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22nd March
2014
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Today’s unemployment benefit extension news and vote update March 22, 2014:
The week of recess has passed and Senate lawmakers are prepared to reconvene on Monday to consider the most recent unemployment benefit extension proposal. Although the Senate was expected to vote and pass a deal to extend long term unemployment, media reports have revealed that House Speaker John Boehner is not happy with the plan. The proposed plan waiting in the Senate right now would extend long term emergency unemployment benefits for five months through May and would be retroactive. Boehner has publicly shared his disapproval of the deal. He does not believe that the plan would be financially responsible nor does he believe that the plan would promote private sector job growth. Boehner cites warnings from the state workforce agencies that state the legislation would be unworkable. House Speaker Boehner states that the deal does not get to the root of the current problems and should be dropped. These words are not good news for over 2 million Americans that are currently unemployed and not receiving long term emergency compensation.
Despite the negative possibilities, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez openly disagrees with House Speaker John Boehner’s assessments. Perez says that he is confident that solutions are workable. He also stated that the Department of Labor has consistently worked with states to implement benefit extensions in an efficient and effective way. The war of words should escalate until the Senate vote transpires, potentially this week.


Genny Germano

112 Comments

  1. Kathy Heaton
    25/03/2014

    I have been out of work since 11/12 and I have applied for over 200 jobs, numerous interviews but here I am still searching, now my unemployment runs out in a month, the same week that I need to have back surgery. So please pass this bill so I can continue until I can get back to work. Who wants to hire someone who needs to take a month off.

  2. Henry Johnston
    25/03/2014

    God please let these men make the right choice. we are hurting out here. everything we find is part time with a few hrs. 59 and worked hard all my life have now gone thru savings and unemployment is there no light in site.

  3. Tom Carney
    26/03/2014

    Let me understand this . Our Congress has argued and delayed passing this Extension which would help our fellow Americans . The Senate majority leader and others insist on the funds be accounted for somewhere else in the budget . But very recently Congress approved 1 Billion dollars to be given to the Ukraine without even 1 day of discussion . Don’t insult my intelligence by trying to explain the Ukraine is part of a global strategy and therefore justified . How can any member of Congress approve 1 Billion dollars for the Ukraine before helping their fellow Americans ? Disgusting ……

  4. MP
    26/03/2014

    I cannot believe that there is nothing the president can do..We were just dumped on the curb waiting for a garbage truck to pick us up. Please Congress, Mr President do something now!!!!!

  5. mike
    26/03/2014

    CBUTONGRESSSHOULDPASSTHISWITHOUTHESSITATIONBUTTHEHOUSEDOESNOTCAREABOUTAMERICANS

  6. SAY IT IS NOT SO!!! Age being a MAJOR key in all of US being out of work? You are feeling what I have to put up with for 28 years because I have a back injury. So this makes my job hunt just that much harder.

    It is dumb from so called smart people. IT DID NOT TAKE THAT LONG TO CUT EVERY ONE OFF, IT SHOULD NOT TAKE THAT LONG TO TURN IT BACK ON. BY THEIR OWN STATS, ONLY 11 % OF US WILL EVER FIND FULL TIME WORK AGAIN AND NOT AT THE SAME PAY RATE YOU WERE MAKING. So worrying about 11% that might be working, holds up 89% of US that has not had money for 4 months. This is Government thinking at work. FIRE THEM!!!

  7. Ron
    26/03/2014

    PEOPLE TAKE NOTE AND LOOK CLOSELY AT WHO’S RUNNING THIS COUNTRY AND COSTING MILLIONS OF AMERICAN’S EVERYTHING THEY HAVE WORKED FOR. WE GIVE OUR HARD EARNED MONEY TO EVERYONE ELSE IN THIS WROULD, BUT WE DO NOT TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN. UNTIL PEOPLE USE THE POWER OF VOTE AND GET RID OF THESE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT CARE ABOUT ANYONE BUT THEMSELVES, THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE TO LIVE WITH, THAT IS IF YOU CALL THIS LIVING. MOST OF THE LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED ARE FOLKS WHO HAVE WORKED ALL THERE LIFE AND ARE NOT IN THE LATE YEARS OF EMPLOYMENT. IT VERY HARD TO GET SOMEONE TO EVEN LOOK AT A APPLICATION IF YOU’RE OVER 50 YEARS OF AGE. IF YOUR OVER 50 AND UNEMPLOYED, YOUR IN A REAL WROULD OF HURT AS THEY SAY. WE WORKED ALL OUE LIFE AND PAID INTO THIS SYSTEM, ONLY TO BE TOLD, YOUR ON YOUR OWN AND IF YOU LOSE EVERYTHING YOU’VE WORKED FOR, IT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS. IT’S NOT RIGHT. WE ARE AMERICANS THAT WORKED AND PAID INTO A SYSTEM WE SHOULD EXPECT OUR COUNTRY TO DO THE RIGHT THING. OH BY THE, I’M A VET AS WELL. WAS THER FOR MY COUNTRY BEFORE. I WOUNDER HOW MONY IN WASHINGTON CAN SAY THEY’RE A VET. DO THE RIGHT THING…TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN!

  8. jeanne
    27/03/2014

    Unemployment insurance is just that, insurance that should a situation arise and there is a need, the money is there. We have all work and contributed to the system; now it is our turn. Add in the factor that the economy needs the monies we would be putting back into it. No, let’s send money to other countries and other areas, meanwhile, people are starving and suffering here, in AMERICA. Don’t look away!!! Look at us, we are AMERICANS.

  9. kevin
    27/03/2014

    I’ve drawn unemployment. Hated it. I’ve worked since I was 13{I’m 52 now} doing everything from changing diapers for poor disabled persons to working for a large defence contractor.Driving a semi to raise my two wonderfull children for fifteen years as a single dad.{the baby sitter made a fortune from me and she deserved every penny}I and my employers paid tons of money into unemployment insurance over all those years. When I did draw unemployment, it ran out after about 5 months,and was told “you’re done”no extension no help, no nothing.All I was offered was $80 dollars a month in food stamps for me and my 2 kids.Talk about injustice!I turned down the social workers offer, and me and the kids found a way to get by.I guess what I’m getting at,is, I’ve been there, done that like all of you making comments here. Believe me when I say I know your pain. I have noticed however that most commenters blame Boehner and say he’s a bad man for saying that the bill proposed does not help create jobs and will stop the bill in the house of rep. I say he is exactly right in his beliefs.Jobs are needed, not unemployment ins. by itself.( I don’t need to tell you guys that) There are people that have been drawing unemployment for years on end that have ruined it for the rest of us hard working people that deserve some of what we paid into for years.(every employer will tell you they would happily pay you more if not for unemployment premiums and workers comp. payments) so in essence your boss and you paid into it. Even though I do not like Boehner. Do not blame him or other “conservatives”(Boehner is’nt a true conservative anyway) blame horrible liberal, socialist politicians,(dems. and repubs) that have emptied the treasury, bankrupted the country, and destoyed the economy to stay in power,by making us dependent on them for our livelyhood. While all of us are struggling,Obama, Reid, Shumer,Pelosie Clinton,Graham,McCain,King, and all the rest of the corrupt politicians are living the good life. Before I get trashed by some as being a mindless conservative I want to say that I was once a Democrat years ago and even voted for Jessie Jackson in a primary.( glad now he did not win) I hope a bill will pass congress that is sane, makes sense,and helps some of the hardworking Americans I see here on this site. I thank God every day that I finally found a decent job and I hope all of you do too.

  10. jbaldwin
    27/03/2014

    I say that they lose there pay for the same number of days as it takes to pass this. We spent millions to bail out the banks and auto makers but screw over the people who really need it.

  11. T. L. Wilson
    27/03/2014

    I truly feel as if I am being punished because of those who wish to abuse ANY Federal assistance that had been created to “HELP” those who were actually in need due to circumstances that were not of their own doing.

    I have been unemployed since January 3, 2013. Being a woman of a certain age (mid 40’s), I am not the first choice for employers. I have been on numerous interviews, quite a few 2nd and 3rd interviews … Issue is competing with recent college grads and with the job sector having the luxury of choosing a candidate who they feel are hungry and will take anything and the jobs are given to them. We have families that depend on us to make a living and provide for them. WHY WOULDN’T WE BE JUST AS HUNGRY, IF NOT MORESO?

    My compensation ran out in August 2013, and then the EUC benefits ran out December 2013. All the while I AM LOOKING AND INTERVIEWING … I have been forced to move out of my apartment with my toddler and move into a family friends spare room (with my child) and store our belongings in a rental storage facility. To-date, I have spent $906, which is wasting valuable money. Since the decision was made to halt EUC benefits, I have been forced to go on public assistance just to feed my child. The monthly allotment of $316 cash that I am receiving doesn’t even cover our basic needs. I am grateful for the $345 in food stamps that we get, but there have been times when I have needed the assistance of food banks to carry us through the week.

    I have been employed and have paid my taxes for the past 22 years, and because of the greed of “some” people, I and my daughter have to suffer. I understand that this is not something to become dependent on, but tiering out the benefits in two 14 week intervals is not sufficient. I’d like to see this changed to two 26 week intervals. This allows families to stay afloat, while still seeking gainful employment. When your budget is restricted so drastically, you find yourself unable to sustain the basic things needed to find a job, like Internet services and cellular (limited, pre-paid) phones. I found that I missed two interviews for not being able to keep my Internet and cell phone on.

    We NEED this to pass … Not asking for a hand out, just a hand up.

  12. TVW
    02/04/2014

    Check this link out and see what it is all about. Bastards voting for a pay raise for themselves and the hell with the Americans that put them in office to serve the American public. Even if it is not passed it will automatically go into effect. Wish it was that way for the unemployed.

    Copy and paste the link below into your browser.

    GOD bless America

    http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/annapolis/house-of-delegates-rejects-measure-to-debate-and-vote-on/article_d454631e-b9fc-11e3-818b-001a4bcf6878.html

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