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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) (L-R), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) hold a news conference after bipartisan passage of stopgap budget and debt legislation at the U.S. Capitol in W
The Senate passed an extension of unemployment insurance benefits Monday, with a bipartisan vote of 59-38.
The five Republicans who helped negotiate the measure — Susan Collins of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada, Mark S. Kirk of Illinois, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Rob Portman of Ohio — joined the Democrats voting in favor of the bill along with Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.

Three members did not vote — Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. […]

But House action is uncertain at best. Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, has said repeatedly the Senate bill does not meet his test of creating jobs and being fiscally responsible.

A Boehner said that the Speaker was willing to consider the bill so long as it includes provisions to help job creation.

President Obama lauded the bill's passing, saying "I urge House Republicans to stop blocking a bipartisan compromise that would stem this tide, take up the bill without delay, and send it to my desk. Let’s remove this needless drag on our economy and focus on expanding opportunity for all Americans."

The chances of that are slim to none, with Boehner's "job creation" requirements. Because job creation for Boehner is either tax cuts for the wealthy or Obamacare repeal. House Republicans won't actually do something to help working and middle class Americans.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 04:23 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (33+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 04:23:32 PM PDT

  •  And isn't the House in recess for 18 days? (10+ / 0-)

    So nothing will happen with this for nearly 3 weeks and when we do get those bastards back in their jobs they'll make sure to kill any chance of helping folks.

    For the next few weeks Democrats should make sure the whole nation knows it lazy-ass Republicans gumming up the works and hurting folks.

    Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

    by ontheleftcoast on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 04:29:23 PM PDT

  •  Every once in a while (5+ / 0-)

    my ‘other’ senator (Portman) actually does get it right, bless his little pointed head.  (Actually, with a DW-Nominate score of 0.443 he counts as a moderate Republican, sad to say.)

    •  excerpt from OFA email earlier today: (5+ / 0-)
      "OFA supporters in Illinois and Ohio rallied to make sure that Senators Mark Kirk and Rob Portman felt their disappointment when they voted to leave their constituents out in the cold."
      constituents of Landrieu and McCaskill need to do likewise

      "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

      by Sybil Liberty on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 05:15:11 PM PDT

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      •  I'm sure OFA made them support it. (0+ / 0-)

        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 Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 05:44:14 PM PDT

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      •  Why blame Landrieu? (2+ / 0-)
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        Sybil Liberty, vcmvo2

        She's made it very clear she supported this.

        Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who spoke at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, didn't make it back in time for the late afternoon vote, but issued a statement through an aide expressing support for the extension. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., voted no.

        Landrieu "is happy that the extension passed, and she hopes the House will do the right thing to help 16,000 people in Louisiana put food on the table while they look for work," said Rob Sawicki, her spokesman. "Sen. Landrieu also believes we need to develop a highly-skilled workforce that can drive Louisiana's economy. That is why she introduced the JOBS Act earlier this year to provide workers with the training they need to get the kinds of high wage jobs that are the foundation of a prosperous middle class."

        Vitter's office didn't issue a statement. But during the extended debate on the bill, he tried several times to get a vote on his amendment to block people from getting both unemployment insurance benefits and Social Security disability benefits. His proposal, which he said would save money and end what he called "double dipping," failed when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., objected to bringing it up under a procedure that required unanimous consent. Vitter argued that his proposal would save money and had been proposed twice by President Barack Obama in his budgets.

        McCaskill, OTOH, I'm not as sure about.
  •  democrats need to keep up the pressure (11+ / 0-)

    Republicans are going to look really bad if this is kept in the news I was unemployed for 8 months got a job for a lot less money  6 weeks after my benefits expired.
    I could sure use the 6 weeks I missed when I had to raid my 401K. The house won't do anything unless they are going to pay a political price for inaction.

  •  Once again, Sen Hagan takes a vote... (5+ / 0-)

    ...that "conventional wisdom" says should doom her.

    Well, it got her another $25 out of me.

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

    by Egalitare on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 05:18:33 PM PDT

  •  Why do those four look so sour? (0+ / 0-)

    Are they thinking about the House?

  •  How is this different than the House? (3+ / 0-)
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    AlexDrew, diffrntdrummr, Cadillac64

    The House passed legislation that they know the Senate won't pass and the president won't sign. It's a total waste of time to appease their base.

    Now the Senate passes legislation that they know the Republican's won't pass. How is this different?

    If the voters don't know by now the right is not on their side, passing something that won't be law, won't make a difference.

    ...the GOP seems perfectly willing to hold their breath until the whole country turns Blue.

    by tommy2tone on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 05:33:08 PM PDT

  •  Vote on Everything (1+ / 0-)
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    Boehner has some Bi-partisan Obamacare repeal bill he wants a vote on. Reid has a Bi-partisan UI extension bill he wants a vote on.

    How about both leaders stop acting like little kids and just put everything up for a vote that passes the other House of Congress.

    Neither side really has the moral high ground because they both engage in this ridiculous fear of having to go on the record and take a tough vote.

    It is hard to generate real outrage because this is yet another case of "both sides do it" when they don't like the bill the other house passes.

    Nothing bad ever came of putting members of Congress officially on the record on any issue.

    Vote on everything and let the President sort it out with his Veto pen.

    Reid is as big a hypocrite as Boehner when it comes to this nonsense,

    Naturally I like stuff Reid would likely pass far more than Boner, but there is no reason any bill that passes a House of Congress shouldn't get a vote in the other House.

    It would be such a simple rule, and eliminate so much of the kabuki the American people are subjected to.

    •  That wouldn't end the gotcha bullshit. (0+ / 0-)

      It might even make it worse, as each house passes wedgie bills for the other, then runs ads about how "those bastards" are destroying America.

      We have to break free of the Red Team / Blue Team bullshit.

      -7.75 -4.67

      "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

      There are no Christians in foxholes.

      by Odysseus on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 08:57:26 PM PDT

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  •  The Bonehead does not know (6+ / 0-)

    that putting money in the pockets of the poor and underpaid is job creation.  The recipients spend the money, which creates demand which makes jobs.  Simple!

  •  What is up with Landrieu and McCaskill? (3+ / 0-)
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    birdboy2000, QuelleC, Cadillac64

    Why the no shows?  What could possibly be the harm in openly supporting this??

  •  And now... (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, OooSillyMe

    the miserable group of people called the Republicans, who own the House, will turn the expansion DOWN.

    The GOP (which does NOT mean God's Own Party) is still outraged that a half-white man is our president.  Their bigotry is shown time after time by them so hating the president that they will do just about anything to thwart any of his programs.

    The pubs think that somehow they DESERVE to take over all three parts of government: the presidency, Congress, and...oh hell, they already own SCOTUS lock, stock, and corruption.

    'Scuse me...did you just accuse the SUPREME Court of corruption?

    Not just yes but HELL YES.  "Justice" Thomas had no business voting on the Citizen's United decision because his wife was very much involved.  

    Their latest decision simply amplified their minds that money equals speech.  Well, if that is right, I am mute.

    I long for the days long gone when the United States was a Republic.  It is now an oligarchy comprised of people on the far right.

    Oligarchs/Plutocrats who come from the right usually turns a Republic into a Fascist State.

    Here we go again.

  •  I think the main reason for the House Republicans (0+ / 0-)

    to be so against an unemployment extension is the fact that the House Republicans do not work the required number of weeks to qualify for unemployment benefits.

    The sun's not yellow, it's chicken. B. Dylan

    by bgblcklab1 on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 08:18:31 PM PDT

  •  Landrieu and McCaskill both supported (0+ / 0-)

    the cloture vote. This final vote only required majority support.

    I imagine they both had some personal reason for missing the vote.

  •  I need this badly (1+ / 0-)
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    I didn't think they'd make us suffer this long.  Thank goodness for the tax return.  Half will go to one month's mortgage and half to pay off the gas/electrical.  Those people do not wait.  If I can get my back unemployment, I could fix the car.  I have an old  $700 estimate to fix the other 3 wheel joints on my 17 yr old Toyota.  I fixed the first one after the wheel broke completely off while making a turn.  I know it will just cost more the longer I wait.  I'm terrified to drive the car to the grocery store or the pantry but more importantly down to Job Service to look for jobs. I should also mention I declared the $203 a week to qualify for Obamacare.  Otherwise, I'd be SOL in WI with no medicaid expansion. My representative is Reid Ribble (R-WI) and he will hear from me again.

  •  I don't quite understand (1+ / 0-)
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    this bill.  Does it only allow extended unemployment benefit payments until June 1st?  What about the people who will run out of state benefits in April or May?  They'll only get a month or a couple weeks of extra benefits?  This bill sounds like basically a retroactive payment bill and does hardly nothing for people who are currently losing their state benefits.

    •  I think actually you do understand this bill. (0+ / 0-)

      They won't do permanent changes because ... I'm not really sure.  Leaves more chances for fundraising?

      "Then why don't all girls belong to unions?" "Well, there's some that thinks it ain't fashionable; there's some that thinks it ain't no use; and there's some that never thinks at all."

      by Cadillac64 on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 02:29:27 AM PDT

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