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Unemployment Benefit Extension Passed; EUC and long term Federal Aid Review Today; Unemployment Benefit Deal Moves Forward in 2014

Posted on | April 8, 2014 | 53 Comments

Today’s Long Term Unemployment Benefit Extension Deal Update April 8, 2014:
The deal to extend long term unemployment benefits continued through the Senate yesterday. Its passage is well received, but its future path remains uncertain.
Over 2 million Americans are categorized as unemployed and without long term unemployment benefits. Many exhausted their long term unemployment benefits back on December 28, 2013 and have been struggling to find work without the support of a federal lifeline. The process to extend emergency compensation to these Americans has been a long and arduous process. It is expected to be even more difficult in the short term. Many House lawmakers have been vocal regarding their disdain for the deal.
John Boehner has been at the forefront and one of the more publicly recognized “speakers” on the topic recently. He has reiterated that the deal is not one that will promote job creation in the U.S. He, and many other House Republicans, feel that job creation policy should supersede legislation aimed at extending benefits to the long term unemployed. They feel that an extension of benefits does not get to the root of the problem and, in fact, could make the problem worse. The current deal to extend unemployment benefits to the long term unemployed is designed to be retroactive, but many feel that the retroactive action could be administratively difficult causing significant delays and incurring large administrative costs. For these reasons and more, the deal to extend unemployment benefits to the long term unemployed in America sits on unstable ground.



Genny Germano

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53 Responses to “Unemployment Benefit Extension Passed; EUC and long term Federal Aid Review Today; Unemployment Benefit Deal Moves Forward in 2014”

  1. Billy
    April 8th, 2014 @ 10:46 am

    Boehner. I pray you and your family never have to go a day in what we’ve been going thru over 9 months. You would evaporate like hot wet shit. You are a selfish fuck. Hope you kids respect what you’re doin to all the other lil kids. What goes around soon comes back to bite y’all. I was a republican until they turned THEIR backs on us. Basically said ” go steal and feed your families cause were not helpin you at all. Watch and see. You have already madev the mistake. We shouldn’t have to wait till you get back from another fuckin vacation. We ARE STARVING. KARMA IS ON MY SIDE SO WATCH CAUSE YU OUT REAP WHAT YOU SOW BONER

  2. Conroy RICHARDS
    April 8th, 2014 @ 12:03 pm

    Pass the bill then create Job better and more jobs or we will lose our house, me my wife and our two kids Please . I work very hard in the mortgage business to get this dream. I need a little more time .

  3. John Adams
    April 8th, 2014 @ 12:54 pm

    Sounds like the Senate is good. That leaves the Republicans in the House to do the task correctly. We need the retroactive EUC now since those funds are already in the budget from Feb. Pass the EUC now.

  4. karen
    April 8th, 2014 @ 12:57 pm

    well we know who to vote for no republicans

  5. Cheryl Johnson
    April 8th, 2014 @ 1:29 pm

    We need this EUC to be passed in the House. Speaker Boehner needs to bring this bill to a vote immediately so that President Obama can get it signed. I am one of the 2.1 million who has lost EUC benefits. I would love to see these people live on peanut butter sandwiches and Spaghettios just to survive. Speaker Boehner you need to do the right thing and get this passed!

  6. l mullins
    April 8th, 2014 @ 1:46 pm

    I WAS ON UNEMPLOYMENT FOR 7MO. 4 OF WHITCH I SPENT IN COMPUTER TRAINING COURSE,HALF WAY THROUGH SAID COURSE,EUC WAS STOPED..I HAVE LOST MY APARTMENT MY TRUCK, I HAD TO DROP OUT OFF SCHOOL, MOVE IN WITH MY XWIFE…53YRS OLD IN OHIO,AIR FORCE VET,WORKED 38YRS IN STATE CITY,COUNTY GOVERMENT…RAISED 5 CHILDREN ALL CONTRIBUTOR’S ALSO…GUESS I’M THE PROBLEM REPUBLICANS WANT TO STAMP OUT…RITE MRS.BONER?

  7. REPO-publican NO MORE
    April 8th, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

    When will someone put a size 13 up the House Speaker’s butt. Educated, home loan, car loan, children’s education, medical expenses paid. Now unemployed after 2 decades of management. The extension would at least help keep my roof over my children’s heads. Nothing else matters, no credit, cars , money or ways to travel to look for work. No access to computer <- can't afford anymore. Just basic survival food for the family and try to pay my home loan. I will never support this party (REPO-publican) AGAIN. I will walk to make sure i vote them out in my time of need.

  8. THANKFUL
    April 8th, 2014 @ 2:16 pm

    Thanks again to the US Senate support and passage of this bill.

    Vote Summary
    Question: On Passage of the Bill (H.R. 3979 As Amended )Vote Number: 101
    Vote Date: April 7, 2014, 05:32 PM
    Required For Majority: 1/2
    Vote Result: Bill Passed

    Measure Number: H.R. 3979 (Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act of 2014 )

    Measure Title: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that emergency services volunteers are not taken into account as employees under the shared responsibility requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    Vote Counts: YEAs 59
    NAYs 38
    Not Voting 3

    Grouped By Vote Position
    YEAs —59
    Ayotte (R-NH)Baldwin (D-WI)Begich (D-AK)Bennet (D-CO)Blumenthal (D-CT)Booker (D-NJ)Boxer (D-CA)Brown (D-OH)Cantwell (D-WA)Cardin (D-MD)Carper (D-DE)Casey (D-PA)Collins (R-ME)Coons (D-DE)Donnelly (D-IN)Durbin (D-IL)Feinstein (D-CA)Franken (D-MN)Gillibrand (D-NY)Hagan (D-NC) Harkin (D-IA)Heinrich (D-NM)Heitkamp (D-ND)Heller (R-NV)Hirono (D-HI)Johnson (D-SD)Kaine (D-VA)King (I-ME)Kirk (R-IL)Klobuchar (D-MN)Leahy (D-VT)Levin (D-MI)Manchin (D-WV)Markey (D-MA)Menendez (D-NJ)Merkley (D-OR)Mikulski (D-MD)Murkowski (R-AK)Murphy (D-CT)Murray (D-WA) Nelson (D-FL)Portman (R-OH)Pryor (D-AR)Reed (D-RI)Reid (D-NV)Rockefeller (D-WV)Sanders (I-VT)Schatz (D-HI)Schumer (D-NY)Shaheen (D-NH)Stabenow (D-MI)Tester (D-MT)Udall (D-CO)Udall (D-NM)Walsh (D-MT)Warner (D-VA)Warren (D-MA)Whitehouse (D-RI)Wyden (D-OR)

  9. US HOUSE - PLS PASS HR 3979
    April 8th, 2014 @ 2:21 pm

    To US House of Representatives

    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 two weeks recess before this has been addressed and passed.

    Thanks again to the US Senate support and passage of this bill.

  10. Monica
    April 8th, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

    We have been waiting for so long. My husband and I have 7 kids, between the two of us from previous marriages, and have been struggling to make ends meet. I have a full time job but when the benefits expired on Dec 28th our income went down $700 a month. If we were to get the retroactive payments we’d be able to catch up on our bills and maybe just maybe, give our kids a nice Easter holiday. People like us are affected all over the country. They are playing with our lives.

  11. Were are you Mr President
    April 8th, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

    I think the President should over-ride the house and sign it into law. This has gone on to long. Remember to vote in November lets vote out anyone that did not support this bill.

  12. tawonn
    April 8th, 2014 @ 2:55 pm

    I was on Unemployment for 8 months catching up on bills that I had already fell behind on waiting to get approved for unemployment I lost my truck my apartment behind on child support had a couple of job offers but I needed transportation I never seen a cold hearted Republican who don’t care if your kids eat cause I’m not worried about me but he don’t care about our youths who is in poverty cause the parents are wake up

  13. Unemployed Buckeye
    April 8th, 2014 @ 4:07 pm

    Ohio voter no longer voting rep. House reps need to approve EUC THEN work on job creations to get my vote back. FIND IN YOUR HEART TO HELP OUR CHILDREN & VETERANS to have food in their stomachs NOW.

  14. Patricia
    April 8th, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

    I am confused congress can send money to all countries that think we are a joke (I wonder why) But when it comes to their own all of a sudden it’s a problem. Pass the unemployment so we can go on with some kind of life. I worked for 23+ years got laid off and only got 6 months of unemployment I would rather work. Get rid of congress and hire some of us that are not working we can do a better job that this do nothing congress.

  15. hope
    April 8th, 2014 @ 4:47 pm

    I hope the House makes the right choice to pass this bill. Several million are struggling to stay afloat due to being unemployed. Everyone think positive and good karma will come our way.

  16. denise
    April 8th, 2014 @ 4:49 pm

    Thank You US Senate for passing the EUI Bill. I am 60 yrs. old and have never collected unemployment until now. My 26 weeks ends at the end of April and then I will be joining the Millions of Americans who lost their Unemployment and have no job. Although the EUI will not help me because it will also end at the end of May. They need to pass the bill and give Me and all the other Millions of Americans the same chance they gave the Unemployed back in 2010, The 99 weeks!!!!!!

  17. TurnCoat
    April 8th, 2014 @ 4:59 pm

    After hearing these stories of people struggling to pay their bills and loosing everything…I am so disgusted by it all. John Boehne r and the majority of these Republicans, how could you turn your backs on the American people? People are in need! work out your job creation after that. I know a family of 5 with children who will be evicted soon if they don’t come up with the money to pay their rent, and this is Chicago!!!! They have no family to turn to for help. Would you rather have these people on Welfare? I guess so because either way Mr. Boehner, that is what will happen. You will be spending more govt. money for food stamps than giving the Unemployed a little cash to go look for a “Job”….WELCOME TO GHETTO AMERICA, its not just in low-income urban communities anymore, the need is everywhere and if you think the violence in Chicago is worse now? Wait till this summer, pretty soon it will be as bad as Detroit. It has already started!!! Just look up all of the mob action robberies happening on Michigan Avenue….where the wealthy shop…crime is on the rise! People are getting desperate and Washington doesn’t care if we kill each other and eat our own flesh….. I will no longer be a Democrat or a Republican….I will not subject myself to be loyal to one party as they decide when they feel like it to turn around and stab us in the back! The “AUDACITY of Obama”, to even let this drag out, your home state and the people in our Great Nation depend on you because we have “NO HOPE!” Shame on All of you!

  18. Kate
    April 8th, 2014 @ 5:04 pm

    It must be nice to sit down and eat a descent meal and sleep at night!! WE CAN’T BECAUSE WE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT WORRY WHERE OUR NEXT MEAL IS COMING FROM AND WONDER HOW OUR BILLS ARE GOING TO GET PAID!!!!!!!! COME HOUSE PLEASE PASS EUC BENEFITS SO WE CAN EAT AND PLAY CATCH UP ON OUR BILLS!!!!

  19. Marlynn
    April 8th, 2014 @ 5:14 pm

    Its really sad that we cant support our own Americans with the EUC benefits they need to put food on the table and have a roof over their head. But we can sure support other countries and give money to everyone else but the hard working people that deserve to have this passed. I have worked for 23 years with the same company until my position was eliminated. I’m not the only one their are 2.1 million others that need the support now. Heaven forbid BOINKER you or your family ever have to live with out a roof over their head or food on the table and children to take care of. Obama please sign the bill and lets get the people what they have worked so hard for.

  20. rick
    April 8th, 2014 @ 5:23 pm

    This only proves what the republican party is for…the rich. Big bussiness gets bailouts from them. We get cut off. These ass clowns want job creation attached to pass it. Where were they the last 6 yrs this problem has exsisted? These republicans dont get it…were poor and broke. Were losing….selling..or pawning anything we have. I still have money in my account from dec.28,2013. Why cant it be paid? Its already funded. States say its to big a problem to pay it out…bs. It jus double talk to prevent or delay money being paid. Anyone in this fight who can vote republican after this needs more help than ECU. I say vote all these pricks out that vote against it. And where is Obama? I voted for this jerk twice. I knew about republicans yrs ago. Im 55…so I’ve paid into this system for 30 plus yrs. OBAMA NEEDS TO STAND UP FOR US.!

  21. Karen
    April 8th, 2014 @ 5:28 pm

    I have 3 months left on my EUC claim at 110 a week I have been waiting for 3 months to pay my utilities, property taxes , car payments, what in the world is the government doing ?

  22. Elizabeth
    April 8th, 2014 @ 5:30 pm

    I also agree that if the House does not approve EUC. The President should over-ride them ! Remember who not to vote for come election !!

  23. SICK TO MY STOMACH
    April 8th, 2014 @ 5:43 pm

    I am 41, married with 2 children ages 6 and 1. I have worked since the age of 16 and was unexpectedly let go from my job last year. I took my kids out of daycare immediately as the funds were no longer there to send them. Having them home makes it difficult to search for jobs. We were unable to afford any type of vacation over the summer and it broke my heart to see my daughter’s face when told we could not go anywhere. We no longer have a computer at home so job hunting while the baby is sleeping is not possible like it was before the new year. I have to go to someone’s home to use their computer but that is not as easy as it sounds. My husband works but that pays for groceries, gas for the car. We have had to borrow from my mother….how humiliating!!! I attend to my kid’s needs first and therefore have gone without even a haircut for months. A very part time job now will not help pay the rent so I continue to borrow. Having EUC restored would help to catch up on bills. The electric bill needs to be paid, but diapers for the little one comes first. It amazes me how much money is sent overseas to aid when needed, but now it is not available when needed here in the US.

  24. Ray
    April 8th, 2014 @ 5:47 pm

    Family of 4 young kids..worked many years and had a business (mortgage) that was literally taken away from me out when the financial crisis hit. We need this now to stay above water. Fix the issue later with creating jobs…we need your help NOW. If the US government can quickly come up with foreign aid and helping illegal immigrants , then they can certainly help all the people who have worked a good portion of their lives, and who pay their taxes and who see their children off to fight and die for the “war on terror”. Stop this political bickering and nonsense and do the right thing for over 2,000,000 Americans that need your help YESTERDAY.

  25. A Arnold
    April 8th, 2014 @ 5:55 pm

    Mr Boehner
    I dont think that you ever were really hungry, cold,unshowered,simply said:without ANY money to pay for anything what is being needed just to survive.YOU have to make sure that EUC bill passes BEFORE you go into recess.Over 2 mill people have no recess:they are hungry!!!!!!
    Can they come to your house and eat????

  26. Len
    April 8th, 2014 @ 6:03 pm

    Bone head Boehner will most likely prevent this bill from reaching the House being the hardliner that he is and for corporate America and not the citizens.

    Mr. President, please use your executive order and sign this bill into law. We are becoming destitute.

  27. Stacey
    April 8th, 2014 @ 7:05 pm

    Contrary to what the Republicans believe we are not lazy. What do they want us to do, be homeless with nothing so that the Department of Children and Family Services can come take our kids because we have not place to live. I have just about had it with them. I would like to see how they would do if they had to live the way we have to.

    Why do people vote for these folks that do not give a damn about them? You would rather live in poverty and be hungry and not be able to feed you kids, than to vote for someone who would vote to extend Unemployment Insurance?

    Give me a break.

  28. Jenenne
    April 8th, 2014 @ 7:25 pm

    I was laid off from the US Postal Service because congress would not deal with the issues that plagued them. Now my plant closed and I am without any money at all. I lost a 40000.00 dollar a year job only to try to live on 170.00 a week due to a mistake that happened 2 yrs ago then as soon as it was paid back to UE it was almost 6 months, so now I have nothing to even try to go to job interviews. Car insurance and utilities don’t take food stamps. Thanks for letting Postmaster General close Postal Plants and LAY PEOPLE OFF !!! Yes Pat people did loss Jobs. Don’t Lie anymore…..West Virginia is going to be a oil and gas wasteland with craters in the roads that swallow cars if you are lucky enough to afford one….. thanks for the American Dream…… I mean nightmare.

  29. Eileen Cupaiuolo
    April 8th, 2014 @ 8:20 pm

    I watch every day regarding the Unemployment Extension and yesterday the Senate voted again and the majority won! Why can’t the House just approve this immediately so President Obama can sign it before vacation! Can’t the President go over John Boehner? This is a disgrace and I cannot pay my mortgage and it will be foreclosed soon if I do not get my unemployment back since December of last year! You spend more money on other countries than helping out our own country!! I will remember this at election time! I used to be a Republican years ago but will never go back to vote for them! I am 60 yrs old & cannot find a job that will help me keep my condo & soon I could be on the street! What happened to all the money that comes out of our paychecks for all these years? Please sign this bill even though it is only until the end of May, at least I can pay back what I owe out to be able to survive until I can find a job!

  30. Mark
    April 8th, 2014 @ 9:06 pm

    Mr. Boehner,
    I am veteran or the US Army I was there when my country needed me where is my representation when i need my country. I am forced to live way below the way I was living before December 28 I am about to lose my car, I have to collect scrap metal to feed my children and this leaves me no time to find a job. If you want to be reelected then you ned to do what you say in your commercial about helping the veterans of this country NOW!

  31. Jo
    April 8th, 2014 @ 9:46 pm

    As I read all the comments from fellow American I came to understand that everyone is fighting some kind of battle.

    I only Pray, that others who read this. can try to understand WHAT they are trying to say.

    We The People Of The United States Of American Need For The House To Pass This Bill, So We Can Survive…

  32. dan
    April 8th, 2014 @ 10:53 pm

    I am seasonal worker in the winter months to survive I am not going to leave a 8 month job at 35 dollars an hour to work at mcdonalds john Boehner you should suffer with no income for a while if I had my way you would loose your job with no income jerk

  33. Tiffany
    April 8th, 2014 @ 11:42 pm

    I am two days from being on the street I have been evicted from my apartment and took what little money I could get by selling my stuff. The thought of actually staying in a storage facility locked in over night feels safe to me at this point. I mean seriously how many more of us need to be in this situation before anyone does something about it. I am about to go and live in a tent in my sister back yard. A tent we can barely afford and my car was repossessed how can our government have done this to us. Since 2008 they never had this issue the republican party has killed there chances of getting anyone in the white house. It like they think we are lazy and wanted this to happen to us. I was looking around my apartment today and in shock at the devastation of what I am going threw right now. And no one seems to care, no one wants to help like this is something I expected to happen. I am so angry, devastated and in shock I keep looking around and wondering what else I can sell. Maybe we can get a pop up camper but those are being bought for astronomical amounts of money.

  34. Nancy B.
    April 8th, 2014 @ 11:48 pm

    All of a sudden the media will be flooded with information regarding unemployment insurance being extended now that the bill is in the House. ONLY because of the politics involved which would be the squabbling between the two parties because the upcoming election will be up for grabs. Sadly WE have had to go googling for any information at all and I’ll bet that the vast majority of working class of America isn’t even aware of the millions of us out here struggling to survive. It never hits home until it happens to YOU. We’re “undercover” news because the politicians only want to exploit that which will benefit them through the media. The President CAN and SHOULD override the House because no one person should have the power to hold us hostage. That’s what “Big Government” is all about, keeping us staked to a bed of nails so that we know our place in society and be grateful for any crumbs they throw us.

  35. Chris Taylor
    April 9th, 2014 @ 1:34 am

    never voting Republican again!!

  36. REPO-publican NO MORE
    April 9th, 2014 @ 2:50 am

    Just a complete joke, the house speaker needs to be released from his job. A vacation for Easter!!! Bet my daughters would love an easter basket. Nope, not in the funds this time. Lucky if I have noodles for a meal. Great way to to make sure they get properly fed. Reposession is a beautiful thing if your a REPO-publican. Decades of my contribution, lose my employment (20 years)… tell me how I didn’t do my part. This party is a freaking joke!!!

  37. john serpe
    April 9th, 2014 @ 3:21 am

    Boehner says it can’t be done? Send all applicants a letter like EUC does anyway when they explain your benefits and ask 2 simple questions. Are you millionaire? Have you been continually unemployed since Euc benefits were stopped. Those that found a job between Jan.1st and the passing of the bill don’t get processed. The job search is simply waved for those who were continually unemployed and then resumes for the period of time the applicant has remaining. Remember the year they sent every tax payer a check? Believe me it can be done. This is a sick political game played by individuals who have know former experience to enlighten them when it comes to financial hardship, hunger,no place to sleep. My question is why do continue to elect individuals who’s sole purpose is to make life harder for the average citizen? We the people can change things. I was there to see it happen once along time ago. It needs to happen again.

  38. jack charlton
    April 9th, 2014 @ 3:45 am

    Does anyone know?
    Say it does not pass Congress, then Congress goes on vacation…….is there any law preventing Obama from making it law in the absence of Congress?

  39. Ted
    April 9th, 2014 @ 4:09 am

    John, you might be thinking history will paint you as a hero. Sorry, but it will show you as a inept boob.

  40. Alice Cady
    April 9th, 2014 @ 4:32 am

    Alright! Its so good to see honest comments that aren’t hacked by the managers of Orwell’s “Brave New World”, ie, Huffington, Chicago Times, among others, who are monitoring any honest statements about what these Republican Vermin in Congress are busily stealing from what’s left of America. I can’t help but believe Boehner and his kind will get their’s; it may not be until they die and are sent straight to the cosmic compost heap. I have never seen such an outright vicious, savage attack waged against working people as this bunch of overpriviledged, overpaid scoundrels in the GOP. That’s not to say the Democrats aren’t spinelss but they aren’t blatantly trying to throw the unemployed under the bus either.

  41. Alice Cady
    April 9th, 2014 @ 4:41 am

    p.s. Boehner and his buddies are just shills for the corporations that put them in office. They couldn’t give a damn about your little struggles, or mine.

  42. Walter
    April 9th, 2014 @ 9:58 am

    Everyday I read this, it breaks my heart. I cannot believe the callousness of our representation in Washington. I have emailed my representatives directly, and encourage everyone to do the same. That way somebody at least is reading it. Email every office you can think of. You can find a list of your states House representatives online. I hope the people in Ohio are paying attention to what John Boehner is doing, even though he is just a “Talking Head” for the Tea-Party radicals in the House right now. Boehner is on the ballot this November and should be voted out because he cares more about tax breaks for corporations, then he does for the people of Ohio who are struggling like so many others across the nation. Your TV’s will be flooded this year with political ads, because the limit on campaign contributions has been eliminated. The United States government has just been put up for sale. The only hope we have is our vote, and there should be a record turnout this year to insure those who do not have the best interest of the American people as their agenda, don’t have a job after election time, whether they’re Republican or Democrat. A VERY STRONG MESSAGE NEEDS TO BE SENT TO WASHINGTON, THAT WE ARE TIRED OF THEM NOT WORKING TOGETHER FOR OUR BEST INTERESTS!

  43. Nancy B.
    April 9th, 2014 @ 11:34 am

    “Hope and Change”, that’s what Obama promised us. Most of us have no hope left because we’re left at the mercy of Congress. The big change means the government will be taking penalty taxes out of people’s income tax refunds if they don’t sign up for Obamacare. The word “affordable” is a joke because for $400 per month you can get, mind you, “three” doctor visits per year. I am wondering how many people who have signed up even have the money to pay the premiums, what are the statistics on that, huh Mr. Obama? The best hope we have is to get the Democrats out of office so that the Republicans can amend some of the healthcare laws. On the other hand they are opposed to Social Security and Medicare, the only two systems which have supported themselves. I for one am all for Jeb Bush running for President and getting back a “good ‘ol boy” we can relate to. It seems like through the years that the Democrats have come into office long enough to screw everything up with their “big government” and leave disaster in their wake. That must be why the Republicans hold the record for being in office. Afterall, it was the Democrats who owned the slaves, exactly like they now own us, keeping us shackled to poverty. What ever happened to “We the people”? The only recourse we seem to have is whining and crying on a site that probably no one else reads, muchless cares about our circumstances. I have read some pretty rude comments on other sites about “us” feeling sorry for ourselves instead of getting a job, ha! Little do they know anything about waking upto another day in paradise eating Top Ramen and Mac ‘n Cheese while the “Fat Cats” gorge themselves on rich, fatty foods and drink on their so-called “recesses”. So I guess no matter how you look at it, we’re “screwed”!

  44. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
    April 9th, 2014 @ 3:38 pm

    My question is where are the house democrats fighting for this and where is the media. Tomorrow is Thursday and not a single word from them and you know how LAZY the Republicans are especially before vacation.

  45. BOB MANTZ
    April 9th, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

    I cannot say it better than the 1st comment [Billy] nothing else to say, I hope there next vacation that cost tax payers 27 million on the 10th sucks.

  46. BOB MANTZ
    April 9th, 2014 @ 5:04 pm

    By the way WHERE IS OBAMA, WITH HIS PEN , READ THESE COMMENTS , KIDS ARE GOING HUNGRY IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY

  47. When Is this going to Pass
    April 9th, 2014 @ 7:35 pm

    I keep looking to see if this is going to pass But nothing all seems to be Quiet Well I hope they all go to bed at night with nothing to worry about As we all struggle to see what bill we can mail out. President u know you can just pass this bill to help out Millions of Americans PLEASE DO this We are waiting !!!!

  48. Mad as HELL
    April 9th, 2014 @ 8:37 pm

    LWiting people go hungry an without shelter is despicable. And the worst part is they don’t care. They never did an they never will. They live in a different circle no one they know or socialize With endures any hardship. There main an only goal is obtaining power both domestic an abroad. That’s why these issues have little meaning. If they said how they really felt about u.i
    They would never get elected or re elected. We can’t expect them to ever understand. The haves an have not’s has been since the beginning. The lack of money for the people provides only more power for the ones in charge. From ancient kings an queens to current leaders the rich has controlled the poor. The only difference between the building the great pyramids an the empire state bldg is unions! Trust me H PEOPLE that is the next thing to fall. Your only weapon on earth is your ability to comprehend and reason. Understand real agendas stay away from Republicans/libertarian BS!!!

  49. Mary
    April 10th, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

    I have worked the last 35 years, 56 yrs old and have been out of work since last August. Here in Georgia we only get 18 weeks of unemployment benefits from the state, so that only gave me 3.5 months to find another job. Not easy in the mortgage industry since it is still recovering from the republicans mess up with the housing industry. I too was a republican, not any longer. I will vote each one of those lazy politicians out next opportunity for each. Too many vacations for the politicians while we suffer, go hungry, loose our autos to even have transportation and gas to get to an interview if we can get one. Pass it before it runs out again, so we can get back on our feet and in our cars to find employment.

  50. Mary
    April 10th, 2014 @ 8:01 pm

    I have worked the last 35 years, 56 yrs old and have been out of work since last August. Here in Georgia we only get 18 weeks of unemployment benefits from the state, so that only gave me 3.5 months to find another job. Not easy in the mortgage industry since it is still recovering from the republicans mess up with the housing industry. I too was a republican, not any longer. I will vote each one of those lazy politicians out next opportunity for each. Too many vacations for the politicians while we suffer, go hungry, loose our autos to even have transportation and gas to get to an interview if we can get one. Pass it before it runs out again, so we can get back on our feet and in our cars to find employment.

  51. linda
    April 10th, 2014 @ 10:00 pm

    I been through the unemployment ordeal back in 2009 when the banks and the economy crashed! That John Boehner has to be an cold and evil. Pass the damn unemployment benefits! Stop playing with people life! Not fair

  52. linda
    April 10th, 2014 @ 10:00 pm

    I been through the unemployment ordeal back in 2009 when the banks and the economy crashed! That John Boehner has to be an cold and evil. Pass the damn unemployment benefits! Stop playing with people lifes! Not fair

  53. carol
    April 10th, 2014 @ 11:19 pm

    I am a 57 year old wife of a disabled veteran. I am educated and have worked for 40 years and never asked my government for a thing. When school cuts came I was laid off and with no money to relocate… Missouri only gives 20 weeks and is talking about lowering it to 1 weeks for state benefits. It is the middle class mid aged Americans who are suffering and only want a little help. Please do what is right and help Americans who only want a hand up not a hand out.

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