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Reid Sets Tentative Unemployment Extension Vote for Tuesday

July 14, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Politico reports:

Reid told reporters Wednesday that West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin has promised to name an interim replacement for the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) this weekend. The new senator, combined with pledges from Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine to support the revised unemployment bill, would give the majority leader the filibuster-proof 60 votes that he needs to begin moving it to President Barack Obama’s desk.

“If Governor Manchin does what he has indicated to me he will and we’ll have a new senator to replace Senator Byrd, then we’ll vote Tuesday morning sometime on the unemployment extension,” Reid said.

As I reported last night, Majority Leader Harry Reid [D, NV] could have pushed for this to happen faster. He could have rushed the swearing-in of Sen. Robert Byrd’s [D, WV] interim replacement and kept the Senate in session over the weekend to get this done. Instead, he’ll adjourn the Senate on Friday and maybe take up the bill on Tuesday.

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Displaying 1-30 of 193 total comments.

Charlesclay 07/17/2010 5:07am

I had a similar experience also this week. I finally got a call back from one of resumes. I was told by the craigslist job poster that he had posted the ad for a construction superintendent at 8:00 that morning and by 11:00 am he had over 160 resumes. Many of which were structural engineers and people with Master degrees…To say there are jobs out there is a joke. it’s not 1 job per 5 seekers. It’s more like 1 job per every 100. Where does the government get these ridicules numbers.To the Republicans and economist if you don’t believe me run an ad on craigslist for any job and you’ll see the real numbers.You guys are full of bullsh*t…Pop that bubble your in and see what Americans are really facing!

downandout 07/16/2010 3:01am

seanurse, I too believe there definitely should be term limits for Congress. This is the only way to get rid of the “good old boy” politics as ususal. This country needs new and fresh ideas, not the same as ever.

KittenCat 07/15/2010 1:59pm
in reply to joethevoter Jul 15, 2010 10:27am

Not so funny what I just ran across, after reading what you posted about those “secretive” inserts into Congressional Bills! So if they are so confounded about it, why don’t they have a commission on War Rapes and Sodomy of young children in Afghanistan?
Here’s the link:

BigCat 07/15/2010 1:38pm
in reply to seanurse Jul 15, 2010 1:24pm

Sean, we do agree on one thing, term limits are a MUST!I think the late Sen Byrd (D-WV) was a prime example. The guy had to die (at age 92) in order to lose his seat in the senate. How many lucid 92 year olds do we know, and for that matter want running our country?

Tea Partiers however, are not all rich, they are just associated with the republicans. At some point folks have to get past this ‘rich’ label. Not all repubs are wealthy-white-snobs. No more than all dems are unemployed-black-drop outs. Tea Partiers are Mom & Pop Americans Middle Americans fed up with politics as usual.

seanurse 07/15/2010 1:24pm
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in reply to skeetshooter50 Jul 15, 2010 10:11am

hi skeets, no i will be a99er after 18 weeks of eb if they ever pass the extension bill. and I disagree about the tea party they still are the rich and not what im talking about. I mean we should start a third party of middle class americans who wont be bought by corporations. but you still need money to get our voices out their as all news papers and stations are owned by rich politions. so catch 22 but I would love to be a senator. I think our baby boomers could make some great changes to the contry. we also need to set an age for senators to retire. and only 2 terms in office. can you imagine if there was three parties in senate and house??/ they wouldn’t be able to do what they are doing now.

downandout 07/15/2010 1:20pm
in reply to getdown2010 Jul 14, 2010 3:38pm


NEWS FLASH!! Obama already looks bad. His promise of change is coming true…just all the wrong change. Not all his fault, he is just not the right person for the job and has his priorities all wrong. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE should always come first, but that is not his agenda. I know it is not the agenda of the Republicans either. BOTH PARTIES ARE TO BLAME FOR THE MESS THIS COUNTRY IS IN, WE JUST NEED MORE FOCUSED LEADERSHIP TO GET US OUT OF IT.

downandout 07/15/2010 1:09pm
in reply to MTeinert Jul 14, 2010 11:53pm

MTeinert, no I am not a Conservative. Reid has NOT done all he can do to pass this bill. He was also at fault for not allowing a stand-alone bill to begin with. He had to throw in “extras” that all but doomed the passage along with the fact that the Republicans will not agree with any Democrat bill just for political reasons. So, you can talk shit all you want, but both parties are to blame and Harry Reid is right in the lead!!!

KittenCat 07/15/2010 1:04pm

I just got done reading and rating these. I really feel bad for everyone and how Congress wants to wait till Tuesday to have a vote! You’d have thought SOMEONE would have changed their vote and I hope they do, because you know what they say “Don’t Put All Your Eggs In Just One Basket!” Just sayin’, they should have an “emergency” back-up plan. This should have been passed this week!Didn’t they say they’d getter to it after their long Fourth of July Break!!! DDB= deaf, dumb,& blind they all are!!!They’ll get their own one day for this!!!

ryaneis 07/15/2010 12:09pm

does it not seem obvious to anyone else what they are doing? the longer they hold out, the more desperate the people waiting for this extension become. forcing the “sitters” to take jobs below their standards. they know that too many people could be working but make more on unemployment than they would at the available jobs. the longer they wait, the more likely these people will take the lower paying jobs just to make ends meet. at that point they do not qualify for the federal unemployment. this is their goal. force people to lower their standards and take whats available while at the same time saving money so that they can spend it on something that will have no or negative impact on our countries financial crisis.

KittenCat 07/15/2010 11:31am
in reply to joethevoter Jul 15, 2010 10:27am

As much as I can’t stand sex offender crimes, especially related to minor children, and all victims, we really shouldn’t be mixing basic unemployment compensation and extensions with Crimal Law! That does sound crazy, as their are many levels of sex offenders and hopefully the minor offenders get rehabilitated back into society.If they are going to be prejudicially treated as to their basic rights as citizens, then what’s the point in them being released from prison?

KittenCat 07/15/2010 10:28am
in reply to finzfan1313 Jul 15, 2010 9:31am

And besides, who wants to go begging for hand outs, when a simple tier deadline date is not honored, as is my case! I have some pride and dignity and I aim to keep it! I was lucky to have stored some extra food away!Which is nearly gone at this point! And I have gotten extensions as long as possible. This is so inhumanly ridiculous! You wouldn’t treat your dogs this way! Speaking of, I’m babysitting my son’s Jack Russell Terrior for another month!
She’s about the only thing that keeps me sane!She’s as cute as can be and Fun!
Luckily she like oatmeal like me!

joethevoter 07/15/2010 10:27am

This bill is important but contains a hate-related amendment that must be removed before it is allowed to pass. It serves no public good and may lead to homelessness and starvation for families.

KittenCat 07/15/2010 10:17am
in reply to tetonmoon61 Jul 15, 2010 9:29am

I hear you! What they don’t realize is that we are talking about real people and real bills, utilties, food, payments, gas for peoples’ cars, a roof over peoples’ heads! This isn’t just happening to some lower class workers, it’s happening to every level of employment! All have taken cuts! Cuts in pay, cuts in salaries, cuts in benefits, cuts in Employment Compensation!

Reader12 07/15/2010 10:13am

I would like to point out the fact that at least 50% of the unemployment extension money will most likely go immediately into the pockets of BANKS as emergency interest payments on housing.
As far as myself, the rest was wolfed by credit card companies, utility companies, phone companies, and grocery stores. Since I’ve been out of work I DON’T have any disposable income. Along with those of us who have mortgages I haven’t bought anything unnecessary in as long as I can remember.

My point is that this money goes directly into the economy and boosts the economy immediately. Banks make more money so they allegedly can make business loans to small businesses and more. Its a chain effect. This kind of money makes money exponentially for many people besides us.

Republicans, please see this bill for what it really is! I encourage people who are taking action to save themselves and calling Congressmen and writing letters to please make this point.

KittenCat 07/15/2010 10:12am
in reply to jakj1 Jul 15, 2010 9:46am

I just don’t buy into Harry Reids’ big plans anymore. It’s been, one thing after another and nothing but fights in this Congress! I have lost all faith in this system. We need Unemployment Compensation Reform. This cannot be allowed to continue in this haphazard fashion, based on political gain!
Someone should have stepped up to the Plate and made this happen!

skeetshooter50 07/15/2010 10:11am
in reply to seanurse Jul 15, 2010 5:29am

Hi Seanurse, What do you mean by soon to be a 99er? Are you talking about UI benifits being extended to 99 weeks? I’ll be getting my last UI check next week at 74 weeks 25 weeks short of the 99 I was told I’m allowed, and just to make things worse I (after wrangling for months with a career counselor) started school for a career change 3 weeks ago. If to keep my schooling I have to work at a fastfood resturant or minimart type store to make ends meet I’ll do it. As a fellow “Baby Boomer” I think I’ve found the party you’re looking for their calling them selves the “Tea Party”, any legslators who are up for re-election need to pay close attention because their mantra is to get “new blood” that will be for the people in Washington,DC.

KittenCat 07/15/2010 9:59am

All this stalling has gotten really pathetic! I am ashamed of our congress at this point and I hope alot of Americans see what is going on and how the unemployed are being used as mere pawns for their own political gains! I read that the latest polls of voters SUPPORT the unemployed getting the extended benefits, even if it has to add to the deficient! My ex-mums-in-law is in the House of Rep./Repub. and I’ll tell ya, alot of these people are old money and just don’t give a hoot about Anyone!I raised my sons BETTER than that I am proud to say! One is going into 3rd Yr.Med. School/fully paid Scholarship(thank God!) and at least he will not be going thru what is mums is!They SHOULD WORK THRU THE WEEK-END!They get so many spiffs in their jobs! Unbeleivable!

dscampau 07/15/2010 9:56am
in reply to dwcstmdznr Jul 14, 2010 11:21am

ladbjangles: I just spoke to an EDD rep, and he said you can go to EDD’s website, go to “ask EDD”, an email a request for continuation forms. That way you will be covered retroactively whene the bill passes. Hope this helps.

understanding 07/15/2010 9:48am
in reply to finzfan1313 Jul 15, 2010 9:31am

The tweets on Twitter, are now saying from Reid.

The WV Senator will be sworn in at 2:15 pm Tuesday. The vote is to take place at 2:30 Tuesday. Likely to pass.

I hope this is the case.

jakj1 07/15/2010 9:46am

I was just watching CSPAN and Harry Reid made an announcement that on Tuesday at 2:15 pm the senate would swear in the temporary senator from West Virgiana. He also noted that the first order of business after the swearing in would be a vote on the unemployment extension bill. Lets hope he is a man of his word!! And that Manchin appoints someone!

finzfan1313 07/15/2010 9:31am

I am getting so tired of hearing them say they are going to vote on this bill.Peoples lives are in dire straits out here in the real world. I am a single woman who is over 50. Food stamps, welfare and medical are not options for me. They say we can go to the community we live in to get help. But like me they have no money either. So now it’s supposed to voted on Tuesday. What are we going to do when they don’t get it passed? More blowing smoke up our ass? If we ere auto manufacturers or big banks we could get bailouts. As for us being lazy and need to be drug tested. they can say and do whatever they want just pass the bill so we can have money to put gas in our cars and get off our lazy drugged asses and get a job.

tetonmoon61 07/15/2010 9:29am
in reply to general Jul 14, 2010 5:06pm

Oh my god here is a way to cut spending, one I just got my state ballot book, hundreds of pages filled with over 38 senate representatives the pay for this job is obscene, an average of 174 K a year, vested in five for a life time pension of 67K a year and full benefits. Nothing will change until the laws allowing the flow of corrupt, corporate, special interest and lobbyist money is no longer allowed. But he is a link to sign a petition for lowering the pay of congress to a really nice 50 K a year, we need all the signatures and you need to facebook, email or what ever you have to. Read your ballot books, vote for as many liberals or independents as possible, it can’t get any worse, the two party system must be shut down now. Link is
if problems go to, search right side for lower pay for congress and sign the petition.

jakj1 07/15/2010 9:12am

I sent and email to Govenor Manchins office last week and this was his reply.

Good Afternoon Mr. Korb:

We appreciate your email and expressing your concerns. We are moving as
quickly and responsibly as we possibly can on this succession process.
I am calling the State Legislature into a special session on Thursday to
make a fix to our state code that will clarify when an election may be
held to fill the vacancy. It is important that this process is done and
done correctly. If is not, the people’s right to vote in November could
be challenged in the courts. We are hopeful that the Legislature can act
quickly to ensure that our citizens have the right to vote this
November. I expect to make an appointment, to fill the vacant U.S.
Senate seat temporarily, by 5 p.m. this Friday.

I encourage you to visit the governor’s official web site for further

Joe Manchin III
Governor of West Virginia

comments5647 07/15/2010 8:19am
in reply to general Jul 14, 2010 5:06pm

Both Democrats and Republicans are using this to play politics with our livelihoods. As much as I would prefer a job, a real income, I am disappointed this congress has thrown us out in the street. This morning I spent two hours on the phone trying to figure out how to keep my electricity on. It is suppose to be 99 degrees tomorrow. If Harry Reid gets the vote for Tuesday morning that is still not early enough for me to keep my water on as it is past due also. They gave me on last extension on my electricity until the end of July I don’t know how I will keep the water running. I just want a job just a job…

DebBrown 07/15/2010 7:23am

I’ll believe it when I see it. Republican Senators in Congress have been INTENTIONALLY stalling. It’s a matter of pre-campaigning. Republicans will be running on a platform of Democrats failed to extended unemployment benefits, stimulate the economy or create jobs. They know that most Americans won’t look know who voted NO for the extension bills so they’re safe! Most people don’t know that every Republican voted NO to every extension of benefits. The plight of the American people takes a back seat to disseminating campaign propaganda implying that the Democrats failed to extend benefits. If Republicans fool you now, they will win November elections and there will be NO further extensions or mention of concern for federal deficit. Republicans plan to instead give money to businesses to create jobs to stimulate the economy. Of course businesses will pocket the money and continue to operate cheaply with skeleton crews. We know this method does not work – remember the big bailout.

helpus 07/15/2010 7:03am
in reply to DrSnark Jul 15, 2010 5:54am

DrSnark, I am with you on ACTION. I’ve already called some friends and former co-workers in my area to do just that. We can’t make it to Washington but we can catch the Metra and head downtown. Maybe collect enough to gas up a vehicle and drive to the State Capital.

phantomfaery 07/15/2010 6:38am

At this point, I’m really starting to lose faith that this bill will ever get passed and it angers me. I have been unemployed for over a year now which threw me into a depression, cost me custody of my son and has now put me in the position where I am about to lose everything if they don’t extend this bill soon. I will not only be jobless, but my relationship with my boyfriend will be over as the financial stress has already taken its toll on our relationship, we’ll be evicted because he doesn’t make enough monthly to cover all of our bills, I’ll be homeless, I’ll lose visitation with my son as a result of that, and we’re already in the situation where we barely have enough food in the house. What makes me even more upset is the fact that there are SO many people out there that have it MUCH worse than I. Those who are employed and some politicians seem to think living on these benefits is lazy, but I know I would LOVE to be working now. They need to haul ass on this bill and pass it!

virtualbox2800 07/15/2010 6:36am

Many people have lost hope on the unemployment extension. How in the world are you goin to find a job if there are no jobs out there? Not only that, employers are taking advantage of this high unemployment and only offering short contracts with no health benefits. This is just so frustrating. This unemployment extension must be approved. It is long overdue.

tmc732 07/15/2010 6:11am
in reply to emd Jul 14, 2010 9:38am

good news!!! it has been hard not having the unemployment comming in. I pray for a call on a job and then wonder if i will have the money to put in my gas tank to get to an interview or to pay for my internet sevices for further job searching.

DrSnark 07/15/2010 5:54am

Folks! Empower ourselves! Time to move from Comments & calls to senators who view us as collateral damage TO focusing our energy on action – in the streets! In numbers that lamestream media can’t ignore. NO mention of EUC on Network News? OUTRAGEOUS! We may be broke & depressed but we’ve got to start making noise OUTSIDE of the internet. ACT-UP in the 80s re-defined activism, FORCED politicians to deal with AIDS, got drug companies/FDA to push treatments through. The sick were stigmatized then as we are today & most sheepAmericans still don’t care about anything unless it affects them directly. I search daily for signs of a March SOMEWHERE – I know DC is far away but People! Time to turn off the computers and get into the streets, even locally/multi-site, in numbers that CAN’T be ignored! THINK about it, Nov will be too late for many of us. Fewer AIDS folks made louder roar than we millions, and they were DYING. A call to action: ACT UP, FIGHT BACK, NO VACATION RECESS TILL 5618 PASSES!

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