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July 29, 2014

Obama Threatens Tax Cut Veto as Unemployment Extension Languishes

The White House threatened to veto a new $156 billion corporate tax cut proposed by House Republicans, noting the same group has refused to act on an unemployment extension.

The bill would permanently extend the research and development tax credit without paying for it — adding to the deficit. As the White House Office of Management and Budget noted in a Statement of Administration Policy on Tuesday, it doesn’t even comport with the budget resolution the House passed just last month.

President Barack Obama supports extending the credit, but wants to offset the cost by ending other corporate tax breaks instead.

“The deficit increase in H.R. 4438 is more than fifteen times the cost of the proposed extension of emergency unemployment benefits, which Republicans are insisting be offset,” the statement noted.

If all of the other expired tax credits were extended without offsets, it would undermine the increased revenue from the fiscal cliff deal inked at the start of 2013 and cost about $500 billion, the administration complained.

The administration also knocked the GOP for putting corporate tax breaks ahead of those for the middle class:

“House Republicans also are making clear their priorities by rushing to make business tax cuts permanent without offsets even as the House Republican budget resolution calls for raising taxes on 25 million working families and students by letting important improvements to the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and education tax credits expire.”

The veto threat included the weaker “advisors would recommend” language, rather than a strong denunciation, leaving at least a sliver of doubt about what Obama would do.

Democrats also are bemoaning the unemployment insurance legislation at a standstill.

Last week, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., noted the entire cost of the House tax cut could be paid for if Republicans would bring the Senate immigration overhaul to the floor.

That’s a deal the White House would likely find too good to refuse — not that Republicans are considering the idea.

 

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Senate Passes Unemployment Benefits Extension

Unemployment Extension Vote Not Worrying House Republicans

Boehner Still Cool to Senate Unemployment Extension Bill

Unemployment Extension Fight Pits Portman Against Boehner

Doctors Win, Jobless Lose: The GOP Confronts New Perception Problem

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  • FedUpInNJ

    its about time! No more tax breaks until UI is extended. Thank you Obama, its LONG overdue!

    • James Northcutt-Swain

      Thank You Mr. President. There are so many of us AMERICAN’s depending on you to make congress do the right thing , it is Our country and you run it . not the Republicans…They have no interest in the working class. Please make this happen..!!

  • Guest

    The President and House best stop using UIE as a hostage to hurt Americana citizens and get off there as s before this thing all blows up in there face

    UIE vs STANDOFFS FOR TAX s …..playing games with our monies again…

  • BOB

    The President and House best stop using UIE as a hostage to hurt
    American citizens and get off there as s before this thing all blows
    up in there face

    • erick

      The NSA will find you and kill you. The department of homeland security is stockpiling weapons and coffins for their plans of genocide against the working class.

  • John Streeter

    Love it! In your face… all of those comfortably employed who have pointed the finger at us unfortunate unemployed and call us lazy. (R) Give us the money we so rightfully deserve. Help us get through a few more months of debt while we look for work.
    I get job denial, after denial after denial on a daily basis. I just got turned down from a Sheetz convenient store. I was told that there are more qualified applicants for the job.
    I have 3 college degrees, I am bi-lingual, I have 26 years experience in my field, 20 years experience in “that” field, and I am told I am not as qualified for a gas station coffee shop? Wow!

    • Bill Kinsley

      i’m in the same boat.no one seems to wanna hire anyone over my age (42).i’ve even applied to retail stores,i ran a whole parts warehouse and drove truck also for years but i’m not qualified to unload trucks?good luck my friend..

    • erick

      I am told that I can not be hired because I am over qualified for available jobs.

    • JMH21

      I have on problem with your comment. “money we so rightfully deserve” How do you deserve anything. There is no entitlement here. If the government gives you something it is coming from someone else. It is this attitude that is breaking this nation. This attitude that people feel they are entitled to something and deserve it,

      • Michaelangelo Raimondi

        Are you serious?? Anybody that works puts into Unemployment Insurance Benefits …hence the words ‘Insurance’ and ‘Benefits’. Maybe look up those words before you open your mouth, or tap away at your keyboard (while working, I’m sure). There are those of us out here applying for jobs we continually get turned away from while our debt piles up, kids go hungry, lose houses/apartments, etc.. Take your self-righteous a– elsewhere…maybe to Ohio so you can rub Boehner’s crotch a little closer. And, yes, the majority of us DO deserve the extension and we ARE entitled to it, jackass.

        • JMH21

          And how long do you think those benefits should last? Forever. Then show me on your W-2 or your paycheck stub where there is a deduction for unemployment insurance. That is paid by the employer, not you. That fund is limited and cannot be a lifetime check. The fact is those that work do not put anything into the fund, their employer does.

          Calling me names won’t solve anything but I guess if it makes you feel better have at it. Your comments show why employers might not hire you, your vulgarity might be something they would not appreciate in the workplace.

          • pwpg06

            You are wrong. Google how unemployment insurance pool is set. Every single paycheck contributes for it through social security as well as their employers. Most of these people are first time beneficiaries of the extension because they have exhausted the state’s one. You are not putting a cent on that money,.. Every single person has done it with every paycheck since they have been contributing in taxes through out their lives. Stop being so ignorant and so stupid and STFU.

          • JMH21

            I am always amazed at the lack of knowledge of the tax code among people. Social security has nothing to do with unemployment insurance and the funds you contribute to FICA are never mixed with unemployment. Unemployment insurance is a premium that you pay as an employer. I am audited every year on the number of employees I have (13) and the amount they are paid. That gives them the premium that I have to pay to the appropriate authority.

            This is from the IRS:

            The Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA), with state unemployment systems, provides for payments of unemployment compensation to workers who have lost their jobs. Most employers pay both a Federal and a state unemployment tax. A list of state unemployment tax agencies, including addresses and phone numbers, is available in Publication 926, Household Employer’s Tax Guide. Only the employer pays FUTA tax; it is not deducted from the employee’s wages. The rate is 6% up to $7000 per employee. State taxes are on top of that.

            Pay attention to the last sentence. Then show me where YOU pay an unemployment tax. And just so you understand the issue completely the discussion in Congress is about Federal unemployment. This is separate from state unemployment and we are talking about extending federal benefits for what has now become about two years. Every study on this has shown that a large percentage of laid off employees don’t get really active in the job search until those benefits are exhausted. Not all, but a good percentage. By extending them it allows them to put off the job search a bit longer. The other factor is a lot of unemployed people simply won’t take a job they believe is “beneath” them. You get hungry you will take a job.

            The next time you want to call someone a name you should learn the facts. I have been paying unemployment taxes (as an employer) for years. But then you would rather curse at me than learn anything.

          • Devilsplaytoy

            It has nothing to do with the “unemployed people simply won’t take a job they believe is “beneath” them.” It’s what they have to take to survive and pay a mortgage they were able to pay prior to being laid off by greedy employers. No. I’m not unemployed either. I just don’t believe in adding 156 billion dollars to the deficit! Rather then give the unemployed a dollar amount that’s 15 times less then the greedy corporations who treat their employees like pee-on’s are demanding! Without those employees where would those big wigs be? Cause we know they sure aren’t getting off their lazy a$$’s to do the menial labor!

          • JMH21

            I love how casually you use the term “greedy employers”. Employers don’t lay people off because they want to, they do it because sales drop, revenue drops and they have to reduce costs to stay in business. I own a business and I work 12 hour days and still think about the business when I am home. It never is far from my mind and if someone calls me at night I take the call. I also invested my funds to start the business. My wife and I went without pay for two years, living off savings, and now we are profitable. We have never laid off anyone (knock on wood) and pay our employees a more than fair wage. We provide them with healthcare that is better than ObamaCare but that may end due to the tax that we will be assessed, give them a good match on 401(k) and work with them, not boss them.

            But make no mistake, we invested our savings. Not the employees. If the business had failed they would not have lost a penny and we would have lost our life savings. We rolled the dice and got lucky.

          • RheadNative

            Bulls***. Large businesses terminate employees to maintain the big salaries of upper management & to keep their shareholders happy. Your business is small, & you sound like a good employer with morals & ethics—-you are one of the EXTREMELY rare ones out there. The majority of places will fire you without blinking. I was terminated from my job last February—I have 25+ years of experience as a nurse, a graduate degree from a good school & I am mature, dependable & reliable—& I was replaced with another nurse who has been a nurse for about a year, has never worked anywhere other than for that employer & who has a 2 year associate’s degree. They didn’t have to pay her as much as they paid me. They also have no idea that she violated HIPAA laws by taking photographs of patients that had surgery without their consent on her personal cell phone & distributing the pictures to other people she knows—–HIGHLY ILLEGAL. However, I know that you cannot take pictures of patients without their consent, & you certainly cannot disseminate those pictures without their consent either. My ex-employer is nothing but a greedy, money-hungry business that would do anything to maintain the exorbitant (and unworthy) salaries of the office manager & her “assistants”. And their actions are just a picture of what goes on in most other companies.

          • Karen Alston

            Amen! My job was being done by contractors who didn’t have medical coverage, Transit Subsidy, employer matching TSP etc. right in my face while I was not allowed to do my job and told to box up files and don’t ask anyone anything.
            Shame on …

          • kasia54

            Well then extend your business acumen to the rest of American run corporations because they sure don’t mirror your model. They are greedy and care only for the bottom line and taking those tax cuts (corporate welfare) and stashing them offshore. True story. Unemployment is closer to 12% not the bogus numbers you’re hearing about.

          • Karen Alston

            I don’t know about 12% but it’s no secret that if they pass the extentions the rate won’t “look good on paper ’cause we would be counted again so the legislation sit on the desk. And that number would be so high that there would be no way to justify not contining more extensions without jobs being created and filled by the longterm unemployed. So employers will either answer the call of President Obama and others to hire the longterm unemployed or…
            P.S. that’s how they do business???

          • kasia54

            Well, there you go. Not everyone is so “lucky.”

          • kasia54

            It’s not coming out of your pocket so wtf do you care? Got a job you can offer? Then stfu. We are in the worst shape since the Great Depression and all you can do is judge. Maybe if enough Americans starve to death you’ll be satisfied?

          • kasia54

            That is BS! Maybe in the past unemployed put off looking for work until benefits were exhausted. But in today’s unemployed world, benefits don’t even come close to ones’ former salary – the new unemployed are the middle class – earning 3-4 and more x’s the benefit rate. A great incentive to put out resumes and pound the pavement! No former middle class worker is living high on the hog on benefits! In fact, many are losing the very lifestyle they worked for! Do you want to lose your home? Your car? Take your child out of college? Some say, “get educated” – well the current crop of unemployed are BA, BS, MBA’s Phd’s. True story. Check out the demographics yourself. Don’t take my word for it.

          • Karen Alston

            Amen! My job was being done by contractors who didn’t have medical coverage, Transit Subsidy, TSP employer matching, right in front of my face while I was not allowed to do my job and was told to box up files and not to ask anyone anything.
            Shame on…

          • sto

            What are you paying I need a job.

          • Kate

            These benefits should last as long as unemployment is over 6 percent plain and simple

          • JMH21

            And who is going to pay for them. The funds have run out and it now takes Congress to appropriate money for them to continue.

            How about this, find a job for someone in their area, offer it to them, and if they refuse cut them off. No more saying that is not in my field or not good enough for me.

            If you look at the real unemployment number it is about 11.5%. The number you see in the news is calculated by unemployment benefits. If you quit looking for work you are no longer counted. You realize that anything under 6% is considered full employment by most economists.

            The real problem is that many jobs previously done in the US are no longer viable in a global economy. Labor is simply cheaper in lesser developed countries and no matter how much you complain capital will go where it is best rewarded. My guess is you look for the best price when buying something and that is what manufacturing does.

            Heres an issue that nobody on the left wants to talk about. Our corporate top rate of 35% is the highest in the industrialized world. Lower it to 24% and billions of capital will return to the US to be reinvested. But it is not coming back at the higher rate.

            Conservatives complained about the bailout of GM but in the end it was a wise thing to do. If the US auto industry had failed completely millions more would have been out of work and the jobs in that industry would never have come back. It is not just the auto manufacturing jobs, but all the downstream companies that rely on the auto industry for orders. They would have failed.

            It is not a simple answer and saying they should continue based on some artificial number is not a solution.

          • kasia54

            What? I and my colleagues made well over six figures for decades! Raised families, put our children through college and now our 401k’s are decimated through Wall Street greed, our mortgages are upside down because the housing market tanked and you want us to work for $10 an hour? That is IF Home Depot or McDonalds hires us as they too want younger faster workers.

          • JMH21

            So now you are showing your lack of honesty. If you have money in 401(k) it is now worth more than what it was prior to the recession. The housing market tanked because so many people were greedy, buying houses they thought would just keep rising in value and then taking second mortgages that allowed them to take money out of the house to spend on toys. If you took money out of a house I have no sympathy for you. It was very prevalent in the DC area.

            If you made well over six figures for decades you should be fine because I am assuming you were smart enough to save. It not you are to blame.

            If your skill set is a good as you think then you will find a job. Try starting a business yourself, then you might get a dose of what it costs and the sacrifice you will have to make. I did it 19 years ago. I lived on savings for almost three years to make it profitable. Paid my employees and worked 12 hour days. Now it is doing fine and I have 13 employees who are paid very well. But if the business had failed they would not have lost their life’s savings. I would have.

          • kasia54

            Um, NO my 401k is not worth the stock paper it’s printed on. My savings is gone. Had to spend something to survive. Unemployment benefits don’t pay for hardly anything but internet to apply for jobs, gas, insurance and phone service. I never took out a second mortgage. My mortgage is upside down because the houses around me were foreclosed on – sub prime mortgages. Oh yeah and taxes on six figures is huge. So tell me, what did I do wrong? I’ve been out of work since 2011. Took temp jobs but can’t get hired. What am I supposed to train for? I am 59 years old! I’m tech saavy, have an MBA — tell me what skill set are you talking about? McDonald won’t hire me – I’m too old they want young and fast. Somehow you are not getting the fact that these are different economical times than any in history. Will you need to be unemployed to understand this?

          • kasia54

            With what money so you propose I start a business? And if I get a grant which takes months to secure for a new business, what am I supposed to support my family on?

          • kasia54

            Yeah, I bailed them, the banks and wall street out and what did I get in return? A layoff and cutoff extended benefits.

          • Karen Alston

            Preach!

          • Frank

            Some states, including New Jersey, d
            o take deductions from employees for UI. So, you are wrong about that.

          • JMH21

            Then let the states that do this extend the benefits. We are talking about federal law. FUTA is entirely on the employer and that is the benefit Congress is debating. If New Jersey assesses employees a SUTA then they are in the minority but workers in that state should petition for the state benefits to be extended.

          • kasia54

            The states don’t do the extension – the Federal government does – it’s been included in the budget every time unemployment surpassed 5%. The extension was not included in this years’ budget – that’s what the big standoff is about. All unemployed are allowed to collect 26 weeks but extensions are given when unemployment surpasses 5% – it’s been way over that for years. The numbers are falling because all those not getting extended benefits are no longer counted which is probably a huge reason why they (Congress) don’t wanat the extension. Boehner wants what he wants so he’s going to hold the unemployed hostage and maybe MAYBE attach it to something he wants passed (Keystone is one of his pet projects).

          • kasia54

            Yep, paid 10% in taxes on unemployment in Illinois.

          • Waiting for work

            How long do you think benefits actually last? It is not a “lifetime check” as you put it. At most people that have run thru the state benefit, file for federal extentions that run an additional 26 weeks. If their state is well above the national level they may be able to get an additional 9 weeks. After those expire there are no more extentions.

            No one gets unemployment forever

          • JMH21

            I agree with you but there are some that want it extended everytime a new limit is reached. There has to be a finite number of weeks or some people will just sit back and collect checks.

          • kasia54

            No they won’t – geez. Do you even know how extended unemployment works? Do you realize that after the state benefits are exhausted, when emergency unemployment is extended, a finite number of weeks are assigned each state depending on that states unemployment rate? Do you know anything about the tiers? When you exhaust your states tiers, that’s it! No more.

          • JMH21

            Then tell us all what the debate in Congress is about if there can be no further extensions? The whole debate centers on some wanting them extended again.

          • kasia54

            Ok, I’ll do my best to be articulate. The extension expired December 28 leaving 1.2 million without any means of income in an economy where the unemployment rate was 6.5+%. Every time unemployment rate surpassed 5%, extensions were automatic. Harry Reid (I believe purposely) left the extension out of the budget. When the extension came up for a vote in January, Boehner wanted pay-fors (this was never an issue in the past – it was automatic without pay-fors). As the months passed, more unemployed were affected by not having an extension passed. Now, you see, the unemployment rate is seeming to lower every month because 72,000 are falling off the unemployment dole so they are no longer counted (the unemployment rate is not a true reflection of the actual unemployment rate). Each month, the Senate and the House squabbled about passing it. How odd that in an election year, this should be an issue – well, the Dems can point to the heartless Republicans and the Republicans can point to the spend-happy Dems. So, a bi-partisan bill was passed through the Senate KNOWING FULL WELL IT WOULD NEVER SEE THE HOUSE FLOOR FOR A VOTE! How did they know this? Well, it was clear what the bill needed to pass the House since December but these provisions were not included in the bill (leaving me to believe the Dems just wanted to get rid of the issue and pass it onto the Republicans). So now, Boehner is saying he won’t pass it (first he said it couldn’t be passed because it couldn’t be implemented at this late date – Thomas Perez of the Department of Labor negated that bogus reason by saying it COULD be implemented) so now Boehner is looking for any reason to not bring it to the House for a vote (popular opinion is he wants Keystone). It’s all a big posturing political game and the unemployed (now number 3.6 million) are the pawns. Even the CBO is urging Boehner to pass it because not passing it has cost the states FIVE BILLION DOLLARS!

            The former middle class unemployed are losing everything they worked their whole lives for – homes, cars, signing up for welfare – WELFARE! So, it’s okay for 3.6 million (and counting by 72,000 per week) to sign up for welfare? The benefits allowed the unemployed enough money to pay for internet (needed to apply for jobs), phone service, gas to get to interviews and maybe a bill or three. As it stands now, foreclosures are at an all time high which will bring housing prices down (and turn mortgages upside down), credit has been trashed, savings gone — sure we planned for a rainy day – but most people live paycheck to paycheck. Some have committed suicide and others are living in their cars — all because they aren’t receiving that lifeline, hand up (the ignorant erroneously call it welfare and a government handout). And still others talk of when they were unemployed 15 years ago how they took any job – well, the economy is not like it was 15 years ago — apples and oranges. AND those of us who don’t mind taking a $10 hr. job (after making 4-5 x that much for decades) can’t even get a minimum wage job because as potential employers say at interviews “we are afraid if we hire you, you will leave if something better comes along). Well, after doing things right for decades and supporting the economy with taxes and building a middle class life, they can no longer maintain that middle class lifestyle. You see? No income at all! Not even enough to put gas in the car or go to interviews if they are lucky to get one or even take the kids out (yes, CHILDREN ARE AFFECTED) for a ride or to the library (some don’t live within walking distance of libraries). Shall I go on? All because Congress are a bunch of babies who don’t care about their very constituents who hired them to protect their interests! FIRE EM ALL!

          • kasia54

            If I am laid off, I automatically get 26 weeks from the state (FUTA). If I don’t find a job within 26 weeks, THAT’S when the extension kicks in. No extension? No job. too sad too bad. No income (unless savings, what’s left of 401k after penalties for early withdrawal). Can’t pay bills, house forecloses, car repossessed credit in toilet – depending on my state’s unemployment rate (9%) iF CONGRESS gets their act together and passes the extension, I may get 48 more weeks of benefits (which, by the way, are only 1/3 of my former salary) I can keep my internet, fill my car up with gas, pay my insurance, keep my phone … Once those extra 48 weeks are exhausted if I don’t have a job, well, THEN I’m really screwed because even if another extension is passed after that, I don’t get anything because I’ve exhausted all my weeks (or tiers – Google is your friend – Google “unemployment insurance extension tiers” for a better explanation. And yes, the job market is in the crapper. I’m an MBA but even minimum wage jobs won’t hire me because they know the first better paying job that comes along, I will take it — see? We’re all willing to work but no one will hire us! Not because we’re ugly, or we smell, but they take a look at our salary history and they want younger and cheaper.

          • NHLumpa

            There is no such thing as anything “paid by the employer”.
            ALL costs are passed on to either the customer or the employee as a reduction in the pay they would otherwise get.
            ALL employers maximize their profit.
            THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO!
            Any that don’t, are doing it WRONG.

          • kasia54

            They should last as long as the politicians whose policies decimated the middle class jobs get their greedy acts together and start creating jobs — that’s how long. So what are the jobless supposed to do? Starve? There are nooooo jobs no matter what Obama is telling you about unemployment dropping and the economy improving. Get your nose out of your Wall Street Journal and introduce yourself to your fellow American. Maybe even try to help them. Get a clue about reality in that ivory tower of yours.

          • lenny decamp

            hey idiot I worked at a hospital in a small town for 10 years and every time they did a remodel or updated their equipment it was funny that right after someone high up got fired and that happened to me why do you think they did that save money hire someone and start them at a cheaper wage so hell right benefits should last forever cause the can fire you here in Oregon for whatever they want I should still have my job and no one will help me with a wrongful firing suit cause it isn’t race related. bullshit

          • Karen Alston

            Okay now I heard you without interrupting so now let me talk while you listen. I don’t think you know your lesson too well. As an unemployed accountant who booked the Journal Entry for ER and EE FUTA tax you’re not understanding that there are three states in which employees DO pay into unemployment insurance. Alaska, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania withhold UI taxes from employee wages. I’m assuming most people that are offended by lack of an extension are from the above states. Okay I’m done. P.S. don’t forget to pray for us.

          • Karen Alston

            Okay I heard you talk without interrupting now it’s my turn for you hear me. I don’t think you know your lesson too well. As an unemployed Accountant who booked the Journal Entry for ER and EE FUTA Tax, believe me there are three states that DO impose UI tax on their employees. Alaska, Pennsylvania and New Jersey withholds UI tax from employees. Okay I’m done. P.S. Don’t forget to pray for us.
            Thanks,
            Accountant in Philadelphia

      • kasia54

        Where’s your outrage over adding to the deficit by 156 BILL IO N in corporate welfare yet turning their backs on Americans who were put in the position of being unemployed by the greedy corporations?? Hmmmmmm? So you don’t find helping your fellow struggling Americans who were put out of a job by those very corporations were going into hock for to extend corporate welfare? YOU’RE what’s wrong with this country. Corporations over people. The unemployed have always been extended emergency unemployment over 5% but this year Congress decided to use them as pawns to further their agendas in a mid term election year. Learn something before you open your stupid mouth!

        • JMH21

          I love how you make a comment based on logic and you get emotional response. Companies have only one responsibility, that is to generate a fair return to their investors. These are the people that risk their money by investing in a company.

          I am willing to provide unemployment but it does not go on forever. I would suggest that when someone exhausts their first segment of benefits they are given a list of jobs available in the area. If they refuse a job because it is not what they are looking for, it does not pay enough, it is not in my field, etc… then they lose their benefits. I have taken many jobs in my life that were not ideal but they paid the bills. In college I worked as a janitor at night, sold Fuller Brush door to door and then worked in steel mills in the summer.

          There are many things wrong with our tax code and the corporate rate is one of them. It forces businesses out of the country. Our top corporate rate is 35% while the rest of industrialized world is closer to 24%. Reduce the rate and allow companies to repatriate the money and then will invest in America. But no matter how much you complain capital will always go where it gets the best treatment and I am betting you treat your money the same.

      • Karen Alston

        Perhaps this will help. He understands that he paid his FUTA tax and did not break the economy. More importantly he understands that to say there is no entitlement implies a lack of understanding on how rich people are allowed to get richer. So all he can do is scratch head and vote with the wisdom of Solomon.

      • Karen Alston

        Perhaps this will help. He understand that he paid FUTA Tax and did not break the economy. More importantly, to say there’s no entitlement implies that you don’t fully understand how the rich are allowed to get richer.

      • Karen Alston

        Perhaps this will help.  He understand that he paid FUTA Tax and did not break the economy.   More importantly, to say there’s no entitlement implies that you don’t fully understand how the rich are allowed to get richer. So all he can do is scratch his head and vote wisely like King Solomon.

  • TJ

    NO more tax cuts for rich people until they help the unemployed! Nothing for rich people at all!

    • erick

      But how did the rich people get to be rich. By robbing you.

  • Thomas Wise

    OBAMA 1 BOEHNER 0…to be continued…..

  • Jeff Speaker

    10 billion for the 2 million plus out of work, starving struggling Americans, Oh no that’s too much according to Boehner. 10.10 minimum wage for the struggling middle class , Oh no that’s too much according to Boehner, 156 Billion in tax breaks for the top 1 percent, Oh yea that sounds about right (according to Boehner). Lets not forget he took an advance from the Koch brothers to have the Bill for the keystone pipeline approved, (Which is the sole reason why he wont bring unemployment extension to a vote) Isn’t that like taking a bribe to approve a bill. Special place in hell for people like Boehner… But then again, he is probably from there.

    • erick

      Boehner is using the millions of unemployed as hostages to force the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline so the Koch brothers will profit from the project. Join the boycott of Koch industries products and companies. See http://www.boycottkochbrothers.com

      • pwpg06

        True

    • Michaelangelo Raimondi

      From what I’ve been reading, and I could be wrong (it happens once a year, hehe), Boehner wants the UE paid for and job creation added. Now, I thought the XL Pipeline was a separate issue altogether. Correct me if I’m wrong. Either way, sitting here wondering when my next meal will be, or when I can pay a few bills is nothing short of frustrating. Boehner needs to start listening to the 2.5mil unemployed who have done and continue to do the things we need to do to find work. Keeping fingers crossed every day. (Breath holding was never an option).

      • pwpg06

        It is 3.7 million now

    • JeremyJohnson

      Too bad this mythical place called Hell doesn’t exist.
      “Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.” -Napoleon Bonaparte.

  • im not lazy

    Now watch how the rescumlican’s spin this….they will say if he does this he’s killing jobs ! No bitches … he’s doing his job, people first ! King Boehner is gonna be pissed !

    • FedUpInNJ

      Obama is simply DOING THE JOB BOEHNER REFUSES TO DO. Boehner is denying Americans their basic right to a democratic process and its about time he was told no!

  • charles

    well guys, the warehouse job i found for 9dollars an hr fired me last night for not being qualified as a nurse graduate. i was only there for 3 days, now how can they call us lazy if we actually are not turning down jobs? at least i ,made 300 bucks it will cover my food for a few. Just my update. thanks folks

  • DerekJR321

    I’ve given up on the extension. It’s not going to happen. At least not in this form. But seeing as they’ve been di%@ing around since December.. I have zero hope. I’m just going to have to live on the streets, with my son. Yup.. I’m sure living that American dream aren’t I?

    • Roz

      Hang in the Derek. I am in the same boat, my dear. I feel in my bones that the extension will happen.

      • china72

        Agree, I am a family of four and my husband lost his unemployment in March and we are struggling to make every payment possible to keep our home and to keep our kids fed. I hope Boehner gets in our shoes some day, or at least a month without pay to see what every family is trying to do to survive. It’s not easy and I feel for each and everyone of you that are trying so hard to keep your homes, kids fed and please keep your spirits up. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

    • erick

      That is the dream the republicans have in mind for the working class. As they live in their guarded, gated communities making money from drug money laundering, pension skimming, and stock swindling. They will use taxpayers money to hire more policemen to kick you when your down.

  • Carol Findlay

    Why are we giving another $156 BILLION in corporate tax cuts on top of the $310 BILLION they’ve already gotten???? Reward the exact same companies who won’t hire the 3 million Americans VICTIMIZED by Republicans who cut off the money they need to keep looking for work???? I think it’s time to pop off. We have to start popping off. That’s all there is to it.

    • FedUpInNJ

      Agreed Carol. Until corporations start hiring FULL TIME again they should get NO MORE TAX BREAKS PERIOD.

      • jerry

        Also they need to change temporary agency policy. If you work there for 3 month you should be hired period. No one should work for a temp service one year.( Meaning if they kept you around for a year you must be doing a good job right ). And then they will let people go and find another fresh body..its like a cycle they just use and abuse and at the end of the day people are back unemployed.

        • KRS

          I Absolutely Agree jerry! The government needs to stop these companies from using these staffing/temp agencies so they don’t half to hire anyone on full time and then they lay them off after 3 months or so. I work in the accounting field and 95% of those jobs are found under staffing agencies on monster, etc. The government definitely needs to step in and stop this and make changes! This has a lot to do with the high rate of unemployment today! I try to only apply for the jobs that a company is hiring directly but I need to work so I end up calling the staffing agency to find work which is only usually temporary.

          • jerry

            The agencies know people want and need work that’s how they take advantage of people. On top of that they want to pay less and give more job duties. And they give no vacation/sick days, and if people have an emergency they use their tactic that if you miss a day you may be let go. While the full time is taking vacation on holidays and using sick time when needed. The temps are working because they have no vacation. So they make people think they’re getting the job so that they work their hardest. Then when reminded about full time nobody speak English until they say your assignment is over a year later. Now folks worked just about everyday with no dys off in the year and they still let go, that’s a problem. Not to mention they get paid off you. If the full time workers get 15.00 hr the agency pay the temp employee 10.00 and keep the other 5.00 for them. Strong arm robbery

        • kasia54

          Amen! I worked for a temp service at an assignment that I loved. For a year. They said they had no work and let me go. Two months later, they hired another person???

      • NHLumpa

        The gov’t is messing with the market, creating uncertainty in the cost of full time employees with Obamacare. This drives companies to hire relatively more part time, fewer full time. This is not what you wanted?! WTF

        The answer is to make insurance decisions up to the companies, not the gov’t, so they can negotiate some certainty into their costs, or to go single payer (yeah, cuz the gov wont mess that up…). If you as a worker aren’t competitive enough to make an employer willing to pay part of your insurance in order to keep you, then why should I G. A. S.

        BTW, I have a 60 mile commute each way, and I think that you should pay for my gas. And no, I wont give up my 1982 Chevy pick up w/ 3 speed transmission that only gets 9 mpg hwy.

    • Frank

      Not to mention the 184 billion dollars in lost tax revenue due to American corporations using foreign banks as tax havens.

      • NHLumpa

        Stop double taxing profits of American companies and that problem will fix itself.
        The vast majority of those $ are after tax earnings, that are staying in foreign banks just to avoid being taxed AGAIN on repatriation.

        • Frank

          NHLumpa – There is not enough room to explain the shell games that American multinational companies use to hide their money. The money really isn’t in offshore banks. The money is here in the US and not being taxed. And the companies are not being taxed twice at all. Companies like Apple and GE who have billions of untaxed money. And who pays for that? We pay.

    • NHLumpa

      When did stealing (taxing) less from become giving?
      As in: The robber who doesn’t break into my house and steal all my stuff is giving me all my stuff.
      WTF IS WRONG WITH ALL YOU PEOPLE?!
      WHO ON EARTH TAUGHT YOU HOW TO NOT THINK?!

      • NHLumpa

        Micro economics 101:
        R&D is a leading driver of company success and growth.
        Less R&D = less innovation, less growth.
        US economy is especially sensitive to this, given that we cannot compete in the global market on simple unskilled labor costs.
        We cannot make simple things cheaper than China etc.
        We need to develop innovative things to manufacture for our economy to grow.
        The Reagan Defense Spending of the 80s gave us the Clinton Tech boom of the 90s. A lot of that def spending went into tech R&D.
        Macro economics 101:
        You get more of anything you subsidize.
        Subsidizing unemployment only equals > unemployment.

        • Carol Findlay

          There’s so much wrong with this, I’d need an hour and a half to cover it all. R&D does NOT create jobs. What funnel do you get all your information through?

  • Frank

    Two can play that game Mr. Boehner.

  • jerry

    If they want to make tax breaks permanent without offsets why not make ui permanent without offsets. My point is they are trying to slide this through under our noses. Policy is not secret anymore people see and hear everything.

  • Oni Mtz

    GREAT!!

  • Tracy Smith

    It’s about time he stood up to these bullies!! Way to go

  • rick

    bout time obama grows a pair of balls!

  • Doug Walshe

    AMEN!!!! Someone is finally working in Washington…………NO MORE GOP IN THE NEXT ELECTION, PLEASE. We need our Middle-Class………….

  • Patricia Butler

    PLEASE, Mr. President, VETO the corporate tax cuts! Instead
    of “trickle down”, it’s time to force the Republicans to try a
    “bottoms up” approach. That’s something John Boehner is probably very
    familiar with.

  • Disappointed In California

    I’m shocked the POTUS did more than a tweet. Thank you, finally!

  • ralph

    It’s about time Mr OB you did something, in you face John boonnerrrr

  • Jennifer Robertson

    Please signs and share! #renewUI! Let our voices be heard! There should be over 3M signatures on here! http://www.change.org/petitions/mr-president-obama-impeach-speaker-john-boehner-and-renew-ui

  • luis araud

    So now boehner gonna go off and say ohhhhh now your gonna hold my corporate friends hostage well all I can say is everything come full circle now your in a position to have to actually have human feelings good job mr Obama now he is a victim of his own prejudice

  • Mark Hall

    They do NOT care about us. Get used to it!

    • erick

      The republicans hate you and hate your way of life.

  • MrBMWLOTUS .

    I am

  • MrBMWLOTUS .

    I am so sick on how long this is taking. I real

  • FedUpInNJ

    Boehner thinks HE is the POTUS! Its way beyond time Obama stepped in and put that freak in his place! Its disgusting he alone holds almost 4 million people hostage for his own political game. Every DAY the extension is delayed people lose more and get angrier! Obama should NOT SIGN ANYTHING until the UI issue is settled once and for all! We ALL know Boehner is dragging this out until the end of May so he can demand ANOTHER bill that has XL pipeline and ACA cuts. Dems have “given in enough” to this ridiculous display and its high time Obama spoke up.

  • MrBMWLOTUS .

    POTUS Operandi – LOSER – EVER HEARD OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH – LOSER !

  • Advocate

    The participation rate is pitiful and since millions stopped looking for work the unemployment rate dropped. This is NOT a good sign. When the long-term unemployed do not have funds to pursue employment they stop looking. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see this is a problem.

    Contact John Boehner and have him move the extended unemployment bill forward.
    PHONE JAM BOEHNER!!!

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

    • 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

  • Advocate

    The President needs to do whats best for the country a the majority.
    70% of Americans support long-term unemployment benefits.

    • erick

      Only the evil empire of the Alzheimer’s demented republican drug lords does not support extended unemployment benefits for working family trash like the 99%. The republicans only represent the interests of the 1% financial class in their class war against the 99%. Their plan is to reduce the working class to the status of 3rd world peasants that will be forced to accept austerity and poverty.

  • LaughingLion

    Careful, Mr. President, if you don’t give Speaker Boehner everything he wants he just might cry. But in the meantime, thanks for reminding us that two can play the game of hold’em poker and politics.

  • Millie Stevens

    I agree with the President. These tax cuts are not paid for but the unemployment extension bill is.

  • Scott

    A blatant crime against every Man, Woman and child.

  • MarineOutOfWork

    Thank you Mr. President!!!!

  • http://batman-news.com Robert Block

    $156 billion corporate tax cut ?? and they create no new jobs.

    • erick

      To the contrary they will create jobs overseas. This will help the republicans to further erode the working class.

  • http://batman-news.com Robert Block

    The faster you get rid of Republicans the faster this country will grow.

  • updated.robot

    Love you Obama…

  • updated.robot

    Show Boehner how humiliated he will look when he agrees to extend unemployment benefits now that he is worried about his friends (Corporate thieves)

  • Becky

    I am So sick of all this I can’t believe they are playing Games back and forth still?
    What About Us??????? We are Starving, Homeless, Jobless, “You Heartless game Playing Republicans”, How could you Sleep at Night Knowing what we are going through Don’t you hear are cry’s see our pain,” I Hope You ALL Know God Don’t Like Ugly”.You will Reip what you sowed:

    • updated.robot

      I think Boehner he wants more people to NOT vote for republicans…NO MOREEE

    • erick

      This just proves that the republican party hates you and hates your way of life. The working class are just working family trash to the republicans. The republicans represent the 1% financial class in the class war against the 99% working class.

    • BOB

      perhaps it can still be saved for those unemployed that so badly need this extention to help get through this period of time hope they see it needs approved asap

  • W Boston

    Sign in the petition to extend the UIE in the white house website, it may help. Here is the link: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/extend-unemployment-bill/gmm2dKYT

  • W Boston

    Sing in the petition for UIE at the white house website, it may help. here is the link: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/extend-unemployment-bill/gmm2dKYT

    • Wayne Heddinger

      Only if it has retro benefits…otherwise most of us get nothing

  • Tim

    WHY HAS’NT BOENER BEEN ARESTED FOR SMOKING IN A FEDERAL BUILDING??????. IS HE ABOVE THE LAW???????…..

  • erick

    Excellent move no more tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs overseas. Keep pushing for extended unemployment benefits for the millions of unemployed workers. Try to pass the “Bring The Jobs Back” legislation similar to HR 1549 which failed in 2012 because of opposition from the U.S. chamber of commerce and republican opposition. Lets pass the “Inclusive Prosperity Act –HR 1579. This will relieve some of the tax burden on small business by charging a financial transaction tax (FTT) on wall street stock speculation.

  • voltaic

    GOP fights for corporations to avoid billions in taxes, but ignores millions of long-term job seekers and veterans who are unemployed due to GOP economic policies. It’s stunning how the GOP can act so kindly to so few and so brutally to so many. GOP is willing to give wealthy corporations with record profits taxpayer welfare, but they wont’ help the jobless. Amazing. Feed the rich and starve the poor is all the GOP is good for.

  • The Crying Boozer Tangerine

    The President needs to nail these b@stards however he can on this. Their tactics are evil.

  • The Crying Boozer Tangerine

    VOTE IN NOVEMBER MAKE THIS HURT

  • DL

    NO MORE TAX BREAKS FOR CORPORATIONS! ENOUGH ALREADY!

  • Pete Gibson

    If you are not a Billionaire and vote Republican you are voting against your own self interest. Get up, get motivated, and vote in the mid terms this November!!!! It is the only way to wake up this country and wrestle back the power to the people and away for big money. Don’t be Sheep and don’t be fooled by campaign ads vote with what you see with your own eyes!!!! This is a travesty what they are doing to the Unemployed people that they them selves have created with lousy policy and laws that they passed. They sure know how to take our tax money but don’t know how to give it to us when we are in need of it. The unemployed are not TAKERS they EARNED it by working and are now paying for Republican obstructionism. Don’t let them get away with it!!!!! VOTE ANYTHING BUT REPUBLICAN IN THE MIDTERMS!!!!! GET OFF YOUR BUTTS, AND MAKE YOUR SELF HEARD AND VOTE THEESE SCUMBAGS OUT!

    • JeremyJohnson

      Glad to have people like you out there Pete. We are fighting the same fight, and makes us Bros. :) I’ll do my part.

    • Wayne Heddinger

      VOTE NO ON UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSIONS WITHOUT RETRO BENEFITS !

      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

  • Mark

    fast Forward….six months…EUC not extended. Tax breaks extended…new six months…same as the old six months….and you guys are thanking Obama??…this could have all been negoitated and resolved 6 months ago…The demos are selling all unemployed out!!..

  • Michael Tracy

    This issue made me a FORMER Republican!!!! Do not get excited Libbies. I have never voted for you guys and never will! I guess I do help the Libbies by not voting for Repubs but OH WELL!

  • JeremyJohnson

    People, what had history shown us? French Revolution?
    The rich will keep getting richer until the regular folk have nothing to lose, and then decide to collectively do something about it. And there lies the problem.

  • KDuluth

    YES!

  • Lisa McKinley Engle

    Organize, agitate, educate must be our war cry. We need to organize America. The government is well organized. They have only their best interest in mind. Together we can take back our government! https://www.facebook.com/groups/orgagiedu/

  • YONATAN C

    It’s been an ongoing struggle, and fight, for the 2.6 million unemployed workers in this country, who have been without unemployment benefits, since late last December. Over the past five months, these families have had to endure evictions, home foreclosures, personal bankruptcy, and homelessness, while waiting for the senate to pass the unemployment extension bill. The unemployment extension bill, has been held hostage, by the republican senate, as a political leverage tool, to get the XL Pipeline bill passed by the president. Clearly the republican’s focus is on making sure their lobbyist’s best interests are being represented. It’s sad that their total disregard for the plight of these poor unemployed families, have taken a backseat in their political agenda. While these republican senators continue to postpone, and delay voting on the bill, more and more families have seen their lives destroyed financially. These families need HELP NOW. The republicans have done themselves a great disservice by not passing the extension bill. This bill affects more than 2.6 million unemployed workers, who will vote against their party in the coming elections. These people will NOT FORGET

    • Wayne Heddinger

      must include retro benefits or it helps nobody !

  • Devilsplaytoy

    “The deficit increase in H.R. 4438 is more than fifteen times the cost of the proposed extension of emergency unemployment benefits” Enough said!

  • Ted W.

    Call me a natural politician! Not! Maybe a compromise between both bills -could be a good old American win/win! If the corporations hire unemployed workers they will receive the tax cuts -we can add specific metrics to make sure these are not all going to be just minimum wage opportunities – wow- here we go again – we raise the minimum wages!,,,,,,,etc,,,,,it’s ok to agree to disagree, but, work together to solve our pressing issues – I’ve been told it’s called the American Way…..

    • Wayne Heddinger

      both bills are the same !………neither has retroactive benefits….neither would help those who have now lost everything………RETRO BENEFITS MUST BE IN ANY BILL !

  • Daniel Ryan

    John Boehner just won his primary election tonight in a landslide!! Thanks OHIO I was unaware how much he has done for your third world economy

  • JoCo Stormtrooper

    The 99ers need to get jobs. Permanent Obama welfare for life in the form of unlimited unemployment will not help. Find a job. Get a job. Can’t find a job? Look in the mirror and the map. Move to North Dakota or Texas. Get training that matters in today’s world. Stop voting for politicians who are anti-business.

    • jerry

      When was the last time there was a 99er idiot? Clearly you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    • Wayne Heddinger

      BULLSHIT ! friggin’ TROLL !

  • Demogorgon9

    Glad to see Obama is growing balls to help the unemployed.

  • Georgeh

    Preople don’t speak down to your neighbors who are down an out there 100million unemployed in this country help by signing this
    http://wh.gov/lGtev

    Please don’t treat people so poorly by name calling and thinking you know better then they do. Your just playing into there game divide and conquer.

  • JM

    Thank you President Obama for defending the American unemployed and their families.

  • Tex Indiana

    fantastic news!

    You know how the republicans are always talking about how the long-term unemployed are lazy and don’t want to work? it’s interesting to note that they NEVER provide a single example or any stats to back it up. where is this mystery “welfare queen with the cadillac?”

    the same people harp on about the christian values and morals as well. they either don’t know the new testament or are extremely selective regarding the teachings of christ because even i know what jesus says about helping the poor.

    i am not flying a flag for democrats, and whether anyone dislikes them or not is irrelevant to me. regardless of one’s opinion of the dems, i can’t even begin to fathom how anyone withe a moral compass could ever vote republican – especially on a national level. their evil ways are just way too obvious. one would have to be an idiot or in severe denial not to see it for what it is.

    • Tom_F

      Boehner doesn’t want to approve UI, and he will use a Tax Cut veto as a weapon against Obama, just like Obama is using UI against the Republicans. Nothing in it for either one of them to strike a deal, too bad the Unemployed U.S. citizens (and freeloading illegals) are the ones to pay the real price.

  • Brian Blommer

    Boner’s starting to go limp.

  • Hans Ohff

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

  • Lance Lasley

    EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION NOW!

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    There are more than 2.6 million unemployed workers without benefits since late last December. While the Republican Senate has made delay after delay, and have taken senate break, after senate break, these poor families have been left hung out to dry, without any means to live, and support their families. There is really a TRUE CRISIS here, which needs our attention and action. The Republicans must STOP holding the Extension Bill “Hostage” in the senate, and PASS the much needed bill to help these poor families in need. Many of these families have faced eviction, home foreclosures, bankruptcy, and homelessness. Lives are being ruined, along with these people’s credit rating. The Republicans should not use these families for “political Leverage”, and bargaining chips. They are using the XL Pipeline Bill in exchange for passing the extension bill. Where are their party’s so called” family values”??

    • Wayne Heddinger

      Gotta call them !!!!!!!!!!!!

      VOTE NO ON UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSIONS WITHOUT RETRO BENEFITS !

      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

  • The other Scott

    Millions of voiceless people vs.Billion’s of corporate dollars. Who do you think will win?

  • YONATAN C

    THE REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE, HAVE DONE THEMSELVES A HUGE DISSERVICE , BY THEIR UNWILLINGNESS TO PASS THE UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION BILL, FOR THE MORE THAN 2.6 MILLION UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES, WITHOUT BENEFITS SINCE LATE LAST DECEMBER. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE HELD THE BILL HOSTAGE, IN THE HOPES OF HAVING THE XL OIL PIPELINE BILL PASSED, ON BEHALF OF THEIR “CONSTITUENTS” THE KOCH BROTHERS. SINCE LAST DECEMBER, THEY HAVE USED THE PLIGHT OF THE UNEMPLOYED FOR POLITICAL LEVERAGE. THEY HAVE USED THESE UNFORTUNATE FAMILIES AS BARGAINING CHIPS. IT HAS BEEN MORE THAN FIVE MONTHS THAT THESE FAMILIES HAVE BEEN WITHOUT ANY MEANS TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR CHILDREN. MANY OF THESE FAMILIES HAVE FACED EVICTIONS, HOME FORECLOSURES, PERSONAL BANKRUPTCY, AND HOMELESSNESS, WHILE THE POLITICIANS CONTINUE PLAYING PARTY POLITICS. THESE LIVES HAVE BEEN RUINED ECONOMICALLY SINCE THE CUT OFF FROM BENEFITS. MANY HAVE WATCHED THEIR CREDIT RATING GET DESTROYED IN THE PROCESS. THE REPUBLICANS LIKE JOHN BOEHNER HAVE SHOWN US HOW LITTLE COMPASSION AND CONCERN THAT THEY HAVE FOR THE AVERAGE AMERICAN.

    • Wayne Heddinger

      Call Them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      VOTE NO ON UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSIONS WITHOUT RETRO BENEFITS !

      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

  • YONATAN C

    SHAME OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY FOR NOT CARING ABOUT THE POOR AND UNEMPLOYED IN OUR COUNTRY. THERE ARE FAMILIES LIVING IN THEIR VEHICLES AND ON THE STREET, SINCE LAST DECEMBER WHEN THE REPUBLICAN SENATE REJECTED THE UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION BILL. OVER THE PAST SIX MONTHS, MORE AND MORE FAMILIES ARE FACING EVICTIONS, HOME FORECLOSURES, BANKRUPTCY, AND HOMELESSNESS, WHILE THE REPUBLICANS CONTINUE HOLDING THE BILL “HOSTAGE” IN THE SENATE. THEY HAVE USED THESE 2.6 MILLION FAMILIES FOR POLITICAL LEVERAGE TO FURTHER THEIR PARTY’S POLITICAL AGENDA. THEY ARE MORE CONCERN WITH PLEASING THE KOCH BROTHERS THAN THE 99 PERCENT OF THE REST OF US AMERICANS. THEY HAVE CLEARLY SHOWN US JUST WHERE THE COMMON MAN FITS IN THEIR POLITICAL SCHEME OF THINGS. IF YOU HAVEN’T FIGURED IT OUT YET, WE FIT AT THE VERY BOTTOM OF THEIR LIST. THE REPUBLICAN SENATE ARE A BUNCH OF SELF RIGHTEOUS, SELF PROMOTING, EGOTISTICAL, CAREER POLITICIANS, WHO DO NOT DESERVE OUR VOTE OR SUPPORT IN THE FUTURE. THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT YOU OR ME, OR YOUR FAMILY.

  • Roger Straight

    NEWS FLASH: House Speaker John Boehner could care less what Obama says or does, Boehner is showing Obama who runs this country and the sad part about it is that Obama may have the Title of President / Commander and Chief but he cant help his own people BUT Boehner can. Donald Trump told us all that Obama was weak.

  • YONATAN C

    BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES HAVE FAILED THE POOR AND UNEMPLOYED MISERABLY. THEY HAVE INTENTIONALLY DELAYED AND POSTPONED THE UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION VOTE IN THE SENATE, UNTIL IT’S BECOME TOO LATE TO PASS. WHILE MILLIONS OF FAMILIES CONTINUE FACING EVICTION, HOME FORECLOSURES, BANKRUPTCY, AND HOMELESSNESS, THE TEO PARTIES HAVE WALKED AWAY FROM THE CRISIS. THEIR LACK OF COMPASSION AND COMMON DECENCY IS APPALLING. HOW CAN 2.6 MILLION UNEMPLOYED, AND FINANCIALLY RUINED PEOPLE, BE LEFT HUNG OUT TO DRY IN THE WIND WITHOUT SUPPORT? WE EVEN RECENTLY HELPED THE UKRAINE WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN AID. WHAT ABOUT THESE FAMILIES HERE?

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    The Republican and democratic parties, have both FAILED the millions of unemployed families without an UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION since late last December. For over five months now, the republicans have held the extension bill “HOSTAGE” in the senate, for political leverage, and party agenda. While millions of these families were facing EVICTIONS, HOME FORECLOSURES, BANKRUPTCY, AND HOMELESSNESS, the politicians were playing “party politics” and using them as bargaining chips. Both party’s have totally walked away from this crisis, preferring not do anything further more about it. When so many families are struggling, and hurting financially, and watching their credit becoming destroyed, the congress approved a foreign aid package for the Ukraine, worth BILLIONS of tax payer dollars. How can this be possible? What ever happened to taking care of Americans here at home? Both parties have shown a total lack of human compassion, and common decency towards these unemployed families. Americans need to demonstrate out in the streets across this country, and demand CHANGE. We need to REMOVE these career politicians, and replace them with “PUBLIC SERVANTS” again, that will truly represent the people.

  • http://seekingalpha.com/article/1514632 lottopol

    Unlike food stamp and welfare recipients, many unemployed people (all of which previously held jobs) are Republicans. If the news media shows one person
    saying that he had always voted Republican but if the House leadership does not allow a vote on extension of unemployment benefits he will never vote for a
    Republican again, the Republicans will cave, as 1.3 million voters could be a
    critical in the next election.
    The joke used to be that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged.
    The new version will be a Democrat is a Republican who had his unemployment nefits ended.
    “..It is not just a coincidence that tax cuts for the rich have

    preceded both the 1929 and 2007 depressions. The Revenue acts of 1926 and 1928

    worked exactly as the Republican Congresses that pushed them through promised.

    The dramatic reductions in taxes on the upper income brackets and estates of

    the wealthy did indeed result in increased savings and investment. However,

    overinvestment (by 1929 there were over 600 automobile manufacturing companies

    in the USA) caused the depression that made the rich, and most everyone else,

    ultimately much poorer.

    Since 1969 there has been a tremendous shift in the tax burdens away from

    the rich and onto the middle class. Corporate income tax receipts, whose

    incidence falls entirely on the owners of corporations, were 4% of GDP then and

    are now less than 1%. During that same period, payroll tax rates as percent of

    GDP have increased dramatically. The overinvestment problem caused by the

    reduction in taxes on the wealthy is exacerbated by the increased tax burden on

    the middle class. While overinvestment creates more factories, housing and

    shopping centers; higher payroll taxes reduces the purchasing power of

    middle-class consumers..”

    http://seekingalpha.com/article/1543642

  • Wayne Heddinger

    VOTE NO ON UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSIONS WITHOUT RETRO BENEFITS !

    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

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