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What the Introduction of the Stand-Alone UI Bill Means

June 28, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Just a quick note here regarding the new, stand-alone unemployment insurance bill in the Senate and what its introduction last week means for the prospects of getting an extension passed. To be clear, the fact that it has been introduced does not in any way indicate that the congressional leadership intends to move on it. Any senator can introduce any bill on any issue they choose. They don’t need consent from anyone else — they simply draft it and drop it in a box. Senate workers then assign it a number and file it away with the tens of thousands of other bills that have been introduced this session. The vast majority of bills in Congress never go anywhere in the legislative process, and only about 4% of the bills that are introduced in a given session become law.

Now, since, in principle at least, this is a proposal that the majority of the Senate supports, and one that they are getting bombarded with constituent emails and phone calls on, this bill is far more likely to become law than most. But it still needs leadership support to move forward. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid [D, NV] (pictured) makes the ultimate call on what does and does not come to the Senate floor for debate and votes. Right now, he has chosen to move onto the Small Business Credit Initiative Act, instead of continuing with the unemployment issue. Reid could call on the new stand-alone bill next, or he could choose not to because he may want to try to save precious Senate time and roll it in with other issues (like the Dems tried to do with the failed H.R. 4213). As Mike Lillis at The Hill reported last night, the Democratic plan for now still seems to be to keep the unemployment insurance extension together with other “must-pass” items, specifically aid for cash-strapped states struggling to pay fro Medicaid.

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Displaying 91-106 of 106 total comments.

  • UnemployedAmerican2010 06/29/2010 6:06am

    I JUST CALLED MY UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICE. THE LADY TOLD ME DON’T BOTHER CLAIMING EVERY WEEK ANYMORE. SHE SAID SHE “HEARD” THEY WILL LOOK AT IT IN THE SUMMER BUT THAT’S JUST A RUMOR. ARE THEY GOING TO LOOK AT THE BILL AGAIN THIS WEEK? OR IS SHE RIGHT ABOUT US HAVING TO WAIT UNTIL SUMMER? I HAVE AN INTERVIEW TOMORROW FOR A JOB THAT ONLY OFFERS ME PT WORK AT 8.00/HR…THAT MEANS I WILL BE BRINGING IN ABOUT $100/WK. I’M HOPING AND PRAYING I WILL GET HIRED JUST LIKE EVERY JOB I HAVE BEEN APPLYING FOR FOR THE LAST 7 MONTHS.

  • Jap0220 06/29/2010 6:07am

    I for one am getting sick of all of this. Why didn’t we put term limits on Senators?! No one person should be allowed to stay in office so long. There should be an amendment made that states Senators are not allowed to serve more than 2 terms. This is my guess, but I’m thinking this bill wouldn’t be an issue and would have passed long ago if it weren’t an election year.

  • sruthj217 06/29/2010 6:57am

    Apparently there’s money in Congress to teach Afghanese citizens how to use computers, but nothing available to help American families who have had their jobs outsourced:

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128167900&sc=fb&cc=fp

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 6:50am

    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.

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 9:55pm

    Oil & Gas Industry, history of strong influence in Washington. Individuals and political action committees affiliated with oil and gas companies have donated $238.7 MILLION to candidates and parties since the 1990 (Bush Senior term) election cycle, 75% of which has gone to REPUBLICANS…
    Former oilmen George W. Bush and Dick Cheney occupied the White House for 8 yrs, the oil and gas industry could not win support for repealing bans on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. However, Congress voted in 2008 to lift a ban on offshore drilling… Read full story: http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/indus.php?ind=E0

    Drilling bans were lifted during Bush’s last months in WhiteHouse in 2008. The After consumers & transportation industry & economy felt the pain of $1-$2 price hikes of gas, during Summer 2007. It was “the straw that broke the Camel’s backs”, PUTTING USA/AMERICANS INTO TAIL SPIN.

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 9:56pm

    Top 5 Contributions from Oil&Gas Industry 2009-2010:
    1 Koch Industries $724,300 14% Dems, 86%Repubs
    2 Exxon Mobil $548,214 13% Dems, 87% Repubs
    3 Chevron Corp $516,891 18% Dems, 82% Repubs
    4 Valero Energy $467,000 17% Dems, 83% Repubs
    5 Marathon Oil $378,190 23% Dems, 76% Repubs

    Tea Party Movement benefits from millions of dollars from conservative foundations that are derived from wealthy U.S. families and their business interests. Money flowing primarily through two conservative groups: Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks. FreedomWorks receives substantial funding from David Koch of Koch Industries, the largest privately-held energy company in the country, which make substantial annual donations to conservative org…
    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Tea_Party_movement_funding

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 9:56pm

    Letter was written to Senators:
    On behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to carefully consider all aspects of H.R. 4213…

    If the bill comes to a vote as currently formulated, we encourage you to vote NO, and will track the vote on our Economic Scorecard….

    Signed FreedomWorks President and CEO
    (FreedomWorks funds Tea Party ;)

    http://www.freedomworks.org/publications/freedomworks-to-senate-remove-job-killing-taxes-fr

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 9:57pm

    Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle:
    If you’ve been following the ongoing Senate campaign of Nevada hopeful Sharron Angle, you know that she’s sick and tired of the long-term unemployed taking home all of those cushy unemployment benefits. Angle’s angle is that these millions of Americans are just living large on the dole and need to have their unemployment benefits terminated so that they will be motivated to go out and get a job — one of the millions of magical jobs that exist in Sharron Angle’s mind!
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/30/sharron-angles-unemployme_n_631350.html

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 9:58pm

    Republicans only care about one thing, their own job preservation. Reps are working hard to win November’s election with the help of Tea Party Movement (FreedomWorks) and their BIG CONTRIBUTIONS FROM SPECIAL INTEREST.

    Oil&Gas Industry Contribution 2009-2010
    Koch Industries $724,300 14% Dems, 86% Repubs

    Kosh has made big contributions to FreedomWorks, a non-profit that funds Tea Party. These 2 organizations are putting a great deal of pressure on Senators to not support UI Ext. with stimulus that require corporations to help pay back through taxes.

    Most big corporations have made record profits this year by cutting jobs long-term. They started layoffs in 2007, and putting millions of Americans on unemployment.

    They created the business mantra of “DO MORE, WITH LESS”, causing today’s workforce to do more job responsibility with no more pay.

  • jbbeesley 06/29/2010 8:03am

    What really makes me sick, is they don’t want to pass this bill… Who do they think is going to vote for them to go back in office?? Me… the unemployed… I am a registered Republican and I am absolutely ashamed of what they are doing to us right now.. I worked for a Mortgage company that the government closed and was forced to become unemployed. Im an intelligent person and have college under my belt and yet after all the applications there hasn’t been any calls for an interview.. After this check it will be the last of monies and it pays my bills.. My car payments, my transportation to help find a job.. So if I am homeless and no car, how am I going to find a job?? How is this going to help me, a loyal american… If this bill doesn’t get passed, what american is going to vote on a senator knowing they don’t have the american interest at heart?? Senator Reid, this will be your last term in office….

  • 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

  • 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.”

  • Rolanda 06/29/2010 6:54pm

    Now this is just plain ridiculous!!!!!! They need to pass this bill and quit having us look for ways every day to feed our families. Summer is here, and crime is rising again. Shit like this makes u want to go rob somebody or sell some ass!!!!!! They sit up there acting like they care about the deficit. All they gotta do is print some more money up. People on the street print money all the time.

  • Chris51 07/03/2010 9:59pm

    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

  • Chris51 07/08/2010 9:56am

    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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