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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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    Ktula7 07/14/2010 1:34pm

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

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    Ktula7 07/14/2010 1:40pm

    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.

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    tropical55 07/14/2010 2:41pm

    These weinies abstained so they could have it both ways:
    Sen. Christopher Bond [R, MO]
    Sen. Jim DeMint [R, SC]
    Sen. Pat Roberts [R, KS]

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    Ktula7 07/14/2010 2:58pm

    They are just Republicans without balls!! The rest of them are just a bunch of dicks. LOL Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself when you referred to them as “weinies” :) Love it!

  • 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!!!!!!!

  • artledoux 07/14/2010 1:31pm

    It’s funny how Harry Reid said Obama needs to be more forceful, like the pot
    calling the kettle Black! They really both needed to get the fire going and
    failed! It won’t look good for either in the future. Imagine how it will be
    with Angle in there if she beats Reid? She thinks we are all lazy and on vacation.
    This country really has gone to hell. If it keeps going we’ll be in a state of
    Anarchy!
    Art LeDoux

  • Ktula7 07/14/2010 1:32pm

    I believe that it’s both the Democrats and the Republicans. More Republicans voted no on the bill because they say they don’t want to add more debt, however, they are the ones that never hesitated on bailing out Wall Street and the large banks where ceo’s gave themselves huge bonuses out of the same stimulus funds that the Democrats won’t use to fund the unemployment. Why can they spend so much of this stimulus money on rich, corporate America, but they can’t save the unemployed working class from losing everything? They all played a part in this mess. Yes, Harry Reid and Sherrod Brown have been working diligently on getting this bill passes and I do believe that they are in touch with what is going on. So, at least the Democrats aren’t giving up on us. The Republicans no only gave up, they never gave in. Democrats seem to be the lesser of the two evils.

  • hawk1717 07/14/2010 1:52pm

    Maybe it should be a prerequisite that anyone running for the congress should have to spend 2 years on a limited income (even those born with a silver spoon in their mouths). Maybe a little empathy would change their attitudes.
    Along with that, I don’t want someone with a “spotless” life in the congress or as president. (Notice I don’t capitalize congress or president). I want someone who HAS made mistakes in their lives representing me. If their lives are spotless, they’ve been good at hiding things…after all,no one is perfect.
    Pass the damn bill ! We’re living like paupers and no one seems to care…and I HAVE been actively seeking (provable) employment.

  • louise36 07/14/2010 2:00pm

    I am so sick and tired of all of this (just like the rest of the unemployed). We can’t wait another week, hell we can’t wait another day. I’m tired of the rich getting tax breaks, I’m tired of banks, I’m tired of big businesses and I have had it w/ these millionaires (yes that is correct millionaires) in the senate. They seem to have forgotten that they were voted in to their position by US and they work for US. The senate is like an elementary school. The Republicans are bickering about the Democrats and vice versa. Peoples lives are at stake while they are playing the blame game. I want to know why we don’t matter. I want these bastard “no” senators to tell us why we don’t matter.

  • tropical55 07/14/2010 2:05pm

    Guess I’ll have Sen. Reid pay my overdue rent, buy my much needed groceries and gas up my car and I’ll repay him next week. It’s difficult for multimillionaires to realize that we, the little people, need our unemployment benefits for our day to day survival. No luxuries, no frills, just barely the basics.

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    Kerlynne 07/14/2010 2:13pm

    I hear you >> TROPICAL55. Basics is all I have though I did splurge on a candy bar today!! Which cut into my gas money but not going anywhere kinda makes the gas last longer…. sigh

  • Comm_reply
    seeker1 07/14/2010 2:15pm

    Sen. Reid is NOT the problem, for the zillionth time. The problem is the REPUBLICAN filibuster! The delay is dead wrong, yes, and real people are hurting, but don’t misrepresent the facts, unless you’re a Republican troll and you’re trying to shift blame to the Democrats, who have been the ONLY people in the Senate who’ve been on the side of the unemployed during this extension madness.

  • Kerlynne 07/14/2010 2:18pm

    okay I am just saying… are they taking away the $25 a week extra the stimulus money was giving us?? Damn it they need to give us what we had before or better add on to the stimulus money they were giving us!!

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    Ktula7 07/14/2010 3:07pm

    Well, right now they’re not giving us anything. Don’t you love the word “tentative”? They have said here before that it looks good for passing this bill and then something always happens to once again stall. And then what do our Senators do when they stall? Well, they go on break of course. Don’t forget, they leave to go on their breaks in a few weeks. And with other items on the agenda, they have one more shot at passing this bill. I would love to tell you that worrying won’t get it here any quicker, but then I’d be a hypocrit. We all may not agree, but are here for the same reason. We vent, we stress, and we worry. Not just for ourelves but also for our children. Don’t forget this like so many seem to forget what the Bush Administration did to this country. Remember these Senators like they forgot you! Now, November and ALWAYS!

  • trynghard63 07/14/2010 2:53pm

    They DONT care… They have stayed till midnight before to get something passed. They really do not think we are looking for jobs maybe they think if they starve us long enough we will get up off our rears and get one of those jobs that do not exist. I have documented proof of every job and interview that I have been on since they day after I was layed off. Most of us do. I truly believe that untill they pass this, that they should forfiet half of thier pay, or only get minimum wage. I will take a minimum wage job if offered to me which would be half of what I was making before. But a little bit of something is a whole lot better than a lot of nothing. I wish they could or would read what each of us are saying. I dont think they believe we will vote against them come NOV.

  • theunemployed 07/14/2010 3:04pm

    everyone is to blame me,you,republicans,democrats the reason i say democrates is because they had a chance to give us two months extension per the republicans to atleast let the people have something until this thing gets figured out how to be paid for but they chose not to. why?? me and you would have are rent paid and food in our kids mouths not a whole cure but a fix till later.and why isnt this thing paid for yet??a real good question we have a bunch of stimulus moneys why not pay for it with that.im no republican and i believe that we the democrats could have swiped the debit card instead of pushing the damn credit card ya know and we would have OUR money dammit. its common sense to me but……here we are starvin homeless and very angry.well here comes the vengence votes. the republicans are next why the hell are you pushing deficit if your the reason we are in this boat.but no you want to blame
    clintons administration the whole 8 yrs your in office continued………

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  • DDUBBS 07/14/2010 3:10pm

    I HAVE ONLY ONE THING TO SAY ABOUT “PANTY WAIST JOE”. MAY HE NEVER FIND OUT WHAT ITS LIKE TO PUT YOUR CHILDREN TO BED HUNGRY, LOOSE YOUR HOME, CAR, SAVINGS ACCOUNT, AND ALL HOPE. ALTHOUGH THERE IS ONE THING THAT I DO WISH HE WOULD FIND OUT WHAT ITS LIKE…………..TO BE UNEMPLOYED!!!!
    “REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER”!!!!!!!!!

  • DDUBBS 07/14/2010 3:14pm

    I HAVE ONLY ONE THING TO SAY ABOUT “PANTY WAIST JOE”. I HOPE HE NEVER FINDS OUT WHAT ITS LIKE TO SEND YOU CHILDREN TO BED HUNGRY. LOOSE YOU HOUSE, CAR, AND WHAT LITTLE SAVINGS AND HOPE YOU HAD. I DO HOWEVER WOULD LOVE FOR HIM TO FIND OUT WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE……UJNEMPLOYED!!!!!!
    “REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER”!!!!

  • kbcitizen 07/14/2010 3:23pm

    I JUST SENT AN EMAIL TO SENATOR REID URGING HIM NOT TO WAIT UNTIL TUESDAY. EVERYONE ON HERE HAS VOICED THIER CONCERNS AND OPINIONS. LETS VOICE THOSE CONCERNS TO THE MAN THAT CAN POSSIBLY DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. CONTACT SENATOR REID AND URGE HIM TO NOT DELAY!

    http://reid.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm

  • downandout 07/14/2010 3:23pm

    Mr. Reid, Tuesday is NOT SOON ENOUGH. You have the power to make this happen over the weekend. We, the American unemployed have waited LONG ENOUGH FOR HELP. Please give us the courtesy of giving up part of the Senate’s weekend to vote sooner so that maybe some of us get to keep our homes and feed our children. Also, Mr. Obama, stay in town so the bill can be signed asap. We need this to happen sooner rather than later. There is NO GOOD EXCUSE to put the vote off until Tuesday except for playing more political games at the expense of the UNEMPLOYED. WE HAVE ENDURED ENOUGH. STOP THIS NOW. PASS THE BILL BY THE WEEKEND!!!!!!!!

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    kbcitizen 07/14/2010 3:31pm

    WELL SAID DOWNANDOUT….SEND YOUR MESSAGE TO

    http://reid.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm

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    downandout 07/14/2010 3:34pm

    Just sent my message. Hope everyone else does the same. Crossing my fingers that maybe he will listen!!

  • MTeinert 07/14/2010 3:34pm

    I Hear a lot of people blaming Harry Reid for this delay. Give me a freaking break already because he is doing a good job. The reason why this bill is being blocked is not because of Harry Reid (Who is working his ass off to get this passed for you people) but because of the Republican fillabusters and a death in the senate that takes time to replace. Here’s an idea, be a little more patient, when this bill is law you’ll be paid in a lump sum that will be enough to get a place or a cheap car to get back to work. I know it’s hard but it’s better late than never!

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    ToniB23 07/14/2010 4:22pm

    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.

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    MTeinert 07/14/2010 11:39pm

    I know that what I said sounds insensitive but all I was saying is that working over the weekend wouldn’t speed this thing up. We still have to wait for Gov. Manchin to appoint the new senator and we’re going to have to wait a week anyway to get this passed. The August break is another story and if this bill is stalled when that happens than by all means work through the break. We’ve all waited for what seems like an eternity to get this bill passed. Lets just wait another week because things are looking up for us now that we have the 60th vote if it works out like it should.

  • 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.

  • vdhurd07 07/14/2010 3:53pm

    I just looked at who voted no and both of the GA senators voted no old wrinkled no caring bastards and just watch they are going to vote their asses right back in again watch it happens everytime they treat us like shit all year then we turn right back around and vote for them again not me did not vote for their asses last time and won’t this time and to think they help to create this shit with Bush his ass is sitting pretty and we are looking like hanging outside the union mission for handouts and we’ve worked and never had to get the UE at all

  • dvaughn2071 07/14/2010 4:27pm

    Help me out here…Harry reid and the democrats are being seen as the heroes who are fighting for we unemployed americans to get our benefits started back and the republicans are being seen as the “party of no” who is out to crush america so they can make obama and the democrats look as though they are the reason no bill on extended benefits has been passed.My problem is this,Sen.Reid could have held the senate in washington over the fourth of july break yet he was not willing to give up his vacation and neither were the other democrats who want to appear so concerned about us.They could have agreed with sen scott brown and used some of the unspent stimulus money to fund part of the EU but sen.Reid said NO.It seems the democrats are saying that alot lately while they want to be the heroes who get this bill passed.The bottom line is this..remember were our senators stood come november and vote them all out.WE MAY HAVE NO VOICE NOW,BUT WE WILL COME NOVEMBER

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    understanding 07/14/2010 4:40pm

    Here is another article about the vote.

    http://www.aolnews.com/surge-desk/article/senate-sets-date-to-vote-on-unemployment-extension-success-depends-on-byrds-replacement/19554210

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