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The Senate unemployment bill founders

Before talking about what's happened to the Senate jobs bill, it's worth first talking about what's in the Senate jobs bill.

The biggest and most important item is the extension of unemployment insurance. This comes in a few different parts: One part extends the insurance programs that deal with the long-term unemployed. Another extends the $25 boost to unemployment insurance checks that we've had in place since the beginning of the recession. And a third allows workers who find part-time work but need full-time work to remain eligible for some unemployment benefits.

Then there's the extension of the federal government's program to help states pay for Medicaid costs. During recessions, more people need Medicaid, which increases the program's cost, but state revenues drop, which reduces their ability to pay for the program. So the federal government, which can run temporary deficits, steps in and increases the share of the program's costs that it pays. This bill extends that program. The bill also includes another temporary fix to Medicare's doctor payments.

The bill also has a raft of tax cuts and investments, including billions for the Small Business Administration to offer more loans to small businesses, bonds to fund infrastructure development, money to encourage private-sector R&D. and more. A full list of the bill's provisions, and its subsequent modifications, can be found here.

Those modification documents are important, because Democrats have made a lot of changes to the bill in response to Republican opposition. The total cost went from $200 billion to about $110 billion. The bill went from being deficit-funded -- which is what you want for stimulus -- to largely paid for, with only the $30 billion or so in unemployment benefits adding to the deficit. The $25 addition to unemployment checks was eliminated, and states now have to pay more for Medicaid, adding to their budget woes. The bill, in other words, has been made smaller and weaker. And that's despite 9.7 percent unemployment.

And still, it looks like Democrats might lose the vote today. And when I say "lose the vote," I don't mean that a majority of the Senate will vote against it. I mean that 58 senators, rather than 60, will support the legislation. All Republicans, and possibly Ben Nelson, appear to remain opposed. And why not? The less that Democrats appear to be doing on jobs -- and the fewer jobs that Democrats actually create -- the better Republicans will do in November. Substantial compromises on the bill haven't brought any new votes, and that's in part because Republicans see no political upside in passing the legislation.

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2010; 1:27 PM ET
 
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agreed that this is absolutely disgusting. They got their pound of flesh (ie cutbacks) and now they should stop politicizing it. But Dems do it too. They could choose to publicize how they cut back the Dems radical spending ways. Its not as if unemployment is going to magically go down to a reasonable number by November although given their druthers many Dems would deficit spend with no regard if it meant their own jobs remaining safe past November. Another solid argument against the present Senate construction.

Posted by: visionbrkr | June 24, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Here are 2 things ALL of us can do starting today. Write President Obama and call his comment line and leave this message. Extend all unemployment benefits by executive order. Add a tier v and keep the economy moving forward. Right now there are 5 applicants for every 1 job available. Congress has our very lives in the fringe of their power struggle. The economy is like a fully loaded tractor tailor going up an ice covered hill. Allowing our benefits to laps and end now will stop and degrade any improvements and ground we have covered so far. It is imperative that the President steps in and handles this emergency situation immediately.

White house email:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

President Obama's contact number:

(202) 456-1111


It doesn't matter how you voted in the past. Make sure you vote against the people who have hurt your family's and our country. Vote them out!

Posted by: SB2112 | June 24, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

The republican’s weren’t worried about the deficit when that big insurance company and their friends the Wall Street execs were giving themselves bonuses with taxpayer money!!! Next election – let Congress feel the sting of the unemployment lines!!! No more raping and pilliging the middle class!!! – How many years have you paid taxes? 30? 40? Your government bails out bankers and Wallstreet execs using your tax dollars – but unemployment is allowed to expire? What happened to "by the people" or "for the people"? Or are the big campaign contributors the only "people" who count to congress? They are playing games AGAIN FOR THE THIRD TIME while you are wondering how to feed your kids? Figure it out! Malfeasance – Failure of a public official to perform their duties!!! Next Election MAKE YOURSELF MATTER BY VOTING!!! 10% unemployment carries 10% of the vote! Use it!! Fire them all next election or recall every Congress member NOW for Malfeasance – Failure of a public official to perform their duties!!! Next Election - Lets get people elected who actually represent all the People- this current congress represents only special interest groups!

Posted by: agh1 | June 24, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

There's no sacrifice that the Republicans aren't willing to impose on the American people, to prevent the election of Democrats.

Thank you, GOP. What could we accomplish without you? If we could only find out.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 24, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Luckily, with the recent _Citizens United_ decision, it should be possible to buy enough advertising to convince the median voter that:

"We Republicans see a risk, however minimal, to our endless enrichment and empowerment, and that of the people who bought us, in passing the legislation. Constituent service, baby!"

is _really_

"...We Republicans need your progressive, deliberate immiseration -- it's a tragic, but necessary, step in the restoration of authentic, Constitutional, legitimate -- o.k. white -- government. Thanks for taking one for Team America."

Posted by: davis_x_machina | June 24, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame that our politicians can't find the political upside to passing this bill. Since they are having problems finding it, I can help them out. The political upside is that they might possibly be able to keep their jobs in the next election.

I don't know about the rest of my fellow unemployed Americans but I know that job hunting takes up about half of every day, the other half is reading every article, blog, and twitter that I can find online pertaining to this bill. I am memorizing the names of every politician that has callously declined to pass this much needed bill. And, during the next election and at every other election that I participate in until the end of time, I will remember these names.

I will remember their names when it is no longer them running for office. If their children or grandchildren are unfortunate enough to follow in their footsteps, I will be hesitant to vote for anyone with the same last names as the one's that I've been diligently studying every day for the last seven months. They will have been raised by these people that have so thoroughly removed and distanced themselves from the lowly, common American people.

I for one am tired of being controlled by people that obviously consider themselves to be better and know better than those of us that were not born with a silver spoon in our mouths.

Posted by: deb1link | June 24, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Let us discuss the merit of the policy later. First politics.

With USA being the only G20 country not talking deficit reduction, you want to bring 'deficit funded bills to extend entitlement'? That does not sound correct. When most Americans are worried about deficit, bringing this bill does not help.

You will have to explain how paying 'unemployment' results in 'creating new jobs'. I doubt there is a salable pitch there.

For all the worth of my economic information (warning - it is poor, but probably better than Congressional Dems), here is what we need to do:

A) Save at least $50B from Defense. Save another $50B from other entitlements which are paid by Fed. Give those $100B to States to balance their budgets provided very stringent labor payout reduction is undertaken by receiving states. Collective state deficit funding need is around $200B. If States are able to reduce Labor payouts and are able to save $50B; at the most you are talking $50B unfunded gap for States.

B) Raise $200B from Treasury bonds, mix of 30 years and 10 years. Use that as the capital for National Infrastructure Bank. Make the projects to raise $800B based on this equity and start building infrastructure all over America. Smart Electric Grid, Broadband and Public Sector IT could be top priorities. Railways, Public Transport, Roads & Bridges all that can follow too. Granted you are talking long gestation period here. But at least these are job creation programs.

Unless we see money spend to create jobs rather than paying unemployed, entitlement expansion and tax cuts (howsoever right theory-wise that may be); we will not see larger support from Public here.

Posted by: umesh409 | June 24, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I've long been a Republican-leaning Independent, but the GOP's behavior is nothing short of repulsive. They don't get it-- they won't just hurt the unemployed with this, but by shortchanging the unemployed (growing larger, given 6:1 ratio of applicants to jobs) and the states (so wracked by budget woes that they're shutting down police forces), they damage the overall economy, and hurt business and profits as well. The Democrats need to use budget reconciliation, a nuclear option or whatever they have to do to get this necessary bill passed by a majority.

If the unemployed have nothing, then foreclosures shoot up again, businesses go under (for lack of consumer spending), and crime goes way up. I have a small business, and because of the way these Republican idiots are pushing a lot of people into desperation, crime has become a major concern for all of us in the Chamber of Commerce-- not a good thing for business!

The irony is, in 2008, most of us in the Chamber voted for Republican candidates. As for the most recent headcount, about 2/3 of us are now planning on voting for the Democrats in November-- and we're a very conservative crowd. The Republicans' stupid gamesmanship here is very damaging for businesses, since the loss of liquidity from starving consumers and extra crime-protection costs hurts our bottom line. Their hatred of the middle classes, and their misplaced priorities (spending trillions on Iraq and Afghanistan while cutting off the spigot at home) show how hypocritical they are about reducing the deficit. You can't reduce the deficit in the middle of a severe recession by stiffing the unemployed-- tax revenues then just plummet further anyway, so you get a terrible economy and higher debt anyway!

And there should be some stimulus directed to the states. They're clearly essential for helping business around the country, not just with direct contracts but also by way of police and firefighting protection. By cutting off the states (and Medicaid), once again, the GOP is hurting business.

We need to march on Washington, call and harass the (mostly) GOP Senators who are holding this up, start up tent cities as ugly reminders to them of what they're doing, and most of all, get rid of them.

The Republican Party is basically paving the way toward its own extinction with this stupidity, this treasonous push to harm the economy and their general cluelessness about what Americans are dealing with. It will be well-deserved, and we in the business community will be among the first to help bring it about.

Posted by: malagasy | June 24, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I've long been a Republican-leaning Independent, but the GOP's behavior is nothing short of repulsive. They don't get it-- they won't just hurt the unemployed with this, but by shortchanging the unemployed (growing larger, given 6:1 ratio of applicants to jobs) and the states (so wracked by budget woes that they're shutting down police forces), they damage the overall economy, and hurt business and profits as well. The Democrats need to use budget reconciliation, a nuclear option or whatever they have to do to get this necessary bill passed by a majority.

If the unemployed have nothing, then foreclosures shoot up again, businesses go under (for lack of consumer spending), and crime goes way up. I have a small business, and because of the way these Republican idiots are pushing a lot of people into desperation, crime has become a major concern for all of us in the Chamber of Commerce-- not a good thing for business!

The irony is, in 2008, most of us in the Chamber voted for Republican candidates. As for the most recent headcount, about 2/3 of us are now planning on voting for the Democrats in November-- and we're a very conservative crowd. The Republicans' stupid gamesmanship here is very damaging for businesses, since the loss of liquidity from starving consumers and extra crime-protection costs hurts our bottom line. Their hatred of the middle classes, and their misplaced priorities (spending trillions on Iraq and Afghanistan while cutting off the spigot at home) show how hypocritical they are about reducing the deficit. You can't reduce the deficit in the middle of a severe recession by stiffing the unemployed-- tax revenues then just plummet further anyway, so you get a terrible economy and higher debt anyway!

And there should be some stimulus directed to the states. They're clearly essential for helping business around the country, not just with direct contracts but also by way of police and firefighting protection. By cutting off the states (and Medicaid), once again, the GOP is hurting business.

We need to march on Washington, call and harass the (mostly) GOP Senators who are holding this up, start up tent cities as ugly reminders to them of what they're doing, and most of all, get rid of them.

The Republican Party is basically paving the way toward its own extinction with this stupidity, this treasonous push to harm the economy and their general cluelessness about what Americans are dealing with. It will be well-deserved, and we in the business community will be among the first to help bring it about.

Posted by: malagasy | June 24, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Is a New Economic Depression on the Way?
It's over; the Democrates could NOT pull this off. They went for broke; asking to push the extensions all the way through November; they couldn't just trim this down to a couple months.
Couldn't they have asked for TWO MONTHS instead of six months?
I suppose WHEN IT'S OVER, IT'S OVER.
As an unemployed American, looking for a job every day; getting so desperate; I don't quite know what to do now.
To think that the Senate is just going to go through the 'motions' of voting, knowing full well that the unemployment extension bill will NOT pass is extremely frustrating.
Bottom line is this: The Republicans were successful, and the Democrats failed us. Or more appropriately, they all succeeded in promoting their own HIDDEN AGENDAS, and as a result, the unemployed will suffer.

Lets see if within the next few months a new DEPRESSION will take over this country.

Posted by: gregg10 | June 24, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

States are their own sovereign entity. If They are in budget woes, which they are, they need to raise revenues and decrease services.

We live in a nation of dual sovereignties and states have to work their budget situations out on their own.

As for the unemployment extention, they should do this. I think the bill would pass if the Democrats would remove the aid to states through extention of the ARRA FMAP.

Posted by: lancediverson | June 24, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I have a hard time comprehending this reasoning. First of all, no amount of budget cutting or immediate austerity will fix the deficit. Only by achieving low unemployment, robust GDP growth and stopping the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will we reduce the deficit. Essentially what the chicken little deficit cryers are saying is: "its okay to spend $20-$30 billion on building infrastructure in Iraq but its not okay to spend that amount on Americans who need help now". SHAME ON YOU members of congress!!!

Posted by: Afb60 | June 24, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I don't see Obama doing anything to try to more votes. So why should I worry if the President wont?

Posted by: Lomillialor | June 24, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

The Dems have lost the confidence of the public....the spending has got to stop. When Congress and Obama address the uncertainty they have left in the marketplace with renewal of the tax cuts and sensible regulation of business, then the public will encourage their reps. to get on board. The deficit has got to be controlled.

2010...WITHOUT DOUBT, VOTE THEM OUT!

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Posted by: my4653 | June 24, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Why not Send ALL Our Bills for household and All medical Bills to the white house or to the people who are aganist helping People out of Work.. People need HELP no matter how long it takes..People need to take a stand, one cannot live and feed familes and pay bills and buy gas with NO JOBS..

Posted by: icewater1 | June 24, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Well, your taste arbiter didn't like my last diatribe against the feckless and ignorant folks in the Senate so I'll try again. These people are out of touch and uncaring about anything but their own reelection and their donors and cronies.

But it also behooves the Governors of the various states to lean on their congressional delegations to stop posturing and vote for the money. States are going under because they can't run deficits in bad times to take up the slack of a decline in revenues caused by unemployment caused in turn by the bursting of the real estate bubble and the cupidity of the banksters.

This is the payoff for the tax cuts and defense overspending of the Reagan and Bush (both) years. Deteriorating economy, declining middle class, huge deficits but more millionaires than ever! Whoopee!

Posted by: Mimikatz | June 24, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

"States are their own sovereign entity. If They are in budget woes, which they are, they need to raise revenues and decrease services.

We live in a nation of dual sovereignties and states have to work their budget situations out on their own."

The states are doing exactly that, mainly by cutting spending, which increases unemployment and decreases demand in the private economy. So aid to the states, targeted at preventing layoffs, is an efficient way to both prevent further anti-stimulative job loss, and to preserve high value public services.

"As for the unemployment extention [sic], they should do this. I think the bill would pass if the Democrats would remove the aid to states through extention [sic] of the ARRA FMAP."

What evidence do you have that such a bill would pass? Don't you think Harry Reid would do exactly that if the votes were there?

Posted by: Patrick_M | June 24, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

if they could cut some of the foodstamps from reciptants like 40 dollars each that could pay for it. the people can well make up for it in the lost of foodstamps by clipping coupons.. i myself has turn 155 dollar food purchase and only paid 55 dollars... if i can do it.. ANYONE can. I know it sounds heartless to take from others to help us.. but i say its time to to start sharing what some have with the one who dont... US HURTING UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS wont be able to survive without it... YOU Cant get any help from the government if you dont have an address to send the paperwork to. PLEASE HELP US>> IF YOU CAN!!

Posted by: penny_wizer101 | June 24, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

"We live in a nation of dual sovereignties and states have to work their budget situations out on their own."
--------------------------------------
Why stop there? We could say that cities are another sovereignty. Counties are another sovereignty as well as school districts. We could as easily dismiss their concerns by proclaiming they are sovereign and are on their own.

In Oakland, CA, 150 police will be laid off out of a force of about 776. Oakland's crime rate is reputed to be 4th in the nation. Too bad, Oakland, you are a sovereign nation. Too bad also, for those citizens who shop in Oakland. I guess they are sovereign citizens too.

We've become a nation of each man for himself.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 24, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I just don't get the bastards party. What good is winning an election if it comes at the cost of inflicting massive pain on the people you are trying to help?

Posted by: theamazingjex | June 24, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Well maybe if the Dems hadn't pushed through Healthcare and other things as their first priority and already added trillions to the deficit, maybe the GOP wouldn't be so opposed to spending for the unemployment extensions. It seems to me, instead of back door dealings, partisan politics and shoving things down American's throats, Dems should have been concerned with the suffering of the unemployed FIRST... then dealt with their own agenda. But, look what they put first. YOU tell ME what party brought this about.

Posted by: americanjoe1 | June 24, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

If we can't solve this problem, we are in store for some serious pain.

Posted by: adamiani | June 24, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Ben Nelson killed this. He has said before that he doesn't care because unemployment in Nebraska is very low. But how does it help Nebraska if people can't put meat on the table because they have no benefits and can't find employment because companies and banks are sitting on their cash hoards?

Just another example of why we need IQ or economic literacy requirements for members of Congress.

Posted by: Mimikatz | June 24, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

"Democrats have made a lot of changes to the bill in response to Republican opposition."

Why bother with the government-hating No-sayers. They have no interest in doing anything except making Americans miserable so they can try to blame it on Obama.

The lit the house on fire, blocked the fireman and complained about how much water they were using to fight it.

Disgusting!!

Posted by: thebobbob | June 24, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Republicans voting against this measure, only makes me want to vote them out in November.

Posted by: enchantress_ashley | June 24, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I think the US should break up into 50 sovereign states.

Mississippi and Louisianna could start charging tolls for passage along the MS river. By would that screw a lot of landlocked states up river.

And Colorado could starve CA and NM and AZ of rare water.

And CA, WA, OR and TX could starve CO of access to shipping ports.

The possibilities and endless. This would be fun watching.

The big losers would be the dust bowl and other land locked states, sort of like Bill Nelson's Nebraska.

Posted by: Lomillialor | June 24, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

For republican party if you think blocking the unemployment will win you some seats in congress, you are absolutely wrong. Your party will be a thing of the past come November. I for one and millions of american affected by the economy you and Bush created will suffer and loose all the seat in house and senate. I for one is so disgusted with your party, I won't even vote for a republican governor in our state

Posted by: chedar888 | June 24, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

The one in April passed with 58 votes so why would this one need 60? They all need to approve this since it affects constituents in all 50 states and must be in place to keep this country afloat.

Posted by: imaginemore | June 24, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

The bottom line is ... the money is there for the unemployment extension in unused stimulus money. The Republicans want to use it, but the Democrats don't. So if and until they come to a mutual decision, "we the (unemployed) people" sit in limbo, fearing to peek out the window or even answer the door.

Our fine elected officials (sarcasm) bail out DELIBERATE corporate greed, defrauding millions out of million$ seemingly without blinking an eye, hand out foreign aid like it was candy, sell our jobs overseas and who knows what else .... yet drag their heels, quarreling like 2 spoiled rich kids fighting over who gets the swing 1st, in throwing out a life line to the common man, floundering and gasping for breath through no fault of his own. What a country.

Both sides of the isle should be ashamed of themselves for being so out of touch with the meat and potatoes of America and remember how they got their jobs to begin with. Selective amnesia? Rest assured Washington, "we the people" never forget.

Meanwhile ... the bureaucrats in Washington chuckle amongst themselves in the halls of the Senate waiting for another vote ... but back at the ranch, a moving van is backed up to the front door of the common man ...

Posted by: blue_strat | June 24, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Appears Mitch McConnell may be out if he doesn't vote for this bill.

Posted by: imaginemore | June 24, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

it seems they are missing the ones who need this the most and its the children. school is out for summer vacation and most unemployed parents were getting by because the children were getting 2 meals a day why they were at school. now it's summer break and these children are home.

Posted by: just_saying | June 24, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

" ... with only the $30 billion or so in unemployment benefits adding to the deficit."

Ezra Kelin and the rest of you morons just don't get it.

WE CANT AFFORD IT!

Posted by: cribbagespadesman | June 24, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Well, it's nice to know a majority of the senate wants to do the right thing but a few senators can stop them from doing the right thing and extending unemployment benefits for millions of Americans who need help.
Well done, congress.
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Posted by: kcsam215 | June 24, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

if they could cut some of the foodstamps from reciptants like 40 dollars each that could pay for it. the people can well make up for it in the lost of foodstamps by clipping coupons.. i myself has turn 155 dollar food purchase and only paid 55 dollars... if i can do it.. ANYONE can. I know it sounds heartless to take from others to help us.. but i say its time to to start sharing what some have with the one who dont... US HURTING UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS wont be able to survive without it... YOU Cant get any help from the government if you dont have an address to send the paperwork to. PLEASE HELP US>> IF YOU CAN!! YOU figure.. Manufactures makes the coupons, the newspapers distributes the coupons, the stores accept the coupons, the consumers purchase food using coupon,,, hence JOBS, ECONOMY STEADY, EVERYONE SATISFIED!!!!!!!!! THINK about it..;)

Posted by: penny_wizer101 | June 24, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Patrick_M

I apologize for the extension misspelling. That is embarrassing. The federal government should offset state employment losses not by bailing out the states, but rather through direct investment in our nation of national importance such as bridges, roads, health information technology systems, and broadband development. These are non-recurring investments that make logical sense for which to bond. It makes no sense to borrow money for continuing programs. You need to pay for coninuing programs such as employee salaries out of continueing revenue streams. This really is budgeting 101. It's not that complicated.

12BarBlues,

Cities and Counties are "creaturs of state governments." State governments are the original sovereign and they created city and county governments to work more effeciently for their the people. Cities and Counties are not, in and of themselves, sovereign.

Posted by: lancediverson | June 24, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I wish that the Senate would STOP what they are doing and simply vote on an unemploymnet extension for TWO MONTHS ONLY!
Why did the Democrats/Sen. Reid go for broke. It was a huge GAMBLE to go for benefits through NOVEMBER. The Gamble did NOT pay off.
If Americans were more privy to knowing that it was 'all or nothing;' November or Zero, then there would have been an outcry from the unemployed.

Reid should put an AMENDMENT on the table asking for a ONE MONTH OR TWO MONTH EXTENSION ONLY; BEFORE JUST WALKING AWAY from the entire bill. Because as it stands, AFTER TODAY OR FRIDAY, WE'LL NEVER HEAR ABOUT THIS ON THE SENATE FLOOR AGAIN.

Posted by: gregg10 | June 24, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

If they want to play this drama out, they'll bring it up again once the size of the furor over inaction is realized.

They have more than $400 billion in Stimulus unspent and they want to to this? The Dems will get hammered worse because it's a well know fact that that money is available without adding to the deficit.

Posted by: danhanover1 | June 24, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

You make some good points here but.. "The less that Democrats appear to be doing on jobs -- and the fewer jobs that Democrats actually create -- the better Republicans will do in November."

It is not the job of Democrats or Republicans to "create jobs", that is down to the ingenuity, resourcefulness, and entrepreneurial sprit (i.e., willingness to take risks) of the people. Letting the government borrow money seems to be a good idea, but if we are stuck with high wages for low skilled labor, it simply doesn't solve the problem.

Posted by: staticvars | June 24, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

One thing is for certain, if the Republicans get back into power there won't be a middle class and everyone will be working for $2.00 per hour.

People who are against helping the unemployed, you will find yourselves in that same boat soon enough. Claiming to be a Republican isn't going to keep you from being jobless, and losing everything you have, so keep that lying to yourself.

Posted by: austininc4 | June 24, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

"The federal government should offset state employment losses not by bailing out the states, but rather through direct investment in our nation of national importance such as bridges, roads, health information technology systems, and broadband development. These are non-recurring investments that make logical sense for which to bond. It makes no sense to borrow money for continuing programs. You need to pay for coninuing programs such as employee salaries out of continueing revenue streams. This really is budgeting 101. It's not that complicated."

Yes, but the problem is that every state budget is tethered to the business cycle. The states manage to adjust expenditures to minor busts and booms, but when you are hit with the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression, you have a genuine crisis that "budgeting 101" does not resolve.

I am all for the infrastructure and the broadband, and the health care technology, but I don't know that it makes sense to spend borrowed money to hire someone to work on broadband at the same time you put a state patrolman or an elementary school teacher on the unemployment line.

I would argue that preserving those jobs and stopping the anti-stimulative effect of state and local spending cuts should be considered the most efficient first use of stimulus dollars, and the sort of investments you describe should be done with any funds that might remain.

I don't see the logic of states creating new unemployment and the federal government offsetting it at the same time by creating different jobs, rather than preserving jobs that already exist until state revenues pick up again. I'd rather not tackle broadband just yet, if it means the money for that project is not being used to keep guards in the state prisons, teachers in the classrooms, social workers assisting the mentally ill, etc.

Posted by: Patrick_M | June 24, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

if they could cut some of the foodstamps from reciptants like 40 dollars each that could pay for it. the people can well make up for it in the lost of foodstamps by clipping coupons.. i myself has turn 155 dollar food purchase and only paid 55 dollars... if i can do it.. ANYONE can. I know it sounds heartless to take from others to help us.. but i say its time to to start sharing what some have with the one who dont... US HURTING UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS wont be able to survive without it... YOU Cant get any help from the government if you dont have an address to send the paperwork to. PLEASE HELP US>> IF YOU CAN!! YOU figure.. Manufactures makes the coupons, the newspapers distributes the coupons, the stores accept the coupons, the consumers purchase food using coupon,,, hence JOBS, ECONOMY STEADY, EVERYONE SATISFIED!!!!!!!!! THINK about it..;)

Posted by: penny_wizer101 | June 24, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are holding out because the Corporations who are outsourcing JOBS don't want to give up the TAX INCENTIVES they are getting to SEND THE JOBS OVERSEAS! Imagine, we are paying to send jobs overseas and the Republicans want that to continue. They are blocking this because they want the common person to pay the taxes so these Corporations can continue to put money in their pockets. And how will the common person pay taxes if their incomes are ZERO because of the outsourcing!

I am middle of the road, I believe in the right to bear arms, I believe in what Arizona is doing in regards to the illegals. I believe Corporations have the right to profits, I believe that Government is getting too intrusive; I believe that Government regulations are getting out of hand. But I also believe EVERY U.S citizen has a right to WORK so they can pay taxes.

Posted by: ChuckHill1 | June 24, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

The bill did not pass. I just found out today that I will not be recieving an unemployment check this week. After watching the Senate debate, I learned why. I am being used as a political pawn. I'm being used to create the illusion of "The Party of NO." The real party of NO is the party that will not pass the unemployment extension seperately from the rest of the bill. The Democrats say NO to this offer again today. I lost, the Republicans lost, and the Democrats pretend to have lost as they win another PR battle.

Posted by: lsmith5 | June 24, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Contact your Senator and request that Obama sign and executive order to extend as an emergency measure. He does this for other situations and what better reason than for the unemployed workers of America

Posted by: imaginemore | June 24, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

@ChuckHill1

"The Republicans are holding out because the Corporations who are outsourcing JOBS don't want to give up the TAX INCENTIVES they are getting to SEND THE JOBS OVERSEAS!"

Interesting. I hadn't heard that angle. Do you have any links or details?

Posted by: alex50 | June 24, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm a 99er. I'm still looking for work. And if they pass the cheese, I'll take it. But it really needs to be paid for, don'cha think?

Posted by: liberty_rocks | June 24, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

alex50, sorry for not getting back sooner. I was spending time with my grand daughter before her bedtime.

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/294227-1

8 hrs 14 minutes into the session

You can also find it in the bill @
http://thomas.loc.gov

under H.R.4213 under Amendments For H.R.4213

Posted by: ChuckHill1 | June 24, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

alex50, also see

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/28/AR2010052804818.html

Posted by: ChuckHill1 | June 24, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

@ChuckHill1

Thanks. I already read the WaPo link and the plot thickens. As far as I'm concerned those companies can happily avoid all issues of foreign taxation by operating in the US.

Sweet dreams to your granddaughter.

Posted by: alex50 | June 24, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Please contact the Senators that voted no on the bill. 57 voted for and 41 against. 2 did not vote at all. Below is a list of each Senator and how they voted. It is now time to email, fax, write or call the no voters and make your concerns known. Please don't focus on those sending negative comments to this site. It is a waste of time and brain power.

Votes For and Against Unemployment Extension

Grouped By Vote Position
YEAs ---57
Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Burris (D-IL)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Conrad (D-ND)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kaufman (D-DE)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Specter (D-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

NAYs ---41
Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brown (R-MA)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kyl (R-AZ)
LeMieux (R-FL)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Nelson (D-NE)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Wicker (R-MS)

Not Voting - 2
Byrd (D-WV)
Murkowski (R-AK)

Posted by: gjs8 | June 24, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

For the past 39 years I have voted in every election. I've been registered independant. My vote has been to the candidate I think would benefit my community or country the best. I will now spend significant energy ensure Republicans do not win a seat. The fact that the party could let this happen to the millions of us that have worked hard all of our lives is absolutely insane. I voted for Scott Brown and have not heard a word of disgust from him or any of the Republicans. Game on.

Posted by: rfisher664 | June 24, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

THANK YOU and Rachel Maddow tonight for drawing attention to the fate of 1.2 million laid off and worried Americans whos groceries were taken away by the outcome of tonight's Senate vote.
In a world where there are 5 people looking for every job available, surely the Republican solution in calling them bums is just the thing our fragile economy needs to bounce back.

The repeated failure of this bill does nothing but hurt the weakest in society who are already struggling. Rest assured however we taxpayers will continue to foot the enormous bill for Congresses' comfortable paychecks.

If there were any justice in this world, the people of Kentucky would make Senator Bunning himself unemployed in 2010 AND take away his unemployment eligibility.

Posted by: sruthj217 | June 24, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Where: Washington DC Mall
When: July 2nd –
Time: You will be notified of an exact time to converge on the mall. Please do not do so before this time.
What to Bring: Tent, water, lawn chair, talents and skills list, notepads, pens, clothes, pillows, deodorant
Why: To put a face on the unemployed and for our very survival.

Without assistance we will lose our homes. Without assistance we will not be able to feed ourselves nor our families. Without assistance we will no longer be able to continue our job search. The time has come to stop begging for help but instead to demand it. It is not our fault we lost our jobs nor is it our fault that we cannot find new ones.

It is time to unite as one and put a face on the unemployed. It is time to unite as one and show our leaders that we will not just die off quietly and alone. If we are to die, we will die together for the world to see.

My brothers and sisters, within our ranks there is a collective talent unlike the world has ever known. Within our ranks there is a will to live and pursue happiness. We must unite, while we are still able, if we are to have a chance.

On July 2nd, gather your belongings and join us on the national mall in Washington DC. Bring tents and plenty of water because there we will stay until our leaders start to have compassion for the people of this great nation. Please bring with you a list of your talents and skills as well as a copy of your resume. The lists will be used to organize our collective abilities – the resumes will be used as fuel for a bonfire.

Together we can forge our own futures and mold our own destinies. Together we can and will form the greatest resource this world has ever known and our first headquarters will be located on the mall in DC.

Our government will witness, on their front lawn, our collective suffering as well as our will to survive. Our tents will symbolize the loss of our homes. Our bonfire of resumes will symbolize the lack of jobs. We will be fed and if we are not, we will die of hunger together for the world to see.

If by July 2nd our government has failed to show us compassion, unemployment assistance will not be enough. We will also demand housing, office space and grant money to fund our movement. We will create our own jobs if none exist. Make no mistake, no one will go hungry and no one will leave until they have either created their own job or found one elsewhere. Together we can and will define our own futures while putting a face on the unemployed.

Now you must help spread the word of this event anyway you can. We must unite if we are to survive and the time to do it is NOW! Individuals are needed to help lead this movement. Send an email to lols01@aol.com to become one of those leaders.

Our ranks will surely grow as time goes on but initially we must be strong in numbers for this to work. The first ones on the mall will be the ones that make the biggest difference.

Posted by: lols01 | June 25, 2010 1:36 AM | Report abuse

lols01, I think Congress starts their "WEEK" long vacation on July 2nd. If you want to do something in this time period you may consider protesting at the Senators homes during this vacation....I mean recess. Take pictures and videos of those entering and leaving the Senators homes during the July 4th week-end. Document how many un-employed people attend the Senators homes during the July 4th week-end. Then document how many "Business leaders" attend during that same time period. A 4th of July week-end party at a Senators house should be very interesting and eye opening.

Posted by: ChuckHill1 | June 25, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

This attack on the workers of this country will not go unanswered. I am a voter who tends to vote mostly for Republicans but I will be holding my nose, since so many New York Democrats are horrible, and voting straight down the Democrat line this fall (e.g. Andrew Como). I do not take this action lightly but we all have hardworking family and friends who have lost their jobs and continue to seek work in a competitive employment market.

This Republican attack against these folks when they are down is unacceptable and everyone should remind them that we Americans do not kick our fellow countrymen & women when they are down and trying to climb back up.

Also someone needs to let the Republican know that their strategy of just saying NO to every proposal does not constitute a strategy of there own nor will it get them critical votes this fall.

Posted by: megan35 | June 25, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight. We have had little concern over the budget when we provided TARP to corporations that used funds to acquire more assets, pay bonus ie, "Big Biz" campaign contributors. But we as a country are comfortable allowing the "People" to go without any means to provide for their families. I love the concern- We the unemployed are getting "comfortable" getting a check. Should I show the Senate the 120+ jobs I've applied to. Give the Senate an update. I've paid significant taxes for more than 20 years. Those taxes have paid their salaries if I'm not mistaken. They could learn a good lesson from my dog, "Don't bite the hand that feeds you!"If they took all the TARP funds provided to Banks,GM, AIG etc. and provided it to each taxpaying family, they would have stimulated the economy to a far greater degree than how they utilized their power and privilege to date. It would have amounted to $300-400k per family. I think we may have avoided the foreclosure disaster, home prices would have remained right side up, payments on time for all credit, production would have to be ramped up to keep up with consumer demand and the economy would have chugged along. There's a novel thought, government for the people, I think I heard that somewhere before..

Posted by: danderub123 | June 25, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Every time a Republican mutters "deficit", a Democrat needs to say "wealth tax". If the G.O.P. wants to make an issue of deficits, fine. They had no issue with deficits when they were made by giving tax breaks to corporations and the world's richest people. Now let's help the Republicans clean up those deficits with a tax of say 10% on the assets of the any person (natural or corporate) with net assets of over $100m, with 80% of the tax revenue going to national debt repayment and 20% to redistribution. The stimulative effect of putting money in the pockets of society's poorest members would offset any contraction caused by the tax.

Posted by: davidjryan | June 25, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Sounds a bit like this unbiased reporter of current business events is a little miffed with republicans and one democrat. I thought this was news not an editorial. Why did the Republicans move away from the bill after Ezra assumed they received what they wanted in it? Maybe we could ask one of the Republicans, ya think?

Posted by: mavrick9 | June 25, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Excellent news...I'm an independent who is feeling a little more love toward Repubs who finally seem to be getting the message. Stop the foolish spending. I'd like to see huge spending cuts, but at least they're fighting hard to not add more spending. November is coming boys and girls.

Posted by: SimJim | June 25, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

When listing Republican leadership failures, you should include AMT and the SGR. Both were boneheaded policy that left future Congresses with the same choice each year: screw lots of people (middle class, doctors and old people) or fix the problem with hundreds of billions of dollars. No matter who is in control, the patches are typically fixed through deficit spending (although democrats tried repeatedly to pay for an AMT fix and the most recent 6 month SGR extension is paid for). These policies also result in increased polarization, as the minority party typically makes these must pass measures hell for the majority party. This is the case even when Republicans who enacted these measures are in the minority. Evidence: this weeks 6 month SGR extension.

The tagline should be: Here are some highlights from when Republicans were in power: payment cuts for Medicare physicians, tax increases for the middle class, newly created and unpaid for prescription drug program, deficit paid tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, and TWO (unpaid for) wars overseas. Danke Repubs. You have made governing so easy.

Posted by: cole5433 | June 25, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I've got a crazy idea. Try to follow this one, Democrats. I am sorry I don't have crayons and a sheet of paper to illustrate it for you. Stop taxing businesses and corporations so highly. No, wait. Come back here. Listen. Then we stop paying so much welfare and unemployment. Where are you going? Now, darn it, pay attention. Then people have the opportunity for MEANINGFUL jobs, rather than the miserable lot of feeling like a worthless...Yes. Right. Then how would the Democrats get votes? You've got me on that one...

Posted by: kylenbecker | June 26, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, it makes a lot of sense to feed endless unemployment because liberals are too dumb to do what works and get people back to work: cut taxes, balance the budget. Instead of making people into state dependant sheep, which liberals love, why not let them work by trying to live within one's means. What a concept: buy services only what you can afford unless it is a matter of national defense-survival. Studies show that long term unemployment actually prolongs unemployment because the need to get work is not as strong and thus does not create the economic pressure to actually get jobs created.

Posted by: mbabbitt | June 26, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Oh spare me. Senator Thune included a full extension of unemployment benefits, in his amendment, the kicker was, that it had to be paid for. It included a requirement that federal employees had to take a 5% pay cut, you know, sacrifice just like everyone out here in the real world has had to. Apparently, the dems don't feel that they should have to sacrifice, have skin in the game, that's only for us "little people". Heck, that might mean attention be called to the wasteful excessive spending in the Obama whitehouse, 10 million dollars on parties they held on average one every three days their entire first year.

The dems have REFUSED to put together a budget for '11, they simply do not care about the enormous mess they are burdening us with. I was a democrat, a very liberal one for all my life. I've reaffiliated to independent, not because I've changed in any way, it's just that I realized that I had been a dupe, lied to by a corrupt democrat party that had not really changed it's stripes, that it was still the party of slavery and Jim Crow. I'm also a woman of color, you know, one of those you assume is too ignorant to think for herself long enough to stomp off the dem plantation.

You have a lot of nerve Ezra, you the one who snarked about killing grandmothers because it was wasteful to provide them with life saving health care, in between your frivolous foodie posts at the Prospect. It's people like YOU, Ezra Klein, who have caused there to be no unemployment extension, because frauds like you only treated those benefits as a trojan horse, to sneak through bad policies with. You lack any integrity at all.

Posted by: jenn3 | June 26, 2010 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Just like the oil leak, this is another crisis whose purpose is to generate hatred towards the evil, rich, big corporation, racist guys. Unemployed are not getting paid this week and they want to put their boots on the throats of the Republicans. With the medias help, the Democrats have spun this story, and everyone is led to beleive that the Republicans are heartless. The Democrats lumped the unemployment extension with 50 other costly programs and tax increases. Republicans have been asking for weeks to pass the unemployment extension in a bill by itself and pay for it with stimulus money that is just sitting there and not being used. The Democrats wanted to make the Republicans look like the "party of no", so they keep making useless changes in the bill, to make it look like they are comprimising. The Democrats planned this crisis weeks ago. The unemployed are just casualties of the war being raged by the Democrats. If the bill passes, more jobs are lost, and working people become the casualties. Please don't reward the Democrats in November for these type of tactics. They have created a win-win situation for Democrats and a lose-lose situation for Americas' workforce.

Posted by: lsmith5 | June 26, 2010 4:36 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps the administration should consider something really radical like an initiative to stop penalizing, over-regulating and over-taxing businesses who hire. Subsidizing of any product or activity just gets us more of it, even unemployment.

Posted by: polincorrect | June 26, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

It is about wasted , borrowed money. At some point we have to come back to our senses and usually now is better than later. Dems are like alcoholics shouting "just one more". Never underestimate the viciousness of an addict toward someone in the way of his fix. An addict will beg, borrow or steal to get fixed but sane people like a few dollars put away for a rainy day. I can see being disappointed or disgusted with the GOP but I cannot imagine why people vote Dem.

Posted by: rfpzzzzz | June 26, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

The Obama government knows nothing about creating jobs. Obama talks big, but his actions scream dictator wannabe. The private sector creates jobs, but since Obama has to control everything, business is hunkering down, waiting for help in November. When reason returns, businesses will trust that Hugo Chavez methods will not be used, and they will create the growth for jobs. Sometimes there is nothing inside the pretty package....Obama, dumb.

Posted by: betspotter | June 26, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Total propaganda, as usual, from Mr. Klein.

What he conveniently failed to mention, is the $24 billion included to prop up teachers' unions. The Dems are totally incapable of writing any legislation that doesn't include a handout to labor unions.

There is plenty of bi-partsan support for extending unemployment benefits, provided it's paid for. It's the Dems who are killing it by refusing to use money from the previous stimulus, in a desperate attempt to blame Republicans. Dems will use any trick, no matter how dirty, and torture the truth to get their way. Come on, November!

Posted by: samadams25 | June 26, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"The total cost went from $200 billion to about $110 billion. The bill went from being deficit-funded -- which is what you want for stimulus -- to largely paid for, with only the $30 billion or so in unemployment benefits adding to the deficit." No I think it is what you want...don't tell me what you think I want.

Why, oh why, do you not mention in your article how back in January, Obama, with much fan fare by the way, announced PAY-GO.That was the last time any democrat ever thought about it...
To say well it the democrats reduced their bill is about the oldest tactic in the book. Go for way more than what you want; then reduce it to what you really want and look like your doing everone a big favor.
The gig is up. The reason you libs always cry when the republicans don't play with you is because you want to say it was bipartisan so you can't blame just us when it fails...as doesmost all things the democrats do

Posted by: sell4fun | June 26, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Please go to change.org at the link below and sign the petition to separate the unemployment extension legislation from the rest of the h.r. 4213 bill! Also, have everyone you know that supports this cause go and sign too!

http://www.change.org/petitions/view/separate_the_unemployment_extension_legislation_from_the_rest_of_the_hr_4213_bill

Posted by: fighting2survive | June 27, 2010 2:52 AM | Report abuse

Remember "pay go", Ezra? If the Democrats can't pay for this new spending with dollar for dollar offsets in other spending, then the law requires that it fail. So, let's not lie and say the republicans don't approve of the spending; they disapprove of not paying for it. HAven't we learned that debt and deficits into oblivion are dangerous, i.e., Greece?

Posted by: sladenyv1 | June 27, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Remember "pay go", Ezra? If the Democrats can't pay for this new spending with dollar for dollar offsets in other spending, then the law requires that it fail. So, let's not lie and say the republicans don't approve of the spending; they disapprove of not paying for it. HAven't we learned that debt and deficits into oblivion are dangerous, i.e., Greece?

Posted by: sladenyv1 | June 27, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Ezra..........How about getting the President to use some of the "Un-used stimulus" money which is in the billions of dollars $$ instead of trying to slam more debt down our thoats! Unless the Democrats want this money for more extortion and bribes like in the healthcare fiasco?

Posted by: vsch47 | June 27, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

To the poster who suggested that we contact Obama and ask for him to extend the unemployment benefits by executive order, he can't. Our constitution forbids him to do this. Section III of Article II. That sections states that the President shall “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” This language is designed to protect our democratic form of government from being overtaken by a rogue President who wants to become dictator. President Obama does not have legal authority to extend unemployment benefits now that the extensions have been definitively rejected by Congress.

If the Dems had not attached so much other garbage to the unemployment bill the GOP would have passed the bill. Think hard before you elect another Dem Congress and president. Obama and his congress have brought change alright....for the absolute worse!

Posted by: kristynron | June 27, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR 37 YEARS AND EACH WEEK THEY TAKE MONEY OUT OF MY CHECK FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. LAST JULY LOST MY JOB AND NOW THESE SO CALLED POLITICIANS WHO ARE SUPPOSE TO REPRESENT US ARE ONCE AGAIN PLAYING MIND GAMES . ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS THEMSELVES AND DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. THEY PUT ON A GOOD FACE BUT THEY COULD NOT CARE LESS IF WE LOSE OUR HOMES OR CAN PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE. THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER WAYS TO FIGHT IN WASHINGTON BUT THIS IS ONE THEY SHOULD TAKE CARE OF.

Posted by: GOLFNUT284 | June 28, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Easy, Just email your Republican Senates from your state and tell them that if they vote NO in the next vote, you and your friends will not Vote for any Republicans running in 2010 and not for them the next time their up for re-election in that state or any Republicans in 2012.

Posted by: rpiez | June 29, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

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