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June 2, 2015

Unemployment Extension Clears First Test Vote in Senate (Updated)

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Updated 4:46 p.m. | The Senate easily cleared a 60-vote threshold Thursday to advance a bipartisan extension of emergency unemployment insurance benefits.

With backing from Republicans, the Senate voted 65-34 to end a filibuster against bringing the bill up for debate. It’ll still face the likelihood of another filibuster before final passage, expected next week.

Ten Republicans voted with Democrats to advance the bill: Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Dan Coats of Indiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Dean Heller of Nevada, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mark S. Kirk of Illinois, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rob Portman of Ohio and Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania.

“Today’s bipartisan vote was a step in the right direction, but it is unconscionable that millions of Americans have had to wait this long for Congress to act and there is no reason this bipartisan solution should be further delayed,” Rhode Island Democrat Jack Reed said in a statement. “The votes are there for final passage in the Senate. People are hurting and need this emergency assistance.”

The vote comes 89 days after benefits expired late last year. Supporters of the bill said that as of today, 2.24 million Americans have been cut off.

UI Vote[3]Reed has been leading the unemployment effort for months with Heller, who also praised the Senate vote.

“Nevadans are hurting, and I hear every day how desperate so many are for some certainty from Congress on this issue,” Heller said. “Today, the Senate overcame another hurdle and is one step closer to providing unemployed Americans some much-needed relief.”

Nevada and Rhode Island have the highest unemployment rates in the nation.

Portman, who was also a key negotiator and had voted to block earlier efforts to extend the benefits, underscored the program changes in the bill, including a provision he championed that would ensure unemployed workers who go through the state-based skills assessment process are given real-time information about the skills and credentials they need to get back on a career track.

“I’m pleased we’re moving forward on this bipartisan agreement that will allow us to help Americans struggling in this weak economy,” Portman said. “I worked for months with my colleagues to make sure we came up with a proposal that was short-term, paid for, and reforms this broken program.

“The current UI program is failing to connect Americans with jobs, and after this short-term bill is passed, it’s critical that we continue to work on making significant long-term reforms to help get people back on their feet,” Portman continued.

But some Republicans opposed the measure, in part, because they are concerned they will not be allowed to offer amendments.

“There are many good ideas for helping unemployed Americans find a job, and Republican proposals should be debated and deserve a vote,” Sen. Lamar Alexander, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said in a release. “The Democratic leader has repeatedly cut off amendments and debate on important issues facing our country. We need to offer Americans real solutions to jumpstart our slow economy by liberating the free enterprise system, replacing long-term unemployment insurance with job training and using existing federal education dollars to give low-income families the chance to choose a better school.”

Asked before the vote whether the bill would get more than just the five Republicans needed, Reed said, “I don’t know, [but] I hope so.” He was right. A handful of Republicans who hadn’t signed on to the deal came on board at least to bring it up to the floor.

The Senate will debate the bill after a vote to confirm a judicial nominee — and Democratic leaders are expected to push to clear the measure before next week’s end so that the Senate can next consider a Democratic measure that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

The Senate unemployment insurance bill has come under fire from the National Association of State Workforce Agencies for being difficult to implement. Those concerns were cited by Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, who subsequently indicated he was unlikely to bring the bill up in the House.

Reed said Democrats, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Ways and Means ranking member Sander M. Levin, D-Mich., will encourage House action on the measure.

“It has to get done, I hope they do” take it up, Reed said.

Reed also cited a recent letter from Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez that said any difficulties are surmountable.

“The Labor Secretary has assured everyone we can get it done,” Reed said.

Follow our extensive 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

  • NeedsVacation

    Call John Boehner’s office and express to him how much the unemployment passage means and much it benefits the Americans and the economy. He stands in the way of the extension.

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

    People who were receiving benefits are sleeping in their cars and losing much much more.
    Good luck everyone

    • DerekJR321

      I’ve already asked his office, if he is so opposed to his extension.. what is he proposing to do to help? I’ve been out of work since September. What is HIS plan to help me feed my child? Because those of us suffering need help NOW.. not “in the long run”. He has put forward NOTHING to counter this situation. And I’m sorry but it is RIDICULOUS to think that this government has the ability to create jobs. Remember Obama’s wonderful “jobs plan”. I believe in the end, they ended up spending about 2 MILLION per worker job created. It is just plain heartless for these Republicans to be playing with our lives. This may sound grim.. but how many out there are going to commit suicide because they can’t handle this? If this help doesn’t come.. how many are going to be evicted? Hungry? DEAD? Seriously.. this is NOT the time to play political games. Do that AFTER the bill is passed. Make SURE its a priority AFTER you pass this extension. Don’t use it as a bargaining chip. But then again 99.9% of these politicians are so out of touch with reality its disgusting. They all need to be removed from office. There is a good way to create some jobs. Fire all of these scum.

      • Ron Quandt

        If the Government spends the money in the right places infra structure and rebuilding bridges, roads, etc, you will not need unemployment but this Congress has been hell bent on not spending any money; It will take a small tax increase to fund this kind of spending but it would be good for our nation if they did that

      • mrmano_0

        The Republicans have blocked the President’s American Jobs Act. Its been estimated to create 1 to 2 million jobs and reduce the deficit (which Bush created) by 3 billion dollars in 10 years.

        Republicans have also blocked the President Infrastructure Investment Bank. Which would cost the Federal government very little while rebuilding our Nations crumbling infrastructure.

  • jimv8673

    This is bull, just last year the same thing happened, and it was turned back on in two days. This is just some more government smoke, to delay and cause even more pain to the unfortunate US citizens.

  • mrmano_0

    The Republicans want the economy to fail to spite Barack Obama who they loath just so they can say “I told you so”. Really how childish have conservatives become that they will lie, malign and cheat because they can’t have their way.

    The conservative message has very little to offer The United States in the 21st century.

    So they will use any underhanded dirty trick to gain just the least bit of relevance.

    Republicans are entirely to blame for this mess. Bush crashed the economy ran up humongous debt with tax cuts and one illegal war and one poorly led war.

    Now Republicans continue to want to cut taxes and kill off important government functions so their pals can run across America extracting what they want and polluting with impunity and taking advantage of whoever they want.

    Meanwhile they label over 2 million hardworking American as lazy detriments to American prosperity. Yet they won’t pass ONE jobs bill, but have 60 votes to repeal the ACA.

    The modern Republican party is America’s biggest threat.

    • Sebastian Klay

      Apsatootly Drinking buddy

      • VinnyFromIndy

        All readers should note that Sebastian here is not a casual reader of this article that decided to offer his opinion. The truth of the matter is that Sebastian has spent a great deal of energy and time to seek out online articles about the UI extension bill. It appears he searches Google News for this topic and then he descends on the comment threads to inject all manner of lies, propaganda and taunting to all the desperate unemployed Americans that comment.

        Sebastian is a sociopath and his sadism appears to know no bounds. I just wanted all of you to be aware that he is either a paid troll or a seriously demented, sick, twisted individual.

        I wish all of you the best of luck!

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    • Jason Williams

      im in favor of your comment. Bush also left office with vast oil profits for his company in texas worth billions. Republicans are blocking all bills and making a mess of democratic order. We have a in house battle in this nation.

      • Sherry Plutakis

        Boeing Got $7,250 In Tax Breaks For Every $1 It Spent Lobbying…It wasn’t too late for them to get that approval. The rich get rich and the poor get poorer. So where is this plan they keep speaking of to create jobs? With or without the extension, nothing is being put to action for any jobs creation. Is it too late for that also. Do your jobs and create “the jobs”. We’d have no problem if that was resolved first and foremost. Our gov’t is laughable!

        • Ron Quandt

          Could not agree more but the only way they can create jobs, and they can create jobs if they spend some money to fix our roads and electrical base; etc but that will drive up debt unless they pass a small tax increase or print more money; But either of those choices would be fine with me because we will create jobs and get this economy really moving.

    • Prolapse

      They’re now saying its too late to pass an extension

      • mrmano_0

        Typical for these Republicans. They lie, then delay then don’t act when Democrats fulfill Republican demands.

        It time to eridicate this Republican desease that aflicts our great Nation.

        • blfdjlj

          Then these benefits will expire in May. And the game will start again.

  • MarineOutOfWork

    Better good news than Bad news.

    • Aces High

      the words “marine out of work” should never be words put together in a sentence in this great country…we must remember to give credit to the republicans that are willing to help get the issue passed..Boehner is the cause for all this delay & that must be remembered at the polls as well..

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  • TJC

    Why does John Boehner get paid to do nothing? What has he done in the pass five years but f$%k this country up and voted to repeal ACA 50 plus times. Why don’t we all repeal the problem with our so call leaders in Nov. The GOP hates the little people that voted for them they just needs your vote and after that then f$%k you little people I’m here for the rich and the rich only. I don’t care about you anymore until it’s time for you to vote and then I will though you a strap or two to get your vote over and over again. People wake you if you don’t make $250,000 a year your poor to the GOP and in the little people pool. If you make less then $35,000 a year forget it you are not even counted to the GOP so for all the Republican that think you in with the Republican GOP group think again you are just helping them keep you down. If you don’t think so take this test in 1999 were you better of then you were in 2007, and now in 2014 is it getting better or worse?

    • Akpothole

      Exactly…who among us, that make 35 thou a year, can cough up a few thousand towards a campaign reelection for these professional politicians? Corporations can and do…you do the math!!!

  • Aces High


    • Jackie

      Yes!! Thanks for having a HEART!!

  • Robin Collins

    More delays next it will be May and the 5 months are up then it will be 2 late so nada…Boehner will not let it happen anyway he is anti American…..

    • Ray Hessel

      Spot on. This issue is small potatoes compared to the Dem slaughter coming in Nov over this healthcare DEBACLE!

      • chillinout.

        “Dem slaughter” BAHAHAHA, republicans are gonna be crying this November just like they have the past two Novembers

        • Ray Hessel

          Nope Repubs own this Nov. Dems will win in ’16

      • Glen Groh

        last time i checked the dems did not shutdown the gov, the GOP party did, the GOP party voted down the vets bill,, the GOP party dont care about the 2 million plus that need some help, YUP i say let the slaughter start in nov.

        • HappyG

          You better check again…not only has Obama instituted the delays that Cruz had asked for, he delayed then for far longer than Cruz had asked for…Oh, and yes, he has extended the Individual Mandate for many…the rest will come a few weeks before the election…Tell me again why our government was shutdown? And who’s to blame..

    • DerekJR321

      Don’t forget.. those “Hard Working” politicians are about to go on ANOTHER 2-week vacation in April….

    • Ray Hessel

      It’s already too late. This is just smoke… House GOP Says It’s Too Late To Pass An Unemployment Extension
      Updated: 03/27/2014 5:59 pm EDT

  • Ray Hessel

    Meaningless political ploy notice how more repubs signed up knowing it has no chance in the House. $600 billion already spent on just unemployment benefits the past 5+ years. Enough is enough. Labor participation at an all-time low. Employers are looking at increasing salaries to attract good people!!!

    • Icare

      How about sharing these employers names, addresses, states, job titles so the rest of us will know you are not just blowing smoke… if you know something about where the jobs you are talking about… share your knowledge…

    • Icare

      Adding Up the Government’s Total Bailout Tab

      Beyond the $700 billion bailout known as TARP, which has been used to prop up banks and car companies, the government has created an array of other programs to provide support to the struggling financial system.

      Through April 30, the government has made commitments of about $12.2 trillion and spent $2.5 trillion — but also has collected more than $10 billion in dividends and fees. Here is an overview, organized by the role the government has assumed in each case.

    • DJMiles

      That’s not true…I’m sure a few voted today so they could say they tried to be a yes but what really matters is how many of them vote yes next week.The more Republicans that support a extension the better chance it has getting votes in the house .Really its going to depend on the Democrats if this bill passes the house if they don’t pass any of the 12 l jobs bills that were passed in the house and never brought up for vote in the Senate then this bill will not be voted on in the house.If they pass at least 1 of them this bill will easily pass the house.

  • mrmano_0

    You want to see what a joke the Republicans are?

    Compare the GOP jobs plan

    and The President’s plan

    Notice the difference?? The Republicans have no plan. None they are willing to truthfully share with the american people anyway.

  • KDuluth

    IF the unemployed get this extension to help out after 6 months of being unemployed, where do you think the money is going to go? Out of the country to an offshore bank? It’s going for utilities, groceries, gas stations, car mechanics – right back into the economy.

    • tohottie85

      Exactly and totally right you are!!! If it passes, I’d be getting my car fixed, paying off my credit card which I recently negotiated a settlement on! Also buying groceries to.

    • Ron Quandt

      Yes, unemployment benefits just like welfare benefits end up in a businessman’s account; Shove it in at the bottom, it is spent and will boost living standards for all of us

  • ryan

    Thank you to the Republicans supporting the bill. I know its not exactly what you want but its nice to see that some republicans know how to work together on a problem.

  • ryan

    I can just hear the gears in Boehners head grinding away. Mr. Boehner there are people out there that need this VERY badly. I ask you please give this a chance. This effects you in NO way.

  • Orval Burk

    there insane ,bigfoot has it better. they have been telling lies and malign, and cheating to steal this country and now theres nobody else to do it to but us.see you in hell.

  • deano

    Maybe when the Senate passes some 58 bills the house has and just sitting in the senate since LIBERAL senile Harry Reid cant handle the truth…NO MORE SPENDING

    • Kate

      Oh sorry it must be coming out of your pocket. Are you equally upset about all the money for the wars?

  • Icare

    If you want to get the attention of these government officials, you won’t do it here! You need to contact the News Agencies for television!

    If this gets in the television news, then the world will see what is happening and these government officials will have no choice but to listen to The People!

    But if you want to do it via the internet, then you might want to flood the television web sites with your concerns….

  • Albert Matt

    Wheres Marcus Maxon? He needs to add a little colorful insight to such a dull topic.

  • Monster Bob

    Mr.President,in your State of the Union adress you talked strong,and said you would pass this bill on your own if need be. Well it Needs to be! How about putting up?

    • Ron Quandt

      Do not see that possibility in the CoNStitution; that might be more of “IF YOULIKE YOUR PLAN, YOU CAN KEEP YOUR PLAN!”

  • Sherry Plutakis

    What Obama Asked Biden during the State of the Union:

    “So tonight, I’ve asked Vice President Biden to lead an across-the-board reform of America’s training programs to make sure they have one mission: train Americans with the skills employers need, and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now,” Obama said.
    How’s that working out folks, or has all the vacationing become a distraction?

    • HappyG

      Considering that Harry Reid continually refuses to allow such training, I’m hoping that sooner or later the D sycophants will catch a clue as to who is bleeding the LTU…

  • Ray Hessel

    House GOP Says It’s Too Late To Pass An Unemployment Extension. Updated: 03/27/2014 5:59 pm EDT

    • mrmano_0

      More Republican lies. They delay and then say it’s too late to act. Yet they passed the Doc fix today without delay.

      • Ray Hessel

        Of course they can/could pass this overnight *if they were planning to pass it which they aren’t*.

        • HappyG

          Sure, tell Harry to allow the retraining to be added…but he won’t, because he wants this to be an issue in November…

    • Rick

      Yeah, I saw that BS excuse this morning.
      The last time they allowed EUI to expire was back in 2010, and it took about 50 days for the to push an extension through.
      This time they are 89 days past the expiration of EUI – through nobodies fault but their own.
      Now, instead of blaming themselves and doing the right thing and getting this done, they want to use that as a excuse as to why they can’t do it. It’s the most absurd thing I have ever heard.
      To keep 2.25 million Americans from the help they need immediately, makes this Congress a big disgrace.

    • HappyG

      Tell Reid to allow the retraining provision and it would skate on through…it’s amazing how you low infos types let him abuse you…This is the third time he’s done this…For Harry, it’s always blaming the other side…the people come last…

  • Icare

    Maybe the media won’t cover the problems with the unemployment extension because the money to cover their combined Monday thru Friday daily news casts of 165+ hours for just the main three stations [ KOMO-KING-KIRO ] are paid by outside sources.

    You know the commercials will not cover their wages, cameras, personnel, planes, helicopters, rent, lights, phones, and everything else they use.

    So where do they get the funds to keep running???

    So who is running the news agencies???

  • Gary

    Well two weeks ago I sent John Boehner and email about how my benefits have ran out and have had a couple of interviews and i had to borrow money to get to them because it’s just my wife’s income were living on and I have three children. That 26 weeks its hard to find a job in this job market and economy. I also told him that the government should have a program to help ppl with getting there c.d.l license would help ppl get jobs driving trucks that’s what I was looking to do until I found out it was,like $5000 dollars that I don’t have. But I have been looking and it seems there are jobs out there for driving a truck. Well he or one of his staff send me a email yesterday thanks for my input it helps him in his choices in the Senate so are children and grandchildren can live the American dream and should follow him on social networking Twitter Facebook etc and best of luck to me and my family. Needless to say though the tough time me and my wife a having we did get a good laugh yesterday.So thank you John Boehner.

  • disgustedwithcongress

    I have had more than enough BS from Boehner. The winds of change need to start blowing…

  • alexander jones

    We don’t have a Republican party any more, it is now the REPULSIVE PARTY, and the sad part is that the REPULSIVE PARTY really don’t care. They just know how to pick fights, because they are bullies. And believe me they will get one. We will vote their behinds out of there. Be sure and make no Mistake and VOTE MID TREM.

  • Robin Collins

    Why wait another week delay delay, the house and Bonner is going to S@^# on the deal anyway until we fight back sheeple we are just pawns.

  • Joshua Wisniewski

    I was let go from a company here in Texas (at will work state), when I filled for UI they fought my claim and even created a lie to fight with. Saying I was responsible for the duties of a manager even though I wasn’t one. The State agreed with my claim and I received UI. I received UI Benefits till December 28th and because Texas Doesn’t calculate Unemployment the PROPER way, our state Funded UI only goes 26 weeks, even though Texas UI is far above 6% as it reports.

    Luckily I just got a job this week March 24th, and only thanks to the company firing a bunch of people that felt unwilling in their positions in the service industry. Before I was let go I was making $13.75/hr @ 45hrs a week ($1237.50/2wks before taxes) during UI Benefits I was making $720/2wks (before Taxes), during the few weeks I had extended UI I was making $600/2wks (taxes not removed), I still had half of my extended benefits left on December 28 which I have not received since they have this UI filibuster. With my new job I now make $9.50/hr @28-30hrs ( $560/2wks before taxes) and the kicker I still have to wait another 2 weeks before my first pay check. So I am now bringing home 45% of the money I use to a year ago. When even the says a reasonable decrease in salary of 8% (meaning I would be bringing home 92% of the money I made last year) I have a Move I have to pay for and the hotel room for a month I will be living till I can find a Consumer Protection Lawyer or a Place that will now rent to my what was flawless renter background now tarnished.

    I have then been Evicted from TWO places (which now tarnishes my perfect record of leasing) I called Home, my energy and gas are on the verge of being turned off, My water has been turned off but thanks to the weather conditions I have gotten it turned back on, and my phone is turned off so i work wanted me to come in and cover someones shift I wont be able to find out about it.

    For those that say UI benefits only make us NOT want to work…. That is total BS. I love working and I love being around people, I would spend hours on the internet doing applications and submission for my fields (Hospitality Specialist, Office Coordinator, or Graphics/Internet Design). Then I would spend hours out on the “beat” going from fast food place to grocery store to retail store. NOTHING…

    The Best Jobs Plan I can think of… Giving a TAX CREDIT to companies who hire AMERICAN LEGALS that have been unemployed for longer than the STATE FUNDED UI Term (26 – 32 Weeks) and have that person hired for longer than 1 yr (more people hired, higher the credit with a control of Tax credit NOT to exceed the amount of actual taxes paid which means they would NOT get more money than they actually paid into taxes). As long as the person is working for them they would continue to get a tax credit that would then devalue over the term of the employees time working with them up to and not to exceed 3 years. Once the three years are up then they would loose the credit however, if they fire the person durning/after three years (at no fault of the employee) then they would have to file back taxes and owe the government money. It would prevent companies from abusing the tax credit job plan.

  • Gary E

    If it gets past senate, we need bill to floor and 17 of 210 republicans to vote for it. IF this cant be done every republican needs voted out! I cant believe that 2 million people without work is ok with these republicans? In my state of IL there are 5 republicans in house, we have 9% unemployment. Near Chicago where i live it is 12% unemployment since the banks almost destroyed America. PASS THE BILL.

  • DemfromBeantown

    Until That PIG headed Boehner tells ME exactly how HE will create jobs for us …. give us our UI……oink oink!

  • Gary E

    to force a vote in house they need 218 votes to go around boehner!! there are 199 democrats. They cant find 19 republicans? 19 out of 210 republicans? common. VOTE THE GOP OUT of the house. It is unbelievable.

    • blfdjlj

      They can probably find 19 Republicans. At the same time, leadership controls what is voted on, and it is highly unlikely that any Republican would sign a discharge petition.

  • Gary E

    There are 18 congressman in Illinois. 9% unemployment. only 11 of them signed the petition to get it through house around Boehner. To date there are 193 signatures, and 199 democrats. Assuming all dems sign there needs 19 republicans, and MY state has 7 of them that need to get on board or voted out of office. This is NUTS. Ukraine and Dr’s get the republicans votes.

  • disqus_v5ukhsr1YR

    Attach it to Keystone XL pipeline approval as a ‘comprehensive jobs bill’ and it will pass the House- Thank you Senate!

    • ex-Republican

      You would be willing to tear Mother Earth in half, so another country can move oil through her, your beyond the pail. We have done enough damage to our gift from God…Someday you will wake up and smell the roses…This group of Republicans will be remembered for who they are Slave Master’s, I am just sorry it took me this long to see them for who they really are….WAKE UP…

  • DisgustedInMichigan

    Bottom line we need the EUC restored ASAP AND AVJOBS BILL!!!! And all new employment opportunity can be all about Construction jobs. Rebuilding Americas roadsb& infrastructure is great & wondering full,but we need more clerical, case workers, social workers, crisis Intervention workers, teachers, counselors etc. Employment opportunities to help those who need help that will help society for the long term. MMichigan’s maximum weeks to claim after fulltime employment is 26 weeks / 6 mths… Then there has always been an extension available for those who sincerely need more time finding gainful employment. EUC is not the same for everyone….. 50%’ of your total benefit year. So if you werebeligble for 20 wksv/ EUC is only 10 &’drops off, I have no idea what a vNORMAL ECONOMY is?? BUT a person should be able to secure new position in 6mths to a yr at Max. We NEED THE EUC o get back on our feetll

    • JohnYuma

      Uh, Obama and the Democrats already spent $1.5 trillion we didn’t have on *”shovel-ready-jobs” which resulted in no infrastructure improvements.

      (*payoffs to union bosses and other Obama supporters)

      • VinnyFromIndy

        Where do you right wingers get this BS. Do you actually believe that President Obama gave 1.5 trillion dollars to union bosses and supporters? It is people like you that are killing the GOP. You folks are absolutely insane.

      • DisgustedInMichigan

        Actually , I would have to disagree with you John Yuma. As there have been several highway & road imporovment projects in our area within the last few years from ‘Obama Job Stimiuli’ that without those highways would have never been improved. Just last summer, a very dangerous corner & stretch of highway that had resulted in several deaths over the years was taken out. This is only one example of Millions spent which was all good!

  • Gar

    Let’s spend more $ over in the middle east and Ukraine and not support our U.S. citizens. Makes a lot of sense doesn’t it?

  • JessicaGioBarrett

    The GOP is sealing their fate in this country. The only thing they’re accomplishing is ensuring that the last nail in the coffin is nailed right in. In the 6 months I’ve been on unemployment and the hundreds of emails I’ve sent out I’ve gotten 2 call backs and one interview. This after working for the past 18 years, the last 10 of those in the IT sector. I have $200 in benefits left. Thank you for nothing, Boehner.

    Signed, this single mother of two young boys.

  • James Morillo

    Watch this video. It is very sarcastic, but it is the truth. Share this video, retweet it. Get this out there. Search John Boehner unemployment extension on youtube or put /watch?v=8nrkLPJYo1c at the end of the URL. You need to see this.

  • Icare

    All the following are resources to make sure politicians continue to hear your voice on emergency unemployment compensation (EUC):

    Thank the senators who have fought so hard to extend emergency unemployment benefits by looking up their contact information here . Let them know extending the emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) program still makes a difference, and you are still watching.

    Urge your representative to support the unemployment extension when the issue comes up in the House by entering your zip code here . You’ll be directed to a letter put together by the Half in Ten campaign.

    Call your representative using this number, provided by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME): 877-363-6141.

    Share your story via our web form here , which we will share with representatives and journalists to highlight the urgency of renewing unemployment insurance.

    Join our Google Group!forum/long-term-unemployed-action-forum to share stories and resources with others who are either unemployed or passionate about the issue.

    Stay in touch with the Center for Effective Government by signing up for our e-mail updates and action alerts here .

    Find links to the Center for Effective Government’s recent blog posts on unemployment insurance here

    • HappyG

      Why not just post the phone number for Harry Reid’s office? He has no intention of passing anything if he can instead use it as political fodder in November…but I’m guessing you already know that. If he really thought this was urgent, it would have been done in January…do you really think he couldn’t find $6 billion (.002%) out of a $3.7 trillion dollar budget that wouldn’t further weaken our defense? If so, I’ve got some prime swampland to sell you…This is the third time he’s bled the LTU…when will the D sycophants finally catch a clue?

      • Icare

        You need to catch up on what’s going on! It will be up to congress next week and it is going to pass! By the way… are you and Sebastian Klay related? I guess you must be a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force as well.

  • Michaela Brogan

    51% of marriages end in divorce now, this means before I even said “I Do” on 12-12-12 to my husband that the odds were already against us. If that’s notbad enough, 80‰ of divorces are because of financial issues and if you argue about ffinances once a week you have 68% chance of divorce, a couple times a week it’s 113% chance of divorce. Based off this information I might as well kiss my soulmate bye. My husband lost his job mid July 2013 and I lost mine August 2nd, 2013 our big reception and $30,000 wedding was set for 9-14-13. If this doesn’t make it stressfuliI had to fight for unemployment against my boss and my husband only receive $150 a week for unemployment after his $600/month child support payments(one 5yr old child). It took two month to win and receive unemployment from Washington state because my boss of 6 years fired me for looking for another job but the truth was his business was failing and he couldn’t afford me. This was supposed to be the happiest time of my life but it was so stressed. I couldn’t enjoy my wedding or my honeymoon because all I could think about is coming home and having all of my belongings on the porch. Because of being 2 months behind on all of my bills (only had $600/mo husband’s unemployment) including rent becauseiI was fighting for my benefits for so long I could never catch up. I’m 24 years old and thisturned my credit score from 801 to a 506, I had to give up my lease becausemy $1000/MO rent was $1600-$1700/MO with late fees and our income went from $150,000/year to $1600/mo. Now it’s December and our benefitsare just wqualifying for extension but we get one week because it’s being cut we had to move in with my in-laws and it almost tore my marriage apart his sexist controllingffather was verbally abusive and my husband had enough so they kicked us out just a week and a half ago. I’ve pawned my $6,000 wedding ring my husband’s $1,000 ring his $600 Xbox my $1,500 TV and about $500 worth of other valuables that can’t be replaced because they’re sentimental. I lost them becauseour uunemployment was cut and we’ve had no income come in since January 3rd, 2014 was our last unemployment check. So now I’m homeless and my car is about to get repoed and I don’t own any valuable possessiondue to pawning it ffor rent (I didn’t know unemployment was getting cut and I wouldn’t have money
    to get it out. The items that symbolize my marriage are gone and now I owe on my taxes because we stopped federal withholding being taken out because we needed every dollar for rent. So I’m homeless with nothing but my husband and my5yr old step son every other weekend. On top of it I’m about to be penalized for not having insurance on 3/31/14. I have a medical condition where a 8lb fibroid tumorwas rem oved from my uterus on 4/19/12. My tumors are going to keep coming back and I currently have some and it makes it impossible to be pain free and comfortable, the doctors want to do a hysterectomy by 28 in 3.5 years becauseiif they remove it my tumors will have no where to attach to. My husband and I havebeen ttryingfor 2 years for a child and have been unsuccessful. So I’m going to be homeles, divorced with a serious medical condition. The first financial struggle has ruined the relationship with my husband. I’m counting on the extension to go through so my husband and I can get an apartment. If not the car were living in is gettingrepoed sand everything we own in a storage is getting auctioned. How is one supposed to get a job?? My husband was a crane operator and I was an accountant/tax professional. Please renew the unemployment, we’ve suffered depression and I’ve contemplated suicide but I know I never could. I can’t even find work I don’t have
    shower facilities or soon I won’t have a car(my current home) or fuel to get a job. Please we need this back pay to get an apartment so we can get a job well can’t even see our 5 year old son anymore because his mother won’t letus see him because we don’t have a home.

  • HappyG

    Harry Reid once again refused retraining of the long term unemployed to be added to this bill, knowing full well that it will be a non-starter in the House…Anyone who can’t understand that Reid is once again bleeding the LTU in the hopes of garnering a few more votes hasn’t been paying attention…He’d be happy if this is still an issue in early November…

  • HappyG

    Make this the last extension…strictly enforce the lies that Durbin and Schumer told us back in 1986…They did after all, give their word…

    In the meantime, this is the third time the dems have inflicted unnecessary pain on the long term unemployed in the hopes of gaining a little political advantage…If Harry Reid couldn’t find $6 billion in a $3.7 trillion dollar budget, then clearly the man isn’t qualified for the position he holds…look for more nonsense from the dems on this issue, as American families, many of whom have had their jobs stolen by the illegal invaders who disrespect us at every turn, wait in the hopes that Harry will just once, act like he cares about something more than politics…

  • James Morillo

    Congress is the biggest abuser of unemployment insurance. They get almost $200,000 a year, and last year only worked 156 days!! That’s a nice part-time job! They are in recess AGAIN next week! They are going to let the electric and heat go out on 2 million hard working Americans. They are going to go golfing next week while the American people suffer. John Boehner, Ohio is ranked 37th, one of the highest unemployment rates in the country!! Nice way to represent the people sir. There are 400,000 unemployed American Veterans in this country searching every day for a job. Enjoy your golf the next 2 weeks congress. Relax. You guys deserve it. Don’t let the suffering of 2 million Americans ruin your vacation. Search “John Boehner unemployment extension” on youtube. There is a great new video there.

    • James Morillo


  • James Morillo

    Congress collects unemployment insurance all year round. They make an
    average of about $200,000 a year, and only worked 126 days in 2013.
    That’s a nice cushy part-time job. Congress is in recess AGAIN next
    week, and they are going to pull the plug on the heat and electric on 2
    million Americans who are desperately searching for work. FOUR HUNDRED
    THOUSAND OF THEM ARE AMERICAN VETERANS!! They are going to go golfing
    next week. Nice Job Congress! WE WILL VOTE!! ALL OF US!!

  • Sidney Field

    Why does Harry Reid constantly refuse to compromise?


    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

  • TJ

    Call your congressmen especially if they are Republicans and have relatives do the same. If you write and call they must be transparent. Have relatives flood their telephone lines and make them hear you. Pester them-call them- write them now if you are in favor of the vote. I am fortunate to have a democratic rep but I am calling all of my friends and family that have republican reps and putting pressure on them. Go against Boehner’s so called leadership and do what is right! I have also called and wrote to Boehner but no response. Such a great leader? Don’t think so.

  • Benjamin Dover

    As George Washington noted, the Federal debt is not meant to be perpetual but to be paid off at regular intervals.

  • rigoberto beltran

    Republicans think that what when the unemployment help stops your landlord, phone bill company etc. say “don’t worry just pay me later” and that the gas station and grocery store say “just take anything you need and pay me later” so in reality since December everything has been free , I didn’t know that , l’ve worked hard for 32 years and is different applying for a job today it’s like walking into an empty building and going ” Hello hellooo is there anybody here” , some think unemployment is a handout but after paying into it for 32 years and the “Government” took just over $14,000.00 in taxes and penalties don’t tell me this is a handout and I know this happened to a lot people too , I try to look like everything is ok but my biggest worry is my family , I need some help and a job .

  • James Morillo

    This week is our best hope folks. Let’s do something about this. This bill is affecting over 2 million people,
    not including their friends and family.
    That number include over 400,000 American veterans. The CBO says passing this bill will increase
    GDP by .2% and create 200,000 American jobs.
    The bill is fully funded and has ALWAYS passed the house once it passes
    the Senate. Not passing such a bill
    would be UNPRECENTED in the history of this country. The Senate and House go for another relaxing “extended”
    recess next week. They think they are
    going to walk out of Washington on Friday with their bags packed for a relaxing
    golf outing or a trip to the beach for 2 weeks.
    They think that the cries of 2 million suffering and hardworking
    Americans will not affect their golf swings.
    The average salary of a congress representative is $200,000, and in
    2013, they only worked 126 days! Nice
    part time job! Who is hardworking? They think pulling the plug on the hopes of 2 million struggling Americans will have no impact on the overall voting. This is the week everybody. Spread this message! Call your Republican Congress person. Post this or your story to their Facebook or
    Twitter account. GET IT OUT THERE!! WE

  • Five Guyz

    In addition to the billions of dollars wasted during Afghanistan reconstruction, $7 billion of US military equipment is being left there.

  • Eric Matterson

    Sen Lamar Alexander: Job training and education do NOT guarantee a job if employers refuse to hire you because you don’t have experience.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

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


    When will the senate finally pass the much needed unemployment extension bill in the senate, for the more than two million families that were affected by the loss of benefits late last December? For more than four months now, the Republican senate has dragged their feet, and has made delay after delay to postpone passing the bill, in the hopes of making it just go away. In the mean time, these millions of families have been ruined financially, having been evicted from their homes, having their homes foreclosed upon, having to file personal bankruptcy, and being made homeless. These workers had worked many years in their jobs, and have paid into the system, believing help would be there for them if ever they needed it. However, they’ve been made to feel like social leaches, and social parasites, for asking for what they’ve already paid into from their weekly pay. While the congress quickly passed a foreign aid package for the Ukraine, worth billions of tax payer’s dollars, nothing has been passed to help these struggling families on a total verge of economical collapse, facing homelessness for lack of income to pay their living expenses. These millions of families have been used my the political parties as “political leverage”, and as “bargaining chips” to further one another’s political agendas. These people are not lazy or unwilling to work. The majority are older Americans with families to support, and mortgages to pay. These people have worked all of their lives and just happen to find themselves in one of the worst recessions in many years. How can the Republican party claim to represent “family values”, while making every effort to kill the extension bill that would help these families in the senate? I hope that the American people will have our own ” American Spring” like in other countries, and take back our country from these self-promoting, self-righteous, ego=filled, career politicians. We need to bring back the ” public servant” back into fashion once again. These politicians in Washington have totally become out of touch with common people which makes up 99 percent of this country. Shame on the Republicans for causing so much grief and pain to these millions of families without unemployment benefits. The American voters will not forget that in the 2016 elections.

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