Skip to main content

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) calls on a reporter during a news conference at the Republican National Committee offices on Capitol Hill in Washington October 23, 2013. After a bruising defeat over Obamacare in the government shutdown, Republicans

An emergency unemployment insurance extension is on track to be passed in the Senate this week, but despite bipartisan Senate support and widespread popularity among voters, its fate in the House remains uncertain. Speaker John Boehner, who will make the decision on whether the bill even gets a vote in the House, claims to oppose it because state workforce agencies say it could be difficult to implement a five-month extension in the narrow window of time allowed (but let's be serious—Boehner simply opposes extending jobless aid).

The Senate has made an addition to the bill that might give Boehner pause, though. The Senate's unemployment language was attached to a House-passed bill, which was originally stripped of its House language:

The legislation is aimed at ensuring that volunteer firefighters and emergency services workers do not have to be offered health insurance under ObamaCare. Supporters say requiring insurance for these volunteers would create financial hardships that could threaten the provision of emergency services.

Democrats in the Senate stripped H.R. 3979 of this ObamaCare language to use the bill as a shell to carry the unemployment deal. But on Monday, a bipartisan group of senators that includes Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) introduced a substitute amendment that tacks the ObamaCare proposal onto the end of the unemployment bill.

That will leave Boehner in the position of blocking not only a popular, bipartisan, economically important measure—unemployment insurance—but also an Obamacare tweak he actually does want passed.

The stakes are huge: Around 2 million people who've been unemployed for six months or more are currently without unemployment insurance they need and should have. These people face serious discrimination in an economy that already doesn't have enough jobs to go around. On top of that, unemployment aid provides strong economic stimulus, which our economy badly needs. House Republicans claim job creation measures are one of the things they're holding out for in exchange for a vote on jobless aid—but stimulating the economy is a job-creation measure in itself, even if it's not the preferred Republican tactic of tax cuts for businesses. Once the Senate has passed this bill, Boehner and House Republicans need to face the kind of pressure they can't ignore.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 08:52 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  Of course. (5+ / 0-)

    Part and Parcel of the Republican Agenda.

    Why do republicans want so many Americans to slide into poverty?

    When people slide inot poverty they lose money.

    When they lose money they can't buy food or pay for their homes.

    When people lose money they can become homeless and go hungry.

    Republicans also cut food stamps to make it harder for those sliding into poverty to eat.

    When people are poor and don't eat right, they get sick and if they don't have healthcare, they get sicker and sicker and the DIE.

    This is the Republican Agenda.

    Legal means "good".
    [41984 | Feb 4, 2005]

    by xxdr zombiexx on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 09:05:33 AM PDT

    •  We're dealing with crazy people. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      OooSillyMe

      Doonesbury has a sampling of Republican public statements:

      ....Donald Rumsfeld on Afghanistan policy: "This administration, the White House and the State Department, have failed to get a status of forces agreement. A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement."

      ....Mitt Romney: "It is hard to name even a single country that has more respect and admiration for American today than when President Obama took office."

      ....Boehner spokeman Michael Steel on Harry Reid: "Sounds completely unhinged."

      ....Michele Bachmann on Obama: "A lawless president who's violating the Constitution with every executive order."

      ....John Boehner on Obamacare: "It has to be torn out by its roots."

      O.K. Being a nut case is the prime qualification for GOPer support.

      There's one exception: Jeb Bush. "Silent Jeb." You won't see him on these lists.

      And his wife Columba is Hispanic, Mexican to be accurate. Born and raised. Good solid marriage, three grown children.

      Compared to the GOPer loons cited above, Jeb's a combo of Hamilton, Teddy Roosevelt, and his Dad. He's also trainable for the presidential debates.

      "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Ryan-Paul von Koch

      by waterstreet2013 on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 05:17:15 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  S.O.P. -- GOP wants to screw as many of "you (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    xxdr zombiexx, ChemBob, Rikon Snow

    people†" as possible.

    †Use any definition of "you people" you happen to like that doesn't include affluent white guys or corporations, like there is a difference.

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 09:21:10 AM PDT

    •  Since before Reagan, I have zero recollection of (6+ / 0-)

      ANYTHING the GOP has attempted to do that would benefit any normal person.

      Not.

      1.

      Thing.

      they have tried relentlessly since 1980 to destroy the 20th century, they haven't done 1 goddamned thing to help anybody that wasn't already rich, white, and powerful.

      Republicans should not be able to leave their homes due to fear of the People.

      All they have tried to do is fuck you.

      And not in a good way.

      Legal means "good".
      [41984 | Feb 4, 2005]

      by xxdr zombiexx on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 09:26:51 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! (0+ / 0-)

        Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts! Tax cuts!

        To shrink government/democracy down so's it can be drowned in a bath tub. That links to blocking voting rights, same time.

        Very cool. You wouldn't want democracy. Its web sites have problems.....

        "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Ryan-Paul von Koch

        by waterstreet2013 on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 05:22:39 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  They also deregulated the new derivatives (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          OooSillyMe

          market in 2000 and cut taxes on cap gains in half.

          (Oh....sorry... that was the GOPers with majorities in both sides of Congress and Bill Clinton signing off on it.)

          "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Ryan-Paul von Koch

          by waterstreet2013 on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 05:25:07 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  But this might help people who can't afford $2500 (0+ / 0-)

    A year.

    Think about the baby Jesus. Up in that tower, letting His hair down so that the three wise men could climb up and spin the dreidle and see if there's six more weeks of winter. -- Will and Grace

    by Rikon Snow on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 04:30:16 PM PDT

  •  Republicans are worthless. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Alice Olson, waterstreet2013

    Republicans are worthless.

  •  Pull your own damn finger, Boehner. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Alice Olson, waterstreet2013

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 04:42:51 PM PDT

  •  There aren't enough jobs (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    smileycreek

    What don't Republicans understand about "not enough jobs"? And why do they want to punish the unemployed? That will not create any more jobs.

    If anyone needs some ammunition for arguments, try this recent report from the Economic Progress Institute: http://www.epi.org/....  We are millions of jobs short of what we need. Millions of people are out of work not due to laziness or not being good enough, but because there aren't enough jobs. And not a single US industry has more jobs than applicants. Not one. There might be regional shortages, but it's damn hard for unemployed folks to muster the resources to relocate for only the possibility of a job.

  •  job.. (0+ / 0-)

    <<<<>>>>>>
    Hi ! I am Jenna, and i will be your personal coach and will guide you in starting with an online business and earning online... So if you are interested in making $90 hourly and up to $12000 a month then follow link at the bottom and sign up and you can have your first check by the end of this week...­­WORK71.C­­O­­M

  •  job.., (0+ / 0-)

    <<<<>>>>>>
    Hi ! I am Jenna, and i will be your personal coach and will guide you in starting with an online business and earning online... So if you are interested in making $90 hourly and up to $12000 a month then follow link at the bottom and sign up and you can have your first check by the end of this week...­­WORK71.C­­O­­M

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site