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U.S. Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX) tells reporters the House will not be voting on any budget or debt ceiling measures that night as he departs the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 15, 2013. Stop-start negotiations to end the U.S. fiscal impasse left congressional leaders and President Barack Obama desperately searching on Tuesday for a way to reopen the government and raise the country's debt limit ahead of a Thursday deadline. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTX14CYR
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)
House Republicans are talking about bringing an unemployment insurance extension for a vote, but it definitely won't be the bipartisan Senate bill. While that was crafted to meet the demands of several Senate Republicans, it doesn't contain nearly enough poison pills to make House Republicans happy. It's not clear yet what they'll be looking for to tie to jobless aid and they're not in any hurry to get specific, but they seem to have plenty of ideas:
House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas and other senior Republicans are pushing proposals to tie the extension of emergency unemployment insurance to jobs measures and the extension of some tax breaks in an attempt to bring the plan to the House floor. [...]

Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., chief deputy whip and a senior tax writer, said no decision had been reached on add-ons, but that some lawmakers were floating ideas. “There’s a lot of discussion of merging UI to this or to that, energy and other things,” Roskam said.

Great. House Republican energy plans (drill! Keystone XL!) and House Republican jobs plans (tax breaks for businesses! Keystone XL!) in exchange for a short-term extension of unemployment aid that will be almost entirely retroactive by the time they're done taking recess and coming up with a list of demands. Still, the fact that they're even talking about putting forward any unemployment extension is a sign that they're feeling some pressure.

Sign and send a petition to your member of Congress: Restore unemployment benefits now.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 10:11 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  typical GOP: trying to conscript more members of (1+ / 0-)
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    the reserve army of unemployed/underemployed labor

    Reserve army of labour

    It refers to the unemployed and under-employed in capitalist society. It is synonymous with "industrial reserve army" or "relative surplus population", except that the unemployed can be defined as those actually looking for work and that the relative surplus population also includes people unable to work. The use of the word "army" refers to the workers being conscripted and regimented in the workplace in a hierarchy, under the command or authority of the owners of capital.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 10:38:36 AM PDT

  •  Poison Pills (0+ / 0-)

    Good Idea - Hand out those poison pills to those GOP RWNJ'S, to Mitchy one termer, bonehead cry baby, & those  Teabigots; then get Oxymoron Rush drugbaum, Rove(r) AND his Koch Bros .... - Instant gratification - Instant Fix ...

  •  Go ahead... (3+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, The Termite, JeffW

    attach the poison pills The Senate can strip it and send it right back.  Have at it.

    Why yes there is a war on women and minorities.

    by karma5230 on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 06:35:38 PM PDT

    •  Great Idea (1+ / 0-)
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      Then maybe the House can re-pass their original bill and send it back to the Senate, and we can rinse and repeat until Reid and Boner decide to drop trou and decide who has the bigger member.

      All the while the people who desperately need the benefits can take solace in the fact the House and Senate are playing games with eachother rather than trying to help them.

      I hate Boner and the Republican House, but they aren't going anywhere so we need to be trying to focus on things that can actually pass both Houses and provide relief to those that desperately need it.

      We want a UI extension, it is likely going to take giving up something they want as a means of getting it. Otherwise we are no different than them if we stick to the "it has to be our bill or no bill" line of thinking while people are suffering needlessly.

  •  Please I'm having vapors over jobs. (3+ / 0-)
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    TDDVandy, JeffW, Calamity Jean

    KXL will provide about 10 jobs. Yup, until it bursts from sheer greed , the Koch bros. will make vast money, and they won't pay taxes on it either. Sucking the earth of its very blood and selling it to you and me for a ficticious "lifestyle" is how they roll, and not paying taxes is because they are superior in the monetary way, so, that's natural.

    I swear these KXL pimps are all snorting Koch.

    A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

    by onionjim on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 06:42:33 PM PDT

  •  Democratic President Harry Truman (5+ / 0-)

    "Republica­­­ns approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke.

    They stand four-squar­­­e for the American home--but not for housing.

    They are strong for labor--but they are stronger for restrictin­­­g labor's rights.

    They favor minimum wage--the smaller the minimum wage the better.

    They endorse educationa­­­l opportunit­­­y for all--but they won't spend money for teachers or for schools.

    They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine--for people who can afford them.

    They consider electrical power a great blessing--­­­but only when the private power companies get their rake-off.

    They think American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people.

    And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it."

    - Harry S. Truman 1947

    We need a reminder that none of this is new and most important that the truth is ageless.

    You Don't Happen To Make It. You Make It Happen !

    by jeffrey789 on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 06:46:39 PM PDT

  •  I see we've entered... (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, karma5230, David54

    ...the hostage-taking phase.

  •  If you think about it, Rs are really just trying (2+ / 0-)
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    David54, Calamity Jean

    to help combat climate change by reducing the excess population.  It keeps the status quo churning, but will still have an impact on the climate once several million people kick off the mortal coil.

    Hillary does not have the benefit of a glib tongue.

    by The Dead Man on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 06:54:22 PM PDT

  •  From the pic it looks like Pete Sessions has (0+ / 0-)

    had some work done.
    What a phony.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 07:28:30 PM PDT

  •  Gawd, Keystone Is Such a Blunder - (0+ / 0-)

    Years ago Obama could have gotten huge concessions from the GOP - employment programs, comprehensive safety not only for Keystone but for other energy industries, severance taxes.

    Polls have consistently shown the public anywhere from 2-to-1 to 3-to-1 in favor. And the Senate Dem majority is likely to be impacted, as well.

    Instead of getting the most in compromise, Obama and the Dems are going to get little to nothing.

    A materialist analysis within the left has been abandoned to extreme culturalism. And working people are quite aware.

  •  The 2014 (0+ / 0-)

    Election is now in full swing.  ALL actions are for "setting the stage" for the election.

    Life is not a problem to be solved but an adventure to be experienced.

    by DarkHawk98 on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 10:08:30 PM PDT

  •  Oh, let it be 10.10!! nt (0+ / 0-)

    Have you heard? The vice president's gone mad. - Bob Dylan, 1966

    by textus on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 05:49:01 AM PDT

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