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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D-NV) speaks to reporters after Senate luncheons as he is accompanied by Sen. Jeff Merkley, (D-OR) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) at Capitol Hill in Washington, July 16, 2013. U.S. Senate negotiators neared a deal on Tu

Senate Republicans once again blocked emergency unemployment aid for Americans unemployed six months or longer. In fact, Senate Republicans filibustered an extension of the jobless benefits into November, and they blocked a three-month extension. After the votes, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) pointed out that the CBO had estimated that the longer aid extension would create 200,000 jobs.

Republicans continued to whine over procedure in an attempt to distract from the fact that they are standing in the way of unemployment insurance. What they want is to force a lengthy series of votes on poison pill amendments, both slowing the bill's progress and trying to weaken it or pass something unrelated as well as harmful. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did offer a deal on amendments; it just wasn't the capitulation Republicans sought:

In response to Republican requests that they be allowed votes on their amendments to the bill, Democrats agreed to consider five Democratic and five Republican amendments at a 60-vote threshold, with a catch: That the GOP would consent to a simple majority vote on the underlying bill, which would extend emergency benefits through November.

Republicans swiftly rejected the offer from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who said Republicans were trying to “have their cake and eat it too” by requiring 60 votes on the underlying legislation while also demanding consideration of their amendments.

“Are Republicans filibustering unemployment insurance benefits, or are they not?” Reid said on the Senate floor.

They are. And, infuriatingly, on the longer-term extension, they had the support of three Democrats: Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Udall and Michael Bennet of Colorado.

More than 1.3 million Americans, a number growing every week, are desperately in need of this unemployment insurance extension. So is the American economy.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 01:50 PM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  SO WHY isn't Reid reforming (14+ / 0-)

    THIS filibuster crap?

    ALL of our institutions have been hollowed out by the greed ethos. There are none left with heart intact or souls for that matter. So the zombie is all around us - me

    by glitterscale on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 01:54:05 PM PST

  •  Kabuki? n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    ericlewis0, xxdr zombiexx

    This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

    by lunachickie on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 01:55:34 PM PST

  •  Bring on the GOP primaries!! (0+ / 0-)
  •  Blech. Once again, Congress proves it is broken. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    mchestnutjr, Aquarius40

    This time the Senate.  Not Harry's fault.  A corrupt and broken system will never work right, no matter how hard we try.  

    Systemic reform . . . the Senate needs to go the way of the dodo.

    Just IMO, of course.

    "Where some see a system for encouraging discussion . . . others see an echo chamber of bad grammar, unchecked stupidity, and constructive interference . . . " -- Ars Technica

    by Rikon Snow on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 02:25:53 PM PST

  •  Yeah, the GOP is trying to starve millions (5+ / 0-)

    of Americans, but please, do not wish ill upon them.

    Please tolerate anything they do with a smile, like a good citizen.

    Do NOT throw rocks at them or chase them down the street(s).

    Legal means "good".
    [41984 | Feb 4, 2005]

    by xxdr zombiexx on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 02:25:59 PM PST

  •  More ammunition for November 2014 midterms (2+ / 0-)
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    northerntier, Scandalous One

    Boy, the Democrats' prospects for winning back the House of Representatives and keeping control of the U.S. Senate are looking brighter every day.

    Every time we lose ground and the GOP wins the battle for a period of time, the GOP shoots themselves in the foot even more and provides more long-term ammunition for Democratic Party to fight with.

    We just need one thing:  Massive voter turnout November 4th regardless of the odds.

  •  I'm still laughing at this stupid fucker Christie. (3+ / 0-)

    Photo taken on 9/11/13...during the GWB shut down.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 02:37:37 PM PST

  •  Anybody who thought (8+ / 0-)

    That extended unemployment benefits would be coming back after Patty Murray and the Democrats negotiated them away is just delusional. We, (and the Democrats in Congress especially), need to stop pretending that Republicans can be shamed or coerced into behaving in a rational fashion. Nihilists are irrational by definition! Stop pretending that they can be reasoned with. When the Democrats gave up emergency UI benefits, they gave them up for good and it's far from clear that this will hurt Republicans in the elections. They own the media and the message. Sorry if that's a bitter pill but it's just the truth!

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 02:39:00 PM PST

    •  You get enough home invasion robberies, (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      NoMoreLies

      holdups in parking lots, bank robberies and other similar crimes from desperate people who haven't been able to find work in 2 years and eventually something will happen. And as long as the morally bankrupt nihilists in government like Feinstein and her neocon buddies across the aisle continue to play around with people's lives like this, it's only going to get worse.

      At some point this country's fascination with right wing dogma is going to reach its terminal boundary condition and when it does, the result might well end up being a blood bath.

      BTW, somehow I get the impression that's exactly what they want, too....

      •  Yes, It will change. It always does (0+ / 0-)

        When it will change, what form it will take and whether it will be violent or not, I can't say, though I believe that it's coming soon. Within the next decade or so anyway. They always push too far and then the people push back. That's just American history.

        "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

        by MargaretPOA on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 03:14:53 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Only American history? (0+ / 0-)

          The whole of human history isn't exactly an exercise in pacifism as I recall, although some cultures do take longer than others to wake up, though, depending on how lazy and sloppy they've become. That probably explains why we're taking so long.

      •  "You get enough home invasion robberies, holdups" (0+ / 0-)

        and to think we look down on the Tea Party for being irrational.

        New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

        by AlexDrew on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 05:48:36 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  One more thing (6+ / 0-)

    Any "Democrat" who supports any Republican filibuster should lose the support of the DNC, the DSCC and the Democratic voters. I don't give a fuck how red their state is. The time has long past to stop playing softball. I'm not suggesting ideological purity but supporting a Republican filibuster is beyond the pale. Far beyond.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 02:43:00 PM PST

    •  this would (0+ / 0-)

      impact Tester who joined a Rep filibuster

      Another shining sphere flies from Feior's hands, and you are frozen where you stand

      by GideonAB on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 03:03:07 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  GOOD! (4+ / 0-)

        Democrats who support Republican filibusters are not Democrats. Or not how I define Democrats, anyway. Tester can vote against legislation he doesn't like without supporting a Republican filibuster. He doesn't get a pass.

        "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

        by MargaretPOA on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 03:18:15 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  I agree as far as blue state Dems are concerned (0+ / 0-)

          But Landrieu, Manchin etc...are probably the best that we can do in states like Louisiana and West Virginia.

          The Tea Party has succeeded in making the GOP more conservative by making red states more red. We have to do the same with California, Illinois and New York for example. We have to move the party left.

          Former GOP Sen. Jim Demint: "And I've said, I'd rather have 40 Marco Rubios than 60 Arlen Spectors"

          For all of optical/public relations damage the Tea Party has inflicted on the GOP brand, they are in a position to keep the House and win the Senate. All on very, very conservative principals.

          Go Warren 2016!!!

          New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

          by AlexDrew on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 05:58:39 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  udall and bennet? what's their problem? (4+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, KayCeSF, kayak58, Maverick80229

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 02:45:13 PM PST

    •  This is nothing but shameful for Mark Udall. (3+ / 0-)
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      snoopydawg, certainot, Maverick80229

      Sen. Tom Udall (his cousin) needs to take him to task for this.  He's really lost his way.  Very disappointing!

      I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

      by KayCeSF on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 03:30:12 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Gee... (0+ / 0-)

      Where's that guy who swore at me when I said I'd vote for a Republican before I'd vote for any Blue SOB like Bennet?

      "Our problem is not that the glass is half empty or half full, but that the 1% claims that it is their glass." ---Stolen from a post on Daily Kos

      by jestbill on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 05:50:33 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  i'd swear at anyone who'd vote for any republican (0+ / 0-)

        these days

        This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

        by certainot on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 08:37:12 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  I'm with Harry Truman. (0+ / 0-)

          I'd rather vote for a truthful Republican than a lying Republican who says he's a Democrat.

          Bennet needs to go.
          I was giving Udall some benefit because of his stance on government spying, but he needs to go too.
          Both of 'em voted for the committee to reduce the budget back when that was a Republican meme designed to keep the economy down.

          The Democratic party got rid of a bunch of Blue SOB's last time the only way it can be done: by voting for actual Republicans instead of fake ones.

          "Our problem is not that the glass is half empty or half full, but that the 1% claims that it is their glass." ---Stolen from a post on Daily Kos

          by jestbill on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 02:32:06 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  there is no excuse for voting republican (0+ / 0-)

            i haven't heard a republican tell the truth or do anything to get my vote in many years.

            someone who would be a member of a party that's so corrupt and ignorant as that one doesn't deserve any votes.

            and anyone who would be a member of, especially a rep, of a party that trying to destroy the planet with global warming deserves no respect. and if they're doing it for the money, be considered a traitor.

            not voting is not a good option but there are no republicans getting through their primary process these days that isn't a fucking dittohead and idiot.

            i don't know how anyone who considers them selves a democrat or a liberal or progressive, of a thoughtful person, could consider voting republican. there's no excuse.

            This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

            by certainot on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 04:01:25 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

    •  Very disappointed in Bennet (2+ / 0-)
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      certainot, Maverick80229

      I knew his father - was president of NPR and of Wesleyan University. Actually just disgusted, period.

      You can observe a lot just by watching. - Yogi Berra

      by kayak58 on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 08:29:38 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Evil (4+ / 0-)
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    kimo, ryeland, Scandalous One, snoopydawg

    there is no other word for what the Republicans are.  They are evil and those who continue to vote for them, and support them and call themselves Republicans are evil.  Not evil enough that they are starving old people. infants and children, they are actively looking for more people to starve.  I hope they burn in the hell in which they so fervently believe.

  •  Gee, no one could have forseen this, NOT (3+ / 0-)
    Senate Republicans block two unemployment aid bills
    The time to fight for unemployment aid extension was during the recent crucial year end budget negotiations between Patty Murray and Paul Ryan.

    Thanks Patty Murray, Harry Reid and President Obama for negotiating away unemployment aid extension during those crucial negotiations. What would we do without your collective incompetence!!!

    •  What little leverage we had (0+ / 0-)

      was during the year end budget talks. Even here in "liberal" SF you here some Dems questioning how long we should keep extending benefits. So just imagine what the sentiment is in red states, cities and towns.

      Despite what the polls say, how many voters will cast their ballot based on this issue? The GOP is betting not many. That makes bringing pressure to bear almost impossible. I think Murray and the leadership might have blown this one.

      New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

      by AlexDrew on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 06:04:36 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Am I reading this correctly? (0+ / 0-)

    We want to extend unemployment benefits through November?  How long will that mean someone that already has been on unemployment for 99 weeks can get more unemployment?  Maybe I'm not seeing what this is saying because I truly believe that there are not many people that don't know that unemployment benefits have to end somewhere and sometime for people.  There just HAS to be a line drawn.  Those benefits can't just go on forever.  It's just not fiscally feasible to set up another continuous, long term entitlement like that for America.  We just can't afford that.  

    Call me anything you want and I am sure people here will do just that.  But, let's be honest here people.  

    Now, I am all for putting the 99 weeks back into the mix.  That is a LONG time to be unemployed.  Many people face it though through no fault of their own.  But, past that?  I just think there has to be a stopping point.  

    •  no (3+ / 0-)

      You are not reading it correctly. This to re-start extended benefits past 26 weeks. As of 12/28 nobody is getting more than 26 weeks. Nobody has received 99 weeks for over a year...they have been continually reduced. The current Democratic bill reduces them even more depending on a state's unemployment level. Even if the Dem bill became law, Californians, for example, would only get a maximum of about 50 weeks.

      Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together. -Joseph Pulitzer

      by ryeland on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 03:50:00 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  So I guess after that point they should just (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      snoopydawg

      go die and decrease the surplus population, right?  After all, even if there were enough jobs what employer is going to hire someone who has been employed longer than a year anyway?  So perhaps we should have a program to give free cyanide pills to people (and their families) in that position, it would definitely be more humane that way.

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 08:04:27 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  That's silly (0+ / 0-)

        After a certain number of weeks, the ESC should be able to require people take jobs that don't pay what their previous jobs paid.  If a person, say, made $20 per hour and was laid off, after 52 weeks of not finding work that paid close to or equivalent to that, they should have to take whatever job opening came along even if it only paid half that.  Will that cause them to have to cut back on many things?  Will their lives change because of that?  Sure.  But, most Americans have had to make adjustments in their financial lives.  It's unfortunate, but the country can't just cant afford continuous unemployment for years and years without asking people to step up and take unfortunate lumps that come along in the road.  I know that isn't popular here, but it is reality and it is true.  

        I put a post here about how government should use unemployment compensation money to create infrastructure jobs in a way that is like what was done during the depression.  That would help people find work, build the economy by building private businesses that supported that effort and would put our roads and bridges and whatever else back to being structurally strong.  

  •  I feel screwed (4+ / 0-)
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    Ranger1, TracieLynn, NoMoreLies, ryeland

    I have 3 more weeks of state benifits and feel screwed. I know people in Md that collected for well over a year while I am getting cutting off at 26 wks.
    I am pushing 60 and made a good salary so I have been trying to get a job that matches my skill, not going to happen. I am now trying to just get min wage jobs. Safeway actually offered me part time at $7.65 hr plus I would have to pay union $11 wk. I laughed and said I am not that desperate yet. Maybe in 3 weeks.
    This is nothing more than corporations trying to drive down wages. I am done with politics, they all suck!

    •  there must be so many of us (0+ / 0-)

      in this situation. I'm pushing 50...been out of work about 38 weeks and am starting to lose hope for my career and a decent salary. I will also need to take a minimum wage job very soon. This is just not right.

      Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together. -Joseph Pulitzer

      by ryeland on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 11:06:21 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  GOP slogan: The cure for poverty is starvation n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  Unemployment benefits (2+ / 0-)
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    snoopydawg, ryeland

    Should be limitless, why place a time limit.  I have been unemployed for 18 months, yet I haven't claimed any benefits as I left my job to care for my child who was sick, and he has since recovered.  My employment hasn't, so I am living on savings, and my family has cut back on most all expenses.  If John Doe needs 200 weeks to find a job, he should get UI for 200 weeks, if Sally Smith needs 2 months good for her, both are entitled to the same benefit.  

  •  The SOB's should put up or shut up (0+ / 0-)

    If they won't pass unemployment extension, then start attaching amendments to their legislation asking for a
    Federal jobs program in infrastructure, green renewal, and renewable energy with the positions starting at a wage floor of $13.00 per hour, and offer that to the unemployed.

    The fact that that the President, nor anyone except Bernie Sanders, has not proposed something like this is shameful. The Depression of the Twenty Teens grinds on and it would have been as bad as the 1930s depression save for the fact there is now a social safety net (shrinking by the day). Could you imagine if Andrew Mellon was put in charge of pulling us out of the 1930s depression? We are now seeing what happens when you put similar ideology in charge today. The FAIL must end.

  •  Republicans are missing a soul and heart. (1+ / 0-)
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    ryeland

    Excuse me for caring about my fellow human beings you aholes.

  •  economic traitors (0+ / 0-)

    I just lost my job & I never thought I'd be back filing an unemployment insurance claim. I saw the people waiting for hours in an understaffed office to deal with their pittance of benefits. The notion that people prefer that to a job is sick, warped and F'ed up. The Repubs blocking those extended benefits are economic traitors who deserve to be dragged out of their fancy offices & sent to Gitmo to eat Cuban cockroaches with the other enemies of America.

  •  Give Them What They Want (0+ / 0-)

    Republicans want the unemployment costs "paid for" by cuts in other parts of the budget. I think we should give them what they ask for.

    In exchange for funding a full six-month extension to benefits after state benefits run out, I would be willing to make equal dollar cuts to the federal budget, as long as those cuts came out of defense spending. I think this is a win-win proposal. They get that they want (cuts to government spending) and we get what we want (cuts to military spending). Oh, and then there would also be the byproduct that it would help American families and boost the economy.

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