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July 21, 2010 - by David Moore

The major unemployment bill (H.R. 4213) is of course our most-commented and most-tracked bill by users over the past month. For all the best info: peruse its latest news and blog coverage from around the Web, see the highest-rated user comments, visit our community-generated Benefit Wiki project to better understand how it affects your state, read our helpful past coverage of the bill’s long journey, and send us your questions: writeus at opencongress dot org.

Today’s Congress Links ::

  • Republicans delay the vote to extend unemployment benefits for those who have been out work.(Reuters)
  • Gail Russell Chaddock discusses why extending unemployment has been so difficult this time around.(Christian Science Monitor)
  • Sens. Charles Schumer, (D-NY) and Tom Harkin, (D-IA) are urging the Federal Reserve for more credit card protection. (AP)
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee approves Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.(LA Times)
  • House and Senate Democrats fight over the delay of the food safety bill. (Washington Post)
  • The Senate Democrats overcome a threat of a filibuster to pass unemployment extension benefits.  More coverage of this is on our blog. (NY Times)
  • With the passage of unemployment benefits extensions, Republicans say that the US cannot spend more money than it has. (ABC News)
  • Senate Democrats have said the House Democrats may cut education money in order to pass a war speding bill. (CNN)
  • Senate Democrats may not get enough votes to pass environmental legislation. (Washington Post)
  • President Obama urges Congress to pass equal pay legislation. (USA Today)
  • Sponsoring 137 bills, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is rated the most active member of Congress. (US News)

Today’s helpful bundle of Links come from OC Research Assistants Jason Rhee and Hilary Worden. Image of Sen. Schumer (who we must resist calling Chuck, as we esteem the U.S. gov’t and don’t [yet] know him personally, although Senator, holler at us, some of us are your constituents in NYC yo!) via our data- and talent-rich news partners Daylife.

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    juju39567 07/21/2010 1:51pm

    ok abaratarr ignorance is bliss have a good day

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    Abaratarrr 07/21/2010 3:09pm
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    I bet your feeling kinda stupid about now.

  • hustlinin 07/21/2010 12:22pm

    MY FAULT CSPAN WAS WRONG.

  • Leary1980 07/21/2010 12:22pm

    Prob is going to differ state to state but I would say, if the house gets it passed tomorrow (they should) and Obama signs it into law (he will) than it shouldnt take more than a week I was told, but I live in MD.

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    Abaratarrr 07/21/2010 1:08pm
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    3-7 weeks is the norm after a new extenion passes there is lots of info on this in the comments of yesterdays blog post

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    Leary1980 07/21/2010 1:19pm

    That’s great Abara cadabera, but I don’t get my info (especially when it comes to my money) off blog sites. According to the state of MD unemployment office, which I visited in person yesterday, all retroactive benefits that have been filed for already will be deposited in accounts no less a week after the bill becomes law. I don’t know Republican states like the one you prob live in but in MD we realize that people need help and our unemployment office knows we need help. You prob have a job or are still getting benefits because you you sound like you dont get it bro. You are probably furious this bill passed.

  • fdenised 07/21/2010 12:27pm

    I hope you stinken heartless non caring evil bastard republicans drop dead.

  • juju39567 07/21/2010 12:40pm

    hmm dont even get to hear what this motion is about ………

  • Jonapoo4u 07/21/2010 12:51pm

    you probably wouldnt care its retardicans

  • Chris51 07/21/2010 1:00pm

    Americans still have a long ways to go. The money and power is still going to the hands of politicians, Special Interests groups, big corporations, and a few wealthy families.

    The greatest damage was caused from 2000-2008. USA’s lower and middle income households will continue to struggle and feel powerless. This is not good for our nation.
    It has become solely about contributions like these:
    Contributors to Federal Candidates and Parties
    INSURANCE: 2000-2010 Total $214,585,915
    OIL & GAS: 2000-2010 Total $155,373,800
    COMMERCIAL BANKS: 2000-2010 Total $150,549,225
    PHARMACEUTICALS/HEALTH PRODUCTS: 2000-2010 Total $139,237,802

    Top 5 Contributions from Oil&Gas Industry 2009-2010:
    1 Koch Industries $724,300 14% Dems, 86%Repubs
    2 Exxon Mobil $548,214 13% Dems, 87% Repubs
    3 Chevron Corp $516,891 18% Dems, 82% Repubs
    4 Valero Energy $467,000 17% Dems, 83% Repubs
    5 Marathon Oil $378,190 23% Dems, 76% Repubs
    info. from opensecrets.org

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    Abaratarrr 07/21/2010 1:10pm
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    why do you cut and past the same thing day after day, over and over, when it has nothing to do with unemployment extensions?

  • dorseygor 07/21/2010 1:22pm
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    On Feb. 12, President Barack Obama signed into law pay-as- you-go budget rules. So-called paygo rules, which bar Congress from increasing spending unless it’s offset by budget cuts elsewhere, were in effect from 1990 until 2002, when they were allowed to expire. The goal of paygo, Obama said in his radio address to the nation on Feb. 13, is to ensure that “Congress will have to pay for what it spends, just like everybody else.”
    source- by Kevin Hassett/Business Week

    Please everyone don’t be fooled by double speak and double action and poor news reporting.
    ps- I hope everyone gets through these hard times.
    dorseygor
    http://USconstitutions.com

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    juju39567 07/21/2010 1:28pm

    paygo does not have to apply to emergency actions which the democrats have expressed greatly and the republican reply was to payfor this by using money already allocated but not spent if republicans were really wanting it paid for they would of come up with another option to pay for this but they only wanted money to come out of allocated funds cause the democrats pushed for stimilus ALL POLITICS.

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    Abaratarrr 07/21/2010 1:52pm
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    you make this stuff up as you go don’t you, coborn proposed a dozen ways to pay for 4213 besides the stimulus, he has also to proposed a dozen ways to pay for a teir 5 ie weeks in addition to 99 but the only person other then coburn that knows the 99ers exist is sherrod brown so nothing is being done,

    this in not a democrat republican thing, both parties are playing games trying to manipulate the stupid people

  • Drewbot78 07/21/2010 1:25pm

    The RETARDICANS are at it again, not only are they taking the full 30 hours they can before the final vote, but it looks as if they are most likely trying to add amendments to the bill so they can try to filibuster again. The RETARDICANS are not only standing firmly against the American people, but actually playing dirty against us. Guess that RETARDICAN slam dunk election they were counting on is out the window.

    HOWEVER remember that DUMBOCRATS played their own dirty games by refusing to just separate the Unemployment portion and pay for it with the unused stimulus. They also played games and used the American people for their own gains. The DUMBOCRATS have used the backs of us Unemployed American People to pass other unnecessary, non-emergency legislation. ALSO remember the one thing the DUMBOCRATS did compromise on was our $25 a week.

    NEITHER PARTY CARES ABOUT US!!!! GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEADS AND VOTE THEM ALL OUT IN NOVEMBER!

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    Abaratarrr 07/21/2010 1:29pm
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    that was bad reporting repeated by media groups, reid made a motion to vote immediately after the amendments are voted on and no one objected.

  • dorseygor 07/21/2010 1:27pm
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    President Obama is now advocating against Pay As You Go, the very bill he signed into law. He has attempted to demonize republicans who are only trying to follow the Pay As You Go bill that President Obama championed and signed into law.
    Unemployment benefit extention would have been passed weeks ago if the Pay As You Go law would have been followed. There is about 40 billion in unspent stimulis dollars that could have been used for this purpose.
    So if you want to hold people accountable for unemployment extention delay you must at least look at the Senate run by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D), the U.S. House of Representatives run by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) and the Executive branch run by President Obama (D).
    Please everyone don’t be fooled by double speak and double action and poor news reporting.
    ps- I hope everyone gets through these hard times.
    dorseygor
    http://USconstitutions.com

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    Leary1980 07/21/2010 1:34pm

    dorseygor…read the message board buddy. Take that Democrat haet to another website. We are taking this one over. You guys have had 8 years to fuck us up and now look what we are dealing with. was there any double speak in that….dick? Than you end your anti-Obama, anti-democrat post with a shitty PS-hope you all get through these hard times! LMFAO….your party caused these hard times idiot. Go watch a war movie in your mansion you snobby prick.

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    Drewbot78 07/21/2010 1:42pm
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    Leary you need to grow up and open your eyes. BOTH parties are bought and paid for by multi-national mega corporations these days. they no longer represent the American people, NEITHER PARTY DOES. The Retardicans are standing against Americans under the guise of “fiscal responsibility”. The Dumbocrats refused to separate the bill and allocate unused stimulus to pay for it, but were sure willing to take away our extra $25 a week, all to ride other crap on our once hard working backs.

    WE WERE USED BY BOTH PARTIES for other unseen agendas that we don’t really understand.

    IF IT IS AN INCUMBENT THIS NOVEMBER…VOTE THEM OUT! That is the only way we will send a real message that we will no longer fall for their dog and pony show.

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    Leary1980 07/21/2010 1:48pm

    I’ll assume that your 78’ is your birth year because it’s not your age. If you don’t like the system go to Haiti, but if you mean to tell me that your breaking news is that politicians are greedy, selfish, manipulative people than you my friend are waaay behind the 8-ball, that or you snorted a few before you wrote that I need toi grow up. I’m grown enough to know that right nwo the Republicans are stiopping me from paying my bills, and guess what asshole, if it benefits him/her than an incumbent will do the same. Thats the system. It has been since the government was formed. All I know is that TODAY, right now its the Republicans holding up my money so fuck them. When the Dems fuck me I’ll say the same to them, kind of like I’m saying to you right now.

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    Leary1980 07/21/2010 2:03pm

    Wow here we have a genius political analsysis…You Tube huh!? Guess after I learn how Obama is the devil I can do a search for funny kittens…..you sir are truly a visionary. I can see you will be running for office out of the Tea Party in a few yrs.

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    Drewbot78 07/21/2010 2:12pm

    You sir have been shown the rabbit hole. The choice is yours to continue to be blinded by party allegiances that are inherently an illusion, or you can go take a look at what is really going on.

    And the Tea Party has already been corrupted so NO, I don’t ally myself with them either.

    Have a good day. God Bless and congratulations to you and all of us for our small victory this day.

  • gerryd 07/21/2010 1:27pm

    WE ALL HAVE TO REMEMBER ONE THING – EVEN THOUGH THIS EXTENSION MAY GET PASSED, THEY WILL DO IT TO US AGAIN IN NOVEMBER!!! PLEASE DO NOT FORGET THAT!!!! IT IS EXTREMELY UNLIKELY THAT WE WILL ALL GET JOBS BY THEN AND WE WILL STILL BE IN THE SAME BOAT AS WE ARE NOW AND HAVE BEEN IN FOR THE PAST 6 OR 7 WEEKS. WE ALSO HAVE TO REMEMBER HOW ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE USED UP ALL OF THEIR EXTENSIONS NOW HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!! NADA!!!!! ZILCH!!!! WE HAVE TO HELP THEM AS WELL. THERE ARE MILLIONS OF US AND WE ALL HAVE MANY PEOPLE IN OUR LIVES WHO CARE ABOUT US AND WHO VOTE AND WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE CANNOT STOP AFTER THIS!!!! IT WON’T GET MUCH BETTER AFTER ONLY 4 MONTHS AND THEN IT WILL BE THE SAME THING OVER OR THE WELFARE ROLLS FOR US!!! WE NEED TO ORGANIZE, AND SPEAK OUT SOMEHOW. OBAMA SAID HE LIVES IN THE AMERICAN PEOPLES’ HOUSE – ISN’T THAT US?? I WISH WE COULD SOMEHOW ALL GO THERE AND BE HEARD BUT WHO CAN AFFORD IT???? THEY MADE COMPLETE FOOLS OUT OF US FOR WEEKS!!!!

  • Reader12 07/21/2010 1:29pm

    sorry to come out of nowhere, but does anybody know what time the Senate is doing the actual up/down vote on the Extension itself?
    I’m assuming that Reid doesn’t have to wait the full 30 hours and that it will happen today.
    Then I assume the House has to vote AGAIN (I assume tomorrow), and then the President must sign, right?

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    juju39567 07/21/2010 1:37pm

    house of reps have on schedule to vote on this tomorrow and final vote will happen after republicans try to add these amendments im not sure how many they have but the 30 hours will be up at 900 eastern time

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    Abaratarrr 07/21/2010 1:48pm
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    there were 4 amendments to be voted on I think they are voting on the last one now, they will vote for the bill next.

  • juju39567 07/21/2010 1:33pm

    you can tell whos a republican poster here.

  • Reader12 07/21/2010 1:35pm

    God help me if I end up becoming a 99er. I guess the government thinks you’re expendable that that point.
    I am doing everything I can to escape doom even though my temp Census job ends next week :( Stupid temporary jobs.
    2 interviews this week, no reply at all.

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