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Today’s Unemployment Benefit Extension Review; Extended EUC Emergency Compensation Deal April 2014

Posted on | April 6, 2014 | 84 Comments

Today’s Unemployment benefit extension news review and note update April 6, 2014:
We are now almost one week into April and the deal to extend unemployment benefits for the long term jobless is moving procedurally onward. Last week, the deal to extend long term unemployment advanced in the Senate and passed another procedural vote on Thursday. The Senate voted 61 – 35 to invoke cloture on the measure. Cloture is a procedure by which the Senate can vote to place a time limit on the consideration of a bill which cleared the way for the bill to officially pass through the Senate on Monday.
The House will be next to deal with the unemployment benefit extension for the long term unemployed. Republican Cathy McMorris of Washington recently said that party leaders will decide what to do with the legislation through “conversation.” The term “conversation” does not seem to be very action oriented. Long term unemployment benefits initially expired for many on December 28, 2013. Waiting through more “conversation” could be incredibly unfortunate and financially devastating to so many.
Many House Republicans remain adamant that job creation is what is currently needed to help out the jobless in America. They contend that the current bill to extend unemployment benefits does little to support U.S. job growth. This is a primary reason members of the House, such as House Speaker John Boehner, have said repeatedly that the bill should be dropped from consideration. We will have to wait for additional “conversation” to begin this week.



Genny Germano

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84 Responses to “Today’s Unemployment Benefit Extension Review; Extended EUC Emergency Compensation Deal April 2014”

  1. Nancy B.
    April 6th, 2014 @ 12:28 pm

    HOG-WASH Congress, what is this “conversation” B.S.????! I finally got an interview for a job working 2 days per week @ almost 1/2 of the money I was making but I’m so desperate that I feel I must get my foot in the door somehow, somewhere. I am running out of food, gas and my utilities are due. Since it’s my birthday this week I expect I will receive some much-needed money instead of presents. The job isn’t even a sure thing yet but I was chosen out of 50 applicants and I know I can pass the “smell-test”, you know, background, drug and credit check. Isn’t that bunk? Now we have to pass a credit check and how’s that done when people are losing everything they have? I haven’t quite reached that point yet however my credit cards are maxed-out and my cash flow now too. I fall asleep early at night just so I don’t have to ponder on my poverty. When I get up everyday I hesitate to go anywhere just so I can save my gas for a potential interview. I no longer feel like this country is the land of opportunity, muchless freedom any longer. We are owned by the government now and at their mercy. Isn’t that afterall what they really want? Maybe we should all move to the Ukraine for a free meal!!!!!!!!!!

  2. kl
    April 6th, 2014 @ 12:35 pm

    So I will take them all day to Vote on Monday to get the bill passed through congress correct and then from there it will go to the house and then in 4 days they leave for a 2 week vacation HMM If we had a President that cared he will get his pen out like he said and sign the bill. We can only pray and hope !!

  3. Dwayne
    April 6th, 2014 @ 12:56 pm

    Stop blaming the President for this debacle. Boehner and his cronies does not want to pass the extension to help the people who needs it.

  4. John Adams
    April 6th, 2014 @ 1:06 pm

    I’m in an area with not many jobs available for a senior citizen which I can qualify for. I’m still looking but I need money to pay bills now. I don’t see government creating jobs here in the southern tier of NY for seniors. I need to work now. Pass the extension retroactively or I’ll no longer vote.

  5. Pam
    April 6th, 2014 @ 1:38 pm

    The house and senate members are lawyers. That is what they do, take money, more money and drag things out and argue. They are trained to do this in law school.

  6. Pam
    April 6th, 2014 @ 1:41 pm

    And lawyers do not care about anyone but themselves and there pocket books.

  7. Keith Griffin
    April 6th, 2014 @ 1:56 pm

    We should all remember in November these people do not care about the average citizen especially since they believe they cannot lose the House.. We need to do some surprising of our own When you sit down tonight to nothing you should remember who put and your family in this position.

  8. NRAJOE
    April 6th, 2014 @ 1:58 pm

    Congressman says their underpaid, yet no unemplyment help…shameful.

  9. mike krawecki
    April 6th, 2014 @ 2:24 pm

    To hell with them all. Since we are all having hard times and they don’t care about us, lets all apply for welfare and let the state take care of us just like they do with the ones who don’t want to work

  10. Larry K
    April 6th, 2014 @ 2:52 pm

    The republicans don’r seem to get the big picture. Yes, job creation is needed. What they need to realize is that so are the retroactive benefits. Unless of coarse they just don’t care that they will be throwing millions of people out in the street without a roof over their head. Right now the most important issue is to get benefit checks out to the people who are counting on this lifeline to save them from becoming homeless. Once they receive this, job creation is next. Quit debating the issue and give us some relief!!

  11. Nancy B.
    April 6th, 2014 @ 3:38 pm

    Wow, maybe we should all boycott the next election. Unemployment is up over 2 million strong now and that seems to be the only way to protest. I am no longer a Republican which I’ve been all of my life. I don’t believe in either party anymore. Putin’s extra-marital affair receives more publicity than US!

  12. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
    April 6th, 2014 @ 3:57 pm

    I know that we all use these pages as a venting board, but it is time to get this to the right people. They need to see how we are all suffering. How we all all have nothing left. How we are looking for jobs 24/7. How our saving are gone, our retirement is gone, our home and cars are gone…..they don’t care they have not had to forfiet any of this. All they say is that they are not paid enough and work so hard they need a raise. For the amount of days that they work they get paid too much, talk about the lazy people. WE THE PEOPLE NEED A RAISE, WE NEED OUR BENEFITS BACK. They are more concerned where the money is going to come from for their campaigns. They don’t work they go from election to election not working. Once one election is done they are thinking about the next not about the people that voted them in.
    THEY NEED TO VOTE AND PASS THE EUB THIS WEEK. ANOTHER VACATION IS GOING TO PUT US ALL OVER THE EDGE, AND FOR 2 WEEKS…..SOMEONE NEEDS TO DO SOMETHING NOW. TIME FOR NANCY AND HER CRONIES TO SHINE, THEY NEED TO WORK ON GETTING THE REPUBLICANS ON BOARD AND FAST!!!!!

  13. Marcia
    April 6th, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

    Maybe Congress can pay for the extension if each one of them donated just one of their continued paychecks to the cause! This is madness, and no one cares! I show up at an interview with my cane and a pillow- I have the skills, the experience, & I’m very personable. Hmm, I wonder why I’m not getting hired. It’s going to take time for an employer who’s TRULY looking at my resume, & not my physical limitations to say “You’re Hired”. Until then, a retroactive extension would be a Godsend!! p.s. I know I cannot be turned down for my handicap, but who in their right mind will say this is why you’re not hired- it’s obvious since I’m capable & over-qualified!!

  14. Lizzy F.
    April 6th, 2014 @ 4:01 pm

    Please call John Boehner’s office and press “1” to leave him a message about extending unemployment benefits for all of us that have lost our jobs at 202-225-6205. Maybe it will help as next week should decide our fate. I pray that they will pass the extension as we need it so much or get us jobs!

  15. Regina Ewing
    April 6th, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

    I look at some of our politicians as Sociopaths without commonsense. Have they not yet figured out that even when they create the jobs, how will people get to go to interviews if they have no place to live, and no cars to drive. People I believe we really need to start paying close attention to who we elect in office. It feel like it’s a war out against the American People. How does the United States allow their citizen to without food and a place to live and take our tax dollars and spend on Foreign Aid. How about taking care of home first. Oh one last thing. How is it that they keep begging for donations knowing that people or out of work and they won’t throw them a lifeline. If this extension doesn’t get pass, İ’ll never donate to a political fund again.

  16. Tina Ford
    April 6th, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

    This is ridiculous I agree with all comments above especially agree with Congress will be taking another “BREAK” with Holidays coming up! While they sit around and feast on a deflectable meal they won’t have one thought on how the unemployed will be scraping together just a meal. I had an interview on Friday and was told if I seem to fit what they are looking for I will be called for another interview in about 2 weeks, this job is half of what I was making before but I need money!! House is about to go into foreclosure and ALL of my bills are seriously delinquent!! I thought about doing a short sale and moving my daughter and I into an apartment problem is when the run credit check it’s not going to be good :( I am so confused right now. All I can do is PRAY everyday things will get better very soon #stressed

  17. Black Libertarian
    April 6th, 2014 @ 4:46 pm

    If the Democrats really wanted this bill to pass they would include something in it that the house republicans are asking for. I mean, come on people… Reid won’t allow any amendments to the bill, so in theory the Senate is shoving it down the House’s throat. Like it or not, Americans voted for the House Republicans and they should at least be able to give input on the situation. Although I don’t agree with using people’s lives as a political football, this is the game we’ve put up with for so long and now we’re laying in the bed we made. $10 billion to this congress is a joke compared to the what, $900 billion in quantitative easing that the Fed does for Wall Street every month.

  18. Rachel
    April 6th, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

    I feel so sorry for the senators, congressmen and all the others in Washington who feel that they cannot live on the measly $174,000.00 per year. Bless their heart! WE THE PEOPLE ARE STARVING, HAVE NO HOPE, NO JOBS, NO CHANCE OF GETTING THE UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENDED, NO HELP WHATSOEVER. But we should be much more concerned about them getting their raise. I just don’t know how they can survive. So, let’s not worry anymore about we the people, let’s worry about the higher ups getting their much needed raise. WHAT AN ABSOLUTE JOKE OF A COUNTRY.

  19. DJ
    April 6th, 2014 @ 4:54 pm

    That Di*k better bring the bill to the
    House Floor !!

  20. Regina Ewing
    April 6th, 2014 @ 5:29 pm

    Sorry people for a couple of typos in my last post.
    However, I didn’t post the last message because I’am thinking about myself. It’s because I’am not a sociopath and I feel for the people. This just make me so sad, we’re suppose to be the greatest nation in the world and look at us. Look at some of our representatives that’s suppose to represent the people, Politicians getting locked up for illegal activities, doing drugs, lining their pockets and holding the American people Financial life’s for ransom. I can’t help to wonder would they feel if they could no longer feed their family. Our government is beginning to resemble allot like a ThirdWorld government. It’s too bad we can’t make our politicians take a Truth Serum that the CIA use. It would be nice if they took that before we elect them in office.

  21. kim I
    April 6th, 2014 @ 5:43 pm

    I am working part time since oct. 2013 and have had to use my retirement just to survive, and now I owe more taxes than I made in 6 mounths. The republicans need to all be voted out,they only care about the rich.

  22. Tony Solis
    April 6th, 2014 @ 5:47 pm

    Will someone remind the House the unemployment funds will in term boost the economy creating Income Tax Revenue, Sales Tax and will eliminate foreclosures and repossession. I understand unemployment benefits will not create jobs, it is not the intention, the purpose for unemployment benefits is to allow us to look for work, do you believe we don’t want to fond work? It doesn’t matter what we say, your agenda is far from our needs. Are you really that stupid.

  23. Regina Ewing
    April 6th, 2014 @ 6:01 pm

    Well people I’am back again! I’ve decided to start a poll because I’am curious. So people please join in.
    Whom is the least Compassionate?

    Putin Vladimir Putin
    Or
    John Boehner

  24. Unemployment Advocate
    April 6th, 2014 @ 6:10 pm

    PHONE JAM BOEHNER

    Contact John Boehner’s office until the phones are unplugged:
    John Boehner says the re-implementation will be “difficult”? Is that really the attitude you want to have towards long-term unemployed seeking jobs? Its “difficult” so give up?
    #SETEXAMPLE

    John Boehner
    Phone: (202) 225-0600
    (Press 1 to leave a message or 2 to speak with his assistant)

    Contact as many GOP House members as possibly and explain your situation. Under Bush they extended long-term unemployment and the unemployment rate was (lower) at the time of many of those extensions.

    SPREAD THE WORD AND GET THIS OUT

  25. JUST TIRED
    April 6th, 2014 @ 6:22 pm

    well yes more should be known about the people that we elect into our government for instance John Boehner should be given a truth serum to show his inability to lead anyone anywhere this man need medicating in the worst way. voters be ware!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  26. Linda
    April 6th, 2014 @ 6:26 pm

    I have been out of work since the end of October. my 26 weeks of unemployment are about to come to an end. I made a very good salary and was employed over 27 years for the same company. No fault of mine, I lost my position as to a reorganization and position elimination. I have now had 14 company interviews, some temp, mostly permanent. I interviewed with more than 38 people. Today I still cannot find even a temp position. All the hourly wages are more than $16 less an hour than I was previously earning and I will have to settle for the first opportunity that comes along, low hourly and no benefits. I am too young to retire and am 58 years old. I live in NJ and can’t make ends meet earning $20 an hour without benefits. What do I do?

  27. Pewter Woodcock
    April 6th, 2014 @ 6:26 pm

    Peter W.
    Boston. April 6th 2014

    On July 11, 2012 Mr. John Boehner got emotional and cried at an event honoring the late painter Constantino Brumidi.

    April 6th 2014, Mr. Boehner doesn’t have any tears or show emotion for those of us that are unemployed and drained of financial resources. Passage of the proposed Unemployment Benefit Extension is truly a life line.
    You want job creation to solve our problem….well create one for me today because in less than two weeks I will have no car, apartment, and telephone.

    I have voted republican most of my long life. Watching the Democrats fighting for the unemployed has impressed the hell out of me and I am now a brand new Democrat!
    When and if I bounce back I will support every Democrat with my time and money if I have any!

    Don’t spill any milk Mr. Boehner as you might start crying!.
    Regards, Peter W.

    PS There are many live Painters out of work

  28. How Dare You
    April 6th, 2014 @ 6:52 pm

    I recently read that at least one elected republican official stated that he had no problem extending unemployment compensation, but would not because benefits can be combined with disability benefits. How dare he speak in such a manner. Here, unemployment benefits require a verifiable work search. Disability allows for a limited amount of additional income (all to help Americans improve and succeed.)
    Because of my disability I must find a particular kind of job…not easy but possible with determination, hope and perseverance…the American way.
    So he doesn’t mind helping people find work…as long as they are not disabled.
    How dare he?

  29. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
    April 6th, 2014 @ 6:53 pm

    If Congress feels they need a raie where are they gonna get the money from? The unemployment fund????

  30. Eileen C
    April 6th, 2014 @ 6:55 pm

    I have been out of work for six months, I have worked all of my life and never had a problem getting employed. I have been actively looking for work since the day I got laid off and a few interviews later still nothing. After over 800 job applications later I beginning to wonder what the problem is. Maybe my age because I can’t think of anything else. I need these benefits until I can find employment like everyone else. We need to survive or maybe someday they will not be elected due to boycott of elections which I totally agree with. Give the American people who want to work a break, we work for these benefits, pay our taxes only to have it taken away. God bless us all.

  31. Melly
    April 6th, 2014 @ 7:14 pm

    Everyone should check. Their. Debit. Card. Cause. I just got my money: )

  32. Jwatson
    April 6th, 2014 @ 7:16 pm

    Is it asking too much to pass the extension and figure out how to create job simultaneously????? What’s wrong with this picture? People cannot wait until it’s decided how to create jobs! Obviously, there has been NO thought on job creation before which has now resulted in a paramount of displaced people. Hey, and lets not forget our Veterans who fought for our country only to be dismissed and much a part of the middle class that is now slowly dying away. How can this government be so heartless. If nothing else, single out the Vets and give them what they so deserve.

  33. m
    April 6th, 2014 @ 7:17 pm

    As a person who has been affected by this, it’s concerning to read these comments knowing that I’m lumped in with some of you people. You’re not working, so take some time out of your day to learn the difference between they’re, there, and their. Also, most of the internet comment boxes do spell checks for you; so let’s proof read our comments before we click “comment.” Ffs, no wonder people don’t care about this. You’re acting like a bunch of idiots!

  34. Jose Santana
    April 6th, 2014 @ 8:07 pm

    The way we change things is to vote these money hungry Republicans out of office.

  35. Shannon D.
    April 6th, 2014 @ 8:23 pm

    I find it interesting that we have all had to lose everything. I am guessing that these people having their “conversations” are the same people who have capital investments in real estate. Hrmmm…I guess they will be making big capital gains from our misfortunes. I like the persons idea of a boycott of votes. But, I have a better idea. Why don’t we only pay the Washington fat cats the same wages that a mother with children will get on welfare. I would guess we would have more people working for the people than against us.

  36. Vince
    April 6th, 2014 @ 9:04 pm

    I’m an Independent. I can’t stand the Dems, and the Repubs alike. But THIS is 100% Repub Fail. The GOVERNMENT, canceled our contract. Jobs in my field are gone. Can’t even get a job at WalMart because they get so many applications they only take ~2%. Google ( in my industry ) get so many they only take 0.2%. THERE ARE NO JOBS. If you idiot Repubs can give us a job TODAY, then DO IT. You can’t. So restore our benefits so we don’t lose everything we have, NOW, and THEN get us jobs. Idiots! What are we going to do until you slackers get us jobs??!! ( which I don’t believe any of you can do ). We’ll lose everything by then. RESTORE OUR BENEFITS THAT WE PAID FOR OUR ENTIRE CAREERS, NOW OR I, AN INDEPENDENT, WILL VOTE FOR ANYONE BUT YOU SLACKERS!!

  37. kl
    April 6th, 2014 @ 9:05 pm

    Please Pass this week Don’t you think we have been punished by waiting so long for this to pass. I will say some extra prayers this passes through .

  38. Walter
    April 6th, 2014 @ 9:13 pm

    The way I see it is the basic problem is the lack of media coverage this is getting. The President should get involved just for that reason, hell if he farts it makes the news. The American people need to be made aware of what’s going on. The only way I find out, is to go on the internet. I’ve not seen one story on the national news about this issue. If any of them were that concerned it would be very easy for them to get the press involved. If Washington passed one bill for one issue, it wouldn’t be so hard to get rid of things that aren’t working. They mix all these things together so the things that don’t work are attached to some of the things that do. Intentional chaos. I doubt they will do anything before their next break, and think that it’s intentionally being put off until it expires. That’ll be the next excuse, that it isn’t any good because it only lasts until the end of May.

  39. L E Kincade
    April 6th, 2014 @ 9:14 pm

    We drained the savings, maxed the cards, now 2 mos. behind on mortgage, 2 vehicles (a ’95 and an 03′) They’re paid for; but only running because I have worked on them myself. Haven’t had a good grocery store trip in 2 months. Barely keeping enough toilet paper on the roll. We canceled 1 life insurance policy and next on the line of cuts are: 2 more life insurance policies, cell phones, and internet/TV (in that order). Started a Mortgage Loan Modification Program; but it’s not that helpful to us. Next step will be bancruptcy. This is the first time in our lives we have ever been late on a payment, let alone missed any. My working wife has depression problems anyway but is struggling mentally with suicidal thoughts. She called a local counseling center for help one day and they literally put her on hold!!

  40. Cheryl
    April 6th, 2014 @ 9:26 pm

    Melly, how isthat possible, they haven’t passed the bill?

  41. BL
    April 6th, 2014 @ 9:35 pm

    Unfortunately we all know what will happen. A decision will not progress by the 10th, There will be a two week break. Then our “Leaders” will come back and say….well, it is so close to the end of May which was going to be the 5 month extension anyway….why bother. I would think the President of my United States would step up. By the way, I have 44 years of employment in, YES, on the books employment, I am 62 and have been struggling this last few years. Don’t even get me started on EEO rights.

  42. L E Kincade
    April 6th, 2014 @ 9:48 pm

    One of our elected “good ol’ boys” in Washington made a comment on National TV during the major recession/depression. He said, “The American people are nothing but whiners.” I will never forget that comment. It forever changed my view of politics.

  43. L E Kincade
    April 6th, 2014 @ 9:59 pm

    I forgot to mention that the avg. entry-level wage in our area now is about $11.00 p/h. The only jobs avilable are health care, retail, Wally world or temporary agencies that avg. $9.00 p/h. It doesn’t get any better than that.

  44. Don
    April 6th, 2014 @ 10:49 pm

    If cathy McMorris is not for the unemployed people of wa st. Then she dont care bout her people. And she dont deserve to be in office. Lets let all politicians know that if they dont put the american people first and get this extension approved and get us back to work. we will vote in someone that can and will. Its not the unemployed that got us in this mess. Give us a loan or something. make it a bailout. there alot of us would be happy to pay it back when we get back to work. Dont make it mandatory to pay back cause some wont be able to. But theres alot uf us able and proud american workers would be able to. Give us our extension then ask us what we can do for you. I would donate 20 hours a week for my check. I still have time to look for work. Im a vet and in the union and worked 3 days in three months. I still look for other work outside my trade.

  45. Kaye
    April 6th, 2014 @ 11:06 pm

    Pass the bill, so family can move forward. It’s been hard to get to the (3) jobs interview I had over (10) months. Lack of funds means no shelter, gas, food and clothes for my growing children. Pass the bill then create more jobs. Then maybe companies will call people and meet them face to face. Putting your resume on the internet with a thousand others lack that personal touch. So GOP we’re looking for work but we can’t get pass the internet. I want a job.

  46. valarie
    April 7th, 2014 @ 12:36 am

    I SRONGLY AGREE WITH THIS ALL ….ALL STATEMENTS ARE TRUE……..IM OVER DUE ON ALL BILLS NO SAVINGS NO CHECKING ACOOUNTS NO PARENTS…BUT CONGRESS MAKES 174,000…….YRLY PLUS KICK BACKS TOO

  47. Regina Ewing
    April 7th, 2014 @ 1:06 am

    So a congressman said that they can’t live decently in DC off their wages. I guess their wages just does’t pay for all those cocktails, limousines and vacations. Well, welcome to our world. I’am again confused. Does this mean that they’re not making enough to feed their families? If this is the case the only thing I can say is ” SHOW SOME PRIDE”. I mean how do you all give yourself a raise when million of Americans are out of work, and those that’s working are barely making enough to get by on! Pass the Extension and afterwards give yourselves a raise.

  48. chris cutler
    April 7th, 2014 @ 1:52 am

    i was just wondering why, they cant pass the unemployment extension bill,and then, start working on a job creating bill right away, why does it seem so impossible to do both?

  49. Howard
    April 7th, 2014 @ 2:06 am

    All of these politicians including the president I just happened to have voted for care only about themselves.
    They take more vacations and have attended more balls and parties in one year then we can afford to have in years. They don’t care if we have food on our tables for our children or even have our basic utilities turned off etc. They spend more time talking about crap I could care less about ie…The Ukraine…Korea…..missing airplanes etc etc….and worse yet…they are still sending money to these areas while complaining about not wanting to pay for a bill for the EUC for tax paying American’s who have come upon hard times.
    Some times I feel it maybe time to rid ourselves of a congress/house etc and leave the voting to the people from their homes etc….maybe via a fingerprint voting machine or something…..being it affects us….we should be the ones making the decisions and get rid of these fools with all of their ulterior motives and party line reasoning why they choose to enslave unfortunate Americans.
    They are lucky thus far they have not encountered any of these people like these insane soldiers or similar ie just have had enough or are at wits end and who have gone on a mission of revenge on those politicians taken them out etc for what they are putting us through….I am sure that day is not too far off as they continue to push people into homelessness etc….and desperate people do desperate things.
    Politicians…4 months is ridiculous!!!
    When it expired in December….I was so sure it would have returned in January…February at the latest…..this is just unacceptable for you all to just stand by for this long while the number climbs for people becoming homeless etc.
    President Obama….you said you were the President of the average man….well step up for us and do your job…..stop this nonsense now!!!
    Monday….as this goes to the House etc…..do not let them go on recess without approving these benefits for these almost 3 million Americans AND GET THE BENEFITS STARTED NOW!!!!
    Some people cannot last another week.
    Fellow Americans…..sad to say…..if they don’t…..maybe we need to take a stand and take this to a new level!!

  50. chris cutler
    April 7th, 2014 @ 2:08 am

    i heard that some of the republicans think that extending unemployment benefits is a bad idea because it makes people feel they dont need to work,because of the avg.of 300 dollars a week they would get.i wonder if the people saying that would quit their jobs if they knew they could get 300 dollars a week for rest of their lives,or do they think that we are just stupid but not themselves.

  51. Rebecca Duncan
    April 7th, 2014 @ 2:22 am

    Please please check to see who is voting against this before you vote for them. We need to make the Congress and House unemployed the same way they have left us, even if they do have a huge retirement check, but their staff will also be unemployed and I am sure they can care less about them either…….

  52. Jason
    April 7th, 2014 @ 2:31 am

    Some of these people in office need the Silverspoon taken away from them. And the silver bullet in their ass

  53. jason
    April 7th, 2014 @ 2:51 am

    We need to start a war with are own government..show them we are done with them not helping are people out. If other country are having problem are people in office are pushing money over to help out. We American get the shaft from the US government. Lets stand up all together and show them we are done with the bullshit they are putting us through. Anymore jail is about the only place to be. Free place to eat sleep and have all your utility paid for. That’s what’s about to happen gor me if I can’t find work.

  54. Bill
    April 7th, 2014 @ 3:53 am

    Well every one seems to be in the same boat here i have worked very hard to reduce the out going bills house is paid for but taxes due my truck is a used 03 been paid off since last july while i was makeing good money i just paid it off no tv couldn’t watch it when i was working and can’t afford it now had to drop my isurance down to liability and running out of money was going to use my tax return to fix my house but we have been liveing on that since feb every thing is comeing due again and no jobs even if i did get a job i dont have enough left to make it to work until the first pay check just not shure what to do realy hope the congress passes this bill soon desprite praying for us all…

  55. Howard
    April 7th, 2014 @ 3:59 am

    Time for a revolution???
    If this government is not for us it is obviously against us!!!
    They clearly don’t care about their people to stand by for 4 months while their people go homeless and children go to bed hungry this is just so unAmerican.
    Remove them from power now in one way or another but it simply has to happen…..I have just loss total confidence in their ability to lead and protect our interest.

  56. Alphonse
    April 7th, 2014 @ 4:39 am

    Only .59 in my account and I do not know how to pay my mortgage.I haven’t put a good meal for my wife and daughter,in weeks.Some savings are gone.God help us!

  57. its all gone
    April 7th, 2014 @ 5:15 am

    Expected to start a job tomorrow that I trained for six months ago. Since the training I have lost everything… I do mean everything. Boehner I need a ride to work and can you bring lunch

  58. Brian
    April 7th, 2014 @ 7:30 am

    I was laid off at Christmas by a major bank. I filed online, and the UC center confirmed I would receive $381 a week. Days later IF called and told me I would have to finish an old extension first, at $134 a week for 8 weeks. Then extensions were cut off and now I receive nothing. I have a wife and 3 kids, and this has wrecked our lives. I hope Mr. Boehner can enjoy our fun someday since he is so non valiant about all of this.

  59. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
    April 7th, 2014 @ 1:13 pm

    Why at our ages (50+) do we need to go back to school. Who is going to pay for it? The government? I can’t afford it and the last thing that I need is another student loan which with my credit I probably will not be able to get due to my credit. I am a nurse and shouldn’t have to go back to school. I have been doing this for thirty years. I am tired of money that is going out of the country. That money should be giong to us. Trust me the $223 a week helps but it is not what I want. I want a job. I am tired of putting my resume on all these website and not getting called about jobs but being asked if I want to go back to school, hell the other day when I said o to school I was asked if I needed a doctor. This is such BS. All these politicans should rot in hell. There is so much that these heartless people are doing to take everything away from us rather then helping us. I do agree that they should help with job creation, but not one person said what they are going to do to help us. All they do is take away our lifeline which we need to look for jobs. WE ARE NOT LAZY PEOPLE WE WORK HARDER TO LOOK FOR JOBS THEN THESE GUYS HAVE WORKED THEIR ENTIRE LIVES.
    PLEASE PLEASE HELP US!!!!

  60. Cindy
    April 7th, 2014 @ 1:20 pm

    A meeting at Boehner’s office is what needs to happen next. Have a meeting with him and tell him face to face what we think of him and his political agenda.

  61. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
    April 7th, 2014 @ 2:03 pm

    WHERE IS THE MEDIA TODAY AND THE SENATORS TODAY???
    SHOULDN’T THEY BE TALKING ABOUT THE VOTE TODAY IN THE SENATE ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT BILL?? WE KNOW WHERE WE STAND!!!!!!

  62. Cindy
    April 7th, 2014 @ 2:06 pm

    “To me it’s important to get this done, politically to get it off the table, but also there are people who need it,” said Representative Peter T. King, Republican of New York, one of the drafters of the new House letter. “If we’re blaming Obama for the economy, we shouldn’t be penalizing people who are the victims.”
    Republicans pushing for the benefits include: Representatives Jon Runyan, Christopher Smith and Frank A. LoBiondo of New Jersey; Representatives King, Chris Gibson, and Michael Grimm of New York; and Representative Joe Heck, whose Nevada district has the third highest unemployment rate.

  63. Roleitha
    April 7th, 2014 @ 2:11 pm

    This is so sad and ridiculous. The Politicians sit back and watch million of people suffer. I am 56 years old ,its not easy trying to get a job, but I keep trying. I went back to school to be able to get a better job Not like the Politicians siting back injoying every minute there is while we the people is trying to survive. now I say, put your self in our shoes and tell me how it fill to lose every thing u ever work for. It hurts. I cry many of nights. So please let get this over with.

  64. UNREAL
    April 7th, 2014 @ 3:19 pm

    Again we wait. I hope everyone is paying attention to vote in November and get vote out who we need to vote out.

  65. Sandi
    April 7th, 2014 @ 4:24 pm

    I have lived in Ohio all my life. I am embarrassed now of Ohio with our representation in the House, yes John Boehner. I will never vote again for this person since all does is cry he isn’t getting his way. Yes he whines a lot. He said he isn’t putting the bill on the floor because it will not create jobs. HaHa. I was unemployed for quite a period. I am over 55 and have trouble finding a job. I finally got a break and got a job. While I was unemployed I was receiving no income, so I sat at home for days. It cost money just to get in your car. If I am doing this so are other. John Boehner said this money will not create jobs but that is incorrect. If I had the benefits I would have spent the money helping the economy. So all this money not paid out has hurt the economy drastically. John Boehner needs to get off his high horse and pass this bill to help American. Yes Congress pushed the bill back in order to help Ukraine. Yes that’s right the heck with Americans lets help other countries. We americans are not important to congress or the house.
    John Boehner gets his salary and all his perks so he doesn’t care about us American. Get over it John Boehner and act like an adult not like a spoiled child.

  66. Phyllis
    April 7th, 2014 @ 5:08 pm

    RE: H.R. 3979 – Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014

    I like to address some of the concerns of the Republican US House of Representative and House Speaker John Boehner. The National Association of State Workforce Agencies recently sited the below concerns for the implementation of the bill. I like to address their concerns, as they do not pertain to the State of Maryland.

    1. Administrative issues and cost associated with the legislation might cause some states not to participate. Issues include: a large number of EUC overpayments created by retroactively paying claim; states not having sufficient time to update their laws to conform with the changes in the bill as many state legislatures have completed their session for the year; and calculating proper EUC tiers.

    2. Backdating EUC claims would “make it nearly impossible” to verify claimants were actively seeking work during the specific week, a key factor in determining eligibility.

    3. The program changes included: changes to the number of weeks available in each EUC benefit tier; the state unemployment rates required to activate a tier in each state; and a requirement that states provide reemployment and eligibility assessments to most EUC claimants.

    The State of Maryland – Division of Unemployment already has these requirements build into the existing system for Unemployment compensation:

    1. Extends for five month the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, which expired on 12/31/13 to 6/1/14.

    (Restores the EUC benefits to eligible claimants prior to the expiration on 12/28/13. 2 million claimants lose benefits, whom have an existing or remaining balance of EUC benefits available to them.)

    2. Extends funding for reemployment services and for reemployment and eligibility assessment activities. The bill stipulates times when these services should be provided to recipients.

    3. Requires the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study on the use of work suitability requirement to ensure that benefits are being provided to people who are actively looking for work and truly looking for employment.

    In the State of MD, immediately after filing for my EUC benefits on 10/5/13, my weekly were reduced by 20% due to EUC Sequestration Monetary Reduction, which ended on 11/3/13. I received my original weekly benefit amount from 11/9/13 thru 12/28/13.

    Eight weeks after the start of receiving the EUC benefit and to continue receiving the EUC benefits, all MD claimants were required to attend the State of MD Job Assessment and Job Verification Seminar.

    All claimants had to provide at least 2 suitable job contact information for each week that EUC benefits were provided for a period of 8 weeks. All MD claimants receiving the EUC benefits were also required to have registered with the State of MD Career Development Center prior to the date of the State of MD Job Assessment and Job Verification for claimants receiving EUC benefits.

    Also, MD EUC claimants are required to make weekly claims for the remaining weeks that EUC benefits are available and we are provided a confirmation number from the Dept of Labor, Licensing and Regulation – Division of Unemployment Insurance for the filing of weekly benefits.

    Please do not allow our representatives to take a recess before this has been addressed. Thanks again for your support.

  67. EXCUSES
    April 7th, 2014 @ 5:09 pm

    RE: H.R. 3979 – Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014

    I like to address some of the concerns of the Republican US House of Representative and House Speaker John Boehner. The National Association of State Workforce Agencies recently sited the below concerns for the implementation of the bill. I like to address their concerns, as they do not pertain to the State of Maryland.

    1. Administrative issues and cost associated with the legislation might cause some states not to participate. Issues include: a large number of EUC overpayments created by retroactively paying claim; states not having sufficient time to update their laws to conform with the changes in the bill as many state legislatures have completed their session for the year; and calculating proper EUC tiers.

    2. Backdating EUC claims would “make it nearly impossible” to verify claimants were actively seeking work during the specific week, a key factor in determining eligibility.

    3. The program changes included: changes to the number of weeks available in each EUC benefit tier; the state unemployment rates required to activate a tier in each state; and a requirement that states provide reemployment and eligibility assessments to most EUC claimants.

    The State of Maryland – Division of Unemployment already has these requirements build into the existing system for Unemployment compensation:

    1. Extends for five month the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, which expired on 12/31/13 to 6/1/14.

    (Restores the EUC benefits to eligible claimants prior to the expiration on 12/28/13. 2 million claimants lose benefits, whom have an existing or remaining balance of EUC benefits available to them.)

    2. Extends funding for reemployment services and for reemployment and eligibility assessment activities. The bill stipulates times when these services should be provided to recipients.

    3. Requires the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study on the use of work suitability requirement to ensure that benefits are being provided to people who are actively looking for work and truly looking for employment.

    In the State of MD, immediately after filing for my EUC benefits on 10/5/13, my weekly were reduced by 20% due to EUC Sequestration Monetary Reduction, which ended on 11/3/13. I received my original weekly benefit amount from 11/9/13 thru 12/28/13.

    Eight weeks after the start of receiving the EUC benefit and to continue receiving the EUC benefits, all MD claimants were required to attend the State of MD Job Assessment and Job Verification Seminar.

    All claimants had to provide at least 2 suitable job contact information for each week that EUC benefits were provided for a period of 8 weeks. All MD claimants receiving the EUC benefits were also required to have registered with the State of MD Career Development Center prior to the date of the State of MD Job Assessment and Job Verification for claimants receiving EUC benefits.

    Also, MD EUC claimants are required to make weekly claims for the remaining weeks that EUC benefits are available and we are provided a confirmation number from the Dept of Labor, Licensing and Regulation – Division of Unemployment Insurance for the filing of weekly benefits.

    Please do not allow our representatives to take a recess before this has been addressed. Thanks again for your support.

  68. Laura
    April 7th, 2014 @ 5:25 pm

    $1540.00 PER DAY is what WE pay these morally disassociated House politicians!! That’s at least 3xs what the max. WEEKLY unemployment benefit would be in the state (WA) that pays the most per week . For Pete’s sake, they only work 113 days out of the year for their $174,0000.00 annual salary and I say if their vote was “nay”, they should have to do some type of obligatory “internship” if you will, down at their state/local unemployment office when not in DC “working?”.
    Yeah right!! Why would they??
    Their grass will always be greener, since they’re usually looking out over a golf course.

  69. Laura
    April 7th, 2014 @ 5:25 pm

    $1540.00 PER DAY is what WE pay these morally disassociated House politicians!! That’s at least 3xs what the max. WEEKLY unemployment benefit would be in the state (WA) that pays the most per week . For Pete’s sake, they only work 113 days out of the year for their $174,0000.00 annual salary and I say if their vote was “nay”, they should have to do some type of obligatory “internship” if you will, down at their state/local unemployment office when not in DC “working?”.
    Yeah right!! Why would they??
    Their grass will always be greener, since they’re usually looking out over a golf course.

  70. Christine
    April 7th, 2014 @ 5:44 pm

    Is there a way we can rectify how the Senate and House Republicans earn their pay? With all this “vacation” their taking to run a country, they should be paid by the hour. They should only be paid when they are in session. Just think how much of their earnings can be added to the EUC fund and paid out to the American people who file for unemployment. I bet their won’t be so much “vacation” going on; I don’t understand how they can “vacation” when the country state of being is dire. America, come November, Take the time to research the person whom you vote into office; lesson learned. Also, a small tip for John Boehner–come 2015, your fellow Ohioans going to see at the unemployment line…When it comes time to vote for this EUC bill, you should part of the House members that vote “FOR”.

  71. SINGLE NOT MARRIED
    April 7th, 2014 @ 5:48 pm

    I REFUSE TO BRING A CHILD INTO THIS WORLD TO KEEP MY JOB. FIGURE THAT OUT . ENDLESS WAIT TO GO TO MY JOB.

  72. Jonathan
    April 7th, 2014 @ 5:53 pm

    I have to drive over 50 miles to even get to a location that is suitable to work how the hell i am suppose to put gas in my car

  73. David
    April 7th, 2014 @ 6:04 pm

    It is only a matter of time before you see these people who’s unemployment compensation has been cut off in the news for crimes they will be forced to do in order to feed their families. Does our government not see that they too have bills to pay. Does Boehner think that this is a great economy to get a job in? I say we all meet at his Ohio office this Friday if he has stopped this from passing again. If that does not get action then a trip to DC is next. Nothing has happened since Dec 28 2013 and nothing is likely to happen unless we stop accepting the B.S. Boehner hands out. Him and his clan of ass clowns are willing and ready to do anything they can to stop you from getting unemployment funds. Screw Boehner like he screwed you … Contact John Boehner’s office until the phones are unplugged:
    John Boehner says the re-implementation will be “difficult”? Is that really the attitude you want to have towards long-term unemployed seeking jobs? Its “difficult” so give up.

  74. LMQ
    April 7th, 2014 @ 6:08 pm

    Let’s talk about the money given to Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Pakistan by the U.S. Government but Boehner can not take care of his own people – this is really a fight – as usual – to make President Obama look bad. Business as usual

  75. Laura
    April 7th, 2014 @ 6:21 pm

    It wouldn’t matter if you went to school or training program or not, 6 months in they stopped my unemployment, but yet I am still in school. Trying not to lose everything I have. Keep in mind I had worked non-stop since I was 16. Now I am training for another career to be more employable, and they pull the step out!
    No one wants to be unemployed!!! we are not lazy people! the lazy people are the ones we voted in. I WILL NOT VOTE FOR ANY OF THEM! and they are foolish to think anyone will. We may not have jobs, but we can certainly vote!

  76. Shirley Smith
    April 7th, 2014 @ 10:29 pm

    All I can say is, if the house does not pass the extension, I will campaign hard in My district to insure my officials are not re-elected! Florida only has a mx of16 weeks of unemployment as it is, not 23or 26 like most states, I am already volunteering next campaign, against our present Governor, he is a crook!

  77. Mario
    April 7th, 2014 @ 11:23 pm

    My name is Mario. I just became U.S citizen. since i was a little kid i was raised with the mentality of hard work. i refused myself of asking government help. thats a bs people saying i don’t have food, due bills and so on. i work 2 jobs a day in each job i get paid 8 an hour.. instead of complaining go and look for a job instead of complaining don’t kill this beautiful nation. I’m full peruvian and i am proud of it.. but i love AMERICA. i came here to achieved all my goals and give a better life to my family..

  78. chris
    April 8th, 2014 @ 1:08 am

    i have been a carpenter for 30yrs. i was making $32.00 an hour before the bottom fell out of the economy Boehner seems to think that i’m so content with the $163 dollars a week i would get if they extended the benefits,that i wouldn’t want to or need to get a job, is he just kidding or could he really be that ignorant,at any rate does he alone have the power to deny so many? if so maybe someone should take him out to lunch and vote on it while he’s gone

  79. Kim
    April 8th, 2014 @ 1:30 am

    This is getting pretty bad when no matter what the senates do, the house speaker is not going to be happy with it. They SAY THEY CARE ABOUT AMERICANS BS THEY GOT A FUNNY WAY OF SHOWING IT. ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS THEY VACATIONS THEY GET WAY MORE WHAT ANYBODY ELSE DOES THAT WORKS A REAL JOB. ITS TIME FOR THEM TO STOP PLAYING WITH OUR LIVES AND HELP US OR GET THE HELL OUT THE WAY SO SOMEONE CAN GET IN THERE THAT WILL HELP. I’VE WENT BACK TO WORK A WEEK AFTER SURGERIES I LOVE TO WORK. BUT THE WAY THEY MAKE US OUT TO BE IS TO LAZY TO FIND A JOB THERE IS NO JOBS. HOW DO THEY THINK WE WILL FIND A NEW JOB IF THERE IS NONE PLUS HOW WILL WE GET GAS TO GO LOOK FOR JOBS. LIKE MOST OF YOU GUYS SAID ALREADY THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT US.

  80. Down & Out
    April 8th, 2014 @ 3:37 am

    I am losing hope and I think the Republican, specifically, Rep. Boehner will not even put the resolution to extend unemployment benefits for a debate.

    For now, to put food on the table I do odd jobs. I’ll do anything as long as it doesn’t break any laws. I might not eat three times a day which is fine with me but as long as my kids get enough food then I’m happy.

    By the way, this will be my last message on this board ’cause I’m selling my computer for $50. The money will provide us a couple of days of three square meals.

    So good luck to us and hope that things will change for the better!

  81. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
    April 8th, 2014 @ 3:28 pm

    WHY IS THERE NO COVERAGE ABOUT THE SENATE PASSING THE EUI BILL AND SENDING IT TO CONGRESS?? WE NEED PEOPLE TO BE MADE AWARE OF IT NOW. LETS SEE THOSE HOUSE DEMS FIGHT FOR THIS AND SHOW EVERYONE WHO IS HOLDING THIS BACK. THIS IS A CHANCE FOR ALL OF THOSE WHO WANT BOEHNER TO PUT THIS TO THE FLOOR SHINE!!!! WE NEED PEOPLE TO FIGHT FOR US BECAUSE WE CANT BE DOING IT ALL ON OUR OWN….

  82. brian bo
    April 10th, 2014 @ 8:19 pm

    anyone here what is going on. I don’t even see or here anything on the news, what a crock of u know what. today is it, and nothing. and these idiots wonder why people are doing anything to survive

  83. evelyn
    April 11th, 2014 @ 1:40 am

    “NO”!!!! HAVE YOU??? WE NEED TO KNOW!!!! WE ALL WAS SO MAD ABOUT ALL OF THIS, AND WE DON’T REPLY OR ANY COMMENTS.

  84. Regina Ewing
    April 14th, 2014 @ 12:25 am

    I’ve just learned that some members of the GOP are working to oust Speaker John Boehner from his position as House Speaker. Didn’t he just buy a house in Florida?
    If he lose his job will he need some Unemployment Benefits. Oh! That’s right when someone makes a million dollars or more they don’t qualify for unemployment. I can’t help to wonder what he’ll feel like without a job. What if he could no longer find work, No one wanted to hear his speeches, or give him a book deal, all of his investments went under and all of his money disappeared. If he was receiving unemployment would he want the extension passed?

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