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Just One Vote

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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    UIAMERICAN 06/30/2010 7:42pm

    I am in mourning….hope does seem dead…. even if they get it passed those of us who have not received an unemployment check since the end of May are lost in this mess. . .

  • kathyjo 06/30/2010 7:56pm
    I’m afraid Emails aren’t going to help…..they’ve had THOUSANDS of mails and calls. The Republicans do not care and they don’t think they’ll lose their seat over it either.
  • kathyjo 06/30/2010 8:16pm

    I’m afraid Emails aren’t going to help…..they’ve had THOUSANDS of mails and calls. The Republicans do not care and they don’t think they’ll lose their seat over it either.

    Food stamps is all most will qualify, without kids. Maybe electric assistance.
  • when politicians retire or lose the next election, they get 80% of their salary for life plus free health care. That’s why taxes are so high, we are paying high retirement benefits for all the politicians who no longer work! That’s what should have been cut and not unemployment!
  • reddlocs 06/30/2010 8:24pm

    Waiting till after the 4th of a lie is just ridiculous!!! people’s bills aren’t gonna wait till then!!!! Rent is due the first not the 4th! plus late fees…congress sure aint bout to pay folks fees!! People wont even be able to enjoy their weekend due to this…just a dammed shame!!!!!

  • optic1 06/30/2010 9:39pm

    This bs really ticks me off. They do not care one bit about you. I watched the vote. This is all about them getting re-elected and keeping their jobs come November. The democrats have spent and spent and spent. Ok the unemployment bill is a good idea. If they pass it they can pat themselves on the back come November. Look what they have done for the american people. I bet a few extra dem’s get re-elected. So here come the republicans. They do not want it passed because it is unfunded. That is a load of bull. There hoping that if the Dems can’t pass it they will look pretty bad in November for that reason. And a few more republicans get elected. They are really thinking about you. Yea right.

    Reid really wants to help the american people? Give me a break. After they lose the vote again. Reid gets offered a two month extension and a plan to pay for it so they have 2 months to work this out. But “oh no” he objects. He wants us to starve in the mean time because he won’t spend a dime.

  • MelinFlorida 06/30/2010 9:51pm

    I am a 41year old Unempolyed mother of 2 with a disabled Husband. I have a BA and Have been working since I was 15, I put my self through College still have the student loans to prove it. We are currently being evicted, because the owner lost his house to forclosure. I don’t know where else to turn. If the don’t exstend the unemployment by July 4. My family may be in a shelter. We need Help and we need it now. I know no-one really reads these e-mails, I just wish someone would. I can’t face my children and let them know I FAILED. PLEASE HELP>>>>>>>

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    artledoux 07/02/2010 4:01pm

    You did not fail! They have failed us! Stay strong for your children and your
    husband. I can only guess it is not easy. Stay together as a family, they can’t
    take that from us!
    Art LeDoux

  • optic1 06/30/2010 9:58pm

    Harry Reid check your poll numbers because your gone in Nevada. And what is with all this Model A thinking. 92 year old ex KKK men in the senate. They should all be 40 to 65 years old. Do you realize when Bird was 20 years old they discovered oil in Saudi Arabia. Look where that got us. Now we have Wobama in the White House trying to plug a leak. That guy couldn’t plug his sink with his stopper. He’s gotta go too. Can’t wait for 2012. Did anyone see Reid tonight. Who let him out on a play day from the senior nursing home. he’s really in tune with the average american. LMAO, Well senators enjoy those bbq’s with those thick rib eye’s from the income you earned off the hard working american people. I’m glad your getting a vacation. Happy 4th of July and I hope you choke on those grilled ears of corn because you forgot your dentures. Come November all of you are going on a permanent vacation because I’m voting you out. And I pray your unemployment runs out too.

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    general 07/01/2010 3:55am

    Whatever you do don’t vote for Sharon Angle she is a greater evil.

  • optic1 06/30/2010 10:04pm

    Melinflorida, they US Senate feels for you. They decided this was extremely urgent so they will be back on July 12th after their nice paid vacation. For everyone out their I pray for you because things are not looking good.

  • jpocalips1 06/30/2010 10:18pm

    We can all sit here,piss and moan,or take a stand now. If we allow these ass-clowns,that claim to represent us continue to get away with this crap,we deserve our fate,it is our right to remove a corrupt a government.They refuse to support the will of the people,in my opinion that is a form of treason,if we are in fact, still a Nation founded on, for the people,by the people. We are taxed without representation,we are lied to on a daily basis,we watch our own countrymen go hungry and homeless, we are on a fast track to becoming slaves people.I urge every American to make a stand now, and take this great nation back, let your voices be heard. We still are a sleeping giant, it’s our people that make this country great, pull together as one, and send a message to Capital Hill, we are not going to allow you to run America into the ground any longer.This is still the land of the free, and home of the brave,we will not be governed by tyrants any longer. It is our right people,our country.

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    artledoux 07/02/2010 4:03pm

    You are right, and we cannot do it with a vote!
    Art LeDoux

  • general 07/01/2010 4:06am

    The news is actually starting to cover our plight keep talking people.

  • Halelouya 07/01/2010 4:38am

    I don’t know how those bastards can enjoy their recess and celebrate the 4th of July. Do they know that America is not celebrating? Do they know that we cant even afford to buy bread while they are enjoying their time?

  • jenny2010 07/01/2010 8:41am

    Just like life itself, there is GOOD and EVIL in the Senate. God bless the Senate.

  • artledoux 07/02/2010 4:06pm

    A new tent city is being erected at Sharon Angle’s ranch, if we get enough people
    she cannot stop us!
    Art LeDoux

  • Chris51 07/06/2010 1:34pm

    Great reporting on YouTube.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ljoh5oW1Yb8

    This news reporting, the debates on CSPAN, and OpenCongress.com help give the public a close-up look at our cRepresentives job incompetence.

    Congress should draft up a “Fairness To Jobless Citizen’s Act”, that would remove incompetent Senators and be required to replace them with an unemployed American that will appreciate the job opportunity, work hard and will be effective for The People.

  • Chris51 07/07/2010 9:08pm

    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 6:42pm

    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 07/10/2010 2:40pm

    Top 10 Interest Groups giving campaign contributions to this Member of Congress in 2008: Lobbyists & Public Relations $37,060; Employer listed but category unknown $15,150; Public works, industrial & commercial construction $9,200; Attorneys & law firms $8,750; Health care institutions $7,150; Food wholesalers $6,200; Business services $6,100; Agricultural services & related industries $5,000; Consumer electronics & computer stores $4,100; HMOs $4,000

    FreedomWorks supplied much the organization and material used by The local Tea Party groups. In early summer 2009 FreedoWorks sent out a "Health Care training kit… Organization and material used by The local Tea Party groups. In early summer 2009 FreedoWorks sent out a “Health Care training kit,” containing three questions about health care it urged supporters to confront lawmakers with at town hall….
    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Americans_for_Prosperity

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 2:41pm

    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

    http://www.wvcoal.com/ 2007 data
    Chevron Total coal production: 12.1 million tons
    ExxonMobil Total coal production: 2.1 million tons

    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 2:41pm

    Sharron Angle a Tea Party favorite:
    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 2:42pm

    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….

    FreedomWorks (FreedomWorks funders for Tea Party ;)

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

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 9:20pm

    Republicans (and Ben Nelson, D-NE) 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 todays workforce to do more job responsibility with no more pay.

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 9:20pm

    Republicans (and Nelson D-NE)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 todays workforce to do more job responsibility with no more pay.

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    Chris51 07/11/2010 9:16pm

    FreedomWorks(Tea Party) has big money donations. Oil&Gas Industry Special Interest group contribute 80%+ to Republicans. Koch Industry lead in contributions. Senators will be listen to them, not the cries of the average Americans. Here are donation recorded. The unemployed dont have Lobbyist and Special Interest groups. This is how it appears for Democrats and millions of average Americans. NO MONEY, NO VOICE, NO CRUMS.

    Total individual contributions by party, 1989-2010
    The following individuals contributed at least $50,000 to federal candidates and parties during one or more election cycles while affiliated with the organization. Based on data released by the FEC on June 13, 2010
    Koch, Charles&Elizabeth Total $494,700 Soft Money $0 Democrats $1,500 Republicans $298,200 Democrates 0% Republicans 60%
    Koch, David&Julia Total $2,009,095 Soft Money $1,222,500 Democrats $0 Republicans $1,911,095 Democrats 0% Republicans 95%

  • 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.

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

  • Chris51 07/10/2010 6:37am

    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 07/11/2010 9:37am

    Governer Machin like most Americans. He wants to preserve the job he has(Politician), and advance his career. He is probably making decisions by listening to political power and money. Does anyone really think he or any of the SENATORS who have stood in the way of passing Unemployment Insurance Extension to the millions who need it, are losing any sleep?

    The worse SENATORS are the ones who are probably lining their pockets big time right now by being the one vote that completely blocks UI Bills from passing. That would probably be Senators like Ben Nelson and Jim Bunning on the obvious ungly corrupt Senator list.

    The millions of ordinary Americans that have been forced into unemployment lines may not have very much money, or even empathy from other fellow employed Americans at this point, but you have the power of your vote in November. Take names, and make sure you make it to that appointment.

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