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Unemployment Extension 2014: Democrats Lose Interest In Extending Benefits Due To The Mid-Term Elections

Unemployment Extension 2014: Democrats Lose Interest In Extending Benefits Due To The Mid-Term Elections

The 2014 unemployment extension is dead in the water with both Republicans and Democrats trying to blame each other for allowing the unemployment benefits bill passed by the Senate to expire in the House of Representatives.

In a related report by The Inquisitr, the original unemployment extension bill would have extended benefits until June 1, 2014. But since that date has passed even if a vote occurs on June 9, when congress reconvenes, the 2014 unemployment extension bill would only pay a lump sum of retroactive unemployment benefits through December 29, 2013. Because of this obvious problem some Republicans and Democrats are working together to create a new unemployment extension bill they hope will meet the demands of John Boehner.

Many reports have tried to blame the failure of the 2014 unemployment extension on congressional gridlock. But Christine L. Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project, claims Republicans are primarily to blame:

“It is easy to chalk up this failure to Congressional gridlock, but we should resist the urge to be so glib with the lives of those struggling just to get by, who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. It is House Republican leaders and not some indeterminate ‘gridlock’ who have chosen to run out the clock on the Senate’s unemployment extension.”

Unfortunately, the unfair situation is largely due to the looming 2014 mid-term elections. The facts are that the expiration of the 2014 unemployment extension bill came as applications for unemployment benefits fell to a seven-year low. While everyone talks about the unemployment rate being 6.3 percent, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the country’s U-6 jobless rate (which is the real United States unemployment rate) for the 12 months ending in March is more than double at 13.4 percent. Pushing out the unemployment extension to 99 weeks was also around double the rate at which unemployment benefits have been allowed to expire in previous US economic recoveries.

Democrats who are up for re-election this fall are fully aware of these numbers and how people tend to blame the party that is currently in power and in the White House. Thus it’s believed Democrats do not want to draw attention to continued high unemployment rates when their recovery plans were supposed to have fixed the issue by now. Republicans apparently believe that their supporters do not care enough about the issue to make it part of their platform.

Jim Manley, former spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, blames Republicans for the problem but also claims that Democratic politicians believe people have largely forgotten about the 2014 unemployment extension:

“At a time when the economy is slowly but surely getting a bit better, I’m not sure the number of those affected is really going to drive the issue at the polls. It’s wrong but many people have forgotten about this issue. There’s a lot of gripping stories out there, but people just aren’t paying attention. Republicans aren’t feeling the pressure.”

Kyle Kondik, director of communications for the University of Virginia’s Center on Politics, agrees that Democrats are looking to other issues for the 2014 mid-term elections:

“It’s something the Democrats have been pushing for on the Hill, but hasn’t been a huge deal in some of these races. If Democrats are looking for an economic argument they think minimum wage is a more popular thing.”

What do you think is the best way to tell both Republicans and Democrats that the 2014 unemployment extension is worth passing in a new bill? How many weeks do you think should be considered “fair” based upon the long economic recession we’ve all been experiencing?

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299 Responses to “Unemployment Extension 2014: Democrats Lose Interest In Extending Benefits Due To The Mid-Term Elections”

  1. Peter L Tomaino

    We need to make it an issues ! By time Nov comes around , we will so without homes and cars we are not going to be able to vote !

  2. Lisha Burch

    People have forgotten??? Im losing my house, my car and my damn dignity! I have not forgotton what they have caused me and my family. You outsource all of our jobs, give billions to other countries, tax breaks for big corporations, leaving nothing to your middle class families that helped make this country what it once was! Screw you and I will have forgotton about you when its time to vote!!!

  3. Kim Mc'Daniel-Morgan

    It's obvious that both parties have moved on. UI Benefit Extension is a non issue. I think both parties would love the 3+ million "long term" unemployed to not show up at the polls in November but they may be in for the shock of their lives. People are not going to forget losing their homes, cars, utilities and not being able to feed their families. People are scorned and have been deeply scarred. Many lives have forever been changed.

    For now we the "long term" unemployed have to continue searching for employment. If there is a God and I truly believe that there is, we have to pray to him and ask him to deliver us. The Government simply does not care about people and circumstances that they can't benefit from. If you don't have an oil field in your possession or have millions to donate to their campaign then you my friend is about as relevant as an ant to the government. Sad but true!

  4. Ghassan Abbas

    John Boehner was elected by 239,221 votes in 2012, He controls what bill goes for voting or not in the house for the whole population of the US 318,138,000. “If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it.” ― Mark Twain

  5. John Borden

    Its unbelievable that its becoming a non issue because parties are fighting for control. People r loosing everything because they wana make 200,00 0instead of 100,000 and be in control of a senate or congress. What has our country come to when we can send a billion dollars to Ukraine in 24 hours but take 6 months tovdeny the american people help at a time when they r pleading to their government for help

  6. Ron Bowling

    The government don't give a damn about suffering Americans. People that have lost their job's at no fault of the employee. As long as the Senate & House members get a fat pay check all they care about.Try living in our shoes pos.Lost all hope and faith in our Government. You will never get another vote from me!

  7. Leslie Maree Jones

    I would totally be with you. Politicians in general are horrible. The only thing is when you vote independent or when you don't vote your vote that would have gone to the lesser evil actually goes to the greater evil. For instance, lets say you are Green Party (I'm just throwing parties out there…they don't mean anything…just examples) but if there was no Green Party you would vote Democratic because democrats tend to be more likely to recognize climate change over republicans. As of right now the Green Party is not going to win a majority of the votes. Even if they had the best policies in the world they just wont. So, your vote that would have gone to the lesser evil that would have been more environmentally conscious over the republicans never gets to them. Ultimately the result is that the greater evil gets a leg up because you didn't vote for a lesser evil. Not voting is the same as voting for the green party. If you feel that the Republican party is the lesser evil then insert that party. Now, one person throwing their vote away really doesn't matter…but millions of people doing it does matter especially with how things have been so closely divided.

  8. Leslie Newman Brooks

    It is obvious that both parties care more about the mid term elections than about helping the people who vote for them and who are struggling. Shame on them. I have no use for any of them. People are losing their homes and have no where left to turn.

  9. Sophia Fabre'

    Boehner needs to be voted out! I'm soooo tired of this dragging on!! Pass the bill!!!! People are losing everything!! They paid their taxes for years! Now it's time to give them the help they need so they can find a job!! PASS THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE!!!

  10. Frederick A Mann Sr

    just want to thank our government for puttimg me and my family in a hole with our landlord.i worked 20 plus years and this how we get treated.i just want what is owed to me.i was lucky to have found a new job.but it doesn'tmake is right.

  11. Adrian Holmes

    How is it that the unemployment rate is touted at 6.3 % when the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 13.4%?. The answer is the US. Government and it's shills are lying to "We the People". Or in the words of a lady that lost her head "Let them eat cake". Personally, I am moving to Mexico. I'll sit out the on-coming revolution there.

  12. Ferdinand Catapano

    I've been waiting for the retro active benefits so I can get caught up with child support I was responsible for 130 dollars per week retro active back to April 2013 I found this out in December 2014 I was docked 157 per week for fifteen weeks so I was happy to maintain even though it was money based on when I was working .making 820 per week . However when ui benefits stopped the arrears accrued to almost 4200.00 I'm working now driving a school bus earning 16.50 per hour but the job only guarantees 25 hours per week. I cannot mathematically maintain but ill keep trying

  13. Danielle Dunstane

    I think it is unreal with all these people really in need. They dont miss a damn paycheck and they hardly do anything. They take more leaves then they actually work its pathetic to be honest. This is the world which we live. Sad sad sad

  14. I NEED A JOB

    Dems "lost interest"?! Thats nice, I lost my car, my bank account and my credit rating! These pompous pigs on both sides are out of control. Congress has become a dictatorship who only answers to corporations. Obama in the last 2 years of his presidency is useless. Articles like this make my blood boil! Every politician better watch their back, there are 3 million very ANGRY people out here sick of their games. I will NOT vote for any incumbent, good or bad, they ALL need to go! Dems should take another look at what they are "losing interest" in because for OVER 3 million people its a top damn priority!

  15. Reginald Carter

    If people show up at the politicians campaign speeches and voice their dissatisfaction with the parties failing to pass or even vote on this bill it will possibly discourage some of their supporters in voting for them the Speaker of the house should be given a very hard tim bye those that he failed by not allowing a vote on this issue every American who family is touch by this very important issue should let their voice be heard by every politician that did not support this bill they're let the American families down and now we need to let them down because they want something from you your vote give every politician hell they do not deserve your votes or your support they're did not support your families they let your kids down and they let you down every candidate that failed you in your home town that waste against this bill make it hard f that candidate they actually believe that peopl

  16. Anonymous

    Vote all you want but the voting process is a sham……putting your vote into a ballot box is like throwing it right into the garbage. These politicians don't care about us. They just keep on keeping on in their corrupt ways spending OUR money for their corrupt agenda. MONEY puts, and keeps, these corrupt puppets in office….

  17. Jason Benson

    Playing politics with peoples lives…..I am so fed up with my government both sides, this is proof gov doesn't care about you, our gov is bought and paid for by corporations, just remember we the people one day will have enough of this garbage

  18. Anonymous

    No one and I repeat NO ONE currently in office will be getting my vote. I will be voting for ALL NEW democrat's in November. As for republican's they can kiss my ass.

  19. Cort Kendall

    If you'd just let it go you would feel better. Quit aggravating yourself over something that will never happen.

  20. Ismael Flores

    What's the point weather or not we right we call and we send letters at the end of the day they don't give a shout about nobody because it's Americans they only care about problems in other countries not hear were not important to them ther safe,secure and don't have yo worry about us their worry are about other tKings not us and know their worry about elections and worrying about minimum wage yeah ok but what about if people get laid off trew no fault of their own their going to go trew the same problem NOMONEY!!!!!

  21. Glenda Barnes Kovar

    If they want to be re-elected they should pass the unemployment extension.

  22. Anonymous

    I will not vote one politician in for a relection they work for the people of the united states not any other country I don't care about foreign aide I care people in this country good old us of a

  23. Lisa Williams

    I think 99 weeks is fair, for people to get their life back in order after losing their jobs, to no fault of their own,
    They need not to forget about the struggling Americans of this country, that also helped carry this country by paying taxes when they were working, it's just a shame, I'm appalled at this Government. My prayers go out to everyone, stay strong and God bless

  24. Lisa Cassio

    Our scumbag government is more concerned on staying in office and.feeding other countries..To both parties..your utterly sickening! You all need your diapers changed!!!!

  25. Harry Philly

    Now we know why President Obama stopped urging everyone to #RenewUI. He coined the term "RenewUI" to give help relieve the suffering of millions, then he abandoned 3.5 million unemployed Americans who were cut off of the EUC lifeline. The mainstream media has also become silent on this issue as our Commander in Chief moved on with helping illegals get amnesty, and he is trying to raise the minimum wage, but doing both these things will neither help get unemployed AMERICANS jobs not an EUC extension. Come on Mr. President, I am begging you to please help Americans first!

    Everyone please sign this petition oh whitehouse.gov to ask the Obama administration to work harder for #RenewUI. Millions of American lives depend on it, including children! I am sure both Republicans and Democrats want to help AMERICAN CHILDREN!!!

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/renew-federal-emergency-unemployment-compensation-euc-program-which-expired-december-28-2013/bhd93htQ

  26. Maurice Ford

    I have faith in God but this is just cruel to not help people in need because they have a plan to save money no ph no house no car how can you get a job ! John boehner u will be voted out !

  27. Wayne Heddinger

    Harry Philly the petition doesn't matter….nobody can force Boehner or anybody else to make it happen. Obama can't pass a law either…you are wastin yourime with this petition…it doesn't matter !

  28. Wayne Heddinger

    they only count he ones in the unemployment system…they do not have a way to count those ho are unemployed but not reporting to them…that's why .

  29. Harry Philly

    This is the opportunity for John Boehner to be a hero and go to town on the final nail in the Democrat's coffin, by turning it around and support a better #RenewUI bill which includes retro, and jobs creating incentives for companies to hire long term unemployed Americans. With the Benghazi scandal, and VA fiasco, the Democrats are stupid to give up on millions of Americans who desperately need #RenewUI. Here is the Republican opportunity to really fix things in a compassionate way. I hope the Republicans understand what I'm saying here, because the Democrats sure have not.

    I am unemployed, and I am disappointed that this petition to #RenewUI does not have over 100,000 signatures from unemployed Americans! Please sign it to #RenewUI.

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/renew-federal-emergency-unemployment-compensation-euc-program-which-expired-december-28-2013/bhd93htQ

  30. Christopher Lujan

    So many affected and never forgotten.Lets pray to God to make something for us all.

  31. Anonymous

    Yes, I was thinking north, but I do love the beach !! Our Fore-Fathers' , ( especially Jefferson ) are spinning in their graves. To bad we might not get the chance to see the true outcome, as our nations changes will not come overnight. We do not have the solidarity, but I hope we're moving in the right direction. Theses clowns have to go ! beuheamth naco's me ejo !

  32. Flash Traymair

    Asfar as people forgetting thats not true..even tho im not unemployed…I haven't forgot…I look at sum of my neighbors and people out on the streets asking almost begging for sum type of work to put food on there table…and I truly feel for them..I work but howmuch can I give besides a couple of dollars as I pass them or try and give hope to people I know…I been following this unemployment issue since da end of February from looking at the affects it has on people lives…and aways said…why haven't the people in congress go to the streets and truly see what people are goin thru instead of all them reassess they have been goin on and relaxing with there family with no worries or headaches because they have food and money to throw away..I truly think congress need to face reality and docwhats right for the people and give them that large sum and handle this unemployment issue accordingly…and meaning according by giving people at least a year on it instead of 26 wks of state..

  33. Mark Lott

    I think too many newspapers, wanted to be right and didn't care enough about the wrong that was unleashed on over 3 million former long-term employed, tax-payers, who lost their jobs and where then cut off from unemployment benefits, by Congress, at no fault of our own. I, personally, did not know anyone, who believed that John Boehner would allow a House vote. Although myself, as well as other directly impacted citizens, graced this newspaper and others, with hope that Boehner would do the right thing. The biggest surprise, would have been if he actually called the Senate's bill to vote. Boehner's position is truly horrible,as well as the position of the anti-Senate's bill, Republicans. But, I just can't let go of all of those Democrat Congressmen, who left town ( again ) and l left us still jobless, with no unemployment. Being a Congressmen is a 24/7 job and the vast majority of all of them will cash government checks, for the rest of their lives. Yet, once again, the compassionate party, couldn't give up their vacation from D.C. to craft a bill that would pass Boehner's smell test, so that we could finally enjoy a vacation, as well? Seems like my party left behind President Obama, who I wish could over-ride Boehner, to face the music, alone.Yep, so angry at the Republicans and so disappointed with the Democrats. I still believe that this newspaper is Fox News afiliated. Congress, not the President, makes the laws of the land and they failed to do their job.

  34. David Paterno

    This is really sad and pathetic the way the unemployed in the country have been treated. With a very bad job market many middle aged people 45-62 cannot find work that fast and need to be retrained. The fact is that after you lose the UI then you cannot pay any bills and evenything collapses. The president needs to act fast here or the economy will buckle again. Congress needs to get its act together

  35. Michelle King

    Dead for them because there rich and haven't lost anything. Us unemployed should file a slander lawsuit since were considered to be lazy. I apply for jobs i dont have exp in with hope of finding a job. I am determined not lazy, i am a vet and still cant find work. Ridiculous!!!

  36. Naomi Allineed Salley

    That's what they think..they will see!! Noone has forgotten!!

  37. Doug Rybolt

    When I lose my life that I know, I will for sure find a way to vote, my family will all be sure to vote also.

  38. William Harrington

    Leslie Maree Jones , I propose two solutions.1!, Term limits and 2, a none of the above vote. The only real solution i see for the problems our country is facing is the convention of the States movement because the Federal government just can't seem to control itself.

  39. Joy Palardy Barby

    Benjamin Franklin said it best, " "Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are".

  40. Mark Lott

    When one has been determined by the Employment Service, as lost your job at no fault of your own, the Employment Service should be empowered to work with the Labor Board, to ensure that employees and their representatives, who are trying to be reinstated, meet with the employer, prior to the 6th month of benefits expiration, to conclude a seperation grievance. We know that some empployers will try to deliberately drag out a grievance, regardless of their guilt, to cause financial hardship to the employee to make him/her agree to return to a job without lost pay or just give up and walk away, period. I know this, because I am waiting on an grievance arbitration date and I was wrongfully terminated, after 23 years on the job, without warning, over 15 months ago. If this government really want to put people back to work, then put an onus on bad employers, especially those that receive state and/or federal funding.

  41. Issa Kofa

    Listen up my fellow citizens… the Republicans will not bring this vote to the floor for a. Vote..they have secretly believe that Obama CARE recipients are 79% that are on UI so in there evil minds they assume if they blocked the bill…people that are on Obama care won't be able to pay their insurance premium…… this is.the evil plan Republicans are not talking about.. sorry
    people…..vote vote vote November Democrats let's kick those trailer park Republicans out…

    . Republicans are using this as a political strategy of Obama care

  42. Harry Philly

    Wayne Heddinger,

    The petition does matter, because it is an official government petition on whitehouse.gov and remember there is power in numbers. We need 100,000 signatures to get it on Obama's desk and it will get media attention. Did you read the petition? It asks the President to call Boehner and try to work it out with him. It will put pressure on Boehner to support #RenewUI. Hopefully you are capable of understanding my point here, because so many stupid people do not.

  43. John West

    Oh no….we have not forgotten. While politicians enjoy their lifelong retirement and insurance benefits for serving one term……they are willing to let the rest of us in real need to flounder. Love this domestic policy guys.

  44. Catherine Hermansen

    Expatriat time. Taking my disability and then social security and spending it in ANY country that is not the Untied States.

  45. Leslie Maree Jones

    William Harrington For sure term limits…and yeah the federal government sucks and a convention of the States could be beneficial but I don't see that happening. However, I really don't know much about it. I just know that when voting you really have to vote for the lesser evil of the popular parties…which party is the lesser evil has probably changed over time. I also live in Oregon so I don't see my state as being a sane voice in any convention. But again, I have limited knowledge.

  46. John West

    Mr. Philly. Its seems obvious this petition has been squashed by the media as I myself one of the 3.5 million unemployed have not heard of it. And to see only 5,000 signatures? Obviously its been held back from the public I would say.

  47. Anonymous

    Life is Better Without Boehner :) VOTE HIM OUT and all the rest of them . Why is there no Mention of Congressional Pension Cuts ???? Term Limit to 2/ 4 year Term & NO MORE ..Serve the people Not Self Serve

  48. Mark Lott

    Harry Phillips. I've signed the petition and many more, as well as wrote letters to President Obama, Vice-President Biden, Senators Harry Reid and Dick Durbin, Representatives Peolsi and Enyart and even a Republican Senator, Kirk and phoned Boehner, Collins, Jack Reed, Heller and other Congressmen and legislative depts, asking that they extend unemployment and pay us rettroactive benefits. WTH, are you talking about me whining about " the Black President being picked on by the Republicans ". Miss me with that b.s., please. You must be a republican, who woke up and saw that the Republican Party in D.C. has dropped you in the same boat as us Democrats. Sorry, but you drew the line in the sand with your comment to me. Rather much be with you, than against you, in the horrific way, that all " jobless" citizens have been treated by Congress and especially by your Republican Party.

  49. Naomi Allineed Salley

    I could care less bout it being a white, black, pink or purple president!! I stopped voting for any of them cause ain't none of them worth a damn!!

  50. Matthew Pieri

    Anyone need any further proof we have no government left anymore and this whole Murica number one crap is fantasy.

  51. William Schurosky

    Boehner and his gang of heartless, selfserving, rich bastards, should be drawn and quartered. Republicans are not!!!!!!!!!!!!! GODS! They approve sending billions over seas, make sure they make over $300,000.00 for 3 months of actual work! Yet, they cannot help the american citizen trying hard to making a living, raise a family, during our dire time of need, thanks chiefly to them to begin with. 3 Million people! My god, thats outragious, that we cannot look to our own government, those we elected into office, for help during these hard times. And Obama, you sad excuse for a world leader! you could have forced this issue and kept so many from, losing everything ! What kind of man are you after all. I bet you and those cutthroat republicans, never read these comments, the pleas, the begging, the lost hope. This is'nt america any more, it's a Republican dictatorship, and there is no president, there's Boehner! The most powerful man in america, I so hope and pray each day, that he will someday suffer the hardships of the millions out of work, no food on the table, no home to live in, no future for their children. I hope he loses his family, and his home, and all his wealth. This is one EVIL man, aand i hope all remember during elections, how heartless and selfserving his and his crowd have been.

  52. Hutchman Hutchinson

    The best way to show both parties that the extension is needed. You take my place NOW for the next six month with nothing, and I'll take yours. In addition, I think two year is long enough to be unemployed. By then if you have to, do some schooling and learn a trade. But to be on unemployment for 99 months, way to long in my book. You should have something going by the end of 24 months!!!

  53. Stacy Griffin

    Everybody wants to br voted in office during election term.. But once in office dey 4 get bout The Americans that got dem in their position… I trust no man but The one thats sits high & looks low… Christ…

  54. Shayna Trainer

    If there are 3 million people who have lost their EUC benefits, why have we still not collected 100,000 signatures for the petition? People don't have a problem voicing their opinions but they can't take a few minutes to sign a petition? I am one to that last benefits in the first tier of EUC and I have done everything I could to be proactive about the issue. Sign the petition if you haven't done so yet. Even if nothing changes everyone should be doing their part to try and be heard.

  55. Mark Overholser

    Yeah, you do that…but like Carlin said, you might as well stay home and stroke yourself…at least you'll have a little something to show for your waste of time.

  56. Peg Fitchwell-Hill

    This article is dead on … and everyone of us need to stand ready to vote each and every one of these deadbeats OUT. And David you are correct about our President. He has not prioritized this for us … he has done nothing.

  57. Tony Williams

    MY CHURCH OF 3000 SOLES ARE NOT GOING TO VOTE IN PROTEST IF DEM WANT 5 MIL VOTES I WOULD MAKE TIME TO PASS A LONG TERM UNEMP EXT. DONT VOTE. JUST LIKE THEM.

  58. Lori Cole Walton

    After working so hard for the past 20 years and paying into unemployment, it should be more than considerate to help the unemployed out when of great need. Free money is given to those who dont work or has never worked. I have three children and trying to survive. Please help!!!!!

  59. Mark Overholser

    They won't get away with it…i have voted Republican since first voting in 1980 for Reagan…but now i'm done…won't vote at all this time.

  60. Jesus Lopez

    That's just sad I've been unemployed unable to make my mortgage payments. I'm 10 days away from becoming homeless with my 3 kids.

  61. Mark Lott

    Sorry for name error, Harry Philly. Really, this is a class discrimination problem, regarding the Republican Party's inaction on unemployment extension, as opposed to racial discrimination. However, the Republican and Tea Party have been profoundly racist toward our sitting President and at the expense of the American people.

  62. Adrian Holmes

    Ken Barton , you have to show assets of $500,000+ to get into Canada. Mexico has raise it "must show income of limit to $2,000 + a month. A lot of other countries have closed their doors. If you are getting out , go now you have no time to waste.
    When the market crashes which will be as soon as the Fed's tapering ins done (October, 2014). This country will collapse.
    The Social Security Administration purchased 1.6 Billon rounds of hollow point last year. What do they 1.6 Billon bullets for?
    No future here….time to get out… while you can.

  63. Brenda Ruff

    I looked in the mirror after reading this. I dont look like a non issue!!! I look like a man that has fallen on very hard times. With no real hope is sight at all here in CT. I must start looking elsewhere. Why is there no reporting of this on the news?? I would think 3 million long term unemployed would be important enough. Oh, and while I am at it. How can I get a Congress job. Work 3 weeks and get 2 off. What a deal. They get paid right?? I know who gets my vote next election. DEMOCRATS!!

  64. Kim Mc'Daniel-Morgan

    I've read several comments regarding the lack of participation with the Petition getting the number of signatures needed. I too am baffled about this. How can there be approx 3+ million people needing this UI Benefits Extension to pass but there are currently barely enough of signatures to get the Petition to the President. One issue may be that there were to many Petitions created. I would suggest going on the direct Petition website and signing every Petition created that request to pass the UI Benefits.

    It's been made evident that those in government is not going to do anything out of the goodness of their hearts. It's true, there comes a time in life when you have to fight for what you deserve. Commenting on an article here and there has not and will not resolve this issue. If you sit back and do nothing you're just as bad as those in the government. So you say you'll vote against them come November. Well that's about 6 mos away. By that time you would have lost everything or at the least very close to losing everything.

    With participation the Petition will work. Post the link on your Facebook page. Ask your friends and family to sign it. Or just continue to wait around for someone else to fight for you. No one should be more concerned about your future than you.

  65. Joy Palardy Barby

    I've signed that exact petition among tons of others awhile back Mr. Harry Philly! At this point I don't think they care how many signed petitions they receive they just don't care!

  66. Jesse Calloway

    it sad that politicians forget the people that are in needbut yet you won't my voteI hope people remember when they go to the polls how to Republican put that back on us in the time of need y'all remember John Boehner

  67. V Jeanette Odom

    I will never vote for none of them again. Before they are elected they say they will do this and that. But as soon as they are voted in look how they treat Americans. Don't understand how our Government find it so easy to help every country but their own!!

  68. Annie Jo Johnson-Middleton

    The Republicans found the money to give DEA 35 million in bonuses and now they trying to approve money for the Rich and Corporate tax breaks. This is an outrage and the Democrats will feel the Peoples rath at the polls in 2014 unless they find a way to reach a deal to reinstate U extensionsI for the long term unemployed. The Republican is in for a big suprise at the polls in 2014 for this misuse of Taxpayers money. Congress need to stop playing politics with poor people livelihood.

  69. Jhonny Batrocini

    Maybe if these 3 million people dont pay their taxes or anything government related until they take action on this situation.

    Maybe that will wake these bottom feeder…moochers of a government up…for them money grows on trees…taking peoples money recieving their lifetime salaries and benefits and giving money to foreign countries before worrying about the people here.

  70. Kim Mc'Daniel-Morgan

    Harry Philly I signed this petition and the others concerning this matter. The lack of participation disappoints me as well. I believe that we can't blame the government if we don't first take the initiative by doing whatever it is in our power to do in protecting what we worked hard for.

    I believe there were to many petitions created and people are getting confused. The phrase "too many chiefs not enough indians" comes to mind. To many creators of Petitions and not enough people signing them.

  71. Layne Little

    How much more do the American people have to lose before we say enough?! Congress has the lowest approval rating since the history of the Republic. Why aren't we standing outside the doors of the Capitol and demanding that these defunct politicians who have been elected to govern, be recalled?!! They can send billions to other countries and do nothing for the millions of Americans who are being faced with homelessness, poverty, hunger, and financial ruin — this is absolutely obscene. And you still want to vote?!

  72. Steve Heath

    Me as well as Many other people I know intend to vote every incumbent out of office due to their inability to govern. Both parties are at risk because of their juvenile approach to come together and run the country like they promised during their campaigns.

  73. Lisa Williams

    Harry Philly I've signed the petition already long ago, and yes it's a shame there's only 9,500 give or take signatures on the petition and almost 4 million people unemployed

  74. Layne Little

    Petitions aren't enough. Americans need to assemble on the steps of the Capitol. That is a constitutional right. And until [we] take that course of action — nothing will change!

  75. Peter L Tomaino

    Harry Philly I did , and yes it's sad that more people don't know about it , I even posted it on facebook as well.

  76. Annita Davis

    Harry. IT DOES NOT MATTER! They will do as they please. If it did get the signatures Obama will just sign that he addressed it and put it in his file 13 so just stop! I signed but THEY DON'T CARE!!

  77. Peter L Tomaino

    Annita Davis it's that most of the congressmen are making their phones go right to voice mail as well. Keep flooding their phones , tell everyone you know to call their congressmen and senators , It may not help much , but sooner or later they will have to listen when more people call not just the same ones

  78. Annita Davis

    I don't understand why NO media is even mentioning this issue. NOTHING. If the media would talk about it it would make a difference I believe that people that aren't affected think all is well because it NEVER talked about anywhere!!! Contacting the media would do more good than contacting congress.

  79. Patrice Sofeelinghisstyle Fletcher

    This is crazy they have just picked up my vehicle because I cant afford to pay for it. I worked my job for 12 years and I have not been able to get a job. Its easier for the people with jobs to pass judgment and feel unemployment extensions are not necessary. I will contiue to pray they are never in my situation.

  80. Layne Little

    Harry Philly – I've signed a number of petitions concerning unemployment, buttressing the need for this important piece of legislation. And there have been a myriad of others who have also signed. It's not enough — you can't possibly be deluded into believing that our Congress even remotely considers the aforementioned? They're apathetic to the needs of the American people, as we haven't exercised our rights like other countries; and assembled in person demanding change. Keep in mind; they work for us, not the other way around. As a people we need to vehemently necessitate production from these so called "leaders," by putting pressure on them to do the job they're being paid for. If the roles were reversed, we would be terminated for lack of production and incompetency.

  81. Anonymous

    I am with you I need a job!! I'm in the same boat, no incumbent will get my vote

  82. Ralph Maldonado

    One man becomes the dictator of free America and his name is not Saddam Hussein , no his name is John Boehner , but he's realty a Dick trader to the American people, vote him out of office with his party members.

  83. Harry Philly

    It's pathetic that people still refuse to sign #RenewUI petition http://wh.gov/lA551 when it can attract media attention to help our cause. Nobody wants to help long tem unemployed when these long term unemployed people have refused to get signatures on a whitehouse.gov petition. People just don't respect LTU's!

  84. Harry Philly

    It's pathetic that people still refuse to sign #RenewUI petition http://wh.gov/lA551 when it can attract media attention to help our cause. Nobody wants to help long tem unemployed when these long term unemployed people have refused to get signatures on a whitehouse.gov petition. People just don't respect LTU's!

  85. Ralph Maldonado

    50. dollars a week is taking out of your pay check to pay for unemployment in ten years that amount comes out to 26.000.00 dollars not counting interest on that money so it not a handout it paying it forward doing the hard times we the people going through. It the right thing to do.

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  87. Ralph Maldonado

    You and I agree that free American has a new Dictator and it's not Saddam Hussein , no his name is John Boehner and he a Dick trader to the American people.

  88. Tracey Munich

    3 million? Try again actual figures are much higher. I want to know where all this money comes from that we ship overseas when we cannot take care of our own.

  89. Ralph Maldonado

    Maybe if we all state that John Boehner is the new Dictator of free America , threw out the internet , the News media might just pick up on it ,so don't forget to type it over the internet.

  90. James Monteverde

    No, the Media wants to talk about Gay Rights, and how a gay athlete got drafted. THis is where there priorities are. One thing is for sure, the gay athlete at least has a job.

  91. John Cammauf

    THE DEMOCTATS HAVE FAILED THE 2.6 MILLION UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES, AS MUCH AS THE REPUBLICANS HAVE. BOTH PARTIES HAD NO REAL INTEREST OR INTENTION TO EVER PASS THE UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION BILL. THIS WHOLE ORDEAL WAS JUST A FARCE. THE SENATE HAS DRAGGED IT'S FEETSINCE LATE LAST DECEMBER, WHILEMILLIONS OF UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES SUFFERED EVICTIONS, HOME FORECLOSURES, PERSONAL BANKRUPTCY, AND HOMELESSNESS. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE HELDTHEEXTENSION BILL "HOSTAGE" IN THE SENATE, FOR POLITICAL LEVERAGE,AND PARTY AGENDA. HOW CAN EITHER PARTY JUST GIVE UP ON MILLIONS OF UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES LIKE THIS? WHEN BILLIONS OFTAX PAYER DOLLARS HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO THE UKRAINE IN FOREIGN AID NOTHING WAS GIVEN TO THE AMERICANS HERE IN THIS COUNTRY. IT'S TIME FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO VOTE OUT OF OFFICE ALL OF THESE CAREER POLITICIANS, WHO HAVE SHOWN THEMSELVES TO BE UNWORTHY OF PUBLIC OFFICE. I ENCOURAGE EVERYINE TO VOTE THIS COMING ELECTION, AND TO REMEMBER HOW THEY FAILED MILLIONS OF SUFFERING FAMILIES.

  92. Michael Zanni

    F**K john boehner and what HE needs. Tell him to GFH as far as can take it and then some. SLIMY POS too bad it wasn't his plane…

  93. Tasha Robinson

    We hv to keep fighting and maybe march on Washington to bring attention to this matter. This is awfull and a damn shame. We need to organize and let our voices be heard. We live in the land of milk and honey!!!

  94. Amy Foy

    I am currently unemployed and my benefits have stopped three months ago, and every month it gets harder and harder. I can only imagine the people who have have been unemployed longer. I am a voter and I will let my voice be heard in the polls not that I would ever vote for a Republican anyhow. They have never had my best interest and this is further proof for me that they can't relate to the average American. Let your anger and voice be heard in your local polls and vote for people who have your best interest.

  95. Kathryn Ojeda

    I'm struggling to through school and with a part time job that I can only work 9 hours. Making enough for transportation. Maybe the government has forgotten not the people.

  96. Bill White

    Politicians care about themselves. They do not care about people. They do NOT represent the people anymore but only their own agendas! Disgusting, people will NOT forget about this!

  97. Lisa Brzina

    This is such an insult what Congress does to people lives. I have worked all my life and have never received not one extension at all. How is it fair to me when others have been granted two extensions or more. I deserve an extension as well . I only receive 16 weeks of unemployment and worked for my company for twelve years. Just because people in congress do not live from pay check to check or do not have to worry about money. Thank God for your blessing people out here are losing everything. Mom 70b year old mom is about to be evicted.

  98. Ruth Wickert Bickings

    Harry Philly – The media don't give a rat's ass about the unemployed. I written to a few and they haven't even had the decency to reply back.

  99. Harry Philly

    Ruth Wickert Bickings I know. I have called and written Congressmen, Senators, and new stations, and they don't give a rat's ass about us… however, there is one thing left that we can do, and that is to deliver an official whitehouse.gov petition with 100,000 signatures. Will you help us get that 100,000 signatures? It makes us look bad if we can't help ourselves, because they won't help us unless they see we have 100,000 names to back us!

  100. Harry Philly

    I have called and written Congressmen, Senators, and new stations, and they don't give a rat's ass about us… however, there is one thing left that we can do, and that is to deliver an official whitehouse.gov petition with 100,000 signatures. Will you help us get that 100,000 signatures? It makes us look bad if we can't help ourselves, because they won't help us unless they see we have 100,000 names to back us!

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/renew-federal-emergency-unemployment-compensation-euc-program-which-expired-december-28-2013/bhd93htQ

  101. Harry Philly

    I have called and written Congressmen, Senators, and new stations, and they don't give a rat's ass about us… however, there is one thing left that we can do, and that is to deliver an official whitehouse.gov petition with 100,000 signatures. Will you help us get that 100,000 signatures? It makes us look bad if we can't help ourselves, because they won't help us unless they see we have 100,000 names to back us!

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/renew-federal-emergency-unemployment-compensation-euc-program-which-expired-december-28-2013/bhd93htQ

  102. Harry Philly

    I have called and written Congressmen, Senators, and new stations, and they don't give a rat's ass about us… however, there is one thing left that we can do, and that is to deliver an official whitehouse.gov petition with 100,000 signatures. Will you help us get that 100,000 signatures? It makes us look bad if we can't help ourselves, because they won't help us unless they see we have 100,000 names to back us!

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/renew-federal-emergency-unemployment-compensation-euc-program-which-expired-december-28-2013/bhd93htQ

  103. Harry Philly

    I have called and written Congressmen, Senators, and new stations, and they don't give a rat's ass about us… however, there is one thing left that we can do, and that is to deliver an official whitehouse.gov petition with 100,000 signatures. Will you help us get that 100,000 signatures? It makes us look bad if we can't help ourselves, because they won't help us unless they see we have 100,000 names to back us!

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/renew-federal-emergency-unemployment-compensation-euc-program-which-expired-december-28-2013/bhd93htQ

  104. Harry Philly

    I have called and written Congressmen, Senators, and new stations, and they don't give a rat's ass about us… however, there is one thing left that we can do, and that is to deliver an official whitehouse.gov petition with 100,000 signatures. Will you help us get that 100,000 signatures? It makes us look bad if we can't help ourselves, because they won't help us unless they see we have 100,000 names to back us!

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/renew-federal-emergency-unemployment-compensation-euc-program-which-expired-december-28-2013/bhd93htQ

  105. John Martin

    I would be happy with just retroactive pay I'm sure all of us needs 1 lump sum of money at once to play catch up.

  106. Ruth Wickert Bickings

    Wayne Heddinger I have become one of the un-countable as of the end of my 6 months UC in April. I have over 200 resumes out…Applied for anything that I am qualified for and over qualified for including a cashier which I haven't worked as since 1974! Give me a break!

  107. John Carmiche

    WE ALL HJAVE BEEN SUCKERED THE GOVT DONT GIVE A RATS ASS ALL THIS WRITING IS USELESS NOBODY READS IT NOBODY CARES SAVE YOUR SELF FROM FURTHER FRUSTRATION STOP POSTING TO EACH OTHER GO TO WASHINGTON IS ONLY THING GET NAKED ON FRONT LAWN THEN U WILL GET SOME ATTENTION

  108. Anonymous

    i have worked with the union for the last 28 years,1st time i'm seeking an extension,congress can spend and send billions abroad but can't help the people in the USA???

  109. Anonymous

    i have worked with the union for the last 28 years,1st time i'm seeking an extension,congress can spend and send billions abroad but can't help the people in the USA???

  110. JoAnne Brandt

    I cannot believe they actually have the "balls" to say it has been forgotten. I will not vote for any of these unbelievable, lying, stealing, idiots that are in office right now. I am right behind you will loosing everything. I actually had to go on Medicaid for the firs time in my life. That too is a joke. Good luck with any doctor trying to take care of me or my family! They are disgusting human beings and they make me sick!

  111. Gary Camden

    The Democrats don't want to draw attention? Hell do they think that we magically found the pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow. Hell, nothing has changed, it has only got worse. Where are all these assistance programs for the underprivileged and unemployed. If you need help with your utilities someone bringing income into the home would have had to have died in the last 30 days to be considered. Hell, I started dying on December 28, 2013 when they suspended my unemployment benefits. Actually I didn't kill all the way over until last month, when I used the last of my retirement to pay every day bills, which I was having to use even when I was receiving benefits. I worked and paid taxes for 38 years so I would be entitled for help if ever needed. Where are these programs? If you are hungry and want some assistance, you can't have two cars in your name, whether paid off or not. That is considered assets that could be sold, then we eliminate the ultimate goal of having transportation for a job if we find one. In addition, a household of two cannot have a gross income of more than $1600.00 per month to be considered. Don't forget that is gross, and the net is after they take the taxes, the employee and dependent insurance cost out. And last but not least, when considering if you are eligible, they don't consider fuel, utilities, or any other cost. Only food. But they consider you assets and that massive income of $1600.00 gross per month.
    Mr.President, the Senate and the House, WHERE ARE THESE PROGRAMS? They exist, because I see Lone Star (food cards) used everyday. And if they have an item the card won't pay for, they pull a wad of $100.00 bills out of their bra or pants pocket, and then take their two baskets of groceries and load them in their Escalades. So someone knows where these programs are and how to get theirs and it looks like others as well. So I don' want to know where these programs are, WHAT I WANT IS FOR YOU NOT TO GIVE UP ON THE LONG TERM UNEMPLOYMENT RETROACTIVE BENEFITS, AS I CAME DUE THOSE THE HONEST WAY. AND, GIVEN THOSE I WILL PAY MY OWN BILLS UNTIL I FIND EMPLOYMENT. AND IF YOU ARE SHUTTING YOUR EFFORTS DOWN TO GET READY FOR THE MID TERM ELECTIONS, GOOD LUCK WITH ALL THAT. This has been the most disfunctional process and mess I have seen since the start. First the Democrats FORGOT, YES FORGOT to put the long term emergency benefits into the budget, and they just flat ceased. Oh they called the president while he was in Hawaii crying about their mistake, and he said just get it done. And he has done nothing to help us 3,000,000,000 unemployed American citizens. And then last but not least, the senate begged, borrowed and stole, and got the bill passed. But, they just assumed Dictator Boehner was going to roll right over and bring the vote to the floor of the House. How has that worked out? And, I guess our president doesn't feel he wields enough power to tell Boehner to get his ass over to the the Oval Office and tell him in no uncertain words, to GET THE UNEMPLOYMENT BILL TO THE FLOOR, SIGNED, AND TO THE PEOPLE! But none of my rant matters as long as they can keep their plush positions and take theirs from the mighty that pay for them to be there. Maybe Karma or some other bad SOB will impose their will on them someday, as we have had it done to us. Good Luck All!

  112. Jimmy Bruce

    i agree I am losing everything to and I am is getting more depressed every day. Because neither I or my wife can't find a job not even a part time job. High school kids are hired before us. The jobs that are out there pay 7.25 an hour and their over 30 miles away. With gas close to 4.00 we can't afford it. Not with our vehicles and we can't just by a new one the is good on gas. So we don't know what to do. All I know to do is prey and that is even becoming hard to do as the days go by without no help.

  113. Cort Kendall

    1974? shouldn't you be comfortably retired by now? I mean someone in the workforce 40 years ago should be resource and asset set by now. You are #badchoices

  114. Cort Kendall

    Why do keep claiming this is important? Very few people care about this and the ones that did have euc fatigue.

  115. Jimmy Bruce

    I did the petition and still losing everything. I won't vote anymore. The government needs to crashes and rebuild its self with true people to their words and people that care about the working class and not their own pockets. Because they get paid no matter what happens.

  116. Mark Sapara

    It's despicable that Congress roadblocked ITSELF on this issue while so many Americans struggle to keep their lives afloat. It's uncanny to me that a civilized society doesn't support its own people in need. And now they've "lost interest" in the issue….unfathomable….

  117. Ken Presley

    I just saw on the new that US steel in McKeesport, Pa. is shutting down in August. That's hundreds of more people who will be unemployed at the end of summer.

  118. Annita Davis

    Harry Reid is one of the most powerful and feared man in congress. If it matted to him it would have had a vote. And where is our illustrious leader and his frickin pen and phone??!! He can free 5 of the worst gitmo prisoners and all is well. He hates this country and everyone in it. So it's ALL of them

  119. Annita Davis

    It's all about prestige and power!! Not the regular folks!! I hate all of the demons who say they care but…….

  120. Annita Davis

    IT'S ALL PROPOGANDA!!! unemployment rate coming down makes the politicians look good. They put out whatever number they want!!! I am cynical and bitter.

  121. Jimmy Bruce

    I feel that the government hasn't helped me when I need it. I have no job,no other income, nor does my wife, can't even find a part time job doing anything at all. My health is fading fast due to my diabetes and stress. Was told by a free clinic that I need to find me a paid doctor that would be able to help me for my needs exceeds their capabilities and their holding my insulin until I find me a paying doctor. I am limited to what jobs there are so I went back to school to better my self and my family, but now I had to quit and only one more year to go. I have been going like this since Dec.28. So hope is nothing but a thought and death is so near. I'm not saying I'm giving up, the government makes you give up. They have food and medical. People like us are eating their scraps. They talk about people just drawing a check well I tried to us my time wisely and it got me no where. They wonder why crime is rising, people will do anything for their families even suicide. One less mouth to feel and the government doesn't need to help.

  122. Flash Traymair

    First im not complaining about da President..im talking about congress..nd yes I signed onto at least 5 different petitions…only because I feel its wrong what John Boehner nd the House Of Representatives are doin..remind you im not one of the unemployed..I just see how its doin to people nd families…so Sir don't take my concern as if I don't care about what goes on around me…trust its not about me its about every american that needs this to pass and soon..

  123. Harry Philly

    Being sick of it is not necessary, but signing this petition and getting everyone you know to signit is necessary for us to get them to #RenewUI.

    I am unemployed, and I am disappointed that this petition to #RenewUI does not have over 100,000 signatures from unemployed Americans! Please sign it and get everyone you know to sign it?https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/renew-federal-emergency-unemployment-compensation-euc-program-which-expired-december-28-2013/bhd93htQ

  124. Harry Philly

    Please copy this and post it everywhere on the internet. We need everyone to stand together and sign the petition to #RenewUI for 3.5 million Americans including over 340,000 military veterans who got cut off of their unemployment beneits.

    I am unemployed, and I am disappointed that this petition to #RenewUI does not have over 100,000 signatures from unemployed Americans! Please sign it and get everyone you know to sign it?https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/renew-federal-emergency-unemployment-compensation-euc-program-which-expired-december-28-2013/bhd93htQ

  125. Harry Philly

    Please copy this and post it everywhere on the internet. We need everyone to stand together and sign the petition to #RenewUI for 3.5 million Americans including over 340,000 military veterans who got cut off of their unemployment beneits.

    I am unemployed, and I am disappointed that this petition to #RenewUI does not have over 100,000 signatures from unemployed Americans! Please sign it and get everyone you know to sign it?https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/renew-federal-emergency-unemployment-compensation-euc-program-which-expired-december-28-2013/bhd93htQ

  126. Amy Foy

    I signed petition after I read your post about it Harry Philly because it is a worthy cause and more people should know about it and I also posted it to my wall, thanks for informing me

  127. Harry Philly

    There are more than 3.5 million people who were cut off from EUC benefits since December 28th, 2013, and most of them refuse to sign a petition or help get signatures for that petition. We should have 100,000 signatures by no, since we have millions of people who need this EUC extension. The Republicans are laughing at all these "lazy" "moochers" who are whining about being cut off, but not willing to get signatures on one whitehouse.gov petition. I think the Republicans have a great chance at winning in November because Obama is not helping us.

    It's pathetic that people still refuse to sign #RenewUI petition http://wh.gov/lA551 when it can attract media attention to help our cause. Nobody wants to help long tem unemployed when these long term unemployed people have refused to get signatures on a whitehouse.gov petition. People just don't respect LTU's!

  128. Gloria Crcye

    How one person has so much power amazes me, total disregard to the families who are struggling and who paid for the unemployment benefits when they were employed,

  129. Harry Philly

    There are more than 3.5 million people who were cut off from EUC benefits since December 28th, 2013, and most of them refuse to sign a petition or help get signatures for that petition. We should have 100,000 signatures by no, since we have millions of people who need this EUC extension. The Republicans are laughing at all these "lazy" "moochers" who are whining about being cut off, but not willing to get signatures on one whitehouse.gov petition. I think the Republicans have a great chance at winning in November because Obama is not helping us.

    It's pathetic that people still refuse to sign #RenewUI petition http://wh.gov/lA551 when it can attract media attention to help our cause. Nobody wants to help long tem unemployed when these long term unemployed people have refused to get signatures on a whitehouse.gov petition. People just don't respect LTU's!

  130. Harry Philly

    More than 3.5 MILLON people were cut off from EUC benefits since 12/28/13 and most of them refuse to sign a petition to #RenewUI. Are you kidding me??? ROFLMAO

    Get as many people to sign this whitehouse.gov petition as you can! http://wh.gov/lA551

  131. Dale Weikel

    Do you have a few hours? I have been unemployed since June of last year. My unemployment stopped in December. I was hoping that Congress would have passed the Emergency Extension of Unemployment Insurance as they had automatically in the past but instead politics came before helping out U.S. citizens. In November I moved in with a friend to reduce my costs and help her. She runs a daycare and I receive Social Security. Last month we moved to a smaller place to save money. Right after we moved she lost three of the children she was caring for. My car is unpaid for 4 months and hers for three. My license is suspended because we can't pay the car insurance and so on. My Cellphone has been shutoff for lack of payment further complicating an already difficult job search. There's lots more but that should give you some idea how bad things are. This is not easy for me asking for help. I have pride but I have no choice. I am not trying to ask for more than I really need but we really need help or all four of us will be on the street. If anyone reading this can help please go to this link to donate http://www.gofundme.com/9qgpd4 I am only looking for $2,000. If due to the kindness of strangers more is raised every extra dollar will go to Breast Cancer Research and Make-A-Wish foundation split evenly.

  132. Sharon Sutton

    Harry Philly There is not 100,000 peole with internet left. People are out trying to survive and look for work and just help out their families! I am SICK of the Politics in this Country! we should ALL stop voting and paying our taxes too!

  133. Harry Philly

    Sharon Sutton, I know people are hurting financially, and many ad to cut phon, internet, and cable. I ha to shut my landline phone off and my cable TV off. However, I got mny people to sign the petition,and I think many long term unemployed people need to get all their friends to go around the internet and get signatures for them. please join the crusade to get 100,000 signatures. We look really bad without 100,000 signatures. God bless.

  134. Tish Mitchell

    Why can't they see that extending unemployment the money goes right back into the economy. These people aren't drug users, they actually work for a living. This is why the USA is bankrupt now. They keep supporting the wrong things and pouring all our money we work for into other countries. The EUI was a way to reward us back and jump start the economy. This is so wrong of Congress to turn there backs on Americans. People are committing suicide over having everything taken from them and no one cares. Really sad how un appreciated politicians are for real people who are not as fortune as senators.

  135. Lucky Hoban

    JoAnne Brandt yes ..I had to get the Medicaid also and they treat you like sh#$#$ the worst medical service ever …I feel like a substance abuser living in a section 8 home with 20 kids and food stamps…..I don't even have kids …I had a seizure my tongue is hanging off went to the emergency room and they gave me fluids and sent me home ..the ER doctor was irritated when I asked him to sew part of my tongue back on …it all is a joke ….

  136. Lucky Hoban

    Patrice soffelinghisstly yes …people with jobs keep saying there are jobs people are not applying really no unemployment for 6 months and you think people are sitting anywhere drinking tea ..I think not

  137. Michael Zanni

    Harry Philly Give up? NEVER!!! I'll get my name added if I have to go to Washington to sign it myself. I have already shared the link with FB and Twitter

  138. Michael Zanni

    Harry Philly
    M. Z.
    Cranston, RI
    May 28, 2014
    Signature # 4,984

  139. Michael Zanni

    Harry Philly
    M. Z.
    Cranston, RI
    May 28, 2014
    Signature # 4,984

  140. Jimmy Bruce

    Lucky Hoban it is because people are to qualified or not qualified enough and the ones that will hire want to pay 7.25 because they know that people are desperate and for some like me and my wife distance is a problem. 7.25 wouldn't pay for gas. To me a lot of businesses are doing people shady by doing this.

  141. Jimmy Bruce

    Lucky Hoban it is because people are to qualified or not qualified enough and the ones that will hire want to pay 7.25 because they know that people are desperate and for some like me and my wife distance is a problem. 7.25 wouldn't pay for gas. To me a lot of businesses are doing people shady by doing this.

  142. Mitch Sanders

    The unem number is dropping because 3 million of us have dropped off UI. And 77k weekly more come off. Its NOT because we found jobs

  143. Mitch Sanders

    Harry everybody who saw petition signed it. No one is holding out. You have to have more email addys n we dont

  144. Jim Banker

    It is a shame that the republicans would not vote on unemployment extension therefore they just lost my vote and many others that did not get any EUC If everyone that lost their EUC would vote Democrat the Repubuclians will not win and we the people should stand up for our selves they took our money from us and a lot of people needed that money to get back on their feet who in the hell do they think they are that they can just do want to us and our tax money QUIT sending our money to foreign countries help the people in the USA FIRST IT IS OUR MONEY

  145. Sandy LoBianco Ford

    Harry Philly I am amazed that more people have not signed this. I have posted, reposted, tweeted, put it anywhere I can. You would think that getting 100,000 signatures would be easy with so many losing everything.

  146. Cyndi Gusek

    I am ready to vote boehner out he has been the one to block the vote democrats have tried to give into his demands in the bill I hope all is smart and see that it is him who has blocked it over and over…..it's time to vote him out…I hope one day he will see and experience this…enjoy your break I am of to the food pantry so I can eat dinner..get boehner want to join me for dinner. I'll let you know if I get an extra can of tuna to share…..heartless vote him out!!!!!!!!

  147. Dale Marinenko

    I can't believe all the disinformation out there. Like the "express poll" lumping 34% of people saying they somewhat agreed or little agreed they quit looking for a job. Never mind the fact 86% said they were unemployed and looking before that. They keep saying "Unemploymens going down things are GREAT!" When it's a flawed number. By the governments own numbers 1 in 5 families in the US don't have a single person working! That's nuts!

  148. Thomas Nock

    One way to get their attention there are 3.5 million people affected by this bill passing or not passing. There should be 3.5 million people marching into Washington DC and shut it down for a few days But something like this has to be well organized by some brilliant minds.

  149. Tammy Pym

    I wholeheartedly agree we haven't forgotten b cuz we r the ones who r goin through it the ones who have forgotten r the ones who r in office if they had to live just one month on what we do they couldn't make it…for 6 months more and more people r losing their homes, their cars, and even their dignity, and trying to get help when those get help that shouldn't. I guess they shouldn't have told those who lost their jobs to go back and get an education…y worry about the minimum wage they already have set times for the increase…u want things to get better well if we dnt spend money businesses dnt make money. If they dnt make money prices go up…GET OFF UR ASSES AND DO WHAT U R SUPPOSE TI AND MR PRESIDENT PUSH THE FREAKIN ISSUE!!! who cares about the election…

  150. Tammy Pym

    Jimmy Bruce and every one else who is losing everything I am right there with u…it is crazy and u try to get help and get further bhind the bull collectors dnt care u dnt have money its not their issue…and when u have kids on top of that what can u do for them…bsides try to put on a disguise so they rnt c how bad it is…when everyone loses and has no where to go then what happens???

  151. Peter L Tomaino

    Lucky Hoban I am so sorry that that happen to you . We are caught in the middle , We the middle class poor .
    Because of that we are not allowed to ask for help , Billionaires are , the poor are . even drug addicts get better care. It's almost wort it to be become a drug addict and dealer. At lease I would some heath care and income !

  152. Sammy Szalasny

    They shouldve extended it by now. My unemployment is about to run out, my husband works his butt off as it is because I cant seem to find a job.

  153. Michael Spadavecchia

    here's the plan forget any voting when it counts at the white house ! it shows the people don't care about the people in the good old usa! refuse to vote no matter what! only a fool votes for what nothing for us ! the world has to stop believing lies! who cares about congress ! care about yourself!

  154. Michael Spadavecchia

    they take out of our checks each wk. ue and they are screwing us too ! their should be no tax taken out too! the vote should be us not congress on election day to restore more days n months!

  155. Sue Johnson Brown

    The republicans need to quit blaming the democrats. The democrats need to quit blaming the republicans. They need to just get it done and vote for the extension. Seriously – it's not like they are reaching into their pockets. If they can't get it done – where do I sent my resume – hire me and I will get it done.

  156. Mark Mattia

    The last time the house was in session they voted on changing the name of the Washington Redskins. They say it's offensive. Now that's important. Screw every one of these bottom feeding politicians! I hear you Lisha Burch

  157. Anonymous

    1 Set 2 year limit on term for ALL elected offices.
    2 Failure to resolve an issue consecutively is grounds for dismissal between the cabinets
    3 Instead of halting benefits they are extended until a bill can be reached by all parties.
    4 Job requirement for all cabinet seats to be filed by person that has lived for one full year at lower income level.
    5 Adjust UI rate by actual #'s an automated verifiable system to track the true unemployed.
    6. Mandatory split half of elected people of the middle class.
    7 Every dollar spent for anything overseas 25cents goes back to the American benefits such as UI SS and SSI to name just a few.
    8. Mandatory drug test for all benefits.
    9. Illegal Immigrants pay $5000 for temporary status and upon proof of paying all taxes & No Felony Conviction for 3 years be eligible for citizenship.

  158. Ronnette Davis

    People please get it through your heads it's over, finished, done, dead, they don't care it was nothing but lies and excuses. We have all been fooled by both Democrat's and Republicans.

  159. Ivan Thomas

    To my employed brethren in spite of some of the unflattering comments bestowed upon us, I sincerely pray that your situation remains as is and you don't join our ranks (where you would be singing an entirely different tune) I never realized that losing one of my jobs (as an adjunct professor) would reap so much havoc the EUC with my church job barely covered my bills as I searched for work. At my age that isn't easy. I expect to be evicted and my car repo'd by July I fill out applications every time I stop for gas, groceries etc. maybe I will find one of these elusive 288,000 new jobs. Mr. Obama you AND congress have been major disappointments. Empty suits all the way around

  160. Karen McLeod

    Harry Philly I agree with you. I have called, written senators and one time I called Senator Reid office, and the staff member told me we only help people who live in Nevada. I thought I was going to catch a case through the phone. This is not just about Nevada residents. This involves all diverse individuals who are suffering. I watching Ed Shultz show today and I was floored when he said. that it wasn't enough public outcry and that democrats wasn't doing nothing due to this. I disagree for when I see millions of people hurting, sending in stories, calling senators, and anyone who will listen. This is an outcry. I had no problem signing a petition. We have to help ourselves. and Trust God to give us all strength to fight.

  161. Karen McLeod

    Ruth Wickert Bickings I understand but I truly believe the media has been told not to talk about the unemployment extension crisis. I have noticed all shows follow each other and they avoid talking about unemployment. We are caught in a vicious game of politics and our President is being held hostage by the obstruction of the GOP.

  162. Karen McLeod

    Speaker Boehler does not care. I look at the man and see an evil racist man who sole intent is to destroy our President. And he chooses to do this at the expense of all the diverse people who are suffering. I am so glad I am not a criminal and have criminal intentions. Boehler needs to be put under the prison of Hell

  163. Karen McLeod

    Harry Philly I am from Canton, Ohio and I don't recall seeing a petition. But I will sign it. Thank you for the link.

  164. Karen McLeod

    Harry Philly I just created an account and signed the petition. I hope others will follow suit. We must fight and be strong. Everyone be blessed.

  165. Rich Hutnik

    As for the difference in the numbers, check the site shadowstats.com . The US government keeps changing its metrics, in order to achieve its ends. Inflation and unemployment get misrepresented to help politicians and various agendas. As of now, it is easier to turn the unemployed into a football to score votes, rather than help them. And it is now impossible to get them any help, because the GOP is fundamentally opposed to any extending unemployment, as it goes against their principles.

  166. Lucky Hoban

    Sharon Sutton in my state you cant renew your tags if you owe state taxes …you have to go to the comptrollers office and setup a payment plan…so I have to pay my carnote , car insurance and 215.00 to the state comptrollers office every month to keep my car legal …..student loan people are calling ….I am at my wits end….I am tired

  167. Lucky Hoban

    more leaves lolol that is a joke they are taking vacations with ou tax dollars …they are traveling in their personal jets to their beach houses and islands lololol with their pools and cocktails laughing at how helpless we are and how much money they will make for life ….yeah and most people think go to college then work all your life ….well we c how that has turned out …..

  168. Lucky Hoban

    no they are not putting the over 3million people unemployed on the news ..because they are too busy talking about all the store and bank robberies…and they are not saying y the robberies are up CAUSE PEOPLE ARE HUNGRY IN AMERICA LOLOLOL what a freaking joke …..and when crime gets worst among the people they will be safe and we will be robbed and shot and stabbed …I know I will be shot or stabbed cause I am broke ..and will pretty soon be on a park bench having my seizures…..

  169. Lucky Hoban

    Elaine your funny ..don't you think if they REALLY wanted to reinstate the unemployment they would ..lololol …they don't want to …….it will be rich vs. poor no middle class …America is changing before your eyes lololol slowly but surely you wont want much because that is the way it will be americans out of work and anyone not from here will be working for much less……lolol what a joke ….people leave their own country to come to America to protest they want rights lololol equal rights lolololol that is a joke too …you leave your country cause they are not listening to come here and have you way while we die off lollololol or go to another country lolol well all the unemployed let's talk about how to build box houses

  170. Lucky Hoban

    it was 3.5 million people in December 2013 IT IS 92MILLION NOW ..I SIGNED IT MAYBE THEY DONT HAVE INTERNET….

  171. Suhan Wisam

    I have NOTHING left ,cannot borrow anything else , received 7 thanx for applying calls since last week .. Suicide today !!!

  172. Harry Philly

    If unemployed people do not get 100,000 signatures on the petition to extend unemployment benefits, then the government certainly will not extend it. Get as many people to sign this whitehouse.gov petition as you can! http://wh.gov/lA551

  173. Harry Philly

    Thank you for signing, but now please get other people to sign it too. If unemployed people do not get 100,000 signatures on the petition to extend unemployment benefits, then the government certainly will not extend it. Get as many people to sign this whitehouse.gov petition as you can! http://wh.gov/lA551

  174. Harry Philly

    If unemployed people do not get 100,000 signatures on the petition to extend unemployment benefits, then the government certainly will not extend it. Get as many people to sign this whitehouse.gov petition as you can! http://wh.gov/lA551

  175. Harry Philly

    If unemployed people do not get 100,000 signatures on the petition to extend unemployment benefits, then the government certainly will not extend it. Get as many people to sign this whitehouse.gov petition as you can! http://wh.gov/lA551

  176. Harry Philly

    If unemployed people do not get 100,000 signatures on the petition to extend unemployment benefits, then the government certainly will not extend it. Get as many people to sign this whitehouse.gov petition as you can! http://wh.gov/lA551

  177. Harry Philly

    If unemployed people do not get 100,000 signatures on the petition to extend unemployment benefits, then the government certainly will not extend it. Get as many people to sign this whitehouse.gov petition as you can! http://wh.gov/lA551

  178. Harry Philly

    If unemployed people do not get 100,000 signatures on the petition to extend unemployment benefits, then the government certainly will not extend it. Get as many people to sign this whitehouse.gov petition as you can! http://wh.gov/lA551

  179. Harry Philly

    Nobody will fund a protest and unemployed people don't have the money to get to DC. Everyone has been broke for over 5 month.

  180. Harry Philly

    If unemployed people do not get 100,000 signatures on the petition to extend unemployment benefits, then the government certainly will not extend it. Get as many people to sign this whitehouse.gov petition as you can! http://wh.gov/lA551

  181. Harry Philly

    If unemployed people do not get 100,000 signatures on the petition to extend unemployment benefits, then the government certainly will not extend it. Get as many people to sign this whitehouse.gov petition as you can! http://wh.gov/lA551

  182. Harry Philly

    If unemployed people do not get 100,000 signatures on the petition to extend unemployment benefits, then the government certainly will not extend it. Get as many people to sign this whitehouse.gov petition as you can! http://wh.gov/lA551

  183. Harry Philly

    If unemployed people do not get 100,000 signatures on the petition to extend unemployment benefits, then the government certainly will not extend it. Get as many people to sign this whitehouse.gov petition as you can! http://wh.gov/lA551

  184. Harry Philly

    If unemployed people do not get 100,000 signatures on the petition to extend unemployment benefits, then the government certainly will not extend it. Get as many people to sign this whitehouse.gov petition as you can! http://wh.gov/lA551

  185. Harry Philly

    If unemployed people do not get 100,000 signatures on the petition to extend unemployment benefits, then the government certainly will not extend it. Get as many people to sign this whitehouse.gov petition as you can! http://wh.gov/lA551

  186. Harry Philly

    If unemployed people do not get 100,000 signatures on the petition to extend unemployment benefits, then the government certainly will not extend it. Get as many people to sign this whitehouse.gov petition as you can! http://wh.gov/lA551

  187. Harry Philly

    If unemployed people do not get 100,000 signatures on the petition to extend unemployment benefits, then the government certainly will not extend it. Get as many people to sign this whitehouse.gov petition as you can! http://wh.gov/lA551

  188. Harry Philly

    If unemployed people do not get 100,000 signatures on the petition to extend unemployment benefits, then the government certainly will not extend it. Get as many people to sign this whitehouse.gov petition as you can! http://wh.gov/lA551

  189. Harry Philly

    If unemployed people do not get 100,000 signatures on the petition to extend unemployment benefits, then the government certainly will not extend it. Get as many people to sign this whitehouse.gov petition as you can! http://wh.gov/lA551

  190. Harry Philly

    If unemployed people do not get 100,000 signatures on the petition to extend unemployment benefits, then the government certainly will not extend it. Get as many people to sign this whitehouse.gov petition as you can! http://wh.gov/lA551

  191. Kim RSp

    I struggle everyday. I can't forget if i wanted to. My rent not paid and my kids need clothes and shoes.

  192. Harry Philly

    If unemployed people do not get 100,000 signatures on the petition to extend unemployment benefits, then the government certainly will not extend it. Get as many people to sign this whitehouse.gov petition as you can! http://wh.gov/lA551

  193. Mena Steveson

    Don't vote for none of them ! They no time is coming soon for all of them to be voted out of there ! I will never ever vote again for no one ! They all are no good and they all is dirty ,greed,wicket and rotten ! So as for me they all can go straight to hell and burn ! They are for them self not for us and it is getting wicket and dirty every year I am done with this dirty so call government !

  194. Michael Spadavecchia

    here's a crazy act by the pres.! he is giving a country $1,000000 whats wrong with this picture? where in trouble and no one cares about us , the usa?

  195. Michael Spadavecchia

    the speaker has to go what people who receive their money which they put their unemploy money in the checks who is anyone say what happens next! their are no protection on the jobs ! thats why congress should protect the worker and than their be no unemployed!!, they can choose work or wait! free world!

  196. Thomas Nock

    Thanks for your reply Harry but there is money out there to fund a cause like that but americans has become so docile and soft unlike citizens of other countries we not motivated to address issues head on.

  197. Brian Armstrong

    do not put JOHN BOEHNER BACK IN OFFICE… he is a traitor to the American People. period

  198. Ruth Wickert Bickings

    Hi Harry, I signed this petition way back when because the sign button is grayed out. I did copy and paste your message into Facebook asking all my friends to repost and asked them to ask their friends to also repost. Hope this helps. I took a two month job as a cover in a business and hope that down the road I will find something permeate. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  199. Benny Blaze

    Get rid of the whole system,they don't give a rat's ass about the american people they are living the luxury life style due to the expense of hardworking tax-payers money,vote all of them out of office simple and plain!!!

  200. Ruth Wickert Bickings

    Karen McLeod I agree with you, I have just taken a temporary position the first one offered after 8 months. I Have 5 siblings there are only two that have not been hit by this mess. My one sister had to take early retirement and ask her daughter to move back in. Another sister was let go after 32 years with the same company. Youngest brother has been looking for a few months now. There is no help out there unless we help ourselves. I say we all find a way to march on our state capitals. But to be honest I don't think that will help either.

  201. Anonymous

    All unemployed and the supporters of individuals who are unemployed, please ask President Obama and John Boehner to help hard-working, responsible Americans make ends meet and support their families as they look for a job.

    Please go to the following link for the petition to the Obama Administration to renew the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program which expired December 28, 2013.

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/renew-federal-emergency-unemployment-compensation-euc-program-which-expired-december-28-2013/bhd93htQ

    After you have done so please share the link with friends and social media like Facebook, Twitter, Google+…

    Together we can make a difference to help those individuals who facing challenges in caring for their families.

    PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!!
    ONE BY ONE WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

  202. Rosalyn Jones

    Democratic house assisted in this problem with the long term unemployed they played politics and lost. Republicans need to face the truth. Because what people needs to understand that it will be your turn to be unemployed and see how you will survive. That s why I support that politician should not be paid a salary because they are so out of touch with reality.

  203. Maggie Martin

    They all need to go! Why doesnt the president step in. We are so worried about taking care of people in other countries and not taking care of our own. I have been out of work for a year. They all lost my vote!