Monday, June 28, 2010

2010 Unemployment Extension and Unemployment Rates Update

The 2010 unemployment extension situation and the unemployment extension 2010 failure to pass has brought on a lot of discussion over unemployment rates.  After all, the true situation is important to assess if  improvements are going to be made in the country.  Although Senators "think" that unemployment extension is important - their actions speak louder than words.

The unemployed are being used as a political pawn.  The futures of many Americans are nothing more than a political agenda.

Just how bad is the situation? If you aren't familiar with the extension or just found this post looking through blogs, you might realize that there are a lot of heated comments.  This just tells you that it's a polarizing topic. However, what are the unemployment rates?

It's important to know how the unemployment extensions work.  For instance, there are four tiers of emergency benefits which recently expired on June 2, 2010.  The first two tiers are available to everyone, and the second tiers are only available to those in the states hardest hit by unemployment. Those in the middle of one of those four tiers get to complete that tier - but don't continue on to get benefits.

As of May 2010, here are the highest unemployment rates:

Nevada - 14%
Michigan - 13.6%
California - 12.4%
Rhode Island - 12.3%
Florida - 11.7%
Mississippi - 11.4%
South Carolina - 11%

The lowest unemployment rate is in Nebraska, and that is a rate of 4.9%.

A state by state breakdown of unemployment rates can be found here.

So as you can see there are numerous states with double-digit unemployment rates. The double-digit unemployment rate are indicative of just how bad the unemployment situation is and just how bad the country needs an unemployment benefits extension bill.

Senator Olympia Snowe wants to pass the measure as a standalone bill, or at least bring talks of such a deal to the Senate floor.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn't want to do that, and urges Snowe to try to help end a standoff between Senate Democrats and Republicans.

Hopefully tomorrow will bring more positive information about an unemployment extension.  Until then, jobless individuals need to unite and make their needs known.

139 comments:

  1. EVERYONE, QUICK GO TO CHANGE.ORG! THERE ARE 6 PETITIONS ON HR 4213, SIGN ALL OF THEM, SO THEY WILL GET TO OBAMA! STAND UP FOR YOURSELVES, WE HAVE TO UNITE! THE PETITIONS ARE UNDER POVERTY IN AMERICA

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  2. This country needs to BEGIN worrying about its own and not the welfare of other countries if we are ever going to get back on track. I am sick and tired of the USA being the crutch for every other poor country in this world. We have enough poor and non-working people in this country since the great depression. Hey Congress, get off your ass and help the people of this country 1st!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. The Clock is ticking http://www.usdebtclock.org/

    WAKE UP AMERICA

    http://www.apfn.org/APFN/fed_reserve.htm

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  4. I "state your name"
    PROMISE
    TO ALWAYS USE MY VOTE WISELY
    FOR HONEST HARD WORKING PEOPLE
    AND WILL WORK HARD TO REMOVE ALL CURRENT ELECTED OFFICIALS UNTIL THE WORDS DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN ARE NO LONGER PART OF THE MODERN FREE WORLD
    "SIGN HERE"
    GET THESE DINASAURS OUT AND SAVE AMERICA

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  5. I bet if Congress missed 3 or 4 paychecks they would be as worried as we are. I hope when the elections roll around you encourage your family and friends to vote these worthless piece of shits out! They are playing games with our families. I personally did not vote for them to do this crap! I WILL REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE WHEN I VOTE!

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  6. Elephants and Donkey's


    WTF

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  7. Need Help! Really need help. Keep Voice it to Obama, congress, senate, Please!

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  8. In my life I have seen the government do some crazy things, but never create a situation where it withdraws support for millions of men, women, and children during a depression. Support these people thought they had, but discovered they did not because of a political stunt.

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  9. PLEEEEEASE America. Give me the money. I need it the most. I have children to feed.

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  10. Actually Snowe has a good idea for a change. The unemployment bill should have been a standalone bill from the beginning. The took care of doctors by voting on the 22% medicare cut, taking it out of the bill to pass it on it's own. Thats right take care of the doctors, but scrw the unemployed! Pass a stand alone bill now!

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  11. I'm a little disturbed by the fact that the new standalone bill being pushed by Stabenow is excluding tier V benefits. I live in S.C.(#7) and have been seeking employment since I was laid off.I only hope everyone stays as galvanized towards getting help for the 99ers if they decide to leave us out in the cold while attempting to pacify everyone else.They need to continue benefits for ALL until unemployment percentages go down.

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  12. I have been unemployed for 6 months. i would like to make the point that no mater what tier or in my case my 26 weeks of state unemployment is used up. anyone unemployed as of 6 months is not recieving any benifits. all others longer unemployed t 1-2-3-4-5 or whatever are also cut off until this passes. there are a lot more affected than the numbers i have seen listed. all i know is its not fun! every morning i go out and stop at places! leads given to me by freinds saying there gonna add a few here or there.. every morning i go out and im lucky if one out of ten will even let me fill out an aplication, anything on line has been a complete waist of time!!! i have worked 25 years... im in good shap, shart and will do almost anything. i have never gone without a job ever and im starting to lose my mind! already lost everything almost and i do not wish this on anyone! this government is spending us into a great depression! the massive tax dollars they recieve are gone! and then some. i have watched counless company's pack up there crap and lock the doors. i worked for a small company that had to cut employee's to stay under the cap that mandated they cary insurance for all! THANKS OBOMA! MY JOB HAS BEEN FILLED WITH FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE OWNERS OF THIS COMPANY WHO LOST THERE JOBS SOMEWHERE ELSE. THE ONLY WAY TO FIND WORK SEEMS TO BE TO KNOW SOMONE. I DONT KNOW WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO! I FEAR FOR OUR CHILDREN.

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  13. Time to start taking CARE of the people in the USA!!!! NOT THE WORLD!!!

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  14. I am an Obama democrat like many others voting for him was the first time I ever voted. Following the progress in the senate closely, I have come to the conclusion that they arte holding the unemployed hostage to advance a political agenda.
    I spoke with Senator Snowes office and was told that she had changed her mind about the bill and would bring a standalone bill to the floor later this week(some hope for us) we need for senator Reid to stop playing politics and get this done.
    If something is not done we will continue home in npvember.

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  15. I WOULD ALSO ADD THAT EVERY MORNING I GET UP GO ON A JOBS QUEST! EVERY DAY AROUND NOON I GET HOME AND I AM DEPRESSED AND BEATEN DOWN! SAD AND FRUSTRATED! EVERY DAY!!! I GO ONLINE TO SEE IF OUR GOVERNMENT HAS THERE CRAP TOGATHER YET AND I CAN GO GET SOME GROCERYS SOON! ....nothING BUT MORE DISMAL NEWS OF INCOMPANTANT PEOPLE RUNNING OUR COUNTRY! SO TODAY IM GOING TO DIG WORMS GO TO THE RIVER WITH MY FISH POLE AND IF I CAN CATCH EVEN A CARP....IM GOING TO EAT IT! WAIT THERE IS A FAT SQUIRL IN MY YARD NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOTTA GO THIS IS NO JOKE!~

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  16. It is time for a clean sweep in Congress. If you recognize the name, pull the other lever, punch another chad, or whatever you have to do to rid us of every incumbent regardless of party affiliation. People are out of work because the jobs don't exist. If Senator Hatch wants me to piss in a cup that's ok, but then all those in Congress should be forced to do the same or lose their seats/income.

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  17. How? can millions of people go hungry and have everything they ever worked for taken away and not even make the news?

    Congress is going on vacation!
    HOW or WHY would they even think they deserve one until this is resolved?

    We are going on almost a month with no food and no way to keep the roof over our heads
    Thanks

    Have a happy and safe 4th of july
    God Bless America
    FREEDOM

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  18. CAll your US Senators LOCAL OFFICE numbers for your area. I just called the DC number for John Cornyn and got a pompous smart ass on the phone. Then I called the US office where the workers don't argue policy with you, they must take your calls and pass the information on.

    WRITE DOWN WHAT THEY SAY AND START POSTING A PLAY BY PLAY. Today the Senate is focusing on Supreme Court nominations.

    Is anyone else here waiting for an extension to feed your children???

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  19. None of them should be taking yet another week off while millions of Americans can't even put food on their tables, or keep their roof over their heads. How can they celebrate their Independence Day knowing that there are people out there that THEY are putting out of their homes and taking food away from their children. Shame on all of you senators!!! I know that some of you aren't up for reelection this coming November, but don't worry...five years from now I'm still going to remember what you put me and my family thru and I will be sure to vote you out!!!

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  20. I think it's strange that when you google news unemployment extension, that you get these news media blogs that you've never heard of. Google News anything else and it's the Wall Street Journal, LA Times, CBS News, CNN...what is Associated Content and Politics and World News? I guess this issue isn't good enough for the "real" news. Ironically this is about ads.

    I would never vote for another Republican.
    And isn't it funny how the EMPLOYED become the experts on the unemployed. We're all "working the system." "It's gotta end sometime." Well you bring back the jobs and that's when it will end. Walk a mile in our shoes.

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  21. Hey everyone:

    Opencongress.org is where the senators actually LOOK at the results. The stand alone bill, S.3520 is on here, AND you can submit your support for it with an easy register of your email address:
    http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-s3520/show

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  22. CONGRESS GIVE US WHAT YOU PROMISED!!!! EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT OR CREATE JOBS!!!! STOP THE DAMN JOB OUTSOURCING. YOU WILL PAY ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.IF YOU DONT DO THIS NOW!!!

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  23. My husband was in the middle of his Tier 4 as of the beginning of June which was due to end until August and his benefits stopped on June 5th. So it is NOT true that those in tier pasts the 26 weeks will continue to recieve their tier. Just wanted to put that out there. The reports are incorrect and the unemployed left out in the colde is way higher that these reports are reporting.

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  24. our government needs an enima!!!

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  25. time to start our own currency/barter system - get out of the old failed economic system (designed only to make the rich more powerful).

    communities need to be developed that completely get rid of any dependence on large corporations and the government. this is the only thing that makes sense to me now.

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  26. I hope the senate chokes on their bar-b-que. Every last worthless one of them. I am tired of this "let them eat cake" attitude. This got some french folks beheaded in the not too distant past. I have friends that have no food in their pantries, no gas in their cars, no way to pay their bills and are running out of excuses to their children. Our state is telling everyone to file for welfare.

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  27. My son has had heart surgery with no insurance, all my wife's medical benefits and pay have been cut, lost our car, and about to loose our home. I have not been able to find a job that pays more than $9 hr with a Architecture degree. She makes 20k a year and with my unemp. benefits its too much to get any assistance. I loose my benefits now unless they pass the bill. If they don't pass the bill my family will be forced to live in our car! Oh that's right, you took that from us too!

    S.
    29 yrs old Detroit Suburbs, Michigan

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  28. I bet if the Senate was told there would be no vacation until this issue was resolved....it would be a done deal by tomorrow.....shame on you! I have not voted in a long
    time but you bet I will remember all of you and will do my part to vote you out! Obama we need you!

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  29. been so buzy the last week and every week poundin the pavement for work. have not had time for news or tv due to exhaustion. and found out suddenly of this vote. boom just like that I'm cut off while my extensions were in place. but our country want to provide housing for inmates. COULD SOMEONE EXPLAIN THAT ONE/

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  30. As a Democrat I am completely disgusted with Reid. There is no reason this should NOT be a stand alone bill - he is holding the unemployed hostage in order to try to push pork. I guess he considers it a win either way - if it doesn't pass, the Republicans look bad and if it does, he gets his extras. Meanwhile those without work and a paycheck are suffering. Democrats and Republican are both to blame but Reid's duplicity is an outrage. Snowe (dare I admit a REPUBLICAN) is the only one making sense.

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  31. I contacted Sen Burr's office from the great state of North Carolina and as expected not
    in and no response. I told his staff that come Nov I hope that I will have the power to be that one vote that throws him out of office. The power of one can change the world.. in this case the political system. Time for him to join the ranks of the unemployed.....

    A disgusted Republican

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  32. I think If something isn,t done soon we sould take to the streets like they did in canada Iv,e got nothing left to loose dying fighting beats starving to death GIVE ME A JOB OR GIVE ME DEATH!

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  33. Be advised that S.3520 does NOT provide for a Tier 5 extension. The bill is written to finish tiers 1-4 through the end of 2010. If you have exhausted the benefits in tiers 1-4, there is nothing in the bill for you.

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  34. To the person who call John Cornyn office, you live in Texas as I do. You need to start by voting out Republicans at the local, county, state level. Maybe then the Republicans in Texas will start listening to the little guy. Until then, we are at the mercy of old rich guys and big business. Come on Texans we are better than this.
    Red turning blue

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  35. Those Bastards need to be taken out back and whipped like a runaway slaves. They acting like slave owners knowing people need this money , ain't no damn jobs but the living in thier lily white world where everyone has a job and money. this is not thier problem.

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  36. What is going on here. Congress needs to understand that responsible people are looking for jobs that are non-existing. I am a professional with a stellar work history that was laid off over a year ago. My unemployment benefits are exhausted as is my savings. I stand to lose my home and everything I worked hard for. I never imagined I would be in my late 50's without a job or hope. Get with it Congress, these Banks and risk taking Investors didn't have to beg for the pennies we get on unemployment. America, stand up and get rid of these guys and Mr. Obama, I know you cannot do this alone but it is time for you to kick some butt and take names----America will be standing behind you----start playing hardball!!!!

    Annonymous & Disappointed.

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  37. My benefits just stopped in the middle also. Been 3 weeks with no money. I am still searching for a job. I can not believe these idiots think we don't really want jobs! I went from a 4000. per month income to a big 1200. per month. Lost my house, moved into an apartment rents due in a matter of days. Will take the rest of my savings what do I tell my kids when they want to eat but we can't afford food. I have talked to friends and family and I am sure at election time they will remember the pressures that these congressman put on me. So fingers crossed these idiots will be unemployed soon!

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  38. If you provide jobs we will gladly work,if not extend unemployment for the people,don't stop paying us we never stop paying you,we had no choice,why do you?

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  39. Everyone is "stressing out" about how they're going to make ends meet..but if the extension is passed til November...What do you do then if you still haven't found a job in November??...Not pay your mortgage...and let the house go back to the bank?..my sentiments...I am overwrought with applying for so many jobs from caregiver to customer service postions...And no employer believes I'm willing to work for $8 an hr...after receiving $26 per hr..a year and a half ago and having a Bachelor Science Degree.....That's the sick part..I think we are all "doomed"...unless you have an uncle in the furniture business...The "haves" and the "have-nots" ...That is what it's boiled down to..The unreal part is that most people I know have "jobs"..and are financially secure....They don't want to hear about my problems..They're sick of it!!

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  40. I tried to email the white house but it says it is down due to some kind of service. Is there another email so I can email Obama?

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  41. What I love is that we can send troops everywhere, Donate money everywhere...while People right here in our states suffer, starve, stress, and go bonkers.

    Yep Good job, taking care of its people. Hey I got an idea. Now that we cut all our people off of Unemployment benefits, let go send more troops somewhere, and hand over more money. Seems to be working already!

    GO USA!

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  42. How can our generous nation neglect her own children? Those who built this country and have worked and paid taxes for years are being cast aside. We did not bring on the problems that caused us to lose our jobs! The Bush administration was sleeping on the job and let the banks ruin us all and now the Senators we voted into office turn their backs on us. More will go on welfare, food stamps and other government funded programs so they will pay regardless and the recession will keep rearing its nasty head.

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  43. I think we should stop paying taxes and freeze there accounts imediatley,let them live without income ,it might open thier eyes!

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  44. 40 tears of paying in 26 week to collect , I don't get it,

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  45. RECESSION, GREAT DEPRESSION, HEADED OUR WAY!! THANK YOU SENATE!! HEY I HAVE A JOB WANNA TAKE IT FROM ME TOO???

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  46. We have made to the TOP keep this momentum!!!
    To all fellow unemployed suffering in this economy:
    There is a website called change.org where one can start a petition. Someone has started a petition on the immediate passage of unemployment extensions. Please follow this link at the end of this comment and sign this petition. By signing it an email will be sent to all appropriate politicians from you. Last time I looked there were almost 8000 signatures on this petition. Word is that this petition has the attention of some politicians including the president. The writer of this petition recently emailed me and told me he received a letter from Republican Senator Olympia Snowe in which she said she would break the filibuster if the bill was presented as a “stand- alone” jobless aide bill.
    See article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/25/AR2010062504933.html
    I have seen this petition gain a lot of momentum in the last 2 to 3 days. I am writing this as a word document so I can copy and paste it to every online article about unemployment extension legislation I visit. I know that (like me) there are many unemployed Americans who are frequently checking for updates on this legislation. What I ask of you is to do the following:
    1. Copy, paste and save this into a word document.
    2. Every time you visit a website with an article about unemployment extension legislation copy and paste this from your word document to the comment section of the article.
    3. Follow the link below and sign this petition. http://www.change.org/petitions/view/we_demand_an_immediate_passage_of_bill_hr_4213_extension_of_unemployment_benefits
    4. Ask for your friends and family that support your position to sign the petition by sending them a personal email with the link above attached. Ask your spouse or other qualified household members who will support you to sign the petition.
    Note: If someone in your household decides to support you, you must logout of Change.org in order for the petition form to open for a new signature.

    On a personal note I would like to say to keep your head up and do not let any negative comments from others on these sites get you upset. When you respond to them with anger, resentment and frustration you are just giving them exactly the reaction they want. Instead, spend your time getting this comment out there whenever you can. I have faith that our circumstances will motivate us to get the petition the attention it needs in order to get these politicians to listen. We are many.
    Let’s “get the job done” and show those spoiled politicians who have made accusations toward us as a group that we are not the lazy drug addicts they have categorized us to be.

    Once again here is the link to the petition.
    Sincerely, Jerry
    http://www.change.org/petitions/view/we_demand_an_immediate_passage_of_bill_hr_4213_extension_of_unemployment_benefits

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  47. I Love these comments but not anonymous, please use a name ,

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  48. Is there really any chance of getting this extension? Ive been unemployed for over a year. Ive searched for jobs and even started two of them. Due to the horrible economy, I was laid off. I currently have no assistance. This is frustrating and scary.

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  49. welcome to my world........i've been there about a year now

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  50. People, get your facts right! Reid is not the problem! Democrats already introduced a standalone bill for the unemployment extension, but Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky blocked it from a full vote on the Senate floor. HE'S the biggest problem!

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  51. it will be a billion people by the end of the month

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  52. I love how the government gave money to states to send unemployed to school to get a better education. Now that most people are close to getting out of school, they pull unemployment benefits!!! Now I have to drop out of school to try to find a job in a no job market. Thanks Congress for the double screwing, it felt really good.

    B.K.
    Michigan

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  53. I will use my last check to get me to washington if everyone else will

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  54. Make them work through 4th of July and give up just that one day of pay and I bet that would give a few hundred people some more benefits. Let them take a 10-20% pay cut and probably could extend unemployment without using anymore money for a while. Maybe I should be in the house. I think I have a better way of thinking.

    Yeah! I want to run...run right in there and fire all the no voters.

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  55. Yeah I want to go to Washington...I will get my last check on Wed.

    Thank you government. I love the USA!

    Bring home our service people and we would have money to help our own, instead rebuilding and rebuilding other countries over and over.

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  56. I worked for a company that had 2 layoffs last year. One layoff was in April, while the other was in November. I got hit with the November layoff. Just 26 weeks later I ran out of unemployment. It has been 4 weeks since I recieved a check! The others that were laid of in April(7 months earlier than me)are still getting benefits until October! If someone would have told me a year ago that this could actually happen, I would not have believed them! It just doesn't make any sense! I am a hard working, intelligent, educated, physically-fit, motivated individual who has not been able to find even a shitty job in over 6 months!I am doing everything I can to keep from losing our home. My 8 year old little girl is depending on me. Please pass this extension. Millions of families are going to suffer otherwise.

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  57. u forgot to say................NOT!!!!!!!!!

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  58. Go to this site for a list of petitions to sign for the extension bill to be passed: www.unemployment2010.webs.com if it's still offline (was for the past couple of hours) go to change.org and search for 'unemployment' and sign all of the relevant petitions.

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  59. Funny how someone who served his coutry for almost 8 yrs would say..........thank you USA..............NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  60. Please sign this petition for a stand alone unemployment extension bill

    http://www.change.org/petitions/view/americans_need_a_stand_alone_unemployment_extension_bill

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  61. Opencongress.org is where the senators actually LOOK at the results. The stand alone bill, S.3520 is on here, AND you can submit your support for it with an easy register of your email address:
    http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-s3520/show

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  62. Wow, I'll bet you won't hear about the women who dies becuase she couldn't pay her electric bill, and I'll be safe to say you won't read or hear on the news about thousands of people who may become homeless due to the inability of our pathetic government officials.. But you will hear about things like the government giving billions to rich wall street and bankers, you will hear about how much money was given to other countries to help them out, but the average everyday American well folks were on our own cuz the people in office atm only care about how much money they can make. Just saw HLN news guess the government again is trying to ban handgun sales, gee is the government to afraid that the average everyday people may come together and actually do something about these criminals in office?? People we really need to wake up and do something about this out of control, wasteful government b4 the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is no more.

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  63. And now here comes thr Russian military to aid local law enforcement to keep the people in this country in line. Soon all God given rights will be gone, and we will all end up in the "camps" that are secretly being set up around the country... Wake up people, or it will be too late...

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  64. I just think it is soo awful that we are suffering like this. My gas shut off today and now my car is going to be taken away . It's like what can a person do. Please help us ...

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  65. I am very sorry about Senator Byrd's death... But do you think we could get our Congress to get about the business of passing legislation and talk about Senator Byrd on their 3 week vacation.

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  66. Congress wake up or get out of office. You are so de-sensitzed to the plight of the very people who put you in office. Do what the Japanese do when the create shame....Jump out of a window...After you vote yes to extend UI

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  67. I to am out of work and have been since Sept. 09. I already have lodt my home, car and anything that was worth selling has been sold.
    I am a 56 TO male and handicap. I send out resumes everyday and have had but three interviews. When people see that I am handicap I can see the look in there eyes and know that I won't get the job. God I hate this so much. I have tried hard to be a good christian and have done much in my life to help others. I served my country as well as my fellow man. I have no where to go, no money, no car, no home and no one to care. I know that I am not long to be on this earth and it scares the shit out of me but I just can't go on this way any more. I wish all of my fellow unemployed, peace and joy, may our father in heaven shed his loving light upon you. Godbless all of oyu.

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  68. seee how we get devided

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  69. I wonder if congress will give us a 40 billion dollar grant to study the effects unemployment has on the people. They love to fund projects. How about this one. Give me the money and I'll give it to the unemployed. I'll than tell the government people can't live without money or dignity or without hope.

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  70. I can't believe this is actually happening. We are so fast to give other countries money when something goes wrong but it seems like Americans are last in line to receive help. Pretty sad if you ask me.

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  71. Just a little note not particularly related to what any of you are discussing. I've been in my apartment all day with the TV on - MSNBC and PBS Kagen hearings, etc. so news channels and shows the whole day - I haven't heard one, not one, little tiny mention of the unemployment extension and where it stands. That should give you an idea where we stand.

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  72. When I started receiving unemployment benefits, I was also in college full-time as well. At this time jobs are scarce where I live so I* most likely will lose my home, have to drop out of school and live on the streets. Thanks to the high and mighty in Congress and Senate who will never know what it is like to go hungry. START VOTING FOR THE PEOPLE!!!

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  73. i stand on a beach........3000 miles away from them, and say.............why did u kill them

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  74. my car has been repossessed and I will be homeless in two days meanwhile the Senators that wevoted for will go home and have nothing to worry about. It sickens me to think that in this economy there are people who would think that this is not needed. I have a degree and I have worked all my life!!! I guess I have to be a big business to get bailed ouT!!!!

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  75. Sen. Byrd passed away (R.I.P). Now the dems need an additional repub vote to get to closter. I miss Ted Kennedy and Byrd. Without them, we are all SCREWED!!!!!!! It is so obvious that this is politics only. While it citizens suffer, the old boy network continue to hold this country hostage!

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  76. If you are unemployed it is your own fault. Conservatives are taking this country back. Cut grass harvest the crops, stop whining. Blacks, Jews, and Mexicans are ruining this country. Come on Tea Party Members let's support the our elected officials, and make sure obama fails.

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  77. YOU stupid ass MORON. If Obama fails, the COUNTRY fails. Same idiotic thinking the repubs have. Your thinking is obviously built on fear. People discriminate and practice racisim because of people they never met!

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  78. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION ON WWW.CHANGE.ORG HERE IS THE DIRECT LINK:

    http://www.change.org/petitions/view/we_demand_an_immediate_passage_of_bill_hr_4213_extension_of_unemployment_benefits

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  79. You want OBAMA to FAIL! You are a stupid ass moron. If his admintration fails the country fails. DUH!

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  80. lrics from michael jackson's "they don't care about us":

    tell me what has become of my rights
    am i invisible because you ignore me
    your proclamation promised me free liberty, now
    i'm tired of being a victim of shame
    they're throwing me in a class with a bad name
    i can't believe this is the land from which i came
    you know i do really hate to say it
    the government don't wanna see it

    all i wanna say is that
    they don't really care about us

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  81. Are you kidding me? It is my fault I am unemployed? Go to hell! Obama is not going anywhere, get used to it. OBAMA ROCKS!

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  82. TAKE AMERICA BACK FROM THESE DINOSOURS WHO DONT CARE ABOUT AMEWRICANS. SENATORS YOU DISCUST ME AND IF ONE SEAT IS LEFT ON THE SENATE THAT VOTED NO WE HAVE FAILED AS AMERICANS. vOTE THEM OUT. UNIMPLOYED OR NOT THEY ARE RUINING US AS AMERICANS. WHO CARES ABOUT REPUBLICAN/DEMOCRAT WHEN YOUR FAMILY CANT EAT. HEARTLESS BASTRDS!!!!!!!!!!

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  83. I would like all of you to not worry, you will be able to get unemployment soon. Help is on the way!!!! We put these people in office and years ago they listened to what WE THE PEOPLE HAD TO SAY, but we have over the years let them have too much rope. But there's coming a big change sooner than anyone thinks. Keep your eyes on the hills from whence cometh your help, because your help is on the way.

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  84. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfK0o-7PVoc Saw this on you tube.

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  85. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfK0o-7PVoc

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  86. Even if Obama could get the Senate to realize what is happening and vote yes on additional stimulus (fat chance there anyway), I don't know if it will do any good if Europe goes the austerity route. I doubt if the U.S. can stand alone. If it makes anyone feel better, I think we aren't going to be the only ones out in the street. I hate to sound so pessimistic but I can't see a way out unless the world sticks together and goes along with proping up the economy till it actually catches up again. Maybe the extra guns they can now sell will push us back over the top again....just a little joke to lighten this up a bit.

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  87. I'm beginning to think that the Congress doesn't care about us anymore. So what if people are unemployed as long as they keep collecting there pay check every week. Funny how they can get paid when they aren't doing a damn thing to turn things around, but they don't want to pay people unemployement. I'm at my wits end. I have been without income for over a month now and the little bit of savings I had is running out fast. Martin Luther King wasn't the only person to have a dream, so did a lot of other Americans. Instead we have this nightmare.

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  88. Everyone, please, please, please go to change.org at the following link to sign the petition to separate the UE extension from the rest of bill H.R. 4213! Also, have everyone you know go and sign it too!
    http://www.change.org/petitions/view/separate_the_unemployment_extension_legislation_from_the_rest_of_the_hr_4213_bill

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  89. Employers usually lay off the worst workers firt, so deal with it. Sen Hatch is right using your unemployment checks for alcohol and drugs is disgusting and unproductive. If you feed a stray animal it will simply multiply and return and beg for more. I think that the unemployment checks should be stopped permanently. Let's urge our lawmankers to stand up to the Democrats, and hopefully we can weed out these uproductive elements in our society.

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  90. Gross and ignorant comment. Have you ever heard of outsourcing? Where they close a location and move it to another country to save money?

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  91. you guys are lucky to get college money and unemployment. all i got was 265.00 pr week and zero college. arizona is so backwards.

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  92. As i sit here and read these comments I am crying!!!!we are a family of 4 that just recently took in two children after my niece died this December children are 6 and 10 I had lost my job due to cut backs in 2008 and have been looking since. my husband is working where ever there is work in the construction industry.the unemployment i received helped with groceries and bills gas to look for work and childcare now what are we to do!! will we loose our home! GOD that scares me! Dear lord please soften their hearts so that we can feed our children and be able to just stay a float we have always worked hard to have a home for our children please don't let them take it from us dear Lord..help the economy strengthen and go back to where.. i hate to have my children catch me crying and ask whats wrong mom. i don't want to tell them. but i have been crying so much !!! we need help! does anyone know of any resources that may help us? sign little people family of 6 now!

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  93. Isn't it crazy that people on welfare who have never had a job or paid taxes are not facing cuts but we who have worked all of our lives are going to lose everything? It just doesn't seem fair.

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  94. What happened to "We the People". Shouldn't Congress be making decisions for the people, not the government's best interest? If all the Congress and Senate members will give up one month of their salary, I bet that can take care of a good six months of all the people on unemployment and we all know they won't lose any of their assets by just doing so. I worked close to 40+ years of my life to end up with six months of unemployment. Where is the justice, America?!?! Let's get rid of these assholes :-)

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  95. The person who said the republicants want Obama to fail is correct. Hey, a republicant recently apologized to BP on behalf of us, the American people. Just goes to show you the politicians you are dealing with.

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  96. people on public aid just got extra money for their children for school clothes !!!! $100 for each child .. check if you don't believe.. why do we get screwed we paid our taxes in every paycheck and unemployment check i have ever had now I'm getting cut of unemployment dammit !! I worked for my money all these years. now there's no work!!! and they want to take the crumbs they allowed me...treat us like peasants I am an American! lets all get on welfare!!!! oh wait we cant! we own a home!!! and a car or two but then again we might loose that if things keep up this way!!!!!!!

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  97. I have never been without a job until the economy went downhill. Nobody wants you at their door to fill out an application. Online applications are a joke. All I want to do is work. What are you left to do when you have no money for bankruptcy lawyer, food, shelter, gas to go out job hunting, internet service. Oh I know, there is a train track nearby. I can end it. Is this what the goverment wants the unemployed to do...just give up?????

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  98. Tea Party rules. Take America back from Pelosi, Reid, and Obama. If it takes cutting off unemployment all together to make these Democrats understand that this country belongs to conservatives.

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  99. TO THE UNEMPLOYED DO NOT CELEBRTE THE FOURTH OF JULY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I HOPE THOSE WHO DENIED MY CHECK!!!!! CHOKE ON A HOT DOG ON THE FOURTH!!!

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  100. For the anonymous post about Employers laying off worst workers first!!!! You are a freaking idiot in every sense of the word!!! You get on here and post a comment anonymously, cause you know you would get your ass kicked if you made your identity known. Thats real manly!!! Where i come from you would be sucking soup through a straw for a couple months. Any way to those of you so affected by the extension not being passed yet. I feel your pain. My husband has worked like a dog all of his life. And willing to take any job that comes his way. He has worked for every penny he recieved in unemployment benefits. Dont let the scums of the earth get to you. I wasnt even going to reply till i seen that post. I had been in tears literally reading some of the prior posts. My heart goes out to you. My family is in the boat with you. Its truly scary to think how bad our country has deteriorated, That people dont have a home to live in. I just dont understand how we can help blow up other countries and then pay to build them back. Especially when we have families here in such dire straights. I live in a city that is the capitol of the state and once a booming place. Now every where you turn businesses have closed. How can you find work when theres nothing to find. I worked for the dept of corrections for many years. And it makes me sick to see how the inmates dont have the worries that we do. They have a home and three meals and electric. Im mighty afraid there will be many more take up residence in our state prisons at this rate. Please know all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    God Bless you all
    Robin!

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  101. Cannot wait until November! I will NOT VOTE for any Senator who did not vote yes to the unemployment extension...

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  102. I hate welfare, I hate unemployment, overall I hate to depend on the Government, You can't rely on them, they are a bunch of hypocrites who are more for the rich. Republicans out there, are you unemployed? Are you hurting? Do you see what you party is doing? Nevada is 14% unemployment rate and that Ned individual is screwing his own state. Someone should let him have it! I been unemployed for 9 months!! that is a record, I have a degree and I can't a F#$%@ JOB, I send resumes, I visited Companies, I begged! NOTHING IS WORKING!! The depression will be innevitable if Obama does not step up to the plate! OBAMA stop ignoring, you are the boss, show what you are made of!

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  103. THANK YOU ROBIN! FROM A VERY WORRIED MOM! I HIDE MY TEARS FROM MY KIDS!! AND FEEL SO HELPLESS! I HAVE ALWAYS WORKED ALL MY LIFE!! I DID NOT WANT TO BE ON UNEMPLOYMENT!!THEY LITERALY RIPPED THE BREAD FROM OUR MOUTHS!! YOUR PRAYERS WILL HELP US ALL.

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  104. This country is going to hell. The good days are gone. Over. Done. None of our representatives in government give a damn about "the people". If they work for us, then why are their benefits and retirements so much better than ours?. It's like just a form of organized crime. Even if we try and vote these morons out in November, there are so many special interest groups to offset our votes, and of course they sure want that Spanish vote! Why else do they choose not to secure our borders. Hell, Obama even wants to grant amnesty to all of the "illegals" already in the country. I do not see how we will ever get our country back again.

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  105. I read this daily. I don't post. I think the main point everyone here is missing is we do not matter. There isn't anything about us that matters to them. They have no clue how real people live. There have been many many valid points raised! The passing of 58.8 Billion for war and buying another country at war helicopters was not a good move when our own country is in the shape it is in. No Money No Voice. What can we do and that is how they see it. The voice we do have is at the polls, please be sure to vote. BE HEARD at the polls get them were it will hurt their pay check!

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  106. I wonder if any of them are having Hamburger Helper tonight.

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  107. We need to send our Senators to China instead of our jobs!

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  108. 26 weeks of unemployment are more than enough. any more than that is not wise. This country is broke thanks to the current administration. I don't think anyone should lose their home because of the current situation, but you should have pepared for the worst when you were working. It's a shame that BP is being subjected to a shakedown by this gangster Obama administration. It's clear that quiet a few people simply want a check and aren't really searching for work. Maybe it takes losing a home or a car or even having your children placed in foster care, so they can learn some work ethic from a working family. Sitting around a watching two parents whinning about an unemployment check will only teach them the same lazy habits.

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  109. Husband was in the Navy for 8 years, got out...Got a great job working as a Lab Tech at our local hosipital... Husband has a Bachelor's degree and a excellent military background but he got laid off so we filed for unemployment. Recieved unemployment for the 26 weeks..Husband goes out EVERY DAY searching for work and filling out applications on line...still after the 26 weeks we still have not found a job so guess what my husband is going back into the military...we have to feed our children who are 6 and 7 years old...my husband is 36 years old..Thank God he can return to the military because if not we do not know what we would do right now...but you can surely bet in November i will as well as my husband for all those Senators who did not help there own fellow man out, OUT OF OFFICE..AND PLEASE FOR ALL THOSE UNEMPLOYED DO NOT PAY ATTENTION TO THOSE WHO ARE EMPLOYED RIGHT NOW WITH ANY OF THERE NEGATIVE COMMENTS, JUST STAY FOCUSED AND TO EVEN RESPOND TO ANY NEGATIVITY IS JUST ADDING MORE FUEL TO THERE CRAZY BELIEFS..IF YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT THAN WHO CARES WHAT ANYONE HAS TO SAY...GOD BLESS TO ALL UNEMPLOYED, YOU ARE NOT ALONE AND I DO BELIEVE IT WILL GET BETTER.

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  110. The tea party sucks. A bunch of idiots trying to take over our country. If you do not think we deserve the help why do you think we would vote for you? I will NEVER again vote for a republican. And believe me I will be voting for a long damn time.

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  111. I emailed both Texas Senators twice and got no response.They do not care about Texas unemployed. Embarrassed I voted for both of them. Wont happen again.

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  112. The Republicans PAID corporations to take your jobs out of the country by giving them giant tax loop holes. Stock Market investors cheer job cuts, higher productivity (using slave labor overseas) means more dividends and better value for them. Think about this when you vote.
    The rules are made up to profit the wealthy, everyone else is on their own.

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  113. I HOPE THE MEDIA IS READING THESE COMMENTS!! POST THEM ON TV! FOX! CNN! MSNBC! OPRAH! ELLEN!CALLING ON ALL MEDIA OUTLETS!! OBAMA I VOTED FOR YOU SIR! FIGHT FOR US!!

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  114. Unemployment is the same as welfare. get off your lazy asses and go find a job. If Obama stopped encouraging these damn drug smuggling Mexicans to come over, squat down and have children on the taxpayer dime, thing would be a lot better.

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  115. This is for the Anti Obama TROLL. George Bush did not make his (low)target for job creation EVER!! He missed it EVERY MONTH FOR 8 YEARS!!
    And BTW, Repubs LOVE illegal aliens because they will work so cheap. No serious boarder control during any Republican administration. Oh, but bush did create some jobs for Americans, as IED targets in IRAQ.

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  116. Our government can't continue to pay people to not work. 26 weeks has to be enough time, because there isn't enough money to go around. If we continue to borrow money to fund this new entitlement, it will bankrupt our nation. The unemployed will not take a job when they can make more on unemployment. Studies show that these extensions are a disincentive for people to find work. I know there are jobs, but people would rather keep their fingers crossed that a good paying job is coming back, when it probably isn't. Lower your expectations and work for minimum wage. You are going to have to sooner or later.

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  117. your lucky that a "drug smuggling mexican" cant find you anonymous piece of shit! I dare you if you have balls go yell that in from of a few Mexicans. !!! YOU RACIST PIG!!!

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  118. The Government already pays people not to work. Its called welfare.

    Since your so concerned about the deficit you should understant UI payments stimulate the economy because they are all spent, mostly locally. The hundreds of billions given at ZERO percent to failing banks is not helping the economy. Its not be loaned out.That is what is bankrupting this country. I don't care that you are not sympathetic and many people will take lower paying jobs in the end, but keeping people stable thru the transistion is important for our communities.

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  119. GEOGRE LOPEZ
    DID YOU HEAR THIS!!!TONTO! CALLING US DRUG SMUGGLING MEXICANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TA LOCO!

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  120. Our government CAN afford to provide us with more than 26 weeks unemployment. They are the ones who sent our jobs overseas. Politicians and CEOs made out well. I don't see how it helped "the people" of our country. What government DOES NOT have to do is spend over 8 billion dollars each year on NASA programs. Government does not have to bail out every country in the world every time there is a crisis, and government does not have to support every illegal alian who feels like coming into our country. Now Obama wants to grant amnesty to every illegal alien. Why? to get the Spanish vote.

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  121. By the way, I'm a Californian and a lot of use apprieciate the Mexican workers. I am lily white and would croak in a day if I had to pick fruit. I say leagalize them, pay them a DECENT wage and tax them like everyone else.

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  122. IT'S OK HAVE YOU SEEN THE PRICES AT THE PRODUCE DEPARTMENT!! YOU GO PICK IT!

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  123. Take action & spread the word!

    http://www.opencongress.org/articles/view/1941?comment_sort=newest

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfK0o-7PVoc

    http://www.giveusourmoney.org

    http://www.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_need_a_tier_v_added_to_unemployment_benefits

    http://www.change.org/petitions/view/we_demand_an_immediate_passage_of_bill_hr_4213_extension_of_unemployment_benefits

    http://www.change.org/petitions/view/unemployment_we_need_a_tier_5_now

    http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/vote_hr_4213_opponents_out_of_office_in_november

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  124. Rush Limbaugh was right. this is a conspiracy by the Jews and the lazy blacks to bankrupt this country. Everything Obama does is for his black folks, give them unemployment so they won't have ti work. Meanwhilen those crooked Jews take the money given to the banks, doesn't give out any loans, and divides the money among themselves and send it to Israel. WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK.
    We need the national guard on the border with order to unload on any Mexican they see within 50 feet of the border. Then and only then cn we begin to solve some of our problems.

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  125. For all those people who think it shouldn't be that hard finding a job right now ... quit your job and let me get it! Then you go out and find yourself another one if it's that simple to you!!!!

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  126. Just thought I would let the idiot know that I am a white lady. I have been unemployed for 18 months. My job went over seas. Obama did not do that, Bush did. I do not expect a hand out. I worked 30 years, paid into unemployment for 30 years. It is now time for the government to do the right thing, just as I have done my whole life. I am glad you still have a job. If you don't tomorrow you better pray like hell your government is there for you. They are not there for most of us. Unemployment is not a color or gender, you idiot! Must be why you work at McDonald's you uneducated piece of crap!

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  127. Forget this Tier stuff. Instead of a new Tier 5 they need to approve a 2 year extension for everyone along with COBRA ASAP! Forget about this piece meal crap.

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  128. THE COMPANY I WORKED FOR FOR 10 YEARS SHUT DOWN!! I HAVE A DEGREE ALL TOP JOBS ARE TAKEN! I AM CONSIDERED OVER QUALIFIED FOR OTHERS! I GOT MAX UNEMPLOYMENT OF $450 A WEEK FOR SIX MONTHS AND NOW NOTHING !!! I HAVE BILLS TO PAY KIDS TO FEED .. DAM GREEDY THIEVES!!!

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  129. Call these Republicans and tell them to pass the UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS EXTENSION!

    Susan Collins
    413 Dirksen Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Phone: (202) 224-2523
    Fax: (202) 224-2693

    Olympia Snowe
    154 Russell Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Phone: (202) 224-5344
    Toll Free: (800) 432-1599
    Fax: (202) 224-1946

    Brown, Scott P. - (R - MA) Class I
    317 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
    (202) 224-4543
    Web Form: scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/emailscottbrown

    YES THIS ONE THE MOST
    Mitch McConnell (Sen. Minority Leader) Fax: (202) 224-2499

    Jon Kyl (Republican Whip) Fax: (202) 224-2207

    AND

    The President/Whitehouse FAX: (202) 456-2461
    The Vice President FAX: (202) 456-2461
    Press Secretary Gibbs FAX: (202) 628-8503


    And these guys too...

    Joe Lieberman
    706 Hart Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    (202) 224-4041 Voice
    (202) 224-9750 Fax


    Sen E. Benjamin Nelson D NE
    Contact information:
    Phone: 202-224-6551 | Fax: 202-228-0012
    Web: http://bennelson.senate.gov/



    Please stop your objection to extending Unemployment Insurance!!! WE ARE HURTING OUT HERE!!! THERE IS NO WORK!! Your lucky you have a job (that WE pay for) because WE don't! Extend Unemployment NOW and for the REST of the YEAR!! Stop playing GAMES with peoples lives!!!

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  130. We all need to unite to have our voices heard, I know its hard having to look for work all day only to come home to search for the latest news on unemployment extensions so that we can survive while looking for work but we all must gather the strength to call our state reps and congressmen and go to websites like Change.org to sign petitions and join Opencongress.org to track legislation and votes in congress to be informed on the latest news. We might not be able to travel to DC to march outside the Whitehouse but we can mobilize on the internet. It's discouraging when you see so little involvement from those affected most from this--ones who lost benefits or are about to. For instance, why has Change.org petition only have around 8,000 supporters and counting???? Its great the numbers are growing but we need to gather more support quickly to gain much needed exposure if we want to see this bill passed. I think its because so many claimants don't know about the senates recent vote to discontinue federal benefits. THERE ARE MILLIONS WHO ARE IN A TIER THAT THINK THEY WILL MOVE TO THE NEXT TIER ONCE THEIR CURRENT TIER BENEFITS ARE EXHAUSTED. LITTLE DO THEY KNOW THEY WILL BE THROWN OUT LIKE GARBAGE IF THIS EXTENSION DOES NOT PASS. THEY DON'T KNOW BECAUSE THERE IS LITTLE TO NO MAINSTREAM MEDIA ATTENTION ON THIS ISSUE!!!! IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY DONE SO,
    PLEASE SIGN PETITION (TAKES A FEW SECONDS) AT CHANGE.ORG - LINK BELOW AND ALSO JOIN OPENCONGRESS.ORG AND VOICE YOUR CONCERNS ON THIS SITE FOR A BETTER CHANCE AT HAVING YOUR VOICE HEARD BY OUR CONGRESSMEN.

    http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/we_demand_an_immediate_passage_of_bill_hr_4213_extension_of_unemployment_benefits

    http://www.opencongress.org/blog

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  131. I wasn't going to post on this but after reading a lot of the responses I had to add my two cents. First and foremost Obama isn't on your side! He has lied through-out his whole presidential campaign. People wake up because you need to be focused on the men that are actually running the show behind the iron curtain. Follow the paper trail and it will answer your questions. Your rights are being striped from you and you don't even realize it. The mass media is feeding you lies and implementing their scare tactics to get you to do what the men behind the scenes want. We are spending millions a day to carry on this war in Iraq and Afghanistan. A war that was told to the masses was a war on terror, which is all BS! This is a war to implement the New World Order. If a lot of you would have done your homework for the 2008 elections you would have voted for Ron Paul. The man that has been fighting for our rights that our forefathers set in place for us since his 1988 presidential campaign, and we would not be in this mess. I have a few videos and a good read for you all to see and to pass along to any and everyone you know. Take a stand and spread the word.

    http://www.apfn.org/APFN/fed_reserve.htm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Yx9NRX37SM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO24XmP1c5E

    For those of you that are complaining about republican vs. democrats are blinded and confused as it doesn't matter which is running. Behind the scenes there is no republican/democrat they are good buddies and are only puppets to the real threat that actually runs our country. Do not let that dictate how you vote in 2012, vote for the man that has a track record for fighting for your rights and against the almighty Oligarchy.

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  132. It is Reids fault the bill has not passed. The HOUSE passed an unemployment only bill weeks ago. Reid and the other DEM's added alot of PORK to the bill which increase the cost by at least a factor of 10. The REP's will vote for the bill if the PORK is removed.

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  133. we need to fight, we need to march on washington, you are all cowards, unless we organize and march we are going nowhere, we need food water and transportation, we need to walk, hike, hitch, bike, train, plane or any other means, we need to do this if unemployment extension are not passed by forth of july, start it in each city, town, county, and state, march onto washington, the masses outside the capital will speak louder than these blogs, start it today, freedom, is our name, and we will tolerate no more freaking game with our lives and the lives of our familes, no jobs, than pay us what is our right to collect, taxes we all payed over the years, we want it back NOW.

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  134. help each other, unite for the fight of your lives, this is against all we voted for, we the people, we are the freaking people, and with a march we will show we mean it

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  135. The House today failed to pass a stand-alone bill to extend unemployment insurance benefits (H.R. 5618). The final vote was 261-155. 277 votes (a 2/3rds majority of those present and voting) were needed under the suspension of the rules procedure that was used by the Democrats in order to avoid Republican obstruction tactics.

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  136. On June 22nd 2010 Michigan's Sen. Debbie Stabenow introduced a stand-alone unemployment insurance extension bill which would remove the unemployment extension benefits out of H.R 4213.
    S.3520 - Unemployment Insurance Extension Act of 2010 The bill extends the filing deadline for extended unemployment benefits, from June 2, 2010 to December 31, 2010.
    As of yet the senate has not moved on this bill.
    To be clear, the fact that it has been introduced does not in any way indicate that the congressional leadership intends to move on it. In principal I would think this bill would be one that most of the senate would support.
    Senate Majority leader Harry Reid makes the ultimate decision on what comes to the Senate floor for debate and votes. Right now he has chosen to move on the Small Business Credit Initiative Act. Keep in mind that Reid has had since June 22nd to move S.3520 - Unemployment Insurance Extension Act of 2010 to the floor for debate. It is a shame that the introduction of this bill has been kept quiet since June 22nd limiting the time frame for the bill and petitions to gain momentum.
    Senator Olympia Snowe has urged Harry Reid to move a stand-alone unemployment extension bill to the floor but it appears that the Democratic plan for now still seems to be to keep the unemployment insurance extension together with other “must-pass” items, specifically aid for cash-strapped states struggling to pay for Medicaid. Other parts of the H.R. 4213 bill have been separated. Why not the unemployment extensions?
    The unemployment extension issue is being used as leverage.
    The democrats are using the unemployed as leverage to get other parts of the bill pushed through.
    This petition is specifically targeting Harry Reid. Why? Because as I have said before Senate Majority leader Harry Reid makes the ultimate decision on what comes to the Senate floor for debate and votes. He is the reason S.3520 - Unemployment Insurance Extension Act of 2010 has not made it to the floor. Senator Reid knows how desperate the situation for the unemployed is yet he chooses to use his power as Senate Majority Leader to use them as pawns for the democratic agenda. The republicans are no better. Find something else to use as leverage and stop trivializing the welfare of so many Americans. Is this the integrity you teach and preach for your children and grandchildren to uphold?
    We the unemployed and supporters urge Senate Majority leader Harry Reid to move S.3520 - Unemployment Insurance Extension Act of 2010 to the floor for debate. Once this bill is on the floor we ask the Senate and The House of Representatives to pass it with urgency.

    Please go to the link at the bottom of this page and sign this petition for the immediate passage of this most recent bill. We need to get signatures quickly to put the pressure on in hopes to get this resolved before the July 4th recess. This is our chance. Let us do what we can and “get the job done” to show those spoiled politicians who have made accusations toward us as a group that we are not the lazy drug addicts they have categorized us to be. Please copy, paste and save this into a word document and use it to post on every website you visit. It is time to use the power of the internet and network.

    Sincerely, Jerry

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  137. On June 22nd 2010 Michigan's Sen. Debbie Stabenow introduced a stand-alone unemployment insurance extension bill which would remove the unemployment extension benefits out of H.R 4213.
    S.3520 - Unemployment Insurance Extension Act of 2010 The bill extends the filing deadline for extended unemployment benefits, from June 2, 2010 to December 31, 2010.
    As of yet the senate has not moved on this bill.
    To be clear, the fact that it has been introduced does not in any way indicate that the congressional leadership intends to move on it. In principal I would think this bill would be one that most of the senate would support.
    Senate Majority leader Harry Reid makes the ultimate decision on what comes to the Senate floor for debate and votes. Right now he has chosen to move on the Small Business Credit Initiative Act. Keep in mind that Reid has had since June 22nd to move S.3520 - Unemployment Insurance Extension Act of 2010 to the floor for debate. It is a shame that the introduction of this bill has been kept quiet since June 22nd limiting the time frame for the bill and petitions to gain momentum.
    Senator Olympia Snowe has urged Harry Reid to move a stand-alone unemployment extension bill to the floor but it appears that the Democratic plan for now still seems to be to keep the unemployment insurance extension together with other “must-pass” items, specifically aid for cash-strapped states struggling to pay for Medicaid. Other parts of the H.R. 4213 bill have been separated. Why not the unemployment extensions?
    The unemployment extension issue is being used as leverage.
    The democrats are using the unemployed as leverage to get other parts of the bill pushed through.
    This petition is specifically targeting Harry Reid. Why? Because as I have said before Senate Majority leader Harry Reid makes the ultimate decision on what comes to the Senate floor for debate and votes. He is the reason S.3520 - Unemployment Insurance Extension Act of 2010 has not made it to the floor. Senator Reid knows how desperate the situation for the unemployed is yet he chooses to use his power as Senate Majority Leader to use them as pawns for the democratic agenda. The republicans are no better. Find something else to use as leverage and stop trivializing the welfare of so many Americans. Is this the integrity you teach and preach for your children and grandchildren to uphold?
    We the unemployed and supporters urge Senate Majority leader Harry Reid to move S.3520 - Unemployment Insurance Extension Act of 2010 to the floor for debate. Once this bill is on the floor we ask the Senate and The House of Representatives to pass it with urgency.

    Please go to the link at the bottom of this page and sign this petition for the immediate passage of this most recent bill. We need to get signatures quickly to put the pressure on in hopes to get this resolved before the July 4th recess. This is our chance. Let us do what we can and “get the job done” to show those spoiled politicians who have made accusations toward us as a group that we are not the lazy drug addicts they have categorized us to be. Please copy, paste and save this into a word document and use it to post on every website you visit. It is time to use the power of the internet and network.

    Sincerely, Jerry
    http://www.change.org/petitions/view/we_urge_senator_harry_reid_to_move_s3520_to_the_floor_for_debate

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  138. • For all the people posting there are jobs out there go out and get one...PLEASE PROVIDE US A LIST OF THE COMPANY’S HIRING…OR BETTER YET HELP US GET ON WITH YOUR COMPANY. I’M SURE ALL THE UNEMPLOYED WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR HELP. BETTER YET WHAT ABOUT JOB SHARING…YOU WORK A WEEK AND LET ONE OF US UNEMPLOYED WORK A WEEK. I WONDER HOW LONG YOU WOULS LIKE TO GO WITHOUT A WEEKLY PAYCHECK. Every one of us unemployed people would love to HAVE A JOB! Yes there are a few jobs out there but not everyone can get them. I used to think it was easy to get a job and if people really wanted to work they could find something, flip burgers or whatever. But now that I have been placed in the unemployed situation I see things a lot different. I have gone on several interviews just for them to tell me I'm over qualified and it really stinks. So it’s not that easy just to go out and get any job. ALSO DON’T BE SO CONFIDENT ABOUT YOUR JOB…IT COULD BR GONE TOMORROW. BUT DON’T WORRY…WE THE UNEMPLOYED WILL WELCOME YOU TO OUR SITUATION WITHOUT JUDGEMENT!!!

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