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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

US Senate Fails to Advance Renewed Unemployment Insurance Payments

We have yet another reminder of why it is absolutely critical for the nation's voters to return Democrats to both House of the US Congress. Over 1.3 million of our long-term unemployed have received another insensitive slap-in-the-face from the GOP in the US Senate.  Republicans in the US Senate voted against measures to move forward on: S. 1845: Emergency Unemployment Compensation ... (Govtrack.US)

According to the New York Times, two Democratic measures failed to receive the necessary 60 votes to move the bills forward (see link above). Apparently, after much negotiation, Senate Majority Leaders Harry Reid "abruptly" called for a vote with the hope he could muster the votes of a few compassionate (or should I say reasonably sensitive) Republicans. Well, you and I, and probably both Reid and President Obama, know their are no Republicans who have enough compassion to help families in need of meager unemployment insurance payments without something in return.  

"Something in return" In November 2013, the following map illustrated Red States (and densely populated non-Red States) are well represented as geographic regions with Americans who need unemployment payments.

The New York Times reports the measures failed to move forward as follows.
The first vote failed, 52 to 48, on a measure proposed by the Democratic leadership that would have extended benefits for 11 months. The extension would have been largely financed by continuing a 2 percent cut to Medicare health providers for an additional year, through 2024. The second vote, on the original bill, which would have extended benefits for three months at a cost of $6.4 billion, failed 55 to 45.
The Times reports issues related to GOP desire to place amendments in the measures was vehemently opposed by Harry Reid, Reid gave some today, but the GOP voted lock-step to continue to deny life-sustaining insurance payments to 1.3 million Americans. A number that will surely grow as related jobs start to tumble under the draconian policies off the GOP. when people have less to spend, people hired to provide services are needed far less, and they in-turn lose their jobs.

Crooks & Liars offers a more detail article related to the failed votes.

Senate Votes on Unemployment Benefit Extensions Fail (via
By karoli January 14, 2014 1:53 pm The Senate failed to clear the 60-vote hurdle on two proposals to extend unemployment benefits, thanks to a GOP filibuster. I'd like to offer a personal sentiment to Senate Republicans that involves my middle finger…

On January 6th, MSNBC's The Ed Show with Ed Schultz broadcast a long, but relevant segment on the dire consequences of GOP resistance to helping the nation's long-term unemployed.

The vastly older male GOP members don't surprise in their opposition to helping people. What is a total surprise is the level and scope of GOP women (US Senate) members who refuse to show compassion for women and children who are suffering under GOP lock-step policy.

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