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6th April
2014
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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

84 Comments

  1. Rebecca Duncan
    07/04/2014

    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…….

  2. Jason
    07/04/2014

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

  3. jason
    07/04/2014

    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.

  4. Bill
    07/04/2014

    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…

  5. Howard
    07/04/2014

    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.

  6. Alphonse
    07/04/2014

    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!

  7. its all gone
    07/04/2014

    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

  8. Brian
    07/04/2014

    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.

  9. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
    07/04/2014

    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!!!!

  10. 07/04/2014

    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.

  11. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
    07/04/2014

    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!!!!!!

  12. 07/04/2014

    “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.

  13. Roleitha
    07/04/2014

    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.

  14. 07/04/2014

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

  15. Sandi
    07/04/2014

    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.

  16. Phyllis
    07/04/2014

    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.

  17. EXCUSES
    07/04/2014

    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.

  18. Laura
    07/04/2014

    $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.

  19. Laura
    07/04/2014

    $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.

  20. Christine
    07/04/2014

    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”.

  21. 07/04/2014

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

  22. 07/04/2014

    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

  23. 07/04/2014

    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.

  24. LMQ
    07/04/2014

    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

  25. Laura
    07/04/2014

    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!

  26. Shirley Smith
    07/04/2014

    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!

  27. 07/04/2014

    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..

  28. 08/04/2014

    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

  29. Kim
    08/04/2014

    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.

  30. Down & Out
    08/04/2014

    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!

  31. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
    08/04/2014

    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….

  32. brian bo
    10/04/2014

    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

  33. evelyn
    11/04/2014

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

  34. Regina Ewing
    14/04/2014

    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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