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Dems Will Shutdown Gov’t For Jobless Extension

From ABC News:

Democrats: No Budget Deal Without Unemployment Insurance Extension

By Matthew Larotonda | December 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House and its Democratic allies are pushing to continue a jobless benefits program set to expire for over a million long-term unemployed without congressional intervention. And while whispers persisted this week that Congress could be close to a budget deal before their holiday break, today Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said her party’s negotiators were insistent on an extension as a bargaining chip.

"Yes, indeed, we are making a very clear statement that we cannot, cannot support a budget agreement that does not include unemployment insurance in the budget or as a sidebar in order to move it all along," she said at a Democrats-only hearing on the uninsured. "It would undermine who we are as a country."

Apparently, we are not a country that encourages people to work.

The measure, known as Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC), is designed to step in with federal insurance after a person’s state benefits run out, usually after 26 weeks. It was enacted in 2008 by President Bush during the early stages of the economic recession; at the time unemployment hovered at 5.6 percent and jobless Americans could expect an average of five months searching for new employment. It has survived a number of renewals since.

Lest we forget, these emergency, ‘one time only’ federal unemployment benefits that were supposed to be an emergency one time shot. And yet they have already been extended for five years in a row.

And now the Democrats want another extension, even though we are supposed to believe that unemployment is at a five year low and the economy is booming. (Despite the Republicans’ government shutdown and the sequester.)

In fact, the Democrats are saying that unless the federal unemployment benefits extension is continued, and unless the sequester is killed, they will not even discuss a budget deal. Which means they are willing to shut down the government to get their way. — Isn’t irony, ironic?

Without traction on Capitol Hill it is likely 1.3 million will lose the insurance immediately after the program expires on Dec. 28, with an additional 3.6 million by the end of 2014, according to a report released today by the Labor Department and the White House Council of Economic Advisers…

Right at Christmas! Isn’t that something!

Responding to reporters today, House Speaker Boehner told press he didn’t rule out an extension.

"If the president has a plan for extending unemployment benefits, I’d surely entertain taking a looking at it. But I would argue the president’s real focus ought to be creating a better environment for our economy and creating more jobs for the American people," Boehner said. "That’s where the focus is, not more government programs." …

So Boehner is already signally that he is ready to cave. Perhaps to avoid the Christmas rush.

But don’t worry. The Republicans will stand up to the Democrats the next time.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, December 6th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Dems Will Shutdown Gov’t For Jobless Extension”

  1. Of course they will.

    They are morally superior aliens

  2. heykev

    “But don’t worry. The Republicans will stand up to the Democrats the next time.”

    Haven’t laughed so hard in a long time…
    Best analogy i know is that the Republican’s are Charlie Brown to the Dem’s Lucy in the Peanut’s classic football kicking cartoons.

    I know of exactly NO ONE who actually believes that the economy is booming. To the contrary, people are paying off bills, postponing vacations, large purchases simply because they want to make sure – like our grandparents who went through the Great Depression (as opposed to the Obama Recession) that they have the wherewith all to make it if/when the bottom fall out from under them once again.

    Be nice if Boehner was given a backbone for Christmas!

  3. BillK

    I’d agree with the Peanuts analogy but for it to be accurate Charlie Brown would have to pull his own football away.

    I’ve never known a group to excel at pulling defeat from the jaws of victory more often than the GOP.




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