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Advocates for unemployment benefits extension have not given up

The-Issue-Extended-unemployment-benefitsCongress allowed unemployment benefits to expire back in December, leaving over one million people who have been out of work for more than 27 weeks struggling to get by. That number has now increased to 3 million, and the frustration people have with the federal government is starting to grow as groups such as Emergency Unemployment Benefits Extension Now continue their push to get Congress to act.

Members of Emergency Unemployment Benefits Extension Now have shared their stories with The Washington Post.

“My husband and I want to live the American dream,” said Sandy LoBianco Ford regarding her financial struggles after being laid off in the summer of 2013.

“I pray every night that if we can just hold on a little longer, the bill will pass and people will be able to start digging out of this mess. We just need a little help to get us going in the right direction,” continued LoBianco Ford.

The current federal unemployment benefits system provides people who lose their jobs with 26 weeks of payments. Back in 2008, Congress voted to increase this to 99 weeks, but it was eventually cut down last year to 73 weeks.

By the end of December, Congress allowed federal aid to lapse, cutting off payments to those whose benefits expired.

“Our government has never terminated unemployment benefits when a full 35 percent of the unemployed have been out of work for six months or more. It’s cruel,” said Rep. Sander M. Levin.

Levin is currently pushing the unemployment benefits extension fight in the House of Representatives.

“I blame this on our government. They don’t realize what this is doing to millions of people who are suffering,” wrote Kimberly Rowe on a facebook group supporting the extension of unemployment benefits.

Rowe’s husband killed himself over the mental anguish he faced trying to make ends meet every day once his checks were cut off last December.

The Center for Effective Government is another organization that is pushing for an extension to unemployment benefits.

“If we can let the American public understand what is going on here, they can potentially put pressure on the elected officials,” said Katherine McFate, CEO of the Center for Effective Government.

“Anytime we’re having these high levels of unemployment we’ve always had bipartisan passage of unemployment extension,” said McFate of the current gridlock in Congress over unemployment benefits.

The current level of public outcry, coupled with interest groups placing pressure on Congress to act, just may tip the scale in favor of those who are in need of unemployment benefits. If Congress does not act, they risk alienating millions of voters across America.

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114 Comments

  1. Alan

    Jun 20, 2014 at 8:15 am

    We need retro NOW

    • Norm K

      Jun 20, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      I am afraid it will not happen. Wonder where the government thinks people will get money to live on. NO one seems to care.

    • Wayne Heddinger

      Jun 21, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Heller and Reed are presenting a new bill in the Senate this coming week. It DOES NOT include retro pay….contact your reps in the senate to VOTE NO unless it includes retro….

  2. R Ferg

    Jun 20, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I pray that they give us our benefits back WITH retro pay! Im so behind on bills because of this! My phone was just cut off 2 days ago…..how does the government expect me to get a job if I have NO PHONE for them to call them on? My internet will be next, and I’m pretty sure my landlord is getting tired of the same old story. The federal government doesn’t realize how much these benefits help and I think it is cruel to watch people suffer like this!

    • Michael Mlyniec

      Jun 20, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Not only that, but we paid into it, and 6mo worth isnt Sh*t. Meanwhile they send billions in aid to countries that hate us, give half a trillion in permanent tax breaks to multi billion dollar corporations that outsource most of their jobs overseas. Both repubs and democrats are corrupt and evil. Elitism rules the US

    • Wayne Heddinger

      Jun 21, 2014 at 9:40 am

      Heller and Reed are presenting a new bill in the Senate this coming week. It DOES NOT include retro pay….contact your reps in the senate to VOTE NO unless it includes retro….once they pass the bill…that will be the end of all of it…there will never be retro for the things we have all lost due to Republican inaction now !

  3. Bayou Mudbugg

    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Please help us! #renewiu

  4. John Boehner PIG

    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:42 am

    John Boehner is the one person who can make this right for the 3+ million struggling Americans and their 2.3 million CHILDREN that are suffering to find food and shelter. John Boehner chooses to play party politics. John Boehner believes that if he opposes the EUC he is sticking it to the Democratic party. What John Boehner fails to understand is that the UI crisis is a cancer that is affecting everyone regardless of party. Let John Boehner know how you feel about his inaction that is causing millions of American men, women and children to suffer like they have never suffered before:

    Everyone out there that is affected, or knows someone that is affected by the EUC crisis needs to stand up and let John Boehner know that he needs to allow a vote! The only thing that will help turn the tide is to apply constant and relentless pressure for John Boehner to act. Phone: (202) 225-0600 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpeakerJohnBoehner

    • Ralph

      Jun 20, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      I”ll say it again free America has a new dictator and his name is not Saddam Hussien no his name is John Boehner he is are Adolf Hitler to are the 3 million unemployed

  5. Wayne Heddinger

    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:46 am

    We are going to give this another try. Update/Backgound: https://blogs.rollcall.com/218/unemployment-insurance-benefits-extension-levin/?dcz=

    We are pushing for a 1 year Unemployment Benefit Extension
    with retroactive payment of benefits back to December 28, 2013 to be attached
    to either the tax cut extension bill or the highway bill in the Senate. Please be very clear on the need for
    retroactive payment of benefits, because they are giving up on that.

    We are contacting the following three Senators and one
    Representative. Please be very persuasive
    and for maximum effect please call every number given:

    Senator Harry Reid, NV:
    Reno: 775-686-5750 Carson City:
    775-882-7343 Las Vegas:
    702-388-5020 DC: 202-224-3542

    Senator Dean Heller, NV:
    Las Vegas: 702-388-6605 Reno: 775-686-5770 DC:
    202-224-6244

    Senator Jack Reed, RI:
    Cranston (401) 943-3100
    Providence (401) 528-5200 D.C.
    (202) 224-4642

    Representative Sandy Levin, MI: DC: (888) 810-3880 Roseville: 586-498-7122

    GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

    Here is a page with links to “tell your story” and
    “take action” (contact your members of congress) as part of the media
    push known as “Witness Wednesdays”
    https://www.foreffectivegov.org/euc-stories#takeaction

    Here is a link to our petition to share so that we ca grow
    our numbers and make our Mass Actions more effective: https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/we-call-on-congress-to?mailing_id=23039&source=s.em.cr&r_by=10537499

  6. FedUpInNJ

    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:48 am

    “Our government has never terminated
    unemployment benefits when a full 35 percent of the unemployed have been
    out of work for six months or more. It’s cruel,” said Rep. Sander M.
    Levin. That pretty much says it all. Where is Obama with his pen and phone to get this done? Its outrageous this has lapsed for over 174 days (almost 6 months) without any action from him or any other do nothing politician. I hope the Republicans are watching; Cantor was just the beginning-EVERY REPUBLICAN WILL SUFFER BECAUSE OF BOEHNER’S ACTIONS. The people hold no one more responsible than the Republicans, thats a fact.

    • No One Important

      Jun 20, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Unfortunately it is not in Obama’s hands. Obama’s hands are tired because congress (Senate and the House of Republicans) can only make this happen. Obama ultimately can sign or veto the bill. Obama has tried to ask for the extension but John Boehner has refused to allow a vote. Until Boehner allows a vote, UI benefits will not be extended no matter what Senators or Obama say.

  7. Larry king

    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:49 am

    This is the worst Congress in history. John Boehner and the republicans are owned by the Koch brothers. The Koch brothers don’t want there to be an extension so don’t count on it happening. Do some research and you will see what is happening in this country. I lost my benefits in December too. I have learned that these politicians are all a bunch of liars and will only give you false hope. Do yourself a favor and don’t count on the extension happening. The only thing we can do is to let these politicians hear us at election time.

  8. David

    Jun 20, 2014 at 10:14 am

    George Bush Jr. once said “If the American People knew what we do here in government(Democrats and Republicans), they’d hang every last one of us. Fortunately for us, the American People are just stupid, ignorant sheeples. They believe what we tell them and they do what we tell them.
    Remember that the entire basis of the Constitution had been torpedoed, the people who are running US national policy are agents of an elite shadow group the CFR. No question about it.
    This quote was sent to me last night by someone much more adept at politics than I will ever be. It tells the real story of what happens “on the hill” and just how the people are treated. It would take a revolution to take back politics from crooked politicans. When Boehner is no longer the speaker there will be another in his place. This is just a viscous circle of lies and cheating the citizens. There is no one party in my estimation that is any better than another, be it the democrats or republicans they all just want to grab as much as they can while in office. Face it folks, the people don’t have say in much these days and probably never will again. Somewhere along the line the people allowed politicans to take their voice away and it would be a tough job to get it back.

  9. CJ

    Jun 20, 2014 at 10:53 am

    my unemployment funds are on their way to Iraq

  10. guest

    Jun 20, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Save the Iraqi people, don’t worry about Americans who are in need!

  11. dg11

    Jun 20, 2014 at 11:48 am

    This is all a political game politics are a game to keep people bickering when u really wake u will all see this is control by the ultra rich.

  12. guest

    Jun 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    John Boehner carries no guilt knowing that he is responsible for millions of American people losing everything they’ve worked hard for their whole lives. He has joined the ranks of Adolf Hitler and Satin himself!

    • David

      Jun 20, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Hey Guest, I hope you are having a great day. Indy is not too far from me and it would be my pleasure to meet up sometime when you are in the area. I only wish I knew where Boehner was spending his weekend, I would love to visit him in person in hopes of watching him cry like the baby he is for no reason when he should be crying over what he has done to good people. When you need a good laugh today pull up Boehner crying on youtube and have a few chuckles on him.

      • guest

        Jun 20, 2014 at 12:38 pm

        Did you ever notice how Boehner is so nervous that it looks like he’s trying to bite his lips off? He does more finger pointing about everything when he is the cause of most of the problems. It will be a day to celebrate when he gets kicked to the curb. I’m glad that Sen. Sander Levin is in our corner. He has all my respect. …..The troll is busy today….

        • David

          Jun 20, 2014 at 1:32 pm

          He has started using the user name EL ZORRO and is conducting himself completely differently, at least to me. I am not sure what has come over him but it is in the best interest of everyone involved. I hope your weekend is a great one.

          • guest

            Jun 20, 2014 at 1:45 pm

            Yah, the troll told me he’d ” like to cut my throat ” on ” Levin keeps up pressure for extension ” thread. He gets away with comments like that when the moderator won’t approve mine. But that’s OK!

          • David

            Jun 20, 2014 at 1:58 pm

            Not sure why anyone would want to start trouble online. When I feel the need to fight local bars always provide willing participants. I always find it amusing how drunks think they fight better when drunk. Fighting online is just not me. I guess as I am getting older and losing my piss and vinegar.

          • guest

            Jun 20, 2014 at 2:21 pm

            Some people enjoy being the ” spoon ” to stir up trouble.That’s how sociopaths behave, they disrupt and can’t understand why anyone has a problem with it.

          • guest

            Jun 20, 2014 at 2:25 pm

            David, you enjoy your weekend too.

        • Shizue Leigh Hicks

          Jun 20, 2014 at 8:32 pm

          You’re right about both things. BOEHNER’s shakiness is probably a sign that he needs to park that bottle.

          Second, the troll(s) are busy today.

        • David

          Jun 21, 2014 at 11:57 am

          It is just a shame that we can’t get his (Boehner’s) home address to have all the unemployed have their bills forwarded to him. If we do it to his office he will have someone else clean up the mess he created as usual.

          • guest

            Jun 21, 2014 at 12:18 pm

            I bet they keep a lot of boxes of tissue for the crybaby in his office. Along with scotch whiskey and plenty of packs of cigarettes.

      • guest

        Jun 21, 2014 at 10:35 am

        Just watched thick skinned John Boehner on you tube crying like a drunk in the bar, ” I love you man” so funny. Say’s he won’t visit schools, the kids make him emotional because he wants them to have the American dream. Let him explain that to children now who’s family just lost their home and lost their sense of security. Maybe the tobacco companies will feel sorry for him and up their bribe to make him feel better……Boo… hoo…hoo!

  13. David

    Jun 20, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Hello to everyone, another day that will pass with no results for the unemployed. When Boehner is gone there will be a new front man in his place. This cycle will never end and the people are not likely to ever have a voice again. Corruption has become the new standard in politics and there isn’t much the people can do other than have a civil war with the government. That is not likely to happen but it would be a great way to serve this country by taking politics back from politicans with no concern for the people. I would gladly give my life today to get involved with taking the power away from money hungry politicans. It will only get worse as time goes by. I pity the conditions future American’s will have to face as this situation with government gets worse and worse. Have a great day!

  14. David

    Jun 20, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    It is too bad that we can’t get Boehner’s home address and have all the unemployed have their bills sent to his home. If they go to his office he will have someone else handle it for him and that would take the fun out of it. We need to find ways to become a hinderance to him that are within the laws that he has no reverence for. I have no less contempt for the democrats than I do for the republicans, they are all crooks beyond our comprehension. There was once a time when American’s could be proud and wave our flag high, I just don’t think this is the same nation it once was.

    • document finesse

      Jun 20, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      It’s time for a march on Washington. I would absolutely attend if I have to beg friends to drive me to DC. Or maybe we could set up ride sharing in various states. It’s clear Congress has turned a deaf ear on our cries of hunger and need to know we’re here and not giving up!

      • David

        Jun 21, 2014 at 9:12 am

        You are correct it will take drastic measures on the part of the people to get any results. Set the date and the time and I will be there, come hell or high waters.

    • Me

      Jun 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Obama could go around Boehner with a single stroke of the pen … !!! Obama could sign an executive order tonight giving unlimited unemployment extensions… Why hasn’t he??? n – he is the president of the US – he could end everyone’s suffering tonight – right now – why hasn’t he .. he signs executive orders for everything else – why not this one???

      • David

        Jun 23, 2014 at 7:48 am

        All of our government sucks … no one politican is any better than another. They all suck and they just want to line their pockets and run.

  15. Lance Lasley

    Jun 20, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION NOW!

  16. John Epperson

    Jun 20, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    This is the Laziest Congress yet…

  17. Kim M.

    Jun 20, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Our Government need to Renew the UI Benefits or hold these Corporations who are getting tax cuts responsible for retaining their current employees and hiring new ones. I am ready to go back to work and I continue to aggressively seek employment. Something has to give soon! This is really ridiculous! God help us all!

  18. crazy bum

    Jun 20, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    The people in Congress doesn’t want to do it. They want to see us suffer, throw ourselves over a cliff. Not even the president is supporting it.

  19. len vono

    Jun 20, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    NAAAAAAAAAAAA SCREW US..INSTEAD LETS SEND 17 “BILLION” TO IRAQ TO TEACH THEM HOW TO FIGHT AGAINST US WITH THE WEAPONS AND TRAINING WE BOUGHT THEM LOLLLLL

  20. len vono

    Jun 20, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    if we all move to iraq then maybe we can get some help..soooooooooooo disappointed in obama..hes done NOTHING TO HELP

  21. Shizue Leigh Hicks

    Jun 20, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Republicans — especially JOHN BOEHNER — have shown their true colors during this 6-month long debacle.

    We, and our families, will just vote in the other direction this year. The only good thing to come out of this tragedy — newly minted Democrats!

    • Me

      Jun 21, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Obama could go around Boehner with a single stroke of the pen … !!! Obama could sign an executive order tonight giving unlimited unemployment extensions… Why hasn’t he??? Personally I am thinking that he is playing politics and he wants 3,000,000 angry people voting democrat since everyone seems to be blaming Republicans for this mess. BUT – once again – he is the president of the US – he could end everyone’s suffering tonight – right now – why hasn’t he .. he signs executive orders for everything else – why not this one????

      • Shizue Leigh Hicks

        Jun 22, 2014 at 1:25 pm

        “Checks and Balances” in the Constitution probably forbid any Executive
        Powers to get too far off the prescribed presidential course.

        On the other hand, who could have predicted that an alcoholic thug like
        JOHN BOEHNER would have the kind of power that he holds. And that the
        Speaker of the House could be a person of such base temperament marked by arrogance, coldness, and stupidity.

        His church (the CATHOLIC CHURCH) finds him repugnant enough that 75
        Catholic professors from the Catholic University of Washington, DC wrote
        an open letter in the New York Times to JOHN BOEHNER condemning him
        for his poor leadership and voting record when it came to the poor and
        disadvantaged. (See: New York Times May 17, 2011).

        • Me

          Jun 23, 2014 at 3:39 pm

          President Obama has issues almost 200 executive orders to date e… he has changed Obamacare mandates 37 times, issued EPA mandates, FDA mandates, Labor mandates, given billions to Egypt and Syria parties via executive orders – so why doesn’t he simply go around Boehner in one pen stroke and extend the unemployment benefits if Democrats want them so much?

      • Shizue Leigh Hicks

        Jun 22, 2014 at 1:50 pm

        Too far off the prescribed presidential road per the Constitution.

        Our founders could never have imagined JOHN BOEHNER. They could not have comprehended such a reprehensible piece of slime

        See May 17, 2014 New York Times where 75 Catholic professors condemned BOEHNER (a Catholic) for being a poor example of their faith and teachings. They didn’t want him speaking at the commencement ceremonies of the Catholic University of Washington, DC.

        Unfortunately, this Teflon Don can’t be trumped — not even by President Obama.

        • Me

          Jun 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm

          Have to disagree with the “too far off the prescribed presidential road per the Constitution” .. once again .. he had no issues with issuing executive orders to change Obamacare mandates 37 times, issued EPA mandates, FDA mandates, Labor mandates, given billions to Egypt and Syria parties via executive orders – so why doesn’t he simply go around Boehner in one pen stroke and extend the unemployment benefits if Democrats want them so much?

          • Shizue Leigh Hicks

            Jun 23, 2014 at 8:33 pm

            Check out Bob Herbert’s column called “That’s Where the Money Is.”

            I sometimes wonder how it is that BOEHNER can pull the kind of crap he pulls without some sort of reprimand from the Oval Office. Granted, the Herbert column discusses BOEHNER handing out Big Tobacco money in 2010 on the House Floor — before he was Speaker — but something tells me our Speaker of the House gets his way one way or another in the same manner in 2014.

            The guy is so slimy (Herbert actually uses the word “sleazy”) that I have to wonder how he got voted in so handily. Was it the money and BOEHNER’s well-known Ohio-style “baksheesh” habits that makes other legislators else so compliant? BOEHNER is so openly corrupt, but no one seems to care.

            Let no one forget that JOHN BOEHNER has been the ONLY REASON the UI Extension has not been reinstated for 6 months. No one else to blame. To what purpose is he doing it? It’s anybody’s guess.

            He is a well-known alcoholic. Maybe it’s the toll too much drinking has taken on his brain.

            I wish President Obama would remedy this tragedy with a stroke of the pen. We all do.

    • Me

      Jun 23, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      President Obama has issues almost 200 executive orders to date … he has changed Obamacare mandates 37 times, issued EPA mandates, FDA mandates, Labor mandates, given billions to Egypt and Syria parties via executive orders – so why doesn’t he simply go around Boehner in one pen stroke and extend the unemployment benefits if Democrats want them so much?

  22. FedUpInNJ

    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    “Rowe’s husband killed himself over the mental anguish he faced trying to make ends meet every day once his checks were cut off last December” OMG! This is unbelievable and UNACCEPTABLE. Where the hell is Obama with his pen and phone to get this done since Boehner “refuses” to “allow” a vote??? Shameful!

    • Shizue Leigh Hicks

      Jun 20, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      The Stanford Daily 2/17/14, “Compassionate Conservatism and the Unemployment Debate” issue, a reader named “hopeless” wrote how life had gone downhill so quickly since UI Extended Benefits were suspended (12/31/13) the next step for “hopeless” was suicide — a running car in an enclosed garage.

      Someone needs to be held accountable and these stories should be published whenever and wherever they can.

      • Me

        Jun 21, 2014 at 6:28 pm

        Obama could go around Boehner with a single stroke of the pen … !!! Obama could sign an executive order tonight giving unlimited unemployment extensions… Why hasn’t he???

      • he's an articulate and clean

        Jun 22, 2014 at 10:05 am

        That was made up story for the benefit of people like you. When you read liberal propaganda you get that kind of crap.

        • Shizue Leigh Hicks

          Jun 22, 2014 at 11:50 am

          The Stanford Daily has been publishing since 1892.

          • he's an articulate and clean

            Jun 22, 2014 at 3:27 pm

            It wasn’t picked up anywhere else I can see, most likely because it wasn’t credible. And it doesn’t mean they don’t have liberal bleeding heart propagandists.

          • Shizue Leigh Hicks

            Jun 22, 2014 at 4:18 pm

            No, just intellectuals.

          • he's an articulate and clean

            Jun 23, 2014 at 7:09 am

            intellectuals AKA thin skinned lib.t.a.r.d.s

  23. document finesse

    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks so much members of Congress – you who probably ate at a nice restaurant tonight and had a nice, secure place to go home to. My benefits, all 26 weeks, ended a month ago.I can’t even imagine life for those who have without benefits for MONTHS. I have been applying for every job I can possibly be qualified for. I am college educated with decades of solid work experience behind me. Here I sit with ZERO money, a car I can’t drive because the brake line broke last week, a pile of utility and medical bills I can’t pay, and no idea where groceries might be coming from next. So thanks a lot Congress, for not voting for the extension when you were able to, and for making excuses as to why you refused to pass it, such as the “states aren’t equipped to handle retro payouts for those whose UI ran out in December.” I’d be willing to bet there are highly competent UNEMPLOYED accountants who would be willing to show the states (if they exist) HOW TO DO IT. I will NOT forget this for many elections to come.Members of Congress, If you really care–as you say you do–about the millions of us now with NO income–drop a few buck into my PayPal account, ilovevermont@hotmail.com, so my daughter and I can eat this weekend.

  24. maria

    Jun 21, 2014 at 12:50 am

    I WILL NEVER VOTE REPUBLICAN AGAIN!!!! Please someone out there start an internet campaign – a petition that people who will commit NOT vote Republican. NO UNEMPLOYMENT EXSTENSION= NO REPUBLICAN VOTE!!!! this is only what they will hear. They are not afraid of the American people because we do nothing. If I knew how to work the internet, I would do it myself. It is insane that Boehner blocks the exstenSion because job creation is not part of the bill. THIS WAS YOUR JOB CREATE JOBS BEFORE. Yet HE is blaming and punishing the poeple who are suffering the incompetence of both democrats and republicans not creating jobs. PEOPLE THIS IS CRAZY!!!!!!! Did someone mentioned Hitler? Please someone start a petition to commit NOT vote Republican. Even if you do have a job- realized if you are laid off try living on only six months of UI benefits and find a job in that time period.

    • Me

      Jun 21, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Obama could go around Boehner with a single stroke of the pen … !!! Obama could sign an executive order tonight giving unlimited unemployment extensions… Why hasn’t he??? Personally I am thinking that he is playing politics and he wants 3,000,000 angry people voting democrat since everyone seems to be blaming Republicans for this mess. BUT – once again – he is the president of the US – he could end everyone’s suffering tonight – right now – why hasn’t he .. he signs executive orders for everything else – why not this one???

  25. John Carmiche

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:17 am

    But yet we should send our sons and daughters over to fight in a war when the goverment wants them to, but when there here they are treated like 2nd hand news,makes them go hungry when they return because of lack of jobs or unemployment ran out, dont let them refiance ther loans for college the ones that went,va hospital treats them poorly.This is sad republicans democrats all at fault to hell with them all vote them out.Let the people elect a new goverment for the people by the people.God bless all of america who is suffering thru these times.

  26. John Carmiche

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:26 am

    john boehner has a history of bad things he admited to taking bribes he tryed to overthrow other memmbers of his party In the summer of 1997 several House Republicans, who saw Speaker Newt Gingrich’s public image as a liability, attempted to replace him as Speaker. The attempted “coup” began July 9 with a meeting between Republican conference chairman Boehner and Republican leadership chairman Bill Paxon of New York. According to their plan, House Majority Leader Dick Armey, House Majority Whip Tom DeLay, Boehner and Paxon were to present Gingrich with an ultimatum: resign, or be voted out. However, Armey balked at the proposal to make Paxon the new Speaker, and told his chief of staff to warn Gingrich about the coup.[20]

    On July 11, Gingrich met with senior Republican leadership to assess the situation. He explained that under no circumstance would he step down. If he was voted out, there would be a new election for Speaker, which would allow for the possibility that Democrats—along with dissenting Republicans—would vote in Dick Gephardt as Speaker. On July 16, Paxon offered to resign his post, feeling that he had not handled the situation correctly. Paxon was the only unelected member of the leadership group, having been appointed to his position by Gingrich.[21]

    In 1998, Boehner was ousted as the chairman of the House Republican Conference, after his party lost five congressional seats.[22],he trys to make all look bad but he is the one that sucks.

    • Shizue Leigh Hicks

      Jun 22, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Let’s not forget, JOHN BOEHNER, is President of the United States should anything happen to President Obama and Vice President Biden. 2 seats away from the being the leader of the richest, most powerful nation in the free world! An alcoholic buffoon with a fake Jersey tan who smokes like a chimney and regards the poor and unemployed as nothing more than collateral damage.

      Let’s all sign those petitions NOW!

  27. David

    Jun 21, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Boehner should be publically executed for the harm he has done to good American citizens and for the damage he has done to our economy. When the Somali pirates took American hostages we terminated their lives in short order. Boehner has over three million American political hostages and nobody seems to care. If he wants job creation he should try this on for size … lock him and Obama in a room for a fight to the death and publish it on pay-per-view. I am sure there are millions who would pay to watch Boehner die a slow painful death, you know kind of like what he is doing to the unemployed. Use that money raised on pay-per-view to fund EUC and free school lunches for all the children of the United States. Use what money that is left over to deport Boehner’s family for crimes against American citizens.

  28. David

    Jun 21, 2014 at 9:34 am

    It would take a civil war with our government for the people to resolve this corrupt government. The new standard is corrupt politics and nobody is doing anything about it. Democrats and republicans alike are all crooks and do not do the will of the people they are supposed to be serving. It is all about grabbing as much (money) as you can while you can. If there was one politican who has not taken a bribe I would be surprised. Why is it citizens are subjected to lie detector tests but politicans are never held to the same standard? Nobody expects a politican to tell the truth, isn’t that just great that our leaders are all liars and are expected to lie to us. This is what has become of what was once the “mighty United States of America”. A nation where the truth is rarely spoken and the citizens are kept in the dark. Way to go politicans, you are turning this in to a third world country fast. Soon the peoples voice will not even be able to be heard.

  29. Wayne Heddinger

    Jun 21, 2014 at 9:35 am

    CONTACT YOUR HOUSE AND SENATE MEMBERS AND TELL THEM TO VOTE NO ON THE NEW BILL FROM HELLER AND REED……UNLESS IT INCLUDES RETRO. VOTE NO BECAUSE IT WILL NOT HELP THE LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED WHO HAVE NOW LOST EVERYTHING !

  30. David

    Jun 21, 2014 at 10:03 am

    When the people get fed up with corrupt politics there are measures they can take to retain control of this crooked political system. They all suck democrats and republicans alike, no one party is any more crooked than the other. Boehner just happens to be the Koch brothers front man for the time being. When Boehner is gone there will be a new front man in his place. There is nothing about current politics that is fair to the people. Politicans have silenced the voice of the people and the people seem to be ok with that. The old saying goes “the squeaky wheel gets the grease”. Time for the voice of the unemployed to be heard. Ask yourself this … “what do you have to lose at this point in time”. If everyone protesting DC were to do a federal crime while there it would probably be an easier life for those with no financial means to exsist. At least you would get three meals a day, a hot shower, cable tv and internet and best of all no more shut off notices, foreclosures, repossessions or evictions. Federal prisons are actually fairly nice places to be, it is county jails you want to avoid at all costs. Other than drugs, alochol and cigarettes they provide you all you need and then some.

  31. disqus_mE5TWatscH

    Jun 21, 2014 at 10:07 am

    We need the retro! I had to take out all of my 401K with 30% interest/penalties just to make it thru until my new PART TIME job started! It’s not fair that I’m scraping by because of losing everything from March to June, and someone who is newly unemployed will qualify for the extension when their 26 weeks haven’t even run out yet! NOT FAIR!!!

    • susan

      Jun 21, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Absolutely not fair, I agree.

    • Me

      Jun 21, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      1. There will not be an extension – ever.
      2. And if by some weird miracle it does — It will never be retro.
      So these guys that are on unemployment now – when their stuff runs out in 0-26 week — they will be in the same boat as you …
      But your comment makes you sound like a whining selfish person — all upset that someone may get something your not… don’t worry .. There will never be an unemployment Extension for you or anyone — does that make you feel better??

  32. David

    Jun 21, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Think about the military people that have returned home after being willing to give their lives for our freedom. Their government has turned it’s back on them in their time of need. It is a travesty to think that even they can’t get support from this government. Take time to thank a military person today for being willing to give the ultimate sacrifice, their life. I hope all military unemployed will take the time to contact their local veterans affairs office to see what benefits you qualify for. Semper Fi, David

  33. David

    Jun 21, 2014 at 10:33 am

    If Boehner could get the Boehner/Koch Keystone XL Pipeline approved then the Koch brothers would instruct Boehner to allow EUC to come to vote.Tthe Koch brothers have instructed Boehner to not allow it to go to vote.

    • guest

      Jun 21, 2014 at 10:39 am

      He’s afraid they’ll make him go back to mopping hallways!

    • Me

      Jun 21, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Obama could go around Boehner with a single stroke of the pen … !!! Obama could sign an executive order tonight giving unlimited unemployment extensions… Why hasn’t he??? Personally I am thinking that he is playing politics and he wants 3,000,000 angry people voting democrat since everyone seems to be blaming Republicans for this mess. BUT – once again – he is the president of the US – he could end everyone’s suffering tonight – right now – why hasn’t he .. he signs executive orders for everything else – why not this one???

      • Gervan Williams

        Jun 22, 2014 at 8:47 am

        Cheers mate!

  34. Tears of a Clown

    Jun 21, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    What a bunch of greedy self centered amateurs….. The Senate should be dis-assembled.

  35. Yonatan YONATAN

    Jun 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    For many Americans, “The American Dream”, has turned out to be “The American Nightmare”. While the republicans in the senate enjoy their American dream lifestyle, they condemned three million unemployed families, to poverty, and to financial ruin. Since late last December, these families have watched their savings, their homes, their security, disappear before their eyes. Over the past six months, the republicans held the extension bill “hostage” in the senate, for political leverage, and their party’s agenda. They had no intention of ever helping these families, but continued to prolong their suffering. While Billions of dollars was approved for the Ukraine, nothing was approved for these people. These politicians have shown not only a lack of compassion, and common decency, but utter contempt for the poor and unemployed. There are no “family values” in their party’s agenda whatsoever. They have failed these millions of families. They are truly a disgrace to the office they hold, and need to be voted out of their jobs in the coming elections.

    • Me

      Jun 21, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Obama could go around Boehner with a single stroke of the pen … !!! Obama could sign an executive order tonight giving unlimited unemployment extensions… Why hasn’t he??? Personally I am thinking that he is playing politics and he wants 3,000,000 angry people voting democrat since everyone seems to be blaming Republicans for this mess. BUT – once again – he is the president of the US – he could end everyone’s suffering tonight – right now !! – why hasn’t he .. he signs executive orders for everything else – why not this one???

  36. David

    Jun 21, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    This only takes place because the people accept whatever Washington hands them as the way it is going to be. This vote should be by the people as the people are the ones who ultimately fund the program. Instead Boehner gets to decide if it even gets voted on. If you can’t see someting wrong with this picture you need to check again.

    • Me

      Jun 21, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      Once again – Obama could go around Boehner with a single stroke of the pen … !!!

  37. David

    Jun 21, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Boehner and his family should be deported to Somolia where he can join the Somali pirates and rob people the old fashion way instead of doing it while hiding behind congress.

    • Me

      Jun 21, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      The President himself who I voted for twice announced on that the economy is significantly improving — the DOW is about to hit a record 17,000!!! – unemployment is down to 6.5% – the economy is up — and if President Obama was that concerned about additional unemployment insurance extension wouldn’t he simply use an Executive order to correct — Why would he need to wait for Boehner ?? SO if the President himself doesn’t think you need additional time why do you blame the republicans?? Obama could fix all of this in a single stroke of his pen. Obviously he knows more than you about what’s going on.

      • Gervan Williams

        Jun 22, 2014 at 8:45 am

        Please call me silly, but didn’t the Senate passed a bill to extend, recently? And the House is left to vote on one? So, isn’t Boehner a member of the House, not the Senate? Just asking because I see a lot of folks mad at Boehner, but mentioning the Senate. You seem to have a bit more substance in your replies, so I write this message to you. Cheers.

        • Me

          Jun 23, 2014 at 4:47 pm

          Yes Boehner is the Speaker of the House… The senate can pass any law they want but its left to Congress to fund. Typically the bills go from Congress to the Senate to the President for signature. The Senate voting to extend unemployment is nothing more than an empty gesture without congressional funding to back it up. Now what the President can do is pass an Executive order and tell the US Population that he has just signed the Extended Unemployment package and this will force the House to either vote for it and fund it or look like they are totally standing in the way of progress. The House has not stopped a single one of Obama’s Executive orders — they talk big and act all angry – but every time the President obligates money – they take out their wallets to pay for it … and I am positive they will do the same on Extended Unemployment. BUT BUT BUT here is the rub – the President cannot do that – the reason is – he is on the news constantly saying Unemployment is down to below numbers he had when he took office and heading lower daily toward 6% – the DOW will break 17,000 any day now, the economy is gaining solid traction, and more people are back to work then ever before – so he cannot sign the Extended Unemployment bill because it will make him look as if he is talking out of both sides of his mouth. While he truly knows he should sign it to truly help suffering Americans, he knows that politically he cannot without admitting that perhaps all these numbers the WH is spouting about the economy and unemployment is not true… so unfortunately – kids will go to bed hungry tonight, families will loose their homes, and some desperate people will end their lives simply so all of these parties – Democrats and republicans – can play a political game. The losers are not those playing the games though – they have millions – and are set for life regardless of their political careers – the losers are US…

      • David

        Jun 23, 2014 at 10:05 am

        All politicans suck including the president who has no more concern for EUC than Boehner has. Boehner just happens to be standing in the way of it coming to vote. There is not one honest politican who can say he has not taken a bribe.

  38. David

    Jun 21, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Hey everyone, Have a great weekend and try not to allow this to get you down.

  39. andy

    Jun 21, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    they should just give us our extentions already we about get evicted

  40. andy

    Jun 21, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    ya without this money me and my brother stand chance loseing our apt because we haven’t got money they should just approve it already don’t bring up the bad and just give the money to us that we need live on.

  41. Mark Alberto Yoder Nunez

    Jun 21, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Here is the new petition! The last one got over 8,000 signatures. We aren’t going to give up. Our machine is rolling! #RenewUI !
    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/renew-unemployment-insurance-benefits-extension-includes-retroactive-compensation-which-expired/K3ztxcLX

  42. Me

    Jun 21, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Seriously – are you for real — so the last petition got 8,000 out of 100,000 needed… and this one doesn’t even have 1000 yt .. And guess what – even if you do get 100,000 – SO WHAT. All that means is that the WH has to address it… and their answer is going to be – ITS CONGRESSES FAULT….. you are wasting your time with your foolish petitions… The President himself who I voted for twice announced on that the economy is significantly improving — the DOW is about to hit a record 17,000!!! – that unemployment is down – the economy is up — and if he was that concerned about additional unemployment insurance extension wouldn’t he simply use an Executive order to correct — SO why do we need to give anyone any additional unemployment insurance?? And holy cow – when does it stop – 50 weeks — 99 weeks — forever!!!??? I think that the media, confgress, and the American people have made it perfectly clear they are tired of this issue and its time to move on. … The media isn’t covering the story at all – those that do have jobs are tired of hearing the whining of those that just stay at home all day — and those that don’t have jobs are tired of simply being pushed to the side — so its truly a lose/lose for everyone, but its never going to get remedied.. NEVER .. . And honestly we have more important things to do with US Taxpayers money then to give it to terminally unemployed people – we are about to have a huge illegal children refuge humanitarian situation that we all need to focus on and pour money onto – these illegal; families need food, medicine, clothing, education, and services — and that’s not free — the US Govt estimates that each child will cost the taxpayers almost $52,000 a year to support — and that support wil last forever — and yes that is much more than your extended unemployment benfits were but these guys are not American and need to be given American money — and don’t forget – VP Biden just promised 100 million dollars to South America countries to help them stop sending their kids this way – its not like that money would have done much to help 3 million of our own citizens … or would it??

    • Disqus189781378

      Jun 21, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      we literally dump BILLIONS upon BILLIONS of dollars on defense for no reason. yet we can’t spare a few of those dollars for our own people? whom a lot are veterans seeking full-time work? get a grip.. you act like our budget is as tight as it can be, we waste money so fucking much it’s not even funny.. learn the basics before spewing such nonsense.

      • Me

        Jun 21, 2014 at 11:58 pm

        and yet we are spending billions on housing the illegals crossing the border tonight .. and billions on other foreign countries .. but not a cent on Extending the crucial care for our longterm unemployed .. so who is spewing what? Obviously you don’t even rank as high as an illegal alien coming across tonight – turning themselves in to the first border patrol agent they find – and then getting 52,000 a year worth of care and feeding …

  43. Rob

    Jun 21, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I milked the crap out of this, they offered me 7.50 an hour jobs and I declined. I was not going to break my back in half for garbage wages. my friend had a job lined up for me but I waited til I got every last penny that I think this government owes me! I busted my hump for 16 straight years before my employer laid me off! but like I always say “if the rich can milk the system, why not me”?

    • Me

      Jun 21, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      Because you milked the system for perhaps 10.00 an hour .. and the rich milk it for 100,000+ a year .. yeah .. you really showed them … you really stuck it to the man …

      • Disqus189781378

        Jun 21, 2014 at 8:39 pm

        if we all do the same, it will show them..

      • he's an articulate and clean

        Jun 22, 2014 at 10:01 am

        Many do what rob does and more. They work off the books, and make money other ways. Gaming the govt handout system has become a way of life…been that way a long time.

      • Rob

        Jun 24, 2014 at 10:06 pm

        yeah while you get the fist right?!?! yea you are showing them too…

  44. Me too

    Jun 21, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Where have you been??? We have a DO-NOTHING CONGRESS AND WE NEED TO VOTE ANYONE WHO IS IN OFFICE OUT. They can’t even take care of Americans who lost there jobs through no fault of their own and give them a chance to find work. Just wait till election time.You will see.

  45. charles

    Jun 21, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Hey guys, yall wanna hear a joke? unemployment extension lmfdaooooo. now in all seriousness, if they havent since december they wont. 6months before a bill is signed? come on now its over. Wake up america

  46. Josh Thompson

    Jun 21, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Corporations are buying off republican congressmen in order to block unemployment benefits which takes away labor bargaining power and pushes down wages. Hold them accountable.

    A forum has been created to expose labor offending companies and aggregate that information at labormatters dot proboards dot com

    This forum is a place for those in the labor movement to assemble and aid in the compilation of lists of labor offending companies. The forum aims to expose companies that outsource, hire H1B visas, use third party recruiters, post fake jobs, ask unethical questions, etc., etc. Please re-post this as often as possible.

    • Me

      Jun 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

      Obama could go around Boehner with a single stroke of the pen … !!! Obama could sign an executive order tonight giving unlimited unemployment extensions… Why hasn’t he???

  47. len vono

    Jun 22, 2014 at 12:08 am

    JUST DIVIDE UP THE 17 BILLION WE GAVE IRAQ AND WE SHOULD BE OK FOR A WHILE LOL

  48. len vono

    Jun 22, 2014 at 12:09 am

    “JUST REMEMBER AT ELECTION TIME “

    • Me

      Jun 22, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      Remember what?? Republicans blame democrats … democrats blame republicans .. and 92% of all incumbents are re-elected .. you yelling “”JUST REMEMBER AT ELECTION TIME ” has zero value. Heck – you guys can;’t even get 100,000 of the 3,200,000 that lost their extended benefits to even care enough to sign a single petition — and if you don’t care – why should anyone else?

      • he's an articulate and clean

        Jun 22, 2014 at 3:23 pm

        Eggzackly

  49. R Ferg

    Jun 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    They won’t be satisfied until one of those government officials are out of work or it is one of their family members! Fucking cunt ass pricks! May God have mercy on their souls! And I pray God keeps all of us who depended on those benefits okay!

  50. Me too

    Jun 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Congress has currently a 7% approval rating. That is something to worry about if I was an Incumbant. Their top priority should be worrying about Americans who need jobs, and help when they can’t find one. Instead they just go back and forth and get nothing done while Americans suffer. Remember to VOTE THEM OUT when elections come unless they take action now!!!

  51. Shizue Leigh Hicks

    Jun 22, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Poster “Me” has been recommending “a single stroke of a pen” from President Obama. I agree.

    My suggestion: the obituary of Kimberly Rowe’s late husband hand-delivered to JOHN BOEHNER and read into the Congressional record along with Kimberly Rowe’s facebook statement:

    “I blame this on our government. They don’t realize what this is doing to millions of people who are suffering.”

    (AND DYING).

  52. Mark

    Jun 23, 2014 at 8:18 am

    The Republican party is apparently convinced that they’ll be able to buy all the votes they need in November.

    • David

      Sep 2, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      LOOKS LIKE YOUR LUCK JUST RAN OUT.

  53. Ivan

    Jun 23, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    The ineptitude of this government has emboldened terrorists to operate without fear of reprisal. They realize we can’t even resolve our domestic issues let alone foreign policy. In the midst of EUC, Iraq, scandals etc., they choose to make an issue over something as banal as the Redskins nickname which should have been dealt with years ago. Abroad, your blue passport has become a bullseye and lightning rod for trouble. In certain areas you are better off claiming to be Canadian. Congress refuses to aid citizens who need their help. 99 weeks seems like an excessive amount (and yes, there must be a cut off)but when compared to the 2100-2600 weeks worked during one ‘s lifetime makes it seem somewhat paltry

  54. LeStat

    Jun 24, 2014 at 4:46 am

    i keep reading these blogs, i see trolls pissing off people whom are hurting , some saying congress doesnt get it,( they do trust me) republicans/people whom havent been hurting saying no to an extension, some committing suicide,people going hungry,losing everything etc………..

    2 have been jailed for threatening Boehner, …

    Why is it that Boehner and his buddies aren’t being held liable for the suffering imposed on other, the loss of belongings to people(homes,cars etc) kids/families going hungry,

    Let an average citizen do anything to effect that many people and see what happens.

    ( oh, i forgot , 2 have been jailed just for comments against Boehner because of hardship HE and his buddies caused them )
    Unemployment statistics….laughable, yet they still come out with them

    I have heard some Jerkoffs saying if a person has worked 30 yrs they should have enough money to outlast this depression, …..
    ok, if thats true……How about congress etc, who make a million plus a year,

    have them go 1-3 yrs without being paid,what could be done with that money.

    They are the ones who have made decisions that have done this to the economy, jobs etc,…..they are no held liable for anything nor does the decisions they make effect them unless it makes them richer…Look at the Billions handed to other countries that have hurt america …( Obama can do that and did ( Trillions in debt) yet not get an extension passed ?)……really ?….immigration…..no comment

    everything ive said is true, not one bit of it is constructive nor will it change anything, nor will it help anyone.

    im sure some asswipe will comment negatively, big deal. have at it…

    Keep people fighting amongst themselves and nothing will get done…They are free to bullshit and hand out illusions while they get richer and kick back, at our expense.

    Thats the point…

  55. John Carmiche

    Jun 25, 2014 at 10:18 pm

  56. Me 2

    Jul 3, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    looks like 288,000 jobs were added in June, dropping the jobless rate to 6.1% — a six year low according to the White House… unemployment is down – the economy is up – the DJIA just hit 17,056 today (an all time record) and you wonder why not one single politician is taking this Extended Unemployment insurance serious!!?? I think that sad truth is that most of the American population along with the politicians feel that if you can’t find a job now, then you will never find a job – and even if they gave your 999 weeks – nothing would change ..

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