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House Rejects Stand-Alone Unemployment Insurance Bill

June 29, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

The House today failed to pass a stand-alone bill to extend unemployment insurance benefits (H.R. 5618). The final vote was 261-155. 277 votes (a 2/3rds majority of those present and voting) were needed under the suspension of the rules procedure that was used by the Democrats in order to avoid Republican obstruction tactics.

The full roll call details are not yet available online, but I will update this post with a link as soon as they are. Full roll call details can be found here.

Republicans opposed the bill because it’s costs, approximately $34 billion, were not offset with new revenue. Since the financial crisis of 2008, Congress has routinely passed UI extension bills without offsets because benefit payments to help the unemployed are considered “emergency spending” and are not subject to pay-as-you-go rules.

The bill that was rejected today would have extended UI benefit payments, which expired in late May, until November 30, 2010. Without the extension, some 1.7 million unemployed people will lose their payment by Jul 3. Benefits for the unemployed will continue to run out at a rate of about 200,000 per week until an extension is signed into law.

This leaves Democrats with basically two options for passing an unemployment insurance extension before the July 4 recess — find a revenue offset to pay for the costs that can pass through both the Senate and the House (which may be what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid [D, NV] is talking to Republicans about today on the Senate side), or try again in the House under normal rules and see if they can overcome Republican dilatory tactics and poison-pills to pass it with a simple majority.

UPDATE: Arthur Delaney at Huffington Post reports on the next step:

Bill cosponsor Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) said Democrats will return to the measure on Wednesday, when it will face a much lower simple-majority 219-vote threshold. “It will pass,” said Levin, who added that he is coordinating with his counterparts in the Senate.

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Chris51 07/10/2010 9:44pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 9:43pm

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.

Chris51 07/10/2010 9:44pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 9:43pm

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!

Chris51 07/10/2010 9:43pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 9:42pm

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 ;)

Chris51 07/10/2010 9:43pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 9:42pm

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…

Chris51 07/10/2010 9:42pm
in reply to hotcitykitty2 Jun 29, 2010 6:26pm

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.

Chris51 07/10/2010 6:46am

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.

Chris51 07/08/2010 6:57pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 08, 2010 6:56pm

GOP are determined to bloc everything the President is trying to do for the USA right now. He has a vested interest, and seems to take pride in doing the best job he can while in office.
We are in trouble as long as Republican politicians continue favoring their special interest.
How can any CEO or Owner of business get anything done if half of his managers or executives stand in his way just to be defiant.

President Obama speech on CSPAN today, while in Kansas City, MO to support a future candidate. Was right on.
If you are an unemployed American, and are thinking no one understands the difficulties of being jobless. Obama speech articulated the financial and emotional struggles well. Hat’s off to the President for saying what needed to be said.

Chris51 07/08/2010 6:56pm
in reply to hotcitykitty2 Jun 29, 2010 6:26pm

Senator’s excuse for not passing is a false statement.
Read all about it:
The funding argument is even harder to swallow. I’d be more sympathetic with these new converts to fiscal responsibility if they were as enthusiastic about paying for extending $32 billion worth of special interest tax breaks as they are about funding the unemployment extension. If I understand correctly, these lawmakers insist that Congress fund every dime of added jobless aid, which nearly all analysts agree will help boost the economy. But they feel no need to pay for continuing these special interest tax breaks, which will not.
Full Story:

Chris51 07/08/2010 9:55am

Read and sign this petition on today if you agree.

Petition Title: Tell your Senators to vote for an emergency extension of UI Benefits.

Chris51 07/07/2010 9:10pm

CNN has actually screened and blocked several comments/blogs that expose the truth about the Republican Senators in regards to the UI Ext bills.

Here are some stories written with very accurate reporting of the UI Ext Crisis.

The unemployment emergency

Senate struggles with unemployment benefits

Calls to Suicide Hotlines Skyrocket Along with Unemployment

Chris51 07/06/2010 1:34pm

Great reporting on YouTube.

This news reporting, the debates on CSPAN, and help give the public a close-up look at our cRepresentives job incompetence.

Congress should draft up a “Fairness To Jobless Citizen’s Act”, that would remove incompetent Senators and be required to replace them with an unemployed American that will appreciate the job opportunity, work hard and will be effective for The People.

Chris51 07/03/2010 9:58pm

Why don’t our Senators get that there is a great need?

The job market is broken.
The corporate executives are not going to give up their year-end profit bonus by adding jobs/payroll to their companies.

Here are a few stories on our jobless nation:

Job recovery hits a wall

Job gloom at all time high

7.9 million jobs lost- many forever

Jobless claims spike

Thousands at risk for losing unemployment benefits

Chris51 07/01/2010 10:20pm
in reply to hillbee Jun 29, 2010 10:34am

$700 BILLION bailed out politician’s banks/wall street, and billions to cover the Bush/Chaney oil war. Congress concerned now?!

SHAME, SHAME, SHAME to Republicans and those few Democrats who blocked several U.I. Ext. bills from passing they turned their backs on THE PEOPLE again.

Most of these same House Representatives and Senators united to pass bills that gave their Wall Street/Banks SEVERAL billion $$$s in bailouts in 2008, starting with JP MORGAN CHASE, one of the many banks that took advantage of consumers.

Then their oil companies made billions in profit during the summer of 2008, as they strategically increased gas prices by $1-$2 on Americans at the pump. Americans had to pay for gas to get to work. Soon American’s household budgets were out of balance, and started foreclosing on home loans.

Your companies stayed fat$$ at the top by cutting jobs, while leaving The People jobless, without Unemployment Insurance, struggling and sadly disillusioned.

Chris51 07/01/2010 8:40am
in reply to hillbee Jun 29, 2010 10:34am

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.

Chris51 06/30/2010 10:32pm
in reply to hillbee Jun 29, 2010 10:34am

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

lonestar2020 06/30/2010 7:45pm

Keep getting people to sign the petition at Change.Org

The Goal of 10,000 signatures has been reached and is now onto the next goal.

What is happening is pure dirty politics that the President, Democrats in Congress & Republicans in Congress are playing. So everyone in there needs to be voted out and new folks voted in…so nobody will win the game they are playing at our expense with our families on the street from the loss of our homes,more people will continue to lose jobs,& the U.S. will be in a Depression with no way out since our smart folks in Congress supported outsourcing everything to other countries.The days of America being the beaken of light are over thanks to the greed in Washington.

lfrushone 06/30/2010 6:01pm

Politics should not be the issue, the Citizens of this GREAT COUNTRY are! The House and the Senate need to realize this, as we the Taxpayer are responsible for their wonderful salary, benefits, and pension. For this we are denied what most Americans need to help pay some of our bills! I say it is time for CONGRESS TO TAKE A PAY CUT and a PENSION CUT, that way there will be enough for the unemployment benefits! Anyone else agree?

skrapper 06/30/2010 2:12pm
in reply to hillbee Jun 29, 2010 10:34am

hillbee: It is very noble of you to take care of your parents for a while.
Especiallet since they took care of you in life.
You can contact your local DHS office file for aid, food stamps, whatever they will give them.
They have to understand that this is not their fault. So if they can’t get unemployment, take the aid. That or loose everything. "TRUST ME THEY WILL. I NO WE DID…
This will help them out some what, also dial 211 that’s the UNITED WAY, they can help with food,a lot of things. Have a pen and paper ready.
If you have a St. Vincent De Paul in your area. They will pay your shut off notices for a year. Also check out HABITAT FOR HUMANITEY they might help, finally go on line to Angel Food Ministries. Basically they pay $30.00, and get $60.00 in food.
Give it all a try, and GL! Hope it helps.

skrapper 06/30/2010 10:05am
in reply to desperatentx Jun 29, 2010 11:22am

I can tell you that from the time the house goes into Foreclosure, You have 1 year to live in it. We filed Bankruptcy and the judges are telling people to stay in there home.
Also President Obama made a law that if you don’t owe too much money you can Auction it, and keep the difference. Or if your upside down, you have the right to give the keys back to the Bank, and there is nothing they can do.
In time they will contact you and ask you if you want to buy it at a reduced rate, but that’s a while, at least 6 months.
They don’t want your house, it’s not worth anything to them.
Hope this helps you some. skrapper.

skrapper 06/30/2010 9:53am
in reply to desperatentx Jun 29, 2010 10:27am

Don’t let them win there not worth it. All of you just starting to go threw this crap need to talk to someone like me that’s been through the loop holes
and we can help with some advice. Even the Bankruptcy Judges are telling the people you have 1 year to stay in your house when foreclosure starts. Go ahead and stay in it, this is not your fault.
These Politicians are buying up the Properties through Real Estate, and Auctions,
Keep that in mind, part 2 of 2.

skrapper 06/30/2010 9:50am
in reply to desperatentx Jun 29, 2010 10:27am

Trust me, it’s not worth it…. They “the Government” have been doing this for quite a few years already. People have been having to move back home with family. All of you remember this come election time, and let no Incumbent in.
It will be our turn to throw them out. In the meantime if you loose everything “AND I DID!” Just remember they can be replaced. You or your children can not. Even if your house goes into Foreclosure, you still have 1 year to live in it, and they can’t do a thing about it. St. Vincent De Paul if in your area will pay your shut off notices for up to 1 year. Dial 211 and call the UNITED WAY! “IF AVAILABLE IN YOUR AREA” They will help you with whatever they can. Just let them know what you need. That’s 211. paet1 of 2.

Chris51 06/30/2010 6:43am
in reply to MrHappy Jun 29, 2010 10:47am

• 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

desperatentx 06/30/2010 6:22am
in reply to tracyr Jun 29, 2010 6:33pm

good morning tracyr…thank you so much for taking the time to read up on my comment and thank you for your message!!! i accepted your friendship but im not sure how to send you a message so i decided to send you one here. maybe if you send me one i’ll know how to reply…PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME!!! i dont want to loose my home!

Halelouya 06/30/2010 5:00am
in reply to Tanner6037 Jun 29, 2010 11:17am

Great you know it is a good idea, you’ll have free room and board in jail. Since we are going to be homeless.

lonnienyssa 06/30/2010 4:13am

Good Morning all!!! I have been up for hours awaiting a vote on the extension…. I feel it may all be for nothing. Does anyone know about what time cspan will have this vote on?

davej59 06/30/2010 3:11am
in reply to bprante Jun 29, 2010 10:26am

I really and truly do not think that these Representatives (Either in the House or the Senate) care at all and will be moved or bothered by phone calls and emails and the like. I am not telling people to not not get involved and do these things if you feel led to do it. But I am just saying that these BASTARDS and BITCHES in Congress have no heart and no concern for the unemployed and those less fortunate than them. It ANGERS me to no end to see these DIRTY EVIL POLITICAL GAMES going on in Washington while over a million people go without their basic and MUCH NEEDED income….

davej59 06/30/2010 3:02am

This bill has been changed and tweaked and cut time and time again the past few weeks. Just to try and win a few Republicans over so they can vote for the bill and pass the extensions. Now they are FINALLY proposing a stand alone Unemployment Insurance Extension bill. And they are STILL running into opposition from the ASSHOLES who don’t have a heart to begin with. Pathetic!!!!

MrHappy 06/29/2010 11:32pm

I think what is so scary is our illusion of control has been torn away. I woke up at 3:30 this morning, worrying about what is going to happen with all of this. Of course I have zero control over any of it. I think many of us have been the bread winners for so long we have forgotten what it is like to be so out of control. I have often heard we are only 9 meals away from anarchy and most people are only 30 days away from homelessness. Will see if all this is true?

I think if this does not pass, soon the country will see tent cities, and mass migration not unlike the great depression. I know I have our house for sale, and we will be moving somewhere warmer. Easier to be homeless in warm over cold. My Grandmother used to tell a story of moving from area to area in a covered wagon just to find work. I often wonder if we are going back to that.

Are there no prisons? And the Union workhouses? Are they still in operation? The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour, then?

Chris51 06/29/2010 10:38pm
in reply to hillbee Jun 29, 2010 10:34am

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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