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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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  • WeThePeopleFightBack2010 07/14/2010 4:41pm

    The unemployment benefits are just a temporary fix.When the extensions are over with you will find that there still are no jobs that pay enough to be able to survive with the necessities, people will be lucky to find a minimum wage job which is not enough to support our families. We need to have our factories brought back to America!!!!! That is when this whole mess started, when rich people moved them to other countries to become richer. Who allowed them to do that, cutting their taxes and allowing them to become even richer by selling out the American people. Bring back our factories, bring back our jobs!!!!!

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    rlaughli 07/14/2010 6:36pm

    Bill Clinton signed both the NAFTA and GATT treaties..thats who. I knew these jobs were gone way back then. They wont be coming back either…

  • rlaughli 07/14/2010 6:33pm

    I so hope he loses his re-election bid. What a prick, then again so is Obama for not telling him to do this ASAP.

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    firestorm145 07/15/2010 5:44am

    So you would rather have a religious fanatic run the senate? In my opinion, she will ruin everything. She will not care about the american people. She will keep telling them to just pray. I think reid is doing ok. We have to have the 60 votes if we want this to pass. So American people, keep protesting. writing and calling your senators. I think maybe someone should take away their homes ,monsy etc, put them in old clothes and drop them off to where all the homeless people are that will get their attention hopefully

  • 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!!!

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    planet855 07/14/2010 7:19pm

    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.

  • downandout 07/14/2010 7:13pm

    You people???? Well, obviously you are not one of us. And no, Reid has not done all he can do. He may not be the one who is doing the filibustering, but he has a chance to DO SOMETHING THIS WEEKEND and he and the others are planning on having their weekend off. Don’t tell US to be patient!!!

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    MTeinert 07/14/2010 11:53pm

    If you’re so smart, what should Mr. Reid do? Take a vote this week even though we dont have the 60 votes? Work over the weekend so we can make the vote on Mon. instead of Tues.? I’m telling you to be patient because there’s no need to rush this. It’s going to take till next week, period, so in the meen time, suck it up and have comfort in knowing we’re going to have the votes needed. By saying you people I’m talking about the Reid bashers and if you’re so against the people who are on your side than how ungreatful are you? You must be a conservative and if that’s the case why don’t you talk shit about your own party and object to unemployment too. Ingrate!

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    understanding 07/15/2010 2:04am

    From my understanding of what I read from Wikipedia, a quorum by the filibusters is needed to maintain the filibuster in place. So the Republicans are still standing on that. They are not budging.

    Reid, to break the filibuster, end the debate and to call for a vote to pass, needs at least 60 Senators (three-fifths majority) present and voting Yes with no vacancies for it to pass.

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    downandout 07/15/2010 1:09pm

    MTeinert, no I am not a Conservative. Reid has NOT done all he can do to pass this bill. He was also at fault for not allowing a stand-alone bill to begin with. He had to throw in “extras” that all but doomed the passage along with the fact that the Republicans will not agree with any Democrat bill just for political reasons. So, you can talk shit all you want, but both parties are to blame and Harry Reid is right in the lead!!!

  • Sannybeth 07/14/2010 7:55pm
    * Petition to Reduce the Wages of Congress Men and Women from $174,000 per year to $50,000 per year. http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/petition_to_reduce_the_wages_of_congress_men_and_women_from_174000_per_year_to_50000_per_year
  • Sannybeth 07/14/2010 8:26pm

    H.R. 4720 is a bill to lower congress pay. How do we make it go through?

  • 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.

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    helpus 07/15/2010 3:43am

    Emeliz, that was wonderfully written, however at this time in this country’s history, we must pray but we also need to get our voices heard with more forceful methods. Not all of us have the funds to travel to Washington for protests, but all of us live in towns and cities where we can convene and have our own town meetings and let our voices be heard.

  • 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.

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    helpus 07/15/2010 3:34am

    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”.

  • 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

  • rathwac 07/15/2010 3:11am

    It appears that not too many people like this new CHANGE that Obama promised. Is this really the change that the country needed. No, there is no rushing it now. It has been an issue since June 5th. Here it will be July 20th when they finally decide that this is an issue worth talking about and in the meantime, everyone who hasn’t received any money since June 5th can feel better about this? Obama should call in the experts on this issue like he does on every other issue he can’t handle himself. Maybe Buffet and Clinton could offer up some expertise on this issue as well while they are helping him with other things he can’t deal with.

  • seanurse 07/15/2010 5:05am

    GOOD MORNING EVERYONE. ARE THERE ANY 99YERS GOING TO MAKE IT TO THE PRESIDENTS LOCAL IN MICHIGAN TODAY. WE HAVE AGREAT OPPORTUNITY TO MOTIVATE HIM AND OTHERS AS HE IS TAKING OPEN QUESTIONS FROM THE UNEMPLOYED TODAY. i HOPE LOCAL T V COVERS THIS AS IM OUT OF CABLE AT THE MOMENT. IF 99ERS READ THIS AND CAN GO TALK FOR ALL OF US SOON AND CURRENT 99ERS. THEY STATED LAST NIGHT ON A LATE MONEY SHOW ON CHANNEL 11 THAT THEY NOW EXPECT THE LOST JOBS NOT TO RETURN FOR AT LEAST 5-6 YEARS FROM NOW. THAT REALLY DEPRESSED ME. GOD HELP US ALL WE ARE GOING TO NEED IT.

  • 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.

  • seanurse 07/15/2010 5:36am

    HELLO AGAIN , JUST FOR EVERYONE 411 THE BOXES ABOVE EACH POST ON THIS SITE IS FOR US TO RESPOND IF WE READ THEM AND AGREE OR DISAGREE. – OR POSTITIVE. SENATORS WONT EVEN READ THEM UNLESS THEY HAVE A 5 OR HIGHER. SO PLEASE POST YOUR VOTE AS YOU READ THEM THANKS

  • firestorm145 07/15/2010 5:47am

    ok heres what we should do. We should put old clothes on the senators and drive them to where all the homeless people are so they can take a better look at what they are doing to the american people. They will not have their money, home etc. Maybe this will wake them up to reality!!!! this is an opinion

  • 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!

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    helpus 07/15/2010 7:03am

    DrSnark, I am with you on ACTION. I’ve already called some friends and former co-workers in my area to do just that. We can’t make it to Washington but we can catch the Metra and head downtown. Maybe collect enough to gas up a vehicle and drive to the State Capital.

  • 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.

  • phantomfaery 07/15/2010 6:38am

    At this point, I’m really starting to lose faith that this bill will ever get passed and it angers me. I have been unemployed for over a year now which threw me into a depression, cost me custody of my son and has now put me in the position where I am about to lose everything if they don’t extend this bill soon. I will not only be jobless, but my relationship with my boyfriend will be over as the financial stress has already taken its toll on our relationship, we’ll be evicted because he doesn’t make enough monthly to cover all of our bills, I’ll be homeless, I’ll lose visitation with my son as a result of that, and we’re already in the situation where we barely have enough food in the house. What makes me even more upset is the fact that there are SO many people out there that have it MUCH worse than I. Those who are employed and some politicians seem to think living on these benefits is lazy, but I know I would LOVE to be working now. They need to haul ass on this bill and pass it!

  • DebBrown 07/15/2010 7:23am

    I’ll believe it when I see it. Republican Senators in Congress have been INTENTIONALLY stalling. It’s a matter of pre-campaigning. Republicans will be running on a platform of Democrats failed to extended unemployment benefits, stimulate the economy or create jobs. They know that most Americans won’t look know who voted NO for the extension bills so they’re safe! Most people don’t know that every Republican voted NO to every extension of benefits. The plight of the American people takes a back seat to disseminating campaign propaganda implying that the Democrats failed to extend benefits. If Republicans fool you now, they will win November elections and there will be NO further extensions or mention of concern for federal deficit. Republicans plan to instead give money to businesses to create jobs to stimulate the economy. Of course businesses will pocket the money and continue to operate cheaply with skeleton crews. We know this method does not work – remember the big bailout.

  • jakj1 07/15/2010 9:12am

    I sent and email to Govenor Manchins office last week and this was his reply.

    Good Afternoon Mr. Korb:

    We appreciate your email and expressing your concerns. We are moving as
    quickly and responsibly as we possibly can on this succession process.
    I am calling the State Legislature into a special session on Thursday to
    make a fix to our state code that will clarify when an election may be
    held to fill the vacancy. It is important that this process is done and
    done correctly. If is not, the people’s right to vote in November could
    be challenged in the courts. We are hopeful that the Legislature can act
    quickly to ensure that our citizens have the right to vote this
    November. I expect to make an appointment, to fill the vacant U.S.
    Senate seat temporarily, by 5 p.m. this Friday.

    I encourage you to visit the governor’s official web site for further
    updates. www.wvgov.org.

    Sincerely,
    Joe Manchin III
    Governor of West Virginia

  • finzfan1313 07/15/2010 9:31am

    I am getting so tired of hearing them say they are going to vote on this bill.Peoples lives are in dire straits out here in the real world. I am a single woman who is over 50. Food stamps, welfare and medical are not options for me. They say we can go to the community we live in to get help. But like me they have no money either. So now it’s supposed to voted on Tuesday. What are we going to do when they don’t get it passed? More blowing smoke up our ass? If we ere auto manufacturers or big banks we could get bailouts. As for us being lazy and need to be drug tested. they can say and do whatever they want just pass the bill so we can have money to put gas in our cars and get off our lazy drugged asses and get a job.

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