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Dems Will Have 60 Votes for Passing the Unemployment Extension Bill Next Week

July 12, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Apparently West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin’s chat last night with election attorneys didn’t convince him to go ahead with appointing an interim replacement for Sen. Robert Byrd [D, WV] before the legislature in his state meets on Thursday. Here’s the latest on the situation, from the AP:

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin says he’ll make a temporary appointment to the late Robert C. Byrd’s Senate seat by Sunday.

Manchin said Monday he could announce his pick as early as Friday.

That means this entire week will go by without any Senate work on the unemployment insurance extension bill unless Sen. Ben Nelson [D, NE] or another Republican changes their position on it. It does sound pretty certain that there will be a replacement for Byrd by the beginning of next week, but, in that case, even under the best-case scenario, it will take the Senate until the end of next week to get the bill to final passage. And then the process of implementing the extension in the 50 states begins…

On the bright side, when Congress does finally get the extension done and it is signed into law (most likely during the final week of July), the bill is will allow for benefits to be paid back retroactively to everyone who has been cut off since they expired on June 2nd. By the end of July, 3.2 million unemployed Americans will have had their benefits cut off prematurely due to the Senate stalemate.

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  • ndheath 07/12/2010 7:13pm

    Here is another email from Senator Bob Corker’s office:
    Part 1:
    Dear Mr. Heath,
    Thank you for taking the time to contact my office regarding your support for H.R.4213, the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act. Your input is important to me, and I appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts.
    As you may know, H.R.4213 was a massive and wide-ranging package of tax provisions, unemployment benefits, Medicaid funding, and other proposals. While the contents of the package changed frequently over the course of the debate, the final version totaled more than $83 billion in spending and increased the deficit by $33 billion. I voted to pass and pay for a version of H.R.4213 that included an unemployment benefits extension that was paid for primarily by cutting spending elsewhere, but I could not in good conscience vote for a bill that was not paid for and simultaneously increased taxes.

  • ndheath 07/12/2010 7:14pm

    Part 2
    There are a number of reasonable ways to pay for these extensions, and it is difficult for me to understand why anyone opposes doing so.All versions of H.R.4213, both paid for and not paid for, ultimately failed. At this time, it is unclear when the Senate may consider the various provisions of H.R.4213 again. Please know that the insight and information you have given here will certainly help my staff and me more effectively look into this issue, and I thank you for your input.

    Thank you again for your letter. I hope you will continue to share your thoughts with me as I serve you in the United States Senate.


    Bob Corker
    United States Senator

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    beenblue 07/12/2010 8:25pm

    Word-craft is all Croker is offering,it`s like the x-lax kiss, and the SOB is telling you it`s a Hershey kiss…. These guys think we will swallow any BS they throw out there. This guys IQ does not get him past the third grade,who voted this moron into office…..WAKE UP!!! These self serving pricks need to know that it`s not us that needs to try harder,we left it all in their hands to serve and protect us,the people who put them in office, and pay their way through life,these half wits work for US… and without us their just a smidgen of puffed up blow fish shit look`en for a job… Tell that A-Hole he`s got to up his game, and his cold hearted excuses for being a prick…

  • palinrocks 07/12/2010 7:18pm

    Fate of the Unemployed Still Resting in the Hands of Harry Reid

  • ndheath 07/12/2010 7:19pm

    Clearly he is out of touch! He has approved bills that were not paid for by Congress. What a shame. Lamar Alexander’s® TN office will not even respond to any emails. Keep writing these Senator’s and the governor of WV. Flood their office with emails and phone calls!!!!

  • beenblue 07/12/2010 8:58pm

    No one curses the man who steals bread to feed his family, but if caught you will be punished by the law.This goes out to the welfare man bragging to those who have been left in abject ruin, financially,and emotionally. Whats your point? should we follow by example…. I`m happy you can take care of your family,but I hope you don`t take pride in what you had to do, if anything there should be shame, that in this country, this is what we have been reduced to.Hope things get better for you.

  • beenblue 07/12/2010 9:24pm

    THANK YOU Mr. Shaw for choosing this issue of the unemployed, and keeping us informed otherwise we would be as misinformed, and out of touch as our leaders in Washington.

  • diannahluv95 07/12/2010 10:33pm

    i’m pissed off that tom colburn® keeps pulling out that pic of the lil blonde blue eyed child and asking do we want to see future maggie have to pay for our debts? well hell, do we want to see maggie of today sitting at the kitchen table and there’s nothing to feed her (that’s if she still has a roof over her head) so f**k the BS and let’s get this matter taken care of senators!

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    notstupid 07/12/2010 11:06pm

    VOTE COLBURN OUT. 15,000,000 UNEMPLOYED = 15,000,000 VOTES.

  • hlongacre 07/12/2010 11:10pm

    Lets lay off congress and then have them not get unemployment benefits. See how fast they’d vote for benefit extensions then. It makes me sick.

  • buddyg1 07/12/2010 11:17pm

    The votes to watch are Sen. Olympia Snowe (R, ME) and Sen Susan Collins (R, ME). They actually had the guts to support the stand alone bill in the last vote, and I applaud them for that. It was the combination of Sen. Ben Nelson (D, NE) voting against it, and the missing vote from the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV) that caused it not to pass. With the replacement appointment from Manchin, the bill should pass if nobody switches their vote, and the new senator votes in favor.

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    notstupid 07/12/2010 11:24pm


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    beenblue 07/13/2010 6:26am

    I have got a question that`s like a itch I can`t scratch.. Manchin said he wants the senate seat that he has to fill temporarily.. is this like fix`en your own horse race. What I`m trying to figure out is , does he have to find a politician who doesn`t have ambition, or will he run against the person who helped pass the extension?

  • FredNitz 07/13/2010 12:18am

    One thing that they forget is that we have been paying Unemployment Insurance since we started working. For me it has been for 55 years. What did they do with my money?

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    priscilla692001 07/13/2010 6:05am

    great point

  • maygo1959 07/13/2010 2:32am

    To the guy in NC who now gets welfare. How did you do it? My
    husband has been out of work for 18 monthes and he lost his
    benefits. I applied here in Indiana and my family is not eligible because I make a little more than poverty level.
    My wages are being garnisheed for over $500 a month because
    we returned a van that we could not afford after my husband
    lost his job. They will not consider the garnishment because
    it is not medical. Still this is money we do not have. I have
    three children still in school, 2 of them are over 18 but not
    considered because they are in school. I don’t understand just
    because they are trying to get somewhere in life they have to
    go hungry. All I asked for was a little help with food.I pay for all of our health insurance so that is even more out of my check. I have considered dropping the insurance but my husband and I are both diabetics and have high blood pressure and several other health problems. What can we do???

  • Prattler34 07/13/2010 3:35am

    I guess we’ll just WAIT IT OUT!!!!!! Since most dont’t have any Fu…ing money to do anything else.

  • MelK1969 07/13/2010 4:32am

    I want to know how we get these A-holes to work 52 weeks a year? Give them the normal holidays that other Americans get off of work and that’s it… 3 days vacation AFTER the first year, a week after 3 years of service and so on. I’m just as irritated about the fact that they just had a week off, and 3 weeks off just before that, and now they have the whole month of August off???? WTF? While the unemployed sit in limbo? Makes me want to scream! God help us all that our lives are in the hands of these lazy MF’s.

  • lklinden 07/13/2010 5:06am

    These people can afford to take their sweet time as most of them are millionaires and don’t have to worry about paying a mortgage or putting food on the table….

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    downandout 07/13/2010 6:11am

    Great point. We should all put the pressure on Obama to PERSUADE Manchin to make the appointment NOW. This is ridiculous. The outcome will be the same when he does do this, except MORE people will have lost their homes and possibly their very lives by next week. WE NEED THIS DONE TODAY. OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS GET OFF YOUR ASSES AND DO SOMETHING TODAY!!!!!!!!!!

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    downandout 07/13/2010 9:34am

    Because Obama is more worried about his own agenda. He needs to grow some balls ans speak up for AMERICANS instead of worrying about illegal immigrants,etc. THE UNEMPLOYED SHOULD BE THYE PRIORITY NOW, BUT WE HAVE BEEN THROWN ASIDE BY BOTH PARTIES. THIS COUNTRY IS NOTHING LIKE IT USED TO BE.

  • dedgar 07/13/2010 5:21am

    Does anyone wonder why President Obama and the democratic leaders are not pressuring Manchin to make the appointment? I don’t like thinking this way, but I’m beginning to think this stall tactic is by design. The more Manchin puts off his job (appointing a senator), the more chances the UI extension will not pass before the August recess. I think they (Obama and the Democratic Party) want us (the long-term unemployed) to just ago away. Since we’re not counted anymore, they can falsely claim that the nation’s unemployment rate has improved.

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    helpus 07/13/2010 5:26am

    I don’t see what benefit that this political stall tactic would have to either party. Three Million votes will count come November.

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    jlsmits 07/13/2010 5:29am

    I hear you! all them ppl will have to be replaced. But if you are a Republican, they are only for the rich, and they all stick together!

  • jlsmits 07/13/2010 5:22am

    When a person gets laid off or fired from a job, you can collect UEI, as long as you didn’t break the “RULES”. Those jobs pay for UE insurance, so why does Congress have a vote in this anyway? My husband has been sending in resumes ever since we heard about this and his UE was put on pause. He can’t find work, and no one will hire me right now because I am pregnant with our 3rd child. Our rent was due 2 weeks ago also, and I am glad I have a landlord that will work with us, but what about our electric bill? If our electric gets shut off, the landlord will have no choice but to kick us out. I have been here before, in 2006, and had my daughter with no place to go, so my sis and her hubby took us in for 1 month. I don’t want to go through that again. It was not fun the frist time! Congress-Repubs- you need to pass this bill! AND NOW! People on UEI are looking for work, but you have to produce jobs in the country for us to find work!

  • dennypccc1 07/13/2010 5:26am

    it’s a shame, I have 3 sons in a fucken worthless war, risking thier lifes for what. This is my sacrifice to my beloved country, Now when I need help they just turn thier backs on us. They don’t realize how timing is everything. The delay means loosing cars, no phone In fact I got a job offer out of state HOW THE HELL AM I GOING TO GET THIER

  • nicolep 07/13/2010 5:26am

    I am totally ashamed. I am a single mother of 3 boys. Lost my job and have been on unemployment for months. Unemployment barely made ends meet, but fortunatly I had child-support coming in to help where I lacked. But, my ex-husband lost his job and my support stopped. Luckily, he was able to get unemployment benefits too and was able to pay me at least something. Well, his benefits stopped June 2nd too. So now, I am left with absolutley no income. I applied and was approved for food stamps and medicare for my kids so they don’t go hungry and without medical coverage. I cannot get find a job that will pay me enough to even pay for childcare while I’m at work. I have tried to get help with childcare through DHS for months, but it feels like they are stalling. I am lucky to have a wealthy landlord that is understanding and compassionate with my situation…but who knows for how long. WE NEED HELP NOW!! …we are suffering!!!

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    helpus 07/13/2010 5:49am

    I pray for you and those of you who are in this situation. At one time, I was also raising my children alone and I thank God every day that I was able to provide for them and always have a job. That was many years ago and economic times were different. I am not sure what you were doing before Nicolep, but I used to be a leasing consultant for apartment communities and they gave me discount or sometimes free rent. I’ve been applying for those positions right now too.

  • trynghard63 07/13/2010 5:44am

    If they do not want to give us our unemployment back, then give us a job! I was laid off on Dec 4 2009. Went my 24 weeks of unemployment, and poof no extension. Ive worked all my life, I have applied for any and every job around here. Nothing. Ive applied for min wage jobs, part time jobs. I would honestly take any job offered to me. but nothing! So I say to our president, our congress. GIVE ME A JOB!

  • trynghard63 07/13/2010 5:54am

    Ive sent the emails. Ive told them I didnt ask to loose my job, I didnt ask to loose my home, now about to loose everything, Ive told them I am a single mother, Ive told them I have cancer and now cant even afford my cobra insurance. Ive told them to come here and look my children in the eye and explain to them why I cant find a job and why i cant feed them Ive told them to look my boys in the eye and explain to them why thier mom cant afford her cobra insurance anymore there fore cant have the medical treatments she needs to survive. I have not had not one single email reply. These people do not give a care about any of us. The amount of us to not add up to enpough to make a diffrence. WE put these people in office, now it is time to take them out. We trusted them with making the right choice for us the people, they have made fools of us all. It is time for each and everyone of us to TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY.

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