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Dems Introduce Stand-Alone Unemployment Insurance Bill

June 28, 2010 - by Hilary Worden

The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act (H.R.4213), which would have extended unemployment insurance benefits, closed some tax loopholes and more, was officially abandoned last week after the Democrats failed to overcome a Republican filibuster for the third time. As a result, over a million uninsured people have had their unemployment insurance benefits cut off since they expired on June 2. But while the Democrats may have lost hope of ever passing H.R. 4213, they have recently introduced a new bill for the sole purpose of extending unemployment benefits.

The new bill, the Unemployment Insurance Extension Act of 2010, is just three-pages long and does just one thing — extend the filing deadline for extended unemployment benefits to the end of the year. It was introduced by Sen. Debbie Ann Stabenow [D-MI] (pictured), and has four Democratic co-sponsors. Sen. Olympia Snowe [R-ME] has also said she would support such a bill, suggesting that the it could have at least some bi-partisan support, though not necessarily enough to pass. With the passing of Sen. Robert Byrd [D, WV] and with Sen. Ben Nelson [D, NE] saying last week he would vote against any UI bill that isn’t fully offset with new revenues, the Democrats would need at least 2 more Republicans besides Snowe to cross the aisle and vote with them if they are to have the 60 votes they will need to overcome an inevitable Republican filibuster. Additionally, Democrats may be concerned the bill could give Republicans the chance to kill Senate time that the Democrats would like to spend on other issues.

At this moment, it’s uncertain whether this new bill will be voted on this week. The Democrats could call it up for unanimous consent passage at any point, but that would be blocked by Republicans. If they try to move it under regular order, Republicans could easily use Senate rules to drag the debate out for sevarel days, or even weeks, and Congress is scheduled to leave for a week-long recess on Friday. Keep checking this blog, Facebook and Twitter for updates.


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Displaying 1-30 of 107 total comments.

  • againstsplitgovernment 06/28/2010 8:52am

    This bill must pass. Things are getting worse for me and im now at the point where i can no longer pay for my car, rent, insurance, phone bill… Looking like another hardworking American is going to be living with the homeless.

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    onecent301 06/28/2010 9:12am

    Well said. You are speaking for probably over 1 million people including myself.

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    therabbi4168 06/28/2010 10:34am

    from what i have been reading, it seems the republicans want the economy to fail so they can blame the dems and take over the house in the november midterms. it blows my mind that the lively hood of the poor and unemployed are in the hands of millionares who care about there bankrolls and not the people who put them in office.. IT MAKES ME SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    junior5050 06/28/2010 11:37am

    I agree with what people are saying and with no fault of their own are on unemployment for a reason and still are…. they are simply NO jobs out there regardless of what working background you have. If the DEMOCRAT voters can remember that the REPUBLICANS screwed over millions of people regarding the unemployment extension not being passed it shouldn’t be an issue come voting time in November, what the people have to do that are affected by this not passing is simply stick together and vote on the democrat side and stick it to these republican assholes…. plan and simple. If anything it should bring people together and hopefully get some pressure on these politicians.

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    skrapper 06/28/2010 2:26pm

    junior5050: You are exactly right! Come November it’s our turn to vote on all these two year olds, that can only say NO! NO! NO!, and not vote them in.
    If they actually think that the people will vote for them, with what damage they have done,,, there crazy…

    In the meantime call 211 that’s the UNITED WAY just dial 211, and if someone picks up, then they are available in your area,
    Can help with Food, Medication, Free Medical Care, Free Dental, Legal help, and a whole lot more. Draw up a list of questions, and have a pen & paper for your answers you will get. Hope this helps some people out, because our Government will not.

    Also I believe they in the senate should be limited to terms,
    President is Limited, and so are the Governors.

    We as the people really need to make the changes.

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 6:53am

    Republicans filibustered UI Ext bill! They’re asking for UI Ext be paid, while at the same time they’re fighting to give their Special Interest groups special tax stimulus. Rep are trying to look like they care about the deficit, but for 10 yrs (Bush Admin) they never spoke of concerns for the huge deficit they were digging us into as they approved large spending for Special Interest. The Rep debate on these UI Ext bills are like “broken record”. They want USA to use the stimulus money that is already committed to the agreed upon projects, programs, etc. Republicans want USA to “rob Peter to pay Paul”, so they can try to prolong the problem past November election. This is how they have operated for YEARS, and we’re in worse shape now because of their IRRESPONSIBLENESS. People should not be in Leadership positions if they cant make decision for the problems at hand.
    Dont take my word for it. Please read links Donny Shaw and others have provided with accurate research and reporting.

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 10:00pm

    Oil & Gas Industry, history of strong influence in Washington. Individuals and political action committees affiliated with oil and gas companies have donated $238.7 MILLION to candidates and parties since the 1990 (Bush Senior term) election cycle, 75% of which has gone to REPUBLICANS…
    Former oilmen George W. Bush and Dick Cheney occupied the White House for 8 yrs, the oil and gas industry could not win support for repealing bans on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. However, Congress voted in 2008 to lift a ban on offshore drilling… Read full story:

    Drilling bans were lifted during Bush’s last months in WhiteHouse in 2008. The After consumers & transportation industry & economy felt the pain of $1-$2 price hikes of gas, during Summer 2007. It was “the straw that broke the Camel’s backs”, PUTTING USA/AMERICANS INTO TAIL SPIN.

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 10:01pm

    Top 5 Contributions from Oil&Gas Industry 2009-2010:
    1 Koch Industries $724,300 14% Dems, 86%Repubs
    2 Exxon Mobil $548,214 13% Dems, 87% Repubs
    3 Chevron Corp $516,891 18% Dems, 82% Repubs
    4 Valero Energy $467,000 17% Dems, 83% Repubs
    5 Marathon Oil $378,190 23% Dems, 76% Repubs

    Tea Party Movement benefits from millions of dollars from conservative foundations that are derived from wealthy U.S. families and their business interests. Money flowing primarily through two conservative groups: Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks. FreedomWorks receives substantial funding from David Koch of Koch Industries, the largest privately-held energy company in the country, which make substantial annual donations to conservative org…

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 10:01pm

    Letter was written to Senators:
    On behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to carefully consider all aspects of H.R. 4213…

    If the bill comes to a vote as currently formulated, we encourage you to vote NO, and will track the vote on our Economic Scorecard….

    Signed FreedomWorks President and CEO
    (FreedomWorks funds Tea Party ;)

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 10:02pm

    Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle:
    If you’ve been following the ongoing Senate campaign of Nevada hopeful Sharron Angle, you know that she’s sick and tired of the long-term unemployed taking home all of those cushy unemployment benefits. Angle’s angle is that these millions of Americans are just living large on the dole and need to have their unemployment benefits terminated so that they will be motivated to go out and get a job — one of the millions of magical jobs that exist in Sharron Angle’s mind!

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 10:04pm

    Republicans only care about one thing, their own job preservation. Reps are working hard to win November’s election with the help of Tea Party Movement (FreedomWorks) and their BIG CONTRIBUTIONS FROM SPECIAL INTEREST.

    Oil&Gas Industry Contribution 2009-2010
    Koch Industries $724,300 14% Dems, 86% Repubs

    Kosh has made big contributions to FreedomWorks, a non-profit that funds Tea Party. These 2 organizations are putting a great deal of pressure on Senators to not support UI Ext. with stimulus that require corporations to help pay back through taxes.

    Most big corporations have made record profits this year by cutting jobs long-term. They started layoffs in 2007, and putting millions of Americans on unemployment.

    They created the business mantra of “DO MORE, WITH LESS”, causing today’s workforce to do more job responsibility with no more pay.

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    tigerlilymily 06/28/2010 12:06pm

    At this point it no longer matters who did what to whom or who’s fault it is. This needs to be passed BEFORE the 4th of July. Lets worry about who’s fault it is later, for now we need to concentrate on getting the media involved and our state senators. Two weeks agao we had our car repossessed. Last Friday we filed for bankruptcy. I work a full time job, but my husband of 26 years was laid off in November. He is a hard working man, never asked for help or hand outs, finished his first 26 weeks on June 1, 2010. He became a vicitm of circumstance, in waiting for the extension.
    We’ve tried for a Quest card (version of food stamps) but was told I make too much.
    Fine, so be it. Give it to someone else, but please pass this so that the 1 million plus Americans can continue to at least eat,clothe and house their families by 4th of July (Ironic isn’t it?)

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    DKay 06/28/2010 2:25pm

    Please do your part – we all have a part in this. I am sending the following letter to all 99 Senators. You can use it or write your own, but do something. Politicians respond to huge public outcry. Call and email. You have to be heard, and it feels better to do something than do nothing.

    June 28, 2010

    Dear Senator:

    The Senate needs to pass a stand-alone unemployment extension bill NOW.

    Short, sweet, simple, and immediate.

    Anything less is unacceptable.


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    DGalanteNJ 06/28/2010 4:30pm

    How sad is it that the Goverment we paid to support with our taxes doesn’t give a damn about us. They view us as free loaders looking for a handout. I worked and paid my taxes for over 43 years, served my country in the Vietnam war, and thought I was living the American dream, my dream has turned to a nightmare.

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    Lexs 06/28/2010 5:17pm

    MALINGER: to pretend or exaggerate incapacity or illness (as to avoid duty or work)

    The number of unemployed persons was 15.0 million in May. The unem-
    ployment rate edged down to 9.7 percent, the same rate as in the
    first 3 months of 2010.

    In May, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks
    and over) was about unchanged at 6.8 million. These individuals made
    up 46.0 percent of unemployed persons, about the same as in April.

    The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (some-
    times referred to as involuntary part-time workers) declined by
    343,000 in May to 8.8 million. These individuals were working part
    time because their hours had been cut back or because they were un-
    able to find a full-time job

    The Employment Situation for June is scheduled to be released on
    Friday, July 2, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).

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    davej59 06/29/2010 4:52am

    I continue to be AMAZED, and SHOCKED, and very much ANGERED by the Senate’s PUSSY FOOTING with this Unemployment Inuance Extension Bill. I have gone over 2 weeks now without my unempoyment check. This was ALL the income I had the past year plus now. How can the BASTARDS ad BITCHES in the U.S. Senate continue to play DIRTY political games while between 1 and 2 million unemployed Americans have LOST their weekly source of income???

  • jgpt777 06/28/2010 8:55am


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    cmontanye 06/28/2010 9:48am

    the Republicans are the ones who blocked this bill…not Obama and the Democrats.

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    deannamae 06/28/2010 10:17am

    Although the Republicans have been blocking, so have some Democrats. The major problem is that there has been so much out of control spending and the Republicans and some Democrats want anything approved to be paid for. However, I do agree with others that passage of “some” extension needs to take place soon. Too many are suffering. We may not be able to contribute a great deal to future campaigns, but we certainly can make a statement with our votes in upcoming elections.

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    kathomas72 06/29/2010 6:47am

    You are correct, however, Obama is not doing anything to apply any pressure to the Senate either. So, he is not helping the situation either!! He was voted into the highest office of this country and he is not doing anything to help get this passed! He should be calling the republicans daily, holding press conferences, berating the republicans and showing unlimited support to the American citizens that need this help!!

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    Chris51 06/28/2010 10:17am

    Congress that rushed through bailout of WALL STREET in 2008 in a matter of days, cannot bring itself to support even the most meager subsistence for the unemployed workers who are the victims, not the perpetrators, of the economic crisis. While the White House and Congress wrangle over the smallest of subsistence measures for the jobless, neither party nor the corporate elite as a whole propose to do anything to provide jobs for the unemployed. The Wall Street Journal reported that American corporations have increased their cash reserves to $1.84 TRILLION, the HIGHEST figure in history. In other words, big business and the banks, after an unprecedented bailout by the public treasury, are hoarding the funds that could put millions back to work. The cash reserves of major corporations have jumped 26 percent in one year, the largest percentage increase in nearly 60 years. The cash reserves of working people, and particularly the unemployed, have not been so fortunate…

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    Chris51 06/29/2010 11:04pm

    To the 1.2 million jobless americans I thought you would be glad to know that the Republicans let the Democrates get the Small Business Bill through.

    How many Small Business loans will be approved to the jobless workers who are looking at the option of doing a business start up? NONE
    -Poor credit and/or unemployed need not apply.

    Everyone knows that banks, retailers, small or big businesses have the legal right to not interview or hire applicants if they have had any negative information on their credit history report. So on top of everything else the unemployed are trying to keep up with they must be sure to keep a high credit score standing while they are unemployed, in order to have at least a chance to get interviewed after completing MOST companies on-line application and required background information checks.
    - It’s not always about experience, but about the criteria businesses/agencies use to screen applications for employment.

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    Chris51 06/30/2010 6:47am

    • It’s the Republican party who is busy watching out for Wall Street/Corporations.
    Shame on Congress for not coming up with a solution for ALL its’ displaced hard working Americans.
    • 9.7% unemployed = 1.2 million Americans, and 55% of the workforce have taken reduced work hours, pay-cuts, unpaid leave, forced to switch to part-time. The BP Oil Corporation’s irresponsibleness is adding to lost jobs and lost lives.

    Yesterday, President Obama’s discussed what was happening with corporations, the economy, and the need to help the displaced unemployed. Watch his entire interview on CSPAN. He gets it.

    CNN and FOX only report on self-interested, with their main story and topics cycling 24 hours. Go to CSPAN

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    Chris51 06/30/2010 10:36pm

    The Senate needs to be held accountable for their incompetence and lack of integrity. Shame on them for not coming up with a 100% solution for all Americans who are forced to survive on their UI.

    President Obama can’t sign a bill, if Congress doesn’t get it to him. President Obama’s discussed the economy, and the need to help the displaced unemployed with UI Extentions on Monday and Tuesday. CSPAN.ORG

    As of today, we have 9.7% unemployed, 55% of the workforce have taken reduced work hours, pay-cuts, unpaid leave, forced to switch to part-time, and BP Oil Corporation’s IRRESPONSIBLENESS is adding to LOST JOBS and LOST LIVES.
    1.2 million who will lose their Unemployment Insurance if Republicans get their way.

    The GOP have no vested interest in hearing or helping jobless people. The only communication Republicans hear is $$$$$. That’s why they listen to and only support Oil Companies, Insurance Companies, Banks, Big Corporations, and Wall Street

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    Chris51 07/01/2010 8:55am

    Corporations have increased their cash reserves to $1.84 TRILLION, THE HIGHEST FIGURE IN HISTORY! Big business and the banks, after an unprecedented bailout by the public treasury, are hoarding the funds (Americans pay this back on their IRS tax bill). BIG CORPORATIONS EXECUTIVES ARE MAKING BIG BONUSES AND GETTING SALARY INCREASES FOR SHOWING HUGE PROFITS. The cash reserves of major corporations have jumped 26 percent in one year, the largest percentage increase in nearly 60 years. The cash reserves of working people, and particularly the unemployed, have not been so fortunate.

    REPUBLICANS bloc, the SENATE vote and defeat a proposed extension of unemployment benefits for unemployed workers. Many of these same Senators rushed through a $700 BILLION bailout of Wall Street in 2008 in a matter of days, cannot bring itself to support even the most meager subsistence for the unemployed workers who are the victims, not the perpetrators, of the economic crisis.

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    satdog 07/03/2010 7:53am

    It is useless unemployed if this bill does not include tier 5 they will kill new unemployed with deadlines. ALL must request TIER 5 and as many as the delays, road blocks for at least one year to obtain these so called recovery jobs !

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    satdog 07/03/2010 7:55am

    Tier 5 for at least a year for ALL Unemployed or no one will get it! They will cut off the ones with deadlines as they have before. ALL unemployed needs a TIER 5 for at least one year.

  • tiredofbeingtired 06/28/2010 9:03am

    I honestly believe it won’t pass. Like it says they have the ability to make it go either way. I honestly believe that they all think we are a bunch of deadbeats that are just expecting a handout. I have been in management for over 10 years in the hotel industry, and it is very difficult to find a job. I have a bachlors degree in business and still struggling. I’ve worked literally since I was 15 years old and I’ve never filed for unemployment until Jun 09 and I’ve made excellent money. I’ve never had to take money from the state and I’ve tried very hard to teach my children that hard work pays off. Increasingly difficult to do now-a-days. It’s sad, how this is all playing out. They say their FOR THE PEOPLE, but it looks like their only for the people that can financially help them.

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    onecent301 06/28/2010 9:22am

    That could be the problem, they think we are a bunch of deadbeats who are wanting to sit back and collect that huge check. Seriously!!! I have my masters degree in education and can’t get a job. Even if you do not have a degree, the fact that you qualify for unemployment means you were once a working person and because of our politicians inability to control spending, our country went into a deep recession borderline depression. It is not our fault and I am certain every single person on unemployment would prefer to work. Unemployment is merely survival…pay what bills you have to (rent, electric, etc.) while our credit goes into the toilet, our meals are less than appetizing, our stress level elevated, and life style not a pleasant one but at least it provides a minimum security until each of us can find work.

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    jla0218 06/28/2010 11:53am

    I have 8 years in Hotel Management and 14 years in automotive store management. There are no jobs here. I was laid off in 2008 but found a job at less than 1/2 the pay just before those benefits ran out. This time I only drew for 10 weeks and they ran out June 6. My wife was laid off effective this past Sunday. I read the average wage in congress was 172K a year. John Holmes never made that kind of money…. maybe he should have went into politics… he’d be alive AND rich.

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