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June 30, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

A single senator now stands between millions of unemployed Americans and the extension of unemployment insurance benefits they need in order to feed their families and gas up their cars to get to job interviews. The Hill reports:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday said two Republicans will support his new extension to unemployment benefits and that he is hopeful a third and final Republican will eventually back the bill.

“If we had Senator Byrd’s replacement we would have 60,” he told reporters. “We have to wait and see what a couple of Republicans do.”

Reid did not say which Republicans have chosen to support the bill, but one of them is expected to be Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine), who last week said she would support a stand-alone extension of unemployment benefits.

We’ll know later today or tomorrow morning if the Republicans and conservative Sen. Ben Nelson [D, NE] (pictured) are going let the Democrats’ latest attempt at passing an extension, and the last attempt before they leave for July 4 recess, get an up-or-down vote.

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Sniperous 06/30/2010 8:12am
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Sad thing is we are trying to GET 1 more republican to vote to help Americas people in need. Politics really needs to be put aside already. Pass this bill so we can all enjoy a 4th of July.

Rangerfan1 06/30/2010 8:26am

Mr. Shaw,
I will thinking of your hard work and dedication to the multitides of who have turned to YOU for the latest up-to-date information.
You have provided a valuable service that (Fox,CNN,WSJ) combined could not do.
Thank you sir.

lisa2595 06/30/2010 8:15am

Let’s all touch and agree the bill will pass today!!!!. Pray for every senator, congress person and President Obama.

desperatehousewife 06/30/2010 8:30am
in reply to Rangerfan1 Jun 30, 2010 8:26am

Yes i second that vote of thanks for keeping us uptodate on this. I will be praying for a breakthrough, something must change. We need help and we need it today.

rlaughli 06/30/2010 8:39am

You are the man Mr.Shaw thank you for this wonderful service.

Chris51 06/30/2010 3:13pm
in reply to Lanah Jun 30, 2010 11:45am

President Obama did a Town Hall Meeting in Wisconsin today. He said nothing takes priority over helping the jobless people getting back to work, and he wants Unemployment Insurance benefits extended. Watch it on

Obama is smart,and he knows what is needed for this country right now. He knows what not extending UI benefits will do to the economy if a million people can’t pay mortgages, rent, gas, food, bills. The economy will worsen immediately, and the Republicans will make sure his administration gets the blame.
Also, Obama sounds sincere that he is heart broken over the letters he reads daily about unemployed people and the hardship they are facing.

It’s unfortunate for Democrat’s and Americans, that the Republicans are more concerned about executing their strategy to show they’re in control, and get elected in November.

PS: Lanah, thank you for clarifying the numbers and the communication on my earlier comment.

Tteley 06/30/2010 8:24am

If this bill is passed, we will be able to catch up on alot of the past due amounts owed on our bills and continue to seek employment. Its so fustrating trying figure out what will happen next in our life. PLEASE pass this bill!!!!! our lives depend on it for now.

jgpt777 06/30/2010 9:07am




rlaughli 06/30/2010 8:35am

Compromise please just compromise and get this done already, Congress are the terrorists of the unemployed. This whole experience has opened my eyes and made my choices clear for the November elections. If you are an incumbent regardless of party you won’t get my vote. Send a clear and unpartisan message this November America; vote every incumbent up for re-election out. Maybe then they will get the message.

Revolution 06/30/2010 5:00pm

If it wasnt clear before, I think the REPUBLICANs in Congress just declared WAR on their own people and citizens…they dont care and treat our enemies better..there is no excuse for this activity-they are a disgrace to this Country and should be ashamed to have the UNITED STATED in front of their title.

Chris51 06/30/2010 8:31am
in reply to Sniperous Jun 30, 2010 8:12am

• 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. Obama gets it.

CNN and FOX only report on self-interested, with their main story and topics cycling 24 hours. Go to CSPAN

Iamamerican33 06/30/2010 11:26am

Tears…………. God Bless YOU Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. You are speaking w/our voice.

Revolution 06/30/2010 7:38pm
in reply to UIAMERICAN Jun 30, 2010 7:13pm

So am is not disrespectful it is a fact, it is a distress signal and is in support of the Americans who need the support the most. an upside down flag means “send help”….that is what is needed…I have done this in addition to calls, e-mails, blogs, posts etc.. Flying at half staff means you are in mourning..hope is not dead and the fight is not is needed as they are playing games. Obviosuly your choice, its just a suggestion.

Revolution 06/30/2010 5:55pm
in reply to sruthj217 Jun 30, 2010 5:48pm

I hope some make house calls or emergency appointments to go see him.

UIAMERICAN 06/30/2010 7:13pm

Well I can say I am a proud American…. Flying my flag at half staff for the 1.2 million Americans who are suffering sounds better than being disrespectful. Seriously two wrongs do not make a right. So lets not stoop to the level of the Senators who do not support the American people. Let’s get together and bombard them with emails, letters and phone calls. I even write to my local news stations begging them for exposure on this subject. I just don’t understand why it is so hush hush….. If this were 1.2 million people affected by an earthquake there would be a huge outpouring of help and it would be all over the news…. We are we Americans being swept under the rug????

sruthj217 06/30/2010 2:25pm

I want to add this: I got emails today about new job openings in the computer industry and guess what the employers were calling out for to fill them- H1Bs and Visas.
H1-Bs???!! Yes, they were doing a shout-out to all Indians and S. American computer workers to come in and fill these positions on the cheap, instead of Americans. When 1.2 million Americans are out of work looking, they are hiring non-Americans and Congress apparently cares less and is doing nothing.
I have two decades of experience in my field and don’t even get called for interviews. No wonder employers can be so incredibly picky with resumes.
And now Republicans say no money for unemployment, for the displaced Americans looking in a recessed market made harder than ever before.
Does this make anyone angry besides me? If so please call your Congressmen, now is the time or never.

jgpt777 06/30/2010 4:33pm

AND LIT-IT UP!!!!!!!!!! FOR OUR 4TH OF JULY…………..

VOTED NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JohnB 06/30/2010 3:02pm

My response to the republicans: If unemployment makes people lazy, then surely pork, perks and lobbyist make politicians corrupt. Lets end the corruption. Throw the incumbents out.

rlaughli 06/30/2010 1:18pm
in reply to Jonathan_Nicholas Jun 30, 2010 9:53am

I saw that and no he didn’t what were you watching? He can and should call a special session of congress and not let the congress adjourn for the 4th till they get this done….yet he remains silent.

general 06/30/2010 4:27pm


Jonapoo4u 06/30/2010 4:34pm

then let it be a declaration of war

downandout 06/30/2010 12:44pm

As we all remember, after 9/11 the members of Congress worked together as never before. Now, this is no 9/11 in the sense that lives have been lost by terrorism, but lives are still at stake. The lives of children whose parents cannot take care of them because of the unemployment, the lives of people who are becoming suicidal because they see no way out. Congress, come together again. The people who elected you are in need. Pass this bill and get it to the President today.

Sniperous 06/30/2010 8:41am

Talking about it now

Revolution 06/30/2010 11:59am
in reply to DoodleBooMom Jun 30, 2010 11:51am

I agree on the Byrd piece-go read my post I placed on the article regardign byrd on the blog page a few days ago. I do not want to hear ANYTHING other than unemployment assistance being passed from anyone. We wouldnt be waiting for anything if it was passed already but due to Republicans we are wasting more time and going no where. I think URGENCY is what all AMERICANS want not just Democrats..there are also Republicans on unemployment who have families…I want ALL AMERICANS to get the help they need..REPUBLICAN SENATORS are blocking that. You are obviously missing the point on skimmers and college baseball teams…maybe it will sink in later.

jenny2010 06/30/2010 1:00pm

Senator Ben Nelson is the devil incarnate. His selfish values reflect this. Can you believe he voted against the Senate jobs and extended unemployment-insurance bill simply because his state of Nebraska has a low-unemployment rate of 4.9%???
Therefore, Nelson has no obligation to help out unemployed people across the nation because he only has to answer to his constituents. He needs to remember we are one Nation, indivisible.

Iamamerican33 06/30/2010 11:47am

I did not know how Robert Byrd stood on many issues. I am just hearing this now that he is getting such wonderful tributes. BUT… if he is the man of these many tributes, I feel, if he could speak right now, he’d say “Get on with helping these people in need and speak of me afterwards”

Biguns 06/30/2010 10:58am

Let’s get deadly serious for a moment. We are in a deep, financial crisis. Millions of Americans are loosing their Unemployment INSURANCE, today. If we fail to act quickly, our neighbors will loose their homes, their healthcare, their autos, and their ability to feed their families.
Families will be displaced or broken up; Homes will go up for sale or be destroyed in our neighborhoods; people will go without healthcare; some will starve; our social service systems will be pushed until they falter. Every one unemployed person may have a spouse or a child or children, or parent who depends on them. For every one unemployed person, 3, 4, or more may be directly affected by the loss of their insurance. Those who have already lost their Insurance may no longer be counted in the unemployed ranks. The figure could be in the double digit millions and why, because we are worried now about debt? Its time we stand up and fight for the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Revolution 06/30/2010 11:41am
in reply to DoodleBooMom Jun 30, 2010 11:37am

If the Republicans were not stalling, no one would be waiting for them to talk or vote-it would be done..That is my point..the Democrats cant talk about anythign else or do anything else unless the Republicans give some sign that they will support unemployment assistance-thats what the Republicans should be talking about not talkign about South Carolina College baseball teams or skimmers in Florida…UNTIL this is done—they are avoiding it and have been doing so. Everythign else can be a second priority but they stand up there like nothign else is going on pleading for help on non issues. Let them argue/debate etc on anything and everythign after this is done-time is running out.

Chris51 07/08/2010 6:44pm

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.

jgpt777 06/30/2010 8:20am


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