H.R.5749 - Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008

To provide for a program of emergency unemployment compensation. view all titles (5)

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  • Short: Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008 as introduced.
  • Short: Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008 as reported to house.
  • Official: To provide for a program of emergency unemployment compensation. as introduced.
  • Popular: Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008 as introduced.
  • Short: Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008 as passed house.

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  • outoftime 06/04/2008 7:01pm

    Look at what the Republicans pulled in the Senate today.

    June 04, 2008
    Categories: Bad behavior

    Not that anyone’s watching, but the Senate has shut down

    Overshadowed by the hype of Barack Obama’s victory lap on the Senate floor today is a simmering dispute between Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell over President Bush’s remaining judicial nominees.

    McConnell has essentially shut down the Senate floor this afternoon by forcing the Senate clerk to read aloud the entire 500 page global warming bill. So if legislative language is your thing, turn on C-SPAN and watch the Senate at its best, or worst, depending on your perspective.

    McConnell (R-Ky.) believes Reid (D-Nev.) has backtracked on a promise to clear a significant number of Republican judicial nominees, but Democrats are becoming more and more hesitant to give Bush judges a lifelong appointment to the federal bench in the waning months of this White House.

    “The Democratic majority has refused to honor its commitments,” McConnell said. “It apparently believes that commitments do not matter in the United States Senate, and that actions do not have consequences.”

    One of those consquences, apparently, is a complete shut down of the Senate.

    Here’s a snippet of the full response from Reid spokesman Jim Manley on the Republican maneuver.

    “Devoid of ideas for addressing global warming and unwilling to work with us to strengthen our weakening economy and energy policy, Republicans have now resorted to changing the subject with inaccurate attacks.

    “Senator Reid pledged a good-faith effort to have the Senate consider three court of appeals nominees before the Memorial Day recess, with the explicit caveat that achieving that goal depended on Republican cooperation. The Senate did, in fact, confirm Virginia Supreme Court Judge Steven Agee to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in May, and Chairman Leahy expedited Judiciary Committee consideration of two nominees to Michigan seats on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. These nominations were the result of many years of negotiation between the White House and the Michigan Senators."

  • Anonymous 06/04/2008 7:01pm
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    the only way you can win is make alot of noise. that is why i think some of these anon are in here. they want to slow you down or make you stop posting.

  • Anonymous 06/04/2008 7:21pm

    As previously posted by CS, we need to call each and every one of the Blue dogs for the rest of the week and the next week. We must let them know not extending the unemployment in these hard times is inexcusable.

    Each of us must do this!!!!

    House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
    House Appropriations Chairman David R. Obey (D-Wis.)

    Blue Dog Roster for 110th Congress Blue Dog

    Rep. Elect Michael Arcuri (NY) 202-225-3665 202-225-1891
    Rep. Joe Baca (CA) 202-225-6161 202-225-8671
    Rep. John Barrow (GA) 202-225-2823 202-225-3377
    Rep. Melissa Bean (IL) 202-225-3711 202-225-7830
    Rep. Marion Berry (AR) 202-225-4076 202-225-5602
    Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA) 202-225-3631 202-225-2203
    Rep. Dan Boren (OK) 202-225-2701 202-225-3038
    Rep. Leonard Boswell (IA) 202-225-3806 202-225-5608
    Rep. Allen Boyd (FL) 202-225-5235 202-225-5615
    Rep. Dennis Cardoza (CA) 202-225-6131 202-225-0819
    Rep. Ben Chandler (KY) 202-225-4706 202-225-2122
    Rep. Jim Cooper (TN) 202-225-4311 202-226-1035
    Rep. Jim Costa (CA) 202-225-3341 202-225-9308
    Rep. Robert E. “Bud” Cramer (AL) 202-225-4801 202-225-4392
    Rep. Lincoln Davis (TN) 202-225-6831 202-226-5172
    Rep. Elect Joe Donnelly (IN) 202-225-3915 202-225-6798
    Rep. Elect Brad Ellsworth (IN) 202-225-4636 202-225-3284
    Rep. Elect Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)202-225-5614 202-225-1168
    Rep. Jane Harman (CA) 202-225-8220 202-226-7290
    Rep. Stephanie Herseth (SD) 202-225-2801 202-225-5823
    Rep. Elect Baron Hill (IN) 202-225-5315 202-226-6866
    Rep. Tim Holden (PA) 202-225-5546 202-225-0996
    Rep. Steve Israel (NY) 202-225-3335 202-225-4669
    Rep. Elect Tim Mahoney (FL) 202-225-5792 202-225-3132
    Rep. Jim Matheson (UT) 202-225-3011 202-225-5638
    Rep. Mike McIntyre (NC) 202-225-2731 202-225-5773
    Rep. Jim Marshall (GA) 202-225-6531 202-225-3013
    Rep. Charles Melancon (LA) 202-225-4031 202-226-3944
    Rep. Mike Michaud (ME) 202-225-6306 202-225-2943
    Rep. Dennis Moore (KS), 202-225-2865 202-225-2807
    Rep. Elect Patrick Murphy (PA) 202-225-4276 202-225-9511
    Rep. Collin Peterson (MN) 202-225-2165 202-225-1593
    Rep. Earl Pomeroy (ND) 202-225-2611 202-225-0893
    Rep. Mike Ross (AR) 202-225-3772 202-225-1314
    Rep. John Salazar (C0) 202-225-4761 202-226-9669
    Rep. Loretta Sanchez (CA) 202-225-2965 202-225-5859
    Rep. Adam Schiff (CA) 202-225-4176 202-225-5828
    Rep. Elect Heath Shuler (NC) 202-225-6401 202-226-6422
    Rep. David Scott (GA) 202-225-2939 202-225-4628
    Rep. John Tanner (TN) 202-225-4714 202-225-1765
    Rep. Ellen Tauscher (CA) 202-225-1880 202-225-5914
    Rep. Gene Taylor (MS) 202-225-5772 202-225-7074
    Rep. Mike Thompson (CA) 202-225-3311 202-225-4335

  • outoftime 06/04/2008 7:38pm

    We better all do everything we can to fight for this extension. I just found two articles and the news is not good.

    House Democrats cut unemployment extension to fund wars
    06/04/2008 @ 10:47 am
    Filed by John Byrne

    Seeking to find a way to win over fiscally conservative “Blue Dog” members of their own caucus, House Democrats are planning to ax a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits to find a way to pay for the Iraq war.

    The move comes against the wishes of the Senate: the unemployment benefit passed without incident there, with 75 senators supporting the final bill.

    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) told the Washington Post yesterday that the unemployment insurance provision would “probably not” be part of the final package of war and domestic spending.

    The bill provides funding for President Bush’s Iraq and Afghan wars. It also provides a new educational benefit for military servicemembers — at $52 billion. The Senate has passed Bush’s war bill already, at $250 billion for 10 years; the House bill settles at $165 billion, and also includes funding for some domestic measures.

    Bush and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) oppose the military educational benefit, saying it is too expensive and will drain troops from active service. The benefit, introduced by Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA), offers enough money to cover all university charges, up to the cost of the most expensive public university in a veteran’s home state.

    Hoyer told the Post the final version of the bill won’t come to the House floor until at least next week, while members negotiate between the chambers.

    With Reuters.

  • outoftime 06/04/2008 7:43pm

    House Dems may jettison jobless aid
    By: David Rogers
    June 4, 2008 05:50 AM EST

    House Democrats appeared prepared Tuesday night to strip out new jobless benefits from a war funding bill in hopes of advancing what’s become the party’s higher political priority: expanded education aid for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

    The difficult tradeoff reflects the growing influence of the presidential campaign on the Democratic legislative agenda.

    The party’s presumptive nominee, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), has embraced the expanded GI benefits, even as his Republican rival, Arizona Sen. John McCain, has criticized the proposal.

    In laying claim to the Democratic nomination Tuesday night in St. Paul, Minn., Obama emphasized the need for improved aid to veterans as part of his pitch to end the war in Iraq — a second dividing point with McCain.

    “We must be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in — but start leaving we must,” Obama said. “It’s time for Iraqis to take responsibility for their future. It’s time to rebuild our military and give our veterans the care they need and the benefits they deserve when they come home.”

    After winning approval of the jobless benefits in the House and Senate, labor allies signaled their disappointment at the Democratic change in course now. But House leadership aides signaled strongly that the $15.6 billion for extended unemployment benefits is unlikely to survive as part of the final package.

    There are promises to try again in the future. But this would mark the second time this year that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal.) has had to pull back on jobless funding in an effort to reach a deal with President Bush.

    In the first case, Pelosi succeeded in winning an economic stimulus package that directed more of the tax benefits to working-class families. This time, she seems intent on narrowing the focus to a greatly expanded GI education benefit that has broad bipartisan support this election year.

    The White House has objected to the design and cost of the new benefit, worth about $52 billion over 10 years. But Republicans predict that Bush could be overridden if he were to veto a stripped-down spending package confined largely to his war funding and the new GI benefit.

    “It would sail through,” predicted one House Republican leader,

    Prior to the Memorial Day recess, the Senate approved $165.4 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and most—if not all—of this funding will be part of the final package.

    Apart from the jobless benefits, House Democrats appear willing to give some ground as well on a series of Medicare-Medicaid regulatory issues. But the more ticklish — and time-consuming — question could be how far to go in stripping out billions in discretionary appropriations approved by the Senate.

    Much of the new money added by senators will have to be dropped to appease the White House, but some core programs, such as aid to rural schools, could yet survive. And the whole bargaining process is complicated by the poor health of Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd (D-W. Va.), who is 90 and was hospitalized again this week because of a fever.

    © 2008 Capitol News Company, LLC

  • americausa 06/04/2008 7:54pm

    Here is the list of the bluedogs, they support tobacco, they do not want extended Unemployment insurance to pass. Pass this list on. Lets see how many of these representatives of the people are employed next year.

    Rep. Michael Arcuri (N.Y.)
    Rep. Joe Baca (Calif.)
    Rep. John Barrow (Ga.)
    Rep. Melissa Bean (Ill.)
    Rep. Marion Berry (Ark.)
    Rep. Sanford Bishop (Ga.)
    Rep. Dan Boren (Okla.)
    Rep. Leonard Boswell (Iowa)
    Rep. Allen Boyd (Fla.)
    Rep. Dennis Cardoza (Calif.)
    Rep. Chris Carney (Pa.)
    Rep. Ben Chandler (Ky.)
    Rep. Jim Cooper (Tenn.)
    Rep. Jim Costa (Calif.)
    Rep. Robert E. Cramer (Ala.)
    Rep. Lincoln Davis (Tenn.)
    Rep. Joe Donnelly (Ind.)
    Rep. Brad Ellsworth (Ind.)
    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (Ariz)
    Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.)
    Rep. Bart Gordon (Tenn.)
    Rep. Jane Harman (Calif.)
    Rep. Stephanie Herseth (S.D.)
    Rep. Baron Hill (Ind.)
    Rep. Tim Holden (Pa.)
    Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.)
    Rep. Nick Lampson (Texas)
    Rep. Tim Mahoney (Fla.)
    Rep. Jim Marshall (Ga.)
    Rep. Jim Matheson (Utah)
    Rep. Mike McIntyre (N.C.)
    Rep. Charles Melancon (La.)
    Rep. Mike Michaud (Maine)
    Rep. Dennis Moore (Kansas)
    Rep. Patrick Murphy (Pa.)
    Rep. Collin Peterson (Minn.)
    Rep. Earl Pomeroy (N.D.)
    Rep. Mike Ross (Ark.)
    Rep. John Salazar (Colo.)
    Rep. Loretta Sanchez (Calif.)
    Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.)
    Rep. David Scott (Ga.)
    Rep. Heath Shuler (N.C.)
    Rep. Zack Space (Ohio)
    Rep. John Tanner (Tenn.)
    Rep. Gene Taylor (Miss.)
    Rep. Mike Thompson (Calif.)
    Rep. Charlie Wilson (Ohio)

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    Anonymous 06/04/2008 8:06pm

    According to Aprils Government statistics there were 7.8 million unemployed this year. Last year the number was 6.8 million. That is an 800,000 difference! If you counted those who exhausted their benefits that puts the figure at about 12 million. Yes, we can be powerful. If the Blue Dogs don’t support this legislation Lets vote the BLUE DOGS out of office. Pass it on to your family and friends.

  • Anonymous 06/04/2008 8:08pm

    House Democrats are likely to drop a 13-week extension of unemployment insurance benefits from a major spending package that includes continued funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and that would create a new education benefit for military veterans returning from the battlefields.

    House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said yesterday that the unemployment insurance provision would “probably not” be part of the final package of war and domestic spending, which has become the most important legislative battle this spring between congressional Democrats and President Bush […]

    The version of the bill approved by the Senate on May 22 would cost more than $250 billion over 10 years, a price tag that the fiscally conservative caucus of “Blue Dog” House Democrats opposes. The bill would provide $165 billion to fund the two wars into the next presidency, along with billions of dollars more for domestic programs.

    The total absurdity about Blue Dogs balking at the price tag of domestic spending in a bill that puts $165 BILLION dollars for war funding OFF THE BOOKS . I mean good Lord.

    If Obama wins, Democrats will own this war. And all of these Blue Dogs will have a choice to make, and they’ll either understand the meaning of responsibility or we’ll have to hold them to account. There’s so much rot in the Democratic Party to clear away, it’s going to be a rough road.
    Labels: Bush Dogs, Democrats, Iraq, Steny Hoyer, unemployment, war funding

  • outoftime 06/04/2008 8:25pm

    This really makes me mad as hell, They want a fight, they got it. I will use every resource I can find to fight this.

    “Seeking to find a way to win over fiscally conservative “Blue Dog” members of their own caucus, House Democrats are planning to ax a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits to find a way to pay for the Iraq war".

  • outoftime 06/04/2008 8:56pm
    • Currently, more than 1 million workers have exhausted their 26 weeks of regular UI benefits and remain unemployed. By next year, that number is likely to grow by an additional 3 million. Thus, the extension would help ease an enormous strain for more than 4 million jobless workers and their families who are most hurt by the economic downturn.

    That is a lot of votes.

    Goodnight everyone. Even with the bad news don’t give up hope. There is always hope.

  • Anonymous 06/04/2008 8:58pm
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    if this were the 60’s we would march/protest.. but now-a-days no one has the heart for radical movements, unless you’re gay

  • outoftime 06/04/2008 9:31pm

    One last thing for tonight. I just read Donny Shaw’s Post on the OpenCongress home page. Everyone should read it. It is time we all join together to fight to save the extension.


  • Anonymous 06/04/2008 11:36pm
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    Where is my F-ing Unemployment extension.

  • kei1261 06/05/2008 12:55am

    It loks like the pathetic House Democrats were using the UE as a prop all along in order to get the GI Bill upgrade passed. A prop that could be discarded. So they dangle it as bait and then just as easily take it off the table as if it is a chip in a poker game. It is sad that these highly paid politicians are playing games with our lives.

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 1:16am
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    The UE is gone the bill is now in the senate for their approval. Then it comes back to the house for the vote.
    We were sold out.

    ue in N.C.

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 1:22am
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    Where did your hear this ?Did you hear it from the scummy news media?? Nobody know what they are gonna do,now do we?

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 1:42am

    I will be totaly honest here , the majority of guys and gals that leave the servvice have alreday received the higher education while in the service or aren’t interested. The congress are just kissing ass because of the guilt of going into Iraq that they voted for.

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 1:47am

    The thing is some of these reserves they are taking away from their careers and making them go to Iraq not once but sometimes 2 and 3 times is horrible, and now they want to educate them. A man or woman should be sent to Iraq for 11 months and thats it just like they did in the vietnam war, no kid shuld have to stay in combat like this for 17 and 18 months or more even if they are inlisted, quit using our servicmen and woman.

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 1:57am


    Action Alert – Call House Leadership to Make Sure Jobless Benefits Stay Part of the War Spending Bill.

    Folks –

    We all have to act fast to help the nation’s jobless families. As reported in the Washington Post today, the Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives is considering dropping the extension of jobless benefits from the war spending package that they will vote on late this week or early next week.

    If you remember, the Senate passed the unemployment benefits extension along with a number of other domestic spending items with the war spending bill. While the House of Representatives passed the extension as well, now they have to decide whether to adopt the whole Senate package before them – a package which includes more domestic spending items than the previous House measure — or cut it down in the belief that the President would be more likely to sign a more limited war spending bill.

    With all the strong bi-partisan support for the extension of unemployment benefits in the House and the Senate, we believe the House leadership should send the message to the President that the extension of unemployment benefits has to be signed into law right away with the war spending bill. If not, and another bill is introduced later just to extend jobless benefits, it could take a very long time before it makes its way again through the House and the Senate (it would require at least 60 votes in the Senate, which is never easy), plus the President could always veto that bill as well.

    Act Now! Right away, please call both Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s office and leave a message saying, “The extension of unemployment benefits must be included in the war spending bill to be voted by the House of Representatives.” Please also call you Congressperson right away and say, “Please tell Speaker Nancy Pelosi you strongly support providing extended unemployment insurance benefits as part of the war spending bill to be voted on by the House of Representatives.” The toll-free number is 1-877-331-1223.

    Thank you for keeping up the fight for the unemployed!

    National Employment Law Project

    Washington Post story:

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 2:03am

    Washington Post are a$$ wipes they said last time that the bill wasn’t even in the war funds and they were wrong, Yahoo is the same way, I just don’t buy the media bull sh*t anymore, who would leak this? No one..

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  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 2:17am

    TOTAL population of Iraq is 27 million people, and we are sending them $180 billion dollars, but for the 7 million unemployed workers of the UNITED STATES, we get nothing. God Bless the USA and our politics.

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  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 2:24am

    divided we fall

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  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 2:32am

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  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 2:35am
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    wow someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed

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  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 2:41am
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    anon acting like a member….spell check please

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