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When Republicans in Congress chose in December not to renew the federally funded emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) program for Americans who had been out of work for six months or more, 1.3 million people suddenly lost the small weekly check they were using to tide them over until they could find a job. About 10 percent, 130,000 of them, were military veterans.

Since then, some 1.7 million more people have lost out on the compensation first passed by Congress six years ago this month. About 155,000 of them are veterans.

The EUC program was meant to ease, however slightly, the financial trauma of losing a job and not being able to quickly find a replacement. The implicit (and sometimes explicit) view of many Republican lawmakers is that out-of-work people who collect unemployment compensation are layabouts who would find a job if they didn't get the assistance the government checks provide. This disdain comes from politicians who make more than three times the median household income and turn every three-day holiday into a week or three of paid vacation.

The EUC was designed to deal with the impact of the Great Recession, just as emergency compensation programs had done during previous economic downturns. At the time it was passed in 2008, every state offered 26 weeks of unemployment compensation. Through a tiered system that depended on the rate of joblessness in a state, the federal program provided additional weeks of compensation—up to 73 weeks in the worst-hit jurisdictions.

No more. Not only is EUC renewal blocked in the House of Representatives, eight mostly Southern states have also passed laws in the past two years that cut the number of weeks they provide compensation from 26 to as few as 16. Georgia, where unemployment is still officially 7 percent, provides only 18 weeks of jobless compensation.

There's more to read below the fold.

Chad Stone at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities writes that military veterans included among those 3 million people who are up the proverbial creek with no paddle will reach nearly 300,000 by month's end on Sunday:

We estimate that about 1 in 10 EUC recipients were veterans (based on the Census Bureau’s March Current Population Survey, which shows that over the last three years, 9.7 percent of unemployment insurance recipients who were looking for work for between 27 and 73 weeks were veterans). Applying that percentage to the Labor Department totals, about 285,000 veterans have been cut off from EUC—about 130,000 when the program expired December 28 and even more since then who have exhausted their regular benefits and not received any EUC.
By the end of the year, some 5 million workers will have lost out on federal compensation they would have received after exhausting their state compensation. Around half a million of them will be veterans.

Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada on Wednesday introduced the "Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014" Wednesday to restore emergency compensation. It's only for five months and it doesn't apply retroactively as did the previous bill passed by the Senate but never voted on by the House. Rep. Dan Kildee, the Michigan Democrat, is introducing matching legislation in the House.

But given the ideological make-up of the House, chances of renewing the EUC program any time this year grow slimmer as the months pass. With election season underway, every member of the House ought to be grilled at every campaign stop about renewing the emergency program.

The long-term unemployed, after all, are not statistics, they are people, all of whom were eligible for the state and federal compensation programs only because they proved in the past that they were willing to work. But they can only work when there are enough jobs around for them to get one. Right now there aren't, and cutting off their compensation checks does exactly nothing to get them one.

Originally posted to Meteor Blades on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 01:26 PM PDT.

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  •  Funny how we can "find" money for "other things," (10+ / 0-)

    but not this.

    Actually, it's not funny at all.

    We don't matter back here in the States.

    Dallasdoc: "Snowden is the natural successor to Osama bin Laden as the most consequential person in the world, as his actions have the potential to undo those taken in response to Osama."

    by gooderservice on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 01:33:30 PM PDT

  •  A BIG Mission Accomplisheded for the GOP (11+ / 0-)

    They don't want to pay for Vets to have treatment, they don't want Vets to get jobs; they will vote against food assistance if they get the chance.

    The republican party cannot possibly even conceive of something good or healthy for living being worth less than several million dollars each.

    The disdain they have for vet and us is so think I am really surprised people are not chasing repubs down the street, that repubs can even leave their houses without constantly be shouted at, cursed, reviled, their yards littered with trash and vandalism, their car tires shredded regularly.

    Because THAT would be a very very accurate representation of how the GOP treats Americans who aren't wealthy, vets or otherwise.

    The GOP is long overdue for a comeuppance that should leave a mark for the rest of Eternity.

    And I can see that such a thing will never ever happen.

    The banality of evil is allowed to go on indefinitely.

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

    by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 01:41:02 PM PDT

  •  Veterans are only useful as props (8+ / 0-)

    Exactly as 'the unborn' are. Once they're out in the world, they lose all importance. Their most important use is for phony soundbites.

    "Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail." - My President

    by Fordmandalay on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 02:03:20 PM PDT

  •  OT a bit but GOP shills don't want full employment (5+ / 0-)

    ..and EUC is in direct conflict to the gains the "conservative" movement party has as their agenda.

    I'm posting this article from awhile back, because of the way it uses the republicans own economic rationalizing against them  to expose what "conservatism" actually means for real, as opposed to the BS spin we hear from the RWNJ's - and as a non-econ, I can easily understand the explanation of the forces at work

    Full employment is anathema to the GOP

    Excess labor is the goal and the easiest variable to control it seems because workers have less lobbying power than the corporations.

    Resisting Republican Excess - Posted: 08/06/2013 9:51 am

    And quite contrary to contemporary Republican claims, private market forces, if left unmanaged by public policy, cannot be expected to fully fill the void left by inadequate private charity and curtailed public programs.

    Unregulated markets are not the panacea the Right would have us believe them to be: markets are only perfect allocators of resources if everyone operating inside them has equal purchasing power -- and that is certainly not how markets currently operate in unequal America.

    Not that this inequality should necessarily surprise us, for unregulated markets are great engines of both social inequality and economic instability.

    Market competition produces losers as well as winners -- so inevitably generating ever wider inequalities over time -- even as it inexorably falls victim to its own contradictions. The biggest of these is the tension in unregulated markets between the simultaneous imperatives of cheap labor and prosperous consumers.

     By seeking to restrain costs (especially labor costs) to win greater market share, each firm inevitably erodes the level of aggregate demand vital to keep levels of employment high and rising.

    Unregulated markets always settle at an equilibrium point -- the neoclassical economics so favored by Republicans is right about that – but unregulated markets contain no way of ensuring that such an equilibrium will bring with it full employment.

    If full employment is the goal, governments have to act. A strong public welfare net and an economically-active government are not, therefore, barriers to rising and reliable prosperity for all, as Tea Party Republicans so often paint them to be. They are, on the contrary, essential prerequisites to that prosperity.
     - emphasis added

    •    This argument is using capitalists own arguments to demonstrate that the very market forces republicans believe necessary for the economy to reach an equilibrium prove that the "free market equilibrium" by the "conservative"/republican party  not only creates an excess labor pool but actually requires one to fulfill the goal of a "greater market share" and the bottom line: Profit

    The republicans agenda in every way seeks to lower the portion that labor receives from production.

    There is no truth. None. That the GOP agenda will ever build a stronger more prosperous middle class  workers - Not ever - it's a provable thing - so let's make sure people see that proof everywhere they look

    It's only for 5 months and is not retroactive which really stinks, but this is good to see:

    Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada on Wednesday introduced the "Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014" Wednesday to restore emergency compensation.
    Thx MB

    I can't see the republicans getting away with this cruel agenda either. I hope it fucks them up good next election - sorry -  but I really, really do

    My comment @ Daily Kos:

    •  Please pass the bill, Congress, please! I am no... (0+ / 0-)

      Please pass the bill, Congress, please! I am not a vet but I'm unemployed and getting benefits that won't last a lot longer. No job yet in sight, a few near misses. My rep. is going to get some communications from me, just so I can feel like I'm doing something. No question she'll support this, though. She's a liberal Dem.

      Can anything be done at the state level if Congress doesn't act? Not sure how it works. I'm thinking the states get federal funding but administer the programs?

      I feel for everyone who is struggling right now.

  •  But veterans have the churches to help them (1+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades

    That is the GOP small govt. philosophy, seriously. Only one problem. It is worthless as tits on a boar. Not that the Red State children of the corn notice these things, or anything else. It's a numbers game. About 5% of Americans are directly effected by screwing over veterans, so who cares? Not the GOP.

  •  Anything that advances this subject (0+ / 0-)

    We're hearing now that the bill  in the senate includes 5 mos unemployment but not retroactive?  I don't even get how that works.  

    I'm pretty raw right now because yesterday I decided to just stop filing after 12/28, my car broke again, I tried to apply for food stamps and was harrassed.  But most of all, I called the crisis center yesterday to maybe get some counseling and ask them how to get into a doctor before Nov with my Obamacare that I can't afford.

    I told both the crisis center and my health network I'm having chest pains and suicidal.  The crisis center kept saying what do you want us to do.  They're supposed to have counselors on staff with masters degrees and didn't ask me one thing about my life.  I think she hated it that I was crying. The health networks wants $200 up front and I only have $800 to get me through July.  

    $203 a week was cut off 12/28.  Please unemployment help me fix my car and see a dr.  I can't even afford to die now because my house needs repairs and I don't have life insurance to bury me.  My ex died in Feb without health ins thanks to Walker for the two years it took him to die slowly, and he was cremated in a cardboard box without any memorial.  I'm still supporting our adult son.

    Honest to god I have a college degree, two decades of office experience and why not hire me to help with infrastructure?

    Quelle connerie la guerre.

    by QuelleC on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 07:08:28 PM PDT

  •  Is America Finally Seeing Through The GOP's BS? (0+ / 0-)

    Dick Cheney quote during the Iraq war: Don't you support the troops?

    Republicans can never find the money to help poor, or unemployed Americans.  But, ask them if a foreign country needs "military aid" and see what they say.

    And finally; ask your Republican representative if their children  will go to war for their country.  Again, see what they say.

    Overall, Republicans are "True Blue Americans".

  •  sick sadistic GOP (2+ / 0-)
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    bunsk, Meteor Blades

    I didn't think I'd be back in the unemployment office until my supervisor a week after putting a positive stamp on my work told me I was being cut & lied through her teeth about the reasons why. I had no appeal and my union rep could not help. The people I saw there waiting hours to talk to a human being did not look like they preferred what they had to go through for their meager benefits instead of a job. The Repubs who throw salt in the wounds of these people are sick, cruel, sadistic repulsive excuses for human beings. And they are traitors in spite of all the phony flag waving. They deserve to be in Guantanemo eating Cuban cockroaches as the enemies of this country that they are.

  •  teh gop strives to stifle any humanity or kindness (4+ / 0-)

    extended by government to people who are not exactly like they are.

  •  Don't pay for new wars, start to pay for old ones. (3+ / 0-)
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    OldDragon, Vetwife, Calamity Jean

    it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

    by Addison on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 06:09:31 PM PDT

  •  What's the plan, Phil? (3+ / 0-)
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    ladywithafan, JeffW, Calamity Jean

    Is their  thinking, Let's not pay vets unemployment insurance so...Obama looks bad?  So the Koch Bros are happy? So we can balance the budget?  So the rubes will think, Gosh darn, government "don't" work, guess I won't bother with it?  It's just so bizarre, not even mentioning there wouldn't be so many vets if they hadn't lied us into war!  Argh!

  •  Lip service and photoshoots,, their patriotism (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Calamity Jean

    Stevie Wonder should invite Cheney to go hunting .  That asshole blaming this administration for his God image and war mongerings while so many veterans and their families suffer.  

    Just how much Koch do Right Wingers want in their life? . United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 06:29:57 PM PDT

  •  Yeah but damn that Obama for closing monuments (0+ / 0-)
  •  With a Democratic House (0+ / 0-)

    This kind of thing -- and SO many others -- would pass in two seconds.

    But yeah: Both parties are the same.  I read it here and see it on the news.

  •  I keep asking the same question (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    over and over again, but have never received an answer.

    The question is "why do military members, veterans and their families continue to vote for the very people, republicans, who care nothing for them unless it is as cannon fodder?

    Why aren't military/veterans like the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, PVA, American Legion, American Veterans, USO or Wounded Warrior organizing their members to fight the republicans for voting against them?

    •  MOAA, the Military Officers Association of (1+ / 0-)
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      America, does organized lobbying for benefits for both active-duty and veterans of all ranks.  

      "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." -- Sen Carl Schurz 1872

      by Calamity Jean on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 11:02:42 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  This article touches on something that baffles me. (1+ / 0-)
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    Throughout my lifetime, the GOP has always painted itself as the party of the military, veterans and patriots. All the time you see themselves wrapping themselves and their crummy legislation up in the flag and passing it off as something good, wholesome and American, which is never is.

    However, the older I get I see the GOP isn't really the party of patriots but the party of the military industrial complex. Almost every time they vote against things that benefit REAL patriots and people who risk their life in the name of the United States.

    I wish more people would see this. I wish more people would see them for what they are--the party of corporate shills. It doesn't matter if it's big oil, coal, pharma, insurance or the MIC. Even Eric Erickson admitted all they are is a platform of shameless shills.

    I guess my rant comes from the sadness that so many vets tend to vote for the GOP. And the GOP would screw millions of them over in a New York second if it increased profits for the MIC.

    Sorry for the rant but it's Friday, I'm stoned, drunk and this is something that seriously irritates me.

    •  Think of Ronald Regan, (1+ / 0-)
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      he was an actor and so is the GOP.  They only want to portray themselves as that, in real life, they just want to screw you.  Now have another beer and roll another one, you are no different than many many others who bought the same shit.

  •  It doesn't look like congress is to (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    squeamish about sending a half billion or so to Syria though.  We have plenty of moolah for more war, but none for those who return from battle.  Thanks for your diary.

  •  The real problem is not the loss of unemployment (1+ / 0-)
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    The real problem is the lack of jobs.
    Especially for people who went into harm's way to serve their country.


    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 07:15:58 PM PDT

  •  I just have a question. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Calamity Jean

    Why don't Democrats host a convention every two years to compete with the right wing talk radio noise machine during the midterms? I would think it would keep their message loud and focus. It seem they keep doing the same thing every midterm hoping just to stay alive. It's weak.

    •  Why don't the Dems have a coherent message (0+ / 0-)

      pushing back against the insane GOP, and run it non-stop EVERY DAY between now and the next election?

      Dems herd cats - Republicans have lemmings who just swallow their BS and jump in line, parroting the latest talking points while they march.

      America's LAST HOPE: vote the GOP OUT in 2014 elections. MAKE them LOSE the House Majority and reduce their numbers in the Senate. Democrats move America forward - Republicans take us backward and are KILLING OUR NATION!

      by dagnome on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 09:20:30 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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