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Unemployment Extension 2014: President Obama ‘Needs To Be More Engaged,’ Claims Dean Heller

Unemployment Extension 2014: President Obama 'Needs To Be More Engaged,' Claims Dean Heller

The 2014 unemployment extension has been introduced in both the House and the Senate but some people are criticizing President Obama for not being engaged with Congress during the legislation process.

In a related report by The Inquisitr, when a lady picked up food stamps and welfare while driving a Mercedes Benz, political pundits were quick to criticize the woman for not selling her fancy car when times were the hardest and the money was needed the most. An investigation in Texas claims that welfare and food stamps fraud is wasting millions of dollars each year because are using the money during vacations in Florida and Hawaii.

Now Democratic Senator Jack Reed and Republican Senator Dean Heller have been working together to push through the Senate’s unemployment extension bill while another House version also enjoys bipartisan support. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying to attach the Senate version of the bill to the $4.3 billion emergency spending bill. But Reid says it is not certain that the unemployment extension could be attached to the supplemental:

“Well, there’s a chance. I would hope so, he deserves that. [Reed] and Heller deserve that. We are losing some of our enthusiasm when the Republicans simply, other than Dean Heller, just turn a blind eye to these people who are suffering.”

Unfortunately, the 2014 unemployment extension bill missed the chance to be attached to a job training overhaul bill that recently passed in both the House and the Senate. But besides finding another bill to be attached to, the 2014 EUC faces several major challenges.

The newly elected Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy continues John Boehner’s claim that the bill will need unspecified job creation measures in order to pass. The new version of the EUC does include an attempt at helping job creation by including additional help for the long term unemployed, but so far some politicians seem to believe even more measures are needed.

The other aspect that continues to be debated is the unemployment extension cost. The original version of the EUC that expired on June 1, 2014 included retroactive unemployment benefits and would have cost around $26 billion according to the Congressional Budget Office. The new version gives only five months of extra unemployment insurance and is expected to cost around $10 billion. Critics contend the method of paying for the bill, which is comprised of taxes that would affect businesses, is mostly a gimmick.

Besides the House leadership, another obstacle for the 2014 unemployment insurance extension is claimed to be President Obama. Mr. Heller has claimed that a simple phone call from the President to the House would “go a long way” toward creating action in the House. Heller believes that Obama “needs to be more engaged” in the actual process inside Congress instead of limiting himself to political speeches. For example, several weeks ago President Obama spoke on the topic of the 2014 unemployment extension while making a campaign-like speech in Minneapolis:

“[Republicans have] said no to extending unemployment insurance for more than three million Americans who are out there looking every single day for a new job, despite the fact that we know it would be good not just for those families who are working hard to try to get back on their feet, but for the economy as a whole. Rather than invest in working families getting ahead, they actually voted to give another massive tax cut to the wealthiest Americans.”

What do you think needs to changed in the 2014 unemployment extension in order to have the EUC pass both the House and Senate? Do you have any idea for spurring job creation?

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104 Responses to “Unemployment Extension 2014: President Obama ‘Needs To Be More Engaged,’ Claims Dean Heller”

  1. Christopher Scott

    I voted for him twice and between huge tax breaks and extending patriot act idk what Obama going to do about this he is a proven sell out but nothing wouls suprise me!

  2. Randel James August

    ok. since Patrick Frye actually wrote something here that is either truthful or mostly truthful.a lot of this is somewhat old . by that meaning it is only a few days to about several weeks old. but still better journalism and no longer Fox News BS mentality. probably what is probably needed is one of the bills being attached to the 287 billion dollar tax break or some other bribe like passing the XL pipeline. that also depends. as the former is being threatened to be vetoed. so this could be a GOP tactic to force the democrats to pass the bill.

  3. Chad Hatten

    Unfortunately the debate is dominated by chomos like wayne, and other nutjobs obsessed about getting their $15,000.00 check for 8 months retro benefits, which is why nothing will happen

  4. Mike Perkins

    Randel ive been saying that for a very long time myself.. now it has passed the house unpaid for tax cut bill the gop wants. so here is the time Harry Reid and Obama show me if the really for us. and attach our paid for 9 billion bill to this..it will pass senate easy.. back to house and at that point what can John Boner really say then.. he gonna throw away his gop unpaid for backed tax break bill for his guys that cost 284 billion.. just so he can knock the UE american people out of a little 9 billion paid for bill to help over 3 million tax paying American.. to me this is a cant lose for this bill. I really don't see how the gop can really say alot.. its time for the dems stand up for us with some really good action.. and this will get it done.. dems will have the ball in there court finally

  5. Mike Perkins

    Randel ive been saying that for a very long time myself.. now it has passed the house unpaid for tax cut bill the gop wants. so here is the time Harry Reid and Obama show me if the really for us. and attach our paid for 9 billion bill to this..it will pass senate easy.. back to house and at that point what can John Boner really say then.. he gonna throw away his gop unpaid for backed tax break bill for his guys that cost 284 billion.. just so he can knock the UE american people out of a little 9 billion paid for bill to help over 3 million tax paying American.. to me this is a cant lose for this bill. I really don't see how the gop can really say alot.. its time for the dems stand up for us with some really good action.. and this will get it done.. dems will have the ball in there court finally

  6. Randel James August

    this would be more likely what they did when the country went into default last sept. as they made some deal with the republicans.i forgot exactly what and I am too lazy right now to search over it. actually Boehner could block it to save face, but it can be petitioned on the floor and if they have enough votes on a petition then Boehner's blockage can be overridden. but also Boehner is blocking the renewal of the Export/Import bank which Pelosi is trying to get saved. I would also say the Highway tax fund but that is expected to reach the house floor this week unless Boehner decided to block that too. I know with the tax cut they wanted a set time limit on it instead of indefinite,

  7. Mike Perkins

    well its july or never to get the UI bill passed.. I think that if the dems and Obama really want this bill passed for over 3 million of us.. they will find away to get it done so how.. this is it and they know this.. if Obama lets them leave out for all of aug and this bill don't even get a vote.. ill sure have a whole new view on him.. its time for him to at least pull out a trick or 2 for 3.5 million od his people counting kids and all its over 5 million.. its not normal for any POTUS in are nations history to leave that many American people just out in the cold like that.. without at least pulling out a few tricks out his ass.. at least u have try.. if it don't work and gop still blocks us.. well at least he tried.. and as far as im concerned the dems did all they could gave boner jobs bill 803 that didn't do it.. gave him paid for bill still no.. to me the dems don't have shit to lose at this point by adding ui bill to that gop backed tax bill.. make the gop block there own bill then.. make them show us that they truly could care so less for us they will throw away there own huge bill… I say lets call them out on it see what they do.. I think they will pass it easy also.

  8. Earl Booth

    Obama has to stay in the back round to get this done so if it does get done he will not get the credit for it,If Obama takes the lead there will be to much gop push back the gop want obama to fail not because they hate him they want to beat Clinton in 2016 how can the gop beat Clinton if Obama lets things done it's just policies Obama isnt going to get one think done everyone should just forget about it thats just my opinion and I could be wrong I dont know everything.

  9. Maria Campos-Lopez

    Sadly Americans have lost so much for so many things they've worked so hard for. While they debate this issue. What happened to helping out Americans in their own country geez!

  10. Richard Mcguigan

    Stop with the finger pojnting already..if you did what the gop told you to do in the begining the ext would have been approved long ago…..u n reid r jokes

  11. Richard Mcguigan

    Stop with the finger pojnting already..if you did what the gop told you to do in the begining the ext would have been approved long ago…..u n reid r jokes

  12. Richard Mcguigan

    Stop with the finger pojnting already..if you did what the gop told you to do in the begining the ext would have been approved long ago…..u n reid r jokes

  13. Richard Mcguigan

    Stop with the finger pojnting already..if you did what the gop told you to do in the begining the ext would have been approved long ago…..u n reid r jokes

  14. Richard Mcguigan

    Stop with the finger pojnting already..if you did what the gop told you to do in the begining the ext would have been approved long ago…..u n reid r jokes

  15. Richard Mcguigan

    Stop with the finger pojnting already..if you did what the gop told you to do in the begining the ext would have been approved long ago…..u n reid r jokes

  16. Richard Mcguigan

    Stop with the finger pojnting already..if you did what the gop told you to do in the begining the ext would have been approved long ago…..u n reid r jokes

  17. Richard Mcguigan

    Stop with the finger pojnting already..if you did what the gop told you to do in the begining the ext would have been approved long ago…..u n reid r jokes

  18. Richard Mcguigan

    Stop with the finger pojnting already..if you did what the gop told you to do in the begining the ext would have been approved long ago…..u n reid r jokes

  19. Richard Mcguigan

    Stop with the finger pojnting already..if you did what the gop told you to do in the begining the ext would have been approved long ago…..u n reid r jokes

  20. Richard Mcguigan

    Stop with the finger pojnting already..if you did what the gop told you to do in the begining the ext would have been approved long ago…..u n reid r jokes

  21. Richard Mcguigan

    Stop with the finger pojnting already..if you did what the gop told you to do in the begining the ext would have been approved long ago…..u n reid r jokes

  22. Richard Mcguigan

    Stop with the finger pojnting already..if you did what the gop told you to do in the begining the ext would have been approved long ago…..u n reid r jokes

  23. Kevin Kelly

    December 28th 2013 for most of us was the cutoff for the 26 week regular benefits and the end of June was the cutoff for the base year,so the way I figure it, there are millions who will not receive extended benefits no matter what happens!

  24. Mark Lott

    I believe that the new mirrored bills in the Senate and the House, lack the Democrat support that the Senate bill that expired on June 1st, because the Democrats know that these latest bills, don't help the LTUs. To answer the Writer's question, the Democrats need to pitch these latest bills and dust off the expired June 1, Senate bill and present that bill for passage and attach it to the Highway bill. Congress can craft countless job creation bills, but they are useless, unless a lot of the onus for high unemployment is finally placed atthe employers door. If there are over 3 million LTUs, all determined to be eligible for unemployment, because they lost their job at no fault of their own, then, Congress needs to look at the cases, where termination for alleged cause. Obviously, management need outside training of their supervisory team to ensure a focus of employment retention, the Company's policies and procedures, Union-Labor contract, if applicable and a respect of the employee rights that is covered under the Dept. Of Labor and the NLRB.

  25. Cort Kendall

    Barcky engage? The com organizer is in way over his head. Good luck to the not working if you think barcky is going to rescue you.

  26. Cort Kendall

    26 weeks or whatever your state allows is all you are allowed. EUC was into its 6th year and the bastardized program was not meant as a lifetime program.

  27. Pat Doyle

    Need to get their rears in gear and get this done. Stupid making people use their life savings to get by because they are to busy filling their pockets. Vote them all outta there.

  28. Wayne Heddinger

    Today we (the long term unemployed) have started a campaign to contact every Senate and House member to persuade them to vote NO on your new unemployment bill unless it includes retro pay. Otherwise it is a useless bill.

    VOTE NO ON UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSIONS WITHOUT RETRO BENEFITS !
    WE ARE URGING OUR REPS IN CONGRESS TO VOTE NO ! UNLESS IT INCLUDES RETROACTIVE BENEFITS THIS BILL DOES NOT DO ANYTHING TO HELP US WHO HAVE LOST EVERYTHING SINCE DECEMBER 28TH…NOTHING…
    VOTE NO !
    Call LeBionno – 202-225-6572
    Call Kildee – 202-225-3611
    Call Reid – 202-224-3542
    Call Heller – 202-224-6244
    Call Reed – 202-224-4642
    Call Levin – 888-810-3880
    Call Pelosi – 202-225-4965
    Call The White House – 202-456-1111

  29. Rosemary Hudak-Zavila

    Let's just take money from the "lazy welfare lifestyle fund" to help support the workers, most who have worked all their lives. I still can't believe WORKERS are being punished when there is so much wasted spending EVERYWHERE!!!

  30. Joy Palardy Barby

    It's ridiculous at this point! This issue will just keep growing to epic proportions that they will not be able to ignore it anymore! Shameful what they're doing to the middle class! The Republican House should be brought up on criminal charges for what they're doing!

  31. Frances Siegel

    Yes Rosemary…..I agree with you….the people on welfare did not pay unemployment taxes from thier paychecks and we did… Give us a break….Oboma sign the excective order and help out the rest of us Americans…Freak the republicans!!!!!

  32. Lorrie Wisniewiski

    work many of yearsI never could have children but the way it looks now I should had like 10 of them I get everything paid for my house my car food insurance . but I worked for 31 years of my life so far and try to tell us that we can have anything we better off on welfare half these people don't deserve to be on welfare so no money for unemployment the money for welfarethere is alot of people that deserve it just like us we deserve are employment

  33. Mark Lott

    Don't blame this ridiculous stall tactic by the Republicans on LTUs who are finding it extremes hard to support an unemployment extension that doesn't help us getback on our feet, immediately. Why have the word, emergency, associated with the funds, when Congress is behaving as if I over 3 million LTUs have nothing better to do than to lose their home, car and minds. Because the LTUs question why our representatives in Congress,who since Dec. 28, 2013, assured us that they're working hard for those unjustly cut off from unemployment, at .I fault of our own, only to discover that this latest proposal does virtually nothing for us, so those who are still ,collecting unemployment and are a out to cut get cut off, want us, the impovershed, to just go away quietly. Not going to happen.

  34. Nicholas Howard

    Excective order… Unemployment benefits are not just for the unemployed their for our economy.. The working class gets more hours when food gets bought… Think it trickles down the whole laser.. It's its own direct stimulus*! Do pass it. And more businesses will have the capital to hire again.*!!!!!

  35. Nicholas Howard

    A lot of reach wealthy think.. They Dont deserve it .. Well if the total unemployed Dont use the extension…. There future stocks will suffer till there is a new president or congress/house. Just all drama right now rich vs poor and rep. Vs den. Left Right… Just do what is ethical and meant for today's economy. Bush did stimulus money to everyone to go spend what's the difference**** sane money get back to you. You be surprised from. The day they go spend their money on for bills how it tracks back to you job…. You not getting hours????? That's why we need this . before this was not extended everyone working had hours or overtime. There will always be abusers of it ….but with out them spending it.. …. It effects everyone..*!!!!

  36. Carol Smith

    I would like some help. I was laid off in August 2013, I received unemployment payments through March 2014. I haven't worked since being laid off, will I be able to file again in August or can I file for the extension (if it passes)? This is my first time EVER being unemployed, I don't have a clue what I can do. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

  37. Chad Hatten

    you would file or the extended benefits, if a bill passes. Sorry for your situation, hope you land a job.

  38. Peter Szewzek

    I just had this morning a most positive interview in my field. It is likely I will be hired. This was my second interview following 54 applications submitted online complete with resume and reference letter from my last employer. I still need that extension to be passed! Hopefully this will be the last job I will need before retiring.
    It is still a tough situation out the despite the alleged drop in the unemployment numbers. 4,000,000 people still without. Some of us 4,000,000 are busting our butts to secure a job even if it means being underemployed or even working part time. Not everyone wants to live on the government cuff!!!!!

  39. Christopher Cournoyer

    Can someone explain to me why as an employee I paid unemployment insurance tax, my employer also made a contribution and I cannot collect as those before me and those recently who can collect full term. Why is it just a six month group whoom has been descriminated against? Why can't we collect money rightfully owed to us? Money we EARNED!!!!!

  40. Anonymous

    You may also file with state for a new State claim. I was able to do this in California because I still had enough work credits in 2013 to renew original claim for additional 26 weeks. It was a relief because I was desperate since emergency extension had not been (and still has not been) renewed. It's really tragic what Feds are doing to so many vulnerable citizens with no where to turn. Obama, Boehner and other irresponsible politicians need to go hungry for a few weeks for a taste of their own cruelty. I have nothing but disdain in my heart for ALL of them (except for those who are truly trying to help. HOWEVER, RETROACTIVE BENEFITS ARE AN ABSOLUTE NECESSITY, OTHERWISE IT'S LIKE SAYING THAT PEOPLE'S SUFFERING IN JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL, MAY, JUNE AND JULY IS DESERVED BY THOSE WORKING CLASS PEOPLE. I have absolute disdain for this heartless and cruel line of thought.

  41. Pam Pendergraft

    and you are deaf, blind and mind challenged.. Democrats have done everything the GOP wanted, BUT pushing for the Oil Pipeline from Canada and the tax reductions for the ultra-rich. Those are the main reasons why the GOP hasn't even considered the bill. They have held the long term unemployed hostage to force the Democrats to sing those bills into law. Check your facts.

  42. Richard Mcguigan

    Really pam they put in private sector jobs……really cause I read both bills and neither one included what gop said. So again just a ploy…ooen your eyes.

  43. Richard Mcguigan

    Really pam they put in private sector jobs……really cause I read both bills and neither one included what gop said. So again just a ploy…ooen your eyes.

  44. Richard Mcguigan

    And just for the record I am the long term unemployed and I can still see thru the mirage…

  45. Richard Mcguigan

    And just for the record I am the long term unemployed and I can still see thru the mirage…

  46. Richard Mcguigan

    So in your eyes pam its okay to attach pork to everything….but god forbid add jobs everyone talks about tge pipeline like they know what there talking about….answer this forget the pioeline how about any job provision in the bill.

  47. Joseph McHugh

    on dec.28 no news that euc would stop!!!!! 3 million affected by this!!!!! being led on in pa. by calling in every 2 weeks for 5 months just in case euc is exended!!!! now no retro of money!!!! Pres Obama,last week he would sign executive orders for min wage increase,and euc benefits, in pres Obamas ,second Inagural speech quote I WIILL NOT FORGET SANDY HOOK!!!!! Tax cuts for the rich and the govt is cutting food stamps!!!!ENOUGH !!! and everybody knows the game is fixed, Time to burn down babylon, and start over!!!!! inequality going on far too long!!!!they talk aBOUT A MIDDLE class the middle class is gone now there are have and have nots!!!!and the elite of this country will always try to divide us ,the masses need to come together, in a Democracy it is the only thing that scares the upper crust,come together and take this Country back where the comman man has a voice!!!and can make a difference and dont rule out civil disobedience!!!! ,Pres Obama s legacy worst congress in the history of the USA . fat overpaid ,crooked,that are morally,ethically Bankrupt,THE POLITICIANS!!!! in the long run the people will win!!!!! WE will rise up against all the greed of the elite and govt,or the govt will die from moral and ethical decay You the govt the corps,will burn in your greed!!! History will repeat itself Ancient ROME died from within nobody conquered rome, the huns were at the gates of rome while the Patricians and Govt. were busy,fornicating gambling stealing,!! and oppressing the poor!! SOUND FAMILIAR!!!!!!!!!!!! Make a stand Mr President. engage congress , show some integrity, Courage, the time has come!!!!!!!!!!

  48. Dana Burris

    Why do Black folks continue to make excuses for Pres. Obama???? He sucks!!

  49. Mary Lewis

    I never got extention after my 26 week of getting unemployment. My funds exhausted January 21, 2014. I was told to open a new claim after July 5, 2014, did that on July 6, 2014 now my determination letter says I did not make enough in a quarter in the base year. WHAT THE HECK .I can not find a job and worked for the School District which laid me off since "1997" so what are they saying all my taxes taken out makes me ineligible. This kind of stuff can make somebody go off. PA unemployment told me to file for Public Assistance. WHAT THE HECK. Can somebody explain this to me.

  50. Demetrius Williams

    people that paid Into unemployment INS deserve retro payments up until they were cut off… I mean damn bro, most people didn't ask to be fired from a job, and us citizens didn't let the bill lapse, that was the selfish people on CAPITAL HILL'S problem… that's like paying for car insurance for 10yrs never having an accident and then out of nowhere something freakish happens and they tell you, they changed the policy…. that's not right!!!!! uncle sam doesn't allow us to stop paying taxes for years and pick up with a fresh start on the new year, hell nah they want their damn money, just like we want unemployment with retro payments, that's only right….. some people didn't have 20k or more to get through these times for 6 months thank GOD I know how to save money, but even with knowing that, I still want my retro to put back in the bank,,, that's all people want is the money owed to them, and the safety net they stole from millions of Americans…you sir must be very rich to say millions of shouldn't want their 10k at least owed since being cut off back in dec 28 2013…..being a bully over wifi is to easy…. I bet you wouldn't say 70percent of the garbage to people that have lost everything if you were in their presence….don't be a political bully behind a laptop, its not cute….

  51. Mary Lewis

    Did he forget that his mama had to get food stamps when times were hard for her? Times are hard for us and we just want what is do to us our unemployment that we worked for and paid into.

  52. Ivan Thomas

    Amen, amen and amen. We don't have the same values as our parents who called a jerk a jerk regardless of whether they shared common pigmentation. We are so afraid of the most derogatory term "Uncle Tom" and these self serving hyporcrites know that and keep it cocked and loaded like a Colt 45

  53. Ivan Thomas

    In communism, the elite thrive by eliminating the bourgeoisie (middle class) Seem familiar?. These days the elite are thriving more and more while the middle class here in our precious democracy is declining each and every day. Hmmn. . . . . . .

  54. Lisa Williams

    What the hell does welfare and stamps have to do with extending unemployment , these dam people are throwing every kind of monkey wenches in this, anything not to extend the benefits we were working people who paid there taxes every week, not dam welfare matter of fact we paid into that dam program to, so what the hell, stop the bullshit and extend the benefits, they just keep throwing negative thing out there instead of the matter at hand, they're 3 million Americans not including the children that are suffering.

  55. Lisa Williams

    What the hell does welfare and stamps have to do with extending unemployment , these dam people are throwing every kind of monkey wenches in this, anything not to extend the benefits we were working people who paid there taxes every week, not dam welfare matter of fact we paid into that dam program to, so what the hell, stop the bullshit and extend the benefits, they just keep throwing negative thing out there instead of the matter at hand, they're 3 million Americans not including the children that are suffering.

  56. Lisa Williams

    What the hell does welfare and stamps have to do with extending unemployment , these dam people are throwing every kind of monkey wenches in this, anything not to extend the benefits we were working people who paid there taxes every week, not dam welfare matter of fact we paid into that dam program to, so what the hell, stop the bullshit and extend the benefits, they just keep throwing negative thing out there instead of the matter at hand, they're 3 million Americans not including the children that are suffering.

  57. Lisa Williams

    What the hell does welfare and stamps have to do with extending unemployment , these dam people are throwing every kind of monkey wenches in this, anything not to extend the benefits we were working people who paid there taxes every week, not dam welfare matter of fact we paid into that dam program to, so what the hell, stop the bullshit and extend the benefits, they just keep throwing negative thing out there instead of the matter at hand, they're 3 million Americans not including the children that are suffering.

  58. Lisa Williams

    What the hell does welfare and stamps have to do with extending unemployment , these dam people are throwing every kind of monkey wenches in this, anything not to extend the benefits we were working people who paid there taxes every week, not dam welfare matter of fact we paid into that dam program to, so what the hell, stop the bullshit and extend the benefits, they just keep throwing negative thing out there instead of the matter at hand, they're 3 million Americans not including the children that are suffering.

  59. Ebony Poet

    I agree with you Pat! I am down to my last penny! I have exhausted all my savings and 401K. I have about 100 or more applications out there pending and No one is calling to just give me an interview. I am with you, vote all their butts out of there!!!!!!!!!!!

  60. Ebony Poet

    I agree with you Pat! I am down to my last penny! I have exhausted all my savings and 401K. I have about 100 or more applications out there pending and No one is calling to just give me an interview. I am with you, vote all their butts out of there!!!!!!!!!!!

  61. Lisa Williams

    Fraud is committed everyday even on Wall St some of the some of the biggest corporate business's and in the Government, fix the problem, mean while get back to the matter at hand 3 million or more Americans we The people who paid our Dam taxes.

  62. Lisa Williams

    Fraud is committed everyday even on Wall St some of the some of the biggest corporate business's and in the Government, fix the problem, mean while get back to the matter at hand 3 million or more Americans we The people who paid our Dam taxes.

  63. Lisa Williams

    Fraud is committed everyday even on Wall St some of the some of the biggest corporate business's and in the Government, fix the problem, mean while get back to the matter at hand 3 million or more Americans we The people who paid our Dam taxes.

  64. Lisa Williams

    Fraud is committed everyday even on Wall St some of the some of the biggest corporate business's and in the Government, fix the problem, mean while get back to the matter at hand 3 million or more Americans we The people who paid our Dam taxes.

  65. Lisa Williams

    Fraud is committed everyday even on Wall St some of the some of the biggest corporate business's and in the Government, fix the problem, mean while get back to the matter at hand 3 million or more Americans we The people who paid our Dam taxes.

  66. Lisa Williams

    Fraud is committed everyday even on Wall St some of the some of the biggest corporate business's and in the Government, fix the problem, mean while get back to the matter at hand 3 million or more Americans we The people who paid our Dam taxes.

  67. Beverly Ann

    It's awful to not extend unemployment. Help Americans now . Our government is a disgrace

  68. Sam Sneed

    Earl Booth , It's a win-win for him so he no longer cares. The unemployment rate drops and people that got screwed blame the repubs more than the dems

  69. ValereScoot Holder

    Obama needs to step up so the people can get their money. Bills need to be paid. What would they do if they was in the same boat.

  70. Anonymous

    This country is going to hell fast. Atlantic City, NJ closing casino's, microsoft laying off employees. Why isn't this country helping the American people…..Step it up Obama. We need our retro benefits to pay our debts. I recently went on a job interview, six people interview for one job. Stop helping other countrys, stop giving food stamps and welfare to the illegal people in this country. I am never going to vote again……

  71. La Tasha Karma Williams

    its sad. I've read of people committing suicide because the get so depressed that they can't take care of their families. Someone needs to step up for the American people. come on Obama. do your job.

  72. Carol Smith

    Do they not think that the 3.5 million unemployed people not being able to buy anything, doesn't make an impact on the economy? Not only is it the ones that's unemployed, but their immediate family and their extended family that have to resist buying anything but necessities. It's probably comes closer to 10 million people that are refraining from spending. I know my brothers and sisters that are helping me out while I'm out of work and MONEY, don't go out to eat, buy that extra gift, get that new lawn mower or many other things. I am a 57 year old woman and shouldn't have to rely on or burden my family, but it's happening. I feel really worthless not supporting myself but if it wasn't for my dear family, I would be homeless.

    It's time to get these people out of OUR government. The one thing I can do, is vote.

  73. Liz Shelton Richardson

    I just hope we all get a job soon and can tell these people to Kiss off! This is just insane, we are fighting for a small amount of money, while our Pres is wasting money! Yes I too have gone through 401K, and am into savings…..

  74. Janet Morris

    An extension would be an awesome blessing for the many ue that have been cut off. Job creation would be ideal but the big picture is getting people especially the long rern unemployed back to work. The only way to do this is offer the employers tax breaks to hire the ue. This is what had to be done for so many veterans and people receiving public assistance. Not that big orporations deserve any more breaks but it would at least get people back to work.

  75. Juvon Johnson

    You're right! He needs to step up. The working class needs help!

  76. Bob Polen

    well a bit late 6 mths no income, lost my home, and now ,out of food , and filing bankruptcy , whats left/ the President does not give a crap….. he gets a pay check and 3 million of us US CITIZEN are starving and hurting..oh but there there be 300 Illegals ask for help and he opens the check book ,I hope he is help criminally responsible for this mess because of his stubborn a.. IMPEACH HIM nowwwwwwwww……

  77. Will Gregg

    I am both a combat and Army veteran who is over 50 yrs of age. I have dessimated my mutual funds and savings trying to live normal the past 15 months with the promise of retroactive unemployment payments. Shame on our government; I will not ever encourage another young person to be patriotic and give up their livelihood for a country that will leave you hanging in the balances.

  78. Jackson Jouett

    why would u make such a stupid statement when u didn't say anything about Ronald Reagan and his pretend presidence he thought he was still in Hollywood