March 1st, 2010
08:26 PM ET
12 years ago

Senate tries to extend jobless benefits deadline – again

New York ( - Democratic Senators Monday unveiled a $150 billion bill that pushes back the deadline to file for unemployment insurance until year-end and extends dozens of expiring corporate and personal tax credits.

The wide-ranging legislation, which could be voted on as soon as this week, would allow the jobless to apply for extended federal unemployment benefits and the COBRA health insurance subsidy through Dec. 31. It would also make the prevision retroactive to March 1, so the unemployed would not miss any payments.

Federal unemployment benefits kick in after the basic state-funded 26 weeks of coverage expire. These federal benefits, worth up to 73 weeks, are divided into tiers, and the jobless must apply each time they move into a new tier.

But last week the Senate failed to pass a 30-day extension of the filing deadline, which expired on Feb. 28, because one Republican Senator objected. As a result, more than a million people are set to lose their federal unemployment benefits this month.

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  1. shooter

    Withold Jim Bunning salary. Pay him nothing since his salary derived from Tax Payer money. Stop paying his health insurance, Stop all benefits for this old crook and let him starve.

    March 1, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. catmomtx

    Well Americans, this is Republicans at work. For all of you who say that Republicans can't stop anything from happening in Congress, now you see. These are the people who want to see our President fail so bad that they are willing to allow one Senator to hold up the passage of a bill that would help middle class Americans. They run out and vilify President Obama at every chance they get but you don't see any Republicans coming out repudiating Senator Bunning. Yep ! Republicans could care less about you but some of you still won't get it. They want to destroy President Obama's Presidency and they could care less about the impact what they are doing is having on the American people. Yep, go ahead and vote against your own best interest by voting Republican and vilifying President Obama.

    March 1, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  3. oter

    Obama and both houses has to lay off this stupid Bunning and withold unemployment insurance payment to this crook. Give this crook the same medicine/treatment that he gave to the unemployed folks.

    March 1, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  4. SW Fabiani

    Hey Senators !
    Stop playing politics with the lives of people that are laid off due to the financial irresponsibility of this country. You gave billions to the bank that laid me off, do you think you can at least let me have unemployemt long enough to find a new job in this lousy economy. It will pay less than I was making after my 20 years at the bank but at this point I would take anything. Unemployment barely covers my bills but at least I have not lost my house nor am I seeking welfare benefits. If you take away my unemployment you will still have to pay my welfare about leaving me a little bit of dignity

    March 1, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  5. JustMe

    Bunning says is reasoning for blocking this is he doesn't want to add to the deficit, but it makes my head spin to think just how fast he would add to the deficit if it were an unjust war they were funding.

    Plus ... the guy voted for the extension back in the fall when they were much larger in scope and therefore much more expensive – can someone explain to me then what is the problem with this one??

    March 1, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  6. Limnologym

    The Republicans claim they care about out-of-work Americans. They claim that they speak for the common man. I think not. GOP Senator Jim Bunning is the one who should be out of work, not those of us who earn far, far less than he does.

    March 1, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  7. Rick Cox

    Lets get this bill passed so that Sen Jimbob Bunning can be put back in his place and shut his stupid arrogant mouth. That loser should retire right now and get out of town.

    March 1, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  8. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    What's wrong with eating a pot of beans instead of steaks, lobster like Bunning and his family enjoy. Beans are good especially if you eat them every day and your kids don't complain when you explain to them we are Republicans.

    March 1, 2010 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    "As we work to create jobs and get our economy moving again...," said Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont...
    You lost me right there, Senator Baucus! When does the Democratic leadership in the administration, the house and the senate lose their fixation on spending $1 trillion more on a poorly designed health insurance bill and get serious about the economy? If you call the $850 trillion Stimulus spending Bill a jobs bill, Americans are in serious trouble. You are doing nothing to fix the economy. It is only getting worse.

    March 1, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  10. A. Smith, Oregon

    A Democratic Senator crafted the bill, the American people by and large want that bill passed, no wonder the Republican Senate lawmakers are obstructing that bill from passing.

    The only salvation is to vote out of office ALL Republican lawmakers and send them packing!

    March 1, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  11. Another Reformed Republican

    It looks like the republican party hates American workers and everyone who does not share their pigheaded ideology!

    March 2, 2010 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  12. kind person

    Reagan broke the back of the air traffic controllers union and they named an airport after him. Any working person who votes republican is an idiot. The CEO of most corporations appoints the board who then gives the CEO an astronomical salary and stock options. The share holders are you and me our 401K and SEP accounts buy the stock of these mismanaged companies. it's greed and avarice supported by republicans. nobody complained when nobid contracts went to haliburtAN AND THE FORMER ceo WAS the vice president. Americans are stupid

    March 2, 2010 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  13. Motochickmischief

    I urge the Senate to seriously consider the ramifications of not extending unemployment. I have been searching for a job since Dec. 2008, and training for a new job. I trained for the job, only to be told there is not enough work to actually hire me. I have been shadowing (unpaid) for over four months. We (the unemployed) are not lazy nor unmotivated. I have applied for six jobs in the last four weeks, with no response from any of them.

    I worked hard out of school, earned my masters degree by age 26, only to enter the job market and be laid off immediately after 9/11. The American dream is failing. But we cannot fail those who are faithfully searching and unable to find work. Please don't let this generation fall through the cracks, and please do not fail us in this great catastrophe of an economy right now.

    If you think the economy is weak now, just wait until the millions of us who have been finding ways to make it work on unemployment stop paying our bills, rent, mortgages, and car payments, and start depending on food shelves.

    March 2, 2010 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  14. Capsaicin

    Until the people who are getting screwed by GOP tricksters like Bunning and other Republicans holding up 190+ bills in the Senate learn how to direct their anger at the correct targets–GOP nihilists who are killing America in trying to take down Obama–they will not stop.

    They consider suffering either deserved or virtuous. And suffering I suppose could be virtuous if Americans had confidence that we were all in this Recession together–holding strong and supporting each other and putting forth our best efforts to get our economy rolling again for the benefit of all. Instead these folks pitch anger and divisiveness, push economic growth killing deficit panels, and pitch the utter hypocrisy of stopping healthcare reform because of monetary concerns when they just years ago busted the budget on a useless war in Iraq, and an Medicare drug package that dwarfs the current legislation in unfunded spending.

    They don't listen well, but they need to feel pain for their vendetta against American togetherness.

    March 2, 2010 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  15. Anonymous

    People are going to dye without this extension how cruel and happy these republicans must feel congratulations you are superior evil.

    March 2, 2010 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  16. Ethan

    This is real, direct damage to America and Americans brought to you by the Republican Party. The same party trying to deny health insurance reform for all Americans. Coincidence that they help corporations but not people? Not even remotely. This is, and always has been, their entire agenda.

    March 2, 2010 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
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