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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nancym 02/19/2012 9:43am
in reply to nancym Feb 19, 2012 9:42am

If you want the direct live feeds from Livestream or Occupy groups own websites, there are usually links within the various HuffPost articles to those sources as well. I also posted a live feed and some other articles in the new “Justice for the Unemployed” group in the new Groups section (upper right of this page, click on Groups) to make it an easy link from here.

The Occupy movement is such a rallying cry for not only the unemployed, but for many other Americans who have been affected by the rape of the country that has been going on for many years now, so that the unemployed no longer have to feel like they are alone in their outrage. Many 99ers wondered why there was no rioting in the streets over what’s happened; now that has happened.

nancym 02/19/2012 9:42am
in reply to nancym Feb 19, 2012 9:42am

But it really changed the focus of political talk across the country, making the terms 99% vs. the 1% and ideas like inequality of opportunity and “fair share” household words. It trampled the hold that the Tea Party had on the media, at least until these latest nutty GOP primary fights. But any illusion that Occupy is dead is just an illusion, since the ideas are being carried forward in different forms, some organized politically, some waiting for new sit-ins when the frost thaws. See this article, for example: Occupy Movement Regroups, Preparing for Its Next Phase

The Huffington Post was one of the earliest to give the Occupy movement its own news pages; They still have an entire section devoted to it here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/occupy-wall-street

nancym 02/19/2012 9:42am
in reply to sclark113 Feb 01, 2012 4:32pm


Since you said you lost your internet connection in September, I wonder if you were able to tune in very much to the most important movement (IMO and that of so many others) this country has seen in years, i.e., the Occupy Wall Street movement. If you had limited net access, you may not have even noticed in September, since major media was largely ignoring what was happening with the occupiers in the park near Wall Street for many weeks, until 300 were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge. Even that brought derision from some at CNN, but gradually the movement spread all over the country, culminating in several notorious incidents of pepper spraying in the faces of a group of UC Davis students, and the head injury of a young vet at an Oakland protest. The press coverage only seemed to recede when the cold temps made actual occupation in camps too difficult for many.

nancym 02/19/2012 9:11am
in reply to Legion1 Jan 31, 2012 1:47pm

Hi Legion1,

I’m so sorry to hear about what you’ve had to go through. I’ve had my own medical problems through these last few years, but never had to deal with the “triple whammy” that you describe. I hope you’re able to get adequate healthcare where you are.

I’m not on this board too often now, but check back when time permits. OC gave me a special section in Groups that I called “Justice for the Unemployed,” but without any particular bills in line to help, not too many have signed in to use that group. (If you want to view it or join, just click on the new “Groups” link on top right. I posted there mainly during the start of the Occupy movement.)

I’m still taking classes, just one to finish my program this term, and another one that I’m just sitting in on that teaches techniques for blogs, podcasts, RSS feeds, stuff like that. Fun class, actually.

nancym 02/19/2012 8:57am

Those who say the Occupy movement has had no effect are out of their minds:

Bruce Springsteen Talks Occupy Movement, New Album

WasMiddleClass 02/19/2012 1:14am

Unemployment Insurance Cuts in the Latest Deal

…Under the deal, long-term unemployed workers in most states would see their maximum length of benefits restricted, and they may face new drug testing and job retraining requirements to continue receiving benefits…


Anyone finding this board now that is depending on UI benefits to survive better get involved and fight quick!

All of us “99ers” that fought for all those extensions, and tried to get the one in this bill, moved on now…to things like Occupy. We did what we could…

The way things look now a hell of a lot of unemployed people are going to be left with nothing to live on soon.

WasMiddleClass 02/14/2012 10:41pm

I did a little research to try to see what all those views still here were. I know nancym did too.

It can’t be that many bots…

I know all us old timers still stopping by here think this is ancient news…. But what about all the new people?

Just because tier 5 is a old pipe dream to us, and we found our various ways to survive now, does not mean we should forget the situation more and more are finding themselves in every day now, like we once did.

Hell…from the MSM talk those old extensions may be gone soon too. How many will get screwed with that?

Maybe some of us old timers should keep this old board going for those newbies that Google and end up here……..

WasMiddleClass 02/14/2012 9:13pm

With SOPA Shelved, Congress Readies its Next Attack on the Internet

One of the things that became clear in Congress’ push to pass Hollywood’s web censorship bills is that powerful corporations and the federal government do not want the rule of law to apply on the internet. The attitude that our basic freedoms and legal protections are somehow not valid on the internet is partly just the kind of reaction you would expect from entrenched powers whenever new technologies emerge, but it’s also a response to the particular peer-to-peer features of the internet that threaten to make their key sources of power — control of information flow — less relevant.


WasMiddleClass 02/14/2012 8:49pm
in reply to sclark113 Feb 08, 2012 3:49pm

We are with you on that!

WasMiddleClass 02/14/2012 8:45pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Feb 14, 2012 8:44pm

“In terms of massive physical actions, there’s been a winter lull, but every occupation I know has been organizing like crazy, getting ground work done to do actions in the spring,” Perrotta said. “When spring begins I think you’ll see us back bigger and stronger than ever.”


WasMiddleClass 02/14/2012 8:44pm

ST. LOUIS — Organizers of Occupy protests around the Midwest will gather next month in St. Louis, pledging to emerge from a “winter lull” as a bigger and stronger force.

Occupy Midwest Regional Conference will start with a gathering at 7 p.m. March 15 beneath the Gateway Arch, organizer Chuck Witthaus said Tuesday. A mass occupation will continue through March 18, but not on the Arch grounds. Organizers aren’t disclosing the location.

Witthaus, of St. Louis, said peaceful protests are also planned, but he declined to discuss details.

Occupy movement supporters from about a dozen cities in seven states — Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Wisconsin — have confirmed they will attend. Participants in nearly 20 other cities may also be there…

WasMiddleClass 02/14/2012 8:44pm

Hi people!

I see someone is still reading here. 431 views today it says.

I’m not surprised, knowing that many still become 99ers every day, and the 99er movement is pretty much history now.

All I can say to any viewers of this bill is Google “Occupy”. They blacked us out on the main stream media mostly now, but not online.

Most old “99ers”, those that ran out of unemployment with still no job, joined “Occupy”.

Spring is coming fast…

Legion1 02/13/2012 8:26pm

Well, well,well…..

After “lemming” exodus, manufacturers look to U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Big U.S. manufacturers moved their production out of the country too quickly over the past decades and now see a competitive advantage in building up their footprints back home, top executives said on Monday.

“We, lemming-like, over the last 15 years extended our supply chains a little too far globally in the name of low cost,” said Jim McNerney, chief executive of world No. 2 planemaker Boeing. “We lost control in some cases over quality and service when we did that, we underestimated in some cases the value of our workers back here.”


Pssss…read the comments too, as usual they’re a wee bit more insightful than the writers

sclark113 02/08/2012 3:49pm

Information from Senator Bernie Sanders:

From ‘08-’10 General Electric made $10.46 billion in US profits, paid $0 in federal taxes, received $4.7 million in tax rebates, spent $84.35 million on lobbying and laid off 4,168 employees. Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric, is also the head of President Obama’s “Jobs Council”.

Source: http://publicampaign.org/sites/default/file/ReportTaxDodgerLobbyingDec6Final_rev.pdf

The list of 30 corporations that spent huge amounts lobbying to get tax breaks allowing them to not only NOT pay any taxes on profits, but to get millions FROM the government, brings a whole new meaning to “good corporate citizenship!” Support Bernie Sanders on his effort to get a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Courts Citizens United decision!!!

MrsChang 02/04/2012 9:58pm
in reply to Legion1 Feb 04, 2012 7:58pm


Hey, I’m remembering old names, so my memory lapses aren’t that bad, eh?

As they say, take the money and run. The SS process is a very un-transparent way to do anything. Sometimes there’s neither rhyme nor reason. If they say you’re disabled under their rules, that’s cause for rejoicing. There are people who are badly off but are still told they’re not disabled. Also, age helps, I think. But I still got denied at 63 so I hired a lawyer who can help me worry.

And now, we face our new adventures in low-income land, an utterly different landscape. Good luck to us all.

Legion1 02/04/2012 8:03pm
in reply to sclark113 Feb 01, 2012 4:23pm

Mr. Clark….I’m takin’ the cash & hidin’…before they take it back!!!!lol

Every time I get a letter from these guys I cringe.(They don’t seem to know their asses from a hole in the ground.) I usually get three (3) letters in the same envelope, one saying I’m getting this amount, another saying I’m getting that amount and a third saying I’m getting nothing. So far they are abiding by letter #2 (the higher amount)

Legion1 02/04/2012 7:58pm
in reply to MrsChang Jan 31, 2012 9:45pm

Mrs Chang, it will be a year already middle of next month. The SSD was ok’d the first time through. I’ll be 60 in May. Making it through the first time I tried I think scares me. The doctor didn’t think I’d get it, said I wasn’t sick enough. But I did & now I wonder what that means??? (like am I in worse shape than the doc says I am?)

Legion1 02/04/2012 7:49pm

Goodbye, Middle Class

Nearly one in two Americans is now living on the lower end of the income scale, according to the Census Bureau. For a family of four that’s less than $45,000 a year.


read the comments too…

WasMiddleClass 02/02/2012 11:23pm

Read people!

Liberate OpenGovData Now


WasMiddleClass 02/02/2012 10:45pm

One of my online friends posted this on his blog…


I have lived through being shot, stabbed, bones broken, and countless other things in this life…

I’m still here!

WasMiddleClass 02/02/2012 10:31pm

Spring 2012…soon… Time to reengage…

The 99ers meet The 99% — at OWS


WasMiddleClass 02/02/2012 10:12pm
in reply to sclark113 Feb 01, 2012 4:23pm

Well…..I hope to hear more from you again….

I stayed online through homelessness, a hurricane with no power for a long time, depression…, and a hell of a lot of other stuff…


To me it is those who care about the principals our country was founded on with blood, and the welfare and liberty of the majority of the people that live here now. AND that are willing to fight a very rich minority that wants to control it for their own benefit alone.

Thank God more of those kind are waking up to the truth everyday now!

sclark113 02/01/2012 4:32pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 31, 2012 11:55pm

Hi Was

I now know the meaning of the old phrase “When you’re up to you butt in alligators, it’s hard to remember that your main objective was to drain the swamp!”

I have gone through a major funk over the last number of months and have become so preoccupied with with the day to day that I have totally lost touch with looking towards the future. The tides are turning for me and I am slowing re-engaging, so who knows, maybe there is still a little bite in this old dog yet!

sclark113 02/01/2012 4:23pm
in reply to Legion1 Jan 31, 2012 1:47pm

Hi Legion1

I too was saddened that you have had all of the recent health issues, but I am very happy that you have been able to get hooked-up with SSD – does that now make you a government sponsored activist? :)

My heart is warmed that “The People” are finally taking care of you at least to some extent – I know that your voice will grow ever stronger as your health strengthens.

I appreciate your kind words as well, and all I can say is “never say never”, I may climb back on the “writing” horse once again – perhaps right after I get done laughing at the buffoons that we currently have in our do-nothing Congress. I wonder if they have a clue what the definition of “patriot” is???

America needs more patriots and less politicians!

WasMiddleClass 01/31/2012 11:57pm
in reply to Legion1 Jan 31, 2012 1:47pm

So…….. You aint dead yet… like me….

WasMiddleClass 01/31/2012 11:55pm
in reply to sclark113 Jan 30, 2012 3:10pm

Good to see you again Scott!

I’m sorry to hear you were not able to find some way to keep your voice heard out here regally…

There are many ways to do it.

I had to use many over the past few years…

I guess I got lucky… I’m online more than ever now…

The only way they will shut me up is to put a bullet in my head!

We The People are still protecting the First Amendment!!!

WasMiddleClass 01/31/2012 11:24pm


Much was written…

WasMiddleClass 01/31/2012 11:22pm

Anonymous And The War Over The Internet

Late in the afternoon of Jan. 19, the U.S. Department of Justice website vanished from the Internet. Anyone attempting to visit it to report a crime or submit a complaint received a message saying the site was unable to load. More websites disappeared in rapid succession. The Recording Industry Association of America. The Motion Picture Association of America. Universal Music. Warner Brothers. The FBI…


WasMiddleClass 01/31/2012 11:22pm

I was waiting for a big news outlet to finally talk about this story HuffPost did. It is well known in some places on the web. There was a lot more than just all of the sites that joined together to participated in the blackout that caused Congress, and others, to back down quick on SOPA and PIPA. A little mentioned, but very real cyber war was waged in many ways…

I also read a very good article today in a CT paper about how former Senator Chris Dodd was hired to push SOPA through, even though that is illegal for him to do until 2013. It is not online yet, but I will post it when it is

Of course Dodd will not comment to the CT media hammering him now…

WasMiddleClass 01/31/2012 11:21pm

Old home week here I guess…

HI!…old friends…


Anyways… Everyone I hang with now is locked and loaded for Bear…at the least…

I figured it would come to this back in early 08…

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