Coburn Shoots Down Jobless Benefits Extension

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Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 5:00 pm

To thousands of unemployed folks, two very different events are conspiring to pose an imminent threat to their federal benefits: (1) The deadline to file for jobless benefits arrives April 5, and (2) Congress leaves this weekend for a two-week vacation, and won’t be back to Washington until April 12.

Recognizing the timing issue, Democrats are trying this afternoon to pass a bill — approved by the House earlier in the month — which would extend the unemployment insurance filing deadline (not to be confused with creating a Tier V) through April. The proposal would also extend COBRA health benefits, and delay a 21 percent cut poised to hit Medicare doctors on April 1 — a problem not addressed by the larger health reform bills passed this week.

“We should not let these programs expire,” Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) just said on the chamber floor, moments before he asked for unanimous consent to pass the bill.

It didn’t happen.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) objected, arguing that the bill isn’t offset with cuts elsewhere. It wasn’t unexpected. The Republicans this afternoon have been pushing an accompanying measure that would offset the costs.

“I don’t care how we pay for it,” Coburn said, “as long as we don’t add to our kids’ debt.”

Democrats have fought the pay-for proposal, arguing that the deficit spending is justified to address emergencies in a down economy. Stay tuned…

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BigTexPatriot
Comment posted March 25, 2010 @ 9:45 pm

Ahhh, the Repugnican war on the US citizen continues unabashed, unashamed and unjustified!

Truly, the party of just say NO!


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chrisjay
Comment posted March 25, 2010 @ 11:59 pm

I'm sure Coburn's base is standing in line to thank him for sticking it to them—-they're all about voting in a sadomasochistic fashion—–”thank you sir may I have another?” Whack!
what a bunch of superfreaks


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1ssa1
Comment posted March 26, 2010 @ 1:15 am

Some of our representatives in Washington want to hack down the safety net of the unemployed because they say our children and grandchildren will have to pay for these unemployment benefits. Well, they're right. We'll all be paying off the deficits caused by their lack of oversight of the bankers and large corporations, an oversight we pay them to do in our name.

I for one would hope my grandchildren would be horrified to learn that their grandparents were made homeless, in their name. I know my children would be.

Republicans can find their deficit cuts elsewhere.


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monkey99
Comment posted March 26, 2010 @ 2:49 am

I think we all know what to do come November.


Mad in Missouri
Comment posted March 26, 2010 @ 3:43 am

Well, I guess there isn't unemployment in Oklahoma for that matter all the states that the Republican senators represent what is wrong with these morons? They say they don't what to put it on their children in the years to come well if we don't feed our children now there won't be any great grand children. Come on Republicans get off your high horse and do the unemployed right by passing this bill.


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john241983
Comment posted March 26, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

I'm unemployed but can't blame the man (and others) for wanting to know where the money is coming from. I guess the Dem's don't want to tell him it's in another loan from China.


Mel
Comment posted March 26, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

If the Republicans can find a way to pass Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and fight two wars without paying for them they can extend unemployment benefits until this economy gets back to normal! We need our benefits now or the Republicans will pay for it in November the party of NO will be no more!


DARREN WILSON
Comment posted March 26, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

THIS IS THE SO CRAZY THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE BECOMING HOMELESS JUST BECAUSE A FEW PEOPLE THAT HAVE A JOB THAT WE THE WORKING PEOPLE PAY THEIR SALARY, ARE SITTING UP THERE FIGHTING ABOUT HOW THEY ARE GOING TO PAY FOR THE UNEMPLOYED WHEN IT DIDN'T TAKE MUCH TIME TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO HELP THE BANKS. DON'T YOU REALIZE THEIR ARE PEOPLE THAT WANT TO WORK BUT HAVE NO JOBS YOU CAN SIT AND FIGHT ABOUT MINOR THINGS AND PUT WHATS IMPORTANT FOR THE UNEMPLOYED ON HOLD. PLEASE I LOST MY BENEFITS IN THE MIDDLE OF FEB I CAN NOT FIND A JOB I WAS ON TIER III. I'M NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ANY FURTHER BENEFITS I REALLY DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY, BUT THESE JOBS THAT YOUR ARE GOING TO CREATE IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WILL HAPPEN OVER NIGHT BELIEVE ME I WISH IT WOULD PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME AND MY FAMILY I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO THEY ARE TURNING MY ELECTRICITY OFF NEXT WEEK AND MY PHONE AND WATER I AM STUCK( AND BY THE WHY THIS IS NOT MY COMPUTER I CAN'T AFFORD ONE.


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lostjobs
Comment posted March 27, 2010 @ 6:42 am

They won't pay much attention to individuals contacting their reps. But they would be more apt to listen to an organization for the unemployed that consisted of millions of unemployed joined toghether from all over the nation. That is what we need. Our own organization. Get a free website. There are plenty of them online. Just do a Google search for free websites. They are easy to design. Anyone can do it, you don't have to be a professional webmaster to do one. Then ask for donations, say $5, or $10. bucks to cover phone calls, postage etc. When there are thousands of members contributing you would be surprised how it adds up. Then get someone who is good at lobbying and send them to Congress to lobby for benefits for the unemployed members. This organization could be maybe structured like a non-profit organization. Then you will have more power in numbers with millions in the organization. And then Congress will pay more attention to your demands. They know then you will have enough people to vote them out of office if they do not comply with your demands.


lostjobs
Comment posted March 27, 2010 @ 6:52 am

Make sure when you call or write to your reps, that you let them know they will be standing in the unemployment lines themselves comes November. Tell them it is not just you calling or writing, there are millions of us. And millions of unemployed maybe be broke financialy. But they can still vote. And they will only vote for Congressmen and Senators who help us unemployed. Tell them a vote for a Tier 5 extension is a vote to keep them in office.


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