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Republican House Cancels Unemployment Insurance for 1.3 Million American Workers and Heads Home for the Holidays

3DogsBarking 2013/12/30 21:48:10


A Lifeline Just Ran Out For 1.3 Million Unemployed People

On Saturday, federal unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed will expire, leaving 1.3 million people without the support they’ve been relying on as they have searched for new work for about six months or longer.

The federal program kicked in for those who exhausted their state-level benefits, which usually run out at around 26 weeks. But Congress failed to reauthorize the program before the end of the year, as it has 11 times since it was first enacted in June 2008 under President George W. Bush, so those benefits have run out. Another 850,000 workers who will exhaust their state benefits and would have turned to the federal program in the next three months will also be left without support. In total, more than 4 million people have been out of a job for more than 27 weeks, making up nearly 40 percent of all the unemployed.

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President Obama called for Congress to pass an emergency extension of the program from his vacation on Friday, but Congress is in recess so any action will have to wait for the new year. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has said an extension will be the top issue for his chamber when Congress returns on January 6 and other Democrats have made a noisy push for reauthorizing the program. Yet Republicans have indicated they may not support extending it despite the fact that many used to be in favor of the long-term benefits.

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  • sockpuppet 2013/12/30 21:56:04
    sockpuppet
    +10
    Too bad Obama wouldn't make the spending cuts required to keep these poor people in checks for the next few weeks. Democrats aren't looking very good for this next election.

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  • Lady Whitewolf 2013/12/31 14:33:49
    Lady Whitewolf
    TYPICAL REPUBLICANS....
  • Sgt Major B 2013/12/31 04:34:42
    Sgt Major B
    +1
    Hey, stupid - Congress is made up of two houses and the Senate is Democrat-controlled. Time to get a job.
  • kaZappoo 2013/12/31 03:48:58 (edited)
    kaZappoo
    the dems want socialism ( this is a way to accomplish it ...but many need this support because of the dismal labor market ...



    if the repubs were effected they'd be oking it yesterday ..



    it will be approved next week ...and the dems will get a saving grace grade !



    until they allow more freedoms taken away ...



    then the dems & repubs want their wages & will sacrafice the unemp. / military retirees



    both sides are as rotten as the other !
  • dubbie 2013/12/31 02:32:45
    dubbie
    +2
    Vote Tea Party and get a good Job and you wont have to worry about your Ins. being taken from you like democrats voted for and did
  • A Founding Father 2013/12/31 02:06:44
    A Founding Father
    Mitten's supporters are getting even with the 42% of "freeloaders" who didn't vote for him last November.
  • John Walker II 2013/12/31 00:03:47
    John Walker II
    +1
    Typical politicking... "Oh we'll pass it, IF you give us something for it".

    Holding out for bribes more likely... like, how else are they going to offset their holiday spending?
  • darcie lamar 2013/12/30 23:16:03
    darcie lamar
    +6
    Good, now get a friggin job. people living off unemployment benefits catoons
  • Daniel darcie ... 2013/12/30 23:38:01
    Daniel
    Sadly, that might really be there next destination as who wants to hire a guy who's been sitting on their butts for years collecting a check. Not to mention, they'll be looking for the next employer to pay them unemployment.
  • kaZappoo darcie ... 2013/12/31 03:52:53
    kaZappoo
    +1
    yep and the application for disability have been up 200% since 2008 ...!

    and 50+ million more on it than were in 2006 ...( more promotion of socialism
  • Daniel 2013/12/30 23:07:15
    Daniel
    +4
    extended benefits that should've never been given in the first place running out isn't Republicans cancelling.

    Do you people ever get tired of blaming someone else?
  • kaZappoo Daniel 2013/12/31 03:55:20
    kaZappoo
    +1
    and how many jobs bills to stimulate the economy are on Harry Reids desk right now ?

    about 50+ of them .....

    and what corps are bringing industrial jobs back here from china / india / etc ???
  • keymanjim 2013/12/30 22:38:34
    keymanjim
    +9
    These people wouldn't be unemployed if 'dingy' harry reid would bring some of the 44 jobs bills the House has sent over to the senate up for a vote.
  • kaZappoo keymanjim 2013/12/31 03:56:07
    kaZappoo
    +1
    it was 50+ last I checked ...he wont even allow a vote to hear any bills ...
  • Midnight Rider 2013/12/30 22:22:28
    Midnight Rider
    +6
    Wait a minute I thought unemployment was at a all time low of 7% and the economy was turning around under Obama ?
  • 3DogsBa... Midnigh... 2013/12/30 22:37:44 (edited)
    3DogsBarking
    Nice home page!! I need to decorate.

    Demand is still not up to snuff there are a record number of applicants for positions. So EUC should be extended. Republicans didn't use to have a problem with it considering EUC started on their watch during the early stages of the Bushwreck. Bushwreck
  • Midnigh... 3DogsBa... 2013/12/30 22:39:22
    Midnight Rider
    +2
    Those nasty Republicans just ruining your Life LMFAO !
  • phoenix... 3DogsBa... 2013/12/30 23:32:00
    phoenix AFCL
    +4
    Gee.. there had been a Dem-controlled Congress Bush's last two yrs in office, remember?
  • kaZappoo 3DogsBa... 2013/12/31 04:00:43
    kaZappoo
    +3
    obama's been at the helm for 5 yrs ,,,that's NO LONGER A DEFENCE !

    dems have had the congress since 2011 ..
  • kaZappoo Midnigh... 2013/12/31 03:58:59
    kaZappoo
    +1
    these are on the memos from to the govt . TO Buereau of labor stats ..to report back with their heading on it ..makes it look official ,,

    but the smarter ones of US know better !

    more like 25+% unemployed & 20% under employed !
  • phoenix AFCL 2013/12/30 22:19:53
    phoenix AFCL
    +6
    The Republicans are only asking that funding be found for the program. The waste in our government is a scandal. Millions are wasted. Look at the billions of dollars sent out by the IRS to fraudulent claiments.. .sometimes thousands of checks to ONE address? That amount alone would have funded unemployment for a very long time.

    By the way.. exactly how long should unemployment benefits be paid.. 1 yr? 2... 5 yrs?

    If BO would get out of the way, go after fraud and abuse in our expenditures and cultivate a business-friendly environment, high, long-term unemployment would be but a distant memory.
  • 3DogsBa... phoenix... 2013/12/30 22:25:52
    3DogsBarking
    Conservative economists disagree.


    Unemployment benefits are not a deficit issue


    You're probably tired of hearing me say that extending unemployment benefits -- and similar forms of temporary, targeted fiscal stimulus -- is neither here nor there so far as the deficit is concerned. But maybe you're not tired of hearing Diane Lim Rogers, an economist with the deficit-obsessed Concord Coalition, say it:


    Hey, let’s get real: extended unemployment benefits are an effective form of stimulus spending, and although they do add to the short-term deficit, they are not part of the longer-term deficit problem. Nowhere in CBO’s report on the long-term budget outlook will you find different assumptions about unemployment benefits. It’s all about what we do with the Bush tax cuts and how well health reform will work. ...

    Let’s face it: those who use their “worry” about our longer-term fiscal outlook as a reason to oppose extended unemployment benefits don’t want to reduce the deficit as much as they want to get rid of unemployment benefits.
    http://voices.washingtonpost....
  • 3DogsBa... 3DogsBa... 2013/12/30 22:27:03
    3DogsBarking
    Here's the link to the conservative lady, for some reason the hot links aren't sticking? Might be too much info...


    http://economistmom.com/2010/...
  • 3DogsBa... 3DogsBa... 2013/12/30 22:41:48
    3DogsBarking
    Side note: It's unemployment insurance that workers pay into not a handout which use of the term benefit implies. Ezra is such a leftist.
  • phoenix... 3DogsBa... 2013/12/30 23:58:54
    phoenix AFCL
    +2
    The state unemployment benefits are paid for by employers in that particular state.

    And... how does unemployment NOT effect the deficit? If we were awash in revenue, nope.. it wouldn't hurt much but we aren't. And the government creates NO wealth. It only redistributes other people's wealth which it has confiscated in taxes. If American business (GDP) is a 'pie' for instance, government does NOTHING to increase the size of that pie. Only new businesses can do that. What government does and can do is take larger slices of that pie.

    How do federal unemployment benefits get paid... with fairy dust? No.. with hard-working Americans federal tax monies. And we are running a deficit so we have to borrow the difference between revenues and expenditures and pay interest on the borrowed amounts.

    I don't begrudge our tax money going to Americans. I do vehemently begrudge the money that is wasted by an inept, bungling, arrogant, uncaring, unaccountable bureaucracy that no one seems interested in reining in.

    I just read, not 1/2 hr ago, an article in our local paper that billions of dollars are being wasted in Afghanistan... billions!! How much did we waste in Iraq? How much is being wasted now in foreign aid that goes to countries that hate our guts? How much is wasted improving '...

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    The state unemployment benefits are paid for by employers in that particular state.

    And... how does unemployment NOT effect the deficit? If we were awash in revenue, nope.. it wouldn't hurt much but we aren't. And the government creates NO wealth. It only redistributes other people's wealth which it has confiscated in taxes. If American business (GDP) is a 'pie' for instance, government does NOTHING to increase the size of that pie. Only new businesses can do that. What government does and can do is take larger slices of that pie.

    How do federal unemployment benefits get paid... with fairy dust? No.. with hard-working Americans federal tax monies. And we are running a deficit so we have to borrow the difference between revenues and expenditures and pay interest on the borrowed amounts.

    I don't begrudge our tax money going to Americans. I do vehemently begrudge the money that is wasted by an inept, bungling, arrogant, uncaring, unaccountable bureaucracy that no one seems interested in reining in.

    I just read, not 1/2 hr ago, an article in our local paper that billions of dollars are being wasted in Afghanistan... billions!! How much did we waste in Iraq? How much is being wasted now in foreign aid that goes to countries that hate our guts? How much is wasted improving 'infrastructure' in these countries when our infrastructure is crumbling? We have areas in our country that look like some third-world countries with boarded up storefronts, trash-littered parking lots, broken asphalt etc. What happened to the almost 1 trillion dollars of stimulus that was supposed to go to infrastructure.. to shovel ready jobs... that our prez joked about saying that he guessed they were not quite shovel ready? Outrageous. 4 trillion dollars.. can you imagine? That is what we spend yet we don't have the money to take care of our own?

    I didn't mean to go on and on.. to get on a rant. But it is sickening to me to see us cut our veterans' benefits (thank you Congress), not be able to extend unemployment benefits to those who are needlessly suffering in a stagnant economy (thank you prez.. who talks about jobs about 2 - 3 times a year, every year but does nothing !!), cities going belly up yet the fatcat unions and municipal officials walk off with millions, and on & on.. The corruption in this nation is vast and ingrained. Where do we start? It has taken both parties to get us to this point and someone, somewhere, sometime has to draw a line and say 'no more'. 'We don't have it'.

    It doesn't take a math whiz or an economist to know that we are broke... that a 17 trillion dollar debt is almost unimaginable, let alone payable in our lifetimes. And growing that debt isn't harmful? puleeeeze..
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  • kaZappoo phoenix... 2013/12/31 04:10:50
    kaZappoo
    +1
    this member "3DB" has no idea what's going on here ,,,it's pathetic !
  • kaZappoo 3DogsBa... 2013/12/31 04:09:22
    kaZappoo
    +1
    the taxes that employers paid DONT equal 20% of the unemp paid out ...

    the fed .emergency funds float that fund ,,and TRA /TAA retraining funds ..
    problem there is that folks who qualify for these funds can't have them "the govt. has NO funds to give out ..""

    get a grip !
  • kaZappoo 3DogsBa... 2013/12/31 04:05:28
    kaZappoo
    +1
    how much of the 800 billion went to rebuilding the infastructure ( bridges / roads / power grids ) as promised ...then any one that believe's in barrys promises needs more shock therapy !

    and the muslim mosques over seas got 30 billion over past 4 yrs ..

    you defences are laim at best !
  • Daniel phoenix... 2013/12/30 23:09:24
    Daniel
    +1
    3 to 6 months.
  • phoenix... Daniel 2013/12/30 23:30:01
    phoenix AFCL
    +1
    Thank you, Daniel.
  • MidnightCowboy 2013/12/30 22:15:39
  • 3DogsBa... Midnigh... 2013/12/30 22:22:30 (edited)
    3DogsBarking
    Just calling em like I see em. People never forget the time they got thrown under the bus come election day.
  • Midnigh... 3DogsBa... 2013/12/30 22:40:29
    MidnightCowboy
    +1
    Those left without unemployment checks will remember the Party that caused them the grief when mid-term elections arrive in 2014.
  • Lady Wh... Midnigh... 2013/12/31 14:36:01
    Lady Whitewolf
    AGREED
  • sockpuppet 2013/12/30 21:56:04
    sockpuppet
    +10
    Too bad Obama wouldn't make the spending cuts required to keep these poor people in checks for the next few weeks. Democrats aren't looking very good for this next election.
  • 3DogsBa... sockpuppet 2013/12/30 22:05:02
    3DogsBarking
    Good luck with that one.
  • Daniel sockpuppet 2013/12/30 23:12:54
    Daniel
    +4
    No they're not. Only really stupid people would blame Republicans for Obama's failures.
  • sockpuppet Daniel 2013/12/30 23:18:44
    sockpuppet
    +3
    People who really *want* to be stupid. Meanwhile, we'll take back the Senate and keep the House. :O)
  • Daniel sockpuppet 2013/12/30 23:24:47
    Daniel
    +4
    Obama really did a number on these welfare cases. I might hire a guy who was on unemployment for a month but for years. Hell no.
  • sockpuppet Daniel 2014/01/04 03:13:50
    sockpuppet
    +1
    No kidding. But if things go the way they're headed now, the gov't will send you your new employees and you won't have any say in the matter.

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