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Just One Vote

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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    vzmoore 06/30/2010 5:51pm

    Below is text from the preamble of United States Declaration of Independence (Divided into 2 post):

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,71 that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

    That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,…

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    vzmoore 06/30/2010 5:53pm

    …laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

  • JfromtheD 06/30/2010 5:59pm

    Breaking News: Al Gore’s massage scandal

    … good grief!!!

  • rachaelcleveland5 06/30/2010 6:00pm

    well I just read that it didn’t pass. I hope they enjoy their nice holiday and their nice big meals. Millions of Americans are going with out. I’ve applied for over 2000 jobs, only to be told “the position has been filled” … etc. I spend about 6-8 hours a day looking for a job. I depend on my small unemployment check to buy gas and feed my child. I go with out to insure she eats. Oh, but people like Sharron Angle and her rude remarks have no idea what it’s like to walk one mile in our shoes. they get their fat pay check and live the good life. Employed pople like to down rate the unemployed, but just wait until they lose thier job. It will take being thrown into the rat race to fully understand the extent of it. I can’t believe our leaders, the ones who rushed to bail out the banks, let the AMERICAN people down. After this I’ll never respect our system again. Today I lost hope.

  • unionman 06/30/2010 6:04pm

    The Welfare books are open. Public Assistance Anyone ?

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    juju39567 06/30/2010 6:06pm

    im a white male 36 years old with no kids they told me i dont qualify for public assistance go figure

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    illucy 06/30/2010 6:22pm

    You should start writing letting telling every politician that you shouldn’t pay into any public assistance program any longer and you want any money you have paid into it through taxes back. Why should you pay into a program you can not qualify for. That is just not right. You shouldn’t have to have kids to get assistance. You can go hungry and be homeless too.

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    Nicky 06/30/2010 6:23pm

    I’m 39 with diabetes and no kids. I was told I don’t qualify.

  • dragonmatrix 06/30/2010 6:07pm

    New World Order ???

  • JfromtheD 06/30/2010 6:14pm

    How many phone calls have you made today?

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    whywasilaidoff 06/30/2010 8:52pm

    I just emailed my regional news stations and let them know what is happening. I actually heard Brian Williams speak briefly about this predicamemt on the Nightly News on 6/30. It was the first piece of information that I have heard about this on the TV. Please follow this:
    The revolution is coming man.

  • emd 06/30/2010 6:22pm
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    Everyone go to and write and write and write to your senators.

  • JfromtheD 06/30/2010 6:27pm
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    I see a lot of venting, but I don’t see a lot of people saying “I called So & So…”

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    emd 06/30/2010 6:32pm

    My son pays for my cable right now as he has moved in w/us. I can email and not call. My cell phone bill has gone unpaid.

  • Christine58 06/30/2010 6:28pm

    Thanks for your words of encouragement Revolution

    Unionman, I dont know where you live, but here in GA if you are lucky enough to get money from welfare , its only about $100 or so. Then you have to do community service to be eligible for it. So its not even worth it. I went to another place for help and was told there are no funds. This is really really bad for families in my area. It is to the point Im not sure on where to turn. Yes, I could go to my church, but they have helped us in the past and I really dont want to ask for more. I have my faith, but tonight was like a slap in the face. I dont understand why the senators are playing with our lives.

  • illucy 06/30/2010 6:39pm

    This says’t it all

  • Nicky 06/30/2010 6:43pm

    Question? I was keeping count of the votes and had come up with 59 not 58. When I went to look at the Nays Reid D-NV voted Nay but I watched him give a speech for the unemployment extension and his site says we need to stop the republicains from filiabustering and vote yes to the families. Do you think they miss counted or did he change his mind at the last minute??? If the count is wrong how many others could be wrong?

  • illucy 06/30/2010 6:47pm

    Sen Reid had to vote no so he can bring it back for a vote again because they had 59 not 60.

    (The final tally shows only 58 yea votes due to arcane rules of Senate procedure, which require Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to vote against the bill in order to allow for another vote on it in the future.)

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    Nicky 06/30/2010 7:00pm

    Thank you. That explains it. I was having a hard time with the vote being wrong.

  • Nicky 06/30/2010 6:48pm

    Reid D-NV wrote after the vote “In the meantime, I sincerely hope that Republicans will finally listen to the millions of unemployed Americans who need this assistance to support their families in these tough times. These Americans and millions more demand that Republicans stop filibustering support for unemployed workers.”

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    Nicky 06/30/2010 6:54pm

    Why would he vote Nay if he said this after the vote today?

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    illucy 06/30/2010 7:06pm

    The bill only would have had 59 votes with his vote.. it needed 60. If he voted in favor of it, it still would have failed (59) and it could not be brought back again for another vote.

    He is the majority leader and I think it has something to do with if he votes in favor of the bill, the bill is done, either passed or didn’t pass. If it would have had 60 votes (with his vote) he would have voted for it. In this case it only would have had 59 and he wanted to bring the bill back for another vote.

    It’s crazy but I think those are the rules. If I’m wrong someone correct me.

    Check out this article:

    (The final tally shows only 58 yea votes due to arcane rules of Senate procedure, which require Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to vote against the bill in order to allow for another vote on it in the future.)

  • emd 06/30/2010 6:53pm

    The future is mid July at best. How does that help. Did you know that this senate now holds the HISTORICAL record for a failure to extend help to the unemployed? Wow. Let’s talk about progression.

  • sruthj217 06/30/2010 6:58pm

    Quote the Huffington Post:
    “(The final tally shows only 58 yea votes due to arcane rules of Senate procedure, which require Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to vote against the bill in order to allow for another vote on it in the future.)”

    I’m personally a little suspicious about all this “Senator Byrd’s missing vote lost the Extension for 1.2 million Americans” business.
    Senator Byrd voted No in the last unemployment vote (which didn’t pass when he was alive), it was his final act. Is this all politics blaming the outcome on a dead man? Why is it “59” with some Act of God excuse?
    Hank Paulson and GM didn’t get one vote shorts when they had their crisises.
    Something fishy could be going on.

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    Nicky 06/30/2010 7:09pm

    The last vote of HR4213 on 6/24/10 he didn’t vote. He was one of two that didn’t vote.

    He did vote nay on the republican version of the unemployment extension of the bill a week before.

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    Nicky 06/30/2010 7:14pm

    Sorry he did vote nay on 6/17/10 but then again there were 57 nays (D and R)to 41 yeah. All other dates after that he didn’t vote.

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    sruthj217 06/30/2010 7:21pm

    “No one’s disputing the value of these very important programs,” said Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass. “But we also have to have tough choices and we also need to live within our means.”

    I’m so glad Scott Brown taught us this valuable lesson ;)

  • cristena29 06/30/2010 7:02pm
    The Senate rejected Wednesday — for the fourth time — a bill that would have reauthorized extended benefits for the long-term unemployed, by a vote of 58 to 38. Democrats will not make another effort to break the Republican filibuster before adjourning for the July 4 recess.

    By the time lawmakers return to Washington, more than 2 million people who’ve been out of work for longer than six months will have missed checks they would have received if they’d been laid off closer to the beginning of the recession.

    Only two Republicans, Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, crossed the aisle to support the measure. That gave Democrats 59 of the 60 votes they needed to break the GOP filibuster, but without the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson’s nay vote was enough to kill the bill.

  • UIAMERICAN 06/30/2010 7:13pm

    Well I can say I am a proud American…. Flying my flag at half staff for the 1.2 million Americans who are suffering sounds better than being disrespectful. Seriously two wrongs do not make a right. So lets not stoop to the level of the Senators who do not support the American people. Let’s get together and bombard them with emails, letters and phone calls. I even write to my local news stations begging them for exposure on this subject. I just don’t understand why it is so hush hush….. If this were 1.2 million people affected by an earthquake there would be a huge outpouring of help and it would be all over the news…. We are we Americans being swept under the rug????

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    Revolution 06/30/2010 7:38pm

    So am is not disrespectful it is a fact, it is a distress signal and is in support of the Americans who need the support the most. an upside down flag means “send help”….that is what is needed…I have done this in addition to calls, e-mails, blogs, posts etc.. Flying at half staff means you are in mourning..hope is not dead and the fight is not is needed as they are playing games. Obviosuly your choice, its just a suggestion.

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