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Congress Links + Unemployment Benefits

July 21, 2010 - by David Moore

The major unemployment bill (H.R. 4213) is of course our most-commented and most-tracked bill by users over the past month. For all the best info: peruse its latest news and blog coverage from around the Web, see the highest-rated user comments, visit our community-generated Benefit Wiki project to better understand how it affects your state, read our helpful past coverage of the bill’s long journey, and send us your questions: writeus at opencongress dot org.

Today’s Congress Links ::

  • Republicans delay the vote to extend unemployment benefits for those who have been out work.(Reuters)
  • Gail Russell Chaddock discusses why extending unemployment has been so difficult this time around.(Christian Science Monitor)
  • Sens. Charles Schumer, (D-NY) and Tom Harkin, (D-IA) are urging the Federal Reserve for more credit card protection. (AP)
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee approves Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.(LA Times)
  • House and Senate Democrats fight over the delay of the food safety bill. (Washington Post)
  • The Senate Democrats overcome a threat of a filibuster to pass unemployment extension benefits.  More coverage of this is on our blog. (NY Times)
  • With the passage of unemployment benefits extensions, Republicans say that the US cannot spend more money than it has. (ABC News)
  • Senate Democrats have said the House Democrats may cut education money in order to pass a war speding bill. (CNN)
  • Senate Democrats may not get enough votes to pass environmental legislation. (Washington Post)
  • President Obama urges Congress to pass equal pay legislation. (USA Today)
  • Sponsoring 137 bills, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is rated the most active member of Congress. (US News)

Today’s helpful bundle of Links come from OC Research Assistants Jason Rhee and Hilary Worden. Image of Sen. Schumer (who we must resist calling Chuck, as we esteem the U.S. gov’t and don’t [yet] know him personally, although Senator, holler at us, some of us are your constituents in NYC yo!) via our data- and talent-rich news partners Daylife.

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Displaying 91-120 of 219 total comments.

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    juju39567 07/21/2010 1:39pm

    ill become a 99er after this extention also be thankful for any temp job here in alabama there is nothing and even oil clean up is starting to lay workers off i wish u the best of luck in finding a permanent job god help us all

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    GodisGreat44 07/21/2010 7:22pm

    best of luck at the interviews :)

  • juju39567 07/21/2010 1:43pm

    looks like they are takin final vote now

  • juju39567 07/21/2010 1:45pm

    yes this is final senate vote simple majority needed

  • theunemployed 07/21/2010 1:55pm

    we won the senate ladies and gentlemen

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    Leary1980 07/21/2010 1:57pm

    Yep, only took us a month after the Republicans crying and hold ups.

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    Abaratarrr 07/21/2010 2:19pm
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    pelosi could have passed this bill march 11th, you can not rewrite history

  • Christine58 07/21/2010 1:55pm

    So…..what’s going on??? Im afraid to look,plus I feel like Im going to spit up. My nerves are shot!

  • theunemployed 07/21/2010 1:55pm


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    Leary1980 07/21/2010 1:59pm

    Whoa stop the press. We didn’t win. We got an extension of emergencey money that we NEED. You win when you gain employment.

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    GodisGreat44 07/21/2010 7:23pm
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    are you unemployed also or just a jerk?

  • Christine58 07/21/2010 1:56pm

    WE WON??

  • theunemployed 07/21/2010 1:56pm

    majority rules!!!!!!!!go dems go dems its your birthday

  • Christine58 07/21/2010 1:58pm


  • juju39567 07/21/2010 2:01pm

    now its official 59-39

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    fa2010 07/21/2010 2:03pm

    OK, what is being voted on now? I am so confused! But very relieved.

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    juju39567 07/21/2010 2:05pm

    thank god its out of the senate and wow the trolls come out today on this forum just a comment to drewbot i would of been a good idea to pay for it with stimulus money if there was actual money left but the only money left from that has already been contracted out but the contract hasnt been completed yet so the money hasnt left yet and if u or i cant break a contract what gives government the right to break one

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    Abaratarrr 07/21/2010 2:17pm
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    would you call someone a troll for telling the truth of for making up stuff and saying the the republicans were forcing the senate to wait 30 hours before they vote when that in fact was never the case?

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    Abaratarrr 07/21/2010 2:24pm
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    so now you are admitting that you were making crap up when you said the republicans would not allow a vote for 30 hours,

    how about an apology to all the people you tried to mislead.

  • theunemployed 07/21/2010 2:03pm

    there is another vote for passage bro i think

  • Reader12 07/21/2010 2:03pm

    oh thank god

    59 not 60?
    who changed their mind(???)

  • theunemployed 07/21/2010 2:04pm

    collins i think

  • Christine58 07/21/2010 2:04pm

    I watched and seen that…GO BILL!!!!

  • theunemployed 07/21/2010 2:05pm

    that was to agree to the admendments and a finally vote will be made i think i could be wrong

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    juju39567 07/21/2010 2:06pm

    no the vote is final and on table to send to house

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    Leary1980 07/21/2010 2:10pm

    The way it works is:

    1.The Senate has to pass it (that happened today)
    2.The House of Reps has to pass it (they are voting tomorrow)
    3.The bill than goes to my man Obama who will sign it immediately (this should also happen tomorrow)
    4.As soon as the bill is law, states will implement the retro payout policy which will vary according to your situation and your state)
    5.Everybody vote Democrat and the middle class will be alright

  • Reader12 07/21/2010 2:08pm

    amendments???. I hope they didn’t add any amendments that the House won’t like.

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    juju39567 07/21/2010 2:11pm

    the only amendments they made was cutting alot of what the house had in the bill they passed originally not supposed to have any problems passing in house of reps. they have on schedule to vote on it tomorrow and send to president

  • Christine58 07/21/2010 2:09pm

    What time is the House voting tomorrow?

  • caschnejr 07/21/2010 2:10pm


    (Refer to my full comments at]

    I take exception to a law expert saying to AOL News that Pres. Obama’s hands are tied, on Executive Order to create Tier 5.

    Left out, every pres. executive order has naysayers, Mr. Obama’s hands are NOT really tied, he COULD issue executive order, anytime, as he is president, executive order would become law IMMEDIATELY.

    It was appalling to see Pres. Obama do politically-motivated photo opp with 3 unemployed workers, bashing minority party. In truth, majority party had votes, as did with health care. Obama could have did pres. exec. order to extend unemployment expiration date, and add unemployment weeks past 99.

    People who have lost jobs, should get further unemployment funds, to keep houses, pay bills and get food.

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