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Senate Unexpectedly Moves Forward On Unemployment Benefits


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: ethics, government, usa, congress, politics, news, propaganda, obama )

Cal
- 285 days ago - npr.org
The Senate surprised quite a few people in Washington today when it voted to proceed on a bill to temporarily extend emergency unemployment benefits.



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AniMae Chi (411)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 3:36 am
This is great news!
 

pam w. (191)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 9:20 am
Could it be that Washington is finally reading its unsatisfactory ''reviews?"
 

Roseann D. (178)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 10:45 am
Ironic, the GOP is asking "How are we going to pay for it?" Why do they never ask that question about War or their $25 Billion Government Shutdown? Oh right, they expect the taxpayer to pick up the tab via Social Safety Net Cuts and raising taxes on the middle class and poor but not themselves, the elite 1% or their corporate overlords.
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 10:59 am
The Repubs who filled up the 60 to pass the procedural want it under discussion so they can discuss slashing the entire program. Sure, it's still good news, but it's not a miracle, or a change of heart on anyone's part.
 

Jason R. (60)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 11:01 am
Rat bastard republicans find themselves painted in a corner again. They are so sightless.
 

Suzanne O. (35)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 11:22 am
I don't think people want to see others suffer. I fully can understand wanting to have funding behind a massive expense. Seems logical to me.

I have gotten to the point of realizing the middle class is just a tool used by both sides to garner favor with voters. Neither side does a whole hell of a lot to actually do anything productive to help this group of people. There is always so much chatter but no results.

Do we even have a middle any more?
 

GGmaSheila D. (172)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 11:46 am
Discuss, discuss, then...do nothing, let the issue die for this session. The GOPTP do Not want to extend benefits or they would have never cut them in the first place. Of course, it is an election year. Give voters what they want or make empty promises, to get reelected, then cut everything when the elections are over. Worked in the past, will very probably work now.
 

Brad H. (26)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 11:57 am
thanks
 

Roger Garin-michaud (68)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 12:00 pm
noted, thanks
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 12:40 pm
Bail out the thieving bankers. Screw the middle class. This move must be some kind of GOP trick.
 

Judith C. (112)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 1:31 pm
Noted.
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 1:53 pm
Noted. Yes, it passed the Senate. But will the House even put it up for a vote?
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (467)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 2:08 pm
Maybe, just maybe, the Senate passed this - barely - because a WHOLE LOT OF US wrote, petitioned, phoned, lobbied, e-mailed our Congressional Representatives on the subject - so that we couldn't keep on being ignored?!

Keep up the pressure, there are SOME encouraging signs that 2014 MIGHT be a turnaround year... let's hope! Don't be discouraged, and keep on keepin' on...
November Mid-term Elections, elect Democrats and Independents, and VOTE ALL REPUKELICANS OUT OF OFFICE - that is, TURN OUT to Vote, and don't just sit home...

Democrats and Somebody Else ought to be the 2 parties, and Repukes/Teabaggers a relic of the Past, like the Whigs...
 

Birgit W. (147)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 2:32 pm
Great news. Thanks.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 2:36 pm
Supposedly, Agent Orange has declared he will not put the bill up for a vote.... our work is obviously not done yet...
 

John B. (175)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 2:39 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the article by Ms. Keith. Good news for now and I hope those same Republicans will take the same stand on the next procedural vote. We need to start now in pressuring the GOP in the House to pass this legislation when it reaches the floor there. I have already emailed my GOP Rep Bill Johnson 4 times today and signed two petitions asking him to support the extension of the benefits. I would encourage everyone to do the same. Read and noted.
 

Allan Yorkowita (445)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 3:41 pm
The Senate could have screwed Obama, but thankfully they thought of the Americam people first. There is plenty of other isues to attack Obama .
 

. (0)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 4:40 pm
Great news, Cal! Thanks for sharing.
 

Mitchell D. (129)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 6:54 pm
C'mon, Jason, let's get it right: It's not "Rat bastards," it's "Dirty rat bastards."
 

A F. (132)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 7:19 pm
noted, thanks
 

Ganaisha Calvin (7)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 10:26 pm
awesome!
 

Fran F. (113)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 11:56 pm
The repugnants could lose the House and the Senate this year if they don't extend unemployment benefits. This issue was never controversial before the rise of the tea party.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 12:45 am
It looks like both sides are playing chicken, so it's no wonder that last minute deals are so common nowadays.
 

Alfred Donovan (46)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 1:10 am
Could it be that the GOP ad their allies the Teabaggers are at last getting the message that people are getting fed up with their intransigence.They really are the pits.
 

Jason R. (60)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 9:07 am
Republicans STILL pretend like they didn't cause this depression!!!

"The Senate could have screwed Obama, but thankfully" the republicans that voted to kill UE extensions were out numbered.

OMG!!!
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 1:37 pm
Thank goodness for that.
 

Katie D. (86)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 8:35 pm
Interesting Thank You
 

Ben B. (39)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 2:08 am
Read with interest, hopefully the Bill will pass in the lower House.

Thanks Cal for posting.
 

donald Baumgartner (5)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 7:31 pm
great news!!!
 
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