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Obama Praises Senate Over Move to Extend Jobless Benefits
New York Times ^ | January 7, 2014 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR

Posted on 01/07/2014 1:56:28 PM PST by lbryce

President Obama on Tuesday praised senators for advancing emergency legislation to extend unemployment insurance benefits and urged lawmakers to approve the measure and send it to him quickly.

Speaking at an event in the East Room of the White House just moments after the 60-37 vote in the Senate, Mr. Obama said that the legislation would restore benefits to millions of people who are struggling to find work in an economy that is still recovering from a deep recession.

“If this doesn’t get fixed, it will hurt about 14 million Americans over the course of this year,” Mr. Obama said. “Congress should pass this bipartisan plan right away and I will sign it right away.”

The president spoke in front of a group of unemployed people who had stopped receiving government support when the emergency insurance program expired just after Christmas. Mr. Obama rejected the argument made by some Republicans that extending the benefits would remove the incentive to keep looking for a job.

Related NYT:January 8, 2014:Jobless Benefits Extension Clears One Hurdle, but More Remain

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: extendedbenefits; obama; republicans; ue; unemployment
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The Republicans seem to rather think of themselves as being entrants as part of a popularity contest than doing what is the only point of them being in Congress in the first place. They've already earned the opprobrium of the Democrats and their ilk in limiting the unemployment benefits that expired this past Saturday and now have capitulated once again in agreeing to having the benefits extended. Do you think anyone is going to be grateful towards Republicans, embrace them and their party platform in 2014 for doing what is essentially an act of cowardice, frightened by how the headlines would somehow ameliorate their chances in 2014 as a result?

If as what Obama had recently announced that 2014 will be a great year for the economy, why then the need to extend the benefits at a cost of a billion dollars a week, when instead of the government, the economy would insure the income that the jobless have currently failed to secure for themselves?

1 posted on 01/07/2014 1:56:28 PM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce

Now, now, don’t be trying to talk sense...


2 posted on 01/07/2014 1:58:29 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: lbryce

It is about buying votes... even some FReepers want this passed... work up a lather of socialist suds... rinse and repeat.


3 posted on 01/07/2014 1:58:41 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: tet68
I'm sure Hitler had good things to say about the Gestapo.
4 posted on 01/07/2014 2:00:29 PM PST by dblshot (I am John Galt.)
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To: lbryce

What I’m puzzled about is how the “Senate” controls this when it’s a spending issue that by law has to originate in the House? Not that Boner would do anything to reign in spending.


5 posted on 01/07/2014 2:01:17 PM PST by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Folks that have lost their jobs should be helped. One needs to go through an investigation to determine if they are eligible for UI. If a person has lost their job due to conditions beyond their control and are having trouble finding work..yes, they should be helped. It averages about 300 a week...probably just enough to put food on the table and pay a gas bill. I’m for helping...as long as it takes.


6 posted on 01/07/2014 2:03:44 PM PST by maineman (BC EAGLES FAN)
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To: LibLieSlayer

It’s probably a safe bet that nearly everyone who was receiving these benefits wants them to continue.

Easy instant votes.


7 posted on 01/07/2014 2:05:16 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: lbryce

After their “bi-partisan” budget deal that democrats agreed to and praised, that INCLUDED ENDING unemployment benefits, it did not take long for them to pull that football away from the hapless GOP Charlie Brown


8 posted on 01/07/2014 2:06:59 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: maineman

So, you’re willing to foot the bill out of the kindness of your heart? It must be nice to be so wealthy that you are offering to pay for all those people. You ARE proposing this charity spending with your own money, aren’t you?


9 posted on 01/07/2014 2:07:44 PM PST by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: tet68

more and more people rendered dependent on welfare,
and less and less jobs for American workers

the Obama economic program

continues unabated and uncorrected

pray for America. we have three more years of this Depression


10 posted on 01/07/2014 2:08:12 PM PST by faithhopecharity (no)
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To: lbryce

“If this doesn’t get fixed, it will hurt about 14 million Americans over the course of this year,” Mr. Obama said.

And why Mr President is this necessary? You have been President for 5 years now. Where are the jobs? Oh that is right, Obamcare caused thousands to lose their jobs or to become part timers. Easy to see why you would want to see unemployment extended. I think most Americans would rather have a job then a government check.........


11 posted on 01/07/2014 2:08:25 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: Ingtar

It’s the Christian thing to do. People that have lost their jobs duto conditions beyond their control should be helped.


12 posted on 01/07/2014 2:09:22 PM PST by maineman (BC EAGLES FAN)
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To: lbryce
Be real...You simply have to extend these benefits. The problem is the terms of the system....i.e., you have to find a job in your field with a comparable salary.

HOWQ the system works needs to be revised. The old terms simply can't stand anymore.

13 posted on 01/07/2014 2:10:44 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: lbryce

The Republicans are morons. First they cancel funding which hurts them greatly by those that held jobs, then they pass it anyway which gives Zero a win.


14 posted on 01/07/2014 2:11:23 PM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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To: tet68

Unemployment benefits may be adding to job seekers laziness

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2496414/posts

beggars CAN be choosers:
http://www.cartoonstock.com/lowres/jlu0034l.jpg

If you subsidize something (unemployment), you get more of it.


15 posted on 01/07/2014 2:11:34 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: SECURE AMERICA
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16 posted on 01/07/2014 2:13:15 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: lbryce

Stupid is as stupid does.


17 posted on 01/07/2014 2:15:34 PM PST by mulligan
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To: maineman

After one year, it is no longer unemployment insurance - it is WELFARE.

If a person can not find a job - any job within a 365 day period, they may as well be honest with us and themselves by joining the welfare class.


18 posted on 01/07/2014 2:17:44 PM PST by KittenClaws ( Normalcy Bias. Do you have it?)
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To: maineman

Then you help them. I’m tired of it. If you can’t find a job in a year then you need to apply for welfare, not continue to receive unemployment benefits.


19 posted on 01/07/2014 2:20:36 PM PST by beandog (All Aboard the Choo Choo Train to Crazy Town)
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To: Sacajaweau
Be real...You simply have to extend these benefits. The problem is the terms of the system....i.e., you have to find a job in your field with a comparable salary.
HOWQ the system works needs to be revised. The old terms simply can't stand anymore.

UI benefits allow you to do this, but you may take any job you wish at any rate.

If you are hungry - get a JOB and earn the “measly” 300 bucks that UI brings in.

20 posted on 01/07/2014 2:20:51 PM PST by KittenClaws ( Normalcy Bias. Do you have it?)
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To: maineman

Aye. It is the Christian thing to do for people to use their own money to help those in need. That is Charity. Taking money at gunpoint to help others is not Charity, it is thievery.


21 posted on 01/07/2014 2:21:47 PM PST by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Sacajaweau

I have heard of people refusing a job so they can wait until their benefits expire. (I have a friend who thinks she can conjure up a $36k/yr job the moment her benefits expire in a couple of months despite not having any education beyond high school with no computer skills.)

They should be required to submit proof of actively looking for employment and cannot turn down a job so they can wait until their benefits expire or if it is a job that they ‘don’t like’- which I have also heard of.

And so far as my friend, I was going to help her out with bills and food but changed my mind. My taxes are helping her enough.


22 posted on 01/07/2014 2:22:36 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: maineman

If we had the money and could afford it, then I would be for it too. We do not have the money and this will only increase our debt to our future generations of Americans, increase our debt to china and other foreign powers, depress the seeking of jobs (this was proved in the 1996 Welfare Reform Act) and increase the odds that America will default and find itself insolvent. You get an agreement that cancels 1 dollar of current spending for every dollar of unemployment benefits and I will gladly sign on to it.


23 posted on 01/07/2014 2:26:01 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: bigbob

It’s the demonrat way!


24 posted on 01/07/2014 2:27:06 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: lbryce; vette6387; SkyPilot; ZULU; oswegodeee; flat; unkus; MamaDearest; mazda77

How many billions have the King and Queen’s socializing and their vacations sucked out of the US taxpayers since they took over their Kingdom?


25 posted on 01/07/2014 2:28:33 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: bitterohiogunclinger
Taxing (bills for raising revenue) has to originate in the house. Spending can originate in either chamber.

See US Constitution, Article I, Section 7.

Not picking on you, but I am amazed at how many people express the belief that spending bills have to originate in the House.

26 posted on 01/07/2014 2:36:08 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: maineman

Does this mean a friend in CT who lost her job and now goes on world cruises, the one who bitched when sequestion reduced her $475/per week unemployment, now eligible to continue collecting?


27 posted on 01/07/2014 2:45:34 PM PST by DefeatCorruption
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To: lbryce; All

If I did the math correctly that is 8k for each unemployed person. That is about 2500$ a month.


28 posted on 01/07/2014 2:46:25 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11) Hey, Harry Reid.. 1-800-318-2596!)
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To: lbryce

High praise, indeed!


29 posted on 01/07/2014 2:47:14 PM PST by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
Here's one of my beefs....Construction workers, particularly in the housing industry, make big bucks in the summer....than go to Florida all winter and still collect unemployment.

You are required to submit proof of looking for work. Submit an application to anyplace...and you'll get a nice "not hiring at this time" return. You don't have to submit many, many proofs either...only a couple...

30 posted on 01/07/2014 2:47:32 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: lbryce

The Republicans should offer to extend unemployement for 3 years if the Democrats will agree to repeal the ACA.

Serious how about a bit of statagy here.

The economy would probably actually really improve if they did this.
There is a big pile of gorrila s*** on the floor!


31 posted on 01/07/2014 2:49:02 PM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take? (guillotines?))
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To: LibLieSlayer
work up a lather of socialist suds. :-) literary rapture.
32 posted on 01/07/2014 2:51:43 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: lbryce

All this does is helps democrats. It provides cover for their policies which are destroying America.


33 posted on 01/07/2014 2:54:41 PM PST by minnesota_bound
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To: lbryce

I thought we were in the throes of an economic recovery and now everybody has free healthcare? My brain hurts!


34 posted on 01/07/2014 2:58:58 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: lbryce
They've already earned the opprobrium of the Democrats and their ilk in limiting the unemployment benefits that expired this past Saturday and now have capitulated once again in agreeing to having the benefits extended.

The large part of the Senate GOP voted against this.

35 posted on 01/07/2014 3:08:18 PM PST by what's up
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To: maineman
It’s the Christian thing to do.

Next time I'm in Church I'll make sure to force someone else to pay when the collection plate comes my way./sarc

At some point, it's not longer helping; It's facilitating sloth.

36 posted on 01/07/2014 3:08:46 PM PST by CommieCutter ("For an idea to be too simplistic, it must first be proven wrong" --Thomas Sowell)
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To: lbryce
There is a complete disconnect between all the howling about how good the economy is and why we need to YET AGAIN extend unemployment benefits.

It also seems to me that 99 weeks is just 5 weeks shy of TWO YEARS. You could finish an Associate Degree and retrain for an in demand job in that length of time.

Zero's comments about how unemployment insurance helps stimulate the economy is literally one of the stupidest things I've ever heard. He would fail a high school economics class if he answered that on an essay about how unemployment affects the economy.

37 posted on 01/07/2014 3:09:23 PM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

How does the “Senate” control this when it’s a spending issue that by law has to originate in the House?

And since when did this administration ever follow the laws of this land? They do what they damn well please and the “house” once again stands by and watches.


38 posted on 01/07/2014 3:10:52 PM PST by Progov
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To: maineman
It’s the Christian thing to do.

That's liberation theology.

Christ did indeed promote charity. However, it was charity of the heart, not the Gov't forcing it upon people who are struggling to get by themselves.

If unemployment insurance is not there, people will find themselves working harder to support themselves. The dole breeds laziness in the majority of people. That's just a fact.

39 posted on 01/07/2014 3:12:33 PM PST by what's up
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To: bigbob

You have to also consider maybe ~moderate rat households, for whom, unemployment benefits and or welfare are the only thing keeping their children and grandchildren from moving back in.

All politics is local.


40 posted on 01/07/2014 3:13:05 PM PST by txhurl
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To: bigbob
It’s probably a safe bet that nearly everyone who was receiving these benefits wants them to continue.

If I was an employer, why the h#$% would I want to hire ANY of these people? Not only are these people hurting the country by continuing their "funemployment", they are making themselves completely useless to potential employers.

What's even more of a laugh is finding out what these people think they are worth as a future employee. I know of one that has been laid off for half the year and continues to apply for management positions that this person is not qualified for.

41 posted on 01/07/2014 3:26:10 PM PST by CommieCutter ("For an idea to be too simplistic, it must first be proven wrong" --Thomas Sowell)
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To: LibLieSlayer
even some FReepers want this passed... work up a lather of socialist suds... rinse and repeat

Yes. Thus my tag-line.

42 posted on 01/07/2014 3:36:58 PM PST by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

My first thought too. Do laws mean anything at all, anymore? /rhetorical


43 posted on 01/07/2014 4:10:49 PM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: lbryce

a/k/a ODimwit expresses his love forthe RINOs?


44 posted on 01/07/2014 4:14:31 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Hi, K, ExTexasRedhead, nice to see, hear from you. :-)


45 posted on 01/07/2014 4:31:32 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: lbryce

What’s really going on here is that “Unemployment Benefits” are being turned into a long-term entitlement. This reminds me of a routine that the late comedian Sam Kinison used to do about world hunger -

“But I’m not trying to make fun of world hunger if in fact I think I have the answer. If you want to stop world hunger, stop sending them food. Don’t send these people another bit folks. You want to send them something, you want to help? Send them U-hauls. Send them U-hauls, some luggage, and send them a guy that goes Hey, we’ve been driving out here every day with your food for the last thirty or forty years, and we were driving out here, through the desert and it occurred to us that there wouldn’t be world hunger if you people lived where the food is! Get out of the desert! You live in a f***ing desert!”


46 posted on 01/07/2014 4:40:47 PM PST by Junk Silver
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To: maineman

I agree with you there; this isn’t like just a decade ago when there were plenty of jobs and plenty of opportunities. Until times get better we need to keep off the streets.


47 posted on 01/07/2014 4:43:09 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: lbryce

Brain damaged voters in this country, if they have jobs, have no idea what’s going on in this country unless it’s mentioned on reality TV or American Idol or whatever those stupid shows are called.


48 posted on 01/07/2014 5:07:28 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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>> “If this doesn’t get fixed, it will hurt about 14 million Americans over the course of this year,” Mr. Obama said.

Obama gets away with this dogma while Republican politicians like Peter King brand Cruz something akin to a traitor.


49 posted on 01/07/2014 5:20:56 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: lbryce

Why thank you!


50 posted on 01/07/2014 5:44:49 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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