Source: Bipartisan Senators nearing unemployment deal
January 9th, 2014
02:37 PM ET
8 months ago

Source: Bipartisan Senators nearing unemployment deal

Washington (CNN) – Bipartisan negotiators are nearing an agreement on extending emergency unemployment benefits in a way that Democrats hope will satisfy Republican demands to offset the cost, a source close to the negotiations told CNN.

The source said discussions center around extending the emergency benefits through November of this year at a cost of $18 billion.

Currently, high unemployment states qualify for up to 73 weeks of unemployment benefits. Under this proposal, those high unemployment states would lose 16 weeks of eligibility, bringing it down to a maximum of 57 weeks.

Doing that brings the overall cost from roughly $25 billion, down to roughly $18 billion.

Poll: Majority support for extending jobless benefits

$17 billion of the cost would be covered by extending mandatory cuts under sequester for another year.

The remaining $1 billion would come by reducing the number of people double-dipping unemployment benefits while also getting Social Security disability benefits.

The talks involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nevada, and the two Democrats from Rhode Island – Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed.

Still unclear is whether the five other Republicans who voted to move forward with debate on the issue will accept this deal. Two of those Republicans, Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, told CNN they have not been briefed on the talks yet.

Another of those GOP Senators, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told CNN “I think there is movement. I’ve had several conversations with Democrats.”


Filed under: Congress • Senate • unemployment
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  1. ShawnDH

    Now Republicans can focus on the fact that the Federal government spends 57 cents out of every federal tax dollar we pay on "defense." Where are those cuts?

    January 9, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Donna

    The Real Tom Paine
    -Donna
    I would tack on an amendment for a one year mandatory prison term (no early release) for all those that are caught collecting unemployment checks while also collecting disability. If we are going to pay for these people anyways, let's pay to put them in prison and for God's sake stop paying them disability and unemployment while they are in prison.

    How many BILLIONS of dollars have the taxpayers been ripped off by this huge fraudulent activity? And it seems to be well known in Washington!
    ********************
    How much does it cost to incarcerate someone for a non-violent offense? Is it more or less than the amount already lost to the fraud you are talking about? You really don't have any concept of balance in your accessment of things: you let your outrage and anger demolish whatever argument you may be trying to make. You are talking about spending more money to house, feed and clothe people who you claim are stealing: you are teaching them nothing.
    --

    And you all ask how we get one billion stolen in fraud?? Well, it is because of people like Tom Paine. So just how many billions are you willing to tolerate be stolen Tommy? 10? 100? 1000???

    January 9, 2014 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. All Fair In Love and War

    They are talking about Social Security Disability... Not Social Security for the elderly. But, either way, unemployment are for those unemployed by no fault of their own and, while most disabilities are of no fault of the individual, the double dipping should not be allowed. Unemployment should be for those SEEKING a job not the ones who will never be able to work again.

    Prayerfully, it will pass and before the next extension expires jobs will be coming back in full force.

    January 9, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. John

    Great, we can't just keep extending without making some cuts, printing money and borrowing more is not a solution. Liberals do not seem to get that, in their world money falls off trees, hate to tell you it doesn't and putting this nation in a hole also not something we can continue to do.

    January 9, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. Romney is STILL NOT My Hero

    Why don't we all just forgo all this false hope? No unemployment benefits for anyone, damn it. No health insurance, no social security, no help for the poor – work until you fall dead at your desk, unlimited terms to all Repubs and unlimited tax cuts to businesses (they're people, too), send unlimited supplies to countries hell-bent on destoying themselves, etc. If anything GOOD comes out of this, I'll be more than happy to eat my words.

    January 9, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. CryBabies

    @ Ol Yelper..Get over it! The shut down would have saved your Ol Yelper _ _ _ but NOOOOO....Lets push ACA . Thank God for the word "No" when it comes to your bleeding heart leftest programs. And by the way, instead of being on here 24/7, get a job and get a life! And thats all I'm gonna say about that.

    January 9, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Ah, disability. My bad. Impediments can be embarassing at times.

    January 9, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Namejoe

    Who's the idiot that wrote this just now. Aren't they watching CSpan now. No deal will happen

    January 9, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Steve1959

    To Rudy NYC

    Why should it not be allowed? Especially for those people collecting Social Security because of they're of age, and have lost a job that supplemented their income.

    -----------

    I think you're confusing Social Security Retirement with Social Security Disability. They're not the same thing at all. A person receives Social Security Disability (aka SSDI) when he is disabled before he is old enough to retire, in which case receiving unemployment would not be proper. In one hand you're being paid because you're too disabled to work and on the other hand you're being paid while actively seeking work. A person can't have it both ways.

    January 9, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Jim Thomas

    I knew this was to good to be true . Get it done Quit Fighting you millionaires and agree . PEOPLE ARE IN DIRE NEED NOW . EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE.

    January 9, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    -Donna

    The Real Tom Paine
    -Donna
    I would tack on an amendment for a one year mandatory prison term (no early release) for all those that are caught collecting unemployment checks while also collecting disability. If we are going to pay for these people anyways, let's pay to put them in prison and for God's sake stop paying them disability and unemployment while they are in prison.

    How many BILLIONS of dollars have the taxpayers been ripped off by this huge fraudulent activity? And it seems to be well known in Washington!
    ********************
    How much does it cost to incarcerate someone for a non-violent offense? Is it more or less than the amount already lost to the fraud you are talking about? You really don't have any concept of balance in your accessment of things: you let your outrage and anger demolish whatever argument you may be trying to make. You are talking about spending more money to house, feed and clothe people who you claim are stealing: you are teaching them nothing.
    -

    And you all ask how we get one billion stolen in fraud?? Well, it is because of people like Tom Paine. So just how many billions are you willing to tolerate be stolen Tommy? 10? 100? 1000???
    ****************************************
    Get something straight, idiot. I don't tolerate fraud, waste, and abuse any more than you do but I'm not eager to throw people in jail on the taxpayer dime for low-level offenses, either ( something you always seem eager to do). As far as waste and fraud are concerned, the Right is in NO position to dictate to anyone on that subject, or do your eally want me to go into a recitation of the silly pet projects you've been willing to spend billions on, like a border fence that won't keep illegals out, or camps to hold them in? Your posts are nothing more than an execise in pointless rage since your " solutions" contradict themselves. I've noticed you did not say a single thing that could point out that I was wrong, or are you just embarrassed that you've been outmanuevered yet again because you can't think beyond your blinkered, intellectual straightjacket?

    January 9, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. jdw62305

    Living in St Louis, you don't have to look for a job, just once a month come to the employment office and log in to a computer.
    I was among the unemployed, for 6 months, and I was very offended that we don't even make people prove that they are out looking for work. I guess I was the dumb one for actually trying to get a job, huh!

    January 9, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. don in albuquerque

    @The Real Tom Paine-To say that Donna has an "intellectual" anything is a bit of a stretch. All of her posts are nothing but hate filled, rants. Very little substance, and very little that can be proven. If she is asked to qualify anything, a snarky little reply is received, if any at all. One of the best posters money can buy. The best thing to do is start ignoring her just as many other rightwing hillbillies on this site have started being ignored. She has nothing of value to say.

    January 9, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Gladiatior

    "Get something straight, idiot."

    Ah yes, more kind words from the "Tolerant Left".

    What a joke.

    January 9, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. DaveinIL

    Could CNN have buried this story any deeper? Also, now that we're back to talking almost a year extension at $25B, it makes a mockery of the CNN piece the other day where they talked about $6.4B, a quarterly figure and avoided any mention of the annualized cost. I guess they're hoping that the low intelligence CNN readers will only remember the $6.4B number.

    January 9, 2014 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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