Emergency Unemployment Benefits: Compromise in the Senate

by Jessica Schieder, 3/14/2014

A bipartisan plan has been laid out to extend emergency unemployment benefits for five months, according to a press release made public by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI).

With a crucial amount of Republican support, the legislation will likely be approved by the Senate, which is expected to vote on the bill during the week of March 24. The following Republicans have joined Democrats to support the bill: Dean Heller (D-NV), Susan Collins (R-ME), Rob Portman (R-OH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Mark Kirk (R-IL). If you are from these states, please thank them.

As a part of the Senate compromise, the unemployment insurance program will be extended in exchange for cost savings and policy changes elsewhere, which pay for the approximately $10 billion in unemployment benefits:

The Senate deal came as a surprise to some in Washington, with The Washington Post reporting “Unemployment insurance is back from the dead”. In reality, there was always at least one group of people for whom the unemployment extension demand never “died” – the hard-pressed Americans hurt by the expiration of this vital program, as well as their families and communities.

Advocates for extending emergency unemployment benefits have been engaged, persistent, and active. But this is only half the battle. It is unclear whether House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will allow a retroactive extension of emergency unemployment benefits. Stick with this and keep the pressure on.

The following are resources to make sure politicians continue to hear your voice on emergency unemployment compensation (EUC):

  • Enter your zip code here, and you’ll be directed to a letter put together by the Half in Ten campaign urging your representative to support the unemployment extension when the issue comes up in the House.
  • Call your representative using this number, provided by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME): 877-363-6141.
  • Sign a petition to the White House, bringing the president’s attention to the issue and prompting a response, here. More than a thousand of you have signed in the last two days.
  • Sign MoveOn.org’s petition to restore emergency unemployment insurance here.
  • Share your story via our web form here, which we will share with representatives and journalists to highlight the urgency of renewing unemployment insurance.
  • Join our Google Group to share stories and resources with others who are either unemployed or passionate about the issue.
  • Find addresses, phone numbers, and contact information for federal and elected officials here.
  • Stay in touch with the Center for Effective Government by signing up for our e-mail updates and action alerts here.

 

 

EDITOR'S NOTE (3/19/14):

Good afternoon, everyone,

I would like to take a moment and respond to concerns raised regarding this post.

The Center for Effective Government has discussed and looked into reports of harassment and spamming in the comments sections of this post. While looking into such complaints, it has been brought to my attention that certain comments were temporarily taken down for review.

In the interest of ensuring this space remain a safe place for individuals to share their experiences, opinions, and perspectives, we will be monitoring this blog especially closely now to ensure those interested in respectfully contributing to the discussion around emergency unemployment benefits are safe.

I look forward to supporting you all in continuing this important dialogue.

Best,

- J

 

The stories shared by our readers have deeply moved us. Click the button below to view our "Emergency Unemployment Benefits Stories Page". We've featured stories from those impacted by the expiration of emergency unemployment benefits, as well as a counter reflecting the number of Americans impacted.

 

 

For Further Reading:

Emergency Unemployment Benefits Are Not ForgottenThe Fine Print blog, Feb. 26, 2014

Emergency Unemployment Benefits: Ways to Take ActionThe Fine Print blog, March 6, 2014

Emergency Unemployment Benefits: Time to Petition the GovernmentThe Fine Print blog, March 12, 2014

Emergency Unemployment Benefits: Compromise in the SenateThe Fine Print blog, March 14, 2014

Emergency Unemployment Benefits: Boehner Signals Reluctance in the HouseThe Fine Printblog, March 21, 2014

Emergency Unemployment Benefits Extension Clears First Hurdle in the SenateThe Fine Printblog, March 28, 2014

Extending Emergency Unemployment: Senate Finally Expected to Vote to Extend Benefits   and Rush through Corporate Tax CutsThe Fine Print blog, April 2, 2014

Emergency Unemployment Benefits Bill Passes the Senate, Increasing Pressure on the HouseThe Fine Print blog, April 8, 2014

Stories of Americans Cut Off of Emergency Unemployment CompensationGovernment Matters, April 22, 2014

Emergency Unemployment Extension Expected to Take Back Seat to Tax ExtendersThe Fine Print blog, April 25, 2014

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watch the ed show msnbc...its a bitch session on boner....this is who we need to call....hes interviewing ohio rsidents...theyre not happy w boner....hahahaha

Just red Eric cantors memo for the house next week. He's the house majority leader. There is zero mention of euc. They have no intention to let it get a vote. If the petition fails to get enough votes to bypass the criminal boehner we will never see our euc. Boehnrr is a complete piece of &*%-

Not yet a new job. But hope at least! I'd take 20 hours a week. But were sooooo lazy (spitting on these fools!). I absolutely need my retroactive pay in order to survive off something other than Ramen Noodles. I feel like I'm in jail! My heat, electric and cell phone are about to be turned off. It's been a savage winter in the NE. We'll make it through though, 2 million + and counting. I'm a 9/11 survivor who worked on the 100th floor. If I can make it through that, I can make it through this. Forget "change" make it about "hope'!

PS - No one wants to recognize the domino effect this is going to start. No money coming in means more people losing their jobs!

Welcome Unemployed 9!
We are all desperate to get this behind us! We all want to work, but are so far behind on bills and need the EUC money to get to these new jobs and pay back our debts to move forward!
Congrats on the new job!

So... we're supposedly SO lazy... I now have $6.13 in my bank account and was able to scrape together $34 to commute to NYC for a job interview that would by 25-30 hours a week (I live in Jersey). I'll take it (thank you friends and family for all your hope and understanding). Things seemed to go well, but I just want everyone to know that there's hope for everyone. This could turn into a full time position for me. My brain is sick of getting more and more stupid as these days go on. I cannot wait to get back to work.

There is a new article by Jessica now, "EUC, Boehner signals reluctance in House."
Since the very last article will be included in people's current "google searches" we need to migrate to it today'.
Thank you!

Good Morning Everyone, TNT Your(12:58pm) IS VERY ENCOURAGING AND "ENERGIZING". That PELOSI Secretary contact is "MUCH NEEDED FUEL" at this stage of the FIGHT TO PASS THIS DESPARATELY NEEDED EUC BILL onto the Presidents' desk for his signature. WE CAN SEE THE LIGHT; AT THE END OF THE LONG DARK TUNNEL... "IN GOD WE TRUST" In PROVERBS 21:1 "The King's heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; HE turns it wherever HE Wishes." IT'S O.K. FOR US TO THANK GOD IN ADVANCE FOR SWIFT & JUST OUTCOME; EVEN TODAY! BE ENCOURAGED ALL! "THE ONLY THING WE HAVE TO FEAR; IS FEAR ITSELF!" OUR COLLECTIVE HOPE IS GREATER THAN POLITICAL AGENDAS'. HA' FAMILY, IF WE BELIEVE IT, THEN WE CAN ACHIEVE IT!... HOPE BELIEVES ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!. LET'S PUT THE ICING ON THIS POLITICAL CAKE!.... TIME TO THANK TNT BY MANNING THE PHONES & UTILIZING THE DIRECT CONTACT INFO SHE'S POSTED (DAILY). MAD GAVE US THE FOX 5 NEWS (202)DC CONTACT# FOR OUR "PLIGHT STORY" COVERAGE. NOW, JUST DO IT!... *****UNITED WE HAVE STOOD & UNITED WE WILL REMAIN; UNTIL OUR VICTORY IS WON***** Respect

Here is the list of the Republican House of Representatives that need to be called on a daily (if not more) basis to ask for/demand their support for passing the Extension of Unemployment (EUC) benefits ASAP! Please call the entire list (not just the state you live in). Let them know we are united and strong by saying:
"This isn't funny, we want OUR money! Please pass the Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits NOW!"

Last name of Representative, First name, & last four digits of phone number. *all phone number start with (202) 225-_ _ _ _

Arizona
Gosar, Paul 2315
Salmon, Matt 2635
Schweikert, David 2190
Franks, Trent 4576
Arkansas
Crawford, Rick 4076
Griffin, Tim 2506
Womack, Steve 4301
Cotton, Tom 3772
Florida
Miller, Jeff 4136
Southerland, Steve 5235
Yuho, Ted 5744
Crenshaw, Ander 2501
Desantis, Ron 2706
Mica, John 4035
Posey, Bill 3671
Webster, Daniel 2176
Nugent, Richard 1002
Bilirakas, Gus 5755
Jolly, David 5961
Ross, Dennis 1252
Buchanan, Vern 5015
Rooney, Tom 5792
Diaz-Balart 4211
Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana 3931
Georgia
Kingston, Jack 5831
Westmoreland, Lynn 5901
Price, Tom 4501
Woodall, Robert 4272
Scott, Austin 6531
Collins, Doug 9893
Broun, Paul 4101
Gingrey, Phil 2931
Graves, Tom 5211
Idaho
Labrador, Paul 6611
Simpson, Mike 5531
Illinois
Roskam, Peter 4561
Davis, Rodney 2371
Hultgren, Randy 2976
Shimus, John 5271
Kinzinger, Adam 3635
Schock, Aaron 6201
Indiana
Walorski, Jacki 3915
Stutzman, Marlin 4436
Rokita, Todd 5037
Brooks, Susan 2276
Messer, Luke 3021
Bucshon, Larry 4636
Young, Todd5315
Iowa
Latham, Tom 5476
King, Steve 4426
Kansas
Huelskamp, Tim 2715
Jenkins, Lynn 6601
Yoder, Kevin 2865
Pompeo, Mike 6216
Kentucky
Whitfield, Ed 3115
Gutherie, Brett 3501
Massie, Thomas 3465
Rogers, Harold 4601
Barr, Andy 4706
Louisiana
Scalise, Steve 3015
Boustany, Charles 2031
Fleming, John 2777
McAllister, Vance 8490
Cassidy, WIlliam 3901
Missouri
Wagner, Ann 1621
Luetkemeyer, Blaine 2956
Hartzler, Vicky 2876
Graves, Sam 7041
Long, Billy 6536
Smith, Jason 4404
Nebraska
Fortenberg, Jeff 4806
Terry, Lee 4155
Smith, Adrian 6435
Ohio
Chabot, Steve 2216
Wenstrup, Brad 3164
Jordan, Jim 2676
Latta, Robert 6405
Johnson, BIll 5705
Gibbs, Bob 6265
*Boehner, John 6205
Turner, Michael 6465
Tiberi, Pat 5355
Joyce, David 5731
Stivers, Steve 2015
Renacci, Jim 3876
Oklahoma
Briderstine, Jim 2211
Mullin, Markwayne 2701
Lucas, Frank 5565
Cole, Tom 6165
Lankford, James 2132
Pennsylvania
Kelly, Mike 5406
Perry, Scott 5836
Thompson, Glenn 5121
Gerlach, Jim 2315
Meehan, Pat 2011
Fitzpatrick, Michael 4276
Shuster, BIll 2431
Marino, Tom 3731
Barletta, Lou 6511
Rothfus, Keith 2065
Dent, Charles 6411
Pitts, Joseph 2411
Murphy, Tim 2301
South Carolina
Wilson, Joe 2452
Duncan, Jeff 5301
Gowdy, Trey 6030
Mulvaney, Mick 5501
Rice, Tom
Tennesee
Roe, Phil 6356
Duncan Jr, John 5435
Fleischman, Chuck 3271
Des Jarlais, Scott 6831
Black, Diane 4231
Blackburn, Marsha 2811
Fincher, Stephen 4714
Texas
Gohmert, Louie 3035
Poe, Ted 6565
Johnson, Sam 4201
Hall, Ralph 6673
Hensarling, Jeb 3484
Barton, Joe 2002
Culberson, John 2571
Brady, Kevin 4901
McCaul, Michael 2401
Conaway, Michael 3605
Granger, Kay 5071
Thornberry, Mac 3706
Weber, Randy 2831
Flores, Bill 6105
Neugebauer, Randy 4005
Smith, Lamar 4236
Olsen, Pete 5951
Marchant, Kenny 6605
Williams, Roger 9896
Brgess, Michael 7772
Farenthold, Blake 7742
Carter, John 3864
Sessions, Pete 2231
Stockman, Steve 1555
Utah
Bishop, Rob 0453
Stewart, Chris 9730
Chaffetz, Jason 7751
Wisconsin
Ryan, Paul 3031
Sensenbrenner, James 5101
Petri, Thomas 2476
Duffy, Sean 3365
Ribble, Reid 5665
Wyoming
Lummis, Cynthia 2311

I just got off the phone with Nancy Pelosi's press secretary (she is circulating the Discharge Petition).
The votes for the discharge petition stands at 191. The votes needed would be 218.
He was speaking frank (and off the record) to me, but they are fairly confident this will get done! Since we only need 20 Republicans to sign, and all the other Democrats will sign, we are getting close!!!!!
The petition is still circulating, and many didn't get to sign before they went on vacation. Look to next week for many of them to do so! There is time!

The discharge petition is key because this will take the EUC bill straight from the Senate's hands to the House without Bonehead Boehner blocking the vote (he is the Speaker of the House and gets to decide what bills are voted on by the House). Once the EUC bill gets to the House we feel confident it will pass.

Please call the House Republican list I've provided. Calling all of them and just leaving a voice message will take about 45 minutes of your time (time well spent)!

Let them know we are a UNITED cause!
Leave voice messages saying:

"This isn't funny we want OUR money!
Please sign the EUC Discharge Petition and pass the EUC NOW!
From the Center For Effective Government."

or this:

No more delays
We want pay
January thru May!
Please sign the EUC Dishcarge Petition and pass EUC NOW!
From the Center for Effective Government!"

Hi Barbara!
Thank you for saying that. I have no problem staying focused on getting this EUC bill passed, because just like you, I have no other choice. This HAS to pass. I don[t want to think of anything else happening.