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CrownPrinceBandar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-28-10 03:08 PM
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"Dems Introduce Stand-Alone Unemployment Insurance Bill" - OpenCongress.Org....
"The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act (H.R.4213), which would have extended unemployment insurance benefits, closed some tax loopholes and more, was officially abandoned last week after the Democrats failed to overcome a Republican filibuster for the third time. As a result, over a million uninsured people have had their unemployment insurance benefits cut off since they expired on June 2. But while the Democrats may have lost hope of ever passing H.R. 4213, they have recently introduced a new bill for the sole purpose of extending unemployment benefits.

The new bill, the Unemployment Insurance Extension Act of 2010, is just three-pages long and does just one thing extend the filing deadline for extended unemployment benefits to the end of the year. It was introduced by Sen. Debbie Ann Stabenow (pictured), and has four Democratic co-sponsors. Sen. Olympia Snowe has also said she would support such a bill, suggesting that the it could have at least some bi-partisan support, though not necessarily enough to pass. With the passing of Sen. Robert Byrd and with Sen. Ben Nelson saying last week he would vote against any UI bill that isnt fully offset with new revenues, the Democrats would need at least 2 more Republicans besides Snowe to cross the aisle and vote with them if they are to have the 60 votes they will need to overcome an inevitable Republican filibuster. Additionally, Democrats may be concerned the bill could give Republicans the chance to kill Senate time that the Democrats would like to spend on other issues.

At this moment, its uncertain whether this new bill will be voted on this week. The Democrats could call it up for unanimous consent passage at any point, but that would be blocked by Republicans. If they try to move it under regular order, Republicans could easily use Senate rules to drag the debate out for several days, or even weeks, and Congress is scheduled to leave for a week-long recess on Friday..." (emphasis mine)

http://www.opencongress.org/articles/view/1944-Dems-Int...

According to this website, quoting the Bureau of Labor Statistics, if there is no extension, the unemployed cut off from their benefits could reach 2 million by July 10 if nothing is done soon. And meanwhile, Sen. Nelson is singing the same tune again, and Congress pines for its week-long recess while Americans suffer. Why can't this be passed as emergency spending? I'd say the potential of 2 million folks losing any help they have coming in qualifies as an emergency!
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-28-10 03:12 PM
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1. Hopefully the GOP will put their BS aside and pass this one....
.... we should not be paying political football with the grocery $$ of the American people.
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BlueIdaho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-28-10 05:26 PM
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5. No kidding!
It's easy to be a tough ass political purist when it's someone elses family that's going without dinner.
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LiberalEsto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-28-10 03:34 PM
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2. Can we also please have a JOBS bill?
I've been out of work for almost 2 years and am ineligible for unemployment benefits.

It would be nice if we could put money into a bill to create significant numbers of jobs for unemployed Americans.
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CrownPrinceBandar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-28-10 03:35 PM
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3. +1
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-28-10 04:14 PM
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4. funny how repubs got their agenda thru a dem majority congress & dems are so helpless sometimes nt
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totodeinhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-28-10 09:10 PM
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6. If this bill hasn't passed by then, Reid needs to call off that scheduled recess and keep
the Senate in session until hell freezes over if that's what is necessary to get this passed. Too many people will be losing benefits and finding themselves out on the street if this doesn't pass.
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CrownPrinceBandar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-28-10 09:19 PM
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7. +10000
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Andy823 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-28-10 10:13 PM
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9. I couldn't agree more!
Reid needs to stop playing with these jerks and get tough. As you said, make them stay till they pass the bill. If they want to filibuster then make them do it the old fashioned way, stay up day and night till they drop! Bring in the cots and go for it. No breaks to watch their favorite sports team, no 4th of July celebration, no leaving congress till something gets done! I bet it wouldn't last long before the idiots on the right side of the isle pass a bill!
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GlennWRECK Donating Member (103 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-28-10 10:04 PM
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8. Seems interesting
Anyone think it'll actually go through though?
Not I
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Thrill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-28-10 11:39 PM
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10. This is an issue that could doom the Republicans in the mid terms
Democrats should be all over the media screaming. Yet we barely hear a peep.
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wisteria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-10 12:14 AM
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11. You would think it would qualify as an emergency. But, with Republicans
suggestions that the unemployed spend their money on drugs, are gaming the system and turning down employment just to keep the little they do receive, I remain concerned about passage.
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