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.
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BPennett 02/17/2011 9:56am

Bernanke, Unemployment

Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said in testimony before the House budget panel last week that the unemployment rate is likely to remain high “for some time” even after its biggest two-month drop since 1958, to 9 percent in January. Joblessness rose above 9 percent in May 2009, beginning the longest period of unemployment at that level or higher since monthly records began in 1948.

“To date, job growth has been disappointing,” Evans said. “We still have a long road ahead before we return to full utilization of the economy’s productive capacity and meet this piece of our policy goals.”

WasMiddleClass 02/17/2011 11:38am

Velshi: 99ers are forgotten recession victims

As you hear more and more talk about a growing “underclass” in America, understand that THIS is where it will start. 

While our political discourse is consumed by talk of continuing resolutions and deficits and a potential government shutdown over the coming weeks, remember the solution to our economic future lies in a properly equipped, well-educated and gainfully employed population. 

Leaving these millions, jobless because of a recession they didn’t cause, is neither fair nor economically viable.
A solution to extend benefits for those who are worst off, and a longer term solution to retrain them to compete for the jobs of the future must be part of the immediate solution that Congress and the White House work out.


fakk2 02/14/2011 8:12pm

Here’s a question for everyone out there, and honest answers please just to see if this would be an option we could write our senators:

If instead of a Tier 5 unemployment, let’s say Congress completely cut $800 billion out of the defense budget (I know it’d never happen, but it’s something easy for the example) and created a program building bridges, roads, sewers, rail lines, power stations, etc. (infrastructure in general), and offered it to (although it’s not actually this high) a full 16 million unemployed people, paying minimum wage (which would last for just over 3 years at $800 billion), would you take it until the economy turned around and you could find something else?

Like I said, honest answers please just to see if it’s an option.

adamaiken 02/18/2011 3:48am

I can’t see anything getting better. I am in my house for another year by a miracle but I am hanging on by a thread, BY A THREAD. This week a huge oak that was hit by lightening a week ago came crashing down in back of my house.
I was in the bathroom at the time and it fell right two inches from me outside the house. I opened the door to be faced by a humongous mess. I don’t even have the funds to clean it up. I may have to go on one of those shows where they offer to do a home makeover for poor people.

WasMiddleClass 02/17/2011 12:14pm

Double shooting during NHPD layoffs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Two men were shot inside of a Dunkin Donuts on Derby Avenue in New Haven on Feb. 16, at the same time the police department was informed that 16 cops were being layed off.

People repeatedly told News 8 that Instead of laying off 16 cops, they need to hire 16 more.

“This doesn’t make no sense what so ever, and they’re laying off the cops. Wow. Okay criminals, have fun for 2011 this summer.’ It’s going to be crazy.


And the Republicans want to cut funding for police officers…..

WasMiddleClass 02/17/2011 12:20pm

MADISON, Wis. – A group of Democratic Wisconsin lawmakers blocked passage of a sweeping anti-union bill Thursday, refusing to show up for a vote and then abruptly leaving the state in an effort to force Republicans to the negotiating table.

As ever-growing throngs of protesters filled the Capitol for a third day, the 14 Democrats disappeared around noon, just as the Senate was about to begin debating the measure, which would eliminate collective bargaining for most public employees.

They were not in their offices, and aides said they did not know where any of them had gone. Hours later, one member of the group told The Associated Press that they had all left Wisconsin.


sclark113 02/17/2011 12:54pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Feb 17, 2011 4:32am

Well if Lee’s got a way to pay for this bill then she better get on her horse now!

And just what the *(%&! can they do with a rule that says ”May not legislate or authorize new or existing programs or otherwise make changes in existing law (clause 2© of rule XXI);" – play scrabble???

Sher1 07/08/2011 7:40pm

112th Congress – The LEAST PRODUCTIVE in YEARS! http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-07-03/news/chi-la-do-little-congress-20110704_1_112th-congress-senate-republicans-in-both-chambers

Legion1 05/22/2011 2:53am

2:50 AM Sunday morning, May 22nd, 2011….

Did the rupture…err…Rapture come take all the crazy thumper loons home to God yesterday?

just wonderin’????

WasMiddleClass 02/17/2011 3:00pm

Another example of conservatives turning against Republicans and the Fox news spin machine.


Fox News, long partnered with the “neocon” political theorists whose “trickle down” economic program is responsible for 94% of America’s current debt, was recently caught falsifying coverage of the CPAC meeting. A year ago, “neocons” controlled CPAC and “booed” Congressman Ron Paul, now leading Republican contender for President. This year he was wildly cheered. Fox News chose to run last years coverage, mislabeled.


sclark113 02/17/2011 9:36pm
in reply to Sher1 Feb 17, 2011 2:15pm

2/17/2011 1:47 PM EST:
“In the early morning hours, Rep. Barbara Lee did attempt to attach H.R.589 to the Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Budget Resolution. This was disallowed (it should be noted that this method is commonly used and has succeeded without objection in past sessions of Congress).

Does this mean that H.R.589 is dead… NO!

This was but one of many methods that were considered and are being used to move H.R.589 along. The bill is still alive in Committee."


adamaiken 02/18/2011 3:36am

Wow, cannot believe I finally got in here after days of trying.
The latest maneuver of the GOP, they are going after PBS. They want to get rid of Public Television. Pretty soon, we will only have Fox and off shoots of Fox. Sound familiar, THE IRON CURTAIN.

adamaiken 02/18/2011 3:41am

The whole world is in turmoil. I don’t know if anyone here heard Howard Dean last night. I wish we could replace Obama with him right now. We need someone strong like him who will stand by his convictions and not pussy foot around.

WasMiddleClass 02/18/2011 10:06am

Report: CT long-term unemployment among tops in U.S.

Connecticut’s long-term unemployment rate is the fourth highest in the country, and the number of underemployed residents in the state has reached historic highs, according to a new study released Friday.

The long-term unemployment rate in Connecticut, meaning the share of unemployed workers who have been out of work for 6 months or more, despite looking for work, stands at 37 percent, tying the state with Rhode Island for the highest rate in New England, according a report by the Connecticut Voices for Children, an advocacy group.

Connecticut’s long-term unemployment rate is also significantly above the national average of 32 percent, with older workers 55 and up, and college educated workers taking the longest time to find a new job.

adamaiken 02/18/2011 10:17am

They also show a clip of Carter predicting all of this and warning against it. They show FDR giving his speech and delivering the new Bill of Rights which never became law in our country because he died shortly afterwards. It would have guaranteed every citizen the right to a decent paying job, healthcare, education, a home etc. The movie does show that this bill of rights was adopted instead in Japan, Italy and Germany when they reconstituted their own governments after the war.

adamaiken 02/18/2011 10:19am

The documentary also shows a bread factory somewhere in the West where the means of production are owned by the workers. Everyone on the assemblyline makes over 65,000 a year and the CEO of the company said that he makes the same as everyone else. He also says that he is very happy the way it is, that how many cars does one person need anyway. He expressed the hope that more people and companies such as this one would begin to come into being.

WasMiddleClass 02/18/2011 10:56am

It sure seems to me that the rule they used to block Lee’s amendment would have made tier 1 not be able to added as an amendment to the military appropriations bill it ended up becoming law in……

I bet there are countless other instances too.

WasMiddleClass 02/18/2011 12:26pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Feb 18, 2011 12:25pm

…So 99er Nation – I ask you again: HOW BAD DO YOU WANT THIS?
Do you want it bad enough to take a page from residents of Wisconsin?


WasMiddleClass 02/18/2011 3:10pm

I’m reading some stuff about counter-protests…

No news sources of course.

Speculation is that some want to turn it into a “riot”.

Thank God we have ED and some others camped out there.

2kgs4 03/02/2011 8:38am
in reply to Legion1 Mar 02, 2011 8:37am

Why would they pass an extension for a single state and not everyone. Common sense.

Legion1 02/18/2011 2:21pm

But public safety officers’ unions, which have members who are more likely to support Republicans and who also tend to have the highest salaries and benefits, are exempted from the new rules.

hmmmm…interesting…why am I not surprised?


Legion1 02/18/2011 4:07pm

curious & curiouser & again, why am I not surprised. I heard Jackson say from last nights Ed show that something is going on in I think Ohio next week.

sclark113 07/14/2011 8:50am

Latest unemployment numbers – it’s getting worse again no matter how they try to spin it!


The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 470,671 in the week ending July 9, an increase of 45,031 from the previous week. There were 515,991 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

nancym 07/14/2011 8:29am

I’ve given up on trying to use logic when calling any of the Grover Norquist pledgees. Now I simply call them every once in a while and tell them they are traitors to our country.

MrsChang 02/18/2011 4:35pm

I finally got a link regarding the counter-protestors coming tomorrow:


BTW, the optimax poster identifies himself as a retired union member.

adamaiken 02/19/2011 2:51am

There are only two classes now, the 1 percent who have it all and the rest of us. The rest of us finally realize that the 1 percent are not going to share anything, not healthcare, not education, not the ability to own a home, not the right to a decent paying job, no right to any jobs at all, no security in our old age when we can no longer fend for ourselves. It is time to put an end to plutocracy.

WasMiddleClass 07/13/2011 9:49pm

Then we have Rupert Murdock and his so called “news” empire….

From listening to so many things from them it would seem that they think it is perfectly fine for them to intrude into peoples lives and personal information ILEGALLY as they condemn the government for doing the same damn things! More hypocrites and liars!

Legion1 03/02/2011 8:39am
in reply to 99Survivor Mar 02, 2011 7:53am

you’re welcome. There’s more places listed in the article.

fakk2 02/15/2011 9:41am
in reply to fakk2 Feb 15, 2011 9:08am

Let’s not forget, we’re talking about 30 years here. If all someone can find in 30 years is a minimum wage job, then maybe it’s time they work 2 minimum wage jobs, since you’re saying they can’t afford anything. I know someone could find 2 minimum wage jobs in the last 30 years, all they’d have to do is struggle to keep it. The second job would be more than enough to pay for savings. And if you contend this person couldn’t keep 2 minimum wage jobs, then you’re saying every single mother who is doing it doesn’t exist.

marym 05/11/2011 9:31pm

You said you were going out to make a few posts before dinner.

You were easy to find sweetheart :=)

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