Senate Advances Jobless Benefits Bill, But Future Is Grim

Unemployment insurance unlikely to pass House

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J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., react after legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed unexpectedly cleared an initial Senate hurdle, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 7, 2014.

The Senate voted Tuesday to move forward on a bill to reinstate long-term unemployment insurance, a week after those payments lapsed for 1.3 million Americans.

Six Republicans joined Democrats in the 60-37 procedural vote on the bill, which still needs another vote before final Senate passage. Introduced by Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the measure would restart benefits for three months, but passage in the Republican-controlled House is unlikely. GOP lawmakers are calling for offsetting spending cuts to pay for the renewed benefits, something Democrats are unwilling to consider until benefits are reinstated.

The White House Council of Economic Advisers has estimated that failing to extend the unemployment benefits could cost the economy 240,000 jobs this year.

Gene Sperling, the director of the National Economic Council, said Monday that the White House would consider offsetting cuts as part of a deal to extend benefits through the rest of the year. “Let’s move quickly and pass this three-month extension now,” he said. “This will help Americans immediately, and this will give us more time to have a larger conversation about what happens after the three months are over.”

President Barack Obama is holding an event Tuesday morning with individuals who saw their unemployment benefits expire, and calling on Congress again to act swiftly to reinstate the program. House Speaker John Boehner reiterated his opposition to extending benefits without matching spending cuts in a statement after the Senate vote.

“One month ago I personally told the White House that another extension of temporary emergency unemployment benefits should not only be paid for but include something to help put people back to work,” Boehner said. “To date, the president has offered no such plan. If he does, I’ll be happy to discuss it, but right now the House is going to remain focused on growing the economy and giving America’s unemployed the independence that only comes from finding a good job.”

Before the Tuesday vote, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is facing a primary challenge this year, attempted to add to amendments to the unemployment insurance extension, one that would delay the health care reform law’s individual mandate for a year, and another that would restore cuts to military retiree benefits, arguing that would pay for the extension. The effort was blocked by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

86 comments
ShonWebb
ShonWebb

Well I am now affected by this and I have been out of work for a year and a half. It's very hard out here right now and it will only get worse. People will start to do things without regards for the law and others. We need this to try to survive for right now....I wish that you all could be laid-off just to see what we are going through, however the Government is protected by the Government in which we have place you.


I wonder if the Government were out of business and you were getting laid-off, what would happen with the extension then??? 


fwilkin1
fwilkin1

Here is a list of the nay votes ....get them out of office:or live with it.

NAYs ---37Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Enzi (R-WY)
Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kirk (R-IL)
Lee (R-UT)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Moran (R-KS)
Paul (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Scott (R-SC)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)

cathydag1
cathydag1

I was let go from my company after 30 years of dedicated service., with no severance package.  I worked on week ends doing their trade shows with no compensation, it was part of the job.  My son is living with me after losing his house, job and marriage., my daughter is in the process of losing her home after she received a $400.00 increase in her monthly payment.  (She is divorced with two children)  Wonder how congress sleeps at night knowing how many of us are effected by this decision of not passing the unemployment extensions.  HOW DARE YOU!!, My Social Security check doesn't even cover my monthly mortgage.  I have been working for 40 years and putting into Social Security and unemployment.


I voted for President Obama and I think he is for the people and doing his best.  However, Mr Tan Man Boehner, has no heart for those of us who are suffering.  Sure all of you get the best insurance and have plenty of money!!!


I am sick and tired of the politics and BS.  Hope to see you one day Mr. Boehner so I can tell you how I really feel about you and your despicable cronies.  YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELFS., THIS IS AMERICA.., nice that you can lead a nice life.  You know what they say about Karma.


PASS THE UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION, we the people need it.  You seem like a sensitive man when you cry...

Well their are thousands of us that are crying right now.   WAIT FOR THE NEXT ELECTION...



JoAnnDaniel001
JoAnnDaniel001

I am 61-years old and lost my job in August 2013.  I have worked since I was 18 and I still want to continue to work.  The loss of my unemployment has almost made it impossible to pay cobra insurance.  Shame on you congress for putting us in this shape.  We are already beat down by loosing our job and now about to loose our health insurance.  Please do what is right for the law abiding American  citizens who want to work but need a little assistance.  I will think twice next election and do my best to select representation that will be FOR THE PEOPLE.  You apparently forgot who put you where you are today.

LorettaLaPrade
LorettaLaPrade

I don't have a lot of knowledge in this area, but I am a single mother of 3 and was let go from my position back in May 13 and this is truly hurting us! The mental anguish alone that it puts on me that I know my children feel coming off of me and just terrible.  But what's worse is the REASON for it! (and I dont' feel bad that I have to take unemployment for now. I have worked since I was 16 years old and I'm now 45 and have never ever had to take a cent from anyone, however this hurts my children and it's a real PROBLEM! )

Who the H@#@ do these people think they are? I mean, for years now it's become more and more BULLING and trying to out do one another, playing childish games THAT PUT THE PUBLIC  SMACK DEAD IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LITTEL GAMES THEY PLAY! I mean how do we the people weed these BULLING children out of law making positions and vote real men and women into congress that will make tough decision good or bad! I don't care if it's for something we the people may or may not want at least it's a grown up clear minded decision that is made for the GOOD OF THE PEOPLE THAT ELECTED THEM INTO OFFICE! I just can't take anymore of this nonsense. 

Is there NOTHING we can do? if we don't know who is doing this how can we vote? Is this the way it's supposed to be? I don't think so, I thought when we created our government  &  leaders to create order within our country? it seems as though we are infants that are being abused and just like a battered women, child or man you start to believe there is nothing you can do and you just have to do as they tell you and believe everything they tell you! WE have to do something but WHAT? someone please help me to understand this whole thing? is there really nothing that we can do, they get worse and worse every year and it's less and less about what's best for the US and it's hard working people that gave them the job! PLEASE explain to me how we can be made to continue to eat whatever the US government decides to feed us

GoingThru
GoingThru

I know in some minds, President Obama isn’t a favorite to some Americans; but a good percentage of our Congress and Senate are showing their ignorance towards the President; by trying to make his years of candid control look bad and to demise his so call action to bring this country to their feet. The hatters our (Congress and Senate) needs to pull their heads out of their Azzzzzzz and stop the madness; they are hurting the hard working Americans that are trying to take care of their families. Can someone make a list of our Congress and Senate; so we know who not to vote for next elections?

This Sh!%$T has to stop!!!!!!!!!!

Pass the unemployment extensions and let’s move on!!!!!!!!!!

MegKelley
MegKelley

our government is paid reguardless what hapens to us little people ! I have worked since i was 15 years 33years of paying into unemployment and i have never been on unemployment till now, Where is all that money i paid in over the past 33years, I know i've paid way more than what i've been paid in the last 10 month. i was making 3000.00 a month while working if i could find a making half that i'd be in my glory, if they think that i'm home eating bon bons on the mire 890.00 month they paid me there wrong.   

JonJackson
JonJackson

I been out of work for 8 months . Unemployment was my only saving grace. Now I'm going to lose my house and everything. I been job hunting for 8 months and nothing . I had 2 interviews, Great!, one place denied me cause I wanted one day off a week, the other never called me back.

You know the job market has gone to crap when you can't get a job at goodwill or get McDonalds to hire you. What happened to companies giving you a chance to prove yourself.

Want to talk about unemployment costing money. Why doesn't Congress or the Senate do something about the people that are capable of working but are sitting on their butts taking advantage of the welfare system. Or ; and I agree with - edk.exede , on this one - the women that have never worked a day in their lives and think that having another baby is the answer. Problem is, it is. They have another kid and bam more money from the government.

What about us people that have worked since we were 18-19-20 years old. Why do we get the short end of the stick? Where's our assistance? Seriously!!! Are you telling us that in order to get help we need to take advantage of the system??

What happened to bringing the unemployment numbers down? What happened to all the jobs that were being created?? Oh wait, their either overseas or non existent!

truckdriver309
truckdriver309

YOU KNOW IT TAKES ALOT FOR PEOPLE TO LISTEN TO THE GOVERNMENT ON HOW THEY KNOW WHATS BEST FOR US BUT WHEN PEOPLE RELY ON SOMETHING THE GOVERNMENT TAKES IT AWAY AND WE SIT BACK AND GUESS BUT WHEN DO THEY LISTEN I WISH I CAN GO ON RECESS AND GET PAID DOING IT BUT THEY AREN,T OUT OF WORK OR HAVE TO LOOK FOR ONE WHEN THEY LEAVE AND COME BACK BUT AND THEY DON,T WORRY ON HOW OLD THEY ARE LIKE WE DO AND EMPLOYERS DO LOOK AT US WHEN IT COMES TO AGE SO WHY TAKE WHAT WE EARNED, THERES SO MANY TOPICS THEY GOULD BE DOING WHY TAKE MONEY FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IF ITS GOING BACK IN TO IT ECONMY 

dave.t
dave.t

Really unbelievable to me in very real way.  800 billion dollars in bail outs to a banking system that nearly (and knowingly) bankrupted an entire nation. Bailouts to failing car companies. No accountability for any of the bankers and wall street folks that intentionally did these things...none. Lawmakers that don't even participate in the social security system and health care system are making laws that affect people who have to rely on it. How can lawmakers who never have and will never have a financial worry possibly have our best interest in mind? Read Jefferson folks...on the meaning of tyranny. 


“Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”

― Thomas Jefferson

Voter1
Voter1

It is funny that I hear on the news today, 79 percent of out lawmakers in Congress are Millionaires......Just saying 


CarolLuke
CarolLuke

I have worked all my life.  I never refused a task or a job once offered to me no matter the pay or hours or benefits. 

There are no jobs out there being offered. Offset the pay with your paychecks in the house of the opposing parties If you had to walk a day in my shoes and worry everyday and night of how you are going to mange another day, you would hold a special hearing and vote yes on this bill and not put it off another day.   I am waiting for election time to get here, because I will campaign and fight for Americans on every door step of  every political figure that destroys the very grain of every red blooded American to get you out of office.  Every since Bill Clinton was ushered out of office, the politicians have held Americans hostage with their spending and putting us on the back burner of your decision making schemes!  God help us all!  When you are out of a job we will see if you still feel the same way! 

edk.exede
edk.exede

The house seems content to follow the path of rewarding those that have NEVER worked. If a "single, non-working mom wants a raise  easy  she has another kid  government will pay for it . then she may want the newest iphone great her federal tax refund will cover that and she'll have enough to get the kids one also, never worked a day in her life but tax credit for the kids. You republicans want to know  how to fund it ,it may cost you some votes, start taking away from the baby machines that have never worked a tax paying job.  

AudreyMarquez
AudreyMarquez

i would love to find a job so I have an idea     have all the senators, congressmen and especially speaker of the house trade places with us.  those of us who have been searching for jobs without any luck can actually go to work fixing out country and letting those people setting in office now know what it is to set back wondering where there next meal will come from or where there next car payment will come from let alone medicine they or there sick child may need.  come on people I would love to go to work and I do have skills just I am older and face it who wants to hire someone older.  so mr speaker of the house come trade places with me.  I had to move in with my oldest child so that I would not be homeless because unemployment just wasn't enough anyway let alone now none because the extension was taken away. 

GoingThru
GoingThru

The House need to go home; they get paid for life after they are out of office

We can't get a extensions on money we worked hard for to pay into unemployment tax benefits. Hummmmmmmm

DD246
DD246

How about we put some of our politicians on Unemployment for an extended period without access to any of their personal bank accounts or post Congress careers to support themselves.  See how they make ends meet.


On Tuesday evening one of the topics brought to the floor by Rand Paul was the Federal Reserve Transparency Act. Apparently, the Fed's audit found there was a slight discrepancy of a Trillion $ plus and the auditors could not provide an explanation.  Are you kidding me? 


Investigating that trail and finding that treasure looks like at least 100 jobs to me but, I am sure I wouldn't 'qualify' for that job either.


I hear what everyone is saying and wasn't trying to change the subject.  I have been unemployed for over a year after working for over 30 years and I am in the same boat,   

GoingThru
GoingThru

I had to turn down a good job interview in another state, because I didn't have to funds to get there; thanks to our Congress and Senate selfishness. They cutting unemployment extensions are hurting the “American” potential progress in getting a job somewhere; anywhere.

IBleedBlue
IBleedBlue

I am a 52 year-old man who found himself unemployed for the first time since I was 19. Since July I estimate that I have sent out at least 120 resumes to a variety of companies, but have gotten only 4 interviews. I have a tremendous amount of training but still lose out to people 30 years younger. I know that my age is against me, Potential employers take one look at my age and toss it aside, without giving me a chance. I am not getting rich off the government, just trying to stay afloat until someone gives me a chance. Pass the extension so that I and others like me, can have a chance,

Yeshuasaviour
Yeshuasaviour

PLEASE  PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL WITH CAREER WITH  A MONEY  BUDGET TO START UP HIS OWN COMPANY OR CORPORATION IT WOULD HELP THE ECONOMIC AND JOBLESS  IT WILL CREATE JOBS ,  MAKE CONTACT WITH THOSE PROFESSIONAL QUALIFY AND WILLING TO RUN A BUSINESS , HELP THEM , GIVE THEM A BUDGET , CREATE CONTRACTS WITH THEM PROVIDE THEM MONEY , A LOAN , MAKE IT EASY FOR THEM TO START UP A BUSINESS

I AM ONE OF THEM – PLEASE THINK OF THIS IDEA! 


DO NOT LET ALMOST OVER A MILLION WITH NO MONEY TO BUY FOOD AND FEED THEIR KIDS .

DebbiKaye
DebbiKaye

I am in the same boat as Adam.... I live in AZ and the economy is not picking up down here by any means...I rely on EUC to pay rent, utilities, car insurance, etc. It is the ONLY income I have...But mind you...I LOOK FOR WORK DAILY!! 

I live alone, so there is no family/friends to help..

This extension needs to pass, or my utilities get shut off and I become homeless

webmasterpdx
webmasterpdx

I had to get on EUC as I was forced to contract for my last 2 jobs and as such don't get unemployment insurance, but from my last full time job which put me in EUC. So, I never had my regular 26 weeks, so it's not a bunch of people being on unemployment too long. Many of the decent technical jobs have been shipped to India and China and I'm finding it difficult to find full time work (and contract work too). I like the idea of paying the government like private business.....might give them appropriate perspective.

AdamHoover
AdamHoover

Here's my view on this, and I am one of the 1.3 million who lost there benefits. I have no way of paying my bills. I have filled out more job applications then I ever thought I would. What makes it even harder on me is telling the people I have been interviewing with that I have been unemployed 6 months. I feel that they look at me like a bum. But little do they know what I have been through. Its just one punch after another. I need this extension. How can I sleep at night not knowing how I'm going to pay my bill in the morning. I am so sick of turning the news on to see if my government has done what they need to do. But all I ever see is Dem and Rep. talking. Not acting just talking. They just debate and debate while people suffer and once in a while do something benefitial. It like they want us to be happy and grateful for them doing there job. I wouldn't be happy with my bus driver if he showed up an hour late. The benefit extention needs passed. If they really want to make a difference, they should put it through for one more year. And during this year take real responsibility and work to come up with something better so next year families won't have to go through this again. But as far as now they really have no choice but to continue benefits. And they need to.

bigelow942
bigelow942

Government should tax the big corporation for going overseas. They created the problem in this country. Their kids will suffer because of daddy.



bigelow942
bigelow942

The politico's should not have special treatment as to automatic pay hikes, free health plan. They should received the same treatment that the ordinary citizen goes thru. If they want to shut down government do it without getting paid. I served by country to keep us free. No way will I have a couple of prima-donnas bring it down. Especialy the cry babies.

Liquid lunches should not be allowed during working hours.

moiraregis
moiraregis

The House wants an offsetting spending cut? Great! Here's one I think 99% of Americans will agree on: Cut Congress' pay down to the minimum wage.  Since they only work part-time, cancel their health care benefits and pensions, as well as a termination of all accrued pension funds.  Let them see what it's like to be a real worker in America these days.  At present, Congress' many benefits and allowances, to say nothing of their guaranteed yearly raise that they decide and vote for, cost American taxpayers $6 billion a year.  In these tough times, these cuts make for a much-needed dose of austerity.  oh--and only ten paid sick days a year, plus two weeks vacation and five personal days--any time taken off beyond that will be unpaid leave.  if they want to earn a little extra, they can work up to 20 hours a week of overtime at time and a half.  That should more than offset those pesky old unemployment checks.

therigel
therigel

99 weeks should be more than enough.  At what point does the Obama administration admit that their economic policies are a failure and ease up on new taxes and regulations which are making employees more expensive to hire and retain?  Perhaps Mr. Obama needs to go back to college and study economics 101.

DuaneMcDonald
DuaneMcDonald

The intelligent path for both the house and Senate is to find a bill that will pass both houses and not play games.

They have forgotten that their job is to govern, not score points off the other party.

LanceBrofman
LanceBrofman

Unlike food stamp and welfare recipients, many unemployment compensation recipients (all of which previously held jobs) are Republicans. If the news media shows one person saying: that he had always voted Republican but if the House leadership does not allow a vote on extension of unemployment benefits he will never vote for a Republican again, the Republicans will cave, as 1.3 million voters could be a critical in the next election.

The joke used to be that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged. The new version will be a Democrat is a Republican who had his unemployment benefits ended.

"..It is not just a coincidence that tax cuts for the rich have preceded both the 1929 and 2007 depressions. The Revenue acts of 1926 and 1928 worked exactly as the Republican Congresses that pushed them through promised. The dramatic reductions in taxes on the upper income brackets and estates of the wealthy did indeed result in increased savings and investment. However, overinvestment (by 1929 there were over 600 automobile manufacturing companies in the USA) caused the depression that made the rich, and most everyone else, ultimately much poorer.

Since 1969 there has been a tremendous shift in the tax burdens away from the rich and onto the middle class. Corporate income tax receipts, whose incidence falls entirely on the owners of corporations, were 4% of GDP then and are now less than 1%. During that same period, payroll tax rates as percent of GDP have increased dramatically. The overinvestment problem caused by the reduction in taxes on the wealthy is exacerbated by the increased tax burden on the middle class. While overinvestment creates more factories, housing and shopping centers; higher payroll taxes reduces the purchasing power of middle-class consumers...."
http://seekingalpha.com/article/1543642

mralias14
mralias14

It's as simple as this: If they let all these millions of people lose their unemployment benefits then they had better start hiring more police, because I have a feeling the crime rate is going to skyrocket across the board. People will do what they have to do to feed their children. I look at it like this, we thought that drug fueled crimes were bad, wait until people have no money to feed their starving children. As the famous Arsenio Hall says "Things that make you say Hmmm!"

jgpait
jgpait

I would be shocked to my core if the politicians in Washington ever actually did something just because it is the right thing to do.  Unemployment payments do not position anyone to live a reasonable life, it only helps keep the wolves at bay while someone already down on their luck can at least feed their family while trying to find a job. In an economy that is already depressed because the very people that are arguing over these crumbs, as to whether they should pay EUC or not are the ones that have destroyed the economy in the first place. By creating incentives for companies to ship their factories and jobs overseas, allowing the trade deficit to remain so poorly imbalanced against the U.S., passing money out to banks and other entities here in the U.S. to the tune of trillions of dollars and spending money on the military like a bunch of drunken sailors on shore leave does not create a atmosphere for jobs creation. Pass the spending for the extension of EUC and stop acting like all of a sudden you have a financial conscious. These people on EUC are hurting and many of them have paid taxes for their entire lifetimes. Shame on you for even delaying it.  


Incidentally; I am a Republican.

ShamelleDavis
ShamelleDavis

@JonJackson I feel what you're saying 100%. I have been out of work for exactly 13 months today. I was using my unemployment benefits to get me to the different temp services in my area. Now I have to constantly borrow money from family members and friends who are struggling to get by themselves. I've had maybe 10 interviews in that time span and was denied by all of the jobs due to a child support warrant I knew nothing about. I think that is stupid too. How is child support going to take away people's licenses? If I can't drive to work, I can't pay child support. SIMPLE AS THAT!!!! So now due to my unemployment stopping, I can no longer search for jobs. If I did have an interview, how would I get to it? And we voted these people in??? 

LorettaLaPrade
LorettaLaPrade

@DD246 i'm with you, show me the path and Im willing to walk with you!

I just seen the other day that they are not "allowed" to have more than we do, meaning medical benefits and they are not "allowed" to do or act in anyway that doesn't support the PEOPLE

I think someone forgot to inform the entire Political Party that are making the critical decisions about what they are and are NOT "ALLOWED" to do.  it's just a joke anymore and we can't do ANYTHING about it.

tom.litton
tom.litton

@AdamHooverFile for welfare?


Brilliant solution.  Kick people off unemployment just to see them go to welfare.

MarcusMaxon
MarcusMaxon

@AdamHoover This is what govt dependence does you.  It messes with your whole life and leaves you jonesing for that fix (free money).   I would get off of it before it takes you down any faster. 

moiraregis
moiraregis

@therigelSince Congress [specifically the Republicans, especially in the House] has refused to pass one piece of job-creation legislation proposed by the President, including a bill for much-needed infrastructure repair,much less proposed one piece of job-creation legislation themselves, I don't think he's the one who will benefit from a refresher course in economics. 


Start placing blame on those who deserve it--the Republicans.  If you don't, you're just another of their chumps, and they laugh at your stupidity behind your back.

msanonymous222
msanonymous222

@therigel 99 weeks have not existed in over a year. Most states' unemployed get between 43 and 63 weeks. Only a few states get 73 weeks (those with the highest unemployment rates). Many of these people are unable to move TO EUC from 26 weeks of state funded because of the end-date expiration. And those in the middle of EUC can't get what they're owed because of this end-date expiration. This is what this bill is about--a new date, not 99 weeks or 3 years or limitless. Perhaps you need to study Unemployment Benefits 101.

JeffreyKlein
JeffreyKlein

@DuaneMcDonald Wrong, scoring points is their job. Sorry, serving us went out with Lincoln (Republican party)

MarcusMaxon
MarcusMaxon

@mralias14 Another lib.t.a.r.d. calling for crime as the answer.  If you want to lose your family and your freedom and possibly never be heard from again then by all means do it.  No one will be sitting around waiting for you though.

Ohiolib
Ohiolib

@jgpait You may well be a conservative. But going 3 sentences without screaming BENGHAZI IMPEACH SOCIALIST FACIST DESTROYING AMERICA! means you are far too soft and weak -RINO-for today's GOP. 

Voter1
Voter1

@MarcusMaxon@AdamHooverAdam it will come around, hold on. Marcus, obviously i have to ride you like a stolen motorcycle till you get the point here.

MarcusMaxon
MarcusMaxon

@msanonymous222 @therigel it was 99 weeks for a majority of the program...and that's what people's view of it still is..in a few years your argument will hold.  Still if you haven't found a job in 1 year plus you are not trying or going about it the right way.  YOU ARE NOT OWED ANYTHING FROM A FEDERAL PROGRAM THAT BORROWS MONEY!  Owed?  Laughable!  Hey everybody when you decide to start collecting ue just remember you are "owed" 15 months free money...don't let them tell you any different.