H.R.589 - Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011

To amend title IV of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for additional weeks of first-tier emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes. view all titles (4)

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  • Official: To amend title IV of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for additional weeks of first-tier emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Popular: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act as introduced.
  • Popular: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011 as introduced.
  • Short: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011 as introduced.

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  • ssari30 02/12/2011 3:29pm

    I hope everyone know’s that this bill could have already been passed by now! They clearly do not give two rats asses about any one of us!

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    Legion1 02/12/2011 5:46pm

    “ssari30” you have got that exactly right. The arrogant assholes (Congress & ‘pubs in particular) know exactly what’s going on out here. They can see, read & hear. They know how many jobs are available & they know exactly how many American citizens are unemployed & they know exactly when there will be enough jobs for anyone who is still able & wants to work. They (Congress) have heard all the expert testimony & seen all the expert reports. What we need in the White House is a true independent like Ross Perot would have been, someone that will slam these children, pretending to be adults, heads together & order them to start solving America’s problems. These pricks will do nothing until what just happened in Egypt happens here. I have said it before & I’ll say it again every one of these bastards, ’dems & ’pubs, needs to be taken out & shot. I hope Americans have the nards to do soon what the Egyptians have just done this past week. That, IMO, is the only thing Congress will understand.

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    fakk2 02/12/2011 6:53pm

    So, “they know exactly when there will be enough jobs for anyone who is still able & wants to work.” Really? How? Where’s the proof of this? In fact, how can they know that when most companies in each zip code don’t report to the government when they’re looking for employees? I don’t know of any small or medium sized businesses that report that to the government, and there’s still a large amount of turnaround at places in fast food and retail industries. Even though working for $7.25/hr at these places is better than begging on the street, why is there such a large turnaround? Can someone honestly say a “99 weeker” can’t get a job at a gas station, or McDonald’s, or Wal-Mart? If they’re so “overly qualified” then they should be getting these jobs, even if they have to move to do so. So here’s the question, why are those on long-term unemployment still believing these jobs are “beneath them” so to say when working for minimum wage allows you to keep your pride more than begging?

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    fakk2 02/12/2011 6:53pm

    And how can one talk about killing people to get a handout? Especially when it’s about congressmen, how is that appropriate? We don’t live in Russia where it’s the government’s responsibility to give people jobs because if we did, how much you want to bet that if your dad was a ditch digger, you’d be a ditch digger, and your son would be too.

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    Legion1 02/12/2011 8:20pm

    Now for my not so friendly side.

    By your logic, your dad & your son must be an idiot because that’s exactly what you are, an idiot.

    A handout? That’s how you see this? Due to our employment, employers are charge a tax. That tax (FUTA) is to cover unemployment. By our work, it is our right to collect unemployment. It is not a handout. Employers made much more profit from our labors than they have paid in via FUTA.

    For 40 years, Congress has done whatever it could to aid American jobs leaving America & doing nothing to stop them from going. All in the name of profit for corporate America. In aiding & abetting corporate America in gutting American jobs, IMO, Congress is traitors to the citizens of America. Traitors are shot.

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    Legion1 02/12/2011 8:30pm

    When GM started moving jobs to Mexico, did the price of Chevy’s go down? No

    Were tax breaks given to big PHARMA to move operations to the Carri-bean? Yes

    Was Rebok allowed to sell shoes in the US made in Thailand (for pennies) for $150 to $200 a pair? Yes.

    Is there any TV’s made in America anymore? No

    Are there any clothes made in the now abandoned textile mills of America? No

    Does Wal-Mart sell anything Made in America besides some foodstuffs? I don’t think so.

    Who allowed industry after industry to leave America for ever increasing profits, cheap labor, no benefits, no consideration of or regard for pollution? Congress

    Traitors to the American family/citizens.

    Traitors are shot

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    fakk2 02/13/2011 8:05am

    Not trying to say you’re wrong, only attempting to add to it, I think it’s also partially our fault we let this happen. We’ve sat on the sidelines too long and it’s time for us to take our government back.

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    fakk2 02/13/2011 8:03am


    Is FUTA really the best argument you have? Here’s FUTA for you:

    1.) Using conservative figures, let’s assume all employers pay a full 6.2% FUTA on the payroll of $7,000. This equals $434/year.
    2.) An employee working 20 years for the same company, never taking UI before would have accrued an employer pay-in of $8,680.
    3.) Assuming all unemployed work for same amount of time (20 years) an got laid off at the same time (2008), total government payout for wages put in for 15 million unemployed = $130.2 billion.
    4.) Considering most employers pay much less than the full 6.2% FUTA, even less has actually been paid in that what was stated above.

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    fakk2 02/13/2011 8:03am

    So, here’s the UI facts for you related to FUTA:

    1.) Domestic employees don’t pay into FUTA. It’s not held out of our wages. We don’t pay it, only employers do.
    2.) Over $390 billion has been spent on the unemployed in the last 2 years (beginning 2008 to end of 2010). This means 2.995 times as much money has been paid out as has been put in.
    3.) “it is our right to collect unemployment”. We’re only guaranteed Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness as unalienable rights. Nowhere does our Constitution guarantee the right of being paid while not working. So yes, getting something for nothing is asking for a handout. If we had paid out what was put in and nothing more, then it’s not a handout because it was paid in for us. But since almost 3x as much has been paid compared to what’s invested, it becomes a handout, or a bailout, whichever term you prefer.

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    fakk2 02/13/2011 8:03am

    As far as Congress goes, I can see where you’re coming from on this, and I feel the same way (that they pushed jobs out of USA), but is it really this legislature’s fault, or is it those that came before that aided and abetted to get us where we are?

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    Legion1 02/12/2011 7:41pm

    Tell you what “fakk2”…go try what you suggest. Make sure to put on the application that you’ve been out of work 1,2,3,4 years. See if you get called, bet you don’t. Go try the same thing at the Temp places, bet you don’t get a call from them either. Go to the fast food places and see how many older adults are working for them, bet you don’t see many.

    Maybe I got a little carried away with saying they know when enough jobs are coming back, however by all estimates, it’s going to be at least 2 years until there’s much of a change.

    You try moving when you’re penniless.

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    fakk2 02/13/2011 8:12am

    “You try moving when you’re penniless”

    I did. It sucked. I got over it. I agree that it’s going to be a LONG and rough road, and I don’t wish ill will out of spite on anyone. But I also don’t think we need to extend UI. It’s already almost 2 years, at some point, people become “terminally unemployed” and if we allow this many people to do that now, we’re screwed. The extentions have to stop somewhere and it should stop here.

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    HopefromCA 02/13/2011 8:33am

    You mentioned how the length of UI extensions is enough.
    How would you like to be over 55 years old, handicapped, been looking for work for over 2 years and trying to keep food on the table for the family? You need to start thinking of others that may not be as fortunate as yourself.

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    fakk2 02/13/2011 12:29pm


    I wouldn’t like that scenario you describe, not one bit. But, Here’s a question. Where is this person’s savings? I’m assuming they made at least $5/hr for 30 years since they’re 55. If they did, then they could’ve saved up $33,739.07 by placing 10% of their income into savings and letting it accrue 0.5% (or 0.005) over 30 years. Now, these are conservative numbers but assuming they’ve used 99 weeks of unemployment, they have no other income except UI, and they’re doing all they can to only put food on the table and find jobs (not watch TV or get online or play xbox or have 2 cars or really even buy new clothes at this point), then a family 3-4 should be able to survive for another year before they’re starving. So, where is the money?

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    fakk2 02/13/2011 12:32pm

    If this is lowballing the numbers, then why should anyone except this family be penalized (higher taxes or business burdens or not getting a raise) for this family’s inability to budget money? And if they had savings in the stock market, then why should anyone pay to replace a risk they took?

    So, I am thinking about others. I’m thinking about everyone whom has a job that will be put in jeopardy of losing it if higher burden is placed on businesses to pay for those that don’t contribute to the profits of the business. I’m thinking we don’t need more unemployed.

    Now, being handicapped is completely different than being healthy (which my example assumes the family is) and thus we have disability or should have disability that covers this more than UI would.

  • ssari30 02/12/2011 6:23pm

    “Legion1” I agree with you 100%! And if this doesn’t pass. They will have a full scale problem on there hands. That will be a lot worse then what happened in Arizona.

  • Legion1 02/12/2011 7:31pm

    The Congressional Budget Office report entitled, “Policies for Increasing Economic Growth and Employment in 2010 and 2011”* estimated that increasing aid to the unemployed “would raise output cumulatively between 2010 and 2015 by $0.70 to $1.90 per dollar of total budgetary cost.

    The CBO also estimates that extending unemployment benefits would add 8 to 19 cumulative years of full-time-equivalent employment per million dollars of total budgetary cost.* HR589 will effectively serve this purpose.

    According to CBO, increased aid to the unemployed is more cost effective boosting economic growth and employment than a variety of other policies under consideration.

    There is only 1 job for every 5 unemployed persons, and 42% of all unemployed have been unemployed for over 6 months, with 21.9% unemployed for over 1 year.**

    IHS Global Insight predicts the total number of jobs in the U.S. won’t return to prerecession levels until 2013, that doesn’t account for growth in the labor force.

  • Legion1 02/12/2011 8:37pm

    I’d be willing to bet you’re not even unemployed “fakk2” & you’re here not for any type of serious discussion but rather just to cause trouble. I also consider it a safe bet that you’re at least one of the “7” negative vote against this bill. Try walking in our shoes, you won’t like how they fit.

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    fakk2 02/13/2011 8:17am

    1.) I was unemployed, I found a job because I was hungry for it.
    2.) I would like serious discussion if anyone made sense instead of calling for reparations or the like. If we can figure out a way to pay for the bill, I’d be more open to it.
    3.) I am a negative vote because we shouldn’t extend the UI and make it a lifestyle to be unemployed. Regardless if you’re looking for work or not, there are those that abuse the system. Those not abusing the system will be punished because, although they’re trying their best, we can’t afford to let people keep abusing it and driving us deeper into debt.
    4.) Once again, I was unemployed, but I got off my ass, moved to a different state and found a job leaving everything I knew behind. I know how it feels to be turned down by companies although you’re overly qualified because I’ve been there. I dunno, maybe me getting a job was luck, maybe it wasn’t. Either way, I didn’t get anywhere by staying where I was.

  • sclark113 02/13/2011 2:30am

    You know who you are!!!! Just my way of taking a moment to say thank you for all that you are doing!

    2011 Unemployment Extension – Time to Thank the Advocates for the 99ers


  • sclark113 02/13/2011 3:14am

    An interview with Gerry DePietro, a 99er advocate that recently met with her Congressman, went to Washington D.C. for the introduction of H.R. 589, and who will be interviewed on the Ed Show by Ed Schultz Monday night at 10:00 PM (EST) on MSNBC.

    Link for BlogTalkRadio program from 3:00-3:30 PM (EST) to listen live (podcast will be available shortly after the show is completed).


    You can leave questions during the show in the comments section or use the call-in Number: (805) 285-9728 to ask questions during the show and we will do our very best to field your questions.

  • adamaiken 02/13/2011 4:45am

    Concocting the illusion of me spitting on our forefather’s graves (who by the way, most of those forefathers were slave owners, I suppose that should be upheld as well according to your warped way thinking), is a puerile attempt at diverting attention from the actual argument at hand which is that you are ignoring what is current and expedient and obvious.

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    fakk2 02/13/2011 8:20am


    When you disgrace the Constitution, you disgrace all of America. And yes, they owned slaves, does that mean they shouldn’t be celebrated for what they did for this country? But you know what, a CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT was created to give all persons an equal vote and to provide citizenship for those slaves. Instead of interpreting it for our own gains, let’s take it as it’s written.

    BTW, what is “current and expedient and obvious”? What are you referencing here?

  • adamaiken 02/13/2011 4:53am

    ‘That document was created by men who lived under a tyrannical ruler’…..too bad they could not identify with the slaves they owned and make the association about their own tyranny.

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    fakk2 02/13/2011 8:20am

    Very true.

  • adamaiken 02/13/2011 8:11am

    I just don’t understand why it matters if ONE IGNORAMUS doesn’t get it.
    Obviously, this IGNORAMUS is incapable of understanding.
    Why waste time over an IGNORAMUS. There are more important matters to attend to. Let the IGNORAMUS box with its own shadow.

  • sclark113 02/13/2011 9:50am

    BogTalkRadio podcast now available:

    Discussion on H.R. 589 Unemployment Expansion Bill


  • WasMiddleClass 02/13/2011 12:55pm

    I have been giving a lot of serious thought lately to overall situation we face now, and how serious it really is.

    100% of all income growth in America since 2000 went to the richest 10%, 75% to the richest 1%, and income for the lower 90% actually declined. During that same time period prices have gone up by huge amounts on many things. I have been noticing 200% to 400% higher prices on most things. A gallon of gas, box of pasta, pound of hamburger, auto parts, etc, etc. I can remember while I was still working at my last real job thinking about why I never seemed to be able to get ahead anymore. I was making about 50k per year with no credit card payments and my vehicle was paid for. I can remember adding up just my rent, utilities, food, car insurance, and gas and I was shocked to find little money was even left over each week. They say you now officially need to earn $48k just to afford a basic apartment in my area of Ct., and a lot more than that in some areas.

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    WasMiddleClass 02/13/2011 12:59pm

    I read all those people saying that we should just settle for a $9 per hour job, when even those are rare now. You could not even afford a room and transportation on that job. You would be homeless like so many other working homeless now.

    I went to a technical school, and almost all the trades they taught have had huge job losses. No jobs were even created in Ct. in 2010. From what I read most all the jobs that were created in the country are low paying part time and temp jobs, and there was nowhere near enough to even cover population growth. When one good job does become available around here hundreds of people line up to apply for it. Even if miraculously jobs creation returned to the highest level it has ever been it would take many years to replace all those lost.

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    WasMiddleClass 02/13/2011 1:02pm

    I’m in my mid fifties. What work I have now is hard, back breaking, physical labor outdoors in the cold for $12 per hour. Most of that goes to my landlord to pay for a campsite with no water or electricity. At the end of the day my back hurts so bad I can’t even sleep, I’m so tired I can barely stand up, and I have pains in my chest. I need over $1000 just to get my truck legal again. Every time I drive it now I risk losing it. I was lucky to have a room to stay in for most of the winter, but that ends March first. The person whose room it is left in July to travel the country in search of a job. He could not find one he would be able to live on and is coming back.

    There is not a day that goes by now when I don’t think about how I can’t keep living like this, and I see no light at the end of the tunnel. Am I supposed to spend the rest of my life doing hard labor and living in poverty until I drop dead? Is that what all my years of experience in several fields gets me now?

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