Tuesday, June 29, 2010

2010 Unemployment Extension - Democrat Debbie Stabenow's Standalone Benefits Bill

The 2010 unemployment extension is important, and unemployment extension 2010 passage has not transpired yet. The discussions are continuing on, and Democrat Debbie Stabenow is among those who want a standalone bill passed for unemployment.  It comes as no surprise, given that Michigan, Stabenow's home state, has among the highest unemployment rates.

Michigan has been hit hard by the Chrysler and GM woes, with Auto City turning into a mere ghost town. From Detroit to Flint and around the state there are many Americans in the State of Michigan that have been without a job for over six months.

Currently, state benefits only last six months.  Before June 2, 2010 there were up to 99 weeks of benefits available including state and also emergency unemployment compensation from the federal government.

Michigan was among the states eligible for all 99 weeks of benefits.

Will a standalone measure be passed? It seems as if Americans are becoming political pawns in a power tug of war.  Trying to please both the Republicans and the Democrats is all but impossible.  Republicans all but refuse to increase deficit spending.  Democrats won't use unused stimulus funds to pay for the measure.

In the meantime, many are approaching yet another holiday weekend, unable to enjoy it with their families because they are worried about what is going to happen next.

And the Senators? Oh. They will get to enjoy a leisurely long break and enjoy Independence Day with their families while their constituents hope and pray for change.

149 comments:

  1. 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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  2. You Are So Right Thats All We Can Do Is worry At This Point Our Whole Summer has been awful this is all we think about we watch cspan day in & day out we need this passed today , thank you for keeping us up to date

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  3. Remember to vote the fall. There is ways to get congress's attention.

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  4. We need new tiers and extensions for all unemployed so we can at least survive awhile longer till jobs come along for us. We are not asking for this for life just extensions so we don't lose what we have. Please vote yes to help us out. Every day it is delayed is devasting to many of us. We have no more time left before we lose it all.

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  5. Just please,,,,,,,,DO NOT VOTE FOR REPUBLICANS !!!

    Amazing how they dont care for the people that gave them the power......

    Democrats should post the names and citys where Republicans live,,, maybe show their houses,,,their cars,,,Thats why they dont care about the small people....SAD....

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  6. Are you sure Robert Bryd even voted on the extenders bill that failed last Thursday so I don't understand why that would make a difference now.

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  7. This is a time for all of us that believe in Christ to come together in prayer. Prayer changes things!!! The word says that anything we shall ask for in Christ name shall be given unto us.....Even if you don't always pray...this is the time. May God Bless all of you today! May God Bless those that are the decision makers...even though God has power over all of us! Amen

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  8. So right about not knowing what's next. I am one of them losing their unemployment on Friday. We were planning a vacation, until this happened.

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  9. This not passing is giving me such stress and anxiety that I'm losing A LOT of hair in a very short time and I accidently broke my teeth. That's how much pain I'm going to be for the 4th of July Holiday.

    Thanks all you fatcat reps on ALL LEVELS. I'm sure you'll be enjoying your 4th of July!

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  10. It absolutely sickens me that the senators and congress are turning a blind eye to this unemployment situation. They need to step out into the real world and see what is going on. They have no worries - if they would clean their own house and lay off some of their workers maybe they would look at this situation differently. What it looks like to me is that
    someone needs to win whether it be the democrats or the republicans. One side needs to be the victor and until either the democrats or republicans give up the winning issue against themselves the people of the U.S are being hurt.
    Instead of sending money overseas to help other countries it should stay here to help the American people. When the elections are being held - all the politicians talk about is "I am for the American people" bull. To all the families that will not have food or be able to pay your bills - my heart goes out to you. But remember November when it is time to vote - remember those in the Senate will was so stubborn on their own views that they would not help the American public.

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  11. pennywizer101
    5:24 AM on June 29, 2010

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    ..The Senators offer an idea of decreasing each foodstamp reciptant who recievs them by 11dollars a month..Each State do their part to help pay for it. Now..if they could cut some of the foodstamps from reciptants like 40 dollars each that could pay for it. Easily.. Tripling the amount in question . YOU ask how are they going to make up for that to the people who are already stuggling to put food on their table.. the CONCLUSION...The people can well make up for it in the lost of foodstamps by clipping coupons.. i myself has turn 155 dollar food purchase and only paid 55 dollars... if i can do it.. ANYONE can. I know it sounds heartless to take from others to help us.. but i say its time to to start sharing what some have with the one's who dont..... Manufactures makes the coupons, the newspapers distributes the coupons,the stores accept the coupons, the consumers purchase food using coupon,,, hence JOBS, ECONOMY STEADY, EVERYONE SATISFIED!! Think about it :)

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  12. ...The Senators offer an idea of decreasing each foodstamp reciptant who recievs them by 11dollars a month..Each State do their part to help pay for it. Now..if they could cut some of the foodstamps from reciptants like 40 dollars each that could pay for it. Easily.. Tripling the amount in question . YOU ask how are they going to make up for that to the people who are already stuggling to put food on their table.. the CONCLUSION...The people can well make up for it in the lost of foodstamps by clipping coupons.. i myself has turn 155 dollar food purchase and only paid 55 dollars... if i can do it.. ANYONE can. I know it sounds heartless to take from others to help us.. but i say its time to to start sharing what some have with the one's who dont..... Manufactures makes the coupons, the newspapers distributes the coupons,the stores accept the coupons, the consumers purchase food using coupon,,, hence JOBS, ECONOMY STEADY, EVERYONE SATISFIED!! Think about it :)

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  13. Fox News and the republicans are all about money and wall street.They look at working class people and the poor as the scum of the earth.We need unemployment.

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  14. good old USA FREE COUNTRY MY ASS

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  15. It seems as though once again tyrants are treading on Americans. Only these are not royal tyrants three thousand miles away they are elected tyrants ruling Washington. I firmly believe that a little revolution every now and then is a good thing. So did our founding fathers. As the Fourth of July approaches this is very much on the minds of many Americans. Without the passage of this unemployment extension bill millions will be denied the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!!!!!!!!! King George got his ASS kicked. It's time to do the same to both houses of Congress.

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  16. pass it now millionaire mconnal and nelson, u r bad

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  17. WHAT IS THE PRESIDENT DOING HE HAS GIVEN TO SPEECHES AFTER THEY HAVE FAILED, IS THAT REALLY FIGHTING FOR US?....MAYBE HE WANTS IT TO FAIL SO WE WILL VOTE OUT REPUBLICANS

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  18. If you are unemployed, I have a job for you:

    Recall your senator or congressman that voted no.
    This is not a joke. If you begin a recall, with a legitimate complaint, and believe me, you have one. It would be for malfeasance. The opposition should pick up on it, and help you out. You can advertise that you have done so on
    these message boards.

    Here's how you do it:

    go to:
    http://www.ehow.com/how_2096900_recall-us-senator.html

    The list is as follows:

    goto:
    http://www.ehow.com/how_2096900_recall-us-senator.html

    The senators voting no are:

    Alexander (R-TN)
    Barrasso (R-WY)
    Bennett (R-UT)
    Bond (R-MO)
    Brown (R-MA)
    Brownback (R-KS)
    Bunning (R-KY)
    Burr (R-NC)
    Chambliss (R-GA)
    Coburn (R-OK)
    Cochran (R-MS)
    Collins (R-ME)
    Corker (R-TN)
    Cornyn (R-TX)
    Crapo (R-ID)

    DeMint (R-SC)
    Ensign (R-NV)
    Enzi (R-WY)
    Graham (R-SC)
    Grassley (R-IA)
    Gregg (R-NH)
    Hatch (R-UT)
    Hutchison (R-TX)
    Inhofe (R-OK)
    Isakson (R-GA)
    Johanns (R-NE)
    Kyl (R-AZ)
    LeMieux (R-FL)
    Lugar (R-IN)
    McCain (R-AZ)
    McConnell (R-KY)
    Nelson (D-NE)
    Risch (R-ID)
    Roberts (R-KS)
    Sessions (R-AL)
    Shelby (R-AL)
    Snowe (R-ME)
    Thune (R-SD)
    Vitter (R-LA)
    Voinovich (R-OH)
    Wicker (R-MS)
    Alexander (R-TN)
    Barrasso (R-WY)
    Bennett (R-UT)
    Bond (R-MO)
    Brown (R-MA)
    Brownback (R-KS)
    Bunning (R-KY)
    Burr (R-NC)
    Chambliss (R-GA)
    Coburn (R-OK)
    Cochran (R-MS)
    Collins (R-ME)
    Corker (R-TN)
    Cornyn (R-TX)
    Crapo (R-ID)
    DeMint (R-SC)
    Ensign (R-NV)
    Enzi (R-WY)
    Graham (R-SC)
    Grassley (R-IA)
    Gregg (R-NH)
    Hatch (R-UT)
    Hutchison (R-TX)
    Inhofe (R-OK)
    Isakson (R-GA)
    Johanns (R-NE)
    Kyl (R-AZ)
    LeMieux (R-FL)
    Lugar (R-IN)
    McCain (R-AZ)
    McConnell (R-KY)
    Nelson (D-NE)
    Risch (R-ID)
    Roberts (R-KS)
    Sessions (R-AL)
    Shelby (R-AL)
    Snowe (R-ME)
    Thune (R-SD)
    Vitter (R-LA)
    Voinovich (R-OH)
    Wicker (R-MS)
    Alexander(R-TN)
    Barrasso(R-WY)
    Bennett(R-UT)
    Bond(R-MO)
    Brown(R-MA)
    Brownback(R-KS)
    Bunning(R-KY)
    Burr(R-NC)
    Chambliss(R-GA)
    Coburn(R-OK)
    Cochran(R-MS)
    Collins(R-ME)
    Corker(R-TN)
    Cornryn(R-TX)
    Crapo(R-ID)
    DeMint(R-SC)
    Ensign(R-NV)
    Enzi(R-WY)
    Graham(R-SC)
    Grassley(R-IA)
    Graham(R-NH)
    Hatch(R-UT)
    Hutchison(R-TX)
    Inhofe(R-OK)
    Isakson(R-GA)
    Johanns(R-NE)
    Kyle(R-AZ)
    LeMieux(R-FL)
    Lugar(R-IN)
    McCain(R-AZ)
    McConnell(R-KY)
    Nelson(R-NE)
    Risch(R-ID)
    Roberts(R-KS)
    Sessions(R-AL)
    Shelby(R-AL)
    Snowe(R-ME)
    Thune(R-SD)
    Vitter(R-LA)
    Voinovich(R-OH)
    Wicker(R-MS)

    If one of these is your senators, and you live in the right state, you can start a recall.

    You may not win, but at least you can make them sweat, and very likely you will help them lose elections next fall.

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  19. give me a bmw sir hatch the snatch

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  20. chambliss hates americans

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  21. You are exactly right. Obama loves the fact the republicans look bad right now. However, it's the Democrats that refuse to use the stimulus funds that are just sitting there. It's their slush fund and they don't want to touch it. They are no better than the republicans. Sign all the petitions and Pray!!!!

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  22. give me food inhuff the gruff

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  23. We need 3 votes to make it even if democrats let the bill ride as a stand alone bill. We may have 2 republicans on board, but due to the death of democrat Byrd we need another. We have one ignorant democrat senator, I think he is from Wisconsin that voted with the Republicans. Everyone has to remember it is not just about the rising deficit with the Republicans they are the rich tycoons. They represent big business and they do not want big business taxes raised. Their pockets have been PADDED with bribe money. I sure hope the unemployed step out in record numbers in November. I fear for the country while in a recession with Republicans running it that care nothing about the little guy. By the way I am from Ohio. Voinovich YOU ARE OUT.

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  24. Hold on to your hats everyone. The worst is yet to come! God bless us all!

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  25. Fox news and conservative radio have pushed this obstructionist agenda. They want the recovery to fail, so that they win big in the fall. The republicans are afraid of Rush and friends and this very small portion of the population, the tea party.

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  26. gregg of new hampshire is worth 29.8 million

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  27. The Democrats are equally to blame for this. Why did they have to attach so many riders and special interest items to this to begin with? Why not just introduce a standalone bill to address this? Wasted months. Any why not use UNUSED stimilus money rushed through by Obama last year? The Dems are saving it for pork projects come November. I am out of benefits, in foreclosure and have 3 kids to feed...and yes...a Republican.

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  28. East, you are correct Robert Byrd did not vote on June 24th. last week.

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  29. CORNYN OF OLE TEXAS IS WORTH 38.7 MILLION DOLLARS

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  30. INHOFFE OF OLE OKLAHOMA IS WORTH 44.8 MILLION, THANK YOU AMERICA

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  31. COBURN HATES AMERICANS BUT LOVES HIS FERRARI AND HIS CADILLACS, OH OH HE LIKES THE OLE SENATE....

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  32. If your a republican, i'm sorry you have been deceived by the devil and the rest of us suffer.

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  33. Both republicans and democrats are at fault here. I am a democrat and unemployed, but both democrats and republicans are holding up this measure by voting partisan. Democrats have also voted against various extensions. Additionally, there is absolutely nothing that Obama can do to extend unemployment b/c our US constitution gives that power to Congress, unless Obama can amend the constitution, (obviously unlikely) he does not have the power. It is easy to place blame when you're ignorant to the issues.

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  34. CAN COLLINS CARE ABOUT MAINE? VOTE OUT THE MEAN OLD LADY WHO HATES POOR AMERICANS......

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  35. I am a single parent who attends school and that is my only source of income. I have A's and B's because I work so hard to show my son the right way. I won't need unemployment for the rest of my life but it is just what I need to get me to the next point......we must think about our children and do what's best for them...And to not allow another extension is robbery in my eyes.

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  36. OBAMA WILL PASS IT COS HE LIKES US. HE CAN DO IT COVERTLY WITH KERRY AND FRANKEN...

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  37. again, Obama does not have the power without an amendment to the US Constitution.

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  38. MAYBE MISS STABENOW WILL PASS IT SO I CAN EAT THIS WEEKEND, PLEEZ HELP US WE HUNGRY AND OLD COBURN HATES US......

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  39. MAYBE BYRDS GHOST WILL HAUNT OLD COBURN TONITE...

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  40. VOTE OUT ALL SITTING SENATORS AND HOUSE REPS TO REGARDLESS OF PARTY OR LENGTH OF TIME. GOV MUST RETURN TO BY THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE!! BILLIONARES AND BIG BUSINESS RUN THIS GOV NOT THE PEOPLE. REPUBLICANS ESPECIALLY HAVE LOST TOUCH WITH REALITY AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY WILL BE RELAXING LAUGHING IT UP THIS WEEKEND WITH THEIR RICH FRIENDS NOT A CARE IN THE WORLD ABOUT THE POOR AVERAGE AMERICAN BEING PUT OUT ON THE STREET!! IT IS THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WHO NEEDS TO GET BACK ON THEIR FEET AGAIN BUYING GOODS AND SERVICES THAT WILL STIMULATE THE ECONOMY. SO YES STIMULUS MONEY HAS TO GET INTO THE HANDS OF AMERICANS AND NOT BIG BUSINESS. UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION MUST BE PASSED NOW!!!!

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  41. The democrat that keeps joining the party of no is Brown of Nebraska. Isn't it ironic that the 2 senators that championed causes like this Kennedy and Byrd died in the year we needed them the most.

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  42. BYRD SAYS INHOFFE WILL BE HAUNTED TONITE WHEN HE WATCHES SEX IN THE CITY.....

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  43. Oh my gosh!!!! I live in Michigan. I have had 3 jobs in the last 4 years.
    Job #1: Metal broker: Laid everyone off and closed their doors
    Job #2: Pallet company: Laid everyone off and closed their doors
    Job #2: Manufacturing Company: Laid off due to automotive industry downfall

    I have been laid off from my last job since January 2009. We need this bill passed NOW!!!! Maybe I should run for office. I know how to make a pot of soup from one potatoe or find enough change to buy a gallon of milk. I can relate to the unemployed. I have $2.88 in my checking account, 1/4 tank of gas in my car and if this bill isn't passed we will lose our house, our car,our utilities will be shut off. I have no health insurance if I get ill and to top it off my husband was one of the Marines that were poisened by toxic water at Camp Lejeune. The government sent us a letter with this information and they are dragging their heals on this problem too. Many Marines and their families are waiting for answeres. My husband served our country and they are taking forever in approval of his VA disability. We are up to our ears in medical bills and have for 23 years lived from pay check to pay check paying these medical bills. Kind of like the same situation as agent orange. www.tftptf.com (The few,the proud, the forgotton) I have NEVER had a vacation. My vacations are ambulance trips to the hospital and crying kids hoping their dad will be alright.
    Congress is supposed to help the people. That is there job. These are hard times right now. THey need to wake up. Oh Boy, CNN Kagan Confirmation Hearings don't want to miss that.... LOL

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  44. I was just told that I do not qualify for food stamps even though I have no unemployment or money coming in. The only reason is that I'm a college student. This seems ridiculous to punish people who are trying to be responsible and get an education to better themselves. I have busted my butt and have a perfect 4.0 GPA but may have to drop classes b/c I can't even afford to eat with no job. I recently worked for the census but they ran out of work and have worked full time since I was 15, am 30 now. I've applied for every new job I see, every day, and am willing to work full time and do school if someone would even call me back for a job. This is the most disheartening thing that I've ever faced, and I can only pray that relief comes soon for everyone in this situation. I can't even imagine if I had a family to support, I feel for everyone out there struggling.

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  45. I envy people of Ohio, senator brown is great. He is a very passonate speaker.

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  46. INHOFFE WILL BE HAUNTED BY BYRDS GHOST FLYING AROUND

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  47. It is true that both parties are using unemployed Americans as political pawns. But, that said, it was the Republican Party that chose to make this the battleground. We need to get more fiscally responsible, have for years, but harming a million and a half deserving American families to prove a political point is reprehensible. I have often voted Republican in the past, I will never do so again. If the Republicans continue to offer amendments requiring us to be drug tested, insist on picking which pocket the money comes out of, limiting our insurance, etc. we will never see another dime of the insurance we worked years for. Let every elected Republican official know that this tactic is going to backfire = we will Remember in November.

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  48. I Swear I will NEVER VOTE FOR ANOTHER REPUBLICAN AS LONG AS I LIVE FROM HERE OUT!!!!



    OHIO

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  49. Look! What nobody is 'seeing" here is that the republicans are holding a Filibuster because they think there will be so many people unemployed, broke, homeless and destitute that by the time Nov rolls around,we will vote Republicans into office,because Democrats have failed, But on the other hand you have Obama, who isnt going to do anything, becasue he wants people to get mad at Republicans for not voting the extension bill into law. How can either side win? Niether party was voted in to "PLAY" politics, with our lives, they were voted in, to do the things that represent the people. Stop the blame game, The system is corrupted, and its wrong.

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  50. PLEAZE HELP US I LOST ALL MY MONEY IN OLE LEHMAN BROTHERS AND BEAR STEARNS, BUSH STOLE IT. BUSH SAID HE WAS GOING TO CREATE AN OWNERSHIP SOCIETY, OWNERSHIP OF THE POOR....BUSH HATES AMERICA HOW MANY MARINES DIED IN IRAQ? BUSH NEVER GOES TO THEIR FUNERALS..

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  51. MISSION ACCOMPOLISHED. THE RICH ARE RICHER WE WON.

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  52. To live life is to be taught life. To all God children continue to remain faithful, stay encourage. What I have learn from this tung-a-war, we as people never take out the time to look outside our selves. If our leaders would step into our lives and see what we are endoring "Probably" Then they would understand our disappointment in them. Leaders, if you all was to loose everyting tomorrow, would u then understand? Do you have to loose to make the right decision? We want to work "instead of waiting on extended funds to be approve". ..Create more jobs, so 9.7 can become 5.7, 3.7 and etc. We are the people who make life possible for you all as well. So make it possible for the people outside of you. Always remember what God giveth God can take away. Senate, and Congress this could be your family. Step out your shoes and step into our shoes. How does it feel??? Come together again and make the right decision...

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  53. MISSION ACCOMPOLISHED. WE KILLED 4400 MARINES, AND STOLE THEIR MONEY.....BUSH IS GREAT...

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  54. It is true that the system needs work. It is true that both parties are trying to get votes. And, long term, it is true the system needs major change. In the short term, there is only one way to get the payments re-started and that is to convince the Republican Party that their strategy will backfire in November. Unless we pick a side, the stalemate will go on forever - which is the Republican goal, hence the fillibuster. If we want to get payments restarted, we need to contact any Republican we can and tell them we will vote against them in the next election. Political pressure, at this moment, is our only recourse.

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  55. Playing devil's advocate, how does the U.S. pay for unemployment benefits when we are in deficit spending? Which programs do we cut? Who is to pay even more than their share?

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  56. IT IS BOTH THE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS AND THE INDEPENDANTS. YOU SEE AT 55 YEARS OF AGE I HAVE NEVER VOTED FOR ANY ELECTED OFFICIALS. NOT ONCE HAVE I VOTED. YES THE REPUBLICANS WANT OBAMA TO FAIL SO THEY CAN MAKE THEMSELVES LOOK GOOD. LOOK AT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE FOUND OUT ABOUT THESE POLITICIANS. I WILL NOT NAME ANY NAMES OR ANY ONE THING. MONEY AND FAME IS THE GUILTY PARTY, IN OTHER WORDS MOST OF THEM LIVE IN A LIFE OF SIN, LYING AND CHEATING ETCETERA.

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  57. Finally someone who realilizes who caused this crisis. It was the Bush administration who encouraged mortgage companies to make unwise loans so anyone could own a house, see 2004 campaign video. This is the primary cause of this depression. Add in his unjust attack on Iraq, just where are those wmds. Blame whoever you want but facts are facts.

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  58. Man thanks alot gov, just signed up for food stamps for the first time in my life. Hell paid into social security all these years and was told it will run dry in 10 years. The least you can do is pay me the unemployment that I am entitled to! Fuckers.

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  59. http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=139830296027288

    here is a group on facebook with different information updates and contact info for all the senetors

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  60. BUSH IS WORTH 445.9 MILLION DOLLARS AND CHENEY IS WORTH 667.8 MILLION. WE GAVE EM OUR MONEY, WE LUV YOU BUSH JR..........

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  61. We are deficit spending on 2 wars that we don't need, noone complaining about that!! Just how much safer are we nowafter wasting trillions over there. Just think about it. Bring em home now!!!

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  62. Drink the kool-aid folks....drink it up. How are the GOP dudes responsible for making this NOT pass. Are they not the minority? Put just a unemployment bill out there with no additional stuff. Dems are in control and the blame game that these two sides play blows.

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  63. I wish you conservatives would finally wake up. Don't you see what Rove has done. He has use divisive issues to divide the middle class so they could eliminate it. Who do you think told GW to mention Jesus during the 2000 campaign. Now churches acrossed the country are brainwashing their members with this conservative bs. I do not think that Jesus would take food out of the mouth's to the desperate. Conservative analysts have promoted this agenda of obstruction to kill the economy so they win in the fall. Kool-aid what a joke!!

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  64. to all you democrat hateing jerks, its no wounder why the German people of ww2 had no idea that jews were being killed by the millions untill they had to bury them under marshal law, when the war was over. You folks are no differnt. You are going to think what ever you want to think. I had thought that when you seen what was happining to you you might have changed youre mind. NOPE, keep voteing GOP, and it will be much worse, however you still wont belive me. International Corporations will take over our senate. and these mindless jerks are going to let this happen.

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  65. The democratic senator who is voting with the Republicans against the unemployment extension is Ben Nelson of Nebraska. He is not up for reelection this year. The unemployment rate in Nebraska is only 4.9%. Both Wisconsin senators are Democrats and both voted for the extension of benefits. Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin is up for reelection this year and is being targeted by the Republican party in a big way. The other senator from Wisconsin voting for the extension of benefits is Senator Herb Kohl.

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  66. i hate the GOP with every fiber of my being.

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  67. Anonymous said...

    So right about not knowing what's next. I am one of them losing their unemployment on Friday. We were planning a vacation, until this happened.
    June 29, 2010 8:20 AM

    Wow...a vacation? a vacation from what? Not working? You should be out looking for a job.

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  68. Subject Act IMMEDIATELY to extend jobless benefis

    Message I am writing to urge congrees and senate to take action on renewing federal unemployment benefit extensions. The House must immediately introduce and pass a stand-alone bill that extends the deadline for eligibility for Emergency Unemployment Compensation program and the full federal funding of Extended Benefits through November of this year. For too long, unemployed workers and their families have suffered the anxiety and stress that comes with all the stop-gap extensions that Congress has been passing, and given the still high rates of unemp loyment in this country, and the 5.3 million people who are receiving federal benefits, these programs need to continue at least through the end of November.

    It's critical that the House approve these measures immediately to prevent further interruptions in these important programs. Please act now and make sure that millions do not face continuing joblessness coupled with an end to benefits that have kept us afloat so far.

    I'm a 50 year old male who has been working since I was 13 years old, I have two degrees, have over 20 years in Civil, Structural, Public Utilities, Municipal, Enviornmental and Arch. Cad Designer experience. I'm LEED Certified in Green Energy Building, and Certified as a BPI Analyst and Energy Auditor and still can't find work after 1-1/2 years unemployed. In Feb, this year I survived a heart attack and 2 months later I survived a cancerous mass in my right kidney. My kidney had to be removed. You can see the stress of being unemployed has placed on me and millions of others and now takeing away the small amount of benefits I was receiving is only adding to the stress. Please have some compasion for those who have voted you into your position. Don't turn back on us now. You wouldn't do that to your family. Or would you? You make the decision, millions of people and their familys lie in your hands. If you decide to put us all out on the streets you will have to live with that on your conceince. If you have one. Don't delay this bill anymore. Good, honest, hard working Americans are starving and loosing everything they own, and for what. So you and your buddies up on the hill can live in a life of abundants that our tax money has given each and everyone of you. Look in the mirror and see the man you are and then look again and see the man you could be. God knows who he wants you to be, are you ready to be that man?

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  69. MILLIONS OF MEXICANS CANT BE WRONG! THERE ARE JOBS IN OUR COUNTRY!!!!

    GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND STOP WHINING FOR OTHER PEOPLES MONEY!

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  70. We the American umemployed people are all in this together and I want to encourage you all, yes continue to bombard your senators, congress,etc. but you also need to bombard heaven with prayers to God. Regardless of the games Washington is playing God is still in CONTROL. This extension will pass in Jesus name. The things which concern you God's word says he will perfect. Trust in the Lord and watch and see him turn things around for us all.

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  71. Do not vote for Republicans !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  72. Well folks its kinda sad and disturbing that 3 votes could cause a family to lose their house, not have the money to pay a basic bill like electricity, and yet do any of the elected people in government have to worry about their bills getting paid?? Or to worry if their going to have their car repossessed?? Are they gonna end up on the streets due to non payment of rent or mortgage?? No, none of them will have to worry about any of it. Even a ignorant Utah senator said that the unemployed are lazy and just use drugs!

    Unfortunately, the only way real change, NOT OBAMAMS LINE OF "CHANGE" CRAP, and that is a complete replacement of every single politician in office at the moment and replaced with people who actually give a crap about America and not how much money they can steal. They are all criminals and need to be booted out of office.

    Now I know the chances of any real change in this country is extremely small due to the government has made it to where most everyday Americans are unwilling to stand up and do something against the tyrany of our government.

    The forefathers of this country clearly state that is the government becomes to greedy/powerful that it is the sole respondsibility of the American people to stand up and remove them from office.. Not to just sit back and just accept the fact that our government is all about big money/corporations, that the people that get elected are only worried about how much money they can steal from Americans, or to just sit back and watch this country continue down this path to total destruction...

    I'll bet the forefathers of this great country are looking down at this moment with such sadness, as I know this is not the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA that they had envisioned...

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  73. If this is the American dream, I'd hate to see the nightmare..

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  74. Uh, both Feingold and Kohl from WISCONSIN (democrats) voted FOR this bill. Do your research before you start sreading rumours. It was Senator Nelson from Nebraska.

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  75. IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT ANYBODY SAYS AS THE SENATE AND HOUSE MEMBERS HAVE A ONE TRACK MIND AND AT THIS POINT IT IS GETTING REELECTED. THEY ARE NOTHING BUT LIARS AND THIEVES, THAT IS WHY THEY ARE ALWAYS SMILING AND STUDDER WHEN THEY TALK. GARBAGE IN GARBAGE OUT. VOTE THEM ALL OUT, THAT MEANS EVERY SINGLE ONE, GET THEM OUT OF OFFICE.

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  76. Lets all give a grand applause to our elected officials in government, they can give billions to the rich and crap to the average everyday American. They will be out partying and enjoying themselves while thousands of Americans will be out on the street, families will lose all their possessions, and yes there will be some people who will die due to not being able to pay their electric bill so no air or even a running fan to combat the extreme temps that are being seen around the country.

    But hey maybe OBAMAS CHANGE CRAP will help lol Nah j/k. Obama will probably end up giving billions to wall street or some banker. Gee we can have all kinds of t.v. shows getting money for people in other countries while the people in the good ol USA are just tossed under the bus.

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  77. To hell with the politicians kids and grandkids, guess they think nobody else has kids or grandkids. What the hell is Obama and dickhead Joe Biden saying, i guess nothing as i have not heard anything. Extend tier 4 and add tier 5 now. To hell with the deficit, that means fuck the deficit.

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  78. The house and senate reps are nothing a bunch of losers and that means they nothing but bitches and bastards. BURN IN HELL FOREVER YOU LOW LIFE SCUMBAGS. EAT YOUR OWN SHIT AND ENJOY IT WHILE YOU CAN.

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  79. Dow is dropping like crazy today below 10,000 on consumer confidence and world issues (economics). at (9915.27 and dow -223.25) already. Wait until next month if unemployment is stopped. No spending on consumer part of these unemployment and more people losing houses. We are headed straight down and the Senate is "Educated People". on economics ???
    And we are recovering.

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  80. ust in case some of you young whippersnappers (& some older ones) didn't know this. It's easy to check out, if you don't believe it. Be sure and show it to your kids. They need a little history lesson on what's what and it doesn't matter whether you are Democrat o r Republican. Facts are Facts!!!
    Social Security Cards up until the 1980s expressly stated the number and card were not to be used for identification purposes. Since nearly everyone in the United States now has a number, it became convenient to use it anyway and the message was removed . [9]
    An old Social Security card with the "NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION" message.
    Our Social Security

    Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social
    Security (FICA) Program. He promised:

    1.) That participation in the Program would be
    Completely voluntary,

    No longer Voluntary


    2.) That the participants would only have to pay
    1% of the first $1,400 of their annual
    Incomes into the Program,

    Now 7.65%
    on the first $90,000


    3.) That the money the participants elected to put
    into the Program would be deductible from
    their income for tax purposes each year,

    No longer tax deductible


    4.) That the money the participants put into the
    independent 'Trust Fund' rather than into the
    general operating fund, and therefore, would
    only be used to fund the Social Security
    Retirement Program, and no other
    Government program, and,

    Under Johnson the money was moved to
    The General Fund and Spent


    5) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income

    Under Clinton & Gore
    Up to 85% of your Social Security can be Taxed

    Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are
    now receiving a Social Security check every month --
    and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of
    the money we paid to the Federal government to 'put
    away' -- you may be interested in the following:

    ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- ----

    Q: Which Political Party took Social Security from the
    independent 'Trust Fund' and put it into the
    general fund so that Congress could spend it?

    A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the democratically
    controlled House and Senate.

    ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --

    Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax
    deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?

    A: The Democratic Party.

    ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- -----

    Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social
    Security annuities?

    A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the
    'tie-breaking' deciding vote as President of the
    Senate, while he was Vice President of the US

    ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- -

    Q: Which Political Party decided to start
    giving annuity payments to immigrants?

    AND MY FAVORITE:

    A: That's right!

    Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party.
    Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65,
    began to receive Social Security payments! The
    Democratic Party gave these payments to them,
    even though they never paid a dime into it!

    ------------ -- ------------ --------- ----- ------------ --------- ---------

    Then, after violating the original contract (FICA),
    the Democrats turn around and tell you that the Republicans want to take your Social Security away!

    The worst part about it is uninformed citizens believe it and believe that the Democats are "for the people."

    If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of
    awareness will be planted and maybe changes will
    evolve. Maybe not, some Democrats are awfully
    sure of what isn't so.

    But it's worth a try. How many people can YOU send this to?

    Actions speak louder than bumper stickers.

    AND CONGRESS GIVES THEMSELVES 100% RETIREMENT FOR ONLY SERVING ONE TERM

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  81. Debbie Stabenow's bill will not amount to a hill of beans. Add more weeks to tier 4 and get tier 5 now. Stop funding the wars in Irag and Afghanistan and get these unemployed people the money need to live on now and not tmorrow.

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  82. I dont think Debbie Stabenow knows her ass from a hole in the ground. The Republicans could care less about that bill. They will vote no. It is a no win situation with all those assholes.

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  83. I am so tired of hearing and reading about how we should all stand up and vote these vultures out and never seeing any results! Does Obama not care about the people, we are slowly sinking and many will never recover. Someone needs to act fast before it's too late. How can we just sit around waiting these selfish backstabbing politicians to decide whether or not we eat or keep our home!

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  84. You republicans are selfish, in considerate, don't give a DAMN about anyone but yourselves!!! I live in Michigan and I'm about to lose everything (what little it is) and you people DON'T CARE!!! You have your roof over your heads, food on the table, nice cars, take great vacations and people like me are going to be in the street!!! And hungry, no medical because I can't get medicaid for get my perscriptions that I need!!! So I Thank You for that!!! You have the medical insurance for you and your family!!!
    Also you all are so very anxious to send money over seas and other counties to help them out but WE THE PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSE BE FIRST and here we are in trouble with nowhere to turn!!! What happen to being an AMERICAN??? Obviously isn't there!!! This is very sad situation for WE THE PEOPLE of Americans. So why are we sending troops to fight for OUR FREEDOM when there is NONE!!!!
    You NEED to pass and extend the unemployment benefits for all of americans that can't find work such as myself. FYI-I am in my fifties and that makes it harder to find work as well.
    So SERIOUSLY rethink about what you are doing to people all over the United States...

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  85. fourth of july this weekend!!!!!hot dogs,hamburgers,fun with family and fireworks. our ancestors fought hard for americans to have this day and celbrate our freedom. many familes will have a big time this weekend-in cluding the senator on this great american holiday,many unemployed americans will not be celebrating-they will stressing out. worried about how they are going to pay the rent and feed their familes.stressing out on how to feed your children is not a reason to celebrate. how the senators will be able to even swallow one bite of food wilth what they have done to the unemployed is beyond me-the senators should be ashamed . i know our ancestors are ashamed of them-please pass the extension so all americans can celebrate this weekend! on this great-fought hard for fourth of july,americans need to help and not forget their fellow americans!!!!!!!!!

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  86. My guess is that they will pass something by Friday.I know it dont look like it but some thing has to be done and will!

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  87. This situation is sad on so many levels. I have one more check coming tomorrow to partly pay for rent, then what? I'm not going to apologize for going back to school with this time off in order to better my future and society. I would love to find a job to pay for everything, but that hasn't been possible. Another Depression on its way? I think so...

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  88. and to think i went to war for these people and this is how im repaid thanks guys for nothing

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  89. I do not think any of these comments are going to do any good.These elected officials are only looking out for themselves and they are all saying TOUGH SHIT, these unemployed people are not paying taxes so the hell with them. EAT SHIT AND BE HAPPY SENATORS AND CONGRESSMAN AND THAT INCLUDES MALE AND FEMALE. THE POLITICIANS THINK THEIR SHIT DONT STINK AND ENJOY EATING IT. See us unemployed people are second rate and fall below third world status. FUCK YOU COCKSUCKERS IN WASHINGTON D.C.

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  90. http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=na_adcreate#!/group.php?gid=136137566412065 Join this Facebook group and protest! Let's make them take action now!

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  91. WHEN WILL EVERYONE SEE WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON HERE??? PEOPLE OF AMERICA, OUR JOBS AND MONEY ARE GOING TO OTHER COUNTRIES!!! LOOK AROUND YOU! LOOK AT WHO IS COMING IN BY THE MILLIONS EACH DAY WHO HAVE TRAINING IN THEIR OWN COUNTRIES AND ARE TAKING OUR JOBS! NOT ONLY IS THIS HAPPENING, BUT A LOT OF THE JOBS HAVE ALSO WENT OVERSEAS. THE GOVERNMENT IS, AND HAS ALLOWED THIS FOR MANY YEARS NOW. THIS IS PRECISELY WHY WE ARE IN THIS SITUATION!!!! WE WANT OUR JOBS BACK! I WAS BORN HERE FOR CHRIST'S SAKE! OUR GOVERNMENT IS SO BUSY HELPING ALL THESE OTHER COUNTRIES WITH OUR TAX MONEY AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE STARVING! CLOSE THE GATES NOW!!!!!! GIVE US OUR JOBS BACK!!!!!

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  92. Signing the petitions won't make a difference unless you get the media involved and they make a big deal about the situation. Until the media shows hungry people losing everything nothing will happen!! Senate won't vote on it again with us just signing petitions. GET THE MEDIA INVOLVED!

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  93. We need to continue to take action or we are in trouble. Whether it is the original bill or Stabenow's standalone, we need to get something passed. Regardless of YOUR political beliefs or affiliations, the only way to accomplish this is to get at least 4 Republicans to quit voting against all of America's unemployed. Write, phone, fax your elected Republican officials and let them know we NEED the Senators to put aside their disagreements long enough to avoid devastating a million and a half American families.

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  94. Why are they so fast to bail out the criminals on Wall Street but have no interest in helping the honest people on Main Street? I guess it really is true that we have the best government that money can buy.

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  95. Will someone please enlighten me. Are there more republicans in the senate why the republican votes are higher than the democrats. I voted for a democratic government which won so why are there more republican votes? are the democratics casting their votes with the republicans? If this is so then I will not forget this the next time I cast my vote.

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  96. people look at the opencongress link new Restoration of American unemployment in house to be passed today, but it cuts out the $25. Senate has two stand alone version now??? Why is this being rewritten when they have a new standone in Senate. Maybe they are worried what the economist are saying if the stimulus is pulled away too soon we are going to go back into a depression.

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  97. The Senate is going to pass a stand alone version of the UI benefits this afternoon....Here is the link... http://www.opencongress.org/articles/view/1948-House-to-Vote-on-Stand-Alone-Unemployment-Insurance-Bill-Today

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  98. Why not split the baby in half. Pay half with stimulu monies and half with emergency monies. Everyone saves face and the people win too.

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  99. DITCH MITCH ASAP

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  100. First off, let's clear up about the unemployement insurance. This insurance IS NOT paid for by workers. No workers money is used to pay for this insurance. It is paid by the employers.
    , That being said, it is paid for for our benefit. If politicians had to live by the same rules as us that elect them, there would be some serious changes.I believe in the email being circulated sponsoring an amendment to the constituion, that no bill be passed by Congress that does not also apply to Congress members. Why if the Health Reform Bill is good enough for all other Americans, is it not good enough for the law makers?
    If they can't pass an extension before they leave for thier 4th holiday, let them stay and suffer with us 'common' people who won't be able to do anything because of worry and lack of funds.
    ALL political offices should be limited to no more than two terms, and no business moneies should be allowed to help elect public officials.
    How about it, Good Ole Boys, lets get ur done!!!!!

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  101. As of today I found out that my 6 months of unemployment are coming to an end that as of July 13th I will only have a one week check. I have never got an extension, I have honestly tried with all I have to get a job. I have worked since I was 13 I am 35 now, I have paid my dues. I am a single mother with no child support, I have returned to college and am still looking for a job. I have only had 2 interviews, have had a great job history & referrences before I was laid off. I have plenty of skills that could land me a job just about anywhere. It is summer, a lot of students have taken open part time jobs even. I live in a county that already is the hardest hit for un-employment in Florida. Not to mention the oil spill that is already starting another economic tragedy in this State. I was not prepared to hear that I would not even get an extension, that everything will stop? I am a homeowner thankfully - but will I become one of the many that have lost their homes because of this shocker? I have thankfully been able to hold on this far. I can understand un-employment ending for the people who are not trying to find a job. Yet I have documented proof that I have turned into Tallahassee that I am doing more than what is required to find a job. The only thing I can say to all of the people that will be impacted by this is PRAY! That is why we are all in this situation, look at the world, the things that are going on around us, these are things that we need to pay close attention too! God is trying to get our attention. Like in the Christmas story if everyone believed Santa would be able to fly his sleigh. Why can't we all just believe in God, pray, and have faith! I truly think that if we all pulled together and prayed on this our outcomes will be better! I really think Obamma is a people person, that he does care, and I think he will try to help us. On the other hand the world is broke, we have not recovered from the economy crashing. I agree create jobs, jobs that will help us pay our bills, and put our children in safe daycares, to put food on the table. I could care less about a vacation, I just want to be able to find a job and pay my bills! Please pray all, I know God will see us through this no matter what! If more people stop living in greed, and being materialistic, learn to reach out and love your neighbor, do the things that God expects of us things, will surly eventually get better. I know that life is not easy but we can be a big part of this population that can make a change!
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  102. ok, an answer to some of the questions above. Democrats are a majority in the Senate, BUT new laws must have a 2/3 majority vote so the Republicans have been successful so far in stopping all action on the extension with fillibusters, bogus amendments, and votes. The HOUSE is now trying to send a fourth bill to the senate on unemployment. It may not pass the House due to Republican obstruction. If it does it will join the original bill, a Republican stand alone bill that designates funding in a way Democrats will not agree to, and a Democratic stand alone that only has the support of one Republican. Until more than one Republican can find it in his or her heart to support the unemployed, nothing is going to help us.

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  103. I'm 61. Including a small business, part-time and full time employment, I have worked 45 plus years. I lost my job 11 months ago and know I'm not going to find another at my age. I try but I know it's not going to happen. Due to bad timing, I've gotten hit by every single recession since the 1970s and so I don't have all that much to show for all those years. I'm single, no children. I'm just sitting here listening to the Congress and all the bills and issues they are putting forward and just wanted to mention that, like all of you, I never complained when my taxes went to pay for government assistance to someone in need, never complained when my taxes went to necessary free day care centers and various school issues. I don't even drive and I can't imagine how many miles of road I've chipped in for over the years. Makes this whole thing seem even harsher. I'm not too thrilled with them lately either but PLEASE make sure you are out there voting for our Democrates this Novemeber. You know what to expect if you're not.

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  104. So here's an idea.... who knows.... may sound far fetched but.... What if we Americans that are using these funds to survive, PAY BACK the money once we are back on our feet? Instead of it being "free money" for us "lazy drug addicts" lol we can pay back what we borrow over time?! I would do it in a heartbeat!! Once I get working, why not set up a payment plan to pay back? Just like we would on back taxes etc??
    Yay or Nay people??
    I think this could help those of us that are serious and need this money for bills, and the people that are looking for a "free" ride will drop off cause they know they wouldnt be able to pay back anyway.

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  105. HERE WE ARE WITH NO MONEY TO LIVE ON LIKE WE ALL WANT UNEMPLOYMENT i DONT BUT I SURE NEED IT WE HAVE TO GET THIS BILL PASSED BEFORE YOU PEOPLE GO ON VACATION AND EAT AND EAT AND SPEND MORE MONEY SO WHEN YOU FEED YOUR FACE THIS WEEKEND THINK OF US THAT HAVE NO MONEY TO DO ANYTHING LET ALONE EAT COME NOVEMBER I HOPE THAT YOU DONT PLAN TO GO BACK TO WASHINGTON WE WILL VOTE YOU OUT OF OFFICE ALL OF YOU THAT VOTE TO PUT PEOPLE ON THE STREET I THINK THAT YOU ALL SHOULD TRADE SPACES WITH US THAT HAVE TO LIVE IN WHAT YOU CAN CALL MIDDLE CLASS BUT WE ARE NOT MIDDLE CLASS WE ARE POOR YOU AFFECT MORE THAN JUST THE PEOPLE ON UNEMPLOYMENT YOU AFFECT ALL PEOPLE WHERE THIS MONEY IS SPENT AND ALSO ALL THE KIDS AND FAMILY'S THAT REALLY ON UNEMPLOYMENT YOU PUT PEOPLE ON THE STREET WHEN YOU LIVE IN YOUR MILLION DOLLAR HOME I HOPE THAT ONE DAY IT WILL BITE YOU IN THE BUTT I'M SURE THAT IT WILL WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND TAKE CARE OF US IN NEED NOW DO NOT DELAY

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  106. Did the extension get shot down again today? I thought I just read something about it on CNN or somewhere.

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  107. I cannot believe people are so partisan as to only blame republicans!! What about the Dems NOT wanting to use stimulus money??! ITS ALREADY THERE, USE IT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!! Then they could get it passed!!! Keep hiding your heads in the sand and blaming one party.

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  108. Post 4:12 PM - you are right. From what I understand the Republicans would have already passed the bill if the stimulus money was used to pay for it. Like you stated...it's there use it". What are the Democrats not wanting to use the money...does anyone out there know why?

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  109. House rejects extension of unemployment benefits‎ - 42 minutes ago

    Payments will continue to phase out for more than 200000 people a week without an extension. The last extension expired at the end of May. ...
    The Associated Press -

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  110. OK, agreed. We have some serious problems here!
    PS - I'm from Georgia - ZAXBY YOU ARE SOON TO BE REMOVED FROM OFFIC ALSO! You know damn well the unemployment in this state is over 10%,
    competition fierce and jobs few and far between!
    Thanks for nothing all of those Senators who voted against the extension of benefits.

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  111. Let’s look at some numbers that perhaps the ones who vote against an extension have not. I have seen higher numbers and lower numbers then this but let’s look at 10 million a nice round number. These 10 million “numbers” (we are numbers to them not people) are affected by this bill not passing and senators most likely do not care and assume there is not enough “numbers” to vote them out.

    Let’s say ½ of these “numbers” are married with a voting spouse that “number” is 5 million.
    Let’s say ½ of this “number” has one voting parent that feels for the situation there child is in, that is 5 million.
    Let’s say ½ of this “number” has at least one voting father or mother in-law that feels for the situation that is 5 million.
    Let’s say ½ of this “number” has voting siblings or in-laws (brother or sister) that feel for those in this situation that is 5 million.

    Now what has that “number” become? This “number” increases to a potential 30 million VOTES. I believe this to be a *cough* conservative *cough* estimate as I have not covered any employed friends or any family beyond parents. You could easily add voting children to this list as well.

    I believe there is power in those numbers (or as I prefer to believe people) and those against these American people, deficit or not, will reap the fruits of their “labor” come November if we can all survive that long. I know even if I were blessed enough to become employed today or any time before November, there vote is sealed in my book.

    The Democrats could come out as heroes on this if they would just come out and publicly state for the good of our country, its people, and the economy we will meet the republican demands to get this issue passed. The damage to the republican party is done the Democrats just need to wake up and take the finishing blow.

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  112. Why did the American Government Let our jobs ship out?

    Why did the American Government have to bail out Freddie and Fannie if the Government is Freddie and Fannie?

    Where's my 401k? Wheres my house? where is my childrens college fund?

    Answer: There is NO AMERICAN GOVERNMET

    America is under the control by a group of international trillionare investors known as the FED

    And the WHOLE WORLD IS BLIND

    Pray for America - 1 million families are about to be homeless and hungry

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  113. House fails to move standalone umemployment extention bill

    By Paul Schmelzer 6/29/10 2:57 PM
    The U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass H.R. 5618, the standalone bill that would’ve extended unemployment benefits. The measure went down in a 261-155 vote. House Democrats suspended certain rules to try to push the bill through on a two-thirds majority. As Open Congress reports, “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.”
    The bill would’ve extended unemployment benefits until Nov. 30, 2010. Writes Open Congress:

    Republicans opposed the bill because it’s costs, approximately $34 billion, were not offset with new revenue. Since the financial crisis of 2008, Congress has routinely passed UI extension bills without offsets because benefit payments to help the unemployed are considered “emergency spending” and are not subject to pay-as-you-go rules.

    The bill that was rejected today would have extended UI benefit payments, which expired in late May, until November 30, 2010. Without the extension, some 1.7 million unemployed people will lose their payment by Jul 3. Benefits for the unemployed will continue to run out at a rate of about 200,000 per week until an extension is signed into law.

    Minnesota’s congressional delegates voted along party lines, with one exception: Rep. James Oberstar didn’t vote.

    Today’s development leaves Democrats with two options: either they must try to pass it under normal rules — which requires a simple majority — or they can try to find revenue to offset the costs of the extension. But the bill’s not dead; for now it goes back to the Rules Committee, where it’ll await another vote.


    By Paul Schmelzer 6/29/10 2:57 PM The U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass H.R. 5618, the standalone bill that would’ve extended unemployment benefits. The measure went down in a 261-155 vote. House Democrats suspended certain rules to try to push the bill through on a two-thirds majority. As Open Congress reports, “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.”
    The bill would’ve extended unemployment benefits until Nov. 30, 2010. Writes Open Congress:

    Republicans opposed the bill because it’s costs, approximately $34 billion, were not offset with new revenue. Since the financial crisis of 2008, Congress has routinely passed UI extension bills without offsets because benefit payments to help the unemployed are considered “emergency spending” and are not subject to pay-as-you-go rules.

    The bill that was rejected today would have extended UI benefit payments, which expired in late May, until November 30, 2010. Without the extension, some 1.7 million unemployed people will lose their payment by Jul 3. Benefits for the unemployed will continue to run out at a rate of about 200,000 per week until an extension is signed into law.

    Minnesota’s congressional delegates voted along party lines, with one exception: Rep. James Oberstar didn’t vote.

    Today’s development leaves Democrats with two options: either they must try to pass it under normal rules — which requires a simple majority — or they can try to find revenue to offset the costs of the extension. But the bill’s not dead; for now it goes back to the Rules Committee, where it’ll await another vote.

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  114. Is this absolutely the last try? For sure it won't get through somehow?

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  115. Use the stimulus money and extend tier 4 and add tier 5 and do it now. It is funny that i have not heard any of these scumbag politicians talk about their kids and grandkids lately. I have this to say to the politicians. Fuck your kids and grandkids and fuck the deficit.

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  116. I vote...my wife votes.....my 2 sons vote...and my daughter will soon be 18..my 3 brothers vote and my 2 sisters vote + they have spouses and friends and I think 10 million pissed off unemployed voter equals to 100 million

    And GUESS WHAT! THEY ARE PISSED YOU STOLE THEYRE HOUSE....THEY ARE PISSED YOU STOLE THEYRE COLLEGE FUND ..AND NOW THEY ARE PISSED CAUSE WE ARE ALL HUNGRY AND ABOUT TO DIE

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  117. I so don't understand why some the stimulus can't be used to pay for the unemployment benefits at least until the end of the year. Perhaps they will realize that by cutting funds to those who are trying to find jobs will increase demands on other social programs like welfare & food stamps. One way or another the deficit will be affected. It is a shame that we can spend so much money on other countries when they are in crisis, but no one stands up for us. We are busy assuring the Afgans that we won't pull out until things are stable, but we leave our own Americans behind. They can take the extra $25 a wk and drug test, heck they can even add more strict rules to the job applying. Although, with any social program there are always those that abuse them, but the majority dont. The reality is unemployment is just enough to keep us above water, not live rich and lavish lives. So when you calculate the millions who loose their benefits also realize that their are others affected like innocent little children who depend on their parents to be able to provide. So that number doubles by how many Americans are affected. I have two within in my own home. I just pray that a move of God will move on the hearts of our Congress to do right by the American people.

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  118. There are a lot of employed people who do not give a dam about people who have lost their jobs and on unemployment and cannot find a job. The place i worked at laid off 150 full time workers and then 2 weeks later hired 150 temporary workers. The government lets these companies get away with this. The Republicans are blocking the extensions because the Universal Health Care Bill passed. You see people with health insurance dont give a dam about people who have no health insurance. It is all about the rich and powerful and that goes for Republicans and Democrats. These politicians are worried about getting reelected and dont give a dam about the unemployed.

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  119. USE THE STIMULUS MONEY AND EXTEND TIER 4 AND ADD TIER 5. PEOPLE CANNOT WAIT TILL NOVEMBER. VOTE NANCY PELOSI OUT. GET RID OF HER AND LET HER WORK AT WENDYS OR BURGER KING.

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  120. Why did the American Government Let our jobs ship out?

    Why did the American Government have to bail out Freddie and Fannie if the Government is Freddie and Fannie?

    Where's my 401k? Wheres my house? where is my childrens college fund?

    Answer: There is NO AMERICAN GOVERNMET

    America is under the control by a group of international trillionare investors known as the FED

    And the WHOLE WORLD IS BLIND

    Pray for America - 1 million families are about to be homeless and hungry

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  121. Today Republican John Boehner said he wants wants to raise the retirement age to 70 to pay for the Iraq and Afganistan wars. How many of us are over 50 and already being passed over for younger workers? That fake tanning is baking his brain. The Republican agenda will leave you in the dirt. Literally.

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  122. I couldn't believe that post earlier today where
    Anonymous said...

    So right about not knowing what's next. I am one of them losing their unemployment on Friday. We were planning a vacation, until this happened.
    June 29, 2010 8:20 AM

    Post like this lead many working Americans to think that this has just been one big vacation for many of you. Now you want to use unemployment benefits for a vacation from a vacation? Just unbelievable.....

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  123. Raise the retirement age to 50 to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afganistan. I hope John Boehner comes down with cancer and never sees the age of 70. Does he have his dick in his ass or in his mouth. Louisiana voting Republicans you got what you asked for you non union fucken bitchs and bastards. You want oil you got oil and i hope you get a lot more oil. I hope the unemployment rate goes up to 30% in Louisiana and then see what your sorry ass Republican Governor has to say. You say let them Yankees freeze and i say let the people in Louisiana take oil baths. Suffer you Republican voting bithes and bastardes of Louisiana.

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  124. If John Mcain was President we would have never gotten any extensions. You see under Geore Dush and Prick Cheney it took people 8 years to see how what a bunch of thugs and crooks the Republicans are and how they steal from the poor to give to the rich. I could never understand a word John Mcain or Sarah Palin were ever saying. They both need to go to speech therapy classes. They also look like a couple of skid row drunks. I do not think Mcain will be reelected. You do not have to worry about Sarah Palin getting elected as she sounds like a 12 year old girl when she speaks. Obama will be elected to a second term.

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  125. Trust me.Its gonna happen! one step at a time..Im a 26er.I also dont think its faird people have 99weeks and i cant even get to my next tier.B/S and im sorry to say this but if you have had 99 weeks to find a job or training and dont have a job...Then you are FUC$ed.They aint gonna help you.

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  126. to poster above about speech help?!

    Obama says uhhhh every other word.He needs help.Talking like he was taught Ebonics

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  127. The only way to pass the extensions will be to use stimulus money. Where i live they are repaving highways in a 300 mile radius with stimulus money and a lot of those roads leed to nowhere. Get off your high asses and use the stimulus to extend tier 4 and add tier 5. And any unemployed people do not go on vacation. And you politicians shut the hell up about your little kids and your dam grandkids you sorry ass pieces of shit.

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  128. This is to the 26er. You say 99ers are fucked, well guess what, you may be double fucked, one in your mouth and one in your ass. How does that feel you bitch or bastard.

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  129. Everyone write to Oprah! It may sound stupid but I think she has more political power than a lot. Hopefully she'll do a show on it.

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  130. http://davies.lohudblogs.com/2010/06/29/moral-or-less/

    This pretty much sums it up!

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  131. some people think the unemployed are on vacation.my day starts with wake up calls from credit card co,then i put my trash in small bags so i can throw them out when i go out so i dont look broken down cannot pay for trash remove anymore.after i have breakfast with my wife who is also out of work.whats for dinner wen dollar menu or mac or stuff our selves with chinese buffet at 3pm to make it threw the day.then sit down and figure out which bills can be late this month.its just me and wife early 40s if had kids forget about it.take care from north jersey.

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  132. Pelosi says no tier 5 untill after November. VOTE NANCY PELOSI OUT OF OFFICE. USE THE STIMULUS MONEY TO EXTEND TIER 4 AND ADD TIER 5. You people might as well vote HARRY REID OUT AS WELL. VOTE ALL OF THOSE SORRY ASS BITHCES AND BASTARDS OUT AS I HAVE HEARD NOT ONE TALK ABOUT TIER 5. VOTE EVERYONE IN WASHINGTON D.C. OUT OF OFFICE. THEY ARE NOTHING BUT LOW DOWN SORRY ASS PIECES OF SHIT.

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  133. Adding another tier beyond 99 weeks is unthinkable. 99 weeks is already so over the top. What are you looking for? A lifetime of unemployment checks. After such a long time from being employed, this turns into nothing more than welfare. I for one am tired of paying people for not working.

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  134. Forget about Tier 5. 99 weeks is already so much over the top. Unemployment is for being people out of work for a duration of time. It was never designed to last half a lifetime. After 99 weeks, unemployment is so far removed from the last time you worked, it becomes nothing more than welfare.
    Many of us working Americans are tired of paying for people not to work.

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  135. Extend tier 4 and add tier 5 now. Use the stimulus money. Let the people who have been out of work for more than a year have the jobs of people who have never been laid off and see how fast they can get a job. I bet they will all go apply at Burger King.

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  136. If you people that are working are tired of paying for people on unemployment maybe you should just quit your jobs and move to Mexico. I hope all you working people complaining about people collecting unemployment lose your jobs and then come down with cancer or some other devastating disease. Better yet get in a car accident and become crippled for life or get both your legs cut off. What comes around goes around.

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  137. If the people that are lucky enough to have a job do not want to pay taxes for unemployment then they should just quit their jobs and move to Mexico. Im sure the 15 million unemployed would be delighted to take their jobs and pay for unemployment taxes. Extend tier 4 and add tier 5 now. Also cut the Senate and House in half and let them collect unemployment. Extend tier 4 and add tier 5 now.

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  138. What about these companies that are laying off full times workers and bringing in temporary workers and green card Mexicans to replace them. Only in America. It is nothing but discrimination. Vote all these Washington D.C. politicians out off office. Get some new blood in there.

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  139. Being out of work and looking for a job, stressed about how to make ends meet, and getting turned away at every pass is NOT a vacation! It makes you look at yourself and say what is wrong with me, makes you downgrade all of your skills just so you aren't told you are over qualified. You apply, you study for interviews, you use the local career center, you dress very professionally and become Mr. or Mrs. perfect. YOU HAVE NEVER HAD AN EXTENSION, never gone into "tiers". Never been in this situation - EVER - feel a little hopeless at times, have children to feed, wonder will you get your break? Pray every night, and continue to pray no matter what. For the ones of un-employed that have never had an extension, and are just coming up to their 6 months - and have just been kicked off - with NO HELP to be seen, unless they figure this thing out? Wow - not fair at all. I have never been given extra time. In my county you have to PROVE that you are looking, and trying everyday just to get un-employment. So for any of you who want to judge, you have no right, not all of us are on vacation. This is no joke, you tell me how you would support a family on what we get for un-employment, and then that goes away as well when you have been busting your butt to find a job - to NOTHING, ZERO, NATA, BROKE! How would you handle that? Hope it never happens to you. God bless us all!

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  140. Senator Ben Nelson A Democrat is now the person holding back the unemployment extension... damn Steve from houston, TX you were correct again... you said that if the republicans commit to a stand alone bill there was going to be 1 or 2 Democrats that would refused to vote yes and here we are Senator Ben Nelson A Democrat refuses to say Yay .... so it really isn't the Republicans holding this back... its the democrats trying to keep Americans poor and on welfare for the rest of their lives... The Democrats are like a secret society of rich aristocrats, their goal is to keep everyone poor, hungry and weak so that they can control the whole world... typical old queen and king styles... FU Democrats... remember history repeats itself... there will always be a revolt following too long a period of poverty... and for all you people that voted Democrat, FU too, and trust me I am pointing that at my dumb ass as well..

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  141. Do not worry they will get back at Ben Nelson and it will be like getting hit with ten stun guns. In other words he will choke on his own shit, aka fisces. Enjoy it Ben.

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  142. Yes Fuck the Democrats!!!

    You are the biggest Fucken Idiot if you voted Democrat... they want to keep us all poor and weak

    You try to make it look as if your helping us and in fact all your doing is giving us the drug (money), which is just enough (money) to keep us high and coming back but never enough to break the cycle... you wont keep me poor forever.. I'm getting out there and creating something for me and my family

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  143. Extend tier 4 and add tier 5.

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  144. They are trying to put the drug dealers out of business. People on unemployment spend all the money on drugs and alcohol. Now they can say drug use is cut in half. So now they do not have to require drug testing. Way to go Senators as i did not kwow you were do intelligent. Clap for the wolfman. Watch out because he may bite you in the ass.

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  145. This for the unemployed in Louisiana. You say let them Yankees freeze and now the Yankees say you like that oil shoved up your fucken cajen asses. You want oil you got oil and i hope you get more you fucken Republican voting non union no good pieces of shit. I hope your republican governor has so much oil up his fucken queer ass he chokes a long time. You mother fuckers i hope another hurrican comes and puts the state of Louisiana completely under water.

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  146. Democrats, your gig is up. Even the stupid, lazy Americans are now realizing that you are using them as pawns to keep your slush fund and Pelosi's 18K per month office. You are going to lose this next election. The writing is on the wall.

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  147. of course unemployment is going down you can not claim any more weeks, the system will not let you. i do not have a job looking, but no luck yet. i am one of those that ran out and can not get unemployment. i am one of those that ran out and can not get unemployment. i am not going to pay my house, internet, cell and other things. so how am i going to look for a job with out these tools, now i never going to fine a job now.

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  148. WHAT A BUNCH OF IDIOTS IN CONGRESS! FUCK YOU!
    I HAVE WORKED ALL MY LIFE NOW I AM UNEMPLOYED AND YOU TAKE MY EARNED UNEMPLOYMENT! WELL GUESS WHAT! I WILL GO JOIN THE ONES THAT HAVE NEVER WORKED A DAM DAY! AND COLLECT LIKE THEY DO I WILL LEAVE MY HUSBAND, AND ME AND MY TWO KIDS WILL GO ON WELFARE!!!!! GET FREE MONEY WITHOUT BEING TAXED!!!!! FREE CHILD, CARE FREE HEALTHCRAE, FREE COTINUED EDUCATION MONEY! FREE FOOD! HOWS THAT ! NO WONDER SO MANY PEOPLE USE THE SYSTEM!YOU WILL PAY ME BITCH AND FUCK YOU!

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  149. I am a 99er, my benifits ended back in Feb. and I still can not Find a job. I am so sick of reading comments that I am to lazy and wont look for a job because Im collecting unemployment, well I have not recieved any benifits since Feb. AND I STILL CAN'T FIND A JOB, I worked in manufacturing for 35 years and aways paid my taxes, I NEED HELP, A TIER 5 WOULD HELP GREATLY, Sicerely, Allan. PLEASE PASS A TIER 5

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