After Two Months, Senate Passes Unemployment Benefits Extension

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Tonight, after waiting 30 hours for a cloture vote, the Senate reauthorized the federal extension of unemployment benefits — moving one step closer to restoring unemployment insurance to 2.6 million American workers. Tomorrow, the bill needs four or five hours of procedural time before a House vote. As soon as the House vote happens, President Obama can sign the bill into law.

The legislation retroactively grants extended benefits — additional weeks of unemployment, tacked on to state benefits where the unemployment rate is higher than 8 percent, and maxing out at 99 weeks — to June 2. (States are overloaded dealing with the backlog of recipients, but expect benefit checks to start rolling out in two weeks or so.)  The extension lasts through Nov. 30. It does not create any new benefits, and does not extend the $25-a-week Federal Additional Compensation benefit.

Senate Republicans had held up the extension for more than two months, causing benefits to lapse for approximately 300,000 workers a day nationally. Senate Democrats failed to overcome a GOP filibuster numerous times — first via the tax extenders legislation closing a series of tax loopholes and providing aid to states, and then via a standalone bill.

Ultimately, the dispute came down to dollars. Republicans insisted that the unemployment extension not add to the deficit. Wanting the benefits to have a stimulative effect on the lagging economy, and considering them emergency spending, Democrats wanted to be able to increase the deficit. Ultimately, after the standoff, Democrats won — losing Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) in the cloture vote on Tuesday, but gaining Maine Republicans Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, as well as Sen. Robert Byrd’s (D-W.Va.) temporary replacement, Sen. Carte Goodwin (D).

Today, Democrats repeatedly berated Republicans for holding up the legislation. Once the Senate gained cloture on Tuesday, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) requested that Republicans agree to waive the 30-hour waiting period until a final majority-rules vote, as is customary. Republicans refused.

On the Senate floor, Reid blasted them. “The Republican leadership, supported by the overwhelming majority of its caucus, has stood in front of the burning house and said: Everyone wants us to put out the fire, but we’re going to sit back and wait a while before we turn on the hoses. That is a disgrace that brings shame to this institution. But more than that, it hurts the very people we were sent here to help. Why would someone in public service do such a thing?  Why would they be so callous? … I simply don’t know. I am at a loss.”

But Republicans continue to see the fight in terms of the budget. “Hard times require hard decisions,” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said on the floor. “What we are seeing is the easy way out.”

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Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:49 am

what will suicide resolve? If you really feel that way you should seek help…all suicide does is hurt the people you leave behind and scar them for life. You will survive another 2 weeks if You WANT to. Life sucks right now for alot of people the poor keep getting poorer and the rich well as always they just get richer. But you have to believe that we are not given more then we can handle…It will get better…It has to!!! Keep your chin up and don’t give up!

Get a Clue!!
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:49 am

Looking out for the 13 trillion dollar debt? Gimme a friggin break man, they want to add close to 700 billion to it for giving tax breaks to the wealthy. You obviously have a degree in idiocracy!!!

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Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 7:45 am

Ok bURKESP16 you are poor and waiting on the extension too right. So why don’t you have an Job. Are you part of the lazy fat crack headed ones that the replubs are talking about. There are about 99.99% of the unemployed who are looking so u must be the .1% that is an lazy, fat crack headed ass. Dude u killed me with that one. LOL

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 7:47 am

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Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 3:22 am

Let's see exactly what “Hard Decision” Coburn comes to when it's time to throw another hundred billion at Afghanistan in Emergency Spending. How many terrible articles will I have to read screaming about how THAT doesn't really count as Emergency Spending and is violating Paygo then?

My guess is none. None articles.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 3:30 am

I agree with you Stephen! It's like the media is not covering this process at all. It's more if a Lindsey Lohan and Mel Gibson over regular Americans. I love those two but please balance it out before I burn my eyes out reading Internet news articles about my unemployment.

Rev Daryl Galloway
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 3:34 am

These people in congress are just a bunch of millionaires who could care-less about working people.They spend millions of dollars on re-elections so they can get richer. Who can afford they seats they occupy? They don't worry about the same things avg. people worry about namely lights, gas, food,and insurance for cars and health. What a bunch of crooks we have voted in to offices. Help me Jesus!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 3:36 am

Hard times require hard decisions???? It's pretty funny that those hard decisions only effect those of us who don't have a large piggy bank. I for one will remember the names of each and every one that held up this legislation at election time. They didn't listen to us for the past two months but I'm pretty sure when it's time to run for office we'll hear all kinds of excuses for their behavior. How disgusting and pathetic. I'm barely keeping a roof over my kid's head. I had to beg for rental assistance from churches because my unemployment stopped. This sickens me. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 3:36 am

The republicans are very sick…the messed up thing is they will gain the votes, just like this article states because the unemployed, most through no fault of their own, are out numbered plain and simple. The employed people, to which the unemployment extension obviously does not apply see the republicans standing up for them against the out of control liberals when in all reality, they are the ones that are out of control with hate.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 3:37 am

your right to hell with the goverment helping other countries and illegals when they should be helping the people whos family can be traced to who helped to make this the USA and have been working for10+ years and have been cut off before there first extension and got no more while poeple heve become99″s

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 3:39 am

There's alot that's going to happen come this November..Prayerfully the job situation is better for all, because if not, we're going to be back were we were before yesterday…plus it's election time come November!!!

Just me
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 3:42 am

I certainly hope it doesnt take a couple of weeks for those retro checks to get to the people. They need utilities now, do you know what the temperature is in Arizona? What about food, medicine for the child who needs it now. Please get extra help in the office and get those checks out to the people now…each day does so very much more damage. Utility co.s will ask for reconnect fees etc. which will only set people back even more. School is starting and children need supplies…dont let them down.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 3:47 am

I want to thank the only two republicans that voted for this bill. This was very important for my family . I can have more time to find a job and put food on my table for my two children which I love alot. thank you democrats for carring about the millions of families that needed your help. Hopefully the people that attend churches in the US will see the party that really cares for man kind and vote for them in the furture. Stay out of wars and there would be no problem paying to help your friends and nieghbors.I worked hard over two decades and was there everyday now I need a little help .

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 3:50 am

Just me, I gather you're in AZ, me too, our state is completely against the bill so who knows, it could be weeks, I hope it's this Tuesday for everyone out here.

Connecticut Yankee
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 3:52 am

Historically, unemployment extensions have gone on for longer than the 99 weeks with a lower unemployment rate. It's easy to figure out that the only thing the Republicans are concerned with is getting re-elected by keeping their $$$ large contributors happy. They were certainly not concerned with adding to the deficit when it came to bailing out big business. It's simply a matter of our elected officials lacking character. It's getting harder to decide who NOT to vote for – isn't it?

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 3:52 am

there's no excuse for a 2 week wait for retro checks to start rolling — don't they have enough staff to get this done asap? — maybe they need to hire more of us “hobos” to help — no, that's right, we are “too lazy to get up off our a**es & work”!
Yeah, I have really enjoyed pulling in that $300/week instead of my former salary of 3x that! It's inhumane & they can be sure there are 2.5 million voters that won't forget this in November.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 3:54 am

Amen!!!!!! So many of us are in the same situation. If it wasn't for the generous kindness of Christian individuals.. I would not have been able to feed my children or remain in my house. My Husband provided a 6 figure income for all of our married lives.. and paid taxes on that amount. We have lost everything, businesses, cars, savings etc. I have always voted Republican – but not anymore. They are completely out of touch with the difficulties real Americans are facing. Im not sure who I feel sorry for more. Them as they have no compassion for people just “the love of money” or all of us who might very well end up 99er's very soon!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 3:57 am

“Easy way out”, there is NOTHING 'easy' about being unemployed after years of dedicated work then just dumped on the street. However, it will be easy to vote those who failed to work together out of office in Nov!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 3:58 am

Im going to school to get a better career. Ive been going almost as long as I have been on unemployment. Also job hunting at the same time. Now I can finish in September and hopefully get a more stable career. My three kids needed everything last month, now its time to catch up. They can finally use toilet paper instead of ripped clothes to go to the bathroom. Republicans are unbelievable.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:01 am

Senator Coburn! What do YOU know about hard times?? You have absolutely NO clue! You have a glorified position that is ALSO paid for by taxpayer dollars, don't forget that! I paid your over-inflated salary before I lost my job at the end of Dec. '09 due to the horrible economy in Michigan, through no fault of my own.
Shame on all the Republicans who further chose to delay things by not waiving the 30 hours — this will come back to you, it's called karma!
We are all Americans, and some of us are down right now, and instead of uniting and lending a helping hand to those in need, you are kicking us! You should be ashamed of yourselves! I am truly disgusted by all of this and have never seen so much hatred from one American to another. Oh, by the way, I am 45 and have been working since I was 15, so I've never been a freeloader or any of the other nasty names those of us who are unemployed have been called lately. Any of those who act so pompous and downgrade the unemployed, just remember, YOU can be in the same position tomorrow. Don't think it can't happen to you!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:01 am

2 weeks…NO WAY…We needed to have food, pay, rent, phone, bill and car payment weeks AGO! Please put a RUSH on this….we have suffered enough! Our landlords cannot wait for the rent for those who have not already been evicted!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:04 am

Yup. The biggest gift this recession gave the GOP was a group of people (the unemployed) powerless to fight back against political grandstanding. What are we gonna do, use the money we don't have to fly to D.C. and protest? Donate the money we don't have to their political slush funds in exchange for a promise that they won't throw us under the bus?

They know exactly what they're doing. Stomp the little guy who can't stomp back, the motto of the Republican party.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:09 am

Congradulations to all who life was turned upside down.Im truly happy for you guys.I guess its safe to say us 99ers are screwd.Im 41 and no body will hire me.Whats next sell drugs to survive or rob the wealthy.I pray to god i dont resort to negative activitys……

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:10 am

It's sad when some people in the house don't care about the hard working individuals that are laid off. It must be nice to sit up there and have your paycheck while some of us suffer. Enjoy your steaks until november.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:12 am

I would like to hope that everyone who voted NO and caused this hardship on our poor unemployed people will themselves be unemployed next election. I know they are all rich and don't need the money but I want them to lose their jobs and see how it feels. We spend billions on war and worry about a deficit when our own people are starving and hurting at home. What is wrong with our government to allow this to happen?

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:12 am

We have to wait a couple of weeks before we get any unemployment money???

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:14 am

The Media continues to interview these Senators and talk about the deficit. There have been NO conversations with the unemployed, underemployed and the just plain forgotten.
If they were real journalists, they would tell OUR side. Instead they focus on Lohan, Gibson and whatever flavor of the day.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:15 am


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Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:16 am

yes i agree… landlord is hounded me for his rent money!!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:16 am

what happened to for the people by the people

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:17 am

These Republicans are a sick,twisted EVIL bunch. Vote them all out in November.
Make Mitch McConnell FIRST on the list.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:17 am

the rich get richer and the poor get poorer…thats the new Republican creed. I can't believe this…dont add to the deficit? um, excuse me, mister senator…but in case you didn't notice…millions of Americans have no jobs, no money and maybe if you stepped down from that soapbox you will see that if we had a little bit of help, all of that assistance that you give us goes right back into the economy as we try to keep a roof over our head a some scraps of food on the table. I am sure I speak for all of us when I say MY savings account isn't getting fat on 1/3 of what my wages used to be before I lost my job… so WAKE UP! Cut off our lifeline and your precious economy is going to get even worse. Oh, and about that deficit….no new jobs = no taxes paid….hm….interesting concept, yes? I like this one better: no jobs, no money…economy goes down the toilet and the barter system is put back into place….your money is now useless and my gardening tools (that I haven't sold yet) are worth more….I would love for you to see how it feels to be destitute!

A Voter
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:19 am

AVVV1956 you are SOOOO RIGHT! Today they enjoy their chicken but tomorrow (November) they'll be eating the feathers. These idiots have no idea or should I say have completely forgot the fact that Re-Election is just down the road for them…

Had Enough
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:21 am

2 week waiting period? I am seriously contemplating suicide.I cant go on like this any longer.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:22 am


The Republican Senators are CLUELESS! But a big THANK-YOU to the two Republican Senators from Maine.

100 Fillabusters by the republicans senators in 19 months……unacceptable!

They will not allow President Obama & The Democrats to do what's right for the average american…….unless we vote out at least 6 of them in Niovember. If we do, NO MORE FILLABUSTERS.

Please, everyone……vote, vote, vote

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:24 am

I believe Republicans are out of order…. don't forget fire them in November

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:25 am

Thank God that prayers have been answererd and will continue to pray for favor and provisions for you and your families

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:25 am

I just cant believe I just read that its gonna at least two weeks before we get our money. Everyday that goes by is so scary. What about bills.. our children.. school starting.. school supplies.. car insurance.. I'm just at my wits end…
So glad its passing in the Senate.. but two weeks is just to long. School starts in two weeks for both of my children. Definitely still scared… as we have been for two months now. My nerves can hardly take anymore..

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:27 am

hang in there! i'm with you for this really bad trip!! it's been almost 4 weeks for me too, no fricking money and no job still !!!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:28 am

Get the word out to vote the arrogant, self centered, big oil financed GOP out on their butts where they belong…then don't grant THEM unemployment! They cannot call themselves human…they are despicable. I will NEVER forget this and I will NEVER vote, EVER for the GOP….

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:31 am

my husband graduates in Sept too from school. He had to take up a whole new career. This money is so deserving to the people who were laid off.. my heart goes out to all of you. We are right there with you. This has truly been such a scary past couple of months. I have never felt so close to losing everything. Its still so close. It cant come soon enough. Everyday is so hard. Congrats on finishing school in Sept.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:36 am

I am a registered Democrat who has always voted for Elton Gallegly in every election. I have met Elton Gallegly several times over the years. I have always been a strong supporter of Elton Gallegly for many years. I can no longer give him any more support unless he changes his position on the federal unemployment extension bill. Elton Gallegly needs to VOTE YES.

I have been employed since I was 16 years old; I am 61 years old now and for the first time in my life, I am unemployed for the past 6 months. I am a licensed architect with over 35 years of experience. I was vice president of a company for over 25 years that simply ran out of work. I look for work every day in my field and related fields that I am qualified. I have done my homework on how to get a job in today’s market. I have spent thousands of dollars paying companies to find me work, paid for professional on resume writing several times, my resume has been sent to hundreds of companies over the internet. I have tried to get a job at Carl’s Jr. and I am still unemployed. I am fortunate that I have savings but there are neighbors that are now homeless. Families with kids out in the streets. I am sure many people have written him on their personal dilemma.

The money that goes to these hard working people will be spent on food & shelter that will help stimulate our economy. It is a win, win situation for everybody.

Members of the House of representatives, please vote YES on the federal unemployment extension bill.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:40 am

ya know what really pisses me of i live in az mcain just now wants to do something about illegals sb 1070 is really killing me hes been in office over 10 years now its time to clean up the border whos gonna pay me bush in irak a nother vietnam still havent found bin landen america is not gonna be free till we stop this terrorist bullshit the big question when are people gonna wise up and say enough is enough its time to revamp govt oh how bought gas prices havent really gone up since b p and washington dumped so many millions of gallons in the gulf that accident really fucked up there game there does anyone really think people have a voice any more

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:40 am

no, don't do that, you'll get your money. Hang in there, don't let these uncaring politicians effect you. I need benefits very badly as well. Hold your head up!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:44 am

Don't say that man, just stick it out, you already have thus far. You will find a way to rise up and one day laugh at this, and the jerks that would rather spend money on war and hate then help feed their own. These people will rot, they will one way or another.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:45 am

Everyone should write Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska and say THANKS for NOTHING..AGAIN!
Democrat,my behind!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:48 am

Republicans will have their day… it's called Karma. Those low-life, womanizers, perverts, who prey on the middle class and the poor… where would these fat cats be if the middle and lower class stopped working. Stop driving the trucks that provide gas to the stations, stop working at the electrical plants so they don't have any electricity, stop teaching their children, stop cleaning their homes, stop building the fine autos they drive, stop fixing their mansions, stop farming their food!!! How quickly the rich would see how much their money would be worth…

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:49 am

Hang in there. I think the States are just playing a little “cya”and saying it'll be longer than it'll actually take.
They SHOULD have been anticipating the YES this week with all the press around it.

Unemployed American
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:50 am

>>>Everyone Please Remember this when the November Elections come…Vote Against the Republicscams in every Race !!! Holding Poor People Hostage is unacceptable in every manner, not to mention inhumane….
We can Cut Taxes for the rich, Spend Billions on War, and send money to 3rd World countries , but to help you Neighbors out seems impossible to the Hate Monger Repubs….I'm Ashamed to have these people in My City !!!<<<

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:54 am

It says on the Texas UI Website they will begin issuing payments 7 to 10 days after the President signs the bill into law.
Hang in there folks.

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Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:03 am

just think in two weeks this will all be over believe me im living with my family now with my 6 year old daughter and i have nothing to offer them but a thank you.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:03 am

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Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:04 am

Dont vote Dems!!! Are you serious dude!!? Have seen the economy and our 13 trillion dollar debt!!!! Just because they delayed the vote. Does not mean that the republicans held us hostage!! I was waiting for the extension as well!! But the Dems are DEAD WRONG! on almost every issue they have brought to the table! Abortion, war in Afganistan, Healthcare. Our president is in with the Black Panthers!!! Does none of this come to your attention! or are you just one of those idiots that just care about yourself? Our country is going to S@%T! And it is not because of the republicans. Our president is a liar and a scam artist. And he thinks he has the right to kill americans without due process, because they are suspicious of terrorism! Give me a break man! Don't talk about things you don't know about. Oh and by the way I am poor. But I know right from wrong. And you are WRONG!

Honest American Dad
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:04 am

The good news is we CAN fight back. We can stomp back. We can take control.

Official estimates is that 15.5 million people are currently unemployed (when the “discouraged” workers are included.)

Many economists and historians have held firm that, especially during hard times, you must double the “official estimates” to even come close to the real number of unemployed. They lie and manipulate the numbers to make things look better in an effort I like to refer to as “polishing the turd.”

So by my calculations there are at least 30 million currently unemployed voters in the U.S. Possibley you might double that number if you include those that are under-employed. In the 2008 national elections just over 131 million votes were cast, one of the highest turnouts in recent memory.

If we, middle class Americans who have been decimated by the mistakes of the 5% privleged class, ban together we have a voting block that consists of at least 23% of the total vote. BUT WE HAVE TO SERIOUSLY BAND TOGETHER.

Contact me if you are interested in starting a real, middle class, grass roots movement. I am not a politician on any level. I belong to no special interest groups or PACs. I would like to start a special interest group for real, hardworking Americans who have shouldered the losses stemming from the greed and corruption of the very few.

I am a 26er as of June 7.

Contact me at

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:12 am

WOW you sure watch Communist News Network way tooo much! Put the peices together. You have no idea what you are talking about! And Karma is not the truth! What goes around comes around comes from the BIBLE! Ever read it?? I am a republican And I am NOT a low-life,I am poor and waiting for the extension as well! republicans just know that if you are poor you should get your lazy, fat crackheaded A%@ up and do somthing and stop relying on the goverment for eveything! People don't realize that our goverment would be a lot more smaller if people wouldn't rely on them! And believe me I know more dems that are perverts than republicans. Please stop and think. DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

Chris PA
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:15 am

Well i am happy for you all who still have something to look forward too but as a 99er myself, i have nothing to look forward too… i been without income since march… am now living on welfare at 174.00 a month in this county in PA … its not even enough to remotely start paying bills nor put gas in my car or anything else. Tell me about hard time finding work? …. Try it with a recent back injury and other problems as of recent, because of not working i can't just go file for Workmans comp. …and now i have to totally retrain from work i had known and the ability to do all along. There is no financial help for schooling … well excuse me schooling yes there is but the cost of getting there daily and such to make a better life for myself is impossible at this time. I am happy for those who it will help But once again us 99ers are the ones who have lost just about everything and any source of help won't bring back what we have lost or to help us keep what we are losing…… and Suicide … when you lost everything you own and no help even remotely on the way … you have nothing more to lose … myself i think about suicide all the time but then i have issues myself … so nothing to lose could easily push someone over the edge in no time flat.. specially when their country turns their back on their own…. in this case we may as well as be Mexican immigrants … scratch that … they are getting it better from our own government than we americans are..

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:16 am

I'm not a mom so I don't have that responsibility, but I would say, don't worry and put your faith in God. Give your heart to Him if you haven't already because I've been unemployed for 2 years and He has taken care of me. I've stayed with friends and my credit has gone kaput. I decided end of Feb when I had to find a new place, that I wasn't going to worry and see what He could do and He provided a live-in caregiving position. There are many resources available for your kids to have supplies, etc. God will provide … just trust Him! He is going to be there for you when the govt isn't!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:16 am

You broke a new level of stupidity.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:17 am


You sound like an idiot if anyone this did this mess was president Bush he made a huge mess for some one else like Obama and the others in congress to clean his mess that the truth. You need to let go your hate roll and see congress for what it is 98% all corrupt only a few good men.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:17 am

Thats sad to hear! But you will vote for people that are with the black panthers! and kill babies, and lie to the american public, basically by telling you one thing and doing the exact oppisite! WOW your priorities are backwards! Oh and you will vote the gop out because they were looking at our 13 trillion dollar debt and not wanting to add anything else onto it because soon we will under a communist countries thumb! Yeah your really smart! Let me guess you have a degree in idiocy!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:19 am

Burkers thats some pretty dumb stuff there. Take everything you said and apply it to the past Republican regime and its Senators. You might then be half right

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:21 am

Chris when you start talking about suicide on a message board it might be time to get help.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:22 am

Nothing dumber, excuse me, more cognitively challenged than an unemployed republican, Burkers. If you make less than even 500K a year and vote for republican, you're the reason the middle class is in the state it is.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:23 am

Believe me, I know somewhat how you feel. My credit was ruined since August and I get so many calls. Suicide is not the answer and don't give up. You will get your money in 2 weeks and you will get back pay so hold on and start doing something to help others. Start volunteering, maybe at a food bank, and it will lift your spirits up and the time will go quickly. Life on earth may seem like hell at times but it will be an eternity of hell otherwise. You are very special to God and keep your chin up … better days are coming soon!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:28 am

Whatever, I am well educated from a MAJOR university, currently in school right now working on my 3rd degree. How many of these “caring republicans” are doing anything for you, I'm not going to resort to name calling for you because you are not worth it, the ONLY reason I am unemployed is because my boss had to CLOSE his business because of the economy BUSH left us. At least Ronald Reagan tried, BUSH, Big Business has us ALL, including YOU, unemployed. If you weren't so sensitive you would know that I was referring to the republicans in office. So keep voting republican, including the ever “eloquent” Sarah Palin so you can be in the welfare line as soon as your unemployment runs out. Oh, do your homework on how many republicans have had mistresses vs democrats… I don't care about either party, I look to see which party is at least attempting to treat the american PEOPLE right, they are all crooks to me, some are just more blatant than others. Silly rabbit tricks are for kids. Go back to school, if you have a degree at all… oh I forgot the “republican party” will rescue you!!

Holding on by a thread
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:29 am

I know two weeks seems like forever when you have nothing in the fridge and unpaid bills piled up. You are not alone. Keep your head up, this too will pass. Remember nothing stays the same forever. The storm will pass and we will get back to living again instead of holding our breath waiting for the next shoe to drop. And to the elected officials who have the duty and responsibility to represent the people honestly and fairly and have failed us miserably remember God does not like ugly!

don't you wish.
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Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:33 am

If you make less than 500k and vote Republican you are either incompetent, ignorant, racist, a small business owner, employed in an industry effected by job outsourcing.

Only the really rich have a reason to vote Republican. Its a heartless group really

don't you wish.
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:34 am

So true… every dog, does have his day. and someone needs to call the pound to the republicans… lol. to everyone else thank you.

Setting The Record Straight
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:35 am

Let's make this simple for you BurkesPl6.

The Black Panthter voter intimidation incident happened in Philadelphia on Election Day 2008….November 4.

The 81st Attorney General of the United States reviewed the allegations three weeks after the election and the case but decided not to pursue criminal charges for lack of evidence. He essentially said he believed it might have happened but couldn't prove it as a criminal charge.

The 81st Attorney General of the United States decided on Jan. 7, 2009 to file civil charges against those New Black Panthers.

President Barack Obama apponted Eric Holder as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States on January 20, 2009. (By the way, Ronald Reagan appointed Eric Holder to the Federal bench in 1988)

So who was the 81st Attorney General of the United States? Hmmmm…oh yes, Michael Mukasey….appointed by George Bush.

I will not dignify your other rantings with a rebuttal as you are obviously just as misinformed on those as you are on the New Black Panther incident.

Do yourself, and the rest of us, a favor. Stop watching so much Glenn Beck.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:39 am

burk you need to take a step back and really look at yourself, honestly.
Just because your dad was a republican doesn't mean that you have to be one. if you are on unemployment that means that you are part of the working class, not a business owner. DWDF… deallin with dumb F%&#@s

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:43 am

I agree!!!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:43 am

Chris, I am so sorry that is all that I can say. I am sorry for our country in letting you down. But I am also sorry that someone on this board would see your pain and make such a careless statement. We are all in this together. Like the victims of Bernie Madoff now realize…we are all just a step, a con, a job or a mishap away from losing it all. None of us are guaranteed anything in this life so the person you snub today you might find yourself in the same situation tomorrow. I pray for a kinder America…that is the only thing that is going to see us through this mess. After all it was the lack of kindness which got us in this mess.

ex republican
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:45 am

Now that there is a way to beat down these disgusting republicans we need to keep up the fight to help those 99ers. November is our time to get a solid majority of democrats in congress. I used to be a republican, even used to send em money like a fool. I realized they are just scum and liars and I will NEVER vote for another republican. We middle class workers need to understand the republicans do NOT represent us and they could not exist if not for stupid issues like abortion, religious right and right to bear arms etc. We need to understand that none of that matters if we are out of work. Look at the record , the republicans ran up the deficit over the past 8 years, killed the economy, lavished the rich and took us to war for nothing except to enrich themselves. Lets vote em all out in November so the democrats can quickly put our country back together again without all the resistance we have witnessed lately! All the republicans do now is try to stall, delay and kill real progress. The republicans made your house worth less than you owe, the republicans ruined the job market and the ruined the middle class way of life.

Bring in all the democrats, give em an overwhelming majority, let them raise taxes on the rich up to 90 % like it used to be when America was good for the middle class.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:46 am

I am one of the millions waiting on this extension bill to come. My employment ran out in the middle of June. I have no ties to either party. Shame on the Reps for holding the American people hostage. Yeah i understand that they were making a point, but still wanted to “help the unemployed”. How was that possible when not one proposed a bill to help them out. Even when they knew they were going to lose the vote, they stubbornly held out for 30 more hours. Dems are no different. They could have written the bill to appeal to the Reps but they didnt. They tell the American people “hey look, Reps are holding you hostage” , yet they keep adding into the bill more spending. Rep would probably voted on a stand alone bill, but that wasnt good enough for them. Dems had to shove some more stuff so now it goes back to the House for another round of fighting. Is this what our gov has come too. Piss on the people, turning their back on the unemployed while we give Billions to other countries, large banks, health care that the American people didnt want. Where is the honor? Where is the trust. If i Hear one more word about wait until November, I will puke. I live in Missouri, I know who is running for the seat. They are just as crooked as they come.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:48 am

I wonder how many babies the GOP has already killed with their delaying tactics! When Bush was in office they never objected to running the deficit even higher!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:49 am

Actually the Democrats held the majority since 2006, So I dont understand how you can blame a president that didnt have the majority and Congress fought every step of the way/

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:50 am

yes ex republican i love it!

Tax the rich 90% is great. How about an income cap of 500k! What about installing a new estate tax. If rich pricks are going to pass down so much wealth tot their rich prick sons then its should get heavily taxed

Props to the two Maine chicks for voting against their party. They are the only ones with a heart

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:53 am

We should vote out every one of the Republicans that participated in holding up the unemployement extension. I noticed they did not offer to take a pay cut to fund the unemployement. I also noticed that they made sure they took their vacation and left those unemployed with no money to live while they celebrated Independance Day. It is a sad day when our leaders can bail out banks but not the American people. Shame on them all!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:54 am

I am 30 yrs old and have voted republican in every election that I could. Now im not so sure. As republicans we spent tons of money on two wars and I'm ok with that. Whatever it takes to keep the american way of life. But denying tax paying americans help? Everyone on unemployment had a job and paid their fair share of taxes now they need help. I dont know what to say. In my opinion, we need to clean house republican and democrat. All new faces.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:54 am

In all seriousness, the Republican party is exactly where the Whig party was in the year 1860. It is in need of drastic reform and an ideological overhaul. I am a Republican, but an old GOP (Nixon/Ford and before that) and I never liked the fanatic unrealistic Moral Majority and I did not vote for Bush Jr. It is a fact that his incompetence and his inflexibility in the face of ridiculous bankrupt policies and ideological beliefs have brought the US where it is today; no doubt about that. The old GOP did not have an aversion to government helping out when necessary – how would you cast Lincoln in today's terms? His profile certainly does not fit into the current Republican mold at all. If the Republican party does not reform itself and start behaving with some common sense and preactical compassion, then I will become an Independent. One cannot blame President Obama for the crisis we are in today. Although he might make mistakes here and there, I do believe that he wants to solve the problems, not extend them further. He is not a socialist, nor a radical. The mess that he has to clean up is quite enormous – I do hope that he succeeds. This is not about politics – it is about solving a crisis so that all Americans can benefit and the economy can be restored.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:54 am

Oh so you spend your entire day bible-thumping and watching the Faux News clowns huh! Ironically, if Jesus lived nowadays, he'd probably be de demonized by the repugnicans!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:57 am

There is a way to make it happen, vote! Go on your facebook, twitter, any resource you have and spread the word to vote. People can make up their minds for themselves as to whats right and who to vote for, they just need to get out and vote. The problem is, every rich person votes and it trickles down from there, as it reaches the middle class, the likelihood of voting declines, once it reaches the poor, their resources are often so little they couldn't vote if they wanted to. Use every avenue accessible to you and get people out there so we can end the madness.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:59 am

Since when does a repugnican care about due process?!!! Wasn't Bush the one who sent thousands of American soldiers to get killed just so that he could get his hands on O.I.L. (remember, Operation Iraq Liberation?)!
I mean Bush and his team of dimwit supporters have brought singlehandedly these country to its knees!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:59 am

” I am a republican And I am NOT a low-life,I am poor and waiting for the extension as well! republicans just know that if you are poor you should get your lazy, fat crackheaded A%@ up and do somthing and stop relying on the goverment for eveything!”

LOL, if you are a poor Republican waiting for the extension like everyone else, then why are you being a “lazy fat crackerheaded A%@ and relying on the government???”

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:07 am

So true!! Funny how people use the bible and profanity in the same paragraph… sounds like a real “christian” to me!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:07 am

Awesome response!!!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:08 am

Well said…we're all in this together. Clear headed compromise certainly seems so much more civil than bullish stubbornness.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:12 am

Well said…

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:17 am

We are the poor underclass. I remember times better than this not so long ago and cannot possibly see how we (as a country) will even be capable of returning to such ease of life. There are countries where the poor are nothing short of expendable. Combined in purpose, the voices are stronger.

one of the millions
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:19 am

im one of the people that has been waiting for this to pass since early june, this is my only income, before this i had a job just like everyone else on unemployment, we where so worried about sending money to the earthquake fund when our own people here can barley get by.i finished high school in 2008, i never thought i would have to worry about how i am going to pay the bills at this time, if the govt isnt helping the people that need help we should have the right to get rid of them,

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:21 am

The Republicans are gonna get some pay-back come November.They stepped way over the line throughout all this..They are going on ANOTHER VACATION in early August.In November…we will send them on a PERMANENT VACATION.I hope they are reading this.We will make THEIR LIVES HELL come November.See ya then……….

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:21 am

How can you be so young and Republican? Strange. They didnt only spend trillions they never cared about the deficit when they were spending. And America has become less safe as a result of these unjust wars…look at the recession and crime, etc.

Republicans were quick to give tax cuts to the rich and now won't to hold up so much less money for millions of Americans

Just greed and selfishness…VOTE DEMOCRAT

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:26 am

Why has it been, that every time this is discussed in the media it is stated first “Unemployment extension Etc, etc,…. Then right next to it, or right after we see the Talking point of the RNC “Republicans want it to be paid for.”

This is Disingenuous reporting… pointedly designed to get their talking point across with no regard to the truth… just pushing the moniker of “the Dem's are spending too much!”

The “Stimulus” IS DEFICIT SPENDING!… Period!
So how does removing $1.60 in gain, for every dollar in an individual check, how is this Deficit spending… it lowers it! DUH!

Back to the listing of the talking point….
Every single time the Dem's work with the other side, they cut deals, make compromises, and knock off parts of Bills…. the when they have dragged it out for ever… they vote against it any way…. what makes you think that if the Dem's would of agreed to have this money out of the 'Deficit Free” Stimulus, they would have allowed for a vote on these extensions???

The Republican talking points at the top of every political news, is a sure sign that this, and all the other news sites are owned by the Military Industrial Complex….

We Rate 24th out of 240+ Country's on this planet for a free press… you are not helping!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:27 am

How can you talk about republicans not wanting to add to our 13 trillion dollar debt when they want to continue the Bush tax breaks which will cost our country over 675 billion dollars during the next 10 years. The GOP had no problem wanting to approve those tax cuts to the 30,000 Americans that would benefit from it but they don't want to add 34 billion to the debt to aid in the help of unemployed Americans which 90% of that money would go back into the economy and not some overseas account. One question how is adding $675 billion to our debt better then adding $34 billion (most of which would be directly placed back into the economy)? Maybe the repubs have discovered some new version of accounting?

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:28 am

They need to go the way of the Brown Shirts of 1940 Germany…. a costume to be worn in a movie, or on Halloween at the office party bt the Managerial staff!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:37 am

I truly feel for you and hate to hear of anyone considering suicide. I know exactly how rough it is out there to find work as I have been looking for a year with probably over 500 resumes out there and very few interviews. I am fortunate enough that I have a spouse that is still employed however what bothers me about your post Chris is you say you only have 174.00 a month to live on yet you are obviously able to afford internet? I do realize that these days its almost impossible to even look for work without a computer but I do get baffled when I read things such as this as to how people have no money at all but still have internet, cable, cell phones etc.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:41 am

I love how Sen. Tom Coburn has the audacity to say, “Hard times require hard decisions”. Especially when your are in a position where an economic decline doesn't effect you. If they really want to make “hard” and accountable decisions, why not suspend raises for politicians, and fire politicians who make poor financial decisions. We wouldn't be asking for unemployment extensions if money wasn't wasted on government bailouts with no provisions. Banks don't have to raise their fees or foreclose on homes. But there is no accountability for the big money players of our economy. So yes vote! And yes, stop making comments about issues that don't effect you. Our priorities in this country have to change for the people by the people.

Get a Clue!
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:41 am

Your an idiot….Clinton handed W a massive surplus and W handed Obama massive debt. W deregulated banking so other idiots could finance homes they could never pay for. He pushed for tax cuts for the wealthiest of the wealthy which is what his dad rightfully slammed Reagan for calling it voodoo economics. Now your precious Repubs want to continue the tax cut for the wealthy to the tune of adding almost 700 billion dollars to the deficit and say 38 billion to help feed and shelter the fine citizens of America who lost jobs because big business just kept all the money and kicked a little back in efforts to keep them in office and keep that little keep the money in the elitists hands little circle jerk. You may know right from wrong (questionable), but you sure don't mind talking about things you seem to know very little about. Do your research before posting!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:43 am

Greetings to all including myself that have suffered through this rubbish. I was watching the senate on CSPAN today debating the extention plan. These people are completely full of themselves. They're all rich and only enjoy playing in congress and listening to themselves speak. Coburn is trying to detour the funding of making this happen by telling us on National TV the following:
80 Billion dollars has been spent on Federal Buildings across the U.S. that are EMPTY!
4 Billion dollars in back taxes from Federal Employees.
90 Billion dollars in Fraud through the government.
And the list went on that truly defined all the crazy spending that has been passed and contributes to our debt. 30 billion dollars of emergency spending is less than a quarter of 1% of our debt. This is for America!

Who is the first country that steps up to all the international crisis when it happens. From our federal tax dollars this money is from. 100's of billions at a time for relief. It makes me wonder about what our government thinks about the american people. It may be apples and oranges, but when this brutal oil spill (which I'm so upset and concerned about) happened, BP coughed up 20 Billion in a second, and I'm sure it will be much more for all the people unemployed. They deserve this, but isn't sad the our own government doesn't recognize all the unemployed that have been hungry, losing cars, houses and credit. It's not our fault that Bush and Oboma have grossed the highest debt in history? Every time Oboma fly's somewhere it cost the government 2-4 million dollars for all that takes place with his entourage. He should cut back on the 4 day golf outings that cost 3 million dollars in expenses.
The only people that pray are those in diar need. Not the rich. I pray for everyone in need.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:43 am

I too can’t fathom whyanyone would ever vote for a Republican in the first place. These people are evil and infected with the sickness of power and greed. They act like little children having a tantrum because they can’t spend trillions helping their rich buddies and killing Muslims

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:51 am


The next extension comes up in November. AFTER the elections. Let's make sure the 99ers get the help they have DESERVED for months now…….

Relegate “filibuster” to the dustbin of history. The only way to do that is a Democratic SUPER majority. In BOTH houses.

Then and only then, can we put a stop to this s**t.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:54 am

Here in WA state people can go to a WorkSource office, public library, or community college to use a computer (and they do). Most employers want people to apply for jobs online.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 7:03 am

I'm 40 and have worked since I was 13, up until last Aug, when I was laid off. I have always filled and paid my taxes.
I have always worked hard. When I lost my job, I thought I would be unemployeed for no more than a few weeks. I never had a problem getting a job
Now, its seems like employeers are not hiring due to the economy. If they do hire, they hire friends or family.
So, when people call the unemployeed lazy it pisses me off. Give me a job and I will be glad to get off unemployment and make a decent wage again. I was getting $260 a week on employment. I'm happy to get it, but, it doesnt pay the bills monthly.
The Goverment needs to give incentives to Companies to hire back the American people. If people are working, they spend money, if they spend money, then companies make money, and so on.
The illegals and other Countries get more help from the American Goverment then Americans do.
The American people need to stand together and fix what is broken. We have done it in the past and we can do it again.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 7:12 am

Chris, please hang in there. I work in the “worker retraining” office at a community college in WA state and work with people every day going through what you are going through. I also lost a job years ago & had to collect unemployment for the first time in my life, couldn't find another job even though I had 20 years of experience. Very scary, but got through it and ended up going to college for the first time in my life, which led to a new job that I loved even more than my old one. If you are attending a college or technical school now, ask the staff if there is any help for transportation, housing, etc. There may be some help that you don't know about. Apply for federal financial aid, too, through the FAFSA application and the college's Financial Aid office, if you are attending college. Good luck! I'll be thinking good thoughts for you.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 7:18 am

I am rendered speechless! can it be true? a republican who can see past his wallet to understand the bigger picture? HClay, i applaud you! you have spokansde the first real words of wisdom that have been uttered by a Republican in MONTHS! Although I am generally a Democrat, i am not tied to any one party. These Statements that you have made here should be read by every member of the Republican Senate. It is too bad that we can not get you a more public forum for you to express yourself. I just wanted to applaud your effort to enlighten your party members. Keep IT UP!!!!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 7:23 am

when you have no money, you cant get to those places!!!!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 7:27 am

What an Idiot, Thats all i can say. Burke you have got to be the dumbest person to have posted on here, GO AWAY!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 7:29 am

Ang, what you said really bothers me. In today's U.S. society, most people need the technology to stay connected and to level the playing field. It is already a struggle for people living in poverty to find jobs, be successful in college, etc and to lift out of poverty. Access to technology is important in most of our communities. I marvel at the resilience of many of our college students who do not have computer/internet at home but they find ways to juggle their school, family responsibilities, and job searching and manage to hop on computers wherever & whenever they can find them.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 7:39 am

I'd like to see Sen. Coburn live off of Top Ramen for two months.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 7:39 am

We! Yes we as US Citizens, need to remove all of the elephants out of office. We need to take control. These folks are worried about their jobs in November. They should be! Because they are not quailified to be a Senator of those states or any state. Please VOTE this year! Don't allow this to ever happen again!!!

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Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 7:44 am

Maybe we are fortunate where I live because one of these places is within walking distance for most people.

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Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 8:03 am

I would like to see these Senators lose thier jobs, houses, savings and valuables, then stand in line at the unemployment line, food banks, pawn shops and DES offices.
That is what most hard working Americans are doing to survive.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 8:13 am

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!…Create them , the unemployed are really tired of being unemployed…..Too many of us still looking for work, and there isn't any change!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 8:30 am

unemployment checks flows back into the economy— and pays taxes–DUH!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 8:35 am

Workers are the foundation of the Economy. Remember those who have little concern for the American Worker and no concern for the Unemployed..

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Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 9:10 am

you are right brother

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Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 9:38 am

Hello all I’m a 37 year vet. I fought for this country went where they told me, did what they asked of me, I was in for 8 years. I had a good paying job when I got out making right at 48k. I was laid off in November of last year. I went from 48k to almost nothing. I have a hard time making ends meet. I’ve been on 16 interviews 10 said I was overqualified. The other six never called back. I don’t understand maybe someone can help me. I served my Country, I pay my Taxes, I’ve never been to jail, But now that I need help my gov. wants to turn it’s back on me. We help everyone under the sun, with food, money, Sending our Men and Women to help fight in Wars that have nothing to do with us. I guess that’s called good politics. Everybody wants to blame the senate, the house, and Obama. First let me say Obama inherited this from Bush. We put Bush in office not once but twice. Why? We put the senate in office. We put the house in office. Then we tried to fix it when we put Obama in office. Obama is trying to fix the problem. Let’s give him a chance.

Our Government needs a change it has for long time. It took us being affected personally to notice. Come November take a friend take 2 friends and go to the polls and vote for who you think is best for the job. Stand behind your vote if he or she does something you don’t like call them on it, I mean it pick up the phone and tell them how you feel. Regardless of what we think they work for us. We hired them, We can fire their a*s……

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 9:44 am

there is not jobs available whow can unemployment benefits can be the way out is the goberment responsability to create jobs

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 9:45 am

Very well put…Lemccallum1!

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Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 10:02 am

I am a registered Republican. That doesn't matter to me anymore. Neither party matters to me anymore. When it comes time to vote, I am voting against whomever is in office. I have been out of work for eighteen months. I have three college degrees and it only seems to hurt me. I'm willing to work for $10 an hour, but employers look at me like I'm nuts. The way the government spends money is mind boggling. For example; giving billions in aid to Mexico to fight the war on drugs. Why not take that money and use it to secure the borders? Beware incumbents, my vote is on the way.

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Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 10:18 am

I have been totally shocked at the lack of empathy any of these congressmen have for their fellow Americans. Yes I am an American and proud of it. It is people like these jack asses in congress that weakens and divides our nation. There is no excuse for them taking so long to pass this bill. It is ridiculous. I hope they all enjoyed their Memorial weekend as well as their 4th of July holiday vacation with not a care in the world. While people like myself who's unemployment ended June 6 are contemplating how they could commit suicide to look like an accident so their life insurance will pay out before they can't make the monthly payments any longer and their policy cancels.
They didn't seem in any hurry to hold any emergency meetings or stay in session til they worked out the kinks in this bill. While again people like myself have drained their savings accounts, emptied their emergency fund, sold their boat, their truck, would sell their overpriced house and move somewhere more affordable, but since the housing took a nose dive they are now upside down in that and can't even try to sell it. Oh and just try to get a bank to refinace or do a “loan modification” on your mortgage when your unemployed. HA!! Ain't going to happen. Thanks congressmen acting like we are nothing but degenerates that are suking the life out of our nations economy. I am not looking for hand outs, I do not use my unemployment to by drugs, I do not lay around the house and watch tv. (couldn't even if i wanted to we had to cxl our satelite svc, can't afford it). You act like you are paying us these exuberant ammounts of money and it is causing the deficit to skyrocket out of control. While the umemployed are living high on the hog with all the free money the governments giving them. You defind your actions by emphasizing the need to to get our nations debt down, so you have to cut unnecessary expenses at all cost. Well if your so damn worried about the deficit why don't you cut down your outrageous salaries that you don't deserve.. I can't believe we voted all you assholes in office. Shame on us. Won't happen next time. I'll bet the farm on that.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 10:46 am

so the ppl that climed the 99 weeks are not getting unemployment? if so i dont kn what im going to do. i have 2 kids and its hard to find work in buffalo ny

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 10:58 am

pass the fucking bill already, we're dying here. Weve waiting long enough and ive worked all my life.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 10:59 am

“When people fear the government-that is tyranny; When government fears the people-that is liberty.' – Thomas Jefferson

Ian Upchurch
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 11:00 am

Check your claimant log in page. I live in Indiana and my log in page has posted a message stating that after the bill is signed into law it will be “A COUPLE OF WEEKS” because they have to reprogram their computer system in order to start paying benefits again. Looks like another grim two weeks for me. They say some states could take as long as three weeks. Anyone else seeing this in their state?

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 11:06 am

Send it back to the senate with with an added tier 5. The bill is a joke!

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Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 11:08 am

I am amazed at all the attention the unemployment extension has received in the news. The nerve of the Republicans calling the unemployed “hobo”. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but people who collect unemployment have had a job and contributed to unemployment insurance.

Perhaps the government should start looking into how to recoup some of taxpayer dollars….welfare, disability, higher education funding are just some examples….and use that money to pay the unemployed. Welfare was a good idea when it first began, but now people just take advantage. There are generations on welfare and they do nothing to break that cycle. There are some people who use welfare to buy illegal drugs. Maybe we should start drug testing. If you test positive, you don't receive welfare or disability. (I KNOW a few states tried this and it was knocked down because it was “unconstitutional”. But, if it's an illegal substance that is bought, the law was broken.)

Disablity should be paid IF you are truly disabled. We had an 18 year old in the hospital not too long ago that was on disability because of chronic back pain….what the hell did he do in his short life to have chronic back pain? The reason he came to the hospital…..he hurt his back playing football. I bring this up because it is wasted money that could be going to the UNEMPLOYED instead! Wake up politicians, people who are unemployed want to work and they paid into the UEI. This 18 year old will never work and tax dollars will pay for his “disability” until he's dead or caught cheating the system.

Perhaps the government can start looking into the people who cheat the system and cut off the checks to them. God bless those of you who are unemployed and looking for a job. I hope some relief comes your way. I know what you're going through…my spouse is unemployed and I can see the way it is affecting him. He WANTS to go back to work. This is a man who has worked since he's 15 (now 32) and I hate to see him feel useless (his words).

Oh, and there are more that just 2 parties in America…remember that when it's time to vote in November.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 11:18 am

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Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 11:21 am

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Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 11:27 am

I got and idea lets start another war build more planes,bombs,tanks,ships,etc that will stimulate the economy as well as fatten all these senaters coffers for reelection Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

i wonder what the republicans are having for dinner tonight. i would like to invite them over for ramen noodles…thats what i am feeding daughter and i will be having nothing so that she has food for a few days and hopefully then i will have some money to feed her sometihing different. i have 7 dollars in my account that i have been holding onto incase i get called to an interview and i can have some gas to get there.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

also for the illinois unemployed…i called the office if obama signs before 3pm checks go out today you should see them within 2 days….if he signs after 3pm they go out first thing in the morning

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Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

But Republicans continue to see the fight in terms of the budget. “Hard times require hard decisions,” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said on the floor. “What we are seeing is the easy way out.”

But yet, he did not mind submitting an amendment (regarding the estate tax) that would not have been paid for either and would have added HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS to the deficit. Hypocrite.

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Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 1:21 pm

I don't understand why a so called smart nation such as ours can't resolve the deficit problem. I am not so smart and I can tell everyone what will work. If we did away with the IRS and charged everyone in the country a straight 3 percent tax on every penny they make, we would have an excess amount of money and unemployment would also go down. Without any refunds you wouldn't need the IRS.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

God bless. You and your daughter are in my prayers. I will pray for our politicians as well. They need it!

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Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

Us, the American people need to respect what we need today, God said stay intoday and he will take care of tommorrow, If we seriously respect what we should being doing to help each today, do the work for today, our faith and obedience will definitely have us honoring God who is has always been an unchanging hand to all us. Show and react to the “golden rule” we learn even as child, do unto other, as you want done unto you. People that they are so smart and self righteous should have common sense to know we should take care of all the people in the USA, we have no problem helping outside the USA,
its really embarrassing to work so hard here is the USA, circumstances change and some Senator's what to keep kicking up why we are done, I pray over my eviction, and all my bills I could not pay, just waiting for the right thing to done for us in USA, but also waiting to lose my home , My 7 year old Grandson doesn't understand why our things are so bad at home, I try to keep things from him so he can feel secure, like a child should, but he not stupid, he knows the state of affair in our household, he even listens to the news, he forming his opinions about politics, he said” why are they so mean grandma. I just grab his hands and start to pray, that always makes feel better for a little while, while waiting for things to change to a better situation,thank God for our faith, because insanity and pain is hard handle, especially when looking in your children face, and trying to a strong parent, and trying to still believe in the USA>

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Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

thank you its nice to know that there are people out there who care….im searching every day for a job.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:13 pm

This is an example of the plentiful “in theory” choices that seem excellent options…on the surface. Rarely are unilateral choices the ones that work. We, for better or worse, live in a complex society and that cannot be ignored in hopes of attaining a equal, utopian one. The important thing for an intelligent government is to play out the scenario as best they can. Realistically.
Consider this: The same 3 cents is taken from someone earning minimum wage as someone who, through good fortune of being born into wealth, obtains a top notch education which in turn opens countless doors to high income. That same 3 cents means a great deal more to the person earning minimum wage but is barely noticed by someone in a high income bracket. Then consider that women in this country, for the most part, still earn less per hour for the identical job as a man. Should she relinquish that same 3 cents although being clearly underpaid?

Though I agree it's an alluring idea to have an across the board policy, we must work with the materials on hand…these “materials” are a complex, often socially off-kilter system. Your theory is much better applied as a “sliding scale” … applying what is the equivalent of 3 cents for each income bracket.
The government is not silly or misguided for not applying such a theory. They simply understand a blunt object cannot carve a detailed, beautiful sculpture.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 4:57 pm

I thinks the Republicans should have to go 2 months without a check and see how it is!!!!! I can't believe it's going to be another 2 weeks to get any money, you think one of the fine republicans Senators would like to pay to keep my electric and phone on?????? How far do they tyhink $290.00 a week lasts, I wish I was back to work and making $500.00 a week!!!!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

It hurts me to see our American people suffer like we are suffering now! Keep the faith! God knows the plans He has for you! Trust in Him! I have never seen the righteous forsaken, nor His seed begging bread! God will never leave you nor forsake you!

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

The endless unemployment extensions are hard to justify when I am scraping by having to do whatever it takes to pay my bills. As a “self-employed” / “freelancer” / “independent consultant” for the same company for 5 years I lost my income when the company went bankrupt. . I've cut down everything to the bone and beyond. Sold off personal property. Taken work way below my level, almost entry level. Moved downward in housing. But the “no-work pay” for others keeps getting extended and extended and extended supported by Federal Tax dollars. It leaves a bad taste. Either widen benefits to include the rest of us who did not work on staff or let us all stew in the same thin soup. Maybe more families hung out over the hairy, ragged edge will develop some political will. There is a difference between state and federal unemployment benefits. Federal unemployment benefits extend state unemployment benefits out to 26 weeks. They must be explicitly passed by Congress, which doesn't happen unless there's a particularly bad recession. They're paid for out of our federal tax dollars.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

I don't see how it will take so long to issue money to a bank wire, but of course Arizona doesn't have anything remotely informational on their site, yet. Is it because we have two of the most racist, greedy senators right here in our state? McCain and Kyl, eat me. You voted adamantly against it and I will do the same for your vote come November.

Ss, sorry but you pick who you work for, I worked for the same company for over six years and now I am having a real time finding work, anywhere. I think since the company I worked for paid in thousands of dollars to my unemployment, which they in turn took out of my check, obviously, that I should be able to count on getting a small fraction of it back in a time of need.

Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:52 pm

If you're a McCain, like John's brother, Joe, your biggest worry is trying to find an escort out of a traffic jam. Listen to my senators brother, in a 911 call to police…he was stuck in traffic. This is senators McCain's brother and his idea of an emergency.

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Comment posted July 23, 2010 @ 8:47 am

Went to a Job fair in Las Vegas yesterday,new strip club opening up in a couple of months.. 1,600 were there over a 5 hour period applying for 220 jobs most of which were part time.. god help us

Comment posted July 23, 2010 @ 8:16 am

Let's put John McCain in the Unemployment line! Anyone that chooses that dip-shit Sarah Palin for a running mate obviously show a serious lapse in judgment and should lose his job.

Comment posted July 23, 2010 @ 1:44 pm

I know how your husband feels. My spouse is working but I have been out of work over 18 months now . I feel so worthless and lack of self worth. I have had 2 interviews and one of them I was sure I was going to get the job and then I never heard back from them. I couldn't feel any lower than if I was laying on the floor to be used for a rug!!!

Comment posted July 23, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

Folks here in New York my retroactive payments were just released today, which means I should be receiving the money in my account tomorrow. Our Dep Labor had been saying not until next week at the earliest, so hold out hope! Especially those of you in states who've had you keep claiming every week during the wait to pass the bill, there's a chance the money's coming sooner than you think.

Comment posted July 23, 2010 @ 8:33 pm

who did you call to get that info I called unemployment today and she told me it would be up to 4 weeks b4 illinois unemployed get money

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Comment posted July 24, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

I glad for all who are getting the unemployment restored.Unfortunatley as a 99er i get nothing. I'm no digfferent than any one else. I worked for 46 years, and have paid into the system and 99 weeks doesn't seem equal to the time I have put in. I was 62 when I got laid off and now I'm 64. It's very difficult at this age to find viable employment-overqualified or just too damn old. As a 99er I have lost more than others, such as all my savings and 401k to keep my home. I am probaly going loose it after all these years. Most people on UI are willing to work, there are just not enough jobs for all,and they can't creare them fast enough. 200 people were laid off in my company on the same day as myself. All those jobs were shipped to India. The government needs to step in and grant incentive to employers ti keep jobs in this country. We havee 99ers now and I know people who are soon going to be joing those ranks. If the economy does'nt improve the 99 list will continue to grow. What happens to these people then. A company a couple over from where i lift just shut down. I'm not asking for anything more than I feel I deserve after working for all those years including time in the USMC during the vietnam war. Let us live until the economy gets better. We the people did not creat this problem back in 2008.
Thanks, Rick

Comment posted July 24, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

i never recieved 99 wks even though i got all the ex tension i got 93 wks like a lot of others where did our missing 5 wks end up????? are you sure you got 99 wks check i bet you did not

concerned citizen
Comment posted July 24, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

Hang in there Rosesmurphy you are NOT worthless, our government IS worthless and useless. I hope you find some comfort in these hard times. Stand tall and hold your head up high. I'll pray for you and your family. Good luck.

Comment posted July 24, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

Rick, are you absolutely sure you won't be getting anymore Federal Extentions because the Feds tacked on to state benefits which max out at 99 weeks-June 2. I'm going to be maxing out soon with the state so I'm going into my local EDD office next week so I know where I'm at.

Comment posted July 25, 2010 @ 9:59 pm

I too am in Arizona and waiting…I was wondering the same thing about why they are still saying this, “The U.S. Congress has passed and the President has signed legislation that will extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and Extended Benefit (EB) programs. As soon as DES receives information on when the new law will be effective, we will begin working on restarting these programs. Continue to file your weekly claims…” WTF does that mean? The law has already been passed what's the hold up?

Comment posted July 26, 2010 @ 1:00 am

we have to urge everyone to go out and vote in november. this election is crucial – if the republicans gain a majority, we in the “middle class”, aka the POVERTY class, will be absolutely screwed. all the republicans care about are the wealthy who put money directly in those old farts' back pockets

Comment posted July 26, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

i called my local office but just called them again this morning and my office told me we should see something in our accounts by the end of this week

Comment posted July 26, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

oh ya and jn.toman….i think they tell people that so they wont call the office everyday but keep checking…the man told me they started issuing some of the checks out on friday and it takes two days to hit your account so if you dont see something by friday call them back and make sure nothing is wrong. but when i called a week ago to ask how soon after the law would we recieve checks and my office told me they were ready to go as soon as he signs..

Comment posted July 26, 2010 @ 7:41 pm

Your 64 now rick….time to get social security checks at 1600 per month…just like my dad

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Comment posted July 27, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

Show me the money it's taking to long im from illinois so im thinking we should be the first one's on the list since MR. OBAMA from here. My bills are still being turn off right now they need to move quicker a get this money rolling out time waits on no one.When NOVEMBER come i will not be voting for the rep no way no how they don't get a vote out of me can't wait till they have to file for unemployment with there rascits azzez no one with this kind of heart don't need a vote from anyone let's go dem we will win.GOD BLESS AMERICA.

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Comment posted July 27, 2010 @ 5:47 pm

While empathizing of your husband's situation as many of us can relate, I find your other commentary to be quite vain & without merit. How judgmental of you to declare such a serious injury as a crippling back pain, as nothing more than a way to cheat the government. I'm confused, are you a chiropractor or ex-professional football player? Have you ever suffered a back injury? In the many cases I've witnessed, it can be a recurring debilitating problem that leaves its victims in excruciating pain.

In an effort to hide our own insecurities or feel better about our current state of destitution, we often point the finger at one another. This is nothing more than a distraction from the real problems & division inhibits the pursuit of suitable solutions.

I'm sure you expect & appreciate empathy from others of your situation, , why not extend that same courtesy to others, especially the people you are being paid to care for, NOT JUDGE. Where is the compassion?
There is cause for every effect, families who operate on welfare for generations are victims. People who overeat, use drugs, abuse their bodies, abuse others, all have issues that deserve compassion as it necessary for healing. Issues reveal themselves in different ways. I'm sure your husband was perceived as a different person to society that he was before he lost his job. Clearly, you have given him the basic respect any human deserves in making the effort to understand his situation. If his depression drove him therapy, how would you feel if you found that the therapist posted on a blog that an able-bodied 32 year old should be able to find work, but pretending he's ill so that he may live via government assistance & his woman. What makes him different from anyone else? You cannot judge others and expect compassion. No one wants to be a hypocrite.

It is possible that an 18 yr old young man has lost partial mobility. As if a loss of such magnitude isn't enough, he is also judged as a liar because of his social economic status??? How American of you. The problem is not the people, but its government.

Attacking others because of underlined social prejudices yields not progress, let history be our teacher. Change does not just happen. We, the people, are responsible for taking what we want. If our government won't give us what we need, ever after we have fulfilled our obligations, it is up to us to defend our rights! The Senate, nor the House, nor the President will do that for us. It's up to us to decide, waste time condemning others, or come together & take a stance.

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Comment posted July 29, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

You are so right!!!! My husband has worked for 35 years and today learned that he no longer qualifies for UE unless he can go out and make $410 for ten wks and then gets laid off for him to receive benefits…………what a crock of ???? He is perfectly willing to work but where? even the Starbucks will not hire. I told that to the Unemployment person and she agreed and told me that she hears this all the time….but can't do much about it. i am sick of hearing OBAMA saying he is extending and creating jobs….where? Could someone advise? Like you my husband turns 59 in October and though overqualified his chances of getting a job (if and when the economy is fixed) are slim getting slimmer. Our next step is to cash in on a 401K to save our home and the story goes on….you work all your life and this is the way we are thanked. Yea – take all our jobs and send it to the PHillipines or India or China, neglect our own….Shame!!!!!

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Comment posted July 31, 2010 @ 2:29 am

As a laid-off Ohio employee, the Extension was signed by Obama on June 22nd and I've been told by Unemployment that I will receive my retro pay on August 4, which is 13 days. Of course, I haven't seen it yet, but I hope they are right and that I do receive it by then. How are the other states faring as far as how long it's taking to receive their retro benefits?

Comment posted August 11, 2010 @ 3:38 am

Agreed. Put simply, Democrats want to spend money on programs that help working people, Republicans want to spend money on Wars and Police.

Comment posted August 11, 2010 @ 8:47 pm

Hey Rick, My father is a 99er also, his UE just ran out. He too had been working hard for 40 years paying into the system and now he gets nothing? Its such a sad day when a 60 year old man, who is more qualified than anyone i know, he didnt go to college, but years and years in his trade and the experience and knowledge could easily make him run circles around younger rivals in the work place. Howeever, he was just offered a job, but the pay is not even half of what he once made, and this is the problem, After increasing pay over 40 years you become acustomed to your lifestyle, the goverment should respect that he, and im sure you, are not living beyond your means, or like a rich man, one man, on one street looking for a little help. This is going to make America become a Russia, or very similar to a second world country. IF the government cannot step up to help support retired military men, who have paid their dues and just want to keep their house and their family together, this country will fall apart faster than it came together. Mark those words….__ warmest regards, Jeff

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I too am in Arizona and waiting…I

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Comment posted September 6, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

This unemployment extension is needed despite the opposition of the GOP. The GOP is not identifying with the suffering of Americans.

Comment posted October 1, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

you should be lucky you got an extension..i live in ohio and i have 14 years employment in one know what i get 26 weeks and im yeah im not exactly happy on why some YOU can get 50 60 70 80 weeks i get 26 hmm sounds fair don't it

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