Jump to content

Senate Votes To Move Ahead On Extending Unemployment Benefits

Politics   (3,011 Views 51 Comments)
6 Followers; 100,635 Visitors; 16,580 Posts
If you find this topic helpful leave a comment.

January 07, 2014

A three-month extension of federal unemployment benefits for 1.3 million jobless Americans won a key procedural vote in the Senate on Tuesday.

The 60-37 vote indicates there's enough Republican support to move the Emergency Unemployment Compensation, which expired on Dec. 28, forward to a full vote. As The Associated Press writes, the measure "is the leading edge of a Democratic program that also includes raising the minimum wage and closing tax loopholes on the wealthy and corporations."

The vote does not guarantee final passage in the Senate and the measure still must clear the Republican-controlled House....

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/07/260195532/divided-senate-to-vote-on-extending-unemployment-benefits

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
January 07, 2014

A three-month extension of federal unemployment benefits for 1.3 million jobless Americans won a key procedural vote in the Senate on Tuesday.

The 60-37 vote indicates there's enough Republican support to move the Emergency Unemployment Compensation, which expired on Dec. 28, forward to a full vote. As The Associated Press writes, the measure "is the leading edge of a Democratic program that also includes raising the minimum wage and closing tax loopholes on the wealthy and corporations."

The vote does not guarantee final passage in the Senate and the measure still must clear the Republican-controlled House....

Senate Votes To Move Ahead On Extending Unemployment Benefits : The Two-Way : NPR

Although it helps people for 3 months, again I believe it's a "Band-Aid" theory. Will we have solved any problems within this short amount of time? What happens when we have to cut it in 3 months...will the economy be ready to jump back to work?

The billions it costs just for 3 months will do what but buy a few months time?

Edited by jaad

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's like every other social program we have. In order to help those who really need it, you have to put up with the scammers who just want to take.

I think 2 yrs of unemployment is adequate, unless we just start to pay people to stay home. Well, we probably already do that. I just meant on a much larger scale.

Anyway, the Republicans are going to say no, not without a way to pay for it, and then be labeled rich and heartless.

Does anybody but me get tired of the same old dance?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Of course, we all get tired of the same old dance. Most of us are wall flowers watching the rich and super rich get even richer as the subsidies for the rich continue, the bonuses for the bankers continue, and the decision not to prosecute money laundering by a huge bank has been made.

The bailout has been forgotten and the legislation to prevent another catastrophe is lying on the Congress floor. The "important" things like making sure their own farm subsidies were continued got done. We watched the most wasted time by any Congress in the history of the US.

If people don't like this dance they have got to get out and vote. In some states the gerrymandering is so bad that it will be difficult to remove the entrenched blowhard. In still other states there is concern that voting machines can be tampered with. We have an opportunity to change the dance in 2014. This current dance is ruining our country.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

... Peter LeClair, an out of work investment manager from New York, said he has been a lifelong Republican. But he "will never vote for a Republican, as long as I live" after watching them say that relying on unemployment benefits makes people dependent.

"I am incensed with this Rand Paul," he said, who has said extending the benefits would "do a disservice" to those who were relying on them. "He says I am lazy... I am not lazy, how dare he. He doesn't even know me."

LeClair says he has sent out over 2,000 resumes and been "rejected on a daily basis." The benefits, which he pointed out he paid into while he worked for more than 20 years, were the only thing keeping him "glued together financially."

He said he is "absolutely shocked and dismayed" with Republicans, reiterating, "I will never, so help me god, vote for a Republican again, period."

Another person who is losing his benefits echoed LeClair's outrage. "I read these politicians' opinions of the unemployed and am furious at the implication as it correlates to my situation," Dan Strollo wrote in an email.

The 42-year-old father of two from Canton, Ohio will lose his benefits next week. But that's not for a lack of trying to find a new job. He says he has applied for more than 200 jobs, some that are in his field and some that "are substantially lower in pay and responsibility."

He's also traveled to try to find work, going as far as Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. "The cost of these trips is more than draining financially," he pointed out.

Yet the work he's put in to find a new job often backfires. He said he's been told, "You live too far away and the commute would be an issue," as well as being told he is too qualified, too old, and too expensive.

"The hurdles to find work these days are significantly more difficult than 10-20 years ago," he said. ...

The Long-Term Unemployed Sound Off: 'I Will Never Vote For A Republican Again' | ThinkProgress

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lol...talk about the same old song and dance! Why do we need to extend unemployment benefits? We're going into the 6th year of Barrack Obama's term. Through his policies I thought the economy was going to be rolling now, unemployment would be all but non-existent?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It was John Bohner who said that jobs were his #1 priority. Well, he has forgotten all of that. Legislators are to legislate. The POTUS cannot do the work without laws being passed by both chambers. Unfortunately, the House only wants to look up into women's parts, while the Senate wants to filibuster. When, well, if they decide to do any work this year, then we might see some of the policy suggestions made by the POTUS being presented. It is an election year, and they have already cut the number of days they will "work" this year. Their #1 job, as they see it, is to return for another term of doing nothing for the country and the employment situation. They collect a lot of free lunches while they are depriving others of even scraps.

We need more than corporate bodies occupying the Congress. We need representatives who represent the people not the lobbyists.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
It was John Bohner who said that jobs were his #1 priority. Well, he has forgotten all of that. Legislators are to legislate. The POTUS cannot do the work without laws being passed by both chambers. Unfortunately, the House only wants to look up into women's parts, while the Senate wants to filibuster. When, well, if they decide to do any work this year, then we might see some of the policy suggestions made by the POTUS being presented. It is an election year, and they have already cut the number of days they will "work" this year. Their #1 job, as they see it, is to return for another term of doing nothing for the country and the employment situation. They collect a lot of free lunches while they are depriving others of even scraps.

We need more than corporate bodies occupying the Congress. We need representatives who represent the people not the lobbyists.

Please enlighten me. What are Obama's policy suggestions regarding jobs?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Jobs | The White House

1. Businesses have created more than 7.2 million private sector jobs in the past 40 months. Learn more ...

2. After nearly collapsing, the U.S. auto industry has added nearly 250,000 jobs -- the fastest pace of job growth in more than a decade. Learn more ...

3. American manufacturers have added more than 500,000 jobs since January 2012, the strongest period of job growth since 1989. President Obama wants to boost that trend. Learn more ...

4. Since 2009, the Small Business Administration has helped distribute more than $93 billion in loans for 166,000 small businesses. Learn More ...

5. President Obama's middle-class tax cuts, first signed into law in December 2010, are providing tax relief for 160 million workers to help jumpstart the economy. For the typical family, that's $40 extra with each pay check. Learn more ...

http://www.whitehouse.gov/economy/jobs#sub2-tab

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's a bunch of positive news. It makes me wonder why people don't feel like they're doing better.

More Americans Worse Off Financially Than a Year Ago

More Americans, 42%, say they are financially worse off now than they were a year ago, reversing the lower levels found over the past two years. Just more than a third of Americans say their financial situation has improved from a year ago.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Lol...talk about the same old song and dance! Why do we need to extend unemployment benefits? We're going into the 6th year of Barrack Obama's term. Through his policies I thought the economy was going to be rolling now, unemployment would be all but non-existent?

His policies were never enacted, so it shouldn't be too surpring that they haven't produced much.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/09/07/812251/republicans-blocked-jobs-act-one-year/

T

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jobs | The White House

1. Businesses have created more than 7.2 million private sector jobs in the past 40 months. Learn more ...

2. After nearly collapsing, the U.S. auto industry has added nearly 250,000 jobs -- the fastest pace of job growth in more than a decade. Learn more ...

3. American manufacturers have added more than 500,000 jobs since January 2012, the strongest period of job growth since 1989. President Obama wants to boost that trend. Learn more ...

4. Since 2009, the Small Business Administration has helped distribute more than $93 billion in loans for 166,000 small businesses. Learn More ...

5. President Obama's middle-class tax cuts, first signed into law in December 2010, are providing tax relief for 160 million workers to help jumpstart the economy. For the typical family, that's $40 extra with each pay check. Learn more ...

Jobs | The White House

Sorry, but I stopped trusting whitehouse.gov a few years back.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
×

This site uses cookies. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Read our Privacy, Cookies, and Terms of Service Policies to learn more.