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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 181-210 of 450 total comments.

  • sruthj217 06/30/2010 2:01pm

    WELL this pretty much clinches it in my opinion. Does Congress care about those worst affected and at the bottom of the struggling economy, or only about political wins and the short term wants of those with influence and power?

    I will say this- there will be much more than 1.2 million work displaced Americans affected by pulling funding on these programs.
    The shock waves will work their way all the way up the economic line. As a IT college graduate who for years has rarely been able to find an employer willing to commit longer than 6 months in my area, my only solice will be watching these smug people who criticise the unemployed lose their own jobs as the economy tanks further, and find themselves suddenly one of us.
    Funny how their perspective will change then!

  • Christine58 06/30/2010 2:09pm

    Anyone else besides myself feel like screaming???? When I saw all these was like here we go, another day of being so stressed its hard to stand it. I just tried to get help with my rent and electric and there are so many people wanting help the charities are running out of money.(That’s here in my part of Georgia) What else can we do to convince any senator that this has to go through? I mean this is not for unemployed adults, this is affecting whole families with young children. How can they not care about the children who are in danger of losing their housing or food? I still am filling out applications. I want a job in the worst way so we will have a stable source of income and not be at the mercy of the government.

  • cplstopstick 06/30/2010 2:14pm

    It does go to show how much some politicians do care. I got a email back from Sen. Lugars office this morning telling the he claims to understand the situation that we the people are in but will not support a bill that adds anything to the deficit but yet we can add to the deficit by sending billions to other countries for their disaster and poor relief! I also was told that there are several community support groups to assist with food, too bad my family doesnt qualify. I didn’t ask to be out of a job I didn’t ask to have to be on unemployment and yet I like the thousands of other americans get treated like we are bums and scum of the earth by the people we elected to office the blame goes to both parties and their lack of compromise to help the poor. Hope they have a good weekend while we suffer and worry how we are going to feed our families

  • Ktula7 06/30/2010 2:21pm

    I would ask the question, “you’d think they would just say yes today so that we can finally get some much needed rest”, but then I thought that they have already have taken so long that some people don’t have a bed to rest on, or a home to go to, or a fridge to open already. And the fact that it will surely get worse is just unbelievable. I’d get some rest if someone will wake me from this nightmare!!!

  • Ktula7 06/30/2010 2:23pm

    Haha, right now they’re trying to pass a bill for cruise ship safety LOL. Anyone out there that can even afford a cruise, say Aye LOL Un-frigin-believable!!

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  • 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.

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  • UIAMERICAN 06/30/2010 2:56pm

    The reality is… This delay means we Americans who have not been paid since May 30th, will not be receiving any help till sometime in July. Maybe the 8th if all goes well maybe not till they return from holiday sometime after July 14th. All I can do is pray. GOD please BLESS AMERICA. Please bless all of the Senators with this laying on their shoulders. Please bless all of the Americans who do not even have enough money to buy a pack of hot dogs to attempt to celebrate the July 4th holiday upon us.

  • Ktula7 06/30/2010 2:57pm

    I wrote our congressmen, and I got an email back stating that due to the amounts of emails that they get they are unable to respond to me at this time. I’ve watched all day about the bills that they have passed while millions of Americans remain unemployed. I wonder how much each of these senators makes to discuss this stuff. I have to say, I wasn’t involved in politics before this crisis. But now that I have watched closely, I have realized that they are not putting the important issues first. They waste so much time on so many things and do not have their priorities in order. All of you should watch cspan. You’ll be amazed at what goes on while you sit and wonder where you’re next meal is coming from. That is if your electric hasn’t been shut off or your cable has been suspended.

  • sharrply 06/30/2010 2:57pm

    We can bail out corporate America, but we can’t get a bill passed to extend unemployment. PASS THE BILL – so my son can pay his support for his daughter until he finds something. He’s not getting unemployment benefits after only 6 months of being out of work; can’t get help finding a job until he passes his GED test (missed by 10 points); can’t go back for GED test until the end of July. GIVE ME A BREAK – politicians and politics.

  • Revolution 06/30/2010 2:58pm

    Think he is asking for Cloture vote on unemployment right now…

  • 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.

  • Christine58 06/30/2010 3:11pm

    Hey everyone.. are they voting right now?? Please let God have his way in this and have mercy on us.

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    Rangerfan1 06/30/2010 3:19pm

    Sounds like they are voting RIGHT NOW….
    Everybody, cross ur fingers!!!

  • peytonsplace007 06/30/2010 3:20pm

    They are voting RIGHT NOW. I’m employed and still on the edge of my seat. This is so important for ALL Americans. I hope this passes.

  • Iamamerican33 06/30/2010 3:23pm
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    They are voting on not to debate it anymore. If it passes then they vote on it up or down… I think

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    Rangerfan1 06/30/2010 3:37pm

    I think your are right, it looks as though they are voting to limit the debate

  • Iamamerican33 06/30/2010 3:29pm

    we got Collins and Snow……..hearing alot of ayes but you never know. I am praying……….. cause if this goes through then the actual vote SHOULD go though.

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    juju39567 06/30/2010 3:30pm

    i heard mccain said aye also

  • Christine58 06/30/2010 3:29pm

    I’m afraid to look wonder I have heart burn. Let me know when this is over!(sorry attempt at humor)

  • sruthj217 06/30/2010 3:31pm

    I have never had so much of my life’s future riding on the whim of one rich man.

  • Jonapoo4u 06/30/2010 3:31pm

    im about to crap myself watching this those not in favor of helping should be condemed as enemies of the human race and sumarily executed just my opinion though

  • mojo1951 06/30/2010 3:32pm

    Is anyone keeping a count?

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    juju39567 06/30/2010 3:33pm

    lost count but ive heard 4 ayes from republicans wicker mccain snow and collins maybe more

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    Revolution 06/30/2010 3:33pm

    No-but I do see some smiling…but may not mean anything..alot of them are hanging around to..maybe they will vote right away if this is passed…

  • Jonapoo4u 06/30/2010 3:34pm

    if we get the vote here then what happens? i mean do they have to revote or something or does it just become law?

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