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GOP Blocks One-Year Unemployment Extension, Wants Spending-Cut Offsets

November 30, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

On Tuesday afternoon, Democrats called on the Senate to pass the Unemployment Insurance Stabilization Act under the expedited unanimous consent procedure. As expected, Sen. Scott Brown [R, MA], acting on behalf of all Republicans, objected and will force a full-fledged debate on the issue that will likely last several weeks and be rolled together with unrelated tax issues. Federal unemployment benefits expire today for millions of long-term unemployed workers.

The bill Democrats tried to pass today would extend federal unemployment benefits until January 3, 2012. Because its costs (approx. $54 billion) are not offset, there was never much of a chance that the Republicans would allow the bill to go through so easily. Republicans have repeatedly said they want to pay for unemployment benefits with corresponding spending cuts (something that’s never been done) before they’ll vote for it, and because the Democrats don’t have a filibuster-proof majority they have a god deal of leverage for enforcing their position.

Immediately after objecting to unanimous consent, Sen. Brown turned the table and called for unanimous-consent passage of a one-year unemployment extension that is fully paid for by rescinding unspent non-security appropriations. Democrats objected.

The most likely scenario at this point is that the unemployment extension will be added to a bill to extend the expiring Bush tax cuts. Obama said today that unemployment benefits were mentioned in a bipartisan meeting on the tax cuts. Sen. Max Baucus [D, MT], who proposed the one-year extension bill that was rejected today, will lead the Democrats in the tax cut negotiations.

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  • TheDutchess 11/30/2010 3:02pm

    They just care about those that already have money and ways to keep it. They don’t care if your kids have no toys, not even the cheapest of toys for christmas; They have everything they need. Just wait until next year – Those Republicans are going to defund every government program that they can and you will see, medicare, healthcare, and perhaps unemployment fade away. What are you going to do then? Sooner or later, people are going to start to take up arms and do what they can to survive can you say “Escape from New York”….

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    beenblue 11/30/2010 3:17pm

    How about this , Google “operation Garden Plot” and then tell me this was not planed ahead of time with the passing of the Patriot Act. Escape from New York would be a summer vacation haven. The Govt. is ready for a revolt.

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    beenblue 11/30/2010 3:22pm


  • beenblue 11/30/2010 3:03pm

    I`m so mad, I`m going to pan handle some change and get a drunk on, this is way too crazy to go through sober,I feel like my mind and body has aged 20 yrs, the stinking stress has turned me completely grey top to bottom, even my soul seems withered. What a condition for a life time optimist.

  • Jess01869 11/30/2010 3:21pm

    Let the riots begin…

  • yvonne8 11/30/2010 3:22pm

    Sad state of affairs. Republicans like employed people b/c they pay taxes. On the other hand, unemployed aren’t paying taxes until they absolutly have to. Employed are givers while unemployed are takers. That’s the way Republicans look at the unfortunates who remain unemployed. Republicans want unemployed to take any job (which means paying taxes) even if you can’t pay your bills, at the very least, taxes are collected. Rather than help unemployed find jobs, Republicans would rather call them names such as lazy and cut them off at the knees. Republicans should get off the behinds and help unemployed find jobs - right here; right now.

  • Abaratarrr 11/30/2010 5:08pm

    “Brown delivered the speech as he attempted a compromise on extending unemployment benefits that expire tomorrow. His compromise involved using unobligated federal funds to pay for the cost of extending the benefits
    “Are we going to do it from the bank account, or are we going to put it on the credit card?” he added. "I know what I want to do. I’ll use the bank account. Let’s use money that’s already in the system and put it to good use immediately, by 12 o’clock tonight. Let’s do it!”

    Under Senate rules, Brown’s proposal would have needed unanimous approval, but it failed because one senator – Jack Reed, a Democrat from Rhode Island – objected."

    so why do all of the headline read “unemployment extension blocked by republicans”? or "GOP Blocks One-Year Unemployment Extension, Wants Spending-Cut Offsets "

    Did anyone believe that this could pass using unanimous consent?

  • Abaratarrr 11/30/2010 5:17pm

    as for the tax cuts, Obama agreed to all the tax cuts a month ago without holding out for unemployment extensions

    the only connection between unemployment extensions and tax cuts is from bloggers that have learned that if they add the words “unemployment extension” they get way more clicks. So if they are writing about tax cuts they add something about unemployment, the issues are not related.

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    poolplayer 12/01/2010 10:02am

    You must be one of the wealthy with a nice job.And as far as tax cuts and unemployment extension,they are going to be related now because the GOP refuses to pass anything unless they get their tax cuts.I think the wealthy should be taxed more in times of need.That would make up for unemployment extension.I’m not saying make it permanent,just in times of a weaker economy to help the country.But the GOP are bullies and really don’t care about the common folk.

  • DGalanteNJ 11/30/2010 5:35pm

    What a shame, what a damn shame that our own country turns its back on us when we need it most! I voted Democrat and now pray they help us fight for what we need to survive. I couldn’t believe they just wrapped it up tonight with no regard for where our future stands. I’m over 55 and have been unemployed since 2009, I have put so many resumes in I’ve lost track of where I have applied. I used to make over $75000 a year, now I am begging for jobs that pay $9. a hour. I apply and they say sorry, your over qualified. Am I over qualified to eat? To have a roof over my head? Buy medicine I need? Congress, remember us who once paid your salary, you work for us, we don’t work for you!

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    sulamita 12/01/2010 12:34pm

    I feel you. I can’t believe I will have a year of been unemployed But I guess after seen how many people got wash brain into thinking the GOP will do better than Dem, their blindness just let me know that maybe we just all need to go deeper into this shit so we wake up and realized that it does not matter who is in charge really. We the People, that 99% that is not wealthy need to wake up. Two of the companies I worked before has gone overseas… yeah.. American companies are going abroad. So is not anymore that they are coming here.
    Should we do like the French, in where we stop working as a group? I don’t know? Do I care if the rich get tax? Who really cares about them, is not that they are providing with more jobs during this recession. It is well know that they started to get better but they are not hiring.
    If the health care helps my kid not to get turn down while I don’t have an insurance because I can’t get any job, and I mean any job. Do you think I really care? No I don’t.

  • Catfish8173 11/30/2010 7:25pm

    You know …overall I am a Dem and proud of it ..not because I have been unemployed since may of09 but because i watch CSPAN ALOT!!.just to hear what they have to say ..and with the Dems I HEAR THEM SAY …its about helping people ..The REPS..ITS ABOUT MONEY!!!….DAMN..even if you think it ..stop rubbing it in everyones face. NO you do not do Pay fors for Unemployment …its a EMERGENCY!!!!….like now they are gonna debate ..they are a slew of other bills to go find some xtra cash out of to pay for it… but UI is needed now …not have to wait for them to find “payfors” and you never wanna have that stigma for any emergency situation ..Just think … dec 7th 1941..We cannot declare war and start building for one ..until we find the payfors….Sorry ..we gotta wait for a vote for the cash

  • BenjaWiz 11/30/2010 8:32pm

    It’s about time the breaks have been put on this tax and spend congress we need to look at how this can be offset if extended good job Brown :).

  • BenjaWiz 11/30/2010 8:35pm

    When some of us elected a new congress we wanted a balanced budget and job creation not long term unemployment checks delivered while racking up more debt enough is enough this is a step in the right direction what happened today.

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    TheDutchess 12/01/2010 5:33am

    Wow! So I guess you are completely for the Bush Tax cuts even though they are not paid for? I guess since all of us “poor folks” don’t deserve to eat or feed our children. You probably have a job but just on this site for no good reason but to waste time while at work doing nothing. I guess we all just deserve to be bums on the street right? They don’t even agree on the very basic and moral principles of protecting your own. How in the hell is the budget going to get balanced? More jobs have been created in Obama’s Administration in the last year than the last 8 years of the Bush era. There still aren’t enough jobs to go around. So while they debate, people are losing their homes and families can’t buy food. I guess that’s the American way according to you…

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    BenjaWiz 12/01/2010 6:12am

    I never said I was Republican and I happen to be in total disagreement with BUSH Tax cuts for wealthy folks as they’ve got more then enough money, look there are social service programs out there for folks who need help. Why do folks want a check and run up more debt and then everyone has to pay more or even higher taxes in the end? this makes no sense we got into this mess from debt to pay for things like Wars, Tax Cuts For Wealthy Folks, That so called Bridged to no where project i.e. pork. This Republican-Democrat fighting over who did what isn’t going to fix our problems here at home but congress needs to balance a budget again not go back to more unwise spending.

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    TheDutchess 12/01/2010 3:20pm

    You ask why do folks want a check and run up more debt and then everyone has to pay more or even higher taxes in the end? That is so rediculous. It’s just like me saying " Why should I go into your burning house and help you save your family". SAME THING! The outcome is the same. Because it’s the right thing to do. Do you care about your fellow Americans or you are just out for yourself? Do you think you would pay less if they pass the Bush Tax Cuts for the rich? Please! I hope the Democrats let those cuts expire and then they would be on a talking playing field. You forget that in the history of America, unemployment benefits are considered an EMERGENCY FUND. With the jobless rate remaining at the high, there should be no question about extending the unemployment benefits. Spending so that people can buy milk for their babies is not UNWISE unless you are a CRAB!

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    TheDutchess 12/01/2010 3:21pm

    Oh yeah, you did say some of us elected a new congress and a balanced budget. You must have voted for the Republicans because you would have unequivocally said hell no if you didn’t!

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    MizzLizz2010 12/03/2010 7:06pm

    look there are social service programs out there for folks who need help (are there no workhouses)TY Mr.Scrooge for the seasonally apt comment. And for those of you that didn’t vote and helped create this mess: shame on you. Mr Obama you need to turn into a squeeky wheel for us; if you don’t the lunatics are going to be running this asylum our country is turning into. No compassion unless you are in the situation…very sad.

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    poolplayer 12/01/2010 10:12am

    That’s why the tax cuts should expire for the wealthy.What jobs are the wealthy going to create with their own money that they couldn’t do with company money.A lot of the wealthy have their personal money protected by being incorporated right?And what does the GOP propose to create jobs?I have asked a couple of Republican representatives and didn’t get any response.So I am anxious to hear from any GOP member on this matter.Or even the likes of you who must obviously be employed and considered part of the wealthy category!PROVE ME WRONG,PLEASE!

  • laughingatthehypocrites 11/30/2010 9:11pm

    Anyone who pretends to think that Republicans (and slowly Democrats) are for the people are completely removed from reality. These party identifiers mean absolutely nothing and are no more than ways to divide US, the people, so we can continue to be pawns in their game. We stupidly fall into it- what a shame. We are so busy claiming our beloved party that we allow them both to run all over us. Do you think either party gives a steaming piel of $hit whether you eat tonight? No, moron. Wake up people. We shouldn’t be fighting one another…we should be fighting FOR each other. But that is always where this country fell short because we’d rather hate each other for things like skin color and social status. We are our own worst enemies and have NO ONE to blame but ourselves for the situation we are. We saw what Bush did to this country for 4 years and PEOPLE (certainly not me) voted him in again. And after 8 years of destruction & deficit creation, Obama is supposed to be like

  • laughingatthehypocrites 11/30/2010 9:13pm

    Harry effen Potter and go in and fix it, while the Republicans & Democrats blame one another? Yikes. THEY ARE ALL TO BLAME. But, the mess was created the minute Bush got into office the first time (after his 100 days of vacay I mean). He was handed a budget surplus and an increase of jobs. He turned gold into garbage. Now we are looking at the same scenario AGAIN by voting for the same types of people with the same priorities. We will never learn…

  • laughingatthehypocrites 11/30/2010 9:17pm

    Plutocracy: A system of government whereby wealth and the benefits that wealth accrues lead to a concentration of power in the hands of those with disproportionate access to financial resources.

    This is our reality. And as we continue to give our wealth away, we also give away our democracy. And they are digging further into our small businesses (Food Safety Bill S.510) and our privacy (Internet Censorship Bill). We are headed for 100% wealthy corporate rule. Small business are one their way out.

    It has been established far beyond anyone’s logic to deny, that the Democrats and CERTAINLY not Republicans are for anything OTHER than big government, big spending and HUGE business.

  • laughingatthehypocrites 11/30/2010 9:20pm

    Part 1 of FACTS AND LOGIC THAT WE LIKE TO IGNORE BUT CAN NOT (from NY Times, LA Times, Huffington Post, Congressional Budget Office and some other reputable sources):

    The American economy created just 1.1 million jobs net under the policies of the Bush Administration, while creating 22.7 million jobs under the Clinton Administration. The Bush administration inherited a large budget surplus and left behind a giant budget deficit, economic meltdown and crumbling infrastructure. The high-end Bush-era tax cuts are contributing to our financial ruin rather than our economic success.

    Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN): “The Bush tax cuts did not work. “I think it’s fair to say, if the current tax rates were enough to create jobs and generate economic growth, we’d have a growing economy,” he said. “It’s not working now.”

  • laughingatthehypocrites 11/30/2010 9:21pm


    (Bush Tax Cuts con’t) This isn’t a subjective question open to debate; we tried a policy and we can evaluate its results. In this case, Republicans said Bush’s tax policy would produce wonders for the economy, and they got exactly what they wanted. We now know, however, that the policy didn’t generate robust growth, didn’t create millions of new jobs, didn’t spur entrepreneurship and
    innovation, and certainly didn’t keep a balanced budget.

    In total, keeping those cuts for the rich will cost almost $830 billion over the next 10 years. It will cost about $80 billion over just the next two years, and frankly, that $80 billion could be put to much better use than simply giving it to the richest 2 percent of Americans.

  • laughingatthehypocrites 11/30/2010 9:22pm


    When Republicans pushed through the original Bush tax cuts, which sunset at the end of the year, they made all sorts of lofty promises. They boasted that the tax cuts would increase revenues, create jobs, and grow the economy. As a depressing reminder of a different time, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) actually argued that “the surplus will pick up” thanks to the stimulative effect of the tax cuts. Instead, we got exploding deficits, lethargic job creation, and "the slowest average annual growth since World War II. That’s true even if you forget about the Great Recession and simply look at 2001-7.

    Unemployment benefits put $225 million into the nation’s economy every day in 2010
    We estimate, using Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Tax projections, that maintaining the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans will directly reduce revenues by about $690 billion over the next 10 years.*

  • laughingatthehypocrites 11/30/2010 9:24pm


    But the true cost of those tax cuts is actually a bit bigger than that. The cost of those tax cuts is going to go straight onto our national credit card unless we raise taxes from everyone else to pay for the $690 billion in tax breaks for the rich or we find $690 billion in spending cuts.

    The top 1 percent of Americans captured a staggering 66 percent of all income gains over the past decade. America’s inequality is now at record extremes.

  • laughingatthehypocrites 11/30/2010 9:28pm

    Part 5 Final part of LOGIC AND FACTS WE CAN NOT IGNORE:

    And, as the independent Congressional Budget Office & John McCain’s economic adviser, Mark Zandi, agree, “providing tax cuts for the rich is the least effective way to boost the economy. The beneficiaries tend to save the money, invest it in growing markets abroad, or worse, throw more into the financial casino now reopened on Wall Street, fueling the computerized hyper-speculation that has nothing to do with productive investment.”

    The top 2% and truly wealthy don’t shop at local businesses, they don’t use
    local level banks to reinvest in the community, they don’t shop at the mall and walmart during the holidays, they do not do anything to bring jobs to the local community. That’s bulls*t…even Warren Buffet thinks so.

    Just wanted to say my little piece. I would rather be aware than clueless like so many that I see that will suffer regardless of their precious party allegiance. Be blessed and good luck everyone…we need it.

  • laughingatthehypocrites 11/30/2010 9:35pm


    From Warren Buffet (Seen on ABC News):

    “Billionaire Warren Buffett said that the Bush tax cuts should be allowed to expire for the richest Americans and that the “trickle down” economic theory hasn’t worked.

    “If anything, taxes for the lower and middle class and maybe even the upper middle class should even probably be cut further,” Buffett told ABC News in an interview set to air later this week. “But I think that people at the high end — people like myself — should be paying a lot more in taxes. We have it better than we’ve ever had it.”

    “The rich are always going to say that, you know, just give us more money and we’ll go out and spend more and then it will all trickle down to the rest of you. But that has not worked the last 10 years, and I hope the American public is catching on,”

    The Republicans & Democrats allowing this are greedy, evil and voted into office by US. They are thanking us all the way to their (non-local) bank.

  • mcelyea8000 12/01/2010 1:58am


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