Brown Offers Deficit-Neutral Unemployment Benefits Extension Bill

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 10:18 am

This morning, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) said he will introduce a deficit-neutral version of the jobs bill. His Fiscally Responsible Relief for Our States Act of 2010 does not raise taxes or expand the national debt, and instead borrows funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, last year’s stimulus bill, to pay for federally extended unemployment insurance benefits and other measures.

Brown says:

Last week, I opposed a big spending bill because it called for nearly $60 billion in tax increases and more than $33 billion deficit spending. I said no to this bill because the federal government is clearly addicted to debt and wants to raise taxes on Americans during a time when we can least afford it. This bill was defeated in a bipartisan manner.

There are some programs in that legislation that are important to Massachusetts during this economic crisis — the summer jobs program for young people, unemployment insurance extensions for those still looking for work in this tough economy, as well as additional assistance to the states, known as FMAP — but we need to find a way to pay for them.

My compromise bill uses unspent stimulus funds and cuts wasteful and unnecessary spending in other areas to pay for these important programs. Believe it or not, there is about $37 billion in stimulus money just sitting in a Washington slush fund when it should be put to good use immediately.

While my bill pays for additional FMAP assistance for one more year, this phase-down provides states an opportunity to get their fiscal houses in order — but also makes it clear that they can no longer pass the buck to the federal government, which has budgetary problems of its own.

Of course, state budget problems are very different from federal budget problems. The federal government can run deficits. It can also print money. States can do neither. This has ginned up renewed calls to federalize Medicaid — both to avoid rewarding fiscally irresponsible states by bailing their Medicaid funds out, and to ensure that the program, which offers health care coverage to the poor, is properly and consistently funded.

Additionally, taking the funds from the stimulus … well, takes funds from the stimulus. At a time when many mainstream economists believe the economy needs more juice in the form of government spending, Brown is essentially suggesting holding spending level rather than increasing it. This will not sit well with Democrats. But it is now the Republican party line.

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Stanjean1123
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

Not all people who have exhausted the various levels of unemployment benefits will be eligible to this proposed new extension. For example: Colorado currently has a reported unemployment rate of 8% (and rising). This threshold denies additional benefits under the Tier IV which is pegged at 8.5%. Unemployed is unemployed no matter the percentage levels in each particular state. This unfair equation should be changed to provide all unemployed individuals the same level of assistance.


frank
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

What B.S!!! Im from Mass and im disgusted this guy got voted in. Scott Brown can bail out his friends at state street bank but has nothing but words for the people of mass who are about to loss their unemployment benifits, many unemployed for the first time. Teddy would`ve moved on extending unemployment benifits in a hart beat. We got plenty of money to throw at big banks and endless wars, but when it comes to the citizens that actually pay for it all we get the shaft. What else is new? Hey Scott im from Brockton Mass and i vote! You have made your position and feelings quite clear when it comes to the unemployed in Mass. I will make my position clear when you come up for re-election!


Brian
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

How is moving jobs out of the country being called “shrinking economy”
FACT 1 My job of 14 yrs went to Mexico May 2009
FACT 2 the Company that laid me off paid HUGE bonuses may 2010!

QUESTION for the Senators…How much did you get paid to allow the transfer of millions of jobs to foriegn countries?

Seems to me that America is being run by an international group of trillionares called “FEDERAL RESERVE BANK” who's goal is to destroy the American dollar to favor a 1 world currancy and put an end to freedom for the whole world.
I encourage everyone to google “who owns the federal reserve bank”
and “The US dollar to be replaced”
GOD HELP US ALL


heynow
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

we are back to where we started


Lou
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

Scott Brown didn't bail out Wall St. Why don't you ask Kerry and Barney Frank about TARP? You buddies who state they are for the working class, didn't hesitate to give Wall St $700 billion to keep the bonuses flowing. Kerry and Frank helped create this corporate oligarchy when they should have failed. And there's the little matter of Fannie and Freddie. Kerry and Frank have done more to help Wall St than Scott Brown could ever hope to achieve.


Anhouck
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

I just don't understand why the best place they can think of to redirect this money form, is a bill that creates jobs and spends American tax dollars on AMERICANS!

Why the stimulus? Why?! WE need that bill and we need the UI extenssions. If you must pay for it, then it MUST come from another place until the senate passes some other meaningful job creating legislation to replace the money they would be taking from the stimulus. What a stupid argument to make Mr. Brown.

I would respect your opinion if you suggested the money to pay for UI come from cutting the Afghanistan war supplement bill, or from completely halting all foreign aid… You know… money that is leaving the US forever.. our tax dollars are leaving forever when you send them out of the country., If you spend them here. they generate more tax revenue. This is the most fiscally responsible thing to do with the money. Not extending UI for our own citizens while simultaneously sending the same amount of unpaid for funds overseas is a fiscally IRRESPONSIBLE thing to do. I can think of nothing worse, yet this is the Republican parties current argument. Unbelievable.


Nancy
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

Please create JOBS


Jjlyo50
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

What about all of us Vets who are unemployed through no fault of our own. Thanks Congress for thinking of us while we fought for your freedom you enjoy.


Gettingtired
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

Stop taking the jobs from the US, Start giving the contracts to US companies ( right now the Us has a chance to give a major contract to build engines for navy ships to a company in BELOIT, WIS OR GERMANY ) hmmmm should there be a choice, Start creating jobs , and Give people what they are OWED their Unemployment and anything else it takes to get this economy back on track and get people working again which is exactly what everyone wants to do WORK


massunempld
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

This is a way for Scott Brown to try and save face after he voted against hte extension of UI last week. He will just say “don't blame me – I suggested an alternative”. Scott Brown voted to add to the deficit when he voted to send 58.8 billion to Afghanistan. It was not a problme then but when it comes to people needing help in his own country he has problwm with it.


Guest
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

Just pass unemployment already – I still won't be voting for you Mr. Brown. Remember – you didn't win the election the Democrats lost it. Not in 2012 – no way.


Al2469
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

“Anhouck” is correct on this point, why not pay for this extention with money from a scaled back military spending…we are making no one rich but our enemies! But if this money is spent it must go to All americans and not be the piggy bank of the well connected and influencial bloodsuckers we produce in
this country.


AFTERYOUR JOB
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

My fellow unemployed are now being attacked by people employed. HERE IS WHAT THE UNEMPLOYED SHOULD START DOING. When you apply for a job put on all your resumes and applications, you will work for 20% less then anyone currently at there company that does the same job. You will probably take someones job. Spread this around the country.


Louis
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 3:46 pm

They will be on another vacation and almost 2million Americans will wonder if they'll have a place to stay when these ladies and gentlemen come back from their cozy vacation. I can't believe this is happening in “our” country. We raise money, rebuild countries,etc. and while that is a great thing….we have got to take care of our situation here before we worry about others. Wouldn't you help out a family member first..then help someone else…that's how this is! We are one big family that needs help right NOW!!!!! Quit Playing the blame game in congress.


Bill
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 3:47 pm

This is utterly amazing. And I find it interesting that so many people blame Republicans. I've been unemployed for nearly a year, and BELIEVE ME, I need my unemployment compensation to find a job. But Democrats seem to think that they can use the 2/3 Stimulus Package money as a political slush fund, then blame Republicans when they balk at wanting to raise taxes or contribute to the deficit. I blame this on Democrats … they want to attach this to yet another grab at power over our lives. Why not just PASS THE DANG UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION, PERIOD? Stop attaching it to other stuff.


Jcantey7751
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 3:54 pm

Oh way to toot your own horn Mr. Brown! Is it like pre-school up there in the Senate…I would think that responsible adults could realize the importance of extension and come to some sort of solution!! With every day…every minute…every second you put this off…American people fall further and further behind!! Sit up there on your throne live in your big houses…don't worry about us little people who have worked our behinds off for years…I might not be working now…but I assure you my tax dollars have paid your salary!!!!!


Monte Brown
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

While I support the unemployment extension, I do agree with the Republicans. The extension should not add to the deficit. The 37 billion in stimulus money should be used to fund the extension. The Democrats are to blame for the failure of the bill. The Democrats are playing politics hoping that the American people will be fooled come November. The Republicans will not vote for a bill if it adds to the Deficit, but if the bill can be funded by stimulus money, the bill will have enough votes to pass. Get it right.


Bradley56544
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 3:56 pm

OMG! if i see one more water totin sob posting!!!!!!!!!!! its getting to the point where the first ten posts after a story gets posted are spin! these people commenting arent the unemployed! there not the ones going belly up! wake up america! the unemployed would love to see a bill like this pass using the stimulus money! this is crap! your responses to this idia are so transparent and i read the same after every story! im just trying to find out whats going on and i have to look at posts like the first half dozen on here! who Is paying you to sit on line all day and blow smoke? let me guess? econamic stimulus money spooned out by our democratic controlled government that just passed a bill to extend the home buyers tax credit for the folks that dont need it have a job and good credit standing? my credit is shot! was perfect almost till i lost my job 6 months ago! the little unemployment just kept the heat on over winter and food on the table. you posters that carry water suck! the news even local SUCK and are sell outs, the government is corrup and insider deals make the bills pass… im gonna snap!


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Bill
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

We don't live in a vacuum. If some country goes bankrupt, they'll stop paying the United States and any private company within the US they owe money to. Then that company suffers, lets its employees go, and we hvae yet a bigger problem. Perhaps the problem is HOW the Democrats seem to want to spend money. The only reason Republicans are balking at passing this massive pork bill is that the Democrats, as usual, have no way to pay for it. Do you realize that only 1/3 of the Stimulus Package has been used? And of what's been spent, twice as much money has been spent in Democrat Congressional districts as Republican districts? IT'S BEING USED AS A FLIPPIN' SLUSH FUND BY DEMOCRATS. Use the Stimulus to pay for unemployment extension. But I doubt Democrats will be that responsible.


Bradley
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

another well thaught of well written responce out of a can provided by the party line in control. this is B.S ! wile folks aproach the end of the month. looking at going into forclosure , or eviction for falling behind in rent. the car is on empty the fourth of july weekend is here. folks unemployed for even only 6 month have not gotten a check in weeks@! some months ! the noumber of total unemployed are false and a low low estimate! this comment has been paid for and im sure posted by somone at work paid for by your tax dollars! no doubt a created job! nice! good to know all the unemployment i paid in allong with my employer over the last 25 years was spent so well. YOU SUCK!


Bradleys
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

sure create another job that doesnt produce a darn thing using tax money taken from small buisnesses and companys and the hard working middle class…. make sure the individual that get the job can retire at 50 with a sweet pension deal and health care(top notch for life) go ahead take it off my check! wait! im not getting one anymore because my employer was mandated by obomma to offer health insurance because of the minimum noumber of employes…. hmmm … lost my job because my employer needed to stay below the noumber! small buisness , a good job and a good employer… now i have nothing! screw these idiots passing laws on our nation without knowing the ramifications! or do they know what they do? sure create me a job!!! i know i could be in charge of counting the homeless! you could pay me 100k a year , lavish benifits and a bunch of time off…. oh wait… im not related to the governor… im out i guess


Jaye123
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

I just need some sort of extension passed, I am one of the many who lost their jobs due to cuts and so is my husband, who is also a Nam Vet, who served his country with honor, worked his butt off and still was laid off. We are not doing drugs, being lazy, or unresponsible. We are sending out resumes', filling out application and doing everything we can to get to work. But there is nothing here in this area. We are going as far as considering migrating to another country to get the jobs that were once here. Sad you have to think about leaving the country you loved and served to get the job that was relocated to another country. When I hear some politician speak of the unemployed being nothing by loser, druggies and winers, it cut to the soul. My husband and I have worked as butts off to get the little things we have and we are losin fast.
House about to go into forcloser, no medical care, food banks to eat, phone turned off. And to that person who spoke of being on the computer…This is how we apply for jobs. Not a extra but required to apply for employment.
Just pass the dang bill and help americans get on their feet and at least survive.


MELISSA
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

Afteryourjob, don't you think alot of people are doing that? They are applying everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!! I could care less about national debt. PASS THE BILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


M Burkhead
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 4:35 pm

PLEASE PASS THE BILL!!! Don't care about the national debt, the unemployed needs money NOW to live on!!!!


Ed. Ells
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 4:47 pm

Please, pass an extension. If not, the people of this country who are unemployed by no fault of thier own need to stand up and protest. AND I MEAN NOW. If no extension is passed to help the unemployed, I am going to start raising hell in evey way I can. If I have to stand up in downtown Houston Texas where I live (or anywhere else), holding a sign and yelling about the bill being voted down until the news media hears about me and drives up to cover the “crazy guy” with the sign standing on the street corner screaming about the bill not passing I will, or if I have to call the local news to let them know I am not standing for it any more….etc. Think of creative ways to be heard, get on the local news where you live. If we all do this, the idiots in Washington will have to listen to us!!! And let's not get hung up on who is at fault right now, the dems or the repub's, I think they have ALL done enough stupid political game playing in our lifetimes. SO WHO ELSE OUT THERE WANTS TO JOIN ME IN THIS MISSION IF THE BILL FAILS? IT IS TOO LATE TO BE AFRAID OR EMBARRASSED TO DO SOMETHING RADICAL. I KNOW MY BENEFITS RAN OUT YESTERDAY, AND I AM ABOUT TO START LOSING MY HOUSE, ETC. LET'S BE HEARD!!!
THANKS


Mmorrison
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 5:05 pm

Please pass the extension-I myself am in a situation where I may need it, being 3MO unemployed, the longest in my career. The professional jobs are very scarce right now-Get this thing passed-it's the right thing to do for people who really need it . Obama needs to get involved more and sway them.

Thanks


Peacetoall
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 5:18 pm

first, this is not true, no employers HAVE to pay for health insuranse because of the number of employees they have. There are some changes to employer/employee health care situations in the health care bill, but none of them require an employer to PAY for it, maybe OFFER some sort of plan, but none of this even goes into effect until 2014 thru 2018. If you were told that this is the reason you were let go…..I don't know what to tell you about that. Please use SNOPES.COM a little more. Thanks


Tony
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

No one is hiring so please pass the extension. I may end up homeless soon without it.


Donnyriz
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 6:44 pm

Spend your time calling and emailing the senators on this list
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_informati…

Tell them to pass the STAND ALONE bill.

They do not read blog posts.

Also call the TV stations and demand that more attention be payed to this situation in the media.


Lets_get_lt_on_bitch
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 6:49 pm

they need gas money to hunt terrorist lol


pHIL
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 7:06 pm

REPUBLICANS—-PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING AND PASS THIS IMPORTANT BILL. I AM A LIFE-LONG REPUBLICAN CALLING YOU TO DO SO. I HAVE BEEN UNEMPLOYED FOR 7 MONTHS AND HAVE VIRTUALLY NO INCOME WITHOUT THIS LEGISLATION. RIGHT NOW THE REPUBLICANS ARE LOOKING MORE LIKE THE PARTY OF JACOB MARLEY AND EBINEEZER SCROOGE. REMEMBER THEM? MERRY CHRISTMAS. I'LL VOTE FOR THOSE IN NOVEMBER WHO HELPED ME TODAY. GOD HELP US.


Lhurley4
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 7:39 pm

NO MORE TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHY – MR BROWN DO YOU HEAR US???? Also, Deficit spending during economic downturns is the APPROVED economic means to GROW the economy; You hypocrites were not concerned with deficit spending during the BIG SPENDING Reagan and Bush years. Where does this sudden conscience come from??? I am trying to find out how to donate food, shelter, clothing etc. to the unfortunate colleagues and peers who are still unemployed after 99 weeks. But the Republican fiscal concern is SO disingenuous when Military spending for jets that will never be used, lobbyists, “consultants”, etc. comprises 57% of the federal budget!


Binnz13
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

I understand that the BP oil spill is a big deal…. But Senator George Lemieux of Florida, you state what an emergency it is and the urgency that needs to be considered for this horrible catastrophy, the begging and pleading you do for this matter (your hometown, your beaches). Take a minute and step back and listen to the voices of our urgency with unemployment extensions. The unemployed are more concerned at this point in time on when we will eat, where we will find the money for everday living….Not OMG, I can't take my rich ass to the beach this summer with my family, oh what will I ever tell my children? Well try to put you dumb ass in our shoes and try to figure out how you will tell your children that we just don't have a home anymore, we can't eat today, we have to sit in the dark by candle light…ect. But it's ok honey look at these beautiful pictures of the beach and this nice man and his family enjoying a wonderful life! Wake up and smell the poor!


Daniel
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 8:43 pm

A few days ago a Republican made a statement about the “already overdrawn federal credit card.”
Just what does a Republican know about an overdrawn credit card?
The Republicans say that they “don't want to leave all this debt to my grandchildren.” Aren't their grandchildren already millionaires?
This punishment of unemployed Americans seems to be a GOP sponsored form of genocide.
If this is the American dream,God spare us the nightmare.


Donttalkitwalkit
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

Let's be clear. The dems. Were trying to pass a tax increase on executives at the hedge fund investment and real estate firms that helped to create this mess in the first place.
The increases on corporations that helped to create this mess was going to offset the costs of some of the spending in addition to other measures. So when Repub. Say they will pass it alone that is without the tax increase on the corporations that caused the mess that helps to pay for the unemployment extension. In addition, the Repub. Are saying they would have passed the bill had it been paid for with stimulus money. The problem is that stimulus money is set aside for budget shortfalls being experienced by states, this stimulus money is being used by states to pay city/state worker salaries(thereby preventing the layoff of these workers by the state), the stimulus money is also being used to retain and to pay teacher and other school district employee salaries, thereby preventing more layoffs. So to use the stimulus money which is also being used to create jobs would only make things worse. The stimulus money would no longer be there to help create
new jobs(thereby helping some of the unemployed go back to work), it would no longer be there to retain current jobs(which means more people would end up unemployed), this is the problem with using the stimulus money to pay for unemployment, it will lead to more unemployment. The other spending in the bill is being used to stop additional layoffs and once again these things were being paid with a tax increase on the investment and real estate firms that created this mess and have already received bailout money from taxpayers. What the Republicans are doing will drive the country into a serious depression.

Also the Repubs had no problem granting the Bush tax cuts to the wealthy that increased the deficit. Let's see if the Repubs vote to repeal those to address the deficit. To put this in perspective this unemployment spending makes up around 1% of the federal budget.


Donttalkitwalkit
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

Let's be clear. The dems. Were trying to pass a tax increase on executives at the hedge fund investment and real estate firms that helped to create this mess in the first place.
The increases on corporations that helped to create this mess was going to offset the costs of some of the spending in addition to other measures. So when Repub. Say they will pass it alone that is without the tax increase on the corporations that caused the mess that helps to pay for the unemployment extension. In addition, the Repub. Are saying they would have passed the bill had it been paid for with stimulus money. The problem is that stimulus money is set aside for budget shortfalls being experienced by states, this stimulus money is being used by states to pay city/state worker salaries(thereby preventing the layoff of these workers by the state), the stimulus money is also being used to retain and to pay teacher and other school district employee salaries, thereby preventing more layoffs. So to use the stimulus money which is also being used to create jobs would only make things worse. The stimulus money would no longer be there to help create
new jobs(thereby helping some of the unemployed go back to work), it would no longer be there to retain current jobs(which means more people would end up unemployed), this is the problem with using the stimulus money to pay for unemployment, it will lead to more unemployment. The other spending in the bill is being used to stop additional layoffs and once again these things were being paid with a tax increase on the investment and real estate firms that created this mess and have already received bailout money from taxpayers. What the Republicans are doing will drive the country into a serious depression.


Donttalkitwalkit
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

You can't use the stimulus it is set aside to create more jobs and to save current jobs, using the stimulus would lead to more unemployment-because the money to slow down unemployment would not be there. I realize this because I am a teacher the stimulus funds literally stopped cops and teachers from being layed off. People who got pink slipped by the state had there jobs returned when the stimulus money was approved. The repubs. are playing a game that will allow them to blame the dems for getting nothing done and not doing things that truly save the economy, even though they are in the majority. This way the Repubs. can use these points during election time. It is a game, however, the problem is we suffer. They are raising taxes on investment and real estae companies who helped create this. Everytime the republicans say we're not going to raise taxes add “on the extreme rich” to it.


THINK
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

(Shaking my head): The poltitical posturing never ceases to amaze me? The stimulous funds (as I understand it) represent borrowed money–which, of course, is part of the national deficit.

Why is this nation sending aid to Afghanistan–a country, that is turn, is stealing significant sums of this aid and depositing it in banks around the world? Meanwhile, these lawmakers want to sacrifice regular Americans who need help to the great god of Deficit Reduction? This is a sad day in America and it will be remembered for a long time in the future.


Smith8650
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 9:34 pm

With all due respect, has any one read the bill HR 4213?? Yes, it includes extending the emergency unemployment filing deadline. Believe me, I am biting my nails as this affects me,as I’ve just exausted the second tier two weeks ago and have nothing else comming! That being said, let me mention also that HR 4213 is a 100 page bill FULL of earmarks for democratic pet projects costing BILLIONS more than just extending EUC. THAT is why this bill did not pass. They USED the unemployment extension as a teaser to pass their own hidden agenda with in the bill. Why is everyone so angry about the repubilcans saying no to frivilous spending adding to the deficit??? (BTW I am a democrat)The democrats should have presented emergency unemployment extension as a stand alone bill from the beginning and not toyed with it to get what they want allowing our benefits to expire!!!! They tried to also use the medicare fix bill as a teaser in the HR 4213 and when they realized it wasnt going to work, they presented as a standalone bill and the house and senate passed it with no problem! Obama just signed it in as law!POOF a 2.2% increase payout to doctors! Now the republicans are the “bad guys” because they let our benefits expire???? NO NO NO!!! I read that congress is now considering a stand alone euc extension bill and Pelosi supports it (we all know she said “no” to tier 5). This is POLITICS folks, the very word basically means self serving and not selfless! If you ask me the Democrats are very much to blame as the Republicans. I believe I will be voting out every encumbant I can until I can no longer make it to the polls from being homeless and having no district because I live under a bridge! Lets all be better informed and not just REACT!

Be aware that President Obama is no fool! He will NOT exert his executive authority to the whole bill HR 4213 because of all the crookedness within the bill, He will just as soon let the republican take the fall for the non passage than be criticized later for all the frivilous billions DEM agenda within the bill!! He is currently pressuring congress to reconsider but dont be fooled that he will sign any executive order that will come back to bite him later!!!!


shaugabook
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 10:19 pm

WE ALL CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. DO NOT VOTE ONE MORE SINGLE WEALTHY REPUBLICAN IN OFFICE COME NOVEMBER. LET'S SHOW THEM WHO RUN THIS COUNTRY….. THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. TALK IS CHEAP, WE HAVE TO SHOW THEM THEY WHAT IS FEELS LIKE TO SAY NO, NO, AND NO!!!!!!!!!!


Henryecru
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

that number is never accurate, that is just the people on unemployment, what about all the others who were working for small business and the part time and the other one that were never elegbile to draw unemployment. Our nation song needs the words changed we are no longer the home of the brave and the land of the free, we are the land with people starving todeath everyday, they are spending more rescuing the birds at the beaches than they are on the people.


Ggfo1313
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 10:32 pm

Please pass this extension or my family will be living on your lawn President Obama!


BigDaddy
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 10:55 pm

They will pass this tomorrow, mark my word.


Sonicsound1
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 12:41 am

Daniel, You show me a poor Democrat in office, and maybe I wll accept your argument. They are both equally rich, and only care about themselves. The only difference is the Democrats pretend to care about have nots. They throw them a couple of scraps of their table, and the idiots eat it up. They don't want you living in the big house next to the masta though. Ileagls sure let them in, but not in my neighborhood. Windmills, sure put them in, but not where I sail my yacht. Harry Reid is holding my employment hostage just so he can make Republicans look bad and have a slight chance of not getting hammered on election day. He if really cared he would have introduced a stand alone bill. At least you know where Repbulicans stand, instead of the slick willie Dems who kiss up to you and throw you the discarded bone from their steak. Keep voting them in and enjoy the bones. I personally want steak.


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Dude
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 12:18 pm

You know what? I am Republican and on unemployment. But I still dont think that we need to keep running up debt. Vote Democrat to keep sponging off the government. Vote Republican to become a real productive citizen


MGOVLIER
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

THIS SAME OLD STORY OF CHILD GAMES PLAYED BY OUR MOST TRUSTED REPRESENTATIVES IS OUT OF CONTROL. HERE I SIT LOOKING FOR MY NEXT DOLLAR TO PAY MY JULY RENT AND AT THIS POINT THINGS ARE NOT LOOKING GOOD. IF I HAD CASH ON HAND I WOULD WAGER THAT OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE GETTING A GOOD CHUCKLE WATCHING THE POWERLESS UNEMPLOYED BECOME PENNYLESS. ” NEXT TIME AFTER DINNER SIPPING YOUR CHEVIS REGAL TELL YOURSELF THAT YOU ONE SICK SOB.”


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Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

Well…no they didn't. Now what are we going to do???


Nlww
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 5:27 pm

We have a VOICE and a VOTE!

It’s great to give feedback on Blogs, but we need to more than that. WE have another shot at getting a UI Benefits Extension Bill passed tonight via Senator Brown. If you want to make a difference then I strongly urge anyone reading this Blog post to SEND EMAILS, FAXES & CALL your Senators/Congressmen AND ESPECIALLY the Republican Senators blocking a stand alone Unemployment Benefits Extension Bill NOW!

–The key Republicans who have blocked the Bill so far in the Senate that have the most influence are: Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Dave Camp of Michigan, John Boehner of Ohio, Kevin Brady of Texas and Harry Reid of Nevada. The Democrat who voted NO on the Bill is Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Independent – Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.

We need 60 votes “today” to PASS this BILL and we’ll need to flood these representatives voicemail and email boxes to let them know just how seriously this is going to effect their future positions in the Senate. Let’s start calling and emailing now and get it done!

Here’s the link to the “entire list of Senators” who voted NO on Bill. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call…
– take a number of these Republican Senators and start email and calling and pass it on. Please feel free to repost this.

If you want to get this Bill passed today – Please tell ALL your friends and family to send emails and call these Senate Republicans and Democrats blocking this Bill and strongly urge them to vote “Yes” on Thursday, TODAY, to the next benefits extension Bill and let them know that there's such as thing as – Backlash!

Let them know that their action is saying they think it’s more important to cut back on financial aide to Americans who have lost their jobs than it is to cut back on the “billions of aide” spent over 7 years to fund the War. Tell them that you think they are voting against American citizens and their families. And, it appears that our elected government representatives think they can play politics with our lives during this recession. They are sorely mistaken!

We are educated and unemployed and we have a VOICE and a VOTE! Make it known that even if you don't have a job, you have a VOTE! And you will “Vote Out the Incumbents” in the Senate and Congress in NOVEMBER! This is bipartisan and is going to affect both Republicans Democrats without jobs!


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Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

OUR GOVERNMENT SHOULD TAKE HALF WHAT THEY PAY SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN AND PUT IT THE THE UNEMPLOYMENT FOR THE PEOPLE OUR COUNTRY CAN PAY THEM BIG BILLS AND GIVE MONEY TO HELP OTHER COUNTRY SO WHY CANT THEY HELP THIER OWN AMERICAN PEOPLE WHAT WRONG WITH THAT PICTURE WE HAVE HOMELESS THAT DONT EAT WHY NOT GIVE THEM FOOD INSTEAD OF SENDING IT TO OTHER COUNTRY HELP OUR PEOPLE IN NEED IN AMERICAN WHY DOSE OUR GOVERNMENT CARE MORE ABOUT OTHER COUNTRYS??? CAN ONE OF OUR SO CALL SENATOR OR CONGRESSMEN TELL US WHY THEY LETTING THE GOOD PEOPLE OF AMERICAN LOSE EVERYTHING THEY HAVE AND GO HOMELESS TO HELP OTHER COUNTRY ???


Sudhir Gandhi
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 7:08 pm

The EUC Extension Bill should be passed immediately & Congress can debate how to pay later, because unemployed people thru no fault of their own cannot wait one day longer to pay their bills. Today's economic news & stock market news do not bode well for the unemployed any way.


Jcooper001
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

I think Senator Brown's idea to pay for unemployment extesion with fedral stimulu money is a great idea. It does not increase the deficit1
So, why do the Democrates oppose this?


burl
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

Yes, why do the Democrats oppose this?


burl
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

You think maybe they had plans for spending this money so they wanted to keep the existence of this money a secret…hmmmmm


Keir
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 1:20 am

It might be nice if you knew what you were talking about. The Stimulouys is to help the states keep cops and teachers…also to get jobs started in the private sector.

Go to http://www.recovery.gov to see who is useing stimulous money.


Henryecru
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 11:01 pm

What about the people like me who ran out of unemployment a couple months ago they seem to be focusing on the ones that are going to run out , i am sure they are getting a lot of pressure, must be some of their family members and they are having to put out some money and why do they need a break for the 4th of July until the 12th of July.


Henryecru
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

remember all he stimulus money was not accepted, it was refused by some states and that money is still setting there so why not use it and all them other large amounts of money Bush spent was not paid back niether did they have intentions of paying it back so what is the deal with helping the unemployed?


Keir
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 12:40 am

The stimulous is for jobs. Isn't that what people want? Construction of infastructure…jobs. So they take the money for that..and you get unemployment funds..but then the stimulous is not there for jobs that will give you more then unemployment.

While the Repubs do not want to cut the Bush tax breaks for the reich, that was not paid for..but your unemployment has to be? What they want is to cut your safety net.


Keir
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 12:47 am

The president does not pass bills…the legislature does. The Repubs are voteing against everything that Obama wants because the electorate has a short memory and they will pull your strings again in Nov.

If they get to spend the Stimulous then that guarentees that the Jobs Bill will not work, they can then say…see the Democrates can not help you. You will have been scammed again by the Republicans just like invading Iraq…remember WMD? They lie. And you stand for it.


Keir
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 12:50 am

In case you have forgotten, it was Bush that ran up the debt. Lost over 700,000 jobs a month and put us in two wars…and got us hated throughout the world.

But yeah, if you think Republicans have made us more productive..while you are in the Unemployment line..go for it.


Keir
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 1:10 am

One of the parts of the Unemployment bill was help for the Homeless vets with children.

The Repubs used to be big flag wavers…when it came to going to war. But now..not so much. You vets that came back to this mess…I guess you are on your own as far as the Republicans go.
We old folks can work until we die, the young can be uneducated and poor…and those folks that can least afford it…will vote for it.


Keir
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 1:15 am

Bradley…the Healthcare reform does not go into effect until 2014..then your employer gets a tax break to help them pay for the insurance.And if they still can not afford to pay for your insurance..the gov helps YOU in paying for it in the exchange.


Teeredtree
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 7:28 pm

CAN YOU SEE THE SENATE LIVING ON $300.00 OR LESS A WEEK. OBAMA AUNT REFUSE TO LEAVE THE USA SHE NOT AMERICAN THEY TOLD HER SHE TO BE DEPORTED BUT SHE STILL HERE SOAKING UP MONEY SHE DRAWING WHAT ABOUT THIS CRAP. OBAMA HASNT SHOWN ANY PAPERS SAYINF HE WAS BORN IN THE UAS. NOW THEY SAYING WE MAY NOT VOTE ON A PRESIDENT CAUSE WE AT WAR NOW. WE HAVE VOTE BEFOR ON PRESIDENT WHEN WE WERE AT WAR. NO THEY TRYING TO KEEP OBAMA IN THERE. EVERYONE NEED TO START READING FINE PRINT ON EVERYTHING NOW.


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Comment posted July 5, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

You must have a mental handicap. Your clueless. In 2020 will you finally drop the birther crap? Probly not. And leave a 80 year old woman alone. I don't care whos 80 grandmother doesn't have paperwork to be here. What is she gonna do? I guess you can continue your “no knitting in America unless your a citizen” campaign.

Heres a thought, learn to type or write. Maybe you need some schooling.


ninashopper
Comment posted July 5, 2010 @ 7:27 pm

First, if you plan to write a comment you should learn the English language! President Obama is an American…the documents are there and you should focus on the facts and not the propoganda! Why should we be voting on a president, we already voted and he is doing as well as he possibly can considering the circumstances. If it was the total choice of Mr. Obama, our president, we would have the extended benefits for unemployment. You are right, no one in the sendate could survive on $300 or less each week, but you and I must do that until the economy gets better. The President cannot handle these issues on alone. Both parties must vote and support it. The republicans are saying that we are lazy bums — that's the reason we are working. I can only speak for myself, but if there were a job available requiring my particular skill set, I surely would be working! But for you, know the facts and learn the English language!


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Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

Someone please helpme…… The current unemployment rate is ~10%, there were ~135 million taxpayers (reported 2005 information). So that means that there are actually ~13.5 million people unemployed in the US. Of course that number is variable. Now consider that the ~10% unemployed number has been reported since 2008, that would mean that 13.5 million people will be loosing the UI monies very shortly right? So if this is correct, where are the numbers of ~1.2 million people loosing benefits coming from. I would appreciate someone clearing this up for me….. I only bring it up because if the number is really 13.5 million people, we could really make a statement with a march on Washington with 13.5 million people. Maybe then they could see how big the issue is…. Of course there could be more than 13.5 unemployed because weekly a certain amount fall off of the reported numbers because they are no longer receiving benefits…. so confusing…..


Cuatro9
Comment posted July 11, 2010 @ 3:44 am

Please stop playing with the unemployed Americans. We are not lazy poeple who want to sit back and get a check every week. Most if not all who became unemployed would rather be working and bring home a check we worked for.
I can speak for myself. I have worked all my life starting when I was 13 years old polishing shoes at the subway station. I have collected unemployment only one other time in my life when I was in my late 20s, and that was just for three weeks.
I'm not asking for charity . What I need is my elected officials to recognize that we are in big trouble and extended benefits would allow me and meny, many others the dignaty to be able to survive until the economy turns around and allows us the opportunity to find employment.
I for one have been looking for a job since the very same week I became unemployed. I do not feel like a complete man not being able to support my family as I have always done.
Please do not make us continue to suffer not knowing how we will be able to pay rent and other bills to survive. I'm not asking for benefits to be able to party.
I am 63 years ols and I never thought I would find myself in this position.
Please think of the suffering your refusal to extend benefits is cuasing so many Americans.
Our elected officials have no problem approving assisatnce for other countries some of whcih hate us. The Republicans in particular seem to be more concerned with bailing out big banks and corporations and neglecting the average tax paying American who are suffering.


Cuatro9
Comment posted July 11, 2010 @ 3:52 am

Maybe you should join that English class as well. Re-read your statement.
Before you blast someone be absolutely sure your English and writing is correct.


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Actually, there are several “poor” democrats in office, if making the wages of even a Jr senator is poor. Of course they have to pay to live in an expensive city too. I know Sen. Jon Tester from Montana is a working farmer. He is not rich and on breaks he goes home and works the farm with his wife. They aren't independently wealthy. I believe Russ Feingold is another and there are quite a few others. Joe Biden was another. He and his family lived on his and his wife's salary all the years he served his state. There are plenty of rich republicans in office and some of the democrats are doing very well but not everyone is wealthy. They don't have to worry about a lot of the things the rest of us do and they have a passel of perks. I am very much against some of the wealthy candidates this year. People like Whitman and Fiorina in California were both part of the problem and won't be any help if elected. Nor will whats her name- the wrestling CEO would be more of the same. They want to cut everything that helps people who are out of work and suffering. According to them if you don't have a job it is because you are lazy. Never mind that 100's of people show up for even on job opening. People need to vote in November but they need to remember who has been blocking everything that is being put through- not because they disagree with it- no, they merely want to block everything the president wants to get through.They have demonstrated they don't care about any of you who are suffering through unemployment and even homelessness. You don't matter to the republicans.


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