Open thread: Senate cloture vote on unemployment benefits; Update: Passes cloture, 60/37

posted at 10:03 am on January 7, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Technically, it’s not the first item of business for the Senate in 2014 — Janet Yellen’s confirmation yesterday came first — but it’s the first business for the 2014 midterm elections, at least from the Democratic Party point of view. The vote on cloture for the Hary Reid-Dean Heller compromise on the unemployment-benefit extension will take place at 10:30, assuming the Senate remains on schedule:

The Senate plunged into an election-year session Monday that promises to be long on political maneuvering and less so on accomplishment, beginning with a slow-motion struggle over legislation to renew lapsed jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.

“I’m optimistic, cautiously optimistic, that the new year will bring a renewed spirit of cooperation to this chamber,” said Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in the first remarks of the year on the Senate floor.

Within moments, he pivoted, accusing Republicans of “never ending obstruction” to President Barack Obama’s proposals over the past five years.

Well, so much for bipartisanship, eh? The vote was to take place last night, but Reid did wait on it until everyone had more opportunity to return to Capitol Hill. Reid also needed the time to get more Republicans to back the compromise bill, but according to WYFF, he’s still a vote short of cloture:

Backers of the Senate bill to extend long-term unemployment benefits were one vote short of the 60 they need to clear a procedural hurdle, in a vote set to happen Tuesday morning. … The other three Republicans [besides Heller] are Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, a co-sponsor of the bill; Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.

There are other Republicans willing to go along, if offsets on spending are included:

Many Republicans argue a $6.4 billion extension would hurt the economy and act as a disincentive to job creation. Others members of the GOP have signaled they might back an extension if the cost is offset by cuts elsewhere in the budget.

Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, a Republican who often works across the aisle, got a call from Obama but missed it because he wasn’t in the office. Kirk said he wants to help people but insisted Congress must find a way to pay for the measure.

“I, obviously, have people in my state who would benefit. The better way to go is to not add to the deficit in an irresponsible way,” Kirk said.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is one of the four Republicans who said they would vote to begin debate on the bill. However, she wouldn’t rule out blocking it later if cost offsets aren’t added.

This should put Democrats on the defensive, since they pushed through the “pay-go” rule themselves with great fanfare in the first year of the Obama presidency.  They have pushed for extensions ever since on an emergency basis to bypass pay-go, but four years later, the “emergency” of a bad economy isn’t exactly a winning message for 2014. On the other hand, Republicans who want to push the message of a dysfunctional economy may have a tough time explaining why they want to cut off extended benefits when the economy is so bad.

Harry Reid went all-in on the bad-economy emergency message in his opening remarks, saying that the US has never suffered this kind of long-term unemployment as we have now — a message that somehow gets forgotten when slight incremental gains in job creation get hailed as evidence of the Great Economic Recovery. Maybe someone at the NRSC is checking for sound bites today.

Will Reid get his fifth vote? I’d guess yes — it’s easier to explain a vote for another short-term extension than to explain one against it. That still leaves the House, though, where the pay-go rule will get taken more seriously, and the bill will get returned with offsets.

Update: Reid picked up enough votes for cloture — at least for the first round:

Club for Growth-backed Rob Portman ended up casting an aye:

That doesn’t mean it will get past a second cloture vote, Sam Stein warns:

I’d guess that the GOP would rather keep the focus on ObamaCare in 2014 rather than fuel the White House narrative of “income inequality” for the midterm elections, but the House will want something significant in return. We’ll see.


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CoffeeLover:Yup,..I think,..this fight is going to get Politically
Ugly!:)

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 11:32 AM

yup and it starts in earnest once Dear Leader realizes he’s late again for his “campaign-style” WH statement at some point today.

CoffeeLover on January 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Boxer is now in 6th gear,.. OverDrive on zee Herr’ Autobahn!

Ah,….sounds better!
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Kraftwerk Autobahn full
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-G28iyPtz0

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Hey, let’s cave on everything to keep the focus on Obamacare.

Then, we can get the Senate and the House…so we can surrender on everything to keep the focus on Obamacare until 2016!!!

Once we have the Senate, House, and White House, we can cave on everything to keep our majorities in 2018!!!

GOP Smart Power ™

DRayRaven on January 7, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Club for Growth-backed Rob Portman ended up casting an aye:

Ohio is always a problem.

Portman, Boehner.

Sherrod Brown. Ick.

Democrat turned republican Gov. Kasich.

Ohio is a problem battleground state.

I hope they are able to debate this topic, some things need saying about Obama’s record on unemployment is throwing checks at it, not helping business get over his new normal stagnation. No more checks, and no more disability claims! If this is the new normal, let Obama show us how business is going to hire again. Obama’s record is fewer working than under Bush.

Fleuries on January 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM

US unemployment benefits extension debate
1m
Live video: President Obama delivers remarks on unemployment insurance – @NBCNews
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http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nbcnews.com/54001824

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 11:42 AM

I’m only seeing my kids before school…get them breakfast and take them to the bus stop. I’ve been getting them up earlier than before so that I can spend a little time with them.

I’m working at a grocery and the last week has been almost nothing but EBT’s I don’t think I have any taste buds left from biting my tongue soooooo much. You should see the garbage that people “buy”.
All the cliche’s are true.

MontanaMmmm on January 7, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Obama and Reid will destroy the entire country to keep their power and save their butts. Doesn’t it make you proud to be an American?

rplat on January 7, 2014 at 11:59 AM

ROLL CALL:

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress – 2nd Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question: On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 1845 )
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Vote Number: 2 Vote Date: January 7, 2014, 10:44 AM
Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Cloture on the Motion to Proceed Agreed to
Measure Number: S. 1845 (Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act )
Measure Title: A bill to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits, and for other purposes.
**********************************************

Vote Counts: YEAs 60
NAYs 37
Not Voting 3
Vote Summary By Senator Name By Vote Position By Home State

Alphabetical by Senator Name
Alexander (R-TN), Nay
Ayotte (R-NH), Yea
Baldwin (D-WI), Yea
Barrasso (R-WY), Nay
Baucus (D-MT), Yea
Begich (D-AK), Not Voting
Bennet (D-CO), Yea
Blumenthal (D-CT), Yea
Blunt (R-MO), Nay
Booker (D-NJ), Yea
Boozman (R-AR), Nay
Boxer (D-CA), Yea
Brown (D-OH), Yea
Burr (R-NC), Nay
Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
Cardin (D-MD), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Chambliss (R-GA), Nay
Coats (R-IN), Yea
Coburn (R-OK), Nay
Cochran (R-MS), Nay
Collins (R-ME), Yea
Coons (D-DE), Yea
Corker (R-TN), Nay
Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
Crapo (R-ID), Nay
Cruz (R-TX), Nay
Donnelly (D-IN), Yea
Durbin (D-IL), Yea
Enzi (R-WY), Nay
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Fischer (R-NE), Nay
Flake (R-AZ), Nay
Franken (D-MN), Yea
Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea
Graham (R-SC), Nay
Grassley (R-IA), Nay
Hagan (D-NC), Yea
Harkin (D-IA), Yea
Hatch (R-UT), Not Voting
Heinrich (D-NM), Yea
Heitkamp (D-ND), Yea
Heller (R-NV), Yea
Hirono (D-HI), Yea
Hoeven (R-ND), Nay
Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
Isakson (R-GA), Nay
Johanns (R-NE), Nay
Johnson (D-SD), Yea
Johnson (R-WI), Nay
Kaine (D-VA), Yea
King (I-ME), Yea
Kirk (R-IL), Nay
Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
Leahy (D-VT), Yea
Lee (R-UT), Nay
Levin (D-MI), Yea
Manchin (D-WV), Yea
Markey (D-MA), Yea
McCain (R-AZ), Nay
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
McConnell (R-KY), Nay
Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
Merkley (D-OR), Yea
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Moran (R-KS), Nay
Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
Murphy (D-CT), Yea
Murray (D-WA), Yea
Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Paul (R-KY), Nay
Portman (R-OH), Yea
Pryor (D-AR), Yea
Reed (D-RI), Yea
Reid (D-NV), Yea
Risch (R-ID), Nay
Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
Rubio (R-FL), Nay
Sanders (I-VT), Yea
Schatz (D-HI), Yea
Schumer (D-NY), Yea
Scott (R-SC), Nay
Sessions (R-AL), Nay
Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Tester (D-MT), Yea
Thune (R-SD), Not Voting
Toomey (R-PA), Nay
Udall (D-CO), Yea
Udall (D-NM), Yea
Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Warner (D-VA), Yea
Warren (D-MA), Yea
Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
Wicker (R-MS), Nay
Wyden (D-OR), Yea
===================

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00002

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Here comes Bozo! He’s baaaaaaaaaaack!!!

/Someone needs to run a montage of this B.S. speech about continuing unemployment benefits. It’s the same speech he’s been giving since 2009.

Someone PLEASE do this…

Key West Reader on January 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

KWR….he’s now running through the resumes/sad letters from all those unemployed ppl standing behind him.

Just listening to him makes me know that his “economic” solution hasn’t worked. Common sense and logic is gone. LIV hear he’s so empathic and trying to help. I see failure.

CoffeeLover on January 7, 2014 at 12:02 PM

McConnell Highlights Five Years of Failed Obama Economic Policies
VIDEO:(8:24)

Published on Jan 7, 2014

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Obama Administration’s need to focus on meaningful job creation.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxrWsLqU59k

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM

dear leader with his potted plants…blaming the gop right now

STRAWMEN ALERT!!!

how can he say in one breath the economy is great…on the other hand ask for more monies for the unemployed????

cmsinaz on January 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM

President Obama: In the past, both parties have put both partisanship and ideology aside to provide assistance for job seekers… it’s been done multiple times when the unemployment rate was significantly lower than it is today.
by Amy Tennery (Reuters) 12:05 PM
Comment ↑ 0 Likes

12:02 PM
TwitterWhite House Live @WHLive
Obama: “For many, it’s the only source of income they’ve got to support their families while they look for a new job.” #RenewUI
President Obama: not providing unemployment insurance to jobless Americans makes it harder for them to find jobs
by Margarita Noriega (Reuters) 12:00 PM
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A bill to renew jobless benefits for more than a million unemployed citizens passed a Senate roadblock this morning. But before the 60-to-37 vote occurred, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a harsh critique of President Barack Obama’s economic policies over the past five years. (The time this speech occurred was verified by McConnell’s official Twitter page). Watch the video above.
by Amy Tennery (Reuters) via YouTube 11:55 AM
Comment ↑ 0 Likes

As it stands, the unemployment insurance bill (or UI, as you may see it called on Twitter) is an extension of jobless benefits for about 1.3 Americans who lost their benefits the last week of December 2013.

While the Senate has cleared one procedural hurdle, another roadblock still stands in the bill’s way before it is considered by the House: how, exactly, the federal government will pay for the extension of the benefits. Should it be paid by new funds, or should it come out of the existing federal budget (requiring a cut to some other program)? This is the question up for debate by lawmakers this week.

Just in: Speaker Boehner’s statement on the jobless benefits bill: Three Steps the President Can Take Immediately to Help Put Americans Back to Work

http://live.reuters.com/Event/Politics

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:06 PM

the BS that he spews is nauseating….

cmsinaz on January 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM

KWR….he’s now running through the resumes/sad letters from all those unemployed ppl standing behind him.

-snip-

CoffeeLover on January 7, 2014 at 12:02 PM

It’s the middle of the week. Why aren’t they out, you know, looking for work. When I was out of work, working to become employed was my full-time job.

Mitoch55 on January 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Good Gawd,

This is turning into a British Soap Opera ,

….”OLIVER”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:09 PM

the BS that he spews is nauseating….

cmsinaz on January 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM

KWR….he’s now running through the resumes/sad letters from all those unemployed ppl standing behind him.

-snip-

CoffeeLover on January 7, 2014 at 12:02 PM

To me, it is becoming infuriating because these are the same words and same sob stories that are being repeated ad nauseum and NOBODY will call him out? I mean… Nobody?

Come on, Breitbart Peeps… Come on, Daily Caller/Jim Treacher.. Come on, Rush! Beck…?

get movin! LOL :o)

Key West Reader on January 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

I’m willing to work them every step of the way

-obama

YOU LIE

cmsinaz on January 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Barack Obama
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President Obama: ‘I can’t name a time when I met an American who would rather have an unemployment check than the pride of having a job’ – live video
end of bulletin
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Barack Obama
12m
President Obama: ‘We need to make sure this recovery leaves no one behind’ – live video
end of bulletin
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Barack Obama
13m
Unemployed woman Katherine Hackett introducing President Obama at White House event: ‘I am not just sitting at home living the good life’ – @mpoindc

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

work with them…

geez
preview

cmsinaz on January 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

blammm on January 7, 2014 at 11:51 AM

I knew you weren’t. 8)

I’m just doing the math under the current system, and that means stick with UI until something better comes along. If UI goes away after 26 weeks before that something better, so be it. (Though then we’ll be eligible for SNAP.) And who knows, maybe taking that UI will help sink the system faster to the point where DC will realize that they need to free it up, and then I’ll be able to find something.

Like that will ever happen. DC finding their a** with both hands that is, not me finding some sort of gainful employment. I suspect I have better odds of winning a lottery than DC showing sense.

LibraryGryffon on January 7, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Update: Passes cloture, 60/37

*POPCORN MACHINE EXPLODES!*

libfreeordie on January 7, 2014 at 12:13 PM

When I was unemployed, I stood in a line and filled out papers and was interviewed by the gubmint rep-ersentative, given a stipend of an unemployment check, a block of cheese and a “good luck”…

I wasn’t invited to get all dolled up and flown to the White House for a Photo Op with the President of The United States of America.

/Grrrrrrr (too much espresso)

Key West Reader on January 7, 2014 at 12:13 PM

LibraryGryffon on January 7, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Read my previous post. Apply for those IT jobs you mentioned.

kcewa on January 7, 2014 at 12:15 PM

MontanaMmmm on January 7, 2014 at 11:57 AM

I do, and I make notes. You do the same. It adds up.

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 12:15 PM

lib hacks won’t even mention the word PAYGO…

cmsinaz on January 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM

*POPCORN MACHINE EXPLODES!*

libfreeordie on January 7, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Commie swine is clueless that it explodes too.

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Update: Passes cloture, 60/37

 
*POPCORN MACHINE EXPLODES!*
 
libfreeordie on January 7, 2014 at 12:13 PM

 
It’s entirely possible that you’re the only poster here who is surprised by the vote.

rogerb on January 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM

libfreeordie on January 7, 2014 at 12:13 PM

You call yourself a “liberal”, you pig. If you would be one, you’d be for free people, alas. You are the racist slave of HA, eternally.

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 12:18 PM

obama has not helped a single poor person, except to keep them in modern day plantations.

This is what the leftists aim to do, eternally.

One day the poor will pitchfork you, and they won’t do it politically.

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Let me see if I can understand the LiberalTard Lefty ViewPoint.

Extra UnEmployment Insurance Creates JOBS, and VOTING NO,
takes JOBS AWAY,..that were not there in the first place!!

**NUTS**!!

US unemployment benefits extension debate
3m
President Obama:
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‘Voting for unemployment insurance

helps people

and creates jobs

and voting against it

does not’ – live video

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:19 PM

I’m willing to work them every step of the way

-obama

YOU LIE

cmsinaz on January 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

work with them…

geez
preview

cmsinaz on January 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

I think your original is more accurate.

Bitter Clinger on January 7, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Bitter Clinger on January 7, 2014 at 12:19 PM

ya gotta point there…

cmsinaz on January 7, 2014 at 12:25 PM

I like this tweet, H/T Twitchy.

Kathleen McKinley @KatMcKinley
Follow

When your key win in your 5th yr as President is the extension of unemployment benefits, you might want to reconsider your legacy.
9:31 AM – 7 Jan 2014

MontanaMmmm on January 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Tweets All / No replies

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 10m

Pres Obama ends 16-min remarks urging nation to rally behind unemployed. “That’s not to much to ask. That’s who we are as Americans.”
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“Who knows. We may get some things done this year,” says Pres Obama of getting action by Congress.
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Pres Obama says we’ve got to get the unemployment insurance bill “across the finish line” in the Senate & get the House to vote on it too.
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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 16m

POTUS says he never met an American who would rather have unemployment checks than a job.
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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 17m

“That really sells the American people short,” says Pres Obama of charge that long-term unemployment benefits sap motivation to find work.
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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 20m

Pres Obama says extending unemployment insurance “actually helps the economy, actually creates new jobs.”
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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 21m

Pres Obama says long-term unemployed “are not an abstraction.” He says they could “at some point be any of us.”
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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 23m

Pres Obama sharing stage with unemployed Americans whose longterm benefits have ended.
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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 24m

Pres Obama says the financial crisis was so devastating, there are still a lot of people who are struggling to find work.
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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 25m

Pres Obama says extending unemployment insurance should be “first order of business in 2014.” Calls it a “vital economic lifeline.”
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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 28m

Pres Obama introduced by unemployed single mom. Says long-term benefits “absolutely essential” to cover “my bare necessities.”
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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 32m

Boehner says Pres Obama has offered no plan to meet GOP criteria for extended unemployment benefits.
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Boehner says he personally told the WH that another extension of benefits should be paid for & include measures to put people back to work.
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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 33m

In written statement, @SpeakerBoehner says “ultimate solution to joblessness is more jobs” not longer unemployment benefits.

https://twitter.com/SpeakerBoehner

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM

keep up with the tweets :)

cmsinaz on January 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Here comes Bozo! He’s baaaaaaaaaaack!!!

/Someone needs to run a montage of this B.S. speech about continuing unemployment benefits. It’s the same speech he’s been giving since 2009.

Someone PLEASE do this…

Key West Reader on January 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Key West Reader:Brilliant,…..and,…. FU BO The Clown——:0

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:28 PM

KWR….he’s now running through the resumes/sad letters from all those unemployed ppl standing behind him.

-snip-

CoffeeLover on January 7, 2014 at 12:02 PM

What the Hell has he done in 5 years to make it better for them?

Nada

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 12:28 PM

*POPCORN MACHINE EXPLODES!*

libfreeordie on January 7, 2014 at 12:13 PM

It’s entirely possible that you’re the only poster here who is surprised by the vote.

rogerb on January 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM

ROFL

Bishop on January 7, 2014 at 12:29 PM

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM

keep up with the tweets :)

cmsinaz on January 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM

cmsinaz:Me is try’n, hehe,.. To coin, “SarahCuda”,…UBetcha:)

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Apply for those IT jobs you mentioned.

kcewa on January 7, 2014 at 12:15 PM

I might as well. The worst that can happen is nothing, and all I’ll be out is some time and electrons.

LibraryGryffon on January 7, 2014 at 12:31 PM

obama always looks so stupid.

That such is president shows how many sheepleton live in the US, on both sides.

I admire those of you who can listen to that oaf.

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Hopey/Changey has done KICKED THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD………..

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

I see McCain voted AGAINST.

Sorry, but THAT is the biggest surprise in this.

ToddPA on January 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm,???

The Associated Press ‏@AP 11m

Colo. Supreme Court denies theater shooting victims access to evidence from criminal case to use in a civil suit: http://apne.ws/1dcYjbl
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https://twitter.com/AP

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:33 PM

“I have been president for 5 years now, and this unemployment situation is GWB’s problem” — obama, your tiny eunuch in DC

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 12:34 PM

*POPCORN MACHINE EXPLODES!*

libfreeordie on January 7, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Trying to make your own ethanol again?

Buttercup on January 7, 2014 at 12:34 PM

WILL ANYBODY ASK THIS, SO-CALLED, PRESIDENT WHY HE SIGNED THE BUDGET BILL REMOVING THE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS TO BEGIN WITH IF IT WAS SO DAMAGING?

Skywise on January 7, 2014 at 12:35 PM

*UGH*,……Buying the IMMIGRANT VOTE:
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New Jersey, US
7m

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ, on ceremonial signing of New Jersey immigrant tuition bill:

‘This legislation puts us one step closer to turning the dream of finally fixing our nation’s broken immigration system into a reality’ – via @NBCNews

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:35 PM

libfreeordie on January 7, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Trying to make your own ethanol again?

Buttercup on January 7, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Buttercup:

************* KOOL_AID ******************!!:)

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:36 PM

If the economy is so friggin’ good, why are extensions needed?

Wade on January 7, 2014 at 12:37 PM

McConnell/Reid look scary in that pic. That such rule the land tells a lot about the land, adding also the eunuch in chief, obama.

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 12:38 PM

I see a banner at the top of this thread for CPAC.

Pictured are three stout Conservatives….and Senator Rubio.

O.K., in light of him voting against this, he can join
the others, HA!

ToddPA on January 7, 2014 at 12:38 PM

RODMAN FOR US SENATE!!!

ToddPA on January 7, 2014 at 12:39 PM

*POPCORN MACHINE EXPLODES!*

libfreeordie on January 7, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Trying to make your own ethanol again?

Buttercup on January 7, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Mopeds can’t run on ethanol.

Bishop on January 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM

The GOP is always the stupid party. That said, not passing this is dumb. I would tie these benefits with the closure of some federal agencies.

antisense on January 7, 2014 at 12:41 PM

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM

keep your cut and paste tweets…it’s bad enough hotair post them on here…

Wade on January 7, 2014 at 12:41 PM

************* KOOL_AID ******************!!:)

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:36 PM

I’ve seen a whole lot of that “purchased” with EBT’s this week.
NUTRITIOUS.

MontanaMmmm on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

I’m willing to work them every step of the way

-obama

YOU LIE

cmsinaz on January 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

work with them…

geez
preview

cmsinaz on January 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

I think your original is more accurate.

Bitter Clinger on January 7, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Bitter Clinger: I agree:)

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:48 PM

************* KOOL_AID ******************!!:)

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:36 PM

I’ve seen a whole lot of that “purchased” with EBT’s this week.
NUTRITIOUS.

MontanaMmmm on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

MontanaMmmm:Lol:)

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:48 PM

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM

keep your cut and paste tweets…it’s bad enough hotair post them on here…

Wade on January 7, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Wade:

You came in garbled,..repeat,..what!

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:50 PM

*POPCORN MACHINE EXPLODES!*

libfreeordie on January 7, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Question for you:

Did you get your Lab Coat back yet from Al Sharpton??

ToddPA on January 7, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Hmmmmmm,……………………………………..

Dennis Rodman travels to North Korea, February 2013
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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Dennis Rodman’s trip to North Korea: ‘The US does not vet private citizens’ travel to North Korea’ – @joshledermanAP
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natural gas
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US Energy Information Administration estimates record natural gas demand for 2013 – @MarketWatch
read more on marketwatch.com

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Canopfor :)

cmsinaz on January 7, 2014 at 12:51 PM

IRAQ:

Iraq violence
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Iraqi defense minister: Government airstrike kills 25 al-Qaida militants in besieged province – @AP

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Remember when people were touting Kelly Ayotte as the next great conservative woman politician.What a pathetic RINO joke.If she were a man Lindsey Graham would marry her.

redware on January 7, 2014 at 12:57 PM

http://live.reuters.com/Event/Politics/101403010

Margarita 2.014 ‏@margafret 14m

Reuters live blog poll shows a split on whether U.S. government should extend jobless benefits, lean toward extension

http://live.reuters.com/Event/Politics/101403010

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 1:06 PM

I’m disabled, born with stuff, military injuries, few bad workplace injuries after, and when my airline closed here in 07 I took benefits. was activly looking for work, problem is I have a lot of requirements due to my issues.
I took 1 extension, even with the tighter regs I was still able to meet them in my work search. I got a total of 40 weeks iirc.
on the next extension I turned it down as I could not meet the legal work search requirements. you’d be surprised how hard it is to actually stop benefits, what a pita it is to get them to stop sending checks. sent 2 back uncashed and multiple calls to unemployment bureau here to get them to stop. they could not grasp that I was stopping taking them voluntarily.
we cut back on stuff, wife works second part time job, not taking any food stamps/assistance/welfare/SSI-SS stuff I am eligible for yet.
holding off as long as I can. but I digress, the world does not owe me anything. so I don’t take it. my va check from service connected disability covers mortgage, I only take that due to it being part of a contract I signed when I joined, I bought cheap house to make sure that was never in danger.
but all this talk reminded me of how I had to basically fight/argue to STOP getting benefits in fall 08 or so.
what a system….

dmacleo on January 7, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Coats of IN is the deciding traitor of the USA.

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Anyway, I’d be considered “over qualified” for anything like that, and no one would want to hire me, for fear that I’d find low-skill, low-wage jobs “boring”.

LibraryGryffon on January 7, 2014 at 11:20 AM

For some reason, I felt drawn to this post. I work with a Business Analyst who holds a degree in Library Science, was fired from a library job, and who is now one of the key data analysis people in our company. She was hired by our company into a “low-skill, low-wage” job because she was hungry and went after the interviewer, pointing out that as a librarian who worked the reference area, she wasn’t allowed to say “no, I can’t find that information”. A real librarian will dig for it until they find the information, even if all the encyclopedias are in use, the internet is down and the primary book is gone. A real librarian demonstrates perseverance and doesn’t understand the word “no”. The interviewer was so impressed, she hired her on the spot.

Once she demonstrated her perseverance on the phones answering benefits questions for employees of our employer group clients, she became a Business Analyst for App Dev. She has been teaching herself SQL and soaking up IT architecture, and has become one of our key data analyst people. A few days ago, she configured multiple secure sites on our IIS web servers when infrastructure dropped the ball. She is always learning, always pushing herself. I still laugh about when Infrastructure asked what the IPs were on our servers and she emailed them a screenshot of her “pinging” the servers!

So what if there are few librarian jobs around… welcome to the real world… where there are few librarian jobs around. In unlucky times, you need to make your own luck and pursue unlikely avenues. One of the things I’ve learned in my career is that a career is no longer straight, as in previous decades. It will take many twists and turns, and never goes as planned.

I don’t know you and I’m sorry for the hard times you’ve gone through. But you can’t stay where you are forever. In special ops they say movement is life. To stay in any one place too long under enemy fire, is to resign yourself. From one citizen in the best country in the world to another citizen in the best country in the world, it’s time to dust yourself off and start anew.

I’m writing you down on my prayer list right now. I want you to know that I will be praying and rooting for you to come through this hard time to something better. I hope you take this post in a positive manner, to inspire you for something better. God bless.

dominigan on January 7, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Bread and circuses.

PattyJ on January 7, 2014 at 1:26 PM

dominigan on January 7, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Thanks! For both the prayers and the story. I’m just feeling a bit down today, probably because the weather is cold, and I’ve just paid some bills (which is depressing, even when you have a job). I know that my butt will get in gear soon, and I am looking at other fields where library skills would be useful. The problem right now is that there are so many folks looking for those jobs who have experience, and sometimes, no matter how good the resume and/or interview, some hiring folks just wont look past the “no direct experience in “X” field”.

LibraryGryffon on January 7, 2014 at 2:28 PM

FREE SHIT YO!

HE GAVE US A PHONE…

Murphy9 on January 7, 2014 at 3:19 PM

DRayRaven on January 7, 2014 at 11:54 AM
so sad, but so true. We conservatives are totally not represented.

katablog.com on January 7, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Since we just found out that the government overpaid unemployment beneficiaries by 7.4 BILLION in 2013, there is no reason to pay them another 7.5 BILLION this year. The Federal Government can kiss my American azz. You are nothing but a bunch of worthless, thieving, lying, criminals, and I want all of you gone. Get rid of the Fed. Let the states decide what to do for national matters. The Federal Mafia is equivalent to Al Qaeda.

F_This on January 7, 2014 at 7:18 PM

The problem right now is that there are so many folks looking for those jobs who have experience, and sometimes, no matter how good the resume and/or interview, some hiring folks just wont look past the “no direct experience in “X” field”.

LibraryGryffon on January 7, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Agreed. Human Resources is not motivated to take risks. They want to dot the “i’s” and cross the “t’s” because when they make a mediocre hire they have an excuse as long as the candidate had the “right” experience. But if they go out on a limb with a risky hire, they know they’ll have nowhere to hide if things don’t work out. Also, they can ignore a hundred great candidates and no one would ever know, so there’s no way to document this huge “opportunity cost”.

They use the terms “overqualified”, “underqualified” and “no direct experience” (also known as “domain experience”) as excuses to justify their self-serving decisions. There’s a new one they have now called “not a good cultural fit”, too. Believe me, during my own dark times (2007 to 2009, during which time I did not collect unemployment and applied for over 300 jobs), I heard ‘em all.

I know that doesn’t sound very encouraging, but there it is. A while ago I read a statistic that says most jobs are now being given on the basis of personal recommendations or referrals, so if you have a network, use it. If you don’t have a network, get one. Attend association meetings, join LinkedIn groups and contribute to discussions, etc.

Hope this is minimally helpful.

HTL on January 7, 2014 at 7:18 PM

LOL – looking at the Republicans voting “nay” I can only laugh. How nice of Ayotte, Collins and Murkowski to vote “aye” to get this to 60 so that they could cast their show “nay” vote. Hilarious. Even more hilarious are the people who think that their “nay” vote is evidence of principle.

Say what you will about ol’ Murko – at least you know what you’re going to get from her. I can respect that. Unlike Graham, Cornyn, Alexander, McCain, McConnell, etc. Not that this issue of any relevance whatsoever after that disastrous budget that they just passed. Seriously. Who cares? I’m sick of this charade.

besser tot als rot on January 7, 2014 at 8:43 PM

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