Reid Threatens Midnight Vote on Unemployment Insurance Benefit

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 12:42 pm

In the wake of yesterday’s Senate vote on an unemployment insurance extension, there’s been some confusion — including among TWI commenters — about what exactly happened. And what happens next.

Here’s the bad news for those having exhausted their benefits: The vote on cloture to proceed to the bill doesn’t mean that the bill has passed. And there could be a long way to go.

Indeed, Senate leaders are still in disagreement this morning over amendments, with Republicans still insisting on consideration of provisions related to ACORN and immigration — provisions that even GOP leaders concede have nothing to do with the underlying bill.

So what does that mean for those whose benefits have expired? Well, Senate rules dictate that, without an agreement, Democratic leaders must wait at least 30 hours after the cloture vote to proceed (ie, yesterday’s vote) to stage the roll call vote to proceed — meaning the earliest they can do it is 12:26 a.m. Thursday.

Such roll call votes are often scrapped with the consent of both parties — a move that might still happen, but hasn’t happened yet. Indeed, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) took to the chamber floor this morning and threatened to hold that roll call vote, if necessary, at that early hour.

“I hope we can work something out with the Republicans,” Reid said. “But we’re going to have that vote as soon as we can. I’m sorry that we might have to do it in the morning.”

Afterward, if there’s still no agreement, Reid would have to file a cloture motion on the actual bill — meaning, by Senate rules, that the cloture vote couldn’t come earlier than 25 hours after the motion is filed (again, unless an agreement is reached first). Now we’re looking at roughly 1 a.m. Friday morning, at the earliest.

After the cloture vote on the actual bill, then the 30-hour clock starts again, after which time lawmakers could hold their roll call vote on final passage of the bill. Now we’re approaching 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

This is all a long way of saying that, without an agreement over the ACORN and immigration amendments, this thing could take a while longer to pass. And it doesn’ t appear that party leaders are ready to reconcile their differences just yet.

Reid this morning blasted the GOP amendments once again, contending that they’re “only an effort to slow things down.”

The other amendments are vexatious. They are argumentative. We don’t want them. They are not germane. They are not relevant to this legislation.

But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) responded with the argument that there’s nothing unusual about offering unrelated amendments to must-pass legislation. “This is an unnecessary impasse that we have,” McConnell said.

Everyone knows it’s not uncommon in the Senate, in fact it is routine, for there to be amendments — offered by both sides — that are not directly related to the bill. There’s nothing extraordinary about this.

Complicating matters, the two chambers have different proposals. The House bill, which passed last month, offers a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits, but only in those states where unemployment rates top 8.5 percent. Senate Democrats want to pass a more generous 14-week extension nationwide, with six weeks extra for high-unemployment states.

Party leaders aren’t commenting about how they plan to reconcile the two proposals. In one scenario, House and Senate leaders could meet to iron out the differences, creating a third bill that each chamber would then have to pass. Or the House could choose to vote on the Senate bill, with the legislation going to the president afterward.

“This could go into next week,” Reid’s office warned Wednesday.

Or there could be a deal as early as this afternoon. There are a few hundred thousand Americans with expired benefits who are hoping for the latter.

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52barbarac52
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:19 pm

Lets just watch how this plays out. Repulicans seem to look the other way when it comes to the middle class.


sadinmn
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:20 pm

It's pathetic that these congress people are bickering about non-related items when it comes to something that is serious. It just stands to show you how out of touch with reality they all are. Granted the Dems are pushing this now, but in different situations they are no better than the Repubs with some legislation.

It would be nice to see them set aside their differences and get it passed, have the house quickly pass the senate version and get this to the president by next week.

Is that too much to ask?


lott
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:21 pm

Next week is better than never. It should have been passed weeks ago. USA #1


Just Another American
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:25 pm

Fuck yeah man, You guys are driving Beamers, and debating on the situation, shut the hell up, pass the 20 weeks, and go on with life. We are struggling. I have a half a tank of gas, and .50 cents in my pocket. Haven't paid my car in 2 months, I wake up every morning expecting it to be towed. I am damn near 29, living in my parents garage, and can't do anything about it because you guys are playing games.


Big Dave
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:25 pm

R
EVECTION
P
O
STARVATION


mally2708
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:25 pm

I am one of the fortunate one who still have a job. This extended benefit fiasco is politics as usual. Shame!


Just Another American
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

Not much at all.


Just Another American
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

Not much at all.


machoenergy
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

Fuck the 13 Republicans who voted against the cloture yesterday. Please vote those bastards out of office.


Just Another American
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:30 pm

Too bad these senators don't read these sites. and if they did they probably still wouldn't care. Steak for lunch, Fillet Mignon for dinner, and a nice stay at the Beverly Hilton for some charity. Must be nice. On my side. Its Meat Loaf for 3 days, and then I switch to Spaghetti.. We alternate. & when I want a break from that I eat Top Ramen.


machoenergy
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:30 pm

Also as noted, by trying to add these bullshit amendments to this bill, it will delay the process further in the House.


margotdarby
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:33 pm

ACORN does not directly tie into the issue of unemployment and unemployment benefits. However, the matter of illegal aliens in the workforce goes to the heart of the problem. Remove a couple million illegals, and a couple percentage points (at least) of unemployment will vanish within a month. It is Reid, not McConnell, who is being obstructionist here.

Reid shows his dishonesty when he says that the illegal-alien problem is being addressed by E-Verify. E-Verify is neither fair nor a practical solution. It does not actively round up the illegals. Worse, it treats Americans the same as illegals, as though the central issue here were having one's papers in order.


bobcny
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

Just Another American

So I have to pay your salary? I work just as hard as you do so why should you sit home collecting my money. Go pick up trash on the road for the money.


georgewilson101
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:40 pm

The GOP is playing with fire on this issue. People that are unemployed will remember how the Repuplicans withheld the extension by ” wanting to place unrelated bills” in the employment extension. It is very clear that the GOP could give a rats ass about their constituents.


coldistn
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:42 pm

lets all get together rob some banks of the stimulus money. W'ell be helping the economy by creating jobs for more law enforcement , building new prisons thus reducing the unemployment. its a win win


strangely_enough
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:46 pm

Nice try, but that's BS. Both the ACORN and E-Verify are being dealt with in separate legislation. This is simply an attempt to gum up the works by McConnell et al.


bldblu
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:47 pm

bobcny

” I work just as hard as you do so why should you sit home collecting my money”

NO,He doesnt have a job,,you do!!

your above statement makes no sense,,read it


strangely_enough
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:47 pm

Have you stopped beating your wife, yet?


strangely_enough
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:47 pm

Have you stopped beating your wife, yet?


Name
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:50 pm

The Republicans need to understand that people out there are in dire need of this assistance. While they are getting paid by the taxpayers, the taxpayers are the one suffering. They could take up their amendments in the future but pass this bill right away. they live in the life of luxury at taxpayers expense while these taxpayers are worried when they can put food on the table at this very hour.

I hope the people remember these Republicans or whoever is holding this bill to be passed in the next election.

What good would this have if it is late in the game. People are starving as we speak!


bobcny
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:52 pm

I do not understand how the GOP is responsible. I was out of work and went back in the military. Unemployment is paid for by the tax-payer. So tax us more so people out of work can get money. What sense does that make? I totally understand your issues but where does this end, this socialism.


bldblu
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:55 pm

It is on cspan2 right now,,but I dont have cable.Can anyone update?

Thank you


bobcny
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

bldblu

Didn't know your intelligence level was so low that I would have to explain everything in detail. I meant “I work as hard as he did. He worked hard, became unemployed and is collecting. By working in the past he deserves the unemployment insurance money. Not FOREVER THOUGH so stopped whining like a bit_h.


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Jimmy
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 2:02 pm

The Republicans only care about the rich and don't care about middle class employees that are out of work so why should they help the average middle class American by passing the unemployment extension. As long as their desires are taken care and they have the resources to pay for their hobbies (Vitter , Ensign, Samford to name a few ). The party of “NO” means no help for middle clase Americans the backbone of our great country.


dianna
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 2:05 pm

YOUR money??? I worked for 28 years and PAID MY TAXES. I lost my job THROUGH NO FAULT OF MY OWN. How are you “paying my salary”?? JERK.


bobcny
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 2:07 pm

Yeah, you forget about Spitzer, Edwards, Clinton and Rangel the criminal. Remember the Gov of NJ? McGreevy and his little gay boyfriend. That'a a Democrat for you. Give me money so I don't have to work, point the finger at Republicans and pretend your own people are ten times worse.


bldblu
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 2:07 pm

Rephrase your Statement,before calling Anyone Ignorant

You Imply present tense dxxxweed

peace out


bobcny
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 2:11 pm

A mistake in grammer maybe but still any halfway intelligent person would have understood. You… I see is a different story. Instead of putting your hand out for free money w/o work, pick up a shovel and go dig a ditch somewhere, jump in and end your misery instead of trying to make other feel bad about your situation. Just b/c a republican does not believe in giving a bum like you money for the rest of your life to sit home does not mean he does not care. What is the cao, 6 months, 1 year, 5 years???? When does it end. People like you are never happy. You just want your drugs, booze and tv.


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bldblu
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 2:13 pm

bobcny

If you have a job,Why on a wed aft are you watching an unemployment extension bill?

lol


bldblu
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 2:15 pm

bobby

A little too much Generalization there,Pal

peace to you,and god bless your republican heart


bobcny
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 2:19 pm

We do get leave in the Army. I have 3 days left and then back to the fight.

Btw, I was not generalizing. I was talking about you and your complaining.


wjm5670
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 2:23 pm

I exausted my benefits on seot 10 2009 ,Does anyone know if i will qualify for this new extenion


Jimmy
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 2:30 pm

you will qualify if the Republicans allow the bill to be passed.


Swami_Binkinanda
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 2:34 pm

That's sort of the Republican answer to everything, isn't it? No health insurance or existing condition? Dig your own grave and die so we aren't inconvenienced by your problem. Unemployed? Dig your own grave or rob someone so we can punish you. Get sick, lose your job and insurance? Die quickly and don't bother me. Am I my brother's keeper? Hell no. Bad Samaritans.


Name
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

I miss the Clinton days


bobzucker
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 3:15 pm

I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND ALL THE SENATORS IF THEY HAVE FORGOTTEN. THEY WORK FOR THE PEOPLE AND ARE ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE. ITS VERY APPARENT THAT THESE REPUBLICANS WHO ARE PLAYING GAMES WITH PEOPLES LIFES HAVE THEIR OWN AGENDA WHICH HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE CASE WITH WASHINGTON, THIS IS WHY PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN FED UP WITH GOVERNMENT.


ioweu
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 3:20 pm

Why don't you grab that gun when you get to the military put the barrel in your mouth, and blow your brains out. Some of us need this bill passed to feed our families. So shut up….


doug3401
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 5:04 pm

One of my Texas senators says one thing to his constituients and does another. The other is a lame duckess who is only interested in running for governor. Fat chance that will happen. Both have done everything they could to delay, block, postpone or otherwise impede any reasonable consideration of the unemployment extension. The business lobbyists' money is well spent, both do exactly what the lobbyists ask. Nothing for the voters. The Republicans' actions will definitely be remembered at the polls. Neither of them represent the people of Texas any longer, if they ever did. We, the voters, will see to it that they don't have to pretend any longer after the next election.


Jimmy
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 5:10 pm

Ensign needs more money to pay off his campaign manager and campaign manager's wife. Can we start a collection.He needs the money as bad as the unemployed need theirs.


refinnej33
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 7:03 pm

It seems to me your the f***en idiot. Are you that ignorant, get on your high horse because you are in the military. We are just as hardworking people who had an unfortunate thing happen. I lost my benefits on Sept. 12 this thing is like getting your teeth pulled over and over. I really hope they can settle there differences. I think they made a big step last night a lot of the republicans voted yea on the cloture vote. God Help us


dandan3169
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 7:46 pm

As strides are made and it seems promising that this bill WILL PASS (God only knows how quickly), I learned from NELP today that IT WILL NOT BE RETROACTIVE TO GIVE THOSE OF US A LUMP SUM FOR THE 8 WEEKS WE'VE LOST AND SOME HAVE LITERALLY GONE WITHOUT FOOD, AS THEY'VE BATTLED OVER ACORN & A TAX CREDIT FOR 1ST TIME HOMEBUYERS.
PLEASE DO SOMETHING TO ENSURE WE CAN GET THE LOST WEEKS OF BENEFITS SINCE LOSING THEM WHILE THEY ARGUED AND WE SUFFERED. A GREAT DEAL OF US HAVE PAID INTO OUR BENEFITS BY WORKING OVER 22 YEARS NOW AND YOU JUST CAN'T FIND WORK!


Mikek09
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 7:57 pm

Georgewilson101
The GOP is playing with fire on this issue. People that are unemployed will remember how the Repuplicans withheld the extension by ” wanting to place unrelated bills” in the employment extension. It is very clear that the GOP could give a rats ass about their constituents.

With 10% unemployment, maybe some people that oppose this bill care about the other 90% of constituents that will lose money in this deal.


Kai
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 8:07 pm

bobcny, your mentality is exactly what's wrong with this country. your mentality is why families go bankrupt over health bills and children suffer. your mentality is why the wealthiest nation on earth has people living on the streets and fighting for survival. you fight for a country/government you don't even understand. once you leave the military, you'll learn the truth. i did.

there are people depending on these monies to keep their homes and feed their children. only a selfish, heartless person could send them to their graves.

as Jesus said “As you treat the least of these so do you treat me.”


curtis
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 8:54 pm

they cannot figure out how to fund unemployment but they are going to pay the taliban to change sides. SO here is the deal I WILL vote for a republican next year if they give me $60,000 tomorrow!!!


vote independent
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 9:00 pm

To you bobcny,
Why do you say we are trying to make others feel bad about our situation?
We are exchanging info about the unemployment ext.
You should attempt to know the facts before you try to comment on politics.
Im no expert but I know for a fact that unemployment “insurance” has been paid by employers(not employee's) at about $14 a year per employee for the last 30 years.
Thats put into a kitty by respective states to cover the unemployed form time to time, thats billions of dollars just sitting there! yep its even there for you, unless you don't have a social security card and cant produce a work history.
There won't be one dime of your tax dollars going in my or anyone elses pocket!
So just go to work and feed your family and dont read the post!
Unless theres anything else I can help you with??
By the way my family goes back over 100 years in this country!
And yes I file a tax return every year!!
you can't get benfits if you didnt work and pay taxes moron!
Some people should think before they speak and decide to put down other hard working citizens..
I could tell you more but you get the Idea!
Your pay has nothing to do with unemployment benefits!


dave47
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 9:04 pm

the way i see it is if they ever eventually pass it with the republican amendments on it, that what will happen down the road is if they have to make another extension, this will just delay it again because then there will be something wrong with the amendments that they added, they will have to make changes to their amendments that they added again!!!!!!!!!! pass the bill or next election be ready to lose your jobs i have not forgotten 911, and senators do you actually think that all of us americans democrate and republican will forget this?do your job and pass the bill !!!!!!!!!!!! i have not had a benifit since 9/19/09 with a household of seven and no money


outofajob
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

Here here, Vote Independent….
You are absolutely correct…
and bobcny..i really really hope that you dont ever need to feed your family and cant..its an awful feeling.
And being in New York..there are NO jobs here…
I can grab a shovel but nobody is going to pay me for digging a ditch.
Grab a heart, have some compassion and if anybody is complaining..its you.
We are here hoping to get information on our livelihood and how we are going to survive. I have never posted but your comments really pissed me off


bldblu
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 9:17 pm

So Whats up with reids threat of a midnight vote?

or is it just Empty?


coldistn
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 9:23 pm

We gave Somalia $2B to help build Tsunami warnings among other things.Guess what they had a Tsunami , lots of people died because theypocketed the money No early warning system was built. We sent money to help the victims Guess what the victims didn; get help Wow surprise. Wonder what happened to the money. We continue to send billions of dollars all around the world,our tax dollars &yet when our own people who not thru their own fault need a few dollars as amatter of life & death we ignore them as if they are pieces of crap. There are no words to describe these so called politicians. I hope the ones responsible for holding this bill from passing burn in hell or worse


fasteddiekc
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 10:44 pm

If this issue wasn't so serious, I'd consider the reaction of republicans in this matter as comical.
These idiots are actually screwing around with hard working americans to prove some irrelevant point.
I have never seen a political party so “stuck on stupid”.
LEGGO MY EGGO


fasteddiekc
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

Does he mean midnight greenwich standard time?
I' m sorry guys, I'm just frustrated as hell.


georgewashington1776
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 12:09 am

coldistn – I agree. Between going on interviews today and faxing resumes and of course eating my macaroni and cheese for the 6th day in a row, I took a look at CSPAN 2 to watch what was going on. No urgency at all they talk about it like its matter of fact insisting that they have a right to hang ammendments on the bill. I'm ready to give up. The Reps are heartless and the Dems have no backbone. What a disgrace we have in Washington. This country is a mess.


john smith
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 3:02 am

most of our jobs have been sent oversees so the big corporations can make huge profits and pay their CEO's millions in 1 month compared to what all the employees make in a whole year added up. It's like the CEO's are winning the lottery every month without even playing. The Republicans would rather spend 30 billion dollars a month of borrowed money on the war they started 8 years ago killing mostly innocent people in Iraq & Afganstan than temporary help the unemployed. And still the war is not over yet. And then lets not forget all the billions of dollars they are sending to Pakistan who actually created the Taliban so they can milk us for ever & when this country goes broke then the pakistanis will hand the nuclear weapons to the taliban who are they brothers and cousins so they can hold everyone hostage. I just can't understand how stupid these people are.


fredm47
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 4:14 am

What makes me mad is not that they want to add amendments to the bill, its the fact that the Republicans are clearly stalling it by waiting to the last minute they have had the last 3 weeks to put them together and did nothing. Now they are rushing to try to get them added knowing full well it will slow the billl from being passed in the house.Lets Make the senate 100% democrats the next election


ShammedAmerican
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 8:30 am

This is the real deal! I mean here are millions of people begining to plan the Holidays without any resources what so ever because of peoples choice to elect Republicans into office knowing their voting history. I am angered by the actions of not just the republican senate but for the people that voted them into office. I mean when is enough going to be enough. When we stand in soup lines and beg on the street corners like homeless that we will be if they keep stalling? How much America do we need to go through in order to vote these idiots out of government for good? I don't know about you but, I have done some saftey measures ofr this very thing. I have prepared the best I could to make sure to keep the roof over me and my childrens head and some food on the table. I however will have to explain to my 5 and 8 year old that Santa Claus is not real? I know I will tell them that the Republicans took him hostage this year and may not let him go till after Christmas this year!


roroman
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 8:54 am

yes if were required to certify on the states website/each week each state does it different since new york had their own extension after the federal on e which required job search reports sent in,the certifying confirms you are still jobless,so if the state didnt have an extension,you should continue on the new federal one,usually a letter is sent or on the website on the state in your account or on the main page,the funds are put in your account after the first certification.maybe some stetes dont use wesites i dont know


afraidinmich
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 9:05 am

Afraid in Michigan….is ssccrreeaammiinngg!! at the top of my lungs!! FRUSTRATED…TIRED…DISAPPOINTED…ANGRY…PISSED OFF…AND DAMN IT, HUNGRY!!!! I'm stretching the food I have left

I'd like to thank my family for their $5 a piece donation to keep my internet connection open so that we ALL can look for JOBS!!

JOBS in this country is the answer….JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS. I want one . I need one. I pray I find one.

GOD bless us all!!


curiousnv
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 9:36 am

Can anyone answer this question please? I just got a job working part-time 20 hours a week that is temp seasonal. I will be making less money than I was getting from unemployment. I have heard if you get a job and are not earning what you were getting in unemployment they will pay the rest. Does anyone know if that is the case and when i am laid off after the holidays if I will be able to get benefits again?


DrslCNY
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 3:36 pm

very much agree


DrslCNY
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 11:24 am

Hey Bobcny, let me just say after reading your comments and being fellow servicemen for our country, you are a disgrace to our country's uniform, shame on you telling people …” to go dig a ditch and jump in”. Find another blog to make your nasty comments, doubt you would say that to your superior officers!


DrslCNY
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 11:31 am

Hey Bobcny, let me just say after reading your comments and being fellow servicemen for our country, you are a disgrace to our country's uniform, shame on you telling people …” to go dig a ditch and jump in”. Find another blog to make your nasty comments, doubt you would say that to your superior officers!


georgewashington1776
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 11:32 am

Does anyone have any news as to what the hell is going on? Is this coming to the floor for a vote or not?? This was supposed to be the main deal this week and it's already mid day Thursday. I just read on another site that when it does go through it is NOT retroactive……just wonderful.


sportfisher06
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 11:35 am

it beter be this after noon.. it should have been signed by obama weeks ago.. we are tired of it and need this extension now.. people can no longer pay their bills and feed their children…
feed up


sadinmn
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 11:38 am

I'd check with your UI office. I believe your assumptions are correct, however any future benefits that you may get will be based on the most current base period, which this 'new' income may affect. So if you fall into unemployment again your payments may be different. There are a lot of factors to be considered such as how long you'll be employed, etc… to give you a good answer. Hopefully you can get to a knowledgeable rep at your UI office that can more properly inform you of your options.


sportfisher06
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 11:42 am

bobcny this guy is pathetice
dude you are sick and disguseting.. why dont you pick up the shovel dig a six footer and all of us will kick your ass in…


georgewashington1776
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 11:51 am

Why can't the President come out and say something publicly about this? Doesn't he hear all of this from his own advisors? To me they are all playing political games at our expense. This needs to get reconciled in the House today and signed by Obama. What in the hell are they waiting for? What happened to having the majority? These Dems have no backbone. We all took it in the rear during the Bush years and these Dems are still bickering with these greedy, heartless Rep. bastards. Govt. for the people by the people….go figure.


sadinmn
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 11:58 am

Technically any time after midnight this morning they can force a vote of closure. Then after that passes they have a full floor vote to pass the bill. Then it is up to the house on if they will debate the senate changes, or pass it as it was approved by the senate. If they do the latter than it'll finally get to the president's desk.

I know earlier they were saying best case scenario would by late Friday, however most are expecting sometime next week.

At least there has been some movement. Yesterday they did get one amendment passed which was dealing with the home buyer credit (that is attached to this bill) That was one stickler. and a Repub. rep said things are moving closer to agreement so I think it will eventually get there.


georgewashington1776
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 12:04 pm

sadinmn – We have been hearing “eventually” for weeks. This is nothing but a joke now. How does one look for a job when his car is repo'd nevermind being hungry and tired going on job interviews….I give up. Nobody gives a damn.


rosawilliams
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 12:07 pm

I predict all that are delaying the unemployment bill will die of a slow painful cancer, and may your children and other love ones die too!!


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DrslCNY
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 12:11 pm

oh no NOT retroactive, thats not cool at all, …. oh God help us!!!


jamesboun
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 1:20 pm

Starve, you greedy warmongering Republicans.


Fredhead
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

Oh my goodness! That is so evil! I am praying for you that God will touch your heart and right was is so horribly wrong in your life that would cause you to wish harm upon innocent “children and other loved ones”! Take care and God bless you.


Fredhead
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 2:12 pm

ShammedAmerican: that is so heartbreaking! 5 and 8 year olds are too young to learn the truth about Santa Claus :o( I am 48 years old and I still believe in the spirit of Santa! He has appeared to me in the form of friends and family who have come to my rescue with food and gas money to help get us through this mess. It has been a blessing!


goose7
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 3:22 pm

Hope all those who vote Republican are paying CLOSE ATTENTION to how concerned the GOP is about the welfare of average americans.

Shoving these unrelated amendments into this VITAL extension shows how little regard the GOP places in the lives of the people. They care more about catering to all the fat cats that donate all the millions to their re-election campaigns than preventing those who have exhausted their benefits from being thrown out on the street!

DISGUSTING, but totally normal for the scumbags on the right. May they all die horrible deaths and burn in hell for all of their evil deeds!


WE THE PEOPLE
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 3:42 pm

We The People need this extension Bill to be passed as soon as possible.We The People have paid into the system and now want to use this system !!!


WE THE PEOPLE
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 3:48 pm

Why don't the democrats agree on the ACORN. If you are not a valid American citizen you should not be working here without approval. This is the reason know one can find a job. All the jobs are being taken by illegal aliens that work for less money. And now the aliens are responsible for holding up our benefits !!!!


taxpayerforlife
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 4:05 pm

I agree but the issue at the moment is if this uemp. bill does not get passed asap we will go to hell in a handbag


taxpayerforlife
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

if u have cable turn on CPAN2 now….4 :05 pm est 10/29/09


melodyk
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

Praying for the pass of this as we have been living almost a month with no income raising a family of 5 and have desperately been out pounding the businesses for even a crumb or morsel of a job and there just isn't anything out there. Please please please for the other families out there like mine, finally pass this thing.


curtis
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 4:42 pm

Senator Kyl says the benefits have not run out yet call him and tell him when yours ran out

KYL's senate office number is 202-224-4521


eddiepal
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 5:29 pm

They all should get their balls caught in meat grinders and their wives watch.


Update 2: Looks like no UE vote until next week; COBRA subsidy Extension? Unemployment Extension Update: Reid still wrangling on amendments.. « Moderate in the Middle
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[...] and it seems like Reid is still spittin into the wind: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) threatened to hold a midnight vote yesterday to proceed to long-delayed legislation extending unemployment [...]


Mrs Prada
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 7:56 pm

Yes if you do not get as much working than what you made in unemployment you can get the difference. After you get laid off for the season you can get your regular benefits. I did it in December of '08 working at kmart. The only thing is they go by what you make and not what you bring home.


Gabriel
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 7:56 pm

This is a partial transcript of what Reid said on CSPAN2 at ~6:02 PM ET
“(…) we’re going to come early Monday, we’re going to come in a half hour early, we’re going to have a vote at five o’clock. We have to do it at five o’clock so we can complete work before midnight the next day. So everyone should be here no later than quarter to six because we’re going to have to close the vote no later than quarter to six. We would hope that we could work something out between now and then that we won’t have to go the way we are planning on going, but the way things now are lined up, (…) the unemployment compensation will have in it an amendment of Sen. Isakson (R-Ga) –homebuyer tax credit- and amendment of Sen. Bunning (R-Ky) -extend small business tax provision-, and we hope we can complete that and move to other things next week. (…) There is a strong possibility that we will be in next weekend – remember, we only work 2 days, the 9th and 10th, then we’re off the 11th-13th…”


Mrs Prada
Comment posted October 29, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

And I still got the same amount after the part-time job.


Mike B
Comment posted October 30, 2009 @ 7:43 am

If you really want to send the message, quit paying federal taxes.

Just staple an IOU to your next federal tax return and add the message that “My family is still debating on whether to pay this. We should have an answer in about 82 working days (due to the senate only working two days a week, this roughly equates to 6 months). I am sure you UNDERSTAND the importance of making a correct decision in the best interests of everyone involved for something as important as this.”


ThinkFast: October 30, 2009 | Pure Politics
Pingback posted October 30, 2009 @ 5:10 pm

[...] Approximately 530,000 Americans filed for unemployment insurance last week, reflecting little change from the week before. The Senate is currently considering a bill to extend unemployment benefits by up to 20 weeks, but Republicans have been holding it up. [...]


digg » Blog Archive » Vote on Unemployment Insurance Pushed to Monday
Pingback posted October 30, 2009 @ 6:28 pm

[...] Thursday. The bill has been held up for weeks as party leaders have tangled over amendments, procedure and probably their picks in the World [...]


Anonymous
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 1:01 am

Spoken like a true asshole, bobcny. Wake up and get a clue already.


fedup212
Comment posted October 30, 2009 @ 8:54 pm

The UI extensions are never retroactive, even if you file a claim for the weeks before the extension is passed. That's why it's so critical that the bill passes NOW.


fedup212
Comment posted October 30, 2009 @ 8:56 pm

Won't happen. UI extensions are never retroactive. That's why it needs to pass NOW.


dandan3169
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 12:18 pm

This very last extension gave us retroactive pay in Missouri. Was it not “UI” ? I thought it was federally funded but I'm not completely familiar, sorry for ignorance to all the terminology & classifications. I know there's been 3 extensions of which they've been UI, Federal/Stimulus & other but again, that shows my knowledge on what they're called.
Point is, we got one this last round so I'm thinking your point is that this extension will be “classed” differently. Please advise. Thanks.


Conservative895
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 4:18 pm

I'd like to see that. IRS agents at your door, taking all your belongings, seizing your bank accounts. Please do that. Hugs, Mitch


Conservative895
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 4:20 pm

Great job GOP, great job. Gotta love Mitch, he's my hero. Right wing Johnson.


Conservative895
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 4:25 pm

lol, sounds like you really are using this as a welfare package. I'm so glad the GOP is delaying this bill, great job senator Mitch McConnell. Now go out and pound the pavement and look for employment. Make sure you get your yearly mammograms.

Have a wonderful day, Johnson


vagirl
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

I am also wondering what the President of the United States cant say something about this…


Rachel15
Comment posted November 1, 2009 @ 9:50 am

Lets go already with the extension. Today is the 1st of the month and I am pretty sure there are a lot of people who are unable to pay their rent/motgage and whatever other bills they might have. Dont these people realize what is going on here. They dont have to worry about where there next penny is coming from but we the regular people do. Why are the Republicans doing this to us. Everyone wants our votes but when it comes for us to need help where are they.


Jason
Comment posted November 1, 2009 @ 3:38 pm

Spoken like a true conservative…

Mike, AMEN. You're RIGHT. I'm well versed on tax laws…the IRS came after me a few years ago for thousands…I basically talked the law with them…THEY BACKED DOWN. They even tried to make me a “50% off” offer before we got off the phone. Years later…NOTHING. Most people are afraid to take that chance…but we are NOT required by law to pay these fools.

So let scary ignorant conservatives keep falling for it while you stand for something.


Conservative895
Comment posted November 1, 2009 @ 7:13 pm

Great job Mitch, Delay, delay, delay. We need another amendment, oh please, just one more. Big Boys in the GOP. Can't wait till election time.

Hugs, Johnson


rikki ercoli
Comment posted November 1, 2009 @ 8:15 pm

This delay is totally outrageous!
100% political with total disregard for the pure hell we unemployed are going through.

I hope this is what it takes for America to WAKE UP and see how ruthless and heartless Republicans have become.
And how totally disgusting they have made themselves.


LickMitch2010
Comment posted November 2, 2009 @ 12:37 pm

Mitch is done conservative895…..check your Johnson


dontfret2009
Comment posted November 2, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

They have more important things to do. If we have no income we cant pay taxes and everyone else will suffer


rosawilliams
Comment posted November 3, 2009 @ 8:22 pm

PEOPLE KEEP DIALING THIS NUMBER OVER AND OVER AGAIN:1-202-224-2541.
That's right, call the SOB's office constantly! We need never to let him forget the hell and agony that he has intentionally been a leader on. McConnell is evil and without a conscious, so everybody needs to call his office at 1-202-224-2541.


rosawilliams
Comment posted November 3, 2009 @ 8:22 pm

PEOPLE KEEP DIALING THIS NUMBER OVER AND OVER AGAIN:1-202-224-2541.
That's right, call the SOB's office constantly! We need never to let him forget the hell and agony that he has intentionally been a leader on. McConnell is evil and without a conscious, so everybody needs to call his office at 1-202-224-2541.


rosawilliams
Comment posted November 3, 2009 @ 8:22 pm

PEOPLE KEEP DIALING THIS NUMBER OVER AND OVER AGAIN:1-202-224-2541.
That's right, call the SOB's office constantly! We need never to let him forget the hell and agony that he has intentionally been a leader on. McConnell is evil and without a conscious, so everybody needs to call his office at 1-202-224-2541.


Conservative895
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 2:08 am

NO, DON'T DIAL, SOMEONE NEEDS TO LOOK HARD FOR EMPLOYMENT.


Conservative895
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 2:08 am

NOT


Conservative895
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 2:09 am

NOT


Conservative895
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 2:10 am

NOT


Conservative895
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 2:10 am

WAAAAAA


fasteddiekc
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 6:28 am

to those of you nearing financial anihilation from a serious lack of funds…i really believe hope has arrived. i haven't had a “new penny” in my pockets for 13 weeks,
but i'm proud of how dignified i weathered this storm.
my feelings and concerns are reserved for those who were either in a much more dire situation than myself, or for whatever reason simply could not handle these egregious times.
spend these newly acquired funds wisely because this will more than likely be our final extension. i pray the employment situation will get better “with the quickness”.


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