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House Speaker John Boehner already has his shovel out and is working to pile up as much manure as he'll be called on to deliver during his refusal to allow a clean vote on extending unemployment aid. Polling suggests he better shovel hard, though, if he doesn't want his party to pay a price for blocking jobless benefits.

In a statement after the Senate moved forward to debate the unemployment insurance extension, Boehner said, "another extension of temporary emergency unemployment benefits should not only be paid for but include something to help put people back to work." That's rich, coming from a House leader who's held dozens of votes on repealing Obamacare while failing to advance any bills that would actually create a meaningful number of jobs. And indeed, repealing Obamacare is one of the things Boehner is suggesting in place of extending unemployment benefits.

Boehner may have a hard time convincing voters that "Not my fault! Repeal Obamacare!" is a reasonable excuse for not just holding a clean vote on unemployment, though. Public Policy Polling recently surveyed four Republican-held but swingy districts, as well as Boehner's own district, and found strong bipartisan support for extending unemployment aid:

Anywhere from 63-68% of voters in the five districts support continuing unemployment benefits with only 28-34% ok with cutting them. 79-85% of Democrats in the districts support keeping extended benefits in place, but so do anywhere from 58-64% of independents and 48%-60% of Republicans [...]

Representatives who vote to cut off extended unemployment benefits could pay a price at the polls next year. In all four of the swing districts we looked at voters say they would be less likely to vote for the Republican incumbent by at least a 9 point margin next year if they cast such a vote. Additionally the independent voters who are so key to these Congressmen’s survival say in each district that they would consider a vote to cut off unemployment a reason to vote for someone else next year.

Of course, Boehner has ignored what voters want on issue after issue, so it's nothing new that he's planning to do so on unemployment. But in an election year, the more high-profile, popular bills he won't even allow the House to vote on, the more damage he does to the Republican brand.

Email your member of Congress now to demand that they restore benefits to the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 11:48 AM PST.

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  •  YES! Tweeting out NOW... (7+ / 0-)

    ..and again and again.  Come on progressives SHARE THIS.

    Proud to be part of the 21st Century Democratic Majority Party of the 3M's.. Multiracial,Multigender and MiddleClass

    by LOrion on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 11:56:49 AM PST

  •  Boehner is handing the Democrats... (12+ / 0-)

    ...his head, and the heads of every other Republican up for reelection this year, on a cutting board. We would be fools not to sharpen up our figurative knives by using this against them.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 11:57:11 AM PST

  •  We all know who Boehner represents! (4+ / 0-)
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    Puddytat, NancyWH, a2nite, Bear

    The Tea Party and himself!

    Now, maybe the voters in his home district will wake up and smell the coffee.  It's time to retire the GOP.  Republicans are history.

    The American People need a means of creating effective government and as long as the GOP, the Republican Party and the Tea Party continue to participate, that will be impossible.

    My wife, daughter and granddaughters should have more privacy in their doctor's office than I have buying another rifle or shotgun.

    by NM Ray on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 11:59:46 AM PST

    •  GOP PRIMARY voters. (2+ / 0-)
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      Mr MadAsHell, rhonan

      Folks, the GOP House is mainly concerned with GOP primary voters.

      From the diary:

      Anywhere from 63-68% of voters in the five districts support continuing unemployment benefits with only 28-34% ok with cutting them.
      But guess who's in that 28-34%? That's right, the GOP primary voters. And a majority of them are not just "OK" with cutting unemployment benefits, they're foaming-at-the-mouth-eager to cut unemployment benefits.

      Remember: gerrymandering is so bad that the GOP has a House majority even though more people voted Dem in the 2012 House elections.

      If you want to fix the House, fix gerrymandering. Get a nonpartisan commission like California's. Or something similar.

      The House GOP is doing the will of the people who voted for them. Expect them to keep doing that. We need to reshuffle the stack of voters.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 01:59:49 PM PST

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  •  The voters won't like it - but they also won't (9+ / 0-)

    Remember it come election time. The Republicans count on the American voter having the attention span of a ferret and the retention of a goldfish, and it has a history of working out pretty well for them. Less than 2 years after the Republicans had almost wrecked the country, the voters elected the biggest wave of maniacs the country has ever seen - and just a few months after the Rs shut down the government, the public has basically been distracted enough to forget the entire episode. 10 LONG months from now, will they remember or care about what happened with this issue?

    "You've been wrong about every single thing you've ever done, including this thing. You're not smart. You're not a scientist. You're not a doctor. You're not even a full-time employee! Where did your life go so wrong?" ―GLaDOS

    by Fordmandalay on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 12:12:41 PM PST

  •  I think these dumb bells have forgotten (6+ / 0-)

    that Republican voters ALSO get layoff notices and collect unemployment, too.  They may be Tea Baggers, but if you take their check, they might not vote for you next time.

    They need to stop acting like people enjoy being poor, unemployed, or sick so they can collect those not-so-lavish benefits that don't even cover the most basic of necessities.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 12:22:37 PM PST

    •  Buuuuut its cus's becuz (1+ / 0-)
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      you know those lazy slackers, they might be illegal, they might know different than you. that's why it wasn't know to separate the "wheat from the chaff". Or some such bullshit. Anything to divide and conquer. Blowing smoke up their electorates' ass. It's up to us, those that can have conversations with friends, family, neighbors,  hell people on the bus, those we work with, to say just how vile and "anti-American" this really is.

      Catholic by birth, Wiccan by choice. Namaste WF

      by Wildfaery on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 03:11:09 PM PST

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    •  Correct!!! (1+ / 0-)
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      Show me ONE Teapuke who has turned down his or her Social Security check or Medicare.

      Every time one of them says "socialist" that is the only question you need to ask.

      Given the are my age.

      Shuts them right up .... as long as "I" don't have to suffer it is ok to piss on the others.


      Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. Frank Zappa

      by Da Rock on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 03:36:41 PM PST

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  •  A Dem Senator's floor speech on extending benefit (1+ / 0-)
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    A Democratic Senator should use her or his time in the upcoming debate on the extension of unemployment benefits by making the following speech:

    "Under a Republican President, Republican Senators voted X times to extend unemployment benefits without having to pay for it.

    Under a Republican President, Republican Senators voted X times to to extend unemployment benefits without having to pay for it.

    Under a Republican President, Republican Senators voted X times to extend unemployment benefits without having to pay for it.

    Under a Republican President, Republican Senators voted X times to extend unemployment benefits without having to pay for it.

    Under a Republican President Republican Senators voted X times to extend unemployment benefits without having to pay for it."

    [Keep repeating until the Senator's speaking time expires."]

  •  Right. He's soooo scared. (2+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, HeyMikey

    He'll only win 70 percent in his district I guess.  

    If elections were issue-polls, Democrats would rule forever.

    The GOP members know their districts, and know they are safe.

  •  Can't redraw district lines again until 2021. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Actually, there's no rule or law against it. (1+ / 0-)
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      Recall Tom Delay's allies pushed through a Texas redistricting in 2000-something, even though there had been no new census.

      It may be a practical impossibility simply because the old district lines yield GOP majorities in most states. But if the Dems should capture a state legislature & Gov seat, there's no federal legal impediment to redistricting before the next census.

      State laws may vary.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 02:03:15 PM PST

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  •  Once again Republicans are lying....the President (2+ / 0-)
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    chipoliwog, MyLifeInKenya

    sent them a comprehensive jobs bill which was all paid for over a year ago and it was blocked and died in the House.....

  •  He's right (2+ / 0-)
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    nocynicism, MyLifeInKenya

    Let's put people back ot work. We could start with a massive nationwhide infrastructre repair/replacment effort. That would get lots of people working - at all possible skill levels. Throw in some funding again for teachers, first responders etc.  We might aactually get to where UI needs would be pretty negligible. REall good ways of using his shovel, there.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 01:15:49 PM PST

  •  I think perhaps... (1+ / 0-)
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    NoMoreLies have excessively panglossian view of the electorate.

    The Republicans count on the American voter having the attention span of a ferret and the retention of a goldfish, and it has a history of working out pretty well for them.
    I couldn't say it better myself, we all know how the electorate in this country will gleefully vote against their own best interests and this subject simply is not a subject that will change that.

    The sad truth is, there are way too many people who say to themselves, "this doesn't effect me, I have a job" or something to that effect and will vote accordingly. I find it hard to comprehend but it would not surprise me if there was an unemployed person somewhere who was vehemently opposed to extending these programs.

    Truly I hope you are correct, but frankly I don't see it myself.

    Honesty may be the best policy, but it's important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy.

    by fauxrs on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 01:34:09 PM PST

  •  He doesn't care; he'll get re-elected (2+ / 0-)
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    HeyMikey, MyLifeInKenya

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 01:58:17 PM PST

  •  Get someone to place unemployment and military (1+ / 0-)
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    pensions in the same bill and see what happens. Ayotte tried it in the Senate and it didn't float (Levin wouldn't support her provision for offsets, requiring SSNs for a child credit on taxes). But it might fly in the House.

    Either way, Boehner is going to take heat for both:

  •  Cut the military budget to pay for it. (4+ / 0-)
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    Paddy999, a2nite, rhonan, OpherGopher

    Pass an infrastructure bill to create jobs.  And there you are, Mr. Boehner, a solution you've asked for.

    And it's been staring at you in the face for the last 5 years.

    The most violent element in society is ignorance.

    by Mr MadAsHell on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 02:29:21 PM PST

  •  All those Republican people losing unemployment (3+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Wildfaery, OpherGopher

    Insurance, should change their voter registration card to Dem or independent!  Go with a viral campaign about that!

    "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." - John F. Kennedy

    by Paddy999 on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 02:31:06 PM PST

  •  Even though OH-08 is difficult for Democrats (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm hearing that Democratic challenger to John Boehner, Tom Poetter, is generating quite a bit of fundraising.  He's near $10,000 on Act Blue.  Not certain if this is the only way he's fundraising.

    Tom Poetter for Congress:


  •  Why should he care? (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, OpherGopher

    Between gerrymandering the House and the State legislatures, and suppressing the votes of brown people, young people, and other Democrats and rational voters, the Republicans have set things up so that they have no reason whatsoever to pay attention to what the American people really want (as opposed to what they say we want).

    And as long as the information the average American receives is filtered through the corporate media machine, the truth is never going to have an impact on our political debates.

    In Washington, whenever anyone does something wrong, everyone else gets punished.

    by Noziglia on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 02:45:01 PM PST

  •  Not only would a NEW New Deal put people back (2+ / 0-)
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    rhonan, OpherGopher

    to work, but it would leave a legacy of public works projects lasting three or four generations. Just like the first New Deal:

    A list: the legacy of infrastructure of the New Deal

    Form follows function -- Louis Sullivan

    by Spud1 on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 02:54:17 PM PST

  •  There is only 1 job for every 3 people looking (1+ / 0-)
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    What kind of time wasting job training educate program do Republicans propose we come up with. There are no jobs. What exactly is wrong with the people who continue to vote for this party.

    And this country in general needs to get off the, "It's not fair that they get to stay home...blah, blah, blah..." I even hear Democrats talk about that privately.

    There are not jobs people. A program is going to do zero.

    “Go to where the silence is and say something.” ― Amy Goodman

    Speakeasy at The Black & Tan Show

    by theblackandtanshow on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 03:02:10 PM PST

    •  They want people "trained" to do (0+ / 0-)

      menial jobs ..... NOW if they offered up some kind of real training package --- say tech schools or college education that would be something.

      What I heard them say on the radio is they want UE benefits and those getting them would be like indentured servants working for free while "learning a trade". Like cleaning houses or cooking for the Massa. Then if they work hard enough, while being paid for by our taxes, some rich person might hire them.

      Just another way to get everyone to pay for the rich folks.

      Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. Frank Zappa

      by Da Rock on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 04:01:06 PM PST

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  •  This could have been avoided. (0+ / 0-)

    This should have been in the budget deal.  Many of us said at the time that if the Republicans were even threatening a shutdown, they certainly would not support EUC on its own. Now we have no leverage on the Republicans and those of us progressives who have lost our EUC are expected to forget that it was Patty Murray and the Democratic leadership who threw us under to bus to get a budget deal. Here's a clue, if the only answer we get from the Democratic Party is to remember in November, we will. We will remember that the neither party really supports the workers. I'm tired of a Democratic party that talks about supporting workers to get our vote, and then stabs us in the back for politics.

    Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your shackles. It is by the picket line and direct action that true freedom will be won, not by electing people who promise to screw us less than the other guy.

    by rhonan on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 03:10:29 PM PST

  •  It's not "next year" (1+ / 0-)
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    It's 10 months from now that Republicans will lose elections if they don't start doing things for the people who need help.  I hate to see unemployed suffer, but the Republicans in Congress have been sticking it to them for five whole years.  Now Boner wants to hinge extending benefits on a jobs bill?  Where the hell has he been?  Obama has been offering a jobs bill for years, and Boner hasn't done a goddamn thing!

    •  The Speaker's "vision" of a jobs bill... (0+ / 0-)

      ...bears no resemblance to one that you, me, POTUS and probably 54% of likely November voters would recognize.

      Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 03:25:24 PM PST

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  •  Boehner (1+ / 0-)
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    If there were a god, why doesn't he strike this evil sob with lightning?

  •  It's OK for the taxpayers (0+ / 0-)

    to bail out the TBTFs and Wall Street, but it's not OK to bail out the taxpayers.  ?????

  •  My excellent Representative, Paul Tonko, (0+ / 0-)

    posted on his Facebook page, showing how he stood on the House floor and demanded that UI be extended.  The comments he received--in this solidly blue district--show that there are plenty of people out there who hate the "lazy, no-good" unemployed, hate the "libtards" for wanting this extension, insist that if the jobless really wanted to work they'd scrub toilets, think we've had "enough handouts", blame "Obummer" for not creating enough jobs, and want Rep. Tonko to resign for being a Socialist loser.  The combination of ignorance and rage in these posts leads me to believe that Boehner and the GOP still have plenty of support for their cruel actions.

    "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

    by SottoVoce on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 03:23:07 PM PST

  •  getting a job is different now (2+ / 0-)
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    OpherGopher, a2nite

    You have to apply online and at my age 59 with 4 weeks of UI left it's hard to get even an interview. Then again I have been trying to get a job that I am qualified for in a few weeks I guess I start living off the money I was saving for retirement or try for a min wage job which I won't get because they will tell me I'm overqualified.
    Fuck every republican in congress.

  •  The Competition Is Stiff At Daily Kos But ... (0+ / 0-)

    .... Laura Clawson is becoming one of my most favorite writers anywhere.

    Collect Different Days

    by Homers24 on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 05:07:43 PM PST

  •  PS PPP (0+ / 0-)

    This is another thing to watch. Thanks to Daily Kos I've been watching Public Policy Polling and so far at least they have proven to be one of the most accurate polling firms in the nation. And I sure hope they are equally as accurate in this instance.

    Collect Different Days

    by Homers24 on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 05:12:23 PM PST

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