WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin said Tuesday there must be a way to pay for the reinstatement of extended unemployment benefits.

Both Manchin and U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller voted with the majority Tuesday to continue the discussions about reinstating the benefits that were cut-off for the longest unemployed Americans at the end of 2013. A final vote in the Senate could come in a few days.

Manchin told reporters during a conference call Tuesday afternoon that extending the benefits for three more months would cost $6.5 billion and a full-year extension would have a $26 billion price tag. He said that can’t go on without a way to finance it.

“You can’t continue to kick the can down the road. (Some say) ‘Don’t worry about paying for it,’ Well, I do worry about paying for it. Because I worry about my kids inheriting the debt that we’re all going to create for them,” Manchin said.

Approximately 7,000 state residents lost the benefits when Congress failed to renew last month.

Sen. Rockefeller said the benefits are a safety net for families and should be reinstated.

“While our economy continues to improve, it should be a top priority to put forward sensible policies that can both stimulate growth and provide critical support to people as they pursue job opportunities,” Rockefeller said in a prepared release. “Supporting West Virginians while they are actively looking for work is a moral obligation and Congress never should have let emergency unemployment insurance expire.”

Manchin said he continues to look for ways to pay for the extension including the possibility of eliminating the double payments some laid-off residents receive.

“It’s the dual eligibility,” Manchin said. “When you have a person that is hurt on the job and is receiving disability Social Security and also receiving unemployment benefits—if that were eliminated, that would be about a $5 billion savings,” Manchin said. “I believe most Americans would think that is reasonable.”

Manchin said he’s already told Democratic leaders that he in no way would support any future extensions if the economy is the same or better at the end of the next 90 days.

“I think that it’s time that we have to continue to get back to regular order,” Manchin said.

 

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Comments

  • shawn

    I have worked all my life. And was laid off on 11-1-13. After 10 years with the same company. I cant find a job I have applied everywhere it seems like. I have paid taxes and paid into unemployment for 27 years. I think I deserve an extension of unemployment if I cant find work after my 26 week dead line. Tell me where to find a job and I would gladley take it. This sitting at home is for the.birds.

  • Brad

    The way I see it is if you are available for unemployment, whether it's an extension or not, that tells me that you did have a job at one time and are trying to do things right. If your not available for unemployment then you probably never had a job to start with. WE SHOULD SUPPORT THE ONES THAT HAVE AT LEAST TRIED AND CUT THE ONES THAT DONT

  • Brad

    7 million jobs. Exactly. He allowed companies to cut full time employees to part time and then the employer can hire twice as many people. Pay them less money and not have to pay benefits because they are part time. There is your 7 million $7.50 an hour 26 hours a week jobs. I'll take 4 of them.

  • Brad

    Typical for Americans to not want to support the people that have actually had a job and paid in to unemployment compensation. Then when there down they don't want to help them. You never hear about welfare only lasting 6 months then you have to find a job. Nobody wants to cut any of there benefits to help fund the people that are wanting to go back to work to support them. Let's put a 26 week limit on welfare and then you have to support your self.

  • Shawn H

    I don't understand. Obama said himself how he created 7 million jobs last year. Why do we need to extend unemployment benefits?

  • John

    Kicking the can down the road is exactly what the D's want and do. I am not against extending unemployment benefits. But, there has to be a limit on the amount received by everyone. Eg: Everyone, unemployed and looking for work receives the weekly minimum wage. About 300.00 a week......what we have, are a large number of unemployed professional or skilled people who will not work minimum wage jobs. ie: janitor, cook, waitress, nursing aide,

  • Scott

    Enough is a Enough they are jobs out there,but they do not want them as long as they're a "FREE" check.Never will I vote for a Manchin biggest fence straddler of all time.His governorship biggest reason no jobs in WV.He straddled when the out of state enviros came to to town the same with EPA.Don't forget how they went with Obama when 80 percent of state went Hillary.

  • frank

    Extending unemployment another liberal way of buying votes.

    • Gen Kemp

      ^ This

  • fed up

    The best thing that you can give an unemployed person is a suitcase, not an extension. Where is the incentive to look for work if you know that you have a steady check every two weeks???

    • JJ

      I worked hard for It u ass, blood sweat and tears under a mountain ,I bet u work behind a desk

    • LYNN

      SOME OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE WORKED THEIR ENTIRE LIFE

  • Polly the Pundit

    Unemployment was never designed or intended to be a long-term program. The NY Times recently ran an article that stated, "...many who have been holding out for higher paying positions will be forced to accept jobs at much less that they were accustomed to making...". An ABC News story showed a Wall Street Broker who was associated with Bernie Madoff who was having problems with a finding work and maintaining his lifestyle in Manhattan. Really?-?-? News flash - when you lose you job, you have to adjust your life style - make sacrifices - be willing to start back at the bottom. No one said life is fair nor id they promise everyone a "rose garden". People may have to work two (2) or more jobs to make ends meet - they may have to downsize their living - they may have to sell or give up some of their possessions. They may have to make due with less.

    The Democrats don't want to cut off public assistance benefits to illegal immigrants but are willing to cut benefits to veterans - THIS IS WRONG!!! Why don't they cut off the benefits to those who are here illegally to fund those that have served our country and/or are here legally?

    We MUST get out of this entitlement mentality...

  • mark

    If anyone ever questions why we should continue to fund people who can't/don't/won't work, we are made to appear cold and callous by the Democrats and their media friends. I thought Clinton ended welfare as "we know it" , yet many are being paid not to work for a very long period of time. Someone is paying them, and it's NOT government, it's people who work!

  • PMQ

    BloJoe, I would not worry about.... "Because I worry about my kids inheriting the debt that we’re all going to create for them"...They seem to do fine with their MA degrees and such from WVU. They (your kids), like you, will be fine.

  • Bill

    In ninety days if Obama says we have to extend unemployment benefits, Manchin well find a reason to vote for you it. He does what he is told to do period!

  • Uncle SAM

    Listen up Creatures of my creation. I am here to make your miserable lives better.

    Have any of you considered just how pitiful your existence would be without me in your life to regulate and permit your existence?

    I must continue to pay appeasement to the creatures of my creations less they stop their beholding ways to me. Unemployment benefits will continued until the final death knell marks my demise.

    Now pray to me for forgiveness...

    • Joe

      Now Uncle Sam, have you and Grandpa Fred been dabbling in the cough syrup again?!

      • Uncle SAM

        Am Drunk on POWER, My creation.

  • BAC

    There are thousands of jobs out there--employers are begging for employees throughout W.Va. It's certainly not always the case, but quite commonly, people on unemployment checks don't really look for work until those checks run out. So when is it enough? Unfair to taxpayers to keep extending them and it's primarily politics that the Democrats are even pushing it. And certainly Jay knows about it--unemployment rose to 20% when he was governor and it took several years of surtax to get the UE fund back to solvency after he left office.