Unemployment insurance fails in the Senate, leaves recession job-seekers without benefits

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 15, 2014 11:25 p.m.

    How likely would an employer hire someone who has collected free checks for a long period of time?

    I sure wouldn't!

  • Neanderthal Phoenix, AZ
    Jan. 15, 2014 9:55 p.m.

    The government should enforce E-Verify so that only Americans can get available jobs instead of immigrants that are here without authorization. We have 10 to 20 million immigrants without documentation in this country who are taking jobs leaving Americans unemployed drawing billions in unemployment benefits. The DNews reported that immigrants without documentation are willing to work for less, that's why employers prefer them over Americans and that they drive wages down as well. Not good for the American worker.

  • deseret pete robertson, Wy
    Jan. 15, 2014 9:53 p.m.

    We just need more jobs --get the gov't out of the way with all their job killing regulations and and Obamacare and the economy will soar -- Start with approving the Keystone pipeline.

  • Neanderthal Phoenix, AZ
    Jan. 15, 2014 9:12 p.m.

    Unemployed Americans

    The government should enforce E-Verify so that Americans can get available jobs instead of undocumented immigrants (nomenclature req'd by moderators). We have 10 to 20 million undocumented in this country who are taking jobs leaving Americans unemployed drawing billions in unemployment benefits. Undocumenteds are willing to work for less that's why employers prefer them over Americans. And they drive wages down as well. Not good for the American worker.

  • Mr. Bean Phoenix, AZ
    Jan. 15, 2014 1:56 p.m.

    @RRB: "Democrats hold the majority,"


    There are a total of 254 Democrats and 279 Republicans in elected positions in the US Government (US House and Senate combined). If you add the president (Democrat) the count would be 255 Democrats and 279 Republicans. If you add the Independents (2) to the Democrats (since they lean mostly Democrat) the count is 257 Democrats, 279 Republicans, or 22 more Republicans than Democrats. OK?

  • sz10025 New York, NY
    Jan. 15, 2014 10:02 a.m.

    stanfunky - I appreciate your comment. As a single woman, I am always thinking that I should move there. This is giving me even more incentive.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 9:34 a.m.

    How anyone could defend our politicians in Washington, including the worst president of the last two centuries, is beyond me! When it is considered success to extend unemployment benefits, rather than unleashing the productivity of the free market, it is duplicity of epic proportions! President Baraack Obama, as well as every other politican, knows what creates opportutunity and work, but when you prefer suffering over joy, power over service, patronization over honesty, then you have what we have today: Malaise, as Jimmy Carter was wont to say, high unemployment, and suffering! How long must we suffer? When Americans are sick of the rat's nest in Washington, the suffering may not cease, but millions will once more speak of liberty, opportunity, and joy!

  • stanfunky Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 8:36 a.m.

    North Dakota and Alaska always seem to have jobs, and not enough people to fill them.

  • Dadof5sons Montesano, WA
    Jan. 15, 2014 7:55 a.m.

    When I was younger lost my Job all there was for unemployment was nine weeks. Now it is 99 weeks? that is almost two years. if you can't find work in your local area might think about moving to were the work is. Now on another note This Economy is not in recovery mode Like the President and his Lackies in the Media would like you to think. This is the worst economy ever under Obama. and it is going to get worse. Elections have long term repercutions.

  • techpubs Sioux City, IA
    Jan. 15, 2014 7:23 a.m.

    Since both Parties refused to include the UI benefits extension in the Budget when it was passed we now have this problem.
    Should we:
    1) Pass the UI extension unfunded and create more debt for future generations?
    2) Fund the extension by cutting from a Budget that was already increased by eliminating some of the cuts that were helping to get it closer to being balanced?

  • Jefferson, Thomas Bluffdale, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 7:01 a.m.

    It doesn't leave them without benefits. States carry the bulk of the unemployment payouts. This just doesn't provid the extension the federal gov't tacked on top of what the states already provide. It is sad too many of us can do a better job of reporting than reporters do.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Jan. 15, 2014 7:01 a.m.

    Studies have shown the longer a person remains unemployed, the less likely that person will find a job. There may be many reasons why that is true but it proves extending unemployment benefits does no one a favor, in fact it harms them!

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 11:11 p.m.

    It is disgusting that a majority of the 100 Senators cannot find a single program they can cut a dollar form... other than disabled veterans benefits... when we are $17 trillion in debt.

    Besides the fact that it is an incentive NOT to find work, we simply cannot afford to give away money to unemployed folks forever.

    Thankfully, Mike Lee at least fights hard to stop the insane spending.

    Our other Senator, you know the one that has been there while Congress ran up most of the $17 trillion in debt, seems to be mute and invisible on the issue.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 11:10 p.m.

    Harry does it again, blocking the thing and then blaming the Republicans. (Remember that it wasn't that long ago, was it, that George Bush was the cause of every problem in America?)

    I have a solution: Give them some of those "Shovel-Ready Jobs" that Obama was always talking about. That should reduce the unemployment rolls by tens of thousands.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 10:17 p.m.

    "...Republicans say that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., didn’t allow them to amend the legislation; Reid says that Republicans filibustered and used procedure to cloak the fact that they didn’t want to restore benefits in the first place...".

    The above quote should have said...

    It is reported that... Republicans say... or that... Reid says...

    Not only is what Republicans say or what Reid says...suspect...

    The person doing the reporting is also using their personal filter as they interpret the news.

    Without specific context or an audio report...

    Who knows what was said?

    Jan. 14, 2014 9:34 p.m.

    Democrats hold the majority, and with the nuclear option, they have no one to blame but themselves. The Republicans wanted to attach a bill that would stop people here illegally for claiming earned income credit on their taxes, at a cost of 4.2 billion per year to the taxpayer. This would balance out the 25 billion dollar cost for extended benefits over the next five years. If allowed, it would of had full Republican support, but Reid killed the benefits to save the earned income credit to those here illegally.

    He put illegal workers over Americans (again).

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 14, 2014 9:23 p.m.

    Paying people not to work, is taking a toll out of the working person.

    Not all, but most of us can earn our keep.

    This is great news!