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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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    bizzyazab 07/14/2010 5:18pm

    In these times and all the trials all of you are going thru, my goodness my heart aches, deeply when I think of those of you with children or elderly parents to care for. I am a single 55 yo female who had to chuck everything and move in with her sister and just hope and pray that she can keep being so giving and not throwing me out on the street.Some of you dont even have family to call on, my prayers tonight will include each and every one of you. We as a world …need all the prayers we can get.

  • 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. :(

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    comments5647 07/14/2010 11:44am

    When I think of all the money in the stimulus nonsense they have waisted. I could have divided it all up equally amongst every American and we would be in a better position now. Get rid of the privately held Federal Reserve Bank!!!!

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    pammyz01 07/14/2010 12:23pm

    You know that is very true. I know its far fetched, but you know they could have taken each of us and paid our debts. Would have gotten the banks out of trouble. Thats who we owe most of our money to. Would have helped the housing market. Our credit would have remained intact. We could have continued to spend money because we still had a job. Those loaning us money would still need to make changes so we would not find us in the same situation. What better way to stimulate the economy.

  • rathwac 07/14/2010 9:56am
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    I have lost hope by now. This administration is pathetic. No news coverage-because they support Obama-nothing. Everyone that is faced with no money since June 5th will without a doubt be voting for CHANGE come November. Even as bad as Bush was at times, he would have never let it get to this point. Obama is a disgrace of a President. I have never felt this way even through our worst times in the past. Nothing takes priority over this unemployment issue and the American people in history until we were faced with a President that obviously does not even have a grasp on prioritizing which comes from his inexperience.

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    mikeqhawaii 07/14/2010 11:20am

    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.

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    getdown2010 07/14/2010 3:38pm

    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.

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    hlwritz1 07/14/2010 5:34pm

    I tend to agree with you getdown. My 12 year old daughter just asked me the other day why so many people hate Obama? With everything that is going on in the world right now between the oil spill, natural disaster, the war, the economy, how is one man supposed to fix it? I’m sure if McCain were president all of the world’s problems would be fixed right? If it were up to Obama this extension would have been passed weeks ago!

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    BigCat 07/15/2010 5:01am

    getdown, Obama is as polarizing a figure to the ‘right’ as Bush was to the ‘left’. Simple partisan politics. Americans are just ticked that they didn’t get what they voted for is all. We didn’t really elect someone who will bring the two parties together (as promised). The pendulum has just swung the other way is all.

    I’m still pretty pissed at repubs now (being a Reagan repub). Throwing McCain against Obama was as bad Dole v. Clinton. We didn’t have a prayer.

    Right now, Congress is the problem though. The only way to fix it is to get informed (by more than just CBS & the NY Times), and vote this November. For those super-glued to their computers, get an absentee ballot :-)

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    downandout 07/15/2010 1:20pm


    NEWS FLASH!! Obama already looks bad. His promise of change is coming true…just all the wrong change. Not all his fault, he is just not the right person for the job and has his priorities all wrong. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE should always come first, but that is not his agenda. I know it is not the agenda of the Republicans either. BOTH PARTIES ARE TO BLAME FOR THE MESS THIS COUNTRY IS IN, WE JUST NEED MORE FOCUSED LEADERSHIP TO GET US OUT OF IT.

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    BigCat 07/15/2010 4:47am
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    HA! No rich liberals anywhere eh mike? Good grief. Ignorace may be bliss, but it’s still ignorance :-)

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    comments5647 07/14/2010 11:52am

    SufferingMOM this is not an issue of Democrat or Republican. Both parties are equally responsible for this Depression we are in! They are playing politics with this crisis and we are the ones paying for it. It saddens me you would not stand by a Republican as I was a Republican but for many of the reasons you have very aptly pointed out next time I vote for whoever will support our Constitution and not for what label they wear. If they support our Constitution they will throw out the Federal Reserve Bank along with the greedy bankers and put us back on the gold standard bringing our troops home from these wars we cannot afford which will make so they can put the money back into creating jobs for “We The People”!!!

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    buckbusterdouglas 07/14/2010 3:16pm

    SUFFERINGMOM You go girl that was so well said I saved this and sent it to over 100 people I know on facebook and getting ready to send to another 100 people on myspace GREAT JOB

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    seeker1 07/14/2010 10:41am

    Are you forgetting that 36 Republican Senators and 1 Democrat have consistently BLOCKED this extension? They cry “deficit” as an excuse, and then turn around and bestow billions of dollars more in tax breaks to the rich! I agree that this extension has been unjustifiably and agonizingly slow to materialize— but seriously? Bush and his cronies are why we are all in this financial pit today. After 8 years of Bushenomics, Obama inherited an economic timebomb. Personally, I’m an Independent, but giving the reins back to the Republicans is not the answer, all things considered.

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    artledoux 07/14/2010 10:41am

    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

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    buckbusterdouglas 07/14/2010 3:05pm

    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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

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    missdetra 07/14/2010 10:19am

    JfromtheD……I feel the same way.

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    mikeqhawaii 07/14/2010 11:21am

    i’m worried about this too.

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    getdown2010 07/14/2010 2:20pm

    That’s not funny. Plausible but not funny. Let’s pray this goes the way it should’ve awhile ago.

  • tnkrbllmel 07/14/2010 10:12am

    This is shameful and UNAmerican

  • trynghard63 07/14/2010 10:31am

    Im fed up with the whole lot of them! I pray this is not the change Obama meant when he got elected into office. Just like fa2010 I didnt make it to Tier one and poof everything is gone. I cant even get the people from unemployment on the phone! When the phones arent busy I get a recording saying They are experiancing heavy call loads and for me to try later. OMG this is all just to much!

    Is anyone else here from Alabama?

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    seanurse 07/14/2010 10:44am

    hi not from alabama anymore but was told by a friend who takes the calls from unemployment that their is only one of them answering the phones in each office. I joked one day with her and asked if i could get a job taking calls to help them out and she said the gov. only allows one call person. isnt that a joke with all of us unemployed. so dont call go to the office and smile for the staff so you dont get thrown out of the office. good luck!! thought you might want to know. and their voice mails are backed up for three months, so dont bother doing that either.

  • Jonapoo4u 07/14/2010 10:32am

    i think you guys are right all of you although harry reid atleast brought it to vote he could have handled it with a great deal more urgency.I think im sick of this.YOU ALL have a good week i dont think ill be checking back

  • txgalnokc 07/14/2010 10:35am

    So how do we even know this replacement will vote in favor of the extension?? Lets say they do .. what then?? And what happens if they don’t?

  • tiamo4ever 07/14/2010 10:36am

    What’s another week-end ? To Congress it’s another mini-vacation to relax and not be bothered. I resent the comments that we are lazy, or need to be tested for drugs. Most of us would much rather be working, we know the good feeling it gives us and our bills are getting paid. What the hell was i thinking when i voted some of these (non-caring) idiots in ? I know what the hell i will be thinking come this November. It frightens and overwhelms me to realize who is making decisions for this country anymore, and whatever happened to common sense ?

  • pammyz01 07/14/2010 10:44am

    so, when am I getting my back pay? My drug dealer is hounding the heck out of me? There is a great sale coming up at The Mall and I need new vacation clothes.
    That is what we ALL do with our unemployment benefits, right?
    Just being sarcastic.

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