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Stabenow Calls for Passage of Tier V Unemployment Extension Bill, Lemieux Objects

September 29, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

This afternoon Sen. Debbie Ann Stabenow [D, MI] called for the Senate to pass, under unanimous consent, the “Americans Want to Work Act.” The bill would add a fifth tier of unemployment insurance benefits in states with unemployment rates above 7.5%. The fifth tier would give an additional 20 weeks of benefits to unemployed people who have exhausted all of their available unemployment insurance benefits and have not yet found a job. Estimates differ on how many people would quialify for a fifth tier of benefits, but it’s generally believed to be somewhere around 2 million.

Josh at Senatus, caught the action on the Senate floor:

Senator George LeMieux (R-FL) objected to an attempt by Senator Stabenow to unanimously pass this bill. He said Republican members were unclear as to how much the legislation would cost and how it would be paid for. Senator Stabenow said these unemployment provisions constituted emergency spending.

According to observers on Twitter, LeMieux also claimed that he had “just been handed” the bill and needed more time to review it. The bill has been publicly available for review since August 4th. The unemployment rate in Florida right now is 11.6%; you would think LeMieux would have though to take a look at it by now.

In order to overcome LeMieux’s objection to doing this under unanimous consent, the Democrats would have to put together a cloture petition, file for cloture, wait for the cloture motion to ripen, invoke cloture with 60 votes… and then they would begin the actual debate. David Waldman has more detailed information on how that process works.

UPDATE: Here’s a direct link to video of the floor proceedings in which Stabenow motions to pass S.3706 under unanimous consent and LeMieux objects.

UPDATE 2: Better yet, here’s embeddable video from Stabenow’s YouTube account:

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Displaying 1-30 of 61 total comments.

bugsy166 09/30/2010 10:20am

NOTE TO ALL FELLOW 99ERS (who dont follow pollitics to well)


Senator George LeMieux
Republican • Florida • 1st Term • Sworn In 2009

nmeagent 09/29/2010 6:57pm
in reply to bcarney Sep 29, 2010 3:46pm

“They took our jobs from us and they are still outsourcing and this is why we can’t support ourselves or our families!! "

These jobs don’t belong to you. They are the employers’ to do with as they wish, contracts notwithstanding. If you want to work then stop supporting government that continues to make it incredibly unattractive to do business in the United States. Support candidates that will lower taxes, reduce regulations and associated compliance costs, and generally shrink the size of government. Until you identify the real problems and do something substantive about them, you will always be a periodic victim.

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Lookup 09/30/2010 6:09am

I lost my job because the company I worked for was sold to Indians and they only hire Indians. I have worked full time since I was 16, I am now 56. I blame the Republicans and though I am registered Independent I will never ever vote for a republican. Their agenda is clear. What they don’t understand is they have killed the goose that layed the golden egg- people like myself who actually love to work and pay taxes. America has self destructed and the republicans did it.

bcarney 09/29/2010 3:46pm

What they fail to realize is that these people had to meet certain criteria, in the first place, in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. They could not have quit their jobs, or gotten fired otherwise they would not be eligible. This should confirm that we are not lazy or poor workers. Also, we are working class, not welfare class; meaning, we have worked and help build this nation for decades and paid our taxes just like everybody else and had no problem doing this! They took our jobs from us and they are still outsourcing and this is why we can’t support ourselves or our families!! When is the victim to blame?? If they had left us alone in the first place we would still be working and paying taxes and celebrating holidays like they are! If working our jobs until they were taken away doesn’t prove that we want to work, then what does?

bcarney 09/29/2010 3:53pm

They used to argue that receiving unemployment benefits kept us from looking for work! Well, news flash, we (99ers) have been without benefits for 7 months now, so now what is their excuse? These people are incredible! If we were living in another country and going hungry and homeless they would send billions to help, without a second thought and with American working class tax money! But, American working class tax money can’t help unemployed working class??? WTF is that? We need a helping hand until jobs are created…what happened to patriotism? Or appreciation for those that paid taxes for 3 and 4 decades? Do we suddenly not count because they took our jobs and we can’t pay? Guess what, even with unemployment benefits we paid taxes and spent money to help the economy…so what’s the problem? Deficit? What about the millionaire tax breaks that added to the deficit, for rich people to hold on to all their money instead of paying like the poor person does?

jomholt 09/30/2010 2:10pm

I will never vote for a republican again. Without the extension we will be homeless by January and they want to break early, and not come back until after the election? My 99 weeks ran out in June. My husband only has until 11-30-10 without the extension. There are no jobs!!!!!!And they want to extend the tax credit to the rich??? What are the republicans smoking?

Amonique 10/03/2010 9:28am

This is not money that is free. This is money that the american worker pays into. And once the unemployment insurance is disbursed-it is then taxed. So, who are you to say, you are being forced to pay for someone to remain unemployed? Perhaps, once your company experiences the unfortunate circumstances many already have, you too will be hoping for some kind of ‘assistance’.
I absolutely resent the fact that people who are still working act as if tomorrow may not be the last day. Face reality. Your job is not secure either. And once it is gone, who will you look to for support?
Unemployment insurance is not a hand out-it’s paid into and again it is TAXED.
Someone has unemployment insurance mistaken for welfare. Maybe that’s the fight you need to be gearing up for. I find it quite obnoxious that people who still have a job today think themselves to be better than those who have worked paid into this insurance and now need it. Good luck to you and your family when it happens to you.

bcarney 09/29/2010 3:19pm
in reply to eavina30 Sep 29, 2010 2:32pm

Exactly!! Why does Senator Stabenow keep waiting until two days before they leave to say something? She did this in August before their month long vacation and she’s doing it now, just before they leave to campaign. Does anybody else see the connection, here? This is a ploy to act as if they care, to get our votes. If they actually cared, this bill would have taken precedence over other legislation that is not as critical as American’s going hungry and homeless; for example, the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” bs. How and in what world would this be more important than the hardship of working class Americans who have become unemployed unemployed through no fault of their own and now can’t survive as a result of this so called ‘jobless recovery’?

Rationalview 10/02/2010 5:59pm

While all of you have so much to say, maybe you should listen – and while you are listening, walk. walk in my shoes as I send in resumes after resumes – check emails and the phone for a possible interview – worry about how i will pay my bills – even food. Don’t be so superior – you never know what tragedy is around the corner for you – it could be cancer or heart disease or you could stub your toe – regardless – it could be that you lose your job – it’s called life and you can never predict what will befall you – so, remember that the next time you bite down on a piece of hard candy and crack your tooth.

mouseissue 10/02/2010 1:06pm
in reply to nmeagent Oct 01, 2010 9:11pm


You are right!!!

I know several businesspersons who said that if the Bush tax cuts expire for them, they will not hire any more and most likely have to lay people off to stay profitable.

You can bet many large companies out there will lay off tons of people.
The national unemployment rate could be as high as 15% (maybe more)!!!

At that point, we might see a Tier 5. But it will only delay the inevitable financial destruction of millions of hard working Americans!

Jeff58 09/30/2010 9:53pm
in reply to bcarney Sep 29, 2010 3:46pm

Honestly spoken. Thanks

bugsy166 09/30/2010 10:20am

NOTE TO ALL FELLOW 99ERS (who dont follow pollitics to well)


Senator George LeMieux
Republican • Florida • 1st Term • Sworn In 2009

DeborahJBrown 09/30/2010 8:21am
in reply to eavina30 Sep 29, 2010 2:32pm

We know FOR SURE that Republicans won’t… it’s a 50/50 toss of the dice. We can choose from those who demonstrate they have zero interest in helping (Republicans) or we can choose from those who show some level of concern (even before the campaigning began)… THINK HARD, weigh it. I am a registered Republican and have been since 1972. I am 56 years old, long-term unemployed and tired of being accused of not finding jobs that don’t exist. I cannot afford to support the Republican party this year… that is voting for a guaranteed ZERO CONCERN for unemployment and job restoration.

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bugsy166 09/30/2010 1:06pm

Congress would not be in such a hurry to leave town for their expensive (tax paid) VACATIONS (all the time) if their HUGE PAYCHECKS AND lavish tastes and styles were jeopardy. they would stay in the white house until all of these out-standing issues were 100% resolved!!!

NOW COME ELECTION DAY THEY WILL PAY THE ULTIMATE PRICE, BUT IF they acted responsibly, maturely, and with American priorities in mind and heart, they wouldn’t need TO TRY TO CAMPAIGN SO HARD and beg for their jobs. Had they represented America PROPERLY and done what they were elected TO DO rather than what they were ordered to do by their party leaders, recess after recess would be unnecessary. IS AMAZING HOW THE REPUBLICAN PARRY CHOSE TO USE A FALL GUY ~ SENATOR George LeMieux from florida TO DO THEIR DIRTY WORK OF DECLINING/REJECTING TIER V JUST BECAUSE HE IS RESIGNING FROM OFFICE! WONDER WHAT OTHER TACTICS THE REPUBLICANS WILL COME UP WITH?

Drewbot78 09/30/2010 7:02am

3 more Unemployment weeks left for me. After almost 2 years of Applying for job after job after job, I have gotten ONE…ONE… answer back from a company only to tell me NO THANKS. Well I guess it is time to get ready to be homeless. Recovery my ass.

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mouseissue 10/02/2010 12:55pm
in reply to bugsy166 Sep 30, 2010 1:38pm


Sounds you have an issue with “job outsourcing” to other countries.
It’s one of the top two reasons we can’t find jobs!

If it weren’t so damn expensive for U.S. companies to do business here at home, you would not see near as much job outsourcing.

Why is it so damn expensive to do business here in the U.S.?

1) Ecological Stupidity (e.g. Giving Brazil a $2 billion loan for off-shore oil drilling while stopping ALL of our own). I guess this is Obama’s idea of protecting the planet.

2) Over-Regulation (e.g. The excessive taxes that a business must pay it’s city, county, state, and federal governments. All the licenses and fees businesses have to pay. The excessive amount of rules to do business).

3) Etc., etc., etc..

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bcarney 09/29/2010 4:12pm

Even if they pass the Tier V and we eventually get jobs, we are still the losers. We have lost our homes, credit is gone, lost our cars, owe medical bills, depleted our savings, and some of us have lost our children or spouses do to our long-term financial hardships. We have worked all of our lives to own a home, to purchase a decent car to go to and fro, and to save money for our retirement or to send our children to college and they took it all when they took our jobs. Now they have turned their backs and no longer want to give us kibbles and bits so that we don’t starve to death as well. We are angry and we should be because we may never live the American Dream, ever again because of these selfish pigs! They can’t even fathom the plight of the 99ers! They can’t relate because even if they are not re-elected they will be finanically stable for the rest of their lives, off of taxpayer money!!

mouseissue 10/02/2010 12:59pm
in reply to bugsy166 Sep 30, 2010 1:39pm


If you think those Progressive Dems are any different, you are a fool!

Your last idea has merit. But I would say that if the Pres and Congress spend too much, they get a pay cut. If they don’t over-tax us, they can have a pay raise. But if they want to keep spending money on BS that does not work and tax us more for it, they should pay the bill IN FULL!

bugsy166 09/30/2010 11:39am

Thier are over 12 candidates running for congress (office) that have allready stated that they will fight for the 99ers to recieve TIER V ……WE DONT NEED ANYMORE congressional ASSHOLES that have shown they are AGAINST TIER V
Congress is made up of two houses….The Senate is the higher house…and the House of Representatives is the lower house. Those two bodies make up Congress. The House and Congress are not separate!

mouseissue 10/02/2010 12:39pm
in reply to bcarney Sep 29, 2010 4:12pm


Your’re right.

If you are homeless, you don’t go to Home Depot or Lowe’s to by new lawn chairs for your backyard, or a new BBQ, or new sprinkler system, etc..

Food and clothing are about all you will buy (IF you can).
This DOES NOT help the economy at all!!!

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Aaron92656 09/29/2010 3:54pm

It is VERY clear of the majority of American people, The United States Government is broken, it [has] been broken. Wall Street, Corporate America the 2% filthy rich, run this country, this government. Until Americans stand up and take action, there is no life left in this country. Take a look at how much your Senator and House Rep made last year. How many are multi-millionaires!
OH WAIT, how about how many WEEKS of vacation they take each year. Take a look. Be prepared to throw-up!
This government has instilled fear for years. They have enacted laws that if an American even tries to create an uproar, guess what, You’re considered a terrorist and will be convicted as one. GOD BLESS AMERICA – THE LAND OF THE FREE!

Time to WAKE UP America! -YES, that means YOU in the Mid-West Red States!

TheDutchess 09/30/2010 5:48am
in reply to eavina30 Sep 29, 2010 2:32pm

The Democrats are our only hope. Do you see any Republicans trying to get us extended benefits? I don’t. They may have majority but it you fully understand how things work in Congress, then you would know that you still need some from the other side to get things through. The party of NO has not done anything to help us get benefits. Have you forgotten what happened over the summer? They need to make sure that when they do try this time, that it goes through without any filibustering like what happened over the summer. I understand why Reid is doing what he’s doing. Honestly, it would take an entire week just to get through the process after the Republicans say no. I think that Reid wants to put it through without any hold-ups. I’m all for that…

RAYBOB 10/04/2010 4:04am


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beenblue 10/01/2010 10:14pm
in reply to JMac Sep 30, 2010 11:04pm

Dear JMac, It`s all sound bites, and borrowed opinions BE COOL, don`t let them get under your skin and remember to vote, hang in there……

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