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Reid Sets Tentative Unemployment Extension Vote for Tuesday

July 14, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Politico reports:

Reid told reporters Wednesday that West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin has promised to name an interim replacement for the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) this weekend. The new senator, combined with pledges from Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine to support the revised unemployment bill, would give the majority leader the filibuster-proof 60 votes that he needs to begin moving it to President Barack Obama’s desk.

“If Governor Manchin does what he has indicated to me he will and we’ll have a new senator to replace Senator Byrd, then we’ll vote Tuesday morning sometime on the unemployment extension,” Reid said.

As I reported last night, Majority Leader Harry Reid [D, NV] could have pushed for this to happen faster. He could have rushed the swearing-in of Sen. Robert Byrd’s [D, WV] interim replacement and kept the Senate in session over the weekend to get this done. Instead, he’ll adjourn the Senate on Friday and maybe take up the bill on Tuesday.

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Displaying 1-30 of 193 total comments.

Emeliz 07/14/2010 8:57pm

Sent this tonight. Mr. Reid, thank you for caring about the unemployed middle class. Blogs are full of people that are hurting, angry, and disappointed about Congress and the Senate’s inability to pass the extension for unemployment benefits. Please know that we are aware of the arguments that put us in a negative light. We see spending for other issues that have higher priority than our families out of work with few jobs available. We do not understand how the future generations of Americans are more valuable than the children and families that are living in this bad economy today. Please get this bill passed this very week. We have waited and suffered and watched our representatives go home, go on vacation, stall and suggest we be drug tested. I do not feel entitled to this help, I am just glad it is there while we all figure out how to survive this economy. God bless you and the American families that need the respect, aid, and attention of our government.

virtualbox2800 07/15/2010 6:36am

Many people have lost hope on the unemployment extension. How in the world are you goin to find a job if there are no jobs out there? Not only that, employers are taking advantage of this high unemployment and only offering short contracts with no health benefits. This is just so frustrating. This unemployment extension must be approved. It is long overdue.

JfromtheD 07/14/2010 10:04am

Good grief. I swear, the way things are going it wouldn’t surprise me if the replacement votes against the extension.

mikeqhawaii 07/14/2010 11:20am
in reply to SufferingMOM Jul 14, 2010 10:38am

you go girl.

if we had to wait on the republicans to help us we’d all be on welfare now with no hope at all. afterall, the republicans have tax credits they need to ensure are extended to the wealthy.

aloha and good luck you and your family.

seanurse 07/15/2010 5:19am

HEY HERES ANOTHER THING, DID ANYONE SEE THE NEWS WHERE THEY REPORTED ABOUT THE METAL BARRIER CONTRACT FOR THE MILITARY. OUR GOVERMENT WASTED BILLIONS AN EQUIPMENT THAT DIDNT HOLD UP AND MEN HAVE DIED BECAUSE OF IT. THIS IS THE MISMANAGEMENT THAT COULD HAVE PAYED FOR OUR UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSIONS. THIS -- HAS TO STOP . OBAMA NEEDS TO GET HIS STAFF AND MILITARY CONTRACTS CLEANED UP AND FAST. WHAT A WASTE. WE NEED A WAY TO GET TO VOTE ON MAJOR ISSUES AS FOR SENATORS PAY AND PERKS. THEY SHOULD NOT GET PAY RAISES UNLESS WE VOTE ON IT. THE AMERICAN PUBLIC.i BELIEVE THE SENATORS SHOULD TAKE A50,000 CUT IN SALARY UNTIL THE ECONOMY RETURNS AND JOBS ARE A PLENTY.

getdown2010 07/14/2010 3:38pm
in reply to mikeqhawaii Jul 14, 2010 11:20am

It doesn’t make any sense that they blame Obama. He has no power in passing unemployment. The republicans are hell bent on making Obama look bad.

tnkrbllmel 07/14/2010 10:12am

This is shameful and UNAmerican

fa2010 07/14/2010 9:52am

Yet another delay. I don’t believe a word out of anyone’s mouth in Congress. As much as I blame the Republicans and Ben Nelson – for blocking this, I blame Reid for not putting this on the front burner and getting it done. It’s almost like they are hoping for their next break to come and it still won’t be done and we’d all forget about it while they take a month off. Fire them all and let’s start over with a brand new Congress. I’m changing my affiliation to Independent and rethinking the way I vote come November. I’m a 26 weeker that was denied Tier I because I got laid off 2 weeks too late. Republicans want to worry about the deficit and my grandchildren. Well what about my 4 year old and taking care of him today? What’s better – extend my UC or have me on welfare and food stamps? OK might Republicans, you hate me because I am not a rich white male…I get it. You can stop torturing us now. :(

bobbybixler 07/14/2010 10:35am
in reply to emd Jul 14, 2010 9:38am

Well, let’s allow Reid to get his lobbyist money flowing too. These guys are all about exchanging favors, greasing the money well, etc. So not surprising they are going to wait a couple more days to get more ducks in their row. We keep thinking there is some moralistic challenge here. There is none, just power, money, and special interest and a bipolar government. These people get elected because of their personality and dedication to one-sided causes, not because of their independent intelligence. Plus they are not going to approve anything that goes beyond November so they can use this issue again to get their election causes voted through. I know we want all these people voted out, but Freshman Senators for the most part start out with good intentions and end up sucked in by the power and money—it’s the system—don’t expect it to change anytime soon.

firestorm145 07/14/2010 9:43am

Senator Reid: We need the vote now or over the weekend. People are desperate. They are losing everything. Help the Americans!!

close2homeless 07/14/2010 9:59am

Reid will go home for yet another comfortable weekend, after a weeks vacation while the rest of us are fighting off the creditors and begging our mortgage company for just one or two more weeks. It is obvious, he cares nothing about what is happening to the citizens of this nation, nor do those who kept a fillubuster going for so long on this bill. There are no jobs to be had or I would have one. Thanks for so little Reid, like one weekend of your time would be too much for the citizens of this country to ask of you.

bigbufordsdad 07/14/2010 9:47am

MAYBE tuesday? thats no better than any of the other MAYBES we’ve been hearing. when it doesnt happen and americans are at their lowest, MAYBE we wont shoot him first…..

Brooklyyn 07/14/2010 9:55pm

The disappointment & sadness I feel is overwhelming. I am going to sleep tonight having lost all hope. I pray this isn’t the “change” all those in power have promised. The only change I’ve experienced is struggling & stressful. Surely that isn’t the “change” they were promising, right? I wonder if they even take the time to read these blogs? Potted meat & moldy light bread isn’t so bad I suppose. I’m truly heart broken…:-(

tiamo4ever 07/15/2010 2:44am

It blows me away when Obama or any gov’t. official says our economy is improving ! Honestly i think , they think, we are a bunch of dumb-asses. On NBC last night Brian Williams reported the truth- it will be at least six (6) years or longer for us to see any improvement in the economy. I wonder why that is ???? We know about the bail-outs (huge mistake), Wall Street crooks, Businesses going abroad, taxing everything: need a new roof (tax)a back yard shed (tax) a can of pop (tax) our freedoms are getting less and less. Katrina was horrible, the Gulf is beyond horrible, get out of Afghanistan and Iraq (now).. How you Vote will be one of the most important decisions you make.. IF the extension does not pass, i think the situation is going to get very ugly, people are desperate and angry with the decisions being made.

helpus 07/15/2010 3:34am
in reply to tiamo4ever Jul 15, 2010 2:44am

I come from the generation that protested the Vietnam war and all the politics of the Nixon era. I know that we of this generation are older now, but what has happened to our spirit? Politics on both sides, Democratic and Republican, have deteriorated and operates without ethics. Living in the state of Illinois, one just needs to look at our former elected officials who are serving prison terms or soon will be, i.e. Blagojevich. I think that the only way to get this administrations’ attention for any kind of positive change is mass protest. That was the only way that people won equality, voting rights, liberty, etc. Let me bring up an old term used back in the 60s “The only solution is revolution”.

buckbusterdouglas 07/14/2010 3:05pm
in reply to rathwac Jul 14, 2010 9:56am

Rathwac, I think you forgot one important fact that the BUSH sr and jr president ran the deficit to 3 TRILLION dollars in their fucked up 8 years in office, where still in a 9 year war that we will never win, you know another Viet Nam , Poor Obama had all this shit on his plate the very day he took office thanks to dumb and dumber, and if it wasn’t for Obama putting the money back into the economy you would be at the soup line instead of reading this!!!!!!! GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT

Ktula7 07/14/2010 1:40pm
in reply to ams623 Jul 14, 2010 12:59pm

I agree that this is in no way President Obama’s doing. He is trying to get s out of a mess that took 8 years to make. The Bush Administration created such a horrible, unforgiving mess. And people have forgotten what they did to this country. People forget far too easily and I hope that isn’t what happens when all this is said and done. For once, we need to hold the people that are the ones RESPONSIBLE for the mess, responsible.

TrueBlueAmerican1 07/14/2010 1:10pm

YES, WE ABSOLUTELY NEED TO REMEMBER WHO THESE WICKED ONES ARE THAT VOTED AGAINST EXTENSIONS. THEY NEED TO BE OUSTED FROM OUR GOVERNMENT!!!!!!!

DrSnark 07/15/2010 5:54am

Folks! Empower ourselves! Time to move from Comments & calls to senators who view us as collateral damage TO focusing our energy on action – in the streets! In numbers that lamestream media can’t ignore. NO mention of EUC on Network News? OUTRAGEOUS! We may be broke & depressed but we’ve got to start making noise OUTSIDE of the internet. ACT-UP in the 80s re-defined activism, FORCED politicians to deal with AIDS, got drug companies/FDA to push treatments through. The sick were stigmatized then as we are today & most sheepAmericans still don’t care about anything unless it affects them directly. I search daily for signs of a March SOMEWHERE – I know DC is far away but People! Time to turn off the computers and get into the streets, even locally/multi-site, in numbers that CAN’T be ignored! THINK about it, Nov will be too late for many of us. Fewer AIDS folks made louder roar than we millions, and they were DYING. A call to action: ACT UP, FIGHT BACK, NO VACATION RECESS TILL 5618 PASSES!

TrueBlueAmerican1 07/14/2010 12:45pm

THE SENATE JUST GOT BACK FROM A VACATION PAID FOR BY US. The least they can do to grant relief to MILLIONS OF AMERICANS who are waiting for them to take action in our behalf and pass unemployment extensions, is to STAY AT WORK UNTIL THEY GET IT DONE! We have bills to pay and many of us are hungry.

KittenCat 07/15/2010 9:59am

All this stalling has gotten really pathetic! I am ashamed of our congress at this point and I hope alot of Americans see what is going on and how the unemployed are being used as mere pawns for their own political gains! I read that the latest polls of voters SUPPORT the unemployed getting the extended benefits, even if it has to add to the deficient! My ex-mums-in-law is in the House of Rep./Repub. and I’ll tell ya, alot of these people are old money and just don’t give a hoot about Anyone!I raised my sons BETTER than that I am proud to say! One is going into 3rd Yr.Med. School/fully paid Scholarship(thank God!) and at least he will not be going thru what is mums is!They SHOULD WORK THRU THE WEEK-END!They get so many spiffs in their jobs! Unbeleivable!

tiamo4ever 07/15/2010 2:56am

The Huffington Post is great keeping current on the extension:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/14/unemployment-deficit-polls-voters_n_646600.html

emd 07/14/2010 9:38am

Good news but long overdue. Thanks, Donny

Norwalkhills 07/14/2010 6:54pm

It starts when Companies outsource our jobs to other Countries. Then you get laid-off from your job. Then you apply for a new job, but it pays 50% less and 200 people are up for the same job. Better yet, you work all your life and find yourself in your early 50’s with many years of experience and no one wants you anymore. You get out of bed and read they want to raise the retirement age to 70! We need the Politicians to understand that just because there are checks left in the checkbook, doesn’t mean the money is there to back up there spending. I think Congress should work work unemployment wages until they can balance, without taxing us further. Pretty soon, my dollar is going to be worth 40 cents. Oh yeah, then I have to work for 35,000 a year if I can find someone to hire me before I turn 70 or die!!!

ToniB23 07/14/2010 4:22pm
in reply to MTeinert Jul 14, 2010 3:34pm

I thinks you should be more considerate of people needs, When your rent is do and you have no way to pay it it becomes EXTREMELY STRESSFUL. Also when you get your lights or water cut off and you have small children at home how do you explain to your kids that its because Mom or Dad have not received their UI benefits that the family depends on. When the UI benefits start back up, most people are behind on there bills and will have to use ALL OF it to catch up. I feel like orders that Congress has no urgency to get the bill voted on and signed into law. Please keep in mind that Congress just went on week break and has only been back for 3 days and now are taking the rest of the week off. PS if it doesn’t get sign by the end of the month Congress will be on Summer back for a month so THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA WANT SOME RELIEF THAT THIS BILL WILL BE SIGNED BEFORE THE END OF THE MONTH.

virtualbox2800 07/14/2010 3:45pm

It’s the good old saying: You scratch my back while I scratch yours. In the meantime, let the American people suffer.

OMG, just sign that extension bill! Stop playing with people’s lives.

rathwac 07/14/2010 9:59am

Vote for change in November. This is a classic example. Why would anyone wait until Sunday to vote someone in-Where is Harry Reid? Everyone was on a nice little vacation and are still on vacation-voting for things that do not have the importance of this bill. He is another one of Obama’s pathetic losers!

artledoux 07/14/2010 10:41am
in reply to rathwac Jul 14, 2010 9:56am

If Bush were in office we probably would not have had more than one extension.
If you remember the last recession that’s all he allowed. They just don’t
care about us(Both party’s)
Art LeDoux

planet855 07/14/2010 7:19pm
in reply to Norwalkhills Jul 14, 2010 6:54pm

Yep, I’m 54 and have been doing what I do for over thirty years. My company decided to outsource and break up into small subsidiaries which everyone was fired. After a year and three months I finally got my first interview for a technical support rep in a call center. $10 an hour, my retirement spent due to the lapse of unemployment and now starting all over again.

I see that everyone is concerned about the jobs leaving the country. What would stop this is passing HR-25 (the Fair Tax Plan). I’m not going to even try to explain it here but I am convinced that this would bring our jobs back.

Ktula7 07/14/2010 1:34pm
in reply to jgpt777 Jul 14, 2010 1:04pm

All Republicans but one! Now we know how to vote in November and always!!!

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