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Dems Introduce Stand-Alone Unemployment Insurance Bill

June 28, 2010 - by Hilary Worden

The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act (H.R.4213), which would have extended unemployment insurance benefits, closed some tax loopholes and more, was officially abandoned last week after the Democrats failed to overcome a Republican filibuster for the third time. As a result, over a million uninsured people have had their unemployment insurance benefits cut off since they expired on June 2. But while the Democrats may have lost hope of ever passing H.R. 4213, they have recently introduced a new bill for the sole purpose of extending unemployment benefits.

The new bill, the Unemployment Insurance Extension Act of 2010, is just three-pages long and does just one thing — extend the filing deadline for extended unemployment benefits to the end of the year. It was introduced by Sen. Debbie Ann Stabenow [D-MI] (pictured), and has four Democratic co-sponsors. Sen. Olympia Snowe [R-ME] has also said she would support such a bill, suggesting that the it could have at least some bi-partisan support, though not necessarily enough to pass. With the passing of Sen. Robert Byrd [D, WV] and with Sen. Ben Nelson [D, NE] saying last week he would vote against any UI bill that isn’t fully offset with new revenues, the Democrats would need at least 2 more Republicans besides Snowe to cross the aisle and vote with them if they are to have the 60 votes they will need to overcome an inevitable Republican filibuster. Additionally, Democrats may be concerned the bill could give Republicans the chance to kill Senate time that the Democrats would like to spend on other issues.

At this moment, it’s uncertain whether this new bill will be voted on this week. The Democrats could call it up for unanimous consent passage at any point, but that would be blocked by Republicans. If they try to move it under regular order, Republicans could easily use Senate rules to drag the debate out for sevarel days, or even weeks, and Congress is scheduled to leave for a week-long recess on Friday. Keep checking this blog, Facebook and Twitter for updates.

 

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Displaying 91-107 of 107 total comments.

  • Revolution 06/28/2010 6:35pm

    I am going to visit each Senators page on this site who voted NO and post the message below in their comments section. Also,you can post your rating of each senator on their page by reducing the slider on the right side marked “my rating”-I am palcing them all at 0. This lowers their rating posted and visible to all,you may want to visit and give your rating and comments:
    You are a disgrace to your country and should be embarrassed to have the UNITED STATES in front of your title.4th of July is upon us-it reminds us of history and how the people can come together to make a difference.I hope you and your family meet the same outcome as the 15,000,000+ unemployed.You turned your back on the Citizens by playing games and stupid antics.Assistance needs to be offered to ease the minds of the families and allow continued dignity no matter the cost. You spend OUR money like water and the American people MUST and SHOULD be priority one! I alsi included a previously posted quote…

  • lonestar2020 06/28/2010 10:44pm

    Go to CHANGE.ORG & SIGN THE PETITION TO EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT & FORWARD TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS TO SIGN THIS PETITION.

  • lonestar2020 06/28/2010 11:35pm

    I WAS A REPUBLICAN UNTIL THEY PULLED THIS STUNT OF POLITICS OVER THE PEOPLE. ENJOY THEIR DAYS UNTIL VOTING DAY, BECAUSE I AM NO LONGER VOTING REPUBLICAN.THE GOP PLAN BACKFIRED ON THEM.NOW IT IS TIME FOR DEMOCRATS TO PUT UP OR SHUT-UP, BECAUSE THEY HAVE ONCE CHANCE TO GET THIS DONE RIGHT, THEY ARE IN LEADERSHIP AND THEY NEED TO PULL RANK AND GRAB THE BULL BY THE HORNS.

    Go to CHANGE.ORG & SIGN THE PETITION TO EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT & FORWARD TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS TO SIGN THIS PETITION

  • whydidivoteforobama 06/29/2010 3:29am

    my fellow americans you guys have it wrong. stop blaming the republicans, obama has just as much fault in this issue. he knew back in april that the 99ers needed help. here we are 14 weeks without and still no mention of us by the president . this is a freakin crying shame and now ms stabenow is trying this shit alone . god bless her but why in the hell is it that hard to help the unemployed ? we just passed a 60 billion dollar bill for a fuckin war . im dieing inside i cant take much . the 4th of july will come and we still wont have any funds smfh !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • desperatentx 06/29/2010 5:03am

    this is utterly insane! im on the verge of loosing my home, a home i worked hard for and dreamed of owning someday! well thanks to AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL that dream is shot! and to be called lazy is the biggest insult of my life! what were you calling me when i was working two jobs, being a single parent, and never depending on the government for any kind of assistance? im not one to get frustrated easily, but come on you bunch of idiots pass this damn bill! is it really that difficult to help you own? we are the very same people that put into this the whole time we were working and didnt complain while doing it…this money is rightfully ours….NOW GIVE IT BACK TO US WE DESERVE IT!!!!

  • downandout 06/29/2010 5:49am

    Congress, just for once stop bickering and think about the millions of Americans, yes AMERICANS who cannot put food on the table because of your not passing this bill!!!! Pass this bill today so that it can be signed into law before it is too late for some of us. We would like to have a reason to celebrate the 4th of July. Give us one. PASS THE BILL

  • Jp23927 06/29/2010 5:55am

    I to am one of the 15 million unemployed. I have been looking for work since Feb/2009 with no luck. I go to school full time also and I am A student, but this does little to encourage employers to give me a chance. I rely on the meager unemployment I receive to put food on the table and gas in the car. I pray the parties can pass this bill before they go on their nice vacation, that tax payers have provided for them. If they cannot pass the bill this week, I think they should not be allowed to take their vacations. If we have to suffer so should they.

  • pondview61 06/29/2010 5:58am

    senators, I agree thar we need to stop spending, but the cutting can come from different areas other then hurting the people that got caught up in the recession like the unemployed. Does the goverment really have to spend that amount of money for the war?Does wall street really have to take and keep taken from middle class people? Do we hav…e to keep cutting and protecting the rich to get richer. I am not talking about giving people a free ride I am talking about the people that have worked all their lifes and paid their taxes and watched while the people in politics both Democrates and republicans bring this country down from their greed. I voted for you, you gave me new hope but to see that you voted no on extension for the unemployed people that made this country saddeness me,if the two parties want to play with the November election pick a different issue. I am asking you on behave of all unemployed people for the senate to bring the issue back on the floor

  • Chris51 06/29/2010 11:15am

    President Obama gets it. The GOP who are busy watching out for Wall Street/Corporations. Shame on Congress for not coming up with a solution for all its unemployed americans.

    Watch President Obama discussion on this earlier today, go to CSPAN.
    http://cspan.org/Watch/Media/2010/06/29/HP/A/34826/Pres+Obama+Remarks+on+the+Economy.aspx

    Then go to wwww.change.org
    http://www.change.org/petitions/view/we_demand_an_immediate_passage_of_bill_hr_4213_extension_of_unemployment_benefits

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    junior5050 06/29/2010 2:47pm

    I live in Philadelphia and what’s getting me pissed off is that none of the local news OR national news casts that i know of are reporting on this and keeping people afloat about what is happening. i’m so sick of hearing about these god dam senate hearings about this person and that person and also about this freakin oil spill, we get it and we know what’s going on, what i want to hear about is the unemployment news. Im far from being a genius but is it a coincidence or not that the stock market is getting it’s ass kicked due to the non extension of unemployment maybe having a little affect on it being down? I don’t know I guess we have to wait and see.

  • Revolution 06/29/2010 3:22pm

    “When things go wrong as they sometimes will;
    When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill;
    When the funds are low, and the debts are high
    And you want to smile, but have to sigh;
    When care is pressing you down a bit-
    Rest if you must, but do not quit.
    Success is failure turned inside out;
    The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;
    And you can never tell how close you are
    It may be near when it seems so far;
    So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-
    It’s when things go wrong that you must not quit.”

  • Chris51 07/03/2010 10:00pm

    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 07/07/2010 9:12pm

    CNN has actually screened and blocked several comments/blogs that expose the truth about the Republican Senators in regards to the UI Ext bills.

    Here are some stories written with very accurate reporting of the UI Ext Crisis.

    The unemployment emergency
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/05/AR2010070502658.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

    Senate struggles with unemployment benefits
    http://www.csmonitor.com/Money/Tax-VOX/2010/0707/Senate-struggles-with-unemployment-benefits

    Calls to Suicide Hotlines Skyrocket Along with Unemployment
    http://uspoverty.change.org/blog/view/calls_to_suicide_hotlines_skyrocket_along_with_unemployment

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    Chris51 07/08/2010 7:04pm

    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

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    Chris51 07/08/2010 7:05pm

    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

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    Chris51 07/08/2010 7:05pm

    Read and sign this petition on Change.org today if you agree.

    Petition Title: Tell your Senators to vote for an emergency extension of UI Benefits.

    http://uspoverty.change.org/blog/category/employment_unemployment

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