H.R.589 - Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011

To amend title IV of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for additional weeks of first-tier emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes. view all titles (4)

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  • Official: To amend title IV of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for additional weeks of first-tier emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Popular: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act as introduced.
  • Popular: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011 as introduced.
  • Short: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011 as introduced.

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WasMiddleClass 12/25/2011 4:37pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Dec 25, 2011 4:37pm

These same kind of people will close factories and ship the jobs to China to get even richer, then turn around and call all those that made a career on hard work building that company dirty lazy bums that should just go get a job, no matter if it is not enough money to put a roof over your head anymore.

WasMiddleClass 12/25/2011 4:37pm

As I contemplated what my life has become now, and why, I could not help but think about the battle we are seeing now is as old as time itself. Good vs evil, light vs dark. Those that have empathy, and care about other human beings, and those that know only greed and selfishness, and want to take from others no matter how much they already have. Those that cry bloody murder if they are asked to give a few dollars to help those in need out of their fortunes. “I earned it” they scream, though many in need of help have actually done more to help this country than those screaming will ever do. Who built that fancy office? Who built that fancy house? Who built that fancy car? Who built the roads and bridges you drive on? Who fought those wars? And some of these same people will scream how the problem is those who built those things make way too much at maybe 50k per year, if they still have a job, while they got millions just for a Christmas bonus, or God knows how much from lobbyists.

WasMiddleClass 12/25/2011 2:09pm

Soldier Pawns Purple Heart; Triggers Outpouring Of Support

HOLLAND, Michigan

Phone calls from across the country are coming in to the A-Z Outlet pawn shop in Holland on a seemingly continuous basis after word spread of a soldier pawning a Purple Heart medal to help pay for Christmas.

“We took the phone off the hook the first day because we couldn’t keep control of it,” says Bryan Vandenbosch, the owner of the pawn shop.

…The medal is awarded to U.S. soldiers wounded in battle. This one, according to Vandenbosch, was earned in Afghanistan in May 2010.

Vandenbosch says the active duty solider, on leave from Afghanistan, was reluctant to sell the medal at first, but like a lot of people, he needed a little extra cash for the holiday season.  So, the soldier gave up one of his two Purple Hearts — something he almost gave his life to get.

http://www.kwch.com/news/fox17-purple-heart-pawn-shop-20111219,0,7599884.story

Christmas, the calm before the storm…

WasMiddleClass 12/25/2011 1:55pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Dec 25, 2011 1:54pm

Grant grabbed her chest. “It’s a miracle,” she said, overcome. “I’m very grateful. I’ve never been in this situation where I needed help. I didn’t know there are people who care.”
Total unselfishness

There is one e-mail that sticks in my head. It came from someone who calls himself Rob D. “We don’t have much, but my family and friends want to help buy Amber a Christmas gift,” he wrote. “Could u please tell us how? We’re broke, but we can do something.”

We’re broke, but we can do something.

That might be the greatest statement ever. On this day. At this time of year. It is an act of total unselfishness. Trying to lift up a stranger.

http://www.freep.com/article/20111225/COL38/112250457/Jeff-Seidel-Readers-generosity-lifts-homeless-families

WasMiddleClass 12/25/2011 1:54pm

And another story on the true meaning of Christmas, and the reality so many live in now.

Readers’ generosity lifts homeless families

Donna Grant sat on the floor on a pile of blankets that her 12-year-old daughter Amber Phillips uses for a bed. A new purple mountain bike leaned against the wall — a gift to Amber from a Free Press reader — and Grant wiped tears from her eyes.

Amber lost her old bike when Grant had to leave it with a motel owner to settle a $120 bill. “Amber was hurt; she was crying,” said Grant, who was profiled in last week’s Free Press series about a spike in student homelessness across Michigan.

More than 15 readers offered to buy Amber a bike.

We handed a stack of Christmas cards to Grant and she sat on the floor opening them, as checks and gift cards tumbled out. Many of the letters were anonymous.

WasMiddleClass 12/25/2011 1:54pm

That last story shows the real meaning of Christmas. All the good people out there that step up to help those in need.

As all our elected representatives enjoy their champagne and caviar and forget them.

This part says it all

While Tchouaffe looks for work, she doesn’t understand why the only time she’s ever asked government agencies for help, the only help they’ve offered is to tell her they will split up her family, and send her son to DFCS.

“‘And you sleep in the car,’” she said they told her. “And I say, ‘No, it cannot work that way. I’ve been a very good mother to this boy and to the girls. I don’t want my children to be taken away from me.’”

Thanks to the generosity of 11Alive viewers there is hope. They have food, shelter for the coming month and some money to tide them over until Anna Marie finds a job and can start looking for a home in the Alpharetta area that has handicap accessibility.

WasMiddleClass 12/25/2011 1:53pm

Then I read the crap from all those complaining about “welfare” that have no clue what they are talking about. Here is a story about what welfare is REALLY available for this family.

11Alive viewers help homeless mom and three kids

A state worker tipped off 11Alive News, saying he was trying to help the Tchouaffe family get back on its feet, but couldn’t find any government agency or private charity that could help them.

When we first talked with the family, all four were incredibly, somehow, full of hope, and calm in the face of catastrophe, and trying to suppress fear.

“I’ve been very strong this year,” mom, Anne Marie Tchouaffe, said with a sigh. “But facing this situation is so, so new and so scary for me.”

Anne Marie has two teenage daughters and a son, Jean Baptiste, who has cerebral palsy.

She said shelters will not accept him because of his special needs.

http://www.11alive.com/news/article/218807/40/11Alive-viewers-help—homeless-mom-and-three-kids-

WasMiddleClass 12/25/2011 1:51pm

As I read what many have to say online this Christmas I’m not surprised by how many heartbreaking stories there are out there this year. I’m reading stories from families living in flea bag motels, homeless shelters, and on the street. I ran across many posts from people online at libraries that said they would not be able to check in for Christmas.

I also read about some of those that couldn’t find the strength to get through this Christmas and decided to leave this life…

These are people that used to have jobs, real homes, and real Christmas’s. Not people that “need to take a bath and get a job” like some idiots try to say.

31,800 “homeless” stories just in the past 24 hrs on Google news…

Here is probably the only obituary one in CT will ever get, along with pictures of his last home.

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Police-Death-of-man-found-in-river-not-suspicious-2423477.php#photo-1966784

WasMiddleClass 12/25/2011 1:50pm
in reply to where Dec 25, 2011 8:15am

You’re not alone where, you got me :)

Jail? You ever been there? Still living in that old RV in the dessert with 20 mile wifi?

Anyways…

Merry Christmas

where 12/25/2011 8:15am
in reply to WasMiddleClass Dec 24, 2011 1:26am

Merry Christmas!

This has been the worst year of my life, As I sit here alone I am grateful for what I have, So many are on the street and freezing, I am not a “live on the street” kinda guy, I wouldn’t even know where to “go”, when I had to “go”.

So do you just wear the same clothes all the time? Strange that you dont hear of “homeless” people just dying out on the streets, That what I would do Im sure, Because I just couldn’t cope with it.

I like the Denver mayors solution, Just make Homelessness Illegal! Shit ya them criminals can get a job or goto jail! That will fix it!
Works for me, Three hots and a cot is better than nothing and no place.

Well I have a place for now and Im warming up some ramen noodles for my Christmas breakfast, And dreaming of sausage and eggs with homefries.

Merry Christmas!

WasMiddleClass 12/24/2011 1:26am

What a Christmas eve this year

Already American citizens can be detained indefinitely by the military with no due process because of a new law. I know some try to say the clause that says it doesn’t apply to American citizens makes that not true, but many legal minds have already stated that the part that says that clause does not apply to existing law, and the secret interpretation of the patriot act, makes it true

Now we are in a fight of our lives to stop a bill that allows the government to basically be able to shut down any site when they feel like it, and makes all privacy software illegal

Put that together with all the lies we see from the BLS, and DC now, and things look bad.

Notice how the unemployed disappeared from the media, and you rarely even hear about the fact that all tiers of unemployment extensions, that millions survive on now, were part of that two month tax cut deal?

They want to erase all the unemployed, along with Occupy, and anyone else who speaks out now

WasMiddleClass 12/24/2011 12:00am

60 More Days of the Same

http://www.opencongress.org/articles/view/2456-60-More-Days-of-the-Same

WasMiddleClass 12/22/2011 7:19pm

I know all too well that millions of Americans are wondering how they will survive this winter, and that some will not, just like last winter when many died. They will never see that $20 per week tax cut, but many may freeze to death when their heating assistance ends in the middle of the winter, or they didn’t even have a home anymore to get the assistance in the first place.

For any viewers here that may have to survive this winter with no home or no heat I recommend you watch the new video series from my friend Dave Canterbury of the Dual Survival show as he lives in a “yurt” in the cold . It literally could mean life or death for many.

http://www.youtube.com/user/wildernessoutfitters#p/u/44/V0b0Hv24HlI

WasMiddleClass 12/22/2011 7:17pm

As our government and MSM try to make us believe that whether people making $1000 per week get a extra $20 is the most important thing in America now I am thinking about all those that may freeze to death this winter because heating assistance was just cut 25% as demand skyrockets

I am thinking about the 38% increase in homeless children to 1.6 million now, along with all the other “new” homeless former middle class people.

I am thinking about all those unemployed that the BLS stopped counting since 2007, that would put our official unemployment rate at 11% now if they were not forgotten

I am thinking about all those underemployed now that work for peanuts and can’t even afford the basic necessities anymore.

When I heard Obama talk about what $40 dollars means to many people, all I could think is if I was making $1000 a week again $40 every TWO WEEKS wouldn’t mean a damn thing to me, and that more than half of America makes less than 50K so they will never see that $20!

WasMiddleClass 12/21/2011 9:26pm

Newt Gingrich heckled by Occupy Des Moines protesters; newtgingrich.com apparently hacked 
It got so heated that the ex-House Speaker was eventually chased down the stairwell of the state capitol and into his car

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/newt-gingrich-heckled-occupy-des-moines-protesters-newtgingrich-apparently-hacked-article-1.994922?localLinksEnabled=false

Unemployment benefits are welfare, and “that is what we had welfare reform for”?

Run Newt (if you even can)! Occupy is coming for you!

WasMiddleClass 12/20/2011 10:33pm
Hypocrisy at its highest! Lies! Media spin!!!!

Occupy Denver disrupts vigil to honor homeless who have died, refuse to allow mayor to speak

The night before, the Occupiers’ tents, shanties and other possessions were removed from Civic Center park by police across the street from the vigil.

Hancock pleaded with them to show civility to the families and respect for the 136 men and women whose names would eventually be called.

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_19588412?source=rss&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=twitter

REALLY?!!!

Did you forget about this HANCOCK?!

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock today said he would support a new law to prohibit overnight camping in public places — aimed specifically at reducing the number of homeless people on the streets.

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_19165276?source=rsshomemiss

WasMiddleClass 12/20/2011 10:14pm

From just one day in Buffalo NY,

Hundreds of people recently lined up outside the county’s Social Service Department office looking for help with heating costs.
Nothing could better illustrate the desperation they feel than the fact that about 500 people were waiting for the office at Main and Mohawk streets to open, with the line snaking past the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. By the end of the day, county officials estimated that between 1,100 and 1,500 people had applied.

http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial-pag

WasMiddleClass 12/20/2011 10:14pm

As I read about the funding for heating assistance being cut 25% this year, along with the big increase in demand for it, I can only imagine the screams of outrage from those in Congress if they were forced to endure 25% lower temperatures at their lavish holiday celebrations.

And it is really sad that here in CT people are somewhat happy that it was only cut 25% and not the 50% Obama wanted.

So now CT has to try to cover a $505 million demand with only $97 million.

It would take the entire income from a minimum wage job just to pay for heat in many places now.

I wonder how many were just sentenced to a slow agonizing death of freezing right before Christmas…

WasMiddleClass 12/20/2011 10:13pm
in reply to nancym Dec 20, 2011 11:52am

I like Robert Reich. I have agreed with much he says for a long time:)

The First Amendment Upside Down. Why We Must Occupy Democracy

You’ve been seeing this across the country … Americans assaulted, clubbed, dragged, pepper-sprayed … Why? For exercising their right to free speech and assembly — protesting the increasing concentration of income, wealth, and political power at the top.

And what’s Washington’s response? Nothing…

http://robertreich.org/post/13163087845

nancym 12/20/2011 11:52am

I couldn’t have said it better myself. :)

The Defining Issue: Not Government’s Size, But Who It’s For

WasMiddleClass 12/19/2011 8:49pm

Gallup, which unlike the BLS, does not fudge, Birth/Die, or seasonally adjust its data, has just released its most recent u(n)employment data. And it’s not pretty: for all those hoping that the Labor Participation Rate fudge that managed to stun the world a few weeks ago with a major drop in the November jobless rate, don’t hold your breath. Gallup which constantly pools 30,000 people on a weekly basis, has found that for the past 4 weeks, both underemployment and unemployment have risen for 4 weeks in a row. And while the number of US workers “working part time and wanting full-time work” one of the traditional short cuts to boosting US jobs has risen to almost a 2 year high, it is the Job Creation Index in December which plunged in the last week, confirming that the Initial Claims data out of the BLS has been spurious and is likely to revert back over 400k on short notice.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/gallup-finds-unemployment-rises-fourth-week-row-cautions-bls-data

Shellywolfe 12/19/2011 4:49pm

This morning Bohner said the two months extension makes small business afraid to hire, won’t know what’s next. BALONEY. They’ll hire part-time, temp for 2 months like all businesses have for a long time now. Good try Bohner, pretending to care about the little guy and his employee. Nobody hires perm. & full-time, extension or not, businesses can’t afford to. Pipeline is only job package GOP offers & no guarantee US citizens get them. Infrastructure jobs WOULD go to US workers, are desperately needed, won’t cause another BP type accident we can’t afford to clean up if it happens. . . . . come on!!!! GOP can now change from elephanbt to mule so stubborn & dumb, or snake—such a cheat as Bohner is this morning AFTER the vote was done yesterday, and all heading out . . . . has to be a year (+pipeline +EXPENSIVE DRUG TESTING for Unemployment +1% not be tapped for one cent of tax). GOP by now whenter they “win” anything, even the presidency, they lose. Can’t win, cheating = forfeit.

WasMiddleClass 12/18/2011 9:54pm
in reply to hsmstyle Dec 18, 2011 8:50pm

Is repeated posting of spam on a public political forum the best you have? Do you have a brain?

All you showed with that post is the sad condition too many Americans are in now.

If you try maybe you could actually state what you are thinking here…

WasMiddleClass 12/18/2011 9:21pm
in reply to hsmstyle Dec 15, 2011 10:58pm

???

http://www.flayme.com/troll/

WasMiddleClass 12/18/2011 9:13pm

The “internet” (We The People) are fighting back on MANY fronts now!

WasMiddleClass 12/18/2011 9:12pm

Wrapping Up a Week Of Action Against SOPA

Yesterday and today, the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has hunkered down in the Capitol for markup sessions of SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act. The basic facts looked bleak: this Internet blacklist bill is a disaster that stands at odds with the Constitution, but the deep pockets of its legacy media backers managed to make it enough friends in committee that its quick passage seemed possible. Judiciary Committee Chairman, author of the bill, and “Hollywood’s Favorite Republican” Lamar Smith scheduled just a single hearing, stacked the deck in his bill’s favor, and rushed it through to markup now, at the end of the legislative session.

But then a funny thing happened: the Internet fought back…

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/12/wrapping-week-action-against-sopa

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WasMiddleClass 12/16/2011 9:02pm

They can try to brainwash people in the matrix of what the latest word every candidate said all day every day on our so called news but tens of millions have already awakened to the fact that it is all a big lie, and none of those two party candidates are going to do a damn thing help most Americans now besides tossing them a tiny band-aid for a gaping wound, as they try to make them shut up if they dare to complain about it, and more and more wake up to that fact every single day now!

You can flip a old, dirty, tarnished penny over and over all you want, and it is still not going to do a damn thing for you!

The war has begun. 99% of us have kept our side peaceful so far. We cant say the same for the other side. Just like all those other countries where the people have said enough is enough of the rich ruling us.

2012!

WasMiddleClass 12/16/2011 9:01pm

Out of force of habit I still turn on “news” shows from time to time. Most every time I do all I can think is WTF!, you are talking about nothing that is important at all now!

Where are the stories on the number of homeless children now being 1.6 MILLION, a 38% increase!?

Where are the stories about the fact that if all the unemployed they stopped counting since 2007 were still counted the unemployment rate would be 11% now!?

Where are all the stories on all those millions working “underemployed” now that don’t even make enough to afford the basic necessities anymore!?

Where are all the stories on all of our new homeless, many who are veterans recently home from war!?

Where are all the stories on the military now being able to detain American citizens indefinitely with no due process!?

Where are the stories on government maybe soon being able to shut down any website if someone posts the wrong thing!?

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