Boehner “open” to extending unemployment benefits

posted at 6:31 pm on January 5, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

We’re expecting a vote in the Senate tomorrow on extending federal emergency longer-term unemployment benefits, though at the moment, Harry Reid still seems to be a few votes short of even getting the measure out of his own chamber.

The Senate is due to vote tomorrow to advance a bill sponsored by Democrat Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Republican Dean Heller of Nevada, though it’s unclear the legislation has the votes to pass. In addition to Heller, Reid would need four more Republican votes for the bill to get Senate approval.

“Never with unemployment like this have we even considered not extending them,” Reid, of Nevada, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program. Benefits for the long-term unemployed expired on Dec. 28. The program was intended to help jobless people after they exhausted state benefits, typically lasting six months.

The President was still pushing for the extension in his weekly remarks, and Democrats such as Chuck Schumer have wasted no time in using this issue to bludgeon Republicans from the populist podium. Of course, even if the bill makes it out of the Senate, it still has to pass in the House, where it was previously unclear if it would even be brought up for a vote at all. But now, the Speaker is sounding like a deal just may be in the offing.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) remains open to an extension of emergency unemployment benefits even in the face of growing conservative opposition to such a move.

The Ohio Republican maintains the position he expressed last month that Republicans would “clearly consider” an extension of federal help for the long-term unemployed “as long as it’s paid for and as long as there are other efforts that will help get our economy moving once again,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said Friday.

At the same time, a number of Republicans – including leaders on the House Ways and Means Committee – continue to question the need to extend the unemployment insurance (UI) benefits at all.

“Despite a dozen extensions, academic research suggests the program has actually hurt, rather than helped, the job creation that the unemployed need most,” Michelle Dimarob, spokesperson for Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), said Friday in a statement.

It’s impossible to get a clear read on the Speaker at this point. This could well be the usual media tactic of essentially saying, “well consider anything if the deal is beneficial.” That’s almost a requirement of the job these days, rather than throwing more red meat to his critics over being “an obstructionist” yet again. But it’s also possible that he’s seeing some sliver of daylight where the Democrats offer up some cuts to pay for this and he can get it off of his plate.

Unfortunately, this looks like it’s shaping up to be the next chapter in the “GOP Civil War” meme that the media loves to talk about. (Along with anything else that doesn’t involve Obamacare, obviously.) Plenty of conservatives are running up the black flag and ready to go to the mat on this, arguing against another extension of benefits. It’s also yet another case of Politics 101 where you can have the science – math, in this case – on your side and still wind up losing the larger battle. Coming into the mid-terms, the Democrats would love nothing more than to litter the airwaves with one advertisement after another listing the number of families who have lost their benefits with so few job opportunities out there, thanks to the heartless Republicans.

With things otherwise shaping up to be an election with excellent opportunities, Boehner would clearly like to make this problem go away for at least the next year. But if the Democrats won’t pony up the cuts needed to offset the cost of this extension, the stage is set for precisely the type of media narrative which serves them best.

From that perspective, it’s almost better for the liberals to offer Boehner nothing and let the chips fall where they may. That way they wind up being equally responsible for the benefits not being paid but they get the media to blame the GOP entirely. Suffering no damage themselves, they also shift the narrative away from Obamacare yet again and breath new life into their hopes to hang on to the Senate majority. So will they play it that way? We’ll know soon enough.


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Here we go again…

OmahaConservative on January 5, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Unemployment benefits is not the hill the GOP wants to die on.

Stick with Obamacare and don’t let the Democrats change the subject.

myiq2xu on January 5, 2014 at 6:35 PM

I said before that Ryan begged Murray to let the GOP surrender on unemployment during the next “fight” and I was right.

Wigglesworth on January 5, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Extend unemployment benefits, attach a hike in the minimum wage to boot greater than what the Democrats are talking about, and immediately go on the offensive talking about how much more callous their proposal is. Use that to kill 2 birds with one stone and then go back to Obamacare.

Stoic Patriot on January 5, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Or maybe the Republicans can outdo the Dems by calling for a guaranteed annual income. /s

Drained Brain on January 5, 2014 at 6:41 PM

This is not an important issue. Don’t be fooled by the Democrat’s trap.

kcewa on January 5, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Another cave…

Didn’t the Dems supposedly drop this in the wonderful budget deal just passed.

Demand the wall be built, the pipeline be built, things the public wants!

GROW A SPINE (I know it will never happen)

gopsteve on January 5, 2014 at 6:44 PM

on extending federal emergency longer-term unemployment benefits,…..

Why is everything an emergency?

It’s the fifth year of The One….

Electrongod on January 5, 2014 at 6:44 PM

No more money to the unemployed.

Big Bird needs it.

davidk on January 5, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Why do they even bother with these pretenses? We all know they’ll do whatever the Dems want.

Stick with Obamacare and don’t let the Democrats change the subject.

myiq2xu on January 5, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Stick with what? Making it work (at robbing us) better? I’d believe that. Repealing it? Cold day in hell before they’ll do that.

It only begins to make sense if you believe that both political parties have the same agendas and more than likely the same masters. I heard that ages ago, and even five years ago would not have believed it.

It’s just a con game with the GOP acting as the shills. I’d thought they’d at least lay off of the TEA Party, but even now they’re starting to attack us.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 5, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Huffman, 22 California Democrats Urge Speaker Boehner to Extend Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Nov 26, 2013
Press Release
*************

WASHINGTON­—Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) and 22 of his colleagues in the California Congressional delegation called on Speaker Boehner to extend unemployment insurance benefits for an additional year. Benefits for more than 1.3 million Americans, including 215,000 Californians, are set to expire on December 28th if Congress does not take action.

The unemployment rate for California is currently at 8.9% after reaching a peak of 12.4% during the recent economic downturn. The unemployment rate has dropped significantly in recent months, but the number of job seekers still out of work underscores the need for Congress to extend Emergency Unemployment Compensation through the end of 2014.

“Without swift Congressional action, on December 28, 2013, 1.3 million Americans will lose the life raft that helps them make ends meet while they search for employment,” the members wrote. “These are our friends and neighbors who want to work, pay taxes, and contribute to their community.”

The following is the full text of the letter which can also be viewed by clicking here:

November 25, 2013

The Honorable John Boehner
Office of the Speaker
H-232 The Capitol
Washington D.C. 20515

Dear Speaker Boehner,

With only nine legislative working days left on the calendar for the House of Representatives this year, we write to urge immediate consideration of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act. Without swift Congressional action, on December 28, 2013, 1.3 million Americans will lose the life raft that helps them make ends meet while they search for employment. Our constituents in California, and job seekers across the country, cannot afford for Congress to leave Washington D.C. without taking decisive action to extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

In California, nearly 215,000 people will face this financial cliff during the holiday season when the program is set to expire. By the end of June 2014, that number will jump to roughly 540,600 Californians. Our still fragile economy cannot afford this major setback to recovery.

The unemployment rate for California is currently at 8.9% after reaching a peak of 12.4% during the recent economic downturn. The unemployment rate has dropped significantly in recent months, but the number of job seekers still out of work further underscores the need for swift Congressional action to extend Emergency Unemployment Compensation through the end of 2014.

The hundreds of thousands of Californians looking for work are not seeking a handout. These people are not happy to sit at home. These are our friends and neighbors who want to work, pay taxes, and contribute to their community. The extra year of earned benefits in this legislation is a way for them to put food on the table and keep roof over their family’s head while they look for employment. This money goes back into our communities, helping local small businesses keep their doors open and fueling our continued economic recovery

Extending this vital program for the 1.3 million Americans who will see these earned benefits disappear on December 28th should not be a partisan issue. We strongly urge immediate consideration of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act.

http://huffman.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/huffman-22-california-democrats-urge-speaker-boehner-to-extend

canopfor on January 5, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Open…just like a cave.

SouthernGent on January 5, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Your Weekly Address

President Barack Obama intends to publish a weekly video address every Saturday morning of his presidency.

Weekly Address: Time to Pass Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Emergency Unemployment Insurance

In this week’s address, President Obama said Congress should act to extend emergency unemployment insurance for more than one million Americans who have lost this vital economic lifeline while looking for a job. Letting emergency unemployment insurance expire not only harms American families, but it is also a drag on the overall economy. The President urges both parties to pass the bipartisan three-month extension under consideration in the Senate so that we can once again focus on expanding opportunities for the middle class and creating jobs for all hardworking Americans.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/weekly-address

canopfor on January 5, 2014 at 6:54 PM

He’s open to everything — except defunding Obamacare. That’s where the $5 whore draws the line.

rrpjr on January 5, 2014 at 6:55 PM

I don’t trust him or the GOPe as far as I can throw Michael Moore. Yeah, that far.

Mirimichi on January 5, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Why is everything an emergency?

It’s the fifth year of The One….

Electrongod on January 5, 2014 at 6:44 PM

That’s the emergency.

RoadRunner on January 5, 2014 at 6:56 PM

TEAM GOP Weekly Address:

Weekly Republican Address 1/4/14: Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS)

Published on Jan 3, 2014

Today in America, only four percent of all federal funding for cancer research goes to childhood cancer. Last month, the House passed H.R. 2019, the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, with strong support from both sides of the aisle. This bipartisan legislation directs much-needed resources to pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health. We do this using taxpayer dollars currently set aside for political party conventions. Now it’s the Senate’s turn to step up so we can send this bill to the president’s desk.
=================

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bj_bDghFm0

canopfor on January 5, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Tell OMB to start counting them in the “un-employed” metric first. Once they’re officially counted and added to the un-employment numbers, then start discussing how long someone is entitled to sit on their ass at my expense.

BobMbx on January 5, 2014 at 6:58 PM

“Never with unemployment like this have we even considered not extending them,” Reid, of Nevada, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program.

What unemployment?

The Obama trolls shriek about six million “jobs created or saved”, and insist that we’ve recovered all jobs lost in the last recession.

Therefore, there is no need to extend unemployment benefits, because there is no economic emergency and there are no unemployed people. Obama said so.

Cram their lies back down their filthy stinking throats and force Reid to acknowledge how godawful the economy is.

northdallasthirty on January 5, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Why is everything an emergency?

It’s the fifth year of The One….

Electrongod on January 5, 2014 at 6:44 PM

That’s the emergency.

RoadRunner on January 5, 2014 at 6:56 PM

RoadRunner:

Ugh you two,..get it straight,..its a

“NeverEnding CRISIS!!
(sarc)

canopfor on January 5, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Hippy-Crit Alert:

While in Hawaii, Obama bashes GOP for going ‘home for the holidays’

January 5, 2014
***************

President Obama managed to squeeze in some time from his vacation in Hawaii to address Americans in a three-minute weekly address on Saturday.

After noting that in a new year, “we resolve to better ourselves, and to better our relationships with one another,” the President bashed Republicans in Congress for going home for the holidays instead of extending unemployment insurance.

Republicans, Obama declared, are “punishing families who can least afford it…”

He continued,

“Just a few days after Christmas, more than one million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline – the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet while they look for a job. Republicans in Congress went home for the holidays and let that lifeline expire.”

He continued to say that “denying” an extension of unemployment benefits is “is just plain cruel.”

Obama also continued to say that unemployment benefits are good for the economy.

He said,

“If folks can’t pay their bills or buy the basics, like food and clothes, local businesses take a hit and hire fewer workers.”

Citing a report from the Congressional Budget Office, President Obama said,

“That’s why the independent Congressional Budget Office says that, unless Congress restores this insurance, we’ll feel a drag on our economic growth this year.”

But as CBS News pointed out, President Obama is cherry-picking the CBO report to bolster his agenda. The very same report also noted that extending unemployment benefits could “reduce the intensity” of the job search, resulting in those people staying unemployed for a longer period of time.

It does not take a rocket scientist or an academic study to surmise that workers on unemployment, low-income workers in particular, do not have much of an incentive to aggressively search for a job.

The CBO report also warns,

“Although output would be greater and employment higher in the next year if the EUC [emergency unemployment compensation] program and other related expiring provisions were extended, those policies would lead to greater federal debt, which would eventually reduce the nation’s output and income slightly below what would occur under current law…” [emphasis added]

President Obama did not mention that part of the report.

A 2008 Princeton study found what any thinking person could have guessed, and that is that an individual is much more aggressive in seeking a job as his or her benefits are coming to an end. The authors note that “job search increases sharply in the weeks prior to benefit exhaustion.”

Another interesting finding is,

“the average unemployed worker in the U.S. devotes about 41 minutes to job search on weekdays, which is substantially more than his or her European counterpart…”

Even progressive President Franklin D. Roosevelt recognized the hazards of long-term welfare.

During his annual message to Congress in 1935, he said in part,

“The lessons of history, confirmed by the evidence immediately before me, show conclusively that continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fibre. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit. It is inimical to the dictates of sound policy. It is in violation of the traditions of America…”
(More………………………)
=================================

http://www.examiner.com/article/while-hawaii-obama-bashes-gop-for-going-home-for-the-holidays

canopfor on January 5, 2014 at 7:12 PM

We still wait for the conservative hill Boehner and Jazz are both willing to defend.

O-care has bad press now, but politically November is an eon away.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 5, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Boehner folds more often than a chaise lounge.

bw222 on January 5, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Extend unemployment benefits, attach a hike in the minimum wage to boot greater than what the Democrats are talking about, and immediately go on the offensive talking about how much more callous their proposal is. Use that to kill 2 birds with one stone and then go back to Obamacare.

Stoic Patriot

And then after dems agree and Obama signs it into law, we can start pushing for single payer and then go on the offensive talking about how callous their Obamacare proposal is.

xblade on January 5, 2014 at 7:26 PM

all compromise gets us is more spending and a greater debt.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 5, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) remains open to an extension of emergency unemployment benefits even in the face of growing conservative opposition to such a move.

Yeah. Boehner’s ‘open’.

Just leave the money on the nightstand.

M240H on January 5, 2014 at 7:32 PM

And then after dems agree and Obama signs it into law, we can start pushing for single payer and then go on the offensive talking about how callous their Obamacare proposal is.

xblade on January 5, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Not at all. Coming off as stingy on unemployment (including when there’s markedly more job seekers than job openings), and opposing the minimum wage when it’s much lower in real terms than it was 50 years ago will be seen as cruel. Opposing Obamacare, which is a widely-acknowledged disaster, is far better ground to stake out a position.

On the unemployment tack, the GOP should also include some border enforcement provisions (no amnesty), and push additional funding to ICE. That should flush out some illegals and also free-up jobs.

Stoic Patriot on January 5, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Both sides know it’s the right thing to do but the dems have the big media down to small town newspapers and they will hammer and hammer the Repubs.It’s a loser issue for them and the media will make sure.

docflash on January 5, 2014 at 7:34 PM

This is why Boehner is worthless. Tip O’Neil would never have allowed there to be question as to where his party was with regard to this issue or any other.

Happy Nomad on January 5, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Both sides know it’s the right thing to do but the dems have the big media down to small town newspapers and they will hammer and hammer the Repubs.It’s a loser issue for them and the media will make sure.

docflash on January 5, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Who the hell has proven that extending benefits to parasites is the right thing to do? These people had months to find a new job.

Happy Nomad on January 5, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Not at all. Coming off as stingy on unemployment (including when there’s markedly more job seekers than job openings), and opposing the minimum wage when it’s much lower in real terms than it was 50 years ago will be seen as cruel. Opposing Obamacare, which is a widely-acknowledged disaster, is far better ground to stake out a position.

Stoic Patriot

Coming off as stingy on health care is a loser. Opposing Obamacare isn’t a solution. No one should have to go bankrupt because of medical care. Gotta push single payer or we’re heartless.

xblade on January 5, 2014 at 7:41 PM

On the unemployment tack, the GOP should also include some border enforcement provisions (no amnesty), and push additional funding to ICE. That should flush out some illegals and also free-up jobs.

Stoic Patriot

Nope, that’s a loser. Don’t want to be seen as cruel you know. What are we going to do, start rounding up grandmas?

xblade on January 5, 2014 at 7:45 PM

This is why Boehner is worthless. Tip O’Neil would never have allowed there to be question as to where his party was with regard to this issue or any other.

Happy Nomad on January 5, 2014 at 7:35 PM

…true!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2014 at 7:48 PM

What did I say about El PRL becoming the Rat Party Circa 1978?

Steve Eggleston on January 5, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Coming off as stingy on health care is a loser. Opposing Obamacare isn’t a solution. No one should have to go bankrupt because of medical care. Gotta push single payer or we’re heartless.

xblade on January 5, 2014 at 7:41 PM

The stingy charge isn’t going to work since the vast majority of folks have health insurance, and Medicaid predates Obamacare. And people don’t much care about rounding up grandmas when grandma’s a criminal.

Stoic Patriot on January 5, 2014 at 7:49 PM

TEAM GOP Weekly Address:

Weekly Republican Address 1/4/14: Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS)

Published on Jan 3, 2014

Today in America, only four percent of all federal funding for cancer research goes to childhood cancer. Last month, the House passed H.R. 2019, the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, with strong support from both sides of the aisle. This bipartisan legislation directs much-needed resources to pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health. We do this using taxpayer dollars currently set aside for political party conventions. Now it’s the Senate’s turn to step up so we can send this bill to the president’s desk.
=================

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bj_bDghFm0

canopfor on January 5, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Like I said, El PRL is becoming the Rat Party Circa 1978.

Steve Eggleston on January 5, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Happy Nomad on January 5, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Rephrase time-both sides know it’s the right thing to do by ending the payouts not extending them.By not extending them the dems and media will trounce the Repubs.Hope that clears it up.

docflash on January 5, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Gamesmanshit.

fogw on January 5, 2014 at 7:52 PM

old:The right to pursue happiness

New:The right to always be happy

Why are people being shielded from the pains of being unemployed?
I’ve lost a job before. Had to sell a bunch of stuff. Had to suffer. Got a lesser paying job, and worked my way back to success.

The longer you extend benefits, the longer the unemployed will sit there and soak up the benefits.They aren’t looking for work.

portlandon on January 5, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Unfortunately, this looks like it’s shaping up to be the next chapter in the “GOP Civil War” meme that the media loves to talk about. (Along with anything else that doesn’t involve Obamacare, obviously.) Plenty of conservatives are running up the black flag and ready to go to the mat on this, arguing against another extension of benefits. It’s also yet another case of Politics 101 where you can have the science – math, in this case – on your side and still wind up losing the larger battle.

What point is there in “winning” the larger battle when doing so is the very definition of Rat victory?

Steve Eggleston on January 5, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Ok, cut the EPA, DHS & HHS budgets to pay for it.

CrazyGene on January 5, 2014 at 7:57 PM

At the same time, a number of Republicans – including leaders on the House Ways and Means Committee – continue to question the need to extend the unemployment insurance (UI) benefits at all.

“Despite a dozen extensions, academic research suggests the program has actually hurt, rather than helped, the job creation that the unemployed need most,” Michelle Dimarob, spokesperson for Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), said Friday in a statement.

Look for Camp to not get either a chairmanship or a ranking membership in any committee come 2015.

Steve Eggleston on January 5, 2014 at 7:58 PM

I see lots of help wanted signs. Stop the handouts.

TX-96 on January 5, 2014 at 8:00 PM

All these unemployment benefits are doing is propping up a facade of an ailing economy.

They are just extending the pain. Let it crash so we can rebuild.

portlandon on January 5, 2014 at 8:06 PM

The only explanation that makes any sense to me is that Boehner is the secret love child of Nancy Pelosi and George Soros. God, it’s embarrassing to see how far the Republicans have fallen since the 1980′s.

Over50 on January 5, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Who the hell has proven that extending benefits to parasites is the right thing to do? These people had months to find a new job.
Happy Nomad on January 5, 2014 at 7:36 PM

How so? For a long time, we read on this blog that Obama was the sole reason why folks were unemployed. Let me guess, now that Barry has won a second term and there is pretty much nothing you all can do to stop his agenda, you are back to blaming those working Americans for not finding work quickly enough. And the tea party wonders why most people think they are anti struggling/working American.

loveofcountry on January 5, 2014 at 8:19 PM

What point is there in “winning” the larger battle when doing so is the very definition of Rat victory?

Steve Eggleston on January 5, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Exactly. If you want the base motivated for 2014 we need “bold colors, not weak pastels”.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 5, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Spread the welfare – not the wealth.

OldEnglish on January 5, 2014 at 8:20 PM

In the Zero-Faux Economy a year’s benefits is reasonable.

More, no.

profitsbeard on January 5, 2014 at 8:25 PM

What is this “as long as it’s paid for” crapola. We have have no money to “pay for it”. We’re broke.

jaywemm on January 5, 2014 at 8:37 PM

You can’t keep extending it. Haven’t they done this already?
Repeal Obamacare and deregulate. Let Keystone be built. Those will stimulate more hiring.

AshleyTKing on January 5, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Let the unemployment payments stop. Disaster will be predicted, with much wringing of hands. Then all those holding out for a management position will take what they can get, and go back to work.

That is what happened with welfare reform under Clinton. It would here, too.

iurockhead on January 5, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Why don’t they just call it “permanent” unemployment benefits and get it over with. LOL

Jayrae on January 5, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Everyone can predict how this will turn out, but only J.B. would implement a brilliant strategic political that will end with another -2 points in GOP approval before pleasuring the Dems.

Whiterock on January 5, 2014 at 10:15 PM

This is an honest question: Is there absolutely anything that Boehner is willing to take a stand for or against? Anything at all?

I think I’ll start referring to him as “Representative Carlsbad. There’s no bigger cave known to man.”

Wino on January 5, 2014 at 10:23 PM

It’s also yet another case of Politics 101 where you can have the science – math, in this case – on your side and still wind up losing the larger battle.

Let me just simply say I’m sick to f*cking death of hearing this.

Hey Jazz – to which topic will you and yours *not* apply this bullshit logic?

Am I the only one beyond tired of hearing the incessant “not this time – we must live to fight another day” drivel?

Midas on January 5, 2014 at 10:38 PM

If there are Americans suffering because they can’t find a job and they can’t collect unemployment, then there is no way the Democrats can do an amnesty push. It would be a mind blowing contradiction that their media won’t be able to sell. You can’t do back-to-back sob stories about an unemployed American eating out of the garbage can followed by a sob story about illegal alien who stole his job.

Buddahpundit on January 5, 2014 at 10:40 PM

How so? For a long time, we read on this blog that Obama was the sole reason why folks were unemployed. Let me guess, now that Barry has won a second term and there is pretty much nothing you all can do to stop his agenda, you are back to blaming those working Americans for not finding work quickly enough. And the tea party wonders why most people think they are anti struggling/working American.

loveofcountry on January 5, 2014 at 8:19 PM

But you’re simply wrong, and the facts prove it.

Midas on January 5, 2014 at 10:40 PM

And the tea party wonders why most people think they are anti struggling/working American.

loveofcountry on January 5, 2014 at 8:19 PM

…you’re brain damaged…and we encourage you!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2014 at 10:54 PM

And the tea party wonders why most people think they are anti struggling/working American.

loveofcountry on January 5, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Is it the tea party who wants illegal aliens to hold the jobs that those struggling Americans could do? Or, is it you and your ilk who wants illegal aliens to hold the jobs that those struggling Americans could do?

Buddahpundit on January 5, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Do you know the jobs you could have trained for in 99 weeks?

It only takes about 10 weeks to train to be a bank teller.
In about 6 months, you could earn a certificate for internet network repair, service.

In 99 weeks, you’d be at most a month short of earning an RN degree…and the average salary for that is in the mid 60s.

I still do not know why Republicans refuse to cite the administrations own cabinet officers on this — the research shows — and they are on record agreeing with it — that extending unemployment benefits, extends unemployment.

(Not to mention that taxpayers lose $.45 on the dollar for these benefits.)

EastofEden on January 5, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Boehner is open to anything Obama / Democrats want…

Boehner is open to anything he thinks will keep him in power / in office…

Boehner is open to anything that does not call for accountability, especially his own…

Boehner … is a Washington Establishment Traitor …

easyt65 on January 5, 2014 at 11:25 PM

I wish Boehner would say that if Democrats would get out of the way of the economy by cutting regulations, approving the KN pipeline and offshore exploration there wouldn’t be as many people asking for extended benefits.

Meremortal on January 5, 2014 at 11:35 PM

“And the tea party wonders why most people think they are anti struggling/working American.”

loveofcountry on January 5, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Idiot doesn’t even realize that the vast majority of tea party people ARE struggling/working Americans!

Meremortal on January 5, 2014 at 11:38 PM

This is the payroll tax cut gig all over again. Two years ago Republicans walked right into Barry’s trap by demanding it be “paid for”. Harry Reid passed it through the Senate and went home for Christmas laughing his head off. The House GOP were left twisting in the wind and the “party of the rich” meme was born. That was the day Barry’s poll numbers began to improve.
The GOP should realize they have to stop losing elections if they want to change anything. They should extend the benefits for a year ad tell the people why: because Barry’s failed policies have resulted in a stagnant economy and chronic unemployment. That’s how you win a message.
But you don’t raise the minimum wage for the same reason….unemployment is too high. The GOP can stay principled without looking mean.
Then you turn the meassage back to O’care and tell Barry to find another distraction. It won’t take him long.
Eyes on the prize.

breffnian on January 5, 2014 at 11:44 PM

because Barry’s failed policies have resulted in a stagnant economy and chronic unemployment.

breffnian on January 5, 2014 at 11:44 PM

How can there be chronic unemployment when there are tens of millions of illegal aliens employed in this country? There are more illegal workers in the US than there are unemployed US citizens.

Buddahpundit on January 6, 2014 at 12:13 AM

Boehner and McConnell are both much smarter and effective than they are given credit for. Boehner has kept the immigration issue on the back burner for the entire second half of the year, for instance, simply by “being open to it” and “looking for a bill we can all support.” In the meantime: no immigration hearings held or set, no bills marked up in committee.

For this, the lunatic fringe berates him as a “traitor” and a “RINO.” But then, they are always complaining anyway and continually despise whoever is in a position of responsibility in the party, so why even bother with them?

Boehner could strike a “good” deal on this by demanding it be “paid for” with other cuts, a far more popular position with the public than just extending benefits forever. If he trades a short-term, say six months, extension for a matching but permanent cut elsewhere, it’s a good deal even if the extension is a bad idea taken by itself.

It’s called, “arithmetic.”

But of course the Purity Police will probably choose it as their latest hill to die upon and declare any Republican who supports an extension under any circumstances to be dead to them, dirty RINOs, etc etc etc.

Adjoran on January 6, 2014 at 12:41 AM

99 weeks of sitting at home collecting a check is not enough, so Borhner’s giving them more tax dollars. Only time they’ll get off the couch is when the free money stops coming in. How do we control these whacked out politicians?

RdLake on January 6, 2014 at 12:43 AM

This is not an important issue. Don’t be fooled by the Democrat’s trap.
kcewa on January 5, 2014 at 6:41 PM

The thing is they have no clue on how to flip the issue.
If they do cave, it should be made abundantly clear that it’s only because of the ongoing economic disaster Obama has inflicted on the working class, with Obamacare being the latest Dem policy that’s putting even more people out of work.
But they just can’t figure that angle out, they remind me of the Homer Simpson line: “Lord, help me. I’m just not that bright.”.

whatcat on January 6, 2014 at 3:21 AM

So much for the much ballyhooed budget agreement in December. Democrats will ALWAYS get their way. BTW, I heard Schumer saying if R’s do not vote for yet another unemployment extension, the R’s will pay in Nov 14. Don;t you just love how Chuckles is so concerned about the opposition party? Brings a tear to my eye.

stop2think on January 6, 2014 at 7:14 AM

I’ve seen this movie already, too many times. I wish Boehner would quit now, take the Lobbyist position like they all do. Give another Republican congressman a head start in the art of caving. And let me watch a new Speaker fake sincerity.

steveracer on January 6, 2014 at 7:26 AM

Unemployment benefits is not the hill the GOP wants to die on.

Stick with Obamacare and don’t let the Democrats change the subject.

myiq2xu on January 5, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Sad but true, it’s another trap. Stand by for lots of traps for conservatives to stroke their principles on. You have to pick and choose your battles. Otherwise, every fight is Pickett’s Charge with similar results.

rhombus on January 6, 2014 at 7:54 AM

The Ohio Republican maintains the position he expressed last month that Republicans would “clearly consider” an extension of federal help for the long-term unemployed “as long as it’s paid for and as long as there are other efforts that will help get our economy moving once again,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said Friday.

Translation…we’ll be happy to borrow money from our grand children in order to get re-elected and maintain our power.

cajunpatriot on January 6, 2014 at 8:39 AM

In what fantasy world can the deficit be nearly a billion dollars, can we raise spending and pay for it? It cannot be done. Is Obama giving seminars on how to lie sincerely?

scboy on January 6, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Oh well, there goes the imaginary projected savings from they Murray/Ryan budget deal. The $23BB in “savings” over ten years is completely wiped out in 2 weeks.

kpguru on January 6, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Boehner is as clueless and weak a politician as I have ever seen. He defines caving as compromising. He continues to damage the Republican brand and the only thing he is good at, is pulling defeat from the jaws of victory. C’mon Ohio, give us a break.

ultracon on January 6, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I figured it out! I figured it out! It’s the old Jedi mind trick:

This isn’t the hill you want to stand on (says Jedi Reid to the the weak-minded Clone Warrior Boehner)

Wino on January 6, 2014 at 1:14 PM