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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  • Sher1 04/18/2011 3:32am

    The charades continue in the Republican majority 112th Congress while 16 MILLION unemployed demand to know “Where’s the Jobs Bill” Republican Ryan’s crazy legislation cuts everything AND the bill passed in Congress even though the Republicans TT states HIS plan would not reduce the deficit until 2050! People are waking up so continue fighting for HR 589 and stay above the political manure thrown! Faxing and Emails and Tweets are getting attention + target the media on these so called SLOW news days as well. “LESSER OF TWO EVILS = THE DEMOCRATS”

  • WasMiddleClass 04/18/2011 3:18pm

    I went to the grocery store today. When I grove by the gas station all I could think is WTF. Gas was $3.93 yesterday. Today it is $4.11.

    At the store I looked at cans of vegetables and boxes of pasta on sale for $1 and thought about how they were both on sale for 4 for $1 just a few years ago.

    I got home and watched Dylan Ratigan, and heard about how it is Wall street people making big money on food that is causing the huge price increases. I already knew about Wall street and “speculation” causing oil to skyrocket.

    As we hear those that say we have to learn to accept lower pay and benefits from now on….

    That is the trickle down economics most Americans are getting. Maybe if we give them another big tax cut they will create some more jobs at McDonalds or the dollar store.

    The only thing that is trickling down from the rich on 99% of us is urine!

    We have some huge problems in America beyond unemployment!

  • WasMiddleClass 04/18/2011 3:43pm

    I just went to see what one 99er site had to say and I thought I made a mistake and landed on some militia’s site. Jeeze!

    This is going to be a really long election season…

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    where 04/19/2011 7:22am

    A funny bit on the new unemployed,


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    WasMiddleClass 04/19/2011 2:47pm

    My friends over here can help you out :)


  • 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.

  • bugsy166 04/19/2011 9:08am

    Obama will be holding an interactive town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California. Every 99er reading this needs to participate in this town hall meeting. ”I hope you’ll take a break from either friending or de-friending each other to RSVP at Facebook.com/WhiteHouse,” Obama says in the following video.

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    bugsy166 04/19/2011 10:28am

    Finally President Obama want to address us 99ers, …….what gives?

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    WasMiddleClass 04/19/2011 2:50pm

    I’ll believe that when I see it…

  • WasMiddleClass 04/19/2011 3:08pm

    Paul Farrell On The 10 “Doomsday Trends” Set To Destroy America

    1. Doomsday Capitalism: Death of the American dream, spirit, soul

    After our bankrupt Wall Street was resurrected in 2008 — thanks to their Trojan Horse, an ex-Goldman CEO inside the Treasury conning trillions from a clueless Congress — it became obvious that capitalism is killing America’s soul. Nobody trusts government. And no matter who’s elected, wealth, Wall Street and the Super Rich rule America; total collapse is coming.

    Why? Sen. Bernie Sanders, the independent from Vermont, said it best: “There is a war going on in this country … the war waged by the wealthiest people in America on the disappearing and shrinking middle class of our country. The nation’s billionaires are on the warpath. They want more, more, more. Their greed has no end and they are apparently unconcerned for the future of this country if it gets in the way of their accumulation of power and wealth.”

  • WasMiddleClass 04/19/2011 3:09pm

    2. Doomsday Democracy: ‘Mutant Capitalism’ killing ‘We the People’

    Stop kidding yourself, democracy is dead: “All men are created equal” is a quaint political fiction. The public has no real say in a nation where wealth buys votes, a naive public is easily manipulated and elected officials have a price.

    In “The Battle for Soul of Capitalism,” Bogle warned us the “Invisible Hand” no longer serves “We the People” nor the public welfare. Today, Wall Street and the insatiable Super Rich 1% rule America. And they are obsessed with restoring the same unregulated free-market Reaganomics that loves gambling in the same speculative $580 trillion derivatives casino that triggered the 2008 meltdown.


  • Legion1 04/19/2011 5:32pm

    ok “Was”, you peaked my interest, where’s the other 8?

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    WasMiddleClass 04/19/2011 5:50pm

    Ummmm…there is a link posted…

    Or you can try this one if you didn’t like that link to the story :)


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    where 04/20/2011 3:45am

    We are the butt of the elite’s newest joke, Again


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    nancym 04/20/2011 4:46am

    Jeez, that has to be the stupidest PR campaign in the world, ever. Just think how many gas cards they could have given out to training students, how many books they could have paid for, how many trips to interviews, how many hours they could have put into searching for employers for the unemployed. Or for that matter, actually hired someone at the center part-time! Disgusting.

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    WasMiddleClass 04/20/2011 5:33am

    What the hell is wrong with those people!

  • HopefromCA 04/19/2011 8:39pm

    An article indicated that the share of Americans who said they plan to purchase a home in the next six months tumbled by 23 percent in March. This doesn’t sound like we are recovering yet.

  • Sher1 04/20/2011 3:31am

    “The New Republican Landscape” On Friday, nearly unanimous House Republicans showed just how far their mainstream has been dragged to the right. They approved on strict party lines the most regressive social legislation in many decades, embodied in a blueprint by the budget chairman, Paul Ryan. The vote, from which only four Republicans (and all Democrats) dissented, would have been unimaginable just eight years ago to a Republican Party that added a prescription drug benefit to Medicare.

    Mr. Ryan called the vote “our generation’s defining moment,” and indeed, nothing could more clearly define the choice that will face voters next year


  • Sher1 04/20/2011 3:33am
    “Six months after voters sent Republicans in large numbers to Congress and many statehouses, it is possible to see the full landscape of destruction that their policies would cause — much of which has already begun. If it was not clear before, it is obvious now that the party is fully engaged in a project to dismantle the foundations of the New Deal and the Great Society, and to liberate business and the rich from the inconveniences of oversight and taxes. At first it seemed that only a few freshmen and noisy followers of the Tea Party would support the new extremism. NYTimes – Wake-Up America!
  • Legion1 04/20/2011 4:22am

    Tell me lies…tell me sweet little lies….

    The government says there are 4.4 Americans for every available job in America.

    Micky “D’s” has 125 people show up for 3 or 4 jobs.

    Ratio for 3 jobs=41.66 applicants per job
    Ratio for 4 jobs=31.25 applicants per job

    Micky “D’s” makes a big deal out of hiring 50,000 people…

    however: Though the 50,000 jobs are new, McDonald’s usually staffs up for summer anyway, and it’s constantly gaining and losing employees. It added 50,000 new workers in April last year, so Tuesday’s blitz amounts to typical hiring, albeit compressed into a day.

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    nancym 04/20/2011 4:53am

    Legion, the 1:4.4 ratio has nothing to do with the number of applicants per job, although many seem to think it does, to the detriment of their perception of the unemployed. I think you know this already, but just in case…

    It means that if all the jobs in the entire country were filled, including all the ones that are too far away for 99.9% of the unemployed, the ones that require skills or degrees or experience that almost no one has, the ones that are physically too much for some of the unemployed to do, all of those, were suddenly filled, you’d still have 77% of all the unemployed with no job and absolutely no hope of any job whatsoever, until one of those employed persons died or was fired or quit.

    But I take your point about the McD’s hiring, PR mostly. No company hires people unless they need the help.

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    Legion1 04/20/2011 3:22pm

    Yes Nancy, I do know that & the point I was trying to make is that the real ratio is, I believe, a hell of a lot higher than 4.4 to 1. As I said, tell me lies….

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    nancym 04/20/2011 8:31pm

    Yes, I know what you mean. Even if statistically accurate, the 1:4.4 thing really doesn’t tell the story of what it’s like to find a job out there. Maybe the BLS should put more emphasis on one of their other statistics—like the 250,000 who are falling off EUC every WEEK this year. Out of those, no one really knows how many found jobs, but if that ratio is actually correct, that means that out of those finishing benefits, 770,000 more people per month are still without jobs and now without support. What will that mean by the end of this year???

  • Legion1 04/20/2011 4:31am

    Micky"D’s" says it and its franchisees will spend an additional $518 million in the coming year because of Tuesday’s hiring. That amounts to just over $10,000 per new employee.

    $7.25 an hour adds up to $15,800 a year for a full-time worker, according to government formulas. ($7.25 per hour x 40 hours x 52 weeks) but….in Senate testimony last year, McDonald’s said that about 75 percent of employees at company-owned restaurants are part-time, averaging 18 hours a week.

    So then…7.25 per hour x 18 hours per week ($130. 50 per week) x 52 weeks= $6786 per year…wow, big money!!!! meanwhile, a bacon & egg biscuit goes for at least $3 bucks. no idea what a Big Mac goes for these days.

    Any way you look at this story it’s nothing but lies & preying on the unemployed

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    WasMiddleClass 04/20/2011 6:27am

    I finally saw one job advertised that I am well qualified for. I knew of the contractor because a friend of mine worked for them about ten years ago, and the starting pay was $18 per hour with benefits back then.

    I called them a couple hours after the ad came out. It took me about 20 tries to get through because the phone was always busy.

    When I finally got through I was told they are not accepting anymore applications because they already received over 50 and their phone is ringing off the hook.

    Out of curiosity I asked them about pay. It was $11 per hour with no benefits now…

    And you don’t work when it rains…

  • WasMiddleClass 04/20/2011 5:28am

    After hearing about Grover Norquist I started to do a little research on him, and how powerful he is in shaping Republican agenda.

    The first thing that I was a little shocked at was learning about all the Republicans in DC that signed a contract with him stating that they would NEVER support ANY tax increase for any reason on any person or corporation. Even if it was making big corporations pay their share of taxes by cutting loopholes.


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    WasMiddleClass 04/20/2011 5:28am

    The next thing I found was this,

    Norquist described three key planks of his agenda for Bush’s second term as President as being aimed at crippling the financial base of the Democratic Party. First, he told Walker, is tort reform which would mean “trial lawyers have fewer ways to get rich and can’t give as much money to the Democratic Party”

    Secondly, he said, would be legislative changes making it harder for unions to provide funding to political parties, a measure aimed primarily aimed at cutting funding to the Democratic Party. Finally, the promotion of free trade which further weakens the influence of unions.


    Hmmm…attacking unions was planned back then…

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    WasMiddleClass 04/20/2011 5:45am

    This is the guy that all the Republicans signed a contact with,

    “My ideal citizen is the self-employed, homeschooling, IRA-owning guy with a concealed-carry permit. Because that person doesn’t need the goddamn government for anything,” he said describing members of the “Leave-Us-Alone Coalition”. (IRA is the acronym for Individual Retirement Account, a privately held superannuation account).

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    nancym 04/20/2011 8:35pm

    I used to cringe every time I heard that guy’s name, still do. And wondered why he got so much press. Lately I don’t see that much of him. Maybe it’s because I don’t have all the cable I used to get, but then if he’s less visible in the media, he’s probably more dangerous that way, sort of like Rove, still a force when not in the limelight.

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    WasMiddleClass 04/21/2011 4:50am

    Take at look at all the people that signed his pledge to never agree to any tax increase of any kind for any reason.


    There was a big thing in NH a few years ago about signing the pledge violates the NH Constitution.

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