Measure to extend unemployment benefits advances in Senate
January 7th, 2014
11:15 AM ET
3 months ago

Measure to extend unemployment benefits advances in Senate

(CNN) - A $6.4 billion plan to extend unemployment insurance benefits to eligible workers for another three months cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday. Sixty senators voted to move ahead with debate on the measure - the exact number required for debate to go forward.

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  1. Allison Parker

    I don't consider my unemployment as a loan or a gift, I've worked full time since I was 17 years old and lost a job over an administrative error. I pay my taxes and have helped others unemployed while I was working for over a decade straight. I am 5 semesters into my RN degree, which I can not only very well get employment with but can safe a life within my community. I think its nuts that people throw others into a category without even knowing those people. I have sacrificed, my children have sacrificed in order for myself to gain a degree to secure their futures. The pure ignorance of Americans on here is simply discouraging.

    January 7, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Where those Shovel Jobs, anyway?"

    You do realize the Stimulus has already been spent and that the GOP/Teatrolls not only assured that it was so small that experts warned it would not be as effective as it could be, but they have blocked all attempts to enact any more stimulus measures...don't you? Of course you do...refusing to enact and blocking jobs legislation, but then complaining about its absence, is in the RNC memo.

    January 7, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. rs

    Hector Slagg

    So,
    Where those Shovel Jobs, anyway?
    __________________
    So, Where are all those jobs bills that Boehner and the Anti-American GOP promised in 2010 and 2012?

    January 7, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    "So, Where those Shovel Jobs, anyway?"

    They are in the hole the Teapubs dug with their own shovels by refusing any infrastructure financing. They
    needed that money to obstruct, destruct and shut-down the government

    January 7, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. yeah right

    Eloise DuBois

    I know personally some of these folks will not truly seek employment until it truly runs out. It is an expensive game for taxpayers. We need to stop playing it.

    ======

    You know what? Virtually every state unemployment website has a mechanism to report fraud. If you actually do know someone not looking for a job, report them. If you are on unemployment there are job search requirements, and they do call people in, audit them, and contact companies they have applied to.
    Put up or shut up. If you are not willing to report someone, you are just as much of a problem as the people that you (supposedly) know.

    January 7, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Jessiecat

    I just don't know how to say it. It's like a two-way street. Even though I want to be humane and not see over 1 million people lose their source of income, I also think: enough is enough. So what's going to happen after 3 months? Is there going to be ANOTHER extension in April, then July? sometimes, I feel that people are not accepting jobs that pay less than their former employment. I was making $14/hr. at a hospital. I was laid off and got unemployment benefits. The unemployment office paid for me to take a CNA class. I got certified and worked as a Nursing assistant, starting at $10/hr. It was a loss, but I had to cut back in other areas. There are high-demand jobs out there that need to be filled. Losing your sole source of income would be devastating but these extensions got to end sometimes.

    January 7, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. just asking

    Silence DoGood
    I was one of the folks who was laid off, happy to have my insurance paying out since I paid the premiums, and worked hard to find a job. I think you need more honest friends.
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    clueless lefties in here spreading lies as usual. unemployment insurance is paid by employers based on their unemployment history. these extended benefits are loans made to states by the federal government. they must be repaid with interest.

    you paid nothing towards this expenditure. but your kids, grand kids and great grand kids will. how unamerican is that? destroying their future with mountains of debt. i hope all of you liberals are proud of this.

    January 7, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    You've gotta love the classic, growwly misleading, right wing spin that Sen. Cornyn put forward. This vote had originally been planned to be held yesterday, but Maj. Ldr. Reid postponed it until today. Cornyn saw Reid's postponement as an opportunity to pound his political foe.

    Cornyn accused Reid of postponing the vote because he lacked the votes, which is true. Unfortunately, it is a highly misleading half truth. Since it is coming from Cornyn, then that elevates it to a little white lie. The truth is that only about 75 Senators had made it to D.C. The rest were delayed by the bad weather. Worst of all, it was Cornyn who had asked Reid to postpone the day's activities until today. How Republican of Cornyn to do that.

    January 7, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. current state of the union

    Romney bought the company, and china has the shovels too, so no jobs . We simply do nt make anything anymore

    January 7, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. truth hurts but reality bites

    OK, so let's throw a few billions more down the drain. Now down to the hard questions.

    What will the Democrats agree to cut to pay for this?

    When will this endless gravy train stop, if ever?

    The House can pass this BUT not until they add an amendment declaring that there will be no more extensions after this one. Otherwise, the name of this must be changed from Unemployment to Short Term Vacation.

    January 7, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. GOP = Greed Over People

    If the House GOP were smart, they would not hand a cudgel(u baggers will have to Google it) to the Dems to beat them over the head with, all while stating factually, the GOP refused to help the middle class unemployed voter during an election year. Remember that whole post autopsy and subsequent "outreach" thingy?

    Guess that is why the GOP truly IS "the party of stupid"!

    January 7, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Donna

    The ONLY way these extensions end is to vote out the Democrats and their failed policies so that the Republicans can get this country and economy moving and growing again. If they retain control then expect endless unemployment extensions and record food stamp expenditures.

    January 7, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Jessiecat

    I just don't know how to say it. It's like a two-way street. Even though I want to be humane and not see over 1 million people lose their source of income, I also think: enough is enough. So what's going to happen after 3 months? Is there going to be ANOTHER extension in April, then July? sometimes, I feel that people are not accepting jobs that pay less than their former employment. I was making $14/hr. at a hospital. I was laid off and got unemployment benefits. The unemployment office paid for me to take a CNA class. I got certified and worked as a Nursing assistant, starting at $10/hr. It was a loss, but I had to cut back in other areas. There are high-demand jobs out there that need to be filled. Losing your sole source of income would be devastating but these extensions got to end sometimes.
    --------------------------–
    TRANSLATION: "I've got mine. I'm kicking the ladder away so that you can't get yours because that takes away from mine."

    January 7, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. GOP = Greed Over People

    P.S. IF it is determined that "slackers" are abusing the system, then shore up the states staff, as they are the ones responsible for administering and monitoring if the folks are actively seeking work on a weekly basis. Perhaps, the benefits could be tied to job training if no job has been found in 26 weeks and to qualify you must be enrolled in training and a stipend could be added to the benefit amount to pay for the retraining program? How about subsidizing the pay of employers that hire the long term unemployed?

    However, both of those suggestions require both compassion and spending more dollars, both of which appear,to be in short supply in the House GOP.

    January 7, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

    Hey... I feel bad for the long-term unemployed. But when does it end?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    when the so-called "job creators" stop sitting on record piles of cash and begin hiring again.

    January 7, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Malory Archer

    truth hurts but reality bites

    OK, so let's throw a few billions more down the drain. Now down to the hard questions.

    What will the Democrats agree to cut to pay for this?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The bloated Pentagon budget is a great place to start.

    January 7, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Malory Archer

    Donna

    The ONLY way these extensions end is to vote out the Democrats and their failed policies so that the Republicans can get this country and economy moving and growing again. If they retain control then expect endless unemployment extensions and record food stamp expenditures.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, except the last time the gop held both houses, we also had a gop president – and we all know where THAT got us. It takes far longer to clean up a mess than it does to make that mess. The repugs owned the house for 18 of the last 20 years and the senate for 16 of the last 20. Considering congress sets spending policies, it doesn't take an actuary to figure out what went wrong.

    January 7, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Donna

    The ONLY way these extensions end is to vote out the Democrats and their failed policies so that the Republicans can get this country and economy moving and growing again. If they retain control then expect endless unemployment extensions and record food stamp expenditures.
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    When have Republican policies ever helped the economy to grow? Warning, please do not cite the Bush Tax Cuts because you will be ignoring the fact that he spent money with reckless abandon, increasing annual spending by 7-9% every year. Ditto, for the The Great Communicator. He tripled the national debt during his tenure and ballooned the annual deficit by a factor of ten.

    There is a correct answer, and I will help you out and give it to you. When George H.W. Bush raised taxes to get us out of the economic bust that always results from aggressive implementations of 'trckle down' economics.

    January 7, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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