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August 30, 2014

Unemployment Extension Bill Advances Narrowly in Senate

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 2 p.m. | The Senate’s deal to revive an extension of unemployment benefits passed a key procedural test — barely — Wednesday morning.

Senators voted to limit debate 61-38 — and thus get beyond any filibuster threats — on the five-month deal hashed out by a coalition led by Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Dean Heller, R -Nev.

Six Republicans joined with all of the Democrats — Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Susan Collins of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada, Mark S. Kirk of Illinois, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Rob Portman of Ohio. Portman and Kirk had voted to filibuster a deal in February. Four Republicans who had voted to bring the bill to the floor last week switched and voted to filibuster the deal Wednesday: Dan Coats of Indiana, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania.

The procedural vote required the agreement of 60 senators.

The agreement has faced opposition from many Republicans, with particular criticism of Majority Leader Harry Reid’s use of what have become customary procedural maneuvers to preclude the offering of amendments. The GOP proposals tend to fall under the broad umbrella of what they consider to be job-creating measures, ranging from new restrictions on Obama administration rulemaking to providing for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project.

Reid on Monday rejected a unanimous consent request from Sen. David Vitter, R-La., to add an amendment to the bill that would eliminate eligibility for receiving both UI benefits and Social Security Disability Insurance payments, which Vitter characterized as “double dipping.”

Reid said he believes that GOP amendments are designed to kill the compromise.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., wants to offer an amendment that would block carbon emissions rules for coal-fired power plants.

McConnell also introduced a national right-to-work bill he said he’d like to offer as an amendment. The bill would bar employers from requiring employees to pay fees to a union as part of a contract agreement with a labor organization.

“It’s just such a common-sense, pro-worker proposal,” McConnell said. “According to one survey, about 80% of unionized workers agreed that employees should be able to decide whether or not joining a union is right for them”

Under the rules, a vote to adopt the jobless benefits amendment authored by Reed and Heller will take place automatically on Thursday afternoon, followed by another vote to limit debate on the legislation itself. Final passage would follow, but now appears assured.

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Sarah Chacko contributed to this report.

  • NeedsVacation

    PHONE JAM BOEHNER

    Contact John Boehner’s office until the phones are unplugged:

    John Boehner says the re-implementation of benefits will be “difficult”? Is that really the attitude you want to have towards long-term unemployed seeking jobs? Its “difficult so give up, huh? ——- #SETEXAMPLE

    Washington, D.C. Office
    1011 Longworth H.O.B.
    Washington, DC 20515
    (202) 225-0600

    *The number has been changed 3 times since the phone jam
    SPREAD THE WORD AND GET THIS OUT

    • barb.mccann

      WHAT IS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT IS BEING ELECTED IF YOU ARE A REPUBLICAN! THEY JUST DON’T SEE THIS! BUT THEN AGAIN THEY SUPPORTED FAILIN’ PALIN!

    • wsucram15

      IT isnt..and we have to do something, to gain control of a people,
      you remove their rights slowly a little at a time so they dont notice
      until its too late..I cant print who said that or they wont let me post
      this. It is a very bad person in history.
      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..

      http://www2.americanprogress.o

      http://www.foreffectivegov.org

      Tell your story..http://www.foreffectivegov.org/share-

      and if you havent sign–>http://petitions.moveon.org/si
      Just know this..I am being told if the Congress does not come back with a positive vote by 4/11..it will never happen. PUSH NOW

  • Rayzen Hail

    Why does it take two extra weeks to pass an agreed upon bill?

    • mikem42

      Republican obstructionism. That’s why.

  • Larry king

    Just move forward with the bill and get it passed! Don’t try and hold it up by adding amendments now at the last minute. That is just another way to delay it. And it is only a 5 month extension anyway. You can work on a new bill after the people get this much needed lifeline. Enough is enough. The Republicans netter think hard about where this is leading for them at election time.

    • Lynn MzBunnz Granger

      Larry
      you took the words out my mouth come election time some folks will be very disappointed.

      • Johnny Medina

        what is funny is poor white people voting republican when the GOP is against any and all programs that would help them out of poverty. What needs to happen is getting rid of the apathy that the poor have. Most do not vote. The only way we can keep things moving forward and not start going backward is for people in the cities to get out and vote. MOST democrats live in the city and most republicans live outside the city.

        • Guest

          I don’t know where you’re getting your demographics, but in 2012 those earning less than $50,000 were 41% of the vote. 60% voted for Obama. Healthcare was the main issue. I for one actually campaigned for the first time in my life. We need to keep the pressure on and if we do make it to middle or upper middle class, we shouldn’t forget where we came from.

      • wsucram15

        no they wont be,..we lost the midterms to the GOP. They are going to take control,

    • Sebastian Klay

      Larry is a troll that searches Google to find stories about the unemployment extension bill so he can come to the thread and kick around desperate people. He is a sociopath and his sadism guides his actions. He is the perfect example of the closet liberal.

      • bartholomew

        oh look its the delta-force navy commando Lt. colonel air force commander..

        • Sebastian Klay

          Barttho is a troll that searches Google
          to find stories about the unemployment extension bill so he can come to the
          thread and kick around desperate people. He is a sociopath and his sadism
          guides his actions. He is the perfect example of the modern conservative.

      • kasia54

        You should know, Marcus — changed your name, eh?

      • wsucram15

        awww Sebastian..are you jealous? You arent the only person kicking these people?

    • Sebastian Klay

      Larry King is a troll that searches Google to find stories about the unemployment extension bill so he can come to the thread and kick around desperate people. He is a sociopath and his sadism guides his actions. He is the perfect example of the closet liberal

      • bartholomew

        oh look its the delta-force navy commando Lt. colonel air force commander

        • Sebastian Klay

          He..is my fellow fake-war-stories-buddy, Bart!!….demonizing the unemployed still??..which..of course..you know includes 300,000 vets…nice job BArt…hey..how many “trips” to Afgannystan did you take??…I don’t know anyone that took trips…I know several who took “tours of duty”…yer as phony as your ideology…BTW..I didn’t know delta force was part of the USAF…or…that it even existed anymore??…

          • bartholomew

            you’re a very sad person for posing as a veteran. Get a life clay. I appreciate that you finally admitted to your fake military status though.

          • Sebastian Klay

            Yer a sad sack with your lying military stories, Bart….loser…get a job…

          • bartholomew

            You should’ve joined an honorable branch of service while you had the chance. Upsetting that you spent all this time in the airforce what a coward

          • Sebastian Klay

            You are such a little liar…bragging up on fake service experience…where did you get your commission??…yer nothing but a low level troll for move on…begging people to click on your links so you can steal their identity asking for donations to your fake non-profit…yer as phony as your military background and ideology….

          • bartholomew

            Let is be known that klay claims he is a “rich retired airforce colonel with an extensive corvette collection, he drives 5 hours every day to work where he got his commission”

          • Sebastian Klay

            did this pass the Senate??..getting a little stressed??..well-deserved 2 week vacation coming up…tick..tick..tick…hows the trolling for “move on” going

          • Sebastian Klay

            I remember you once said how mnay “trips” you had to afgannystan….how mnay wa sthat again??…I know people who had tours of duty…but..not trips..HArdee har har…bragging up on fake military service and can’t even get the basic lingo down..

        • Sebastian Klay

          Bart is a troll that searches Google
          to find stories about the unemployment extension bill so he can come to the
          thread and kick around desperate people. He is a sociopath and his sadism
          guides his actions. He is the perfect example of the modern conservative.

    • wsucram15

      4/11 is the end date..petition and look at the post at the top of this page..also there is a demonstration in DC planned for Monday/Tuesday.

  • NeedsVacation

    Harry Reid should quit pushing this measure if the House wont consider it.

    Call Mr. Reid and tell him he needs to do what it takes!
    Harry Reid
    Phone: (202) 224-3542

    • k Lowe

      That it is the dumbest ideal I have ever heard of. The unemployed should be thanking him. Use your energy to contact the republicans in the house there is nothing wrong with the bill he is pushing. I am not on unemployment but your strategy is stupid.

      • kent

        26 weeks is enough. It’s the dems that won’t support jobs bills.

  • Former Republican

    This should be considered treason on the American people. Boehner is supposedly a representative of the people, NOT the lobbyist and special interest. Boehner wants amendments for the keystone pipeline. That’s the real reason this is being held up. To all the ignorant people saying unemployment is retirement is ridiculous. Unemployment is a lifeline not an income. Ask anyone who is on it.

    • barb.mccann

      Exactly right – Boehner wants something and if he doesn’t get it he doesn’t care what happens to 2 million people – If that is not ground to impeach I don’t know what is! He has been bought and paid for by special interests groups.
      Now Mitch McConnell wants to add an amendment for National Right to Work – which is an attempt to destroy unions. So we have to give up good, protected union paying jobs to get unemployment for 2 million people – just another attempt to create a 2 class system in this country! And – another Congressman bought and paid for by the lobbyists and special interest!

      • Christopher George

        Boehner doesn’t care because he gets paid $175,000 a year to do nothing while he collects subsidies from the rest of his crony pals.

      • kasia54

        Just give him a space of scotch. He’s a disgrace. Wasn’t he elected to work for us? He needs to be impeached! From his comments, he has no clue that his own constituents are truly, truly suffering. That those people who trusted and counted on him are in need of a lifeline. But they can’t line his pockets with kickbacks. That’s all he really wants. He doesn’t care about people. The almighty dollar is more important.

    • wsucram15

      fight go look at this page and lobby..if you dont fight 4/11 is the end date

  • mikem42

    Anti labor, anti clean air and water, anti senior and disabled retirees; these are the things R’s want to amend this bill with. They are obscene. They earn their money off the backs of taxpayers, but heaven forbid someone not so fortunate get some of the swag. They must hate themselves, or not.

  • DisgustedInMichigan

    why the HELL NOT give the Republicans the Keystone Pipeline???? We need the EUC , Jobs Bill & Keystone pipeline is a NO BRAINER FOR BONNER!!!

    • Johnny Medina

      there is no guarantee that giving anything will get them to pass it. They want the keystone so their wealthy donors can make more money. Look at all the crap in north carolina with Duke energy and all the crap they dumped into their rivers. Do you think those rich guys are gonna be drinking showering or vacationing in the polluted water. I think not. Do you think those who want this passed will be affected if we have a big oil spill in the heart of the USA. The shills make 174k a YEAR MINIMUM. I don’t think they will be affected the way those who live near the pipeline will be affected. Go and google what happened to that river in michigan when canadian sands oil spilled into it. Can you imagine millions of gallons of oil being spilled all over the middle of our beautiful country. They can’t even clean it up when it spills.

      • DisgustedInMichigan

        You bring up valid reasoning.

    • mrmano_0

      This pipeline would pump some of the most dangerous and noxious substances known to man across the middle of the United States.

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

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

      Not only that but much of the material needed to build the pipeline would come from foreign counties, namely Canada and India. Which of course means most of the job creation would be in foreign countries as well.

      According to the State Dept. there would be 35-50 permanent jobs after construction was completed. Construction that would only last a year or two and employ less than 10,000 people in temp jobs.

      http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/feb/10/van-jones/cnns-van-jones-says-keystone-pipeline-only-creates/

      http://www.politifact.com/georgia/statements/2012/apr/11/johnny-isakson/isakson-keystone-pipeline-employ-20000/

  • DisgustedInMichigan

    frankly speaking !!! Pass the EUC then Republicans get to work on a jobs Bill!! Do any of you politicians have the ability to WALK & CHEW GUM ATTHE SAME TIME???? RRepublicans quit your whining & crying already.. You had since 12/28/2013 to compile a comprehensive JOB BILL AMENDMENT to the Jobless Benefit Extension legislation!!! Please do the right thing & help your constuients who have been suffering & distress !!

  • Jason

    When will this bill see a real vote

  • Guest

    Dems and Rep need to STOP using the unemployed and political mid-election pawns! Ukraine gets a fast track vote and the unemployed are held hostage since 12/28/13! Pas this bill in both Houses BEFORE you take ANOTHER vacation on the 10th!

  • Guest

    Dems and Rep need to STOP using the unemployed as political mid-election pawns! Ukraine gets a fast track vote and the unemployed are held hostage since 12/28/13! Pas this bill in both Houses BEFORE you take ANOTHER vacation on the 10th!

    • guest

      the rep need to pass the bill soon in the houses

    • barb.mccann

      And “doc fix” – this is an embarrassment! It gets pushed though in one day because Boehner wants it to happen – supposedly it was going to take months of debate! Liars and thieves!

  • NeedsVacation

    PHONE JAM BOEHNER

    Contact John Boehner’s office until the phones are unplugged

    John Boehner says the re-implementation of benefits 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 and leave a message or 2 to speak with his assistant)

    *The number has been changed 3 times since the phone jam
    SPREAD THE WORD AND GET THIS OUT

  • LaughnigLion

    Notice to my Representative the Honorable Mr. John Shimkus from Illinois:

    I have supported you in the past. You are one of the few goodhearted Republicans this Democrat has supported. I appreciate your fiscal conservatism and your sensible, practical pro-life stance. You have done a lot for our district.

    BUT IF YOU DO NOT SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE OBSTRUCTIONS OF SPEAKER BOEHNER AND THE REST OF THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP I WILL WORK AND CAMPAIGN HARD AGAINST YOU IN MY AREA! I CANNOT TRAVEL TO OHIO OR THE OTHER STATES TO CAMPAIGN AGAINST BOEHNER AND THE OTHERS BUT I CAN CAMPAIGN HERE IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS. I AM HOLDING YOU RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF THIS REPUBLICAN PARTY (AND TEA PARTY AFFILIATES) AND FOR AT LEAST BRINGING THE BILL TO A VOTE IN THE HOUSE.

    Everyone contact their own Representatives and give them the same message as above. We can’t change the whole government but I can try to change my little piece of it.

    • ex-Republican

      I am with you kid, will be walking the streets of my Republican Reps districts, dispelling the lies, and the weight I now have off my chest…never again regardless of what all these trolls can say…There fait is set in stone. Democratic Voter for life, period.

    • FedUpInNJ

      Excellent link from AA4U to contact your House Rep and make your voices HEARD! http://www.aa4u.org/news/2014/4/1/zyt37naao3i3knp40vu367q3y1iq58

  • Johnny Medina

    It is pretty sad that republicans are trying to hold up this legislation and always talking about the unemployed like they are lazy. In order to qualify for 26 weeks of unemployment you need to have worked at least a year and a half. I know that that sounds funny to say, but lots of people who are receiving unemployment worked for far longer than that. Whether you have worked a year and a half or 40 years, you get the same 26 weeks. I would say the ones who have been working at the same place 20, 30 40 years are the ones who are worse off. Their skills are limited because they don’t have a diversity in their experiences. My mom and Dad each worked 37 and 43 years at the same place and when they were laid off, neither of them have been able to find a job because of their age. just by the fact you worked that long somewhere, employers know your age even though it doesn’[t ask for it on an application. If you didn’t work a year and a half minimum, you more than likely won’t qualify for 26 weeks, which means you run out of money even quicker. Republicans do not have a problem giving away money to other countries. You never heard them cutting funds to other countries in order to give a billion to Ukraine. Only Since Obama became President do GOP Lawmakers squeal about pay-fors.

    • Take it all

      actually it’s 3o days

      • Sebastian Klay

        “Take It All” is a troll that searches Google to find stories about the unemployment extension bill so he can come to the thread and kick around desperate people. He is a sociopath and his sadism guides his actions. He is the perfect example of the modern conservative.

        • bartholomew

          oh look its the delta-force navy commando Lt. colonel air force commander….

        • kasia54

          Hi Marcus! How’s your parent’s basement?

          • bartholomew

            Seriously Marcus…there is a wonderful world outside of your parents basement.

        • K.D.

          The turd burglar has returned!

      • Johnny Medina

        actually, it’s not…..at least here in Texas…..you have to have wages in at LEAST 2 of the last 4 COMPLETED calendar quarters in order to be eligible for unemployment…..and if you only have wages in TWO quarters, you are NOT gonna qualify for 26 weeks….TRUST me I know what I am talking about,,,,I worked for the workforce commission

  • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

    We are not without compassion. We know people that have lost their job, some are still unemployed. {We’ve done what we can, personally, to help.} We do not know anyone that has remained unemployed for more than a year.

    Since this country cannot and will not continue unemployment benefits, indefinitely, what will happen to those people who have reached the program’s limits?

    Does anyone expect the federal government to continue in its support of those without jobs (for over two years), indefinitely?

    Without any doubt, it is an unsustainable path.

    • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

      {{crickets}}

    • mrmano_0

      how did you get years from 76 weeks??? Which is the last time limit set for drawing these benefits.

      • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

        I’m called a Futurist. See what that idiot did with his pen and phone. His healthcare scam no longer resembles the law, because he doesn’t respect the law. I would not be surprised if some of the unemployed would be fine with him extending unemployment, indefinitely (via EO if he can figure out a way). Hope you’re not one of those.

        Look, as I essentially implied before. I understand the pain, I was laid off back in the mid-nineties. That pushed me to start my own business, so a lay-off would never happen to me, again. I don’t have a problem with people that need it taking unemployment for a few weeks so they can get back on their feet.

        The current trend is unsustainable.

        If you don’t have one, I hope you find a job (that you want to do) as soon as possible.

        • mrmano_0

          Again how did you get years from the 76 week maximum?? And, what does the ACA have to do with emergency unemployment benefits? Emergency benefits are traditionally issued when the unemployment rate is over 5 percent. During Reagan’s Presidency the eligibility for emergency benefits lasted for 3 years.

          • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

            Each state was different. So there are people that have received 99 weeks of unemployment in Texas. They do not deserve more. Their card is punched, for good.

            Obama’s past behavior is indicative of future behavior. If you don’t understand that, then I cannot help you understand.

            Three years is absolutely absurd. Was then, is now.

          • mrmano_0

            these are Federal benefits we’re talking about. Most states max out at 26 weeks, some less than that. The 99 week federal benefit expired in 2012 and was reduced to 73 weeks.

            No one has received 99 weeks since may 2012.

          • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

            SO, we can at least agree on that, but that changes nothing to me. Get a job, any job. Five jobs if needed.

          • mrmano_0

            We so far have agreed on nothing. I’m simply refuting your twisted logic and misinformation is all.

          • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

            I’ll consider the source, as usual.

          • mrmano_0

            likewise.

          • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

            Good job, mrmano_0. At least you’ve got that…

          • mrmano_0

            You’re a cowardly nasty little troll who i’m sure just loves the attention you get antagonizing people.

            Conservatives always lose in the end. Emancipation, Universal Suffrage,The New Deal, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Gay marriage, a woman’s right to choose, desegregation, legal weed on and on. Conservatives opposed every one and LOST every one. So we’ll see how long Boehner can hold out. This is a liberal country always has been and will always be one.

  • Jack Everett

    I really don’t believe the senate is concerned with extending unemployment benefits the way they have side stepped the issue after first bringing it up. I believe this is a campaign issue that is beneath the democrats and their is no reason for them to feel so desperate.

    • Ray

      They aren’t. This is nothing but a show.

  • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

    FutureCast: Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

    • VinnyFromIndy

      I hope all unemployed Republicans reading this thread now understand fully that your party does not want you anymore. They have thrown you and your families to the wolves and now even your conservative brethren are calling you moochers and takers regardless of how many decades you may have worked.

      I hope all laid off veterans reading this thread note that the poster above could not care less about the fate of you or your family. For the modern Republican, you are part or the unwashed and undeserving.

      I hope all readers take note of the above poster. For the TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS that are effected by the obstruction of this bill by the Republicans, you folks are now disposable Americans who rank below Ukranians to the GOP. Please remember this in November when you vote. Good luck to all of you!!!

      • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

        Some would say you’re a prevaricating satchel of cow patties, like your buddy Obama. I won’t.

        Will say, you deserve your lousy life, hater.

      • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

        Some would say you’re a prevaricating satchel of cow patties, like your buddy Obama. I won’t.

        Will say, you deserve your lousy life, hater. Reality is a pain, eh.

        • VinnyFromIndy

          Again, I hope all laid off Republicans that are reading this thread fully note that you are not even wanted by your fellow conservatives. The above conservative is perfectly fine with you losing your home or apartment or car or cell phone or utilities or all of the above REGARDLESS of how many decades you may have worked. T.A. hates Obama so much that he is willing to gleefully cheer on the catastrophe of unemployment on millions of his fellow Americans. Is the party he represents truly one that you want making decisions about the welfare of your family?

          • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

            You’re a fool.

          • Sebastian Klay

            VinnyFromIndy is a troll that searches Google to find stories about the unemployment extension bill so he can come to the thread and kick around desperate people. He is a sociopath and his sadism guides his actions. He is the perfect example of the modern confused Libtard.

          • Sebastian Klay

            VinnyFromIndy is a troll that searches Google to find stories about the unemployment extension bill so he can come to the thread and kick around desperate people. He is a sociopath and his sadism guides his actions. He is the perfect example of the closet Liberal.

      • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

        Just a few of the available jobs in the Indy area:
        http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/jjj/

        • mrmano_0

          how does that help 2 million of the long term unemployed??

          • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

            More than two million jobs are available.

          • mrmano_0

            and where did you get that number?

          • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

            From Ray.

          • mrmano_0

            Who is Ray?

          • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

            LMBO. No one.

          • Ray

            More than two million jobs are available.

          • mrmano_0

            where did you get that number?

          • Ray

            More than three million jobs are available.

          • mrmano_0

            so you’re making that up then.

        • Ray

          Lots of jobs! Wait for the jobs report on a Friday. Obama will give a speech on that also. The country is looking better than ever! Unemployment rate under 6% by the mid-terms.

          Hillary 2016

          • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

            Hillary has that Benghazi infection, that keeps eating away at her cred. But, what difference does it make!? Bill has a better chance getting another {well you know} in the Oval Office.

        • Sebastian Klay

          VinnyFromIndy is a troll that searches Google to find stories about the unemployment extension bill so he can come to the thread and kick around desperate people. He is a sociopath and his sadism guides his actions. He is the perfect example of the modern closet liberal.

      • Sebastian Klay

        VinnyFromIndy is a troll that searches Google to find stories about the unemployment extension bill so he can come to the thread and kick around desperate people. He is a sociopath and his sadism guides his actions. He is the perfect example of the modern libtard.

      • Sebastian Klay

        VinnyFromIndy is a troll that searches Google to find stories about the unemployment extension bill so he can come to the thread and kick around desperate people. He is a sociopath and his sadism guides his actions. He is the perfect example of the modern closet liberal

  • Robin Collins

    If it passes the Senate Obama needs to override the House and executive order the extension. F@#% Boehner that communist.

    • mrmano_0

      For better or worse our government is not structured that way. The President is not authorized to spend any money. That’s Congresses job.
      Which is why were all stuck in this position.

      • Ray

        Correct. The house has already stated that they will treat this bill like the senate Dems do with bills from the house…
        SIT ON IT.

        • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

          Rightly so. It’s also the fiscally responsible thing to do.

          • Ray

            Yep. And the game goes on.

          • Ray

            I wouldn’t be surprised if Reid’s grandstanding, not allowing ANY amendments, and dragging this out will turn off the 4-5 Repubs into switching their vote before it even passes the senate! Regardless, it’s dead in the house. It was dead when the Dems left it out back in Dec. Now it’s a political play toy for mid-terms. Dems know they are toast in ’14. Hillary will win in ’16.

  • mrmano_0

    Hey Congress my real name is Ukraine and my neighbor is Putin me in an awkward position and has occupied my garage. Please send 1 billion now, The NSA knows how to find me.

    Thanks.

    • Ray

      Uh let us know when it’s over the $600,000,000,000 already spent on unemployment the past 5+ years!

    • Ray

      That’s $600 BILLION already spent on unemployment.

      • mrmano_0

        A drop in the bucket compared to the money wasted to wage an unnecessary war in Iraq.

        • Ray

          Two wrongs make a right in your book? $600B is above and beyond.

          • mrmano_0

            This is an adult conversation. Your childish platitudes offer nothing.

  • Angry citizen

    Pass the freaking bill already. Fellow Americans are struggling. You
    freaking politicians are all scammers. We are citizens who pay taxes.
    We need our money goddamnit!!! We have mouths to feed, bills to pay,
    money to commute for interviews (if there ever is an offer). You can
    easily help a foreign country but not US fellow AMERICANS (makes no
    sense). I hope John Boehner would have to face what we’re going through
    so he can have a taste of his own medicine. I will never vote again in
    my life.
    PS: I am days away from becoming a homeless single mother. I’m sure John Boehner doesn’t give a flipping crap since hes sitting on our tax money.

    • Ray

      Nice. You take the Lord’s Name in vein and demand money, the root of all evil.

      • Angry citizen

        And you actually think it’s nice. Ignorant!

        • Ray

          Sarcasm.

          • Angry citizen

            If it bothers you much which is obvious don’t read it. This is not about religion you ignorant.

      • Angry citizen

        Take your sarcasm elsewhere. Thank you much.

        • Ray

          Edit your post removing your evil words.

          • Plep

            Edit your post for spelling. “Vane”

  • mrmano_0

    Starve the beast indeed.

    The beast we should be starving is the one that lines lawmakers pockets with campaign money. If we were able to cutoff the obscene amount of money used to influence our lawmakers the world would indeed be a better place.

  • Ray

    You guys aren’t too bright are ya? The Dems left this OUT of the December bill for A REASON. Take a hint. Get a job.

  • Ray

    This program is G O N E. Those in LEGITIMATE need can get food stamps, welfare, or even SSDI. The rest, get a J O B like your daddy told ya.

  • Ray

    More than four MILLION jobs are available! http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/jolts.pdf

    • mrmano_0

      There are over 11 million people unemployed.

      http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/empsit_11082013.pdf

      • Ray

        There are less than four million LONG-TERM unemployed. “The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) increased by 203,000 in February to 3.8 million”. The others are already getting UI that their employers paid into. Seize one of those four million jobs!

        • mrmano_0

          There are 3 applicants for each of those jobs.

          What I’d like to do is to use my military training and seize you around the neck.

          You’re a cowardly nasty little troll and our interaction is done.

          • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

            Bet you still use the “N word,” too.

          • mrmano_0

            What’s the N word?

          • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

            #^%$
            @#$%^&*()
            NO CARRIER

          • Ray

            She’s one of those we call “no longer count”. Invisible. AKA a waste of time. And the Dems and Repubs are both in agreement that the long-term “free ride” is over for them.

          • http://www.full-stop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SHU-2-982x1024.jpg T.A. Conscience

            Unfortunate, too. Because she could put those “seizing” skills to work down at the local mozzarella factory.

        • Plep

          You dolt. Those are just the ones eligible for EUC. It doesn’t include the long-term people who have used up those benefits and dropped out of the labor force.

    • FedUpInNJ

      Same # of HIRES as SEPARATIONS?! Odd… Unfortunately there are over 11 million unemployed Nationwide…………

  • Ray

    There are more than four million jobs available and an INFINITE number of small business opportunities you can do. Create and work hard. Not this sad, bunch of whiners complaining that $600,000,000,000 isn’t enough spent already on unemployment in just the past five years. I’ve seen it done. You can start a successful small business. You can learn a new, invaluable skill, and get MULTIPLE job offers TODAY! Stop whining and do something! Because the House of Representatives is NOT passing this bill.

    • bartholomew

      Thats what I Thought until I got laid of from a company that moved to China.

    • Plep

      I’d love to start my own business. Got a spare $250k I can borrow?

  • mrmano_0

    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.

    Republicans obstruct efforts that current administration makes to improve the economy. Because if they don’t it will make the President look more successful than he has already been. Why won’t Congress pass the President’s American Jobs Act? Why won’t they pass the President’s infrastructure investment bank?
    Why don’t they come up with constructive solutions of their own?

    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 (which includes hundreds of thousands of U.S. Veterans) 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.

  • Judy Avance Keene

    I hope the people Vote John Boehners ass.out of Congress and maybe some of the other Republicans, if i had my way they would be out of a job , and maybe even a pay cut for the rest of congress including the President , Nobody need the make that Much Money who service the people Congress make way to much , the money they make could pay for SSi, Unemployment cut, etc:

  • Christopher George

    How do you spell scum? B-O-E-H-N-E-R

    Pass the bill. Get it done. People are starving because our government allowed the financial crash to happen. They designed it. Let them get us out of it.

  • Daniel Ryan

    This National Right To Work Bill Is Totally Illegal and they know it!!@!! This ladies and gentlemen is exactly what they have been stalling for, after all they have had the votes needed to pass since March 10 HELLO All these other bills pass right along in a day’s time but today was not just another “procedural hurdle” or “test vote” Mitch McConnell got an amendment added today that basically bars the IRS from going after the richest corporations in America that do not pay any federal taxes!!!! Now we see just how upside down this government really is!!! Now Final Passage Appears Assured…??? Wake up America Our Government Officials are using the poor to disguise this whole theft occuring. They cant wait to end debate on this thing Tommorrow!! I am disgusted with both parties… Im sure after Boehner “wrestles” in his mind until the last minute the poor can keep hope alive he will after pass this piece of hot garbage because he is after all owned by the Almighty Republican Party. Cake for the poor never tasted so bitter

  • Daniel Ryan

    OUR GOVERNMENT IS SICK WITH GREED

  • ex-Republican

    LaughingLion, I am with you, never voted for Dem in my life…wedge voter(pro-life), I live in blue state, not easy for moderate republican, but we gave one guy two chances and either he or the people in his office thought it would be cute to inconvenience folks passing through a major bridge, then spent $1mil tax payer money to proclaim his innocence. Reminds of when Quint said in JAWS, after speaking about his Indianapolis Experience , he said, ” I will never where a life-jacket again after watching his brave navy comrades get mauled by probably blue sharks. It’s apropos for me ” I will never vote for a Republican again. Say hello to the Unemployment Office republican reps from Jersey. You will have betrayed your own.
    Think about it, regardless your out…my advise to staff start your job search now, and hopefully your young and come from a nice wealthy family.

  • bartholomew

    Seriously? these scumbags have “yeas” or “nays” on their tally sheet…like children responding with a “na” or “ya”… 2.7 million people out of work… and they put a slash next to “nays” as if saying to themselves “should I help 2.7 million people living in debt some with kids who need to be housed,clothed and fed?…psych!! Na! thats a nay for me!!…slashes pen”. I wonder if these sub-human reptiles check these blogs or comments. If they do they probably feel good about themselves on how much power they have to affect millions of working class Americans and run on a power trip laughing at all of us. I cannot wait until voting time. I am unemployed and one vote is not much but 8 of my family members are voting this year against the Republicans specifically because of my case/cause, I hope everyone will follow suit. Lets teach these power-hungry, simple-minded, heartless, anti-American, pro capitalism, greedy thieves that are voices will be heard and accounted for in OUR tally box, when it comes time. They are playing a game of chess with us! except instead of 16 pawns they have 2.7 million unemployed pawns! using us for political leverage to get what they, themselves get into their pocket out of dependence of this bill being passed or not. Scumbag liars using excuse after excuse after solution after solution. Anything to keep stalling and stalling while some of us are literally starving and starving not just for food but hunger for employment, debt clear-age etc. I swear if I hit the lottery tomorrow I would advertise these exact words on the front page of the New-York times, but I wont I could only hope for a few extra dollars from their approval to get me out of debt. Complaining about us being lazy? how about printing a “yes” or “no” on your tally sheets. So you could at least seem like you’re doing something professional after going on a week long St.Patrick day vacation Do these white-supremacist ( John B ) congressman and senators get a week vacation for Dr.Martin Luther King day too?…sickening. I don’t remember me getting Christmas off in Afghanistan because I was too busy clearing IED’s, and you want to call me a lazy-long-term unemployed individual? shame on you. C’mon people lets let our voices be heard and tallied!…God Bless America.

  • voltaic

    Vitter and double dipping. I guess his double dipping with prostitutes was fine for his adulterous ways, but he’s going to find Jesus when it comes to workers on disability who make meager funds and get laid off. Class.

  • Rick

    I’m glad this will get through the Senate this week, but I worry since there is only going to be 5 days to work this thing through the House of Reps next week, If they don’t pass it in the House by the end of next week, then the unemployed will have to sit through yet another Congressional recess – this time for two weeks. That would mean this might not get settled until the end of April or early May. These Congressmen don’t care that others will be losing their utilities, houses and apartments during that delay.

  • barrnone

    Republican opposition to everything for poor and working people is scary. Don’t even want to think about what they would do if they controlled both houses.

  • Bob Interi

    Bottom line Boehner is wrong. Pennsylvania for one is ready
    to go on the extension. As a matter of fact Pennsylvania will be laying off
    employees at Labor and Industry if it is not passed.

    Shame Gov. Corbett won’t stand up and say so. Guess this is another
    reason Pennsylvania will have a Democratic Gov. come November.

    Perhaps Gov. Corbett should offer to assist those states not
    prepared for the extension. A little compassion, a little truth, a little
    showmanship, maybe just maybe a two term Governor.

    • Rick

      Well, any state not logistical prepared to transition into the extension, is a state that has been mismanaged, from the Governors office, to whoever the head of that state’s Labor Department.

      We have all known for a long time now, even before the expiration date in December, that the Congress was pushing for a retroactive extension. There is no excuse for any state not to be better prepared to meet this challenge without long delay at this point.

      The Secretary of Labor even said a couple of weeks ago, that they made federal funds available a long time ago for states labor departments to update their computer systems…etc, For those states that didn’t do this, there can be no excuse.

      Labor staff and IT people should have been working of preparing themselves and their systems, for a possible extension long before the expiration date in December.

      There is no challenge here that can’t be handled. Using this as an excuse to deny people the benefits they so desperately need, is unacceptable.

      • Pamela Lyon

        Hear here! I have been seeking work like no tomorrow since day one.
        Texas Workforce Commission sent me a notification for a job they thought I would be qualified for, as a recruiter for a Baptist University. I am not Baptist and resent the assumption. The job was closed on top of it.
        So now in Texas we are to be told to be a certain religion to get a job that does not exist?
        And yes, illegals hold the low paying jobs that I would take in a heartbeat despite my degree and years of experience in a highly technical field.
        John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, Kenny Marchant have no idea what they are talking about.

        • Rick

          It is really scary just how far removed these Congressmen are from the realities that the average American is facing. To them is all a political chess match that they with on each issue, but for the people they are suppose to be helping, it really not a game, but rather a matter of survival each day that this is delayed.

  • Larry king

    Here is a link for people that want to help get this bill passed. We need your help and are running out of time.

    https://aa4u.squarespace.com/news/2014/4/2/the-plan-for-the-next-09-days

  • Plep

    I just emailed my Congressman and told him my vote to re-elect him will be exactly the same as his vote to renew EUC. Yeah or nay?

  • wsucram15

    IT isnt..and we have to do something, to gain control of a people, you remove their rights slowly a little at a time so they dont notice until its too late..I cant print who said that or they wont let me post this. It is a very bad person in history.

    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..

    http://www2.americanprogress.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=326

    http://www.foreffectivegov.org/node/12982

    Tell your story..http://www.foreffectivegov.org/share-your-story-euc

    and if you havent sign–>http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/activist-alliance-for
    Just know this..I am being told if the Congress does not come back with a positive vote by 4/11..it will never happen. PUSH NOW

  • Rob Erta

    If the 17th Amendment could be repealed, the 16th probably wouldn’t last long either.

  • Michele Carroll

    How many more votes until it’s back to 59 and one vote short? It doesn’t matter anyway Congress ain’t passing it especially if Boehner the alcoholic is dry! Somebody give this man some scotch he’s got the shakes!

  • DisgustedInMichigan

    Senator Thurne is so wrong!! He states just this morning – So here we are again…looking to extend UI to THESE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN UNEMPLOYED WAY TO LONG’ …..Yes he is correct and perhaps if some had resources to be out looking for a job in a BLIZZARD..we would have had better luck!! BUT MR THURNE, you speak as if ALLTHESE UNEMPOLYED are the SAME as a YEAR AGO! WRONG, while I did go back to work since the last extension a year ago, back to work for just shy of 6 months before being cut again!!! I went back to work leaving a balance of UNCLAIMED EUC. Happy for YOU!!

  • bartholomew
  • Tim from PA

    Job creation admendments? I’m still trying to understand why the available benefit weeks were reduced to a quater of they were during 2013. Either there are 3 times as many jobs or 2.5 million became 3 times lazier and their being taught a lesson. Which is it? Please explain it to me.

  • Thomas

    Get this passed. This is crazy, 2 million people without benifits. Unemployment or welfare? These are working class tax paying people. We put the politicians to work. I think it’s time to lay then all off.

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