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GOP Blocks One-Year Unemployment Extension, Wants Spending-Cut Offsets

November 30, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

On Tuesday afternoon, Democrats called on the Senate to pass the Unemployment Insurance Stabilization Act under the expedited unanimous consent procedure. As expected, Sen. Scott Brown [R, MA], acting on behalf of all Republicans, objected and will force a full-fledged debate on the issue that will likely last several weeks and be rolled together with unrelated tax issues. Federal unemployment benefits expire today for millions of long-term unemployed workers.

The bill Democrats tried to pass today would extend federal unemployment benefits until January 3, 2012. Because its costs (approx. $54 billion) are not offset, there was never much of a chance that the Republicans would allow the bill to go through so easily. Republicans have repeatedly said they want to pay for unemployment benefits with corresponding spending cuts (something that’s never been done) before they’ll vote for it, and because the Democrats don’t have a filibuster-proof majority they have a god deal of leverage for enforcing their position.

Immediately after objecting to unanimous consent, Sen. Brown turned the table and called for unanimous-consent passage of a one-year unemployment extension that is fully paid for by rescinding unspent non-security appropriations. Democrats objected.

The most likely scenario at this point is that the unemployment extension will be added to a bill to extend the expiring Bush tax cuts. Obama said today that unemployment benefits were mentioned in a bipartisan meeting on the tax cuts. Sen. Max Baucus [D, MT], who proposed the one-year extension bill that was rejected today, will lead the Democrats in the tax cut negotiations.

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Displaying 1-30 of 97 total comments.

jlohman 12/01/2010 2:51am

So my vote for the Republicans went to support a very greedy segment of our population? That’s NOT what I intended. That extension of tax breaks for the wealthy is estimated to cost $800 billion? Or is that okay?

Oh, those will create jobs!!! Or will they? Where are all of the jobs Bush created with the original tax cut for the wealthy? Oh, you say, they are in China and India!!!

At some point the conservatives must recognize that the elitists and their bribed politicians are raping our country. Do something about it!

mcelyea8000 12/01/2010 1:58am

ALWAYS ENOUGH MONEY TO “HELP” OTHER COUNTRIES BUT NEVER ENOUGH TO HELP OUR OWN. TELL ME HOW WE CAN GO OVER SEAS AND REBUILD OTHER COUNTRIES AND NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO KEEP OUR PEOPLE FROM BEING HOMELESS……WHO IS GOING TO RESCUE US AND REBUILD OUR COUNTRY AFTER ALL OF THIS????

BenjaWiz 12/01/2010 6:12am
in reply to TheDutchess Dec 01, 2010 5:33am

I never said I was Republican and I happen to be in total disagreement with BUSH Tax cuts for wealthy folks as they’ve got more then enough money, look there are social service programs out there for folks who need help. Why do folks want a check and run up more debt and then everyone has to pay more or even higher taxes in the end? this makes no sense we got into this mess from debt to pay for things like Wars, Tax Cuts For Wealthy Folks, That so called Bridged to no where project i.e. pork. This Republican-Democrat fighting over who did what isn’t going to fix our problems here at home but congress needs to balance a budget again not go back to more unwise spending.

TheDutchess 12/01/2010 5:33am
in reply to BenjaWiz Nov 30, 2010 8:35pm

Wow! So I guess you are completely for the Bush Tax cuts even though they are not paid for? I guess since all of us “poor folks” don’t deserve to eat or feed our children. You probably have a job but just on this site for no good reason but to waste time while at work doing nothing. I guess we all just deserve to be bums on the street right? They don’t even agree on the very basic and moral principles of protecting your own. How in the hell is the budget going to get balanced? More jobs have been created in Obama’s Administration in the last year than the last 8 years of the Bush era. There still aren’t enough jobs to go around. So while they debate, people are losing their homes and families can’t buy food. I guess that’s the American way according to you…

laughingatthehypocrites 11/30/2010 9:35pm

TRUTH!!!

From Warren Buffet (Seen on ABC News):

“Billionaire Warren Buffett said that the Bush tax cuts should be allowed to expire for the richest Americans and that the “trickle down” economic theory hasn’t worked.

“If anything, taxes for the lower and middle class and maybe even the upper middle class should even probably be cut further,” Buffett told ABC News in an interview set to air later this week. “But I think that people at the high end — people like myself — should be paying a lot more in taxes. We have it better than we’ve ever had it.”

“The rich are always going to say that, you know, just give us more money and we’ll go out and spend more and then it will all trickle down to the rest of you. But that has not worked the last 10 years, and I hope the American public is catching on,”

The Republicans & Democrats allowing this are greedy, evil and voted into office by US. They are thanking us all the way to their (non-local) bank.

BenjaWiz 11/30/2010 8:35pm

When some of us elected a new congress we wanted a balanced budget and job creation not long term unemployment checks delivered while racking up more debt enough is enough this is a step in the right direction what happened today.

BenjaWiz 12/01/2010 6:16am
in reply to mcelyea8000 Dec 01, 2010 1:58am

great point made in this statement above.

BenjaWiz 11/30/2010 8:32pm

It’s about time the breaks have been put on this tax and spend congress we need to look at how this can be offset if extended good job Brown :).

HelpUsPlease 12/01/2010 5:40pm

I am actually ashamed that I live in this country anymore, Problem is, can’t go anywhere else because everyone hates the Americans anymore because of the Bush’s…I have worked my whole life and this is what I get, of no fault of my own? I have worked hard physical labor my whole life, something politicians know nothing about, unless you consider pencil pushing and blowing farts in the wind physical labor…This is truly pathetic what our so called leaders are doin to this country…If this is not passed, there will be many Americans that feel that they have nothing more to lose since the Gov’t took it all away, and will take matters into their own hands….Republicans might need to ask for an early admittance to the so called Residential Centers aka FEMA camps they have prepared

beenblue 11/30/2010 3:42pm
in reply to Jess01869 Nov 30, 2010 2:45pm

Sounds like the make`ns for a great song, I`v got it stuck in my head, and Willy`s singen the lyrics.

DGalanteNJ 11/30/2010 5:35pm

What a shame, what a damn shame that our own country turns its back on us when we need it most! I voted Democrat and now pray they help us fight for what we need to survive. I couldn’t believe they just wrapped it up tonight with no regard for where our future stands. I’m over 55 and have been unemployed since 2009, I have put so many resumes in I’ve lost track of where I have applied. I used to make over $75000 a year, now I am begging for jobs that pay $9. a hour. I apply and they say sorry, your over qualified. Am I over qualified to eat? To have a roof over my head? Buy medicine I need? Congress, remember us who once paid your salary, you work for us, we don’t work for you!

Syraminx 12/02/2010 7:51am
in reply to Rationalview Dec 01, 2010 8:24am

Yeah exactly…“do anything it takes”…like break into cars and houses? Because that’s precisely what has been happening in my neighborhood. There has been a sharp increase in crime just since Tuesday…5 break-ins in three days. I live in a nice suburban area of Charlotte, NC. Generally very low crime per the statistics.
If we could afford it we would be moving…I don’t see the situation improving as time moves forward and more benefits expire.
Desperate times = desperate actions.
People will do whatever it takes to survive, fend for themselves and for their loved ones.
The government has sure set us up for one of a ride!

Adambomb 11/30/2010 1:30pm

thats the truth, everybody is feeling the same way.

empathetic 11/30/2010 12:52pm

Empathy – the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts and experiences of another……

Pharmer1 12/01/2010 3:36am
in reply to Adambomb Nov 30, 2010 12:18pm

Didn’t think we were allowed to say “christmas” anymore. Is Government allowed to recognize such a thing????
Back in the day, that was a time for enhanced, Private, Free Will, Charitable Acts.

Nodlee87 11/30/2010 12:54pm

Please Wake UP Congress!!!!

Please Help Us Feed Our Children!!!!

Please Help Us Stay Warm This Winter!!!

Please Help US!!!!!

empathetic 11/30/2010 1:00pm
Like that is a surprise. The unemployment benefits are immediately spent and go back into the economy to help people live not to go into some ones saving account or for the rich to buy more luxury items they don’t need, or to invest it so they can make more money. Warren Buffet made a statement about the rich should pay more taxes and that they have never had it so easy. I also read that a survey found that a majority of Americans are in favor of extending unemployment benefits. Even 55% of Republicans where in favor.
brute329 11/30/2010 12:01pm

Not suprised! I heard that tier 5 was attached to the ui extensions. Anyone know if this is true?

Jess01869 11/30/2010 3:21pm

Let the riots begin…

empathetic 11/30/2010 1:01pm

How can the Republicans argue they wont vote for the unemployment extensions because it only adds to the defect but they want to continue their tax cuts which would probably pay for it and only adds to the deficit any way. Now I read the democrats may do a trade off giving the Republicans their tax break if they will vote for the unemployment. That is a disgusting bargain. They should all be ashamed. Why cant the tax cuts be extended for the middle class and below and allowed to expire for the rich?

empathetic 11/30/2010 12:59pm

I am not saying the Republicans are completely wrong and the Democrats are completely right. I am not an expert in politics but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that this is wrong. I read the Federal Reserve projects the unemployment rate, now 9.6 percent will only fall to about 9 percent by the end of 2011 but a separate report shows corporate profits reaching their highest levels ever. Now I am reading that studies show the Bush Tax Cuts that are up for renewal over all do not really work that well in helping stimulate the economy. I am sure in some instances they do and some people and businesses actually use the money in a beneficial way but most are just stuffing their pockets and bank accounts. I read that unemployment benefits actually do more to help stimulate the economy. Like that is a surprise.

Adambomb 11/30/2010 12:18pm

Yea thats it turn your backs on us on christmas,wheres the compasion. I hope they all get whats coming to them. Someday they’ll have to answer for this

empathetic 11/30/2010 12:57pm
And now even their unemployment benefits which they depend upon to live are now in jeopardy or are already gone. So everything escalates until they explode. And why? Because our government can spend all the money they do on war and their bureaucracy and themselves but they cant allow someone the ability to provide the basic necessities we all need to live. I hate politics and this is why. So many of the politicians are self absorbed, self righteous narcissists who feed on peoples ignorance and insecurities or their own greed to gain enough of a following to get elected. Then they only do what is in their supporters and their own best interest. The scariest thing is they are so delusional they have convinced themselves that what they are doing is the right thing and feel good about it. So many of these people must be completely out of touch with the real world and how most people live.
empathetic 11/30/2010 1:02pm

I understand a lot of people are concerned and frustrated about the economy but to many are already giving up on Obama and his administration but remember it hasn’t even been two years since he took office. It took Bush and his administration eight years to ruin the country so it is going to take some time to fix it and mistakes may be made. But at least I think Obama is sincere in his intentions and is intelligent enough to do the right thing totally the opposite of our past president. The biggest thing we need is the politicians to put aside their egos, to think about the good of the whole and to work together to solve this mess we are in because things will just continue as they are or even get worse if they do not. The unemployed are not just going to disappear something must be done. If you cut off that many people from their only source of income and jeopardize their lives something bad is going to happen.

beenblue 11/30/2010 2:05pm

This reads like something from “TO WEIRD TO BELIEVE” the Repub party causes the problem, then acts as if it was soo long ago it can`t touch them, turns and blames the victims of being “lazy” and wanting hand outs at Christmas time, wants tax cuts for the wealthy or should I dare say Socialism for the wealthy who don`t need it, redistribute wealth upwards, and unabashedly stop any recovery policy for the middle class that took the hardest blow, set an agenda to take back health care reform for the people who need it most, as costs skyrocket and the insurance co. rake in profits, at the same time we pay for their health care( another socialist act) for the wealthy, on top of all the other perks they enjoy at tax payer expense. Excuse me, but is that not socialism for the elite, and a fist full of shit for the people, who make up “We the People” who elect you smug lobbyist controlled parasites. In my opinion the president needs to invoke executive privilege, and quit blaming congress.

TheDutchess 11/30/2010 3:02pm

They just care about those that already have money and ways to keep it. They don’t care if your kids have no toys, not even the cheapest of toys for christmas; They have everything they need. Just wait until next year – Those Republicans are going to defund every government program that they can and you will see, medicare, healthcare, and perhaps unemployment fade away. What are you going to do then? Sooner or later, people are going to start to take up arms and do what they can to survive can you say “Escape from New York”….

TheDutchess 11/30/2010 2:58pm

Well, I must say that I don’t mind saying, “I told you so”. I knew they weren’t going to pass anything for unemployed citizens. If some of you guys would have made sure the Dems kept their seats, then we wouldn’t even be having this discussion. They would have just voted and it would have gotten through without a glitch. Now, you are gonna have to wait and wait and wait some more. The Republicans all have money and good health insurance that we pay for. So why should they worry about all of us lazy, sore losers? They will just assume to sweep us under a rug and call it a day, as long as they get their way, everything is good. Theyy don’t care about the emergency rooms filling up with people who don’t have healthcare benefits or people who need the basics of gas for the car…

empathetic 11/30/2010 12:56pm
Many people have families, houses, cars and other normal living expenses that are now in jeopardy because of their reduced income. Many people loose their houses, their cars, default on loans, cant pay their rent, utilities, bills and even have trouble feeding themselves and their families. They have the continual stress of hunting and hoping for a job and trying to figure out what they are going to do and how they are going to live until they do find a job. They often have to depend on family and friends and sometimes their churches and communities for help. They loose their dignity, self worth and their sense of independence. Many become depressed which makes things even more difficult. They feel like their lives are hopeless and things may never get better. Some even commit suicide.
TheDutchess 12/01/2010 3:21pm
in reply to TheDutchess Dec 01, 2010 3:20pm

Oh yeah, you did say some of us elected a new congress and a balanced budget. You must have voted for the Republicans because you would have unequivocally said hell no if you didn’t!

beenblue 11/30/2010 3:03pm

I`m so mad, I`m going to pan handle some change and get a drunk on, this is way too crazy to go through sober,I feel like my mind and body has aged 20 yrs, the stinking stress has turned me completely grey top to bottom, even my soul seems withered. What a condition for a life time optimist.

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