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Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Rep. Eric Cantor and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
House Republicans are such nice people, don't you think?
House Republicans are all class:
"Please be advised that due to House Republicans kicking House Democrats out of a room that was scheduled for today’s Steering and Policy hearing on the GOP’s failure to extend UI, we’re now holding a press conference in lieu of the hearing that will take place on the House East Front Steps," House Democratic leadership said in a press release.
House Democrats are being forced, in the first place, to have such a hearing held by a party committee rather than a legislative committee thanks to Republicans not caring enough about the jobless people they're denying benefits to even want to talk about the issue.

Emergency unemployment insurance was cut off in late December, 2013, and though the Senate passed a bipartisan bill extending the aid, the House has not followed suit, leaving millions of Americans who've been unemployed for six months or more without the help they need to pay bills, feed their families, and, for that matter, put gas in the car to go to job interviews.

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

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue May 06, 2014 at 09:10 AM PDT.

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  •  Ah, a glimpse inside the Bozo Bubble! n/t (7+ / 0-)

    Many times I’ve returned. Never was I the same in any of my guises. I feel inside, my times before, with no memories of each journey. My soul’s shadows haunt all the paths it has traveled.

    by Wendys Wink on Tue May 06, 2014 at 09:16:40 AM PDT

  •  Because noun verb Benghazi nt (8+ / 0-)

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Tue May 06, 2014 at 09:29:53 AM PDT

  •  Well, there's five people I wouldn't mind (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    a2nite, Aunt Pat, MikeTheLiberal

    seeing fall down a well.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue May 06, 2014 at 09:37:12 AM PDT

  •  "We will not have our abject lack of compassion... (7+ / 0-)

    ...trotted out before the American people as if it were some abject lack of compassion."

    Almost everything you do will seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.

    by The Termite on Tue May 06, 2014 at 09:39:27 AM PDT

  •  With the greatly increased precipitation... (3+ / 0-)
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    myboo, Aunt Pat, MikeTheLiberal

    ...caused by global climate change, they'll need to do these things inside.  Perhaps a nice broom closet.  

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Tue May 06, 2014 at 09:43:46 AM PDT

  •  It would be nice of they actually did something to (5+ / 0-)

    create more jobs.  More people have given up and left the work force than any time in recent history.  Extending unemployment might help some of them, for a while, but it won't get them jobs.  

    How about a modern day WPA.   Use public money for public works projects and to train the unemployed.  Anything is better than what they are doing (or not doing) right now.

    If you get confused, listen to the music play - R. Hunter

    by SpamNunn on Tue May 06, 2014 at 10:02:40 AM PDT

    •  And, may I add.... (3+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat, Sunspots, METAL TREK

      Congress can and could have eased the suffering of the unemployed years ago by passing the American Jobs Act.

      Congress has to authorize funds so that over a million people would be put to work on our INFRASTRUCTURE. What are they waiting for?  It is less costly to rebuild and repair now rather than wait for another bridge collapse.

      We know that thousands of our bridges need reinforcement.  Our levees need repair, as do our water reservoirs, our electric grids, crumbling schools and cities throughout the country need water main repair.

      These jobs are not only in construction, but the cement industry will be involved, trucking, dispatchers, architects, engineers, office personnel, and laborers.

      The increased business these projects wiill bring to the communities in which the repairs are done is obvious.  Everyone wins.  

      Congress has had in their hands the solution all along.  Why there are people in the Republican districts who will continue to vote them back into office boggles the mind.

    •  Republicans? *DO* something?? (0+ / 0-)

      You're joking, right??  They'll never stoop to actually working!

      "People should not be afraid of their government; governments should be afraid of their people." --V

      by MikeTheLiberal on Tue May 06, 2014 at 12:45:02 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  If Democrats actually cared about the unemployed.. (4+ / 0-)

    EUC would have been extended in the Murray-Ryan budget deal. If House Democrats had actually cared, they would have stood by their pledge to vote for no budget that did not renew EUC. They decided the Unemployed would vote for them anyway, and the issue was good fodder for the mid-terms. Their calculations were wrong, and I'm not voting for a single Democrat come November. I will vote Socialist for every race possible, as I'm tired of wasting my vote on Democrats that only pay lipservice to working families, while taking money from the banksters.

    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 Tue May 06, 2014 at 10:17:49 AM PDT

    •  I'm glad somebody made this point. (1+ / 0-)
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      Sunspots

      UI would have been extended if helping the poor was actually a Democratic Party priority. Democrats in Congress could have twisted arms over this, but why would they? We will show up and vote for them anyway.

      •  Can you be a bit more specific? (1+ / 0-)
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        Aquarius40

        Which Democrats could have twisted which arms in Congress such that UI would have been extended?

        And why are you recommending a comment suggesting to vote Socialist, as if that is going to increase the number of votes for UI?

        Socialists have made some wrong calculations too, I seem to recall.  Why the double standard?

        •  All of them? (1+ / 0-)
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          Sunspots

          Why on Earth would ANY Democrats in Congress vote for a budget that doesn't contain an extension of UI?

           I'll tell you why; because extending UI isn't important to them, or worse they thought that NOT extending it and putting the blame on Republican intransigence would be politically beneficial to Democrats.

          Is it really too much to expect Democrats to say "No UI extension, no budget" and mean it, so that the least fortunate among us can have a chance at living a slightly more dignified version of poverty?

          And recommending a post isn't necessarily an endorsement of the entire content of that post. I wouldn't vote socialist for a competitive seat, but I can completely and totally understand why a working-class American would.

          •  I'm not sure you answered the question. (0+ / 0-)

            I'm sure you know that the Democrats are a minority in the House (and for all practical purposes, with the filibuster, are a minority in both houses when it comes to forcing a vote).  

            Therefore the arms that would have to be twisted would be Republican arms, even if every single Democrat was 100% onboard with forcing UI.

            You stated "Democrats in Congress could have twisted arms over this..." and I want to know specifically which Democrats would have been able to twist which specific Republican arms.  Otherwise you're using "could have" in some other sense than the one I'm used to.  I thought you meant "would have successfully done so, but didn't because they weren't motivated to try", and I am simply looking for the evidence of that.

            •  Would the budget have passed (0+ / 0-)

              without the participation of the Democrats in the Senate and the signature of the Democrat in the White House?

              Obviously there was a lot of bipartisan desire to pass a budget. All it would have taken is enough Democrats to refuse to vote for this budget. That's what I mean by twisting arms; holding the budget hostage until the UI extension is included.

               A handful of Democrats (or just one in the White House) could have stopped this budget cold and could have made the very reasonable demand that UI be included.  But they didn't, and now the Republicans have absolutely zero incentive to extend UI. And any fool could have seen that this would be the case before the budget was ever voted on.

              What is your theory for what happened here?

              •  I think you have changed the subject (0+ / 0-)

                You said we could have twisted arms to get UI passed (which I doubt), not that we could have prevented any budget from being passed at all, while "demanding" that UI be included (which I don't doubt).

                So, I repeat, please tell me which Republicans could have had their arms twisted to get UI passed?

    •  Duverger's law? (1+ / 0-)
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      MikeTheLiberal

      If you vote for a third party candidate, you're supporting a Republican.

  •  This is what "Benghazi" is all about... (2+ / 0-)
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    MikeTheLiberal, METAL TREK

    The attempt to lead the nation's conversation during a midterm year so we don't talk about REAL issues--like what the hell have they been doing, jobs, immigration, the enviroment, etc., while also NOT talking about what THEY want to do--like the Ryan budget, tax cuts for millionaires, spending cuts for everyone else, repeal Obamacare and maybe let ALEC write the GOP's replacement and more shitty deregulation that will eventually fuck over a lot of people.

    Even the GOP leaders said they were going to do this.

  •  I'm one of those whose UI was cut off. Sad, but: (2+ / 0-)
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    MikeTheLiberal, METAL TREK

    One thing I'm so grateful for is the ACA.  My wife and I can now start a business or be a freelancer without needing to work for corporations to get our health care.  And we are taking steps to do just that.

    How many dancers, musicians, composers, painters, and writers had to stall their careers to simply get affordable health care?

    How many genius entrepreneurs delayed plans, inventors too tired after a day driving delivery trucks?

    Why the USA embraces meanness, albeit unknowingly, leaves me scratching my head.  Puritan hold-over habit against folks being too happy with life?  Whatever it is, we certainly see the meanness reflected in the GOP leadership and their tea party base.

  •  Running out the clock (1+ / 0-)
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    MikeTheLiberal

    The Senate bill works only until May.

    Had Reid passed UI in January with a huge majority, the House would have followed. But now, they feel no pressure, and it's hardly surprising.

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