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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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Displaying 61-90 of 450 total comments.

  • firestorm145 06/30/2010 8:42am

    Everybody call the senators lines leave emails telling them to pass the extension to help the americans that are unemployed. Tell them to not leave the american people hanging. These are the senators that are needed for one vote. All americans are needing your help.Please don’t leave us homeless and without food Our lives depend on you senators voting yes. Please see the americans that need help

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    Iamamerican33 06/30/2010 9:07am

    The last one in Tennessee is EB (Extended Benefits) that follows Tier 4. I am in school and just was finishing up Tier 4 when they stopped us cold. I still have EB coming if this passes and I need this to help me try to pay my bills while I finish school.

  • markb471 06/30/2010 8:48am

    Good editorial in the New York Times.
    Lets see how they react toady.

  • Iamamerican33 06/30/2010 8:54am

    Let us see who has the guts a humane thought process. I am a Democrat, YES, but I am not against Republicans per say. I am only against those that obviously care nothing about the plight of their fellow citizen’s rights to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”. In otherwords… mere help to continue to stand on our own two feet and not have the ground pull out from under us at our most vulnerable time. Let us see who is brave and humane…

  • EmilyGoodall 06/30/2010 8:54am

    The mid-term elections are right around the corner.

    By that time, SEVERAL MILLION unemployed workers who have become unemployed through no fault of their own, will be left without lifeline benefits during the worst recession since The Great Depression. Many of these unemployed will have exhausted personal safety-net resources!

    Does the GOP really believe that SEVERAL MILLION very angry people are going to enhance their mid-term chances?

  • Abaratarrr 06/30/2010 8:59am

    THIS is 4213 again it is not a stand alone bill, REID why will you naot allow a vote for a stand alone bill? People know you are playing games

  • downandout 06/30/2010 9:02am

    It is so sad that the future of unemployed Americans can hinge on one vote. What is wrong with Congress? We deserve better than this. Pass the bill today so that we can have a good July 4th like I am sure all of Congress will. Don’t leave DC until the bill is passed!! And Obama, don’t disappear somewhere before signing the bill!!!!!!!! WE NEED THIS DONE NOW!!!!

  • jgpt777 06/30/2010 9:07am




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    Jonathan_Nicholas 06/30/2010 9:53am
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    He just did, in Wisconsin.

    Actually, he tore into them pretty good… I was impressed.

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    rlaughli 06/30/2010 1:18pm

    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.

  • agm612 06/30/2010 9:11am

    I can’t even start to tell you how sad I am that this is what it has come to. I hope that congress and the people of the United States can focus on providing relief now so that we can have a stable economy in the future. I have voted Republican in the past and would never have guessed that a party could go so far to lose touch with what will help the people at the present moment (there will be no future to deal with if we don’t take care of the here and now). I urge everyone to take a deep breath and remember that we all know someone who is in need right now and we are letting them down if we don’t act to extend a lifeline that so many depend on. Please pass this bill so all of our sisters and brothers can breath a sigh of temporary relief. I have only been out of work for 30 weeks and missed the extension by 1 day. I am diligently and actively seeking work daily. Please, help us to pass this extension today. A thoughtful and right act never goes unnoticed in a time of need.

  • Kerlynne 06/30/2010 9:24am

    What does the bill say that they are trying to pass? Are they going to cut the added on 25$ like the last one they didn’t pass??

  • jwilson04161 06/30/2010 9:30am

    sintor johhn insign worship the devil i really believe this he is from nevada

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    juju39567 06/30/2010 9:41am

    ive heard the same stupid speech from repubs for the last 4 weeks Ensign said that were not an emergency and his state is at 14% unemployment how stupid is that and i dont care if they pay for this or not 15 million unemployed would result in how much taxes collected if everyone was back to work??? my idea is open a roosevelt NEW DEAL type program and start rebuilding our aging infrastructure. rebuild these bridges that are 80 years old and other stuff PUT ME TO WORK ILL HELP REDUCE THE DEFICIT YOU IDIOTS i am now an independant screw repubes screw democrats just DONT SCREW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

  • Americans4America 06/30/2010 9:44am

    Please pass the bill. Unemployment checks are essential because unemployed people need to have basic expenses that is essential for their existence.

    How unemployment check gets spent?
    1) Rent to have a roof over
    1) Food to eat so that we can look for work and don’t die
    3) Internet connection: to look for job in Craigslist, monster, career builder, dice, etc, and so that recruiters can contact us
    4) Phone So that companies can call us and do a telephone interview
    5) Cleaning material: soap, shampoo, laundry, etc so that at interview we look ok and not like a bad person(dirty/uncivilized, etc)
    6) Toothpaste: to clean teeth as there is no dentist
    7) Hair Cut ( I have not got a hair cut in last 5 months)
    8) Other necessities: so that we can live humanly while we don’t have our job.

    To fulfill the above basic list, a survival expense guide for an unemployed, we need to have unemployment.

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    AlmostHomeless 06/30/2010 11:22am

    Add prescription medication this list of necessities, such as heart medicine, anti-seizure meds, insulin, asthma inhalers, etc. Without the Cobra Subsidy, some of us won’t be able to afford our medication, or will be forced to take half-doses. God help us all, especially the children.

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    canonworker60 06/30/2010 3:50pm

    Remember not all those that are unemployed received cobra subsidy, try paying for the regular price of insurance plus co pays on unemployement that is now stopped by the Republicans in power.

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    Revolution 06/30/2010 4:09pm

    Individuals who are eligible for COBRA coverage because of their own or a family member’s involuntary termination from employment that occurred during the period from September 1, 2008 through May 31, 2010 and who elect COBRA may be eligible to pay a reduced premium. Eligible individuals pay only 35% of the premium for COBRA coverage under their plans for up to 15 months. This premium reduction is generally available for continuation coverage under the Federal COBRA provisions, as well as for group health insurance coverage under comparable State continuation coverage laws.

  • dwcstmdznr 06/30/2010 9:49am

    I hope all you unemployed in Nevada have been watching C-span since your republican sernator just gave a speech AGAINST extending benefits. I don’t understand how someone who represents a state with 14 percent unemployment can in good conscience vote against this bill. I figure 14 percent unemployment, 2-3 voter for each he should loose 42 percent of his votes. Say goodbye tyo DC Ensign

  • elbabybroome11 06/30/2010 9:53am

    i read last week somewhere Sen. Lieberman, since he is an independent, would not be the spoiler if one vote was needed to pass the UI extentions… with his vote will that be the 60 we need? do we know his stance on this and if that will effect it passing?

  • CJKell 06/30/2010 9:54am


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    juju39567 06/30/2010 9:59am

    i will be in your shoes soon cjkell im at the end of tier 3 and if passed i will go through the last tier im not a religious person or id be praying for you just a note i went to a gas station and applied for a job and they said theyre hiring. when they seen that i made $21 an hour at my last job they said they didnt want to hire me cause they can only offer $8 an hour and that it wouldnt in thier best intrest WTF OH BUT IM A LAZY BASTARD

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    CJKell 06/30/2010 10:16am

    WOW its like u try and they just shoot u down. i hope u guys get the extension asap juju39567

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    canonworker60 06/30/2010 3:59pm

    If this bill actually does pass how to you get to be a 99’s? Does the extra 20 weeks start after tier 4 or before tier 1?

  • Americans4America 06/30/2010 9:58am

    Why there should be unemployment till unemployment rate fall below 8-9% in California or in any state. I believe that unemployment should continue
    for infinite time till the unemployment rate goes down:

    What are the reasons for my assertion that there should be unemployment till unemployment rate goes down to 8-9%?

    High unemployment rate means
    > more competition for one job,
    > that companies are hiring less,
    > that there are less jobs,
    > that few people are spending as they have less money.

    And my above line justifies the “Tsunamic” situation of economy.

  • Americans4America 06/30/2010 9:59am

    Following lines also justify the “Tsunamic” situation of economy.

    > Less people are spending - means less profit on business and less tax revenue
    > Less hiring from companies as banks are giving less loans as banks have less money
    > companies are hiring less as they don’t have work as there is less people to give them a work or project, and, also, they are not having a big loan
    from the banks as banks have less money or not giving loans as the economy is bad.

    How to solve this?
    > Americans need to spend more, but how Americans could if they don’t even have money for a roof, for food, for shampoo, for toothpaste?

    If there were no unemployment, people will not buy food; as a result, grocery stores will be bankrupt as no one is buying food. More tidal waves will be
    coming…. And when the tidal wave does a significant, monstrous, damage, I guess, then “THEY” will understand.

    Please understand now. See the real picture. Feel the real picture, and give unemployment extension…

  • elbabybroome11 06/30/2010 10:06am

    so i read somewhere last week Se. Joe lieberman didnt want to be the spoiler on the UI bill if only one votes was needed, since he is an independent… would we then have 60 votes? what does his vote mean? Also if this bill sponsered by Reid fails, what happens then to the house bill and the bill introduced by Sen. Brown?

    shaw? anyone?

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    MrHappy 06/30/2010 10:10am

    I assume Lieberman is already counted with the Dems. Still need one more Rep to vote with them since Byrd died.

    If the bill Reid is pushing for fails, I would bet dollars to donuts that the Dems will vote against Brown’s bill for spite.

    The whole thing reminds me of a bunch of 1st graders… but that is being mean to first graders.

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    elbabybroome11 06/30/2010 10:20am

    no no kindergardners, the kids i used to teach were more diplomatic :( thanks for the response!

  • Ktula7 06/30/2010 10:07am

    This should have been done weeks ago! It should be a no brainer! Please pass this bill or we will not have an address to put on one damn check!

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