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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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    mouseissue 10/02/2010 12:39pm

    bcarney,

    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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • eavina30 09/30/2010 7:34am

    I applied for thousands of jobs, and no call back. It’s time to arm up! If they wont help me then I’ll help myself, I’m going to Beverly Hills to get my money…….Sorry Republicans it’s pay back time

  • bugsy166 09/30/2010 10:20am

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

    ~ PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE THIS GUY OUT OF OFFICE HE IS THE SOLE REASON THAT THE TIER V WONT BE PASSED FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS!!!!!!….HIS NAME IS~

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

  • bugsy166 09/30/2010 10:20am

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

    ~ PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE THIS GUY OUT OF OFFICE HE IS THE SOLE REASON THAT THE TIER V WONT BE PASSED FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS!!!!!!….HIS NAME IS~

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

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  • 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!

  • 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?

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    nmeagent 10/01/2010 9:01pm
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    Okay, let’s say you were to gain the required votes in Congress and Obama signed something containing an extension of unemployment benefits into law. We are trillions of dollars in debt already; where in the hell is the money going to come from, Bugsy? What are you going to tell the millions who remain unemployed indefinitely when the crushing taxes necessary to repay this debt prevent employers from having funds to expand and hire?

    I imagine even if you manage this you’ll be back here in several years lamenting evil Republican efforts to block some bill to extend benefits to 499 weeks or something.

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    nmeagent 10/01/2010 9:03pm
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    You wouldn’t be posting in this forum without Asian manufacturing.

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    mouseissue 10/02/2010 12:55pm

    bugsy,

    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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    mouseissue 10/02/2010 12:59pm

    bugsy,

    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!

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  • 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?

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    nmeagent 10/01/2010 9:11pm

    “There are no jobs!!!!!!And they want to extend the tax credit to the rich???”

    If you think there are few jobs now, just wait until those tax cuts expire. That ugly likelihood will hit the remaining job market like a hydrogen bomb.

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    mouseissue 10/02/2010 1:06pm

    nmeagent,

    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!

  • 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.

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    nmeagent 10/03/2010 8:51am
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    Look, I realize that this is an incredibly difficult situation that you find yourself in. However, that does not justify an extension of a government program. Taxation is theft. You should seek help from one or more of many private charities. If they can’t help you because they lack the resources, they should solicit donations from people like me. I would donate if asked, but I resent your intended expansion of a government program that will confiscate what it needs from me at the point of a gun. If that sort of morality makes me seem ‘superior’ to you, so be it.

  • 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.

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    nmeagent 10/03/2010 1:04pm
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    “This is money that the american worker pays into.”

    This is money that the American worker is forced to pay into. What gives you the right to demand compulsory unemployment insurance?

    “Your job is not secure either.”

    No job is ever secure. They are always subject to the whims of our employers.

    “Someone has unemployment insurance mistaken for welfare.”

    It is a form of welfare. Your benefits are not commensurate with what you pay in, especially when benefits are continually extended all to hell in a financial crisis.

    “Good luck to you and your family when it happens to you.”

    It may. If that happens, it’s my responsibility to make sure I’m fine if that happens and not that of the rest of society.

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  • RAYBOB 10/04/2010 4:04am

    ENOUGH ALREADY. MILLIONS OF PEOPLE STILL CANNOT FIND A JOB THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. CHRISTMAS IS COMING AND WILL BE VERY COLD FOR MANY WHILE OUR LEGISLATORS SLEEP SNUGLY IN THEIR WARM BEDS. DO THE RIGHT THING AND HELP THESE FOLKS…RIGHT NOW!!! RAYBOB

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  • Kerlynne 10/18/2010 11:13am

    Unemployment is mistaken for welfare? I want to stay off welfare!!! I want to work, I try and every day in one form or another!! You are a damn fool if you think that one person that is a 99er or is unemployed for any length of time is mistaking UI for welfare. The fact that is where most of will end up if don’t get a job is sickening. Think then….how many 100’s of thousands will end up on welfare and then where will the economy be A full blown depression!? It is bad enough that the people that I knew that still have jobs treat me like a disease and with pathic looks and hand outs that I have unfortunately take because I need things to continue this drastically reduced lifestyle I continue with. I EARNED these unemployment payments and when the government recognizes our plight and extends our earned UI because WE EARNED IT I will continue to take it, because I don’t want to go on welfare EVER.

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