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 01/24/2012 11:25pm
in reply to where Jan 24, 2012 7:19pm

I told you long ago that my picture will eat your hard drive if you steal it.

Did you think I was joking?

Watch out for those anon visitors…

WasMiddleClass 02/10/2011 9:36am

3.9 Million Americans Ran Out Of Unemployment Benefits In 2010: Report

Last year, 3.9 million Americans ran out of unemployment insurance benefits, according to a new analysis provided to HuffPost by the National Employment Law Project.

Those 3.9 million are not necessarily still unemployed, and not all of them are necessarily “99ers” — people who exhausted the maximum 99 weeks of benefits currently available in 25 states — but the number offers a dramatic reminder that the longest-ever unemployment lifeline is still not long enough for some Americans to climb out of the deepest jobs hole since the Great Depression.


sclark113 02/15/2011 11:27am
in reply to fakk2 Feb 15, 2011 11:10am

The way to help is to pass this legislation as introduced! This will provide an unemployment extension to millions that lost their job by no fault of their own, the rest is pie in the sky, what if, conjecture at best.

We are on this board to support the passage of HR 589 and to discuss strategies to assist in getting this bill out of committee and on to the floor for a vote. Most on this board have fought hard just to get this bill to the stage that it is today. Your straw poll may be be of interest to you but based on the current vote you are greatly outnumbered here at 152 to 14 as of this moment.

We want good jobs created and we want a modest financial bridge until those jobs are available. Nothing more, nothing less. How about we just call it a bail-out like we did with Wall Street?

WasMiddleClass 02/11/2011 5:41am
in reply to Legion1 Feb 11, 2011 5:38am

I don’t take sides anymore. Both sides leave much to be desired.

I am a equal opportunity hater of DC these days….

Abaratarrr 02/16/2011 1:13pm
in reply to Abaratarrr Feb 16, 2011 12:45pm

so if we can get lee to propose 589 as an amendment to the CR as currently written and of it fails have scott propose 589 as an amendment but funded with the money from paul’s amendment. If boehner says he would support an extension if it was paid for, he would have to support 589 if it was funded with the paul’s amendment,

This would really put Washington on the spot, they would have to choose between giving money to dictators and socialist counties or halping the american people.

It is hard to fathom that they give $5,000 to every Israelly citizen every year yet they will not provide $300 a week for 14 weeks to Americans that are suffering.

where 02/10/2011 12:27pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Feb 10, 2011 12:03pm

Ok so I was side tracked by my first job Interview call in three years! So we have a new Bill!! Wow what a day, I have been shaving all day and got it down to a goatee!

I hope I get this job, but I will still follow and do what I can for our plight!

vinmarly 03/30/2011 2:17am

OC needs to post a new forum rule “Open Congress is for Bush haters only. All other facts, figures, arguments, opinions will be promptly snuffed.”

WasMiddleClass 02/14/2011 2:52pm
in reply to fakk2 Feb 14, 2011 2:36pm

And maybe we should all just live like the Chinese workers, working for slave wages, and “bunking 3-4” in a room as you said?

How about I drive my truck through your home and tell you it is your fault because you didn’t save for it?

WasMiddleClass 02/19/2011 1:42pm

Colorado Rally In Support of Wisconsin Workers

The massive protests in Tunisia and Egypt not only succeeded in ousting oppressive and corrupt leaders, they showed the world that people – poor and middle class people – have power.  In varying degrees, the fight to win (or preserve) basic human rights, freedoms and opportunities – including gainful employment and access to healhcare & housing - has manifested with widespread protests springing up across the middle east and now, in cities across the U.S. 

I keep hearing from many people, the 99ers in particular, that ‘we should be marching in the streets’ – something I’ve been saying for awhile.  Well, now is your chance – to join others in a group that will very likely be large enough to get the attention of a fewmedia outlets and politicians.  Maybe (hopefully), a group large enough to inspire some of those ‘unemployed & uninvolved’ types to come out from behind the curtains.

Here are the details:

where 02/27/2011 1:59pm
in reply to 99Survivor Feb 27, 2011 1:56pm

Vote this up if Sher1 is the problem here on OC

Abaratarrr 02/16/2011 12:45pm

Lee and scott do not need permission form republican leadership to get a vote on 589 as an amendment to the CR

“amendments like Paul’s, which is not supported by leadership, would not have received a vote because congressional leaders had limited or even prohibited amendments during spending debates. But this year, House Republican leadership decided to use an “open rule” for the CR, giving every member of Congress the right to bring an amendment and have it debated."

a funding source for 589,would be supported be democrats and tea party-ers

“Paul is trying to build support for an amendment to the fiscal 2011 funding bill that would end all foreign assistance to Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Pakistan. The funding bill currently being debated by the House, called the continuing resolution (CR), is needed to keep the government running after March 4.


Abaratarrr 02/21/2011 10:54am
in reply to Legion1 Feb 21, 2011 8:51am

No one comes to this thread is because it has become a waste of time, it has been around for 11 days and is unusable

There are maybe 5 posts (out of 788) that discuss action taken on this bill, 20 that talk about strategy and action people can take. No one, not even the unemployed have time to weed through 788 posts from 11 days to find relevant information in only 5 posts

there are 700 non related posts from the same person that bury the relevant information so that it can not be found. Entire articles do not need to be copy and pasted page after page, how about just do one post listing the 20+ links to stories that you want the word to see once a day?

People use to come to these threads to ask question and find answers, that is no longer possible.

this place is no longer useful

How many posts would you have to read to find the last action taken on this legislation? Imagine a new person coming to this thread trying to find out what if any action has happened concerning 589?

Legion1 04/17/2011 4:48pm

Job cuts for poor seniors could up homelessness

Really? No shit…you’re joking…right?

LOS ANGELES – For $700 a month, 65-year-old Esmeralda Calderon cares for children part-time through a federal community service job that’s in jeopardy because of cuts to the proposed federal budget for 2011.
Under the Department of Labor’s Senior Community Service Employment Program, more than 75,000 elderly Americans living in poverty in all 50 states earn their keep by the slimmest of margins. To qualify, participants must be over 55 and earning less than 125 percent of the federal poverty level — $13,600 a year.
In the budget bill signed Friday by President Barack Obama, the program was slashed by 45 percent, from $825 million to $450 million a year. Advocates say it could mean as many as 58,000 fewer jobs if states or national groups are forced to discontinue the program because of the reductions.

more @ : http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_senior_jobs_cuts

wstaff 03/10/2011 1:22pm
in reply to theGOPrules Mar 10, 2011 11:38am

Your lack of knowledges need no reply.

where 01/21/2012 11:40pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 20, 2012 10:40pm

Oh go ahead and “Change” it feels good! I will hold down the fort for you WasMiddle =D

WasMiddleClass 03/22/2011 4:07pm

I have a couple HUGE questions these days…

Why didn’t the Democrats try to come up with a way to pay for it when they controlled both houses of Congress, and before the elections when it would have gained them countless votes from the 99ers.

Why would they not even bring it to the floor for an up or down vote?

And why would the Democratic leaders not push for it, or even allow it to be included in the tax cut deal when the rich overwhelmingly benefited from that deal while taxes on the poor were increased?

Now the conversation in DC is all about how much more is going to be cut in help to the poor we are supposed to think they are finally going to actually try to help the 99ers?

I say BS! The Dems had every chance in the world already to help us and they did nothing! They left us to freeze and die on the streets!

And everyone knows the Republicans have no intention of helping us besides talking more about their phantom job creation BS.

sclark113 03/27/2011 6:52am

2011 Unemployment Extension – New Unemployment Claims Data for March. 24’TH


vinmarly 04/08/2011 10:34am
in reply to taylor2 Apr 07, 2011 3:29pm

Obama Biden 2012! Change you can think of, but not actually experience. But it’s good to think of it right? Come on vote for us so we can spend our way out of bankruptcy. I mean that’s how it works right? Rough crowd. The top 1 percent pay the top 99 percent which feed of the top 1 percent and the top 3 percent pay 80 percent of the taxes so the bottom… never mind. Obama Biden 2012… How can you get involved… read on…

1.) Buy ear plug, insert them wear at all times so you can’t hear
2.) Buy a blind fold, wear it so you can’t see.
3.) Before you use said blind fold and ear plugs, be sure to read the instructions book on how you will think, what you will do, give us all your money, let us control your every move, let us watch you every where you go, give your soul to us.
4.) Enjoy your free voucher for koolaid for all new DNC members.

Legion1 04/18/2011 2:05am
in reply to where Apr 17, 2011 8:01pm

a moment of weakness…feed ‘em to the lions, burn ’em at the stake, whatever we can come up with isn’t a bad enough form of execution to cover what they’ve done & what they continue to do to us & this country

Sher1 02/27/2011 1:48pm

A rally in San Francisco on Saturday drew thousands to the city’s Civic Center, in a show of solidarity with Wisconsin and the public sector unions there. The San Francisco demonstrators were angry about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to strip public sector unions of their collective bargaining rights, but that’s not all they were angry about.

99Survivor 03/09/2011 12:31pm

House Dems Open To Compromise On 99ers Bill

WASHINGTON — The Democrats in the House of Representatives who are pushing for additional jobless aid for the long-term unemployed say they are willing to compromise with Republican leadership on cutting spending from the budget to prevent the cost of new benefits from adding to the deficit.

In a Wednesday letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) wrote, “We want to work with you to identify how best to finance this legislation and ensure its swift passage.”


WasMiddleClass 06/24/2011 11:15pm


I agree with many progressive ideas, though not all…

Unfortunately I learned after watching countless hours of Cspan over the past few years that the only thing many Democrats do to actually push for them is some lip service…

wstaff 03/21/2011 7:08am

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) today introduced the Fair Employment Act of 2011 – H.R. 1113 – which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect against discrimination on the basis of unemployment status.

Congressman Johnson’s bill responds to widespread reports of job listings that explicitly exclude unemployed applicants. Some advertisements stated that applicants “must be currently employed” or stipulated that “no unemployed candidates will be considered at all.” Some ads read, “No layoff candidates considered.”


HopefromCA 04/19/2011 6:46am

According to an article recently we now have approximately 44 million people participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Its time for Congress to start thinking about taking care of our own country. The answer is Jobs, jobs and jobs.

vinmarly 03/30/2011 2:16am
in reply to Legion1 Mar 29, 2011 10:44pm

Heck I call Obama insane. I call Biden insane. I call Kerry insane. How about how Obama gave GM a free tax year they paid 0 dollars after being bailed out with our money? How about insane Obama throwing away billions on new wars that he started? How about Debbie Stabenow betraying us? Gosh darnit Bush why did you leave us behind this year? I can’t wait to vote Bush out of office he is the worst President on earth. That babbling baboon above is totally correct Bush is terrible and Obama is terribler. This site needs some diversity instead of the same one sided BS that comes from the OC staff and the regular small tribe of hateful ignorant people on here.

Sher1 02/27/2011 1:54pm

On Saturday, Chicagoans joined the chorus of protesters across the country to support union members in Wisconsin and other states who are fighting to keep their bargaining rights.

More than 1,000 people reportedly turned out at the afternoon Thompson Center rally, chanting “Save the American Dream.”

Demonstrators gathered elsewhere in Illinois as well. Hundreds of union supporters rallied in Springfield Saturday afternoon.

“If they bust the unions up (in Wisconsin), it’s a matter of time before they bust the unions up here,” laid-off Illinois electrician Rich Bonzani told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s an assault on the middle class.”

Legion1 03/09/2011 5:01pm

wstaff: Crafty Congress work behind close door and kept from…

Not a “crafty congress” but rather sneaky, scummy, conniving ’pubs, who time & time again have pulled some type of sneaky assed maneuver to circumvent the law for their benefit. It does bring up a question though of just how stupid Walker really is, this could have been done from the start. Instead, he possibly woke America to what the GOTP is up to. Time will tell….

wrinklecream 04/12/2011 4:23pm

I greatly support this bill especially now that many and many more people are getting unemployed. This will help them in this fall down of their life and will help them to get back and move on with their life.

wrinkle cream

WasMiddleClass 02/16/2011 12:42pm

A Disillusioned 99’er Shares His Disappointment With The American Dream, Welcomes Death

“Mark”, a member of the ever growing cadre of disillusioned, disenchanted and disgruntled millions of American unemployed, has written a letter shared by A Company of One, in which he explains the plight of 99’ers (those whose extended unemployment benefits are set to expire) in which he chronicles his plight and his terminal disappointment with the American system. One can only imagine how all the “99’ers” would feel if they did not have the benefit of living at least partially subsidized for 2 years in the socialist state of America. If Bahrain is any indication, where the government’s attempt to purchase the love of its people just failed today, pretty soon not even the 99 weeks of EUCs will do much to suppress what is an unmistakably rising anger among the broad US population.


wstaff 02/16/2011 7:52am

Good Job Senator Bernie Sanders who see the recession for what it is and not make light of how costly the recession still is and not sugar coating this. While
other senators still believe that we are coming out of the recession looking favorable.

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