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June 30, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

A single senator now stands between millions of unemployed Americans and the extension of unemployment insurance benefits they need in order to feed their families and gas up their cars to get to job interviews. The Hill reports:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday said two Republicans will support his new extension to unemployment benefits and that he is hopeful a third and final Republican will eventually back the bill.

“If we had Senator Byrd’s replacement we would have 60,” he told reporters. “We have to wait and see what a couple of Republicans do.”

Reid did not say which Republicans have chosen to support the bill, but one of them is expected to be Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine), who last week said she would support a stand-alone extension of unemployment benefits.

We’ll know later today or tomorrow morning if the Republicans and conservative Sen. Ben Nelson [D, NE] (pictured) are going let the Democrats’ latest attempt at passing an extension, and the last attempt before they leave for July 4 recess, get an up-or-down vote.

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  • Sniperous 06/30/2010 8:12am
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    Sad thing is we are trying to GET 1 more republican to vote to help Americas people in need. Politics really needs to be put aside already. Pass this bill so we can all enjoy a 4th of July.

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    Chris51 06/30/2010 8:31am

    • 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. Obama 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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    nuspirits 06/30/2010 9:11am

    We are unemployed (my husband and my self) and am looking for the extension also (we have been out of work for a 5 months and we were already considered low income). We are about to loose everything and am selling all our stuff Sat at a garage sale just to survive for another 2 weeks or so. I am not upset with the republicans….I am upset with them all. The republicans do not agree with where the money is going to come from and the democrats will not budge on a compromise. WORK TOGETHER!! We are all in trouble and you are still playing politics. We do not need to put our selves in a worse position in the future for a temporary fix today. History will repeat itself if we do not correct and fix what caused the problem in the first place. A temporary band aid will not help us….a goal with a plan will. Live Simple and Trust the Lord and he will provide!! Pray for our Leaders!

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    artledoux 06/30/2010 10:09am

    Hey Chris I want to ask if your math is correct? If 9.7%=1.2 million, then
    there is only a little over 12 million workers in the U.S. ?
    I think there are more workers than that?
    Art LeDoux

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    Lanah 06/30/2010 11:45am

    He or she is misreferencing stats. There are 1.2 million unemployed people being affected by this extension. There are WAY more unemployed people than 1.2 million. if this doesn’t pass then we can add approximately 200,000 more people per week who’s insurance will end.

    This is probably the scariest time I’ve seen in my life. I seriously think we could be heading towards another situation where we will have tent cities across america.

    the problem I have is the fact that unmployment is at 9.7% .Do we really think it will get much better by December? What happenes then? The office I used to work for laid off 70 people and 68 are still unemployed. it would be amazing if all 68 of us find jobs in 5 months.

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    Chris51 06/30/2010 3:13pm

    President Obama did a Town Hall Meeting in Wisconsin today. He said nothing takes priority over helping the jobless people getting back to work, and he wants Unemployment Insurance benefits extended. Watch it on

    Obama is smart,and he knows what is needed for this country right now. He knows what not extending UI benefits will do to the economy if a million people can’t pay mortgages, rent, gas, food, bills. The economy will worsen immediately, and the Republicans will make sure his administration gets the blame.
    Also, Obama sounds sincere that he is heart broken over the letters he reads daily about unemployed people and the hardship they are facing.

    It’s unfortunate for Democrat’s and Americans, that the Republicans are more concerned about executing their strategy to show they’re in control, and get elected in November.

    PS: Lanah, thank you for clarifying the numbers and the communication on my earlier comment.

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    GABE1004 06/30/2010 11:33am

    I am with you Chris51, remember to vote in the next election cycle.


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    WeThePeopleFightBack2010 06/30/2010 6:00pm

    If Obama is so smart why hasn’t he figured out a way to heavily tax the business owners who have their companies in other countries. That would force them to bring back their companies to America, giving us our jobs back. That is what we need. I am a 99er who is SOL. Each month there will be so many more of me. What good will waiting til Nov to vote due? I just got a job, its minimum wage, 16 hours a week. I am very lucky and thankful to have gotten that job, but lets face it, its not enough to make ends meet. The unemployment benefits are only a temporary fix. Each month there will be more 99ers walking in my shoes. We need to bring back our jobs to America. If Obama is so smart why can’t he figure that out. I voted for him, I’m a democrat, and look where I am now.

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    juju39567 06/30/2010 6:02pm

    the repubes keep blocking that to heavily tax the business owners who have their companies in other countries. That would force them to bring back their companies to America, giving us our jobs back. it was in the first h.r. 4213 bill that repubes were blocking last week

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    juju39567 06/30/2010 6:03pm

    and grats for getting that job

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    The republicans are worse, so don’t think I will vote for you either!!!!!!

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    bobbybixler 06/30/2010 9:44am

    I think it’s over for all of us waiting in line. I’m down to nothing—no work in two years—not even Micky D will hire me, and the Republicans say that I should just get out there and take any job. Okay, offer me any job then! I’m old and I’ve worked hard all my life, even fought in a war—and for what? What do you guys think will motivate me to get work—take my house and car, take my food? Yeah, I’m motivated—now where the heck is the work???

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    Lanah 06/30/2010 11:50am

    I’m a 25 year old White female Architect. I put my race because I want to make it known that I now know what so many of the minorities in this country have gone through for decades.My parents, staunch republican’s can NOT believe what’s happening. Why? Well just because it’s happening to their daughter. I will be the first to admit that if I wasn’t going through unemployment they would be along side every Republican and Democrat that has voted against this Extension.
    I was a part of a firm that laid of 70 Architects over a two years span. It’s been a little over a year and half and guess how many of those 70 have found jobs,,,,2,,,,, that’s it. It’s no longer a situation about people who don’t want to work.I’m working customer service for Best Buy to supplement UI just to make ends meet and UI will end in 3 short weeks.

    Even when I get a job I’m going to remember this time in my life and will never again trust in our government to do whats right.

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    rbd1217 06/30/2010 1:04pm

    If it was a big business or a bank bailout they would have extra sessions and already have handed the money over. I agree, do this before independance day so we can believe in America again….. a little.

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    shortyam28 06/30/2010 2:16pm
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    Please pass this Thursday. Rent is due and after husband was cut off 2 weeks ago we are scrambling to try to sell stuff on craiglist but still don’t have enough. We have more bills due next week. The unemployed are stressed enough trying to find a job. Please help us out by providing us the little bit of help we need with UI benefits. We would like to enjoy the 4th of july too. Although it won’t be on “fancy” vacation like alot of the senators will be taking during there break, just the peace of mind knowing the money will definetly be coming back to us would be enough for a happy 4th. please just one vote. someone needs to step up and help the unemployed.

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    agapemu 06/30/2010 2:18pm

    What about us that need Tier 5? We’re just out of luck? We have been out of work the longest, bleeding out every penny we may have saved for the future and have no hope left. Those that are just becoming unemployed don’t know the half of it. Hundreds and hundreds of resumes and jobs I have applied for and one interview in the 99 weeks. I was making a good income which was totally commission based and I worked hard for every penny. After 22 years my company went bankrupt and the owner filed Chapter 11, paid nothing and walked away with millions!!

    I never thought I would live to see this happen in the USA in my lifetime. No wonder my mother was so frugal. She lived through the Great Depression. What’s this going to be called? There are no words . . . .

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    bobbybixler 06/30/2010 4:10pm

    Money, lobbyists run this country. The lobbyists are spending millions on luxuries, call girls, you name it for anyone who will stand up to Dems and vote against Wall Street reform. If you don’t believe me, search for how much money lobbyists have spent on Congress. Do we really think that money was for travel expenses and simple lunches. It’s for boats, fancy cars, home improvements, fast women, gambling, and everything in between. This is the most corrupt Congress in the history of our country and it’s all “legal.” These guys do not vote their heart, but their pocketbook (except for a few Dems from Michigan who I respect that really want to help). I’m losing everything at the hands of these people—I WILL NOT FORGET THIS!

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    SDeMunn 06/30/2010 7:27pm

    I just wanted to say for everyone to see CRIME RATE IS ALREADY RISING THERE HAS BEEN TWO ARMED ROBBERIES IN TWO DAYS HERE IN Southern Illinois West Frankfort and Duquion’s Sonic’s were both robbed. I can’t say that I am suprised but I am sure that it won’t be long before people are breaking into homes.

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    Chris51 06/30/2010 10:18pm

    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 8:34am

    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.

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    Chris51 07/01/2010 9:50pm

    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.

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    Chris51 07/03/2010 9:55pm

    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

  • lisa2595 06/30/2010 8:15am

    Let’s all touch and agree the bill will pass today!!!!. Pray for every senator, congress person and President Obama.

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    hotcitykitty2 06/30/2010 9:22am

    ya that’s working well- thats why church and state are separate- These people will talk church all day long if they think it will get them a vote!

    They are inventing 10 million a day to fight a war- that is now 10 years old!

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    nuspirits 06/30/2010 10:26am

    And all hypocrites will reap what they sew. Sadly some are reaping currently and it is affecting all of us who voted for them….but in our defense, not one of them had their “fine print” published to the public… “vote for me and I will fill you with false hope and then refuse to actually do anything about it”. Maybe the separation of church and state is what got us here…..100% of the time there needs to be moral guidelines (do not cheat, lie, steal, murder…so on) and it seems all morals goes out the window when you have power. What is more important to them is sustaining their power. Faith is most important in these trying times….please do not loose it and if you never had it….look for it. God will calm the pains of your heart, even through troubling times. God Bless and Jesus Come Quickly!

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    Bunnie1978 06/30/2010 2:06pm

    Your lack of understanding of what “seperation of church and state” is sad. This issue is about MONEY, which is the same reason all of us unemployed Americans are on this site, watching intently to find out what’s happening with money we’re counting on (but were never entitled to.)

    I hope the congress can finally come to an agreement. Each of our representatives is looking out for America in different ways. That doesn’t make them hypocrits.

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    dwcstmdznr 06/30/2010 8:00pm

    Yyou think god is the answer? You think just because someone has religion he or she is moral and honest? Some of the biggest hipocrites, liars and cheats have been religious assholes. I respect any one who has TRUE faith, but I’m afraid they are few and far between. These idiots in the senate have one faith and one faith only, the mighty dollar and how to put it in their own pockets. If there is a god he doesn’t give a crap about you so get over it. We need to vote all th encumbents out of office and get new blood in there, 30-40 years in the senate is too many, they loose touch with real people,

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    rfmitchell 07/01/2010 6:35am

    I understand that you’re saying many incumbents can get too comfortable having power for so long, but we’d already have this extension if two of the senators in office for decades (Kennedy and Byrd) were still alive.

    The problem is the public in general doesn’t really know what’s going on and what’s being said (have you heard the insulting comments Republicans in Congress have been saying about the unemployed?) because the corporate media isn’t covering the Congress voting to the extent that they cover other things. I know the deficit is high, but the small amount of money people receive in benefits is a big deal in that it allows us to survive and benefits the local economy too. Mine unemployment ran out two weeks ago.

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    nuspirits 07/01/2010 7:03am

    I do have understanding of “separation of church and state”. Yes I do believe God is the answer; history has proved that time and time again. History shows us the downfall of most major empires are due to GREED! By the leaders and the ones who are so called “entitled” as well. History has repeated its self over and over..why? because of ignorance. It is not about one party or the other (yes you are correct a lot of religious are hypocrites too, we were all born in sin) I said “all” hypocrites will reap what they sew and did not mean to exclude any. If an individual promises or states that “I will help the people” and truly does not, yes sir/ madam, that does make that person a hypocrite. The only ones who should have taken offense in my above comment are the ones who are involved with immoral politics. I do agree with the fact that 30-40 years in the senate is too long and they do loose touch with people. GOD BLESS THIS COUNTRY AND SAVE US! WE ARE SURROUNDED BY CORRUPTION!

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    keewee1 06/30/2010 11:30am

    i agree with u lisa…

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