June 24th, 2010
06:12 PM ET
4 years ago

Unemployment benefits extension nixed for nearly 1 million

New York (CNNMoney.com) – Nearly a million people have lost their unemployment benefits because the Senate failed for the third time Thursday to extend the deadline to file for this safety net.

Hoping to overcome deficit concerns, the Senate trimmed down the bill yet again on Wednesday night so that it would only increase the deficit by $33.3 billion over 10 years, instead of $55.1 billion. The main changes were to scale back additional Medicaid funding for the states and to reallocate some stimulus and Defense Department spending.

The legislation failed by a 57-41 vote.

The bill will now be pulled, according to two Democratic leadership aides. This leaves many groups in flux, including the jobless who have lost their safety net, companies who are waiting to learn what tax breaks are extended, and governors who were counting on the additional funds to balance their budgets.

The grab-bag legislation pushes back the deadline to file for federal unemployment benefits until the end of November, renews expired tax provisions, lengthens a small business lending program and adds to infrastructure investments.

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  1. Robert

    So where are those majority Democrats and what have they done for you lately???

    June 24, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. Donkey Party

    Thanks GObP for supporting corporate America and big oil, and for crapping all over middle-class America, who are largely unemployed due your complaceny throughout the Bush years. I hope you all choke and perish on your corporate kick-backs.

    June 24, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  3. Donkey Party

    Thanks GObP for supporting corporate America and big oil, and for crapping all over middle-class America, who are largely unemployed due to your complaceny throughout the Bush years. I hope you all choke and perish on your corporate kick-backs.

    June 24, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. George of the jungle

    hey all you out of work people . Say thank you to the republican wing nuts for voting this down. They would rather apologize to the oil companies.

    June 24, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. lvmsleader

    This is just another example about how those in Washington DO NOT care about their citizens. Eventually, they will boast how unemployment rates have gone down. Of course they have gone down, YOU dropped them! This system is no longer working for the citizens of this country. Without change, we are doomed.

    June 24, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. Dano

    I'm fairly liberal and have no problem with my tax dollars going to help folks down on their luck, but at what point does never-ending unemployment benefits become akin to Welfare? It's been over 2 years for a lot of people collecting unemployment. At some point people have got to face the fact that some of their jobs are lost forever and they may have to try something different in the future. Yes I know it's easier said than done but how long will we be able to keep this up?

    June 24, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. S Callahan

    Time to stock up on the beans......this was inevitable...had to happen...sad though...because 1 employement check lost could be another family homeless, another child without food, another man or woman who lost hope..... not to mention the economic impact on local and state economies which are already streched and the rubber band is ready to break.

    June 24, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  8. gail

    I have a stack of job searches since january. i had one interview. the republicaos just put my life in the in the toilet.

    June 24, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    Finally the congress is doing something to put people back to work. Seriously, I know it's tough out there but I also know people who don't look so hard or keep their standards unreasonably high because they have the extended unemployment cushion. I don't say this because I'm blessed with a cushy job...I started my own business and now provide good jobs for 15 people. Necessity is not a bad start for inspiration.

    June 24, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. Jack the Vet

    Look for more of this from the GOP and their big business agenda. They could care less about us average folks who lost jobs through no fault of our own. I've taken a job at basically minimum wage after being laid off, but many in my area can't find even that. Compassion does not compute for the GOP, yet many middle and lower class folks still vote for those swines. Go figure. It'll take a long time, and no president will ever have a magic pill to pay for two wars we shouldn't have gotten into in the first place!

    June 24, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  11. matoaka

    Those who voted against this bill should be considered public enemies and treated no better. It is just amazing how the republicans have tanked this economy and have the gall to vote against everything that tries to fix it. Why do republicans hate Americans?

    June 24, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. Mesa Mick

    A big cheer and round of applause for the "government on the cheap" rethuglicants and their blue dog dem buddies who toss their salad for and give them reach arounds at the same timet.

    After all, it's patriotic in their eyes to beat down and starve out working class Americans every chance they get.

    They have offered an alternative plan for Americans who can't find jobs – you know the jobs they shipped to China. They got the idea for it from Sister Sarah – They will say a prayer – just one – for the unemployed who no longer have benefits.

    And, thanks for standing up the the folks who elected you Mr. Obama, you're a true inspiration for all of us that won't be able to buy groceries by the end of June....

    June 24, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  13. Dan

    It's time to take our country back from politicians who can't agree on what is right for the american people. It's time to take our country back from right wing facists who preach hate and division every single time someone disagrees with them. It's time to take our country back from the hate filled talk show hosts who stir up extreme views that influence normal law abiding citizens to do and say crazy things. The rejection of this bill is a fine example of that.

    The american people who voted in 2008 for a better tomorrow have gotten screwed. They have gotten screwed by their congressmen and women, their senators, the tea party idiots and the right wing hatemongers who kill any hope of compromise. The Palins, Becks, Limbaughs, etc of America need to be eliminated from society. They need to be stopped and stopped now.

    A new voice needs to rise up. A voice that says compromise is good for America. A voice that says part of what you say may be right and part of what I say may be right so lets try to work this out. A voice that rejects the evil hate that is running through America right now.

    Beware right wingers: You can only push the downtrowden, poor, minorities, unemployed, doctors, investors, small business owners, etc. so far until they revolt. Believe me, that revolution will not be pretty. It will make the 60s look like childs play.

    June 24, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  14. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    The GOP, party of NO strikes yet another blow against the American people. If they were voting on a bill to help banks or insurance companies or OIL companies you know they would have voted yes. America, how long are we going to let the GOP wreck our great country? It's time to stand up and be counted.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    June 24, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. Jim

    These so called blue dogs seem to be set on voting as if they are Republicans. All they are doing is guaranteeing that the Democrats will get similar results to the Republicans (who happened to have wrecked the ship). Their best hope for electoral victory is to stick with the President and to stimulate the economy. You can't do stimulus without borrowing.

    June 24, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  16. wannetta

    I am simply sickened by the the powers that be that are supposedly running this country. I have been umemployed for seven months and have literally been scraping to get by on 355.00 per week. I have wasted countless hours driving my 10 year old car which has now stopped working- to go on pointless interviews for 8-10 per hour , only to be told I was overqualified.This is an absolute travesty!!! Do these politicians not realize that the disservice they are doing to millions of Americans is only going to make the housing market worse as more people will now lose their homes (I myself may very well be one), more people will seek the aid of family and children services and bottom line -why are people being punished for losing their job through no fault of their own? I certainly hope that the persons that refused to support this bill remeber their stance come November. I most certainly plan to make my voice heard loud and clear at at the voting booth–if I don't starve by then.

    June 24, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  17. one voice

    Keep the Republicans out of the White House and in the minority in both houses, We wouldn't EVER worry about deficits.

    June 24, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  18. Uncle Sam

    I feel for the unemployed. I have worried about it myself. Unemployment is not meant to be a payroll check for an indeterminate amount of time. Its time to let some start going off the federal payroll especially since the money is borrowed from China.

    June 24, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  19. Nina

    Does the Senate really know what it is like to survive on $282 a week?
    Does the Senate really know what it feels like to be behind almost 3 months mortgage payment?
    Does the Senate really know how to keep the air conditioning turned off in their homes when it is over 90 degrees outside to save money and high utility bills?
    Does the Senate really know what it is like to apply for job after job along with thousands of other people and get no response?
    Does the Senate really know how to eat left overs two or three times a week to save on groceries?
    Does the Senate really feel for the people who really need the unemployment benefits to survive?
    I don't think so.

    June 24, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  20. Pvbh

    The government can spend money on everything else imaginable, but when it comes to helping the good old American taxpayer, that pays the taxes, fights the wars, in their time of need they are The Forgotten Americans once again!
    Really sad what has happened to this country, both parties are completely to blame for these antics.

    June 24, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  21. Edwin Graves

    So we can spend billions on two wars feeding Iraqis and Afghans, spend billions more helping the downtrodden of the world, but when it comes to Americans we need to cut spending? Wow. So long America...

    June 24, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  22. Pvbh

    The fat cats in Washington pulling all the strings aren't hurting, they're still living high off the hog, going to their cocktail parties etc, it's not affecting them in this classless society of ours.

    June 24, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  23. Pvbh

    We try to rule the world, but can't or won't take care of our own?
    No wonder so much of the world dislikes us!
    We are a nation of hypocrites .

    June 24, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  24. Debbie

    That's one million votes that will not go to the party that nixed them. That's one million votes that will not go toward incumbants.

    June 24, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  25. normajean

    This is going to have very serious consequenses. There are people out there who have been able to hang on and there are people who won't be able to. What will they do.? They went to school worked hard, maybe got a degree, followed by a good job, were doing just fine when the bottom dropped out of their world through NO fault of their own. A case in point in mine and many other lives. A CAREER, NOT JUST A JOB, FOLLOWING A DEGREE IN A SPECIALIZED TALENT. ONE A YOUNG WOMAN WHO WAS CONFIDENT,PRODUCTIVE AND HAPPPY,HARD WORKING,THE COMPANY DIED. HER PERSONALITY HAS CHANGED AFTER A YEAR AND A HALF OF STRUGGLIING TO FIND A WAY BACK. NOW SHE'S BEATEN,SAD AND TEARY. IT MAKES ME CRY, I CAN'T HELP.

    June 24, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
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