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July 25, 2014

Obama Backs GOP’s Highway Bill, May Doom Unemployment Extension

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Obama backed the highway patch sponsored by Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., in what may be the last nail in the coffin for an unemployment extension. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama is backing the House GOP’s proposed Highway Trust Fund patch, even though it could postpone a long-term bill until the next Congress and may doom any remaining chance for an unemployment extension.

“With surface transportation funding running out and hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk later this summer, the Administration supports House passage of H.R. 5021,” the Office of Management and Budget said in a Statement of Administration Policy. “This legislation would provide for continuity of funding for the Highway Trust Fund during the height of the summer construction season and keep Americans at work repairing the Nation’s crumbling roads, bridges, and transit systems.”

The roughly $10 billion highway patch is paid for with extension of customs fees and with so-called pension smoothing — which delays payments made by corporations to their pension funds, temporarily boosting their profits and taxes paid to the government.

The Senate had used those same offsets to pay for its five-month, retroactive unemployment extension. Extended unemployment benefits expired in December, and the House has declined to act, with Republicans suggesting that cutting people off of benefits — more than 3 million to date — has helped lower the unemployment rate.

With the White House endorsing the use of those offsets for a highway patch, an unemployment extension appears even more dead.

Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., told CQ Roll Call last week he would try to add an unemployment extension to the emergency border supplemental, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he should have a chance to do so.

But he’ll likely have to find new offsets, pronto, for even that long-shot idea to get traction.

The White House statement called on Congress again to pass a long-term bill to provide certainty well before the expiration of the patch.

“The President has been very clear that increasing investment in the Nation’s infrastructure is a top priority. That is why the President laid out a vision for a 21st century surface transportation infrastructure, the GROW AMERICA Act, which would streamline project approval processes and implement innovative transportation policies that will make better use of taxpayer dollars while supporting millions of jobs and positioning the Nation’s economy for lasting growth. That proposal is fully paid for through existing revenues and by reforming business taxes to help create jobs and spur investment while eliminating loopholes that reward companies for moving profits overseas,” the administration said.

It made no mention of unemployment insurance benefits. Obama has yet to hold any Republican priorities hostage to an unemployment extension, although he has repeatedly criticized House Republicans, including last week in Texas, for refusing to pass one.

  • Rolexjobrani

    What a joke!!!! American people are weak!!!!! If you all fought and rallied in the beginning they would have passed this!!! Now its dead no UI extension 100%
    They have treated the unemployed like some suckers that have been ripped off and are keeping them at bay with empty promises.

    • Patricia Butler

      How would you suggest the unemployed “rally”. FYI, there has been a major effort to get the extension passed emailing, calling, petitions, and social media. The unemployed have been a political football for the past seven months.

      • Rolexjobrani

        If someone owes me money….I could call him, email him all day long but until I show up at his door step their won’t be any progress or change…

        Yes I say OWED!!!!! All the YEARS Americans have worked their lives away and PAYED their hard earned money towards taxes that went to Corporations and none of our business wars only to have that country turn their backs on you when you and your family are down!!! LMAO! The Mafia treats their people better than that!!!!

        • Vunderlak

          So, what is it like to earn money that is taken away and never given back? democrats rock! They rock, I tell you!
          P.S. sucks when that shoe is on your foot, huh?

      • Victoria

        I hear you.

        I’ve written many emails to my elected officials; used the Whitehouse online portal to urge the POTUS to do the right thing; have signed online petitions; have posted on forums such as this in defense of the LTU who can’t speak up for themselves (due to their lack of internet access, for example). I contributed to Laurence Lessig’s SuperPAC effort that seeks to reform government.

        I have no plans of stopping any time soon, but I’m at a loss as to what else to do to expedite progress.

    • Chad Hatten houston

      yes no bill at all, thanks to those seeking retro benefits. I have called my senator, and discussed it, and the retro militants do make a negative impression

      • Larry king

        When did you lose your benefits Chad? Obviously it was sometime after 12/28/13. You are putting the blame on people that are in the same situation you are in. The only difference is that they have been in it longer. The retro benefits would have helped people get out of the whole they were in. But, it really makes no difference because there wont be an extension anyway. Anyone who believes there will be one is buying into their bull$hit.

  • desperately inneedofajob

    This is beyond ridiculous. The LTU are dying a slow death with no help in sight!!!!¡ America we are still here!!!!!! Please help us!!!!!!! I can’t go on interviews because I don’t have money for transportation. How do they expect for us to survive!!!!!!!

    • Chad Hatten houston

      It is a national tragedy what has happened

      • Victoria

        It is a national tragedy, and a national disgrace. Scratch that — an international disgrace. America is becoming the laughingstock of the world for its shocking mistreatment of its own citizens, and its decline toward Third World conditions in certain areas due to the divide between the haves and have-nots.

        What’s truly sad is that this tragedy was foreseeable and preventable (unlike, say, natural disasters).

    • kathy gray

      Me too! I am older and believe me not getting responses as I have for the last many, many years of working. Never unemployed before. No help; no social services unless you have children. Sad.

    • Chad Hatten houston

      they don’t care

  • DJMiles

    What a disgrace! I tried for months to explain to everyone that extending unemployment is just part of the Democrats “Fair shot” election strategy All we could do now is pray they pay for it in November.

    • kathy gray

      Can’t vote Republican so may do the obvious….seems to be no difference. As our history shows us the founding fathers were rich, middle age men who didn’t give a damn about the poor….(in fact, forget being Black or a woman, if you didn’t own actual property/land you couldn’t vote either) are we going backwards again?

      • DJMiles

        I was anti Republican my entire life until about 2010 I began to realize that the Democrats do absolutely nothing but campaign their entire time in office. I Criticized Bush daily & for good reason but Now I’d give anything to have him back…I can’t afford Obama the cost of everything is double sometimes triple…But nothing has turned me against the Democrats more then their political games with pocket book issues this election year! I’ve been waiting since December for a extension to pass tho I knew since the farm bill that Democrats had no intention of allowing unemployment be extended…Anyway before you fall for the Democrats propaganda take some time to really look into issues and you will see Republicans are not as bad as Democrats want you to believe.

        • zayas

          “I Criticized Bush daily….” yet you voted for him twice–this I’m certain!

          • DJMiles

            No if fact I’ve always voted Democrat except in 2012 I had no choice but to vote Republican…

  • Ava’s Granddad

    Unbelievable! Might as well add, over 3 million new permanent citizens to the Public Aid ranks. I am now convinced that my Democrats give the same, less than a damn, that the Republicans have been displaying all along. 30 plus years as a tax-paying Democrat, ends today. I’m done.

    • Chad Hatten houston

      democrats are most concerned with dominating the Hispanic vote, to the same degree they own the black vote

  • Mike

    The president has been ignoring the still very real LTU crisis and now he is sabotaging help for it. SMH in stunned disbelief the more I watch his actions or lack thereof on this issue. I can’t imagine any other president doing this. What is wrong with him?

    • kathy gray

      Yeah, he ignored us and how about his “Katrina” moment (not going to the Border) now another fight with Boehner which keeps everyone off of our pain. He has young, very unorganized staff around him that do not give good advice and he will be paying for it in the history books.

  • Wayne Heddinger

    WE ARE URGING OUR REPS IN CONGRESS TO VOTE NO ! UNLESS IT
    INCLUDES RETROACTIVE BENEFITS THIS BILL DOES NOT DO ANYTHING TO HELP US WHO
    HAVE LOST EVERYTHING SINCE DECEMBER 28TH…NOTHING…

    VOTE NO !

    Call LeBionno – 202-225-6572

    Call Kildee – 202-225-3611

    Call Reid – 202-224-3542

    Call Heller – 202-224-6244

    Call Reed – 202-224-4642

    Call Levin – 888-810-3880

    Call Pelosi – 202-225-4965

    Call The White House – 202-456-1111

  • Chad Hatten houston

    I see the idiot wayne trolling again with the same cut and paste post, recycled from months ago. Well wayne, congrats, people like you have killed even the 5 month prospective ui.

    • guest

      homeless heddinger doesn’t get it.

  • carlu d

    Is this the same pension smoothing pay for that the GOP called a gimmick when it was being used to offset UI Extension???? Of couse it is! I have to laugh in an effort to not cry

  • Icare

    The president is a republican in democrat clothing.

    • kathy gray

      Just what I was trying to get across– another rich uncaring politician and six months ago I could NEVER envision I would be saying this.

      • The other Scott

        Never be fooled again…

    • Berry Obama

      Republicans and Democrats both view We The People of this country as the enemy. We all must erase that fake line that divides Rep and Dem and draw the line the other way. That is when we can start the detoxification process and restore this nation back her old majestic health.

  • FedUpInNJ

    Its been 7 MONTHS and Obama continues to DO NOTHING!? SHAMEFUL!!!

    When I get one of those emails asking me for a donation to “beat” the other party
    this is what I respond with-maybe if we ALL start responding this way we may
    get their attention!
    YOU GET NO SUPPORT FOR ANYTHING UNTIL THE UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION WITH RETRO IS PASSED. IF I HAD MONEY I WOULD USE IT TO FEED MY FAMILY AND PAY MY BILLS, NOT GIVE IT TO CORPORATE LOVING POLITICIANS WHO OBVIOUSLY DON’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT
    ME OR MY FAMILY!

    • kathy gray

      Same here! Discontinued my Democratic emails.

    • DJMiles

      I tried to tell you for the last several months that the Democrats had no intention of extending unemployment…. Obama & Democrat’s planned this long before EUC expired! End emergency unemployment to drastically lower the UI rate & put the blame on Republicans

  • Richard Yancy

    Job Hunting all day can’t even get any response from anyone….this is unreal…we are dying a slow death!!!!! Please past this extension….driving costs gas!!!! Spending all my savings on gas money to job hunt with!!!

    • Regins

      I wrote the White house, after losing my job at the end of Feb. 2014 to ask why the government allowed companies to send our work off shore, that’s why I’m out of a job after working in the telecomutility business my whole life, Now in my 50′s and no job offers. I got an email from the White House, it didn’t address my main concern about off shore work, but it did give me hope for extended unemployment, I’m gonna copy and paste the email I received from the White House.

      Thank you for writing. Even though our economy is getting stronger, there are still too many Americans who are looking for work—often for months at a time, and often through no fault of their own. I appreciate that you took the time to share your story with me.

      I know how hard it is right now for people who are trying to get their lives back on track after losing a job. In the reports I get and the emails I read, I see folks struggling with painful everyday realities—including the cruel Catch-22 that the longer you are unemployed, the more unemployable you may seem.

      For many, things have been even harder since Congress failed to extend emergency unemployment insurance last year. That was a vital economic lifeline for more than a million Americans. And I know that for families who depended on it, losing unemployment insurance meant putting less fuel in the car, or less food on the table.

      That’s unacceptable to me. I will keep fighting to make sure Congress restores emergency unemployment insurance right away. But I also know when you’re out of a job, every passing day means the difference between falling further behind or getting ahead. That is why I am taking action, right now, on my own, to help more Americans get back to work.

      Already, hundreds of employers nationwide are adopting more inclusive hiring policies that give the long-term unemployed a fair shot. I am pushing for more businesses to do the same, and I am making sure the Federal Government leads by example. We are also launching an across-the-board reform of all our job training programs to advance a single mission: train Americans with the skills employers need, and then match them to the good jobs that need to be filled right now.

      More than anything, I want you to know I will not stop attacking this problem until it is fixed. America’s unemployed deserve their chance to earn a piece of the American dream the same as anyone else—and I won’t let up until they do.

      Thank you, again, for writing. Anyone can get help finding a job or job training at JobCenter.USA.gov, http://www.Opportunity.gov, and http://www.CareerOneStop.org. To find an employment center near you, visit http://www.DOL.gov/DOL/Location.htm. For help with health benefits, housing assistance, or other public resources, call 1-800-FED-INFO or visit http://www.USA.gov.

      Sincerely,

      Barack Obama

      • Chad Hatten houston

        very sad situation, wish they would pass the limited 5 month extension, before millions more lose benefits.

        • Jim

          Just extend it. Also make it a law that companies are not allowed to use a credit report as a hiring practice. If you have fallen to bad times I bet your credit has been hurt. If you have bad credit you will never get a job in America.

          • satoshi n.

            Yes the companies consider a bad bill weak character and it as theft, so by definition they do not want people with bad credit, which is a circular statement, job is needed to pay bills. Just the way it is. A job I know counseled pre hires as a condition of employment that this bad debt would be repaid and sign a contract that they as a condition of continued employment make payments on their debt that was bad, no i’m not kidding.

          • guest

            Such bs…no company cares if you pay of your bad debt. they just don’t bother with you. what a liar.

          • satoshi n.

            Yes they do companies that require a high security clearance.

          • guest

            Again bs….they don’t need you to begin with if you have bad debt. so there is no company out there doing that.

          • satoshi n.

            Yes there is. In fact they also ask to have you provide a list of people who have known you and then they call those 3 people you list, and ask each one for 2 more people who know you and call and ask questions about you for about 45 minutes. So they call 9 people. Then they call those 9 people again about 6 weeks later as they record them and ask again for 45 minutes to compare the responses looking for an deviations in the first set of answers. Absolute truth. And yes they go back as far as they can about bad debt no matter the amount or number of and as a condition of employment sign an agreement that out of every paycheck the debt will be cleared , or termination. Rational in granting high security clearance is that you are not venerable to trade secrets for payment to clear bad debt.

          • guest

            You’re watching too many movies. No reference is going to sit for 45 minutes answering a recruiters questions. again bs

          • satoshi n.

            Yes, it is not a recruiter it is an investigation agency out of Michigan. It is real life not a movie, no b.s. it is true

          • guest

            Maybe if you looking for a high level state dept job or something. But no private companies are doing this…its a waste of time and resources.

          • satoshi n.

            I actually went through all that and yes everything I stated was factual.

          • guest

            no you didn’t…whats the company.

          • satoshi n.

            Ya the other thing is that if one the 3 people who each have to provide 2 other people that they know that knows you refuses to speak with them then you have to get another person who knows you who knows 2 other different know you people that that will be grilled on your behalf. Then grilled again 6 weeks later.

          • guest

            None of that make sense. No one is going to sit thru 45 minutes of personal questions about other people. No company has that much time to waste.

          • satoshi n.

            you are incorrect.

      • Richard Yancy

        I’m really gonna hold out hope that this will happen really soon!! and still look for work the best way i can….

      • satoshi n.

        many people looking for jobs have 5 years of college and job training is not going to trump a college degree, if it does than the degree is worthless except to the $42 billion profit the government sucked in last year off student loans.

  • Robert Tennyson

    Impeach the SOB, he doesn’t care about his country, only muslims and South American border votes.

    • kathy gray

      Never thought I’d agree but this article if true has sent me over the edge.

  • axethecouncil

    Roads, who needs roads? Gimme my obama phones!

    • satoshi n.

      Troll $13.50 a month does not even pay the taxes and fees from the jacked up prices on the approved list of phone providers u.r. just another hateful jerk who has no facts and has not been there.

      • guest

        ophones are free. pay attention weenie

        • satoshi n.

          you are wrong

          • guest

            They’re free to the taker….someone else is paying for it though

          • satoshi n.

            it would be helpful if you quit lying and spoke to a person who actually tried to get a phone and went through the paperwork since you have no experience with it you spit out lies in fact since u hate the unemployed don’t u have a fence to paint?

          • guest

            they don’t charge for ophones at safelink or assurance. free phone and free 250 minutes. perhaps you’re dealing with another company.

          • satoshi n.

            The government approved list of carriers is the ONLY carriers you can choose from whom the fees and taxes consume the $13.50 per month, and then you have to pay the fees and taxes it does not cover and oh ya the monthly service.

          • guest

            that’s land line phones. safelink and assurance are free — and no fees. somebody like you that doesn’t have much in life going for them should at least know these things.

          • satoshi n.

            no it includes both cell and landlines

          • guest

            ophone cell phones cost nothing, either does the 250 minutes

          • satoshi n.

            wrong.

          • guest

            Cell phone / ophone service costs nothing unless you contract with people like me to get you one.

          • satoshi n.

            The taxes and fees per month not including the services is greater than $13.50 per month idiot

          • guest

            No one that I have assisted in getting an ophone has or is paying one cent for it other than MY fee. Go look at those websites you will see that it is absolutely free to those who qualify. You appear to be too old and obtuse to get any of this.

          • satoshi n.

            The program is a federal program where the feds kick in $9.25 per month, and the state you are in kicks in $3.25 per month coming from the u.s.f. charged to all phone bills. Only after you have yourself turned on the service paid the fees to activate, and provided yourself with the phone, and have paid the first 4 months with no reinbur… plus 2 month waiting time for application. Apparently you have no personal knowledge of this, just ask a person who is on this, i’m done being insulted.

          • guest

            I have facilitated and for a fee gotten people eligible for the ophone program. There is no charge (none) for safelink or assurance wireless unless someone like me assists you in getting one. No one waited 2 months for service, I had them a working phone usually within 2 weeks.
            As I said you are dealing with the land line people and they don’t pay the entire bill. The cell service is free to the taker/user.

          • satoshi n.

            u get $13.50 a month to offset the phone bill from approved carriers who jack their special program up to where the fees and taxes consume more than $13.50/month in taxes and fees plus the service is added above the stipend after a 4 month waiting period after a 2 month waiting period for application. during the 4 month waiting period u are required to make full payment with no stipend which defeats the purpose of those who cannot afford the program.

          • guest

            You’re definitely not talking about the ophone cell phone lifeline program then.

          • satoshi n.

            I am

  • kathy gray

    I cannot believe I voted for this man!! The President has sold us out; at this point I could care less if the most unpopular president in history is impeached. I cannot believe he keeps dodging helping the long term unemployed who are SINKING we count as much as the border illegals (and I do have a heart for them just cannot understand why AMERICANS aren’t receiving priority). This will be IT for me NO voting probably for many years. DISMAYED!!

    • Victoria

      How he can consider himself a Christian while abandoning his moral duty to help the downtrodden who ELECTED him to protect and serve, is beyond me. I don’t believe in god or an afterlife, but if I am proven wrong, I hope he gets an earful (or is told that his entrance is being attached to a Highway Bill or something, and needs to be voted on) when he gets to the Pearly Gates.

      • guest

        downtrodden is subjective here. You claim to be able bodied and capable…so whats the problem?

        • Victoria

          I am speaking for others, not myself. I’m interested in what is best for the greater good. That includes taking care of the most vulnerable among us.

          I am not in the most-vulnerable group myself — I have a safety net. But that doesn’t mean I get to keep my head in the sand about others’ suffering. Had my life taken a different turn, I could be there myself (and someday, may; not everything is in our control).

          None of us are invincible; none of us are immune; each of us will someday find ourself needing support from the stronger among us.

          Unless you are planning to kill yourself before you become old, enfeebled, or infirm, your day will come. Don’t be so arrogant. And don’t be surprised if the investments or retirement funds or whatever you are counting on is not there when you need it. It’s not like we’ve never had investors wipe out people’s life savings, and get away with it.

          • guest

            They’ll be there…that’s a full time job managing that. What you’re talking about is greed and greed will wipe you out. I’m not talking about life savings.

  • kathy gray

    I was so proud to have voted for him the first election but you know what I’ve learned? Yes, he was the first Black President but now he is just another super rich snobby man…

    • guest

      proud of what and why?

      • kathy gray

        Firstly, it is personal but I will admit I did greatly admire him in fact, years prior to his running for President, I saw him give a moving speech at a Democratic convention. I even said to my daughter “that young man will be President someday”….well, the rest is history. Now why am I down on him? Because he has lost his vision and I feel has betrayed those of us he claimed to want to help.

        • guest

          He never had a true vision…he’s not called the lyin king for nothing.

          • kathy gray

            It looks like you may be right…..sadly.

          • guest

            He was a community organizer…

  • charles

    Im not gonna lie, America is afraid of its government. We live like cowards the govt tell us to jump we jump, sit we sit, no one supported me whn i requested us to go complain in washington and get media attention. And they wonder why we get pushed around, of course they know the ppl are weak they would only rant online and never step up to their face.

    • Darrell Peck

      Charles, you should start a movement and lead the people to the white house. Just like fields of dreams, if you build it they will come.

      • charles

        I tried darrell as a matter of fact i even started it from facebook to twitter to every sight i have and to text messages, and gave everyone a time and place for us to meet, i offered some a ride and some i was personally gonna pick up, but everyone felt comfortable sitting at home so i let it be. We are America we are stronger than this.

        • guest

          That’s the mindset of the people you’re dealing with…its been proven over and over. They just want the handout.
          Nice try Charles..really

          • satoshi n.

            troll u say they want a reduction in monthly income by accepting a stipend ignorant f.

          • guest

            No troll I wouldn’t accept it and wouldn’t allow myself to get in that position.

          • satoshi n.

            So you take a cut in pay and benefits to accept a partial stipend with no benefits and a timeout phase, ? Get outta here you lying sob

          • guest

            I wouldn’t need a govt handout to begin with. Thats the point you just can’t understand.

          • satoshi n.

            Rich people do not need much of anything including home and vacation home, interest handout pay less taxes welfare.

          • guest

            Whose to say who needs what. But its people like you that think if you can’t have it no one else should either.

          • satoshi n.

            So why is government welfare renamed as home and vacation home interest deduction

          • guest

            You’ve got that confused with county welfare. Mortgage deduction is an enticement and encourages home ownership. county welfare is a left vote getter.

          • Victoria

            What’s so great for society at large about home ownership that it is worthy of an “enticement”? Why, exactly, should federal dollars be funneled to those who happen to make enough money to buy a home? By what right is their want (not their NEED, but their want) to own their own place more morally imperative, or fiscally important, than keeping people alive via UI benefits?

            Life doesn’t guarantee anyone a pony, or a house of their own. It’s a made-up American “value”.

            People come first. Property comes second.

          • guest

            I didn’t come up with the idea, but it is part of the American dream. property ownership means you are somebody — in this society anyway.

          • Victoria

            So, do you own a home and take the tax credit (that’s a handout)?

            Do you plan to accept Medi-Care or Social Security when you retire? (that’s a handout)

            Unemployment *INSURANCE* is something we each pay into over the course of our lifetime. It comes out of every check. How about the government issues each of us a check for all the “insurance” we have paid out over the years?

            It’s not a handout, or an entitlement. It’s something we invest in, collectively, to see each other through hard times.

            Times have not gotten less hard this year than they were in years prior, when UI extensions were (correctly) offered. That’s reality-based legislating. What we are dealing with now are delusional sociopaths who choose to ignore the facts in front of their faces, and pretend that the problem will just go away if they keep spin-doctoring the real unemployment numbers, and keep leaving REAL people who are in REAL suffering to twist in the wind.

            America can do better. If not, we will quickly have a division of rich vs. poor that will put Brazil to shame. Hello, favelas! Hello, people getting robbed at gunpoint day and night!

          • guest

            I get don’t get a mortgage interest deduction, but I do pay beaucoup property taxes. And I will never get all the money I pay into SS back. Its not part of retirement portfolio. Its a Ponzi scheme.
            And only 3 states have an employee ue contribution system and you are entitled to your state benefits…no doubt. But you didn’t invest in anything. You should have purchased an individual income protection plan.
            But this is about federally borrowed money and it has nothing to do with insurance…its called euc.

        • Victoria

          How amazing would it be if we did a Million Person March on DC? Hell, how about 4 million+ people, or whatever the TRUE unemployment number is?

          • guest

            There are not 3-4 million people for this…a couple of thousand at best

          • DHFabian

            Trust me, any movement would be crushed from the start. The poor would be jailed, their children taken from them. They would lose what very little they have. Similar movements in the past did succeed because there was unity between the poor and middle, workers and the jobless.

    • Patricia Butler

      How are people supposed to go to Washington when they don’t even have the money for their basic needs….like food and housing? There are people who don’t have the money for bus fare to get to a job interview.

      • charles

        I get ur point, but u cant honestly or possibly think everyone couldnt make it to washington, several states have thousands of ppl like u and i who need the money, and out of that number, we have ppl who actually can, not all cant, if we want freedom we gotta fight for it they wont just give it to us

    • satoshi n.

      Well what should they do await the utility shutoff in the heat and dark until the evecition notice gets their with no money to fund a search for a job?

      • guest

        How come I and hundreds of millions like me figure out how to keep the utilities on? What is it with you people…you claim to be oh so smart?

        • satoshi n.

          Wait it eventually happen to u.

          • guest

            Wow your jokes and one-liners are zinging today. Eventually happens? Hah…no not everyone is like you.

          • satoshi n.

            Are u a former congressman turned lobbyist they are never unemployed and troll if u hate the unemployed why do u bother?

          • guest

            I hate the whiners. I don’t know any unemployed

          • satoshi n.

            why do you bother troll do get off on inflicting pain ? Christ like thing to do.

          • guest

            Trolls like you get what you deserve. I’m not doing anything to you. You have paranoia complex.

          • satoshi n.

            Insulting people is not Christ like.

          • guest

            lying and whining is not Christ like either

          • satoshi n.

            I did not lie about anything.

          • guest

            You tell a lot of stories around here that you know aren’t true, but no one really cares anyway

          • satoshi n.

            The stories are true.

          • guest

            Thats what you claim…but like I said — no one cares.

          • satoshi n.

            then y are u on here for ?

  • Bayou Mudbugg

    Do what you have to do to survive people. The U.S. Goverment does not care about us. Period!!!

    • DHFabian

      Ya think? Your value as a person is determined by your bank account.

  • P.K.Linwood

    Dave Camp, he has stolen the ideas and work from Reed and Heller, than thumps his chest and looks for accolades. No wonder congress doesn’t work it’s not bipartisan gridlock, It’s HACKs like Camp that don’t appreciate the idea of collegiality and hard work. Dave Camp everybody, he’s not working for you he’s stealing ideas from those he works with, Dave Camp.

  • P.K.Linwood

    This HR 5021 is a “patch” meaning “kick the can down the road”. Amaricans want long term solutions to the infrastructure problem. If Republicans controll all of congress next year, we can expect infrastructure to deteriorate further those highway workers this bill would help to be with out work after the election and LTU possibilities nonexistent. Republicans like Dave Camp from Mich. are looking to destroy this country and middle class, his fingerprints are all over Detroit.

  • The other Scott

    The people? Nah, let’s fix some asphalt instead.

    • ALLFORCHANGE

      That sums it up.

    • satoshi n.

      Where the hell is all the gas tax for a century end up at, no way is it less than the highway construction, b.s. mr congressman. Gas tax is collected at every pump every week . Oh and since it will benefit large construction companies it is a priority to feed the rich, screw the unemployed.

  • Chuckawobbly

    Depressing.

    • guest

      Another nail in the coffin…how many more will it take?

  • ALLFORCHANGE

    What happened to the pen and paper threat that Obama gloated about? Democrats will lose a lot of votes on this. Sick.

    • DHFabian

      I think it’s safe to guess that Democrats already lost 2016. Millions of the working poor and those who are worse off voted for Obama in hopes that he could launch a legitimate discussion about our poverty crisis. He did try, a number of times, but lib media wasn’t interested (their focus is, of course, middle class consumers and campaign donors). With the latest budget, Democrats voted with Republicans to cut food stamps to the elderly, disabled and working poor. Again. Desperately-needed homeless shelters and food pantries are almost a thing of the past. Clinton/Gore targeted the poor, giving us 8 years of Bush, elected and re-elected by the middle class (the poor, and those who understand why this is such a critical issue voted third party or withheld their votes). I expect that the same thing will happen in 2016.

  • ALLFORCHANGE

    Why did Obama change teams? He is helping the other guys. Heller, no doubt, will react to this.

    • Sandy Gunn

      Maybe Obama and Boehner are threaten by Heller, neither men seem to pay attention to Heller and Reid? (Or is it all a smoke screen?) Both Obama and Boehner appear so self serving! Anyway, looks like we have been put off this year for Obama and Boehner’s “highway bill.” This is such BS, but truly an eye opener in regards to sidestepping politicians.

    • satoshi n.

      36 months out of office he will mysteriously be worth $100 mil just ask the Clintons, that’s y he dances for the rich

      • guest

        Nothing wrong with being rich…its what everyone’s goal should be

  • AC180ms

    The mere thought that the President would permit a bill that appeased the Republicans, equal to the UI bill, and do so without considering the Unemployed brings tears to my eyes knowing that there are people out there suffering. I too have been suffering for months, sole almost all my possessions for 10% of the value only to realize and know that this will keep the bills paid for only 30 days – hoping for a miracle in Washington having sympathy and rationale in understanding that they are ripping apart the Middle Class, which I use to be a part of.
    The entire Republican congress needs to be voted out of office, and then the entire Democratic congress – in order to bring in new people. This will send a wake up call to Washington that we Americans are tired of the crap, and the Media acting as the so-called eyes or Americans equal in their role.
    I have heard more about Immigrants, and foreign aid then anyone has talked about the Long Term Unemployed, and yet we tax payers have to foot the bill for monies going to Non-American causes. There is not a Humanitarian Crisis at the border, and amazing that every Media Channel and Politician uses these words, but 4 million and growing Americans losing their lives, families, and everything and becoming a burden of others, and soon the state is not a crisis?
    Republicans, please wake up and vote out these corporate interest politicians, and if not voting for a Democrat, vote Tea Party Candidate, or just don’t vote if you cant stand to vote Democrat. We Democrats will remember the representation and value that our so called politicians have afforded us and vote these bums out also.
    Washington does not want to fix issues, they merely want to kick the problem down the road to use as leverage for tax breaks and favors to the rich and corporations.
    I bet they will try and stick in the tax breaks with these bills.
    This is so sad. For those LTU that are fortunate enough to find a job, they will be accepting wages at or near minimum wage, and already forced from their homes, and displaced facing the reality that things will never ever bee the same.
    ANY POLITICIAN REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT THAT VOTES FOR THE FUNDS FOR THE IMMIGRANTS MUST BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE PERIOD. THOSE SILENT GOVERNORS THAT WILL NOT PART THEIR LIPS FOR HELPING THE UNEMPLOYED ALSO NEED TO BE VOTED OUT.
    AMERICA IT IS TIME TO CHANGE THE LANDSCAPE IN OUR NATION WITH OUR VOTES.
    THEY FAIL TO REALIZE THAT OUR VOTES ARE STRONG ENOUGH IN NUMBERS TO REMOVE THEM FROM OFFICE – LETS SHOW THEM. MOST ELECTIONS ARE ONE WITHIN A MARGIN OF UNDER 5K VOTES. IN EACT STATE WE REPRESENT THE SWING FOR THEM TO BE BOOTED OUT OF OFFICE.
    But it starts with the Republicans first, and I can only pray that Boehner is voted out in Ohio, this will send a loud message.
    But this is just a piece of the resolution. We need to also raise our voices, reminding everyone that the unemployed are here needing help by posting comments regarding every political story: National, Foreign, and Regional. We need to flood these media social networking channels that the media uses like facebook and twitter, and let these people know “A No Vote for the Unemployed is a No Vote for You! – Watch in November”
    THIS WILL SEND A LOUD MESSAGE.

    • satoshi n.

      there is officially in ohio 317,048 unemployed, meaning receiving a ue. check the one are not counted are not receiving a u.e. check. Koch bros will increase revenue from keystone about $80 billion so Boehner is denying his own ohioans a partial stipend of their former wage, over keystone which farmers do not want to risk oil soaked land,better to build a refinery in canada. Hopefully the pissed off in ohio will payback with a vote of Boehner to the unemployment line which would be a pay raise as he would become a high paid lobbysist earning more money than he does now.
      Lower wage you are right ac180

    • DHFabian

      Actually, the middle class committed suicide, step by step, year by year, with their political choices. They stripped out all the restraints on corporate powers and scapegoated the poor.

    • zayas

      The reason that Washington is not working is because Republicans are angry that there’s a black man in the WH. It’s that easy…

  • AC180ms

    REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT POLITICIAN – A NO VOTE FOR HELPING THE UNEMPLOYED IS A NO VOTE IN NOVEMBER FOR YOU, WE DID REMEMBER!

    • guest

      Yeah like that’s going to matter. You might remember…big deal. You don’t enough support anywhere to matter. Ciao

  • P.K.Linwood

    It would be fair to attach UE to this bill, bottom line is this country needs to get past the economic down turn and start moving forward. A free capital market needs an excess of jobs it goes hand and hand with the idea of choice in the market. The worst part of many of these policies is that they portray the idea that we give up on each other, don’t give up on the American people congress, better days are ahead.

    • Darrell Peck

      I’m glad your optimistic Linwood, how much worse can it get. During the president’s first term I don’t remember all of the racial slurs that come his way now. There is little to suggest that greed is going to turn around anytime soon. The way I see it is these people in congress are just hand puppets to the ultra rich. They sold their soles to the Devil for what they figure a life time support for them and their families. I seems that no one really has a solution but their only recourse is to slam the other party. Boehner got his jobs bill like he wanted and still is not moving on the extension. Just look at Kansas, lowered the taxes so the Koch’s can prosper and now after just two years they lost 1,000 businesses and financially broke. I’m at the point that the only way things will change is the way this country was founded by revolting against the government. It seems to me that there is no difference then as there is now, no taxation without representation. I surely don’t see any representation for the middle class coming for a long time.

      • satoshi n.

        mouth puppets

        • guest

          ↑ dot gov fan puppet ↑

    • DHFabian

      I don’t think that’s possible. Think about it. We looked at the policies and programs that were in place from FDR to Reagan, which took the US to its height of wealth and productivity, and decided to reverse course, doing just the opposite. The US was rated at #1 in overall quality of life when Reagan was first elected. By the time Obama was elected, we were down to #43. This is a stunning decline in a fairly short amount of time, and there are no hints that America is willing to reconsider its socioeconomic agenda.

  • satoshi n.

    will somebody post the congress f off schedule?(vacation)?

  • satoshi n.

    Wrong they will meekly get on the train

  • guest

    Thats what everyone with a brain has known from the beginning. Charade and show.

  • Ivan

    Barack Hussein Clarence Thomas I have a pen Obama What a worthless empty suit. I am so sorry I voted for him. I absolutely hate to agree with Michael Savage and Mark Levin, but they have him pegged for what is, a rogue with an agenda. Will we ever have a president that puts Americans first. The modern politician has no depth at all. I remember during the snowstorms in NYC when that gnome Mike Bloomberg said (while issuing a mounttain of parking tickets), “We have to move our cars”….We???????

    • guest

      The govt is not the answer…and we have too much of it now.

  • Sugi

    This isn’t going through because no one will get rich off of it, Boehner is keeping it hostage to the pipeline and Obama doesn’t want his numbers to go up. There’s talk of attaching it to the spending bill and if I”m still unemployed, and for all those still unemployed I hope it does.

    • guest

      what spending bill? this was the last bill of the year. if you’re thinking that help the illegals fund…forget it. Thats DOA.

  • Victoria

    This is so fiscally stupid, I barely know where to begin.

    Even if you have some sort of smug “let them eat cake” mentality when it comes to providing unemployment benefits, and feel that people who are struggling without a job or benefits to just stay alive somehow “deserve it,” think about this:

    By letting people reach the desperation point, you are putting people in the position of making short-term survival choices that will have a long-term impact on the economy as a whole, and the social fabric. Unless you are one of the super-rich who can live in a walled-off fortress, and pretend the rest of us don’t exist, you personally are going to feel the impact in quality of life.

    A person who has to choose between buying food or going to the doctor will choose the food, and put off health care until it hits critical mass, and escalates into emergency treatment. Who is going to pay for that, the magic fairies? Nope.

    This same person, if given a safety net (unemployment insurance extension) is at least given the option to make better short-term choices.

    Unemployment recipients also pump their benefits money back into their local economies, which has a positive net effect.

    It is unbelievably cheap, short-sighted, penny-wise/pound-foolish, and above all, inhumane to treat citizens this way. The people hurting the most aren’t the ones who created this economic nightmare. The greedy fat-cats in the financial and mortgage industries shot the country in the foot with their greed, and got bailed out, and at most, got a slight slap on the wrist in terms of corporate fines. Where is the rage at the handouts and entitlements they received?

    Stop punishing the victims.

    • guest

      Stop playing the victim and quit expecting people to pay for your misfortune. Get on with your life.

    • charles

      That would have been nice if everyone werent acting unwilling

    • DHFabian

      This was the choice America made in 1996, actually, when it finished off our welfare aid programs. Lib media of this generation has ignored the consequences, focusing on middle class consumers and campaign donors. At the very least, how can you get a job once you no longer have a home address, phone, bus fare? What becomes of these people? Who knows — they’ve become the new Invisible Americans.

  • DHFabian

    I guess it’s all in how you look at it. Bill Clinton ended welfare, declaring that “there is NO excuse” for long-term unemployment. The middle class agreed. He went on to say that any aid provided must be strictly time-limited, to “serve as an incentive to get up every morning and find a job.” The middle class applauded. It doesn’t make sense to now say that hardworking Americans need more help than those with significant barriers to employment. People fear that extending UI will create a culture of dependency. Now, before anyone says, “But things are different today…”: No, this isn’t the first long economic downturn that the US has experienced. In the past, those whose UI ran out before they could secure jobs turned to welfare. Yes, this does include many families that eventually returned to the middle class, or did even better, thanks to the stability that welfare provided when their families were in crisis. We decided that we didn’t need this extended aid, by any other name. Final point: On the anticipated “we paid for it”: Over 80% of welfare recipients used aid short-term, returning to work, earning wages, paying taxes, repaying all the aid they received, and more. We the People paid for it collectively.

  • DHFabian

    No, you’re just finally waking up to it. The class war began in the 1980s, and Phase l was brought to fruition by Bill Clinton in the 1990s — middle class vs. the poor. Now it’s time for Phase ll — the rich vs. the middle class.

  • rhonda_relative

    Attaching It to the illegals border problem is so so so so so so so so so wrong…stupid democrats….

  • rhonda_relative

    All I can say is……the 99ers told you so!!!!!

  • Guest

    A clear explanation.

  • beyondfrustrated

    I’m sooooo glad that we will have nice roads and bridges when the 3 million unemployed people won’t have cars to drive on those roads and bridges because they have been repossessed due to lack of money to make our payments! It is unbelievable that we as Americans have to live this way with no help in sight!

  • zayas

    Besided naming post offices–Republicans just want to serve the 1%.

  • Disgusted

    I am also unemployed. The reality is that if the dems. really wanted the extension to pass they could have attached it to a number of bills months ago and it would have passed but they failed to do so. We have elections in Nov. The whole unemployment extension for the Dems. is to get you to believe they are working hard for you to get the extension passed when in fact it is BS. They could care less just like the Republicans. The Dems. should have attached the bill to the jobs bill thats exactly what Boehner wanted!!!! The Dems. failed to do that. There were a number of times the Dems. could have gotten the extension passed and failed to attach it, and now it’s dead again!!!!! I believe that if Boehner and the rest of the do nothing congress can sue Obama then the American People should be able to sue Boehner and congress for the inhumane treatment of the American People ( The Unemployed ) Boehner and the do nothing Congress work for Us ( We the People ) they are not working for us they working to line there own pockets while holding the unemployed people hostage. As far as the unemployment rate going down, did you ever wonder why it went down so much. Every Time an unemployment extension might make it the unemployment rate goes down. Please do not believe everything you read they have played with numbers before and they are doing it NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Obama stuck it to us too!!! God Bless America and all of you.

  • George Allegro

    Here we find that Hussein Obama’s press conferences aren’t even legitimate: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/reporter-wh-press-secretary-gets-questions-reporters-press-briefing_785607.html

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