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Dems Will Have 60 Votes for Passing the Unemployment Extension Bill Next Week

July 12, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Apparently West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin’s chat last night with election attorneys didn’t convince him to go ahead with appointing an interim replacement for Sen. Robert Byrd [D, WV] before the legislature in his state meets on Thursday. Here’s the latest on the situation, from the AP:

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin says he’ll make a temporary appointment to the late Robert C. Byrd’s Senate seat by Sunday.

Manchin said Monday he could announce his pick as early as Friday.

That means this entire week will go by without any Senate work on the unemployment insurance extension bill unless Sen. Ben Nelson [D, NE] or another Republican changes their position on it. It does sound pretty certain that there will be a replacement for Byrd by the beginning of next week, but, in that case, even under the best-case scenario, it will take the Senate until the end of next week to get the bill to final passage. And then the process of implementing the extension in the 50 states begins…

On the bright side, when Congress does finally get the extension done and it is signed into law (most likely during the final week of July), the bill is will allow for benefits to be paid back retroactively to everyone who has been cut off since they expired on June 2nd. By the end of July, 3.2 million unemployed Americans will have had their benefits cut off prematurely due to the Senate stalemate.

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  • Kerlynne 07/12/2010 12:24pm

    I just Senator Murry office here in washington state and asked the questions on why aren’t they moving forward with it.. her statement to me was they need more compromises on the bill and passing it before the month long recess in August is looking very GRIM………

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    jgpt777 07/12/2010 12:40pm



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    mikeqhawaii 07/12/2010 12:58pm

    i’m curious – did she go into detail on what type of compromise they are looking for? it’s one thing to make that statement with a legitimate purpose. it’s another to use it as a “stall” tactic with nothing behind it.

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    bobbybixler 07/12/2010 1:02pm

    It’s all about pay-to-play. Where the money flows from will indicate which person Manchin will choose. It won’t be illegal money, but money flowing from the re-election machines and lobbyists. Tainted money yes, illegal, no. It must be done in a way, though, to avoid another Blago incident.

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    shrdlite 07/12/2010 1:29pm

    So in otherwords…there is not going to be a true approval of the unemployment extension this month at all per your Senator (of Washington states reply)????

    So the story posted on having enough votes by next week to secure the approval and passing of the unemployment extension is just a LIE????

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    comments5647 07/12/2010 6:09pm

    Exactly! It is the same story they bandied about last week and the week before and the week before that. “We’ll have enough votes next week!” Well now we don’t because this one died and next week it’ll be another lie! They are not going to extend unemployment benefits. Like Cornyn deciding to take a poll at his Facebook site, “If you want me to vote to borrow money for extended UI benefits…” Never mind that he was emailed a month ago and asked to PLEASE find an IMMEDIATE solution! He could’ve found the funds within the budget but no this is not a Republican president so they want to play politics so they can blame the Democrat President and the Democrat President won’t compromise and find the funds because he wants to blame the Republicans. They only care about their own skin. I say pink slip them all!!!

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    cralford 07/13/2010 12:55pm

    Are you saying Senator Byrd is really still alive?

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    fdenised 07/12/2010 1:34pm

    You know when you say your prayers at the beginning of your daily session for God to guide you in the right direction? Lord please give one of these republicans the brains to do the right thing and vote and pass this unemployment extension. Please God in heaven.

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    scott1018 07/12/2010 6:05pm

    amen, i pray everynight for the same thing. its obviously gonna take a higher power to help us. WWJD if he was here to see how we have turned out.

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    harrietreelitz 07/13/2010 4:53am

    People who have worked all their lives worrying about keeping their homes, feeding their families….and the republicans want to play politics at their expense…sounds way too familiar.

    Let’s get out there and assure that we elect those who will fight for the middle class…not the corporations… the mid-terms.

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    jcny 07/12/2010 1:47pm

    Kerlynne – She’s a democrat, no? Has she changed her vote? As soon as the interim Senator from W. Va is chosen, they’ll have the 60 votes unless she’s changed hers???
    Thanx JC

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    Kerlynne 07/12/2010 2:21pm

    JCNY> she is a Democrat and has supported the extension and from my understand has voted for it. I understand it to mean she would vote for it if it gets on the floor but with the filabuster she can’t move ahead.

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    UnemployedThanks2Repblcans 07/12/2010 7:14pm

    “pink slip them all!!!” They will feel the power of our vote come election time if they dont pass the the bill to extend UI benefits! They Created this Mess to beging with!

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    Prattler34 07/13/2010 3:20am

    I Think it quite shameful and frankly immature on Manchin part to further stall an emergency situation such as this. I guess we can now conclude that the American government does beleive in torturing tactics in order to get answers. Perhaps its just a sick joke that’s being played on those of us suffering their tactics. When are the leaders in this nation going to truly grow-up, and handle their positions justly. Excuses are for children, who haven’t a care in the world not for the working class of this nation, who deserves immediate rectification on this score. In GOD We Trust.

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    Megalo 07/13/2010 4:46am

    Let them eat cake…………….I suppose. We need to get rid of everyone of them. I guess I will have to become some government hand out case to feed my kid. The only people entitled to unemployment are people who worked,why must they punish us? I could easily leech off the government forever. There are programs that let you do that.

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    jenny2010 07/13/2010 4:03pm

    Are you kidding me? I’m praying that you spoke with someone in her office who is misinformed!

  • comments5647 07/12/2010 12:26pm

    I will add West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin’s and Senator Bill Nelson to my list of people I will NOT vote for even if they run for dog catcher. Thank you Joe Manchin for pushing this out just as far as you have been able to. I hope you enjoy unemployment sometime in your lifetime as well. You seem like a guy who like myself has worked hard your life but I wonder how you will feel when you have no income and no one offers you a job or extended unemployment benefits. It seems all of the politicians affecting our lives are hypocrites and deserve to join us on the unemployment roles!!!

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    donnyshaw 07/12/2010 12:28pm

    Just to clarify, it’s Ben Nelson [D, NE] who has been voting against the extension. Bill Nelson [D, FL] has been voting in favor.

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    comments5647 07/12/2010 12:38pm

    Sorry about that I meant whichever one is voting against the UI benefits extension… thank you for the correction.

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    diannahluv95 07/12/2010 10:05pm

    ben nelson is a dino. ..demo in name only. just like liberman an iino (he’s really a repuke)

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    Chris51 07/12/2010 10:25pm

    Freedom Works(TEA PARTY)andAmericansforProsperity are organization being used as Fronts and their Activist tap the fears of the “higher middle class” who are trying to protect their small businesses and wallets from being taxed. Protecting what they have worked hard to achieve. Americans (VOTERS) would do well not to be deceived by these organizations true mission: A COMMITMENT TO EDUCATING CITIZENS ABOUT ECONOMIC POLICY (Capitalism AT ITS UGLY, GREEDY WORSE) AND A RETURN OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ITS CONSTITUTIONAL LIMIT (MEANING,DON’T TOUCH THEIR WEALTH) . Read more about it:

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    Chris51 07/12/2010 10:26pm


    +-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 responsibilities with no more pay. 55% American workforce are working reduced hours, reduction in pay, leave without pay, forced to take part-time to keep job.

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    Chris51 07/12/2010 10:26pm

    Repubs only care about their own job preservation. Repubs are working hard to win November’s election with the help of Tea Party(FreedomWorks) and their BIG CONTRIBUTIONS FROM SPECIAL INTEREST Groups. Fore instance, Oil&Gas Industry Contribution 2009-2010 Koch Industries$724,300, Repubs86% & Dems14%. Also has made big contributions to FreedomWorks/Tea Party funder.
    -FreedomWorks Org./TeaParty movement putting a great deal of pressure on Senators to not support UI Ext. with stimulus that would require corporations to help pay back through taxes.

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    HaleyBarnett 07/13/2010 12:04pm

    Since you wrote the article maybe you can clarify what everyone above is saying…that the article and everything being said is just a lie. How do you feel about that? Is is really just a lie or do you belive what you say in your article? Do you really think that once the interim senator is appointed then the bill will go on to be passed and we will have some relief until we can hopefully find jobs? I would like to stop listening to all this negativity from everyone who comments on here but it’s hard to when all they ever say is that everything that is going on is just a stall until another week goes by so that they can stall again and eventually never really pass the bill. I mean it’s not like Byrd’s death was planned guys…..

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    donnyshaw 07/13/2010 1:31pm

    The last time the Dems voted on it (which was after Byrd’s passing, 6/30/10), they had 59 votes. They needed 60 :: (Reid voted “no” to preserve his right to bring the bill back up under Senate rules.)

    With an interim replacement for Byrd, they will have 60 votes. I have sourced the article, the onus is on those claiming I’m a liar.

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    Ktallini36 07/14/2010 4:27pm

    How are we so sure that this new replacement is even going to vote Yes for an unemployment extension, or how do we know someone else isn’t going to change their mind? Everytime it was ready to come up for a vote we thought it was a definate that it was going to pass, and it’s always been something that kept it from doing so. I won’t get my hopes up.

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    CSB 07/12/2010 3:44pm

    Agreed. I know the Dog Catcher in my town and at least she can walk and chew gum at the same time. What kind of Bozo can’t make up his mind on a subject like Americans in Need.

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    diannahluv95 07/12/2010 9:57pm

    i’m in total agreement! i can’t stand the wuzzyazz demos and hate the repukes. when the demos had a filibuster proof majority they didn’t do a damn thing. they wasted more than a year on a f**ked up healthcare plan. they lost the public option which would’ve controlled the insurance companies and now they’re begging and pleading with the repukes for a vote for the unemployment extension. damn shame. i knew when scott brown was elected the chit would go in the toilet. the whole lot of them would be out if it was left up to me. maybe 5 or 6 demos would survive my wraft. but the rest…YOU’RE FIRED!!!

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    diannahluv95 07/12/2010 10:02pm

    oh and let me make myself perfectly clear…ALL the pukes would be gone except snowe and the other lady from maine. and not because they’re voting for the extension this time. they have voted with the demos a number of times so i have to give them their props

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    dmrichardson 07/13/2010 10:30am

    I agree….

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