Unemployment benefits extension stalls in Senate

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domo12512 wrote:

Yes, this is how Republicans show how much they care about the working class and those that cannot find work through no fault of their own; by turning their backs on them. Great job! Please gives yourselves a raise.

Jan 09, 2014 7:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Malakie wrote:

just wondering …. any democrats out there want to explain how they will PAY FOR IT?

Jan 09, 2014 9:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dante805 wrote:

Reid is a Legislative NAZI…filling the tree and not ALLOWING any amendments…this is unprecedented but typical of LIBERAL DEMoncRATS. Oust all the blue dems in RED states and make Reid the MINORITY leader.

Jan 09, 2014 9:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DBPicard wrote:

Take the cost out of the bloated military budget. Unlike other wasted government expenditures this goes to the core taxpayers of the country. It’s time to help those who have been paying the U.S.’s bills all along ( if no other agreed option is utilized I say take the money out of government employees salaries….starting with the heads of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches )!!!

Jan 09, 2014 9:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DBPicard wrote:

Take the money out of the bloated military budget. I, like many of these unemployed middle class previous taxpayers, have been paying our share of the government waste for decades without control or complaint. Aside from support of the country’s basic infrastructure and national defense ( DEFENSE of our external borders…not fighting illegal invasions of or supporting bases in other countries ) I don’t think it’s too much to ask to extend aid internally to those of us wanting to work & searching multiple jobs daily without result.

Jan 09, 2014 9:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

In the same way they have paid for it since 1939 of course.

Republicans are just ranting about an imaginary problem because they want to use this as a tool to force their minority wishes onto the majority, by attaching approval for the Keystone pipeline for example.

Jan 09, 2014 10:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
NathanG wrote:

What’s the problem here? Didn’t Jaime Dimond and JPM just get whacked with more than enough in fines to cover the Dems emergency federal crisis unemployment extension? Don’t tell me our government has already blown that money too.

Jan 09, 2014 10:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:

The same way they always pay for it, by borrowing, borrowing and borrowing some more. The Democrat party motto is spend, borrow, tax, and repeat. They talk out of both sides of their mouth also, on one hand trying to make you believe that the economy is in great shape and on the other hand telling you that the unemployment benefit extension is an emergency because things are so bad. Which is it Mr. Obama? You can’t have it both ways.

Jan 09, 2014 10:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
divinargant wrote:

“Will the majority leader yield for a question”? “Of course”, came the reply. “Is it the majority leaders position that we here on this side of the aisle will not be allowed to submit amendments to the current proposal and have them voted on accordingly in the way that this body at one time was known to do”? “No”, came the majority leaders reply and on that note the Senate was adjourned until Monday. So went the business of the Senate today. Meanwhile on the other side of town a long term unemployed single mother of two little girls is conversing with her landlord at her front door in hopes of convincing him that before long Congress will get it all together and extend benefits and at that time she will be able to settle up with him for the current rent due and the balance of what is past due. She notices as he walks away that he is obviously growing disgruntled over her situation as he mutters a string of profanities under his breath. She closes the door and walks over to the thermostat and drops it a few more degrees to 48f for some peace of mind and instructs her two little girls to get their sweaters and knit caps on before coming to the table for dinner.

Jan 09, 2014 11:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
it_is_2 wrote:

@Malakie, To answer your question, the extension should be paid for by closing some of the many7 Tax loopholes that the Ultra Wealthy now enjoy..

Jan 09, 2014 11:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

@4825

Obama didn’t say it was an emergency. You are factually wrong again. He said it was an extension to the Emergency Unemployment Compensation programme. That is a *name*, not a *description*…

It was passed in 2008 when jobs where being at a rate of around 700,000 a month and unemployment was closing on 10% as a result of the Republicans deep understanding of economics. It expired on 0n December 28th 2013, and now Obama wants to extend it.

In what way, specifically, are ‘things so bad’? I have asked you this five times and you always run away. GDP is growing, consumer spending is growing, factory output is growing, businesses are making profits, unemployment is falling. Yet you say this is all a failure and Obama doesn’t understand economics. Can you explain this?

Jan 09, 2014 11:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Leeam wrote:

Harry moved the goal post and he knows it and now he blames Republicans. I am a Nevada resident and he’d best be planning on staying home in Searchlight next time he’s up for re-election. This is not going to go over well here. Playing with people’s ability to put food on the table to make political points is sickening.

Jan 10, 2014 12:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
Jaay wrote:

Ever time the Republicans disrupt the government, like
shutting it down, they costs Americans billions.

They could pay for these benefits by promising to stop
threatening default, shutting down the government,
and raising the minimum wages thereby increasing revenues.

Conservatives just don’t get IT.

Jan 10, 2014 6:27am EST  --  Report as abuse
wrote:

first of all malakie…. it is the governments job to take care of their citizens… just like in every other country in the world, except here i guess…… cut one f35…. that covers the bill… next 4825…. the was it was paid for before them when bush, who i support, started the unemployment extensions, when unemployment was only 5%, it is 7.3% and 2.9 % long term unemployment, 4825, speak not of which you have no knowledge of…. you look like an idiot…. divinargant… and what is your point, other than trying to be pedantic… both sides are to blame but the republicans are dragging their feet and should stop….. Bakhtin ???? where is unemployment dropping there are some states where it is over 9%….. it is dropping cause people are dropping out of the work force….and the extension was started when unemployment was 5.3% get your facts together…. problem is this is a real issue… the christy problem in jersey isn’t, the situation in sudan isn’t and neither is the war in syria isn’t more important than the well being of the american population.. and in closing let me say that i am not a democrat or a supporter of obama, but a supporter of the american people, who need this extension and don’t need to hear from people who are oblivious to the problem talking about how it isn’t a real problem….bring on the debate but no idiots who have no lcue

Jan 10, 2014 8:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
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first of all malakie…. it is the governments job to take care of their citizens… just like in every other country in the world, except here i guess…… cut one f35…. that covers the bill… next 4825…. the was it was paid for before them when bush, who i support, started the unemployment extensions, when unemployment was only 5%, it is 7.3% and 2.9 % long term unemployment, 4825, speak not of which you have no knowledge of…. you look like an idiot…. divinargant… and what is your point, other than trying to be pedantic… both sides are to blame but the republicans are dragging their feet and should stop….. Bakhtin ???? where is unemployment dropping there are some states where it is over 9%….. it is dropping cause people are dropping out of the work force….and the extension was started when unemployment was 5.3% get your facts together…. problem is this is a real issue… the christy problem in jersey isn’t, the situation in sudan isn’t and neither is the war in syria isn’t more important than the well being of the american population.. and in closing let me say that i am not a democrat or a supporter of obama, but a supporter of the american people, who need this extension and don’t need to hear from people who are oblivious to the problem talking about how it isn’t a real problem….bring on the debate but no idiots who have no clue

Jan 10, 2014 8:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
mcgtrinsofla wrote:

“It’s pretty hard to explain to anybody outside government,,,,,,,”-
THAT”S YOUR JOB !!!!!

Jan 10, 2014 8:41am EST  --  Report as abuse
MCRD wrote:

Isn’t it funny you didn’t ask those questions when Bush was blowing up the debt with medicare expansion and two wars that has cost us to date over TWO TRILLION DOLLARS and is expected to have a final cost of over SIX TRILLION DOLLARS because of the effects of caring for the thousands of wounded veterans and paying death benefits to the families of over eight thousand military personnel who have died. Where was your outrage then? I’m sure you also conveniently forgot under whose watch the economies of the entire world collapsed. Yeah you bury your heads in the sand at the first sign of truth just like an ostrich. You Republicans are pathetic. And we the sane wish to be rid of all of you AND your tin foil hats. http://articles.latimes.com/2013/mar/29/nation/la-na-0329-war-costs-20130329

Jan 10, 2014 10:18am EST  --  Report as abuse
MCRD wrote:

And by the way 4825,it is called the Democratic Party. Not the Democrat Party. Something tells me you know that.

Jan 10, 2014 10:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
Amici wrote:

We need an accounting of ALL the folks who are unemployed. The Feds gave our manufacturing base to China…. This whole thing has been smoke and mirrors.

WE should be demanding a full accounting of the State of the Nation, only Snowden knows the REAL numbers

Jan 11, 2014 11:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
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