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. Malory Archer

    It just cleared! Now, on to the house where the right will attempt to pad it with some ridiculous, unrelated legislation before they kill it altogether.

    January 7, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Rick

    Its only created money that we don't have – what could possibly go wrong with that?

    January 7, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. billy

    who's payin for it?

    January 7, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. tarura

    It's all about votes – now about votes in November 2014.
    "Minimum wage increase", "unemployment benefits",
    "war on poverty" and "income inequality" – being just another
    trojan horses to brainwash and corrupt the uneducated
    and underinformed minds to continue voting for dems.

    The Obamacare fiasco is conveniently pushed aside in
    hopes those in democratic plantation forget about it by
    November. They as well might, but others – not necessarily.

    Remember this November:
    If you like your democrat, you can keep your democrat. Period !
    (just to paraphrase one of the "classics")

    January 7, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. dan

    Glad to see the bill will pass

    January 7, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Just because it passed this procedural vote doesn't mean it's going to pass. We'll be paying close attention to the no votes on this debate.

    January 7, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. Davezs1

    Comrade reid out to steal from the American worker again .Why not provide the funds from illegal alien and welfare frauds first ? then talk about extending benefits .

    January 7, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. me

    i freakin HATE politicians

    January 7, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. Jason

    Yeah – continue supporting welfare! The more the better. We need the welfare recipients to feel comfortable with that life style, so they reproduce faster than the productive/tax-paying members of society. Then someday the welfare class will rise up against class inequality and the USA will have our very own French Revolution, followed by a Napoleon, followed by decades of unrest, and finally two more world wars. At which point some other country will have become the global leader and the US will be in shambles.

    Go welfare!

    January 7, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Brian in DC

    At this point it isn't UE benefits, it is welfare and there is a program already in place to handle that.

    January 7, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. Cnez

    Wow. This gov wont fix anything. Have they ever thought people would go back to work if they had too. They would find work but why should they if they keep getting benefits. Unbelievable

    January 7, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Nancy Hicks

    Thank the Lord!!!

    January 7, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. much thunder..little rain

    most want it ...many abuse it

    January 7, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. JPM

    I am surprised. I would have thought that Obama would tank it for political gain. He doesn't care at all about people getting their benefits.

    January 7, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. NYVeteran

    Good that some level heads wont let people starve or freeze. The idea that this is even an issue is repulsive. To sit in the front pew at Church self righteously every Sunday, then violate every commandment on Monday is the worst kind of hypocrisy. There is a special place in Hades for the GOP and Tea Party.

    January 7, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. just asking

    why are so many people still unemployed 4.5 years after the recession has ended??? answer: the failed policies of obama and the democrats who have run the show now for 7 years.

    welcome to the stagnant economy that the socialists brought to europe and which obama and the democrats have now infected the usa with.

    January 7, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. Diego Balearic

    Shame on Congress and all our politicians for always holding our benefits hostage for their own bargaining powers.

    January 7, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. Quixote

    The baggies are already playing the.....we got to cut some other programs to pay for it.....baloney. Why not have a two percent increase on capital gains over $250,000 for individuals on stock transactions. That would cover it easy.

    January 7, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. Neal

    Awesome – continuing to grow a welfare-dependant segment of the population – awesome :(

    January 7, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    ***Hope you're staying inside and warm my friend. This weather pattern is no joke.***

    You know, I left you a comment last night - can't now remember which article - explaining that I did so want to thank you for your concerns yesterday but for whatever reason I was NOT allowed to discuss your comment on our little "polar vortex" of frigid air. My comment was posted, btw, should your care to read it. I've kept our drapes pulled tightly shut and am beginning to understand what it is to live in a cave. I am sorry that others who don't usually experience this type of cold air are suffering through it.

    Or, maybe I'm not ... it's good to "share" every once in a while.

    January 7, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. nick

    this is sickning news. No one will ever rush to find employment when everything is handed to them. Thank you senators for worrying about getting elected again more than the state of our crumbling country

    January 7, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. just saying

    billy
    who's payin for it?
    --

    my 5 year old, and likely her future children as well. it is the democrat way. they don't pay it forward, they saddle it forward. it is the ultimate in taxation without representation.

    January 7, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. Katherine

    Anyone who believes that the people who are getting unemployment are living in the lap of luxury have absolutely no idea that it is merely just enough to help out. There are more people searching day in and day out – out of county and state – who are desperate to find a job. It is not welfare. It is not a want, but a need. Those of you who are judging the millions of people as comfortable with needing unemployment are clearly misguided, and I hope you never have to go thru this yourself.

    January 7, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. Jerry

    We need to get these free spending Democrats out of Congress before they completely Bankrupt this country!!...
    The Government can't be the bailer out of everyone...
    People will survive when pushed into a corner. If we have the government standing there with a hand out instead of fixing the econonmy with new jobs we will NEVER get out of this cycle..
    All we're doing is breeding welfare expectant generations.

    January 7, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Michael Allen

    This is a better use of funds than the "support" promised to Iraq! Isn't the war in Iraq over? The war on the poor should be too!

    January 7, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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