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Democrats move to block unemployment benefits extension

rejected-UI-benefits-application.jpgDemocrats in the Senate are currently blocking a move that would attach retroactive unemployment pay to a tax cut bill. The unemployment measure would revive benefits for those whose payments ran out late last year.

Senator Dean Heller (R-Nev.) co-authored legislation that revives expired unemployment benefits and includes retroactive pay. Heller attempted to tie this legislation to another bill that would cut taxes.

“That’s not going to happen. There just isn’t the appetite I had expected on the Left to address the issue,” said Heller in an interview with the Washington Examiner.

This move by Democrats flies in the face of what the party has been publicly saying, as the left has consistently lambasted House Republicans for their refusal to pass an extension of jobless pay.

Senator Harry Reid, in his usual conspiracy laden rhetoric, took the time to blame the Koch brothers for Senate Republicans’ move to extend unemployment federal benefits.

“Charles and David Koch aren’t concerned with the long-term unemployment families, and so Republicans that they sponsor in the House of Representatives are content to do nothing for the long-term unemployed,” said Reid in a speech on the Senate floor.

Republicans have refused to pass any unemployment extension unless there are job creation provisions within the legislation. The tax cut bill with the included extension would pass the muster of the House and help out millions of Americans. In this way, Republicans have held up their end of the bargain, it is just that job creating tax cuts are not something that the Democratic Party wants to take up right now.

“Nothing has been ruled out on the extenders bill, but anyone who wants to pass UI should be focused on pressuring Speaker Boehner, who has the Senate Passed bill sitting in his lap,” said Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Harry Reid.

If Reid allowed Heller’s bill to go to a vote for passage, both the GOP and the Democratic Party would get what they want out of the situation.

It seems as if the ball is now in the court of Senate Democrats, as failure to pass Heller’s bill would be an act of abject partisanship.

“They haven’t lost the enthusiasm on the issue. They just think this isn’t the vehicle by which to get it done,” said Heller of Senate Democrats.

At this point in time it is becoming increasingly obvious that Democratic demands for an extension to unemployment benefits is nothing more than political posturing in order to win votes this fall. Thus, a Republican solution that is structured in a bipartisan manner will not do, as Democrats want to take credit for any extension.

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  1. Millie Stevens

    May 15, 2014 at 10:47 am

    They need to pass the unemployment extension bill asap. I am sick of having my family used as a game piece in their political games. At this point I can’t stand either party and I see clearly that they don’t care about me.

  2. Thomas Wise

    May 15, 2014 at 11:03 am

    I knew it all along, neither party wants to extend this.. Remember names this November and vote them ALL out. Do not return anyone currently in, let’s start fresh.. They can screw us, we can screw them..that simple!

    • Victor Sanchez

      May 15, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      I t won’t stop the overall objective which is to keep the entire conspiracy of knowing what they are doing like a script. It’s obvious that these are actors

  3. mrmano_0

    May 15, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Democrats in the Senate are currently blocking a move that would attach retroactive unemployment pay to a tax cut bill. The unemployment measure would revive benefits for those whose payments ran out late last year.

    Senator Dean Heller (R-Nev.) co-authored legislation that revives expired unemployment benefits and includes retroactive pay. Heller attempted to tie this legislation to another bill that would cut taxes.

    • Victor Sanchez

      May 15, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Yeah that was his role in this fiasco to look good for his voters in the upcoming election because Nevada has the second highest unemployment rate in the country, the first is well his co author Reed. Just a beautifully written script to help save their asses with the voters but its not going to work. We are all seeing this garbage as what it truly is. Them all working together to kill the Americans who need help. All scumbags. All puppets All know the finality of each piece of legislation that will fail and how it will fail a long time ahead of time. Quit trying to use your propaganda tactics on this site. you are an obvious mole

      • Nemesis4Life

        May 15, 2014 at 4:20 pm

        Right? He fought really hard for us. It lasted a whole 2 days!

  4. Manyell

    May 15, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Is it possible for us unemployment people to get a job as a Senator since
    you don’t have to do anything and getting pay for nothing?

    • Victor Sanchez

      May 15, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      they work very hard. They have to memorize what to say (their script) and be able to blame the others with believable acting. Trust me they work well together and work damn hard to keep this huge play going

  5. Matthew Pieri

    May 15, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Just got off the phone with a staffer at Harry Reid’s office. He has not one thing to say or explain how Reid could be such a hypocrite on UEI benefits. Attach the damn amendment!

    • brainpinky

      May 15, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      I seriously doubt your claim. When Congress is on vacation, as they are this week, Reid’s staffers have a canned response to inquiries about pending legislation. They simply say that the Senator is back in the great State of Nevada while Congress is in recess and will not be discussing any matters of pending legislation until Congress returns to session. If you are lucky enough to actually get to his staff back in Nevada, they simply tell you that the Senator has taken all pending legislation under advisement and will make his views on that legislation known through his votes and public comments. His office is very careful about not undermining the Senators ability to be the first to offer comments on all matters.

      The bill itself was DOA because of the meat of the matter, regardless of any attachments.

      • Matthew Pieri

        May 16, 2014 at 1:53 pm

        You are clueless and apparently so high and mighty unable to pick up a phone. I dialed the direct number to DC, pressed 2 and bingo…a young man answered and asked what he could do for me. I spoke my piece for about 5 minutes and at the end of my polite and low volume tirade I said please explain the loss of political capital this is causing, I have been reading the comment sections for months and the thousands of converts Harry may have gained he just now may have lost. For as much as you typed dork you could have dialed the phone and done the same instead of pontificating pure bs.

  6. Matthew Pieri

    May 15, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Just got off the phone with a staffer at Harry Reid’s office. He has not one thing to say or explain how Reid could be such a hypocrite on UEI benefits. Attach the damn amendment!

  7. Matthew Pieri

    May 15, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Just got off the phone with a staffer at Harry Reid’s office. He has not one thing to say or explain how Reid could be such a hypocrite on UEI benefits. Attach the damn amendment!

  8. Nick

    May 15, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Why don’t all unemployed ban together & on Monday may 19th when these lazy good for nothing officials come back from yet another break, we all go down to our local unemployment office & line up. If hundreds of people in each & every city from the west coast to the east coast assemble at there local unemployment office, the media would surely show up. One spokesperson in each city can tell it like it is, now these deadbeat politicians can’t hide from what’s happening! If the unemployed do not ban together quickly we are dead in the water, because Washington & our loser President just don’t care! Back in 2008 when our wonderful leader campaigned for his current office the slogan was change, end the gridlock in Washington! what a joke! He has done nothing!!!!!!!!!! but screw the next three generations including us! The Republicans & the Democrats are all LIARS!!!!!!!!!! We will never get rid of these losers until they die off or we as tax payers quit paying……….We need a change alright & it is not going to happen with the likes of Harry Reid, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, these guys are your ENEMY…………..Praying to god is not going to help anyone, spread the word on all of these discussion boards , Monday May 19th line up at 9 am @ your local unemployment office, again the more the merrier & you can bet the media will have to cover it! Lets get the word out.

    • Thomas Wise

      May 15, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      What a great idea. I just started back to work 2 weeks ago after being unemployed for 7 months. I’m off work Monday and I will go and stand united with you guys. Like you said the more that show up the better. I will be at the one in Cincinnati Ohio (Boehner’s home state)..

      • Nick

        May 18, 2014 at 2:48 pm

        looks like Mon. wont happen as only two people have responded? Maybe the GOP is right & the unemployed are lazy! Anyway , apparently it must be to much trouble to go to a local Unemployment office in hopes that we could get some media attention! I guess this is why this is happening, our Govt. knows nobody will try to help themselves. Thanks for your response Thomas & good luck on your new job.

    • Roger R

      May 15, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Half of us can’t make it to the unemployment office when your car has been repo’ed,thats a damn good idea,they need to try everything to get this done asap!!!!!

  9. Disappointed In California

    May 15, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I had hope for everyone until I saw this. I think it’s over… so sad these politicians are using the unemployed Americans as pawns in their games. These people are not pawns, they’re hard working citizens that have been over looked while you send money to foreign countries and make the 1%’ers richer. At this point, I’m disgusted and baffled 🙁

    • Mark Mays

      May 15, 2014 at 11:54 am

      You realize this is just one man’s opinion, this is not a reported piece.

      • Disappointed In California

        May 15, 2014 at 11:58 am

        I do, but I also see the writing on the wall. It’s nothing more than a political game and has nothing to do with the millions of suffering Americans. Abject partisanship seems to be the only thing they know!

  10. aaaa aa

    May 15, 2014 at 11:51 am

    As I have always believed and commented on since this fiasco started
    Both sides of the isle are to blame.They are just using the AMERICAN people as pawns for their own gains/issues.Neither side had any intention on passing this.Here is a perfect example to attach it to a bill that both sides want to pass.Now it will pass with no amendments.
    The big guy is also to blame as much as the others.Read an article on roll call yesterday that he should call Boehner and make this happen.That would be for him to take control.He has no balls whatsoever.He can’t even control his wife from her travel spending/bucket list .As long as all of these people are doing fine,they could care less about the rest of us.
    Why has Boehner not been arrested for smoking in a federal building yet?It is against the law,plain and simple.Because they do whatever they want and get away with it.
    Simply disgusting the way our elected officials are acting.
    TERM LIMITS is the only way to get rid of these dinosaurs
    All these non paid for bills have made it to the big desk this year.They were all signed and passed
    What a joke

    • Nemesis4Life

      May 15, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      I so AGREE with you…I’ve been saying it too! I get told it’s the Republicans…the Democrats are gods, they are all for us…finally the truth shall set you free! I hope all those Democrat lovers are eating their words now.

      It’s ALL of them…and the President is right there with them. We have no one looking out for the American people. Money talks…and the poor have none so we aren’t heard!

      • Nemesis4Life

        May 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm

        And they get another vacation this week…I wish I could take a vacation, I can’t afford to go to the store…

      • Victor Sanchez

        May 15, 2014 at 1:14 pm

        A voice of reason and understanding that this is them against the middle class Americans and the poor

  11. Ramona Wheeler

    May 15, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Gosh! Now who is heartless and cruel?

    • brainpinky

      May 15, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      The person who attached a meaningful rider on a meaningless bill simply so he could call the Washington Examiner and cry about the opposition party not wanting to discuss the meaningless bill still gets my vote as being heartless and cruel.

      • JimmyBiden

        May 15, 2014 at 1:56 pm

        If that were the case, Democrats can still attach UI to any tax extender they wish to. Why hasn’t that happened?

        • brainpinky

          May 15, 2014 at 2:11 pm

          The Dems and GOP in the Senate have already passed a UI extension that was negotiated in a bipartisan fashion. They are simply waiting for Speaker Boehner to bring it up for a vote in the House. Why would they pass the same piece of legislation twice? That goes against pretty much every rule of law that exists out there. Until the GOP in the House votes for or against the existing passed bill from the Senate, any attempt to attach a rider to another bill means absolutely nothing other than pandering.

          • Nemesis4Life

            May 15, 2014 at 4:17 pm

            Why didn’t your Dems include it in the budget back in December? Yea, they are so concerned about us…wake up! They care as much as the Republicans.

          • JimmyBiden

            May 15, 2014 at 7:18 pm

            O-K brainpinky this is where you expose yourself as as lame as the senators whose B.S. you echo. The bill Reid passed in the Senate got about 5 republican votes, you call it bipartisan but we both know Reid blocked even republican amendendment they wanted to add to UI. Without those amendments UI had no chance in the House. Reid put out a bill he knew was dead.
            It was designed to be dead. I knew it was dead and I’m not even connected to the Congress like you claim to be.
            The next course of action would be to attach it to a bill the Republicans like. Well, this is the opp and instead of taking that action the Democrats give excuses.
            If it can’t be attached as is, the Senate can hold a no vote on any tax extenders until the House votes on UI. The Senate can just not bring any tax extenders to the floor until the House brings UI to the floor. That will get the House to act facter than you telling us here to write Boehner another 10,000 letter.
            The bottom line is that if the Dems really wanted this to happen, we would see something more than just a bunch of unemployed people outside of Congress giving a press soundbite for the Dems.
            I’m a Democrat, but the truth is that if Reid allowed amendments he would have gotten more than five Republicans to vote on this and he would have had a better chance in the House.
            Reid sabotaged UI because he wanted it as a vote-getter from the jump with no real intention of putting anything together that had a shot in hell of passing. It has all been a game.
            Now he has his misinformation officer (brainpinky) to further the excuses while the Senate is on yet another recess.

  12. Tim

    May 15, 2014 at 12:16 pm


    • Kate

      May 16, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      U go boy

  13. Gail A. Gradof

    May 15, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Why do we have to tie one bill to another bill, why can’t they stand and be voted on individually? As aaaa posted below every politician scratches the others back and pads their pockets. Pretty soon you will have classes in college “how to become a politician and make loads of money for the rest of your life” and screw your fellow man. My god where have people’s scruples and morals gone???? It’s pitiful, I’m embarrassed of my government.

  14. RemyDelite

    May 15, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Where are all the liberal’s that show this undying blind loyalty too the Obama Admin, and crying that conservative are evil and don’t care now?

    • brainpinky

      May 15, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Not buying into all of the bald attempts to use political games to change the rhetoric. That’s where most of them are. Try as you must to make the debate about UI fall on the shoulders of the Dems on the Hill. A rider on a bill that had no chance of passing in the first place regardless of what was attached isn’t going to change that. Heller could have put a rider on the bill to declare the 4th of July as an official day of recognition for all veterans of the Armed Forces and the bill still wouldn’t have been brought up for a vote.

    • Kimberly Kimdracula Boseman

      May 15, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      We’re in the same place you left your third grade English skills, buddy!!

      • Nemesis4Life

        May 15, 2014 at 4:18 pm

        That was a good come back. Honestly that’s all you had? Hope you feel better putting people down. Did it make you feel better than them?

    • Nemesis4Life

      May 15, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      The Dem’s are dillusional…they still think that their party cares. Just wait, it’s only going to get worse. And by the way Reid said he will NOT allow amendments to these bills…HELLO? You people are seriously dillusional.

  15. Mark

    May 15, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    How are the demos blocking and amendment yet to be filed???

  16. Victor Sanchez

    May 15, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Welcome to the real world of politics. Actors being told what to do, who the villains will be and the white knights that will try to save us. But in reality, it is a big play. These democrats and republicans not only work together well but they know about every piece of legislation that will fail, how it will fail and who will be the one who uses the veto, or position of power to not allow it to come to vote or the continued ploy of gridlock. These are the best actors who obviously have no power at all and are being led by a much bigger picture than helping 3 million weak people as they see it. We aren’t their fellow citizens, neighbors or family members, we are expendable and their willingness to allow this show that characterizes only one villain, Boneover. He will be given many other hero saving legislation that will make him look good so he can win the election. Everyone else gets to say, I would have supported it, we need to help these people, I ‘ll write legislation and call this person or this guy will come out from another branch in the government and tell the country we can do this but…..All studio politicans with no power. Obama is the biggest joke and plays the biggest role in doing nothing to help the people. He thinks by allowing us to pay for health insurance at a lower price helps us? Who does it really help. I mean someone is getting paid for insurance with how many million new insurance policies? We need to get rid of these clowns once and for all because they are playing us all. Their “let them eat cake atitude” or the strong will survive or there are casualties in war is the true picture of the politicians. They don’t care about you, I or anyone that can’t grease their pockets or make them look real good for the machine. I hate what America is now and I have just formed my opinion watching this circus unfold with the UI Extension. I knew all along that this would never make it, I just didn’t know how far they took the show to make us believe the bs

    • Disappointed In California

      May 15, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      They rode this show to the very end… I agree with you, my opinions on our government are the same and my opinion was formed during the last 5 months watching them jack around severely struggling Americans 🙁

  17. Rose

    May 15, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I just don’t understand why the President can’t override this decision that is affecting “We the Americans” that make this country work for these Politicians to even have a job! Leaving Americans in limbo and financial despair isn’t going to solve the problems of their debt! This is just bull and needs to be done already! Make a decision now so people can stop worrying about thier financial statis & how they are going to put food on the table for their families & pay thier bills! This is so Unfair!

    • Disappointed In California

      May 15, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      I really don’t think the POTUS cares about the unemployed. And at this point I don’t think he ever has.

      • JimmyBiden

        May 15, 2014 at 1:52 pm

        The president can VETO any tax cut bill that does not include the EUI benefits. That would get this done in a heartbeat. The president isn’t exposed to the same lobbying that Congress is and he’s not on the corp payroll- like Congress is.
        Congress wants their tax extenders because that’s how they get their “bonuses” form corp. America.

      • Mike

        May 15, 2014 at 8:21 pm

        The Executive Branch administers the laws passed by Congress (Senate and the House of Rep), he can only veto or sign the bill once it reaches his desk….101 Civics

        • Disappointed In California

          May 15, 2014 at 11:30 pm

          I know this fact due to taking Civics also. I was referring to the lack of speaking out on this and not at least contacting bonehead in some way. All he can do is tweet about it. I said he doesn’t care, I didn’t say he should enforce any executive order. He is doing basically nada. But thanks for the not needed Civic’s lesson 🙂

    • Victor Sanchez

      May 15, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      No we provide a way for them to make decisions based on their wants and needs. They don’t represent you or I or this unemployment would have been extended a long time ago. They have their plan on how to minimize damage by killing this bill. They are master actors

    • LAPensFan

      May 15, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      It’s impossible. He does not have the power to do it.

  18. brainpinky

    May 15, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Nice attempt at changing the public perception on the debate by the author. Unfortunately, as someone who works frequently at the Capitol and who has many contacts within staffs, there is very little truth value to this article. It’s a bald attempt by the author to engage in propaganda wherein a lie repeated often enough becomes the truth in the eyes of those who want it to be true.

    For the record, the bill put forth by Heller is not a UI bill, it’s another in a series of tax cut proposals proffered by Republicans either to stave off Tea Party challengers in primary races or to endear themselves to certain donors who want their own personal tax rates to be cut. The attachment of UI to the bill was done solely to give Republicans an opportunity to attack their Democratic counterparts in the upcoming elections. The bill itself had no chance of being brought up for a vote regardless of the UI rider based on the merits of the bill alone.

    The fact that Congress has been using UI as a lever in this election cycle, on both sides of the aisle, is shameful. The American people should harshly punish both camps for their embracing of this type of politics at the expense of the will of the people. It’s just slightly less shameful to write a clearly biased and factually incorrect article in a bald attempt to paint the people you support in a more positive light when you know they are being disingenuous in their efforts.

    • JimmyBiden

      May 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Well then I guess the Democrats will clear this all up by attaching UI to a meaningful bill- that will show those Republicans- right!
      Well I’m still waiting for the Democrats to attach UI to a meaningful tax extender…
      I know they missed attaching it to the budget or to foreign aid so I’m waiting….
      I’m still waiting….
      I’m waiting….

      • Nemesis4Life

        May 15, 2014 at 4:10 pm

        I’m waiting for the Democrats too! Since they say it’s the Republicans what are they going to come up with now?
        Waiting too…I think it was an oversight on their part. They meant to attach it to all those bills that they knew would get passed. Oh wait, sorry I was dreaming. Please tell me why they are making us suffer? SO SICK OF THEIR LIES…ALL OF THEM!!!

  19. RC

    May 15, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    We now have new terrorist hold the American people hostage. John Boehner want bring the unemployment extension up for a vote without a jobs bill. Obama offered a jobs bill years ago and they refused to pass it. The Republicans say the extension needs to be paid for. The Republicans shut down the government, it cost 28 billion dollars, unpaid for. The Republican mislead the American people into the Iraq war 3 trillion dollars, unpaid for. The Republicans got us into the Afghanistan war, 3 Billion dollars and counting unpaid for. Sure we would love for Obama to do an executive order but that’s not how our government works, Congress has to pass the bill for it to be lawful. Now the republicans want to get corporations which are making record profits more tax breaks, unpaid for to agree to help the American people who can’t find jobs help. The definition for terrorist is ” the use or threats to coerce for political purposes or achieve a political goal. Sorry Patrick I think you have it wrong…

  20. Kimberly Kimdracula Boseman

    May 15, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Well if THIS isn’t a perfect example of seriously skewed reporting… welp, since the Dems just submitted a bill that might actually work, I guess your article is pretty dead in the water.

    How do those words taste?

    • Thomas Wise

      May 15, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Sorry to tell you but this article is about the latest tax bill, unless you heard about another one the rest of us haven’t.

    • Nemesis4Life

      May 15, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      I’m not sure what you are referring to, but this is the latest event of what the Dem’s are doing?

    • me

      May 16, 2014 at 8:13 am

      Would love to hear more about what you’re referring to!

  21. bunky51

    May 15, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Both sides are liars- unreal! Months of lying and jacking people around. What a joke! All involved, you suck! You are all in on this together, playing with peoples emotions. I have been reading all the updates and it is pure bullshit. This is how you take care of the American people that have busted their asses and are now down on their luck and get kicked to the curve like they are lazy asses and don’t mean a damn thing. There is a special place in hell for people like you if you don’t change your evil-sick ways.

  22. Tears of a Clown

    May 15, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Anyone for golf?

    • biggin

      May 15, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      Screw Boehner and his tax cuts for the wealthy and big businesses. Without the Koch brothers support he would crumble. Screw the Boehner/Koch XL Pipeline and he can stand in the way of unemployment for as long as he would like to. NO more tax cuts for those who don’t need them. Without those tax cuts the republican party will suffer greatly and eventually justice will prevail

  23. David

    May 15, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Screw Boehner and his tax cuts for the wealthy and big businesses. Without the Koch brothers support he would crumble. Screw the Boehner/Koch XL Pipeline and he can stand in the way of unemployment for as long as he would like to. NO more tax cuts for those who don’t need them. Without those tax cuts the republican party will suffer greatly and eventually justice will prevail.

  24. Chicken

    May 15, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I sent this open letter to the president and the leaders in the house and senate:

    Dear Mr. President,

    I must admit I am completely confused by the focus of my government. I have been unemployed for a year after working in the tech industry. During my job search daily, I also tend to watch C-SPAN. What frustrates me the most is the complete waste of tax payer money given to individuals (Senate & House) voted in to work for the people of America.

    To me it seems both sides are working in collaboration for special interests and not dedicating to their oath. You then see constant vacations with no effort to pass needed bills to better the people. There is no compromise… There is no cohesive call to action to make things better for the people that pay into this process. Simply watching this atmosphere frightens me deeply.

    As you know there are over 3 Million American people suffering by no fault of their own. To us it seems the White House, The Senate, and The House could care less about us, our pasts and inevitably our futures. The impact of your (The Government) decisions are effecting us on a detrimental scale more so than I think you may be aware. To give you an idea of this impact is as followed.

    At this point I am staying with my aunt rent free thank god as I would not know where I would be if she did not open up her home. The contents of my life are now in storage which will now seized and sold off because I can no longer afford to pay. I have no car or bus money leaving me stranded to seek out and travel to potential employment opportunities which are few. I can no longer wash my clothes and or even purchase cleaning supplies like toothpaste or deodorant. I can no longer afford to pay into online job search websites which offer more in-depth opportunities when you pay into their
    services. I no longer have a dedicated phone to use for potential interview contact.
    I don’t even have the ability to move to a different state to take advantage of job opportunities. In essence I am stuck…

    To add insult to injury the ONLY benefit that I can receive at this point is a total of $189 food stamps per month. Breaking down to about $6.30 a day for food. So not only am I
    not able to stay clean or nourished but I am also unable to actively travel to find employment. So for me personally watching people make 6 figures in our government spending money that go to others that make 6 figures or more is pretty infuriating. Watching Tax Cuts for the wealthy breeze through or Aid for other countries take no time hitting your desk while simple bills to help the people of this nation collect dust only makes for a growing disdain for the process.

    To me at this point it is obvious to me the two parties are playing a game with each other. The sad part is I am not sure you guys are aware of the lives your decisions or lack thereof are effecting. Desperate times WILL bring about desperate measures. The games need to end… I need you to call The Speaker and give him what he wants to get this unemployment bill passed. I then expect you to work with the senate and house on a permanent fix to the benefit extension. Please do not lose touch with the priority here… It is the American People.

    I don’t see it in you, the senate or the house. You guys can do so much better than you are. At this point I am extremely disappointed in all of you.

    Most Respectfully,

    34 year old long term unemployed

    • Nemesis4Life

      May 15, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      I love that you did this…but I feel like it will fall on deaf ears. It’s horrible and I feel like they are hiding it from the public so that there isn’t an uproar and people start taking action. I wish we could do something more…

      • Chicken

        May 15, 2014 at 4:16 pm

        I think people will begin to take action… You can’t silence nearly 4 million people for long. Also frustration does eventually reach a boiling point.

        • Nemesis4Life

          May 15, 2014 at 4:23 pm

          I am reaching mine that’s for sure. So many of us are in the same boat. It’s only a matter of time.

        • Dawn Wolfson

          May 15, 2014 at 6:05 pm

          We’ve been taking action for months. Petitions, calls, rallys, etc. If the Dems were that sincere about wanting this they never would have let it drop last December. And the Republicans flat out believe (or profess to believe) that receiving unemployment makes people lazy. If they had any idea how much time I spent the last four months when I was job searching… Well, they’d probably call me an anomaly…

          • Chicken

            May 15, 2014 at 6:17 pm

            I am not talking about THAT type of action… I am talking about the negative kind.

          • Dawn Wolfson

            May 15, 2014 at 6:22 pm

            The way things have been going, that will come…

  25. Earl-butch Rhodes

    May 15, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Who really cares what they tack on the unemployment bill at this point people are desperate for that lifeline.And yes we know our government is incompetent,to take so long to do this.Youre not going to emerge as heros those days are long gone.

  26. Thomas Wise

    May 15, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    What gets me is why am I not seeing anything about the unemployed’s plight on the news stations? Whose blocking this story from the masses?

    • me

      May 16, 2014 at 8:12 am

      No ratings in it for them… and hey, most people’s mindset is ‘if it doesn’t affect me, why should I care?’. That is until someone who’s desperate breaks in and robs them…. then ‘wah, wah, wah… why me’. Also, never forget that media companies are CORPORATIONS. You think they’re going to allow their news divisions make them look bad?

  27. DerekJR321

    May 15, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Remember this… the United States government has abandoned you. They don’t care about you. The unemployed mean nothing to them. You are nothing but a talking point to get votes. I can’t believe that this is going on. THANKFULLY I just managed to get a job. But who knows what will happen. Nothing is set in stone. I am lucky. Millions are not. We must remember this come election time. Vote them ALL out. Both sides. Anyone who does not represent WE THE PEOPLE needs to be removed from office. Boehner, Reid.. all of them.

    • RC

      May 15, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      DerekJR321, I understand your frustration, I’m frustrated also and I don’t have a job. But ask yourself this: If you have a baby in the bath water and the water is dirty, do you throw the baby out with the bath water? I believe Harry Reid and all the democrats voted for the extension, voted for the raise the minimum wage, voted for the jobs bill. Unfortunately, for a bill to pass it will take some Republicans. As we have seen the Republicans continue to obstruct any and everything Obama and the Democrats have proposed to help the unemployed, the poorly paid, and the jobless. So you want to throw out some of the people that are trying to help, just doesn’t make sense.

      • greg huggins

        May 15, 2014 at 6:07 pm

        what a fool believes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Nemesis4Life

          May 15, 2014 at 6:20 pm

          LOL…totally agree with that statement!

      • Nemesis4Life

        May 15, 2014 at 6:24 pm

        Hey RC…so tell me if the Democrats and Obama have done everything to help us, why didn’t they demand it to be included in the budget back in December? Or how about the President doing his job and meeting with them like ALL the Presidents have in the past? THEY DON:T CARE about anything but YOUR VOTE!!! They did this to get your votes this election year. You seriously believe they are on your side? Why does Harry continue to NOT allow amendments to any of the bills that are passed? Honestly they ALL lie!!!

        • RC

          May 15, 2014 at 6:50 pm

          Nemesis4Life, remember Obama did invite the Republicans to the White House for dinner to discuss many issues, they snubbed him by refusing the invite. He’s even play golf with Boehner. Obama submitted his version of the budget and it was not approved, again Obama doesn’t approve the budget, Congress is responsible for the budget. The compromise was to not shut the government down again and cost us (US Citizen/Tax Payers) another 28 billion dollars, unpaid for. No doubt, they all probably lie but there’s not doubt about the Republicans. With the millions of dollars the Republicans has spent on investigating Benghazi they could have approved the unemployment extension. I’m sure there are many Republicans are getting screwed by the obstruction the Republicans are causing but will still go vote for them and let them screw us some more, maybe this time we can get some grease. Just the facts, just the facts. You check the voting on any bill presented in the Senate or the House.

          • Nemesis4Life

            May 15, 2014 at 7:34 pm

            And you forget about the aid that went to the Ukraine that could have helped us. They don’t care, none of them. I do check the votes on who voted for what…but tell me you honestly believe that Obama and Dems are any more decent and for the people than the Reps? I do see there is a huge jobless issue, but they all keep voting on giving the Corps tax cuts to take our jobs overseas. They keep hiring other countries to do jobs we (Americans) are quite capable of doing. Why? I don’t believe any of them. While I sit here having to lose everything and move in with family they are trying to meet through dinners and golf outings. Why not do like most businessman and meet at the office? Come on…you really can’t believe that the Dems are for the people? And Benghazi, that really is kind of a huge deal. They left our people to die. What happened to our country that we sell out our own for money? Of course, you will say but what about us, the unemployed. What about the America I grew up with? The one that I was proud to be apart of? Mark my words…this is only the beginning, it’s going to get worse. They are outsourcing all of our jobs to other countries…and I wonder why I can’t get a job and teenagers around the country can’t even get a part time job. We need to vote them all out and get people that are NOT affiliated with the One Percenters.

      • DerekJR321

        May 15, 2014 at 9:29 pm

        RC.. those that are truly trying to help.. I commend them. Those, such as Reid.. who are only using this as a platform to try and garner Democratic votes.. I do not. I used to stand behind Reid.. but this latest fiasco has just made up my mind. Chances are, this stupid tax extender bill will pass. They had a golden opportunity to tack on the unemployment bill to it, but Reid outright refused. The constant party bickering has got to stop. BOTH sides need to do what is good for AMERICA, not what is good for their campaign. Neither side seems to get this point.

        They need to do whatever it takes to get something passed. Perhaps not this current bill, because all it will do is pay retroactive. May is half over already.

  28. Larry king

    May 15, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Harry, if you don’t allow this extension to be attached to the tax break then everything that you have been saying all along is BS! If you really care about the people then put your money where your mouth is! If you don’t, then you are as guilty as John Boehner!!!!

    • greg huggins

      May 15, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      how about that!!! HARRY REID A LIAR 1111111111111111111111111

  29. Elbow Grease

    May 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    So, you mean to tell me that the Dems were giving all they could to pass any bill and a perfect opportunity arises to extend UI and they say NO??

    Wow, y’all are getting messed with. DEMS are more guilty than REPUBS.

    I would jump both ships and vouch for SNOWDEN 2016. Expose these crooks! REVOLT!

  30. Dianna

    May 15, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Why is anyone addressing anything but the extension of unemployment at this time. Unemployment extension should be the most critical issue on the plate of anyone up there in Washington other than a war that threatens Americans on American soil, as well as job creation. Unemployment extension needs to be passed yesterday and be made retroactive and extension for at least 1 year to 1 1/2 years! These people who are unemployed are long term taxpayers who have worked their whole lives and veterans that have served to protect this american soil and then our government throws them to the wolves and makes them homeless and hungry, as well as their families. what happened to charity should begin at home and then address the illegal aliens and trying to help someone else for a change.

    • Nemesis4Life

      May 15, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      The One percent own them, they are just puppets.

    • biggin

      May 15, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Screw Boehner and his tax cuts for the wealthy and big businesses. Without the Koch brothers support he would crumble. Screw the Boehner/Koch XL Pipeline and he can stand in the way of unemployment for as long as he would like to. NO more tax cuts for those who don’t need them. Without those tax cuts the republican party will suffer greatly and eventually justice will prevail.

      • Will

        May 16, 2014 at 1:04 am

        Hey Biggin, how about that Harry Reid turning down any bipartisan solutions, and, oh yeah, his big supporter Warren Buffet who stands to lose his tanker train car investment if there is an XL pipeline? Seriously. do you have anything to say other than being a partisan shill? I can’t say I’m unemployed anymore since I actually have a twenty hour a week minimum wage job that wont pay the mortgage, but I have to tell ya’ I am sick of Democrats whining about how evil Republicans are while that senile old lapdog, Reid, the flipside of Boehner, would rather watch us all starve or drive us onto the dole than actually compromise with Republicans and get something done for us citizens. Yes, citizens. I’m sick of being a consumer or taxpayer and I am tired of people who are so partisan that they can’t even seem to acknowledge that we have systemic problems with a federal government that no longer serves the citizens of its constituent states. I only see one solution on the horizon. Call your State legislators and demand a convention of the States to reign in a corrupt Federal Government.

        • biggin

          May 16, 2014 at 6:51 pm

          I believe that it is all about personal gain to the Dems and Repubs we the people don’t matter.


    May 15, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Watch this movie and all is explained

    The government has been SOLD to the highest bidder. Our democracy was BOUGHT by big corporations. I am one of the unemployed who needed the extension so believe me I understand our struggle FIRST HAND.

  32. tgrella01

    May 15, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    I’ve run out of things to say; the Dems and Repubs playing roulette with the broke, unemployed people who would be able to collect precisely because they HAVE worked in their recent past.
    Get rid of the two party system. It sucks!

  33. ambermozz

    May 15, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    I offer this advice, take it or leave it. HELP EACH OTHER! We will not get the help we so desperately need from our government. It is now up to us to stop trusting them and standing together united to change our situations. If you know about jobs that are available tell your friends/family/ acquaintances. If you are not right for the position one of them may be or may know someone who is. Ask people to put in a good word for you at their job. Job hunting is half about WHO you know not WHAT you know. If you know of assistance tell others. They will in turn share information with you that may be useful. Network amongst other unemployed who are struggling too. If you and a friend have similar skills you should car pool to put in job applications together at the same places. There is a chance that at least one of you may get hired. Don’t give up! Giving up will only make them think we are lazy like they have accused us of being. BE CLEVER! Begin using your skills to barter with those who have skills that may be useful to you. Do what real Americans are supposed to do and come together in this time of crisis. VOTE! You have a voice and it matters. Please don’t sit back and not vote because you don’t think you will make a difference.If we don’t vote than the only votes that count are those who have allowed such crooked politicians to take office in the first place. Our country is only as strong as its middle class and right now we don’t have one. Help me, Help you, Help us bring the middle class back.

  34. The Crying Boozer Tangerine

    May 15, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Oh you want to help people? Better pay the tollmaster Pubs!

  35. Advocate

    May 15, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    The extensions need to be added to the tax extenders bill. There is no other vehicle to get the extension through. What is wrong with Democrats?? They want an extension, then cant pass the extension through the House and the House wont take up extensions alone and now we have a bill that possibly could get the extension through and they aren’t going to pass it??? Oh MY GOD!!! This is PAST ridiculous!

    Call John Boehner and Harry Reid and use social media.

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

    Harry Reid:
    Phone: (202) 224-3542

    • Annie Matkoskey

      May 16, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Oh thats a good one!!! I call Reid’s office about every day and get some rude ASS that get’s a regular pay check and could care less about the people that need there unemployment, and try and call Boehner’s office and don’t get a answer or an answering machine….this is complete BULL SHIT!!!

  36. The Crying Boozer Tangerine

    May 15, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    I don’t advocate violence, but was anyone else not surprised when that dude threatened Boehner?

    • biggin

      May 15, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      Screw Boehner and his tax cuts for the wealthy and big businesses. Without the Koch brothers support he would crumble. Screw the Boehner/Koch XL Pipeline and he can stand in the way of unemployment for as long as he would like to. NO more tax cuts for those who don’t need them. Without those tax cuts the republican party will suffer greatly and eventually justice will prevail.

      • The Crying Boozer Tangerine

        May 15, 2014 at 10:39 pm

        Really? You think if the unemployed can survive this long on NOTHING the rich won’t make it out just fine?

        • biggin

          May 15, 2014 at 11:49 pm

          I have lost all hope that we will get our unemployment extension due to personal gain between the dems and rebubs

      • Anthony DePalma

        May 16, 2014 at 7:51 am

        grow up learn what tax cuts do for economy check Coolidge, JFK, Reagan ETC. You are a drone. The government keeps everyone down.

        • biggin

          May 16, 2014 at 6:58 pm

          I think you need to check your facts. If I make $100,000 I pay taxes on $100,000 If someone makes $1,000,000 with all of the tax breaks they will get, they pay taxes on $100,000

    • Brunilda Figueroa

      May 16, 2014 at 10:53 am

      I was not surprised at all nor I think hes going to be the only one that is going to flip like this…I mean these people dont care or understand what is going on out there. And people react in diff ways of their situation.

  37. Tears of a Clown

    May 15, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    It will probably happen again…

  38. Millie Stevens

    May 16, 2014 at 1:34 am

    I am tired of my family being used as a political pawn. Republicans need a bribe to help the unemployed and the Democrats need an excuse to give corporations tax breaks. Freaking ridiculous.

  39. Millie Stevens

    May 16, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Where is CNN, MSNBC and Fox news, they haven’t broken in with any news about two people being arrested for threating to kill Boehner over the lack of movement on the unemployment extension that effects over 2 million people and their families, but they sure as heck broke in with the news about JayZ getting his butt kicked by his sister in-law in an elevator.

  40. The other Scott

    May 16, 2014 at 2:49 am

    The government is burying you all alive. In their eyes, you don’t even exist. Only money talks…

  41. Vann Quick

    May 16, 2014 at 10:28 am

    When it comes to justice then it should come from the House with NO games!! Legislative body appears to not stand up for what they are to represent. First the tax cut beggarts, should pay their taxes, they owe and want to use the UI monies. Second, people who are owed the UEC benefits, it was not their fault it was at the fault of the House…Washington. They allowed it to lapse. NO to tax cuts, give UEC that is retroactive and collect the taxes those people who are paying off Washington.

    • Jim T.

      May 16, 2014 at 11:44 am

      -Yeah, does it seem fair to give big corporations tax breaks, but not give what is deserved to unemployed Americans.
      -If there is never any funding available for the American people, then there should be no reason to give Big Business any tax breaks.. We have to pay ALL of our taxes, then
      so should the greedy Corporate Welfare Mongers. Forget about their theory of “Trickle Down Economics”,- the only ‘trickling’ that has ever been done is against the American peoples’ legs.

  42. James Jagdfeld

    May 16, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I’ve already lost all hope as far as this actually going thru. The dems and repubs are gonna sit here and act like little children not getting what they want and whether we (the unemployed or supporters) want to admit it or not, this extension isn’t gonna happen. Our government or president don’t care about any of us at all. It’s all about them and their own agendas.

  43. Edward Breeze

    May 16, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Is it still not obvious to everyone that the 2 political party system in America is a joke and not really a democracy? Sure we have independents, but they never have any real chance.

  44. Daniel Ryan

    May 16, 2014 at 11:41 am

    So are we supposed to call Harry Reid’s office day and night requesting an extension of EUC like we were told to do John Boehner? Can we call our democratic leaders out on this ?? isnt this what they wanted after all? Democrats support tax extenders and they claim they support EUC and finally after 5 months Heller got around to scratching his junk and Harry Reid turns out to be a bigger Judas than John Boehner it seems. This was our only hope of this passing and finally the man who dangled the carrot all this time has slapped us all in faces with it.

  45. James medina

    May 16, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    This is what America gets for feeding into all the liberal bull. They act like they are for the people, but it’s just selfish interests at the end of the day. This is what happens when we elect stubborn radicals. A lot of democrats just lost my votes this year.

    • Micheal Duncan

      May 16, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Republicans are no different wake up

  46. Michael Mlyniec

    May 16, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    It is CLEAR both parties are against the average American Citizen, and for the interests of themselves and the elite. They have 0 remorse, 0 credibility, and 0 fear of being booted from office. These leeches are here to stay, and can only be removed by force.There is so much corruption, I think whatever “conspiracies” we see, the reality is 10x more grave. What can we do?

  47. Orval Burk

    May 16, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I am at a lost for words,all a bunch of crooks.cant say what i am thinking but it is not good,.what comes around,goes around.

  48. MarineOutOfWork

    May 16, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Dear American People

    I don’t care.


  49. Nate Blank

    May 16, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    For not applying enough pressure it’s the Demo’s fault? Riiight. Keep smoking that crack.

  50. MarineOutOfWork

    May 16, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    How can you make comments when you are on vacation….AGAIN!!!

  51. In ohio

    May 16, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    So we get screwed by those who proclaimed to be helping us. What a joke…, at least the Speaker was honest he doesn’t care that most of us have lost everything we have worked for. Reid led us to believe he was on our side, but both the parties on care about the rich, that is how they get richer. So I would personally like to thank them for helping me become homeless, and without anything that I spent my life working for. I have nothing left, selling off the last of my furniture so that when I have to leave my house without lights, gas, or running water there will be nothing for the bank to throw away. At least it is warmer now so walking the streets will not be so bad. I should last about a week I am guessing. Not even taking ID with me, my life insurance is gone so they can just throw my body in a hole. So much for the American dream what a nightmare. Good luck to everyone.

  52. Kay

    May 16, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    “Job creating tax cuts?” We are talking about the tax extender bill that would give corporation tax breaks for OUTSOURCING jobs right?

    I want to see this bill passed, but I can also see why the democrats don’t want it attached to the TE bill that they plan on voting down.

    Besides the republicans are complaining about no job creation bill attached to the EUC extension, but are fine with the TE bill that would give corporations tax breaks for shipping American jobs over seas… Uh huh.

    Not that I’m happy with the democrats for waiting so long to push this issue. It should have been dealt with before expiring at the end of December.

    I wish I got half as much paid vacation as these goons do. Actually, I’d just settle for a full-time position.

    • loder74

      May 17, 2014 at 2:56 am

      Weren’t all these tax breaks for the “job creators” supposed to create jobs? Where are they?

  53. yallada

    May 16, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    What is the author talking about? Senator Reid offered to allow Sens. Hatch and Wyden to organize offered amendments if the Senate voted to move forward with the extenders bill, and Democratic Senator Jack Reid (working WITH Heller) was planning to attach the UI extension to the bill, but never got the chance because REPUBLUCAN senators fillibustered the bill! The REPUBLICANS blocked the bill, and the possibility of extending UI (as they have been doing all along, save for the 5 or 6 who crossed the aisle last month to pass a UI extension last month, the one REPUBLICAN Speaker Boehner is refusing to allow a vote on in the House, where it would pass). SOURCE: every other article on this issue except for this author’s. Jeez.

  54. MarineOutOfWork

    May 16, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    We have two weeks yall. After then, it’s going to be a long hot summer for us.

  55. Diane Madison

    May 16, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Just like Republicans to play games and try to attach tax cuts or more ass-kissing to a bill to help the middle class. The House is to blame and have blocked the bill that already passed the Senate. John Boehner is acting like a dictator or a king. There was a conservative rally in front of the White House today (Fox News and Tea Party backed whackos expected millions but only two hundred showed up). Why isn’t anyone showing up to spotlight what is going on with the unemployed?

    • Annie Matkoskey

      May 16, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      I didn’t know there was a rally yesterday in front of the write house or yo can bet I would of been there. I believe this has gone far enough now. The americans need this unemployment extension now. I don’t understand why they are doing this to us.

  56. sami

    May 16, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Honestly this is ridiculous. Its just a game to all parties and we are the Ping-Pong ball. I am 51 have worked since I was 20. I have always paid taxes, never taken more than a week’s vacation at a time. I have worked for large corporations where the Executives would get their bonuses every year as well as their 401(k) monies. I haven’t received a raise for years. I have always stayed at my jobs for more than 5 years at a time. I was laid off in Aug 2013. My benefits were cut in Feb 2014. I have lost almost everything. My home, my car is a 2005 Ford Escape (paid for – thank goodness), but I can’t afford gas to drive it. I have a 15 year old in high school. We are both devastated that I can’t afford the normal items, food, gasoline, a roof over our head. She needs internet to keep up with her homework. We usually go to Starbucks or McDonald’s and use theirs. We also feel like losers, because we can’t afford to buy a drink while we are there using their internet. I started voting as a Republican when I was 18. Now I don’t know what to do. I feel like moving to another country. I always thought the US had my back, but now I see that isn’t the case at all.

    Get off your asses and do something to help the People of the US. We have worked our butts off for this country for years. I am ashamed to say I live in California and am a US citizen. I had never felt like that in the past. Senate (both dem and rep) and the House of Rep should be ashamed of themselves. I also wish President Obama would do something. I realize you may not be able to use an Exec Order, but PLEASE PLEASE help us. We need it now. I don’t give a damn about any other country or International issue right now other than THIS country. PLEASE someone help me help myself and my daughter.
    I get up every morning and apply for whatever jobs I can qualify for. I have also started walking dogs, driving children around for their parents, babysitting, etc. ANYTHING to make $10 here and $10 there…. I am not sitting around on my butt.
    If I could crawl in a hole and die I would. I don’t even want to get out of bed anymore…

    • AdMan

      May 16, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      I am literally in a similar situation regarding work carrying (and falling) with a family of 5 (3 kids (one with special needs) + my wife). I have always, always planned out exactly what I would do; career, family, future but that has all evaporated. I can honestly say I understand what someone goes through the steps to become homeless (which is inevitable here) and was something i NEVER thought would happen, especially for a hard working American. Many of my relatives have served in the military and fortunately for them they are not living through this as it would definitely kill them to see what America has become and that all the blood and sweat that they gave was for their grandson, nephew, son, great grandson to basically have nothing. I hear Germany is a good country caring for the people and working hard together.

  57. kathy miller

    May 16, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Totally ridiculous that they won’t help people out of work with the extension.My husband has worked all his life and can’t help it if the company he worked for for 30 years left him go.All these politicians don’t give a crap cuz they all have millions in the bank and 2 homes.and fancy cars….vote them all out.I hope karma comes to every last one of them.

  58. Tim

    May 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm


  59. Tim

    May 16, 2014 at 8:03 pm


    • 276072

      May 17, 2014 at 9:45 am

      YES, throw the bastard in jail, and whoever is acting in his place may bring it to vote??

  60. Tim

    May 16, 2014 at 8:10 pm


  61. Tim

    May 16, 2014 at 8:24 pm


  62. Tim

    May 16, 2014 at 8:34 pm


    • Hazel Rodriguez

      May 17, 2014 at 8:56 am

      Good Idea Tim! I with You!

  63. Bella

    May 17, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Harry Reid, you old fool! Are you really that arrogant to think that the
    American people do not KNOW that you are negotiating your own terms to use the EUC Extension as votes ensuring tactic by November? You are out, too and both you and Boehner can continue your bickering and your war because your tactic is thin. Very thin. Between your envy and Boehner’s greed, you both suffer millions of Americans. Shame on you. You’re a bigger idiot than Boehner if you think you will hold the EUC until November as a bargaining tool. The millions of long term unemployed will vote you out just as fast as they will do with Boehner.

    • loder74

      May 17, 2014 at 2:52 am

      Oh please. The people affected by this know who to blame and it sure as hell isn’t the democrats. You must be a republican and are smart enough to know this is political poison for the party. And you SHOULD be scared.

      • Bella

        May 19, 2014 at 5:44 am

        You know, at first, I thought you are just a troll, but then realized you just simply have reading comprehension problems. I normally ignore idiotic diatribe as a reply to my comments, but yours, I had to address. Reid is one person. I did not write the whole democratic party.

        • Terry Williams

          May 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm

          Bella: I don’t think that it is Harry Reid here, its the attempt of the Republicans to defund Obamacare. I will give you this though, although the Democrats have supported UE, they too must take some fault as they left it alone to be use as a political football when they knew that the Republican Congress would play with them. I am getting a sense that this is a back-room deal by both parties…Democrats allow EU to expire and Republicans allow business tax credits to expire and then blame each other.

          • Bella

            May 19, 2014 at 2:11 pm

            Back in December last year, it was Harry Reid and Patty Murray who negotiated a budget deal which left out the EUC. If it was intentional, with Reid thinking he can pass it anytime after, then he screwed up and he played with nearly 3 million lives. It is was just an oversight because he’s forgetful? Then, just like a bartender cutting off someone from drinking, Reid must relinquish his leadership in the Senate to someone who is still capable of remembering minor details like not leaving out EUC on their next budget deal negotiations with Koch puppets.

      • Bella

        May 19, 2014 at 5:50 am

        loder74 Bella • 2 days ago
        Oh please. The people affected by this know who to blame and it sure as hell isn’t the democrats. You must be a republican and are smart enough to know this is political poison for the party. And you SHOULD be scared.

        That last line with the emphasis on the word should, sure sounds like you are threatening me, and unless you’re Batman, you might want to redirect the pointer on your overcompensation elsewhere.

  64. Franklincounty79

    May 17, 2014 at 2:20 am

    I guess they haven’t seen the Purge….. Cause it’s about to happen

  65. Terrance Adams

    May 17, 2014 at 2:51 am

    I only have 2 words UNBELIEVABLE, AND INCREDIBLE!!!

  66. loder74

    May 17, 2014 at 2:54 am

    If you are a republican and are one of the millions affected by the GOP’s refusal to pass this extension, then I might suggest remembering this in November and stop voting AGAINST your own survival.

  67. 276072

    May 17, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Why, WHY, I ask is this not FRONT PAGE NEWS??? I think everyone should blow up the news channels and newspapers and get the word out there!!! Its affecting more than 2.8 million people, and no one wants to talk about it!

  68. Gary Camden

    May 17, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Well I was considering voting against my party lines, until now I see the Democrats have the same agenda as the Republicans. It was all about making the GOP look bad, and still maybe sneak the benefits through. Now they have the opportunity, thanks to the effort of a Republican Senator Dan Heller, but the Democrats are showing that big business and their tax cuts are a Hell of a lot more important than we ever were. It was just a roll of the dice and they crapped out. Now they will put their Chicken Sh@t tails between their legs and walk away. And we will all be left wandering what are we going to do, and is there anyone anywhere that cares about us and can do anything to help us.

  69. Gary Camden

    May 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    As for the Media coverage, NO ONE CARES!

  70. June

    May 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Republicans complained that the bill Democrats sent from the Senate to the House wasn’t paid for the way they wished it would be AND it didn’t create jobs. Even if it creates jobs, I’m not sure how cutting taxes and reducing the amount of money coming in to the government helps pay for an unemployment extension. I’m also wondering who would be getting the tax cuts? Are they across all economic classes, or are they – once again – to help the rich get richer? As far as I’m concerned, both sides are playing the same game.

  71. Joseph Lucas

    May 17, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    What games our elected representatives play. Looks like they are not concerned that Americans are unemployed through no fault of their own. This has become an uncaring society-now legislators work with the Lobbyists and Corporations. So much for democracy and human rights-both of these things should begin at home-alas we have lost the one man one vote to corporations. Both parties are cheating the public at large!

  72. Willy Marv

    May 18, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Vote out all these dems and rep and replace them with farm animals. Watch how quickly this country will do a 180 for the better!

  73. Mike S

    May 19, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I think this article is being spun just a bit. The bill from the House made it to the Senate and passed 53-40, but didn’t get the 60 votes needed to overcome a REPUBLICAN threat to filibuster.

    I’m not sure how that classifies as the Democrats moving to block anything….

  74. Terry Williams

    May 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I believe that this is a misrepresentation. The sole tax cut that the Democrats have refused to do is the medical device tax which funds Obamacare. This is a very unethical way to present this article and sneaky way of Republicans trying to undermine Obamacare. They are attempting to use the plight of the unfortunate to undermine a plan that seeks to provide healthcare for all. Whether or not you agree or disagree with Obamcare is really irrelevant. What is relevant is that this article is not telling the entire story.

  75. loder74

    May 19, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Don’t be surprised that a vain man who smears bronzer all over his face, smokes like a chimney and is a alcoholic finds it hard to connect with YOUR problems. Vote republicans out of office in November. They are the enemy within.

    • Bella

      May 19, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      The Speaker uses bronzers? Huh. I thought he only goes to tanning booths all the time.

  76. ChasMac77

    May 20, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Prove that tax cuts (for the wealthy which this certainly is) creates jobs! More right wing drivel, never backed up by any facts. FACT: Dems want to extend benefits but the republicans have to attach tax cuts to it. They could care less about the average Joe.

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