H.R.6867 - Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008

To provide for additional emergency unemployment compensation. view all titles (6)

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  • Official: To provide for additional emergency unemployment compensation. as introduced.
  • Popular: Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 as introduced.
  • Short: Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 as introduced.
  • Short: Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 as passed house.
  • Short: Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 as passed senate.
  • Short: Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 as enacted.

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  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 6:21am
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    I know that we will get the new extension, but – how long will it take to get this bill passed? Congress doesn’t really have a good track record on speediness!! The “emergency extension” took MONTHS to pass while families were losing everything, homeless and hopeless. Every one of our congress needs to live one day in our shoes and see how it really feels to worry about tomorrow. I won’t hold my breath waiting for a vote anytime soon. The end of this extension will come and go and I bet anything that we will still be waiting on this at Christmas.

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    Anonymous 09/16/2008 6:43am
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    Things were not so bad last time. They will do it before they go or half of them won’t be coming back. Call it job security if you want.

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 6:24am
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    TO anyone from pennsylvania here??
    I am not from PA, but in Illinois once your benefit year is up (whether you got the extension or not) you can reopen your file and claim benefits for another 6 months as long as you had quarters to cover it. I would suggest calling your unemployment office, they may be able to answer that for ya.

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    Anonymous 09/16/2008 7:01am
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    New Jersey here- my extension was stopped by the state and was told to reapply to see if I qualified for a new claim. I have two quarters in the new base year. so I qualify for a new claim. I did not know this nor would of reapply if my extension was not cut off. New Jersey doesnot count your last two quarters before you file your claim (they go back from there to the last year). but you have to do this as soon as your base year ends…so the two quarters are counted.

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 6:29am
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    thanks illinois for the quick response.
    i am hoping it passes before my benefit year ends. oh well.
    i would call the unemployment office, but i find that the people who post on this board are much brighter!!! i think this extension may move quicker since the elections are 54 days away. plus, the economy is unraveling.
    take care everyone.

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 6:29am
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    GO TO C-SPAN AND YOU WILL SEE HOW THEY WORK TOGETHER TO PASS BILLS. OMFG

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 6:51am
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    Look at how many hits for this bill already. Its a 1/4 of the other bill that has been up for months. The situation is much worse now. Congress needs to come together and act NOW! The country can’t take the the fighting anymore.

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 6:56am
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    so

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 6:59am
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    It’s about time Nancy Pelosi quit running this country, we need to drill, dig for coal, build nuclear plants. people aren’t rich like she is. It’s to bad she may see a rig out her window on her bay property, cry b*tch cry..

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 7:08am
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    ok you need to get over yourselves!! This forum is not about just YOU guys bickering!! Do it in private, not on an open message board!! GROW UP!!

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    k6140002000 09/16/2008 10:54am
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    I agree, I need the money just as bad as any unemployed person. Seems to me though one third of the people here don’t deserve it! SAD

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 7:19am
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    “Putting Something Over”
    Pulling the wool over someone’s eyes and putting something over on someone describe the behaviors of conniving, manipulative, destructive narcissists. These people are dedicated to taking advantage of others in any way possible in their search for reassurance of their superiority. They revel in their successes and can become very angry and hurt if you suggest that there is anything wrong in the tactics they use to achieve their goals. They, of course, can do no wrong, and if they use what you are terming as unfair tactics, it is only because that is what everyone else is doing, and therefore they are justified in using these tactics.
    Loving the Self-Absorbed: How to Create a More Satisfying Relationship with a Narcissistic Partner, Nina W. Brown, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, page 120.

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 7:36am
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    paranoid OOT troll at work, please filter

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 8:10am
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    We can wait on unemployment extensions until the cows come home , if we don’t get this energy disaster settled our country will only fall deeper into that huge hole. Why is there an ear mark for NYC in the energy bill, Pelosi knock your shit off.

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 8:12am
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    OOT is posting again trying to get control of this forum once again, OOT go sniff some underwear!!

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 8:13am
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    scratch and sniff underwear thats a good invention for ya troll (alias OOT) .

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 8:23am
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    I know the bill will be passed, but when? My 13 weeks ends in a few weeks, hopefully this will pass bf then! What is going on with OOT? I keep seeing mentioning of underwear? He always seemed so helpful on this forum before

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 9:28am
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    Where are the moderators? OOT has proven to be a unstable person threatening people openly on this forum. When is she going to be banned? Pathetic- she keeps coming around where he/she it is not wanted.

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 9:29am
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    OOT=Jackie = KIM+ whoever else

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 9:29am
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    OOT wrote above post, game he plays.

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 9:31am
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    also = Brandy = demon spawn

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 9:35am
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    There is something to be said about Silence…That will ultimately never be intelligently stated or articulated within the framework of this useless forum of utter non- sense

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 9:38am

    ANON TROLL COMMENT – also = Brandy = demon spawn

    Attention YOU UNEMPLOYED Site Honored Trolls – if you had brains, you might be dangerous!
    I believe that most trolls are sad people, living their lonely lives vicariously through those they see as strong and successful.
    Disrupting a stable newsgroup gives the illusion of power, just as for a few, stalking a strong person allows them to think they are strong, too.
    For trolls, any response is ‘recognition’; they are unable to distinguish between irritation and admiration; their ego grows directly in proportion to the response, regardless of the form or content of that response.
    Trolls, rather surprisingly, dispute this, claiming that it’s a game or joke; this merely confirms the diagnosis; how sad do you have to be to find such mind-numbingly trivial time wasting to be funny?
    Remember that trolls are cowards; they’ll usually post just enough to get an argument going, then sit back and count the responses (Yes, that’s what they do!).
    Troll Characteristics
    · No Imagination – Most are frighteningly obvious; sexist comments on nurses’ groups, blasphemy on religious groups .. I kid you not.
    · Pedantic in the Extreme – Many trolls’ preparation is so thorough, that while they waste time, they appear so ludicrous from the start that they elicit sympathetic mail – the danger is that once the group takes sides, the damage is done.
    · False Identity – Because they are cowards, trolls virtually never write over their own name, and often reveal their trolliness (and lack of imagination) in the chosen ID. As so many folk these days use false ID, this is not a strong indicator on its own!
    · Cross posting – Any post that is cross posted to several groups should be viewed as suspicious, particularly if unrelated or of opposing perspective. Why would someone do that?
    · Off-topic posting – Often genuine errors, but, if from an ‘outsider’ they deserve matter-of-fact response; if genuine, a brief apposite response is simply netiquette; if it’s a troll post, you have denied it its reward.
    · Repetition of a question or statement is either a troll – or a pedant; either way, treatment as a troll is effective.
    · Missing The Point – Trolls rarely answer a direct question – they cannot, if asked to justify their twaddle – so they develop a fine line in missing the point.
    Thick or Sad – Trolls are usually sad, lonely folk, with few social skills; they rarely make what most people would consider intelligent conversation. However, they frequently have an obsession with their IQ and feel the need to tell everyone. This is so frequent, that it is diagnostic! Somewhere on the web there must be an Intelligence Test for Trolls – rigged to always say “YES."
    Any newsgroup, bulletin board, forum or chat rooms can attract trolls, but they don’t have the brains to attack nuclear physicists, and they are drawn to the quick response where sex, religion and race are found; so politics is easy prey.
    One troll famously tried to infiltrate a mensa group; the results read like 100 trolls and one regular, it didn’t have a chance – but it was stupid enough to persist until removed.
    Usually, no, though fractured funny bones and occasional waves of nausea have been reported.
    When a troll become persistent and personal, you may need to consider the possibility that it has fermented into an Internet Stalker – equally pathetic, if not more so – but sometimes requiring weed killer

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 9:39am
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    Trust me i went through this before , the republican obstructionists bastards will fight this all the way .This congress is total bullshit , as usual there are a handful of genuinely concerned but the vast majority are rich fat cats .We are going to hell in a handbasket and if that 2 face lying old prick McCain gets in we all better move to Canada or Mexico .

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 9:40am

    MINDLESS TROLLS BLOGGING AIMLESSLY…..IFYOU SPEND 3 OR MORE HOURS A DAY ON THIS SITE MAY BE MENTALLY ILL AND IN NEED OF AN INTERVENTION.

    Conducting an intervention for someone who’s stuck in a cycle of destructive behavior — whether it’s unemployment or a compulsive behavior like blogging — requires a steadfast commitment to action from friends, family and past co-workers.

    But intervention should not be used as a first tactic when friends and family recognize a serious blogging problem. Initially, it’s best to try to have a rational, one-on-one discussion in order to express your concerns and desires for the person to get help.

    If this approach doesn’t work, only then should you plan an intervention. “You don’t want to send in a tank when a bicycle will work,” says Rufus Finklestein, Ph.D., M.S.W., of BSU, a board- registered level 2 interventionist (BRI II) with more than 30 years experience.

    To initiate a significant and lasting change with an intervention, the bloggers social network also will need the guidance of an experienced intervention professional, says Drake Meitch, Ph.D., chief clinical officer for the MSI treatment center and professor of clinical psychiatry at the SPD Intervention specialists act as a bridge between the addict and his loved ones in order to help all parties heal.

    Many people turn to a formal intervention, a structured conversation about how the person’s abuse has affected his life negatively, as a way to organize their thoughts and feelings and to get the loved one into treatment as soon as possible. And with good reason — a majority of blogging site abusers who are the subject of an intervention do end up in treatment.

    If you think it might be time to organize an intervention, here are some basic do’s and don’ts:
    · Do be sure that the person is really suffering from an addiction. “The first thing I do when someone comes to me is verify the diagnosis,” Finklestein says. One must ask the family members questions about the individual and his or her behavior — as well as asks how the behavior makes the family members feel. “I go through the signs and symptoms of addiction — I’ll use a scale or test — so that I know what I’m dealing with,” Some red flags to watch out for are shirking responsibilities, spurts of verbal or physical abuse toward loved ones and withdrawing from social circles.
    · Do go to a professional. “When you have an outside facilitator, it’s a strong signal that you’re serious,” advises Dante Melicus, BRI II, of VSI. Having a person with experience in blogging site dependence and intervention in the room creates a dynamic that would not exist otherwise. According to Potpurri every intervention has the potential to spur violence and even suicide — which requires training to prevent and diffuse. Additionally, working with a person who the addict has not met before goes a long way toward eliminating his or her ability to manipulate the group. Oftentimes a therapist or counselor will be able to facilitate an intervention. There are, however, board-registered interventionists who have met requirements for their specialization. This includes a minimum of formal education, subscribing to a code of ethics and attending continuing education classes on interventions.
    · Do create a united front. When assembling a group to invite to the intervention, be sure to include people from as many facets of the addict’s life as possible (colleagues, friends, religious leaders) who can describe the ways in which the individual has changed physically, mentally and emotionally since he or she began blogging sites etc. It’s also key to have the entire nuclear family present, “If one brother isn’t there, it might be perceived [by the addict] that Johnny doesn’t agree with what [the rest of you] are doing” — which sends a message of disunity and may be used as an excuse for the addict to bail out of the intervention.
    · Don’t skimp on your prep time. Before the intervention, each member of the circle should spend time with the specialist for his or her own benefit as well as that of the addict. During this time, family members and friends share their experiences regarding the addict — both good and bad — and practice how they will relay those stories during the intervention. Many interventionists will go so far as to stage a full rehearsal before the actual intervention occurs.
    · Do be completely honest with your intervention specialist. You should do everything possible to make sure there are no surprises during the intervention, The interventionist must look to the family for background information about the loved one and has to assume that everyone is being completely truthful.
    · Don’t ambush the addict if it’s not necessary. “What I like to do is let the person know beforehand that there’s going to be a serious meeting so that [he or she is] not broadsided,” If that’s not possible, then telling a small fib — like “we’re all meeting up for Mom’s birthday”— is perfectly acceptable. Whenever possible, extend an invitation to the addict to join his or her family for some sort of communal event. Just showing up at the addict’s home should be a last resort and only be done when there’s no other option.
    · Do always remain loving and caring, not angry and confrontational. The original method of intervening, known as the Johnson Institute Method, is when a group of family and friends confront an addict with their anger and frustrations about his or her behavior. But this model has not always been effective.“While people recovered from their blogging addiction they have not always recover from the intervention,” Newer models, including the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) and the Interventional Sequence for Engagement (ARISE) methods, place the focus on engaging the person emotionally and on demonstrating the care and love the family feels for the addict. A popular tactic is to have family members write and read “love letters” to “express care and love and joy [about] times in the past, and then show what has gone wrong,” Deitch explains. In fact, the ARISE method boasts an 83% success rate for getting the abuser into treatment, according to research published.And in direct comparison to the Johnson method, CRAFT topped its success rate by 34% (30% vs. 64%) according to research from the UQP.
    · Do have a treatment plan ready. Make it clear that the goal of the intervention is to get the person into treatment. Don’t take “no” for an answer. Be sure that “the admission is already set up … the care center has already been alerted, and there is a bed waiting.” Your intervention specialist can help you select a treatment center, but here’s a word of caution: Don’t rely on a short 21- or 28-day program. “If a person is highly motivated, that might be OK,.But we don’t get highly motivated people — we get the ones who are reluctant. That’s why we’re doing the intervention.” To improve the odds of success, I recommends choosing a 60- or 90-day treatment program.

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 9:42am

    UNEMPLOYED TROLLS….Do you really approve of yourself – or do you seek the approval of others? When we lack confidence and in particular have low self esteem, we find ourselves needing the approval of others to feel good about ourselves.
    Unfortunately, in this day and age of being over worked and under valued, the approval of others may be slow to happen. Saying “well done” or “thank you” doesn’t seem to common language in modern society – and how often do you say such things to others?
    Being self critical is an easy habit to get into, and forms the basis of our needing approval from others. The root of our self criticism is usually being at the receiving end of criticism from others as we grow up. I like the expression that “criticism is negative feedback badly delivered”. Constantly receiveing messages like “you’re too slow/stupid/bad/ugly/…” etc leads to us believing that this is a reality.
    And language like “don’t do that” “why did you….” “you shouldn’t have” “you always” “you mustn’t” “you always” doesn’t exactly help a child feel good about themselves. Every expression is a sign of disapproval, so its not surprising we grow wanting that approval from others.
    “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” Mark Twain
    Comparing ourselves to others is another way we end up being critical of ourselves, as we usually find ways we don’t match up. This perpetuates our own self disapproval. If you must compare – find positive things where you are better than others. Even if you find yourself with role models you are trying to emulate, there will be aspects of their personality, perhaps particular skills or attributes that you already have but they don’t possess.
    Identify situations where you find yourself seeking the approval of others. Is it with particular people – boss, parent – or in particular environments – workplace, home, social? Is there any reason you can identify why this should be, why you’re leaving yourself vulnerable to their moods and frustrations?
    Whether or not you can find reasons for your seeking approval, start getting in the habit of getting approval solely from yourself. As you find yourself automatically deferring to others opinion of you, catch that thinking and challenge it. If you have deep seated fears of rejection or abandonment you may need to seek professional help (such as a psychologist or counselor) if you have difficulty challenging these thoughts yourself.
    One easy way to challenge such thinking, is to remind yourself that most people are quite self centered. In the same way you spend most of your time full of self talk, worrying about you, other people are not as concerned about you as you think. They’re mostly concerned about themselves.
    The bottom line, whilst you’re blogging aimlessly and worried about others opinions or the approval the unemployment extension, you, they probably haven’t given you any thought at all. Like you, when they’re thinking about other people, it’s mainly in relation to themselves. None of you know what anyone else is thinking. Whether or not they’ve even noticed you or what you have done, you may never know. So why beat yourself up about it?
    “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” Mark Twain
    Another technique, which I have written about recently in self esteem building, is to get in the habit of approving of yourself. Keep reminding yourself what you’ve done well, what you are pleased about that you have done.
    The “portfolio” technique is something many people now have to do for courses and professional competence. Keep a file or folder with reminders of what you have done and achieved. Its easy to forget the things that we’re good at, perhaps things we do automatically without a second thought. You may find it helpful to ask a friend to help you at this.
    Another technique is to use positive affirmations. I have previously written that I use affirmations to reinforce character traits – such as confidence – rather than to gain material possessions (as fans of the Jack Handy Law of Attraction suggest). Use affirmations to reinforce your approval of yourself – what you like about you.

    History repeats itself over and over again and mankind soon learned to make interested uses of every right and power which they possess, or may assume. The public money and public liberty…will soon be discovered to be sources of wealth and dominion to those who hold them; distinguished, too, by this tempting circumstance, that they are the instrument, as well as the object of acquisition. With money we will get men, said Caesar, and with men we will get money. Nor should our assembly be deluded by the integrity of their own purposes, and conclude that these unlimited powers will never be abused, because themselves are not disposed to abuse them. They should look forward to a time, and that not a distant one, when a corruption in this, as in the country from which we derive our origin, will have seized the heads of government, and be spread by them through the body of the people; when they will purchase the voices of the people, and make them pay the price.
    No agent can remedy the moral weakness of will of another except by forcing them to be responsible for their own self-interest — i.e. by denying aid. (Hence the sentiment of Benjamin Franklin above that the poor become richer when less provision is made for them.) The agent faced with acknowledging non-contractual duties of commission must judge whether the need of the other is genuine, fraudulent, or incontinent. In case of doubt, of course, one must tend to assume genuine helpless need; but a consistently credulous attitude towards need, or a determination that even incontinent need should be answered with charity and compassion, can only aid and abet incontinence. Such charity and compassion can even become morally culpable if they become the means of perpetuating moral helplessness: and the dependency of the helpless thus promoted can validate the moral superiority and self-righteousness of the agent — i.e. the self-interest of the agent in using the other as a means to moral self-satisfaction and power over others. Thus the agent uses the helpless and wrongs them. It is these issues of competence, incontinence (or negligence), and motivation that result in the complexity of the rule for non-contractual duties of commission. Contracts imply that some balance, in the informed estimation of the contractors (where that is possible), has been struck between the interests pursued by one in behalf of the other (the goods or services rendered), and those pursued or rendered in return. Since a contract is an exchange of goods, it contrasts with non-contractual duties of commission, which call on the agent to act for the good of others without certainty of recompense, or with privileges (rights, powers) of necessity, which compel another to provide certain goods, but with a positive duty on the beneficiary for later recompense. Normally anyone is free to give supererogatory aid and assistance out of charity and compassion — goods for nothing in return — but making this a general obligation, as altruistic moralism does, erases the existence of contracts — an agreement to exchange goods is hardly necessary when one is obliged to give goods anyway, for nothing in return.

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 9:44am
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    IF THE REPUBLICANS PASS THE EXTENSION I WILL VOTE FOR MCCAIN IN NOVEMBER

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 9:45am
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    me too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 9:45am
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    me three!!!!

  • Anonymous 09/16/2008 9:46am
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    ME FOUR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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