WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate could vote again as early as this week on a reworked proposal to reinstate the long-term unemployment benefits that expired at the close of 2013 for about a million Americans, including an estimated 6,900 West Virginians.

If the bill makes it to the U.S. House, First District Congressman David McKinley (R-WV) said he will support it, as long as it comes with a way to pay for it.

“As a matter of policy, I’m okay with extending it, if it’s paid for,” said McKinley.  “You just can’t keep passing this obligation on to our future generations so that they have to pay for this.”

Last week, the full Senate approved a procedural move to allow for debate on the extension.

Then, answering objections from Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) replaced the original version of the extension bill, a three-month, $6 billion extension with no funding source, with a ten-month extension that would be fully funded.

However, the bill’s movement stalled when Reid said Republicans would not be allowed to offer amendments to the legislation.

McKinley said a lot of people depended on the unemployment payments they’re no longer receiving.

“It’s not all their fault (they’re unemployed).  The economy is very soft because of the lack of regulatory reform.  The tax structure is broken.  There are a series of things that these people are victims of as a result of this economy and this administration,” he said.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has indicated opposition to the extension that expired at the end of last year.  It provided a maximum of 47 weeks of emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) once an unemployed worker had reached the limits of state-funded benefits.  In West Virginia, the state covers 26 weeks.

The extended benefits were first implemented in 2008 following the recession.

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  • WVWorker

    What are you people complaining about? Obama promised us change and here it is!
    Most of you probably voted for Joe as well.

    • LFall

      You are obviously misinformed. Obama wants the benefits extended. It's the republicans that won't allow it so your point on this thread is invalid. This thread relates to UI benefits and nothing else. Take your Obama hating garbage elsewhere.

      • WVWorker

        Obama may say he wants the benifits extended but that is just to buy votes for the democrats. Why don't they do something about the job situation so we don't need extended unemployment benifits. Also, some people may have to change careers instead of sitting around waiting for their ideal job to become available.

        • hlb

          Their "ideal job" or the job they spent years studying for and have student loans to repay for.

          • TM

            I know that's right!

          • WVWorker

            There should be a job opening for an educated person in one of the 50 states. How long do you think the taxpayers should compensate people that make wrong career choices? Maybe it is time for them to relocate and persue a different career.

        • Matt b

          I want to punch you!

          • Ron Mckee

            Thats hilarious. Im sorry but I appreciate the honesty.

        • Kelz

          Waiting for an ideal job no but to look for a job to support the needs of a single mother and her three children after working since I was 13 supporting myself never asking anyone for a dime. I have ALWAYS paid my own rent, car payment, and taken care of my children with no government assistance. I was fired unfairly from my job and had to fight to win unemployment benefits. Unfortunately I cannot accept a job paying minimum wage because it will not provide shelter or even put food in the table for my children. It's not from a Lack of not looking for work. How dare ppl pass judgement when we are supposed to be fellow Americans. What a joke and we wonder why we cannot survive in this do called United States. Where do we stand united??! Ppl are in a real struggle to survive we are real ppl who are worried about our children eating and our rents/mortgages or car payments being paid. This is real and the longer everyone fights about these issues the longer the real ppl who drowns on these benefits continue to suffer with no income.

          • g from kansas

            Did you know some states you cant get assistance for food and heat. Because you euc still shows a balance. Im a mom of 3 and only been out of wrk 4mo. And already on euc. I am using the euc school training benefit.

          • michelle

            I'm a single mother with 7 children who had to fight. For my unemployment benefits now here I I'm not able to keep my water and lights on been looking for a job for the last 6 months no one called for a interview and when u call a nd check on ur application they tell you if you qualify we will contact you its like my life is ending right now I would work a minimum wage job to keep my bills payed and keep a roof over my kids head.I'm hurting over this my children s are too we need help now.

          • WVWorker

            You should have taken advantage of the free birth control years ago. Go sign up for wefare, food stamps, WIC, subsidized rent, home heating assistance,free cellphone and all the other freebees that Obama is passing out. All you have to do is vote democrat and you can get them for life. Your kids can get them too. Don't worry, like always I'll get up every morning and go to work to help pay for them.

        • Abe Canti

          Where do you get that idea? I guess bush wanted the same when he passed the UI in 2008.And mean while they do something about job creation people are suppose to wait and loose their homes, cars and tell their children sorry kids no food today. Wake up

          • WVWorker

            That was over 5 years ago. There was a reason it was called "temporary unemployment benifits". How long do you think temporary should be?

          • FAUXHAWK70

            @WVWorker -The extended unemployment benefits need to be available until the economy is back to where it was before it was needed in 2008! These benefits were actually available when Bush was in office and the unemployment rate was lower! I don't know what my GOP party is now! I can't even recognize it anymore! The current GOP is making the party look like a bunch of incompetent a-holes! I hate big government and I love my 2nd amendment but I also know when it is time to do the right thing and stand by my fellow American! I would rather have something moving in Congress and not like everything about it than to have this stupid roadblock that gets nothing accomplished while both parties in Congress sit on their fat asses and collect over 6-figures a year! How many vacations do they need? This makes a total of 3 since the end of December! What the heck do they really even do? -And they call the unemployed lazy? You must be kidding me!

        • Crystal

          U say taxpayers are compensate us. No I have worked all of my adult life so I am the taxpayer to. I have paid in for this reason so for real this is my money they holding.

        • dennis

          U need god nothing but evil rolling outta your mouth

        • Georgia Girl

          You're posts denote a Real Deal biased mentality. Apparently you've NEVER had to rely upon UI benefits. Everyone's story is different. Im an IT Professional, and lost my job due to extenuating circumstances. I will be evicted Tuesday bcuz of the EUI benefits being canceled. I dont know where my 4yr old grandson & I will go. I could find a warehouse job if I lie about my work history, and find fake references. I dont live beyond my means, and the pay isnt enough with childcare & gas off the top every week. You need to put yourself in others shoes, bcuz one day you might just find yourself or a loved one reliant upon these benefits. Will you judge their suffering also?

      • WVWorker

        What are UI benifits?

        • g from kansas

          When they send back all the illegals then ill have my damn job back!

          • billjoeharrylouis

            Ohh you must pick fruit for 8.50 an hr worrying about illegals taking your job ohh no your just one of those uneducated fools that think there taking work if you were there to do the job they wouldn't be here

          • FAUXHAWK70

            @billjoeharrylouis -No I agree with "g from kansas"... If I am lucky I'll also get my job back when the imported employees return to their home country! After 13 years working for the same company my position was outsourced by actually having the employees that replaced me imported to the states! I guess that they are giving worker visas away in cereal boxes these days! Our freeways are crowded with cars because of it and the state funds run out because they can't keep up with the demand to widen the roads. I was the minority at my work and there is even a section of town where when you go into the stores shoppers are mostly from the middle east. When the unemployment rate is this high they need to cut off issuing and extending work visas not unemployment compensation! Soon it will be so crowded we will be driving scooters just like they do in India or Pakistan because there won't be any room for anything else!

            Which brings up one additional point! If they can't afford extended unemployment benefits why are we giving truckloads of money and assistance to Pakistan? That's the rumor anyway! Correct me if I am wrong!

        • just me

          I've been getting up every day and going to work for the last 25 years without fail then one day I walked in on my boss and the other bosses husband. Two months later I found myself unemployed.9 months later I finally got my unemployment started. That didn't last three months before i was put on euc at the end of Nov'13. Since I have no children I don't qualify for any type of assistance except snap witch I'll be out of food before my interview jan 29. I've been living without water for almost a month and my car was repoed last week now I walk the 2 miles to the one parttime job I was able to get even though over qualified for.anyone with a weeker faith than mine would have killed themselves by now. So wvworker go f yourself

        • Georgia Girl

          UI-Unemployment Insurance

          EUI-Emergency Unemployment
          Insurance

          Now that's REALLY BAD! Your speaking adversely about something you lack knowledge OF.....???

        • Georgia Girl

          Georgia Girl

          UI-Unemployment Insurance
          EUI-Emergency UnemploymentInsuranceNow that's REALLY BAD! Your speaking adversely about something you lack knowledge OF.....???February 13, 2014 at 8:03 am | Reply

      • KQualls

        I strongly agree with you!! These hating idiots have no clue what they are talking about. Because how would they unless they had been there or more importantly unless they were going through. I will defend my livelihood to the death so vote yes already and save the hard working Americans that are currently from being homeless

    • keith

      its sad that u have so many with so much and so many more who cant afford to feed, cloth, or take care of there health.... what a joke. i had 30% of my pay taken every year. where does that money go

      • Dan

        Your 30% in taxes goes the top 1% (who pay 15-18%) that gamble on that money only to be bailed out with your tax dollars. In case it's not clear, most of the American tax dollars are spent on ppl who know how to game the system (govt / defense contractors, bankers etc). The poor are just an easy, defenseless without lobbying power group of ppl

        • fed up

          most of that money is spent on welfare recipients who know how to game the system so that they will never have to work...soon there will be less working people than who are receiving benefits, then that 30% will go to 50%-"mark my words' (a quote from my Mom)

          • krisi18

            really? cuz I'm a registered nurse who, 2 yrs ago was offered a lay off or a pay cut of about $15000/yr (essentially LPN pay).and considering that my unemployment check was about $50 more/week, and that I am recently widowed, guess what I chose? pushing me and my 19 yr old college daughter onto medical assistance. you shouldnt judge what you obviously do not understand.

          • M

            Don't judge a book by its cover. There are people out there that have a disability that get assistance that don't look like they need any help. Just because they don't look like they need help doesn't mean they don't.

          • Abe Canti

            In Texas if you are under government assistance and you are able bodied you are required by law to search for work. You cannot fool the system you have to prove that you are looking for work and this is by logging it on a sheet of paper if your going ask for the food stamp or welfare check the representative or social worker places calls to verify that you actually did go to the business and applied for a position so how can you fool the system? Government is not stupid they know tricks made by people.

          • FAUXHAWK70

            Really? My unemployment compensation amounted to less than half of my pay per week! Do you really think that me or most of the other unemployed prefer this way of life? If you do your a complete moron and don't have your facts straight! Unemployment compensation doesn't give you a full paycheck it is structured so that (sometimes) you get just enough to pay bills, rent, food, utilities, etc. They check to make certain that you are consistently looking for a job and have strict rules about following up with the companies that you do apply to just to check up and verify. The problem is that the GOP and many others are out of touch and think unemployment is just a free comfortable ride! Believe me it's not! I am not saying that there aren't a few bad apples in the system... Nothing is perfect and I would say the number of bad apples probably amount to 1% or much less... I wish that I could say that about Congress!

          • FAUXHAWK70

            -And to add to my other comment below... You not only get less than half of your pay a week but there is a maximum weekly benefit amount. In other words whether the person makes $65000 or $150000 a year if they meet the requirements to draw the weekly maximum amount they cannot get more. Let's just say hypothetically that the maximum weekly amount anybody could obtain is $590 a week. If you were a highly paid worker say $65000 - $150000 you might be eligible for the maximum but you would get no more than the $590 weekly benefit amount... Let's just say that the person making $65000 received the maximum per week and has a mortgage, car payment, some other bills, utilities, food, etc. -Normal stuff... The maximum weekly amount would barely cover all of that! Now add the 2-3 kids! Think about it! The unemployed are not scamming!

          • FAUXHAWK70

            Most people don't receive the maximum unemployment benefit yet have all of the normal bills like everyone else! They receive a average of $250-$350 a week! All the bills, mortgage plus kids! Do the math! The unemployed are suffering right now and won't forget come November and election time! I would guesstate that approximately 40% of the 1.7+ million and counting of the unemployed who lost their benefits right before Christmas WERE Republican voters!

        • Taxpayer

          The top 1% pay more taxes than the bottom 95% combined. The bottom 50% who you claim are so helpless pay an effective tax rate of zero. So who's really getting the shaft?

          • krisi18

            do you realize how stupid and misinformed you are?

          • EC

            @krisi18 - no, you are misinformed. The data is readily available in the IRS website, among many others. Do you know the difference between withholding and actual taxes paid? And the difference between rate and amount paid? Do some research on facts, then make an informed comment.

          • mary

            the top 1% wouldn't have their wealth without the rest of the 99% contributing to it somehow; someway....also, i would venture to say the top 1% can afford top-notch accountants-lawyers to ensure they get the best "creative" accounting money can buy. you people out there who don't agree with helping the poor via the government (or otherwise) not only belong riding the moral 'short bus', but also need to take or re-take economics 101 THERE NEEDS TO BE A HEALTHY MIDDLE CLASS TO ENSURE THE SURVIVAL OF THE UPPER CLASS AND TO ALLOW THE LOWER CLASS AN OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE UP...And For those who complain, moan, bitch about supporting GOVERNMENT BENEFITS, just remember that, without them, most of your great grandparents and grandparents wouldn't have survived which means you wouldn't be around to whine, comment, complain, and bitch today. and for those of you still too stubborn to see the need, take a page out of history and a lesson from the French Revolution. Me, personally, I would rather my taxes go to help my neighbor and fellow American in need than to "bail out" some greedy, evil, wallstreet entity...oh, I forgot - weren't we forced to do that so that the whole country wouldn't collapse? seems like it is anyway because pretty soon there won't be any middle class.

          • seannymc

            For real you are so wrong bro do some homework taxpayer subsidize idiot wow I guess your the only tax payer news flash they tax unemployment checks so hows that tax money in that case there taxing taxes obviously u didn't see the big bank ceos getting bailed out with our taxes then giving themselves huge bonuses with said money wow u must be one of those guys. Hiding in the mountains scared

          • FAUXHAWK70

            -Unless they park there hundreds of millions offshore and get away with the tax free benefit! Who was it oh yeah I think his last name is Romney! He was paying something like 15% for the monies he shows parked in the states but there was always the other hundreds of millions offshore everyone was asking about! Of course that was in the media so not sure how much of that I can actually believe! But hey it's Romney so I am guessing that there is some truth to it!

      • WVWorker

        That 30% goes to help pay the welfare, disability and extended unemployment benifits for the deadbeats that don't want to work.

        • rick every

          Goes to pay your dead beat states your state is dirt poor. You even have teeth.

          • daniel

            where are the JOBS mr Bohener

          • krisi18

            haha..yea man i live in pa..nice teeth and all

          • justin oliver

            Look you stupid yankee not everyone is from arkansas an not everyone is lucky enough to have a silver spoon in there mouth its people like you that will die from something simple because your ignorant an self implied by your opinions passed on to you by your parents who are just as ignorant americans need help we should help not fight them or down grade them what happened to united we stand an another thing just keep your comments to yourself your racist an you judge an sterotype i hope your teeth fall out from the crack pipe you have been smokeing

        • New start

          You're stupid I'm unemployed an work at the same job for 17yrs, just like you I took it for granted, everyone is not a dead beat

        • Stop paying Rothschild's are tax money

          A dead beat can't collect unemployment, are u mentally disabled???

        • Crystal

          Deadbeat I'm not. Most unemployed people have worked for years but now have become unemployed we paid our taxes when we had jobs. Have u ever been unemployed before? I bet u going to want your unemployment u have paid into to pay your bills and take care of yourself. My paychecks use to be $900+ every two weeks on unemployment I get $600 with the same bills that I have to pay to live. So what are they giving us?

          • Crystal

            And did I say the unemployed still pay taxes.

    • rick every

      hard for change to occur, when super PACs exist to make sure a black man could not be a successful president. He made the mistake of trying to work with the racist right. All you broke southern red states the majority oh which receive more federal funding then they pay in taxes should just shut your mouths. Wv your a negative state concerning taxes.

    • cdavis

      Its not the change that Obama promised that is the problem; its the constant change to the change that the Republicans insist on!

    • Toni

      You know what it is people just like you. That if or when it happens to you then you will change your mind. I voted for President Obama. Now you are the type that will never benefit any thing as long as it is give to because your mind is not required for understanding.

      • Abe Canti

        I agree, unless you are in the shoes of the unemployed than you will know what it feels... it is cold hearted people who make this word the way it is. I am sure that all those making negative comments on unemployed are Republicans.

      • Are we in England?

        All of you need work on your grammar.

    • Toni

      idot!

    • Jon

      Sadly it is uninformed people like you that keep WV in it's depressed state. Vote for the party that slashes unemployment benefits, destroys the environment, and starts wars.

      • Taxpayer

        Hmm, now which party has been in control for the last 75 years and is thus responsible for allowing the environmental destruction in our "depressed" state? And you called someone else uninformed?

    • k

      Obama promised alot of things like our jobs. where are those at. i stopped beliving what Obama promised he should've never been relected

    • M.E.

      You must be doing quite well in your life to be expressing yourself to others in such a sensitive and empathetic way. What are you even doing on this site? You need to show everyone how high and mighty you are!!! Who are you fooling? My dear friends, lets not allow the great" MVWORKER" to get to us. After all he/she can only carry on that high and mighty persona via the level of response we provide. MVWorker is nothing but a bully, who gets off on putting people down in order to establish that sense of empowerment. Don't fool yourself buddy....!!!

  • Dale

    OH ! This was a part time job at Kroger's at 20 hours a week also !

  • Dale

    I'm unemployed because the Company I worked for closed the warehouse I worked at and moved our work to another and this warehouse I worked at had been there for at least 70 yrs. ! I was so close to having my 30 yrs. there so I could retire ( I'm 61 ) now the only job I have been close to getting hired was a job at Kroger's for $7.95 hourly. ! I have put in so many resume's it almost futile . Who's going to hire some one so old any way ! Talk about age discrimination ! Which I have no way a proving since some of the jobs I have applied for I have been told through a phone conversation's that I was way over qualified for the job I was applying for . What kind of excuse is that !

    • Exboyracer

      Same here lost an 80k job as a senior network engineer great resume great interviews no job. It always goes to someone younger.

      • Jephre

        Right on the money - age discrimination is alive and well. I was laid off at 63, and after almost a year of sending hundreds of resumes and traveling for several interviews, I had connected with what I thought was a great possibility. I was on the third interview when they finally figured out my age; immediately the calls just stopped. That company has had three people in that job since then, none of whom was remotely as qualified as I was.

        • Abe Canti

          Laws need change to where a company have to hire a certain amount of older workers in any company example: 70 percent young and 30 percent over 40 of course this is only a idea.

          • WVWorker

            Sounds like a typical democrat idea. Have the government run everything. Even tell businesses who they can hire and who they can't hire. That is called communism. You are living the the wrong country Abe. You should move to China.

          • WVWorker

            Maybe they could require a certain percentage, say 5 percent , to be named Fred. Makes about as much sense.

      • EC

        Move. There are network jobs all over.

    • lynn

      61yrs here, chemist/teacher havent even found a Kroger Job....the rate of unemployment in our age group is a bit larger than the 7%

    • tam

      a nice way of saying your to old.
      I to am unemployed and cut off. will be loosing more if they don't pass the extension because I can't find a job

    • Teresa S

      I can totally relate Dale. I was laid off January 2013 after 13 years. No clue It was going to get laid off. I am 57, 58 in February. No one wants to hire me because there are so many young people with degrees that are applying too. It is like when you get older in the work force, you are sent out to pasture. I have applied to hundreds of jobs with no replies. I hope you find work soon and I feel your pain and all of us who are without a job !!! I pray for the extension so I can put food on the table and heat for my house, as well as heat. So many pf us have had to tap into our 401K just to exist !!! Very sad !! Good Luck everyone !!!!!

      • susan

        I have worked the same job for 25 years. Was told due to budget cuts my position was being eliminated. I find out later that a younger girl was hired to do my job. Called lawyers about it, but can not prove that I was let go due to age. We also recently found out my husband has cancer. I need this extension more than ever or a job. I will take any job that is offered, but I am having the same trouble due to age I think.

    • Tonya

      You put your time in and for almost 30 years you have paid into those unemployment funds.. It makes me upset to wonder where all the money goes of those that never collect. That money's suppose to be banked. I had to draw..never was offered an extention, and it took forever to find a job. I ccouldn't even get a job at a gas station..over qualified..how's that possible. Now my husband waits to see if this passes. We are barely scraping by. I pray that this passes for all those who worked so hard..and now fear with so little..Prayers and hugs

      • WVWorker

        You are the only one in the country that I have heard of that pays into a federal unemployment fund. I have worked in the private sector for over 50 years and have yet to have money deducted from my check to a federal unemployment account.

        • fed up

          only employers pay a federal unemployment tax FUTA-nothing is deducted from an employee's pay, a percentage of the gross pay is sent to the government for FUTA

        • Stop paying Rothschild's are tax money

          Where do you think the government get the money from to pay the EUC bill? It come from taxes

        • Georgia Girl

          YOUR GONNA LOSE YOUR JOB WV WORKER. YOU HAVE TO MUCH FAITH IN THAT JOB, AND THINK EVERYONE IS BENEATH DUE TO YOUR LONGEVITY ON THE JOB. YOUR HUGE PIECE OF HUMBLE PIE AWAITS YOU! GET READY FOR YOUR UI BENEFITS AND THE STRUGGLES IF FINDING NEW EMPLOYMENT!

    • juan

      Look for a security job

  • celia

    Forgot to mention, I am working a retail job for $8.00 an hour! I have to work 60 hours a week to earn a paycheck half worthwhile. You greedy pigs. Raise the minimum raise. I guess you will all get what you reap come election time and when you pass judgment on the other side when your sorry asses die.

    • Sue

      You are a hateful person. Yes, the minimum wage should be raised, and, yes, the unemployment extension should be passed, but your other comments show so much hate you are almost scary.

      • Teresa S

        Sue Are you out of work? Celia is not hateful. Her feelings are real ! It makes you have a crappy attitude when you cant put food on the table or you wear a coat in your house to keep your hearing bill down !!!!! I bet you are NOT out if work and dont have a clue how hard it is out here !!!!!!!!

      • ron.

        are you out of work .are you hungery is your rent pass do.i dont think so cuz if it was you would feel the same way.like me.

        • Jeremiah

          Ya if they don't pass the bill I loose my apartment also, I am a full time college student and a single father, my EUC was my life line and it's even worse that my notice to quite will be under my door when I get home today I'm so depressed

          • Denise P

            Jeremiah,
            Many prayers to you and your child(ren). I am deeply saddened by all the comments. I almost felt alone and seeing how many are much like me does not make me feel better...it makes the pain worse. I keep praying and hope the higher powers guide us all.

          • al

            Im feeling the same way...two more Days..eviction!!!

          • Lisa

            Its really a shame when you have worked so hard, went to school, and cant find a job. You folks with the rose colored glasses has no idea how it feels not to be able to provide the basics for your children. My unemployment has been my life line while searching for a job. Now that its been gone for 2 weeks and counting what should I tell my children? I have get up and go, I get up every single day looking for employment, but to no avail. Republicans don't care as long as they are opposing laws backed by President Obama and Democrats. Its truly a shame!

          • Nicole

            Prayers for you Jeremiah!!!

          • Angee

            Damn! Jeremy i empathize wit U AND URS.I WILL KEEP U IN MY THOUGHTS AND SEND GOODNESS UR WAY...IT WILL WORKOUT;)

        • TRIN

          i was laid off after 14 years. i am now in school trying to better myselg graduate in 4 months if they don't pass the extension hardwork out the door. I do NOT get welfare have raised my 3 children on my own no Government assistance. So when a 3 month extension is onthe table i see no harm in it i have only had 24 weeks. I am trying to work around my schooling but, there is hardly any jobs in the past weeki have put in 24 applicatins and im over qualified or its in all who you know,so please quit all comments people are really trying,and you judgemental people watch out KARMA is a B****! Might be you one day on other sisde of fence

          • Denise P

            AMEN TRIN!!

      • Georgia Girl

        I agree with Sue, and Im unemployed FOR 3 months now. No room for hatred or a crappy attitude. It doesnt solve anything. Many people dont comprehend that death Isnt only physical, but emotional, mental, and spiritual. Job loss, the Inability to provide for yourself or your family creates a "death" within If you let b it, and thats what you hear In somebof these posts. However, I feel its useless to vote. Im feeling more like an independent since this has happened.And Im sure many of us would like to take turns giving WV Worker a swift kick in the butt, and gag him with duck tape!:-) He's too cynical, and didnt even know the abbreviations for what he speaks against.

    • teacher

      First time in 18 years of service in the field of education(as a moderate republican; yup republican) and I feel so betrayed I don't think I will ever vote republican again.... people get these benefits because they worked and paid. Sad day in america if these funds don't go to those who need them. Maybe they should blow all their money like those in banking or big companies and get a billion dollar bail out. God help us!

      • Lisa

        Teacher,
        Thanks for your compassion for others!

      • WVWorker

        Not a very well informed teacher. You don't pay for federal unemployment insurance. It's no suprise that our children are growing up with the attitude that the government owes them a living.

      • M

        Well said teacher.....

      • Georgia Girl

        Thanks Teacher for your contributions to our children, and your humble Republican point if view. These benefits aren't political, though it plays a deciding factor. One of our REPUBLICAN politicians said it best when he stated it was the "Humane" thing to do!

  • celia

    It's disgusting. If I were an illegal immigrant, I would be all set. I am a Registered Nurse and I can't find a job. For all you self-righteous greedy people on the Hill you will go to hell. Start believing in karma. I don't want to sit on my but all day an collect unemployment. I have a brain and want to be productive, but I guess my welfare isn't as important as spending money for the study of fruit flies or other pork in bills. I am down to my last pennies and will be on the street soon. The American Way?????? BS.

    • Sue

      Bull! I am also a registered nurse and there are openings EVERYWHERE and in every hospital. Unless you have a very poor resume and have been fired for misconduct, you should have NO TROUBLE getting a job. I live in a major city (Atlanta) and know that every hospital here needs nurses. I think you are lying - you probably never even went to college - is that why you are so hateful?

      • Denise P

        MISS SUE!!! ENCOURAGING WORDS ARE MOST WELCOME.

      • Lisa

        Sue, you are the hateful one! If you are a nurse, you are one of those bitter ones, that treat patients horrible! I know your kind, you don't give a crap about the welfare of people. All you do, is sit there and read a newspaper, been there, seen your kind!

      • Ann O

        Your comments have left me wondering if you have any idea what is going on outside of your little corner of the world. I am happy that you live in an area where the jobs are plentiful. Not everyone lives within minutes of a big city. When you live in the suburbs or rural areas you have very limited options sometimes. There are more people moving into these areas which has made the competition for work impossible. Move you say. Well in most cases it is not feasible to uproot yourself and family to move closer to where the jobs are. There a lot of catch 22's. The point is you should think of others situations before calling someone out like that.

      • Abe Canti

        Hold on now Sue it all depends in the area you live in. Jobs are not available in all regions.

      • Georgia Girl

        Youre so correct Sue, its impossible for a Nurse not to find a job, unless the factors you mentioned are afoot. I have a past 20 year medical career (Unit Secretary) before transitioning into the Information Technology field.

    • WVWorker

      It is strange that you should mention Illegal immigrants.
      The republicans in congress have a proposal to eliminate tax refunds for illegal immigrants to cover the cost of unemployment payments to unemployed U S workers and the democrats are fighting against it.
      Now, who do you believe is the party of the working people of the United States?

  • matthew

    Some people are on unemployment because the state ruled that their company locked their Union out...its been a year now and how is it fair that those workers are punished by their employers greed and illegal actions?

  • Monica

    My life is in the hands of the senate/congress literally! Yes, from day one of being laid off, I have been aggressive with applying for work to no avail. I am now behind in everything! I am facing serious penalties! I worked 10 yrs. received unemployment for 11 mos was cut off Dec 15 2013. I beg congress to please sign and extend the unemployment benefits. I am not sure what's to come of my situation if this is not resolved today. My family faces being homeless.

    Monica - CA

    • Debra Mitchell

      Hey Monica,
      After I read your comment tears started to fall.
      Please know, I am praying for you, your family
      and all of us who are lost in the struggle...
      Look at the birds of the air Matt 6:26...
      There have been times when I had no idea where food would come from to feed my kids,
      But God always made a way...
      Believe Monica... Love Debra
      may the GOD of peace be with you...

      • Abe Canti

        Amen, my wife and I are in a similar situation my wife lost her benefits in Dec 2013 after working for on the same job15 years . I had an accident 7 years ago and became disabled I applied for disability and was denied several times I jut gave up. If not for our church that provides some provisions once a month I don't know what we would do. We must not loose our faith in God he will provide if only we pray.

    • tam

      Hey Monica
      Im right with you with no income the past few weeks my bills are coming due and the food is getting low.We are also facing being homeless. I hope and pray they resolve this soon.

      • Lori

        I'm right with you, I'm unemployed due to my company's CEO stealing a bunch of our money and then right before getting caught filings the company bankrupted and moving it out of state. I'm a mother fighting to keep the water and electricity on in my house. I'm trying to be a full time student so I can get a better job, but it feels like the government wants to take that from me. I wish they would stop and think of the people and do what's good for the people and not their pockets.

        • Lori

          And I'm from Ohio and lets just say the House is in for a rude awakening come November.

          • Jen

            Monica I'm in the same boat my chest is so tight from the anxiety of not knowing what they will decide I'm in Pennsylvania and the unemployment rate is 7.5 percent. I paid half of my rent but now my other bills are due and I'm behind on my rent. I fear that I will be homeless. As far as voting for a republican I never have nor will I ever. I hope this wakes up the die hard republicans who were on euc and their lifeline cut without warning. Bet you will vote democrat this time around because if it was a democratic house those benefits would have never stopped they need to be voted out of office ASAP. Revenge is a dish best served cold and while the republicans think they've got the upper hand at this moment lol I'm almost sure they will not have it come November. Can't wait to watch them in the hot seat.

          • WVWorker

            You people have no idea what is going on.
            The republicans in congress have a proposal to eliminate tax refunds for illegal immigrants to cover the cost of unemployment payments to unemployed U S workers and the democrats are fighting against it.
            So you had better get rid of a few democrats if you want to solve the unemployment problem.

  • josh

    Some people are on unemployment from work injuries. I was seriously injured on the job Oct.2012 the company I worked for passed me to workers comp. Well I didn't receive surgery or wage loss, instead I was layed off. I have been in court over a year. All the insurance companies are allowed to get away with anything! Can't find gainful employment injured. I wonder how many others are in my situation? Max unemployment pays me 20% of my previous injury wage. I can't wait to win my case! My lawyer says that the employer will get the unemployment back
    .. everyone getting rich off the back of the injured. What a joke. Maybe this year I will win and get my surgery.

    • fed up

      so why are you not receiving workers comp?? Unemployment is not for the injured worker, that is what comp is for...

      • Abe Canti

        Legally if you are on workers comp and later you get layed off you are entitled to Unemployment Benefits as long as you are able to work.

    • Abe Canti

      I know your feeling I wish you well.

  • Donald Bridgeforth

    I'm an unemployed worker since April and only receive two months of euc benefits. I truly have been looking for work and just had a child in October. I have no answer for my family.please

  • Nellie

    This extension should be past. It has been eight months of unemployment. I am looking for a simple bookkeeper position. I am doing all the right things looking on my own. Signed up with more than ten agencies, working with local workforce office. There just seems to be nothing. I need this assistance. I believe if my government can help other countries why not help me, I don't want to be unemployed that you have to report every move that you make. I want to hold my own. This has been very stressful I will become homeless, than what?

    • juan

      Our government can cut foreign aid 42 billion easily. And can cut 250 billion in military spending in one year.

  • Gary

    If the senate think they can survive on a nine dollar a hour wage let them try thats whats out there so to not have unemployment thats what it does forces us to that that kind of wage anyone that pays nine dollars an hour should be based out of mexico we live in the US and its not my fault theres no work this is the government fault after all equal trade how about fair trade tax breaks for out souring jobs come trying to kill off the unions with right to work yea now we have the right to work for 9 dollars an hour get real we need the unemployment so we dont turn into mexico

  • Don

    Boy oh Boy! How soon we forget! Remember when Ross Perot was trying to explain things using his oversized pie charts! Everybody laughed. He warned the American people about the passing of NAFTA and the serious repercussions that would follow if passed. We laughed! Who's laughing now? He was right. You don't become a billionaire being stupid. We spend billions of dollars to protect this nation here and abroad from terrorists. The repercussions from 911 destroyed this country economically. People talk about how well the Dow is doing....remember that is a game for the rich! We complain about our Govt. that they send money overseas to fund and help other countries and then we hear people saying things like "we need to take care of our own here first" but then when the Govt. tries to extend unemployment benefits for those who lost their jobs due to no fault of their own, these same people call the unemployed "lazy" and/or "getting a free ride" or "not wanting to work". Remember it was the Govt. who took these jobs away from those people in the first place by passing NAFTA and allowing American companies to move manufacturing outside the U.S.! It boils down to one word and one word only...GREED. Lets not forget the kickbacks we will never know about. The real terrorists in this country is the private sector! They got a taste of what huge profits are like. So what do they do...they double and triple the work of an employee while lowering their wages and cutting their benefits. Their mentality is "if you don't like it", "quit". They know there is a mile long line of desperate out of work people, who are willing to work for peanuts for that position. When the year end bonus comes out, the "soldiers" (workers) get jack sh#%t and the upper management split millions. Must be nice to get a bonus 10 times your annual wage! How about doubling and tripling your work load and cutting your wages and handing out a fair share of your bonus! That's right...the real terrorism is right here in our own backyard and many Americans can't see past their nose and realize its right in front of them, even when it hits them in the face. Get a job you say to the unemployed...THERE ARE NO JOBS!! Get it! Maybe someone should ask Obama what the true definition of a job is! I DON'T call receiving peanut wages with no benefits a job, I call it rape of ones dignity and livelihood, all in the name of greed. Money...the root of all evil. Greed one of the seven deadly sins! My message to the rich...you can't take it with! When was the last time you saw a U-Haul trailing behind a hearse. Trust me you cannot buy your way into heaven. Maybe if every poor and what middle class Americans we have left all sat home for a week and did not go to work (if you have a job) and did not pay your bills for the month you would see how much power we really have! We would see the rich committing mass suicide as their pot of gold quickly turned to sand. We elected these politicians to work for us, so that means I AM YOUR BOSS! If you can't do your job guess what...YOUR FIRED! That's what these companies do to us little guys and gals. We don't get to stay in office until our term is up! That's has to end and end quick!!! You don't do your job that we elected/hired you for, then we who elected you, will fire you. You do not pass go and collect $200. You do not get a "free get out of jail card", nor do you get a paid pension for 4 years worth of work! Just my 2 cents from an angry hard working American with no job thanks to the Govt., greed and the home grown private sector terrorists!

    • Aaron Ruiz

      Bravo. BRAVO BROTHER! I have never heard it so well put. Please write some letters to the senate and congress people. Remember. If pretense "pro" is the opposite of "con", then what is the opposite of progress? That's right... Congress.

    • Armando Hernandez

      AMEN!!!

    • Tonya

      Three thumbs up. Very well said. And I agree 100 %

    • Stacy

      Well put! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and making me feel like I am not alone! I've already lost everything!

    • Tony B

      Good stuff

    • Mountain Man

      Well said!!!!! So now what do we do?

    • dianne

      Didnt papa bush sihn nafta

      • Jephre

        Bush Sr worked on it, but Clinton was the one who finally signed it into law.

    • Jobless

      Don, Very well said!!!

    • Victoria

      I totally agree with you. Well said!

    • wow

      Wow, I love you! You couldn't have said it better. Best comment ever!!!

    • Debra Mitchell

      Don,
      you need a seat in the senate bro,
      very well expressed....

    • Marcia

      Thank you Don. Very well said. I too will be homeless as well as my daughter if the UI is not extended. We are scared of what will become of us. I'm 61 and no one wants to hire me.
      I'm unsure what it would take to turn this jobless market around. Please do not send our jobs overseas any longer!

    • Robin

      Bravo !!!

    • Beatrice

      AMEN!!! Hit the nail on the head!

    • Lynn

      Don I like what you have to say, you've summed it up!!

    • Jo

      I agree 100% You should run for office, you are exactly right!

    • Nicole

      Well stated!!!!

    • Abe Canti

      I agree with you 100 percent but its the Love of money the root of all evil 1 Tim 6:10

  • Deena

    I was on unemployment when the company I worked for went out of business. After over a year of looking for a job, I finally found employment. This job did not pay much more then I got on unemployment, but I took it. Unfortunately my position was eliminated in October after working for a year. I still had an extension left on my old claim thankfully was able to get back on unemployment. This needs to be passed. There are not enough jobs for all the people applying.

  • Tony B

    Its 47 WEEK'S. & YES maybe a job but no not a career which a lot of us have been stripped from and refuse to flip burgers with college degrees. A lot of us are switching careers and for some it's late in the game.

  • Gen Kemp

    47 months of unemployment benefits... don't you think that 47 months is plenty of time to go out and find a job?

    • Peter LeClair

      over 2000 resumes sent, Ms. Kemp, I wish this were you and or someone in your family, your cold, bitter cold, shame on you.

    • Optimus

      It's 47 weeks dumbas$

      • keith

        i am a skilled 37 yr old man. numerous trade sets. i have been unemployed since sept. already i am basically homeless and no no frikkin more unemployment unless passed. so how am i suppose to find a job then

        • Dan

          Don't work for someone else, as a skilled person work for yourself. Advertise your skills on Craigslist, Angie's list or your local newspaper.

    • Aaron Ruiz

      If 47 months of unemployment were real, It would be nice. I am a university grad who studied computer science. I was fired because of government cutbacks. I have no money, no job, and unfortunately a family to support. I have accepted work at a building working security for minimum wage. Instead of progress and providing me with a way to renew my career or better care for my family, I either have to leave the country or work for peanuts. I make less working than I did on unemployment.

    • celia

      Go to h+ll jerk. Watch out. Maybe someday you will be in the same position. You uncompassionate, evil person.

    • BJones

      You're an idiot Gen Kemp. First, it's 47 WEEKS not MONTHS and like one of the previous comments said, I wish it was YOU that lost YOUR job and were begging for UI. The government has robbed the "People" blind for years with Greed- all they are paying back is what we are owed from the jobs that were taken from us. I am not even on UI and never have been but I have a heart and in a time where our government has failed us, it is their responsibility to ensure that we can stay afloat until THEY fix the mess that THEY have made, not the people.

      • Abe Canti

        You are truly person of God if only more people would have your mentality this world would be a better place to live in.

    • LFall

      Gen Kemp...u must be a wealthy republican. Do u watch the news? Keep u w current events? Or maybe you just live under a rock. Our country is in terrible shape. The economy is in the toilet and the job market in the gutter. I have been working and paying into UI benefits for 20yrs. This is the first time I've needed to use UI benefits and call on my government to help and here I am about to face repossession of my car and eviction from my home. I had a solid career as an Exec asst. for 6 yrs and made a beautiful salary but unfortunately Admins are the first to get cut during corporate cut backs. 47 weeks in a bad economy isn't enough. I have a college degree, a beautiful resume and excellent references and I'm not even getting called for interviews! And where the hell are all the taxes that have been taken out of my paychecks for 20 years specifically to fund UI benefits?! Probably in your rich republican pocket. Hope you're warm and your belly is full in your mansion on the hill. And you call yourself patriotic?! Disgusting. I agree w Don...the real terrorist are right in our backyard. I'm ashamed of my country right now and that's a terrible feeling.

      • Mountain Man

        We keep hearing every day that the Dow Jones is scoring record highs and everything is getting better. Like someone previously said, the stock market is the wealthy's playground at best despite the small retirement investment some of us may have invested. Smoke and mirrors. We are going down the tubes. If we can continue to sends billions overseas just to remain allies with other countries or pay for some covert handshake then we should be able to pay for this unemployment extension. I seriously don't believe the majority of laid off workers want to wake up every morning with no job. There will always be the lazy few who want to continue collecting free money. But don't punish those who simply can't find a job!!

        • cmclean

          I'm a mother of 4 and have been out of work for a year due to my last pregnancy. The company offered me no light duty but just laid me off. No one would hire me because I was pregnant. I have since had my baby and have been looking for work. Still no job....It amazes me how the government can make such a terrible heartless decision. But too bad for them I refuse to give them the power of deciding my fate. GOD is the just judge!! And I know its hard but encourage you all to put your faith in him, call on him, and pray for this government. Let them have their heaven on earth and an eternal place in hell.

    • darlene

      weeks

    • ron.

      your not one of us .you have a job.if you didnt have a job you would knowe its 47 weeks not months.its better not to speek on what you dont know then to sound like a ass...

    • Denise P

      47 MONTHS??? TRY 26 WEEKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Brian S.

        Vote ! Vote ! Vote
        democrat across board--progress will come , economy will get better Vote, Vote Vote-- the ignorance has come from the republicans , that shut down government to waste bilion s because of their hate- vote congress republicans out- if you still don't like there is a presidential election to rebalance it, these particular republicans must be voted out of congress this term

        • Brian S.

          You folks have made me cry, and laugh like hell- it is all true- it is hard ,and all of the above I have seen- the guy that was comped probably was in limbo through hearings- he will have to pay back umemployment if he wins, --
          the old -I am seeing it happen more than ever- it is a bad time in America - no longevity- the skilled may have to move 5 states over, don't give up- but most importantly don't talk stink, vote and convince your families to vote - this congressional vote, get these pigs out of there- and then go back to working hard and appreciate everything- but vote

        • Jen

          Yes VOTE

    • Abe Canti

      No, not if unemployment is as high as it is. Have a heart and help us out by writing to congress this must pass I am fortunate to have food provided to by my church but those that get no assistance have a right to feed their children where does all this negative attitude come from only from the enemy of God.

    • mahdi

      This sick ass-hole just getting up from slee right now. It seems to me that he has no clue of what is going on. I am currently working but feeling pain for the euc victims . I know people used to say when a fool has full stomache he thinks there are no hungry people . So let us all feel the pain that our brothers and sisters feeling when earned euc was stopped . Thanks .