White House: We’ll Push for Another Unemployment Extension in November

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 8:58 am

Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs indicated that President Obama might push for another unemployment extension in November, when the extension the Senate plans to authorize today expires.

The Senate is taking a cloture vote today, and hopes to push through a majority-rules vote as soon as possible thereafter. The House needs to then approve the bill, which finally goes to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. The reauthorization of benefits will extend retroactively to June 2, when 300,000 people a week started to be dropped from the rolls, until Nov. 30. The benefits will aid people who have been unemployed for more than six months in states with unemployment over 8 percent, providing up to 99 weeks of benefits.

Sam Stein at Huffington Post writes that, at a daily press conference yesterday, Gibbs argued the unemployment rate will likely be no better in November, meaning that the White House might push for more benefits:

Gibbs defended the president’s approach, calling unemployment benefits “emergency spending” at a time when the unemployment rate is 9.5 percent. Asked whether that same mindset would hold true at the end of November, when the soon-to-be-passed round of unemployment benefits expire, Gibbs replied:

“I think it is fair and safe to assume that we are not going to wake up and find ourselves at the end of November at a rate of employment one would not consider to be an emergency.”

The press secretary did not offer a definitive number at which the employment situation in this country would suddenly become more tolerable. But he did arbitrarily note that a rate of 9 percent of 8.5 percent would not be “something at where [sic] you decide not to continue unemployment [insurance].”

8.5 or 9 percent is still very, very high. Never before has Congress let emergency unemployment benefits lapse with unemployment over 7 percent. But economists do not expect unemployment to fall to that level until around 2013.

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Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 1:21 pm

I hope the senate does what is needed for the american people!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

They'll only do what they feel is politically in their best interests – look at what they've done so far – they don't represent us, the American people, they represent themselves and their party. It's time we saw past their words, and elected representatives based on their values and past performance. This political sandbagging at our expense has got to stop! Where are the JOBS this administration promised?

Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

When will they disburse the checks to the unemployed? I've got $20 in my bank account to feed a family of four left.

Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

Let's not play games with people's lives.. Pass the Unemployment Extension !!! Lets make it right. We spend millions on oversea projects. Lets back up and take care of what we got here first…… By making this bill hard to pass,republicans are showing their true colors. Republicans stand for nothing…

Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

If this UI Extension bill is not passed….A MARCH ON WASHINGTON WILL NEED TO BE DONE…just like Dr.King did back in '62. WE THE PEOPLE WILL NOT ACCEPT BEING THROWN UNDER UNDER THE BUS!!

Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

Sara gov't cannot create jobs private sector can. SInce the majority of the private sector is repub and they want to see obama fail and they will do everything they can including not hiring people and making their own people work more and more hours. Very simple.

Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 1:48 pm

Will this extension help people in Minnesota where the unemployment rate is 6.8 % ? Thats what kills me, 6.8 % of us are still unemployed what's the rate got to do with it ?

Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

i just want to throw up!

Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

Believe it or not I am -342.00 in my bank account. I have automatic payments taken out lost my UC benefits and the charges for NSF killed the account. Therefore, you my friend are in better shape than me. I have been reduced to begging food off my neighbors. It is diqusting the mess this has caused, and I am an educated person who once feels I had it all. Now I am in the street gutter. 20 dollars is a lot of money!

Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 2:02 pm

One thing that has happened throughout this ridiculous political game playing is that the GOP has been exposed as the frauds they are!! Yeah they are all for passing any bill that benefits the rich and it DOES NOT have to be paid for, but when it comes to the AMERICAN WORKERS they are all the sudden deficit hawks and are worried about paying for it …….HUH????
Wow! I would hate to live with myself knowing that im only out to help the rich and screw the poor. Enjoy HELL when you get there all of you GOP

Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 2:02 pm

Would the Senate refuse to take a raise in salary and benefits because it would cause a deficit?

Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 2:05 pm

I've been unemployed for about 10 months now and my benefits have stopped about 2 weeks ago. I've worked in IT department for almost 10 years at the same company and then got laid off. I've been looking for a job, regardless of what the pay is, but when you come on an interview and the employer says they received over 5,000 resumes for the same position, what are my chances of landing that job?

Those of you who are saying we shouldn't extend the benefits or that people are looking for a handout, you probably never spent a minute in an unemployment office and never had to face the situation where you need to choose whether you should pay your mortgage or buy food. I have a wife and 2 young kids, so I'm facing this situation every day.

Please pass the extension. It's much needed for many Americans who are looking for work. If Republicans are looking to cut this $33B extension somewhere else, why not get out of Iraq and stop spending $285 Million dollars each day. That's right, every day we spend about $285M on war in Iraq. Seems like people in Iraq are more important than your own people. How sad.

I'm hoping for the best.

Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 2:11 pm

In order for the blocking of the change that needs to take place comes through having political backing. It's amazing the Obama Administration has gotten anything done with the republican obstructionist tactics. One thing good is one can see just how different the two parties are.

I know I will be voting Democrat on all tickets. This will ensure that the President has the POLITICAL POWER he needs to get the job done. New jobs are a must and and the President wants to do this, he has a plan, the only thing he does not have, is the support of all of us to vote in the right people who will roll up their sleeves and do just that.

We can turn the corner on Washington republicans playing shell games and wanting Obama to fail. We have the power to make this go away. Vote them out so we can move forward. If Obama fails America fails

Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

the senate and congress gave them self's nine pay raise's before they even decided to raise the minimum wage. so there you go . they got the best benefits in country and perks

Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

Have you tried applying for Food Stamps?

Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

It has come to my attention that THIRTY FOUR percent of Americans knwo that the bailout (TARP) funds were done by President Bush & the Republicans. Now, I don;t know about you, but I am sick of the country voting for these liars. The USED to be the conservative people who harped on spending, now THEY spent way too much on BS banks and their buddies (Bush tax cuts, which, although help some middle income families, were really meant to help the wealthy so they can create jobs for us, gee thanks).
Please..whether you are religious, don't like Obama or just always went Republican..PLEASE vote them out. PLEASE let your family, friends and anyone else harping about the Democrats know that the REPUBLICANS are to blame. They DO NOT care about us. They used to know main street, they only know rich people now (Mitch McConnell, worth 33 million, EVERY Republican that voted no to this is an elite, filthy rich SOB).
Palin is not the answer either. You can't make up new words and say this is how I will run things…NO MORE! WE THE PEOPLE should run things and vote people in that will LISTEN to us, not their God (Palin & GW), not their friends (REPUBLICANS) and certainly not their friends at the Banks. C'mon, at least the Democrats have actual speeches on the Senate floor about helping the unemployed. Why, suddenly after billions for banks do the Republicans want the EMERGENCY funding, which for the last 50+ years has been EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT…why do they suddenly want this paid for? THEY DON”T CARE….spread the word..NO REPUBLICANS IN OFFICE IN NOVEMBER! They are counting on us to “forget” and are already setting us shop to regain 40+ seats! Isn't that insane? The fact that they are so pompous is sickening. WE THE PEOPLE!!!

Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

That is insane. Like I said the Republicans are counting on us “dumb folk” to forget. The tea party (Sharron Angle) is a lot of the right in sheep clothing trying to fool us. I will look at this: What did the candidate stand for? What have they done for us lately? Where did THEY grow up and where have THEY been living for the last ten years? In a mansion? Did they grow up in politics and have they made millions in the last few years (Palin). I'm done with these guys. I grew up in a middle class family. My oldest brother made it big and they rest of us are pretty middle class still. But guess what? He's suddenly Republican! My father, an Iron Worker for 35 years, my mother a mom & then a middle class office owrker are still Democrats…BUT my brother rubs elbows with the rich, rich, rich…and he's right on board with them. We barely talk anymore. He made fun of me for taking a survey job at a gas station. I'm telling you folks…money screws with your head & you start to think you're above it all.

Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 3:23 pm


To already know they, President Obama and the US Senate will again use the American Unemployed as political pawns. Wonder if that date, November is special.

Hmmmmm, oh yeah, November 2nd, election when every incumbent losses their jobs.

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Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 4:32 pm

That's all god and fine to say now…. what if they in fact lose the house or Senate?
I am in Nevada, at 4,500 feet in the Sierra Nevada Mountains…. You telling me that you would want to be living in your car here?
The homeless shelters already have a waiting list of a couple of weeks…

It nice of them to say that…. maybe they should start the process now, that way they can get it passed by then?

Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 4:59 pm

I agree – but why wait? There has to be a way to do a virtual march. One place we all can go and be heard!!!! Is there anyone out there that could be our voice – a reporter – someone!!!! please speak up if you are willing to help us!!

Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

It is the waiting that kills me, I am exhausted and hungry. Quite simple when you think of it a demoralized population is a dangerous population. now am I a threat to the man on the street? No, but I am a threat to the Washington Pack Rats,( Dem and Rep). Can we fight them yes, but we will have to show a united front. How about something simple, like a small hand printed sign in our windows. on our cars. All it has to be is a small piece of white paper with USA in red white and blue. It would identify us as a united populace. No grand stranding, nothing extreme just a show of unity. If we can paste a vote for sticker or sign for politicians why can't we do it for ourselves. I really think that if enough of us just posted this small USA sign starting today and through November the idiots we elected would take notice. If nothing else it would be taking action for ourselves. besides if this really took off it would scare the pants off of the politicians. Since they would would never know which party was being targeted. Their own paranoia would kill them.

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Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 7:56 pm

What will you be willing to do in Oct when the government say vote the right way or loose these benefits?

Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 8:15 pm

In response to Ispeedtoo, I will not be intimated by someone telling me how to vote because of money. They really have no control you know.Right now the public especially the unemployed feel powerless because of money and that's what they want. So what will I do, I will learn! If people understood that right now jobs are created in the United States by the citizens not the corporations. We have to economize it does not me we have to starve. Our economy for the last 8 years has been based on Macro systems, in reality we are a micro based economy. take care of your community. The community is your base, if it is to far gone take a look at it and think of a way to fix it. I will never understand why people think they are not as smart has the suits.
By November I will have started my own company, do I know if it will be a huge success no! But I know I have the strength and will to create something to support my family. There is no way I would give away my most valuable possession, my vote. So if you are looking towards the future afraid of these idiots, you will have long, hard and unhappy life. Today we got help not a handout, use it.

Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

Just a follow up, I made my USA sign and put it up on my patio. I will also put one on my car. I maybe the only one to do it, but damn I am still smiling.

Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 8:31 pm

Hi ispeedtoo, May I ask what you do or want to do?

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Comment posted September 15, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

Bullshit- I've been unemployed too and have always found a job. Are you going to the local chamber of commerce meetings? are you networking at every possible IT related event in your city? live in DC? do you have unrealistic salary expectations? are you coming across at interviews as desperate, needy and/or helpless? are you truly using every single resource available from 5.00 a.m. til 10.00 p.m. at night every single day? If you are only sending resumes “online” guarantee you it wont happen…please dont respond people lecturing me how i'm being heartless and condescending, I am NOT…simply trying to help out, I KNOW THE PAIN have been there myself

Comment posted September 15, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

DUDE- dont wait for a handout. MOVE, knock door to door until you find something, illegals do it all the time and somehow they make it here despite language barriers, no papers, discrimination, etc. MOVE

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