January 3rd, 2014
02:32 PM ET
11 months ago

New year, same old fight over jobless benefits

(CNN) - Congress will start the new year with an old fight: whether to extend jobless benefits for 1.3 million long-term unemployed.

They expired last week when lawmakers failed to continue a 2008 recession-era federal law providing nearly a year of benefits, paid for by U.S. taxpayers, that kicked in when state jobless benefits ran out.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Just look at the unemployment rates in the states of republican senators Paul, Chambliss & Rubio. They're among the highest in the nation and yet they're not lifting a finger to do anything about it. I hope those senators know that all of those unemployed aren't just democrats.

    January 3, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    The Democrats are going to push all of the Republcans' social agenda buttons, which always seems to make them implode. The unemployment benefits is one fo them. I think the Democrats would like to hear Republicans pontificate on "makers and takers" some more.

    January 3, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. just asking

    four and a half years after the recession officially ended and the democrats are demanding the continuation of extended unemployment benefits. they claim the economy is doing good and we are in recovery. so which lie are you sticking with lefties?

    unemployment is not the new short term welfare program. did the liberals and democrats ever meet or create any government program that they didn't want to turn into a massive long term welfare program?! clearly the answer is no. we have already spent a quarter of a trillion dollars on this that our kids are going to end up repaying. it is time we start ending all these lefty gimmicks to buy votes and expand the government nanny state.

    January 3, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. yolanda

    There is no elegant solution. People should not be punished for not being able to find a job, nor should they be rewarded for not seeking work. Europe is an example of the perpetually unemployed...why bother to look for work when staying on the dole is easier and culturally acceptable. We desperately need job creation.

    January 3, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. bill

    dutchey--congrats. you beat rudy and tampon tim to the draw.

    January 3, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Hey unemployed, shame on you. Isn't it time you all start working again and stop causing our Congress and Rand Paul such emotional angst? He wants to be President for God's sake. STOP making it hard for him to come across as anything but daddy's pampered pet who has no idea what it is like to work three jobs just to make ends meet. It's not his fault he got where he is by pulling himself along all these years on Ron's shoelaces. The nerve of "you people".

    January 3, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    If there was REALLY any improvement in the economy, that would NOT be necessary. The fact the Dems are so determined to have that extension of benefits, is PROOF of their deceit and lies about the state of the economy.

    January 3, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. GonzoinHouston

    We are currently living in the ideal republican economy. Corporate profits are high, the wealthiest are getting steadily wealthier, and the stock market is at record levels.

    A combination of high unemployment, bankruptcy laws, availability of ultra-cheap illegal immigrant labor, and easy off-shoring of jobs is keeping the employees compliant and in their place. They don't have much, and they won't get more, but they're scared of losing what little they have.

    Congressional gridlock is keeping Obama from making any major changes to this situation. If republicans forget who they really work for, there's always a Tea Party challenger to remind them. If the Tea Party becomes a problem, a few phone calls will cut off their funding. FOX and AM radio keep enough people angry at Obama to prevent any mass voter uprising.

    It's a great racket, ain't it?

    January 3, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    just asking

    four and a half years after the recession officially ended and the democrats are demanding the continuation of extended unemployment benefits. they claim the economy is doing good and we are in recovery. so which lie are you sticking with lefties?
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    LOL. Four and a half years after we figured out that there were no WMDs in Iraq, GWB wanted to have a "Surge" to look even harder for WMDs. LOL. Sorry, but it's Friday.

    January 3, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |