Senate Again Blocks Unemployment Insurance Extension

By a vote of 58-40 Senate Democrats failed to muster the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster.

CAPITOL HILL (TRNS) — The Senate tried and failed again today to extend unemployment benefits for an estimated one point seven million Americans who have been out of work for six months or longer.

By a vote of 58-40 Senate Democrats failed to muster the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster.  A second vote immediately afterwards also failed 55-43. The votes were the fourth and fifth that the Senate has taken this year to begin debate on the measure.

Before the vote, top Democrats had tried to rally GOP support by arguing that the benefits are vital to helping unemployed Americans live their lives. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), for example, spoke about meeting a 57-year-old Nevada woman who is couch-surfing because she can’t afford to pay her rent.

“She’s been going from friend to friend to sleep on their couch,” Reid said. “She said, ‘How do you think it makes me feel?’”

Democrats also said that extending the benefits would make sense financially, as recipients would the money right back into the economy. But Republicans weren’t satisfied with the way the legislation would’ve been paid for. It’s offsets would have been derived from verifying that recipients earned less than $1 million the previous year, and allowing businesses to contribute fewer dollars toward employee pensions. Theoretically, the higher profits would have translated into more tax revenue for the federal government.

Four Republicans — Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Susan Collins (Maine), Dean Heller (Nev.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) — voted in favor the bill, which would’ve restored unemployment benefits for three months at a price tag of $6.4 billion. Reid voted no in order to keep his right to re-introduce the legislation at a later point in time.

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  • Prolapse

    Goodjob GOP. You’re killing your own people.

  • http://www.native-loans.com/ All American Debts

    GOP is going to KO at least 12% of their base for the 2014 election.

  • Matthew Pieri

    wow…..you just created 2 million hard core Democrats and counting while giving me and mine a big middle finger. i have nothing left to pawn except this laptop, which is my last hope of getting a job. my phone will be shut off now…do they just believe jobs materialize from thin air? even if find work now, how will I get there? I have no subway fare or lunch money.

    • RealityCheck

      If you can’t find a job after 43 weeks (or whatever the limit was in your state), then you are just a burden on society anyways. I’ve worked every day since I was 18 besides a week here or a day there. If you want to work, you can find work. Get a job you bums. Stop being a leech on society. If you are paid not to work, then you have no motivation to go out there and get a job. I guarantee that, for the most part, these 1.7 million will now get off their couches, put the Doritos down, and actually go apply for a job.

      • please stop trolling

        life is difficult enough without having to hear ignorant words from insufferably ignorant people like you.

      • Matthew Pieri

        You are the burden on society, an a hole with a biased and nonfactual opinion. I have only collected 26 weeks benefits, the maximum under most states programs. I have not collected one federal penny troll. If you haven’t noticed mortgage home interest rates have doubled the last 12 months, creating mass layoffs in the banking of that sector, including me…and no hiring is coming back with rates this high as volume and loan apps are at yearly lows. Just another ingrate on the internet with a keyboard….the law was written by a society wishing to do good for it’s citizens…the law encourages you to find similar or like employment….it seeks to preserve the fabric of society by saving families from drastic lifestyle changes. You are just a mindless 12 year old with no talent except to castigate others and hide behind a screen name, not even man enough to deal with personally any issues your false machismo may generate. I was in the Marine Corp for 6 years and fought in the First Gulf War. I didn’t fight for losers like you.

        • RealityCheck

          I’m not a moron and I’m not a troll. I know my facts. I’m not talking about limits on state unemployment programs. I’m talking about the federal limits. Only 1 state had less than 40 weeks of federal unemployment insurance available. I believe that at one point in time, these was a 99 week limit. Those are facts. Maybe I shouldn’t have called you a bum. You served our country and I commend you for that. However, I have seen too many people abuse this loophole badly. I guess I’m just tired of politicians creating systems that people can easily abuse. Those are the bums that I’m talking about. Not specifically you. People fall on hard times. I understand that. It happens. However others will simply abuse the system making it difficult for people who actually needit.

          • Nicolo De Bari

            So what do you think should happen to the people you say actually need it. Is it fair to lump them all together and have them suffer too. I know in NY, ever so often, they send you a sheet where you have to list all the jobs you’ve applied to and send it in to them. They do this so they know people are actually trying. If NY is doing this I would assume other, if not all, states are doing this as well. Now, if people are showing proof that they are looking, what’s going on here. What’s the good damn holdup? I thank God I have a job everyday but to see these politicians doing this to their own people is disgusting. Makes me sick to my stomach.

          • RealityCheck

            Well, I damn well don’t believe that we should have 40+, let alone 99 weeks of unemployment. We don’t need another Welfare program.

          • Nicolo De Bari

            So even if they’re trying and the state says their trying they should still be left hungry, along with their children. Which level of hell did you spawn from? And guess what, the people who won’t be getting their UI will now file for welfare, genius. I could tell by the comment below it made you very uncomfortable picturing your children starving. Well, some children are probably going through that as we speak.

          • RealityCheck

            If I had to flip burgers to feed my kids, then that’s what I would do. I guarantee they wouldn’t go hungry. So, based on what you are saying, we should just keep extending unemployment forever? There has to be a reasonable limit. That’s all that I’m pointing out.

          • Nicolo De Bari

            I can guarantee you McDonald’s or Burger King will not hire someone who maintained network infrastructures for a large corporation to flip burgers. Look, I know what you’re saying but I also don’t fell it’s right that Americans should suffer because companies are outsourcing jobs to other countries, that most of these unemployed, I’m sure, would love. I don’t feel it’s right that trillions of dollars go to a 3rd world country as so called “aid”. And I definitely don’t feel it’s right when the politicians unanimously vote on pay hikes to their own salaries!! It just makes sense that most of them want to work. And by the way, unemployment does it. It is possible to exhaust your unemployment benefits. They don’t last forever.

          • DL

            What if you couldn’t get a job flipping burgers? I know several long term unemployed who were turned down for those jobs in favor of people with less experience. See here is the thing brainiac….when an employer sees a person with years of work history and reasonable salary walk in the door and say they want a job, they know that person is only going to stay until they get a better job an then adios. So they don’t want to hire and train someone who has one foot out the door at all times. This is why so many retail and fast food jobs are not hiring experienced workers.

          • Susie shocked

            If course you have to adios – how can a person who has ‘bills’ to pay live on Mickey D’s, the ones that have their children back living with them because none in the family are working. See my reply above re. the age discrimination totally disgusting situation going on. The fast food chains absolutely love it by hiring the rookies, because they know they can hire them, not pay them overtime or whatever. In short, burn them up and spit them out. The ‘seasoned’ workers know many of the games corporations play and therefore, get the rookies in.

          • AlabamaSucks

            More truth that people not facing unemployment themselves don’t wish to hear. Huzzah. Preach.

          • DL

            Okay..then those kicked off the unemployment roles will transfer to welfare. I know several people who have been out of work for a long time and that is exactly what they are doing. They have applied and been approved. One woman I know is actually going to be getting more than she was on unemployment. And unlike UI she was given no actual end date or restriction of weeks. She said the irony of the republicans denying extended benefits is that she will actually be doing a little better than before. She says she will still look for work but in the meantime she will be okay. So it appears you need the reality check. You will keep paying, just into a different pot.

          • AlabamaSucks

            EXACTLY. BINGO. People who aren’t as fortunate as I am, with no spouse who can work his ass off to pay the bills until the job market decides to throw me a bone, with kids, maybe health problems, will be forced to go on actual government assistance with no expiration date. Way to make potential lifers out of people who were trying. But I damn sure don’t blame them under the circumstances. I’m pretty bitter myself after what I’ve endured, but I’m blessed with a safety net which = my spouse. After all, he’s the reason we moved to this hell hole.

          • Joann

            who in the world gets 40 or 99 weeks of unemployment, I don’t know anyone that has gotten that.

          • AlabamaSucks

            Yep, I can confirm from experience that South Carolina does the same thing and you have to send in documentation every 12 weeks showing all the applications you’ve put in, WITH contact info so they can check up on you should they so choose. I’ve been off and on an interstate claim with them since we moved to AL in April. Why is my claim through SC when in live in AL? Because that’s where I WORKED. FOR YEARS. Yes, newsflash to the jerks out there who think unemployment benefits are a handout — you can only get them if you’ve WORKED!

          • Nathan

            Mathew Pieri is a douche bag. First you have to be laid off to collect. Also you are required to look for work on a weekly basis in order to collect. I’ve been looking for work for over 7 months and can’t even get an interview. I would love to see you in person and give you a piece of my mind.

          • paul

            Hell yeah!!!…well said :)

          • Nathan

            Sorry Mathew Pieri, that message was actually toward the Reality Check douche bag. I mistaken who made the idiotic statement…

          • AlabamaSucks

            I don’t see why Mathew Pieri is a douchebag. I actually was approved to receive unemployment because I relocated for my husband’s job that he landed in another state after graduating with his Master’s. All it required was a letter from his new employer stating that I was his wife and we relocated for his job. When I had to go back on unemployment benefits after being let go in early December with no warning or explanation after only a month of work, that time I got it because I was terminated without cause. But yes, I’ve been required to actively seek work and document my efforts to keep the benefits coming just like everybody else.

          • Lisa

            There are some people that abuse the system, but why do you let that worry you, how is that effecting your life? It is about people that are literally suffering right now because of this, that should be the only things that matter, saving the people that need help. There are so many factors but your little narrow mind only sees it as if you were giving all of these people money. Why don’t you just shut the hell up already, go back to your one track mind, you feeble loser. I AM NOT AFRAID TO SHOW MY FACE. How about you?

          • paul

            Every system is the world gets abused one way or another at some point…don’t get me started on republicans. No one cares that you saw some people abusing unemployment. Your comments are pointless and unproductive

          • Joann

            There are bums in the workplace too, I have seen it. You don’t have any right to compare everyone as losers

          • SKOAL

            So where do you see these people ,Are you one of those scumbags that work at unemployment hateing on everyone that applies? Or are you just making a generalization ,because you knew one or two people you thought where undeserving .You know the max unemployment is around 400 hundred dollars so Its mot like anyones getting rich .And to get that you have to be making around 900 or more .Most people cant or can barely cover there bills with 400 a week.

        • RealityCheck

          One example… I know a guy that was drawing unemployment for over a year. He started to fear that they were not going to extend the unemployment benefits (a while back). So guess what… he went out and got a job. That’s what kills me. He was very capable of getting employment, but he was not motivated to do so. The government is promoting unemployment to some degree. I understand that some people are having a hard time finding employment like they used to have, but those jobs may not be out there anymore. A job making 70% of what somebody used to make is better than drawing unemployment and burdening people who are working.

          • Susie shocked

            Yes, I agree and believe 70% is do-able, but what about the over 45 yrs. of age group —– They can’t even find a job paying 30% of what they were making. Yes, folks, they are the group that made the 1% elite as rich as they are today, working for so many years to make lots of millionaires, the ones now that have thrown the rest under the bus…… It amazes me how no one talks about ‘AGE DISCRIMINATION’. What is this a taboo subject? What’s next? Perhaps the powers that be in the big corporations should wittle down to just 3 people – the CEO. CFO and who ever else. Look at the additional monies they would save, or would they? Perhaps they may have to close shop and join the rest that you so despise. Who knows what’s next.

        • Donna

          here’s another idiot who would rather give to welfare vulchers than for people that have worked hard all their lives. You probably klost your brains in the battlefield and have a gripe with your government. My sister has served in 3 wars and would never take up that attitude. I think you’re suffering from PTSD.

          • Nicolo De Bari

            Wow. To argue about unemployment is one thing but to make fun of someone for defending our country. You are a pure b!tch. I’m sure your sister would be very proud of that comment you made. How’s it feel knowing you’re nothing like your sister?

        • paul

          Dude your my hero….I couldn’t have said it any better

      • Steve

        You talk big now, but your day is coming! I worked at the same place for 35 years. the plant shut down! I got lucky and got a job making half the money. But over 1,200 other people was not as lucky! I don’t think you are an American, if you don’t won’t to help are own people! Our government doesn’t mind giving billions of dollars to other countries! But doesn’t care about there own! Give them the unemployment extension!!! There not bums! There humans.

        • RealityCheck

          I don’t want to help those who don’t try. As simple as that. I’ve seen way too many individuals abuse this system, Welfare, and Social security. I just think 6 months is enough time to find another job. That’s all. You can agree with me or not. The 26 week cap worked in the past. I don’t think we should be extending it even further.

          • JOHN SANDHERR

            Recently discharged Combat Vets will soon make
            up 30% of the unemployed that have lost benefits.
            Speaking from experience the transition is no
            walk in the park. Calling those Vets LAZY is a slap in the
            face to every person that served. Support the Troops
            is all a load of crap. People don’t care about our Vets and
            neither do you .

          • ME

            The cap worked in the past because there were jobs.

          • Joann

            I see people like you that don’t work very hard,they just show up and get a paycheck. It sounds like you are one of those people.

          • SKOAL

            YOU HAVE NEVER HELPED ANYONE on unemployment personally, financially, or otherwise and until you do give help as a employer, you know the guy who helps decide if someone is deserving. That means you laid them off not fired for doing a bad job,or not showing up, drugs ect. The employer can deny unemployment or call them back to work anytime. Or have ben in a situation collecting it trying to find a job in your field and being denied for any amount of reasons . For example I had trouble finding a job before I went into business because alot of managers even bosses will not hire someone they consider a threat or there s a chance they might get enough experience to start there own business and be your competition.And in this case they where right because after the fall and winter without work I decided to start my own business . And If I had not ben able to collect unemployment I would have never ben able to start the business.

        • RealityCheck

          I do agree with you… we don’t need to be giving any money to other countries. I’m tired of us supporting the whole world. We do need to take better care of our own, but I don’t believe in handouts neither. I’m not talking about everybody, but I bet you damn near half of the individuals could find a job if they had to. There’s just no motivation if you can keep getting unemployment. I’d like to quote Benjamin Franklin and I completely agree with his statements… “I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

          • RealityCheck

            I understand that unemployment does not equal poverty, but I think that the above applies to some degree in this case. If we keep extending unemployment indefinitely, then those unemployed will not try as hard to find a job… or they will only apply to the positions that are the dream positions where they really have not chance at landing, being content in receiving a check from the government. Obviously, I’m not speaking about everybody out there, but I’ve seen this kind of abuse first hand. I still thing 6 months is plenty of time to find a job.

          • Donna

            Abuse firsthand is people whom have NEVER worked and get plenty if assistance with YOUR tax dollars.

          • paul

            That depends on where you live you retard..and just because other people are abusing it doesn’t mean others should suffer….again you make zero sense and your credibility lacks. Go do some research on job growth and the economy before opening your mouth

          • Joann

            You are not real, There are no jobs out there if you are 50 years old.

          • SKOAL

            Then why not just be on welfare ?Most people like to work and not be a lazy POS.Or maybe all the people you know are like that.But not most people I know .

          • paul

            Hey retard your not supporting anything. How much of your actual tax money goes to unemployment?..exactly your an idiot. How much do you make a year?. Just shut up you sound dumb and ignorant.

          • Joann

            Let me tell you something, we don’t want anything that we did not pay into. Nobody wants to be on unemployment, I want to work. Most of us don’t sit on our butts and not look for work, I hope it happens to you.

          • SKOAL

            Its not a handout.I pay monthly for unemployment benefits for each employee, and I have paid far more in then they have ever ben paid out . Thats why its called unemployment insurance and not welfare ,but go ahead let the government have all the money sitting there .They just already figure on spending the money elsewhere like toll money,or lottery thats supposed to go to education .The government is now deciding that they want to spend less on what the moneys collected for.

        • Donna

          I agree..Karma is very real folk.

        • Will

          Cut him some slack- He’s only 18 and 1/2 !

          • Steve

            OK. LOL

      • Ran Map

        Your mom raised an idiot. You should be careful what you say because the world is not over. I’m just like you have worked all my life and now it’s hard for me to find a job. You best be careful what you say before you lose your job and get out here in the real world butt wipe. I pray all your kids go hungry

        • RealityCheck

          You’re the moron. I’m not going to sit here and argue with any of you. 6 months is plenty of time to find a job. If you can’t find a job in that time, then you are either grasping at the moon or you don’t really want to work. Nobody wants to make less than what they were making. Everybody wants to move forward, but sometimes you just have to take a step back in life.

          • DL

            Please remember that when it happens to you.

          • Susie shocked

            A step back? Are you for real? See my replies above about age discrimination. This whole job situation is one big fiasco.

          • paul

            Hey reality check..no one likes you..your ignorant and you probably have no friends because of your beliefs. Do everyone a favor and get hit By a bus on the way to work…kk thanks

      • Tom E Sankey

        I believe what comes around gos around .
        Why do you feel so bad a bout your self that you have to put others down.
        Mean people suck

      • Lisa

        Are you kidding me! You are so ignorant! My husband who was laid off six months ago and who is 60 yrs old has worked hard since he was a kid I have two part time jobs no benefits been trying for awhile now to find someone willing to give benefits, my husband has been pounding the pavements since he got laid off. It’s not easy at his age trying to get a job, also not impossible but very hard. So you ignorant creep think twice before speak as you haven’t walked in these peoples shoes. Sure you can get a minimum wage job but it doesn’t pay the bills while trying to still raise a family. Seems you need a reality check!

        • Susie shocked

          Lisa, please see my replies above regarding ‘age discrimination’. Why is this subject rarely admitted to? They should really do something about employers not hiring the over the 45 crowd, don’t you think?

      • DL

        Nope…many of them will transfer to the welfare system when they still can’t find a job. And you will pay and pay, so get ready to dig deep. There is no win here. Telling people to get a job will not make that happen. Your attitude that they should get off the couch and get a job proves your ignorance, not their laziness.

      • JOHN SANDHERR

        After 40 years of work and service to my country
        I lost my job 7 months ago. I don’t criticize others
        Till I walk in their shoes so please stop the bad mouthing.
        Maybe you need to lose you’re job and car and
        insurance then go 7 months looking for a job. I’m a
        liberterian and it pains me to see how people
        turn on others when bad things happen.

        • Susie shocked

          You bring up an interesting comment – see my reply above, regarding age discrimination. Anyone care to investigate this folks when you are not hired???

      • Justin

        Jobs are not just appearing out of thin air you fucking idiot! Even fast food places aren’t hiring near me. I don’t have any Doritos, but if I did I’d put them down to fucking smash your face into shards of glass.

      • Daniel Monge

        Matthew Pieri , You most be an Italian with a sausage as brain
        you get your lazy ass and get an education you braindeath

      • Donna

        you’re an idiot…. tax dollars are paying for welfare recipients who receive cash assistance up to 36 months. please..I’ve worked all my life, why can’t it be extended for 12 weeks?

      • Peter Parratore

        You low life I have 2 children and am a single dad and I cant afford Doritos I apply for about 20 jobs a day you need the reality check

      • Nansi Schneider

        ive work my entire life, since before 18..was living on my own even then….now i am 53, out of work….submitted 100′s of CV’s, dozens + dozens of interviews…. still no job..so please just be quiet, you are ignorant to the real face of unemployment.

      • JOHN SANDHERR

        Yep we are all a bunch of lazy bums and you figured us out. Oh wait a second; I’m 55 with a wife and 3 grown sons. I started working at age 12 doing real work. I served in the US Army. At the age of 28 I hurt my back at work and as a result I had TEN / 10 – back operations. Yes I did spend 2 years on SSDI that I paid into and then I was able to return to work part time. After some time I was working up to 60 hours a week and 5 years later I had a 6 figure income. My doctors told me to slow down and I was suffering from chronic pain and several other problems related to my back. I kept working to the age of 54 and was let go by the company I worked for. They got rid of 6 employees, all had ongoing medical problems. I need to work, I want to work, working is what keeps me alive. I have limitations so I cant take just any job but I’m willing to. My UC benefits paid my car payment, insurance, gas and food and now that’s gone. Over 38 employers have turned me down for work and that’s minimum wage jobs to. I got $725 every 2 weeks from the state UC fund and now that has expired. I got 1 week from the federal program then it was gone and now I get nothing. I’ll find a job sooner or later because I’m a survivor and a worker but mostly because I NEED TO WORK to feel like a husband and father. So you sit there and call me lazy while I sit here and wonder how you got so dam hateful, stupid, un-informed, spiteful, lazy, ignorant and hopefully soon to be unemployed simple minded— I’m done, I have a cover letter to type up.

      • JOHN SANDHERR

        One more thing and I need to ask you this; all those recently discharged combat VETS that got out and went on UC and then turned to federal UC – Are they lazy bums to, because most of them have a hard time adjusting from getting shot at, blown up from IED’s, watching their buddy get his leg blown off or witnessing over 75 Afghan civilians get mowed down by a 50 caliber machine gun by the Afghan Army to coming home and finding a job that they can handle without medication. So Reality Check are the VETS lazy ? I’m sure they would love to hear you call them lazy because more and more of them are running out of unemployment benefits and without the extension those VETS might just be homeless. Two of my sons were US Marines and one served 2 combat tours, is he lazy, is he a bum.
        You need to think about what you say before you insult an entire group, someone in that group might not fit into your little slice of reality and it is a very small slice.

      • Lisa

        What a horrible thing to say. My husband was in the military for 22 years. He is having trouble finding a job because of his age and there is a whole lot of competition out there. So now I know what the other idiots that voted no in congress think like….you. A whole bunch of cocky self centered idiots that could care less. Keep your opinions to yourself you heartless bastard.,

        • Steve

          Very well put Lisa!

          • Lisa Magdaleno

            Thank you Steve, oh, this makes me so angry, I think this reality check guy is just doing this to get a rise out of people and it is working. There are too many people in the world that are just like him, especially our congressman, they should all get together for lunch and try to figure out how they are all going to ruin every ones lives, while they sit and eat a meal that costs 1000.00 a plate. They are all a bunch of heartless snakes.

          • Steve

            Again very well put Lisa! I am with you all the way!

      • Nathan

        This Fckn reality check guy is a troll. People on unemployment were working and lost there job at no fault of their own. You are required to look for work on a weekly basis and must show proof in order to collect unemployment. Therefore if it takes longer than 26 weeks then obviously there isn’t work to be found that quick. Also taxpayer’s don’t pay a dime toward unemployment during your initial benefit, it’s funded by the company you worked for. Also you are going to pay the same amount of taxes regardless of unemployment extensions. You are an uneducated scumbag! Get a clue before you open your fat mouth.

      • Steve

        These people that are drawing unemployment, by no fault of their own, are not a burden on society. That is not a very nice thing to say! You don’t even know these people! A burden on are society is all the millions and billions of dollars our government give to other countries for so called foreign aid! Keep in mind that I am working, I have a job and I have been working since I was 14. I started with a paper route, when I got out of school, I joined the army and after I got out I worked at a factory for 35 years, until they closed the plant in 2012. I got lucky and with my background I got another job, but the other 1200 people were not as lucky! There is not enough jobs out there. Is their any part of that you don’t understand? They deserve help! It’s like this, Take care of our own, before you take care of other countries! Give them a helping hand! give them unemployment!

      • T in California

        Matthew,

        You are ignorant. I was laid off at the beginning of the recession in early 2008. As millions of jobs vanished I managed to get a job making 40 percent less than I had been making. I worked it for the last four years. Now, another round of layoffs at the company that announced record profits while having a payroll freeze in place. I have now been out again almost a year. I hold an MBA with a finance concentration. I have exhausted my networking, applied daily for dozens of opportunities yet have not found employment.

        I do not generally wish ill on anyone, but perhaps you will have a little different perspective if you were to walk a mile in the shoes of the “bums” you speak of.

        • T in California

          Sorry, my above comment was intended for RealityCheck.

          • Matthew Pieri

            your the second person, no wonder you guys can’t get jobs…at least thanks for fixing your comment sheesh

      • Reality

        We are talking about Unemployment here not welfare. It sounds like you have a problem with working people but no problem with the welfare rats.

        • Joann

          You act like it is coming out of your pocket, You are a joke

      • chris

        F u you small little man. You obviously are stupid and ignorant and no one cares what you think so just be quiet

      • James F Lashinsky

        to all the republicans that sit and play God with peoples livelihood and to mat piene first you must have a very low paying job to have said what you did. Or you don’t know a damn thing about unemployment.first off every state has a differe…See More

      • Matthew Pieri

        you will be replaced like all of us by someone over seas making 8 cents anhour

      • Joann

        Who says we get 43 weeks, I don’t know were you get your information. Mine was 26 weeks and there are no jobs out there. All I wish is it happens to you. You are a Joke.

    • Donna

      Hang in there Matthew. Don’t give up!

  • Spc Sherrie Thomas

    I guess it’s back to the shelter tonight….. Thanks congress. This is why I signed up for the military, to defend idiots who don’t care about the American people.

  • Matthew Pieri

    Where is the national media on this issue? I could kill CNN…all day long their subjects, of which they only discuss one a day has been as follows…..Chris Christie and a REGIONAL issue for 14 days…then it was Richard Sherman and Rodman…then Bieber and Hoffman…..not ONE main story about the 2 million people being turned homeless.

    • Margarita

      I agree with u. Where is the media with all of this. I’m so sick of hearing about justin bieber.

    • AlabamaSucks

      I’ve noticed too that the media is all but ignoring this issue. Very strange. I don’t get it–last time I checked, the media LOVES a good sob story, and this is one if I ever experienced it. In early January it was hard to even get news at all as to the status of the vote(s) on it. At least now the Washington Post and a few places are starting to pick it up, but none of the major outlets.

  • Roughneck321

    8 years in the military and 12 in the oilfield until I got laid off. Voted Republican for the last 20 years.

    That all stops now. I still can’t bring myself to vote for a democrat, But I won’t be voting republican anymore either. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.

    • pagosanative

      I’m done with the Republican party….I don’t care who they have running, lying scumbags!

  • Mariana

    I see what America stands for now..it’s sad..u work hard pay taxes only to get kicked..if you are middle class or poor the government does not care. They enjoy slavery….that’s why they passed the farm bill and are taking the money from food stamps…so now the unemployed not only have no unemployment insurance but will have 100 less for food to feed themselves and children…this country is lost …their moto: to kill off the population who isn’t rich..to starve and take away from them . To not give them any opportunity or help to succeed..so they are slaves to the rich. 1.7 million ppl who lost their jobs , who have college degrees, experience in their field will now work at mcdonalds making 7 dollars an hour to make the rich richer and to make 200 dollars a week which doesn’t even buy food for a week..

  • Tani

    I am so annoyed!!! As I sit here in tears all I can think about is how am I going to pay my rent with 2 kids. How will my phone bill be paid this month. I am sure none of this matters to those who placed votes against approving this matter since they will be snug in their warm home after driving in their fancy cars. So much for the people!!!

  • RealityCheck

    I’m glad they are finally cutting this off. I’ve known way too many individuals who have been milking unemployment for months. Leeches on society.

    • Susie shocked

      Interesting RC. Guess we know the kinds of people that YOU know.

    • Joann

      You sound like a Leech on your job. I hope you get fired.

  • jb

    Can not wait for election to come up so we can make some rep go on unemployment. I now have to sell all my tools and truck so i can pay this month’s bills so if I get jo
    b no way to get there and with no tools can not work you people will send money to other country’s but tell us to F off you all suck

    • jb

      They suck so bad and put on back burner . Look at stock market that’s because us middle class do not spend money due to not having any

    • AlabamaSucks

      jb, in your position I would most certainly apply for food stamps and housing assistance (unless you own your home). That way you can keep your truck and get to work should you find a job. That’s only reasonable. That’s what government assistance is actually for–people who have fallen on hard times, not the many who have made it a way of sustaining themselves for generations. I’ve always been a pretty staunch conservative when it comes to these matters. I don’t like handouts. But I’d gladly help you. Please don’t crash and burn out of pride while your country has thrown you to the wolves. People can say what they want about it but in times like these we all have to look out for #1 because nobody else will, that’s for damn sure. It’ll get better, but it sounds like it’s time to do what a lot of others have had to do since the end of December and apply for some help that they can’t just take away from you over their stupid political posturing and squabbles. God bless.

  • Last Man Standing

    If ANY of those lying communists wanted a extension it would happen right now! King Obama is a absolute lying communist! He sings a little song in the ear of uninformed stupid people to make it look like he gives a crap about you or your family. He’s in the business of legalized extortion and racketeering plain and simple! They have no intention of giving a damn thing to the people! Are you better off now then you were before??? HELL NO!!!!
    Did you ever notice that there is no discussions needed when it comes to their pay raises? It passes no questions asked every time!
    If Obama’s communist forced health care plan is so wonderful then why doesn’t the the government have to participate in it?? I thought it was wonderful healthcare for ALL?!?!
    This is the most corrupt communist administration that has ever existed!!
    They do not care about you!! DAH!

  • tre

    Im bout to start robbin ppl

    • AlabamaSucks

      Why? Most people didn’t have anything to do with putting you in this position. After all, a majority of them voted for Obama, and he’s asked more than once for them to extend unemployment benefits. Congress is to blame. If you do decide to rob anyone, I hope you hang out in some parking garage in Washington and rob our senators as they leave from their do-nothing cushy jobs for which they’ll have pensions even if they do get voted out. That course of action might bear some resemblance to justice. As for me, if you rob me I’ll be ready with my .38 special. And I use the ammo that makes a BIG hole, so you might wanna rethink that.

  • kim

    It is absolutely mind boggling that the people we voted into office are willing to let over 1.7 million Americans and their children suffer while they continue to collect a paycheck and have lights, heat, food, car etc. I search for a job everyday, sometimes 2 times a day. I apply for jobs that are minimum wage and am turned away because I am over qualified. I am a college graduate with 10 years experience and am have not found a job yet. Every interview I have been on is with 10 other applicants for 1 position. People are selling their personal belongings, begging family members for help, and losing all self-respect. When will our leaders figure out that without those benefits the unemployed have no way to go look for a job, they have to decide between rent, food, heat, lights or gas in their car. If they want to figure out how to pay for it, they can give up a paycheck or 2 to help the people that put them in office.

  • Darlene Dunham-Wright

    Sad! Reality is that The United States Nation does not care about their own people Under Bush’s administration unemployment benefits were extended for a 5th time and NO ONE had anything to say! The Republicans don’t get who we are as a Nation because THEIR REALITY is VERY DIFFERENT than the Reality that we live in. This Nation is created under a Democracy in which we all know what that means we are all very different with different situations. In a Democracy we simply all can not be the same this is what defines us as individuals! The Republican Party will not win this next election because they have not began to understand. This vote was done maliciously in order to attack the Democratic Party. The real issue that they are dealing with is Jealousy they wish that they would have won this election but never will again because they simply can not understand what this Nation is really made of. Everyone of us no matter what city, state, or town we live in has our own story which defines us! If the Republicans could just take a step back and put themselves in one of our shoes they might get a clue. This Nation was created under God and with that I will continue to pray for them and their families as me and my family continue to push forward in our Dreams! God has the last say so! Prayers going up!

  • nat

    REALITY CHECK I think it’s time someone put you in check.I’m 39 years old and I have always been a supporter of the Republican Party. I have been working since I was 16 and the longest I have ever been unemployed was for maybe a week at the most. Back in August of 2013 I lost my job because my employer relocated and for the first time in my working career I have not been able to find a job. I am not a supporter of laziness and I am not a supporter of free rides, therefore; I have swallowed my pride and taken steps backwards in an attempt to find any type of work that I can. One thing you need to understand is that people on unemployment had a job before they became unemployed and for the most part an individual can only receive assistance if losing their job was no fault of their own. Unemployment offices don’t just give money to people because they decide to quit their job or because they don’t like their boss. One thing I’ve learned in life is how important it is to think about what you say before you say it and that’s a lesson that I’m not real sure you’ve learned yet. Every judgment that you have made regarding individuals that are receiving unemployment benefits will come back to you and I guarantee that. It might not be today, tomorrow, next week, or even next year but I would bet that you are going to be in the same position of all the individuals that you are currently judging. It will happen and I promise you that.

    • Leonard Corwin

      Nat, I’ll be sixtynine in a few months, am a severely disabled veteran and am unable to work any more. I mention this because when you cannot work and cannot support yourself, your family, as well as contribute to your country, you spirit and self worth is broken. When you get to that point, all you think about is when are you leaving this world. When I see the corruption in our government at all levels, My blood boils. I’m too old and broken to fight any more, but for what it’s worth, I stand with you. Somehow the people of this land must fight the corporate leaders and government leaders of both parties to stop the disintegration of our nation. The unconvicted criminals running this land into the ground are evil, and must be destroyed politically and economically. That can only happen when the American people unite and fight back. As far as unemployment benefits go, we have to help the unemployed. You cannot find work when our gov., and corp. leaders support the invasion of our country by foreign nationals, for cheap labor. The union leaders have sold out union members to buy into the corruption for their own benefit while royally screwing the American working men and women. The current and last three presidents have participated in the dismantling of our economic system to the advantage of the global corporations. There are no individuals that I can see, that would be a President of and for the people, that would and could fight to correct our economic system. I’m a hard core conservative and am tired of being lied to. We must all recognizes that the corporations own and control the media. They have decades manipulating and brainwashing our population through the lie tube, print news and radio. And the Obamacare crap, forcing business to changing full time workers to part time. You cannot support your family as a part timer. You can’t pay for housing, transportation, food, clothes, utilities, and your medical bills. Obamacare is a scam perpetuated on the American people, with unaffordable monthly payments, and out-of-this world deductibles. This bill has put medical treatment out of reach of the American people. The government, corporate, and union leaders are living high on the hog at the expense of our people. The unemployed have no chance. This president, when running for president stated that the American people must learn Spanish, period. In many parts of our country, you can’t get work if you don’t speak Spanish. Our judges, and politicians allow foreign invaders to work here at jobs that should be for Americans and actual legal immigrants only. Invaders ate not immigrants. To conclude, we must help the unemployed, because the unemployed are us, all of us.

    • RealityCheck

      Nat, I’m 42 and I have worked my whole life too. I do want to point out that I’m not against unemployment. I’m against abuse of unemployment. I understand that times are rough and there truly are individuals out there really fighting to get employment. Maybe my words were a bit harsh, but I’ve seen abuse of unemployment, welfare, and social security. I’m just tired of supporting others who truly are not trying.

      • Daniel Monge

        if you see abuse call and whistleblower on those that you have see milking the system cause if you don’t then you just as milking the system as them but please don’t think you are a saint

      • Nathan

        Reality check, how are you supporting us? Obviously you don’t understand how unemployment works. We pay taxes to douche bag

    • Susie shocked

      Good reply, Nat. And, you’re only 39. Wait till you are over say, 45. See my replies above re. age discrimination.

  • nalanin

    Have not got one red cent and could not pay my rent…..I have 3 kids and been without a job. Just wished I could get a job so I don’t have to worry where myself and my children will be next. I have job hunted since the day I lost my job. And have been to a handful of interviews. I worked since I was 18 and now is the most difficult time. I hide so my kids don’t see cry. Please senate just approve the three months……..please

  • GrannyGripes

    Econ 101 for OBAMA NATION and 4 illiterate USA GOP senators :

    If I bake 2 pies, eat one; sell the other one to buy more ingredients to bake 2 more pies for tomorrow. I save a penny from the sale and tuck it away for a rainy day. That is productivity: Growth :

    If I bake 2 pies and I eat one and Obama takes the other one and gives it to my neighbor to eat, that is negative growth, we are now both on welfare.

    Obama promised everyone more welfare, less rights, less opportunity, less freedom, less jobs, and more redistribution of your wealth ;

  • Margarita

    What I don’t understand is why this is not in the media????? We need loud voices. This is a crisis. Ppl are going to be homeless very soon while congress still get there pay. I am so disgusted with the republicans. President Obama had to intervene and over ride them.

  • adam

    Tonight i sleep in my car with my six year old cause of this…i cant find a job, let alone afford gas or a haircut. The company i worked for closed, i have put out over 400resume, now my son.and i will be sleeping in a 1997 cavalier in the dead of winter and will be hanging by the fast food dumsters trying to catch the fries before they go.bad. thanks government that took all those taxes without asking me, thanks guys for no help…hope you sleep well !!!!!

    • AlabamaSucks

      Please, apply for some real government assistance like for housing so your child doesn’t have to sleep in a car. The time has come, since they’re clearly not gonna do anything for the long-term unemployed. And be careful who you tell that to about your kid sleeping in the car, because if the person you tell reports you to social services and it’s found to be true, they will take your child away. That’s the truth. Prayers going up for you in the meantime.

  • In NY

    Did I understand this is the proposed “cap” – “Thursday’s measure would have required unemployment claimants to certify they’d earned less than $1 million in the previous year; currently, there is no income restriction.” ONE MILLION? Would a lower number make an impact? If so, lower it. I would think $250k would hold most people over for a while.

    • Nicolo De Bari

      To think that people that were making $1M+ that lost their job were collecting unemployment is freaking ridiculous.

  • Rob

    Here’s a simple yet to the point ~~ I just wanted to voice my feelings and thoughts as a life long member of the Republican Party what a travesty of the filibuster effort of the Republican Senate today in not helping the same on unemployment extensions who voted them into those same seats.

    They belong in the house of shame….and it WILL be seen, felt and heard by the American vote to when they are booted out of office come their next election.

  • RH in Michigan

    I wish all you working people that comment on here would loose your jobs and see how hard it is to find a job. You think it is easy, You have no clue. I am not looking for hand outs, I am looking to survive. I have been laid off since June. I have applied everywhere and multiple times at places. Now trying to find money to keep my car so if god willing I do get a interview I can make it there. I am 51 and very proficient in computers and have 25 years experience and loved going to work everyday. So instead of bashing us suffering with this why don’t you move on and go to work and thank god you have a job. Because tomorrow you might not…

  • Fletch

    Do you realize that the people on unemployment had long term positions to even qualify for unemployment? And that they do not receive much $$. Reality Check needs one. And its the dems that are killing this bill.

    • AlabamaSucks

      I agree that the Democrats are about as guilty of sabotaging all the proposals they’ve come up with as Republicans. All both parties want to do is point fingers at the other party and say “LOOK! It’s their fault! Vote for ME!”, and it’s going to work because there’s going to be a backlash against the Republicans for this I guarantee. The Republicans want to be able to say “LOOK! We put a STOP to this money flowing, right wrong or indifferent — we may not have any control over anything else, including this monstrocity called the Affordable Care Act, but we stopped THIS! Look at us saving the country money! Vote for us!” To me it’s so transpart and downright childish. The only outcome any of them–either party–care about is the PR stunt that the voting constitutes. They don’t care if they actually extend the benefits and help anybody. If nothing else, in the Democrats’ defense I must point out that it’s been Harry Reid who keeps bringing it up for additional tries. If not for him it would’ve been swept totally under the rug and not even voted on again. I’ve always been a Republican but that’s changing where the Senate is concerned, and I gotta give credit where it’s due.

  • Theresa Earnest

    What’s the next step? How much longer are they going to DRAG this out?

  • Fed up with senate

    Are you kidding me reality check you think the unemployed sit around doing nothing my son is unemployed because his job was outsourced. So he went back to school but how does he get there??? No money for gas on his car? So I guess it’s his fault they outsourced his job because the company doesn’t want to pay for medical benefits so easier to hire outsourcers. So now tell me it’s his fault!!!

  • Masking

    I guess if u rob in sell drugs you would be wrong now right? They don’t give a dam about u , so u got to do what you got to do . I know I am

  • Annoyed mother

    I don’t think that people who are not in the situation have room to speak on the matter. If you were in this situation would you feel tge same, would it still be a hand out? If you live in an area like me it is extremely difficult to find a job. I just like millions of other people are now without income I did not ask to be laid-off, I want a job to support my two children an the child I have on the way, but people act like you can walk out your front door and find a job. Without incone I xan not pay for child care to look for a job, I can not pay for transportation, and most of all I can not keep up with my bills! I have a daughter whom is on mandatory breathing machine which is electric, I just recently received a shut off notice from my electric company stating I will be shut off in ten days! Just saying people are so quick to judge but they dont know the hole situation! Like how do you know that none of the millions of people on EUC are applying for jobs? You dont but still we are lazy!

  • KizzyLee

    Personally I don’t believe in handouts nor do I think that a three month extension is going to make much difference but it is a start to help those in need. Why would anyone languish on unemployment making a 3rd of their previous salary? For those that are unemployed use this as a motivation to reinvent yourselves, maybe return to school or learn new skills. It’s is sad that we just don’t care about our people anymore. Families are loosing their houses, life savings and can’t feed their kids this is a sad situation that I wish congress would address. I hope they can come to an agreement and extend EUC in addition to job creation. For those that are struggling remember this to will pass and tomorrow will be brighter. God bless keep surviving and continue to fill out those applications.

    • Susie shocked

      Kizzy: What applications? There has to be JOBS out there that are do-able. How many do you see, that are not way out of where you can get to every day. How many do you see that are ‘repeat’ jobs. Can’t these particular companies find people? Why not – are they too hard to be working for that they are experiencing horrific turnover, or are they just not fillable, or better yet, are these jobs real jobs? Resumes are disappearing into resume hell. Companies are holding on to resumes and keeping them in their data bases, but how many calls are folks getting for ‘real, live, in-person interviedws? Hmm. Just saying.

  • Nansi Schneider

    i actually screamed out loud and then cried yesterday when i read that the ui extension didnt pass….i am physically getting sick from this. Its harder and harder to keep up the professional manner for which i need to comport myself at interviews while my rent goes farther into arrears, monthly bills go unpaid and my credit rating dives into the toilet. when will the senate vote again? they have my life and my fellow 1.7M friends lives in their hands. stop messing around, this isnt politics to us, its our survival, our lives!!! pass this bill!!!

  • AlabamaSucks

    Amen Matthew Pieri. I really feel for you. Thank God at least my husband can work overtime and pay the bills until I find something. I’ve basically been unemployed since April when we moved from SC to AL for his job, which has been great for him but has effectively tanked my career as a legal assistant. I’ve applied to hundreds of clerical positions, I’m 27 years old, I have a 4-year degree, experience, good references, and I DON’T EVEN NEED THE INSURANCE, yet this rarely even warrants a phone call. I don’t understand. I can only conclude that I’m being ignored because of the stigma of being unemployed, and in North Alabama, if you don’t work in Aerospace you’re lucky to get a job for even $10 an hour. I’m pretty disgusted on my own behalf, but I can’t even imagine the discrimination that people 50+ who have been laid off and do have health problems and need insurance are facing in this job market. I did get a job in October, but was let go after a month without any warning or explanation, just in time for Christmas. Bah effing humbug. I was raised a Republican and I’ve always voted that way, but I can state with the utmost conviction that I’ll be voting Democratic to replace each of my Senators–Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions–that I wrote to pleading for them to support this extension, and they didn’t. I wrote to Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of SC, too, since I was a recent constituent; they didn’t help either, but there’s nothing I can do about that. I would think they REALLY don’t want me to completely convert to Democrat because at 27 I’ve got a lot of years and a lot of elections left for that to come back and haunt them! Contrary to popular belief, sh!t happens to their Republican constituents too and they need to be more careful who they’re calling lazy.

  • Will

    Just read the (R) Senator from Okla. reason for voting Down the Extension. One of his reasons was to open up or create jobs in the alternative energy resources industry. Well I’m All for new jobs to help All of the unfortunately unemployed, but he Senator should spend a few months with his wife and children in Dish Texas. Senator enjoy the well water, have your self a nice Barbeque with a nice open flame. If the breeze is just right you might not even need briquettes, the vapors from the local refinery will set you right up! As far as some of the post’s on here and elsewhere, I don’t see the view of where it’s laziness or just being that people are taking a hand out fits. How can anyone run a house hold on unemployment ? Mortgage, Insurance, Utilities, Food, Clothing, Phone or internet to get the contact for a new job ? The Republican stance has been ” Crate New jobs” Great well then Create them ! Until they are created my fellow Americans still need all of the above listed in the interim !
    In closing theirs a scene in Mel Brooks ” The History of the World Part I” were the Senate Votes on either building palaces for the Rich or helping the Poor. Their response was the same as our Senate last week, , , “Screw the Poor”
    Good Luck all, Remember to Vote in November !

  • fed-up-with the=lies

    I HAVE APPLIED TO MORE THAN 500 JOB POSTINGS IN THE PAST YEAR, I HAVE A MASTERS FROM COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY AND A STERLING TRACK RECORD IN TELECOM SALES. I HAVE 37 CERTIFICATIONS AND CANT GET A JOB OFFER I CAN AFFORD TO TAKE AND I HAVE NO UNEMPLOYMENT MONEY. I LIVE IN NJ JUST OUTSIDE OF MANHATTAN AND THE COST OF LIVING BADLY OUTWAYS BY FAR THE UNEMPLOYMENT AMOUNT I WOULD RECEIVE SO YES I WANT A JOB NEED A JOB AND WOULD TAKE ANYTHING I CAN GET.

  • Julia

    Do we know a possible new date to vote on this? Or will they be taking another vacation? Harry Reid will be bringing this up again, when?

  • mike

    All will suffer who said no to the vote. There is now a bullseye mark on you and your family. So enjoy your hot meals and warm bed cuz soon its over….Anarchy is among us

  • zalea

    As a staunch Republican, this vote to block extension of unemployment has laost you a number of votes from Texas! We have family who lost excellent paying job’s, and cannot find anything. Six months is all they got, and they have small children. These are real people out here, NOT statistics!!!

  • dirt tress were the money

    I dont under stand when we can send 1 billion dallor to other countries to help but congress cant even do any thing to help us it been 3 months and got nothing done on uniploymen . But passed 1 billion in two days that aint helping use and then say were in dep we print money it comes from tress and dirt and we fight and kill over it and it not werth it so i thank it just to keep the poor poor and the rich richer so the government. Wil Always have somthing over are head

  • dirt tress were the money

    And then we i get a job they lay off dont wont to pay so i can make a leven i have been lookingand looking for a job i have a 2year old i got to take cans off and borrow. Money to buy diapers and the people makin millions are billion . Dont want to pay nothing after u bust ur ass all day i dont care even if it mc Donald they should still pay more money never going to stop bc i got plenty of cotton seeds i just wish they would past the uniployment extensio . So i can fix my transmission that’s 650 dallors and have gas so i can go get me a job but i wish it would pay more. So we all American . Can have a good life and take care of are kids what it was congress on uniployment when they are laid of are loss there job and we done the the same. Thing. To them they dont look at it that way there pocket are fat and it seems they go on vacation every other week it must be nice

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