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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WasMiddleClass 03/22/2011 4:07pm

I have a couple HUGE questions these days…

Why didn’t the Democrats try to come up with a way to pay for it when they controlled both houses of Congress, and before the elections when it would have gained them countless votes from the 99ers.

Why would they not even bring it to the floor for an up or down vote?

And why would the Democratic leaders not push for it, or even allow it to be included in the tax cut deal when the rich overwhelmingly benefited from that deal while taxes on the poor were increased?

Now the conversation in DC is all about how much more is going to be cut in help to the poor we are supposed to think they are finally going to actually try to help the 99ers?

I say BS! The Dems had every chance in the world already to help us and they did nothing! They left us to freeze and die on the streets!

And everyone knows the Republicans have no intention of helping us besides talking more about their phantom job creation BS.

sclark113 03/27/2011 6:52am

2011 Unemployment Extension – New Unemployment Claims Data for March. 24’TH


vinmarly 04/08/2011 10:34am
in reply to taylor2 Apr 07, 2011 3:29pm

Obama Biden 2012! Change you can think of, but not actually experience. But it’s good to think of it right? Come on vote for us so we can spend our way out of bankruptcy. I mean that’s how it works right? Rough crowd. The top 1 percent pay the top 99 percent which feed of the top 1 percent and the top 3 percent pay 80 percent of the taxes so the bottom… never mind. Obama Biden 2012… How can you get involved… read on…

1.) Buy ear plug, insert them wear at all times so you can’t hear
2.) Buy a blind fold, wear it so you can’t see.
3.) Before you use said blind fold and ear plugs, be sure to read the instructions book on how you will think, what you will do, give us all your money, let us control your every move, let us watch you every where you go, give your soul to us.
4.) Enjoy your free voucher for koolaid for all new DNC members.

where 01/26/2012 1:02am
in reply to where Jan 26, 2012 12:22am

I cant resist this picture =D

Sher1 02/27/2011 1:48pm

A rally in San Francisco on Saturday drew thousands to the city’s Civic Center, in a show of solidarity with Wisconsin and the public sector unions there. The San Francisco demonstrators were angry about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to strip public sector unions of their collective bargaining rights, but that’s not all they were angry about.

99Survivor 03/09/2011 12:31pm

House Dems Open To Compromise On 99ers Bill

WASHINGTON — The Democrats in the House of Representatives who are pushing for additional jobless aid for the long-term unemployed say they are willing to compromise with Republican leadership on cutting spending from the budget to prevent the cost of new benefits from adding to the deficit.

In a Wednesday letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) wrote, “We want to work with you to identify how best to finance this legislation and ensure its swift passage.”


WasMiddleClass 06/24/2011 11:15pm


I agree with many progressive ideas, though not all…

Unfortunately I learned after watching countless hours of Cspan over the past few years that the only thing many Democrats do to actually push for them is some lip service…

Sher1 02/27/2011 1:54pm

On Saturday, Chicagoans joined the chorus of protesters across the country to support union members in Wisconsin and other states who are fighting to keep their bargaining rights.

More than 1,000 people reportedly turned out at the afternoon Thompson Center rally, chanting “Save the American Dream.”

Demonstrators gathered elsewhere in Illinois as well. Hundreds of union supporters rallied in Springfield Saturday afternoon.

“If they bust the unions up (in Wisconsin), it’s a matter of time before they bust the unions up here,” laid-off Illinois electrician Rich Bonzani told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s an assault on the middle class.”

wstaff 03/21/2011 7:08am

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) today introduced the Fair Employment Act of 2011 – H.R. 1113 – which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect against discrimination on the basis of unemployment status.

Congressman Johnson’s bill responds to widespread reports of job listings that explicitly exclude unemployed applicants. Some advertisements stated that applicants “must be currently employed” or stipulated that “no unemployed candidates will be considered at all.” Some ads read, “No layoff candidates considered.”


HopefromCA 04/19/2011 6:46am

According to an article recently we now have approximately 44 million people participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Its time for Congress to start thinking about taking care of our own country. The answer is Jobs, jobs and jobs.

vinmarly 03/30/2011 2:16am
in reply to Legion1 Mar 29, 2011 10:44pm

Heck I call Obama insane. I call Biden insane. I call Kerry insane. How about how Obama gave GM a free tax year they paid 0 dollars after being bailed out with our money? How about insane Obama throwing away billions on new wars that he started? How about Debbie Stabenow betraying us? Gosh darnit Bush why did you leave us behind this year? I can’t wait to vote Bush out of office he is the worst President on earth. That babbling baboon above is totally correct Bush is terrible and Obama is terribler. This site needs some diversity instead of the same one sided BS that comes from the OC staff and the regular small tribe of hateful ignorant people on here.

Legion1 03/09/2011 5:01pm

wstaff: Crafty Congress work behind close door and kept from…

Not a “crafty congress” but rather sneaky, scummy, conniving ’pubs, who time & time again have pulled some type of sneaky assed maneuver to circumvent the law for their benefit. It does bring up a question though of just how stupid Walker really is, this could have been done from the start. Instead, he possibly woke America to what the GOTP is up to. Time will tell….

wstaff 03/10/2011 1:22pm
in reply to theGOPrules Mar 10, 2011 11:38am

Your lack of knowledges need no reply.

wrinklecream 04/12/2011 4:23pm

I greatly support this bill especially now that many and many more people are getting unemployed. This will help them in this fall down of their life and will help them to get back and move on with their life.

wrinkle cream

WasMiddleClass 02/16/2011 12:42pm

A Disillusioned 99’er Shares His Disappointment With The American Dream, Welcomes Death

“Mark”, a member of the ever growing cadre of disillusioned, disenchanted and disgruntled millions of American unemployed, has written a letter shared by A Company of One, in which he explains the plight of 99’ers (those whose extended unemployment benefits are set to expire) in which he chronicles his plight and his terminal disappointment with the American system. One can only imagine how all the “99’ers” would feel if they did not have the benefit of living at least partially subsidized for 2 years in the socialist state of America. If Bahrain is any indication, where the government’s attempt to purchase the love of its people just failed today, pretty soon not even the 99 weeks of EUCs will do much to suppress what is an unmistakably rising anger among the broad US population.


Legion1 04/17/2011 4:48pm

Job cuts for poor seniors could up homelessness

Really? No shit…you’re joking…right?

LOS ANGELES – For $700 a month, 65-year-old Esmeralda Calderon cares for children part-time through a federal community service job that’s in jeopardy because of cuts to the proposed federal budget for 2011.
Under the Department of Labor’s Senior Community Service Employment Program, more than 75,000 elderly Americans living in poverty in all 50 states earn their keep by the slimmest of margins. To qualify, participants must be over 55 and earning less than 125 percent of the federal poverty level — $13,600 a year.
In the budget bill signed Friday by President Barack Obama, the program was slashed by 45 percent, from $825 million to $450 million a year. Advocates say it could mean as many as 58,000 fewer jobs if states or national groups are forced to discontinue the program because of the reductions.

more @ : http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_senior_jobs_cuts

wstaff 02/16/2011 7:52am

Good Job Senator Bernie Sanders who see the recession for what it is and not make light of how costly the recession still is and not sugar coating this. While
other senators still believe that we are coming out of the recession looking favorable.

where 08/03/2011 11:16pm
in reply to nancym Aug 03, 2011 4:24pm

@ nancym 08/03/2011 4:24pm

Matt Damon, Really? you mean the emotional drop out who thinks he is God?? Isnt he the screaming little girl that we would have to slap back into reality when disaster strikes?

Ok cmon guy and Gals, Really Obama fed us a line of cr_p and some believed it, He hasn’t followed thru on any of his promises, And his Bio, showed that clearly he wouldn’t, Yet now we are here and people are still defending him saying “it was Bush!” Come on now it isnt all the tea partys fault, I look at the numbers and Obama has been on a spending spree, That didn’t include us.

Im not at all happy with the GOP, but seriously the dem,s carry most of the responsibility for the mess we are in.

Consider this, Most viewers here are conservatives, Even tho most posters are Liberals. Luv you all =)

USACitizens1st 08/18/2011 2:49pm

- Important:

Your support on this is imperative for everyone who has been affected / displaced by people with H1B, or the unemployed, or the ones who do not have a solid full-time employment history in their resume. H1B visas are given to people from other countries (most times unqualified) to come to the US and work here allowing US companies to hire this group of people instead of US legal residents and citizens causing our unemployment rate to continue to increase on a daily basis.

H.R.2501 – Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011
To prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of an individual’s status or history of unemployment.
The ‘Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011’ would make it illegal for employers and employment agencies from screening out or excluding job applicants solely because they are out of work, or have history of unemployment .

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WasMiddleClass 05/24/2011 7:36pm

I’ll take a few moments to check in on some of the places I frequent online…

These days I seem to have SO many thoughts going through my mind constantly…

Just trying to find ways to make enough money to survive on seems like a full time job. Who can give me some work tomorrow?, Is it inside or outside work?, Is it going to rain?, How many days is the job?, and on and on…

I still cant earn enough to meet my current bills, never mind the way overdue ones. I’m struggling to pay back my friends that loaned me money they could not afford to get mt truck out of impound and registered.

I had to plead not guilty to the fines I got for driving illegal just because I could not earn enough before they were due (and I would be arrested), and will now have to go to court. Maybe I can use that court appearance (and transcript) to make a statement though…

Every day I still have to be in full survival mode just to survive…

Will it ever be “normal” again?

WasMiddleClass 04/26/2011 11:34am

To all those ignorant people out there that say unemployed people can live on minimum wage without a problem, READ THIS.

As President Obama and members of Congress debate national budgets, Shawn McMahon has been calculating individual and family budgets.

He’s the research director for Wider Opportunities for Women, a group that works with low-income women and families. The nonprofit group just released its Basic Economic Security Tables index, which measures the minimum income workers need to achieve basic economic security.

According to the report, to achieve economic security the average minimum income needed for a family with two workers and two young children is $67,920 — that’s with both parents working, and earning just over $16 an hour.

And a single worker with no children needs to make about $30,000 a year, which means working full-time and earning twice the minimum wage.


99Survivor 05/27/2011 10:27am

Now I know there are some who, sadly, like to post the same repetitive propaganda in here over and over. Mostly those posts go unread or are skipped over without being read. Theres no point posting the same thing over and over, nor is there a reason to read the same, exact, posts over and over. So why do people post the same thing over and over? Are they clueless, moronic, paid bloggers, brainwashed zombies, addicted kool-aide drinkers, flamers, or just stupid??

When a nation whose people will no longer stand up for principle, values and what’s right because of money, that nation has lost its soul.

Voting for the lesser of two evils won’t save this country, it will only hasten a total collapse. If you are so afraid that to vote your conscious will put the lesser of the two evils in office, then I say you have already lost the right to be free and have already lost your soul.


Gonefishing 11/12/2011 9:45am

The US stagnation is absurd at this point. The one most important / priority Obama should have been focusing on was the ECONOMY!!!! Our President’s most distinguishing characteristic is to be able to see what is MOST important. Any moron would have seen we needed to stop the bleeding of the financial crisis; that’s right an idiot would have known this (oh, sorry is that crass? spare me the semantics!!!!)
What did we get? A President who BLEW UP THE BALLOON of government and said; Oh yes” we sugar coated that one”…..Now let’s have a party / and spin everything about how successful we’ve been. This makes me want to barf. It has been one side show after another and now it’s the campaign? The Obama experiment should be over. It sucked and failed. (cont)

bugsy166 02/16/2011 9:50am
in reply to bugsy166 Feb 16, 2011 9:49am

“Both Houses need over 50% of either house to pass a bill on to the President. For an ordinary bill to pass each chamber or house of the US congress, it needs a simple majority of yea votes which would be 50% + 1 vote. In the US House of Representatives, ordinarily there are a total of 435 seated Representatives. 50% of 435 is 217.5. As there are no half votes, the fewest yea votes required for an ordinary bill to pass the House would normally be 218. In the US Senate, ordinarily there are a total of 100 seated Senators. 50% of 100 is 50. A simple majority is 50% + 1, thus the fewest yea votes required for an ordinary bill to pass the US Senate is 51.”

Continue reading on Examiner.com: New unemployment extension bill for 99ers gains cosponsors – National Unemployment | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/unemployment-in-national/new-unemployment-extension-bill-for-99ers-gains-cosponsors-the-new-bill-that-wo#ixzz1E9lZJjD3

WasMiddleClass 02/10/2011 6:34pm

I’m sending this message to all the unemployed viewers out there,

We need your help now. This is literally our last chance to get a little more help from our government to survive on. You know the jobs situation…

Many of our old warriors have gone offline because of no money. Some have passed on…

Many of us are tired, and feel like giving up. We feel like the battle is hopeless after all we have been through…

Many of us are middle aged, including myself, and….don’t want to have to fight anymore.

Unfortunately the situation that we were thrown into leaves us with few choices now. Stand up and fight for what we deserve, and believe in, or lay down and die.

We can see the people of Egypt doing it on our news all day…

Do I need to remind you that we are Americans, and all the things we fought for?

It is time to put all the party affiliations aside and remember that we are all “We The People”. There are many Democrat and Republican unemployed and homeless now…

wstaff 02/10/2011 10:32am
in reply to WasMiddleClass Feb 10, 2011 10:01am

Excellent job I also posted over on that site.

Anyone still have the 99ers Union link? Senator Lee god bless her and her help in fighting to keep this Bill Alive. We need to start a petition drive in support of this Bill lord knows signature would greatly help in this Bills Support or am I thinking outside of the box again ?

99Survivor 03/07/2011 5:07am

99ers Tier 5 Supporters – HR 6556 to be Reintroduced Wednesday


WasMiddleClass 04/03/2011 3:34pm

Maybe Obamas new slogan should be “I am less evil”?

nancym 06/26/2011 12:00pm


In reply to your entry at 8:28:

“I remember reading somewhere a couple years back that “progressive” was the new name for “liberal” because liberal became a bad word to many.”

I was prompted to write a longer reply that I put on my OC Talk page here, and of course for anyone else who wants to read it:

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