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November 1, 2014

Unemployment Insurance Plans Duel in Senate

The partisan stalemate over restoring lapsed emergency unemployment insurance benefits is expected to continue after Senate Republicans, skeptical of the offset in a new Democratic plan, unveiled their own proposal last week.

“If [Democrats] want a UI extension, they have it,” Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., who is one of seven Republican sponsors of the bill, said just before unveiling the bill Thursday.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., could seek to take up the Democrats’ bill, sponsored by Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., as soon as this week, aides said Friday.

The Democrats’ plan would extend benefits for six months and offset the cost by using savings from the recently enacted farm bill.

Democrats and Republicans have been duking it out over unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed ever since they expired last year. The chamber has failed twice to extend benefits, both times falling short of the 60 votes needed to advance legislation.

Democrats see the issue as part of their message on addressing income inequality, which they hope resonates with voters in the November midterm elections.

Republicans charge that Democrats do not want an agreement on the issue so they can continue to use it as a political cudgel to paint the GOP as not caring about the unemployed.

Talk of action on extending unemployment insurance comes as the Department of Labor released its monthly unemployment report Friday, which said that the economy added 175,000 jobs, with an unemployment rate of 6.7 percent.

Reid said the report underscores the need for Congress to extend benefits. He had promised to revisit the issue after Democrats came just one vote short of overcoming a GOP filibuster on an earlier effort.

“Our economy continues to improve with the last month marking 48 consecutive months of private-sector job growth,” Reid said in a release. “While this is welcome news, unfortunately far too many continue to look for a job, especially in my home state. To help Americans looking for work, we should provide the lifeline of unemployment insurance to those who have lost their job through no fault of their own. We are one Republican vote away.”

“Republicans should join Democrats to help those struggling to make ends meet and make job creating investments in areas like infrastructure and education,” Reid continued. “This is simple common sense, and I hope my Republican colleagues will agree.”

But that last Republican will be difficult to win over given that the GOP has its own bill to rally around. In addition Republicans are unlikely to support the farm bill as an offset.

“I still think you have the issue that it’s a 10-year offset for one year of spending,” Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, who is Republican Conference chairman, said Thursday. “I think there are a lot of folks on our side that won’t consider that to be a real offset, not that that hasn’t been done before around here, but I think there will be some resistance to that.”

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., agreed that the farm bill offset would not likely find support among Republicans. “That would be my guess,” Blunt said.

He noted that Republicans are also interested in some reforms to the program in order to extend it. Democrats have preferred to act quickly to provide aid and then look to reform the program.

The Republican measure would extend benefits for five months, according to a release. The cost of the proposal would be offset by a combination of temporarily reducing companies’ pension payments — also known as pension smoothing — extending U.S. Customs and Border Protection user fees through 2024, and eliminate eligibility for receiving both UI benefits and Social Security Disability Insurance payments.

The Republican bill also would make some reforms, including requiring that applicants be assessed by the appropriate state or federal agency to determine why they remain unemployed and to identify steps the individual should take to improve employment prospects, such as enrollment in a job training program.

The bill would also strengthen requirements to ensure that benefits go to those actively looking for work and those who truly want to return to the workforce. And individuals would be barred from receiving benefits if they fail to accept offers of suitable work or if they refuse to apply for suitable work referred to them by a state employment agency.

The measure also ensures that federal unemployment resources are not being used to provide benefits to millionaires.

A senior Senate Democratic aide said Democrats were still “digesting” the GOP proposal.

Chip Unruh, a spokesman for Reed, welcomed the GOP bill and hopes that an agreement can reached. But the aide noted that there would likely be some opposition to the Republican measure.

“This is vital to millions of Americans and would give the economy a boost,” Unruh said. “That is why we’ve never stopped talking and trying to find a bipartisan solution. There is some good movement, but some of these policy provisions are real non-starters.”

It’s unclear exactly when the Senate would revisit the unemployment issue. The chamber is set to vote Monday evening on cloture on Carolyn B. McHugh, to be a United States Circuit judge for the 10th Circuit.

Following that the Senate will vote on final passage of military sexual assault legislation sponsored by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

Then 28 Democrats will speak into Tuesday morning urging action on climate change.

The Senate is then expected to take up child care block grant legislation. Senate Democratic aides said that unemployment insurance could be the following order of business.

  • Hank559

    The Republicans waited for the wrong time to try to reform
    unemployment, Why did they wait for benefits to expire? Pass the
    Democrat 6 month bill to help the family’s that are suffering and need
    help NOW, then work on reforms.
    I will never vote for any Republican again,I will always vote to defeat the Republican Party.

    • JimmyBiden

      If the Senate is struggling to get six Republican votes on the Democrat’s UI bill, then you already know that bill has no chance in the House and Harry Reid should know this too. Why forward a bill that has no hope?
      The best deal is for the Democrats to adopt the Republican’s proposal because then you have Senate republicans pushing House Republicans to support the measure.
      Reid has to be smart enough to compromise here to help the people in need. Unfortunately, I don’t see him being that smart. He wants it his way or the highway and that’s why there is nothing so far.
      The smart move is for the Democrats to pass the Republican’s measure for now and then work out a longer term solution.

      • glenda

        Absolutely correct. Harry Reid needs to get this bill passed, if he genuinely cares about the plight of the Long-Term Unemployed. So far we have seen child-like petulant name calling waste of time partisan…..etc Cynicism about the real political intentions of these debates is brewing–I vote third party every time because this UI extension is merely a ploy to gain votes down the road for Democrats. There really is no chance to extend the UI benefits. Dec. 28 was it. It’s over, except for this dog-and-pony show we’re witnessing now in Congress.

      • Rick

        What you suggest does seem to have a certain amount of logic to it. The GOP bill, while not idea, would likely make it through the House without issue, and thus giving the unemployed the fastest relief. The Congress can always work on a more extensive bill after this one goes through. The important thing now is to get people help. If they don’t bring it to a vote this week, then they will be going on yet another week long recess, and leaving the families in need waiting until the end of the month, and into April. This Congress is beyond disgraceful right now – both the Reps and the Dems.

      • JD Mulvey

        John Boehner has always said that he supports the extension bill –though he attaches conditions that he has yet to define. That’s a pretty clear signal that he may be willing to support bringing the bill to the House floor.

        The only ones saying it’s dead on arrival in the House are the pundits.

        • NYRBeezer™

          You must be 2 years old.

          • greg huggins

            GOOD LUCK WITH REID, HE DOESN’T WANT IT PASSED!!!! ALL POLITICS WITH HIM!!!!!!!

      • NYRBeezer™

        This is the best response I have read on this situation. I am not Republican but I cannot applaud this response more. This is the solution right now. Republicans even know that, because let’s face it, this is their first proposal on the thing.

      • Raylusk

        Really Reid’s his way or the highway is why there is nothing so far? Did you conveniently forget that the GOP are the ones that pushed for cost offsets for the extension that never has been asked for in the past? Or did you forget that the Senate GOP rejected an extension that used the cost offset of extending Medicare savings for one year to 11 years because it wasn’t real savings? Yet just two months later the supported the exact same Medicare savings extension as not real savings to fix the military pensions. You sure seem to have a short memory of what has occurred here and who really is at fault.

        • greg huggins

          REID IS AN IDIOT !!!!PERIOD!!!!!TAKE WHAT YOU CAN GET !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Raylusk

            Well you aren’t too smart yourself. If the unemployed would rise up with one voice this would have been fixed months ago. It’s not Reid that is an idiot it’s the conservatives in congress that are evil.

      • 86theRepublicans

        I agree, if Harry Reid really is concerned about the people who need this so desperately, he will do whatever it takes to help us. If he plays any political games, his interest is only about his party using us as a way to beat the Republicans at election time. So now is your chance Harry. What are you going to do? I have already made the decision to never vote Republican again and I have voted Republican for 30 years. If Harry doesn’t come through, I will be voting independent from now on. Screw these politicians.

        • 86theRepublicans

          And one more thing. If both parties are saying that an extension must take place, there is no reason that this should be delayed any longer. Pass the bill, work out the details later!!!

      • myaccount nowname

        Compromise? REPUBLICANS are fooling you. At the REPBLICAns request the bill has been amended 63 times! Not once or twice but 63. And still they say NO! Even after it has been change how they like it. Republicans dont like losing votes so they are now passing their own bill. What this bill does is make the unemployment office deny you! Because you can’t prove how you will reenter the work force. (hint you have to have a job say they will hire you). If you already have a job lined up you’ll be fine. How many of us have a job already lined up, except union, school, and seasonal jobs? The devil is in the details!!!

      • VinnyFromIndy

        JimmyBiden is back to troll the unemployed. What a guy!

    • Rick

      I vote Democratic for the most part, and while I feel the Republicans are mostly to blame right now, I don’t think Democrats are innocent either. Bottom line is, the people in urgent need right now, don’t really care which bill they pass, or who gets the credit, they just want action as soon as possible. This issue should have been resolved a long time ago. Unfortunately, this Congress, on the both sides of the isle, is more concerned with playing partisan politics, than with the people in urgent need right now.

      • NYRBeezer™

        Both parties are to blame, but how much percentage points sways back and forth as much as this bickering has since December.

      • greg huggins

        THE REPUB BILL WILL PASS AND MAY PASS THE HOUSE !!!!!!

      • myaccount nowname

        I think you miss the point. The republican bill requires you to show HOW you will reenter the work force (as if being unemployed is leaving). But I have Never been able to Prove how I will reenter the work force out of the 7 times companies have closed up or laid off. Getting to the point. If the REPUbLIcAN bill passes and you are denied unemployment benefits because you cant PROVE how you will reenter the work force didn’t REPUBLICANS still deny you? Yes because you will get zero benefits. Then republicans will turn around again and say i didn’t think Democrats where serious because they didn’t stop us from destroying unemployment.

        • Tae Angelia

          How the eff can you prove HOW you will reenter the workforce, other than showing them a job application?

        • Mark Santos

          On that point it will show how people that are 50 and older are getting discriminated against by the employers because of obamacare they don’t want to have to insure older workers do to the cost.

    • greg huggins

      PAY FOR IS A JOKE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • john

      I agree never VOTE REPUBLICAN AGAIN……

  • VinnyFromIndy

    The GOP has shown conclusively that they could not care less what happens to millions of laid off American workers and their families. The GOP has become so morally bankrupt that they are willing to throw MILLIONS of their own to the wolves. The only silver lining to be found with the despicable obstruction of these benefits is that the GOP is minting tens of thousands of new Democrats each week they obstruct the passage of this bill. They seem to be making a blunder of epic scale by not realizing that this issue is not like gay marriage or the budget or defense spending or any other esoteric issue for Americans. No, this is an issue that directly effects voters in a severe and immediate way. When people are losing their homes, apartments, cars and are watching the heat, water and electricity being shut off no amount of propaganda and BS from Fox News or Blimpy Limbaugh will confuse them as to the source of their immediate and severe pain. The people effected know EXACTLY which party has thrown them and their families to the wolves – the GOP.

    • greg huggins

      YOU SHOULD NOT WANT CHARITY SO TAKE THE REPUB BILL !!!!!!!!!!

      • ryan

        Greg you are a f@#% ing idiot.

        • greg huggins

          AND YOU ARE A LAZY BAS>>>D

          • Ryan

            Lazy??? I was a Regional VP for a fortune 1000 company and we were down sized. I’m not going to take a job (a job like you probably have) that I’m over qualified for. Again Greg, YOU ARE A FUC#ING IDIOT.

          • Ryan

            I don’t think you are qualified to be making comments on this post Greg. I can see right through your comments. You are uneducated, probably have a job at dad’s used car lot and not to lucky in women department either. Do yourself a favor and just be quiet. You repeating something you hear on TV doesn’t make knowledgeable on the situation.

  • able.at.jungtosazentempleusa

    We all should call Harry’s office in DC and tell him to let the GOP bill come up for a vote. Most of us are at the end of the proverbial rope. We expect our representatives to do what is necessary to help those that have no hope left. Every time this comes up for a vote and is shot down it is like pushing a knife into our hearts. Inn the name of God, Harry Reid, please think of the 2 million americans and their families that are at the breaking point. Vote on the Gop bill and save our people. Work on your differences later.We are losing everything.

    • glenda

      Except that Harry Reid ‘KNOWS BETTER’ Than us. If we just hang on a little longer…….. Three months into this nightmare and we have absolutely nothing to show for all of Harry’s “good intentions.”

      • NYRBeezer™

        That’s because he is pushing bullocks to just say he is doing something. Up until last week, the Republicans didn’t offer up any bills of their own. So he played off it. Now that they have, he seems to have shut up.

    • Raylusk

      So it’s Reid’s fault now? What about when the GOP rejected an extension that used a cost offset of extending the insurance by extending Medicare savings by one year to 11 years? Or when the GOP insisted on a cost offset to begin with when there has never ever been one for an extension before? Did you call and demand GOP Senators and especially minority leader McConnell change his position. Especially when just two months later when the House used the Medicare offset to fix the military pension issue and the Senate GOP allowed it to move forward after for the unemployment extension they called it not real savings.

      You and the rest of the unemployed deserve the extension. But the unemployed need to understand that their real enemies in this fight are the GOP.

  • Carl Garofola

    There are a lot of people like me that want to work and there are no jobs out there. Why..??
    Our own US companies and the rich that control them outsourced. Sent our jobs
    overseas. Why Greed…!!! I live in NJ and applied for a tech job in
    Wilkes Barre PA this week over 120 miles away. The job site I applied on
    gave me an update that 93 people have already applied for it. I didn’t know
    there were that many people in that town/city. I have worked since I was 12
    years old, went back to collage at night to get a degree and now at 57 I
    can’t find a job!!! I have been out of work 8 months and received only 26 weeks
    of unemployment checks. I am currently receiving nothing…!!! Get it..!!!
    Nothing… And I look for work ever day and night… No Joke..!! At
    the current rate my savings will be gone in 3 months and I am scared of
    becoming homeless…. If we cant help our own then why do we give so much
    away to foreign countries?? I believe we should help your self, family and
    then your friends first. But we should also help each other…!! The
    main problem in this society is people are Greedy. You tell me how men with
    Billions of dollars sleep at night knowing there are hungry children right hear
    at home while their money just sits in banks gaining interest..!! Or
    knowing if they parted with just half they would still be filthy rich and maybe
    the money could go to cancer research to help find a cure… You see they don’t
    care if you or a love one dies from cancer or other disease as long as they
    have their Big Boat, Big House and Big Plane and lots of zeroes in their bank
    accounts……!!!! This is Nothing but GREAD…!!!!! Honestly I am ashamed
    to be part of this society. If you don’t see it my way just wait until you or
    someone you love dies from cancer. Then you will ask yourself What else Could
    Have Been Done..???.!!!

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    • NYRBeezer™

      You know it’s bad when people can’t even get jobs at safety net places like Walmarts and the Wendy’s of the world.

  • Enough already!

    I have posted this on other blogs, and I feel it needs to be said here as well…

    Once again another week goes by and nothing is done about eu insurance. More people have lost their homes, cars and ability to provide for their families. It is becoming more and more evident that our elected officials are more focused on political positioning than the people that elected them.

    They have lost sight of what their true job is, managing the tax revenues for the benefit of this country, not managing the funds to benefit themselves, their political party, or their self serving crony capitalism. Essentially, they are responsible for the health of our economy. They have failed miserably! It is their legislation (both sides of the isle) that has caused our economy to fail as badly as it has and yet they continue to turn their backs on the casualties they created.

    They have stated that, “we need to find a way to pay for this”. How about the 5 billion that you just sent to Syrian rebels, how about the 1 billion you just sent to the Ukraine ?!?! Why are Syrian rebels and Ukrainians more important than the citizens of your own country? How many Americans could have been helped with that money? How about the excessive amounts of government waste that could be cut to fund this? Give me one week with your budget and I could find hundreds of billions that could be used to infuse the economy and create jobs.

    I am beyond fed up with our current politicians. It is no longer “We the people for the people”, it has become “We the politicians for the lobbyist and/or the special interest groups”. I am tired of the excuses and finger pointing, I am tired of the failed/failing legislation , and I am tired of your self preserving political rhetoric. From this point forward I refuse to vote dem or republican ever again and I will encourage everyone who has been negativity affected by their decisions to do the same. Because any vote for dems or reps is nothing more than a self inflicted wound and self abuse. There are other options on the ballot that have become far better alternatives than the status quo. You have continually failed at the job you were elected to do, in any other industry you would have been fired long ago.

    • 86theRepublicans

      Very well said. You hit it all right on the money. If both parties want an extension, there should not be any delay in making it happen. They are all playing games trying to score points for the election. That is all they care about!

  • JD Mulvey

    The Republicans are playing games here. The terms of their bill have already been explicitly rejected by John Boehner.

    • NYRBeezer™

      Not really. If you follow the Senate and House, this is all a game. Boehner is taking the ball and going home to force the Dems to come play on their side. It’s been going on for hundreds of years.

      • JD Mulvey

        Wrong, but whatever.

        • Raylusk

          NYRNreezer is wrong about most things. Above this he said its Reid’s fault that it hasn’t passed.

  • http://www.eideard.com/ Ed Campbell

    Republican plan reads about as elitist and mean-spirited as I expect. Should get loads of support from the Chamber of Commerce and American Petroleum Institute. Working people who might support it should become penitentes.

  • NYRBeezer™

    I’m not republican. But Reid is the cause here. He keeps trying to push bills that have ZERO chance. It’s like he is in school writing a report and filling it with nonsense to just get it to 5 pages. It’s the same deal all the time. Oh we are so close, but WAIT, Republicans aren’t allowed to SUGGEST amendments, and then it dies again and again. I am sorry Mr. Reid, I used to believe you, but now you have to go with the Republicans plan. Reid has no chance in the house. He is just doing this nonsense to say he is doing something. You are hurting people who don’t deserve it. If people are abusing the system, PROSECUTE them. Penalize them more than just oh we are taking your benefits away and we will report you to creditors if you can’t pay back. But hey, give a billion to the Ukraine. I bet if there was a war here on USA soil, they would be debating on putting our troops on our own ground because it may cost too much.

    • http://marknmays.com Mark Mays

      The “reforms” in the GOP bill are already in place in most states. They just want to be able to show their Tea Party pals that they are extracting a price from the “lazy” people, there’s a lot of grandstanding going on. The GOP knows the Dems have a solid attack issue if this matter goes unattended to, but they are afraid that if they compromise on it each member is going to get “primaried.”

      • sto

        i know your not suggesting the lazy people sitting in leather back chairs in more than one building fully heated and air conditioned by our money. their health care truly taken care of and completely unable as millionaires at least to understand a dollar will in most places not even buy a cup of coffee oh no not the congress that has done very little to be called worse in history than a “do nothing congress” …… the people that are in this place right now should be voted out for such. democrat or republican. period.

    • Raylusk

      No Reid isn’t the cause here. The GOP keeps moving the goal post. One case in point. Early on the Democrats proposed an unemployment extension that used extending the Medicare savings by one year for 11 years instead of 10 years to meet the GOP requirement that any extension have the cost offset. The GOP refused and filibustered the legislation because they said the savings weren’t real. Yet just two months later the House GOP sent over a fix for military pensions using the exact same cost offset of extending the Medicare extension and the Senate GOP voted with the Democrats to the fix and the Medicare offset.

      I’m tired of people like you conviently forgetting facts that completely destroy their narrative that it’s always someone else’s fault. The fact that the unemployment extension hasn’t occurred is completely the GOPs fault. Especially since they put the requirement of a cost offset on it something we have never in our history done before.

      • NYRBeezer™

        People like me? You don’t know me you fool. Keyboard hero.

        • Raylusk

          Yes people like you. People who seek to blame the wrong party. People who can’t even respond to what I wrote. People who apparently want to forget what has happened on the subject already in order to push an agenda of blaming someone.

  • NeedsVacation

    JUST AGREE HARRY REID & JACK REED!!

    I’ll discuss my future plans to acquire a job and submit a weekly search form with the state. Just sign the goshdarn agreement and get the votes and move this measure into the House.

    Now Harry Reid and Jack Reed are stating to upset me.
    Can these two groups agree on anything?

    Good luck everyone.

  • Enough already!

    As one poster stated below, “why would Harry Reid put something to vote that he knows won’t pass?!?!” it pretty obvious, political positioning. The dems are trying to show the American people “how bad the republicans are”. They are doing this to take the focus off the failed roll out of the ACA, knowing that the majority of people cast their vote based off of the most recent sound bytes that they have heard.

    Case in point, look at the past 4 decades of legislation from both sides of the isle and how it has negatively impacted our economy. There has not been one administration without scandal or corruption. Yet people continue to vote the same way because of the last negative thing they heard about the “other party”.

    Isn’t insanity defined as, doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different outcome?!?! Continuing to vote dem or republican is nothing more than a self inflicted wound and self abuse.

  • Dean Winchester

    Are there pay raises offset ………hmmmmmm. NO! Was the 1 billion in aide sent to the Ukraine offset hmmmmmm. NO! Funny how when it’s for a foreign country or there own agendas it doesn’t have to be paid for and they
    work together as they were elected to do, but when it comes to our own they could care less. Both sides are using this issue to position themselves for mid term elections. I wish they knew what it was like for one day to be in the shoes of one of the two million unemployed whos lives they hold in there hands. I bet they would change there time then……..the son of a bitches!

  • John Doesbig

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    SHORT, SUCCINCT AND RESPECTFUL/PROFESSIONAL VOICE MESSAGES AND READS EMAILS AND

    LETTERS FROM REAL PEOPLE WHO INCLUDE THEIR FULL NAME, LOCATION, AND PHONE NUMBER. THEN THEY SUMMARIZE THE # OF MESSAGES FROM STRUGGLING CITIZENS WHO SUPPORT THE BILL, ALONG WITH SOME COMMON STORIES (SOMEONE’S CHILDREN GOING
    WITHOUT FOOD, AN ELDERLY VETERAN WITH NO HEAT IN A COLD MONTH, ETC.). THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO HAVE AN IMPACT, FOLKS. YOU COULD SPEND ALL DAY COMMENTING ON ARTICLES, OR YOU COULD TAKE A COUPLE HOURS AND CALL, EMAIL AND WRITE THE BELOW 7 HIGHLY INFLUENTIAL SENATORS WHO WILL ULTIMATELY DECIDE THE FATE OF THESE BILLS, AND ACTUALLY MAKE AN IMPACT. DO THIS TODAY OR TOMORROW, SO YOUR MESSAGE WILL BE RECEIVED BY THE SENATORS PRIOR TO NEXT WEEK’S BILL INTRODUCTIONS.

    I’VE OUTLINED BELOW, IN BULLETS, EXACTLY WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP PUSH A BILL THROUGH. I’VE PROVIDED SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS AND CONTACT INFO TO MAKE IT AS EASY AS POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO HELP SHOW SUPPORT, AND HELP PERSUADE CONGRESS TO ACT NOW.

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  • FedUpInNJ

    Not sure how much of this article is correct because Congress is NOT in session today (3/10) so not sure where they are getting the info “The chamber is set to vote Monday evening on cloture on Carolyn B. McHugh, to be a United States Circuit judge for the 10th Circuit”
    There is not even a calendar posted today?!
    As for who is at “fault” – it is obviously the Republicans but Dems aren’t guiltless either (Thanks Harry Reid). But everyone knows its the Republicans who are causing the problem insisting on “pay fors” that they have received. Everytime Dems give them what they want Repubs want more! No matter what the outcome of this debauchery Republicans will be the ones remembered as being the ONLY ones who filibustered this for so long.

    • Robin Jankowski

      Congress isn’t voting on the bill…so why does it matter if they were in session today? The Senate, who is voting on the bill, is in session, yet 28 Dems are pulling an all nighter about climate change…Yeah, right, it’s the Republicans blowing this one…NOT! And, when the Dems reject the common sense plan that finally got the Republicans moving forward to do something about the problem, I know I for one will remember that 28 Dems felt it was much more important to discuss climate change than to pull an all nighter to figure out how to work together to bring two million families some temporary relief in their time of need…

  • greg huggins

    THE DEMS DON’T WANT TO PASS IT !!!!! WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE REPUBLICAN OFFER? YOU SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DOUBLE DIP AND YOU SHOULD BE TRYING TO FIND EMPLOYMENT . I AM!!!!!!!!!!!

    • mrmano_0

      Republicans are deceitful and disingenuous they’ve already rejected 3 prior attempts made by the Democrats to pass this bill. Each time the Republicans have tried to use the emergency unemployment bill to pass unpopular and unrelated amendments. Lets have a straight vote on this bill no amendments no extra restrictions on the recipients of these much needed funds.

    • Raylusk

      First everyone that is on unemployment is required to actively look for work. But this bill from the Republicans could be used to require you to apply for minimum wage jobs at McDonalds that even if they accepted the job they would still need welfare benefits to support their family. With out knowing how much disability provides and how much of a problem this really is you can’t say if this is a real issue or a smoke screen.

  • Linda Schultz

    Compromise apparently they do not know what this word means!

  • Realist555

    The republicans and their filibusters have ruined many peoples lives not only from the unemployment extensions denial, but also the government shutdown which destroyed the finances of businesses in communities especially around national parks. These failed lawmakers are going to pay. Take them out of office- use your vote to get back at those greedy fools. It doesn’t matter if they finally pass a bill for the unemployed, Many will remember the lousy way they treated the citizens of the US, the very people they are supposed to be working for. FIRE THEM ALL! List of filibusterers:

    Alexander (R-TN)
    Ayotte (R-NH)
    Barrasso (R-WY)
    Blunt (R-MO)
    Boozman (R-AR)
    Burr (R-NC)
    Chambliss (R-GA)
    Coats (R-IN)
    Coburn (R-OK)
    Cochran (R-MS)
    Collins (R-ME)
    Corker (R-TN)
    Cornyn (R-TX)
    Crapo (R-ID)
    Cruz (R-TX)
    Enzi (R-WY)
    Fischer (R-NE)
    Flake (R-AZ)
    Graham (R-SC)
    Grassley (R-IA)
    Hatch (R-UT)
    Hoeven (R-ND)
    Inhofe (R-OK)
    Isakson (R-GA)
    Johanns (R-NE)
    Johnson (R-WI)
    Kirk (R-IL)
    Lee (R-UT)
    McCain (R-AZ)
    McConnell (R-KY)
    Murkowski (R-AK)
    Paul (R-KY)
    Portman (R-OH)
    Risch (R-ID)
    Rubio (R-FL)
    Scott (R-SC)
    Sessions (R-AL)
    Shelby (R-AL)
    Thune (R-SD)
    Toomey (R-PA)
    Vitter (R-LA)
    Wicker (R-MS)

    • Mark Santos

      You are right but if my state rep supported the bills brought up I can only vote for a politican in my state it’s up to the people in the states you have on your list we can’t vote across state lines.

  • kasia54

    Hit ‘em where it hurts, the election booth. Unfortunately, they rigg the votes, so we can’t even get them there. I wish I could be ruthless. All this experience has taught me is that government does not care about me or my fate at all. All those years of responsibly paying taxes and voting. For what? If I had the guts, I’d do something drastic. At least in prison I could have a warm bed and food.

  • Jules Tasker

    A part of this lame
    proposal is that anyone who receives these benefits will have to provide 20
    hours of community service, a disgrace usually saved for criminals to repay
    their debt to society.

    I am not a criminal and have worked and paid taxes since I
    was sixteen.

    How about we stop wasting millions on needless military
    “pork”, stop shipping excessive aid overseas, stop America companies
    from outsourcing American jobs, and perhaps the ‘job creators’ could start do so!

    How about the Congressmen actually working to resolve this
    issue, before they take their 3rd or 4th vacation/recess since Christmas…
    These guys go on vacation, without any consideration for the millions of
    Americans in URGENT need of these benefits. Every day, and week that goes by
    without this getting done, is just more people losing their homes and
    apartments, having their utilities shut off, and going without meals.

    Wake up Congress. You were put into office to serve the
    people, not to play party politics with people’s lives.

  • 86theRepublicans

    It’s a little funny how it’s taken the Republicans this long to come up with a bill considering the benefits expired almost 3 months ago. But I honestly don’t care which one passes at this point, just come to an agreement and get it done! They are killing us by continuing to delay everything. Don’t they realize the hardships they have already caused for so many people? Just PLEASE get it done BEFORE you go on another VACATION / RECESS!!!

  • john

    I agree NEVER VOTE REPUBLICAN AGAIN

  • Fiji’s Best

    Fear-mongering is about all that today’s liberals have to offer: http://youtu.be/YWElzVoOhpQ?t=1m50s

  • rainlady02

    This needs to be addressed and approved now. While millions of Americans have been left without support our elected representatives have given 1 billion to the Ukraine and supported a bill to guarantee college tuition for illegals. I don’t care for the bipartisan bickering or power plays while important issues remain unresolved. Our elected officials are quickly approaching their 4th paid recess- what other job gets those kinds of benefits? Got news for them- if they are incumbents no matter what party their jobs are up for grabs. The American people are sick of the present situation- real change is our only hope

  • Jason Lockwood

    I’m not going to take sides in who is to blame. Although I do agree that they should have passed this a long time a go and then worried about reform, I think the Republicans bill makes far more sense. Most of the reform they are calling for are already in place in most states. It is in NY anyway. I an NOT on the republican sides as I have always voted Democrat but their bill seems to make more sense and the “pay for” seems more realistic even if it does appear to favor the corporations over the little guy. At this point I don’t care which one passes but lets be real, If any bill is going to get past the House the Republican bill will first with the least fight.

  • Paul

    When do they vote on it again?

    • DisgustedInMichigan

      sounding to me like it could be taken up by Wednesday/ Thursday…?

  • Softie

    The US government’s debt on January 20, 2009 was 10.6 trillion dollars.

  • Mark Santos

    It seem to me the both parties are seeing how far they can push us until we start rioting like in the Ukraine

  • DisgustedInMichigan

    I totally agree with the Republicans version with that of preventing a claimiant from collecting Disability & EUC at the same time! And appreciate the more hands on approach of job seekers qaulification assessment &’job skill training. But also, I hope peoplevrealze that should Reids proposal pass as intended to be ‘ Retroactive’ bad to 12/28 etc…. EUC would only provide an approximate addtl. 8-12 wks…. Thetfoire meaning if you take this up in 1 lump sum …YOU ARE DONE & will have exhausted your benefits

  • ODB23

    Maybe we need to blame ourselves for this. We the people voted these individuals into office. We the people allow them to do as they please. Someone please help me understand how to win back our country.

    • DisgustedInMichigan

      Well people will have a voice and I sure hope the Republicans & Demo s both realize that there are 3 Million Unemployed who have a VOTE ! If the pikiuticians can’t come together for the welfare of constituents …3 MILLIION VOTES can affect their Jobs! & PARTY!!

  • Ocean Sprayz

    Compulsive? When it came to the 2013 sequester, Obama could not stop lying: http://youtu.be/YWElzVoOhpQ?t=2m57s

  • starved out

    Have these people forgot that people need gas money to look for work,

  • Losingeverything

    Put all the bills to vote and pass one of them, or pass both and let the GOP house pick one so we can get some relief and help out here ASAP!

  • Hadris Ellsberg

    In 2012, the Federal deficit was three times higher than any deficit incurred during George W. Bush’s two Presidential terms.

  • G26

    It is only Congress who has the power to borrow money on the credit of the United States. Reference Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution.

  • Montesquieu

    Per Article 1, Section 8 of our sacred Constitution, Congress alone has the power to borrow money on the credit of these united states.

  • Ryan Bradley

    ! If you care, please sign petition for white house and share to get as much signature as possible before April 2.

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/reinstate-extension-federal-unemployment-benefits-long-term-unemployed-asap/TLWPSTSV

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  • myaccount nowname

    I agree Tae! Jason your correct this is how it is now. But what Republicans are proposing is,you show them a letter of intent to hire or a acceptance letter. Which I guarantee 99.99% of all people will not have or it will not make a difference at that point. Democrat’s made a new bill so this is mute discussion now.

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