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Boehner Unwilling to Compromise with Unemployment Extension Proponents

Boehner Unwilling to Compromise with Unemployment Extension ProponentsUnless jobs creation is part of the bill, House Speaker John Boehner says he will not bring any Unemployment benefit extension bill to the floor of the chamber for debate. That leaves the current Senate Unemployment Extension Bill dead in the water.

Speaker Boehner yesterday said that a piece of legislation backed by Nevada junior Senator, Republican Dean Heller, passed earlier this month by the Senate does not meet his earlier demands. Boehner wants a bill that both pays for itself, (the Senate bill does,) and offers measures for job creation. The Senate bill does not.

According to Michael Steel, Boehner’s spokesman, the results of the telephone call yesterday between Heller and Boehner was no surprise. “The speaker … told him [Heller] the same thing he has told the White House since before Christmas: We are willing to look at a plan that is paid for and includes something to help create jobs,” said Steel.

According to Steel, the House is currently working on legislation that would provide long-term job creation, a major sticking point in the latest Senate bill.

While sympathetic to the plight of unemployed Americans, House Republicans are committed to taking a big-picture approach that will create more and better jobs for the 2.3 million Americans who are looking for work. While the economy appears to be adding jobs, most of the jobs being created today are insufficient to support the middle-class families at the center of the unemployment extension debate. House Republicans appear unwilling to compromise on their big-picture approach.

According to a story that ran in the National Journal earlier this month, there are three times as many people looking for work as there are jobs available, a number that remains unchanged since January. Moreover, the nation is adding about 72,000 workers to the unemployment rolls each week. What makes the situation even more dire is that workers who have a long gap in their work history, as do those who lost their employment at the onset of the Great Recession have greater difficulty snagging the available jobs than do those who have been out of work for shorter periods, creating an entire subset of unemployed workers whose desperation is mounting.

On Tuesday, House Ways and Means Committee ranking member Sander Levin, Democrat from Michigan, sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner that included stories of Americans who have been cut off unemployment benefits because of the program’s expiration on December 28 of last year. The stories are heart-breaking, but leave Boehner obviously unmoved.

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9 Comments

  1. Advocate

    Apr 30, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Call John Boehner’s office and discuss your situation.
    Our troops are being withdrawn so we the money that otherwise would have been spend on war efforts. 4Million cutoff, 75,000 added every week and 200,000 veterans in those numbers.

    John Boehner:
    Phone: (202) 225-0600
    (#1 to leave a message and #2 to speak with his assistant)

    • Viki Eggers Mason

      Apr 30, 2014 at 10:41 am

      I agree. The call to the Speaker’s office and to your State’s Congressmen is key. Remember, if you don’t put pressure on your own congressionals, nobody else will. In politics, as in Christmas Club Accounts, you get out what you put in.

  2. Realist555

    Apr 30, 2014 at 9:41 am

    At least they could do is pay UI extended benefits to anyone who has ever served in the military. That would exclude me but it would be the right thing to do.

  3. Paladin653

    Apr 30, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    So my question is if his fellow Republican’s are saying this needs to be done who is Bonehead Boehner to say it doesn’t meet his demands. If someone tried this in common society it would be called EXTORTION. He is not GOD and needs to be put in his place, like in Prison with other Extortionist thieves and liars. Why do we let politicians get away with what we would send anyone else to prison for? Time to think reform on a large scale basis.

  4. Steve

    Apr 30, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    It should be voted on, this is ridiculous. How can ONE man stop this from being voted on? That’s a dictatorship and it makes no sense. Somebody find this guy already, off the record, and do what you have to do to this BONEHEAD piece of GARBAGE!

  5. Itsmommy

    Apr 30, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    “While sympathetic to the plight of unemployed Americans, House Republicans
    are committed to taking a big-picture approach that will create more and
    better jobs for the 2.3 million Americans who are looking for work. ” This is the most ridiculous statement I’ve read about the unemployment extension stand-off. Viki Mason-Is this your opinion? I’ve seen nothing to show the GOP is “sympathetic to the plight of unemployed Americans”. Bull crap!

  6. John Carmiche

    Apr 30, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    John Boehner i hope people from ohio who have the same plight as millions of americans are picketing in front of your house.Cause if i was there id be camped out on your dam lawn

  7. Tim

    May 16, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    JOHN BOEHNER SHOULD BE ARESTED FOR SMOKING IN A FEDERAL BUILDING. IF YOU OR I DID SMOKE IN A FEDERAL BUILDING WE WOULD BE ARESTED RIGHT????… IS THAT ASS WIPE ABOVE THE LAW???>>>> KOCH BROTHERS PAY BOEHNER OFF, BOEHNER PAYS CAPITAL POLICE OFF FOR HIS SMOKING IN A FEDERAL BUILDING. IS THAT HOW IT WORKS ASSWIPE BOEHNER?????….

  8. Yonatan YONATAN

    Jun 7, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    WHAT A TRUE DISAPPOINTMENT OUR REPRESENTATIVES HAVE BECOME TO US. THEY HAVE UTTERLY FAILED US. SINCE THE PAST FIVE MONTHS AND A HALF, MILLIONS OF FAMILIES HAVE BEEN SUFFERING ECONOMICALLY, MANY LOSING EVERYTHING THEY EVER WORKED FOR IN THE PROCESS. WHILE THE SENATE CONTINUED THERE IN-FIGHTING, AND PARTY POLITICS, THESE FAMILIES HAVE SUNKEN MORE AND MORE INTO POVERY AND FINANCIAL RUIN. THESE WORKERS ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED IN LONG TERM JOBS, MANY ARE OLDER AMERICANS WITH CHILDREN, WHO HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO FIND A JOB. WHEN BILLIONS OF TAX PAYER DOLLARS HAVE BEEN APPROVED FOR THE UKRAINE, WITH EVEN MORE MONEY ALLOCATED FOR EUROPES DEFENSE SYSTEM. THE POOR AND UNEMPLOYED DON’T SEEM TO BE A PRIOITY OR A THOUGHT TO THESE TWO POLITICAL PARTIES. THEY HAVE FAILED THESE 2.6 MILLION OF FAMILIES, THAT WILL SURELY USR THEIR VOTE IN THE COMING ELECTIONS TO MAKE CHANGES IN BOTH THE SENATE AND CONGRESS.

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