Cloture Vote on Unemployment Extension Just 17 Days Away

Friday, March 26, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Moments ago, the Senate adjourned for a two-week-long spring recess. The last act of business was to schedule a cloture vote on a House-passed measure to extend COBRA and the filing deadline for unemployment benefits through April 30. The vote is slated for Monday, April 12 at 5:30 p.m.

Under current law, the deadline to file for additional unemployment insurance benefits arrives April 5. Without congressional action, an estimated 1 million jobless folks would lose their UI benefits in April.

The office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said they would extend the benefits retroactively.



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Comment posted March 26, 2010 @ 6:45 pm

Hey, hundreds of thousands lost their benefits in February and March. Is this a real extension this time or another B.S. trick like the one signed March 3rd?

Comment posted March 26, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

This is just another trick by the government saying they are extending benefits when that is clearly not the case. This 'so called' extension helps no one. But, hey, you read the articles from yesterday by all the media and the jobless numbers are down….what a crock. The media is as much to blame as the government. The media or the government doesn't want the true numbers to come out or how many thousands of people are losing benefits each week. And before all you jerks out there tell me “Just get a job”….I have been looking for two years now. I can't even get a job as a cashier at the Wal-Mart, Marsh, Kroger, etc. because I am over qualified. At this point I would take any job offered to me!

Comment posted March 26, 2010 @ 7:49 pm

So they go on vacation and the millions of unemployed people get nothing. That's our government hard at work again. Get rid of them all!

Mad in Missouri
Comment posted March 26, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

I wish the Republicans were in my shoes they would pass the bill in a heart beat! I hope none of them get there jobs back come November!

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Comment posted March 26, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

I want a job not benefit. When they say benefit the word “benefit” sounds like someone is benefiting at the expense of others. Everyone knows that's not the case.
I am sick and tired of republicans BS about how we will pay this and that blah blah. In 2003 they jumped into a silly war that cost Americans 3 trillion dollars so far. Did they make a budget back then? NO. Even if they extend unemployment benefits until the end of the year and an additional tier 6 wouldn't cost more than 150 Billion. War money has been spent to feed haliburton-like companies. Republicans are in favor of corporations not the American people. Better everyone wake up quickly or else it'll only get worse.

Comment posted March 27, 2010 @ 12:55 am

My benefits exhausted March 1st, The long term unemployed have been left out to rot, and now our government leaves says we can't help any unemployed because we can't agree on how to pay for it, IDIOT LIARS, they seem to have no problem agreeing to Bail out the banks, send millions in aid to other countries when they are in need. So what, we the American Taxpayer, that have paid into the unemployment system all of our working lives are simply forgotten about. Lets see how they feel when the needed funds for Food Stamps skyrocket, when the homeless crisis in America rises to a homeless epidemic, when 7.5 million people are no longer spending the only income they have on the basic necessities of life, BOOM, BOOM hundreds of thousands more layoffs due to a major drop in demand for products and services such as food, gas to look for work, clothing, ect…
Remember everyone, your senators will be in their home state offices in the next two weeks, I say we make sure they know we are here LOUDLY, protest your local congressman & senators office's

Comment posted March 27, 2010 @ 1:07 am

Thank you Senator Reid.

Will there be enough votes for a Tier 5 extension? What about paying for it with returned TARP $$?

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Comment posted March 27, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

It's not just the republicans, the republicans were ready to pass this yesterday it was the Democrats who said NO they wouldn't use the stimulus money to pay for it. You can't just pass things w/out knowing where the money is going to come from it's irresponsible to do so. Blame the Democrats who refuse to use the stimulus money that is just sitting somewhere collecting dust.. You can also blame them for not using this money to bring a Tier 5 to legislation they won't use the stimulus money and they know they can't bring a Tier 5 to the plate w/out showing how to pay for it. And yes I'm on my last week of Tier 4 so I am in yours and everyone else shoes who are on unemployment and facing their last check. But that doesn't change my mind about being knowing how you will pay for something.

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Comment posted March 27, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

Two Kids, A monthly Rent , A Car Payment ,Insurance, Food , Electricity ,GAS @ $3.00 a Gallon All payed for @ $8.00 an hour I DON'T Think So!!!!!!! HELP the People Who PAY there Taxes. OH no that's ok we'll live in a shelter beg for food !! And tell My Children that AMERICA is the LAND of OPPORTUNITY ! TWO YEARS LOOKING FOR A JOB NO ONE CALLS BACK, I AM READY WILLING AND ABLE TO WORK ! Like I have done my Entire Life ,Please help the people …..That is when ever it's good for you ! Have a wonderful RECESS enjoy the shrimp and caviar!

Comment posted March 27, 2010 @ 5:58 pm

This is another payback from the Republicans over the Health Care bill passage.Their only mission now is to destroy Obama and the Democrats at any means.Everyone better think twice on voting before they are allowed to be in power again!

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Comment posted March 27, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

If Harry Reid had scheduled a cloture vote earlier this week, the 30 hours would have expired and they could have passed this measure by Friday. What no-one is in the senate is explaining this. Blaiming republicans is ignorant. Read the post from the U.S. Senate website on cloture. It requires two specific actions, 30 hours of debate and 60 votes, at which time the debate is closed and the vote is cast. Harry Reid's office has done this same thing every extension and then blamed someone else. see for yourself……

His office needs to learn how to schedule votes. Thats why Harry Reid's approval rating is under 50%.

Also, his office staff is lying and saying they are leaving tier V extension up to the states. I've called him twice, and thats what they say, although they are very cagey and you have to beat it out of them. He's lying…again!! Tier V is neccessary and they know it…Harry Reid is delaying this….

Comment posted March 28, 2010 @ 1:33 am

I have a question that I cant find an answer to.

If I am getting laid of in April of this year, can many tiers of unemployment would I be eligible for, should I need assistance beyond the 26 weeks funded by the state. Thanks

Comment posted March 28, 2010 @ 3:15 am

There should be another American Revolution.

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Comment posted March 28, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

How come the news media, other than articles like this on the web, don't pick up on this. All I hear is the health care. What about the unemployed. I guess we don't warrant any discussion, we're not important enough I guess. I beg to differ, we all vote! so remember who forgot us in November.

Comment posted March 28, 2010 @ 10:31 pm

The April 12th vote is NOT for a Tier 5 extension of unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed! Read the bill. It merely extends the date for newly unemployed persons to receive the current additional tiers of unemployment benefits and gov't subsidy of COBRA payments. You 99 weekers had better be contacting your congressmen. As of today 3-28-10 there is NO TIER 5 EXTENSION up for vote.

Comment posted March 29, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

Here's what most you don't understand and need to wake up to in a hurry. The reason the media is reporting this as a real extension of unemployment benefits ( aka..Tier V), is because ALL media in the USA has been taken over by these New World Order corporate gangsters and banksters. The American media today is the equivalent of Russia's Pravda. Also, the CIA is said to have at least one of their liaisons ( if not full teams) in each of the major news outlets to filter and manipulate what the general public is reading, hearing, believing!

Things are going to get much much worse here in America and all of politicians know this. By the end of 2010, expect the US dollar to lose 30%-50% of it's value. By the year 2012, expect the dollar to be fully collapsed. This is all by design!. These New World Order dirtbags want the structure of the world to resemble modern day, totalitarian China.

This long term unemployment is NOT going away! This all by design. Look at what is going on in Iceland and Greece today. This is the same exact path we are heading into. Those country have been purposely destroyed by the same group of New World Order scum destroying America.

They plan on doing away with our current internet and replacing it with Internet 2.0, where by all sites will need to register with the federal government and all content first goes through government censorship. They fear the modern internet because it is the last place of free speech and a place where average folks can get truth.

Sorry for getting heavy into subject on this site but it directly relates to why so many people are long term unemployed and why you aren't hearing about real unemployment extension weeks being added. In fact the general public is being duped to think the longterm unemployed are actually being taken care of by the words of mainstream media.

There are many many free full length films at Google Video and YouTube by Alex Jones. For the sake of yourself and loved ones, watch these films and get the word out to others. The guy is speaking the truth and backs up EVERYTHING with our own goverment's papers and other factual sources.

Comment posted March 29, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

Oregon unemployment is too high 11.8% according to Google.

I am writing today to express the need for Tier 5. I am not at that level
yet but see the need for hundreds of thousands of Americans. My story is
simple, I have been unemployed and looking for work daily. On now 4
different occasion I have been hired only to find out the position had
been canceled before my start date.

It happened last Monday just today it happened again Monday 3-29-10. The companies was concerned about the
Health care bill and what that will mean to them. They called and noted
that they are on a hiring freeze until they figure out the impact of this
new bill.

This will only make it harder out there and we need Tier 5 extended ASAP.

Please support and ask for this.

Comment posted March 30, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

Tier 5 of unemployment is needed badly!!!! I am married with three small kids and one on the way. The oldest is 3 and the youngest is 7 months. My husband just finished school and theres no work. Both of our 99 weeks have ran out i dont know what were gonna do without tier 5 its very much needed.

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Comment posted March 30, 2010 @ 4:42 pm

Florida just announced the highest unemployment rate in its history, 12.2%.
O.K. what that really means is that it is closer to 25%.

Health Care is fine, speeches are fine, smiles and handshakes all around. I'm delighted.

If you want to get serious about paying for the benefits, don't start wars you can't finish. If you don't want to be indebted to the Chinese then figure out how to close the fences and enforce the visas that are overstayed. I know that doesn't happen over there. While you're at it, explain to me what this garbage about “free trade”
is all about.

The real problem is that our politicians get elected in their home town but they get
paid in Washington, and I mean Paid in Washington. I didn't know that corporations could walk, talk, and eat tacos. Well, by all means, have them spend their hard earned money on political campaigns. We need more dialogue,
and I need wings on my rear end.

The way to pay for unemployment extension? Forget about AIG, say goodbye to
Citibank and stop this ludicrous policy of sending money to every tin can dictator
in the world.

That's right punk, you will go to jail if you steal, embezzle, or otherwise engage in financial malfeasance.

Comment posted March 30, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

I am one of millions of unemployed over the age of 55.
I lost my job in 2006. I have worked over 40 years in the Information Technology profession. No one will hire me –because of my age and too much experience.
Anyone who believes that any us are able to survive with less then half our working income and that we don’t want a job! They can not do the math.
I ask any who complains about us on unemployment to have their salary cut in half and see how they make ends meet!!!!. Then if both husband and wife are collecting unemployment that household is living on half of their income- so how would any of these who resent extending unemployment be able to meet their obligations.
Maybe logic has abandoned these narrow minded ‘Survival of the fittest” with no “Social Conscience” people!!

What a dismal way to come to this point in my life. No one is looking out for those of us who have contributed years to making this country great. We lost our savings and soon our home. How are we to live in this recession -at our age?

There is a dire need for a Tier 5 extension of Unemployment Benefits. The fact that the national unemployment rate is at 10% and the true unemployment rate including discouraged workers is probably around 20% indicates an emergency situation.

People on Unemployment Benefits who were let go “due to no fault of their own” are the victims chiefly of the financial collapse caused by the greedy and irresponsible actions of the banking, insurance and manufacturing industries. Many of the aforementioned industries saw fit to award themselves billions of dollars in bonuses after receiving bailout money.

Most of us on Unemployment Benefits will never return to the income level they were at when we were let go and/or it will take years to get back to it. Most of us are also spending retirement savings to make ends meet.
Please put partisan politics aside, do what is right and help us with a Tier 5 extension of unemployment benefits. Many of us have no where else to turn.

Thank you for your time

Jim O’Connor

Comment posted March 30, 2010 @ 8:59 pm

You are only initially eligible for the primary 26 weeks. Beyond that requires congressional action, and only if your state is above a certain percentage of unemployed. A vote would have to be made in October to advance you into anything beyond 26 weeks.

Comment posted April 1, 2010 @ 7:58 pm

So they're going to come back April 12 and vote on this bill to extend the deadline to May 5th. How many days is that? It's just an ignorant waste of time.

professor of happiness
Comment posted April 2, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

what do you base this on?

Comment posted April 4, 2010 @ 11:11 am

Tier 5 needed badly! People are hungry and they take off on vacation leaving their fellow Americans starving.

Comment posted April 4, 2010 @ 11:06 pm

I agree that Tier 5 is needed badly. I understand that Haiti is under a lot of stressful times, but we are also. They are putting Haiti on a high priority list, but our Americans are having a ruff time also. Many are homeless, starving, and watching their kids suffer. This is just as important as Haiti, the government needs to do something about America, not Haiti!

Comment posted April 5, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

Jim, I have to whole-heartedly agree with you. I live in WV and must fully believe that high-level folks are lining their pockets because the money is going somewhere. We call ourselves “the working poor” because we do not make enough to live on, but make too much to get any assistance. The typical nothing who has never worked or has worked very little, gets an all-expences paid trip to hospital or doctor when he wants with meds paid for and it just galls me to see my husband have to scrape around for an $80 copay. Something is wrong with America when all that money goes for foreign aid and we are left wanting.

Comment posted April 5, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

Fully stated, I can only say AMEN!!!!

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Comment posted April 6, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

shrimp and caviar…ewww. hot chicks and cold beer…just saying!

Comment posted April 7, 2010 @ 7:12 pm

Only a 30 day extension???????? I thought they were working on a extension through 2010????????? This is BS.

Comment posted April 8, 2010 @ 6:39 am

I too am unemployed 47yrs. old. I'm too old (for some employers) and competing with the 35yr.olds. I can't imagine the 50's. but getting there sooner then later. My problem is seeing 23yr old's or younger getting the same unemployment extention and more money then me. I I have paid into unempoyment since I was 16 thats 31 years. These “kids” haven't put in the time . Why can't we just get back the money we put in and same with the young “kids”. They are getting WAY more then they contributed and thats not fair.

Comment posted April 8, 2010 @ 6:56 am

Love your name “blessed” I am finacially ruined. My husband and I will be working until we die. Way past 65 yr. I am 47 he is 50 no retirement, no savings , lost our house. Kids (2) teenagers and they are worried. I NEVER thought I would be in this position. We are both educated but trusted the wrong people. Brokers, investors and banks. We are broke!!!!!!!! No rent this month yet and NO unemployment anymore which feeds our family and buys them clothes or school supplies. My son is a senior in high school and I told prom, no yearbook, no grad night, and we are barrowing his cap and gown from a neighbor.I'm SO imbarrassed.I live in beautiful CA. but the worst state to live in. Thanks Arnold S. You sucked as an actor and now as a Governer.
we can't move NO money.

Comment posted April 8, 2010 @ 7:36 am

hate to be another sob story. i have been looking for job day in and day out.. today things has turned for the worst. i cant pay my rent and the water was cut off.. its now 3.30 in the morning and the water is still off. i have to ask my two teenager to bail me out in helping me with funds to turn the water on.. i should be taking care of my kids. not the other way around.. my benefits was cut off since february. i have sold and pawn everything.. dont know what else to do.. i refuse to give up.. i refuse to stop trying for a job.. in the meantime tier 5 extention would be helpful.. at least to pay the gas bill..

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Comment posted April 8, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

Hope they address us long-term unemployed.
November will be our revenge, if we can survive until then.


Comment posted April 10, 2010 @ 3:55 am

If you've both been unemployed for 2 years, why do you keep having baby after baby??? That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard of…

Comment posted April 10, 2010 @ 4:33 am

i have worked at my job for over 25 yrs got laid off last sept. went though all my savings paying my bills on time ,i neeeeeed my unemployment to see me through this mess ,all the working people need this money., This for many people, this is all we have any more .,ITs our money.,

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Comment posted April 11, 2010 @ 1:09 pm

I will say this, republicans are unbelievable,how in the world can you possibly be a republican anymore after the bush yrs. that asshole totally f***cked up this country. 1st he goes to war against a country that has nothing to do with 9/11 WITHOUT paying a cent for it. then when new orleans needs financial assistance they give them shit. then the economy tanks because there was no reform on wall street. but because their bushes buddies the republicans freely throw $ at them, but in the meantime millions loose their jobs and the job market has slowly recovered and instead of doing the right thing for the longterm unemployed the do the usual thing they do F****ck the middle class. when will you stupid people get your head out of asses and start to think alittle bit. these republicans could care less about anyone who is an average citizen.Wake up jackasses to you really think beck hannitty rush give a shit about you its them they care about and they play right into your stupid ideals. guns and god ain't gonna help ya when you can't afford bullits or gas to go to church.lastly palin ect had their nice little pow wow this weekend in Louisana and nobody has the common sense to say 1 word about new orleans, typical no compassion or caring for the average person, its all about them

Comment posted April 11, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

they are only working to extend the date for all unemployment to run out, they are NOT giving a tier 5(even though they need to), the government doesnt seem to care that there are no jobs out there, nor do they seem to be helping to create more, all they seem to be doing is bailing out everyone except for the people who really NEED it, this is BS….THEY SAY THEY WORK FOR US but all they seem to be doing is working against eachother GROW UP SENATE!!!STOP BAILING OUT ALL THE BS THAT DOESNT NEED IT, INSTEAD OF VOTING ON A HEALTH BILL THAT ISNT GOING TO BE GOING INTO EFFECT FOR OVER A YEAR, VOTE ON SOMETHING FOR THE RIGHT NOW!!

Comment posted April 12, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

I live in the United States, I was born in the United States and I'm still trying to figure out why they call it united..

Why does United States try to save other countries when it cannot save itself.

It looks like a lot of people are playing the political game with the expenses of little hungry children not able to eat.

Comment posted April 12, 2010 @ 6:50 pm

It is all smoke and mirrors they in reality are making matters worse. This problem was created years ago sending our jobs over seas. I fought the trade treaties back than now I am looking for work. It seems to me we are wanting the system who made the mess clean it up wrong answer. In november if you vote republican or demacrate you have yourself to blame for even more of the same. 700 billion for bankers and the like but no money for those who paid thier taxes and obey the laws (bankers bribed the politicians to deregulate banking so they could bundle debt and sell it what a scam). I feel it will get worse they will tax those working more it has even been proposed to tax all items an additional 25% to help bail out our broke government. Look people the united states is broke morally and finacially. They know people are in dire straights and remember when you vote the politicians who hold office need to be unemployed the people need to hold the politician accountable for the mess they make. The agenda has nothing to do with making our nation great it is instead geared toward destroying us them to create some sort of socialist nightmare. Soon I fear civil unrest people we need to pull together we are the answer not some fat ppolitician in washingstupid. Sorry for the spelling my eye sight is about shot from reading that health care reform scam just more money for them to mismanage. ya know social security was ok until Clinton passed a bill to take money out of the fund and leave IOU's I akin that to theft but who am I. I thought I was a citizen now I feel like a subject (subject to abuse).

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Comment posted April 12, 2010 @ 9:38 pm

This is very sad, USA is rich country and have to go to bed with a empty stomach :( . we need tier 5 Obama help USSSSSSSSSSS….

Comment posted April 13, 2010 @ 2:12 am

yea, we can send Billions over to the third world, be we can't take care of our own, pretty soon , we will be standing in a soup line…

Comment posted April 13, 2010 @ 3:55 am

Job destruction began in the 1960's with the arrival of the 3rd Industrial Revolution. Since then 60 million U.S. jobs have been destroyed by the ownership class who are hell bent on TOTAL AUTOMATION so that they don't have to pay wages to human beings. This is the REAL CAUSE of all the economic upheaval of the last few years. Technology + Greed = Job destruction + Wage Stagnation. The job destruction, worldwide, that we are experiencing is PERMANENT and will only escalate. In one of the great paradoxes of history Beserk Capitalism will force governments around the globe to institute COMMUNISM, i.e. free housing, free food, free clothing, free transportation, free education and free insurance to the Middle and lower classes who will experince 20% unemployment rates by 2020, 50% unemployments rates by 2050 and 90% unemployment rates by 2100 because the Ownership Class is too greedy to share the millions, billions and TRILLIONS of dollars that they hope to acquire with the Middle and Lower classes. This job destruction is permanent and escalating and NOTHING CAN STOP IT!!

Comment posted April 13, 2010 @ 8:38 pm

Yes your are right they need to be working to add a 5th tier.Its sad but I lost my job and have exhusted all my tiers.I have pounded the streets looking for work.I know me not having a diploma doesnt help.And I dont blame anyone but myself.But i had been at my job for 22 years and expected to retire from there. I also am 52 and I feel like I am being discrimated against due to my age.Its not fair do i not get some credit for life experiance? I know the factory jobs I have applied for I can do. Jobs are going only to the Colleage educated people. All I can do for now is pray that they add more tiers at least so we can survive until the end of 2010.

Comment posted April 23, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

I do not like to place fault or criticize our elected officials. At the same time I realize that in any crisis or emergency somebody has to lose. That's just the way it is. In this country that means the man in the street or the average Joe. In eighteenth century France it was the peasants.

We no longer place the common good of the people above the special interests of the giant corporations or the privileged elite. Does anybody in their right mind actually entertain the notion that the public comes first and not Microsoft and WalMart?

Big money means big power. That's why the well-dressed gentlemen on Wall Street are getting theirs while the rest of us are out of luck. There are plenty of jobs, only not here. Look at Japan, China and about a dozen others. I remember when made in China was a knock. Now it's a guarantee.

So what if lack of vision and leadership led us to the brink. Dubya got us through thanks to Hank Paulson.

History repeats itself and we are in the crosshairs of Fate. When the current rounds of bread and circuses are finally over we will emerge a different nation. Things are going to be very different from now on and possibly sooner than anyone might have expected. This is the greatest country in the world,
just ask the republicans who still cry about smaller government and lower taxes.

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