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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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Comments

Displaying 31-60 of 219 total comments.

  • gerryd 07/21/2010 11:37am

    THE WHOLE SAD TRUTH IS THAT WE PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO BE EATING THE CRAP OF EVERY POLITICIAN FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES. ALL OF THE SO CALLED- “FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE”, NO MATTER WHICH PARTY THEY ARE, ARE VERY WELL PAID, HAVE NO WORRIES EVEN WHEN THEY ARE NO LONGER IN THE SENATE, WILL NEVER WANT FOR ANYTHING AND NEITHER WILL THEIR “CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN”. SO WE CAN RANT AND RAVE AS LONG AS WE WANT BUT THEY STILL HOLD THE PUPPET STRINGS ON ALL OF OUR LIVES. THESE PAST ALMOST 2 MONTHS HAVE CERTAINLY PROVEN THAT!!!!!

  • bydand76 07/21/2010 11:46am

    Go Senator Dorgan!!! Great follow up.

  • hustlinin 07/21/2010 11:54am

    voting right now on reather or not to allow a republican ammendant

  • Leary1980 07/21/2010 11:56am

    Will this mean they can wait another 30hrs?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Abaratarrr 07/21/2010 12:52pm
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    coburn made a motion to suspend the rules so that they could vote immediately there was no objection.

  • hustlinin 07/21/2010 11:58am

    no. they yielded the remaining time on the cloture motion. So I am believing they can vote on the passing of it any time now.

  • juju39567 07/21/2010 12:01pm

    just turned to cspan and thier voting on an amendment??? anyone know what it is?

  • Leary1980 07/21/2010 12:02pm

    Whew…that’s good news, so technically the GOP didn’t wait the full 30hrs…HOLY SHIT!!! They actually acted like adults!!! Tell you waht I’m going to do tomorrow instead of applying to be a 30yr old Subway sandwich artist, only to be turned down for being “over qualified” (true story). I’m going to call every single Republican Senators office who voted Nay. Going to give em a lil’ hell!

  • trynghard63 07/21/2010 12:05pm

    Mcain. OMG I am so glad he did not get president. He would have us all living on the streets!

  • juju39567 07/21/2010 12:08pm

    anyone know what the amendment was they are voting on? i see they need 67 votes to pass it so i doubt it will but was curious what they were trying to add

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    Abaratarrr 07/21/2010 1:03pm
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    the first one was to require the senate publish on their website the amount of money they spend when they break the paygo law, they are also voting on one to pay for the bill now versus borrowing the money and one to kill the death tax, there are 4 total.

  • Leary1980 07/21/2010 12:09pm

    McCain…what an old hack. Come on dude, we know you can really put down your arms! He is bitter and now he is treating us all like we are in Hanoi Hilton. Ole’ leatherneck!

  • trynghard63 07/21/2010 12:09pm

    I think right now we are wanting the no votes

  • matt24mo2010 07/21/2010 12:09pm

    Will this bill give us our payback on unemployment from June 2 till current?

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    juju39567 07/21/2010 12:13pm

    the hr4213 does include paying everyone retroactively from june2nd

  • trynghard63 07/21/2010 12:10pm

    This is to give the republicansa chance to change whats in this unemployment bill I think…… Im really confused…lol

  • Leary1980 07/21/2010 12:15pm

    don’t worry, this is a REPUBLICAN ammendment. Probably asking to give us less benefits or shorter time. It has no chance of passing whatever it is. If I was a democratic senator I would SCREAM NO….to whatever the GOP wants. 8 yrs of the GOP and this is where we are.

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    Abaratarrr 07/21/2010 3:17pm
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    8years? the democrats have controlled the house and senate for the last four years,

    pop quiz: What is 10 – 6 ?

    it is now 2010 the democrats have had the majority since 2006.

    the republicans are no better and would have screwed thing up just as bad but you can’t say they have been in charge for the last 8 years when the dems have had the majorities for the last 4 years.

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    artledoux 07/21/2010 9:15pm

    The Senate was evenly divided until the 2008 election. Prior to that the
    Senate had 49 Dems and 49 Rep. and 2 independents.
    Also the Democratic majority in the house actually started when they were
    sworn in January 4th 2007. This was after the November 2006 election.
    Art LeDoux

  • matt24mo2010 07/21/2010 12:16pm

    Thats good. Ive been trying to keep up on this stuff, But alot of it confuses me. About how much longer are we looking at before we can get some money coming back in 1 week 2 week or longer?

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    Abaratarrr 07/21/2010 1:05pm
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    read the comments form yesterdays blog post lots of good info

  • hustlinin 07/21/2010 12:17pm

    vote on passage going on now

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    juju39567 07/21/2010 12:23pm

    no this is another amendment to add a website or something

  • juju39567 07/21/2010 12:22pm

    after 2 months of nothing now the republicans are trying to add stuff?? Has to be another stall tactic im ashamed to ever call myself a republican and will not do so anymore the democrats have thier own downfalls but seriously. Maybe i can make some new braclets that say wwgwd (what would george washington do) politics have gotten screwed up with lobbist and this kind of crap the forefathers must be rolling in thier graves makes me sick(or could be my malnourishment from not having enough food these past 1.5 months)

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    Abaratarrr 07/21/2010 1:08pm
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    no they could have put off the vote until next week, they agreed to allow for a vote immediatly as soon as read made the motion. the stories earlier about them delaying this for the 30 hours was just bad reporting.,

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    juju39567 07/21/2010 1:24pm

    no after cloutier vote passed the next vote has to be within 30 hours so it would of been up for vote at 900 et ive learned alot in the past months about this i see now theyre just trying to add stuff they want passed to piggyback this bill

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    Abaratarrr 07/21/2010 1:32pm
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    only because the republican agreed to let the clock run when the senate was not in session, they could have required 30 hours of actual floor time to debate the bill which would have pushed it into next week. 8 hours a day times 4 days
    Wednesday Thursday Friday Monday, thats next week.

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    juju39567 07/21/2010 1:34pm

    if u read the reuters link in article youll see your wrong thank you for your insite though

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    Abaratarrr 07/21/2010 1:46pm
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    I watched it live as it happened on cspan so did many others here

    http://www.cspan.org/Watch/C-SPAN2.aspx

    the whole waiting 30 hours story was printed before reid made a motion to vote. The media started reporting that the republicans were going to make them wit even before reid asked for a vote. it was shoddy reporting and people keep repeating it.

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    Abaratarrr 07/21/2010 1:47pm
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    are you going to believe routers or harry reid?

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