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July 19, 2010 - by

  • The Senate Comitee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved $19 billion NASA bill that allows private rockets to be used for space travel. (Information Week)
  • Supporters of the DREAM Act, which would allow some illegal immigrants to become citizens, started several days of lobbying today. (CNN)
  • Obama calls on the GOP to pass legislation to extend unemployment benefits. (Houston Chronicle)
  • The issue of Medicare physician payments may resurface in lame-duck Congress, thanks to a shorter raise that will expire at the end of November. (American Medical News)
  • Harry Reid [D-NV] will finally introduce his energy and climate change bill this week. (National Journal)
  • The West Virginia legislature failed to pass a bill to schedule a special election to fill the late Senator Byrd’s seat. If a bill isn’t passed today, Governor Manchin will have to set the dates for the August primary and November election that he himself might be running in. (Politico)
  • Representative Bobby Rush [D-IL] is expected to introduce a privacy bill today. Though focused on online data collection, it may also include provisions for things such as store savings cards. (Politico)
  • Though the Obama administration refused to call the requirement to buy insurance a tax when the health care bill was passed, it is now defending the mandate as a valid exercise of the government’s “power to lay and collect taxes.” (The New York Times)

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Displaying 1-30 of 68 total comments.

  • UnemployedAmerican2010 07/19/2010 9:41pm

    Hoping and praying that unemployment extension passes. Thanks for keeping us updated. Finally got an interview after applying almost everywhere. Really praying I get the job and it would help if this bill passes to help us get us out of the hole we’re in from not getting paid the past month.

  • TheDutchess 07/20/2010 3:43am

    I have faith in God and the Democratic Senate that this bill will get the green light today. I just want everybody to remember in November who’s to blame for this. Vote out all Republicans with the exception of the two Senators (Snowe & Collins),all those who voted against giving you gas for your car to pick up your child. Those that voted no against you getting to that interview. Those that voted no against those of you who were already trying to pay your bills and those of you who have been struggling to put food on the table cause you really couldn’t get it from Social Services. Harry Reid stood his ground and for that, he shall be rewarded. In 30 years, unemployment benefits has always been considered an emergency and now, suddenly, it has to be paid for. Republicans picked the wrong fight. They will be voted out in November…

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    artledoux 07/20/2010 3:54am

    It’s really amazing isn’t it that the two Senators from Maine act like adults
    and really try to work with other Senators to arrive at solutions for the
    American people. This is what it needs to be like to make our country great
    again! We the people need to show those in Congress that if they are not
    willing to put country first and quit worrying about the next election cycle
    they will no longer have a job. While I consider myself an Independent(leaning
    toward Democrat) if I had the opportunity to cast a vote for a Republican
    like Snowe or Collins I would do so because they are doing things and not
    playing games.
    Art LeDoux

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    comments5647 07/20/2010 5:19am
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    @TheDutchess If you truly believe this is a Republican/Democrat issue then you will have our nation right back at this point or worse come November and beyond. Youtube Endgame or The Obama Deception if you really want to know who is responsible for this Depression!

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    comments5647 07/20/2010 5:24am

    continued… thank you President Obama for supporting the unemployment extension…

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    rmacera 07/20/2010 6:00am

    The Dutchess is correct!!!!How can you place blame on our president for this(comments5647)If the republicans in congress would have sighned off on this a month ago…We wouldn’t have homeless people now…I have two seperate families living with me because they were laid-off and haven’t been able to find another job(and not from lack of looking)…This bill needs to be passed A.S.A.P

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    zen_maker 07/20/2010 5:59am

    The republicans are really starting to piss me off now, they hate obama so much that they are blinded by their own hatred and forgot about the struggle that people of american endure in those tough economic times. They are really pissing me off, I am never voting republican from now on, they are breaking my balls!

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    olaler 02/24/2011 8:17am

    What’s really weird is that while this debate over unemployment extensions was going on, Obama and Dems took over healthcare without reading the bill or asking Republicans to even check the spelling- but it was the Reps fault that it was held up. What I can’t understand is- why did Obama appoint a different “propaganda minister” this year?

  • tiamo4ever 07/20/2010 4:07am

    I’m sure it will pass, the anger is over-whelming across the country. All of us would much rather be working then drawing !!!Also i like the comment Gibbs made:
    White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs strongly suggested on Monday that President Obama will request another extension of unemployment benefits following the ones that the Senate is set to vote and pass on Tuesday.
    It is heart breaking we are in such a fix, all i think about is all of the companies that left the USA for Mexico/China…and how desperately we need to have them here. The empty acres and sites and buildings across the country is depressing.

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    comments5647 07/20/2010 5:22am

    @tiamo4ever EXACTLY!!! Depressing!!! I am not an Obama supporter but I am grateful to God he is supporting this extension and is helping the unemployed and as much as I hate to say it being a lifelong Republican the Republicans threw us, the unemployed, under the bus this time!!! :P I am looking for another party to vote for in November

  • Ktula7 07/20/2010 4:18am

    Just keep your head up everyone, and keep your hope alive that today will be the day that you can breathe a little easier and worry a little less. This does not, however, erase the fact of what we were put through and that there are still Senators that are responsible for the suffering that we faced day by day for the last six or so weeks. And that those people should be held accountable. And that come November, or whenever they shall run for reelection, they should never be forgotton for what they have done. We do not need people like this in our Government and we need to get involved from now on! Lets make sure that we never forget this horrible experience. United we stand!!!

  • stoley1 07/20/2010 4:35am

    two words! TERM LIMITS!!!!!!

  • trynghard63 07/20/2010 5:11am

    Term limits is right. Alabama has way to many career politians who obviously do not care about the people! These people are suppose to be public servants. But they dont work for us. They dont listen to what we have to say. I pray this will get passed today. And I will remeber this come Novemeber. I think we all will! What they have put us through I dont believe will be forgotten by any of us. I am lucky I got a phone call this morning for a job, I go for orintation Monday morning. I feel so blessed. It is an entry level position and half the pay as to what I was making before. But I am thankful for it! I am praying they do pay us back for the time we all missed our checks because that will be the only way I have gas to get to this job, and money to keep my power on. I also think that these politians need to live like we have all had to live.

  • dwcstmdznr 07/20/2010 5:27am

    They have had too many percs for way too long, There should be term limits, they should have to pay for their own retitement like we do either Social Security or 401 K. Their raises should be based on COLA not what they decide they want. They should have to pay for their own health insurance. We are lucky in respect that our health coverage [s provided from my husbands pension but that said it costs us about 1/5 of his check. Let them live like normal average people do.

  • trynghard63 07/20/2010 5:31am

    Shouldnt we have the say in thier pay raises? lol Pass a new law that WE the people decide what they make! WE the people get to vote to decide !!

  • sruthj217 07/20/2010 6:27am

    NPR is on our side and is airing alot of stories lately on low wage America.
    These are a couple interesting articles for those who have kids. I hope most of us do find jobs like we used to have and do not end up permanently stuck in poverty but make do when you can!

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128621057

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128618224

  • IndenturedServants2010 07/20/2010 6:34am

    Just as a followup to what Obama mentioned about putting money in the hands of people who not only need it, but are most likely to spend it quickly to spark the economy. For those of us that have struggled to provide and be responsible, for those of us that did not walk away from our financial obligations, many of us will not be able to pay off the debt on top our struggle to survive. And although sacrifices are made, what happens when those debts can not be paid? The banks have no problem charging escalating fees as they take advantage of this situation, and there is no doubt in my mind that they will scream help again (bailout strike 3)when that income is literally cut off as it was with all those who are unemployed still. I have concentrated on my job searches over these forums till now. I have an MBA, MPM, and BS Computer Science, but can’t even get a job at a Starbucks. Suddenly “The Grapes of Wrath” & indentured servants come to mind and why UI was established to begin with

  • gerryd 07/20/2010 6:41am

    DOES ANYONE KNOW IF PENNSYLVANIA IS STILL CONSIDERED A HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT STATE? I WAS ON MY 4TH WEEK OF MAIL IN EXTENDED BENEFITS CLAIMS WHEN THEY STOPPED AND I STILL DO NOT KNOW, IF THEY APPROVE THIS EXTENSION, IF I WILL STILL BE ENTITLED TO THE REMAINING BENEFITS? I HAVE NOT RECEIVED 99 WEEKS. I AM SO CONFUSED. I WOULD GIVE MY RIGHT ARM TO HAVE MY JOB BACK OR ANY JOB AT ALL!!!! I AM SO SICK OF REJECTIONS, REJECTIONS, REJECTIONS!!! TALK ABOUT LOSING ANY SELF-ESTEEM YOU MAY HAVE HAD AFTER YOUR EMPLOYER AXED YOU!! THEN THE CONTINUAL APPLICATION TURN DOWNS AND THEN THE GOVERNMENT ACTING AS THOUGH WE WANT THIS TO BE HAPPENING!!!! WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR HANDOUTS – JUST SOME HELP UNTIL WE DO FIND WORK!!!!!!

  • widget02us 07/20/2010 7:19am

    Senator Bob Casey is talking about extending long term unemployment benefits on cspan2 right now.

  • mikes1lakerfan 07/20/2010 7:20am

    I can’t help to say that I have a bad feeling about extending UI benefits. What bill are they trying to pass today H.R.4213 or H.R.5618. If H.R.4213 is the bill then the Dem’s won’t get the two Republican votes that are needed. The two Republican Senators said they will only support a standalone bill. And H.R.4213 is not the standalone bill. H.R.5618 is. Good’Ol Harry Reid better not screw this vote up!!!!

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    buddyg1 07/20/2010 9:27am

    Snowe and Collins ( R’s, ME) both voted for the amended H.R. 4213 on June 30. All indications are they still support it again today. The math indicates that votes from Goodwin (D, WV) and Reid will finally close the deal.

    June 30 vote = 58 YAY (Missing votes were late Sen. Byrd (D, WV), and Harry Reid who voted NAY to preserve the process right to bring the bill up again.)

    July 20 vote (expected) = 60 YAY (Thanks to Sen. Carte Goodwin (D, WV) and Harry Reid.

    I applaud the honorable service of Sen. Olympia Snowe (R, ME) and Sen. Susan Collins (R, ME) on this issue.

  • widget02us 07/20/2010 7:23am

    If one doesn’t pass, then they will vote for the other. I just hope they do something before their month long vacation next month.

  • lilmamma 07/20/2010 7:25am

    gerryd, yes, pa is still in a high unemployment rate. I believe in June it was 9.2%. I would call the ui office for more info. Last week, I received a letter in the mail telling me that I still needed to claim weeks after June 5 that I was not employed (I guess they are doing this so that when the bill passes, the money can be expedited as quickly as possible). I was unable to file my claim due to it being inactive, so I called the office and they then reactivated my claim for me. I have been able to file 5 weeks. I would call them. You should definitely still be entitled to your 99 weeks. Good luck to you.

  • mikes1lakerfan 07/20/2010 7:38am

    If any UI Extension bill is passes today then CONGRESS NEEDS TO ADDRESS A LONG TERM SOLUTION BILL ON THIS ISSUE NOW!!! AND NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE ON NOV 30th so this can all happen again. ADDRESS THIS ISSUE NOW!!!!!

  • JustAConcern 07/20/2010 8:07am

    TY TheDutchess. Do they really believe the majority of individuals collecting unemployment would prefer to do so, rather than have a job and a viable career? Many unemployed Americans have worked many years consistently. The detractors here are the Senators who did not vote for this bill nearly 2-mionths ago. The majority of unemployed Americans do not look at receiving benefits as an entitlement or enticement NOT to work. Like me, they are embarrassed that we cannot find gainful employment to support our families and take care of our financial responsibilities. One of the main themes in the movie “The Blind Side” is to the protection of home, the protection of your family. Where is the Republican moral and ethical compass and the protection of the American family? Choose the right battle or you will be voted out of a seat at the table of choice, like the unemployed Americans, who during this denial of benefits were striped of their choices as TheDutchess stated.

  • gerryd 07/20/2010 8:10am

    THANK YOU LILMAMMA – BECAUSE WHEN I CALLED THE U\C ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY I GOT 2 DIFFERENT VERSIONS. ONE SAID WE WERE NOT IN A HIGH RATE AND THE OTHER SAID WE WERE!!! I GOT A LETTER TOO, THAT IS WHY I CALLED. i HAD SENT IN MY 1ST 4 WEEKS AND GOT THAT UNTIL JUNE 5TH. THEN I SENT IN MY 2ND BATCH BUT GOT NOTHING, AND HAVE NOT YET RECEIVED A 3RD BATCH TO MAIL!!! THEY SAID THEY WERE SENDING THAT OUT WHEN I CALLED. I JUST WANTED TO KNOW THAT NO MATTER WHAT – THAT WE WERE STILL ENTITLED TO THE FULL 99 WEEKS!!! WHY DOES LIFE HAVE TO BE SO HARD? GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF US – WE DO NOT DESERVE THIS LIVING HELL!!!!!!!!

  • gerryd 07/20/2010 8:47am

    DOES ANYONE KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THIS BILL 4213 SAYS PERTAINING TO U/C AND THE FULL 99 WEKS??? IT IS REALLY CONFUSING TO TRY TO INTERPRET!!! THANKS

  • GodisGreat44 07/20/2010 8:54am

    I want to send everyone that is dealing with these hard time love. I feel for all that are struggling with money, because the extensions for unemployment is taking so long. I hope that strength and courage can be impressed upon your hearts and trust that our great and powerful Lord will take care of all that struggle. I pay for the parents that can’t afford to feed their children or barely can afford to keep a roof on their heads. Even if our government can’t see that many people in this country are struggling, our great and powerful God does see and will give you many blessings. Just keep hope that life can only go up and keep faith that sooner or later Congress and the House will see that we need help to be able to survive. Much love to everyone!

  • theunemployed 07/20/2010 8:54am

    well everyone pray……..god bless everyone

  • theunemployed 07/20/2010 8:56am

    please stay true to the people ms. brown and ms collins please for the kids

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