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Extending emergency unemployment insurance hasn't fallen off of the Democratic priority list, but beyond that, it's difficult to say much more. Senate Democrats are searching for the 60th vote to renew the aid, which expired in late December, but Republicans continue to make unreasonable demands in exchange for their votes. Democrats had been trying to get a three-month extension passed, to buy time to work out a longer deal, but by now, the first three months is almost up:
“I’m certainly thinking of the possibility of a longer duration, because at this juncture … a three-month [bill] becomes almost a retroactive lump sum payment, not a continuation of the program,” said Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the chief Democrat sponsoring the effort. “Time has been evaporating over the last several weeks.”

Instead, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his leadership team are pitching a bill that would revive benefits for six months or so retroactive to December, using the new farm law’s billions in savings to pay for a half-year extension’s price tag of roughly $12 billion to $13 billion.

There appears to be some chaos behind the scenes as Democrats look for ways to extend the unemployment aid without giving away the entire farm, while Republicans demand multiple farms; Democrats had been reported to be seeking the vote of Indiana Republican Sen. Dan Coats, but his office is denying even having heard from Democratic leadership in recent weeks.

The two pieces of real clarity we have on this issue are that 1.8 million Americans who have been jobless for six months or more are currently without the unemployment insurance they need to survive, and Republicans have blocked and are continuing to block an extension of that aid.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 01:29 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Start making it a campaign ad, ASAP! n/t (5+ / 0-)

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

    by JeffW on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 01:37:31 PM PST

  •  The rotten Rethugs don't care nt (1+ / 0-)
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    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 02:14:58 PM PST

  •  Repubs STILL actively killing jobs (8+ / 0-)

    actively killing help for the poor in all its forms.

    Why can you people not see these fuckers are an active enemy who is trying to destroy everything you know about this life? Are you just too invested in being 'nice'?

    Stop acting like the GOP is stupid or is "out of touch": they are waging a fucking war on YOU. It's not an error. It is exactly what they have intended since Reagan's time.

    Enemy: go look that word up - it appears to have lost its meaning.

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

    by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 06:35:40 AM PST

  •  What democrats need to do is consolidate what... (1+ / 0-)
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    aid there is.

    Withdraw aid from Republican districts and focus on the cities. The reason conservatives don't care is cause they still get some help from the government. Cut them off totally.

    •  The problem with this is that (0+ / 0-)

      democrats already win in the cities, but to control congress they need to also win in rural areas.  However, areas where their is too much corporate welfare that is visibly unequally benefiting the citizenry are great targets for cuts.  If corporate welfare is going to fund republicans, then they need to be targeted.  Its also important to link republicans with raising prices, since that money folks like the Koch's spend is drawn from people's pockets.  Why do you think prices always go up most in election years?

  •  Democrats Need To Run Against Every Republican (1+ / 0-)
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    senator who votes against helping the unemployed.  Mitch McConnell should be the biggest one to run against on his repealing Obamacare and his voting against the unemployment bills.

    "Don't Let Them Catch You With Your Eyes Closed"

    by rssrai on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 06:49:31 AM PST

  •  Rethugs: Don't Tax the Rich! Don't Feed the Poor! (2+ / 0-)
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    Caniac41, akovia

    Give Corporations

    More & More!

    (It's time to end all Congressional pensions and retirement benefits -- public service should be service TO the public, NOT service BY the public.  Also, it's time to cut rethug Congresswomwen's pay in half since they all voted against Equial Pay for Equal Work.)

  •  For today's Republicans, (0+ / 0-)

    hating on gays and meddling with women's reproduction decisions are THE important issues.  They cannot be bothered to deal with unemployment benefits or job creation.

    "There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress." - Mark Twain

    by rustypatina on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 07:13:31 AM PST

    •  They are only important (1+ / 0-)
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      in that they serve to distract voters from the economic inequities of the republicanism.  It is democrats job to let the GOP focus on repressing people and on the reality that there would be the need for a lot less repression if there were more economic equality in addition to liberty and freedom.  Liberty and freedom and all that stuff, means little if you can't afford to eat or find shelter.  Sadly, democrats are far too easily  distracted from the task at hand.

  •  Democrats are "SOFT"... (1+ / 0-)
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    Jake formerly of the LP

    Until the Democrats start utilizing the media and this year's current sen. / rep.  campaign to inform every citizen on the status of Repugs and Tea Sacks daily agenda, we will lose!
    Tell them that they...
    1. Continue to search for a ways to deny citizens health insurance.
    2. Deny votes for Unemployment Benefits.
    3. Prevent minimum wage increase.
    4. etc... list continues...
    Daily, I'm becoming convinced that Democrats are either  secretly involved in the Repugs and Tea Sacks agenda or they're simply stupid. The men have been castrated and women circumcised like African young ladies! There is no better time than now to turn up the heat on these parties while they have internal fighting amongst themselves for positions... Will someone please help me get this information to the party of "Deer in headlights Democrats". Stop standing there and move!!!

    "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy".
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    •  No, that's not the problem. (1+ / 0-)
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      The problem is that most people still have jobs, so they're not the one's suffering directly. The democrats are not willing to irritate progressives with jobs by compromising too much with the Republicans to get this done. Hence why they won't "give away the farm" to help those who need it most. There has been a proposal out that has bi-partisan support that extend EUC for at a year, in exchange for a 3 month tax amnesty that lets the wealthy bring untaxed wealth back to America from foreign banks at a significantly reduced rate. It it should be on the Democratic agenda, but the 10% tax rate is considered giving the farm away by some. Sadly, too many in the Democratic leadership would rather use the suffering of those of us without any hope left in November, than risk the Repubicans looking less evil.

      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 Feb 26, 2014 at 11:15:41 AM PST

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      •  I'm not really sure what your last sentence means (0+ / 0-)
        •  Simple. (0+ / 0-)

          The Democratic leadership has shown that it values Republicans blocking the renewal of Emergency Unemployment more than it desires to help Americans in need. Compromising on a bill before November means Democrats can't attack Republicans for doing nothing for the unemployed.

          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 Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 10:17:45 AM PST

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  •  Democrats need to alter their plan (2+ / 0-)
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    Caniac41, QuelleC

    Democrats shouldn't just ask for an extension of unemployment assistance.  Instead they should couple it and their rhetoric with a dollar for dollar with a jobs plan, so that the GOP can be seen not only as being uninterested in the unemployed, but also uninterested in jobs, jobs, jobs.

    Democrats need to discover the virtue of the mantra, which the GOP uses so effectively.  Let us all sing in unison, jobs, jobs, jobs!  The GOP has no plan for jobs, but democrats must, and they must sing this song even when attaching it to other issues may seem like a stretch.  One has to understand that Americans are so saturated with commercials that only those that are told continuously are the one's that get remembered.  We need to remind the public that the GOP came into a majority in congress with a promise of jobs, jobs, jobs and instead all that they have created is conjobs.

  •  Duh. Go majority Rule (3+ / 0-)
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    akovia, TerryDarc, rhonan

    Drop the must-have 60.

    Surprise Mitch. Tell no one. Just go on the floor and vote to change the rules of the Senate.

    They still got the House, but they will have learned their lesson.  That 60-vote, it's gone, baby.

  •  Make THEM (3+ / 0-)
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    Caniac41, TerryDarc, rhonan

    vote NO 44 TIMES!

  •  The argument (3+ / 0-)
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    TerryDarc, rhonan, QuelleC

    I am having with a 'friend' is that because she had to scrub toilets in the Carter/Reagan era and didn't get extended unemployment - she has no empathy.  

    That is what we are up against....  

    Why do Republicans Hate Americans?

    by Caniac41 on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 07:50:15 AM PST

    •  Yes, this (1+ / 0-)
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      And those people who are now shut out of long term unemployment who subsequently will not vote.

      America: home of the free, land of the stupid.

      What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

      by TerryDarc on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 08:13:11 AM PST

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  •  Wow, things are tough for Sarah Palin. (0+ / 0-)
  •  franking privileges (0+ / 0-)

     I am not as sophisticated as everyone here and apologize if my comment is not germane.
      Is it possible for  Congresspeople to use their franking privileges to send mail to constituents about what is happening or are Congresspeople restricted in their franking privileges?

    •  I've never received anything from congress (0+ / 0-)

      Sen Ron Johnson (R) sent me a campaign postcard once.  My WI state senator sent me a flyer once or twice.  But yes, why aren't they mailing information to people?  I'm going to contact my other Sen Tammy Baldwin, today about this.

  •  Give the GOP nothing (0+ / 0-)

    I advocate giving the GOP nothing, keep voting and losing, just like House on ACA and make campaign commercials about it.
    I realize this means unemployed suffer but at some point we have to demand that the Dems stop getting tiny little "victories" while giving away the store.  I know, mixed metaphors.

    •  I hope you are being sarcastic. (0+ / 0-)

      If you are serious, you are as sick and depraved as the Republicans who are laughing at others suffering. This isn't a little victory. It is probably the only hope the Democrats have in September. I know a number of progressives who are realizing in this is an issue that far too many of the Democratic leadership see this as just an election issue, and not life and death for a huge number of American workers. I sat and watched as my Democratic Senator, Patty Murray, someone I've campaigned for, throw us under the bus in the budget deal. What we are learning is that for us, there is no difference between the parties. Neither cares for us beyond our votes, and the both think they can get along fine without us. I've voted all my life, and I doubt I'll vote for a Democrat again of they don't start caring about us again real soon.

      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 Feb 26, 2014 at 11:30:04 AM PST

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  •  I thought they'd only make us suffer for a month (0+ / 0-)

    $203 a week was enough to cover my small house, phone and internet.  But not food and heat in this very cold winter.  It's been 2 months now, I haven't even bothered to file for last week yet.  My mortgageholder is starting to pile on some fees for hundreds of dollars of "house inspection" I guess for someone to come out and photograph the house?  I'm supporting my son while he finishes college this May.  While we're arguing about what the Senate can't do, the House will never even put it to a vote.  We've been forgotten and stomped on.

  •  I have been unemployed (0+ / 0-)

    For 20 months with no unemployment benefits.  I was forced to resign in order to care for my child who fell ill, and has sice fully recovered.  However because I quit, I can't claim benefits, I have been using my life savings, and retirement plans are tapped out, I have an MBA but no job, I fear if I remove my degree from my resume that I will be caught lying on my application and be fired as a result.  I have thought of just taking a job for $10 per hour, but that would take me away from my continued job search, so I am stuck between a rock and a hard place.  but the good news is over 100k people per month are finding work so stats will soon be in my favor,  with numbers like that President Obama has created over 5million jobs during his time in office, I pray that one will soon be mine.  Prayers for the rest of us that are unemployed.

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