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Republicans Kill Unemployment Extensions | H.R. 4213 on back burner

By: T. Cahill

Washington, D.C. (Jun 25) – After a debacle of a week spent studiously avoiding doing the right thing, that of assisting millions of unemployed Americans, the Senate convened this morning at 9:30 a.m. EDT and then left for a long weekend, adjourning at 11:04 a.m. EDT. Less than two hours later.

When the Senate returns Monday morning and handles “morning business”, the afternoon session will begin at 2:00 p.m. On the radar for Monday is not hopeful for jobless millions. The Senate schedule is set for consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 5297, the Small Business Lending Act of 2010. Note the words, “to proceed to”.

The question therefore remains in the minds of millions of unemployed, where does H.R. 4213 stand, what about unemployment extensions? After a week-long, and fruitless attempt to make the GOP see that using money to create jobs and get people off of the unemployment line was ridiculous, test votes and calls for cloture, etc., continued to fall on the deaf ears of Republicans, one Democrat in sheep’s clothing, and a second Democrat did not vote.

This bill and its amendment to close the “only for the rich” tax loopholes the Bush administration spent eight years opening the flood gates for, is so critical that even the thought of allowing millions to become completely destitute would seem unlikely. However, that is what the current status appears to be; help is dying.

Republicans preach and speech on the floor, and did so not only throughout this past week but for the past 20 plus days, that the deficit was getting out of hand and it was time to stop the spending. From accusing the unemployed of being too shiftless and lazy to get out and find a job, to insisting monies used to create jobs be used to pay for H.R. 4213, to fighting against breaking up the basic monopoly for the rich they so love to protect, this past week has been yet another nightmare.

The Republicans preach about “fiscal responsibility” now, when it is nothing but a mere tool for them to use to make them appear responsible. Responsible spending has never been on the GOP radar, along with responsible saving.

People are waking up. People, even sworn Republicans, are voicing their disdain for the party of NO. People are making it perfectly clear that, assuming they can get by until election time, Republicans will not be getting their support in the election booths.

The American people are well aware that upon taking office Bush was left with a surplus of money, lots of it. American citizens are also aware that those funds disappeared quicker than a magician’s trick on a Las Vegas show stage. After using all the surplus, deficit spending was a spree that continued unchecked throughout not one, but two Bush-Cheney terms in office.

While a small handful of individuals may continue to cling to a party that clearly does not have the middle class interests at heart, but does a bang up job of protecting the smallest, yet wealthiest, sector of this country, it is to be hoped that their friends and family will insist these same individuals stop getting their information in “sound bites”, misquoted and out of context at that.

Read Bills, watch the C-SPAN Senate floor coverage, listen to and read the full transcripts available of what each Senator actually states and stop being so naive.

In a desperate attempt to help the unemployed, the legislation was revised with everything except what is, and always has been, considered emergency spending – unemployment – accounted for. The GOP Party of No loudly and without regard rejected every attempt.

To the unemployed of all ages, hardest hit those in their 50s and 60s who truly do toil day in and day out trying to find any job, anywhere, the message from the Republicans… take a hike.

Voter and business groups in need of the renewal of tax breaks outrage may provide the pressure necessary to take this legislation, now literally “on the back burner” off, and get America the help it needs.

So the Senate takes yet another long weekend, again. How the Senate can and would do so in good conscience the rest of this country should certainly be asking itself.

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38 Responses to Republicans Kill Unemployment Extensions | H.R. 4213 on back burner

  1. Bill Cheek

    June 25, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    GOP = Government Of the Priviliged. I can hardly wait to help make as many of them unemployed as possible.

    • G

      June 26, 2010 at 2:37 pm

      I would be glad to join you, along with all the other people getting, for lack of a better word, screwed.

  2. Dennis W.

    June 25, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    This is the 1st time I’ve heard anyone speak about the senators taking LONG weekends! It is disgraceful what they have NOT done the last 3 weeks and to top it off they take ANOTHER long weekend! Most of them stopped working for us Thursday at the latest! The senate does not resume until Monday at 2PM! They really work hard for our money! They all need to go!!

    • G

      June 26, 2010 at 2:32 pm

      Hello, again, have gone through all the help there is, united way etc. They say do not have the funds. Anyway, I have worked all my life, 30 years, and the government can spend money on everything, but the unemployed. Help Fat rat Republicans. I can say this, my wife is republican and she will not vote republican ever again.

      • Oscar

        June 26, 2010 at 3:14 pm

        How can Republicans kill anything when they don’t have the votes to do anything. Blame the Democrats on this one.

        • ming

          June 27, 2010 at 6:27 pm

          It called a filibuster !

          • cindysue

            July 1, 2010 at 9:14 am

            I am a Republican but not come November!!! What is wrong with these fat cats that think we are sitting on our you know what and not looking for a job!! My sis and my son pound the payment every day and they are turned down because the busniess tell them they have no openings and do not plan on it anytime in the future and even tell them “As a matter of fact will be laying off not hiring. I will change to Democrat come November hurry up!!!!!

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  4. gt

    June 25, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Well, this is great for small business. i will be canceling services.

  5. evasive

    June 26, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Maybe we should all pitch tents in our reps yards and they can feed us since they dont seem to want and help the american public if we had tent citys like they set up in foreign countrys in their front yards we might get some aid!

  6. gaetano scarpa

    June 26, 2010 at 7:51 am

    this is bad that the us gov cant get things right as they have not got things right for many years its all about them not the people i hope when it comes election time and it will we the people vote all there asses out then they will goet the message that the american people are tored of there bullshit we the people voted them in and we the people will vote them out get ready republicians to be voted out for not helping the american enemployed im sure your check in your acct wait till election time thats when you kiss are ass for votes well things will change all americans support enemployment ext it only helpes the out of work people rememberIT WAS WALL STREET GREED THAT GOT US IN THIS MESS

  7. J.S. Stevens

    June 26, 2010 at 7:58 am

    G.O.P.= Greed Over Principle

    I am one of those who will be losing my benefits in the next few weeks. Yesterday, I contacted every Republican Senator and voiced my disdain. I hope others would do the same. here is the link to the Senators directory contact page.

    Republican Senator Snowe from Maine is already feeling the pressure, she sent a letter to Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid yesterday stating that they should quickly pass a seperate bill for these extensions early next week.

    Reids reply, (I paraphrase) “You’ve sent your letter to the wrong person and party”.

    Let these Republican Senators know how you feel. Remind them that you won’t forget this or them come re-election time.

    Grace and Peace

    • ann

      June 26, 2010 at 6:54 pm

      I am with you if these Senators had to live on what we exist anddepend on with no jobs out there.. they would feel diffently.. and I almost gurantee those who are up for re-election dont get re-elected.. what happened to Americas voice being hear>>> that is 1.6 million of us they keep talking about its not just one or two senators.. but they have their pay check!!!

      • ann

        June 26, 2010 at 7:02 pm

        oh and I forgot to mention the 1.6 million americans that are unemployed.. I forgot dont count those of us who are not gettin any unemployment .. we arent even counted.. that my friends sucks .. their numbers look good but its only cuz if you are not on the unemployment receiving line u dont count in their figures….. so they are not ture numbers.. getting better my foot,,,…


    June 26, 2010 at 11:12 am

    This one is dead, but there is still the hope (from what I understand ) for an executive order from the precedent . When the smoke clears, We need to push congress to set funds aside so this bull shit doesn’t happen again. There is no way to predict how much, but One Billion would help offset some of it. The reason I say this is because we are living in the time where this type of thing will most likely happen again. The bad thing is, the government will dip into these funds, and give it to the rich anyway.

  9. Herschel Hatton

    June 26, 2010 at 11:16 am


    • ming

      June 27, 2010 at 7:07 pm

      I’m sure Republicans would love that plan; seeing as though it would give them the majority !!! If the Repubs are the majority, things WILL get worse !!!!!

  10. josh williard

    June 26, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I would love to meet everyone of those republicans in a back ally. especially those who called us lazy. but the democrats should of passed it as its own bill instead of throwing all the other crap they wanted passed into it assuming it would pass because it was tied to the american worker. I wish all of them long miserable existances.

    • ming

      June 27, 2010 at 6:30 pm

      Much of the other crap was to entice the Republicans to vote for it.

  11. Tenna Harris

    June 26, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I hate the fact that the Senante is playing with the lives of so many people who have lost their jobs and who have been forced to depend on Unemployement payments every two weeks to make ends meet for them and their family and this is Suppose to be America for the people… How do the people of the senate sleep @ night knowing the livies of so many that they are effecting

  12. spickens

    June 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Maybe it’s time for us all to buck up, get together, and stop being so polite in our endeavors to heckle congress. They have no intention of listening to us. They are the over-privileged, the righteous, the same sort of abusive government that our fore-fathers rebelled against. It is time to organize an actual revolt. Stay tuned.

    Citizen A

  13. j.Peterz

    June 26, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Are these republicans stupid – everyone will be on the street.

  14. CINDY

    June 26, 2010 at 7:12 pm



    June 27, 2010 at 6:41 am

    I wonder how many homeless people they just created? How many single parents are going to have to tell their kids they are sorry there is nothing to eat, or living in the car is just for a little while! I’M not rich and what I did have evaporated in the last year. Unemployment was all that kept this 56 year olds head above water. No ones thinks the older people were a part of the back bone of this country anymore!! Can’t find a job in my field and no one wants to retrain someone my age! Maybe I should get a job in government, I here they have a pretty cush gig!!

    I say vote them all out. Lets find some that care what happens to “we the people”; and not the two party system! They will always put themselves on a pedestal above the rest of us. With their smug attitudes they will look down on us with disdain!! They continue to not listen to us “we the people”; and to do it without concern as if nothing we do matters! We need to just say no as well. No to reelecting them!

    • Susan Frie

      July 8, 2010 at 3:05 pm

      The truth is no one wants to hire anyone over 50. Unfortunately, there are no jobs out there and if there are they don’t want to hire anyone older than 50 years old. I am finding out first hand and without the help of the government, it is becoming very difficult to stay positive.

      We need to find out what senators voted against extending the unemployment benefits and contact them personally. If we all join together and call their office, maybe we can get positive results. I don’t think it was just the Republicans that voted against extending the benefits.

  16. Mark Collins

    June 27, 2010 at 6:58 am

    And the senatorial exodus should start with the newest minted rube – Scott Brown

  17. Marcus

    June 27, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I think the failure to pass this “emergency unemployment benefits extension” – HR4213 legislation is a blatant slap in the face from Republicans to EVERYONE belonging to the less fortunate of the social classes in this great capitalist country. [sic] rich Republicans could care less as long as they keep accepting lobbyist dollars for lesser important issues!

  18. ann

    June 27, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    ok guys .. here we go again.. even if it goes up for debate this week.. there is another L O N G holiday weekend coming up where they take a break and bbq with their family and friends.. may each of the senators choke on the food we cant buy !!!!

    • ann

      June 27, 2010 at 4:01 pm

      the bill is dead in the water and we need some help…

  19. c anderson

    June 27, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    What are the chances that the senate is stalling this bill almost as an ultimatum to the unemployed saying get a job or be on the street? This is obviously a scare tactic to drive down the unemployment numbers. I am 1 of the 1.6 million who were dependant on unemployment benefits and now have no idea what I’m going to do.

  20. Warren D. Chapman

    June 27, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    It is a shame that the UI benefits are not being extended, because there are certainly people out there who need the help until the economy can pick up.

    Unfortunately, there are many “riders” that have been attached to this bill that are poorly crafted and will cause a lot of trouble. That’s how certain legislators get bad law enacted – they attach these “riders” to what would otherwise be a popular bill that would probably receive almost unanimous support. In many cases – although certainly not all – those onerous “riders” are what certain principled senators such as Snowe of Maine and Enzi of Wyoming are opposed to – not the extension of UI benefits.

    I would encourage those of you who support the extension of UI benefits (as I do) to contact your senators and representatives and ask that Congress strip the “riders” and submit for a vote a bill that addresses ONLY the issue of extending UI benefits. By doing so, there could be a clear “up or down” vote on only UI benefits.

    Just my opinion.

  21. ming

    June 27, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    ALL Republican Reps and Senators need to go !!!

  22. Edith

    June 28, 2010 at 3:26 am

    The Democrats did introduce Unemployment benefit extension as a separate bill. It was shot down by the GOP.

    I have read many posts across blogs. And, I have noticed not a lot of major news outlets reporting on this. It’s apparent to me that for most of the unemployed – good citizens who did the right things they were told to do — all this now is a shock. Well, welcome to our world. In a way, this is a good thing. Now, use this passion to make noise so we can be noticed.

    We need the bill passed as is, not a separate measure. Why? This bill limits companies from outsourcing jobs. We’re looking for work – we don’t need jobs leaving faster.
    This bill closes loopholes on the wealthiest Americans. Again, money to be reinvested for job creation for small business.

    It extends tax credits for small business – the biggest employers in the US.

    It reimburses states for Medicaid. Something some of us on UC are on. Plus, without it, jobs across states will be slashed and any chance we would have for an open position immediately evaporate.

    We need to organize and continue this fight. When this gets passed, the next chapter is making it illegal, a discriminatory act, to not consider a candidate just because they’re unemployed. We also need to remove barriers to employment – like credit checks and a public trust form if you are working for a private firm doing business with the Fed Govt. If you have been unemployed for 6 month or more, how do you think your status would look.

    Finally, we need to hold accountable and bring back to the US jobs that major corporations take tax dollars and ship. For example – the money for the Food Stamp Program goes through JP Morgan Bank. The Customer Call Center is in INDIA! Not Michigan, Ohio, West Va or CA!

    • Warren D. Chapman

      June 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm

      I’m sorry, but i missed the ‘separate” bill. I would like to see it. What was the number.


      • Editor

        June 28, 2010 at 5:46 pm

        There is none… this is just some sort of babble the right is coming up with to defend those that refuse to represent the true needs of American’s… the repulikans are offering to pass a separate bill if it is not labeled emergency spending, utlizes stimulus monies (which are unavailable) just more GOP BS…

        • Warren D. Chapman

          June 30, 2010 at 7:11 pm

          No, I’m not talking about a Republican introduced bill. I was asking about the “separate” Democrat sponsored bill that Edith referenced in response to my posting of several days ago.

          I was not aware that the Democrats had introduced a separate bill; Edith said they did, and I was asking her (or anyone else, for that matter) for some more information. That’s all.

          And I would still like to know about a “separate” UI bill that did not have all of the questionable and onerous riders that H.R. 4213 had.

          So if anybody can help here, please post.


  23. LegalSin

    June 28, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Step 1: Vote out ALL republicant senators and representatives in November.

    Step 2: Do not forget Step1 !

    Step 3: God help us if steps 1 and 2, even if fulfilled, do not turn things around.

  24. Art Coor

    June 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Obama needs to do more to creat jobs. I did not sign up for this. They are focussed on passing healthcare bill that do nothing to help the people and fincial reform bilsl that do nothign to help avergae Americans. I will vote against anyone who is playing politics Dem or Repub.

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