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28th February
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Unemployment Extension News and Economic Trends Reviewed today February 28, 2014:
Many Americans tuned in yesterday to gain insight into the current economic recovery process happening in the U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified to the Senate Banking Committee on the current state of economic affairs in the U.S. and on monetary policy. Many of America’s long term unemployed tuned in to glean information on economic progress given that many remain without long term unemployment compensation. The Senate continues to debate the possibility, but for now, a long term benefit extension has been left unapproved.
According to Janet Yellen’s testimony, she believes that the U.S. economy continues to recover. The Feds will continue to carry out the federal stimulus tapering plan which began months ago. The long term unemployed in the country took note that Yellen reported that no conflict exists between maximizing employment and tapering stimulus funds. It should be noted that since the tapering began, both monthly jobs reports have been much weaker than expected. The data has been contrary to the number of job additions needed to support a great reduction in the number of Americans in need of a long term unemployment extension.
Yellen implied that the weather is the culprit for the recently soft economic data. She stated that she and her colleagues will continue to monitor economic developments to determine if the recovery is progressing adequately.
I guess for now, approximately 2 million Americans without unemployment benefits will wait longer as Yellen and other policy leaders continue to “interpret the data.”

Genny Germano


  1. Brad Metheny

    There are a lot of unemployed workers still looking for jobs, especially the older ones who need this help. This should not be a political game. I’m sure that it did not take this long for Congress to vote themselves raise’s!

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  4. Raymond Russo

    The President wants the economy to look like it`s getting much better so Yellen will do and say anything to make him look good!

    He{the President} no longer speaks about THE UNEMPLOYMENT SITUATION. Once again after 5 minutes of a subject he{the President}moves on. Doesn`t Solve anything, next speech next topic. Try staying and try to solve something!!

    4 MILLION PEOPLE INCLUDING THIER FAMILY ARE SUFFERING, the Economy is Suffering because of the unemployment situation. Stop using these people!!

    DO Something, You have a Pen & a Phone!!!

  5. 28/02/2014

    What EVERYONE seems to be forgetting with the “unemployment compensation” is that it’s “UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE COMPENSATION” that we have paid into our whole (work) life. After 47 years of working and never filing a claim, I can’t be helped with the INSURANCE I paid for. That’s like having car or homeowners insurance and the company won’t pay a claim. It not fair, it’s wrong, it’s criminal. My heating oil tank is empty. Connecticut has been very cold this winter. Our U.S.A. ,,,,please help us ! “Insurance”

  6. Fran

    We are losing our homes!!! This is outrageous,There are NO full time jobs, I am over 50, are there any openings in Washington, I’ll come down and apply and wait patiently for a call back.

  7. rick

    well there it is folks. the economy is getting better. and when the weather breaks it will be even better. lol such a sad game.

  8. Jason A

    Can’t put gas in my car. Can’t eat but maybe my cat. I lose my internet and cable after today. I refuse to be homeless so I wil l go to jail. Place to sleep and at least I will eat 3x a day. Seems like ppl don’t understand that to receive benefits you must have WORKED and qualify to get them. I love to hear how lazy we are. Hey, I can still laugh. Thank you congress. I find this funny

  9. rusty regan

    the weather is the culprit? lol nice try but no congress is the culprit- another attempt to shift blame. I will be voting independent across the board next election, and have been attracting friends and family to this idea too- so done with Republicans and Democrats and their schemes/games! would be nice to shake up their world soon

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  12. EuCdumped

    ReallY!!!!!!! More tent cities to come, more stealing to survive, And this is AMERICA!!!!!!!

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  14. joe craig

    I find it appalling that congress could care less about the two million unemployed. I am a older American unemployed.I wish I had the benefits that the politicians have for themselves. The good old boy network.

    P.S. Have the president and family stop spending millions on travel and vacations.

  15. jerris

    I cant stand that these dirty politicians still have a place where they can decide America’s fate.I have been looking for work,but since my unemployment ran out i cant travel to different jobs that im interested in.We as a people have a voice lets vote these sorry ass no good senators republican and democrats out of office let them feel what it is like not to have a job

  16. curry

    This is in-humane to let Americans that have worked hard to come to this. We have family’s that are suffering because of the weather, you should be ashamed for coming up with that bull. Everyone in this matter is laughable holding on to POWER. Just like all of them was voted in office they can be voted OUT OUT OUT. I bet if they was on the other end, they would not be happy…..Instead they stuff their pockets with more. Well we are suffering and they are going on vacation. We are going without food and soon shelter and they are talking about the weather. Congress is full of bull and have no heart but to pay themselves more money. I wish I could just go on vacation not to think about losing all that I worked for and lived according to the law go down the drain and become homeless as so many of my fellow Americans.

  17. sara drenning

    They can not find a way to help the unemployed but can take $3.7 billion in free trips. Tax payer funded I’m assuming!

  18. Linda bryan

    I too am in this boat. Phone will be turned off, internet, no gas in car, will lose home. But who cares. I have written all of them time and time again. Ted Cruz answered me and blamed Obama for no jobs. But we are in a position where we worked and worked and now we are in need of us and they are kicking us even farther down. Isn’t it suppose to be when someone is down, you pick them up. This government has no heart and doesn’t care we will all lose our homes and land up on welfare. This government sucks…

  19. mary

    All political games!!! Lets see who gets re-elected and who does not come time!

  20. Lisa

    I totally disagree with them waiting to approve the extended unemployment.. 1st off let see congress survive with no money and cant touch there bank acct for 6 months so they can have a feel what most ppl are going through. 2nd of all to all the nasty ppl saying that the ppl on unemployment don’t want to work. I suggest you do some damn research cause what do you call the ppl that have been on welfare there whole life and never worked a damn day .. YES those kind of ppl don’t like to work, so stop picking on the unemployed who have worked and paid there taxes. 3rd America needs to take care of there ppl first and stop worrying and helping 3rd world countries. Take care of the American ppl first!!!

  21. bmw

    I cant believe I am 52 years old and single. I have worked all my life and currently attending college and never received help because they say twenty six thousand a year is to much money for help. Yet I was training people making fifty thousand a year because of a degree. Now laid off drawing unemployment for the first time in my lifeto end I six months. I have over 20 years expexperience and college and cant find a job to make my rent. I have no one. I am fixing to lose my apartment. What am I going to do. Yet people without this experience and schooling falls into a great position because of who they know. For real. Obama needs to go over the senate and sign this extension before we are fighting like overseas!!!@

  22. Jrmorley

    Congress is a sad bunch… They are holding the long term unemployed including children and veterans, hostage.

  23. Margie

    I think it is so sad that they let families suffer not being able to pay just your standard bills and feed your family, I am not even talking about anything extra because it cant be done. Within these two months of unemployment being cut off people are losing all that they have. It should not have taken congress this long to come up with a solution but mean while all the long breaks. I hope that they are put in the same situation where there family has to suffer and they lose EVERYTHING!!!

  24. Cass of Troy

    My point is this, the Federal Government needs to do a field study geographically around the country,go out and see how really hard it is for people to land employment. Lazy doesn’t even come into the equation. Older workers between the ages of 45-62 are really not being hired at a reasonable rate. I know because I am one of them. If a person cannot collect Social Security until the age 62, then hiring practices and policies for people between the age of 45-62 has to drastically change. It cannot be known as the silient way of life to millions of aging Baby Boomers to live in a state of serfdom.

    As for being homeless and old is just a very sad state in America. When it came to funding an economically ployed war it was approved for $12 billion without a hitch, and now the American Citizens need extended help, and Congress breaks for Holiday. And the long term unemployed get letters at Christmas time stating your New Year is going in economic distress. Wow, Wow, Get this, job are being presented as another smoke and mirror tactic providing an illusion for any where from 100-1000s to apply and get their hopes up. Really, I’m done. There is no gift horse here

    Signed Not free and living in the land of the fighting elephant and donkey.

  25. paul

    why does the republican party continue to exist?Because it serves the rich.Keep them in tenys and feed em neens to keep themm alive so they can work and make us more money; right mr rockefeller

  26. Dennis Oquist

    Here we go again, oh does Congress need another recess. Avoid the subject of people loosing their homes, cars, utilities, and dignity because the politicians come up with some excuse that the weather is playing a big factor with the economy. Such bullshit I cannot even except such a statement. Tomorrow the rent and utilities are do, next week phone and insurance is do, no food or gas. And still no JOB. NO MONEY!!!! Get serious before honest people turn into criminals.. Get of your asses and do something about it !!!!!

  27. Cam

    Listen Congress its time to stop borrowing from Peter to Pay Paul again if you don’t level the scales MORE and MORE people will just go on WELFARE and then what ARE YOU MORONS GOING TO TAKE WELFARE AWAY FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE . MY GOD you take care of other countries lets take care of are own
    for a change ( CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME ) people get with the program

  28. Jackie

    I have been affected by this as well. I have worked since I was 14 (now 42) and never had to get unemployment until now. I didn’t quit my job, they closed down and I had no choice in the matter. It is so sad that Congress has no heart for the American people. I have applied for countless jobs and receive emails daily of how I’m over qualified or not enough experience. I am and have applied to everything from manufacturing to banking and even agreed to relocate on many of the applications regardless if I have to pick up and move with an 8 year old and an 18 year old that is about to graduate high school. I HAD NEVER had never been able to get food stamps (not even with unemployment)because I have always worked to provide for my kids but now I get them so thank you to my job closing down and congress! In order to find jobs we will need internet, phone, lights,and a place to be able to come home to! This has gone past too long. Reinstate unemployment or tell these people to hire us regardless of our age, experience, or background!

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  30. Travis

    It’s amazing that our elected officials don’t consider the needs of the people that put them in office. I understand that for every person that needs unemployment right now there is probably one that is taking advantage of the system. But, is it right to punish the people that have worked for years paying there taxes, and to no fault of there own find themselves needing this help. If congress would just come to the realization that the fact that they will not work together, is probably prolonging the economic downturn, maybe no one would need this federal extention. The facts are than many Americans are struggling, and we are relying on a group of individuals that have a paycheck coming in every week, to decide when we should get some relief. I bet you take away congress paychecks and tell them they have to come together and work with each other to get It back, maybe there would be more of a sense of urgency. All most of these people care about is the 1% of there supporters that have them the money to get into that seat.

  31. Pat

    I worked 30 years at one place. Walked in on
    a Tuesday and was told to go home the firm was
    closing down. No severance, no pension, no vacation or sick pay. Just adios.
    All of the jobs I apply to I am either over
    qualified or too old and never hear from them again.
    This is the first time I have collected unemployment and now that’s cut off too.
    At 59 years old I will have to apply for
    welfare and food stamps.

  32. Denise P

    Well, guess I will be going to the 5 finger discount store yet again today!!! Then I will continue to steal and scam from any one and any place I can. Believe me, I will and have been doing it. There is no money for food, utilities or gas. Also no car insurance, health insurance or dental insurance. They have all lapsed. When I do get a job, I hope the insurance companies don’t turn me down because I had let my policies lapse. I love how the president focused on the education for the minorities yesterday! What about the jobless, homeless starving Americans who have no money or means of assistance. Ooops my bad, its our own fault. Okay. Well I will have fun when voting time comes around. Oh and another priority, changing the food labels!! Give me a break! HILE HITLER

  33. Michelle

    I have worked all my life since I was 15 years old. I have always been able to find work, until now. I am 47 years old and like everyone else that lost EUC I’m going to lose my phone service, Internet which I need to look and apply for work. I have no money to put gas in my car, that Im about to lose. On and on but no one seems to care enough to act on it. Even if the economy is getting better,it is not better yet. I need help now!!! So disappointed with the people that run our Government!!!!


    Hey My brothers keeper, Obama, why don’t you get on TV and talk about the starving Americans because you don’t have the balls too tackle the unemployment issue , people are loosing there home , no food , no gas for there car WHERE IS YOUR PEN AND EXCUTIVE ORDER

  35. 28/02/2014

    It’s ridiculous how long they are stalling to even put the bill up for a vote.

  36. Marc Smith

    It just seems as though they think the Problem will just go away if they ignore it, Well let’s put them in our Shoes and see how Quickly they do the Right Thing. I’ve worked 40 years just to loss everything because my Country is run by People that really don’t Care at all about the People. Actions speak louder then Words and in the upcoming Elections I will Re-Elect No Body, We need a Fresh Approach and soon before we all lose Faith in this System of Doom!

  37. Fern Leonard

    I too am in the same boat. I am so stressed out about how to pay bills or buy groceries. I am ashamed to admit it but if an illegal proposition was offered so I could make some money I would be tempted to take it. Depending on how stressed I was at the time I probably would take advantage of the offer. The government is turning honest people into criminals. .if not in the deed itself then in the thought. Shame on you Mr Obama. You don’t talk about us because you think we are just going to go away. Wrong. Don’t ever underestimate a person whose is down and out and has been betrayed by their own country. You help other countries and leave your own people to starve.

  38. Kevin

    This Is Unreal, Like Everyone else no gas, About To lose my car because i cant pay loan. my mortgage is behind 3months next monday got a quarter tank of oil. water company came yesturday and was gonna turn off water but had to borrow from mommy and daddy like im 15. I honeztly hope and prey that every single politician voting against euc starves to death, loses everything they have worked hard for, and maybe then they would actually care about their supposed “fellow americans” instead of their pockets getting bigger.

  39. April

    Ridiculous pathetic Government we have…..Lets keep sending money to other countries so they can survive with our American money and all the Congress people can play with us like puppets while they drive their expensive cars and live in multi million dollar homes with their families with no worry about finances! FYI, unemployment is the money all of us hard workers have earned and deserve….get a clue and fix it. We need to feed ourselves and our small children for gods sake. Wake up government!!!

  40. Tony. !

    Is this how we take care of the American people in this great nation just sweep it under the rug and forget. 4 million American families are suffering when is Congress and our President going to do something to help these Americans, they need to act now each week more Americans are added . act now please!!!

  41. Jayelle

    Genius….they’re waiting for spring thaw!!!!

    There will be a short burst in the economy, (that will of course only be temporary), then they will say, “See things are improving”.

    How stupid do they think we are. We WILL NOT forget this come election time. Rather…How stupid are they?

  42. Rock bottom @ 38

    I’ve already lost my home and car which my unemployment didn’t pay for but it did at least buy me some time. Forced to relocate 1100 miles to were jobs are more scarce. Now I’ve received a job offer from the state I had to leave that can’t be accepted because I have nowhere to live and no way to return. I’m not complaining because I know I’m not alone. Good luck to all of you out there

  43. 28/02/2014

    You beautiful people in Congress are on the verge of waking the sleeping giant. The Christians are tired… we will play along with your distractions and your bait and switch only so long until we wake, rested, to show you where holy war originated. Please, wake up before the average Joe will be forced to feed his own.
    Thank you for your time.

  44. 28/02/2014

    I have worked for forty year’s and have lost my job due to downsizings. Now that I need help, that I have earned, look how my government treats me.

  45. Matt Myers

    More news companies nation wide have to get onboard with us to make a faster response from Congress to act on not just talk about it. Too much time waste not doing anything then stalling on the topic while more and more struggle to do with less .

  46. Holly

    Just great to hear! They do not care how many of us are trying and are drowning in sorrow and debit. I can speak for myself, Ive sold everything Ive worked 20 yrs for to stay open minded these pass two months. I have sent my kids to stay with family so they dont see mommy lose her mind and cry everyday. All I have left is my respect for myself and to pray for what I still have. I have lost all respect for the government and my vote want be respublican this yr. How much more do we gotta lose for them to see lazy people wouldnt care what they lose and beg for money to go to an interview of 20 others to be turned down. I actually go with out a meal to pay a cell for calls that I dont receive. I hope congress enjoys these vacation days as my children will of the damanges I faced from them to get a job to support my family, feed them, and even get them meds. I cant even afford a simple hair cut, or a nice outfit for a interview. I hate the congress!!!!!!!!

  47. Tammy

    We are suffering … Get this done! Stop the game playing! We shouldn’t have to be your pawns, you shouldn’t have the right nor the ability
    People are losing homes, literally begging to feed their children. With the small amount of EUI … People were getting by. They had just enough to give them the fuel, the Internet, the phone…things you need to even attempt to find a job!
    This makes me sick.

  48. Kate

    Interpreting data? Tell Yellin the data could be interpreted by a preschooler. Those who are long-term unemployed and no longer receiving unemployment benefits are not included in the Unemployment rates! So, though it appears the unemployment rates are much lower than they were, the numbers don’t reflect those who are still unemployed because the unemployment rates only reflect those who are CURRENTLY collecting. Rocket science? I think not.

  49. Stephanie

    I’m losing everything. I’m going under. I’m trying to stay strong but it’s hard. I have now lost my place, I’m losing my car, my business, I don’t have money for food or toiletries, or anything.i was almost certain lawmakers wouldn’t leave us hi and dry. I’m going to go check out a homeless shelter today. My roommates are also in the same bind. I have a degree, certifications, and experience and I can’t get any work. The past 3 years of my life have been horrific. I wanna blame it on being a black woman but after reading so many tragic stories I’m not sure that’s the case. I have out hundreds if not thousands of resumes. I want a job and to finish my masters deegree. I’m up to my eye balls in debt.

  50. Stephanie

    I’m losing everything. I’m going under. I’m trying to stay strong but it’s hard. I have now lost my place, I’m losing my car, my business, I don’t have money for food or toiletries, or anything.i was almost certain lawmakers wouldn’t leave us hi and dry. I’m going to go check out a homeless shelter today. My roommates are also in the same bind. I have a degree, certifications, and experience and I can’t get any work. The past 3 years of my life have been horrific. I wanna blame it on being a black woman but after reading so many tragic stories I’m not sure that’s the case. I have out hundreds if not thousands of resumes. I want a job and to finish my masters deegree. I’m up to my eye balls in debt.

  51. Mario

    I have been working since I was 15 years old. I’m 53 now. Have always given to the government to help others and America. Now that I’m in need, I get nothing but BS. I still love this country, but from now on, I’m voting Independent across the board.

  52. Ann

    This is the first time we have ever used our benefits. My husband is 60 and it is hard to find employment. He was told that
    At one place “the district manager is 33 and he wants young people. My husband comes from the school of hard knocks. Like his father and my father.Help us until he can find a good job.

  53. Stephanie

    My vote will no longer be Republican either Holly. Stay strong, don’t cry…have faith in God something will come thru for all of us. My mom worked for the govt for 30 years and got forced to retire early. I own a staffing company and the stories I hear from individuals with hard to get clearances have stories that make me want to cry but I can’t and I won’t. I’ve got to be strong and continue to help America find work. I won’t give up. Even though my business isn’t making money right now I will still continue to help people find gainful employment. We have lost millions of jobs overseas and I am afraid we are becoming a country of sales.

  54. Shannon Leah Sinclair

    What did we do deserve this? I have worked for 16 years before losing my job March 2013 because untreated post traumatic stress disorder. Im 37 and have 2 daughter’s ages 14 and 19 we live on the streets after being evicted and car was repossessed. Staying in an abandoned building today and airport or hospital waiting room. I pray The Lord gives us our emergency unemployment back its in God’s hands now.

  55. Rick Wohrman

    I’m struggling to barely survive to care for my family. Yet, many other people in my situation can relate. Jobs are scarce especially in orange, ca. I’ve applied for numerous jobs in the financial mortgage lending industry. I’ve had no responses for a job offer, as qualified as I am in this business, with over 20-=yrs. Of experience! Us, hard working people who into pay our taxes should be able to get extended unemployment benefits. Congress needs to realize that us Americans have lost homes, are starving, and barely surviving! We need DRASTIC POSITIVE CHANGES TO IMPROVE OUR QUALITY WAY OF LIVING! HINT! HINT!

  56. Latreece

    So here we go again.. Now it’s the weather..WHAT….REALLY!!!!!!! How could you let that come out of your mouth..

  57. lance lasley

    will never vote republican again!

  58. lance lasley

    I will never vote republican again!

  59. alonso

    I voted twice for president Obama but what a led down. he does not care for the people he just care about his agenda. what happened man where are you now when we need you. you are the president do something. you are the president of this great country and we the voters elected you to power because we believed in you and we still do. be strong and have faith in GOD mister president that is why GOD put you in the white house. you are the steward and shepherd of the flock.

  60. Cindy

    I have worked for 30 years and my job was terminated. I am not able to find a job and my unemployment ran out in December. I have no income and have been depending on our Republicans to approve the extension benefits. I will never vote Republican again.

  61. Joyce Bias

    I am 56 years old. I have been searching for a job since 2012. I’ve only been on 1 interview.
    My husband is 60 years old. He too has not been able to find employment. We can’t prove it but our age is definitely a factor. The unemployment was our income to pay our mortgage. Now we stand to loose our home, car.
    I lost my job because of the economy. Maybe Congress needs a reality check. There are many in our position. Maybe Congress needs to loose their jobs and face foreclosure and than maybe they would get the clear picture and not look at what’s on paper. I have worked all my life.
    This is hard and sad.

  62. KWoods

    Republican, Democrat it really doesn’t matter, they are all so out of touch with the working class that the fighting for what THEY want will never end nor do they care about the people who elected them to do anything about it. They have no term limits and people just arbitrarily vote for whoever had the seat before so they can stall and be totally ineffective as much as they want, no one holds them accountable.

    I usually vote Republican but this issue alone will cause me to vote against them next go around. Sure wish a good independant candidate would come on the scene, would definitely vote that way instead!

    They have wasted so much time now that those of us who were able to keep our credit obligations met with this assistance will now be so far behind there will be no coming back from it. If and only if they manage to pass it very soon will many of us possibly be able to save our homes.

    The recession is not over, it’s really worse than ever, I’ve never seen our area in such bad shape. Hope they wake up soon and get some folks in there who can tell them the real story.

  63. Stephanie G

    All in the name of congress. I was fortunate enough to find a job recently but how do I pay back all the money I borrowed over the past two months. My income tax payed my bills, this is crazy. Government want to push you off one program to get on another. SAD, JUST SAD. IF Congress werent getting paid for two months this would have been resolved a long time ago. The Republicans are holding up, while they are crime rate is increasing. Credit ratings are being effected. They dont care as long as they have income. This is crazy, but we run to the aid of other countries all the time. Just not our own. Come on people.

  64. Stephanie G

    sorry while the crime rate is increasing

  65. Candi

    Since congress wants to talk about the wether, I will talk about the wether. It’s been a bad.winter here in Pa. and at times the snow has prevented from job searching. But by the time spring comes if I don’t get one of the many jobs applied for I won’t have car insurance that is a must in my line of work. So why don’t you help us out give the 3months so that we can keep are means to job continue looking as the wether brakes come on it’s been 2months don’t you think that if anyone who wasn’t taking a job because of Euc benefits that they woulda gave in by now. Come on congress I have always been a hard worker. I’m embarrassed to not be working but I’m afraid I’m getting to far behind please give myself and others the means we need to make it throughout this wether because it’s just another reason to help us

  66. wells

    this gov sucks im 48 i have worked all my life never needed aid from the gov im educated been looking for work nothing, phone of little gas and now i need help i still have not exhausted all funds but i must wait 6months to reapply lol its sorry when our gov can send money to other countries and can’t take care is’t own

  67. Eric Gordon

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I can’t wait for the weather to get better before something gets done. Like the rest of you, I have been a law abiding, tax paying citizen of the United States of America for decades and now that I am unemployed due to no fault of my own, I am nothing more than a political pawn. We, as Americans, not only have the right, but the duty, to let those in Washington know that they can’t keep stepping on us and using us for their own political gain! Speak up and be heard! Call and write your congressmen & women, your representatives, your senators and anyone else in Washington that has an address, email or phone number, and let them know they need to do what is right and bring back the EUC.

  68. David B.

    I reflect on all the daily comments made daily being in the same situation as 2 million plus other “AMERICANS” and Growing.
    Watching TV yesterday I expected maybe a update on the cruel position our government has put unemployed “AMERICANS” in for over 2 months now.
    Breaking News from Obama nothing at all. But a sense of urgency on the following.
    Obama at a High School talking too kids about how great the future will be VS. Taking a few minutes to update “UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS” on UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS-For sure this is Out-of Sight/Out-of-Mind. Thanks to these Government Idiots.
    Mrs. Obama Update on Nutrition Facts Labels Cannot afford food for my family and children. This is great to know. If the government ever resolves this. I will for sure read the Top Ramon label before eating the product.

    Next Government Jobless Report-Government has had great improvement in support of “AMERICANS” Now no Home, Internet, Phone, Gas, Car and food. Because there is no way to apply for a job.

    Tent Cities/Homeless Shelters-Address Government Cannot Come to a Decision Phone Number 1-800-Vaction left invisible to results from these MORONS.


  69. William Rasco

    OMG Please. People are hurting.

  70. thomas holland

    Realy! The weather! Get real. First the GOP wants a way to fund The EUC. The Dems find a way . NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Tell the truth, you want to amend the bill to meet the special interest groups.Hence the amendments listed. 2605, 2615 and 2640. How does this have anything to do with funding this bill? Again this is just a way politicians serve the special interest groups that line their pockets!!!!!!!

  71. david f

    on the bright side…I’m not working and they aint paying so at least I’m not paying taxes…so in a way I’m not paying their salaries…I wonder what will happen when enough of us aren’t paying taxes…I guess that will eventually get their attention…don’t that seem funny , you would think they would want me to pay taxes…afterall that’s all they talk about, that there’s no money…

  72. david f

    kinda like the rich…the rich own the companies that make the products and when things go soft they layoff we the people…( note to rich if I don’t have a job and money I don’t buy the products)

  73. david f

    ( the circle of life )

  74. hunter

    This is absolutely disgusting… as a veteran effected by cutting off the extension, the more and more I read about the disgusting acts and accussations of our govt. It truly sickens me. I gave up everything and served, went to Iraq, missed a great deal of my daughter’s life and time with my wife… and these people have the BALLS to blame these decisions on things like weather… you have to be kidding me. Maybe i should tell my auto loan company theyre going to have to wait for their money because of inclement weather recently. Lets see how that goes over when the repo man shows up. Its no suprise why the government is making strides to control guns/ammunition because they KNOW a revolutionary uprising will happen at this rate. Dont be suprised congress… and also dont forget my invitation when it does, i will gladly stand beside all of you to take america back to the americans.. not the elected filth.

  75. 28/02/2014

    Senators in Washington,
    You work for us We voted You into the position You are in. The Unemployed have to eat and live, so far You all have done nothing to help them. There We come a time You need are votes and they won’t be there for You. Provide Jobs or Unemployment for them. Or Maybe Donate some of Your Salary to them. While they wait on You to provide work for them.

  76. Kenneth Kasian

    Leave it to the rich politicians to screw the people who made them rich. This is a complete joke but lets make sure we send money to Afghanistan to help the heroin growers get richer. Why should we take care of our own people. I worked over 30 years and paid into this now I get 26 weeks and its adios to me. You people in Washington have no clue I plan on voting the independent line for now on. I was registered as a republican but you all can KMA now.

  77. Lori

    I cant believe that this has not yet been passed. I have been without a job for the past 15 months. I only got to draw unemployment benefits for 9 months and then the government decided to take it away. Our economy is NOT getting any better and will not as long as we continue on the path we are taking. I just heard on the news this morning that one of the largest lenders is cutting ALOT more jobs (Wells Fargo)!! How are we supposed to make it like this. I have tried to get a job and no one is hiring at this time. My family is suffering tremendously!! I worked for the past 20 years and was never without a job. The first time I lose my job, I cant even get unemployment benefits to help support my family until something else opens up for me. Our government system is totally screwed up. The reason people draw welfare now days is because they can bring home more each month drawing from the government than what they could getting a job making minimum wage. By the time you pay for gas and insurance making minimum wage, you dont have any money left. My last job I worked in the public. It was sad that the folks coming into the office on welfare were driving nicer vehicles, wearing nicer clothes, took bigger vacations, had the newest and best IPhones, and lived in the fancy houses; while good honest working people like myself were scraping by to make ends meet each month. Explain that one!! Something is gonna have to give or we will definately see more people doing what they HAVE to do to make ends meet (such as stealing). To our government, put yourself in our shoes and think what it would be like. I think you have forgotten what its like to worry about where your next meal will come from or how you will pay your next bill!!!

  78. dee

    The White House disgusts me. I thought Obama cared about the people. He’s on TV being a Big Brother and mentor to at-risk teens. Michelle is dancing ok with vegetables to promote healthy eating. Shouldn’t they be meeting with Congress to figure out how to extend unemployment benefits to the people that are on their 3rd month of no money, practically living on the streets with no cars, no food, no phone for an employer to even contact you. We have worked, most of us for years, and this is what we get in our time of need! The weather??? Shame on all of you.

  79. Kenneth Kasian

    They don’t care the biggest story in NJ isn’t the unemployment rate, the fact that manufacturing is dying, that there are empty warehouses every where here, or that our children are suffering because of the latest developments. Nope its “BRIDGE GATE” another wonderful move by a DA politician and his rich friends. What a joke this government is while we sleep on the job the Indians, Pakistani’s,
    Chinese and Japanese are taking all our jobs and our money. Great plan we have here, let all the companies go overseas and pay practically nothing for labor, then sell it all back to us. LMAO wonder why we can’t find jobs?



  81. cindaybre

    doesn’t really matter anymore…I stop looking…the thing is how those bastards getting paid through our taxes when no one is buying anything. Where is their pay coming from? I say all 2 million apply for Food Stamps, and Snap and everything they can..hell Medicaid as well…at least we can get some of the money we put in over the many years we worked….And lets see them find the money to foot this huge bill…

  82. Dennis

    I continue to repeat myself when I say we can send troops over to other Countries, destroy them, and then fund the money to rebuild them again, send food over to take care of the people but we cannot take care if our own people. In The State Of The Union Address Oboma said that it was time for Congress to get together and clear up this matter or he will step in and use his Excective power (his pen) and get this problem solved. Well where is Obama now. Hes as spineless as the rest of the politicians in office. We cannot go home to our warm homes, have a great dinner, and sit back and not worry about what’s going on with the world like they are doing. We have delinquent mortgages, missed car payments, utility shutoffs, no food, and no gas for our cars, if we still have a car… And we still have NO JOBS!! How long is it going to take before er all break. Another week, month, 2 months before millions of people have lost everything. There is going to be deep consiquences to pay sooner than later.

  83. 28/02/2014

    This country is really, really messed up. The foregoing comments have said it all. However, I would like to point out that the ‘age’ discrimination laws need to be totally re-done, now, without any further delay. It’s a joke – the employers want the 20-30 yr. olds, that they can burn up and spit out, like they did to the rest of us, us – the ones that made the Repubs rich, very rich over the decades….Totally disgusted.

  84. Dennis

    I continue to repeat myself when I say we can send troops over to other Countries, destroy them, and then fund the money to rebuild them again, send food over to take care of the people but we cannot take care if our own people. In The State Of The Union Address Oboma said that it was time for Congress to get together and clear up this matter or he will step in and use his Excective power (his pen) and get this problem solved. Well where is Obama now. Hes as spineless as the rest of the politicians in office. We cannot go home to our warm homes, have a great dinner, and sit back and not worry about what’s going on with the world like they are doing. We have delinquent mortgages, missed car payments, utility shutoffs, no food, and no gas for our cars, if we still have a car… And we still have NO JOBS!! How long is it going to take before we all break. Another week, month, 2 months before millions of people have lost everything. There is going to be deep consiquences to pay sooner than later.

  85. 28/02/2014

    This country is really, really messed up. The foregoing comments say just about all of it. However, I would like to point out that our EEOC laws need to be changed post-haste regarding age discrimination. The elite want the 20-30 yr. olds today, so they can burn them up and spit them out, since they don’t know the ropes like the rest of us do, after decades of making tons of companies very very rich, and now we’re under the bus. It’s a total disgrace, and I’m totally disgusted. Somebody needs to get all the garbage jobs off the job boards, since way too many of them are not fillable. Employers are just not motivated to hiring people back, but I guess it’s okay to grab our resumes, know our whole lives on that one piece of paper called a ‘resume’ and then round-file them or they magically disappear into cyberspace, while we sit and wait. Wait for what?

  86. Charles

    Hey grow marijuana…lets see if it’s going to make as much money as the ppl of Colorado n Washington St. Say…lemme hear a hell yeah..gitter- done!

  87. Rocky

    Time to take to the streets of our city’s and protest. That’s if your not already there, but soon to be there.
    I’m sure all of our posting here are not being read by anyone in Washington DC.
    Want to get their attention. Protest in front of your government building in your city NOW. We need to get in front of the Media today.

  88. 28/02/2014

    This situation is utterly disgusting afterall I have lost my house and now I am living in a shelter. The White House and our President Obama should have done something about this. Many people are hurting because of this. Children are also hurting in this situation they need to be fed and clothed and housed. How can they not do anything about this. Its like they slid it under the carpet..

  89. jason

    I think we the people need to take the silver spoons from these rich congress that are suppose to help the American people that get over paid from are tax money . And feed them something else that’s made out of a silver ball. That will wake the idiots up. I see a war coming soon on are own grounds. The government needs to wake up and help the people , and quit helping all these other countries out.

  90. Jessie

    That’s OK, I still have another month before the bank starts foreclosing. Take your time.





  93. Vanita Bailey

    Congress, you all are a joke. Folks such as myself can’t pay our bills, can’t buy groceries, buy gas etc. Economy getting better? Yeah right, for who?? THE RICH… You all need to get it together!! And Mr. President, you need to deal with matters on the home front instead of worrying about other countries so much.(Umm Just Sayin’…)

  94. 01/03/2014

    worked forty years. Lost my job, Cant get my unemployment extension. when is the weather changing.

  95. 01/03/2014

    I am also out of time. I can only find a part time job making 10 per hour….I have a masters degree. I have over 30 years of work experience. I can’t find a job. Really you gotta be kidding me…..Fix this unemployment extension issue….!!!!

  96. Anabel

    What does the weather have to do with the unemployment insurance ?

  97. Mike

    WE THE PEOPLE need an answer! Yes or No on the extension! I hope all the politicians learn to live day to day as the people that are living day to day as we are. Tomorrow is another day without bills being paid for tools to find a job. Maybe it is time to go a different direction as far a politics. INDEPENDENT????????

  98. Janet

    I am so scared right now, I have only received 6 months of unemployment benefits and I was one of the people that benefits stopped for in December. I am a single parent of two children and I have always worked but after being laid off in may 2013 I have been constantly looking for work applying online and going for interviews but nothing. I moved in with my parents and they are struggling as well. Now that I have no benefits my job search has been extremely limited due to the fact that I have no money for gas to go to these companies, now the car payment is due and still no money so now I will be losing my car which is going to make it almost impossible to look for work, next is my phone will be shut off next week therefore I will never know if a job that I applied for is calling me for an interview, then my internet will be disconnected next week as well which I am a full time student to become a psychologist to provide a better future for my children but now that dream will disappear too. Does anyone else see the domino effect here. What am I supposed to do?? I am a strong individual but I don’t have any answers and to wait for congress to figure things out is unacceptable. Congress is setting the course of me and my children’s future they have the no idea of how much of an impact they have on people in my situation right now. I guess it is time to start excepting the fact that we will be living on the streets with no answers.

  99. 01/03/2014

    Wow now its the weather. Thats the last straw I will now become independen.t such crap these idiots thank they know what the people need. How can they there always on vacation never at work. When they are there all they do is blame the other guy. Unless they get what they want in a bill they shoot it down & say the other guy didn’t play fair.well I have played fair since I was 14 I’m now 61 work all my life & served my country & this is the thanks I get. Everyone one of these assholes from the top on down don’t have a clue what’s happening in the real world. They are turning this country into a disgrace for the world to see. Bank wants my home cable gone car coming close to being gone everything I have work for is being taken away. Why because we don’t live in a foreign country so we can’t get help.what a sad day in America. They should all burn in hell & even that’s not hoarse enough. I just hope come election day the people really show these idiots what they really thank & vote there asses out of office.

  100. 01/03/2014

    This Damn weather…imagine a snowstorm and deep freezes to blame for no jobs….Did Janet freeze her buns off going home from HER fancy Job…..????? Looks to me like Harry Reid is one of the chosen few to be commended…he has certainly been trying hard to put this thing through….Where is President King Tut….cannot see he has been too instrumental in this matter….

  101. traci breeckner

    I have been off work for 8months. .
    have worked all my life and I am 56 years old…….I have applied for hundreds of jobs and I know I dont get them because of my age….I have a son who is a marine and did 3 tours and is now a police officer…….WHY is my country letting me down now….I can’t pay my rent…I am so screwed….maybe senate could stop getting a pay check for 8 months and help us….do you care about our country or not? You find funds for everything else. Please help me!

  102. Di Cat

    I worked 28 years at one place. Walked in one day and was told company was closing it’s 2 sites in Pittsburgh. A few weeks severance and now UC is also cut. After working 28 years, you’d think I could get UC while looking and practically begging for jobs. The situation is pitiful. We have elected a Congress who don’t care about the people they are meant to serve. I continue to be told that I over-qualified or too old or I never hear from them.
    This is the first time I have collected unemployment and now that’s cut off too.
    At 57 years, I want to thank Congress and Obama, who hasn’t uttered the word “Unemployment” in a while now. But let’s send help all over the world to assist everyone else. Shame on you all!

  103. nicolette raske

    I can’t its taking so long for Congress to pass this bill what are we gonma do.
    We as Americans who are out of work through no fault of our own.
    I mean we can’t pay our bills and we are behind in everything.
    This is just so tough I am so worried for all of us please Congress fix this.
    I mean America is suppost to be so wonderful and I thought that Congress was suppost to help.
    not hinder in times like this the economy is getting better but we still have a long way to go.
    and although we are starting to recover from this economic downfall.
    stopping things that help the American people continue to recover.
    it instead stops us from being able to put into the economy and then food stamps are reduced again.
    I just don’t get it and I am starting to lose hope in this country in my Congress and the president.
    and without hope and faith what do you have legistlations and bills.
    That Congress refuses to pass more broken promises by our president.
    I really hope for the sake of all of us that emergency Euc. Is passed right away.

    Gob bless

  104. Pedro

    I thought Obama was on our side. I guessed wrong. He cares more about getting Dems elected in the fall so he’ll have a better chance of creating a legacy for himself the following two years. For this he doesn’t mind screwing over the unemployed, which makes him no different than the Repubs.

  105. Rocky

    Mr. Obama needs to quit worrying about Russia or any other country right now!!! Mrs. Obama needs a real job. Quit worrying about food labels that our unemployed Americans and children can’t effort to buy right now. You both should be ashamed. The 2-4 million unemployed Americans and their children being swept under the rug by our own government. And you both are worried about other country’s and food labels. What a joke. This is a real slap to the American people. Your concern is about everything but the unemployed Americans. New data has been posted about the real number of unemployed Americans that have not been counted in the past. This new data of a total of 10.2 million people in the US counted and not counted ( forgotten ) are long term unemployed. Yes 10.2 million Americans are and still is unemployed across this great nation. Washington DC hides the real numbers. Don’t want to count the ones they want to forget. If this Survival Extension don’t pass, Washington DC will forget us and the fake numbers of unemployed Americans posted by our leaders will make them look good. Bottom line we the American people know better. We live in the real world, folks in Washington DC don’t.

    USA first!!!!!!!!! Other country’s and food labels back burners.

  106. Vicki M

    Here we go again. I DARE any of you over the age of 50 to go searching for a job. I’m 64 and have worked all my life. Now when I NEED unemployment to keep from losing absolutely everything where are my politicians? PLEASE, I BEG you. Pass this as soon as possible and help those Americans who need this help. My husband just had a pacemaker/defibrulator installed and I feel this is only a peek into what we have in store for the future.

  107. jamie

    Same boat as everyone else. Nothing left.I pray someone does something very fast.

  108. M.Frazer

    While Congress sits around and plays political games, 2 million long term unemployed Americans suffer. One way to stop Congress from playing games with peoples’ lives to have the 2 million (or even half that number would be suffice) march on Washington. To hell with signing petitions, emailing, and calling these elected representatives, because that seems to have no bearing on them. It is easy to disregard or blow an issue or people off when they are not in your face, but with 2 million people standing outside your door asking questions and seeking answers, I bet they would come to quick decision making then. It worked with the civil rights movements in the 1960’s.

  109. jenni

    Seems funny our own country won’t take care of their own but they jet across the ocean to take care of everyone else. My nephew lost his life as a marine to see to it that this shit don’t happen, yet after 18 years my job was terminated. This country is nothing but communist, which only means the government is only for themselves. We better wake up America or we will be WORSE than a third world country.

  110. B. Funstock

    Hopefully someone is forwarding these comments and pleas to our politicians. These are good loyal Americans looking for work. Unless the government wants more people on the welfare roles, more mortgage foreclosures and more Americans slipping into poverty (which has a substantial price-tag too), they best extend UC coverage another 6 months.

    Sadly, those desiring additional “data” will assume the employment situation is improving since “now” the statistics will indicate less folks on unemployment because those who recently lost benefits will not be counted in the numbers for the currently unemployed! Others, which are over 62, who still desire to work but can’t find any, will simply retire (more money).

    The current crop of politicians best pay attention to our (so far friendly) citizens pleas, in lieu of worrying about folks in countries which don’t like us much in the first place. If they want us to fight for the USA (at their direction) in the future, they best take care of their own “first”, and not bite the hands that feed them!

  111. 01/03/2014

    I have to believe that all of this has been planned. It is their job to know that the extension would end in December. I think that they planned all of this. They know that older Americans are obedient. That we would take all of their inactivity, quietly. I believe that they had hoped and still hope that some big story would take over mainstream media and the rest of America would forget about us. It seems to be working. Actors getting arrested get more coverage. I think that the media play off anything that comes along on the news just so they dont have to address unemployment. We need social media and mainstream media to work for us. Until we roar, the government will not act.

  112. Neil Koenig

    I will never vote republican again. It’s disgraceful that my representatives don’t give a damn about helping people that have been productive members of society. I’m 60 and haqve worked since I was 14. Never ask the government for anything. It trully makes me sick that this is what my country does when I for the first time in my life need a helping hand.

  113. LI

    I’m DONE!!!! I will be Living on the street in front of the CAPITAL!!!!


  114. Travis

    They’ll know it when some crazy lunatic bombs their buildings in some way, shape, or form. I don’t condone violence or any other force, but one day there are going to be people that have had enough of their B.S. All of the votes and stalling in the world won’t be able to help them because none of it will matter. 2million people(and counting) that will be willing to do anything and everything to survive will not be a good thing and could abruptly turn into so much more. Are they going to arrest 2million people that start committing crimes? Sending more people to jail, raising the cost for that already known issue as well. How easy will it be to blame the weather then? Really? I hope it does not come down to these types of situations but I’m sure it has already started somewhere. We have “leave no child behind” for education. We have “leave no soldier behind” for military. Why is it ok for congress to be leaving our own civilians behind in the economy in favor of illegal immigrants and people who defy the nature of our country’s well being?? Our “leaders” should adopt a “leave no civilian behind” approach in the economy. Not leaving students behind.. has improved graduation rates and has driven more people to further their education. Leaving no soldier behind has instilled our military to believe in one another in order to carry out some of the greatest military accomplishments in history, ensuring our military as one of the strongest in the world. Is it far-fetched to think that a “leave no law abiding citizen behind” approach could help to propel our economy? How are companies to make money if our workers are steadily dropping.. 700,000 workers in 2mths. It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going to happen once that trend continues. Help our people so the rest of the nation doesn’t have to witness one nations self-destruction due to an incompetent and greed oriented government!! Eventually, unless you are a CEO of a company(and even then may happen).. you will be faced with unemployment with these numbers. Those that think it will never happen to them are just flat-out wrong. They will be the same ones hypocritically screaming for help when in the same situation. Just as many people who thought their jobs were secure in the past are doing now.

  115. 01/03/2014

    “Unemployment Benefit Extension waits on Policy Leaders to Review and React. Policy leaders will continue to monitor economic developments to determine if the recovery is progressing adequately.” Ms. Yellen believes the U.S. economy recovery continues,blames the weather for recently soft economic data and is not sure the data is adequate. What kind of math do they do in Washington? If they want to see the unemployment damage they just need to walk down almost any street in America and they will see people in line for a food box, seeking out every agency they can find to help pay the basic needs of families lights, water, shelter. How do you find a job without gas for the car or bus fare? If you are lucky enough to be able to get to a business hiring how can the perspective employers call you for an interview when you phone has been disconnected. More and more companies want their applications filled out on line no money on internet. And around and around we go while the government decides if the number crunchers data is correct. If their raise was in question I bet the data would fit.

  116. 01/03/2014

    On last comment I ment NO CONSIDERATION…..

  117. IsabelSH

    2 million are unemployed right now. Because many citizen have the luxury of a job they will not care about it and the Government well… we can see that they don’t care. The benefits will not get approved again. I lost hope already. The reason why so many people are unemployed and cannot find jobs is because they have skills and greed companies prefer to hire someone with no skills to pay less. I am a register voter for the Green Party, because Republican, Democrats, Independent and the Tea Party are all the same and they do not represent the 98% American’s. The Land of opportunity is just a once upon a time story, and Freedom is the next…

  118. Jose

    The fate of millions in the hands of a few who would rather play politics than help a human begin. WOW, america how great of a nation where people come second to politics and business. One nation under God should be rephrased to say One nation ruled by heartless politicians. SAD…

  119. 01/03/2014

    …The fate of millions in the hands of a few who would rather play politics than help a human begin. WOW, america how great of a nation where people come second to politics and business. One nation under God should be rephrased to say One nation ruled by heartless politicians. SAD…

  120. 01/03/2014

    Hello Everyone,

  121. 01/03/2014

    Hello Everyone,
    This is getting old. Been hitting food pantry to feed family. What does it take to add other party to a ballot. Don’t really want to vote Republican, Democrat or Independent. How about Other Party or D: All the Above on ballot. Maybe President just lost his phone and pen. I’ll send mine as it is about to be shut off. Maybe President Obama can get that last executive order done using my almost dead phone and pen. What a grand politician. Thank you for your time.

  122. Leon D

    This is truly a disgrace. There are nearly 2 million people who are in dyer need from the government that is suppose to protect us and help us when we are down and out. I am in the same boat as most of you are and have been looking at the computer every minute to see if they have made a decision or not and come to find out that they are out of congress until Monday again!!!!!!!!!!? These sorry and selfish republican really don’t give a damn about anyone who is middle class or in poverty!!! They shut us down by not extending unemployment, not wanting to raise the minimum wage, They take away food stamps from the poorest for no reason, whatsoever, they did not even have a reason to deduct food stamps, except for the fact that it puts more money in their greedy ass pockets!!!!!! I have a disabled mother, who had a stroke, that I have to take care of. I worked all of my life since I was 16 and I’m 32 now and these bastards can’t even give me my money that I worked hard for. Was laid off due to lack of work, now I am attending school but only have so much time before I can’t go due to the lack of funds. My phone is off and I don’t have money to put gas in my car or have the ability to receive calls just in case someone does call me for an interview. I have been looking for work since I was laid of in December of 2012 and have been looking and applying for every position I can but no response. Jobs that are available are too far to travel to and I don’t have the gas money to go so far to work for 8.25 an hour. The democrats are doing what they can but I personally think that they should have included this bill in the budget but it really are the republicans that are stopping this. They don’t care about minorities and continue to take from the majority of hard working, honest Americans, who by the way, put your sorry selfish asses where you are!!!!!!!! This will be my first time voting and I will most definitely vote democrat. They are the ones who are trying to keep this as an important issue for 2 million people. Republicans don’t even b other to bring the matter up at all. Looked at the Ed show on MSNBC, and someone asked why congress isn’t talking about unemployment and sadly, Ed stated that “it just isn’t a important issue to congress”. No one is even still reporting on it anymore and it pisses me off to think that these bastards are putting our families and loved ones through this!!!!!!!!! I totally agree with David, WE REALLY NEED TO MARCH TO CONGRESS TO SHOW THEM THAT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE AND THAT OUR FAMILIES DO MATTER!!!!!!! Until then, I don’t think that this will become important to the republicans and 2 millions+ people will be in deep trouble and have to apply for the little food stamps that the republicans allow us to have. WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING PEOPLE, UNTIL THEN REPUBLICANS WILL NOT EXTEND BENEFITS!!!!! REMEMBER THAT THE BILL HAS TO GO THROUGH THE SENATE AND HOUSE AND THEY ARE MOSTLY republican. When people start to turn on republicans in immortal ways, maybe then they will get it. LET’S MARCH TO CONGRESS AND MAKE A PROTEST!!!!! REPUBLICAN BASTARDS.

  123. Emily

    Congress, my dad needs money to feed me please extend his benifits

  124. dj

    Give money to other countries !!!
    An they don’t take care of the US people
    if they want too get the debt back help
    the people here at Home. Stop giving
    money too eastern countries.

  125. AC

    How stupid is she??? The weather is making the economy soft??????? How about 2 million plus people out of work and not able to pay for anything????? I would think THAT is what’s making the economy soft!

  126. Kristie

    I am in this same boat as well, but for me it is just starting. I have been working for over 21 years and was laid off 6 months ago. Looks like my 26 weeks of unemployment benefits are up. After so many years of service with no breaks I am only allowed 26 weeks after so many have employees have been blessed with 18 months. My mother who is 64 — too old to be hired by another company and too young to retire — works for the same company that I did. She will be laid off in a couple weeks. Gotta love Corporate America and their downsizing BS. She will has 26 weeks too. She is single, has as a mortgage and she is financially responsible for herself, with no employment in the near future because of her age. I am now doing a short sale of my house and considering bankruptcy on the rest. See my mom needs help too. Once her 26 weeks are up and if she isn’t hired, she will need some kind of income. I’m hoping it will be me, working somewhere and helping my beloved mother, since our self-loving, game-playing government won’t. This nation is in desperate need of an over-powered wake-up call and a side of human compassion.

  127. DarCig

    Both sides are to blame. When the country is broke something has to give. There is so much money being wasted on pork barrel spending we have no Monet left to give extra unemployment to people during a elongated recession. When talk of cutting pension and pay for our military we knew the country was in trouble

  128. Al Lee

    I’ve been working since I was 14 yrs old (8 yrs old if you count the nickle and dime odd jobs and errands I used to do for the neighborhood elderly when I was a kid and the lawns I used to mow), I am a decorated military veteran, up until just a few years ago I kept two jobs always — even while in the military. I have worked for everything I’ve ever gotten, never asked anyone for anything, never had anything given to me. Built my way up to a good position with a military contractor over the past seven years, gov’t sequestration brought about layoffs, and now have been unemployed for the first time in my adult life since May. Extended benefits started end of November only to be cut off a few weeks later — benefits that all of the hard working people of this nation deserve in these times of need. I am so disappointed in this leaders of this nation. They’ve turned their backs on us and are using us as pawns. I have looked diligently for work since the layoff AND have gone back to college online. Good thing I never let that good paying job dictate my lifestyle or else I’d be in as bad a situation as so many others are. I could (and would) flip burgers to survive… if only I wasn’t so “OVERQUALIFIED” to do so. Mr. President, get off your ass and do something!!! An executive order is needed. Get your nose out of other countries’ business and take care of home. The same people who put you in office are the very ones who have fallen victim to this awful joblessness. Stop dropping the ball five minutes after kickoff! The biggest slap in the face is the fact that this issue (which is contributing to even further demise of our economy) is that there’s not even any press coverage… nobody cares. I guess when people have been pushed past their breaking points and a violent wave of rioting and mass destruction sweeps across the nation, maybe then the powers that be will get off their royal asses! For everyone who is affected by this as I am, my heart goes out to you all. May God keep us all somehow, some way.

  129. 02/03/2014

    I worked and paid into the system since I was 12 yrs. old, one day I asked where does all the money go that I paid into the system and the answer I got was it goes to the people that need it, well what the hell is our government doing we need help now! What kind of game are they playing anyway? We need to get these old bastards out and get some real people in cause they suck!!

  130. Kenneth Kasian

    That will never happen unfortunately, this morning I watched the show The Men who built our country on H2D2. Its funny how these people have no regard for the people that work for them. While they battle to become richer we battle to feed our families. Don’t believe that any of these people have the people in their concerns, as John D Rockefellers con man father said it best, “trust no one son, even me” The rich will get richer and we will suffer at their hands, none of these people have any second thoughts about screwing the workers of the world. They only want more wealth, its obvious in the way they control the political and judicial systems in this country. Corporate bankruptcy is a joke in this country, they get major bonuses while they bankrupt the companies. They walk away richer and we walk away looking for a job competing with hundreds of other people. Then they have the balls to hold back pensions and severance pay from the people who busted their ass for that company. It gets tied up in courts for years while we sit and hope that we will get this back. Not going to happen the system is set up to screw you and me and our families. All the while rich groups of men battle for control over our souls. They regard us as scum and will stop at nothing to get what they want. Then every once in awhile they quiet the masses by throwing us a bone, now is one of those times. Get it done and stop hurting the people who made this country great, the American worker, they do all the living and dying for this country while you Potters of the world get rich off of us. Time to anti up to the public so get it done.

  131. Scoty83348

    Oh they speak about sooooo many jobs being created.That may be the case, but @ 54 yrs old and have worked for 40 years, I have applied to 39 companies.A few interviews for Management/Trainee Positions. Each and every job baits you with a job description of full time employ and want to hire you and send you for drug screening etc. Once the smoke clears, the “offer” suddenly changes to part time @ minimum wage with a 16 hour work week. The “decision process” is predicated upon the Unemployment % #’s. These numbers are skewed since it only accounts for those currently collecting. It doesn’t account for all of us who are on the verge of losing everything.

    This cock and bull story of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour is an absolute disgrace. Maybe the members of congress should lay off the $1200.00 lunches and go barefoot into the chambers and donate their $650 shoes ,turn the heat off and let them know what living a real life with struggle is all about. They should build “A Great Wall of the US” and keep the focus here at home.They are so quick to jump to give Aid to other countries, Where lies OUR Aid? They should impeach them all as they ALL have their hand in the “cookie Jar” WE have all worked so long and hard to fill!!

  132. Jane

    Anyone know who reads these heartbreaking stories? Or is this just a place for us to cry into the darkness where the politicians hide and breed.

    Why not take to the streets and like people did in 2010 & 2011 with the Occupy America movement?

    Could they ignore the estimated 2-4 Million unemployed and the other 6 Million that are no longer looking for jobs? They could not and would not ignore the millions and the additional 10 million plus family members that are in the vortex of this “Economic Recovery”, flushed away to never rise again.

    Shame on them? Really? REALLY? They have no shame. They know no shame. They only react to pressure. So give it to them. Occupy America for those who actually WILL Occupy America in homeless shelters, on the streets because no doubt hundreds of thousands have had Eviction Notices since congress failed to renew Unemployment Benefit Extensions in January.

    Focus, Get Mad and Organize!!!

  133. Rocky

    93 billion American dollars to support and rebuild Afghanistan. Now we are pulling out and the Afghanistan slaps the USA with a 1 billion dollar tax bill. LOL

    Ukraine’s march on Washington DC just this pass weekend asking for help and support from our US Government. Mr. Obama is ready TODAY to support the Ukraine’s with American money and supplies. You ask how much money? Most likely in the billions.

    The long term unemployed AMERICANS that have worked for many years ( 20-40 ) years are asking for help and support from our US Government. We get NOTHING, just stalled talk and game playing in Washington DC.

    Is it going to take a war within the U.S. to get Washington DC attention? Seems like other country’s wars and issues gets Washington DC attention real fast. I hope it’s doesn’t come to that. But 2 plus million Americans will only take so much B/S from Washington before they start pushing back and fighting for what is right. Time is ticking and American people are watching.

  134. kathy

    So….food stamps are cut back, school lunches are cut back, Unemployment is CUT OFF, yet we still have money to send overseas? Mr Obama and the senate and congress need it to be made VERY CLEARLY in the next election that WE THE PEOPLE, not Afganistan, Syria, etc etc etc, are the PEOPLE they committed to look after FIRST!!!! The old saying “Charity begins at home” is an appropriate cliché to email your representatives. Also, it would behoove the government officials to cut off their financial lifeline until they remember what a dollar is worth, especially when it has been taken from you.

  135. Jerry Lucky

    I need HELP NOW……….

  136. Todd Eagleton

                                                                                                          Leadership in Washington DC or Sociopathic Behavior?   
                                                                                                       No concern about the lives of unemployed citizens


         The definition of Leadership is defined simply as the capacity to turn a vision into reality through inspiring and motivating people.  A Sociopath is defined as an antisocial disorder in which a person has a long term pattern of manipulating, exploiting, or violating the rights of others, without having a conscience (after reading that, are you visualizing a campaign rally before election).  With the two terms being defined, where do some of our politicians fit under those two definitions?  The politicians that do not care about human life, or the well being of EVERY family in our great Country, not just their own family, the wealthy, but ALL of us.  Especially, in the time we need help the most.  There is always focus on a problem with many of these politicians, and not focus on a solution to the problem.  Yet, they create more issues (more problems) by not making a decision.  A Leader would make the decision, and find the solution regardless of the outcome of that decision.   A person who has no care for human life, without conscience, wouldn’t make a decision, or care about a solution. It’s a true shame that Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Dan Coats (R-Indiana), & Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) obviously have no conscience, and have  forgotten where they came from and whom they represent.  You hear comments from our elected officials such as “…extending unemployment benefits is not the answer…We need to focus on creating jobs”.  It doesn’t take an unemployed ex-District Manager to figure out the government has not created a magic wand that is waved, and new business’s pop-up (if you do, please stop in PA and wave that thing!).  If you extend the unemployment benefits while focus on creating new jobs, that is the answer (it’s called multi-tasking).  Focus on the long term unemployed first, with pairing and matching with companies to employ them, and focus on a slow progression of depleting benefits (wien-off) the dollars over a period of time.  So the unemployed can prepare, have the time to find a job, and get their first paycheck, knowing when the last dollars will come.  It’s in-humane in a modern society to “cut-off” all income, and leave people helpless.

         As a society, how have we become so uncaring for one another, as you see so many comments about employed individuals who reply to the comments or stories of the truly suffering unemployed individuals.  I was raised with values, that taught me to respect life (people, animals, etc.).  I have always lived with the idea of “never to affect lives in a negative way”, and always to help people when I can.  It’s sad to say, many people do not care.  If we were stray dogs, undernourished being shown on television or reported in the news, there would be an outreach from people to help, to make sure they were taken care of and to help them survive.  For us, human beings, losing our homes/place to live, no food, falling behind on bills to the point of “no return” (credit destroyed, needing to work for years to catch up, etc.), losing all our possessions we own, and having simply nothing in the end, receive very little to no compassion.  Please, do not twist my words, as I love and care about animals as many do, but that is just an example of how we as a society have transformed from reaching out to help, or finding a way to help others in such an advanced society.    We judge not only because of religion, race, gender, sexual preference, but now employed verses unemployed, Republican verses Democrat.  All without the fact that we are all human beings, that just want to take care of our families, and live a good life. There is no “American Dream” if you do not have the simple necessities to live.   You can’t dream about vacations, travel, a new car, big house, and things you always wished for when you don’t know if you will have a place to live, food to eat, and what your future holds.  It’s stress from the minute you wake, to the time you sleep (and most of the time, you cannot sleep staying awake with worry).

    My story (I don’t think it matters to anyone):

    I have worked since I was 15 years old, with no “gaps” in employment, or terminations.  Two jobs while going to high school/college, and three jobs during the summer months.  I always prided myself on doing the best I could, and being the best worker I could be.   I stayed with the same company for 25 years (through company acquisitions) with no employment gaps, lay-offs, or even missing time (only 5 sick days since 1988).   I lived my life and served my employer with honesty and integrity, with values and character.   This is the first time of collecting unemployment benefits, and it ends abruptly.  On May 24, 2013, I was given a “Separation& Release” agreement (severance), and was told I had 21 days to agree / accept, or they would notify me by mail the reason for my termination.   The “cost-of-an-hour”/payroll re-structure.  I had led my team(s) to many years of company leading results, and always earned my position daily.   I was proud of my position, cared about the 160 plus team members that I was responsible for, and thought of them as family.   I cared about their families, their success, their goals, and their future.  It was about development, and helping others succeed.  I believed in them, and they believed in me.  I believe that is an example of Leadership.   I was a District Manager for a company, not a politician, and I realized many years ago that results, “numbers”/financials, budgets,  always had positive results when I believed in my team (my employees), and they believed in me.  It’s not about “numbers”, it’s about the people.  A simple quote from Donald Trump “You don’t manage a business…You manage people.”  Our politicians manage a budget, and many of them don’t seem to care about the people.   That’s not why we elected them to office.

    Reality:  What it’s like to be unemployed and not have an income or the help we worked for, for many years

    ·         Bills never stop:  If you can’t pay them, the cell phone is turned off, but your billing continues.  Your electricity shut-off with more late fees, turn-on fees, and of course  it keeps adding up.  You cannot keep up, as the late fees, surcharges, contract fees, never stop.  No care for human life by these companies and their investors (probably plenty of stock investments by politicians)
    ·         To seek employment:  You need electricity, a phone, a computer, a car (including gas, insurance, registration, inspection, maintenance), a place to bathe, necessities that many don’t think about until you cannot afford them (deodorant, soap, detergent, bathroom tissue, toothpaste, etc.)
    ·         Food:  I lost 39 pounds since being unemployed 7 months ago, I was very health conscious and not over-weight. (The new diet plan called the “No EUC Benefits Diet Plan”).  I doubt there is any politician in Washington that knows what it’s like to worry if you will have any food on a given day, and to have one meal a day.  I doubt even the “Bar keepers son” or the “Daughter of a Farmer” experienced that.
    ·         Rent/Mortgage:   The stress and EVERY day worry of how you can keep the place you live, and how you are going to lose everything you worked your entire life to have.  Many Americans are past that point, and are homeless.
    ·         Your possessions:  For the 25 years of work (since I was 15) I now have nothing.  When the benefits ended, I had to sell my possessions, and they are almost all gone.  I have more faith in Craigslist than I do in many of my Government officials.  Craigslist and my possessions help me to survive, not the government who I paid for all those years.
    ·         What it feels like:  You feel worthless, always stressed, constantly looking for jobs with no reply back (it’s an employer’s market), the wages are minimal (minimum wage) in many cases, and the average time to actually work is 45-60 days (multiple interviews, background check, drug testing, etc.).  You don’t want to wake up, and in your darkest moments, you contemplate suicide.  I am true to my values and character, and will always be honest and integral, but others are not, and the increase in crime will continue to rise.

    There is much more to my story, as well as so many others, who are worse off than I.  I care about them, I care about people regardless of race, religion, sexual preference, etc.  To be a good person, you care about others without bias.  I wish our politicians in Washington cared as much as the “true” good people in this country who put others before themselves.  We are not all bad, we are not all out to “scam” the system, and a majority of us need these benefits to just survive until we can get a job.  It can happen to anyone, so no one should judge others.

    I feel President Obama does care, and will come through for those of us who truly need these benefits to survive.  There has never been a President that was faced with the “internal” adversity as he has.  The insult, the deception, and the issue of the Republicans working against him, at the expense of the people they represent.

    One Last Comment:

    Every politician we remember, and reflect on their accomplishments were Leaders.  They put the citizens of the United States first, they stood for honesty, integrity, and they fought for what is right (without a war).  They left a legacy, they made the country we live in a better place, and most of all they cared about human life with a conscience.  President Obama can leave that type of legacy if given the opportunity.  For the rest, what will their legacy be?  It’s not too late  for them to leave our country a better place when they no longer represent.  They can leave a legacy and be part of that elite group of Leaders we still celebrate, if they change.    


             Todd Eagleton

    P.S.  I have worked longer with no employment “gaps” then most politicians, and NEVER before applied or received unemployment benefits.  I’m on a “wait for a panel” part of my third and fourth interview process with 2 different companies.  The average time to get /receive a job offer other than minimum wage jobs, is approximately two months (testing, aptitude testing, DDI, etc., waiting to be called, interview #1, interview #2, and if you survive all of that, then the waiting game, and panel interview #3, then wait, then a possible job offer, then scheduling, and finally, two weeks minimum for your first paycheck).  Wake up, come to reality and out of your “political bubble” and look into the real world…It will surprise you!  Look into Corporate America, and how companies are discriminating because of age, race, sexual preference, and TERMINATING EMPLOYEES FOR MAKING TOO MUCH MONEY….Solve those issues and you will solve 1/3 of the unemployment rate.

  137. DAN

    maybe we need to invite the Russians here; they may take care of the un-employed better than our government. After all we are giving the Ukrane 1 BILLION DOLLARS, but screw the american people.

  138. 02/03/2014

    Thank God for having a sister that still has a job. I had to move out of my apartment. In with my sister. I have used all my savings. With was not to much, but it has paid min payment on the important bills. The other ones are in a hat waiting to get paid. Reg due ins due. you name it. this is going on the third month with no income at all. Everybody knows what happens after 90 days. I guess I can laugh, they wont be able to call me. I have already lost my phone. And my car cant put gas in that anyway. That makes looking for work harder. Well I guess if you look at it, the judges will still have a job. Locking everybody up. Because even I can see that people will start robing crime will go up. Like we don’t have enough already. Congress stop playing games. Approve the unemployment you will have over 2 million thank yous

  139. DJ

    The Gov. will send money too help
    other countries.

    But willn’t take care of people in the
    U.S. that are living on fumes

    We need your Help now

  140. SL

    I’m so tired of the game playing. My apartment and car are gone due to the cutoff. This is money I have been paying from my paychecks since I starting working at 15. Job hunting is really hampered with my car repossessed. As an Appraiser, my field requires a car. Another over 50 year old on food stamps taking handouts from friends and family. Unemployment benefits help people to live until they can be hired!!!! It’s not welfare, cutting them early puts people on welfare.

  141. 04/03/2014

    Well, Here we go again. Borrow a loan for 1 Billion to Ukraine that they never will repay.
    I bet the new regime steals most of the Energy help funds. These people will lose their energy first. Say bye bye natural gas. Oh we the american savior politicians will help them find other sources for energy. We can’t do that in our own dam country. This is nothing more then a huge distraction for Americans to suck on. Just wait for the real shit that is going to hit the fan. From what I gather the real move for Obama should have been Putin’s first move. Take over first. What is America’s next move here? Carpet bombing or 16,000 snipers to take out the Russian Unmarked Thugs. We have no move. Again, we don’t have the balls to do anything in the region. They are laughing at us again. Wake the sleeping giant. The Christian Crusaders will ride again to clean the earth and lay the mountains flat for “The Lord”.

    Feel some much more better now. Thanks. Going to get my horse ready. Oh, i guess I’m done certifying for “Unenjoyment”. Washington is to busy with these folks now. Time to take what i need a discard the rest.

  142. Cam

    One Billion Dollars for the Ukraine
    AND WE DONT TAKE CARE OF ARE OWN AMERICAN PEOPLE. They must think we are a bunch of morons.
    Are they smoking crack in Washington
    I am so disappointed in the way this GOVT is acting …. SHAME ON YOU ALL

  143. Tarry Palm

    Our Government is voting today to send Ukraine millions of Dollars they sure found money to send to the Ukraine but our government is yelling about extending EUC Benefits to help the American people what’s wrong with this picture here we are a little over two months later still no EUC benefits it’s a shame our own government feeling Disgusted.

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