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Republicans angry over Democratic blockage of unemployment benefits extension amendment

HarryReid (1).jpgOn Thursday, the GOP blocked a popular tax cut bill in response to Democrats refusing to allow GOP amendments that would extend unemployment benefits and provide retroactive pay to millions of struggling Americans, make some of the tax cuts permanent, and repeal an unpopular medical device tax.

The tax cut would have provided more than 50 different breaks, and before Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to attach various amendments to the measure, it was widely expect to easily pass the Senate. The tax cut required 60 votes to pass, but it fell short by seven votes.

“I think the message was sent today. We don’t like the way the Senate is being run today. We don’t think it’s fair, we don’t think it’s right. It had nothing to do with policy. It had to do with how we proceed,” said Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah.)

Republicans are considering their newest move in the unemployment benefits saga a response to what they see as an unfair power structure in the Senate. Harry Reid has unilaterally blocked GOP amendments for months. He also angered Republicans by changing the rules of the Senate and lowering the threshold of votes needed to confirm presidential nominees.

“The American people need to know what’s happening to their Senate. Instead of preserving the Senate’s prerogatives, they’ve systematically weakened or destroyed them. They’ve turned the Senate into a graveyard of good ideas, and open, Democratic debate,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

Perhaps the most important proposed amendment was one crafted by senator Dean Heller which would have provided extended unemployment benefits to millions of Americans as well as provide back pay to those whose benefits ran out late last year.

Democrats see the move by Republicans as part of the party’s trend of obstructing every move that Democrats attempt to make.

Reid commented after the vote, saying, “I would hope that come November, the American people will just say no to this gridlock we have in Washington in the United states Senate.”

Democrats also found it important to shoot down the amendment that would repeal a new medical device tax. This tax would raise $29 billion over the next decade, and it is a necessary funding source for President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

So while Republicans attempted to do something about the unemployment crisis in America, they were also taking a shot at Obamacare with these amendments.

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75 Comments

  1. Wayne Heddinger

    May 16, 2014 at 8:45 am

    What a blatant lie…democrats didn’t shoot down anything….I sat here and watched it on CSPAN….republicans filibustered the bill….plain and simple….

    • Maagda Thorenson

      May 16, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Wayne, I was thinking the same thing.Patrick Rigney is full of BULL ! He was probably paid off by someone in the GOP to write this. This article IS A LIE !!!

    • Minnie

      May 16, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      Wayne, thank goodness you watched it on CSPAN and can tell the truth. The republicans are interested in the Keystone pipeline and they would do anything, even if it means selling their souls to the devil, to make their benefactors happy and content.

      • Kate

        May 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm

        Or selling their own mother.

    • greg huggins

      May 16, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      THEY FILIBUSTERED BECAUSE REID WOULD NOT ALLOW THEM TO ATTATCH THE UI EXTENSION TO THE BILL !!! IF THEY DO THAT YOU WILL GET YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT AND THE HOUSE WILL AGREE TO IT , WHAT PART DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND!!!!! THE DEMS BLOCKED IT !!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Wayne Heddinger

        May 16, 2014 at 5:01 pm

        no they didn’t…they filibustered because Reid would not let them add Obamacare repeals for medical device taxes to the bill….had nothing to do with unemployment…if republicans cared that much about unemployment extensions it would have passed the House a month ago…fool !…stop watching Fox bullshit news.

        • Maagda Thorenson

          May 17, 2014 at 12:58 am

          You are probably both right.

      • HF

        May 17, 2014 at 11:27 pm

        The dems didn’t block it! UI was never attached 2 the tax extenders bill. It was suppose 2 be when senator Heller tried 2 do so, then Harry Reid said “no”, this was Tuesday of last week. Then on Thursday of this same week the tax extenders bill was shot down all by itself with no UI attached @ all, so just imagine if UI was attached 2 Thursday’s tax extender vote, it 2 would’ve plummeted in hell fire like the Hindenburg!!!

  2. Victor Sanchez

    May 16, 2014 at 9:51 am

    What is really a blatant lie is the fact that they meaning all of them do not want to give up the money without getting something back. Corporate tax will cost a 100 billion and could take years to actually work but it is an investment into immediate dividends with wealthy corporations. I wish they would all just tell us that it will never pass. I am going to work today, a job where I wouldn’t have ever had to work but is necessary to keep a roof over my head. I had a job interview in Idaho, and the company was going to pay for everything except a rental car which I couldn’t afford. I had the job but the fact that I couldn’t afford a rental car does not sit well with company’s that want a successful and dynamic person. Someone who cannot rent a car is a red flag to them. It was a 80 to 120k job. They were contacting me everyday, then my cell was turned off. They tried to call me but I am sure a phone turned off is also a red flag. They have lost interest. I was hoping to get some help with an extension, but these political gridlock excuses just continues to give them excuses to go into the next election and say, I was one of the good guys and wanted to help them but…..It is done for all of them. They read and argue these problems like a well written script. They are all great liars. I had respect for my Senator and now I just found the truth and it really hurts. Our government really only cares about their own selfish needs. I am not sure the Senators get anything out of this except the pension and salary. Seems to be one guy telling the whole nation his story through live politicians. It is already written and they know the ending by the scripts they are given. I used to bleed red white and blue. Now im just blue. I believe our government needs to be stopped. Whoever is really running the show needs to be stopped. It is not any of these weaklings. They couldn’t get a bathroom cleaned without someone stopping the call to get to the janitor. “Look we all wanted the bathrooms to get cleaned, but not the way they wanted it to be done. I wanted to pick up the phone but after consideration I just decided this was not the piece of communications we wanted to use to get this job done. Its their fault because they wouldn’t let the supplies for our offices be delivered and because of that blatant act against our party, we will make sure none of the bathrooms get clean. If you want them to be cleaned, call the Mexican Senators mother and let her come and do it. This is how stupid it sounds. It doesn’t even make sense anymore. None of it does

    • Frank

      May 17, 2014 at 7:05 am

      If you don’t have the money to get to the interview, get a haircut, buy clothes. If you can’t pay your bills your credit rating will tank and companies will not hire you if you have a bad credit rating. No job means you pay no taxes, you are forced to other government programs which may even cost the government more money in the long run. It is insane that they are not passing this extension.

  3. bunky51

    May 16, 2014 at 10:42 am

    OMG! These flipping greedy-power hungry idiots are messing with peoples lives with this back for forth bullshit! IT IS ALL ABOUT THEM, NOT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE- THEY ARE SCREWING WITH US AND HAVE BEEN ALL ALONG. JUST UNREAL!

    • Maagda Thorenson

      May 16, 2014 at 11:49 am

      This article is a political lie, plain and simple. Patrick Rigney, the author thinks we’re stupid or something. This is just more filibuster for stalling on the unemployment benefit issue. Washington should have never offered this in the first place ! To cause all this hurt and uncertainty to people struggling in this crazy world. There are no decent jobs out there ! Employers are looking for perfection in everyone they hire and paying crap wages.

  4. Joey

    May 16, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Democrats have been trying to get Unemployment extension past the Republican filibuster for 4 months and is now sitting on Boenher desk. He won’t even allow it to go to a vote! This writer is either clueless or is trying to manipulate you. He should be unemployed.

    • Maagda Thorenson

      May 16, 2014 at 11:57 am

      Amen to that Joey ! I’ll remember this website, should be called The Onion.

  5. Maagda Thorenson

    May 16, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Extended Unemployment is basically a democratic policy. This article is complete bull !!

  6. Maagda Thorenson

    May 16, 2014 at 11:51 am

    DEFINITION OF FILIBUSTER: A filibuster in the United States Senate usually refers to any dilatory or obstructive tactics used to prevent a measure from being brought to a vote. The most common form of filibuster occurs when a senator (or even a House member, such as our friend John Boehner), attempts to delay or entirely prevent a vote on a bill by extending the debate on the measure, but other dilatory tactics exist. The rules permit a senator, or a series of senators, to speak for as long as they wish and on any topic they choose, unless “three-fifths of the Senators duly chosen and sworn”[1] (usually 60 out of 100 senators) brings debate to a close by invoking cloture under Senate Rule XXII.

    • Joey

      May 16, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      They changed the filibuster rules in the Senate last year. Now anybody can just say “I filibuster.” Then the bill needs 60 votes instead of 50.

  7. Maagda Thorenson

    May 16, 2014 at 11:53 am

    This article was paid for by John Boehner, because he thinks we’re all that stupid.

    • Minnie

      May 16, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      Yeah, he is shifting the blame on Reid. This is one of their old tactics that even Forest Gump will agree that its a strategy that they use over and over. In the meantime, we are waiting, day after day on some sort of an agreement to extend the unemployment. Luckily we are not that stupid!

      • greg huggins

        May 16, 2014 at 4:24 pm

        WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES!!!!!!!!! REID COULD CARE LESS ABOUT US HE JUST WANTS YOUR VOTE !!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Maagda Thorenson

          May 17, 2014 at 1:04 am

          EUI is a democratic policy. But you are spinning conspiracy theories. Who knows, you may be right. It just seems weird that this journalist is blaming the democrats when we know they are (or should be) far more for the policy than are the republicans. I’m confused.

        • HF

          May 17, 2014 at 9:28 pm

          Yeah, and Bonehead told u flat out he was giving u no UI and u’ll still vote 4 him! Who’s really stupid here?

    • greg huggins

      May 16, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      if you believe Reid YOU ARE STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Brunilda Figueroa

      May 16, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      suck it Boner

  8. aaaa aa

    May 16, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Both sides are to blame,plain and simple.Neither side cares at all for the AMERICAN people,they only care about themselves and their rich donors
    Yes,it was filibustered,for good reason.Reid wont allow amendments.He wont allow the unemployment attached because he claims this is not the time/bill to attach it to.All of you commenting,blaming the republicans,open your eyes.Reid is as much to blame as Boehner

    • Icare

      May 16, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      Reid is a republican and Reed is the demo..

  9. Advocate

    May 16, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    What are these Senators doing???

    Call Reid and call Boehner!

    Boehner:
    Phone: (202) 225-0600

    Reid:
    Phone: (202) 224-3542
    (1 to leave a message and 2 to speak with their assistant)

    • HF

      May 17, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      Those messages r erased as soon as UI is mentioned! Mention the repeal of obamacare Bonehead will probably pick up as ur speaking! Lol

  10. Icare

    May 16, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    John Boehner leader of the republicans and Harry Reed leader of the democrats will never come to an agreement on the unemployment extension which is temporary as is the tax extenders bill. The republicans refuse to pass the democrats version including 60 tax extenders and the unemployment extension because its not the tax extenders the republicans want and the same goes for the republicans version which the democrats don’t want.

    So the bottom line is that the democrats have been ly-ing just as much as the republicans and neither one wants to fix the problem even though both ideas are temporary. It is like they are baiting the American people to re-volt against both parties which will bring America to its knees.

    Both parties should just combine what they want as both are temporary and work it out before November and stop using the American unemployed as a political tool and destroying the middle class and pushing those that are not in the middle class further into poverty.

    Reed: put the unemployment extension into the extender bill that the republicans want and Boehner: allow a vote on the unemployment extension and help the American people that gave you your cushy jobs and create a law that will stop this kind of childish tactics from ever happening again.

    And President Obama: Get off your laze behind and declare national emergencies as FDR did in the 1930’s depression to get this country back on its feet. Both the republican and democrat parties caused this mess and should be held accountable and should be brought up on criminal charges for passing laws that allowed big corporations and wall street to create this.

    • John Carmiche

      May 16, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      i 2nd the motion

    • Bella

      May 17, 2014 at 12:17 am

      The government by the people FOR the people is only a sad tagline between Reid’s envy and Boehner’s greed. You are all chess pieces to both of them used as a freaking bargaining and negotiating avenues. I can’t believe how BOLD these two are, in terms of complete disregard to the suffering millions. Some have kids, and they are just as much as victims! Douchebags!

      • Icare

        May 17, 2014 at 2:30 am

        I agree, I’m tired of Boehner and Reid using their powers to play good cop / bad cop. It may have worked in the past, but We The People Of The United States of America are waking up and reading the writing on the wall.

        Just because these morons are the only ones on the ballot, doesn’t mean that you have to vote for one. The problem is that the government is like a fraternity now and you have to have the right education to be even considered, but the good news is that you can still write someone else in. You just need someone that isn’t scared to stand up to these vultures.

        • Bella

          May 18, 2014 at 6:15 am

          I like that photo you attached. It represents well the state of our nation right now. You guys be careful with that person with the Avatar avi, he/she is related to Harry Reid. We just have to wait for Boehner’s relation to jump down my throat now for stating that between Reid’s envy and Boehner’s greed, I am deemed Republican. That is actually worse than being called a bitch in my opinion. Oh well. Independent voter here.

      • HumanPlunger

        May 17, 2014 at 3:40 am

        Yes, Bella, when it serves Reid’s purpose to play “man of the people,” he does it reasonably well unless you read into it. He isn’t much different than Boehner in that he is out for himself, and clearly not above leaving millions without a semblance of support. You would have to sweep them and numerous others to the curb to end only some of the faux tug-of-war nonsense. It, unfortunately, is not much more than a reality show where a listless 80 year-old fossil and his sunburned friend pretend to be mean to each other. The season finale will probably feature Reid vs. Mitch McConnell in a cage fight.

  11. In ohio

    May 16, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    American government what a joke. We don’t stand a prayer Reid, and Boehner are both jokes but you know what when elections are held they will be back election after election, because the American people have short memories. So we have no one but ourselves to blame for this mess. The President sits back and just does nothing, I worked on getting him elected both times. And he just has not done anything to help us at all. At least he can’t run again. One positive thing.

  12. Matthew Pieri

    May 16, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Change the filibuster rules back…..make these old farts actually stand and speak for hours.

  13. Gerald Buechler

    May 16, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    This piece is not even wrong. Based on this, the State of Texas would not execute Mr. Rigney.

    • HF

      May 20, 2014 at 12:53 am

      The state of Texas would execute u if u jay walked! Lol

  14. Demogorgon9

    May 16, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Time to start voting for the independent party. Libertarian for me.

    • Maagda Thorenson

      May 16, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      You may be right.

  15. barrnone

    May 16, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    The writer’s perception becomes reality for some of his readers really it is too much power for a freelance reporter but that is the internet. Pressure should be on CNN for not reporting this story. They spend all day everyday talking about Donald Sterling or some other fluff story but stay away from important issues like this. Write them every chance you get and ask why are they silent and are they part of the conspiracy.

    • Todd F Kline

      May 17, 2014 at 9:23 am

      Ive written to every major network and asked why isn’t there any TV coverage on this issue that is affecting Millions of suffering Americans in a negative way and I never get any response…

      • barrnone

        May 17, 2014 at 9:45 am

        They don’t respond, they might send out the courtesy email but keep writing. I’ve been following them since their name has come up on these blogs and it seems to be getting through to them. Keep up the pressure.

  16. Bella

    May 17, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Harry Reid is NOT supporting the UI. He is obviously after Nicember votes. What a hypocrite! He is just as heartless as Boehner! Wow. Old man, you are out too!

    • pwpg06

      May 17, 2014 at 8:18 am

      really??? and the GOP has done NOTHING.. NOT A THING to help the unemployed.. NOT A THING to create jobs… They have BLOCKED EVERYTHING Obama has wanted to do… Where do you get your information Tin hat??? Jeeesh I am so f*cking tired of willful ignorant or BLATANT LIARS like you! Imagine that .. “Reid has done nothing short than abusing his power”???? hahahaha.. what a liar! … wow he hasn’t been able to pass anything.. I wonder how that can be abuse????? Jesus Christ woman STFU!! REPUBLICANS have proposed NOTHING .. NOT A THING to help anyone BUT their master corporations.. They want to make the tax cuts permanent.. for whom???? THEIR MASTER THE CORPORATIONS,,, LIAR!

      • Disappointed In California

        May 17, 2014 at 11:23 am

        Why are you calling Bella a liar? Stating her opinion doesn’t make her a liar. Reid’s failure to allow amendments to this is going to kill it as much as Bonehead’s refusal to put it up for a vote as it. Maybe you should read more facts and stop calling unemployed Americans liars.

        • HF

          May 17, 2014 at 9:18 pm

          Ok while u advocate 4 Bella’s incorrect statements, keep in mind the current bill made through the senate without amendments didn’t it? Surely wasn’t Mitch McConnell who was responsible 4 that was it?

          • Bella

            May 19, 2014 at 8:39 pm

            Incorrect? Really? Let’s see, you remember when they shut down Congress because of the debt ceiling debate? You do remember that when Patty Murray and Harry Reid negotiated a budget deal with the Speaker and his house that Harry Reid left OUT the EUC in the deal, right? He was thinking that he can always bring it up for vote. He has, but successfully? No.

          • HF

            May 19, 2014 at 9:35 pm

            Lol…Bella u r not serious, u gotta be kidding me right? Do I remember the govt shut down? Lol…The shut down was over the debt ceiling? That’s y the govt was shut down? Wow! Ok…Let me help u out here if I may, the govt was shut down because Ted Cruz made a complete idiot of himself trying 2 repeal yet again obamacare! Remember that Bella? Now, let me move on 2 the budget u brought up here. The participants in the budget negotiations was Patty Murray and the great Paul Ryan, u know the economic god of the republigoon party! Remember that guy Bella? The 2012 vice presidential candidate and loser, remember him? These were the ppl who negotiated the budget Bella! Harry Reid, John Bonehead, had nothing 2 do with those budget talks remember that Bella? Those budget talks were basically so that the govt couldn’t shut its doors again for 2 yrs. Now I grant u, the democrats purposely left UI off the table and shouldn’t have, but that was due 2 fear of a failed budget vote, because what the budge vote was really about more than anything else, was securing their jobs for the next 2 yrs without shutdown interruption! Wow! Turn off fixed news, that crap leaves u ppl on an island and isolated from the real world! So sad, it really is!!!

          • Bella

            May 19, 2014 at 11:48 pm

            Wow, thank you for clarifying that for me. I appreciate it. It is wonderful to see someone expend the time to write more than two lines and a whole paragraph to correct me. I say that without sarcasm. Give me enough credit I even remember any part of the government shutdown. So it was all about Obamacare, no? Great. Wonderful. I will remember that. Thanks again.

          • HF

            May 20, 2014 at 12:37 am

            Yes my dear that’s exactly what the shutdown was about. Ted Cruz and his tea party cronies tried 2 stop the obamacare enrollment, or don’t u remember that? The debt ceiling was actually passed by congress without much of a problem @ all, do u not remember that either? That fiasco cost $ 24 billion in revenue lost, the same price tag 4 a yr long UI bill @ the time, do u not remember that either? Who was it that said, “The facts ma’am, just the facts”? Lol

          • Bella

            May 20, 2014 at 12:54 am

            Nope I don’t remember any of it because I was only advocating my neighbors’ request to support them with their UI cause. I don’t even watch the news. Haha. Any way, not too proud to learn something new everyday, ya know.

            “Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected.” ~William Safire

            It didn’t go the way you thought it would go, no? 😉

          • HF

            May 20, 2014 at 1:24 am

            That’s absolutely hilarious! So ur not even keeping abreast 2 what’s going on, yet u just chime in huh? Classic, absolutely classic! Well u know it takes a big person 2 admit they’re I’ll equipped 4 a fight! Lol…Ur dragging some big ones, I gotta give u that! Lol

          • Bella

            May 20, 2014 at 2:25 am

            A gracious winner is much more credible when they don’t get belligerent. FYI, Obamacare is part of the country’s budget. You should talk about dragging big ones when you would do anything to get attention including this: (I tried to be polite) I am flattered by the attention, but it’s time to move on and focus on someone else. Namaste.

          • Wayne Heddinger

            May 28, 2014 at 9:17 pm

            so maybe then you should keep quiet and learn some facts before you go to blaming things on lies !

        • Bella

          May 18, 2014 at 6:19 am

          Thank you. For reading the article well and understanding what the write up was all about and thank you for understanding my comment. pwpg06 must have skipped the whole comment section on this article where I said between Reid’s envy and Boehner’s greed, the LTUs are all chess pieces. PS. employed but if the unaffected doesn’t support the affected then we are all as guilty as the reason for the effect.

      • Ezra Pound

        May 19, 2014 at 6:59 pm

        Has anyone ever called you a twát?

        • Bella

          May 19, 2014 at 8:37 pm

          *High 5s Ezra*

          It’s a she? Wow. I’d never guess…

          The sharpened talons should have been my clue. Oh well…

  17. Down and out in America

    May 17, 2014 at 5:17 am

    The bottom line is that the senate has already passed the unemployment benefits extension and passed It to the house!

    Nothing has changed it is still on John Boehner’s desk and he wont bring it up for a vote because HE wants something for bringing it up for a vote!

    Who cares what HE wants this isn’t about him and or his wants it is about bringing the damb bill up for a vote and see if it passes. that’s what the American people want!

    It is not about ill give u this if I can have that as they are trying to make the American people think because we all know that it would pass if it were to be brought up for a vote

    So why doesn’t John Boehner bring this bill up for a vote and work on his own agenda without holding American family’s in crisis hostage to his wants and ideal’s?

    To the American Family’s it is as simple as just bringing the bill up for a vote and move on Period you all can argue later about all the other agendas.

    Doesn’t John Boehner realize that if he would just bring the bill up for a vote and if it passes or doesn’t pass he would look like a savior to a lot of Americans ?

    • Ezra Pound

      May 17, 2014 at 11:28 am

      Too funny.., and all too true. Im a conservative without even a phantom of a ghost of representation..boner is trash

  18. Myles A Hart

    May 17, 2014 at 7:06 am

    the dems ignored this purposely in the dec budget deal to create this political show..plain and simple

    • HF

      May 17, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      Oh the democrats ignored it purposely in December? Really? Wow! Ok, let’s just say hypothetically speaking ur premise is correct. Were the republigoons in an outrage 4 getting it done? Did they somehow, when none of us were paying attention put forth several UI bills we’ve all seemed 2 overlook? Dems ignored it and the repooks did what exactly, advocate 4 it? Turn off fixed news and join the rest of society will u? Unbelievable!

  19. Hoor

    May 17, 2014 at 7:27 am

    This article is badly written. Harry Reid is D not R. Begin there. Idiot.

    • Progress96

      May 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      Also NOT Senate “minority” leader. Maybe I should apply here! LOL

  20. Guy Three

    May 17, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    The medical device tax that dems wont take out of the unemployment bill is what’s holding the extension up!

    • HF

      May 17, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      The medical device tax is apart of ACA! What does ACA have 2 do with unemployment? C, this is exactly what I’m talking about! Republigoons pay no attention 2 facts whatsoever! The absolute most brainwashed and brain dead ppl on the planet! Wow!

    • Wayne Heddinger

      May 28, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      that is nothing near true….the bill is already passed by the senate….the house (john Boehner) is refusing to put it up for a vote…nothing more !….go learn some facts !

  21. Progress96

    May 17, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    This news report is a little “off”. All facts are confusing and need correction.

  22. WhatTha

    May 17, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Patrick Rigney huh… Freelance writer who needs experience… I.e., a very poorly-written article.

  23. Orval Burk

    May 17, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    its one thing to not have the money for needed help.but to play with it and at the same time watching people losing there living is sick.its time we took to the streets.just say when and i will be at the building of chose breaking out ever windows they have,i dont care any more of they come to my door about this.looking forword to giving them a peace of mi mind.how much more will it take.

  24. HF

    May 17, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    This must be some right wing paper. Republigoons have done absolutely nothing regarding UI except 4 the 6 senators in the senate who crossed party lines and voted with the democrats. Republigoons r angry is how this bogus article starts, what a joke! How many republigoons r on record saying the unemployed r lazy? We’ve all seen the footage, this paper must think the American ppl r stupid! Wow! Republigoons r so angry about the American ppl not receiving unemployment that they’ve done absolutely nothing in the house of representatives regarding it! As a matter of fact, they’re so angry that they haven’t even offered an UI bill of their own, let alone cast a vote on the senate proposed bill. They’re so angry, where’s their bill 4 UI? This is the kind of article that republigoons read if they can do so @ all and then believe this crap! Astounding!

  25. Fran Halcomb Vermilyer

    May 17, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Republican party ? Ya the rich get richer off the working man or woman that they could give a shit about..some party.

  26. Barbara W.

    May 17, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    The House and Senate are comprised of adult men and woman one would think. However both sides are acting like grade school children. They did this so I’m gonna do that and vice versa. They need to grow the hell up and realize they are dealing with the lives of millions of real people. Stop playing this ridiculous game with millions.

  27. Bella

    May 19, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Conversation between Harry Reid and John Boehner as imagined by nearly 3 million suffering, long term unemployed Americans:
    Boehner: So, Harry, I have played the grinch for over 2 months, it’s your turn.
    Reid: I thought our agreement was until mid term elections.
    Boehner: No, no. As a matter of fact, let me reneg that just like my demands on EUC Bipartisan deal. A week at a time, this time.
    Reid: Do you think the American people will not catch on?
    Boehner: No. Not at all. So, for the last week I play the grinch, let me toss in the Keystone Pipeline, okay? Make sure you punt it back to me. Then, toss another EUC proposal and I will use it to wipe my butt.
    Reid: Okay, John, sounds good. As long as we can keep this BS going, we should be good.

  28. James Medina

    May 20, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    This deadlock is despicable. It’s politics over the well being of the people. Democrats pretend to have our backs, but won’t give into any demands or negotiate in any way. This is obvious by them not attaching the extension to the tax cuts, and president Obama not even bothering to call Boehner to negotiate. They just want to spread hatred for republicans. George bush could pass unemployment extensions every year of his presidency. We have to vote all these partisan extremists out this November, and just pray for the future of this nation in decline.

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