamber acts.

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  1. Anabel

    March 24, 2014
    8:37 p.m.

    WTF! Don’t play with the American feelings

  2. Chris Nelson

    March 24, 2014
    9:43 p.m.

    They don’t care about us. they make $174,000 a year and already have taken a month off for recess while over 2 million people have gone without. by the time they get around to passing this the damage will be done

    • Tim from PA

      March 25, 2014
      12:23 a.m.

      I agree. This should have been resolved months ago but everyone has kicked this can now, almost like it was agreed upon back in December to sweep it under the carpet and hope the U.I numbers would magically drop until it became a non issue. Four months later so many people suspect good cop/bad cop to save face that every other comment now is VOTE THEM ALL OUT! Maybe not a bad idea.

      • Victor Sanchez

        April 30, 2014
        4:45 a.m.

        I believe every Republican who is trying to back this extension is only doing so publicly so they can maintain the majority in the house but it won’t work. They are all lying through their teeth and could care less about anything because when it comes to election time, they will say, I supported the extension. Publicly they do, privately its all a game they play to maintain power and positions

    • Shizue Leigh Hicks

      March 25, 2014
      8:54 a.m.

      John Boehner’s actual annual income for last year was $900,000. His stated base salary on his website is $223,500.

      • Peter L Tomaino

        March 25, 2014
        9:41 a.m.

        Plus he can give himself a raise as well, as they all can.
        I say, let the people vote on their raises !

        • cnourse57

          March 25, 2014
          10:48 a.m.

          It is already in the Constitution that Congress cannot vote itself a pay raise for the current session. They can vote a pay raise for the next session, after a general election. The voters get to decide if the Senator or Congressman deserves the pay raise for the next session of Congress, or not.

          • Peter L Tomaino

            March 25, 2014
            11:09 a.m.

            Pay rates for the Senate and Congress are self voted and can be at anytime to vote on. The President pay is done once a term. So he give the next one a raise or himself if he wins the next term, Most presidents really dont raise it by to much, but even through most dont believe it does pay some expanses of the White House, Some comes from his pay and the rest comes from a set budget, But good luck in figuring that part out. The White House is run from the parks dept and a few others , like the AirForce ,Navy, Army and so on. But After Clinton, They dont get retirement money for life nor other services. Just 4 years after their last day in office. Their pay is also not based on performance, it’s based on cost of living adjustments.

          • donald rohan

            April 3, 2014
            3:40 a.m.

            so if their pay is based on cost of living how is it they don’t make minimum wage they are the ones saying that 10.10 per hour is a fair wage and in tune with the cost of living

          • Peter L Tomaino

            April 3, 2014
            3:46 a.m.

            Not trying to defend them on it but:
            if was a minimum pay job and done a hourly rate job, I don’t think anyone would really want to do it. if you look at what they do ( through we really don’t think they do anything ) They work long long hours , they have a lot of schooling, They are on call 24/7 ( even through they seem to take a lot time away from DC) The have to decide the fates of 400 million people. And have to decide to send some people to their deaths to defend an idea. Would do that for 10 dollars an hour?

          • Golden Maiden

            April 17, 2014
            5:41 a.m.

            The House and Senate was never meant to be a paying job. It was supposed to be voluntary out of being a patriate – so how about we go back to this being an unpaid one term limit. You want to help america and have ideas to help, you work less then 1/3 the year anyway, so be the patriate you claim to be, serve one term, unpaid and get out and then LIVE with the consequences of your term decisions. Come on OHIO – you are the last lifeline American as – vote boehner out of office.

          • Golden Maiden

            April 17, 2014
            5:37 a.m.

            You need to go back and check your facts

      • barb.mccann

        March 25, 2014
        2 p.m.

        And where did the rest come from – big opportunities with big business – with John – it’s all about the money and he will not give it up – even if we lose our homes!!!

      • Layla

        March 25, 2014
        3:50 p.m.

        You left out Reid and Pelosi’s income. Boehner didn’t cause this, obama did. We need jobs, not more welfare.

        • Matthew Pieri

          March 25, 2014
          5 p.m.

          Wrong, a sell out corporate trickle down first government that became rampant while Reagan slept started this. It blue up under Bush the Clueless.

        • Diana Taylor

          March 25, 2014
          10:59 p.m.


        • Victoria Bessette

          March 26, 2014
          10:19 a.m.

          Did you only come to this country when President Obama took office? Seems to me this down turn in the economy all began around 2007,.. according ti The National Bureau of Economic Research said Monday that the U.S. has been in a recession since December 2007. Who was in office then ? Not President Obama.

        • Angela

          March 29, 2014
          9:51 p.m.

          Boehner is the one who is CONSTANTLY holding the American people hostage because of his schoolyard vendetta against Obama! It’s NOT the American people’s fault because BOTH SIDES can’t seem to get their crap together. Government shut downs, UI cut offs! The only people that suffer are the people WHO HAVE PUT INTO THE SYSTEM! Corporate “donations” for corporations who have 600 MILLION jobs overseas! AND GET TAX CREDITS FOR IT!! And God forbid if one of us gets a McDonalds job to get off of unemployment….THEN we become unqualified workers that don’t deserve to have (the only jobs that hire) minimum wage jobs…THEN we become welfare recipients! Layla….you are seriously misguided and ignorant as the rest. Maybe YOU should run for president so we can blame you and your stupidity for the real issues!

        • Golden Maiden

          April 17, 2014
          5:49 a.m.

          Frankly to blame Obama (which is just way too easy a target) for all this is ridiculous – this economy was on a down slide from deals made before he came into office – this this time I DO blame the GOP because 5 times they past this bill without a single dispute under rep Presidents – and now they want to put the ‘problem’ in the DEM’s hands to fix – where is Boehner’s “fixes”? He’s been in office since 1990 – why is it suddenly DEM who have to find the fix, and only a GOP fix? BOTH PARTIES are at fault – the bottomline is Career Politicians are going to be the death of Americans. Obama did his damage, but at least we are guaranteed he will only be there 8 years – Boehner has been there for 24 years….??? Where are the jobs? WHere did the money we just sent to another country *and not for the people there mind you but to protect rich american assets) come from? Ho was it so easy to make that decision and yet so hard to know that 3 million americans are in desperate positions and getting no help… oh wait, that’s right, we’re just lazy.

        • Victor Sanchez

          April 30, 2014
          4:42 a.m.

          Do we really care about the incomes. I have not beem unemployed for over 30 years and have just lost my home and car. This is all about Republicans and Democrats when it should be about Americans. You want to pay for this stuff, cut the aid we send to every country and take care of our own

      • Matthew Pieri

        March 25, 2014
        4:59 p.m.

        Now tie in the millions of dollars of “free” privileges, you know quiet hush hush corporate interest money…the guy is probably a Cayman billionaire. I have sent out 64 resumes in March, leading to two calls and one interview and no job. This is unreal how long this has lingered.

        • Golden Maiden

          April 17, 2014
          5:43 a.m.

          Please dont forget the ‘pocket money’ he gets from lobbiest to make sure that 1% of American’s stay in that 1%

      • George Rodriguez

        March 25, 2014
        6:23 p.m.

        he gets over a million for his expence acount added to that. google it… closer to 2 million.. thats a big bill for lunchs

    • Plep

      March 25, 2014
      10:38 a.m.

      …. and if they don’t get this done soon, they will be taking two more weeks off in April. All this vacation time must be tiring.

      • Diana Taylor

        March 26, 2014
        12:12 a.m.

        LOL, This is certainly no laughing matter but what a joke this has become! You’re correct, another vacation is on the horizon. I hope people will be fortunate enough to find work before then!! JUST IMAGINE IF WE DEPENDED ON THEM FOR AIR, OVER 2 MILLION PEOPLE WOULD BE DEAD BY NOW! SCARY!!

      • David Bowser

        April 2, 2014
        8:28 a.m.

        I used to think it was vacation time, but it’s actually scheduled time to work out their individual state issues. Now, whether or not that’s what they actually do with that time is still left in question.

        • Golden Maiden

          April 17, 2014
          5:55 a.m.

          it’s actually called “recess” kinda like back in gradeschool and yes, its forcus on their state issues – so name me any state with a bigger issue then long term unemployment?

    • donald rohan

      April 3, 2014
      3:35 a.m.

      chris I got news for you for some people the damage is already done and has been for quite some time

  3. superluminal89 .

    March 24, 2014
    10:53 p.m.

    You mean to tell me that an Ohio senator can’t pick up the phone directly and call an Ohio representative and that one has to get “his people” to call the other?

    I call BS on this. The senator really isn’t genuine in his desire to fix this. If it were to help one of his contributors, he would have called Boehner directly, no doubt about it.

    • TJ

      March 25, 2014
      10:08 a.m.

      Exactly! Mind you the “unworkable” part is the part Portman demanded before he would let it go to a vote.

  4. christopher tobiens

    March 25, 2014
    12:35 a.m.


    • Valarie Blanco

      March 25, 2014
      8:26 a.m.

      I totally agree and said the same thing last night Chris. We are penniless and starving in our country and they are concerned about another country giving them Billions. Take care of your own people in your country first. Our system is so broken when they use us as pones for their own personal gain.

      • NeedsVacation

        March 25, 2014
        11:16 a.m.

        **** Read NEEDS VACATION post below or uptop and vote it up.

        It’s true and its something everyone should read.
        95% of Americans support long-term unemployment benefits.

        • Layla

          March 25, 2014
          3:49 p.m.

          Sorry, but NO, THEY DON’T.

          • Victoria Bessette

            March 26, 2014
            10:16 a.m.

            Your right only those of us who have actually empathy and heart .. want the extension.

          • Golden Maiden

            April 17, 2014
            5:59 a.m.

            You’re right – its more like 79% per the last poll however I’m pretty sure the point is the same.

  5. deano

    March 25, 2014
    6:44 a.m.

    ” John A. Boehner,”,,,, any crazy people out there….anyone ready to go off the deep end…. Remember John A. Boehner is the reason we are starving. Many are losing their homes and cars. He would rather send billions to the Ukraine. They dont want our help…. Boehner needs to take care of the people here not anywhere else.

    • Layla

      March 25, 2014
      3:48 p.m.

      But you still have a computer, internet, cell phones…..starving? Hardly.

      • Sharon

        March 25, 2014
        5:36 p.m.

        so, everyone else out of the united states owns our gas stations and convenient stores, guess they can take our phones and computers too, That make you satisfied that were starving , we are starving for our own jobs

      • Victoria Bessette

        March 26, 2014
        10:10 a.m.

        Layla really? You know Karma is a *itch .. You can not even search for work with out a phone or internet. As far as computers mine is 7 years old. .not exactly a luxury item.

      • ERA

        March 26, 2014
        10:37 p.m.

        ^^^ Layla~ 7239 comments~ I take it ur employment is sitting in front of your computer~ debating topics w/ little or right-wing “Fox News “factual**info~~
        Really, 7000+ comments!! ~~get outta here – w/ ur bs!

        • Angela

          March 29, 2014
          9:54 p.m.

          NO !!! She is one of those welfare recipients who have NO IDEA what a hard day of work is like!

          • Angela

            March 29, 2014
            9:55 p.m.

            Or she is one of those “at home” wives who’s husbands end up cheating on them and leaving them out in the cold after a while.

  6. elf

    March 25, 2014
    7:43 a.m.

    Please continue to send messages to Boehner…www,

  7. Valarie Blanco

    March 25, 2014
    8:26 a.m.

    We are penniless and starving in our country and they are concerned about another country, Ukraine, giving them Billions. Take care of your own people in your country first. Our system is so broken when they use us as ponds for their own personal gain.

  8. Ricki Ward

    March 25, 2014
    8:28 a.m.

    It’s going to come to desperation, looting, riot, doing whatever to get money. Now they mention July???? Other countries are being put b4 their own people.

    • Diana Taylor

      March 25, 2014
      12:50 p.m.

      Regret, that shouldn’t come as a surprise, they’re all dispicable to allow this to continue!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Layla

        March 25, 2014
        3:47 p.m.

        How many here voted for this job killing administration? Hands up, everyone! We need JOBS, NOT WELFARE. The lying in this administration continues.

        • Victoria Bessette

          March 25, 2014
          4:17 p.m.

          Unemployment Insurance is not Welfare.

        • VinnyFromIndy

          March 25, 2014
          5:49 p.m.

          You are a pathetic troll that is so arrogantly ignorant it hard to know where to begin. The fact is that the GOP in the House has consistently and completely BLOCKED every measure to create jobs in this country for the last few years. They have sat on the American Jobs Bill sent to them by the Democrats and the President. The GOP has done NOTHING but obstruct and pass endless, meaningless bills to repeal Obamacare.

          The GOP owns this even if you are to ignorant to see or understand it. Typical right wing blowhard liar.

        • Diana Taylor

          March 25, 2014
          10:48 p.m.

          NEWS FLASH, THEY’RE ALL LIERS!! and to claify, it is not WELFARE, it is insurance to protect people that have paid into the system all of their life. It was set up to assist people in this very circumstance. Now it’s become a chess game between parties! I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re placing bets behind closed doors while sipping on a cocktail. It reminds me of the movie “Trading Places”. Same scenario, only this time, it’s the Senate placing the bet, “lets see how far we can push the American people before they break” or will they just dissapear into obscurity?? Mr.Boehner will now be accepting bets at podium 2…….hmmmmmmmm

        • Diana Taylor

          March 26, 2014

          Excuse me…At this point, the behavior of our own government is a travesty and it really makes no difference what party you’re affiliated with, they’re
          all full of it!! The fact that they have left so many
          Americans in despair since December, makes me sick!! Maybe there are a few decent politicians that really
          do want to help the people but that remains to be seen!! All I’ve heard from Dec 28th till now is the following; Blah, Blah, Blah, regulations, must include job creation, more stipulations,no suggestions, no innovation, vacation, vacation, golf outing, latte, postpone, recess, recess, next week, postpone, etc….you get the gist! AND HERE WE SIT SINCE DECEMBER!! STILL IN DESPAIR….AND WHO IS THE CAUSE OF THIS BILL BEING REJECTED YET AGAIN??? OH AND ONCE AGAIN, UNEMPLOMENT IS NOT WELFARE!!!

        • ERA

          March 26, 2014
          10:41 p.m.

          ^^^ Layla~ 7239 comments~ I take it ur employment is sitting in front of your computer~ debating topics w/ little or right-wing “Fox News “factual**info~~
          Really, 7000+ comments!! ~~get outta here – w/ ur bs~~~

  9. frustrated

    March 25, 2014
    8:52 a.m.

    he needs to try and live on what we have. HE WOULD COMMIT SUICIDE!!!!!

  10. Victoria Bessette

    March 25, 2014
    8:57 a.m.

    This is crazy .. I am a Florida Resident and in Florida UE is only 16 weeks not even the 26 weeks most other states have. There are over 2 million Americans who are drowning and this one senator is going to throw them an anchor to assist with the drowning

    • frustrated

      March 25, 2014
      9:01 a.m.

      I agree I live in Tn. my husband is laid off and my income is barely keeping the lights and water on, he is looking for work everyday and either they tell him we will call you or in a nice way he is too old. That’s BS!!!!

      • Layla

        March 25, 2014
        3:46 p.m.

        NO, that’s Barack H. Obama! We need JOBS, NOT MORE WELFARE.

        • Victoria Bessette

          March 25, 2014
          4:04 p.m.

          Unemployment Insurance is not welfare and yes we need more jobs. Any ideas how to find work if you can not afford the gas to get a job interview without an extension?

        • Thomas Wise

          March 26, 2014
          11:53 a.m.

          Hey idiot, where do you think those people with kids who can no longer collect unemployment will be going?…that’s right..WELFARE….

    • Layla

      March 25, 2014
      3:46 p.m.

      There are people in my town who have been drawing unemployment for over 2 years. They’ve stopped looking. We need JOBS, not more welfare.

      • Victoria Bessette

        March 25, 2014
        4:07 p.m.

        In Florida UE insurance is currently only 16 weeks .. so not like your town at all Layla

      • sybil

        March 25, 2014
        4:43 p.m.


      • Robin B Langley

        March 26, 2014
        2:29 p.m.

        Layla, You are right we do not need more welfare. That is why we need unemploument insureance to help us find the jbs that keeps us off welfare. Why is that so hard to understand. You keep saying that we need more jobs. I agree with you and so does everyone on unemployment. You also state we do not need more welfare. Everyone on unemployment also agree with that. But the part you are not understanding is that to get from Point A to Point B there must be an interim Point C. I have been looking for a job since July 2013. There are very few out here and for each opening we have hundreds of applicants. Why can you not see that to gain a job we have to have an employer that is willing to hire. People say go to McDonalds, and I wholehartedly agree. However, what employer in their right mind would take a person with a college degree over someone with a high school education, or less? The reson they do not is that if a job came open that would pay more (at least be able to pay the bills) the person with education will jump at the chance. So they will not even attempt to hire them even though we tell them we want to work because we have bills! So until you can tell us how we get “more jobs” to put all of the unemployed to work then I do not think you need to say anything. It is easy to spout “We need more jobs…. not welfare,” but it is more difficult to say how those jobs are going to come about. We cannot force an employer to hire us. So if you have an idea of how to get those jobs you keep talking about please tell us because even Congress has no idea! And if Congress want less welfare they better come up with a plan to get the jobs for the unemployed or that is exactly what they will get…more people on welfare, not unemployment!

  11. Peter L Tomaino

    March 25, 2014
    9:39 a.m.

    This like the old game of hot potato, But its our lives they are playing with.
    Me and wife just lost our home, She is at her moms and I at my moms. We are both near 50 and living with our parents. How much lower can we go before death is next ?
    I would say to all , Lets march to the hill and tell them off, but on the other hand since we all broke, they know that us 2million cant afford to.

  12. Gary Donofrio

    March 25, 2014
    9:55 a.m.

    Enough has been said regarding the EUI important issue for those in hardship condition. “Boehner just does NOT care for those”. I feel this will never prevail due to the length of time that has expired. The house should have negotiated approval months ago!

  13. Based_Knowledge

    March 25, 2014
    10:41 a.m.

    My comments are too real for the moderators to let it post smh

  14. NeedsVacation

    March 25, 2014
    10:45 a.m.


    Rep. Rob Portman is doing the right thing. John Boehner lied about this program being “unworkable” and Mr. Portman knows it. And now Boehner is saying it would be difficult to implement the program!

    Just because the program would be difficult to re-implement we should terminate it? Ok.. so people who are having a difficult time finding work should stop?

    Boehner is now butting both feet in his mouth.

    95% of American’s support long-term unemployment.

    Call Boehner’s office and tell him what he needs to do.

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

    Good luck everyone.

    • organize

      March 25, 2014
      1:42 p.m.

      John bonner isnt to blame. hes just the public fall guy. Voting and threatening does little to nothing. online petetion to impeach? Im sure people are shaking in their shark suits.

    • Layla

      March 25, 2014
      3:44 p.m.

      No, 95% of Americans do not support more welfare. We demand the jobs that Obama promised us!

      • Victoria Bessette

        March 25, 2014
        4:13 p.m.

        Unemployment is paid to workers by state governments from a fund of unemployment taxes collected from employers. Unemployment insurance often only pays workers about half of what they were earning at their previous job to help encourage them to seek re-employment. The former employee often must continually prove that he or she has been actively searching for a job as a condition of continuing to receive unemployment insurance.
        Therefore it is not welfare.. But what is going to happen is your going to have more people on the real welfare if the extension is not passed

    • Victoria Bessette

      March 25, 2014
      4:10 p.m.

      Good luck calling his office the voice mail is always full. But you can send an email.. like I did

  15. David Bridges

    March 25, 2014
    10:53 a.m.

    below is a link to impeach bohner. sign it!

  16. eric

    March 25, 2014
    11:13 a.m.

    nice we starve for months waiting for what we earned all well illegals get free welfare. I think they need to cut free welfare for illegals and start helping us Americans, I just got a job and am about to loose it cause I got no gas money to get there never mind the fact I can only eat once a day or my kids would go hungry have you ever worked a ten hour high paced day with only one small meal and yes I tried to get food stamps but as a white male with a long work history there is know hope of that but they got same day benefits for illegals soon I will be homeless but know worries I am sure some nice illegals will take my place thanks glad I paid out all those taxes for all those years well worth it.

  17. NeedsVacation

    March 25, 2014
    11:14 a.m.

    Read NEEDS VACATION post below or above and vote it up!

    Boehner needs to stand aside.

    95% of Americans support this bill.

    • Layla

      March 25, 2014
      3:42 p.m.

      No, we don’t. We need JOBS, NOT MORE WELFARE.

      • VinnyFromIndy

        March 25, 2014
        5:52 p.m.

        You are a troll

  18. David Reynolds

    March 25, 2014
    12:03 p.m.

    You know, I have been reviewing all the blogs since Dec. 2013. I noticed that back in that time, people were just hopeful that this UI extension would pass. Jan. 2014 when it didn’t, a small percentage of people started to lose hope that it would pass but people at that time were still hopeful that it would. Feb. 2014 people started losing their homes, Cars, and even their families and way of a little life on what they use to make. March 2014 we find ourselves taking a huge crash. The unemployment numbers has risen, the amount of people going homeless has sky rocketed, Price of oil has gone up and all the blogs I have read now say the same thing, GET RID OF OUR GOVERNMENT tells me clearly that peoples eye’s are wide open! Our so called Government has taken so much from me and have left me in ruins. I have had to be self motivated and self reliance to earn and make an income for the last 18yrs. The day that working for an employer produces security went out the door years ago for me so I have had no choice but to make my own roads financially in order to live. When a government tells me I have to have this permit or that license or that form filled out and paid for before I could adventure into what ever business I was starting up, I would just laugh and continue to operate and earn an honest living doing what I feel all of us should be doing.

    Folks, Jobs are just not out their anymore. If you are not in your early to late 20s or 30s, the chances of you getting a job with securities are slim to none! Our government is for big business and has hidden evil motives behind their intentions to help their fellow Americans. When they approve big corporations to take our jobs and give them to china and other countries I have never heard of before and I drive down the street and see another for sale sign or lease sign on a huge building that use to house hundreds of employees and I see an item that I knew use to be built and sold in that empty warehouse now “MADE IN CHINA”, it sickens me… What? were we board with our own people 20 years ago when we started to see our jobs float away? We use to make products. We built some of the most awesome cars and trucks in the world. We pioneered technology and created so much here in the U.S.A that everyone wanted a piece of the American pie dream. Now, I see displaced families move out of the country because America allowed countries like India to enter in and learn all the technology they could on work visa’s then bring all that they have learned back to their country and literally steal that information from us and use it to their benefit while we loose scope and security of that technology and job! Ever called a tech support before on a U.S. based company and reached an Indian? Ever bought a product that stamped a “MADE IN USA” and turn the item over to the other side and it read: ASSEMBLED IN THAI LAND”? Then you have a problem with that item and you called the 1-800 number and reached someone who can barely speak english from India? That is your job being stripped from you at it’s best and we have been reduced to the border line 3 world country level!

    Folks, It’s time to stop all of this! I totally agree with extending UI extensions as my wife and I face the same exact challenges you all do every day. We need to take back our factories. We need to overhaul our government by starting with the problems at hand. FIRE and vote out every single politician like this Boehner guy ax the president who lately only comes up on the news that his wife is having the time of her life flying to Asia on vacation and stopping in at the GAP for new clothes while the rest of us suffers. WE THE PEOPLE need to take back our government rights and do what is in the best interest of our country and fellow country men and women! Our four fathers who founded this country gave each and every one of us the power! Some where we lost the connection to that power and allowed our government to take control of that power rendering you and I, powerless! But we can take our country back because we have a law and constitution that says we can!

    Unless we all come together and oust out the problems in our country, I am afraid that this country is doomed! And the sad thing is, it will not be our children’s fault, no. It will be ours for not taking a stand and doing something about it! Let’s stop the merry go round effect and actually do something about the problems we the people are facing every day!

  19. Tim Hollaway

    March 25, 2014
    12:19 p.m.

    This is just absolutely pathetic. Its unbelievable that this could happen in America. What’s even more unbelievable is the lack of coverage this issue has gotten from the media. I praise roll call and its affiliates for helping keep the American people informed. You turn on CNN or Fox and all you see is coverage of a plane that went missing. A Malaysian airline at that. We are talking about millions of Americans who are or already have lost everything they have worked so hard to maintain. This is such a slap in the face. I don’t even have the words to express my frustration and disgust with the Speaker and his goons.

  20. youranonY

    March 25, 2014
    12:24 p.m.

    Do you people now see what is going on with our country?
    They want to help Ukraine because they started this in the first place !
    They do not want to help US AMERICANS because they rather see us SUFFER !
    Obama Lied ! He lied to all of us who waited in the line to Vote for him !
    Rich Gets Richer ! Thats the plan people
    Its not about Rep Or Dem, Because behind closed doors discussions take place that we dont hear about.
    this is not America anymore
    Its the land of Thieves

  21. Gina Corron

    March 25, 2014
    12:25 p.m.

    Well, my tags expired on March 8th, insurance is due tomorrow,.. and I haven’t had my unemployment since Dec. 30th. Now I couldn’t even go on a job interview if I were called in! This senate really sucks.

  22. deebee1847

    March 25, 2014
    12:28 p.m.

    It cracks me up when they think the unemployed are not getting jobs because of lack of skills…..if they would have someone read some of the blogs that are on line, they would find that the biggest problems seems to be that people are over-qualified and there is age discrimination galore. Not to say that there are not some that could use some new skills, but there are not as many jobs up for grabs as people are lead to believe.

  23. VinnyFromIndy

    March 25, 2014
    12:41 p.m.

    Can the GOP’s war on Americans be any clearer??? Boehner and the GOP simply do not care about the fate of millions of desperate Americans. They do not care that the CBO said the extension of benefits would CREATE 200k jobs.

    Make no mistake! The GOP is minting tens of thousands of New Democrats each week they deny these benefits. There are at least a million Republicans that have been thrown to the wolves by the GOP over this issue. One can only imagine the gut punch for these Republicans to watch as their party abandons them out of spite using lies to justify their cruelty. Not only are these millions of Republicans being thrown to the wolves by their party leaders, their conservative brethren now call THEM moochers and takers on comment threads on the Internet. This issue is not like gay marriage or some other esoteric issue for the desperate unemployed. For these people the need is severe and immediate. They are watching helplessly as they lose their homes, apartments, cars. They are having their heat, water and electricity shut off one by one or they are destroying their credit and 401K’s. You can be sure that no amount of lies or propaganda by the right wing media will confuse these desperate Republicans that are facing financial catastrophe. They know without a shadow of a doubt which party is doing this to them and their families. It is the GOP.

    The GOP is thrusting MILLIONS into abject poverty for no other reason than spite and hatred of this President. Also, this “letter” that Boehner is using as cover to deny these benefits was written by a Tea Party, Republican operative in Mississippi named Mark Henry. Henry simply gushes over Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin on his Facebook page.

    I hope all readers note that in the last few months that the GOP has thrown the poor, veterans and now the unemployed to the wolves. If you are not a millionaire or billionaire the GOP could not care less about the fate of you or your family. John Boehner is FAR more interested in the number if ice cubes in his multiple, daily glasses of scotch than the unemployed. In short, the GOP hates you America!

    • Diana Taylor

      March 25, 2014
      2:08 p.m.

      That is definitely an accurate statement! “The GOP is minting tens of thousands of New Democrats each week they deny these benefits” I couldn’t agree more! I know many conservatives, who after the callous treament of the American people, will never vote for the Republican party again! The GOP will be very surprised come the next election if nothing changes.

    • Layla

      March 25, 2014
      3:41 p.m.

      Vinny from Indy, your union links are showing. We need the JOBS the administration promised us, not more welfare. JOBS!!!

      • VinnyFromIndy

        March 25, 2014
        5:51 p.m.

        Is that you Sebastion/Marcus ???? You are mentally ill and a liar beyond compare. I feel sorry for those that must know you in real life.

  24. Diana Taylor

    March 25, 2014
    12:53 p.m.

    Let’s see what Rep. Rob Portman can accomplish! maybe he will finally accomplish what all the others could not????? if he does, this would be a game changer!!!

  25. Nolan Rey

    March 25, 2014
    12:54 p.m.

    The message is clear now.. They want us to relocate to Ukraine so we can have a better life.

  26. Ricki Ward

    March 25, 2014
    1:16 p.m.

    More and more families are applying for welfare & food stamps, how is that helping? Where is that $$$ coming from?

    • Layla

      March 25, 2014
      3:40 p.m.

      We were promised JOBS! More Lies from the administration.

  27. Ricki Ward

    March 25, 2014
    1:19 p.m.

    I have to decide if I should sell my car so I can pay rent or keep my car and live in it. This is what they have reduced us too!!!! How flippen sad and INHUMANE.

    • Layla

      March 25, 2014
      3:39 p.m.

      Let me guess, you voted for Obama?

  28. Seth Feuer

    March 25, 2014
    1:23 p.m.

    It’s amazing all of congress are civil servants that are supposed to be working for us. so lets get it going. and help everbody.

    • Layla

      March 25, 2014
      3:39 p.m.

      JOBS, not welfare.

      • Victoria Bessette

        March 25, 2014
        4:16 p.m.

        I wish people would do their homework . Unemployment is not welfare. Only those who have worked and paid into it are eligible.

      • erick

        April 8, 2014
        2:33 a.m.

        I can not find a job because I am over qualified.

  29. jason

    March 25, 2014
    1:36 p.m.

    i have 5 kids just got a job but too late lights are being shut off in 24 hours thanks to them now gotta raise money for that plus gas to get to work for three weeks i wouldnt have to worry if they didnt cut unemployment 3 days after christmas

    • Victoria Bessette

      March 25, 2014
      4:15 p.m.

      Good luck Jason. I feel your pain. I have a friend who has a job offer but it doesn’t start till 4/21 without the extension she will be in the same boat.. Finally you and my friend have work but it is still a nightmare.

  30. Diana Taylor

    March 25, 2014
    1:42 p.m.


  31. barb.mccann

    March 25, 2014
    1:59 p.m.

    Sen. Portman – please fight for the UI Extension! We are behind you in your vote! John Boehner is wrong and needs to be stopped!!!!

  32. Patrick

    March 25, 2014
    3:08 p.m.

    Why does this have to “pit” them against each other? You are the problem rollcall.

  33. Patrick

    March 25, 2014
    3:11 p.m.

    “Boehner ripped the bill”… No.. No he didn’t roll call. He simply addressed concerns. “Perez weighed in”…. No… He is the Secretary of Labor of the United States of America. He didn’t weigh in. He explained why NASWA was incorrect. Terrible writing Rollcall.

  34. Tony

    March 25, 2014
    3:12 p.m.

    The bible says the day will come when mens hearts will wax cold. Boehners father was HITLER. He’s is going to hell and so are his offsprings. In two months Boehner will get Cancer if he doesn’t pass the EUC

  35. Guest

    March 25, 2014
    3:15 p.m.

    Portman, we are counting on you.

  36. Tony

    March 25, 2014
    3:15 p.m.

    We are counting on Portman to help us get our unemployment

  37. Layla

    March 25, 2014
    3:38 p.m.

    And nobody seems to care that the administration lied about jobs. WHERE ARE THEY?

    • erick

      April 8, 2014
      2:32 a.m.

      The top 1% invests their money overseas because they make a higher rate of return by exploiting child labor. The jobs are overseas.

  38. Layla

    March 25, 2014
    3:45 p.m.

    Over 50 million Americans are no longer in the workforce and Obama wants amnesty. NO AMNESTY. We need JOBS, NOT MORE WELFARE.

  39. The Crying Tangerine

    March 25, 2014
    5:33 p.m.

    For a guy that makes a million a year to begin with he sure is a cheap b@stard.

  40. Big Al

    March 25, 2014
    5:50 p.m.

    Excuse me layla, but what planet do you come from? The reason we don’t have any jobs is not because of Obama, It is because the jobs have been steadily outsourced to other countries since the reagan administration! You have become so brainwashed about who is really at fault for this crisis that you are living in a fantasy world. Are you out of work like the rest of us? Have your benefits been exhausted? How old are you? I am 62 and believe me not many companies care about all of my work experience or ethic! I paid into the unemployment fund for 45 years, so how dare you call it welfare! The real cause is big corporations who sent our jobs to other countries where it can be done cheaper & the heck with the people who live here! Wake up & smell the coffee!

    • Victoria Bessette

      March 26, 2014
      8:47 a.m.

      Great Points Big Al ! I have worked since I was 15 and now I am 51.. So not as long as you but I have paid into the fund for 36 years. It is so ignorant of someone to call Unemployment . .welfare. I know a young lady right now who may actually have to go on welfare because she has a child and her Unemployment Insurance has run out. She doesn’t want to but without the extension she will have no choice. So how does that make any sense.

      • Golden Maiden

        April 17, 2014
        6:03 a.m.

        I agree.Especially since she probably got a student loan to get a degree for or one of her kids – but that’s not a hand out right?

  41. George Rodriguez

    March 25, 2014
    6:22 p.m.

    Post John Boners home address. when we are all homeless we can live in boxes in front of his driveway.

    • Victoria Bessette

      March 26, 2014
      9:59 a.m.

      Lol .. I have said that.. Off course the long term unemployed can not afford the gas to get there. Praying for all the long term unemployed that congress will do the right thing this week. There should be nothing more important on the agenda. Much sympathy for the Ukraine but my fellow Americans should come first

  42. love what you do

    March 25, 2014
    6:47 p.m.

    I have long been a Republican and believed in it core values and I will tell you, I am embarrassed and ashamed to admit we are associated by party. we have extended the long term in the past. perhaps he doesn’t know this, perhaps he just say what he is told to say. I know people whom need the extension to make it. I wonder What Mr. Speaker Boehner would say or do if the 2,000,000+ people would show up at his home or to DC and the 2,000,000+ were able to capture his attention? But the politicians don’t worry about that as they know, there is no middle class any longer. They know the people that need to be heard can not afford the means to be so. The condition we are leaving this country in for our children and grand children is shameful. and for what? GREED! Nice work Senator Portman,this was Bipartisan at work, and I am proud of your hard work and whether one likes it or not both sides gave. TOO BAD EVERYONE IN dc COULDN’T WORK THIS WAY. Shame on you Mr. Speaker, you look and act like a poor sport (hhmmmm no anyone else that acts this way in Washington?) and there is no room in our government for poor sportsmanship.

    Stay strong and stay vigilant my fellow Americans you are not alone and if ever you can help this country get back to common sense please do so, the future depends on us.

  43. tony holt

    March 25, 2014
    7:38 p.m.

    What’s unfortunate is that we’re victims of our inept politicians. There are ways to fix the tax system and repatriate trillions of dollars that are offshore, but the do-nothing politicians cannot find a way to accomplish anything. These fixes would immediately boost our economy. It galls me that the hard working people of this country are facing longer unemployment because of the ineptness of Congress. Why don’t they get off their lazy butts and do something constructive, and not put the blame of unemployment on those of us who continue to look and look and look for work, but cannot find anything because of the vast numbers of other people fighting for limited number of jobs. I urge everyone to write to their representatives. And……vote them all out in November.

  44. Spencer Mason

    March 25, 2014
    7:51 p.m.

    Maybe we should join forces??

    Harry Riley, COL, Ret. is calling upon millions of patriots to march upon Washington D.C. to remove Obama, Biden, Reid, McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi, and Attorney General Holder from Office.

    He has termed it “OPERATION AMERICAN SPRING – Beginning Of Tyranny Housecleaning” and it’s due to commence May 16, 2014.

  45. Tom Robertson

    March 25, 2014
    8:47 p.m.

    John you look really bad with your fake tan and cold heart.

  46. Diana Taylor

    March 25, 2014
    11:23 p.m.

    Well Senator Portman, I guess it is up to you now? Millions of people are counting on your support to get the UI Extension through. Quite a lot of pressure, I’m sure, however, just think of those same 2 MILLION PLUS PEOPLE that will remember your GALLENT efforts when it’s time to vote!! THEY WILL NOT FORGET YOU!! NOR WILL THEY FORGET HOW MUCH EFFORT MR. BOEHNER HAS PUT INTO DENYING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE HELP THEY SO DESERVE!

  47. Jeanne

    March 26, 2014
    12:43 a.m.

    Let us all vote for the Democrats rather than voting for the Republicans next election day.

  48. Jim Ruff

    March 26, 2014
    10:03 a.m.

    please just pass this. We are desperate for help out here. I am doing everything I can to get work. Now I am in danger of having to drive with no insurance to interviews. I get caught I lose. I don’t get caught I stress about it and screw up my interview. Just one of many thing that happen to REAL people out here. Help us already PLEASE!!!

  49. Thomas Wise

    March 26, 2014
    12:04 p.m.

    Fill that idiot Boehner’s inbox. Tell him off like I did this morning, don’t sugar coat it either. I told him I will do all I can to have people vote against him in November (shouldn’t be too hard). He stinks and I wish I could go further and vote him out of this country…Oh and my vote counts, I live in his state of Ohio….

    • Bella

      March 26, 2014
      5:12 p.m.

      Just promise him that you will see him in public when he is no longer the Speaker of the House and that you can’t wait to thank him in person, when our hard earned tax money no longer pays for his seat appointed security detail. John John would love to meet all of you in person.

  50. Depends

    March 26, 2014
    12:09 p.m.

    If Harry attaches Ui to the Doc Fix it will pass.

    • Robin B Langley

      March 26, 2014
      2:40 p.m.

      Better yet, attach to the Ukraine bill!

      • Depends

        March 26, 2014
        4:10 p.m.

        Repubs need the dox fix more than ukraine

  51. Jackie

    March 26, 2014
    4:37 p.m.

    This is crazy! It’s gonna take someone being so desperate, to make an attempt at these idiots for them to realize this ISNT A GAME

  52. Bella

    March 26, 2014
    5:08 p.m.

    With all due respect, Mr. Portman, but I know you’re smarter than that. The House may have better ideas? Really? You are aware Boehner’s demands have been acquiesced to, and he keeps finding limp/lame excuses to deny it before it’s even on the table.

  53. Bella

    March 26, 2014
    5:16 p.m.

    75,000 unemployed from Ohio alone. That’s 75,000 votes you get, Portman. Boehner gets zero.

  54. The Crying Tangerine

    March 26, 2014
    8:15 p.m.

    If you want to make John Boehner care, start boycotting his primary campaign contributors:

    Sallie Mae$86,750
    Paulson & Co.$81,050
    American Electric Power$54,450
    Moore Capital Management$51,500
    Swisher International Group$50,000
    Cantor Fitzgerald$46,000
    Goldman Sachs$42,500
    Chicago Mercantile Exchange$39,200

  55. Patty Bolduc

    March 27, 2014
    8:45 a.m.

    Losing my home, in foreclosure, losing my car, in rural area, no bus lines. I have worked 40 years, served my country in the military, losing everything. Emptied 401k now getting hit with large tax bill. While they sit in the house and play little boy games. Disgusted.

  56. Karen Walden

    March 27, 2014
    11:01 a.m.

    Portman consistently seems to be one of the most intelligent and reasonable Republicans there is out there.


    March 27, 2014
    12:51 p.m.

    If the extension bill finally becomes a reality, and is passed, I’ll be happy for those families that were still able to hang on since late last December without benefits, and the means to survive economically. Sadly. for far too many of us, we were no longer able to wait while the politicians stalled and debated, and basically played ‘party politics”. Many of us have suffered severely financially, and have become homeless and penniless. I’ve asked myself many times, how can our government spend tax payer’s money freely, for Foreign Aid, and Corporate Welfare, but can’t seem to get it together, in order to help American families who became unemployed due to lay offs and corporate downsizing? This long drawn out debate to pass an extension bill for unemployed workers, is truly a shame. Our government had passed many bills for many less qualified reasons, such as the Banking and Airline industry bailouts, amongst others. These industries were rewarded for bad behavior and corporate greed. I don’t recall them having to wait months and months to be given assistance. Isn’t the rest of Americans entitled to at least a minimum amount of help? I’m not sure what I resent the most, their lack of help, or them labeling us “lazy” and “unwilling” to work. What ever became of “public servants” in our country? We seem to now only have self-centered, self-absorbed, self-promoting, career politicians

  58. Gary Donofrio

    March 27, 2014
    5:19 p.m.

    Senator Rob Portman is the factor here and he also knows the difficulty getting steady jobs. Portman is for the people. Boehner is full of excuses and lies. Thanks to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez for clearing the major issue of payment delays.

  59. Publik Qu'Sean Chamberlain

    March 27, 2014
    11:35 p.m.


  60. KS

    March 28, 2014
    1:37 p.m.

    I agree. I lost a job last July that I had been at for 25 years. Thank goodness I did receive a severance package that helped me. But my state unemployment benefits are gone and I have bills to pay. Our country is the greatest country in the world. The problem is our government tries to help everyone else in the world before our own people. Members of Congress…Think of your constituents first and don’t forget they are the reason you have your jobs in the first place. Next election may not turn out so great for you

  61. Al Bumen

    March 28, 2014
    10:23 p.m.

    To pay off its egregious debt, the US government would have to pay out a billion dollars – over 17,000 times.


    March 30, 2014
    1:12 a.m.

    Why are me made to feel like we’re asking for something that we don’t deserve, when we paid into the system all of our working years? YOU’RE NOT GIVING US A HAND OUT OR CHARITY. This is why taxes had been taken out of our paychecks every week. This money doesn’t belong to you, to do with it as you will. Such as using our money to bailout the corrupt banking industry. I don’t recall much senate debate when approving the bailouts. This I will remind you again, is what was the direct reason for the poor economy both here and around the entire world. This was done by greedy bankers, and was paid for by the working men and women of this country. By the way, what did we get in return from the banks? We’re paying even more banking fees and they’re making huge profits because of it. Crime really seemed to work out for them. They actually gave themselves huge bonuses after the bailout. Our tax payer dollars also bailed out the Airline industry too. How were we thanked in return? Poor service, and added fees for everything but using the toilet. Now Americans are unemployed and need to pay their bills and provide for the families, and we’re being told that the senate can’t pass the extension bill “because it’s too late to vote for it now” according to John Boehner. This is one of the Republicans that have rejected and tried killing the bill since last December. Now he’s claiming that too much time has gone by, and it can’t be approved. How did we ever have the misfortune to have such uncompassionate, self-centered, self-indulged, self-promoting, career politicians, claiming to represent our best interests? Two million unemployed families are still having to struggle day to day, not knowing if they will even have a roof over their head, and these clowns continue to play “party politics’

  63. donald rohan

    April 3, 2014
    3:33 a.m.

    first they were using us as leverage for something that they wanted, now its about min. wage we are being used again, when is it going to be about the 2 million people without an income ? these politicians are acting in their own behalf not one thing they have done has been for us the people they promised to represent we are starving out here and they say it would be difficult to retroactively start benefits well maybe they should have passed the extension before it expired it would be less difficult if they just pass it and stop delaying spending all this delayed time on fixing the difficulties IT IS WE THE PEOPLE NOT YOU THE POLITICIANS OR DID I GET IT WRONG

  64. wsucram15

    April 3, 2014
    9:35 a.m.

    They dont care, however, thank the Senators that did vote in your favor to keep them voting that way and put pressure on your congressman to vote correctly!!!! 46.9 million people
    who used to be middle class are all in poverty, not just the 2 million
    of late. What is congress going to do about all of these people? What
    are they going to do about the clear widespread discrimination going on
    with regard to age in hiring practices and in length of unemployment? A
    good chunk of these “unemployed” are educated Baby Boomers…one of the
    largest sectors of the population, now on welfare. AS they get ill, it
    will be disability because social services forces you to file. Here are
    some places you can help your citizens get the help they need..

    Tell your story..

    and if you havent sign–>

    56 seconds ago

    Im being told if this is not done by 4/11..its not going to happen. PUSH…NOW

  65. Gary

    April 7, 2014
    7:33 p.m.

    Every time I hear certain factions of the Republican party suggest that voting for an extension to the Unemployment only keeps people from looking for work, MAKES ME SICK!!! I am a Senior Manager, 56 years old who has been out of work since June 2013. I never imagined with my skills and experience that I would still be unemployed 10 months later. It is not because I am not looking and trying. I have a file cabinets full of resumes that I have submitted daily and weekly. In fact last week I submitted 20 resumes for applications and the week before 29. I have interviewed, I have lowered my salary requirements, and now we can’t even pay our utilities. It is embarrassing because all I want to do is work. And then the people like myself have to listen to that pretentious, pompous statement, THEY DON’T WANT TO WORK, it just makes me question their intelligence. By the way, it is not like we are breaking the bank when we are receiving the benefits ($440.0) before the you guys get yours.. I worked for 38 years and I promised they took my FUTA & SUTA out of every check.. I had to use my entire retirement while I was on my 20 week supplement. I am just so sick of it, and especially since I have voted Republican my entire life. However, I can say this, if the GOP cannot find the compassion to work out something QUICK relative to this issue, I will never cast a vote for them again, nor will my immediate and/or extended family. Frustrated in Texas!

  66. Golden Maiden

    April 17, 2014
    5:35 a.m.

    VOTE Boehner OUT OF OFFICE Vote every GOP out, and then lets startto End career politicians with term limits of one year – or better yet, make it an unpaid position which is how the founder fathers expectedit to be kept – but for God’s sake Ohio vote this anti-american self proclaimed demigod out of office.

  67. Golden Maiden

    April 17, 2014
    5:52 a.m.

    Honestly, I doubt any one blames Obama because he’s black – Im pretty sure he’s being blamed because he’s acting like a demigod, just as boehner is. Obviously the word Teamwork has left the oval office, the House and the Senate.

  68. Big Al

    April 19, 2014
    1:47 p.m.

    As I read all of these posts by, “Layla, the uninformed,” I am amused by her, and others who think like her, comments. You are sounding like a broken record. This only shows your brainwashed mentality. You know nothing of the actual facts about this topic so you just keep repeating the same nonsense. So let me clue you in a bit. First off I am no fan of either political party, as both are controlled by the corporations who pay for their election campaigns. But my question to you is: “What kind of jobs do you think any president can create?” The only things they can work with is the military, or government sponsored construction projects. So we should go join the military? I have been there, done that. Or maybe try to get a job on the keystone pipeline? No president has control over the hiring protocols of any private industry! And that is where our jobs come from. Now I will tell you that my wife just happens to be Ukrainian and she doesn’t approve of all that money going to her country while we are going through a financial crisis here. She has a job as a live in health care provider so she is ok in respect to a place to live now.

  69. tim

    April 27, 2014
    10:23 a.m.

    john Boehner is the anti Christ here on earth

  70. Yonatan YONATAN

    April 29, 2014
    5:25 p.m.

    I can’t believe that after ALL of this time, and after break after break, we still have no extension bill passed in the senate. This proves that the republican party never had ANY intention to pass this bill REGARDLESS of what concession was offered to them. These republican senators have shown their true distain for the poor people in this country. There can be no other explanation for their lack of total compassion and empathy with those in our country who are hurting financially in one of the worse recessions in many years. As a “FORMER” republican, I’m shocked and disappointed by the party that once was my own. I will NEVER EVER vote for a republican again in the future, and will encourage family and friends to do the same. The republican party has lost it’s way and are no longer relevant to it’s constituents. Just what kind of game are they playing here? When we have more than two million families out of work, without any benefits, struggling from day to day to keep a roof over their children’s heads, and food on the table, they’re playing party politics? These senators are heartless, soulless, bureaucrats, who do not care about you and me, but ONLY themselves and their party. We need to make a huge change in the next elections, and make sure that the republicans are never in charge again to do this sort of thing to helpless people.


    May 1, 2014
    3:53 p.m.


  72. g2gretire

    May 3, 2014
    10:49 p.m.

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