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Republicans delay vote on unemployment extension

And you thought the standoff over unemployment benefits was over!

Right now, as we speak, Senate Republicans continue to file a bunch of motions that could delay the vote on extending unemployment benefits for as long as another day.

(Senate votes 60-40 to advance jobless benefits)

This is key: It's a reminder that Republicans intend to continue to try to block the extension, unless its costs are offset, for as long as possible. Nobody is focused on this, but Republicans actually see a political upside for themselves in this standoff.

I'm told that Republicans are filing the motions because Senator Harry Reid says he doesn't want to allow votes on amendments that are designed to offset the extension's costs. Reid wants to proceed with the full vote. Senator Tom Coburn just filed a motion to suspend the rules, and Republicans are resolved to sit tight in hopes of forcing a vote on it.

"Republicans are declaring an all-out war on unemployed Americans," Reid spokesman Jim Manley emails. "Even though Democrats have the votes to give unemployed workers the safety net they deserve, Republicans are callously delaying the vote for an entire day. There are people literally waiting for this assistance to buy food and pay their bills while they search for work. Why should they suffer for another day?"

(Gallery: Unemployed and discouraged)

I'm going to say this again: While it's unanimously assumed that Dems hold all the political cards in this standoff, Republicans have their own strategy here. They believe that while Dems can milk this for short term advantage, over time any discussion of "chronic" joblessness -- a term you'll hear more often -- draws attention to the failure of Dem economic policies and feeds the GOP's larger critique of the inefficacy of the Dems' big spending ways.

This could drive some discussion today. More when I learn it.

UPDATE, 11:18 a.m.: DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan unloads:

"Republicans lost the election. Republicans lost the debate. And now they've lost any moral authority they may have had. This is the kind of small minded, mean-spirited typical Washington politics that the American people are sick of. It's petty. It's mean. And come this November it will no longer be tolerated."

More unemployment news: The latest from Political Economy

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No unemployment? Thank the republicans! For the rest of you -When the economy stalls again - you can thank the republicans too. 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 pillaging the middle class!!! – How many years have you paid taxes? 30? 40? Your government bails out bankers and Wall Street 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 | July 21, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse


OT: Have you seen this report in WaTimes?

(ugh, I hate linking to that rag)

Apparently, it looks like up to $7 million dollars worth of debt that the RNC is holding wasn't reported to the FEC.

I have no idea how bad things are legally, with possible fines or criminal charage (if it was intentional)...but that means their bottom line is even worse than we though.

I tried to find the quarterly or monthly fundraising numbers for the RNC & DNC, but am hitting a wall. Are you able to track them down by chance?

I seem to recall that the DNC was outraising the RNC, but when you combined debt and cash on hand, they were basically even. If this story is true, then the DNC may actually have a huge cash advantage.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | July 21, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

The Republican Party disgraces American values at every turn.

It is sickening.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 21, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Note to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi:

Please cancel the August recess. Instead of angry town halls, keep working on climate bill and jobs bills and make republicans vote no. People are paying attention and this will be the best form of campaigning. Make them pay for all the delay tactics by canceling the recess.

Posted by: TS11 | July 21, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

The ads, they write themselves.

Posted by: CalD | July 21, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

WTF? I can only hope that the commercials this fall highlight each and EVERY instance of the GOP saying NO to all of this.

Posted by: kumicho | July 21, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

To Be Fair To Those Republican Senators:

They are probably delaying the final vote on extending unemployment benefits; in order to give those who are out of work, one last push, to get out and fill all those open jobs, that the Republicans say President Obama has not created.

Call it:

The Sharron Obtuse Angle; Back To Work Incentive Strategy.

Posted by: Liam-still | July 21, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

BBQ, in-depth reporting on the RNC feud/debt story at Hotline:

Not much about the legality of filing false claims to the FEC, but definitely a bunch of background...

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 21, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Benen has a good article on this, which includes video of Reid from the floor last night:

[Reid:] "Now, I hope the American people understand how callous this is. People are desperate, can't make house payments, car payments, can't pay for kids' food. And they are having us wait for 30 hours after cloture's been invoked. We only need a simple majority to pass this bill now, but they're making us wait. I just can't articulate in strong enough feelings how unfair this is to 2.5 million people.... Every hour that is delayed is more misery for 2.5 million people."

I should also note that, under these same rules, the Senate can't take up any other bills or nominations while waiting for the 30 hours to elapse. In effect, it's like a mini-filibuster that gets tacked on to the failed filibuster.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 21, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Democrats need to start framing the discussion for the fall out because it's clear to see the Republican's have an agenda. They are proving to America they can pay for these things instead of piling up the debt.

I think the Democrats need to come out and discuss the debt and their plans to reduce it. If they don't (and they won't) the Republican's will tie them to a post and whip them with it.

Posted by: soapm | July 21, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

It's going to be tough for Republicans to trash the administration for a lack of jobs when Republicans are the one's who blocked the jobs portion of the bill and Snowe and Collins forced them to remove it before they would vote on it. Only in an alternate universe would the GOP and even the beltway villagers think this is a good move for Republicans. While they're focused on red meat to their base, the public at LARGE who dwarfts their base is not seeing this the way they do. Get ready for a November surprise when they get crushed again if the comments I've been reading from Republicans is any indication.

Posted by: roxsteady | July 21, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Time for Obama to hit it again. It didn't get the coverage it should have on Monday. And he should also preemptively respond to their lameass BS that they're not "against unemployment," they're just against "not paying for it."

Posted by: joeff | July 21, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

What TS11 said. Exactly.

Cancel the August recess and start with this: We are the Congress that works, and we work for the American people.

The Democratic Party needs to seize the initiative here. Yes, people are angry. The only way to keep from getting lumped in with the GOP on the "Gov't fails" idea is to show that you can get things done.

Show it. Make an August spectacle. Get some sleeves and roll them up.

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 21, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

The Republican Party has chosen the wrong group, and time, to pick a fight over the federal deficit spending. I am a Republican who is in favor of cutting the budget but why did the Senate Republicans choose now, when many of our fellow Americans desperately needs our help.

We see so many former colleagues, neighbors, families who have worked all their lives now scrambling to find a job. These are not lazy folks unfamiliar with hard work; many have never collected unemployment in their life. It sickens me that the Republican members of the Senate, which so freely funnels billions overseas to Israel, Iraq, Egypt, and Afghanistan, speaks of the deficit when it concerns our own citizens. The Republicans in the Senate never seemed concerned with the national debt when they discussed providing bailouts for Wall Street, banks, automotive corporations etc but seem quick to turn their back on American workers.

I received a call yesterday from the RNC asking me for another donation to "take back Congress in November. This time I said no based on their stand against working Americans. I said I couldn’t support the RNC, this time due to the stand taken by the Senate Republicans on this issue. They did not have enough votes for a fair fight on this issue so the Republicans chose to resort to holding the Senate hostage by filibuster. Now I read this morning that the Senate Republicans are going to hold the bill up on procedural issues for 30 hours. I am left to wonder how this act is helping the deficit as the Senate Republicans maintain, or is the real goal to continue a foolish political game at the expense of some of our fellow citizens.

The sad reality is that because of petty politics many American people are made to suffer. The fact that we are dealing with OUR PEOPLE and should stand with them is being lost so the Republicans can dig a bigger hole to point at in November is so disappointing. Working Americans need to tell our elected officials that we need to support Americans here at home who will spend the money here in the United States supporting U.S. businesses and STOP sending money overseas to support governments who kill American service men and woman.

Being patriotic is not just standing up when the National Anthem is played, it means standing with our fellow Americans during tough times as our founding fathers did to create this confederation of states.

God bless America and ALL its people…..

William Edgars, CEO

Posted by: ronk2 | July 21, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

we really need to let everyone in the country know there reps in the senate who reps there state (Republicans) they want to know that the unemployment is payed for, but they didnt ask that question when they voted on the tax cuts for the rich. goes to show you where they stand for themselves and thats it. there trying to justifie it an they cant talk about saying one thing an doing another line there pockets an the hell with the people. cant wait till nov

Posted by: sharpee46 | July 21, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

ronk2, we need more Republicans like you who have some sense and can see the big picture here.

We don't have to agree about everything, but we can at least agree that we have to have a functioning government that is accountable to the people it serves.

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 21, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse


Thanks for the links! Doesn't seem as bad as I originally thought, though TPM has a story up about the advantage the Dems have when it comes to party fundraising.

That doesn't take into account 3rd parties, however.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | July 21, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Every person that is unemployed or cares about the unemployed should be signing this.

I am not one of the unemployed however see the need for Unemployment extensions… The fact that Congress cannot find other cuts is unacceptable; they always go after what is needed the most and save their pet projects and Wall Street friends.

Congress needs to be held accountable for the their failure to create a jobs bill and a jobs market. Extending Unemployment is not the answer however it what is needed now.
The Answer is to create jobs, which will take Congress placing higher taxes on any company that out sources jobs over seas, higher taxes on any funds leaving the US and higher tariffs on imports. Until then we have to pay out unemployment for the failure of our leaders.

Support unemployment here, it is one of highest all time petitions.

I am dropping this link everywhere to gain support for the unemployed. I am doing my part, are you?

Posted by: Tim_incubator | July 21, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

FinReg is now LAW! Yeah baby! :)


Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 21, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

republicans should be ashamed of themselves! this is ridiculous that they are postponing a vote that will provide 1000's of americans with the necessary funds to pay their bills and provide for their children. how would they feel if they had already learned to survive on the meager allowance of unemployment and then had that stopped too because people who are rich decided that they dont think they should help because it adds to the national debt. lets face it the national debt will not be paid off in our lifetimes or probably those of our children either. if they want to single handedly tank the economy even further, keep delaying the vote! americans will remember who took the food from their children's bellies come election time

Posted by: msjennyo | July 21, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

OK? If its a war they want! then lets give them one! These COWARDS WANT A WAR AGAINST "WE THE PEOPLE" THETS GIVE THESE RED-COATS what they asking for!They want to play with our lives,lively hoods of your familes.Just remember these APATHETIC REPS. Don't care about anything but their political satus quo.No where your next meal is coming from,your rent,mortgage, etc!Lets prove to these antogonistic money loving luker mongers that we are tired,ANGRY,AND READY PUT THEM IN THEIR PLACE.

Posted by: arg6644 | July 21, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Oh, you're welcome BBQ! Hotline definitely brushed over the legality of it all, but it would seem that filing a false FEC report is at minimum grounds for investigation. Should be interesting to watch the story develop. Of course, there's no hookers, pimps, edited videos, or Democrats involved, so nobody cares.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 21, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

This latest bunch of obstructionist nonsense is rather a powerful emetic.When I have finished vomiting, I shall happily remove myself from the Republican party. Back in my day, we were a bit less transparent about our contempt for everything logical.Now we're just insane. Bye bye, fellas, you just lost another supporter!

Posted by: spiro1 | July 21, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: arg6644 | July 21, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Whoa: Shirley Sherrod blasts Fox News as racist:

Posted by: Greg Sargent | July 21, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

If this wasn't so tragic these comments would be hilarious.

Have you people noticed who's been in power for the last 4 years? Do you know how much bloat has been added by these clowns to the most bloated travesty known to mankind?

Someone said what's another $34 billion. Well that's right. In this monstrosity of investment, job killing government what's another 34 billion to take out of Oblaba's/Peloser's/Harry Fraud's travel budget to pay for unemployment.

You fools are being played and there is no hope for you.

Posted by: indyconantidim | July 21, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

John W. Dean - a book review explores about the failed government brought about by Republicans who had lose touch with the American public and destroy's the very essence of the three branches of government.

Glenn Greenwald - Unclaimed Territory talks about the previous Bush administration and how the federal government took control without and alter the law.

Simone Davis - Everyday Citizen talks about Economic exploitation and destruction of human lives.

Note: I think records shows Democrats are more fiscally and ethically responsible when it comes to choices and active participation.

Posted by: poorpoorer | July 21, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

As the 30 hours go by the GOP is putting the children and grandchildren on the street and hungry. I am so sick of that statement. They are already suffering. Most shelters are full and food pantries are low or gone. GOP you suck

Posted by: dixie5 | July 21, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Jim Manley needs to take his lies elsewhere. Harry Reid is demonizing the Republicans by saying it's all their fault. Their only fault is that they don't want to add $34 billion to the national deficit. They want the extension to be paid for. Harry Reid does not want to use any unallocated stimulus funds to offset the cost of the extension. I'm just as desperate for the extension as anyone else, but let's do it right. There's no sense in making this nation's financial atrocities any worse than they already are.

Posted by: deeder23 | July 21, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Seeing all this squabbling by republicans makes me ashamed to be one. Since when did Americans stop helping Americans during these tough times? I am actually one of these people that depends on these benefits to provide for my family.

I served my country for 9 years in the US Army. I retired in April of 2009 due to injuries i received in Baghdad and have been have trouble finding a job that a can do with a titanium knee and ankle, it has nothing to do with being lazy.

I hope everyone remembers this come November. We need dedicated politicians representing us that are willing to put Americans first and not themselves.

Posted by: shawn14 | July 21, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

shawn14, bless you and thank you for your service. Best of luck for you and your family!

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 21, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Pitch Forks and Torches my fellow Americans ! Perhaps these overfed pigs will understand when the masses come to their personal dwellings and burn them to the ground ! Stop giving yourself raises and paid vacations and maybe you could find the money that all these "LAZY" unemployed people have givin to you ! YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN WHO YOU WORK FOR !!! YOUR FIRED !

Posted by: furbeast9 | July 21, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

William Edgars, (Ronk 2) says it very eloquently. I am a registered republican ,but I vote for who and what I believe is right. Delaying the unempoyment extension is difinitely the wrong thing to do. Republican politicians should be ashamed of themselves!

Posted by: mikperusa | July 21, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

There is plenty of blame to go around to both Republicans and Democrats alike. The Republicans are stonewalling this as long ads they can, But the Democrats are not doing anything to offset the costs of all of it. I've been unemployed for 7 months, my benefits expired a couple of weeks ago, and I'm not even close to the worst off here. But I'm in bad enough shape to know that if the dunderheads, from both sides of the aisle don't pull their heads out of their backsides, we are all going to be in trouble. Including them. Stop talking about bipartisanship, and start showing some. Now is not the time for "Let's compromise, do it my way." Now is the time for "Let's figure out how to get this done."

Posted by: al_little | July 21, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I am a single mother of two, I worked the same job for 18 years, I was laid off when the recession hit. I have been looking for a job ever since. I have put in an average of 10 applications a day. I can not find a job. If the unemployment extension does not go through my children and I are going to be in the street and hungry with nothing. I have not gotten a check from them in a month and a half. My landlord has been great but his patients is running out. So... Tell me Senate, Can I move in with you? Will you keep a roof over my children's heads and food in their mouth and clothing on their back. Just because you make 100's of thousands of dollars a year doing a job that insidently you are coming back up for election for, and you dont have the worry does not mean you can kill the rest of us. They report on unemployment going up and down, has anyone checked what the suicide rate in America is now. People have taken just about all they can take. Remember you are coming up for re-election, we the people will remember what you voted, and how you treated us. Remember also that while you are sitting on your butt for vacation in August that people are having to move into shelters and beg church's and other non-profits for food.

Posted by: Carolinawoman64 | July 21, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I am unemployed and I frequently spend hours at a time trying to find work. I have never had such a difficult time finding a job and its devastating. When I go to the unemployment office, the place is packed with people desperately looking for jobs. WE ARE NOT LAZY. I have not had a dollar to my name for weeks. I cannot afford food. My health insurance is about to be cancelled and my car is close to repo. I am 31 years old and I am forced to live with my parents, who are also struggling. I have never been so dissapointed in our government. I cannot believe that so many politicians are comfortable with letting us suffer. I have worked my entire life. I thought we lived in the greatest country in the world. I don't think that anymore.

Posted by: bradlta | July 21, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

If they don't include an EXTENSION FOR THE 99ers and FINANCIAL HELP with COBRA then they have left a WHOLE BUG BUNCH OF AMERICANS CITIZENS in a crunch. We can't pay our monthly bills so we surely can't afford $400.00 for Cobra health insurance. We are even at a point being homeless with nothing to eat, that we have to for city transportation to find a job while our spouse and children live in the car.


Posted by: LizDowdall | July 21, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with these people that are blocking the unemployment benefits extension. Approving the benefits will be far cheaper in the scheme of things than the net disastrous results on the USA of not approving the benefits extension.

Failure to approve these benefit will being on a meltdown of the USA. More crime, more prisons, more divorces, more homeless people...more of every type of social problem you can image.

I am a work-a-holic can you a image how painful for me is not have a job? I have 40 years of business experience and no one will give me a job at 63 years old because I am overqualified.

I have worked since I was 14 years old...I spend 8 hours a day 7 days per week looking for a job.

I served in Vietnam -- I played by all the rules -- earned a good living -- paid hundreds thousands of taxes.

I keep doing the correct thing -- we all keep doing the correct and for some reason congress people enrich themselves on blood and labor. The keep screwing us.

Screw them -- vote them out of office before they destroy our country.

What are we the people that want jobs -- cannot get -- not even a job driving a taxis...because as I am told by a potential employer "I would not be happy with the job because I am over-qualified.

Vote for me...I was a C-Level Business Executive for 40 years -- I could turn this country around in 5 to 10 years into a growth cycle forever

Posted by: bryanralexander | July 21, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

God bless you bryanalexander. I have never been so excited to vote in my entire life.

Posted by: bradlta | July 21, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Do the Republicans think we are that dumb? Sure the Democrats have not done nearly all they could do to help Main St but to delay the extension of benefits is pure evil. People are already forever effected by their delay in extending benefits before they left for their July 4th holiday. Now there will be even more. It is both the Democrats' & Republicans' fault for the mess that we are in due to their failed policies of encouraging banks and mortgage companies to provide mortgages for every person no matter what their financial situation and their lack of enforcing the existing regulations and allowing investment banks to leverage 30 to 1 and to allow companies like AIG to take on excessive risk with no reserves. Now they have done very little to help Main St (and that includes the Dems that are in power). I think we should vote them all out of power. If people fully understood what has taken place over the last 2 years or so, they would be revolting in the streets.

Posted by: skf42010 | July 21, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Here is a list of the Republicans who want to give 2% of the wealthiest people in this nation (alot who are foreign investors not even true Americans)a 600 billion dollar tax break but will not approve 34 billion for the middle class Americans. Vote them out in November and every other canidate from this corrupt, "out of touch with America" Republican party
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)
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)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Nelson (D-NE)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Wicker (R-MS)
And while your at it send this Wannabe a Republican Senator, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, To the curb also.

Posted by: HardWorkingOldMan | July 21, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I fund it deplorable behavior that politics is taking over for the decency of millions of Americans trying to stay afloat.

I don't see the Republicans asking for other programs to be paid for before they vote yes on a piece of legislation. We are in a $1.4 trillion deficit!!
If that were the truth then 40% of ALL ANNUAL spending programs would have to be paid for via higher taxes or at the expense of other programs which is NOT the case.

What a piece of work these clowns are and I typically vote for more Republicans but I NEVER vote for a straight party ticket.

Posted by: sghdr1 | July 21, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Okay, now this is reaching the point of sick and sadistical. Seriously, I feel like we are dealing with the Nazi's. I was watching Neil Cavuto yesterday questioning some Republican politician and it looked like he was going to spew venom from his mouth with anger. The idea of fellow Americans getting the help they need seems to violate his wealth supremacy complex. IMO

Posted by: humanbeing4 | July 21, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

To ALL the repubs that voted these people in office, I hope that you know that if you continue to vote these ANIMALS in, you will always have to go through this petty and child's play. mcconnell and your followers will get what you deserve and I have a lot of confidence that you will be punished. I guess I don't have to wish you luck in November...

Posted by: belindalouisville | July 21, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Find a Republican that thinks its OK to send $ to Haiti but horse f*Coke Americans and shoo+ them in the head.

Posted by: harryreidX187 | July 21, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Okay, now this is reaching the point of sick and sadistical. Seriously, I feel like we are dealing with the Nazi's. I was watching Neil Cavuto yesterday questioning some Republican politician and it looked like he was going to spew venom from his mouth with anger. The idea of fellow Americans getting the help they need seems to violate his wealth supremacy complex. IMO Pathetic

Posted by: humanbeing4 | July 21, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

There clueless about their cluelessness. All of them need to be out of work in November. Enough is enough.

Posted by: screamingcat2112 | July 21, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Republicans! I understand you. But you must understand that in order to reach the goal of less spending we must act as a team.

And the people out there are part of that team. We must get there together.

I understand that there are folks out there taking advantage of the system. But their are much more plying by the rules!

Stop your Politicking and let the hard working folks get their unemployment help.

I'm a Resgister Republican.

Posted by: PlanetO | July 21, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Do the Republicans think we are that dumb? Sure the Democrats have not done nearly all they could do to help Main St but to delay the extension of benefits is pure evil. People are already forever effected by their delay in extending benefits before they left for their July 4th holiday. Now there will be even more. It is both the Democrats' & Republicans' fault for the mess that we are in due to their failed policies of encouraging banks and mortgage companies to provide mortgages for every person no matter what their financial situation and their lack of enforcing the existing regulations and allowing investment banks to leverage 30 to 1 and to allow companies like AIG to take on excessive risk with no reserves. Now they have done very little to help Main St (and that includes the Dems that are in power). I think we should vote them all out of power. If people fully understood what has taken place over the last 2 years or so, they would be revolting in the streets.

Posted by: skf42010 | July 21, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

This is sick ..I have four kids... I look for work everyday.....I have no money ......please hurry!....... its hot !.. we are so fustrated... we as minorities have to suffer...but they sit in their big office and have bottle watter at our expense!... they eat for free... and drive around probably for free too.... I hate to see that not even in public schools they trie to give a decent meal or make sure that their water fountains have clean cold water..... but pedro espada the theif!....gets to sit in a huge beautiful chair with a bottle of cold water at our expense next to his ass! goes for all the republicans..... we worked really hard for what's our.... we sweat heavy every day..... our kids go thru alot........and they want to take it away from us .......its just not right..thank god. I have good kids they understand ... and thank God for extra programs they have for mothers like me if not..we would've been dead of hunger by now...thanks a lot republicans....

Posted by: mrsmartinez2160 | July 21, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

As a life long Republican but beginning to regret that, I am angry that for the first time in my 34 years of being employed I need unemployment help. Not lazy looking for a free ride but need help just to survive.
Republicans are NOW worrying about how to pay for something? One party is just as bad as the other, lines are starting to blur as far as which party is most self serving. But this time the Republicans are jamming up the very thing people need to survive with and they say it's because they are worried about how it's going to be paid for? Seriously? My Representative, Radanovich, is a lame duck who isn't seeking another term, IS WEALTHY who really doesn't care it seems. Stop posturing Republicans and manipulating just for the sake of upcoming election. Get this done! Don't act like YOU are holy, you had a place in making this deficit what it is. Find another holy grail to fight over and pass this extention, it's the right thing to do.

Posted by: Wasbutnotnow | July 21, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I am an american in southeastern ohio. I work two jobs to support my family. in April the company I work for full time announced they will be closing this facility which houses 1200+ employees. To date we come to work each day not knowing what the next day holds hours have been reduced to next to nothing and yet there are no other jobs out there. I've applied to several and not heard anything back. My thought was i could pick up more hours at my part-time job well as of last week they also may be closing their doors. So where do I turn, an american worker. I search and search for employment with no results, not so much as a reply to say i'm sorry your not qualified. So when reading that the extension has been delayed yet again makes me have a sense of anger and panic. Yes i am still employed so far but when i need them the most my government is going postpone my income due to some polotical BS. There is a saying that i have learned to live by and that is "it's 10% action and 90% reaction, the situation is only as bad as YOU make it" and this county's problems are an accumulation of bad decisions or "reactions" from the government!!!!!

Posted by: ohiodislocated | July 21, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

If this bill was so important to the about taking some of the extra pork out of the bill!! Both parties need to pass this for the American poeple and not to hide behind their political moves. The Democrats are as much to blame as Republicans! In November, BOTH PARTIES SHOULD GO. CUT THE PORK AND PASS THE BILL!!

Posted by: dan741 | July 21, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

what are people to do when they don't have money to do anything. They say people are not looking for jobs well thats a lot of bull. Plus how do they expect people to look for jobs when they cant pay their car bills or for gas. People need money to do all that yet the people that are making this decision for us they don't have to worry about money. What do they do when we all are in need of money go on vacation. Must be nice not to worry how food is getting to the table tonight for their family's or have to worry about having a pay check to pay their bills. While don't those people share some of their pay to the rest of us or they could just help us all out and stop fooling around and help pass this now before people get to far behind and lose everything...

Posted by: troopmichelle | July 21, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I guess I have a different view of what this unemployment bill will allow. To me, it is Obama allowing more people to be dependant on "government" which is tax payers money. After two years one would think the money someone puts into unemployment would be drained, so where will the additional funds come from? Taxpayers maybe? People talk like the "government" is its own entity and just prints money to pay for things, but its taxpayers who pay for EVERYTHING. I have a good job luckily, though have gone without a raise in two years because the construction economy, though im not complaining at all and feel fortunate to even have a job. If I were to lose my job I would do whatever it took to pay my bills, work at Dunkin Donuts or McD's which I see help wanted signs for all the time. If after 2 years someone still cannot find a job then maybe its about time they go on welfare, which is a system already set up, and get free government healthcare like Obama wants. I see this extension as just another burden on taxpayers, who already have an insane amount of debt to pay for thanks to Obama well into our grandkids future. I do not agree with the extension, call me heartless but if your not working for over 2 years then apply for welfare, but do not add another system that taxpayers will have to fund, taking more money from taxpayers paychecks and giving it to others. I also do not agree with a few statements made, where people cant find work after 2 years, are you even looking? Or are you people too "proud" to take a job sweeping floors at Burger King to earn money? As for the unemployment rate, you can thank Obama for allowing illegal immigrants to stay here in America taking Americans jobs and driving down decent wages. Obama wants more people dependant on government, aka the working taxpayers. Think about it, if your someone who cannot find a job and support yourself, do you feel it is ok to demand other people who are working buy your food, pay for your housing, healthcare, car loans?? How can someone justify that? Remember, the money does not come from "government", it comes from American taxpayers, its like walking into your neighbors house, going into their refridgerator and making yourself something to eat then going to sleep in their bed. Its taking money from a taxpayers paycheck to spend it on yourself, while they and their family have to do without. Democrates clearly support "distributing the wealth" I see.

Posted by: timmyb187 | July 21, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

They appear to be a bunch of desperate sore losers who will make people suffer for their loses. Instead of making speaches about former members who hav been dead for 10 years, how about earning their ludicrus saleries and getting help to the American people? We pay your saleries with our taxes which are also paid on UI. It is time for them to remember that.

Posted by: debramcnatt | July 21, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Everyone, lets make this clear. WE WONT FORGET.

Posted by: shotclockat522 | July 21, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: shotclockat522 | July 21, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I know I wont forget this come November. I am voting out all Democrates, with there "free spending" policy driving America into the ground. I do not support this "give me money" mentality. This bill does not encourage people to look for work, it encourages them to sleep in all day and maybe flip through the sunday papers unemployment section, then go out and cash a government check paid for by working taxpayers. After two years of not working, call it what it is, WELFARE and not unemployment.

Posted by: timmyb187 | July 21, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Republicans believe that while Democrats can milk this for short term advantage, over time they will draw attention to the failure of Dem economic policies and feed the GOP's larger critique of the inefficacy of the Democrats' big spending ways.
Excuse me but I’ve been alive the last 10 years and it seems to me that it was the Republican policies that Mr. Bush enacted that almost bankrupted this country. That sold our nation to the Chinese.Republicans added trillions of dollars to our national debt by approving the Bush tax cuts, which showered the most generous benefits on the wealthiest families.The Republican Party has lost its social compass. They have become socially and morally bankrupt. Serving a different master than those who put them in office. So for the sake of a political agenda millions of people suffer. Do they have any idea what it’s like to see your children go hungry, to have to rely on soup kitchens for the most basic food needs. To have to live out of the back of car. They say “find a job, you’re all lazy junkies”. Have any of them looked at their own government statistics, 1 job for every 5 people unemployed.So what are you proposing Republicans? That 5 of us go find one job and rotate one day a week? Really, come November I know I’m going to give you something to rotate on.

Ask yourself this: Which party is waging class warfare?
What’s the end game of their agenda? Obviously they don’t believe in democracy or the democrat process. They don’t believe in a republic. They’ve pontificated against socialism. So what is it? How about a feudal state where we all become peons to the wealthy lord of the land. Sounds like a Republican wet dream to me. 3% in charge and 97% with no rights in lock step doing the masters bidding. Ah the good ole days.

All you Republicians forgot that hungry people get angry, displaced people get angry, people who believe they have been screwed over get angry, people who find they have been lied to, get angry. So congratulations you have just created a 15 million person PAC that is very angry at you. Good luck in that unemployment line come November.

Insurance $687,786
Lawyers/Law Firms $538,707
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products $350,392
Health Professionals $339,076
Lobbyists $298,914
Securities & Investment $1,270,674
Lawyers/Law Firms $992,258
Retired $927,580
Real Estate $839,430
Health Professionals $808,400
Club for Growth $67,650
Health Professionals $291,114
Oil&Gas $170,150
Lobbyists $122,703
Republican/Conservative $120,693

Maybe Mr Nelson could led me a few bucks to pay my rent , looks like he’s got a couple million there or how about you Mr McConnel, looks like about 5 million there.Maybe Mr Coburn would like to explain to America who exactly is the Club for Growth and why he’s in bed with them. Hitler’s SS would be training with these guys. They are dirty politics personified.
Vote them out America...

Posted by: DiscustedAmerican | July 21, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

To those who can't fathom the numbers, five applicants or more for every available job. Unemployment is also taxed so we unemployed are still paying taxes!!

Posted by: humanbeing4 | July 21, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

TO timmyb187
AS an employed taxpayer you don't speak for all taxpayers, the first distinction is that The unemployed are Taxpayers who are temp out of work. They contribute and contributed also to the world we benefit from .
Also, While I understand not everyone agrees in the debate of Emergency Vs Stimulus funding but I am extremely bother by the fact that you wrote so much and referred to the more than 2 years being too much. The fact is that has nothing to do with this group. As demoralizing as this process must be it can't be easy to be preach to by someone who can't be bothered to read the policy actually pertaining to the matter.

Posted by: sansous | July 21, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse


That post was profoundly well said. Thank you for your verbal skills, hope you won't jump at any McDonald's job offers in case some out of work Republican Senators will have a shot at the 7 or 8 an hour come November.

Posted by: humanbeing4 | July 21, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

My husband and I are not lazy people and worked all our life and never collected unemployment in our life. For many family not extending the unemployment benefit means telling them to survive with out oxygen. It is upsetting to me to see that the Republican members of the Senate didn’t have any problem supporting and sending billions to overseas and willing to provide bailouts for Wall Street, banks, but unwilling to bail out the American hard working people.

God help us!

Posted by: tsehaih | July 21, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

For those of us who are currently unemployed and struggling with this fact daily:

Posted by: mariea70 | July 21, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

These repulcians need to get off their butts and get this thing through. Every person who is unemployed has paid into unemplyment for years, so in their time of need they need to be taken care of..end of story. Also the Senate has to understand they work for the people, not agaist the people. All my tax dollars go into their big fat pockets, time to vote this through and help out the unemployed folks! Oh and one more thing, cancel the Summer recess..all that money you make off the US citizens needs to be earned..lazy lazy lazy!

Posted by: amozartii | July 21, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I have a great idea for all our so called elected leaders regardless of party. Stop the nonsense. If the idea of unemployment extension is to help stabilize the economy, help people get back to work and generate economic growth then vote for it. If that is not the intent and you want to off-set the cost with actual funds, then REMOVE ALL THE PORK BARREL FUNDING FROM EACH LEGISLATOR and use those funds to prop up unemployment until things can turn around. Building bridges to nowhere, providing funds for politically connected constituents, adding millions to the budget for pet projects provides NOTHING for the economy. If each of our elected officials gave up their pork, we could fund unemployment extensions through 2011 without adding to the deficit. By doing this our representatives would show those of us who worked our entire lives, duly paid our taxes and support our economy a chance to turn things around. They would also show they truly represent us and not their own interests. I DARE ANY POLITICIAN TO BRING THIS IDEA FORWARD. Then we can truly see where their allegiances are.

Posted by: STUD517 | July 21, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

And yet when the Democrats were in the minority they used every procedural trick they could to delay the legislative process.

Now that the Democrats are in the majority they resent it when their same tactics are used against them.

Poor babies. Had they been thinking about the future when the engaged in their own tactics they might have been more moderate.

Meanwhile the liberals are demanding that the tax payers simply pony up billions more. They rely on an emotional appeal, but at what point do we have the right to ask about the contents of the bill and where all this money is to come from and where all this money will go?

Oh yeah, that's right. Only defense spending needs to be reviewed according to liberals. Spending on some vague notion of "social justice" is acceptable without any caveats.

I don't think so. We're broke. When do we start acting like it?

Posted by: skipsailing28 | July 21, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

This issue is compounded, exponentially, by the fact that older workers were often the first to be laid off due to higher salaries, and are now finding it the hardest to get hired. There are published reports that many employers, large and small, are openly stating that they will not even consider hiring a person who is currently unemployed!

So, against everything I thought I stood for, as my benefits have run out completely and no Tier 5 is even being considered, I am now going to APPLY FOR PUBLIC WELFARE. I know that this may sound unpatriotic, but I think everyone who has exhausted their UI benefits should apply, right now, for any and all welfare support that they need. Let's see if that demand will force this issue. Does anyone know if it costs the federal government more to pay out UI or to pay out public assistance of various types?

I believe that the myopic Republicans and, frankly, the lack of regulation and guidance, for years, from the federal government, have created this horrible economic mess. At Columbia, one professor said that you would not find a US corporation with a business plan that truly looked (or worked) further than about 5 years. Another warned us against even hoping that a corporation could have a social conscience. So, that leaves the guidance of the social mores of this nation, as they apply to collective interests, to the government. And, WE are supposed to be that government, so let's start acting, not just reacting!

Posted by: cassie18 | July 21, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

we will do anything for any country but when it comes to helping people in this country right away Washington big business party forgets where the money comes from. we can give it to auto makers and big business but not the common man ...

Posted by: dgibsontransport | July 21, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I am so f&=%*ing mad. I never swear but something needs to be done about these n&%$>#%%!!!! The Republicans are elitists. Vote the a&%$! Out of office other wise there will be riots in the streets! They are spoiled a###%!!! They don't give a rats ass about the American public. Now they want to change the rules. Preserve our democracy and kick the Republicans out of office and start a grass roots effort to get rid of tea party politics that is jeopardizing our democracy. How can we look for work when we are anxious about receiving unemployment. I was cut off after 2 weeks and have not received a check since the first week of June. Is that fair when they messed up the economy in the first place. Elitists sob's!

Posted by: anonymous79 | July 21, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I was cutoff after 26 weeks the first week of June. This is mean spirited F&%$#! Unbelievable!

Posted by: anonymous79 | July 21, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Soapm you are obviously employed and probably have a high income. Your callous attitude is irreprehensibla to the millions left stranded without benefits. Get a clue! This includes ever unemployed american from those unemployed just 26 weeks to those 99er's. There are a lot of people struggling to buy food. Obama and congress should have let the banks fail. I was agains the bailout and saving your job because I knew the elitist pigs would come out and say let them eat cake. If we need another bailout to save your job I hope that congress has the same callouss attitude and says NO!

Posted by: anonymous79 | July 21, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Like So Stupid!! Yall can put this county in a turnoil and mess up the economy, but when its time to give back our money we cant have it. People are suffering and in financial jams because yall want to hold stuff up. I bet you the people that are holding stuff up have a job, have money to pay there bills and put food on the table!!!

Posted by: tiffanystatus | July 21, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

WOW what a surprise GOP! Well I hope every one who vote for the Repubs that are now unemployed remember this. They sure didn`t have a problem voting for extensions when Georgie was in office at 7 percent unemployment. They must have no friends or relatives that are suffering like the 14+ percent that re unemployed. What D-BAGS....

Posted by: Eric1969 | July 21, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Everyone blames Obama for our huge debt and recession .We were in a recession when he took office and Bush put us in debt to the chinese not it time for Americans to remind the reptiles oops I mean republicans who they work for. back in the early days this would be treason to let americans starve and go homeless for personal gain.Bush and cheney got richer from american blood being spilled in iraq and afghanistan .maybe we should erect a few gallows in front of congress and let the america decide if these fat overpaid traitors should be swinging from them (at least the crows and ravens would eat well).They work for us,what happened to the meaning of public servant.maybe the Govenor of California should require these politicians be paid mininmum wage .take away there benefits and other perks that they dont deserve.I work harder in a week then most of these fatasses have ever worked in their lives.I say as americans we fire theses traitors now. not in november start recall actions on all republicans in office.then convict them and exucute them like the traitors they are.

Posted by: sparkeater2000 | July 21, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are OUT of HERE. This last stunt of theirs to delay the unemployment extension even though they know it will pass is the last straw. Everyone I speak to Republican or Democrate feels the same way. The Republicans are being arrogant stupid idiots over this. Across the board this November Republican's will be voted out. Its a matter of principle and a needed message to be sent to them...This really was the last straw.

Posted by: 20091 | July 21, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Hwy sparkeater2000, are you saying the ravens and crows are republicans? What ever happen to working in congress being a privilege? It must be a privilege to EFF US....

Posted by: Eric1969 | July 21, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey skipsailing28, refer to Disgusted American comment.

Posted by: Eric1969 | July 21, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

RONK2 - If you ever decide to run for office, you have already picked up the votes of me and several friends. You are the kind of person we need representing the republican party... or any party, for that matter.

I am one of the 2.5 million unemployed citizens being affected by these political games. It is comforting to know that there are high level business professionals that understand what is really going on, instead of blasting upstanding, hard working americans who are doing their best to secure gainful employment and start contributing to the solution for this economic mess. Some of you sitting here on this forum are constantly making your negative opinions known, with reference to UE benefits being the "gravy train" for lazy unmotivated people who are trying to "leech" off of you working class americans with jobs. FYI: This is disheartening and not the case.

When the next petty political play affects YOUR ability to support yourself and your family... I will stand with you. I wish you could do the same for us.

Posted by: Jhartman | July 21, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I for one am proud of the Republicans for finally getting it right. Stand up to the bullying tactics of Reid and Pelosi....this is not the party of is the party of NO chance to bring amendments, no chance to read the bill BEFORE it is brought to the floor...NO CHANCE to have an alternative bill brought to the floor...People get real the one's that you should be angry with are the DEMS...they have both houses of Congress and the Presidency...people will remember in November...because most of you will be out of unemployment benefits long before then...this is an extension of TIME, not benefits...Sadly there has been nothing done to create jobs...just destroy any hope at NEW talking of taxing corporations and the wealthy more and more , you destroy jobs...I never knew a poor man to hire anyone to work for him...Corporations don't pay taxes...WE DO through increased costs for products...Saying the Republicans are anti unemployment is ridiculous, they told Reid months ago they would go for a plan to last into next year, INCLUDING ADDITIONAL BENEFITS, if they would use the leftover stimulous to pay for it...but Reid/Pelosi said NO...good thing they are gone soon...Good luck and I wish all of you well...I truly hope that each of you find work before your benefits run out..God Bless the USA we will survive this but it will be tough...

Posted by: dfisher911 | July 21, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Not only are the jobless hurting, their family and friends are. We see what they have been going through. They didn't leave their jobs. Their jobs left them. Landlords are being put in a bind. Who wants to evict people who have been good renters? Not helping the jobless is a trickle down nightmare. People are posting on sites that they are not going to send their kids to school. No money for supplies. There will be many more angry voters in November than just the jobless. This is a national emergency and a national shame. I just became a Democrat. Is it some kind of joke that the GOP is NOW concerned about the deficit? Put Americans first. BAIL THEM OUT! The Dems are asking you, GOP, to pass the extensions you always passed for Bush 1 and Bush 2. You have made yourselves look like two faced fools.

Posted by: NewDem1 | July 21, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

So when is President Obama set to sign the bill and ACTUALLY get the money out to the people?

Posted by: amalio357 | July 21, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

TO: sansous

Umm, I never said I spoke for ALL taxpayers, in fact what I clealry wrote was "I guess I have a different view of what this unemployment bill will allow. To me, it is ------"

Sorry if you do not agree with my opinion, but it is my opinion and thats why I commented on here. Thanks.

Posted by: timmyb187 | July 21, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Its sad that these people in a heart beat will bail out an insurance company or a car company but when it comes down to the people who have very little and just want to feed there family or keep a house and pay there bills they have to "think about it"? What kind of crap is that? I'm usually not the type to follow this kinda stuff but I am now because I happen to be one of the struggling Americans who cant find a job right now. Its hard, no matter how hard I pound that pavement, nothing, not even a freakin interview. I guess if you weren't born with a silver spoon in your mouth no one cares.

Posted by: nina_m | July 21, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

The minute Obama became President it became a sick obsession for the Republican media to assault, demean, and undermine every effort he assumed to improve the mess he was handed. Forget about foreign wars this is becoming a civil war. There is no unity, no objectivity and obviously no American dream.

Posted by: humanbeing4 | July 21, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

On a more positive note, I just want to say thank you to all those that voted "yay" in behalf of myself and my family. God bless you.

Posted by: humanbeing4 | July 21, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I will pray for all those still struggling and not included in the extension to receive the help they so desperately need.

Posted by: humanbeing4 | July 21, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I am tired of the lame blame game...Can't you people get over the fact that for the last two years of his presidency Bush never spent a dime that wasn't first approved by Pelosi and Reid... It is so baseless to blame the recession on Bush or for that matter Obama...Blame the tax and spend policies of this congress. Fortunately it looks like Harry Reid is about to be sent packing... Remember the only way we can maintain our own pocketbooks is by budgeting, if something comes up that needs to be paid for we have to cut something else... seems to me that is all that the Republicans were asking for, lets use the UNUSED portion of the stimulous package and provide real unemployment assistance (tier V) but instead the Dems said NO and insisted that unemployment be emergency spending... what are they saving the stimulous for BANKS, INSURANCE CO???? Sad that most of you fall for the Dems line that the bailout for these banks came from Bush...don't you see that Obama had the power to stop them after he took office but instead tripled the payouts...Don't be the facts not Novels...We are destroying American business with taxes and forced healthcare, and mandates that have no funding behind them....I am a staunch conservative and I see the need for real unemployment help starting with incentives FOR business to create jobs not the other way around. I continue to pray for all of the families that are hurting and I truly hope that each person that WANTS a job has a job. But truly printing money is not the way to fix jobs...Good luck to all and I am especially sorry for the 99er's who will get absolutely NO help from this horrible bill that could have been so much better if the Dems would just allow some input from the Repubs...Bipartisanship will be the only way to work out of this mess...Praying that Pelosi/Reid are voted out or if reelected then at least replaced by cooler heads. God Bless the USA and I do support the constitution and the President, I may disagree with most of his agenda but he is still the leader of my country and as such has my support.

Posted by: dfisher911 | July 21, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

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