House Passes Unemployment Benefits Extension

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Thursday, July 01, 2010 at 4:57 pm

After failing to pass an extension of unemployment benefits earlier this week, the House tried again — and succeeded, 270 to 153. The Senate will take up its version of the bill when Congress returns from a week-long break, on July 12.

House Ways and Means Committee Chair Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) and Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) had introduced the bill, H.R. 5618, to extend UI through Nov. 30 and retroactively grant benefits to those who started losing them at the beginning of June. By the time the Senate acts, approximately 2.5 million people will have stopped getting unemployment checks.

Levin released this statement on passage:

Earlier today, a Republican Member of this House spoke on the plight of millions of unemployed who are losing their unemployment insurance, saying, he came to the floor with a heavy heart. I think the unemployed in America welcome heavy hearts, but if there isn’t a helping hand, a heavy heart doesn’t work.  Those who are still unemployed should not suffer due to the indifference of Republicans in Congress.

I want to list very briefly the basic facts for everyone to consider and for all of our country to hear: 1.7 million unemployed workers, unemployed through no fault of their own, looking for work, will have lost their benefits by the end of this week.  By the end of next week, without further action, 2.1 million will have lost their benefits.  By the middle of July, when the Senate can address this issue again, 2.5 million will be without this basic assistance. The average unemployment insurance in this country is about $300 a week, roughly half of the previous wage on average. For a family of four that average check is only 74 percent of the poverty level.

These basic facts should refute the notion that those who are unemployed, who would have no benefits, are not looking for work.  Indeed, the reality is very clear.  For every job available there are five unemployed workers. This issue is fundamentally an emergency for our country and our economy. Unemployment benefits have been considered, and passed as emergency spending under both Democratic and Republican Congresses and Administrations.

I cannot understand how anyone could come to this floor and say for 1.7 million people and their families this is not an emergency. There is no excuse for voting no.  It has been noted that the Senate is out of session.  We must pass this so it is the first item of business when they return. The only reason this extension has not passed the Senate in recent days is because there could not be found more than two Republicans to vote for this extension. That is a shame and it is shameful. This House needs to lift that shame off of the shoulders of everyone in this institution and pass this bill so that millions of American workers get the benefits they earned and deserve.

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Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 9:24 pm

Well..That's just SAD. ;( Good thing I have 2 dollars to buy a pack of hot dogs for my 3 boys. THIS IS A SAD DAY IN AMERICA. A VERY SAD DAY. :( Lord help us all. I need gas to look for work. Can't think about the rent or the bills. Just my children. I feel like crying. We are going to lose our home, car, my life. GOD help us. Please help us..


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Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 9:36 pm

Just keep praying God will see you & your family threw.


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Jetsboo180
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 9:45 pm

I haven't heard one thing about the 99ers………….


Avabear01
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

Please let there be light at the end of all of this non sense. I hope and pray that after the republican senators have a nice long break to enjoy the holiday that represents what being an american is all about, will come back with a different view on things. I hope that over their break hopefully someone will talk some sense into them. I hope that they are starting to see that this IS an emergency! Unemployed americans are not able to smile this holiday. We are not able to enjoy being an american. Instead, we are worried sick about how we are going to make ends meet. My daughter is turning 8 yrs old on July 3rd and I cannot even buy her a card. Please tell me how to explain to her that she can't have a cake, or a present, or anything this year. Talk about a birthday that she will remember always. I pray for EVERY unemployed american out there that come the week of July 12th we will finally have something to celebrate. Until then, we will have to hope and pray. That is all we have left. My head hurts from stress and my soul is broken. God bless all of the umemployed this holiday.Try to keep your chin up!


Jetsboo180
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

I've read quite a few comments about unemployment benefits (lack of), and I understand the anger. I, too, am in the same boat. It's too bad we don't have someone in office to take charge, and get something done to help all of Americas' hard working people in our time of need. All we can do at this point is pray. Pray for the ones in worse shape than we are. 3rd world countries.


Rjo
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 10:02 pm

to all congress members that voted “no” in helping us unemployed out…sleep soundly.


BigBoyBC
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 10:46 pm

The House passed the extension, Big Deal! The Senate adjourned on Wednesday until the 12th. I think Reid did it on purpose, 'cause he knew what the House was going to do. Reid is playing politics and we, the unemployed, spend the next week suffering the stress and anguish of not knowing and continue to be pawns in his game. Everyone needs to get out there find their Senators, Democrat or Republican, and make their recess as stressful as they have made ours. VOTE ALL INCUMBENTS OUT!!


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Ladydi9251
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 12:04 am

If I was married to one of those fools I'd divorce them ASAP! Anyone that heartless, not thinking of the hungry child, the baby that needs formula, the family that needs food on the table or a roof over their head could mean no good to me. Karma is a B****! So watch your backs!


Ladydi9251
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 12:14 am

Avabear, I wish I could send you a card and cake for you little girl's birthday. My heart breaks for the both of you. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Little One.


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Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 12:32 am

CA awarded Jaycee Dugard $20 million to settle her case against CA. The government keeps funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet, the unemployed, who cannot find work or a working wage, are left in the cold.


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Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 12:49 am

Karma will come back. They may can feed their children and grand children and go on vacations and you can bail all the rich ppl and give them vacations but I feel really sorry for all you fat cats.


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Judy Jones
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 2:21 am

How many unemployed Americans won't be able to have any kind of a holiday? Can any unemployed without benefits will even be able to have hot dogs in their back yard? I haven't had any benefits since the end of May, I am now out of some of my meds and if it wasn't for my grown son and his wife I wouldn't be eating. I only receive $216.00 ea week but it was enough to help me keep my dignity


"Disgusted in America"
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 3:34 am

Like too many others, my benefits ended June 2nd. I do not know how I will be able to avoid being evicted from my apartment! I do not want pity, I want a job!! Some people interviewed on HLN earlier today had the audacity to say (I paraphrase here) “if someone really wants to work, there are jobs out there; ….just have to be willing to accept work that may not be as high paying as you are accustomed to!” Well I invite that ignorant, judgemental young lady and the arrogant senators and representatives to walk in our shoes!! What the @#% are you thinking!! Not all unemployed persons are trying to sponge off the government. Most of us do not want a handout, rather we NEED a hand up!! If you have not feared for keeping a roof over your head and you don't know the feeling of going to sleep hungry then don't judge us. I believe if this bill gets dropped again by the senate, our society may face more problems than imaginable. I really don't want to see the America I used to be proud of become a 3rd world nation.


Natebdogg
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 5:24 am

so no benefits till July 12th?! shoot I guess I'll go ahead and take that job then, shoot.


Natebdogg
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 5:32 am

All you people must be retarded. I choose not to work becuase I was lazy and $255 a week was more then enough for me to live on. Now I have no choice but to take that job I found on craigslist. $10 dollars an hour plus commission. It took me all of five minutes to find the job and make a the call. If you really can't do this then you must be retarded. Jobs are a dime a dozen.


Snbmcc
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 6:21 am

I do not understand why the Republicans have put the unemployed americans is this situation of no money for rent, utilities and food. They have taken away our lifeline using the excuse they do not want to fund unemployment benefits bill unless its paid for when all the economist show the unemployed put the money right back into the economy. Also, it should be noted that unemployment is taxed by federal and state it is taxed at the same rate as if it was a paycheck. So now no unemployment benefits so I guess all the unemployed can go get state assistance (welfare) and food stamps which are not taxed. I do not see how that helps the economy. Can the Republican party please explain this to me. It would seem the Republican Senate is not looking at the whole picture.


Powers
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 6:49 am

No, that why its a stand alone bill, there is nothing here the dems didnt do to pass this, the took the politics and pork out of the bill and the Rep still said no, because they did not want to take money from corporate sources. Sorry if your a rep but this is on THEM, no way around it.


Powers
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 6:51 am

Your a moron and most likely not real, there are real people who bust there ass everyday to try and find a job. Your a moron and POS and you are what is wrong with this country


BigBoyBC
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 7:35 am

I know it was a stand alone bill. Don't assume that because I criticize Reid that I'm a Republican. Both Democrats and Republicans are playing games at our expense and only a fool would think otherwise and only blame one side of the issue.


Janie1171
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 2:34 pm

They have plenty jobs in Louisiana right now with the oil spill…it may be temporary, but so is unemployment. I believe BP is housing ppl too…some of you should check into it..GOOD LUCK!!


Glenn
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

There are so many people looking for work. People are taking two and three part time jobs. This leaves fewer jobs for other people, not that I'm saying they shouldn't do this, but it give others the impression that there are many jobs to be had. Many of these so called righteous people that tell every one to just go out and get the job are not very bright. Yes people are offered work, but usually after you submit an application, go through an interview, pass a background check, and pass a drug test. All this considered, did the potential employer like what they saw, or did thy tell you “Thank you for your interest in XYZ Corp, but we have chosen someone who is more suitable for the position”. What is more suitable? Not being 59 years old, an Associate, Bachelor, or other Degree. You have more than ample experience, but maybe you know to much, or your to old. No, your just not as suited as someone else.


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Jasmin
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 6:46 pm

$255.00 a week was enough to live on . Where do you live in your mothers basement? Do you have a family to support? or was that just your drinking and drug money? I am sure if that was the case it was sufficient for you to live on. There are hard working people out here that has not been able to find jobs no matter how hard they try. Maybe because of their age or background or maybe because there are hundreds of applications submitted for just one opening.

Instead of talking crap, maybe you should thank the lord that you where one of the few lucky ones that you were able to find a job.

You should be ashamed of yourself.


Flsunlover
Comment posted July 3, 2010 @ 3:58 am

I cannot believe it. Easter holiday, they made people wait, then Memorial Day Holiday, and now Independence day. All three holidays had this issue up for approval, and were held up until the old farts got back from their “Holidays” getting fat. This makes me “asshamed” of my congress. I bet they will have their meals this week. Shame on you Congress, taking so long to help your fellow Americans. To collect unemployment means a person had to work, and pay taxes to qualify. They had jobs and only get a portion of what they earned. It's not charity. Welfare is, and will be the next step for all those unemployed WORKERS. Cut all the multiple vacations out for Congress so this country can be run on a timely manner!!! And STOP bickering just because you are a twp party system. Stop the internal WARS.


Flsunlover
Comment posted July 3, 2010 @ 4:02 am

That's probably all you're worth. Are you a hooker?


hkenn
Comment posted July 5, 2010 @ 11:44 pm

Wow Natebdogg…you are completely delusional if you're not just lying! I'm glad, for your sake, that these posts are anonymous enough to protect your identity. Jobs are NOT a dime a dozen and it seems to me that you're the one lacking in the intelligence catagory. If that job is actually paying someone like you, I'll bet it's not a reputable position at all. Oh, I'm sorry, am I using words that you don't understand??


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Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

You must be a teenager or a bumb living at home with your momma. Try having a $1300 a month mortgage, house utilities, car and insurance plus enough food to feed yourself plus three kids and then say that $10 per hour is enough. Maybe you should move out and get bills of your own and respond back in a couple of months.


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fighting4rights
Comment posted September 17, 2010 @ 7:26 pm

it's lazy people like you taking advantage of this time that give a bad name for those trying! Lucky for you no one can see your identity because your ass would be turned in for unemployment fraud, oweing lots of money. You are a loser and obviously need to change your ways or you will go no where in life!!


fighting4rights
Comment posted September 17, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

Reply to natebdogg

it's lazy people like you taking advantage of this time that give a bad name for those trying! Lucky for you no one can see your identity because your ass would be turned in for unemployment fraud, oweing lots of money. You are a loser and obviously need to change your ways or you will go no where in life!!


fighting4rights
Comment posted September 17, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

So here I sit with 2 months left of tier 1 wondering if in November I will be lucky enough that they continue extensions, I have a degree not helping, I even was turned down by Mc Donalds because I was not looking to stay there long term which they could obviously tell by my work history and current schooling to gain a higher degree. This would not have paid my bills anyway but the continuos rejection from all job postinngs sure makes life suck! I also have a nerve damage in my right arm, so my thought the government needs to get me a job, continue unemployment or give me disability. Stop handing welfare to drug dealers and continue unemployment!!


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