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Latest on the Unemployment/Tax Extenders Bill

June 21, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

This from subscription-only CongressDaily is at least not bad news for those of you hoping that the Senate will pass legislation extending the unemployment insurance filing deadline this week:

Senate Democrats are back at the drawing board, working again this week to pass a version of a bill extending tax breaks and unemployment benefits and other programs after they lost cloture votes on two versions last week.

Senate Majority Leader Reid had considered bringing up other legislation this week but decided this weekend to stay on the “extenders” bill, a spokeswoman said today.

That means Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus — who has already offered two versions of the measure this month but failed to muster enough votes amid concerns over cost — will likely produce another substitute amendment to an underlying bill passed by the House.

“We are still working on a path forward,” Reid’s spokeswoman said.

The Senate passed one provision Friday that was in the broader extenders bill — a measure giving Medicare physicians a 2.2 percent payment increase for six months. It is aimed at staving off a 21 percent doctors’ pay cut under a reimbursement formula and is fully offset.

Democrats still want to extend unemployment benefits, which have been expiring for tens of thousands of Americans since the start of the month. But aides said it is too soon to say what else will be included in the package offered this week.

Republicans aides said one possibility is that Democrats would remove provisions extending unemployment and Federal Medical Assistance Percentage funding, and vote on them as stand-alone measures.

While Democrats fell short of moving the bill Thursday, they said they were just two votes short of getting cloture. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., missed the vote but would have voted with Democrats if needed, aides said. And one of two Democrats who voted “no,” Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., had agreed to vote for cloture if his vote was needed, Reid said.

With those votes, Democrats still need two Republicans to move the measure, now in its eighth week on the Senate floor. Democrats in particular have been courting GOP Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, and Scott Brown of Massachusetts.

In April, the last time the Senate voted on an unemployment extension bill, three Republicans joined all Democrats, plus Lieberman, in voting in favor  — Sen. Susan Collins [R, ME], Sen. Olympia Snowe [R, ME] (both pictured above) and Sen. George Voinovich [R, OH]. That bill contained a two-month extension of the UI filing deadline, national flood insurance, COBRA health care subsidies, a Medicare pay-cut delay and more, all with a net deficit impact of more than $18 billion.

The success of the revised unemployment insurance/tax extenders bill that comes to the floor this week will depend on what’s in there besides the UI extension and how much of the total cost of the bill is paid for. The more the bill is focused on UI and the more it is paid for with new revenues, the better its chances at wining over a couple Republicans and passing will be.

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Chris51 07/10/2010 7:13am

Republicans filibustered UI Ext bill! They’re asking for UI Ext be paid, while at the same time they’re fighting to give their Special Interest groups special tax stimulus. Rep are trying to look like they care about the deficit, but for 10 yrs (Bush Admin) they never spoke of concerns for the huge deficit they were digging us into as they approved large spending for Special Interest. The Rep debate on these UI Ext bills are like “broken record”. They want USA to use the stimulus money that is already committed to the agreed upon projects, programs, etc. Republicans want USA to “rob Peter to pay Paul”, so they can try to prolong the problem past November election. This is how they have operated for YEARS, and we’re in worse shape now because of their IRRESPONSIBLENESS. People should not be in Leadership positions if they cant make decision for the problems at hand.
Dont take my word for it. Please read links Donny Shaw and others have provided with accurate research and reporting.

Chris51 07/08/2010 7:24pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 08, 2010 7:23pm

Senator’s excuse for not passing is a false statement.
Read all about it:
The funding argument is even harder to swallow. I’d be more sympathetic with these new converts to fiscal responsibility if they were as enthusiastic about paying for extending $32 billion worth of special interest tax breaks as they are about funding the unemployment extension. If I understand correctly, these lawmakers insist that Congress fund every dime of added jobless aid, which nearly all analysts agree will help boost the economy. But they feel no need to pay for continuing these special interest tax breaks, which will not.
Full Story:
http://www.csmonitor.com/Money/Tax-VOX/2010/0707/Senate-struggles-with-unemployment-benefits

Chris51 07/08/2010 7:23pm
in reply to Chris51 Jun 30, 2010 10:50pm

GOP are determined to bloc everything the President is trying to do for the USA right now. He has a vested interest, and seems to take pride in doing the best job he can while in office.
We are in trouble as long as Republican politicians continue favoring their special interest.
How can any CEO or Owner of business get anything done if half of his managers or executives stand in his way just to be defiant.

President Obama speech on CSPAN today, while in Kansas City, MO to support a future candidate. Was right on.
If you are an unemployed American, and are thinking no one understands the difficulties of being jobless. Obama speech articulated the financial and emotional struggles well. Hat’s off to the President for saying what needed to be said.

http://cspan.org/Watch/Media/2010/07/08/HP/A/35248/Pres+Obama+Remarks+at+Fundraiser+for+Missouri+Senate+Candidate+Robin

Chris51 07/03/2010 10:09pm

REPUBLICAN FILIBUSTER ON UI EXT BILLS!
Why don’t our Senators get that there is a great need?

The job market is broken.
The corporate executives are not going to give up their year-end profit bonus by adding jobs/payroll to their companies.

Here are a few stories on our jobless nation:

Job recovery hits a wall
http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/02/news/economy/jobs_june/index.htm

Job gloom at all time high
http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/03/news/economy/discouraged_workers/index.htm

7.9 million jobs lost- many forever
http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/02/news/economy/jobs_gone_forever/index.htm

Jobless claims spike
http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/01/news/economy/jobless_claims/index.htm

Thousands at risk for losing unemployment benefits
http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/money/job_news/unemployment-benefits-jeopardy-6-28-2010

Chris51 07/01/2010 9:43am
in reply to bhrodeoaz Jun 21, 2010 11:18am

Corporations have increased their cash reserves to $1.84 TRILLION, THE HIGHEST FIGURE IN HISTORY! Big business and the banks, after an unprecedented bailout by the public treasury, are hoarding the funds (Americans pay this back on their IRS tax bill). BIG CORPORATIONS EXECUTIVES ARE MAKING BIG BONUSES AND GETTING SALARY INCREASES FOR SHOWING HUGE PROFITS. The cash reserves of major corporations have jumped 26 percent in one year, the largest percentage increase in nearly 60 years. The cash reserves of working people, and particularly the unemployed, have not been so fortunate.

REPUBLICANS bloc, the SENATE vote and defeat sevaral proposed extension of unemployment benefits for unemployed workers. Many of these same Senators rushed through a $700 BILLION bailout of Wall Street in 2008 in a matter of days, cannot bring itself to support even the most meager subsistence for the unemployed workers who are the victims, not the perpetrators, of the economic crisis.
WWW.CHANGE.ORG

Chris51 06/30/2010 10:50pm
in reply to Drewbot78 Jun 21, 2010 11:26am

The Senate needs to be held accountable for their incompetence and lack of integrity. Shame on them for not coming up with a 100% solution for all Americans who are forced to survive on their UI.

President Obama can’t sign a bill, if Congress doesn’t get it to him. President Obama’s discussed the economy, and the need to help the displaced unemployed with UI Extentions on Monday and Tuesday. CSPAN.ORG

As of today, we have 9.7% unemployed, 55% of the workforce have taken reduced work hours, pay-cuts, unpaid leave, forced to switch to part-time, and BP Oil Corporation’s IRRESPONSIBLENESS is adding to LOST JOBS and LOST LIVES.
1.2 million who will lose their Unemployment Insurance if Republicans get their way.

The GOP have no vested interest in hearing or helping jobless people. The only communication Republicans hear is $$$$$. That’s why they listen to and only support Oil Companies, Insurance Companies, Banks, Big Corporations, and Wall Street

Chris51 06/30/2010 7:06am
in reply to Drewbot78 Jun 21, 2010 11:26am

• It’s the Republican party who is busy watching out for Wall Street/Corporations.
Shame on Congress for not coming up with a solution for ALL its’ displaced hard working Americans.
• 9.7% unemployed = 1.2 million Americans, and 55% of the workforce have taken reduced work hours, pay-cuts, unpaid leave, forced to switch to part-time. The BP Oil Corporation’s irresponsibleness is adding to lost jobs and lost lives.

Yesterday, President Obama’s discussed what was happening with corporations, the economy, and the need to help the displaced unemployed. Watch his entire interview on CSPAN. He gets it.

CNN and FOX only report on self-interested, with their main story and topics cycling 24 hours. Go to CSPAN
CSPAN: http://www.c-span.org/Watch/Media/2010/06/29/HP/A/34826/Pres+Obama+Remarks+on+the+Economy.aspx

wwww.change.

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ssimms1980 06/23/2010 2:10pm

everyone, please go to change.org to sign a petition to seperate the unemployment from the rest of the bill

LH49221 06/22/2010 9:26pm
in reply to queencarrie Jun 21, 2010 12:35pm

I agree with you 100%!! The senators should take a pay cut to cover the bill, and they should each have to spend 1 week with a family that is unemployed. Maybe if they visited the real world they would get it! Congress needs to to take care of these extensions before they expire.

cmfaith 06/22/2010 3:20pm
in reply to craines Jun 21, 2010 11:10am

We want to work! I want my old life back! I am College Educated and have a excellent employment track record and references but cannot find employment in California. I was laid off as a Recruiting Manager for a large Engineering firm. I am even open to relo. Please dont end our unemployment! What happens then being homeless?

sygparris4 06/22/2010 1:45pm
in reply to sdphouston Jun 22, 2010 7:44am

Okay I did something! Yes, I vented here, but I also sent our local news station a letter online, then sent my State Representative a longer letter as well as the same letter to one of our two Senators. By the way the other Senators website is down and still not working. I don’t know it it will help any but I’m tired of waiting on them! I also intend to write the president. I just hope others will do the same.

gingersnapps1 06/22/2010 12:57pm
in reply to Houselogic Jun 22, 2010 12:15pm

Am I in America? I never in my entire life have been so ashamed of my government! I actually voted for the politicians that now do not give a damm whether we are thrown out into the streets, homeless! I understand the woes of increasing the deficit. What I don’t understand is what exactly are near millions of unemployed Americans, such as myself supposed to do? My unemployment benefits have run out as of this week without warning on my first extention, I am near eviction, can’t find a damn job to save my life. Why can’t they all come to an agreement to push this through so we can all continue living, and just amend it later? Could it simply be because none of the politicians are in this situation, they have an income, so to them it’s not as pressing?…..Come on people, we’re losing our homes, roofs over our heads, resorting to food stamps to eat a meal, we have already lost our jobs, our pride, what else is left for you to take?

Houselogic 06/22/2010 12:15pm

That is Terrible Jwaynek, Just try to keep a positive frame of mind and trust in God!

michaeldf 06/22/2010 10:42am
in reply to jgpt777 Jun 21, 2010 12:35pm

McConnells net worth 7.3 million, increased over the past 18 months 1.2 million. He does not give a f..k about the american worker. His state also has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, below 10%, which means they do not qualify for tier 3 and tier 4 federal funding, the way I understand it. He will also stand in the way of any health care reform, his largest campain contributions were health care corps. Just another slimey politician.

michaeldf 06/22/2010 10:18am
in reply to Drewbot78 Jun 21, 2010 11:26am

I agree with Drewbot78, It is not a party issue…repubs and dems need to stop tagging crap onto a bill that is ment to support the unemployed…Strip it down and vote on the issue at hand. It is tough to swallow any poiliticians BS when world headlines are full of forign aide approved by the US and to top it off the people we are trying to help spit in our face after the check is cashed. Its simple, when are we going to stop cleaning everyones house when ours is a mess……California 12.5% unemployment….and it will not recover anytime soon….

Jwaynek 06/22/2010 9:34am

Let me tell you what has happened to me over the last year. I lost my job a year and half ago, I lost my house (Goverment was going to help YEAH right.) My bank US BANK would not even talk to me about modification and it was a FHA loan. I am an Ex Senior Buyer for Boeing, I am a ex 911 police dispatcher in the state of Arizona for two different agencies, I am educated but now I can not even get a job as a dishwasher because first thing they say is over educated. NO I say I need a job and I am willing do anything, It is now at the point that since unemployment has stopped, I can not make my rent on the place I now moved into )DOWNSIZED so me, the wife and the animals will be on the street next. McCaine is so worried about getting reelected so he can make sure he keeps his 7 SEVEN houses he does not care about anyone in Arizona so we should all vote him out. There is a patteren over the years and people are finally seeing it. GET RID of the OLD and bring in the new

sdphouston 06/22/2010 8:48am

Ok so the next step is to write Mr Rand’s office and tell him what you’ve been dealing with since he’s so out of touch! Email his campaign and let them know we will NOT be voting for him

http://www.randpaul2010.com/

katsus7 06/22/2010 8:32am

If I wasn’t a 38 yr old single mother…I would join this government…the army or something..then at least I would be guaranteed a JOB and PAYCHECK!! this is crap already come on people get off your asses…pass this bill already! I am going to be freaking HOMELESS…then u can go vote on your other HOMELESS ACT bills..I want to work…THERE ARE NO JOBS HERE IN PENNSYLVANIA.!!!!!

Seperate the bills put unemployment SEPERATE THEN WORRY ABOUT YOUR OTHER THINGS…if you think times are tuff now? guess what I have news for you it will get alot worse when people will have to start ROBBING AND STEALING to feed their children!!!! PASS THIS BILL OR SEPARATE THEM PLEASE….IT’S ALREADY BEEN 2 WEEKS…IF YOU WENT WITHOUT AN INCOME FOR 2 WEEKS WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

ted215 06/22/2010 8:31am

What i read today, our future representative;

Rand Paul To Unemployed: Quit Whining And Get Back To Work

Talking Points Memo | Jun. 21, 2010, 3:23 PM | 3,695 | 140

There sometimes comes a time in a person’s life when you give up on that dream of replacing the decently paying job you lost with another decently paying job. Rand Paul, Republican nominee for Senate from Kentucky, believes that time is now.
In an interview with WVLK-AM in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday, Paul told host Sue Wylie he supported the Republican filibuster last week of more than $100 billion in emergency spending that includes extended jobless benefits. Paul said the bill must be paid before the extension is voted into law — and if that can’t happen, it’s time for America’s unemployed to face facts and stop holding out for jobs similar to the ones they’ve lost.

ted215 06/22/2010 8:29am

This is what i read today, our future representative:

Rand Paul To Unemployed: Quit Whining And Get Back To Work

Talking Points Memo | Jun. 21, 2010, 3:23 PM | 3,695 | 140

There sometimes comes a time in a person’s life when you give up on that dream of replacing the decently paying job you lost with another decently paying job. Rand Paul, Republican nominee for Senate from Kentucky, believes that time is now.
In an interview with WVLK-AM in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday, Paul told host Sue Wylie he supported the Republican filibuster last week of more than $100 billion in emergency spending that includes extended jobless benefits. Paul said the bill must be paid before the extension is voted into law — and if that can’t happen, it’s time for America’s unemployed to face facts and stop holding out for jobs similar to the ones they’ve lost.

sdphouston 06/22/2010 8:17am

How many of you are truly serious about getting something done here? Show of hands? The media has been hush hush… I’ve seen on another website that we should contact the Jon Stewart show and in numbers, tell him how the unemployed have been affected… see if he can leak the message out that our news media is too scared to do…

Houselogic 06/22/2010 8:01am

It’s pretty bad out here in Indiana also. Some guy tried to rob my families store. When we found out it was our neighbor’s son he bought him back to apologies my mother and i gave the kid a job to help. His mom and dad have been waiting for this thing to pass they have been without work for almost 2 years. I feel so sorry for people who are waiting for these men and women to get there act together on this bill. Our prayers are with you guys!

MPalmer 06/22/2010 7:57am

Our government is so out of touch with the pure economics of unemployment. We are on the edge of a massive failure here in California … not just with the government, but with the California’s economic machine in total. In part, and to a great percentage, due to the unemployment level here in California.

It is interesting to watch and hear how our government is so engrossed with budgeting and that all has been forgotten about the people and the consequences of not funding the unemployment extension.

When was the last time your Senator or Congressman went out “on the street” and asked, “how am I doing?”. NEVER! They know that there life style would be at risk and they know that can only answer with a reply of “we are working on it”. They have no real accomplishments!

sdphouston 06/22/2010 7:47am

http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100001221762406

Power in numbers… Lets not just talk about it, LET’S DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

sdphouston 06/22/2010 7:44am

There is power in numbers… we need to quit talking and DO something… Write your congressmen, President, THE MEDIA!!! We cannot be held down too long… united we stand!

http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100001221762406

sldhouston 06/22/2010 7:32am

http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100001221762406

Time to take a stand… we need to quit talking and actually DO something about it! Haven’t you all found it interesting that the media is NOT on this thing? When they delayed the bill around Easter, that’s all we could hear about. Now, it’s dead silent. It’s time to start writing Congress, the President, THE MEDIA!!!

sldhouston 06/22/2010 7:28am

http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100001221762406

Time to take a stand… we need to quit talking and actually DO something about it! Haven’t you all found it interesting that the media is NOT on this thing? When they delayed the bill around Easter, that’s all we could hear about. Now, it’s dead silent. It’s time to start writing Congress, the President, THE MEDIA!!!

tweety65 06/22/2010 6:01am

Fight the foreclosures.. The banks bet against the mortgages to fail, received insurance money once a loan went into default and a government bailout (our tax dollars). They created this mess and caused an economic meltdown by giving false value on homes (inflating value almost double of what the homes were actually worth) to write loans that they knew were going to fail the moment the docs were signed. They were paid 10 times over for these mortgages and robbed America blind. Make the banks give back the bailouts and help all of us that are suffering.

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