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Congress To Pass Unemployment Benefits

From a greatly relieved Associated Press:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, is joined by newly-sworn Sen. Carte Goodwin, D-W.Va.

Democrats to give jobless benefits another vote

By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press Writer

July 20, 2010

WASHINGTON – Millions of people stuck on the jobless rolls would receive an extension of unemployment benefits averaging $309 a week under a Senate bill that appears set to break free of a Republican filibuster.

Democrats have stripped the unemployment insurance measure down to the bare essentials for Tuesday’s vote, which is a do-over of a tally taken late last month.

With West Virginia Democrat Carte Goodwin poised to claim the seat of the late Robert Byrd, two Republicans will be needed to vault the measure over the filibuster hurdle. Maine GOP moderates Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are expected to provide the key votes to create a filibuster-breaking tally on a key procedural test.

As we have repeatedly said, the Republican opposition was on two points. One, that the benefits should be paid for, as is required by Mr. Obama’s imposed ‘PAYGO’ rules. Such as using some of the unspent ‘stimulus’ money in Mr. Obama’s ‘stash,’ which was indeed supposed to go for such things as unemployment benefits.

And, two, that the bill should just fund unemployment and not other items the Democrats wanted to include.

The Democrats have relented one the second of these, and just as we predicted, they have gotten the dependable rock-ribbed ‘RINO’ votes.

The measure is expected to pass later Tuesday. The House would take it up Wednesday and then send it to President Barack Obama for his signature.

If all goes as expected, about 2.5 million people will receive jobless benefits retroactively. Instead of being dropped from a federal program that extends benefits for those whose six months of state-paid benefits have run out, millions of others will continue to receive payments.

But first, Obama and his Democratic allies are pressing the issue for maximum political advantage, blaming Republicans for the impasse that halted unemployment checks for people unable to find work as the jobless rate remains close to 10 percent.

Obama launched a fresh salvo Monday, demanding the Senate act on the legislation — after a vote already had been scheduled — and blasting Republicans for the holdup.

"The same people who didn’t have any problem spending hundreds of billions of dollars on tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are now saying we shouldn’t offer relief to middle-class Americans," Obama said.

Notice that Mr. Obama sees tax cuts as “spending.” “Spending hundreds of billions of dollars on tax cuts.” Which is odd, especially since he seldom calls real spending ‘spending.’

Also, it should be remembered that the Senate vote on this bill had been originally scheduled for yesterday, in the full expectation that it would pass. But Mr. Obama wanted another day, and another news cycle, to demagogue the issue and to misrepresent the GOP’s opposition.

That is the kind of great ‘unifier’ the man is. This is his post-partisan Presidency.

Lastly, notice how this Associated Press article fails to even mention how long the unemployment benefit extension will be. It will be 27 weeks. Just long enough to see the unemployed through the November midterm elections.

Which will bring the total unemployment benefit period up to a whopping 126 weeks, or almost two and a half years.

But now Congress, which has just returned from a vacation, can head off on their August vacation without taking too big of a public relations hit.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “Congress To Pass Unemployment Benefits”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Democrats are really myopic here. By extending unemployment benefits, there will be more people counted as “unemployed” and make the unemployment rate go up. Something the GOP will hammer them with come November.

    • Just say no says:

      Very simple. If you posted objections here about the UI extension,and you are Republican. Simply say no. And if you know anyone who is collecting UI tell them to just say no and do not apply for,recieve, or cash any UI checks. Simple as that. Just say no.

    • proreason says:

      “Simply say no”

      Right. We’ll say no to government payments that we have paid for 100 times over in taxes, just as soon as you do, who has probably never paid a dime of taxes in his life. Same thing for Social Security, btw.

      Deadbeats love that trick. For some reason, they think it makes sense.


    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      Actually I’m a libertarian and often it pains me to have to vote for a Republican, but given the alternative to voting for a socialist, despotic, wealth redistribution, Marxist, democrat even the worst Republican looks pretty good by comparison.

      Also, my comment made no statement for or against extending the handout, although I am against long term unemployment benefits. I was simply reflecting the fact that the political games the Dems are playing by blaming the republicans, ‘the party of no,’ are going to come back and bite them come November. Try to stay on topic and keep your Huffington Post talking points to the Huffington Post.

  2. bobbys says:

    Suppose the dems could take the cash out of their Slush Fund, opps sorry i meant Stimulus money…..

  3. Right of the People says:

    Those mean old Republicans! Imagine them wanting to actually pay for something. Don’t they know all you have to do is call over to the Treasury and have them print up a few billion more bucks?

    They have the gall to object to this after all the out of control “spending” they did with those tax cuts that brought in real revenue. Don’t they know anything?

  4. NoNeoCommies says:

    When the people on state unemployment moved to the federal extensions, they were removed from the normal rolls of the unemployed.
    This lowered the “official” count.
    I know they have changed some of the reporting policy, but I don’t know if they now count as “official”.

    It is verging on criminal that the lawmakers attach so much pork and stupidity to unemployment and war funding bills.
    It is also a crime for them to NOT use funds already allocated for stimulus.
    Not that this will stimulate jobs or growth, but it is better than many things they spent the money on so far.

    • proreason says:

      One of the characteristics of the Ruling Class is they make the rules up as they go.

      – jobs saved or created
      – sue Arizona, but let San Francisco go
      – hold BP’s feet to the fire, but stiff the Chrylser bond-holders
      – billions to Sachs. Let Soloman Bros fail.
      – regulate the hell out of conventional banks. Fannie Mae runs wild.

      It applies to personal issues as well:
      – the tax cheat line goes around the block 1,000 times
      – they pay FICA taxes for their slaves maids and nannies when and only when they receive a new ‘appointment’
      – deductable business expenses are fungible, at best
      – even murder is ok, if you know the right people

      So unemployment statistics are essentially meaningless. The best estimate of real unemployment I’ve seen lately is 24%, but since it was published, it is probably low.

      But it doesn’t matter to our Rulers. The are doing quite well thank you. And plan to continue.

  5. tranquil.night says:

    The coming battle between the so-called “Mavericks” which are actually the Republican Establishment within the Ruling Class and the Tea Party is going to be painful.

    We could never truly expect much from the RINOs, however the problem has always been that we’ve needed them. Maybe we were lucky to get such a unified resistance through the ObamaCare wars, but the truth is McConnell, McLame, McBrown, McCollins, and McSnowe have always just been playing politics with our dependency on their “no.”

    As of January we had the votes to stall the agenda, lockdown the purse strings, and orient the debate towards a thorough examination of every unconstitutional power-play over the past year. That didn’t happen for a very obvious reason – the RINOs pretended to be tone-deaf and threw the Dems a bone. That’s a nice way of putting it. A more correct thing to say would be that they threw the Country Class back under the bus and co-opted back with their friends for the explicit purpose of choking the ascension of the Country Class politically. Oh, and they passed another legislative equivalent to a bureaucratic wrecking ball.

    So I think the time is coming. Since the immaculation we’ve maintained a tight-hold over the broad legs in the tent of our coalition. But the Republican establishment does not share our vision; a strong political apparatus will need to materialze to co-opt the party from them, not the other way around. (Ahem, Palin for NRC Chairman!)

  6. Freedom615 says:

    Sung to the tune of “Margaritaville:”

    Livin’ on welfare,
    without a darn care
    While the gulf coast is covered in oil
    Soakin’ the rich now, ain’t life a b***h now?
    The checks still come,
    so why should I toil?

    Wastin’ away again in Obamaville
    Lookin’ for my lifetime of handouts
    Some people claim that George W’s to blame, but I know
    It’s the Bamster’s fault

  7. canary says:

    Those beeches Pelosi & Obama saying unemployment will teach those employers to keep employees they have no work for, yet they laughed & knocked glasses of booze, for telling veterans they could come to DC, travel & moving on their dime to work as congressman aids, while stipulating they did not know how long there would be work. Pelosi & Obama hate the military. So does Michelle. Remember when Obama first took office, on the day he said he’d push for injured war veterans to get private insurance, Michelle announced her 1st lady role would be lightening the soldier’s burden. I think Michelle would love to swing with a soldier’. It would be so refreshing from a man whose most difficult thing was hanging curtains & scrub the bathtub once.

  8. oldswimcoach says:

    It is interesting that the TV media has been parroting the Dems line that the Republicans are “blocking” the extension (I wish it were so!), when in fact they are just asking that current stimulus funding be used to pay for the extension. That seems quite reasonable and prudent if you accept the premise that the benefits should be extended.

    Ending the benefits will potentially cause a couple of different outcomes. 1) Cause people that can, to move to where jobs are actually being created, matching workers with capital expansion. 2) Cause people that can’t move to start a small business enterprise, potentially growing the local economies with capital expansion. 3) Cause people to take lower paying jobs/change career paths keeping local economies from fully contracting or outright failing. 4) Involve non-governmental aid to be used (with strings attached to behaviors and outcomes), since this is donation based, the most efficient use of monetary benefit is the most likely outcome.

    Not sure ending unemployment for those that have not worked for two years is either hard hearted or unreasonable. Sorry, but in my book you’ve had ample opportunity to correct the situation. Oh, and as a young man I was fired from a job once and collected unemployment – while the money was a great help, it definitely prolonged my unemployment because it removed the economic imperative to generate income as fast/soon as possible. Two years is a long time to not be able to find a job!

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Oh, there are jobs out there if you’ll work for minimum wage. (or just above)
      First hand expertise here.
      Still waiting for last years ‘shovel ready’ jobs that were promised.

  9. CanuckCrusader says:

    From that bastion of objective journalism, The New York Times, choking back the tears:
    A Tale of Two Dixiecrats- NY Times Obits
    Robert C. Byrd, a Pillar of the Senate, Dies at 92
    By ADAM CLYMER Published: June 28, 2010
    Robert C. Byrd served 51 years in the United States Senate, longer than anyone else in history, and with his six years in the House of Representatives, he was the longest-serving member of Congress. But it was how he used that record tenure that made him a pillar of Capitol Hill — fighting, often with florid words, for the primacy of the legislative branch of government and building, always with canny political skills, a modern West Virginia with vast amounts of federal money.
    … and now for the Dixiecrat that left the reservation:

    Strom Thurmond, Foe of Integration, Dies at 100
    By ADAM CLYMER Published: June 27, 2003
    Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, a central figure in the political transformation of the South and the longest-serving senator in American history, died yesterday in Edgefield, S.C. He was 100.
    He had been living in Edgefield, his hometown, since retiring from the Senate in January, after 48 years.
    Mr. Thurmond first came to national attention in 1948 as the States’ Rights candidate after Southerners walked out of the Democratic convention to protest the party’s new commitment to civil rights. Mr. Thurmond finished a distant third to President Harry S. Truman that year, but his million votes cracked the once-solid Democratic South and helped set the stage for political realignment.
    In 1964, Mr. Thurmond switched parties to back the Republican nominee for president, Senator Barry M. Goldwater. Four years later Mr. Thurmond held the South for Richard M. Nixon’s nomination and election, after assuring Southerners that Mr. Nixon, as president, would go easy on civil rights.
    The final political furor of his career involved him indirectly. At his 100th birthday party Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi, the Republican leader, paid tribute to Mr. Thurmond, saying the nation ”wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years” had he won the presidency in 1948. The racially charged political firestorm over the next two weeks forced Mr. Lott to resign his leadership post.

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