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November 28, 2014

Senate Passes Unemployment Benefits Extension

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Updated 7:26 p.m. | The Senate approved a bipartisan unemployment benefits extension Monday, with six Republicans joining Senate Democrats to clear the measure.

The measure passed 59 to 38 with all Democrats in attendance voting for the bill. The five Republicans who helped negotiate the measure — Susan Collins of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada, Mark S. Kirk of Illinois, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Rob Portman of Ohio — joined the Democrats voting in favor of the bill along with Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.

Three members did not vote — Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

Final passage of the five-month extension comes after Senate Democrats and six Republicans overcame the last of three Republican filibuster attempts last week, and as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid teed up the vote with another screed against the billionaire Koch brothers.

Reid on Monday tied his war against the Kochs to the fight to restore emergency unemployment insurance benefits that have been cut off since December.

“Americans need a fair shot at getting back on their feet and finding work, but Koch groups are opposing benefits for the unemployed,” Reid said, teeing off on Charles Koch’s letter to the Wall Street Journal saying that “dignity” was under attack by the government.

“What about the dignity of a single mother from Las Vegas, Christina and her son, and see what dignity there is stuck living in her grandmother’s living room because she and her son were evicted when Christina’s benefits were cut off?” Reid fumed.

“Perhaps Charles and David Koch should spend their night sharing one air mattress like Christina and her son and see what dignity there is in living like that. The Koch brothers want Americans to be dignified as they lose their homes, cars and their security.”

The bill needed only a simply majority to pass, which was all-but-assured given the support of the five Republicans that helped draft the bipartisan compromise along with five Democrats.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., one of four Senate Republicans who supported bringing the bill to the floor only to vote to filibuster it last week, slammed Democrats for blocking alternatives.

“Previously, I voted to allow debate on the unemployment benefits package, but unfortunately there has been no opportunity to consider or vote on alternative proposals to pay for an extension of these benefits while improving the underlying policy to connect job-seekers with available work,” he said, calling the bill “irresponsible.”

House action is uncertain at best. Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, has said repeatedly the Senate bill does not meet his test of creating jobs and being fiscally responsible.

A Boehner said that the Speaker was willing to consider the bill so long as it includes provisions to help job creation.

“As the Speaker said months ago, we are willing to look at extending emergency unemployment insurance as long as it includes provisions to help create more private-sector jobs – but, last week, Senate Democratic Leaders ruled out adding any jobs measures at all,” said Speaker spokesman Michael Steel. “The American people are still asking, ‘where are the jobs?’ and House Republicans are focused on our jobs agenda for families and small businesses.”

Senate Republicans last week sought to offer a catchall amendment to the bill that they argued would have added job-creation provisions in exchange for expediting work on the bill and passing it last week. But Senate Democrats rejected the offer and instead choosing to vote on final passage Monday evening.

Other Republicans have also argued against extending unemployment benefits, arguing that it encourages unemployment.

But a small group of House Republicans is pushing leaders to bring up an extension. Rep. Peter T. King of New York said last week that he and Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo of New Jersey had sent a letter urging Boehner and his team to move the Senate proposal (HR 3979) or an alternative. If the House doesn’t act this week, the measure will be delayed for another two-week recess.

The Senate bill would pay the unemployed retroactive to December and expire at the end of May.

Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.

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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  • Larry king

    Buehner needs to at least allow a vote on the house floor. If he doesn’t, it is time for the President to step in and use his executive order. There is no reason or excuse that is good enough to deny 2.7 million Americans and their families this small lifeline which they need NOW! Anyone who keeps this from moving forward needs to be replaced in November.
    Anyone who would like to help get this passed, follow the link below.

    http://www.aa4u.org/

  • noyb!

    why are ya’ll taking your time for real! everyday that goes by is one more bill someone cant pay or one more child they can’t fed! I don’t understand, your supporting other countries, but you should be looking at your own! I just received a honorably discharged b/c I went through a divorce and became a single mother of four so I got booted out! I receive my regular benefits and I put in more than 20 applications a week, with my work background you would think I could easily get a job especially with all these veteran programs they have now days! But you can’t either too qualified and never get a call back! I’m fixing to lose everything just like millions of americans! while our enjoying your crab legs and shrimp we will hunting for a way to feed our families! I am disgusted by how this is going this should of been passed before it ran out! So now when you see on the news the increase in homeless people and people dying from starvation in your country, then you’ll act right, isn’t that how it always goes? I used to be a proud veteran that I risked my life for this country and I can’t say that anymore…

    • wendy Beck

      Please call Boehner’s office tomorrow! 202-225-0600. Pass it on! I call everyday!

      • Jon Johnston

        Here we find communist democrat Van Jones fear-mongering about attempts to reign in the out-of-control Federal debt: http://youtu.be/N_9ObMuiokU?t=9s

    • Jon Johnston

      Hussein Obama’s threats of Federal debt default have hurt Americans. And he doesn’t seem to care.

  • Gary E

    pass it house GOP, or you’ll be unemployed too. VOTE THEM OUT IF THEY DONT VOTE FOR THIS BUT VOTE FOR DR’s and corporate tax cuts!

    • Susie Allread

      I plan to, believe it, if they house does not pass it quickly without delay I will not vote for any incumbent. Boehner has lost all credibility with me. I wish now I would have voted to keep Ted Strickland in office. Boehner is out anyway come election day.

    • jackiefr

      I will never vote for them again, pass or not. They have went to far this time. I am sorry. How dare them treat us this way. Who made them god? They are done.

    • wendy Beck

      Please call Boehner’s office tomorrow! 202-225-0600

      • Jon Johnston

        In the 1990s, a budget surplus was negotiated with a democrat President.

    • wendy Beck

      Please call Boehner’s office tomorrow! His number is 202-225-0600. Pass it on! Call him everyday!

    • Jon Johnston

      While the Chinese are exploring the moon, the low-IQ democrats of the Obama regime can’t even get a website working.

  • Ebette Neugent

    The Senate is to meet at 5:30 to vote on unemployment extension, its 5:45 most are late, straggling in late (live on c-span2)…If they had a real jobs they’d be fired!! Wow.get this done already!

  • MarineOutOfWork

    I’m behind 3 months on my mortgage…out of work 18 weeks ago now nothing…sad!

    • wendy Beck

      Please call Boehner’s office tomorrow! Create a phone jam! 202-225-0600

  • Advocate

    H.R. 3979 Bill has passed the Senate now its moving to The House

    3million without benefits and 75,000 added weekly. Our GDP dropped over 5 billion since January 214.

    PHONE JAM BOEHNER

    Contact John Boehner’s office until the phones are unplugged:
    John Boehner says the re-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)

    • LeslieNewYork2

      I called, left message and I am not on UI, but I know many people who are. I said, you can pass bills to spend $45 billion dollars in training in Afghanistan, but you can’t spend it here in America to train people for jobs.

      You increase your stipend for all the members of congress (535) for daily allowances of (breakfast, lunch & dinner) $54,000 each) = $29 million annually while people go hungry in America. Shame on you guys.

      Call them. You should all (UI receivers) be marching to the steps and halls of Congress. It’s your money!

      • Advocate

        Good for you. This is a very important issue. Now we are bringing home our troops we can spend for domestic services. Unemployment is a very serious issue and our GDP suffers is the unemployment rate is high and benefits get cut.

      • jackiefr

        I agree it is time to march to the hill. I suggested that about a month ago and got feedback that people did not have gas money to get there. I then asked for some rich celebrity or someone we resources to help with buses. Never materialized. People don;t even have the strength for they are now in a depression or gas. This is no different then a third world country starving their people. You know the people we went to war to bring down. No difference at all. Believe me people are going days without food so their kids can have something very small to eat. This is America and I am u appalled.

    • jackiefr

      I got though only to be able to leave a message that I am sure he will never hear. This is not the only time I have left messages but I do not think it mattered anyway. :( Feeling pretty doomed right about now)

      • Advocate

        I’m sure the House would act if this was a foreign issue. Where is Boehner? Is he working on domestic issues right now? No! He’s busy tying to solve issues in Russia and neglecting his duties to serve the US.

        John Boehner is not fit to be the House majority leader. He clearly does not want to do much by campaign for his inactive position again in a few months.

        - Advocate

    • wendy Beck

      Yes! I call everyday! Good for you!

  • http://Get-n-money.com/ LB

    Soooo whats next?

  • FortyCal Springfield Byers

    On to the house it goes.

  • FortyCal Springfield Byers

    I’m running out of money to pay my bills. I will be tapped out at the end of the month. I start a new job on May 5th. I’m trying to hold on to what I got. I’m so happy this bill had pass now I leave it up to the house to help me out.

  • aaaa aa

    Where is Obama and his magic pen????
    If the house does not allow a vote,or does and does not pass it.That magic pen should come into play as he stated it would,

    • Jon Johnston

      In 2009, the U.S. Postal Service spent $13,500 for a single dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

  • Susie Allread

    Its like this, if they dont get it passed quickly every incumbent is dead in the water come November.

    • wendy Beck

      Yes! I agree! Call Boehner’s office tomorrow. Create a phone jam! 202-225-0600

  • ryan

    just called,
    Make a call it couldn’t hurt

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

  • DerekJR321

    I’m glad this finally passed. I should be happy. But sadly I know this will now be dead in the water thanks to the House. There is ZERO chance this will be voted on, much less passed, by the end of the week. And then they are gone on vacation once again. Hmm… vacations.. wonder what those are like.

  • DerekJR321

    I sincerely hope that the House realizes that every day they drag this out is another family going hungry, another home foreclosed on, another car repossessed, another family thrown on the streets. Especially now while they go on vacation once again. This is not some nonsense bill. This one is literally playing with peoples lives. There is no time for political BS here. Just get it done.

    • DevinStone

      You stated it about as clearly and condensed as it could be. Well, done.

      As you say, this is urgent. Other bills aren’t as urgent, and so the Congress can play their games and not really affect anyone’s immediate future while they debate them. But with unemployment aid, to play politics, while every week more and more Americas lose everything, is just unforgivable.

      If we can jump to help Ukraine and others places like that, why in the world must our own government make it’s own people suffer, and make them feel like free-loaders, when all they want is the benefits that they have EARNED through years of being hard working tax payers.

      • wendy Beck

        Well said! Please call Boehner’s office tomorrow and tell him how you feel; 202-225-0600. The more calls, the better!

      • Jon Johnston

        In 2009, the Obama regime wasted $400,000 trying to figure out why homos in Argentina engaged in homosexual sodomy while intoxicated.

    • Jon Johnston

      It is Harry Reid who has refused to compromise.

  • Realist555

    We’ll lose more than dignity if this doesn’t go through the House and pass quickly. I can’t speak for others but I’m in dire need of any aid and I’ve been trying my butt off to find any kind of job after being fired at age 53 two years ago and basically screwed out of a career. Now I have to use library computers because I couldn’t afford internet any longer and our meals are at cut down to a bare minimum to scrimp and save. I figure there are a lot more people like me or in much worse situations, and this is probably affecting the economy as well with all sorts people not spending any money they don’t absolutely need to, the same as my family has to do. People are struggling and going hungry out here. HELP!

  • Maria Cardoso

    It is far more than 2.7 million Americans. The number is closer to 6 million. They are just lying about it. Here is a way to pay for the extension and get Congress to quickly act on a jobs creation measure: CONFISCATE AND LIQUIDATE ALL THE ASSETS OF CONGRESS MEMBERS, IT WILL MORE THAN PAY FOR THE EXTENSION! AMERICAN SHOULD DEMAND A FREEZE ON ALL THEIR PAY UNTIL AMERICAN’S ARE RECEIVING THEIR AID. THESE AMERICANS HAVE CONTRIBUTED INTO THE SYSTEM FOR YEARS, YET THEY ONLY RECEIVE 26 WEEKS OF EMERGENCY AID? REALLY? NO PAY FOR AMERICANS. NO PAY FOR CONGRESS!

    • jackiefr

      They have been lying about numbers for years. How do they count all the people over the last years that exhausted all weeks and emerg that still do not have jobs. If they are still alive out there. They just pick a number probably like Pin The Tail On The Donkey. Cover their eyes and pick the numbers for that week. All incumbents need to go. Bye-Bye. Stealing a pay check and doing no work for it. I am just so done right now.

    • wendy Beck

      Call Boehner’s office at 202-225-0600. Create a phone jam! Pass it on!

  • Maria Cardoso

    The main reason REPUBLICAN’S and BOEHNER are objecting to the extension is because they are merely the puppets of the men behind them. THE KOCH BROTHERS who are opposed to thru Boehner and his other puppets are holding the American unemployed and nearly homeless hostage so they can get that bill passed. THE TRUTH IS: The
    Keystone XL pipeline would carry 800,000 barrels of dangerous tar sands
    oil through farms, towns, and fresh water supplies across the country.
    We can’t afford to let foreign oil companies threaten our health. Visit http://www.keystonetruth.com/

    OPPOSE
    THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE. OPPOSE YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVES WHO SUPPORT
    THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE, THE KOCH BROTHERS AND THE INTEREST OF FOREIGN
    OIL AND SUPER BILLIONS IN PROFITS AT THE RISK OF OUR WATER SUPPLY AND
    OUR HEALTH

    If Americans’ don’t rise up and stand up to these buffons because they want super billions in profits, then this country is already lost!

  • LeslieNewYork2

    Thanks Advocate for the info:
    John Boehner’s Phone: (202) 225-0600
    (Press 1 to leave a message or 2 to speak with his assistant)

    I called, left message and I am not on UI, but I know many people who are. I said, you can pass bills to spend $45 billion dollars in training in Afghanistan, but you can’t spend it here in America to train people for jobs.

    You increase your stipend for all the members of congress (535) for daily allowances of (breakfast, lunch & dinner to $54,000 each a year) = $29 million annually while people go hungry in America. Shame on you guys.

    Call them. You should all (UI receivers) be marching to the steps and halls of Congress. It’s your money!

  • LeslieNewYork2

    “People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can’t live within its income.” ~Robert Half

    Stop funding wars that are fake wars already, and spend the billions on American soil.

  • luis araud

    This is ridiculous how little they care I agree that more jobs are needed but that won’t happen overnight so tell mr boehner what are the over 3million struggling American people supposed to do until these jobs become available starve, be homeless even suicide it’s time for you to get in touch with reality and help the people who so desperatly need it

    • LadyJustice

      I agree with you Luis. Jobs are needed and they should have been working on that way before it came down to this. Their vacations and time off is more important to them than helping the American people. They have proved that over and over again. We are hurting out there , and some worse than others and it falls on deaf ears. But it’s not over yet. There Is power in prayer (my opinion) and there are many of us doing that

      • luis araud

        Its completely true they can vacation freely because they don’t have to worry about their next meals come from or if there children are crying themselves to sleep at night because they are not able to be fed they don’t have to worry about any of the things that 3million people do.they have there political bubble that keep them seperate from us I think its time his bubble was bursted and he live if only for 20mins in the lives of so many so he can truly see the pain and heartache that is associated with this and then let him still say that someone would prefer this over working because of pure laziness get a grip mr speaker

        • Jon Johnston

          Promise kept? Hussein Obama has fundamentally transformed the amount of money owed by the Federal government: http://youtu.be/oKxDdxzX0kI

      • Jon Johnston

        It is unjust to push the innocent children of these united states further into the hock of hostile foreign governments.

    • Jon Johnston

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

  • jackiefr

    This could open the door to some jobs for the I for one cannot even get to an interview because of gas, or my hair that looks like hell, and things you need to actually look and go on interviews. This is ridiculous and as far as I am concerned without this little bit of help I will never work again for won’t be able to bath due to being homeless. Why is so hard for The House to get any of this? I would love to see one of them try to live (If you call it living) the way we are right now . Like to see them do it for one week. This is no different then the Dictators we have gone to war over for not giving resources to the people. How can one person be the able to hold this up. Can’t the president do something????? I really don’t know the procedural steps. The President of the US can’t get this approved. WTH? Such BS. And before it all starts I am not a lazy person who does not want to work. I have worked my entire life 45 years to have my job eliminated and now can;t get in anywhere. Have had some interviews but have never gotten the job. SO please son;t start that crap. I would much rather be working then watching how this story turns out and how my life is going to get worse if that is all possible.

  • DevinStone

    Even with a Senate approval today, the chances of this getting through the House by the end of this week seems doubtful,

    These fat-cats are going on yet another recess – this time for two weeks. Meanwhile, people will continue to be evicted, foreclosed, cars, lose their utilities, and not be able to buy groceries, or medical services.

    The economy is hurt more by not giving the unemployed the benefits they’ve earned a right too over years of working and paying taxes. Banks, Landlord and various store owners, are all being hurt by not having this income circulating in the economy.

  • gthog61

    mo money mo money mo money

  • Paid in to system

    Please pass this bill. The people on public assistance don’t have to worry about there benefits being stopped and voted on. Why do the people who have paid into the system have to suffer?

    • Jon Johnston

      Kathleen Sebelius lied when she claimed that 70,000 children would lose access to Head Start due to the 2013 sequester.

  • Concerned and All

    I am not understanding why the senate has now voted 3 times on this matter. Why so many votes? When is the house going to vote on this and for how many times? At this rate we won’t be getting the benefits if reinstated until December 2014. (hypothetical date)

  • Matthew Pieri

    Boehner is a tool…People want to work, but with no money to get to work or eat….idiot…people need money to FIND WORK.

  • wendy Beck

    Create a phone jam! Call Bohner’s office tomorrow! 202-225-0600

  • Odkin

    Whatever you think of the policy of extended unemployment benefits, one things for sure… Harry Reid is a scumbag lying demagoguing A55HOLE..

  • dah100

    If this UI extension passes and they implement the 5 month UI payments retroactive to January 1st 2014 and ending on May 31st……????
    I hope I’m wrong , but I think this says that Individuals that have already collected for 69 – 99 months in the past will get an additional 5 months of UI payments…???
    However, the poor individual that “let’s say” started collecting the basic 26 weeks
    last November 1st 2013 ends his 26 week period April 30th 2014. this leaves this individual only able to collect UI for NOT 5 MONTHS but only 1 month since it ends
    on May 31st. Is this correct/
    If so, what’s wrong with this #$@##%$@#! picture?

  • LadyJustice

    Enough is enough already! We “WORKED” for those benefits , how dare they make us beg and plead to get what is “rightfully” ours! This should have been passed months ago. I will never understand apathy. If they do not pass this, it will come back around to them. Karma is a b*tch!! Hang in there everyone, it’s NOT over yet. Blessings to you all

    • wendy Beck

      You said it! Please call Boehner’s office everyday! 202-225-0600

  • Ryan

    At least Putin has the guts to be an unappologetic a$$hole in public view. Our “leaders” think we are all so stupid as to not realize that their own agendas are constantly coming before the needs of the people they serve.

    It’s disgusting, it’s insulting and it is sewing deep seeds of distrust and discontent amongst we (clearly insignificant) unemployed Americans.

    These “leaders” are completely above the law because they control the law. Their only real checks are peer pressure (which means nothing) and voter pressure (which means even less). The press is an utterly toothless dog.

    In other countries the entire legislature would be tossed out. In other countries the people would force a coup or wage a revolution but that’s something that can never and will never happen here because we’re so stuck on this idea that the tradition of what we’re doing is the only correct course.

    Well folks there is no shame in being wrong but there is much shame in turning a blind eye to the fact that the system is terminally broken and corrupt.

    Shame has replaced pride, doubt has replaced hope…our country is dying

  • whentherolliscalledupyonder

    BREAKING: Congress Does Something–Pushes $127 Billion in Tax Breaks
    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/breaking-congress-does-something-pushes-184400372.html

    The tax breaks and credits cover not only corporate research and development, alternative and renewable energy and mass transit, but also major corporate land transactions, movie and TV production, NASCAR track operations and race horse owners.

    Maybe we ought to make a movie/TV show of how the UE are racing to homelessness, what a bunch of horse SH*T!

  • whentherolliscalledupyonder

    That was passed last week April 4th

  • FeeFee32

    My unemployment stop in Dec. 28th, now I’m currently 4 months behind in my rent and still have to turn to the government for assistance “welfare.” I’m barely making ends meet. I literally respond to over 50 – 75 job posting per day. I have two more semester from completing my BA Business Administration and 15yrs experience as an Administrative Assistant. Yet, I haven’t gotten a single phone call. Also, I had my cover letter and resume reevaluate for errors still nothing.

    • wendy Beck

      Please call Boehner’s office! I call everyday. 202-225-0600

  • Airell Mazer

    I wish I could shake the crap out of our politicians. What a fluffy, candy-coated world they live in! My husband needs this money to help us keep our home & feed our 2 kids while he looks for a job.

  • Octavius McBride

    Basically, Boehner is God right now. And I used to think that this country was founded on democratic principles, but because of campaign finance, and now seeing the completely corrupt senate/House and the way a simple bill ,used to help the people of this country, can be blocked with ease by a man who basically takes a week off for every week he works and then claims to lecture the US press on how others are not looking for work, I have lost faith in the system, and in America.

    • wendy Beck

      Please call Boehner’s office! 202-225-0600

    • The Crying Boozer Tangerine

      Well this is also the citizen’s responsibility of modern Democracy. The last ten years have done a great job in showcasing the failure points of what happens when an outside group (heritage foundation) sets out with bad will to shut down the government. The founding fathers didn’t really plan for the system to be inhabited by men who were so foreign to them that their single intent was to infest the system with bad will.

    • Jon Johnston

      In 2012, the brain-dead apparatchiks of the Obama regime wasted $96,000 on iPads for kids. In kindergarten.

  • Octavius McBride

    What i wonder is how they sleep at night knowing that their.are.kids and familys basically homeless. Im 29 years old with a wife and 8 kids my back was injured on the job i have had to beg for money to keep a roof over our head until things go right with this Unemployment they want us to look for jobs but they sending all the jobs over seas! How is that gonna work ? They want us to get out to job fairs with what money i live in Danville IL if u have no car your struck out of luck. This from a Government that cares about us.frfr

  • toledofan

    It just never ends,

  • Ryan

    I’m not for a second going to minimize the horror of Hurricane Katrina but in practice we’re seeing that same slow to act government leaving its people to fend for themselves. Of course there is no dramatic news footage, no “Brownie” to blame so this is getting very little attention but let’s not for a second see this any differently. Kanye West may have felt that George Bush didn’t didn’t like black people..the Congress and specifically John Boehner doesn’t like the American people. It’s a travesty that I won’t soon forget. Is it about money for me? Of course a little (it would help) but it’s much much more about the principle that these people literally and blatantly do not give one tiny crap for the American people. It’s a sign of the times and sign of the weakness of the population to reign in the powerful. Any for ANYONE who is currently employed and slinging mud at those of us who are please consider that at this very moment some bean counter is looking at you and others in your company as possible cuts to improve profit margins. That is all you are…a number and either an asset or liability as it relates to profit. Welcome to the new America…people fought for this? f@ck

  • concerned us citizen

    HERE IS MY REAL SITUATION. TODAY I WILL BE HAPPY TO EAT A BOWL OF RICE, SOME YOGURT MIXED IT AND SOME HOT SAUCE, JUST ONE BOWL AND THAT IS IT FOR THE DAY. TOMORROW MORNING I WILL WAKE UP FAMISHED AND EAT A BANANA AND DRINK LOTS OF WATER TO HELP KEEP ME FULL BC THAT WILL BE ALL I CAN EAT FOR THE DAY. THE FOLLOWING DAY I WILL GET 20.00 LOAN FROM A FRIEND TO BUT SOME MORE YOGURT, A LITTLE MEAT AND THE REST GOES FOR TRANSPORTATION TO GET TO INTERVIEWS. AT TIMES I GET REALLY REALLY ANGRY AND I REALIZE IT IS BC IM JUST SIMPLY HUNGRY. SOON MY CELL PHONE WILL GET CUT OFF AND I WILL CHANGE MY NUMBER ON MY RESUME TO A FRIENDS NUMBER. IT IS HUMBLING TO GO HUNGRY LIKE THIS. AT LEAST I HAVE LOST THAT NAGING 12 POUNDS I WANTED TO LOSE AND IT’S MADE ME A STRONGER PERSON. BUT I REALLY WONDER WHY AM I HANGING IN THERE SOMETIMES, WHAT;S THE POINT AND THEN IT HITS ME THAT IM JUST HUNGRY AGAIN. I HAVE WORKED MY WHOLE LIFE, PAID TAXES AND THE REST AND IF I SAY I NEED A LITTLE MORE TIME AND A LITTLE MORE FOOD MONEY THEN IT SHOULDNT BE A MATTER OF POLITICS. IM JUST HUNGRY.

  • Anakin818

    please #renewUI now!!!!! :( me and my family is in need of this small help!

  • jh443

    I’ll be shocked if this passes in the House. From what I’ve seen and heard, most Americans feel that enough has been done already. I’m not one of them, but I acknowledge that I am among the minority.

  • DerekJR321

    Thankfully every representative in my state (NY) is all for this. But I swear I hope every single politician that blocks or stalls this gets voted out.

  • Jon Johnston

    The criminal marxist regime of Hussein Obama lied when they claimed that teachers were getting pink slips because of the 2013 sequester.

    • The Crying Boozer Tangerine

      When you come on a blog about unemployment to trash the president it just further showcases your goal of blaming your own party’s failures on the president.

      • Jon Johnston

        That doesn’t change the facts about Hussein Obama lying.

        • The Crying Boozer Tangerine

          Fact: Republicans shut down the Statue of Liberty and cost 26 billion with their hissy fit shutting down the goverment. THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN SPIN THAT TO BLAME OBAMA

          • Jon Johnston

            Fact: Obama has lied at least 36 times about you keeping your doctor and your insurance: http://youtu.be/qpa-5JdCnmo

          • The Crying Boozer Tangerine

            The fact that MILLIONS of Americans are uninsured now, many of which couldn’t be before for pre-existing conditions overshadows people having to change insurance to a better provider. You’re a tool dude. Stop talking.

  • Pat Mansfield Henley

    is this only for those who ended dec 2013 what bout the rest of Us…we wont get the extention been unemployed since nov…seems a bit unfair but I doubt
    the House will pass it sadly

    • Pat Mansfield Henley

      if anyone could answer this email Me at pjh1959@stny.rr.com coming to the end of my 26 weeks upstate NY sucks job wise

      • dah100

        Hi Pat…I AGREE!!!!

        please see all of the info to follow:

        If this UI extension passes and they implement the 5 month UI payments retroactive to January 1st 2014 and ending on May 31st……????
        I hope I’m wrong , but I think this says that Individuals that have already collected for 69 – 99 months in the past will get an additional 5 months of UI payments…???
        However, the poor individual that “let’s say” started collecting the basic 26 weeks
        last November 1st 2013 ends his 26 week period April 30th 2014. this leaves this individual only able to collect UI for NOT 5 MONTHS but only 1 month since it ends
        on May 31st.
        I believe that this is correct as it stands so far.

        Read the article posted by Lizelizabeth below posted at 7:27AM
        Says” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer posed the prospect last week of merely renewing the emergency unemployment-benefits program beginning in May and forgetting about retroactive pay altogether.”

        This would help you to get the 5 whole months. More fair to all in a situation like you.

  • Henry Ko

    Harry Reid needs to stop acting like a spoiled child and he needs to stop obstructing.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    The worse cheaters currently in our country, are the politicians who have cheated the more than two million unemployed workers out of their extended unemployment benefits since last December. These politicians such as John Boehner, not only have cheated these poor unemployed families of their benefits, but have ruined their credit and financial lives in the process. These people have worked all of their lives, believing that the taxes being taken out of their weekly paychecks, may one day benefit them should they become unfortunately unemployed due to lay offs and downsizing. However after their 26 weeks were finished, they were left hung out to dry by the republican senators. Although billions of tax payer’s dollars recently was approved for the Ukraine, these families have received nothing but delay after delay, and promises after promises. Many of these families have lost their homes, have been evicted from their apartments, have become bankrupt, and homeless, While the politicians continue to play their “party politics” and using these families as bargaining chips and political leverage. It’s sad that the victims of the recession, which largely was the fault of the greedy banking and airline industries, amongst other large corporations, are made to feel that they’re asking for something that they really don’t deserve, such as financial help to support their families until they can find proper work again. Why does it seem that the government can always find the money to bailout companies, and for foreign aid, and personal raises, but not to help the most needy Americans in our country? We’re now going into 5 months of waiting and hoping for help to arrive in the form of an extension bill passing in the senate, and the Republicans are still not wanting to help these families. They have become so out of touch with the reality of the 99 percent of us in this country, that they have no clue of the amount of pain and damage that’s been caused with each passing day, week, and month that the extension isn’t passed for these families. My only solace is that in the next election in 2016, these millions of broken and hurt Americans will use their voting rights to vote all of these career politicians out from office for good. We need to bring back “public servants, not “public masters”.

  • wendy Beck

    Keep calling Boehner’s office! is voice mail keeps filing up. YAY! 202-225-0600

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    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.

  • YONATAN C

    THE REPUBLICANS HAVE CONTINUED THEIR WAR ON THE UNEMPLOYED THIS WEEK. REPUBLICANS SUCH AS JOHN BOEHNER CONTINUE TO REFUSE TO PASS THE MUCH NEEDED UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION BILL THAT WOULD GIVE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO THE MORE THAN 2 MILLION FAMILIES WITHOUT BENEFITS SINCE LATE DECEMBER. THESE MILLIONS OF FAMILIES HAVE BEEN FACING EVICTIONS, HOME FORECLOSURES, PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES, AND HOMELESSNESS, WHILE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY CONTINUES TO PLAY “PARTY POLITICS” AND CONTINUES TO USE THEIR VOTE AS POLITICAL LEVARAGE AND AS BARGAINING CHIPS, TO FURTHER THEIR POLITICAL PARTY’S AGENDA. THEY HAVE SHOWN A TOTAL LACK OF COMPASSION AND CONCERN FOR THESE POOR FAMILIES STRUGGLING DAY TO DAY. FIVE MONTHS HAS GONE BY WITHOUT PASSING THE UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION. THESE FAMILIES HAVE LOST HOPE AND HOME AND CREDIT WHILE THESE POLITICANS PLAY THEIR GAMES. LETS US WRITE OR CALL OUR REPUBLICAN SENATORS AND DEMAND THAT THEY SHOW A LITTLE HUMAN COMPASSION AND DECENCY AND PASS THIS BILL IMMEDIATELY

  • YONATAN C

    The Republican party has done a huge disservice to itself, for taking the position against the unemployment extension bill in the senate. With 2.6 Million angry potential voters having been affected by their refusal to pass the bill; the coming election will prove to be the Republican’s downfall. These families were left hung out to dry since late last December, and they will not forget the anguish that they have suffered because of it. Many of these families have become ruined financially, they have witnessed their credit being destroyed, they have faced evictions, home foreclosures, personal bankruptcy, and homelessness. How can they not forget which party was at fault for this? The Republicans have been using these families for political leverage, and bargaining chips, to further their party’s political agenda. They have shown their party’s true distain for the Average American family, and the suffering that these families have been going through being jobless without benefits to support their children. Senators like John Boehner are what makes the Republican party look bad in the people’s eyes. As a “FORMER” Republican of many years, I can honestly say that I will NEVER vote for another Republican again, and actively persuade my friends and family not to likewise. The Republican party will find itself VOTED OUT in the next election.

  • BOB

    now get it through Congress and fire Boehner for all the hardships since 12/28 get the EUC passed

  • Pete

    like someone else said, “waiting for us to die”
    THIS IS A SICK GOVERNMENT

  • Pete

    its fine about the jobs, I totally agree
    but thats not gonna happen overnight
    people are suffering in America, that have been taxpayers, that are citizens

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