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Tips for Contacting Congress to Renew Unemployment

By January 5, 2014

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I've been asked about the best way to contact Congress to urge them to renew federal extended unemployment benefits which expired at the end of the year. So, I've compiled the tips I've received for letting your representatives know that renewing unemployment is important to you.

Contact Your Representatives
The AFL-CIO has a directory of elected officials. Enter your zip code to find links to your representatives' websites, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Make Phone Calls. Call both the Washington, DC and the local/home office of your representatives.

Post on Facebook. Post your concerns about unemployment running out on their Facebook page. They don't all accept posts, but some do. For example, here's Majority Leader Eric Cantor's Facebook page.

Use Twitter. Encourage your representatives to not let unemployment expire. Also retweet as many unemployment related posts as you can. Search for unemployment, #unemployment or #renewui to find them. You can also use Unite Blue to easily tweet Congress.

Send Email. You'll be able to send an email message directly from most representative's websites.

Call Congressional Leaders
Even though the House has recessed you should be able to at least leave a message. The National Employment Law Project (NELP) recommends calling House Republican leaders: Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Dave Camp and Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan. Call toll-free 1-888-245-0215 and tell them not to shut down federal unemployment insurance.

NELP also suggests calling Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), the majority leader, and Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Max Baucus (D-MT):
Call toll-free 888-245-0215 (1-888-245-0215 for service requiring a "1"). Ask for the office of each of those Senate Democratic leaders and tell them: "You must act to stop the shut down of federal unemployment insurance. Renew federal UI - the EUC program - for 2014 without delay! If the House's failure to act causes federal benefits to lapse, you must act to restore them quickly and renew federal unemployment insurance for 2014. Thank you."

More Suggestions

  • Contact the White House - Send an email message to the White House or call.
  • AFL-CIO - Sign a petition, email your friends and ask them to support unemployment, and share on Facebook.
  • Share Your Story - Your stories are needed for the NELP campaign to renew federal EUC benefits.

Get Help
What can you do if your unemployment checks have run out, are about to run out, or if you can't get by on unemployment benefits, which typically aren't enough to live on? Here's information on assistance available for unemployed workers.

Stay Up-To-Date
I will post updates here as soon as there is news on what will be happening with unemployment in 2014. Also, follow me on Twitter, add me to your Google+ Circles and like About Job Search on Facebook for more news and information.

Share Your Suggestions
If you have suggestions on how to spread the work about unemployment expiring, please share in the "Comments" section below. Thank you!

Comments
December 14, 2013 at 6:53 pm
(1) janice says:

It’s been said by people I know who do lobbying that letters (real letters, not e-mail) and phone calls are the most effective tools … the ones legislators pay most attention to. Cantor’s FB page “ate” my post … it never showed up.

December 15, 2013 at 11:20 am
(2) jan says:

Whichever politians are not pushing for extending unemployment benefits, there has to be not one in their family or their friends that need to have these benefits. If they knew someone, things might be different. They have jobs and don’t have to worry about their family. They are lucky, but not everyone is. I have worked since I was a teenager and now I am 64 and never stopped working. Age makes a huge difference when looking for employment. Experience doesn’t count, age does.

December 15, 2013 at 12:51 pm
(3) BLESSED says:

GOD HAS THE FINAL SAY SO, HE’S THE ONE IN CONTROL ! , people we need to keep the FAITH going 24-7 ,non stop !!!!

December 15, 2013 at 10:27 pm
(4) warstad safer says:

I WAS NOT QUALIFY FOR TIRE 4 END ON AUG 31 ST

IF THE CONGRESS PASS THE EXTENSION DO I WILL

BE QUALIFY FOR THE EXTENSION BECAUSE I STIL

LOOKING FOR A JOB

December 15, 2013 at 11:19 pm
(5) Rachael says:

I agree with Jan!! People have to basically be in our shoes to understand!
I have a 2 year Associates of Science and cannot find a job! I think this “wonderful” healthcare has not helped either with finding a job. So if the Congress does read this please think of all of us that cant find a job and are trying very hard. I have worked for over 20 years and this economy sucks!! If there is money to take all these luxury trip out of the country then why can’t they help us? I am in considered in the middle class due to the fact I am punished for having a good life before the loss of a job. What help is really out there? I have been through everything I am told to do.
Thanks for hearing me out and GOD Bless America and I hope you all have a Merry Christmas

December 16, 2013 at 4:17 am
(6) edith says:

Facebook message—- am a single mother of 2 baby girls….im desperate search of a job…you see with the economy being the way it is….I would take any job….however I have been unable to find anything…(I am desperately searching) … I know you guys did NOT yet do anything e with this situation…and it breaks my heart mm..see I was prepared for my girls NOT to have a xmas…but NEVER for them NOT to have a home to live. Fpr many this is just a free ride…..to me its LIFE…..SOMETHING TO FEED MY KIDS DAILY….see I only Receive$ 378. Every 2 weeks.
.what do you spend $378 on?

I guess I have no choice but to start looking for work…outside of the normal….maybe selling oranges with my babies on a corner….if I could start my own business and help California I would….however ad an EMPLOYEED RESIDENT FOR OVER 15 YEARS….I am not even allowed to get help from my own state anymore.

December 16, 2013 at 4:24 am
(7) naydene says:

i worked for the federal govt for 14 years and got fired due to a lying supervisor that had it in for me. i sign up for several temp agencies and landed a job with a company named Finiti on june 11th of last year. On July 5th 2013 i was laid off of my job at finiti due to the economy. i am collecting uemployment which is scheduled to run out Jan. 4th will be my last check. I am trusting in the all mighty god that he would work behind the scenes in our favor. This battle is not mines. I know God has the final say. In jesus name. Amen

December 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm
(8) sharon says:

We need to push to have these benefits until this economy gets better

December 16, 2013 at 2:39 pm
(9) Ed says:

The fact that these fools ALWAYS wait until something is almost expired, or past expiration, (UNEMPLOYMENT) to do something tells me it’s a complete waste of time contacting them! They NEVER learn! It also amazes me that they can cut unemployment extensions over money but always seem to have enough cash to send to terrorist nations, or other nations, without crying about spending. Politicians have pet projects that keep getting passed with no crying about spending. Politicians are the parasites of the world, lower than Lwyers and Used Car Salesman combined

December 16, 2013 at 3:54 pm
(10) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

Request from NELP for phone calls this week:

Your phone calls to Senators and especially Senate leaders are urgently needed and they are needed right now! Please take a moment now to pick up the phone. First, calls are urgently needed to these Senate Democratic leaders:

Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), the majority leader; and Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Max Baucus (D-MT) need to hear from workers and advocates across the country.

Call toll-free 888-245-0215 (1-888-245-0215 for service requiring a “1″). Please make these four important calls and ask for the office of each of those Senate Democratic leaders — and give them a very simple message:

Tell them: “You must act to stop the shut down of federal unemployment insurance. Renew federal UI ? the EUC program ? for 2014 without delay! If the House’s failure to act causes federal benefits to lapse, you must act to restore them quickly and renew federal unemployment insurance for 2014. Thank you.”

December 17, 2013 at 12:08 am
(11) Kris says:

I agree with Rachael, I’m a single Mother, lost my hospital job in The Spring and have been unable to find work. Also, I’m 49 years old, healthy, want a job, but it’s more difficult when you’re older. I have never been unemployed before this, 30+ years of steady work, but now, we are desperate! We will lose our home, pets, everything. My son is 13, do not know where he’ll go to school if we lose our house! This is critical, we need the extention passed now! People want to work, just need more time in this difficult economy to find jobs. We all need to pray & keep the faith that this extention will get put thru.

December 17, 2013 at 9:08 am
(12) Jerry says:

I’m in the same boat as Janice above, I have worked nonstop since I was 16, I’m now 61 and have been unemployed for 8 months due to a nationwide 1500 person layoff.

The latest numbers I have seen, said that people in our age group average in excess of 1 year of unemployment. Losing these benefits will be another serious blow for my family and me and could be very rough to overcome.

Please make some calls, write some letters, send emails, to the geniuses that hold our futures in their hands, anything is better than just sitting there and doing nothing!

December 17, 2013 at 10:05 am
(13) wellington says:

Im about to loss it!!! I have my back press agains the wall dont know what to tell my 3 kids about the up come of xmas and all congress is doing just playing games with us the same people the put them in there about 1.3 millons of us will be let in the dark come dec 28 I just recived my last euc check for 121 dollars I can believe that us congress is going forward and let us down this time of the year while they go home and are all set for xmas while we are getting cut off but is ok I guess for 1.3 millions of families suffer thanks congress please act now before is too late!!!!

December 17, 2013 at 10:41 am
(14) ROBERT PATTEN says:

Its so important that EVERYONE contact the congress as Alison mentions above, also you should try to get as many people as you know, friends, family, etc…..to contact also…..It’s Vital…..Call the House Reps and Senators. Senators are STILL in session this week. Very important.You can see in the news that more states are asking for the extension now also , so I recommend contacting your Governors office in your State, and recommend they make a Statement about extending EUC in the news also ……I personally have been contacting the different new’s agencys in my area to try to get the word out. The New’s agencys are looking for stories of us that will be affected to broadcast during the season, to pull on the viewers heart strings and also let the viewers see we are not Lazy….but just caught up on the still bad economy…

December 17, 2013 at 11:53 am
(15) Tracey says:

All the mailboxes for the congressmen and senators are full. I’ve been leaving emails everyday…but have gotten no response. These guys are playing with my life and I’m sick of it.

December 17, 2013 at 1:11 pm
(16) Deb says:

It would be helpful if the unemployment website would tell people who to contact. They do not even tell people anything is going on except that your benefits will stop. The letter people get in the mail says only that benefits will stop. It does not tell people that it is up to polititians to decide their fate.

December 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm
(17) BOB says:

I KNOW 1.3 MILLION AMERICANS THAT WON’T BE VOTING REPUBLICAN NEXT ELECTION.

December 18, 2013 at 2:20 pm
(18) jeffrey b says:

i have been out of work for 1yr looking and i was on unemployment till they had a computer issue now for 7 weeks i have been calling and emailing to find out whats going on i havent got any money they keep telling me it will be fixed just wait well mean time iam getting kicked out of my apartment and iam loosing my car and each call gets me know where.thee i see the problem i have to give it to our it dept well its going to be 8 weeks and nothing done when i was working i got things done for people who were suffering in less than 24 hrs why cant they ,because every one drops the ball and no body fixes it.who checks the unemployment people to see why things are not getting done!!!

December 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm
(19) wellington says:

Bob you said it right we put them there are know we are left in the dark im sure all congress member are all set for xmas!!! And we get f☆☆☆ OVER but there is always next elections…..

December 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm
(20) Bill says:

I did a rough count the other day and I have applied for 260+ jobs since 9/15, unemployed since 4/17. I have applied online and I have gone downtown, business to business, asking if they are hiring. I am over-qualified for the crummy jobs and what I get from online applications is that they are getting 100 applicants for every position. I don’t what more I can do.

December 19, 2013 at 3:04 am
(21) Hummingbird42 says:

This is outrageous! I have been unemployed since January 2013 and have spent 4 days / 5 hours looking for a job each week. Employers look at me and give the no go sign. Take a hike!! I am no slacker and employers are getting tired of hearing from me!

Now that EUC has not been approved, there will be no money coming in to pay the mortgage and bills. What the heck is Congress thinking? Letting the unemployed who want to work and can’t get jobs suffer. I have been dipping into my 401k early to cover mortgage and medical bills. Don’t know how this will all pan out but god help us!

December 19, 2013 at 10:03 am
(22) Voter says:

Your vote from me is in jeopardy…

December 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm
(23) Die Hard Republican says:

I will NEVER vote for ANY Republican again if EUC is not renewed. This is an outrage!!! I have worked for 30+ years and this is the first time I have ever collected unemployment and because the economy is improving (compared to what???) I am not eligible for add’l UI? Then could I please have the money I paid into they system for the past 30 years???

December 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm
(24) Stressed says:

I have worked since I was 13yrs old the last company I worked for i was there 17yrs and was laid off due to a lack of work. I have been looking for work since I was let go 6 months ago and I returned back to school to finish my bachelors degree. I am scared that they will not give a extension on the unemployment if they dont its going to increase the crime rates, and the stress on the people. I am worried about my family also i have 5 kids also. please please I hope some one is watching out for the people.

December 19, 2013 at 8:27 pm
(25) Jann says:

Eric Cantor removed both of my comments about extending unemployment benefits on his Facebook page. I guess if he doesn’t want to hear it, he doesn’t have too. Very bad public relations.

December 20, 2013 at 12:52 pm
(26) John says:

I believe what Jann said is 100% correct. I am in the same postion as she is. I have worked for the last 50 years and never collected unemployment until August.My benefits will run out in February. I have been actively looking for employment but I do believe that age and the economy has a negative affect on my job hunt. Imay also need the extension.

December 20, 2013 at 3:19 pm
(27) Shirley says:

Employed for 35 years when they closed the doors. I worked my way up from the bottom. Now at 56 im not as healthy or as quick or as able to work as I was at 20 but I am smarter and more committed then ever. My son at age 23 recieved UCB for all most 21/2 years after working only 2 years are you kidding me that after 6 months I am done!! Awake up call for ALL the politicians is to VOTE them ALL out Everyone of them show them who they work for and in 4 years vote them all out DONT let this happen again we the people have given them way to much power over us VOTE THEM ALL OUT EVERYONE OF THEM OUT

December 20, 2013 at 6:13 pm
(28) Marie says:

I agree people don’t know what other people go through to find a job and it’s hard. People say …. Oh apply in retail you can get in there and they say a job is a job . Well that is true but people have the right to get something better then retail . So it would be nice to be able to get an extension in 2014.

December 20, 2013 at 7:34 pm
(29) Amc says:

This is crazy. I am 34 have been working since I was 16. This. Is the first time I have been on unemployment. It’s not my fault the company I worked for closed its doors. Now my children and I are all in jeapordy of being hungry and homeless.

December 20, 2013 at 7:42 pm
(30) Lisa Strickland says:

Fact: There are 112 million workers in this country who are unemployed, underemployed, or who have simply given up hope of ever finding a job.

That’s 35% of the American population!

Midlife workers face some of the steepest odds of any job seekers in this economy. Why? Age bias has a lot to do with it. It’s no secret that workers over age 45 aren’t considered a target group for employment.

Further, midlife workers who lost their jobs as a result of corporate downsizing are often perceived as being second rate, or somehow at fault for being unemployed.

The ugly truth is that midlife workers have been delivered a double blow. Not only have they lost their jobs—they’ve lost their employability.

Millions of lives are falling apart because experienced professionals can’t get hired.

Employers have been slow to recognize the value in hiring midlife workers, despite numerous studies showing that older workers generally have superior interpersonal skills, less absenteeism and a lower turnover rate than their younger counterparts.

Tackling the unemployment crisis requires a multi-faceted, bold approach—and it starts with employers.

Companies need to start using their heads when hiring. Stop looking for the perfect match. Work toward streamlining the hiring process. Stop overlooking an entire generation and start celebrating the unique skills and experience midlife workers bring to the job. It’s time to put the “human” back into Human Resources—and get people back to work.

December 20, 2013 at 8:19 pm
(31) mrzqtorres says:

I am pretty sure that these politicians do not care.. they can wake up and go to a job every morning.. they will also get paid even if their heads never leave their pillows.. I have been looking for work aggressively since May, so much so that I ended up in the hospital. I have a husband and 3 children who need me.. and i need to work..i have tried everything.. Yes, minimum wage is an issue, but these are people who have been blessed enough to HAVE a job.. it comes off as a little unappreciative of what they do have… no one wants to continue to get passed on by these employers who pick and choose who they want, no matter how the economy is doing. Just like employer get tax cuts if they hire someone on welfare, why not introduce the same for long term unemployed people? Then you have employers who have crazy requirements for their hiring process! I have seen employers want 5-7 years experience for a receptionist! !! Really?? How can one gain experience if no one wants to hire them? Also, don’t ALL JOBS TRAIN YOU ON THEIR PROCESS AND PROCEDURES??????
Congress needs to stop this mess.. they are having a great Christmas this week, those of us who look at the end of EUC may not be able to say the same..

Whoo!! I had a lot to get off my chest…

-still unemployed and still looking

December 20, 2013 at 10:08 pm
(32) alvin green says:

my husband been unemployed since begginning of the year and the govenor stopped the extension in june 30 in North Carolina I recieve 1 check for the extension. i can’t even go to the doctor for my blood pressure because of no income. congress have to do some thing for all these people . this really ashame. i am two steps from being homeless and hungry. GOD HAS THE LAST WORD, AND I AM PUTTING THIS IN THE LORD HAND

December 20, 2013 at 10:41 pm
(33) Q says:

I am pretty sure that these politicians do not care.. they can wake up and go to a job every morning.. they will also get paid even if their heads never leave their pillows.. I have been looking for work aggressively since May, so much so that I ended up in the hospital. I have a husband and 3 children who need me.. and i need to work..i have tried everything.. Yes, minimum wage is an issue, but these are people who have been blessed enough to HAVE a job.. it comes off as a little unappreciative of what they do have… no one wants to continue to get passed on by these employers who pick and choose who they want, no matter how the economy is doing. Just like employer get tax cuts if they hire someone on welfare, why not introduce the same for long term unemployed people? Then you have employers who have crazy requirements for their hiring process! I have seen employers want 5-7 years experience for a receptionist! !! Really?? How can one gain experience if no one wants to hire them? Also, don’t ALL JOBS TRAIN YOU ON THEIR PROCESS AND PROCEDURES??????
Congress needs to stop this mess.. they are having a great Christmas this week, those of us who look at the end of EUC may not be able to say the same..

Whoo!! I had a lot to get off my chest…

December 21, 2013 at 9:04 pm
(34) stephen c says:

I love how my unemployment ends right once rent and bills are due i just found out about this last week and i just got accepted to college too FML I dont want to push college off again for this

December 22, 2013 at 12:54 am
(35) Tracey says:

I applied for a clerical position in KY yesterday and a pop up window appeared stating that the company expects to have over 500 applicants for this one position. They had a list of additional question including an essay question where I was to detail the reasons that I should be considered for an interview.

This was an entry level job people!

I would like to see the raw data of the job numbers the Republicans are posting. Where do these numbers come from? How do they calculate the number of unemployed? Are they only counting the people who are on unemployment…because that’s not even half of the unemployed in my state.

The ONLY way to get unemployment is to lose your Jon through NO FAULT OF YOUR OWN. We didn’t do anything wrong and still lost our jobs. And we are being berated and lazy slobs everyday by our elected Republicans.

There is no way in Hell that I will ever vote for another one of you! I want all Republic politicians to become unemployed and homeless if possible. If I have the means to help you at that time, I will make sure to take a good long vacation before I finally decide to give you the aid or not. Because of course my vacation is much more important than food, shelter and security.

December 23, 2013 at 10:45 am
(36) Jeff says:

Just called Steve Israel’s office, got some little kid. He said he would leave a message for Steve. He is on vacation until January.

I asked him when EUC expires, he said 12/28. I said, so that would be after 12/28.
Next question, Is Steve impacted by ending EUC.

Answer, “Well, Mr. Israel is not on unemployment”.

“So he isn’t affected”, I said.

Lobbying+no political accountability= America

Didn’t Americans take down the British Government for abusing financial means. Revolutionary War Part II seems inevitable.

December 23, 2013 at 1:36 pm
(37) Sherri says:

I saw on the news Fri Dec.20,2013 Mr. Obama announce EUC “Would” be. renstated.Why no congress action on this statement?

December 23, 2013 at 10:01 pm
(38) john says:

Congress works only 178 days of the year and get paid big bucks and they dont want to extend unemployment benefits to the working people that works more days and gets paid less than them, what a shame

December 25, 2013 at 2:29 am
(39) Maria says:

I agree with all the comments submitted. I have worked nonstop since I was seventeen. I had to quit school to help support my family. I am now 39,was a manager for almost 8 years and was fired with 13 other managers due to economy reasons. I see many job postings and I have applied for every single one and my experience seems worthless to employers since I still can’t find a job. I still have a family to support and even though I do have faith in God, I still worry about my family’s well being, as I’m sure almost everyone else is. This country is supposed to be the best one in supporting it’s people but sometimes it doesn’t seem like it and this new health insurance issue is not helping either. It will be cheaper for me to pay the penalty than the insurance but I won’t even be able to pa that. Crazy world we live in.

December 26, 2013 at 12:54 am
(40) Amiey says:

I just wanted to say that this situation is devastating and unfair. I am worried because my father has been unemployed since the beginning of June 2013 and has tried looking for jobs but no luck. That check that he gets every two weeks is a tremendous help for a family of four. It’s not easy going out there expecting to get hired right on the spot, which is something the government does not see. My mother cleans houses so she is basically bringing the bread home and is helping out with the expenses, she does not make enough to support everyone. As for my brother and I we both have jobs and we only work less that 25 hours a week due to school and most of are checks go towards school,gas money and other expenses. I want the congress to know that a lot of families will be greatly affected by this if they take away our benefits. My family and I have been blessed enough to at least survive on the check my father receives and the amount of money my mom makes. But if they take it away we will encounter a difficult time where my brother may need to take off a semester of school to get more hours at work to help my father and the family. Putting school on hold is ridiculous because we are trying to make a career where eventually we will make a living out of something to be financially stable, but instead we will have to leave it behind since the unemployed benefits will be taken away by the end of this year. It’s funny how the government tries to take it out on the unemployed people to reduce the amount they are giving out each month when really it is a great source of help for us. They really should be reducing their spending on other things like the military spending which is where they spend billions and trillions of dollars on per year!!! The only thing we can do now is pray to God and leave it all in his hands. Pray and have faith that this country and economy can be stable again . I pray to God that they give us an extension. Keep praying.

December 27, 2013 at 3:30 am
(41) Patricia Gamber says:

what do other countries do when their government fails them. When they destroy the middle class and have only the millions of poor and the few super rich? Think about it congress. We hired you. We can fire you. No one I know is willing to vote republican after the fiasco of recent months. And the few that don’t know any better I’m more than willing to educate. My husband cannot find a job. I’m not even talking about a good job. Just a job. And how much are we paying you to sit on your *$$es and ruin our lives. More and more people are getting fed up with you and the games you play with other peoples lives. When you back people into a corner and they get desperate horrible things happen. How many people are you cornering this time?

December 28, 2013 at 9:59 pm
(42) adam says:

how can you get approved for euc like i was in november and then it ends after 2 filings. every job in my area has at leaset 25 applicants. there arent jobs for all of us dont promise something that is then gonna end, thanx alot congress for getting this done before you left for holiday break, now we gotta play a waiting game with a possible bill on the 6th so whats that mean how lkong will it be debated? will ted cruz read green eggs an ham again to slow it down. this blows

December 29, 2013 at 12:53 am
(43) Gary says:

This is my comment about this whole situation. It sucks. To know that congress is willingly throwing family’s out onto the streets while they have their. Nice high paying jobs good benefits and want for nothing. I have worked since the day I graduated. High school. Now. I’m living from week to week not knowing when I’m going to be that next person sleeping on a park bench out in the cold. What the hell is wrong with this country anymore. If congress thinks its so easy to find a job take their jobs away put therm out on the street and see how easy it is. To find a job tgast they say is so plentiful. These ppl in the white house need a dose of reality. They need to wake up. Or they think the government shutdown was a mess. Wait till they see. What’s gonna happen if there is no extension. And on top of it all. No one will have any $$$ to pay for this mandatory health insurance then what’s going to happen another. Mess congress is creating time for them to Wake up. And see America. For. What it really is. My slang is. This America in its present position is HAM. That stands for a Hot Ass Mess. Good luck figuring out this mess u have created

December 29, 2013 at 7:08 am
(44) Pam says:

Bring more jobs back to the States! I do not expect to be supported by the government. I go to Career Link 4 days a week and 95% of the people are 50 years old or older. These are the people searching for jobs with the advisors.
They have been at there jobs for 15 to 30 years. What does that say about the employers as well? I am sickened by the requirements of entry level jobs a BA degree for jobs that were a dime a dozen 10 years ago, really I need a BA to move pallets around in a warehouse!!!! Give me some money to start a business to employee only the middle aged people! So sad that our economy has been destroyed to the point of either going into debt for schooling or minimum wage job without a degree.

December 29, 2013 at 2:42 pm
(45) Carolyn says:

I have called the phone numbers and left a message, however I feel we can do more. Is there a way that we can start an email train to the government with a certain statement that we can send to family and friend’s that they can delete the senders name and add there family and friend’s and send to the government. I feel this will kind of represent a petition and will have more impact then a phone call.

December 29, 2013 at 7:05 pm
(46) Christine says:

Amazing how “the superpower” of the world allows it’s own people to starve. Oh, but America can send billions in aid to countries that they themselves destroy, but could care less about it’s own people surviving. Must have been nice for congress to go home to celebrate Christmas with their families being served by their house help, while millions of families sat around their kitchen table holding past due bills in one hand and their head in another. Forget the whole politics of this nightmare for one moment and think about your fellow suffering American Citizens! Where is the humanity here?!?!

December 30, 2013 at 11:04 pm
(47) Leatrice says:

I have been looking for a job since I lost my job in May. I have since ran out of my unemployment benefits in the state of N.C. and was told that I could not get an extension. What am I supposed to do with children? I look for a job every day and there is just nothing in this area.

January 1, 2014 at 10:34 pm
(48) Laurie says:

I have been laid a few time over the past 5 years and have had to rely on UI. However, this year has been the worst in terms of finding work. I am a professional with a degree and years of experience, and cannot even find a job paying $10 an hour. I have applied for literally 100′s of jobs and have only had a few interviews where I was not chosen.
My Christmas was destroyed, and could not afford to buy one present. I also got food from a church food pantry because I was trying to conserve my last $ for rent and gas. Nice Christmas dinner.. LOL

Thank you to our elected officials that have destroyed this country and are living high on the hog, while I have to eat pantry food. The US reminds me of a third world country.
I was going to contact Chuck Schumer, but that man doesn’t care about anybody but himself, while he’s lining his pockets (and he is a multimillionaire). These people are not at all concerned about me and my family. It’s a sad situation.

January 2, 2014 at 8:30 am
(49) Michael Casey says:

For congress not passing the legislation for extending unemployment show that those who are truly looking for employment like myself don’t count in government. In as time where long term unemployment is at its highest in years says something.
The Congress doesn’t realize that there are more people out of work, than there is jobs in the workforce, so there two to three applications, for every one job being posted. Also, most jobs I have applied for ask some type of experience in the field, so those who don’t have the experience needed, already have one strike again.
Believe me, when you have applied two hundred and forty-four times and only been interviewed 3 times, there seems not much promise. For the Republicans to say that the EUC prevents people from looking for jobs, they have really lost touch.
For a Congress, who haven’t done much in 2013, maybe should give their jobs for people who really want to work like myself.

January 2, 2014 at 6:27 pm
(50) Leanto says:

Congress can’t get it together for the unemployed, like me, who need a little boost while trying to find that one job that gets them back in the work force. For Congress, and everyone else in U.S. Government that can’t seem to get their sugar, their honey, AND their iced tea together, I paraphrase the lyrics to Prince’s song “America”…

Aristocrats on a mountain climb,
Making money, losing time,
Communism is just a word,
But if the government turn over,
It’ll be the ONLY word that’s heard!

That is what ALL of this is seeming to be; beaurocratic communism! WE are the PUBLIC that THEY are supposed to SERVE! You call this “serving the public”? FRAGONAGLE BULL!!! I held down a job for 12 years, and was let go due to high blood pressure! I’m going to be 49 years old this year, and I STILL can’t get a job due to my work ethic, and my good standing with my company! SIX MONTHS?!!! REALLY?!!! And I’ll tell you something else that I found out that really, REALLY pisses me off!!! I found out that the working class is STILL making the billionaires rich…DESPITE THE FACT THAT YOU’RE UNEMPLOYED!!!
(say it with me) W! T! F! No one listens to us! No one wants to help us! The New American Dream is aLIEve! This extention has GOT to be signed! Those of us who WANT to work, and those who genuinely can’t, NEED THIS! Our 401K’s are getting hit with a tax that’s going to congress?!! (say it with me again) W! T! F! IS NOTHING SACRED?! IS THERE NO END?! WHAT KIND OF SERVICE ARE YOU REALLY DOING FOR US, OR ARE YOU TRYING TO MAKE THE PUBLIC YOUR SERVANTS?!!! GET IT TOGETHER, OR GET GONE!!!!!!

January 3, 2014 at 8:44 am
(51) Unemployed in NJ says:

I am a 50 y/o single woman living in NJ. I lost my job 10 months ago because a new supervisor decided she did not like my religious beliefs, and found a loophole to lay me off. I have applied for over 30 jobs, and have signed up with 6 temp agecies. I have gotten 7 days work in the past 11 months from them. I am about to lose the roof over my head next month. I had to offset my income with my savings, and now i’m down to nothing. We desperately need this extension passed. I WANT to work, I’m LOOKING for work, I just need a chance, and a job!! Please pass this vote and extend benefits so that I can at least put gas in my car and travel to look for employment! Sorry for all of the stories that I read that are going through similar circumstances. Call congress people!! Voting is taking place next week!!

January 3, 2014 at 3:45 pm
(52) Sean says:

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This is hurtful looking for a job and your extensions just get cut off its hurry but thru the grace of god we will all be ok and hopefully this bill gets passed I put this battle into gods hands I have faith in him

January 3, 2014 at 5:04 pm
(53) Suzanne says:

after working 27 years for the same company I accepted transfer to another state only to find myself laid off after 2 mores years of service. I had more than 29 years of employment with the telephone company and was laid off because the HR rep and our General Manager did not know how to read a Union Contract. Our Union Local told me to be thankful I didn’t have children at home to support and would make sure I received severance pay. Since I received severance and didn’t find employment I filed for benefits and was denied, so I accepted a position with the Postal Service, a 67 mile drive each way to work 2 to 3 hours a day 1 to 6 days a week, after earning 2800. doing that I gave up hoping for full time employment and quit, filed for benefits and was allowed to start receiving benefits, now because I am 50 and unable to find full time employment I am not sure what I am supposed to do next. We export our jobs overseas, we reward large companies, but do nothing for the American people, now because we can’t afford health insurance we will be fined, many of us will end up homeless and then what???? What is our government doing to help the people who have worked for years, paid their taxes and done everything right to attempt to achieve the American Dream???? They take vacations and don’t feel obligated to be fiscally responsible, they allow BS bailouts and ta cuts for the wealthy and complain about people needing help. I am widowed and have exhausted my savings and am soon to be among the homeless because of my age and a technicality….. what is Congress going to do for me and the millions of Americans like me???? I don’t want hand outs I want a job…. until that happens I need to be able to get by.

January 3, 2014 at 8:21 pm
(54) ahumanbing says:

I can’t believe..well then again yes I can believe and see so clearly now how uncaring those who control the government are. To have no care for the 1.7 million people who have children, homes and have basic bills to pay in order to survive and need to even go out and look for jobs.

so what are people suppose to do.. go to the government welfare in order to try to have our mortgage and rent paid, and what about food. what about care fare and gas money to look for a job. I mean really how can they be so caring ..

I know how because they are only concerned with Power and their own money and the control of this entire country, in which they are so close to doing. They create these problems in order to do so.they put more focus oh healthcare and use that as a bargaining source in order to get what they want. So they want people to be homeless, shoot and kill people for food, so that they can declare emergency to have Martial Law…This is all in their plan….

Lord God I pray that you have your way in this matter, and meet the needs of your people. Father I ask that you step in and touch the hearts of the people involved to approve the extension immediately and to make a way and available jobs for us to work in time…Have mercy Lord on us and on America, for we all see the destruction of America because of it being in the hands of the pride, and greedy…

January 4, 2014 at 12:57 pm
(55) meesha says:

I gt laided off from my job and I’m trying to support my young daughter I’m looking for work everyday what I won’t to knw from congress if yall dont pass the for the unemployment extension there is going to be more crime in the world then yall are passing the law for mandatory health insurance then who in the hell can afford this then if you don’t have it by March then it’s a penalty really how can we afford to pay it it suppose to help the American not hurt up then yall sit back and won’t to play with people’s income taxes and tell you that you can’t file until January 31st 2014 congress what’s really going on this is sad people are losing houses cars families so congress ask ur self would you see your families go threw ths pain

January 4, 2014 at 1:36 pm
(56) nanasmith1954@yahoo.com says:

i think they need to leave the unemployment along and pass those extentions because that is paid by the employer that people work for anyway and another thing obama got the u.s. in the mess its in and bobby jendel ruin louisiana and closed down the charridy hospital that should not have happen there is a lot of elderly and special needs children who depended on those hospitals especially the one in pineville louisiana and new orleans now there is a lot of people going to suffer because of this and GOD DOES NOT LIKE UGLY! those people will get theirs someday what goes around comes around!

January 4, 2014 at 9:01 pm
(57) Tabatha says:

You must act to stop the shut down of federal unemployment insurance. Renew federal UI – the EUC program – for 2014 without delay! If the House’s failure to act causes federal benefits to lapse, you must act to restore them quickly and renew federal unemployment insurance for 2014. Thank you.” I am working 80hrs a week with 3 kid and one on the way. My husband get Umemployment wiht out this we can lose
everything. Please Help

January 5, 2014 at 1:57 am
(58) Marie says:

I agree with the other comments, that they need to extend the benefits, & do this immediately, they should of settled this before they all went on vacations, congress doesn’t know what it’s like to live with NO income.
I’ve worked for a company for 15yrs, & they couldn’t figure out how to keep the company going, so they recently went bankrupt, & we were not informed until the day of, & they obviously didn’t care either.
I’ve been looking around at jobs, it’s very tough out there, & now there’s nothing out there, businesses are cutting back & slowing down . They need to help more Americans out, in these terrible times…..they are always there for everyone else, what about us? We need money to pay our bills as well as for food to survive…I can’t even afford to get that healthcare anyway! But the extension would help……
We need to have more jobs in America! The AMERICAN’S need MORE HELP …….

January 5, 2014 at 3:07 pm
(59) Mary says:

I think that unemployment should be extended. I have worked over 40 years and paid into unemployment. Now at the age of 66 I find myself in the job market that is not geared to a person my age. I would start work tomorrow, if a company would want me. I seem to be part of the job market that is forgotten. We have to live and we need the extension to do this so that we can job hunt. Please there are so many hard working people who need help to continue with their lives and help their family.

January 6, 2014 at 5:20 pm
(60) Tim says:

I have worked over 90 hours a week in the oilfield for the last 3 years in a row. i have paid over 800$ a week in taxes for 3 years. Before that i have worked since i was 14 with no gaps in employment. BUT due to MAJOR lay offs i have been out of work for 9 months now. Going from 3,000$ a week to 312$ a week cost me my car and house and phone. But to top it off my wife who is 6 months pregnant has to stop seeing the dr we have had because i cant afford it. i am at the point that i am selling everything i own on ebay at 1/5th its value just to buy food and pay for heat. without EUC we will be evicted from our home at the end of the month and being homeless in february with a baby on the way is SO SCARY. i have 2 years of collage and have 13 years in the job field. im 27yrs old and i have applied to over 300 jobs since being on EUC. I dont even get responses anymore. Now with MILLIONS of people desperate for work i cant even get a job for 7$ an hour. from 38$ an hour to not even able to get 7$.,.. this country is taking out its own citizens!!! PLEASE HELP

January 7, 2014 at 5:40 pm
(61) Kerry says:

I have never felt so trapped before in my life. Been out of work since May 2012…1,389 applications done (NC, SC, VA, TN and GA)…only part-time available and that’s IF they are taking applications…no calls, no emails, at least before they would send a letter or message saying they are kicking out your application because you are NOT, OVER or UNDER qualified…this is just plain ridiculous! But those tired azz republican talking heads can sit on their $75,000+++ job having butt and say that all of us that are busting tail looking for job aren’t deserving of receiving help??? How about this, why not have a vote to REDUCE your pay, LOSE your job, LOSE your home or car and see how it really feels to have to wait on a check week to week and decide if you want to either buy groceries or keep your lights on…This country better not EVER go into another war and help the other country since they can’t help their OWN CITIZENS!! Now debate that!

January 11, 2014 at 8:46 pm
(62) Ann says:

I am a widow with a child in college and one in high school. I have a masters degree and was employed as a teacher for over 25 years. I was teaching in a private school but after the death of my husband I took a job in public education. Due to budget constraints I was riffed after 2 years. At the age of 56, I have not been able to find a full time position. I have taken a part-time position at our community college hoping it will lead to a full-time position. I am relying on my unemployment insurance to help make ends meet.

January 11, 2014 at 9:41 pm
(63) Patricia Sullivan says:

My husband’s unemployment ran out Dec. 28 2013. We have been struggling just like all who lost their benefits My husband has been looking for work for sometime now, but with no luck. His age has alot to do with it, and is really getting him down. We are about to get kicked out of our home if these people don’t get their act together soon, and reinstate the benefits. We are 58 and 59 years old. Never had to sleep in our car before, and don’t need to start now. The people in the senate don’t have to worry about their jobs, or their homes. We are the ones that have to. Let them spend a month in our shoes. Maybe then they will know how it feels. The money may not be much, but it helps out with what I bring home. Don’t get me wrong, my husband would rather be working. And making a way for himself, and not rely on anybody else. Losing it in Indiana!

January 13, 2014 at 11:22 am
(64) Kim says:

I am a single mother of two and I’ve been unemployed for six months. I have a college degree and over 15 years of solid work experience. I’ve never found myself in this position before and it is uneasy knowing that I have to now turn to friends and family to help me. I’m a prideful person but that has been set aside. Please restore the unemployment benefits. We are not moochers or slouchers. We are educated people who are having a tough time. Have some empathy please.

January 15, 2014 at 7:13 pm
(65) Danny says:

This is completely out of hand, someone needs to kick Harry in the knee for geeting greedy and adding more to the bill, go thru with three month extension and work on rest next month instead of makin us suffer! I have over 25 years experience in machining and there is nothing where I live in northern lower Mich. I was layed off in June and now I can’t pay my bills cause some senator thinks he all that and then some, lay him off and not give him nothing and see how he likes it!!!! Lay them all off I think we would be better off! They can give themselves trillions to play with and let us live in the streets! Welcome to America! Extensions should of been in the trillions bill, they should do there job so we not have to suffer!!!!!!

January 16, 2014 at 4:49 pm
(66) John says:

Congress argues. Then goes on Recess after coming back from the holiday recess. The President fells like it’s OK to take his vacation. As typical they screw the people.If they, bpth Dems and Reps, were doing their jobs we would have jobs and theses discussions would be a moot point. Vote them all out.

January 16, 2014 at 9:33 pm
(67) Gabriel says:

I cann’t believe these bastards are going for another vacations. PEOPLE IS DESPERATE, WE NEED HELP!!!! EXTEND THE UNEMPLOYMENT IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO….PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR JOBS!!! PLEASE DO NOT FORGET THAT THE REPUBLICAN SENATORS OPPOSED TO EXTEND THE UNEMPLOYMENT TO A REASONABLE TIME….IF WE HAVE NOT FOUND JOBS IN SEVERAL MONTHS OF UNEMPLOYMENT WE NEED MORE TIME THEN TRAIN IN SOMETHING ELSE…NINE MONTHS OF EXTRAN UNEMPLOYMENT IS NECESSARY FOR RE-TRAIN AND GET IN A NEW FIELD.

January 17, 2014 at 1:22 am
(68) Mike Grant says:

Congress, don’t turn your back on your own citizens. We spend 51 Billion dollars in Foreign Aid and Military assistance last year, but you will let your own US Citizens lose their homes and not be able to feed their families.

It makes me sick that 45 Republicans voted no to extended EUC benefits. What is wrong with these people? I hope they rot in hell for doing this. They get to go home, spend time with their families and have no worries.

I am going to lose everything. I will not be able to feed my family come Feb. I am also being evicted from my HOME.
Not extending these benefits will lead to:
Foreclosures on Homes and Businesses
Bankruptcy
Crime
Homelessness

BUT THESE REPUBLICANS JUST DON’T CARE. PEOPLE PLEASE DON’T EVER VOTE FOR THESE BASTARDS AGAIN.

GOD BLESS EVERYONE AND MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL OF YOU.

Foreign Aid
In fiscal 2013, U.S. government funding for humanitarian assistance and international development will total around $37 billion. (Back in October, I included spending on diplomacy in the numbers that I reported. In order to directly address the question of how much we give in aid to other countries, I’m now leaving out diplomacy and operations of the State Department.)

Foreign Military Assistance
In addition, the U.S. will spend around $14 billion in fiscal 2013 for foreign military assistance – that’s money spent on training foreign armies and providing them with weapons.

January 17, 2014 at 1:30 am
(69) James Martin says:

Congress, don’t turn your back on your own citizens. We spend 51 Billion dollars in Foreign Aid and Military assistance last year, but you will let your own US Citizens lose their homes and not be able to feed their families.

It makes me sick that 45 Republicans voted no to extended EUC benefits. What is wrong with these people? I hope they rot in hell for doing this. They get to go home, spend time with their families and have no worries.

I am going to lose everything. I will not be able to feed my family come Feb. I am also being evicted from my HOME.
Not extending these benefits will lead to:
Foreclosures on Homes and Businesses
Bankruptcy
Crime
Homelessness

BUT THESE REPUBLICANS JUST DON’T CARE. PEOPLE PLEASE DON’T EVER VOTE FOR THESE BASTARDS AGAIN.

GOD BLESS EVERYONE AND MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL OF YOU.

Foreign Aid
In fiscal 2013, U.S. government funding for humanitarian assistance and international development will total around $37 billion. (Back in October, I included spending on diplomacy in the numbers that I reported. In order to directly address the question of how much we give in aid to other countries, I’m now leaving out diplomacy and operations of the State Department.)

Foreign Military Assistance
In addition, the U.S. will spend around $14 billion in fiscal 2013 for foreign military assistance – that’s money spent on training foreign armies and providing them with weapons.

January 17, 2014 at 2:52 am
(70) KATRINA says:

I have worked for over 16 years and was laid off my job in June 2013 because of company cutbacks , I have 3 children that depends on there mother to take care of them , I haved worked 16 years faithfully .I have been searching for a job since I was laid off and have not found a job yet…been on several interviews only to say that I am either over qualified or we liked someone else better . But the Republicans that are sitting high and looking down on the people that can not take care of there families , it’s clear that they are all wealthy and has no members of there families that need unemployment compensations to support there families….I thought that was why the the systems was set up so people who loose there jobs to no fault of there own would be able to support them selves of there families until we could find another job.i have worked 16 years in a row why can’t I be allowed to collect more than six months of unemployment … I think our goverment is designed to keep the people in this country down…our Goverment needs to get there acts together because they hurting the people that really needs help to support there families…but the often wonder why people are do done with this goverment that we have up on the hill . but I know UI serve a just God and he Has not brought us this far to leave us…So republicans that do not want to extend our benefits remember ,”Isaiah 54:17. The King James Version reads, ‘No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,’ says the Lord. I am praying for our UNITED STATES OF AMERICA .

January 17, 2014 at 9:36 am
(71) KKris says:

I have been in the workforce for 20 yrs. Been on unemployment 3 times and this is the first time my benefits have been cut so abruptly. I have no money to pay rent or eat. I have turned to the help of the federal government by applying for medicaid, food stamps and money assistance. I encourage all of you out there who are in the same boat to do the same. I have put money into the system for too long to not be entitled to get something back. I have a graduate degree and cant find a single job that will hire me in my field.

January 17, 2014 at 11:27 am
(72) Roger Rohrbaugh says:

Worked for same company for 23 years,layed off 02-01-2013.I’m 64 yrs old & I have worked since i was15.I’ve applied to hundreds of companies & have gotten very little response.They don’t want to hire older people.Why won’t our Government help & extend the EUC to all unemployed?It’s a crime that these elected officials only care about their own special interests & to hell with the working class.They should step up & do the right thing by helping all citizens, instead of only the very rich & powerful.(wait,that’s who runs this country. I’m sorry for being so naive to think they care.)Shouldn’t the saying “TOO BIG TO FAIL” apply to the millions of unemployed as it did to “Wall Street”& the “Fat Cats” of the Auto Industry.

January 17, 2014 at 12:11 pm
(73) Roger Rohrbaugh says:

Worked for same company for 23 years.Layed off 02-01-2013 .I’m 64 yrs old & have been working since age 15. Ive applied to hundreds of companies with very little response.Please renew the EUC benefits for all the unemployed.It seems as though the working middle class keeps getting pushed out of the way to make more room for the “Rich & The Powerful “.If the ” Fat Cats ” of Wall Street & the Auto Industry get help when they are ” Too Big To Fail ” why can’t the same, apply to the millions of unemployed. Are we not ” Too Big To Fail “, or is the problem that the little people aren’t wealthy enough to benefit from these same bail outs from the government?( Wait, the ” Rich & Powerful ” are the ones running the show down in D.C.)I’m sorry for being so naive!

January 17, 2014 at 1:44 pm
(74) Mary Anne Nichol says:

I too have worked my whole life and have raised five children with my husband and never once in 41 years have we needed assistance in any way. Now I’m out of work not of my own accord. The law firm that I worked for closed and no severance was given and I had to go on unemployment. I’m having a hard time since I’m 61 soon to be 62 and there isn’t a lot of places out there that want to hire someone at retirement age. I think the people that are getting unemployment for 6 months, to back to work and get laid off again and then collect is the people who should have there unemployment stopped. There should be a way of filtering out the people that just don’t want to work. I worked all my life and now I only want what is right, not a handout. Please help all of us, as I just found out today that I will have to look for another place to live as we can not afford the place we have now. What a sad situation for this great country.

January 17, 2014 at 4:34 pm
(75) dave domacasse says:

VOTE ALL SENATORS OUT OF OFFICE THE ONES WHO DID NOT SUPPORT EXTENDING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR 2014

January 17, 2014 at 4:57 pm
(76) Mommatina says:

Good evening everyone,
I agree, some people never experienced hard times and until it hits them they are cold hearted.
You have to be heartless to not consider the affect that this shut will have on so many families. It’s not just about you pencil pushing as….
who are sitting around deciding on what to do next to pist off the citizens of the United States.
But I will tell you what it is about…. God does have the final say, so you just keep on messing with his children. And the same way we are feeling your wraft, your day will come also.

Now sit on that!!!!!!!!!!

January 17, 2014 at 11:34 pm
(77) New Immigrant says:

I’m a new immigrant to this country. I don’t collect unemployment but it BLOWS my mind that congress doesn’t give a damn about unemployed Americans and that these Americans can do nothing but WAIT on and on. This would never happen in my home country!

January 18, 2014 at 12:45 am
(78) imdone says:

Give me Bohener address like to see how he lives 3rd week without a check no gas no mortgage no job cant afford to look for a job . Maybe Bohener Can put me up for a couple weeks when I loose my house
Don’t forget the ones involved with Stopping EUC VOTE VOTE VOTE them out this year make them pay !!! one way or another even if extended now the damage is done most are already behind on one thing or another and sure we wont get retro pay for those week LOL it a Joke Good luck everybody on EUC and GOD BLESS

January 18, 2014 at 8:07 am
(79) jeff says:

I’m 58, have worked at some type of job since 5th grade. Was never unemployed before, Not even for a week. My last job was specialized structural repair. I worked at the same company for 40 years, never missed a pay. The company closed. I’m knocking on doors, making calls, using gateway, as yet nothing. Now I’m broke too. I do find my age & corporate changes are against me. Please pass the extention, we’re not bums, but we are in trouble.

January 18, 2014 at 1:08 pm
(80) Joanne says:

I have held a job since I was 14, I served in the US Navy for for 12 years with an Honorable discharge,and now at 51 the company I was working for closed it’s doors and I started collecting unemployment for the first time on October 2013, but my state unemployment expired on December 2013. I apply for jobs every day. I have two sons (1 also servered in Afghanistan) both are unemployed. Husband still has his job, thank god. I have been donating plasma for extra money to put food on table and gas in car for job hunting. Not sure how much longer we can keep this up while their on their breaks and long weekends. I understand there needs to be some changes and limits, and some people take advantage of the system, unfortunately people like us who need it for the first time end up getting screwed

January 18, 2014 at 9:35 pm
(81) steve says:

my wife lost her job 6 months ago,she has been looking every day,i cant see how these idiots in congress can say there are plenty of jobs.they all should be fired & put on the streets.we do not have a problem sending millions overseas.what is wrong with this picture.no one cares about the american people.the unemployed need this extension.there is so much age discramation out there.once you reach 50 it is very hard to find a job.the bottom line is congress goes to work everyday,collect their paychecks,& dont give a damn about the american peopletheir bills are getting paid &they can go on their vacations,vote all of them out & get people in that can do their jobthese people created this problem by not doing their jobs.we all paid into this system so where is the money.

January 18, 2014 at 9:55 pm
(82) Monika says:

I think it is an absolute disgrace what is going on. I have worked since I was 19 and now 51 – never collected unemployment in my life. They spent 37 billion on humanitarian efforts abroad – yet they cannot even help the middle class we are the back bone of this country with the 1.6 billion it will cost!!!! What kind of freaks are working in Congress!?! I have applied to an average of 4-8 jobs a day!!! I am so close to getting a job – but it has not happened yet so what I am put out on the street?? This week my cell will be off and my internet also my car note will be late for the first time – in two weeks I will not have the rent or the gas and electric bill. These freaks in Congress are complete idiots we under estimated the hatred they have in their hearts. Their presumptuous attitudes! We cannot make people hire us!! We can only keep applying hoping they will! Why would I after 32 years just decide to not want to work!?! I registered to vote today and I will say I registered for the first time as a democrat.

January 18, 2014 at 10:46 pm
(83) Christine says:

This whole economic crisis is completely out of control. The government is well aware that there are hard working Americans about to lose everything. They just want to get you to submit by taking you right to the edge of the cliff every time and then throwing you a small temporary bone. You are being forced to accept low wages, or starve. Every month I have to figure out what I am going to be able to pay. Two cars repossessed already, cable cut, food down to boxed carbs- basically garbage. And now I have no health insurance because I cannot afford it and don’t qualify for Medicaid like all the foreigners I see coming into the practice where I work. They NEVER have to pay a nickel. And they are all obnoxious and rude. I never thought I would feel this way toward other human beings. Want to know where all of the money and work we have invested in this country has gone? To all the foreigners we are supporting. You know. The ones speaking there native language and looking at us like we don’t belong here. And just so you know, there are no jobs out there. My ex husband has been on MANY, MANY interviews, sometimes two and three for the same job. Nothing. Some don’t even have the decency to let you know you didn’t get the job even after you went on two or three interviews. It’s disgusting and discouraging. But guess what? When there is nothing left for them to take the joke will be on them. As long as I have air to breathe and my faith, my family will survive. You can’t put a price on my soul.

January 19, 2014 at 2:34 am
(84) kate says:

I am outraged by our governments inability to help the people of this our country. It is unfair. I dont know how everyone else feels but i fel like i am in prision and being punished for being out of work of no fault of my own. Just insane! And three months sounds unfair. That will do nothing and to me thats like giving a crumb to a poor man.

January 19, 2014 at 6:26 am
(85) Margarita says:

I am 39 and its my 1time on unemployment I work for 26 years of my life. now I’m going to school to further my education to see if I can find a job, I need this money in order for me to proceed with my education/training.
please there are people that really depends on the money to pay rent food and I’m runing out of money please help us.This is America .we need to stick together in the time of need. president if you can read this please do something .we really need help

January 19, 2014 at 2:50 pm
(86) lakeshia says:

I wish they knew how it feels to have your only life line on any food and other personals you need in your household to just get snatched away like it nothing .i look forwars to that money to try to feed my kids and have a roof over there heads and now it makes me feel like that the senate and congress are putting us on a back burner will they go home to there families and not have to go to bed hungry or worry where your next meal is coming from please if you have heart put yourself in our shoes we need that money we are dying out here please help and help fast because i dont no what to do i go out everyday looking for work i have worked since i was 16 now 38 and lais off it been almost 7 months and still no job and now to put the icing o the cake no income at all coming in wow i yry to say we live in a great country but here lately iam shaking my head because all i see in front of me is distuction and fear. Thank you for hearing my desperate cry from myself and my two small children.

January 19, 2014 at 8:38 pm
(87) cheryl says:

I agree with Jan,and I’ve worked 28years at my job,first one at that,and one and only job I’ve had,and loved it,and last June they shut are bus transportation dept right down,and I was heart broken,and I feel so lost and depressed,and use less,as no one wants to hire you at are age,as I’m almost 60 and was planning to retire in a couple of years and instead I’m having to look for a job that’s half my pay rate per hr or more,and I live alone,and have to support myself,and finding out that it’s the age thing,is why your not being hired is true,and all my training,and years of experience doesn’t matter any more,so yeah I worked,and I feel I deserve to receive more weeks on my uneployment,because it’s not my fault I don’t have a job,and for what I see that many other people,have worked to,and earned these benefits,and deserve,not to loose all we’ve worked for also,so I hope some one sees and understands are side of it,but I guess unless your in are shoes,you can’t or don’t want to see what we’re going through because you have a job no worries,but it could be you next,and I didn’t ask to be without a job,are place of work took are jobs,so we deserve this,just saying!!!

January 19, 2014 at 9:00 pm
(88) cheryl says:

We,deserve this uneployment,as we worked to get it,I worked 28years for it,my whole dept lost their jobs,and not by choice,very sad,very depressing to,in two years I was to retire,and can’t find any work,it’s the age thing,and no one cares about your training,or your years in experience at my age,and I live alone,so have to pay for everything,and not my fault for not still having my job,it was my one and only job loved,it so yes we could use this money,we earned every bit of it,so can’t understand why we would even be denied any of it ,and just think you could be one of us and how would you feel then when you could loose everything you have worked for,different story then I bet!!!

January 20, 2014 at 9:13 am
(89) marianne says:

I Don’t Understand Why Its Taking Them So Long To Pass This Extension.I know People Who Are Homeless And Are Desperate To Find Their Next Meal.Does The Congress Care? I Would Like Them To Give Me Their Paychecks To Help People That Have Lost Their Benefits.Did You Ever Look At Their Salaries? My God They Don’t Care.Their Is No Reason That This Bill Shouldn’t Be Passed.I Have Been An Avid Voter For Over Fifty Years Now. Don’t Think I Will Vote Again And Remember Repubs And Dems It Might Be My One Vote That Counts.Pass This Today So The Needy Doesn’t Have To Suffer. Jobs Where Re They/ Even Mcdonalds Are Particular Whom They Hire. No Jobs Out There.Pass The Vote Now Or It Will Lie On Your Conscience.

January 20, 2014 at 3:14 pm
(90) Joseph Mimoso says:

I am a single father of two. My wife passed away suddenly leaving me to raise them by myself. This has been a blessing as they are the most important thing to me.

On January 18, 2013, after working for nearly three years with my previous company, I was let go due to lack of new business. Since that day, I have had extremely bad luck finding work. I was the VP of Operations and I can’t find a job selling shoes or cell phones.

For the past three weeks, I haven’t had any income, which has posed a tremendous hardship on my family. i am at my wits end and I need help immediately. PLEASE HELP MY DAUGHTERS AND I.

January 20, 2014 at 4:49 pm
(91) voter/citizen says:

I am 30 yrs old and don’t think its any easier for younger people to find work than it is for older people… We need to apply at atleast 4 places a week.. Well I have been doing atleast that in 1 day since May… I worked cash jobs off and on over the summer and reported them to ui.. I now wish I hadn’t because My benefits have stopped as of 12/28.. I have had countless interviews and still nothing.. How can I even get to an interview with no income? I went from $1100 a week to $363 a week to nothing.. Why would anyone abuse a system that cant even pay our bills? Politicians are so out of date with the people that voted them into office because either they have never been there themselves or just don’t remember what its like.. Republicans and Democrats both need to get up off their asses and do what they were hired to do.. quit taking vacations when so many people are waiting to find out what the fate of our families futures are!! And Mr. Obama.. PLEASE stop playing golf and taking mini getaways at the massive expense of our country..

January 20, 2014 at 4:50 pm
(92) Diana Leach says:

I think that as long as there is unacceptable unemployment rates in this country as well as unacceptable minimum wages all politicians should be forced to live for 3 months with their families, outside of their homes, in rentals, and to live off of the minimum wages they think the rest of us can live on. They should have to navigate the welfare system just in order to get foodstamps because minimum wage jobs do not pay enough to even buy food. Live without their credit cards. Try to pay for car insurance on those fancy cars. Oh wait, most of those cars are probably owned by the government anyway. They should have to navigate a bus system that cares not if you get to work on time, whether your frozen, or about to pass out from heat. In other words they should have to live like a low wage earner which is basically what they want to call good enough. Minimum wage jobs shouldn’t even be considered job growth when it comes to the job market because they really aren’t even fit for a teenager’s after school job. These politicians need to get some insight into the real world, not the one of privilege.

January 20, 2014 at 10:37 pm
(93) donnie says:

the extension would be helpful, even if just for a couple weeks. some communication from the unemployment offices would be nice, to notify you of how long you have to claim, how long you have left and it would have been nice to know if you was included in this cutoff. i understand there needs to be an end, but we need notification and warning.

January 21, 2014 at 2:25 pm
(94) Bilbert says:

Desperate people will turn turn to desperate measures!!

January 21, 2014 at 3:17 pm
(95) nem says:

I have been receiving euc since October. I been our of work since last Feb. Before that I worked almost 8 months continually and before that was it of work for 4 months. I been working through temp services antime called aand I call and register with 5 job agencies weekly for the past 3 years. Because of the changes the government made I was financially unable to open claim on state level however was able to get euc. Do get work sometimes but its not regular and its been months now since I got any work. I count on the euc to help me as a single dad to pay my bills n support my family. I hope these greedy politicians think about the people who puts them in office to work for us…the people. Elections are soon and I know I will be looking at who votes this bill down and I will vote for who thinks of the people before there own political party’s.

January 21, 2014 at 5:34 pm
(96) lisa says:

I just thought id let everyone know that I followed the methods to lodge my complaints about euc benefits not being reinstated yet and have tried since last week by phone and email with no reply from the republican house iel .. Eric Cantor ect…. Today alone I have been on hold for 2 hours, I just thought Id wait and see how long it will take my guess is it will never happen. I am so disgusted with this country I to have never been on unemployment before and now am about to lose everything.They had better get this reinstated soon or I will be homeless although I really don’t believe they care. I also tried to get ahold of John Baners office yesterday and was on hold for over an hour and then tried to leave a voicemail and was told voicemail was full and disconnected. This is our government in action

January 21, 2014 at 5:36 pm
(97) lisa says:

It would be great to think they may actually care and get this extention passed so that the citizens that pay into the system can feed their families and put a roof over their heads

January 21, 2014 at 5:51 pm
(98) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

@Louise I think it depends on what your previous employer is going to say. If they are going to say it’s health reasons, you don’t have many options. That said, you can say it was for health reasons however you are now fully recovered. Here’s some info:
http://jobsearch.about.com/od/resumes/a/resumegap.htm

Also, here are some sample interview answers you may be able to use:
http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviewquestionsanswers/a/interviewquest.htm

January 21, 2014 at 6:23 pm
(99) Lost in Wisconsin says:

Yet another story just recently unemployed on my first tier of help and out.I also am one that has worked non stop for over 30 years,no drug or alcohol problems no children no help.Losing everthing I have worked for all my life.Have a nice time off again congress, op did you just come off a long paid holiday thanks to me.

January 22, 2014 at 9:14 am
(100) Alice in Illinois says:

I have worked all my life. Now raising two grand daughters and the Unemployment I was receiving is gone in a flash. Over a Vote. Well I wonder if they understand what goes on out here in the real world that they themselves are making decisions over? I have worked all my life. My company I was employed by shut the doors.Not my fault.

Now here I am a grandmother – raising two beautiful grand daughters that I do not know how I am going to provide for.
Scenarios of applying for a job, Ma’am (they call me that as soon as I enter because I am older then the 20 year old supervisor they pay minimum wage to) You are overqualified for this job. But I see the issue here. Too old for this job. ” Well I do not see how you would fit in ”

See I like many others have paid into our unemployment insurance, our taxes and VOTED. Worked hard all of our lives. My votes will change come next election, neither the dems or republicans deserve a vote. Maybe they should know what it is like to look at their child with empty pockets and have to tell them it is Ramen noodles again.

January 22, 2014 at 4:02 pm
(101) tammy says:

I am single person been laid off from a seasonal job and cant draw my extension because my benefits ran out and havent even drawed them for six months. trying to look for a job but cant with no income. it would be helpful for congress to pass for a few months at least to help look for a job.I have looked while I was working and havent had no luck yet. still looking but to many people out of work to get hired.Cant pay bills with no income.

January 22, 2014 at 9:02 pm
(102) Bob D. says:

I am personally offended and pissed off that congress took a break after they just had a vacation and did not get this sorted out. I am upset with all members of congress for this….

But with that said do NOT forget come election time that both the 3 month and 11 month proposals to continue the extensions presented by the Dems were blocked by the Republicans..and then they went off on vacation number 2 while so many who were laid off by no fault of thier own and still can not find work. And now while congress is on ANOTHER break..these unemployed American workers can’t even pay their bills.

I was never so ashamed of this country before. Now who knows they may get to this after vacation number 2 and fix it…or not but it seems so wrong that they do nothing but pander and posture about “job creation” yet do nothing to encourage it, allow so many jobs to be outsourced unfettered, and then cut everyone who would have qualified for EUC off like we are worthless garbage. I don’t think a single unemployed person who qualifies for UIB or EUC was responsible for the economic conditions that caused this.

So please everyone remember and spread the word. We all KNOW who caused this, and we know who is blocking the help we need NOW, and we know who is doing nothing to encouage job growth. But what they do encourage is tax breaks and loop holes and subsities and shelters and bailouts for the richest of the rich. Let us eat cake.

The ONLY power we have to turn this country back around not to be such a disgrace..is in the voting booth. Well that or another revolutionary war.

January 23, 2014 at 4:49 pm
(103) FAVOR says:

Well let me FIRST in the month of January to agree with everyone in December. I am a mother of two and with the cut off of my unemployment I cannot pay my rent and other bills. Where do I live now? My son graduate this year a honor student I wanted to celebrate comfortably. I am amazed at congress not showing concern. People are losing their minds and more killings are going on and robbing. People in mansions with only two people in them. (Some people) I started a part time job at 10dollars a hour can’t make it with just that in this economy. We pour back into the economy with those benefits. So who is losing? I have been off a year but their father has been off 3year’s. I don’t know where to go but I’m trusting God and love one’s.

January 23, 2014 at 5:17 pm
(104) sudhir gandhi says:

Honorable Senate & Congress members: It is of utmost importance to pass EUC benefits Bill, because there will be 5 million people who will be out of Jobs for more than 26 weeks in June of 2014. This will be of huge consequence for US & Economy in particular. EUC benefits are survival tools for people, to get next employment. This is not welfare scheme. Therefore this EUC bill must be passed by the US Government.

Thanks.

January 24, 2014 at 9:28 am
(105) Mommatina says:

I am so done with all this bull…..! My son graduation ceremony is next Wednesday and I have to borrow gas money just to be able to attend.
I can’t celebrate this special moment that I have been waiting for.
In addition all of my bills piled up including my rent. I called PECO asking them for an extension on a $ 57.00 bill due to the freeze on EUC benefits, and the as… said no because I am already on the CAP program. So I guess I am suppose to pull the money out of my as…!
Being a single parent of two is very hard, then to have your only means of providing a roof over your kids head and food on the table snatched away from you, is no wonder I am still typing today.
God Bless the citizens of our country! I wish you all the best!

January 24, 2014 at 2:24 pm
(106) Billy bear says:

I want to tell congress one thing I will remember you old boys come election day cuz. I have worked hard all my life iam now 62 years old and can not find a job. You old boys in congress dont cry come election time. IM very PISSED!!!!!

January 24, 2014 at 2:39 pm
(107) Kelly Morrison says:

I’m someone who is struggling to make ends meet while diligently looking for gainful employment. I have been made to feel ashamed by many of the powers that be that I need euc benefits which is unfair. I have paid into unemployment benefits with my tax dollars since I stared working at 15 and I was happy to do so to help my fellow Americans. I don’t think its right that I be denied these benefits after I’ve been eager to help and extremely grateful to those who are helping me. I’m not someone on welfare endlessly taking advantage of American tax payers, I’m someone who has been thrust into a situation in which I’m terrified and haven’t found a way out yet.

January 24, 2014 at 8:09 pm
(108) Mr. D says:

After 36 years of working non stop and at an age of 54, finding a new job is very difficult and a full time job. I’m was into my 2nd tier of euc until the cutoff came. When our politicians battle about finding payment for this program; I have to wonder if they ever battle about the billions and billions of dollars that are sent to other countries. Time to bring it home and concern themselves with the US citizens and this country.

January 24, 2014 at 8:35 pm
(109) Mrs. Barr says:

I take offense to the negative comments about individuals receiving unemployment. There are numerous ways people find that they are in need of help and to beat us while we are down. I became unemployed after being promised a position in order to make sure my family remained strong. However, things are not always what they seem and therefore life takes a huge hit. I have a masters degree and have worked or attended school since I was 16 years old and I loved my previous job. If we had not received unemployment, our family would not have been able to eat or pay bills without help. However, we are blessed to have help if we needed it but most people do not have help. Unemployment assistance is sometimes the difference between life and death.

January 25, 2014 at 12:04 am
(110) Tonya says:

It’s utterly embarrassing the way this country has reduced those that have worked all their adult lives . Because iof this disastrous economy the banking industry & shear greed created, many are unable yo find work – & congress refuses to allow them the minimal benefits to minimally contribute to their houses.holds, feed their babies, pay rent . It’s really sad. As citizens we must remember and use the power we do have , Elections !!!!

Praying the EUC. WILL BE REINSTATED – & retroactively !!! May save some from being homeless

January 25, 2014 at 8:07 am
(111) donna says:

There are people not eating because they can not get what is rightfully theirs i havr worked since i was 17 i am now 56 i had a bypass in oct. I was then fired from lowes and first i had to fight to get my unemplyment i live in az. a right to work state then i get cut off because my gov. dors not care people say get a job well thank u for that but i can not get a job i try but who wants to hire an over the hill heart attack worker no one thats who i have called my gongress person no respnse is anyone helping americas people no they ate not i guess that no one with money has a friend or love one in need of help maybe if i were a dog i could get help

January 25, 2014 at 9:59 am
(112) Lynn O. says:

I have paid into UI for the past 45 years. I was on UI for the past one year, while applying for 4-10 jobs a week with no luck whatsoever.

Now there’s no extension and I was also told I don’t qualify for the renewal of state benefits because I didn’t make enough money last year. No kidding. I was on UI.

Our representives are approving raises and benefits for themselves and I can’t even buy groceries. Had to file for early soc. sec. Try living on that. Oh and by the way, the whiz kids in washington slashed food stamps so that means I “make too much money” for food stamps. ($14000 a year is too much money for food stamps.)

Maybe we should march in on one of those $5000 a plate fundraisers, sit down and have a meal.

Republicans – the “Let Them Eat Cake” party. They’re going to have a train wreck come election time.

January 25, 2014 at 11:55 am
(113) Diane says:

I was on unemployment, this is the first time I’ve ever been on it. I was laid off after 20 years working for a vets office. I’ve been looking for a job since the day I was laid off June 26 2013. I can not find anyone that will hire me. I’ve tried everywhere! I decided this would be a good time to go back to school, real estate. I’m half way through and just need the 13 weeks to keep my lights on and food on table until I’m done with school. I already have a place that will hire me as soon as I pass the state test.Idon’t sit on my butt and collect Like some people think.please remember not all off us milk off the government.

January 25, 2014 at 3:13 pm
(114) brian armstrong says:

It is your duty as Congress to stop crime from happening, what I see if people can’t afford to make it, then CRIME WILL GO UP!…If that happens I will be in line to impeach the very ones who voted against it. I will also look into prosecution of these congressmen for causing the crime rate to go up as it is slowly going up due to their stupidity on leaving people in the dark. Who is with me ? Enough is Enough already. Pass the extension on the 27th. Hell you just got 1.7 Billion from the bank…USE THAT!

January 25, 2014 at 4:50 pm
(115) catherine says:

I can not believe that unemployment has not yet been extended for 2014. My last check is this week. How can I pay my mortgage and put food on the table for my family. Still cannot find a job. Shame on them!

January 25, 2014 at 5:56 pm
(116) bearly says:

I want the people in congress, that voted against extending unemployment benefits to come and live at my house for week and live from the money I have to live on. Come and choose to buy food or put gas in your vehicle so you can continue to get out there and seek employment. No fuel in your propane tank for heat, phone about to be turned off…..etc. Yes, come and live with me for a week, bet you change your mind.

January 25, 2014 at 6:30 pm
(117) alicia says:

I can’t believe this country. I have been working since I was 14 years old. I have always had a job. now that I collect partial benefits because I can’t find a full time job making decent money, I am told that the republicans cut euc benefits. now I can’t pay my bills or feed my kids. I only make $7.50 a hour at 20 hours a week with 4 kids. this is horrible. there’s no jobs out here. and the government doesn’t seem to care. I understand there are people out there that are worse off than me. but something needs to be done for everyone in every situation

January 25, 2014 at 8:24 pm
(118) Toni says:

Please look at the beggining of this page at Alison post and I also poster on 01/24/14 the number(just look for my name) and call Washington DC at once on email the Reps that don’t want it. Please we have to be heard and the more calls to flood these line will help and if you can get on this board and write a post surely you can email them or if you do still have a phone get the number and call them. Asap Please People. Let your voice be heard for your vote. Tell them what is going on. I have already email, call DC, my local congress office, every thing come on and put your story on Facebook page name: renwal unemployment…please people let’s be heard this week-end, let’s go please don’t let them screw us like this. Some times in life you have to fight for what you really want and need and that time is right now. Please I am urging to do this. Come let’s Go, we are running out of time. And they don’t pass it monday next week or when ever next week I don’t think it will ever get pass then. Come Please People Let’s Go. We are not losers, we are fighters.

January 26, 2014 at 7:44 am
(119) Jeff says:

I worked to get unemployment benefits. Cut welfare somewhere to take up the slack. I also do not care for the way I am threatened with denied benefits to look for work. I am pretty sure all employers pay into these benefits so unless my previous employer did not pay the premiums myob and dish out the INSURANCE money owed to me.

January 26, 2014 at 8:40 am
(120) Ruth says:

I still cant believe that benefits have not been extended. How does the government expect anyone to look for a job with no money. No money for food let alone gas for the car to look for a job. And no money to pay to keep looking online for a job. There are a lot of us that liv to far from the local library to go there to use the internet there. Just what do they expect us to do. I guess when it comes down to it hey don’t care since just this week they were shut down for a least one day because of the weather. But you know before when I was working I had to go to work in all kinds of weather just like everyone else except out government.

January 26, 2014 at 5:32 pm
(121) D. Thornton says:

I have contacted our officials in Washington and asked them to please extend the UI Benefits. Who else is good to contact? I am desperate! I did see where it will be brought back up Monday, January 27.

January 27, 2014 at 10:52 am
(122) Carol says:

I have worked since I was 16. I lost my job through no fault of my own. I have looked for work and have years of experience in my field. Experience means nothing. I am 66 years old and that is the difference. Employers would rather hire the younger ones then hire the ones with experience. For all who desperately need their benefits, do the right thing and extend EUC.

January 27, 2014 at 12:33 pm
(123) Misty says:

You know I have debated if I should even comment on this whole issue because the reality of it is, congress will probably never see the comments from the American people. I am so frustrated with this whole issue the people leading our nation are acting so dumb founded; they are acting like a 2 year old. The whole bickering back and forth among themselves and being selfish reminds me of a 2 year old. Let’s be adults and think about the American people and think about what this nation is coming to people. I breaks my heart to see how selfish this world is coming to every day. Yes, this is my first time to ever be on unemployment and along with myself and the others that are on unemployment have had the pleasure of witnessing first hand of what this nation is really coming to.

January 28, 2014 at 4:16 pm
(124) Todd says:

Please everyone read alisons post.
The republicans whichcontrol the house already passed a 3 month extension.
The senate, Good ol Harry Ried Denied it because he wants a longer extension.

Take what was there for the people that are not recieving anything. Harry reid a democrat should have passed it. Instead they are playing a political game.

The president will announce today that it is republicans fault…

Educate yourselves people.

Senate, controlled by Democrats, could have already passed this and at least We wouldnt have to worry. about this around the holidays and New Year.

Harry ried did this to us. He is for Nevada. One of the highest unemployment Rates in the nation.

Read Up and educate yourselves.

January 29, 2014 at 9:31 am
(125) Debora Pummill says:

57 years old. Batchelor of Science Degree. Served my country for 20 years. Worked since 16 years old. Lost my job through no fault of my own. Never used unemployement or any other government help. Can’t find a job now in spite of awesome experience. Come on Congress, get it together. There are others just like me, who legitimately deserve the help. I’m not living lavishly. Just trying to hold on to my home and car, and to maintain electricity and food on my table.

January 29, 2014 at 10:31 am
(126) Debora Pummill says:

57 years old. Served my country for 20 years. Bachelors Degree. Worked since I was 16. Lost my job through no fault of my own. Never used unemployment or government benefits until now. Come on Congress there are a lot more people like me out there. I don’t live lavishly. Just trying to hold on to my home, maintain electricity, and put food on my table. I have worked hard all my life. Now I need help. So help me please.

January 29, 2014 at 1:59 pm
(127) Midnight says:

I am a 32 year old widow with no children. I finally moved into my own apartment after staying with family and a month later lost my job. UI paid me half of what I made at my job, I have been made to choose between keeping my power and heat on and rent with NO income coming in now. I can’t get benefits from the state because I have no children. I don’t have money for food, rent, I had to buy a roll of TP with pennies the other day, after walking in the cold because I can’t afford to put gas in my car. I don’t understand how there can be so many of us and yet, it feels like we are a dirty secret, and that the complete and utter disregard for us by congress hasn’t caused more of an uproar.

January 29, 2014 at 2:07 pm
(128) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

@Sharon You need to tweet: @LaborSec (your question here) #AsktheWH #RenewUI

For example, I just tweeted: @LaborSec What are the realistic chances of an extension of federal jobless benefits being passed? #AsktheWH #RenewUI

January 29, 2014 at 4:41 pm
(129) Goining to Die says:

Government doesn’t care. I am on 14 meds. a day and I am now out of them. These pills help keep me alive. Thanks a lot Repulician Congressman. I hope in the future none of your family member’s will ever have to go through this, it’s horrible. I am 59 years of age and I have had to use very resource I had to keep going including filing bankruptcy. I was looking forward to retiring, but with no 401K any longer what am I to do. I may never vote again!!!!!

January 29, 2014 at 5:34 pm
(130) David says:

What is wrong with our leaders? Have they no compassion, no understanding of what it’s like to be put out to pasture? Those of us who have been faithful citizens and given from our heart over many years are now being traumatized by their disrespect and insensitivity. We worked hard for our government and we fought many wars for our leaders but what do we get in return but a kick in the teeth, a degrading attitude of complacency. What is wrong with our leaders? What is wrong with our leaders? What is wrong with our leaders?!!!!!!!

January 29, 2014 at 5:54 pm
(131) ben hill says:

I am still trying to put my head around the fact that these people left us out in the cold ,holding us hostage while they try to gain brownie points in washington. Even an evil kidnapper will feed his hostage! these people literally left us to die.They have it twisted, they work for us we dont work for them! We vote them in Dem and Rep. to do a job and WE pay them handsomely . Every time they eat ,we pay,everywhere they go,we pay,!!! every time they get paid,WE PAY. we pay them to do a job for us which involves looking out for our best interest,DO I HAVE TO SAY MORE??? people treat dogs and animals better than we are being treated at this time. How can we call this the UNITED STATES when we have laws that vary from state to state,two political parties that are at odds all the time,and a few men holding 1.6 million people hostage and not feeding them ,those that voted them in and pay theyre salaries???

January 29, 2014 at 7:26 pm
(132) Kevin kapes says:

I hope that everyone who is complaining has plans for both democrates and republicans when the election comes in 2016 do not vote for either party they are both at fault for not renewing unemployment if Obama really cared he would not have 1.7 million Americans left will no income I tried to get Medicade cause I have no money to pay cobra now and they told me I don’t qualify cause I don’t have children and I am not an immigrant! I am natural born citizen I have no means of income and I don’t qualify why do I bother ?

January 29, 2014 at 9:05 pm
(133) Lorie says:

I have same troubles as Jan. Experience is great. But once potential employers hear age experience does not matter (too old). They don’t ask your age or date of birth, I guess for fear of being accused of age discrimination. They are now asking for the year you graduated high school. As soon as I say the year there is a change in their voice.

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January 29, 2014 at 10:52 pm
(135) S Anderson says:

It is amazing that these bone heads in congress don’t get it I am a single parent of a 15 year old daughter , and this is my very 1st time getting unemployment , I will not apologize for receiving benefits that I worked so hard for, how dare they to stop something that we need to keep afloat what brings me comfort is reading James 5th chapter ! Those bastards will reap what they sow,

January 30, 2014 at 6:50 am
(136) randy says:

Ill sure never vote republican. Duh people.

January 30, 2014 at 8:39 am
(137) Esther mills says:

Please please extend unemployment benefits…..this is just heartless. I have been unemployed since May after working for the same company for 24 years. My job was sent offshore. I have been sending out approx 20 resumes per week. I WANT to work, but there is nothing out there. I am beginning to think that none of our reps really care…why did they let these benefits expire in the first place. You have a job, please do it.

January 30, 2014 at 9:54 am
(138) kim says:

god knows we are trying. This month I have applied for 30 or 40 jobs!! no one has called me or sent an email. Pass the unemployment extension and get over your damn political crap. Why? would the republicans not pass this? Its crap. Do they know how hard it is to not have food, internet service, money for gas. What the hell is wrong ? I will never vote for another republican again. I wont vote of the Democrats either they are as bad. Their stupid games, this is the worst congress ever.

January 30, 2014 at 12:47 pm
(139) Steve says:

My wife has been employed as a legal secretary and court reporter for 26 years. I have been employed by the Treasury Depatment and have been a certified special education teacher for 5 years. A total of 22 years. Her unemployement insurance ran out on December 28th and I work part-time as a server at a restaurant. We are unable to live on $500 per month, even though we are staying at stepson’s house which is about to be in foreclosure. We have two boys, 22 and 10, and we are doing everything we can to find employment and not rely on governement aid. Not extending unemployment amounts to child abuse becasue we will be on the street, if we do not find employment. A three month extension would very helpful, as we try to get back on our feet.

January 30, 2014 at 2:51 pm
(140) missy cooper says:

my ex-husband just lost his apartment and has no place for my daughter to stay when she is visiting. All do to the cut-off of extended benefits, which he was just granted a couple weeks before. I have heard of many people losing their apartments and cars because they cannot afford the payments.

January 30, 2014 at 3:19 pm
(141) Melissa says:

The problem with being unemployed for 51 weeks (and counting) is that the longer you are unemployed, the more difficult it is to get a prospective employer to consider you. It isn’t for lack of trying! I get sent leads for jobs that are low paying, and then I’m told that I’m over qualified. Go figure! I’ve had no income now for a month – and I’m not alone! C’mon Congress! Pull your collective thumbs out from where they are hiding, and help the people of THIS country stay warm and fed. We should come before the majority of the bills you all are pushing with your thousand dollar pencils!

January 30, 2014 at 4:31 pm
(142) Brenda says:

I think it is a dirty rotten shame that congress won’t pass extension on unemployment benefits. My husband and I both lost the benefits. We cannot find a job we are looking for work everyday, I am a full time student working for my Bachelor degree, so it is not like I am just sitting around collecting benefits. I am so tired of all you guys fighting over middle class and what you can do to screw us. Why don’t all of you guys take a pay cut . I think you should try to live on 8-10 dollars an hour, all did I mention try working for a company for years then they give you a pink slip , saying sorry we are moving over seas. I think all of Americans need to pull together and boot everyone of you guys out of the white house.

January 30, 2014 at 9:05 pm
(143) LaRee says:

What type of imbeciles do we have sitting in congress? I wonder how they feel each day knowing that they have the fate of over 1M people in their hands Do they even realize that millions do not have funds to pay for their utilities, food and rent for this month. I cannot believe that anything else going in America is more important at this time. How would they feel if they were laid-off or fired and could not even collect unemployment.

January 31, 2014 at 1:33 am
(144) Teresa says:

Honorable Senate & Congress members:
Please extend unemployment benefits 6 month extension would very helpful, as we try to get back on our feet. I have been unemployed since September 27, 2013. I have been sending out approx 15 resumes per week. I WANT to work, but there is nothing out there. I never used unemployment or government benefits until now. Just trying to hold on to my home, maintain electricity, and put food on my table. I have worked hard all my life. Now I need help. So help me please.
Good luck everybody and GOD BLESS.

Thanks

January 31, 2014 at 7:34 am
(145) Debra says:

Please Extend unemployment benefits just because you don’t have too apply for them is no reason I had too leave my job my son is ill and I have too ad minster his medications to him too save his life please don’t make us homeless in the process we are good non drug or liquor drinking people every little bit helps thank you

January 31, 2014 at 8:25 am
(146) Steve says:

I’ve been out of and income for 5 weeks due to two reasons. One is the tier 1 I was on has been cut and my part time job hours have been reduced to “0″. I’ve never been in this position before in my life. My savings will be my life line now until something changes. I’m hoping for the best in this worse new year I’ve ever experienced.

January 31, 2014 at 10:29 am
(147) Bowie G says:

This situation is disgusting. My husband and I have worked hard our entire lives. We are both over 60, well educated and qualified for many jobs, but NO ONE will hire us. Our government doesn’t care what happens to us, so let’s not forget this at election time. I know I won’t.

January 31, 2014 at 12:33 pm
(148) Mary says:

For many of us over 60, not wealthy, need the next six to ten years to make certain we are not a financial burden in retirement. Loss of job and the job search for the 60+ is very different than someone 50 and younger. This is the first time I have been out of work. I have had employment since I was 15. The business I worked for closed last June. Where are all the companies that are hiring older Americans? If you are healthy and want to work at 60+ where do you turn? The little bit of money one receives on Unemployment is not enough to keep you out of the job market. I think Senators and Representatives should care more about the human element of what it is like to be out of work. It is no longer living the American Dream. It is the American nightmare and no place to turn. The United States would rather help a foreign country than our own citizens.

January 31, 2014 at 3:37 pm
(149) Evelyn says:

This is so devastating. I don’t have words to express it. I can’t talk about it to anyone. I used up what little savings I had before finally going on unemployment, which was my right, because I needed to eat and pay rent. So I did that and not gotten to a tier yet, just completed the 26 weeks. I went to look at the cantor facebook page listed above to post to please help us, but it just gets me very upset so I didn’t. I am 55, always on my own, and working since 18. People who think we are just not wanting to work must be very mean in all aspects of their life. Their will always be those who take advantage, that is true for every segment of life! But the hard working, middle aged person who has done what they can and worked thru’out their lives should not be treated this way, and this slow drawn out hope about a vote– how mean! I am heartbroken. This will take me forever or never to get over and I feel like I am in a foreign world and see how cruel people can be to people in legitimate need. Where am I? :(

February 1, 2014 at 1:42 am
(150) kandi says:

Please pass euc claims im getn behind on my bills..cant buy food..Im applying for jobs cant get to them without gas money…cant fix things on my car..to move it…please oh please..we need this..to help ..

February 1, 2014 at 5:51 am
(151) Patti says:

I have always been blessed with a job; ever since I was a teenager straight out of high school. I got fired from my job in September, 2013. I have never been fired nor have I ever been out of work in my life. I am 49 years old and in this economy, I am having the hardest time finding a job. I look everyday for a job but cannot even get an interview. I have faith in God and truly believe that things are going to change for the better. I am a single woman and I don’t have anyone (except for the Lord). I don’t know what is going to happen but all I know is that God will make a way somehow.

February 1, 2014 at 9:05 am
(152) Lorraine says:

I have worked since I was 13 years old. I am now 51. I worked before age 13 cleaning houses and babysitting. I am not and have never been a lazy person I have never used unemployment benefits until the last year. I believe I have paid into this program for many years and deserve to receive some help while trying to find a job. It is a lot harder to find work when you are older. I cannot believe my own country can help everybody else, but not take care of our own right here in what I believe to be the best country in the world! Really… This needs to happen for lots of reasons. People are going homeless and cannot eat!!!! What are you thinking???

February 1, 2014 at 10:53 am
(153) Greg says:

It doesn’t help matters on extending EUC benefits that FAMOUS talk show hosts making millions of dollars blast this program weekly. What they don’t see is US trying to find a good paying job and getting turned down every day or not been contacted. $500 a week is what this guy pays for one of his fancy cigars. That said OBAMA has to do something for those that lost EUC funds on 12/28/13. We are all in a life raft with a lot of holes and water coming in it NOW without those weekly funds. This amount is nothing compared to what CONGRESS blows each month on PORK projects and other waste. EUC helps Americans.

February 1, 2014 at 12:32 pm
(154) Linda Jackson says:

My brother has worked in heavy equipment in Nevada for almost 40 years. Now he has not worked in a year and was dropped on 12/28, He is 60 but does not want to stop working. He is bored, I am having to help support him from our family’s dwindling funds and he is not the only one. There are so many in this pile. We are degrading good people who are ready and willing to work hard and be part of the progress of this country instead of a drain. Please start up the extension on unemployment again and please start on Intrstructure renewals that will put a lot of these skilled laborers back to work. This is a travesty to our country and makes us look pretty bad to our neighbors. US has always been a leader in bettering the lives of people and here we now are way behind, except maybe the French.

February 1, 2014 at 8:33 pm
(155) Peggy Kelly says:

I agree with the gentleman who said none of these politicians must know anyone who has been laid off, especially at the age of 59. I have had SOME interviews and they mention that I have great experience and that they will put me in for another interview, however, never hear from them again. I send notes each time I interview to thank them and to express my interest in the position, but never hear back from any of them. I believe it’s because of my age and furious these companies get away with this. I have many years left in me to work, but have not been given the opportunity. It’s frustrating! Now they want to shut off our unemployment, yet hear on the news, the president wants to pay for the children of illegal aliens to got to college!!! Why aren’t they helping out Americans that have worked hard all their lives! I have worked since I was 14 and need help while I am unemployed and looking desperately for a job!

February 2, 2014 at 4:51 pm
(156) Lisa says:

Please help us we are going to loose our home if the EUC benefits are not renewed.
It has been my loss of employment that has harmed my family. I have had to give up my COBRA Insurance (which was very expensive) to pay the mortgage. My husband is self-employed and never turns down a job. We are hard working people who have really been impacted by the last 5 years of financial instability in our country.
Please extend the EUC benefits for 2014 and help those of us who believe in this country and have been tax paying citizens of this country the United States of America.
I Thank You for Your Time!

February 3, 2014 at 10:43 am
(157) Carmela pellerito says:

I am 58 years old have never used any government assistance in my life.
Now I am faced with it, iam diabetic and have used every last penny I have. I am even cutting my medication in half to make it last.
Nobody seems to be hiring even mc Donald’s. I am asking for you to extend unemployment soon. Please

February 3, 2014 at 1:23 pm
(158) Angry and Depressed says:

I am 65 years old and planned on working for another 10 years becausse I am still raising teenagers (by myself). After nearly two decades at Home Depot, an angry hot head fired me. I was shocked… depressed… and lost in my life. We are about to be homeless and the euc voters have no idea what they are doing. Send them to my house for a day to see what it is like to deal with the situations I had no idea I would be dealing with. At my age, this is just not fair. I will not say I am sorry for having children late in life….

February 3, 2014 at 1:27 pm
(159) chuck says:

my stomach is in a knot. I can’t even put enough gas in the car to get to an interview, if I were to be called ! if I don’t pay the cable bill soon, I won’t even be able to have access to my e-mail for job responses. the gas and electric bills are growing even with 2 pairs of thermal undies on, and that includes my wife who has an existing nervous disorder and never went on disability because I wanted to take care of her, so I told her that she has the job of a home maker. THE MORTGAGE , I don’t want to discuss, I may throw up ! we don’t like sponging off of anyone. I got up everyday and went to work, but things are different now. PLEASE PASS THE EUC EXTENSION BILL THAT WOULD ENABLE FOLKS LIKE ME TO FIGHT OUR WAY BACK TO A HUMBLE BUT SECURE EXISTANCE.

February 3, 2014 at 2:48 pm
(160) Kima says:

I am 32 years old with 2 children. This is the first time I’ve every been unemployed. Please don’t punish the americans who are trying to get back on our feet. Please stop kicking us down EUI will save our lives!

February 3, 2014 at 2:56 pm
(161) Steelerfan says:

Can’t believe so many are in my boat… 67, laid off five months ago; went from 80k to 378 a week and now looking at a big zero in four more weeks. Lost car, all insurance, and now losing house. Congress needs to get off its collective ass and get something done.

February 3, 2014 at 4:02 pm
(162) Mary says:

This is past June, I found myself without a job after 22 years working in Human Resources. I was in a state of denial and shock for six months.
I had not thought about retiring in 2013, since I am on my own and needed to continue in my career in order to be able financially to live my life. I had no pension, and all I had was my 401k plan that lost a significant amount of money in 2010.
I found out a month before my last day that I had no job after June 30. The summer time was a little easier to be out of work, however I immediately began my job search. When summer ran into fall and fall into winter, I really became very worried. For the first time in my life, I applied for Unemployment Benefits and was pretty sure I would find another job quickly. To my dismay this is not the case. Since I am over 60 and have worked in one place for 22 years, I am finding it so difficult to find work. I was good at what I was doing, and I loved my job. I loved helping employees. Now my unemployment benefits have run out, and because our Congress cannot make up their minds about extending them, I am without any income at all. I have to go on Medicare, and I also will need to to put my home up for sale very soon. No income, no home.
I am now going to try to look for a part time job of any kind; since all my expertise for the last 22 years in Human Resources is not getting me anywhere in the job market. I am determined and very reliable. I left my job with over 160 hours of sick pay in my bank. I seldom missed work and hardly ever took a sick day.
As I travel through this unemployed rocky road, I am keeping my head up along with my sprits….friends and family have been so supportive! I am trying to be optimistic
Congress should extend the benefits until the end of this year, at least they will have time to think about a plan that would work for both of us Why is our Congress not acting on this very important issue?

February 3, 2014 at 4:03 pm
(163) Marie renee says:

I Have been working non stop for 0ver 30 yeras, mostly two jobs and because of greed, my position was outsourced and I have been trying to find a job for 15 months. I strongly believe that we should get tan extention and stop voting republiocans. They are heartless people.

February 3, 2014 at 4:15 pm
(164) Doris Correll says:

I have no faith in our government. As other posts I have read, they’re not in our shoes so they don’t care…it doesn’t affect them. Kind of like out of sight out of mind. The government is like business and business has no face, just like the millions of unemployed Americans…to the government, we have no face.

Very disappointed American!

February 3, 2014 at 7:07 pm
(165) Barbara says:

I am currently collecting unemployment. However, I have been working since I was in the 9th grade and I have a Masters of Arts and BS Management degree. Also, I have a paralegal certificate and an Associate of Science degree. The problem is that I cannot find work unless I remove all of my education and working history. The other is is that I am 52 years of age and most employers want younger workers who do not use insurance often. I served my country for 10 years and now I am barely making a living. I continue to pray that the extension of unemployment will take place this week. Please pray for and with me.

February 3, 2014 at 8:43 pm
(166) G Johnson says:

America really need the unemployment extended benefits, God be with us,,,,America the Beautiful

February 4, 2014 at 12:48 am
(167) Shirley says:

47 years I worked for the same place. over the years with the changes in health care jobs were eliminated. The past 2 years the are worst. My Job was eliminated and I am now looking for work, at anything. during the 15 months I have looked alot of changes had to be made. first things to go cell phones, cable TV, internet, (I am using my brothers computer at his home) insurance coverage for us and the car. Then we lost credit cards, lost our home, lost our car, and to think I only had 6 more payments on a 7 year loan. Then we had to make more choices, heating or lights. Lights won. I bath in cold water. Now my meds had to stop for hypertension I can no longer get the cancer meds my husband needs. Food well we eat every other day one small meal. My land loard where I rent a modest $700.00 appartment has been understanding but not the bank so now we need to move again. This is now 37 days with out UI benefits. I see no future for us, Welfare is not treated like this why are we so discriminated aginist. I to am finding no answers to applications, over qulified really takes the cake. They went on a vacation while I walked place to place daily looking for work. They ate everyday I didn’t. I dont want to live on unemployment but it is all I had now. I am ashamed to say I’m a Republican voter. I will rethink this in the future.

February 4, 2014 at 2:02 am
(168) beN says:

These unemployment extensions should be continued. Just because they have been renewed a few times does not mean they should stop them. It is really hard to find employment these days and who knows if it will become easier in the future.

The Senate and the House Reps are not affected and are immune by this horrendous economy. Some of them have been there since the 80′s.

February 4, 2014 at 6:45 am
(169) D. Pope says:

Since I got laid off from my job of 13 years, yes, I was collecting Unemployment Benefits and looking for full time employment. However, for every (1) job in my field; 100 other people are applying and I’m guessing at my age, it will be difficult.
I applied at Board of Social Services in Rochelle Park on 1/14/13 for Rent, Bill Assistance, Foods Stamps and Medicade. At which time they sent me to a Workforce program in Hackensack that takes about (4-6) weeks before I see any kind of benefits.
With that said, prior to going to the ER yesterday and my ribs killing me, I went back to the Board of Social Services and ask them if they can get some of my benefits pushed faster. They replied, “there is nothing we can do; you just have to wait.”!

What kind of government are we living in? I’ve never been on Welfare or unemployment; this is my first time. What am I supposed to do about my monthly bills when nobody in New Jersey will help? Not one person! New Jersey is apparently also out of state assisted funds as well!
Me and my Army Vet son are also about to get evicted from our apartment. However, nobody will help you with that until you have a court notice of eviction. I’ve been in that situation before; had the court notice of eviction, showed up for court and got evicted anyway; so I don’t get it!
My son who’s 26 is a full time student; an Army Vet of (8) years and there aren’t any jobs for him as well. All false that VETS are getting jobs; so not TRUE!
I NEED HELP NOW BEFORE ME AND MY SON GET THROWN OUT OF OUR APARTMENT; EVERYTHING TURNED OFF, MY CAR REPOSSED, NO FOOD AND LIVING ON THE STREET, LOOSING ALL OF OUR BELONGINGS, EVERYTHING. WHAT AM AI SUPPOSED TO DO! WE HAVEN’T ANY FAMILY!

I’VE EMAILED YOUR OFFICES TWICE; OUR CONGRESS; MY MAJOR, THE NEWSPAPERS AND NOT ONE PERSON IS HELPING US!

Your state of the Union stated you would get the EUC benefits pushed fast; I DON’T SEE THIS HAPPENING!

February 4, 2014 at 9:11 am
(170) Gabriel Bowden says:

Well I lost my benefits in Dec I must say its really hard without it. I’m not able to go out and look for a job. My car was repossessed. Where I live is not on public transportation. I don’t know really what else to do I have a high school and middle school age children. I’m afraid I’ll lose my house next.. We or me who speak for women and men across the country urge the senate to extend EUC at least give us a few months to try to get ahead untill jobs becomes available…

February 4, 2014 at 9:50 am
(171) Janice says:

I agree the unemployment should be extended. Not only is this affecting the millions of unemployed people right now and their immediate families, but this is also affecting others. I am divorced, but my ex husband is one of the unfortunate people that was cut off. In turn, this has made life harder for me and my daughter. Without his unemployment, I am unable to get child support. It’s a new month, and I am unable to pay my mortgage payment, and am struggling to pay some bills. I’ve had to work more hours just to get by, and am spending less time with my child. Congress needs to understand the many effects this has on everyone.

February 4, 2014 at 11:07 am
(172) Diane says:

I am so disheartened by our politicians re: unemployment. I have paid taxes toward this since I’m 18 years old. These politicians have absolutely no clue. They’re not worried about their salaries which we pay for. Shame, shame, shame on them. Unfortunately, they could care less.

February 4, 2014 at 11:18 am
(173) Ying Hang says:

Hi everyone. I hope this extension go through. I really can use the backpay help here. I got a BA degree and has work for the company for almost 8 year until they lay me off on March of 2013. Still not able to find a job so this extension can help alot of us. I encourage everyone to pray and hope it go through. I’m sure alot of use how didn’t find a job yet got bills piling up. My cell is dead and I got electricity to pay. And when you down to eatting eggs, damm you know you are struggleling real hard. Please put this extension back so I can try to help my family. Thanks

February 4, 2014 at 2:47 pm
(174) chuck says:

I and many others are tired of all these school yard political tactics, used by some, in both parties of the house ! They are all acting like a bunch of play ground bullies. We have some bickering children making decisions for all the men and women who’s backs built this country, and to think, we’re the one’s who voted these children into office. The founding fathers of this country must be spinning in their graves. Would a soldier of the USA leave another wounded soldier to die on the battle field ? The answer is NO. Yet, congress will leave 1.6 million people to starve right here in the USA, how selfish. Yet again, our nation’s leaders would ask those who are at recruiting age, of that same 1.6 million, to go into battle for the USA, if a crisis arises and military action is needed. What are the unemployed asking for ? All we want is a fighting chance to find a job and secure our humble but significant lives. I dare any white house representative to walk in our shoes for 26 weeks, let alone, an additional 3 months. Congress, please change your attitudes, and return to being the responsible, rational men and women, whom we have voted for, and pass the euc extension.

February 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm
(175) Shela says:

Hello, I was working in Banking and got laid off of no fault of my own in 2008 my husband had a tumer in his head and had to quit his job. SSi does not pay much. I have been looking and working part-time and taking my husband to all of his Dr. Appointments. I am not complaining by all means all I want is a job. But unemployment would help me get to interviews and pay bills. I know it is in God’s hands and all we can do is pray and pray for everyone. Everybody keep smiling and we will get through this bump in the road.

February 4, 2014 at 6:20 pm
(176) kate says:

My ex husband has worked at a company for almost 30 years. He is 53. This man made a terrible hourly salary so worked almost 80 hours a week with overtime just to make a decent paycheck. He got laid off for the first time in March 2013 and now they cut him off for ECU. Are you kidding me? This damn goverment made sure they collected big time money on his overtime for taxes but now you say he can’t have anything back? I swear, if it was possible, i would stop paying my damn taxes. That is another joke. The goverment made sure they took out taxes on the damn unemployment they gave you for 6 short months! Not that we could afford it anyway, but I REFUSED to help this economy. I will not purchase anything but food. They think the economy will get better because they say unemployment is at its lowest rate. So what does that mean….Stop paying the people who still need it! Somebody please give me the names of all the congressmen who have voted again this bill. Cause I wil not support them and I will tell all my family and friends not to support them either. This is a DISGRACE for the USA!

February 4, 2014 at 11:57 pm
(177) Dano says:

This year I find myself without work and denied UC benefits. Since I work mostly construction jobs I pay a lot into my state UC fund during my peak work periods. As a resident of Pa. they just passed ACT 60 that requires workers to earn less than 50.5% of their wages in their highest quarter. Although I paid in much more than the required amount and worked much more than the required weeks I was still denied because of this new percentage. My only hope was the EUC program. Now I am without income and have a 5 year old daughter to support. I have been visiting, calling, and sending messages to all my state and national reps. It seems to me that big business is funding a direct attack on the working people. My new motto for legislators that support laws that hurt the working people…..destroying people….one family at a time.

February 5, 2014 at 1:27 pm
(178) justin says:

Everyday is a struggle trying to figure out how I am going to eat my next meal. Since unemployment has stopped my apartment is ready to evict me this week, my phones shut off and car repossessed. I can’t even apply to or get to interviews now since unemployment has stopped. Please do the right thing and help us in our time of need.

February 5, 2014 at 3:33 pm
(179) chuck says:

Well tomorrow, February 6, 2014, is the day of either action or immobility. Will the senate back us or continue to immobilize us. Will they continue to victimize us to the dim and cold realities of life. Are their memories that short when it comes to the working class people of this country ? Hey it’s me Chuck ! I’m the guy who use to build and maintain all your state and federal buildings in my state ! Hey it’s Dano, Kate, Justin, Shela, Gabriel, on, and on and on, and on, all hard working people, desperately looking for a chance to earn again. We are just a small hand full of the 1.7 million, and growing, citizens of the USA who were economically wounded by this disastrous recession, to no fault of our own. We’re the hard working people who voted you into office, and believe me, our memories are not short. We will NOT forget all the stress and despair that you all have caused to the vast majority of Americans. To think of how many American Men and Women, who put there lives in danger in foreign nations in defense of freedom, many who are no longer with us, and still some of our leaders obviously can’t make the connection, that it is WE who put our lives on the line for this country, THE US of A. Extend our EUC benefit or you WILL feel our wrath at voting booths come the elections. Give us the chance to fight and we can forgive but never forget.

February 5, 2014 at 4:32 pm
(180) Jackie says:

I am praying for all of us. I have left comments on Facebook pages only to have all on unemployment to be labeled bums. Who exactly had to pay hefty Federal taxes from their over 40 years of employment? Where does the “government” think their money comes from. Without the working people of this country the government would not exist or at least in any form you see now. I see us leaning toward everyone working for a higher minimum wage no matter your experience or education while your government reaps the profits. The trend looks more and more like communist Russia to me every day. The Farm bill they past is to cut food stamps type aid and increase farmers markets. Get ready for farm labor and food lines. Probably an exaggeration but really not looking good. God bless us especially those veterans unemployed or homeless already.God bless our country and it’s leaders and give them the insight to know that creating more homeless is not the answer. Creating jobs is great but the middle class older Americans are losing what they and their ancestors have worked for and fought for while we search and wait for them.

February 5, 2014 at 7:56 pm
(181) jeanine swift says:

I GET OUT EVERYDAY LOOKING FOR EMPLOYMENT AND THESAME THING DAY IN AND DAY OUT,WERE NOT HIRING RIGHTNOW,IT GET FUSTRATED AT TIME KNOWING YOU ARE GONNA HERE THESAME THING.I’VE WORKED ALL MOST ALL MY LIFE AND THE LAST REAL JOB I HAD PACKED UP AND LEFT.LEAVING ME AND A WHOLE BUNCH MORE PEOPLE TO LEAN ON UNEMPLOYMENT AND THEN TO GET IT CUT OFF,IT’S NOT FARE.I NEED THE MONE FOR GAS AD TO PAY SOME BILLS SO I CAN BETTER MYSELF,RIGHT NOW I TOTALLY AT A STAND STILL NOT ABLE TO DO ANYTHING,BUT I HAVE FAITH I KNOW GOD DIDN’T BRING US HIS FAR TO LEAVE US NOW,I’M LOOKING TOWARD THE HILLS ITS A MUST.EVERYONE IT’S GONNA GET BETTER BEFORE IT GETS ANY WORSE.

February 6, 2014 at 5:43 am
(182) Laura says:

Please pass this extension my husband worked almost 27 years with his company they decided well labor is cheaper across seas and moved to Singapore which by the way landed a contract with the Pentagon once it WENT OVERSEAS this is the first time EVER in his life he has collected unemployment he is looking for a job very hard but hasn’t had any luck either please pass this extension I am the only one working and carrying the medical insurance which is costly so ends meet is barely making it please help and pass this extension and start working on a solution now for after the 3 months because more than likely people will be where we are today after the 3 months is over! HELP THE PEOPLE WHO PUT THE FOOD IN YOUR MOUTH DAILY AND A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD US TAXPAYERS!!!!!

February 6, 2014 at 10:36 am
(183) Pam says:

After reading other comments I now know there are others that feel the same way I do. I started babysitting at age 11 and have held a job every since,. I graduated high school in 1975 and did not have the means to go to college. I lost my full time job to ” Part Time on call” December 2012 due to the Defense Budget cuts. Guess that was for golf games and vacations. No one has mentioned the 12.8% that was deducted from Unemployment Benefits due to “Budget Cuts” once again, I also elected to have Federal taxes taken out of my weekly check. So where is our money going? The new insurance plan is hurting getting full time employment also. I recently had to cash in my 401K, of in which the Federal government took over $4000. It doesn’t seem llike anyone is listening to us, both Senators from my state voted against the extension, wonder if they play golf! Too much time I believe is being spent on Immigration reform and not on people like us

February 6, 2014 at 11:59 am
(184) rebecca says:

I read that over 300 thousand of us have stopped looking for work. That we have given up. Well since there is no help. My internet is shut off. I have no gas money to get to somewhere to use online tools. Hello. I’m loosing my home. Power is being shut off. Phone as well. Harder and harder to ask for favors. Such as a ride from family and friends. Children outgrowing their clothes with no means to replace them. I could go on and on. I worked full time since I was 17. I am now 43. I also served my country with pride for 8 years. only been out of work since april 2013. Not asking for a hand out. Just some help. This 3 month extension is vital to my families future.

February 6, 2014 at 2:48 pm
(185) Holly says:

I just spoke to someone regarding the EUC and they told me that congress was voting on it today. I lost my job that I had had for 10 years because I needed to care for my dying mother. When I began using my FMLA more frequently my supervisor began to find all these things that I was doing wrong and would write me up for it. Long story short I got fired!
My mother passed away and I have been looking for work since June and have yet to find anything (possibly due to my age 58 or the way things have changed in the computer age). The unemployment check I received at least let me pay something towards my bills, now I have 0 income. I am hoping that this bill passes and that we just don’t get passed by.

February 6, 2014 at 2:48 pm
(186) Harryreidisabastard says:

Reed amendment woukd have passed if Reid didn’t vote no

February 6, 2014 at 2:59 pm
(187) Mike Russo says:

They voted no again. 5 weeks after we lost our benifits. This is sick.
Reid voted NO and that is why it didn’t pass. 1 GOD DAME VOTE.

February 6, 2014 at 3:56 pm
(188) Arrington says:

Sure could have used a “yay” today so I could afford to travel out of state to except job offers. . . Maybe I can get some I owes you’s at the gas station and motel 6 until I get my first pay check!!!!

February 6, 2014 at 3:59 pm
(189) kevin says:

thanks a lot, now I guess I wil have to go on welfare just to put food on the table for my kids.. there are no jobs!!! what do you think we have been doing. thanks again, while they don’t have to struggle..

February 6, 2014 at 4:00 pm
(190) Arrington says:

Ried was the 59th yes and changed to no as a political tactic to keep ball rolling in regard. The vote would have been 1 short even with his yes

February 6, 2014 at 4:27 pm
(191) William Norgren says:

People that have jobs and don’t have to worry about their family. They are lucky, but not everyone is. I have worked since I was a teenager and now I am 64 and never stopped working. Age makes a huge difference when looking for employment not to mention the Health care bill and poor economy we are in. Experience doesn’t count, age does since health care is needed by people in my age group. I am a Vietnam veteran and this is the way Congress treats its veterans. At least they could extend it for Veterans who are of my age group or any veteran that served this country. How about it Please pass this Bill

February 6, 2014 at 4:32 pm
(192) stuck in a hole says:

I’m a single mother with no vehicle. I was fired from my job because I let my boss know her “family friend” wasn’t doing his job. Mind you I worked in a warehouse where i basically trained my self on the picker and fork lift!! And did it all ….deliveries loading and unloading trucks!!! I had my first week in my extension and this is just my luck

February 6, 2014 at 4:37 pm
(193) Nika says:

I just can’t understand why the republicans are being so cruel! Many people, such as myself depend on these benefits to pay bills. Do they not know what they are doing to these 1.7 million people? I look for jobs everyday only to be told I am “over qualified” for these jobs. At this point I will take anything just to be able to care for my child. It’s very sad that they even let these benefits expire in the first place. I’ve read stories over the past few weeks of people extremely close to being homeless because they no longer have this lifeline. I hope the dems continue to push and finally get somewhere. I’m going to remain optimistic about the situation and when it’s time to vote I know who will NOT receive my vote!!! God bless you all.

February 6, 2014 at 5:29 pm
(194) kate says:

Here is the web link to see what senators voted against the extension for EUC:

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00024

February 6, 2014 at 5:31 pm
(195) Jay LoDolce says:

Thank you for not voting to extend unemployment benefits to an unemployed Army Veteran who’s in the middle of retraining for a better job. I appreciate it.

February 6, 2014 at 6:22 pm
(196) Shirley says:

I will pray for these people who have no idea what it is like to have it all and loose it all in a year, Job, Car, insurance, money, steady income, lights, gas, water, a phone , cable TV, internet, food. I have faith in God but not this system who sends our jobs over seas, sends money and support all over the world. Has passed a trillion dollar budget that does not include help for those of us who support the goverment with our Taxes. At Christmas time the Grinch has nothing on you lets stop there holiday cheer and stop ther bebefits, then you need to think about it next year then wait while I take a week off and then oh wait till next week and oh no money for you. Hope you enjoy your food tonight I wont be eating till tomorrow and then I will neeed to find a soup kitchen. Tell my how many people get interviews that are untidy because they sleep in the shelters because that is what Im looking at with no unemployment help.

February 6, 2014 at 6:24 pm
(197) shorty says:

This is horrible what are we to do for our family
Without the extenison we can’t pay our bills, rent,
Or get food to feed our families. This means more crimes in new jersey. We need extenison so that we can go on interviews it is too cold to walk to them please we really need help

February 6, 2014 at 7:20 pm
(198) What is there 2 say says:

I see a lot of “me’s” on here dealing with every day struggle & I pray for all of us @ this difficult time, there’s nothing to say but sadly be patient & wait

February 7, 2014 at 12:39 am
(199) Shirley says:

Sitting here reading the coments on this page and I am truly heart broken at the pleas for help. Does Congress read this or anyone who cares but us. Who can really help. I will vote and never for the republicans in Congress again. By speaking to everyone I can and using the internet I will encourage everyone I know to not vote them in again. I know a lot of people out of work and just a couple have gotten jobs. At the medical center where I worked 150 layoffs in one week I knew these people. A number months later 120 more I was one of these. God bless all you folks and I pray we find work or at least our goverment could pass the unemployment extensions. Unemployment paid rent and bought food nothing else so living on this is not my idea of living at all till I can return to work.

February 7, 2014 at 4:23 am
(200) Johnson says:

I pray, when you go home and look in the mirror. When you sit down at the table to eat with your families. When you send your kids or grandchildren to school to learn, and to EAT among their friends. These are the simple things that are being taken from my kids. I was on my job for 5 years. I was laid off in June and have tried to find a job NONSTOP. I have even tried to get a minimum wage job just to bring something in, but NO LUCK! Take the 1.5 million people out of the equation, and replace yourself and your families in it. Then would you pass the bill. A sad situation to make Americans suffer to get at ONE man. Feel let down.

February 7, 2014 at 11:10 am
(201) larry snipes says:

Congress sucks!!! For the first time in 25 years I have been unemployed and only the second time in my life I have claimed unemployment and I only got 2 months of federal emegency unemployment in my life. I have 3 young children and we all are about to be homeless!! Thanks for giving me 8 months to find a job before you slit my children and my throat, my/our American dream is over so much for the house with the white picket fence it will be forclosed by the end of the month after 11 years of hard work! I will never vote republican again! It must be nice to close the government down for a week and get paid for it. There one week salary probably could have paid half the 3 month extention. Throw us a bone espeacially the ones who have just become unemployed.

February 7, 2014 at 12:34 pm
(202) kevin says:

go onto whitehouse.gov to sign the petition. there are currently to open ones for the unemployment ext..

February 7, 2014 at 1:49 pm
(203) jb says:

I Cant believe what congress is doing to these strugling americans i cant wait when the next election for congress is cause i hope everybody votes for democrat arent they worried about that

February 7, 2014 at 2:04 pm
(204) Michele Swinton says:

I have been in the workforce for over 25 years, I’ve been out of work for only about 2 of them yet when I need my unemployment benefits they are cut off?? I wish I could refuse to pay into unemployment benefits at my next job since I can’t get any of it back when I need it, but NO, that is against the law!!
I agree some people do take advantage of the benefits, I do think there should be a limit [maybe 1.5 - 2 years] No one should be on unemployment for 5 years! But it does take time to get a decent job in todays market. Why should I have to take a low paying job, make that 2 low paying jobs in order to keep my home & maybe have enough to feed my family? How about if congress stops getting raises, taking extended paid vacations & sending sooooo much of our country’s money overseas before our own are taken care of? It’s disgusting!!!! Congress doesn’t care that people can’t afford to pay there heating bills! Do you realize how much more money the government will spend on food stamps & public assistance since they cut off unemployment??? I have never applied for either, but I’m going to now!! That still won’t help me keep my home but at least I can eat!! This is going to cause so much more crime, child abuse, neglect of everyday living & more demand from already diminished food bank supplies for a lot of US citizens! Does that sound good for our country Congress?? I bet your house is paid off, you have 3 good meals a day and no worries of how your going to warm your home this winter! HOW ABOUT THINKING OF THE REST OF AMERICA FOR ONCE?? I job search for hours EVERYDAY! What are you doing to help? We voted you into office to help protect us & yes, I do vote! Tonight while your eating your nice dinner think about how many Americans are wondering where there next meal will come from!

February 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm
(205) MR> MR says:

I just say for all those out there with no job . Iwould love to know how Harry Reid can sleep at night. These people worked to earn this!! The people that put in should get back. Unlike some receiving welfare and those receiving disability that are not disabled!!

February 7, 2014 at 5:15 pm
(206) Carol says:

I have been unemployed since this past May 2013. I have applied for jobs everywhere. I have BS in Accounting and have worked for years in that field. I’m now almost 52 and no one will hire me. I have applied for every job out there. Most places woun’t hire someone a my age. So now what do I do???

February 7, 2014 at 7:23 pm
(207) Jasper says:

I have been unemployed since August. I was penalized for 21 weeks. Found a seasonal job for the holidays to get by. I have been filling out applications everywhere. Had a few interviews but no luck. I’m 28 years old I have been working with one job since I got out of high school. They just need to go ahead and pass the Euc bill. To help out the ones that just lost their jobs this isn’t fair.

February 7, 2014 at 7:26 pm
(208) sherrie says:

I can’t believe that unemployment is not being extended. I lost my job in July of 2013. They have been extending it since 2008 I believe, but of course when I unfortunately need to rely on unemployment it is cut back to 26 weeks only. They would never take away welfare recipients’ low rent assistance (roof over their heads month after month, year after year, decade after decade} or food stamps because they are ‘low income’ but yet it’s okay to take away/stop the only income people who worked and paid into unemployment. This $300 per week at least kept most of us sheltered and fed but now it’s gone. I am now three months delinquent on my home which will probably be foreclosed on without emergency unemployment being reinstated. How can congress even take a recess knowing what the situation is for over a million people?!!!
UNBELIEVABLE!!!

February 7, 2014 at 9:29 pm
(209) gail says:

Thank you republicans for not voting the extension in. Hope your very proud of yourself. Don’t worry about me I will just sleep on a park bench tonight while you have a I’m sure a huge house with all the perks that we pay for. I will never vote another Republican in office as long as I am living. I will also be out there making sure no one else does. no one will hire me because of my age. What am I to do? Oh that’s right you don’t care.

February 8, 2014 at 9:23 am
(210) jeff goeckel says:

As the bills stack up and my two children are wondering why Mommy and Daddy have to choose between paying for the house, or buying food I would like thank the republicans for making it easy for me to switch parties. Adios republicans wont miss ya at all!

February 8, 2014 at 10:18 am
(211) Lori says:

My benefits will be expiring in just 2 weeks. I’ve been applying for approximately 6 jobs a week. Willing to take less pay, travel further ect…still nothing seems to be be panning out! I am 43 years old,college educated and have a good resume….administrative, supervisory and quality assurance experience. I have had solid employment for the past 20 years..now am humbling myself to petition for a little federal assistance until that next job comes along.

If you find yourself in a similar situation and would like to SIGN A PETITION to restoring UC BENEFITS go to:

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/we-call-on-congress-to?source=s.fwd&r_by=9864909

February 8, 2014 at 12:13 pm
(212) Shirley says:

OK so I have the option now of going on wefare and food stamps. Talked to them about hud to help with rent the waiting list is 18 months here. So Im going to have to move soon. Now tell me where does one go with no money, so stressed. Maybe one of the Republican Senators can spare a room in there house.

February 8, 2014 at 12:17 pm
(213) Sam says:

Congress has no idea what they have created(THE UNEMPLOYED EXTENTION KATRINA!) Millions of people in distress and congress not doing a damn thing about it. All Republicans see are numbers, and not what 1.7 million people are going through. Congress needs to get a taste of their own medicine and never vote Republican as well as limit terms to eight years so they can truely be public servant and not have the abiliity to build their”House of Cards”. I know now I can’t sit back and allow these politians become dictatators and run this country to the ground as they’ve done for the past ten years. For now I’ll go take a “recess” in my home (car) and have my one meal from the dollar meal and try to manage how I will survive with the last 20.00 in my pocket.
Republicans are dispicable for allowing this travesty be done to their people.

February 8, 2014 at 12:29 pm
(214) Kelly says:

The most I have ever been on unemployment in the last 25 years is one month. I was laid off in July and have been looking diligently for a job. I’ve qualified for city jobs, and had an interview, here or there, but nothing substantial. My regular benefits ended Jan. 18th. No more money. I am desperately looking for work at this point. How are we supposed to live until we find work? If this was impacting Harry Reid’s family, I bet you he’d pass this in a heart beat. It was okay to bail out all those banks, which was truly a crime, but you can’t help your citizens? I’m beyond disappointed in my government. You have failed me and my family. It seems like our government is doing whatever they want, with no regards to how it impacts us. They’re playing a game at our expense and we are allowing them to do it. They don’t even listen. I don’t get it.

February 8, 2014 at 1:35 pm
(215) Enraged American says:

It is inexcusable that the Unemployment Benefits Extension did not pass. I’ve read over most of the comments here, and if our so called advocates in the Senate/Congress would take the time to read the despair, maybe they would do the right thing by hard working Americans and pass the extension. If by chance one of you legislators or close aids read this site, please vote for this extension. You are killing us, the ones who have worked all of our lives, and can’t get a job because we are jut older…………………too young for social security, too old for someone to hire us for a good job. Please help, we need our unemployment benefits, we need more time to find a job, this whole thing is an outrage, hurting millions of Americans because of your unwillingness to do your jobs, and that is to represent all American’s, and do the right thing by us. We voted for you, you will be voted out, and uh maybe you’ll be in our shoes one day, at the mercy of our unscrupulous, uncaring representatives. I am asking the Lord to help all of us………….so sick, so weary, so scared, losing everything is devastating.

February 8, 2014 at 5:04 pm
(216) tawonn says:

People can never say that the economy is getting better it might be for those who already had it all anyway.the use the terms middle class low class and poor we that’s really trying to work and find jobs are none of the above even if we was in the poor class level we would have something to dwell on we have nothing I lost my job my truck and my apartment months behind each other because someone higher then us said that unemployment makes us lazy give us a chance at your job and see how much better this economy would be you can’t pin point who really needs it and who really don’t everybody is not lazy I no want more then just that little bit of money a week. Instead of judging pointing fingers help someone out for a change stop keeping all the money in you Republicans pockets

February 9, 2014 at 2:01 am
(217) Linzy says:

It’s been a long two months for my family. At this point my husband is pulling all the weight, and I have applied for countless jobs. So far I haven’t heard anything back from any of them. I am keeping my head up and trying to keep positive thoughts, but we are in a sinking ship. It’s not only putting a strain on us, and our kids, but my mother as well. I have to go to her and ask for money to buy food, and she has paid our mortgage bill. I hate having to ask her, and I know she doesn’t really have it to give, but she knows we are trying. We need help so bad. Monday I am going to try to file for food stamps. It’s the only way I know we can make it until I get a job. I have been praying God will just put the right job for us in my path. I agree with the above poster who says the economy isn’t getting better. Yes the unemployment rate fell, why because they dumped us off on the side of USA sid row and walked away. We need help before it’s too late. Please

February 9, 2014 at 8:50 am
(218) Ricki says:

I can’t believe it was shot down because of ONE vote, and reid changed his at the last minute!!! How can they jusy ignore millions of people suffering? Two months without income is insane. Said may vote again in the future, but we won’t have a future. I am a registeder voter but have not voted in years, but plan on it this time just to get the heartless SOB’s out of office.

February 9, 2014 at 10:31 am
(219) so very sad says:

Tell the congress why don’t they come out of their seat of greatness called inhumane and go and stand in a workforce line for a job . And see how we feel walking away daily with Nothing . No money in our pocket. Little food very little and a metro card provided by public assistance . Rent past due January and February and then perhaps they will really see the real life issue and the need for unemployment extension .america is no longer the land of the free with dictation as to weather you can eat or pay your rent. Please realize you have to had worked a job to receive these benefits which seems to be greatly over looked. Please come out of your happy paid seat and go to a job center and apply for a job like I do daily and I’m told you have to be bilingual . Like this is AMERICA

February 9, 2014 at 12:35 pm
(220) Lisa Adkins says:

I would like to see these congressmen have to sit back and watch their kids cry because you couldn’t afford a present for a Birthday or even to go to a movie thanks to their constant bickering . they act like a bunch of kids who don’t agree on anything unless they get their way. you need to look at the big picture, It’s not all about you , you are being paid way to much for a job most of you don’t seem to be qualified for. People are suffering out here that have held real jobs waiting on you to stop acting like kids. Maybe you should take a paycut so you could help fund this …

February 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm
(221) Chris Espinoza says:

I am i n the same boat as Lisa. My sons birthday is tomorrow and I cant even take him to see the lego movie. I look for work everyday and its always the same story. We’re not hiring or we don’t need anyone at the moment, Its very discouraging. I know you have to keep a stiff upper lip and keep on keeping on but there’s only so much rejection one can take. The UI benefits I was getting was barely enough to make it week to week so there was nothing to put aside for something like this. I have written emails and made phone calls to congress but it feels like my efforts have fallen on “deaf ears”. I am running out of options uncle sam.

February 9, 2014 at 5:44 pm
(222) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

@Karlos I think it’s possible if there is behind the scenes negotiations going on that will come up with bi-partisan legislation that can be passed by both the House and the Senate. If it’s just more of trying to push through the same legislation that the Republicans won’t vote on without amendments (and some of the Republican plans to pay for it seem decent to me) then it will just be more talk. So, I don’t even want to guess at this point. We’ll see what happens tomorrow in the Senate.

February 10, 2014 at 1:08 am
(223) Ed says:

I am a Republican, ot at least have held views which more closely resemble the Republican Party. However, and while it does not apply to me, am sickened by the petty poltics of my party to the detriment and hurt of millions of American’s out there, in the midst of long term unemployment. Are there individuals who abuse the system, yes, and so what. I promise you, for those who have been in the upper Middle Class, they are not finding the $300 or so a week, as something that is taking incentive away to get a job. That whole rationale is absurd. Get off your a..es Congress and do the right thing for the 1st time in recent memory!

February 10, 2014 at 1:11 am
(224) beN says:

Yeah, problem with these politicians is that they are completely out of touch of how it’s like out there. They don’t have a clue what it’s like sending out resumes/applications and not hearing anything back. They also don’t know what’s it like being broke as f*3k and being able to pay your bills or put food on the table.

February 10, 2014 at 8:47 am
(225) jason whitaker says:

I am a laid off coal miner from ky.whose been looking for work but nu luck.I really need the help from unemployment insurance it helps to pay the bills. I have worked since the age of 16 and I have paid my taxes but now when I need a little help I can’t get it this is really stressfull waiting on congress to come together on this and us unemployed americans out..

February 10, 2014 at 9:07 am
(226) jason whitaker says:

I am a 36 year old coal miner from ky. I was recently laid off due to the war on coal that has been going on. I don’t understand I have worked since the age of 16 and I paid y taxes in what happened to all of that money? I have been on unemployment since june 2013 and now its up I am not very good at math but I do believe I have paid in a lot more than 6 months of ui it does not add up. something needs to be done and it needs to be done quick a lot of people including me are losing everything we have worked hard for…

February 10, 2014 at 10:04 am
(227) Tanya says:

I have worked since I was 12 (paper routes, but taxes were taken out so it counts). I am now 44 and had never collected unemployment benefits until this past 6-month period until I was cutoff without warning. I have known people who have collected for years. Thousands of jobs have been lost in my area (northern California) in the past several months due to companies not wanting to pay benefits and California taxes. I am now facing losing my home and car while Congress decides my fate. Looking for work is itself a fulltime job and, while I have the skills, it’s extremely competitive out there and experience is often overlooked for younger age since companies know they can hire someone younger and less experienced and pay them less compensation.

February 10, 2014 at 10:20 am
(228) katherine says:

if everyone in the senate gave just 500.000 of their money and put it into the unemployment there would be no problem just a thought they wont part with any of their money but this is our money that I have given for 23 year and some 30 or more years and it is a shame we must do with out while they have their servant serve them wine. to see how much money worth these senate and congress make just look it up and tell me why they should say why we are not able to get money due us.BUNCH OF AA—-

February 10, 2014 at 1:52 pm
(229) Clee says:

I have been unemployed for one year and 3 months. Have applied for many jobs and companies are looking for younger workers or I am under qualified or over qualified for the available position. I am 52 and finding it very hard to find employment , I have worked sine I have been 16 years old and each job I get turned down for takes its toll but, I don’t give up. Please help!

February 10, 2014 at 1:59 pm
(230) Mrs.I says:

I am 45 and diagnosed with breast cancer been through radiation treatment and have 2 young children . I worked all my life up till my diagnose . I dependec on my benifits until i can get another job i put money in this fund not congress son of a b##### republicans. Congress needs to pass that bill for our children sake . Oh forgot the a##h### repulicans like boering dont have to worry im angry and i will spread the word on not voting for any republican a##. Please help us obama we know u have no fault to whats going , bush n his father got us where this is. He will meet the lord we all do . N will be judge for all his cruelty to the people of america yes im angry my kids r starving . So what is congress gonna do food stamps dont pay the light, rent, water,etc . Hello anyone listening.

February 10, 2014 at 3:45 pm
(231) Rick says:

Extending unemployment benefits would allow people to pay rent and purchase food as well as provide transit fare in order to get to and from job interviews. The money would then be directed back into the economy. Even if a select group of people ARE sitting back and living off unemployment without looking for work. The money STILL goes back into the economy. Beer is purchased. Snack treats for lazy hogs are purchased.
Perhaps fat pig faced congress men don’t need to wear several thousand dollar suits in order to do their job.
I guess once I run out of money and am no longer to perform the things above I will have to resort to other methods in order to eat and sustain myself. Turn me into a petty thief congress. Please.
I pray for the day that a militia is formed and comes knocking at my door. I will wear a dress for the occasion.

February 10, 2014 at 4:37 pm
(232) Chris says:

It seems nothing went on in the Senate today. We are still without a lifeline, houses going under to mortgages. Bellies going unfed or with very little food. Modes of transportation being repo’ed. Or no gas to fill them up to keep looking. Car insurances lapsing. Looks as if this will be the beginning of an apocalypse. Thank you Government of United States. I really appreciate all of this.

February 10, 2014 at 11:18 pm
(233) Mdawn says:

It is extremely sad how Congress found a way to get families unemployed and not getting an extension (due to their acting like children not getting the piece of candy they want- instead of being here for The People of Ameirca) to have to use any type of tax return the family gets to only survive on. Another way to stab the American person. I have worked since I was 16 years old, I was let go from my job back on August 5,2013 while I was in the hospital (with four major surgeries on my kidneys at the time) out of work on Approved medical leave. Yes, that is NOT legal in the state of Texas. Being a single mom with my own health healing ( and searching online and applying for jobs morning day and night – seems to be a dead end way now days of obtaining a new job) problem is no companies will let you apply in person anymore. Companies are not hiring here in Houston, Texas and yes I am completely qualified for many open positions I apply for daily. I also have a son in college, whom now has to find another financial way to finish college. Also, with a young seven year old child with multiple Disabilities. My parents are ailing and have no monies to help us out, they have as much as they could since I was let go from my job in August. It is not fair Congress has NO Human Compassion!!!! Where are Human Rights here in America?!?!?!? Not seeing much of them anymore. Mr. President what can you do to reinstate the EUI benefits??? Please help All the American families affected by this horrible act from Congress!

February 10, 2014 at 11:37 pm
(234) loosing our home says:

Working since 1975 . . .now I need assistance . I lost my dad and mom, there not available to help. I have aged and am having a hard time finding work. Days just mean I owe more money I do not have, I need a break. Extending unemployment would help.

February 11, 2014 at 12:11 am
(235) Angel says:

People are suffering because they are unemployed companies are not hiring them. These people have more than enough experience asking for minimum wage. And companies are still not hiring them. It might be the age as well as being unemployed for so long. Like myself I was on a medical leave and terminated from my job a year ago . My employer said I had to return to work or risk loosing my job. I was not released from my doctor to return to work. January 2013 I was terminated and I was released from my doctor after that date. Companies are making there own rules and not abiding by state laws. They have been for years. Getting rid of people who have been employed for years and either eliminating positions to get rid of the employee ,or layoffs. The point is companies need strict rules to abide by or charged with a very high penalties. And provide a local goverment agency to review the employees file to determine weather the companies have a good cause for the release of the employee with seniority.

February 11, 2014 at 1:18 am
(236) Todd Eagleton says:

Leadership in Washington DC or Sociopathic Behavior?
No concern about the lives of unemployed citizens

The definition of Leadership is defined simply as the capacity to turn a vision into reality through inspiring and motivating people. A Sociopath is defined as an antisocial disorder in which a person has a long term pattern of manipulating, exploiting, or violating the rights of others, without having a conscience. With the two terms being defined, where do some of our politicians fit under those two definitions? The politicians that do not care about human life, or the well being of EVERY family in our great Country, not just their own family, the wealthy, but ALL of us. Especially, in the time we need help the most. There is always focus on a problem with many of these politicians, and not focus on a solution to the problem. Yet, they create more issues (more problems) by not making a decision. A Leader would make the decision, and find the solution regardless of the outcome of that decision. A person who has no care for human life, without conscience, wouldn’t make a decision, or care about a solution.

February 11, 2014 at 1:20 am
(237) Todd Eagleton says:

My story (I don’t think it matters to anyone):
I have worked since I was 15 years old, with no “gaps” in employment, or terminations. Two jobs while going to high school, and three jobs during the summer months. I always prided myself on doing the best I could, and being the best worker I could be. I stayed with the same company for 25 years (through company acquisitions) with no employment gaps, lay-offs, or even missing time (only 5 sick days since 1988). I lived my life and served my employer with honesty and integrity, with values and character. My first time of collecting unemployment benefits, and this is what happens. On May 24, 2013, I was given a “Separation & Release” agreement (severance), and was told I had 21 days to agree / accept, or they would notify me by mail the reason for my termination. The “cost-of-an-hour”/payroll re-structure. I had led my team(s) to many years of company leading results, and always earned my position daily. I was proud of my position, cared about the 160 plus team members that I was responsible for, and thought of them as family. I cared about their families, their success, their goals, and their future. It was about development, and helping others succeed. I believed in them, and they believed in me. I believe that is an example of Leadership. I was a District Manager for a company, not a politician, and I realized many years ago that results, “numbers”/financials, budgets, always had positive results when I believed in my team (my employees), and they believed in me. It’s not about “numbers”, it’s about the people. A simple quote from Donald Trump “You don’t manage a business…You manage people.” Our politicians manage a budget, and many of them don’t seem to care about the people. That’s not why we elected them to office.

February 11, 2014 at 11:07 am
(238) chuck says:

I saw the house of commons in England in action on cspan a couple of days ago. Both sides of the house were working together and getting things done. It was a remarkable event to watch, to say the least. I also watched our congress in session last week. It was embarrassing. We proclaim to be the greatest country in the world, representing freedom, and here we have the privileged conservatives, with their brown noses and breath that smells like 1% ass, turning their backs on our 1st bi-racial president, his party, and 1.7 and growing, unfortunate unemployed, who want nothing more than to be given a fighting chance to go back to work and secure their humble but significant lives. Is this the America we once knew ? Don’t blame the President ! We elected him, and he trying his best, but he has a wall of unjust, uncompassionate, wealthy thugs bullying the senate, who refuse to work along with him.

February 11, 2014 at 12:01 pm
(239) Klaus Baumann says:

It seem that President Obama has lost his grip and/or willpower to push for the unemployment extension. Our Senate and Congress seem to ignore this dire situation until their own jobs go to the next ballot. It is high time to act now, so that millions of Americans can get back on their feet.

February 11, 2014 at 3:48 pm
(240) just keep smiling says:

After reading many comments i to agree with what is said,,, my company was bought out and my position no longer needed. haven’t collected long but had to move in with my children temporarily.
Companies do not want to hire you if you are over qualified. I can’t even get an $8/hr job to call me back because i am over qualified. It is not far for those of us who are willing to work that these big chain companies won’t even give us a second glance.
Also, if congress/ senate were forced to only have a stipend for pay, then they would have to get real jobs too. and put that money into the funding of UE since we have all been paying in forever but there is nothing to show for it…
Come on Washington,,, take the pink glasses off and start talking about the elephant that is sitting in the room….

February 11, 2014 at 10:34 pm
(241) Bobby says:

Congress…
Have you ever been unemployed?
Could you live on it( without friends & family or savings help)? No!

How about minimum wage?You can’t live on that either.
Whats wrong with you people? Are you all Tin Men (no heart)?
Do you think unemployment benefits are a big party?
You are a dying breed. As “Bob Dylan” said “The Times They are a Changin’ ” Go with the flow or be left behind….

February 12, 2014 at 4:28 pm
(242) Shirley says:

At my brothers using his computer to surch for news. Why? can anyone answer does it take so long to fix this. I have not gotten a job or an interview. I never thought I would be out of work looking for a job for 15 months. How can we be left out of unemployment benefits like this. The president just hosted a dinner that will cost the tax payers over $500 thousand. I cant even afford a $1. burger. I think it is just wrong to toss it in our face, when so many of us are hungry and homeless because of the heartlessness of the Republicans in senate. Please pass the unemployment extensions bill.

February 12, 2014 at 7:02 pm
(243) KATHY says:

Hello my name is Kathy Saucier and i have been out of work since October of 2012 and i went to school to be retrained in another field which is great but i lost my unemployment like so many others on Dec. 29th 2013 and it is hard because i have exhausted all of my savings and do not know what i am going to do, “The democrat and republican need to come to an agreement to pass this bill because there are over 1.3 million people who lost their benefits and are in the same boat that i am in. The democrat and republicans need to start thinking about the people who are unemployed and stop worrying about their own pockets. ‘we are the hard working people who need congress to step up and do the right thing and pass this bill so that people will then start to believe that congress actually cares about the american peiople

February 13, 2014 at 12:50 am
(244) Sheila lymaster says:

I have read these posts, breaks my heart for all the struggle and hardships that are happening all around our country.I also cant understand the lack of concrrn our elected officials are demonstrating. There are thousands of men and women who served our country, deployed to hostile countries, they put thier life on the line for all of us.Some, never made it home.The ones that did, cant find a job, Thire EUC just stops…..Omg, so, our elected official s have no problem sending them to war, but they want to bicker over how to pay for this, or some think its better to have job training, so many different reasons that dont justify that they didnt pass the bill for EUC.Dont they realize that our military’s sons and daughters keep them and thier famlies safe….wich is price less.I dont know how they can sleep at night, they all need to be replaced.I know if I was in thier shoes I would have no problem extending these few months of benifits.Morale y and ethically it is the right thing to do.

February 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm
(245) Shirley says:

Are you kidding me Congress is out till Feb. 24th. I am so stressed I can not even keep any thing down. Soon I will be out of a place to live I am out of my hypertension meds so it is only a matter of time till I have a major health crisis. I can’t beleive that they can leave us with out the bascis after all the years I have worked. 46 years of paying taxes and they act like I’m lazy. May God forgive all the Republicans for not taking care of us. In 2008 when this all started not all the same people are still collecting. I know people that were unemployed and have found jobs and they did collect for a year and some 2 years but they are not on it now. Just saying Congress has a pay scale at the lowest that would take me 6 years to earn at my pay scale when I was working. So who gives these people a raise to bad we couldn’t vote there pay CUT.

February 13, 2014 at 1:41 pm
(246) shirley says:

Wow shame on me for not noticing till I looked a few minutes ago. Senate members will never wory about unemployment there pay is for LIFE. Think about it getting two hundred thousand a year for life for doing nothing. No wounder they are such heartless humans.

February 13, 2014 at 2:35 pm
(247) Debbie says:

I have been unemployed for 5 months now and have been searching diligently for work even at lower wages than what I was earning before and still not having very much success in getting interviews and I believe a lot of it is due to employers having the ATS programs in place. I am sorry but no one is immune to being layed off. I have been working consistently for over 35 years and am losing over $600 net income each month. I can barely pay my rent and necessary living expenses as it is. Please, please renew these extensions.

February 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm
(248) Jack Recht says:

There was a time when 2 parties disagreed and they say down and compromised to work things out when needed. Now, it’s all about what is best to promote re-election or what looks bad for the other party. While good, hard working people suffer, the people that are supposed to represent us, leave us to survive on nothing. We are not lazy and sitting around collecting unemployment instead of looking for work. First it is a requirement to apply for a certain amount of jobs each week. Second, the mass majority far exceed the minimum number of applications required including myself. If these electorates think this is easy, have a family member loss a job and try to find work without help from them. They are living in a world that doesn’t know the reality of losing everything and selling everything else you own to try to get by. It is not easy to put on an enthusiastic face every morning to face yet another day of rejection or worse no response at all from the thousands of resumes I send on the internet or drop off in person . I do it every morning and each day that there is no money coming I hope the these people’s representatives do what the majority of the people want and that is to extend the unemployment benefits so that those of us that are trying can keep our phone, internet and lights on and fuel in our car so we can get to an interview or to drop off more resumes. WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR POLITICIANS!!!!!

February 13, 2014 at 4:32 pm
(249) Sherrie says:

If Tom. Harry and Bill mess up on there jobs they would be FIRED. Its time to take a look at the voting record for the bill to reinstate unemployment benefits. Those that voted against its I would encourage all to FIRE every rep who voted against it when its election time. But they will still be better off than you or I because they are paid for life. Only in American can we police the world for treatment of their people and sit back playing political game with American lives. We elected them to play chess with our lives. if they don’t restore the benefits some of us will be at checkmate, while they still will have they homes, food, cars, and everything else we pay for them to have. Only in America?

February 13, 2014 at 8:02 pm
(250) ROBERT says:

THE SENATE HAS ONLY BEEN IN SESSION FOR 6 WEEKS IN 2014. THEY HAVE ALREADY HAD TWO RECESSES SO TO PUT IT MILDLY 1/3 OF THE YEAR THEY ARE NOT EVEN DOING THERE JOB. I SAY VOTE THEM ALL OUT DEMS AND REPUBLICANS AND START FRESH WITH SOMEBODY THAT GIVES A CARE ABOUT US.

February 14, 2014 at 11:38 am
(251) Pam says:

It is really sad to see what issues Congress feels are more important to discuss and resolve before the unemployment issue is resolved. While some of us that have paid our taxes (unemployment, federal, SS, etc) we sit and wait for these men and women to decide if we will still receive unemployment benefits. Where is Congress? Are you guys on break? Vacation? Maybe congress can share their wages with the unemployed while we’re waiting for their vote. People can not eat, pay rent, or buy gas for going to interviews. Our children suffer as well. This leads to added stress and depression on individuals who already struggle with the fact that their unemployed. Some individuals did not ASK to be the product of a corporation down size!! So congress I challenge you to live financially the way we do for 5 months and then have your benefits cut, call me when you want to talk about how bad our system really is and I will help you come up with a plan we can all benefit from!

February 14, 2014 at 11:55 am
(252) LAUREN says:

REPUBLICANS ARE LIKE THE PRIEST (SUPER RELIGIOUS) IN THE BIBLE (LUKE 10:30) WHO SAW A MAN LYING BY THE ROADSIDE IN NEED OF HEALTH CARE AND PROVISIONS, BUT CROSSED OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET AND KEPT GOING (PROBABLY TO CHURCH). NO PRIZES FOR GUESSING WHO THE GOOD SAMARITANS ARE.

REPUBLICANS ARE LIKE THE PEOPLE TO WHOM JESUS WILL SAY (MATT 25: 41-45), “DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO ARE CURSED, UNTO THE ETERNAL FIRE…FOR I WAS HUNGRY AND YOU GAVE ME NOTHING TO EAT, I WAS THIRSTY AND YOU GAVE ME NOTHING TO DRINK…” THEY’LL RESPOND, “LORD, WHEN DID WE SEE YOU HUNGRY OR THIRSTY…AND DID NOT HELP YOU?” HE’LL RESPOND, “WHATEVER YOU DID NOT DO FOR ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE BROTHERS OR SISTERS OF MINE, YOU DID NOT DO FOR ME…”

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE IS FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE A HISTORY OF BEING EMPLOYED, NOT FOR LAZY DERELICTS. I’M IN MY FORTIES & HAVE ALWAYS WORKED EXCEPT WHEN ATTENDING COLLEGE. I’VE NEVER RECEIVED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS UNTIL NOW.

ALMOST 20 YEARS AGO WHEN I NEEDED HELP PAYING FOR CHILDCARE WHILE ATTENDING COLLEGE AS A SINGLE PARENT, HILARY CLINTON’S (D) INITIATIVE HELPED PAY FOR IT. WHEN MY COBRA HEALTH INSURANCE BILL FOR MY DAUGHTER AND ME CLIMBED UP TO ALMOST $800 LAST YEAR, BARRACK OBAMA’S (D) AFFORDABLE HEALTH ACT CAME TO THE RESCUE.

THANK YOU, REPUBLICANS, FOR SHOWING YOUR TRUE COLORS. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU, DEMOCRATS, FOR BEING GOD’S AGENTS TO CARE FOR OTHERS IN THEIR TIME OF NEED. BOTH OF YOU WILL SURELY BE REWARDED ACCORDINGLY.

February 14, 2014 at 1:34 pm
(253) Robert says:

I can’t believe what this country has done. Free trade agreements sent our jobs overseas. Depression era safeguards abandoned (Freddie and Fannie privatized). Now widespread unemployment and Congress that’s broken and won’t act for its citizens (unemployment extentions). Well when you put people in a spot where they have nothing to lose don’t be surprised at what happens. Hope the next steak dinner a Senator has while on break he chokes on! The people he left with nothing would like to see it. And that’s just the Senate hold up until Feb 24.,then the House will hold-up unemployment at least another 3 months. What happened to caring for those less fortunate. Gone! Grab all you can when you can and who cares who you hurt in the process. That’s the new America. Shame on you!

February 14, 2014 at 5:47 pm
(254) Very Frustrated and Unemployed says:

I lose my job due to the health of my son who has Autism and my need to assist him as a single mother. My company fires me for other reasons and I can’t seek restitution after 15 years. I have a Bachelor’s degree and almost done my Master’s degree. I apply for jobs and attend numerous interviews. I can’t find a job or receive an offer and I lose benefits with their justification to say it is to motivate me as individuals like myself stay on unemployment when it is extended. I extend my benefits because no one is offering me a job not because I am lazy or not trying. If someone in the government did their job and tracked my interviews and applications they would see I have done everything I was supposed to. They say i am not eligible for any other type of assistance for my son and frankly i don’t want it, but as a honest worker for many years i would like what I feel I deserve until I am capable of finding a new job to provide for my family. This is is insane how the system works or I should say doesn’t work……

February 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm
(255) josh says:

just hoping for the best while job searching. i am still confident they will pass an extension after the break. god please

February 15, 2014 at 7:41 pm
(256) Shirley says:

Today I was given notice to move 2 months I have been unable to pay my rent. I’m sure I am not alone in this boat I just don’t know what to do now. I want to work and be apart of life again I would love to have heat to cook with, to stay warm, to have a warm bath. These things are now luxury I can only think about that I took for granted before. I never thought this would happen in America, I WILL NEVER EVER vote for a republican again

February 17, 2014 at 9:27 pm
(257) Family1 says:

I was unemployed for 7 months now after working 25 years. I’ve applied so many jobs and few interviews but no offer. We are missing only 1 vote to extend the Unemployment benefits but the 1.3 millions unemployed suffering including our families and children. I haven’t receive any IDES benefits for 1 month now so is really hard. I might loose my house that I’ve been leaving for the last 15 years. How can I pay my property tax next month, bills, cars, phone, heat, water, electricity, foods for my kids. I hope they extend the benefits to help us apply for a job. I can’t pay my cell phone anymore or my car this will help me to get a job. We are not lazy just the economy now so hard to find a job. May the God help us all!

February 18, 2014 at 7:35 am
(258) Melanie says:

My husband worked since he was 12 he is 53 laid off and no pay since the end of December. Every time they vote to extend and get turned down it seems they go on a vacation. I’m seriously wondering if this does pass will the EUC really pay all the back pay that is owed? It’s just not right that USA can send money to everyone in other countries but not help out their own in this difficult economic time.

February 18, 2014 at 3:51 pm
(259) artemis814pa says:

I’m in my early 30′s. My job up and left and moved out of state leaving me unemployed. Unemployment ended in mid Dec with $3 paid out to me. So I cleaned out my measly 401K to get me through til I find work. Taxes killed that and left me with $2,500 to last me. I’m down to almost nothing now. March bills may not be paid which means credit cards, car repo, etc. Not only will my credit go down the drain, but leaving debt does not help this economy. Car repo means I’ve no transportation to find or maintain work. This is not NYC with public transportation (which I wouldn’t be able to afford anyway!).

I’m competing with $200+ resumes every time I go on an interview. I have an associates degree which doesn’t do much. I can’t even find work in the $30,000 a year arena which I’m comfortable with supporting a child. Companies want to pay $12 and under and have as few employees as possible. It’s very hard out there.

I can do with little, but how much little can I go? The $1300 month I received in unemployment was covering just minimum on bills. Not food, gas, etc. I used the little bit of savings I had to cover the extras and charged up my cards more than I liked at times. Now I haven’t seen ANYTHING from unemployment since mid-Dec.Do I go to the welfare office now? Ask for cash, food stamps, etc? They’ll only drag my unemployed ex-husband into this and try to squeeze pennies from him and ruin his life further. They’ll require I volunteer or “work” for the measly couple hundred dollars a month they give me which won’t even pay rent (and my rent is low compared to other apartments!). How am I to fulfill their work requirements when I lose transportation? How will I fill an application with no home? Am I even allowed to be homeless or will they take my child from me?

S#its about to get real!

February 18, 2014 at 4:31 pm
(260) Jane says:

I have not stopped working since I was of legal age to work and have paid into the tax system for over 42 years. I refuse to go on Welfare or Disability. The East Coast has been paralyzed from severe weather for months. Companies are closed or skeletal as nobody; including Human Resource departments are not able to get into work to recruit or interview. Companies are holding off hiring until they know they can actually have the interview.
I am not lazy, I am not expecting any government handouts, and I want to work. I am on the computer everyday applying for jobs and connecting with my social network asking about opportunities. I am also at the age where there is a “not talked about prejudice called age discrimination”. It can’t be proven, but on my resume should I put the dates I graduated from college anyone who can do the math can figure out that I am in my 50’s. However, if I leave off the dates that I went to school then an assumption is made that I am an older worker. Also, due to modern technology, you can simply google my name and address and voilà you have my age.
How do I apply for jobs when I cannot even think clearly because I don’t have basic human needs? Many of these Republicans like Rubio never experienced this because he lives in Florida where it is only once in a rare while that he may need to use his heat…and even then if it is turned off he still won’t freeze. These Republicans (and all of Congress) have/has more vacation time than any job I ever had. They are living in their pampered bubble completely missing the boat on who they are working for and that those of us not getting the EUC will have memories like elephants when election year rolls around. I never voted Democrat but this event has made me hit bottom and caused me to change my point of view on my own party.

February 18, 2014 at 9:02 pm
(261) Deann says:

In my opinion I strongly feel that we should NOT re-elect our current congress. They are not serving the American people REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS are ONLY SERVING THEIR WEALTHY CONTRIBUTORS. MIDTERM ELECTIONS ARE COMING UP STAND UP AND LET THEM KNOW WE NEED THE UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSIONS NEED TO BE RENEWED…….If not they do not deserve to be in office..Crime has increased in CALIFORNIA due to poor and unemployed are not getting their extension benefits… Jobs are not here over 1,217,700 people are starving and unable to pay their rent of even look for a job due to the increase in gas prices…

February 19, 2014 at 1:10 am
(262) Shirley says:

So it happened I ended up in ER. I have been out of my blood pressure meds because I have no money to buy them. My Dr came and we had a talk and I told her how stressed I am. I have to move, I have no gas for heat , no insurance, My Dr who I have gone to for 40 years excuses herself and came back 30 minutes later with a lunch size bag and it was full of samples of my meds from her office . When I got home I emptied out the bag and cried when I found money in the bag. God Bless this DR. And she said to me a quote from the Bible Matthew 19:24 it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Republicans will find they have to answer for this. they dont care because they have pay for life. This should have never happened. My fellow Americans need this extension.

February 20, 2014 at 7:35 am
(263) Kathy says:

Hello my name is Kathy and i am 51 yrs old and worked for an Areospace company in NY for 8.5 yrs and got laid off so i decided to take my savings and move south. I have gone back to school to be retrained and just finished my externship but i have not been able to find a job because everyone wants someone who has had at least a yr of on the job experience, i lost my unemployment at the worst time. I have exhausted all of my savings and i also like so many others am in jeopardy of losing my home and everything. I have my 6 yr old granddaughter living with me and i hate the thought of not being able to provide a roof over our heads. Please congress we need the senate to pass this bill and for it to be passed quickly for all of the people who have worked so hard all of their lives and and now when we need the government to be there for us they are not. My personal opinion is that the senate takes to many breaks in between votes this needs to be addressed immediately. How can we gain trust in the government if they do not stand up for the hard working people that put all of you in the offices that you are in. You need to step up and do the right thing and help us now. Please work fast we are all desperate.

February 20, 2014 at 2:44 pm
(264) Chuck says:

PLEASE PLEASE We need help from our government to get back on our feet and to be called lazy and not looking for work is appalling to me. I have never used EUC and my regular UC ran out Jan 4th. We send so much money over seas and we cant get the republican party to want to help our own people. STOP using the American people for your own agenda. I hope if this does not pass this week everyone and I mean every unemployed worker does everything in our power to not have themselves and all of there family members and friends and anyone they can speak to not vote for any republican senators from here on out if they cant even help Americans in need and who have and will again pay taxes to pay there salaries that allow them to feed there families and keep there homes. Its time to take a stand against people voted in who cant even work out issues to help Americans need.

February 21, 2014 at 1:10 am
(265) Very upset person says:

When I went in the office to find out why they only paid me for one week. The lady informed me that , my benefits has exhausted and that we can only collect for 26 weeks. I was furious . She indicated to come back the next day to apply for the ceda program that helps you pay for your gas bill and light bill. What good is that if you won’t have any money to pay your rent or mortgage . The next step is eviction or foreclosure. Does everybody know where on going with this. It’s horrifying . The government shorted funds to the school system causing the principals to do massive lay off. They got us in this mess they should bail us out. We need an extension ASAP before I really lose everything. Everyone unemployed let’s all pray really hard cause we really need it !!!!!!

February 21, 2014 at 4:40 pm
(266) REGINALD SIMMS says:

I have 1000 left in my regular unemployment and not yet found a job in DC it’s really stressful but congress still get there money cut there checks and see what the 1.8 millon or more are dealing with . I believe in god and Mr HarryRied will get it done

February 21, 2014 at 6:02 pm
(267) Mr. America says:

Do not allow these terrible people to get the best of you. Peace, OUT.

February 22, 2014 at 2:11 am
(268) Shirley says:

Another day of looking for work and no luck. This weekend I have to start packing and selling my things. I have no idea where I am going to live and no idea where I am going to store my things if I can’t find a place to live. I have no money to move anywhere. They are going to tuen off my power next week. My brother and his family of 8 live in a one bed room appartment now and there is not room for one more person nor woud there land lord allow it. I have no money to offer friends to take me in they are all living from pay day to pay day. The Republicans need to pass the federal unemploymet benefits. Why we can’t put a stop on there pay till they get the job done I think we should give them a 75% pay cut and no life time pay get a 401k like the rest of us who lost it all in the last great melt down of the banks and thay were bailed out.. Congress is out more than it’s in. It is not enough that the Republicans ruined Christmas for millions, then to still ignore us as we loose everything we have left is sad beyond belief because they refuse to extend the unemployment for benefits. I will continue to pray to God they will do the right thing.

February 22, 2014 at 9:05 am
(269) Bob says:

I read all these posts and find myself in the same dire straits. Worked my whole life and paid taxes all along the way and I am a proud American. At 50 years old with a BSBA cannot find a job and have only collected unemployment benefits since April 2013, then without notice cut-off at Christmas. As if things were not bad enough, now looking at home foreclosure, vehicle repossession and being homeless. Sad to say but have considered suicide, but I will not let them beat me down. I thought the government was for and by the people. Ha, Ha! Vote all the bums out!

February 22, 2014 at 3:23 pm
(270) Dennis says:

I will vote against these heartless republicans and urge everyone else to do so. VOTE THEM OUT!

February 23, 2014 at 5:09 am
(271) Quint Eastwood says:

Having Read most of the comments above, I know I’m not alone in saying that Congress is betraying the American People. This extension missed by 1 Freaking vote. Are you kidding me!!

I’ve tried researching how the Congress voted the last vote but couldn’t find anything. Congress is playing political Football with people’s lives here. They are so quick to give handouts, and Citizenship to ILLEGAL Immigrants but won’t help their own Citizens.

Congress has an open Wallet when it comes to funding these Constitutionally Illegal FOREIGN Wars, but closes it shut when it comes to helping their OWN CITIZENS.

What will it cost Congress to fund a Unemployment Emergency Extension, 6 measly Billion Dollars. They just passed a 1.1 TRILLION Budget and they couldn’t put the funding for an Extension in this Bill?

I heard that Congress is planning on waiting for the Mid Terms Elections to be decided before acting on this.
REALLY!

People can’t wait any longer. They will be out on the streets and some even worse. It must feel good to you worms to have the power over people’s lives like you do. Like the KING who we fought a REVOLUTION over you can be toppled.

LOOK what happened in the UKRAINE! TAKE a good look. Because that is your future if you don’t wise up and start governing FOR the people not AGAINST the people.

Pay back is a Bitch.

It’s too bad that we can’t reply to any of these comments or contact the people who posted them.

What we need is to March on DC demanding the Extension. Let’s put the Ball in WE THE PEOPLE’S hands, not wait until Congress decides to act. WE NEED THIS NOW, not in NOVEMBER.

When people fear the Government you have TYRANNY!
When the Government Fears the People you have LIBERTY!

February 23, 2014 at 6:18 am
(272) Bill says:

I am a military vet, who is supposed to have a career at the USPS 28 years. I have been illegally removed due to racism and vindictive behaviors and interpretation of regulations as if those are open to interpretation.
I am fighting to get my job back for the second time. Yes they fired me for Being assaulted by a coworker and even his statement he said he hit me twice, I never touched him and the second time for reporting a violent and hostile employee who attempted to hit me with a piece of equipment.
Zero tolerance policy is being applied to the person reporting it not committing the act. Gotta love management blind eye to what she actually saw to keep her friends on the job.
My emergency unemployment benefits have been cut off, the USPS has cancelled my arbitration twice, My Mother passed and all I could do was pay for a cremation and a death certificate with my credit card and pray I will have monies to pay rent, electric bills, and life expenses while the USPS delays my meeting to fight this and get back to work. My wife is working so we are not starving, but she was injured at the same place 16 years ago and holds a Modified assignment she won in an EEOC case and these same people are now going after her. She took time off with FMLA case, documentation and leave to cover the time off but management LWOPed her pay meaning she was denied payment of her leave for bereavement. Retaliation for our union grievance arbitration and EEOC activities.
Having the Unemployment benefits would allow us to have some money coming in until this is settled. How can this country afford to fund other countries and feed people around the world but veterans and tax payers who have worked over 30 years not get help? I never thought I would be denied my ability to earn a living due to my race age and disabilities. Or see such blatant disrespect in a federal job force.

February 23, 2014 at 11:03 am
(273) ken says:

Hope tommorow we hear something? signed up for foodstamps etc. not fun! Getting tax return back and all goes to bills with none to spare…thats the only positive thing in my life right now? oh wait but house due on first? get this done……

February 23, 2014 at 6:51 pm
(274) ashley says:

I do not understand how this cannot be passed yet. I am a single mother of 2 children and I work a seasonal job in the spring/summer every year. I am not just sitting around looking for a hand out. The fact that they are going on 2 months without passing it is beyond me. Do they realize that thats 4 payments families and households are not receiving and the impact it is making on many families to not receive income for this long? It is getting ridiculous and the economy is just going to get worse!! Get it through your heafs that this is affecting ppl so negatively I cant believe you people cannot think of that.. oh wait thats because you have your income and no financial problens that you dont care!!!!!!

February 24, 2014 at 9:45 am
(275) Carol says:

Please extend the unemployment benefits. I am 55 and was laid off from my job. I search, interview and send resumes EVERY DAY. I have actually been told by some potential employers they are “looking younger”. I am the picture, the face of the new middle class poor.

Companies don’t want to hire us even though we are experienced because they can higher “younger” for less money. We do not qualify for public assistance because we are not pregnant or in a drug rehab program…so no help there. We are the people who have paid into the unemployment system for 20, 30or more years out of our hard earned dollars and can get no help.

We are trying to pay our bills and mortgages and do the right thing, but our government has let us down AGAIN. Hey congress and Senate, cut your big fat paychecks! You are servants to the people! Walk in my shoes and you will surely change your mind.

My neighbor is 41 and out of work. We had a discussion about interviewing and trying to find work at our level or close to our level of experience to no avail.

Is the unemployment rate going down? NO We simply cannot find work, cannot get help from Public assistance and cannot earn the insurance that we paid into for so many years. Thank a look Congress, “We are your new poor!”

February 24, 2014 at 4:47 pm
(276) Lil says:

I am tired of hearing people say that unemployment makes people stay out of work. I am 52 years old and have worked since I was 14. The last company I was with for 10 years and laid off in November of 2011. I have been looking for a job since and have worked some short term temp jobs, but no luck finding anything permanent. Because of this I have gone back to school part time to reinvent myself and change my career. I continue to look for a full time job during the day while I go to my classes at night. These companies want to hire people with little to no experience to pay them less or they outsource to other countries where the workers make much less. Something needs to be done to stop U.S. Companies from out-sourcing it is putting our people out of work and killing the U.S. economy. They don’t want people with 20-30 + years of experience. The joke is on them because they will lose money in the long run hiring people with no experience for my type of work.

February 25, 2014 at 12:04 am
(277) rusyu says:

There are people like me who deserves the extension. I have steadilyn looked for work everyday. I have been on several interviews and never get the call back for hire. I am a disabled american who enjoys working. Ibcan draw disability at anytime but I choose not to because I want to work. Its hard for people like me to find work. I have to find what I can do and its hard. At least interview people and then decide if they are eligible for the extension. The people abusing it makes it hard for those like me who wants to work but gets turned down because disability. Never judge. Some people do deserve the EUC.

February 25, 2014 at 12:12 am
(278) Shirley says:

Still no job offers I can’t sleep I am so stressed I pray to God that Republicans wii extend unemployment benefits. Spent the day looking for news.I see nothing happening. How can they do this to us I have worked for 46 years so I have paid into this I am not lazy I want to work but like so many others I am older and over qualified. I went to two places today that had new younger persons working when they said they were not hireing. Im getting so depressed. Im hungry and tired of only eating everyother day to make it last. On my knees beging congress to please extend the unemployment.

February 25, 2014 at 10:35 am
(279) Ray Rinchey Sr says:

well i hope they pass this extention my house car and lights are depending on it, i have over 250 e-mails for employment out there and still no offers,its about time that they look out for there own after all some of them people that need the assistance probably voted for you.

February 25, 2014 at 10:40 am
(280) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

From Senator Cory Booker on Twitter: “Negotiations are going on now to #ExtendUI – I do not see a vote happening this week, but we are pushing hard to get it done.”

February 25, 2014 at 12:05 pm
(281) Roger says:

I don’t understand how we can look for a job when you don’t have the funds to do so,need to pay your phone so an employer can reach you need gas, pay your inter net bill to search on line, light bill to run power, nice clean clothes to go on an interview, pay rent to have an address so should an employer calls you, and may I add take of the kids

February 25, 2014 at 12:08 pm
(282) Nicole says:

I thought congress was gonna vote again yesterday, I dont understand how they think the unemployed could survive. I have three kids and its hard. I dont understand how people who never worked in there life can get public asistance forever but hrd working ppl cant get an extension for benefits for a few more weeks.

February 25, 2014 at 2:33 pm
(283) Shirley says:

Just read the coment you dont think there will be a vote this week!!! How can this be it is so heartless

February 25, 2014 at 5:26 pm
(284) Carol says:

For all of us who have worked many years at the same company and now are unemployed due to so many companies going out of business we NEED our unemployment benefits until we can find a new job. Looks like we need to clean house with our government from the top down and get people who will be for the people who help pay their wages. Remember this on ELECTION DAY.

February 25, 2014 at 6:43 pm
(285) Bruce says:

Give me back my dignity. PLEASE

February 26, 2014 at 10:12 am
(286) Linda Danay says:

I have worked several jobs over the last 40 Years. For the first time in my life back in Sept. i collected Unemployment only to have it end in Dec. I was not even given the benefit of 1 (one) extension, while many had numerous extensions, I have paid in for years like many others. We pay the governments salaries and where are they when we need help. paying more attention to the Oscars and what Mrs. Obama is wearing, Thanks USA. I am about to lose my car, but what’s the diff can’t pay for gas anyway !!!!

February 26, 2014 at 10:19 am
(287) Patricia Werkheiser says:

Please pass the EUC benefits there are many of us that have lost our jobs to younger adults because businesses believe they are saving money.letting those go who have dedicated their life to a company is no longer a good thing and want to pay less to someone just coming out of college. I worked for the same business, but after the company sold they decided to let all go that we’re making a good wage. I was with the business for 42 years, 1 month after my 60th birthday they told me my job was being eliminated and had me help train someone who was going to take my place. We are not all unemployed by choice and without a education only many of us with on the job experience we have been put out to pasture and are in limbo.

February 26, 2014 at 10:24 am
(288) Leticia says:

I’m a single mother of 3. If they don’t pass the unemployment benefits soon my kids and I will have to live in my car. But don’t know how long I would be able to live in my car cause I will also end up losing my car. It is very hard to try n live with no income bills, rent and groceries don’t wait. As a single parent I’m begging to please please pass the unemployment benefits…

February 26, 2014 at 11:28 am
(289) tommy teaver says:

Washington is playing games while we suffer. I say throw them all out. WORTHLESS bunch!! And thats all I have to say about that!

February 26, 2014 at 9:31 pm
(290) Reese says:

Why leave your fellow Americans out in the cold. Put yourself in our shoes. How did you get in your position? Yeah we elected you and we believed that you will do the right thing for us Americans. We were wrong. Is there anyone in your beloved family going through what millions of Americans are going through? Have a heart most of all have morals. Its about peoples lives here. We want to work but how can we without the basics to get to that job interview. Please Please Please extend the unemployment benefits.

February 27, 2014 at 1:03 pm
(291) ANita says:

I have worked my whole life. I have not ever received an government help, I worked two jobs at times to make ends meat. I raised my child. Without the government helps. Now people look down on me because I don’t have a job and no money to pay my bills. I have looked for help but since I worked my whole life I can’t find help. Some people work the systems their whole life. But when I need help where is it. I never wanted to be in the place. I have applied for every job out there I could find. You people that think we are lazy and don’t want a job is wrong. I would not wish this on anyone. I pray to just die at times. For you that think it is easy to get a job just try. The people that have this jobs at store looks at your app. And say they don’t want to hire you because they don’t want to train you for you just final get a job and walk out on them. Hey! But if you have a job I’ll take it. I don’t care what the pay is. Because I get 0 now. And something is better than nothing. For you people who look down on us unemployed I hope you never find yourself in our shoe. Because at this point I just don’t know where to turn. But if that job is so ease to get just tell me where to go.

February 27, 2014 at 2:56 pm
(292) Cynthia says:

Since 2008, the government has granted the unemployed extended benefits. After that ran out, some states gave additional benefits. The total time one could collect unemployment benefits was 99 weeks. I used to work for the Unemployment office in Pennsylvania. Now, I find myself partially unemployed (I have a part time job through a temporary agency), however I cannot make it on my part time wages alone. I have sent resume after resume out, still no long term, full time employment. It is so ironic that I worked for the UC Dept. of the state of Pennsylvania in the Federal & State extension “heyday” and I cannot get on an extension myself. I have no idea what I will do…..very sad situation for so many people. We are simply being ignored.

February 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm
(293) shirley says:

Ok we have a voice lets use the tools we have to be herd. The Internet let everyone know how the republicans are stopping our benefits and do not vote for republicans in the coming election.I have lost everything I have worked so hard for. Still no job offers. I hate living like this. I still had benefits left when I was cut off in Dec. We need this extension

February 27, 2014 at 6:29 pm
(294) D says:

I’m right there with everyone. 50 yrs. old, over 30 yrs exp., college degree and no one is hiring me. Went to the agencies like the ones I’ve gone to in the past. By now I would have had over a half dozen interviews and probably a job. Now, the agencies seem like they just want to get people in and they have nothing after that. It’s crazy the way the world’s become. I need my unemployment now… damn it!

February 27, 2014 at 6:52 pm
(295) Meg T says:

I have worked since I was 16 years old and volunteered before that. Over 30 years of paying into our unemployment. I received state benefits and now nothing since UNEMPLOYMENT doesn’t seem to matter to the rich republicans. They do not know what it is like going to bed listening to your stomach growl. I have never had much but what I do have I worked hard for and now may lose the very little I have. I am supporting my 16 year old son on soon to be “nothing” . I have $700.00 left in my State Unemployment benefits. I have never received benefits before and now I desperately need them and now they have not been extended.

Are these republicans so OUT OF TOUCH with their constituents that they don’t even see us anymore. They go to Washington as elected and into a black hole.

I have one statement to make “WE WILL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER”

February 27, 2014 at 7:05 pm
(296) Bruce says:

The GOP has long over stayed its welcome. Republicans beware: you have screwed us over time and time again just so you can line your own pockets. Come election time…you’re out!! Hey McConnell, you listening? As the mealy-mouthed quintessence of what is wrong with American politics, why you’re still in office is baffling. You have done absolutely nothing for most of your career and you have the gall to collect a paycheck? Guess what…you’re out!! If I had my way, you wouldn’t get a pension, either. You’d be in jail for fraud!

Time for Americans to revolt! A political system that denies help to the people who pay for government yet freely gives our tax dollars to countries who hate us, is a form of governance that has outlived its usefulness. Why do we need so many parasites in Washington who care only about the wealthy who fund their campaigns (for which they will extract favors later!)?

Greed as a form of governance is not sustainable! Time to change!

February 27, 2014 at 9:06 pm
(297) Shirley says:

What! Congress is off for a 3 day weekend. How is this possible. Why Mr Obama! They are giving out money to everthing but we the people who vote you all into office. My power going this week , I was hoping I would hear good news. No here we are left out again. So tired, depressed, no place to live & hungry. 3 more days of stress to wait for congress to get back to work. Hoping to find out before I move out that I can rent a room or do I have to live under a bridge. Sad ending to a person who worked 46 years, paid taxes and “was a Republican” and 60 years old.

February 27, 2014 at 9:09 pm
(298) Kay says:

I am requesting that the EUC be reinstated and fast!!! All of us are hard working citizens that aren’t looking for a handout. We want to work. We deserve to work. It amazes me how they think we are poverty stricken citizens who don’t want to work. Most of us (if not all) have college degrees. We aren’t dropouts. We’ve been working for years. If the shoe were on the other foot, I’m sure they’d be feeling the same way we do. I say cut their salary until they vote to approve EUC. I’m sure a vote would come quick then. We’ve elected these officials to represent us. This is the thanks we get? We need to vote and get these folks out of there. They come begging for our vote. We go to the polls and get them out.

February 28, 2014 at 9:34 am
(299) Jane in. maine says:

My husband and I have both lost our jobs. His unemployment ran out and now no extension. Now neither of us have jobs or benefits of any kind. We are mid 50 s and no one is hiring. We have both worked all our lives and this is we are thanked

February 28, 2014 at 10:17 am
(300) Leora says:

I am a single mother of 4 and lost my job because of discimination. I have been searching for a job but have been unsuccessful. I hope Congress will extend unemployment benefits. I have been employed all my life and now I am in desperate need of help.

February 28, 2014 at 11:24 am
(301) Shirley says:

WOW! while we go with out unemployment benefits Republicans are taking tax payers money to the tune of 3.7 million in free trips!!! You call us lazy, you are crooks and greedy. I will be living on the streets soon so wave at me when you take your next free trip on my tax dollar . I will be the hungry homeless person you will snear at and call lazy as you drive by my brige shelter in the rain.

February 28, 2014 at 12:17 pm
(302) Diane Madison says:

It is obvious that Congress does not care about the unemployed. It is becoming more and more apparent that nothing is going to be done. As to the long term unemployed the majority of those over 50 years of age are finding it impossible to get jobs because of blatant age discrimination. The EEOC knows this is going on. Those at the unemployment office who are trying to help us get re-employed know this as well and even offer a seminar for those over 50. I propose that there be a class action suit against the government for not enforcing age discrimination laws. At the very least it will draw attention to the plight of the unemployed. As it is hardly any news is covering this any longer.

February 28, 2014 at 1:15 pm
(303) dee boni says:

I have a college degree from a 4 year university, and was in the last stages of finally securing a job when my benefits ran out or were run out for me! Either way my only phone was disconnected due to no payment, and my car was repossessed a week ago. My internet has been off for a while now, and so I head to a friends house to use hers. I finally got the job but now have no car to get to my new job which is miles away, and I also need my car to make home visits. So thank you congress for making my life even harder! Did I mention that I am a single parent who receives no child support due to a tricky non custodial parent his home is under his new spouses name and he doesn’t work! I could have been out of the jobless loop but now im even deeper in the mud!

February 28, 2014 at 1:58 pm
(304) Joseph simmons says:

Oh come on another recess, back on march 3.my wife and I are 56 raising our 7 yr. old granddaughter. Not enough monies in quaters worked as a concrete truck operator, due to a torn bicept tendon injury last year. I have qualified for EUC but as we all can see. Nothing yet. Savings gone, insurances life auto home behind, utility bills late, mortgage behind, $150.00 left in checking. Haven’t worked much this winter due to weather. Please come back from recess and get EUC legislation PASSED. I as thousands have come up for air for the third time,as in drowning.

February 28, 2014 at 2:59 pm
(305) Victoria says:

I am waiting for a bed to open up in a local homeless shelter. I have lost hope…

February 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm
(306) kate says:

This government doesn’t care about taking care of its own people. They only care about unfortunate people in other countries and give give give money to them. Then they butt into every other countries business and put out more money for military BS that we the people want NOTHING TO DO WITH! They have the nerve to tell the president to take the money from elsewhere to pay for EUC. How bout stop policing the whole damn world and worry about your own country and its people! All of us in our 50′s and 60′s can’t find a job, so we have to tap into our retierment savings and get TAXED OUT THE WAZOO becaus we have no other alternative to live! The money we have been saving because we all know, that my the time we are all old enough to collect Social Security there will be nothing there! The hard working little guy gets screwed over and over and over again by its own goverment.

March 1, 2014 at 10:48 am
(307) Michelle Sankey. says:

We the people are planning a peaceful march every district in the county 10:00 am march 4th.we need to let it be known we the people are not lazy and we are not going to sit back and do nothing allowing them to treat us this way.

March 1, 2014 at 2:06 pm
(308) fed up! says:

TAKE ACTION!!! CALL THE: House Republican leaders: Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Dave Camp and Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan. Call toll-free 1-888-245-0215 and tell them not to shut down federal unemployment insurance.
LET’S ALL TAKE ACTION!!!!!

March 1, 2014 at 7:39 pm
(309) lin lew says:

unemployment and temp jobs for almost a year! sending resumes out every week and only a few interviews. unemployment ran out and i struggle to pay bills and mortgage. I lost my job early this year and thought i would have no problems finding work. wrong! tired of congress playing with my livelihood and taking time off and not getting anything done! we need help now! i want a job. trust me unemployment is not enough to live off of but it’s better than nothing — which is what i have right now!! we the people will not forget come election time republican fat cats!!

March 2, 2014 at 4:04 pm
(310) John says:

I understand congress wants to pay for expenditures, but how in the @#$k are they planning on paying for the 2 million plus that have no other alternative but to apply for social services? I didn’t qualify fir Medicaid while on unemployment, but now I do. And I haven’t been to a Dr. for more than a year or dentist because I couldn’t afford it. how about all the spectacular Dr. bills they have to pay, really? were is that money coming from. I`ve work 38 years and never asked the “system” for shit. I believe in getting what I paid for. I`ve paid in, now I need some back.

March 3, 2014 at 10:44 am
(311) Gwen says:

I pray these folks would put extending the unemployment number 1 on their list being you already kept us from getting this benefit 3 months now when folks after working so many years can’t find a job and even if they do we have to settle for less so that we have something coming in. We all deserve it since we have paid taxes like myself for 30 years on the same job. Please have a heart Senate and a Congress and think of us when you all are sitting at your table with your families having dinner of the folks who are struggling unnecessarily. EXTEND the BENEFIT already!

March 3, 2014 at 11:04 am
(312) Lasalle Hardy says:

The government is very I’ve work for 30 yrs with no time out of work…When the economy first went down you had people getting full benefits and numerous extensions.Nevertheless these people barely worked five yrs..But yet they collect full benefits for 3 to 5 yrs..Now people who worked all of their life like me,get their benefits and cut off.Do u really think this is fare what is the point of working?The greedy government takes all your money that you worked for and do nothing when you help..I’ve watched so many people while I worked hard take from the system and get everything..What I’m saying is all the cut backs are just for the republicans to steal more money for them and their families…You care nothing for hard working people you will never get my vote…

March 3, 2014 at 3:27 pm
(313) hopeless in arizona says:

I am hoping we hear something on emergeny unemployment soon, I have worked for over 22 years of my life and lost my job last july to no fault of mine since I live in a right to work to state unemployment was a relief now it has run out and emergeny unemployment has not been passed I sit here and worry, yes I have been and still do look for work lots of work. All of the places Obama has said will hire the unemployed that’s wonderful but none of those places are in my town, I live in a state that in about a month to two months I will have electric bills of about $ 250.00 to 300.00 a month depending on how hot it gets here in YUMA AZ. I am a single mother of 4 children and urge for this emergency unemployment to get passed. All of the time they have had to pass this and the weather is the excuse we get now come on trade spots and see how fast it gets passed this is something that should have been done way before it even ran out, I have never heard of so much shut down in the federal courts and closures of all these places due to weather please figure this out and let us people that are truly in need of money get our money we deserve.

March 4, 2014 at 9:28 am
(314) Illinois says:

We need help now.This is no laughing matter.
People are becoming hopeless and depressed.
We need the extension now. Not next week today.
Please help us.This is really a emergency.
We are already fighting the battle daily of looking for a job. Now we have to fight for an extension for unemployment?

March 4, 2014 at 7:26 pm
(315) shirley says:

Answer this why keep saying a vote next week, and no vote again and again. Still no news. A friend is going to let me store what I have left of my furniture I kept a couple of things my parients left me. I now live out of a bag. As it looks now I will be on the streets the 10th. I can only cry my country has turned its back on us all. I am scared of what will happen to me now.

March 4, 2014 at 10:34 pm
(316) Clay says:

My story is like a lot of others. I say we vote all of them out ! It is time we get back to the real USA and not this country we have become!!

March 5, 2014 at 12:09 am
(317) wendy says:

When will we get an answer, we NEED HELP!!! I’m a single mother to 3 boys. And now I’m going to lose my apartment soon. I been looking for a job and can’t find one. It would be nice if congress could make a decision to help people.If congress can’t help people, just wait till its time to vote. I will stop for sure.😖

March 5, 2014 at 12:12 am
(318) wel says:

VOTE THEM ALL OUT!!!!

March 5, 2014 at 7:42 am
(319) Bruce says:

I wonder how our “Elected Officials” whose salaries are paid by our tax dollars would feel if they had Zero Monies coming in to exist on and no one seems to find it important. Political Posturing is what counts!

March 5, 2014 at 3:27 pm
(320) Louis says:

I had worked over 30 years and paid all my taxes never looking for a hand out. I give to a variety of charities,and believe in god. All those waiting on the extention to pass please keep the faith,you are all in my prayers daily.

March 5, 2014 at 9:16 pm
(321) scott says:

At least allow us hard workers to have a chance to keep our lives going. we’re not asking for too much.

March 5, 2014 at 10:45 pm
(322) Shirley says:

My 89 year old aunt has given me a room in her house to stay all I have to do is buy a buss ticket to get to Where she lives 2000 miles from here. So at least at 60 I will not be on the street. Still hoping for the extension to be voted on so I can look for work and take my few things with me. There is no home less shelter here, I did find the food bank. I feel guilty getting food for free when I see famlies in the same spot I am in standing in line. Saying prayers for everyone of us in need of this extension.

March 6, 2014 at 12:19 am
(323) Maria says:

There should be only a 2 term for representatives, in congress. All these senators are millionaire’s. Shame on them we pay for their vacation every year and for their families. Shame on you senators did you forget that we the people voted for you, and that is why you are living high on the hog. With the sweat of the American People. Why don’t one of you try and live
on $400.00 a week and see if you can pay your mortgage, buy food, gas, light, clothing, and see if you can take your family on vacation. Because I can’t do it, plus my unemployment ran out in December, oh I forgot you can’t vote on the unemployment because your excuse is the weather, do you think that the firemen, or the police officers who save lives say oh I can’t do my job because of the weather, or our Solders who fight for our freedom everyday say, I can’t go out there because of the weather. Shame on you all. Did you forget that the American People believe in you, and that is why you are there.

March 6, 2014 at 1:54 am
(324) Unemployed for 1 year says:

The saddest part about this mess of a situation is that we can’t even afford to protest. Not only is this unemployment situation a struggle but it’s such a disappointment in democracy. Where is the aid and assistance when you need it the most? Animals at a rescue shelter have it better than we do! At least they have the necessities of life.

March 6, 2014 at 12:05 pm
(325) Matt says:

I need this extension please, I am currently working only part time 1 day a week it was all I could find, most of the jobs that contact me via search engines are bogus, I will hopefully be hired with some of the interviews I had over the past month, I really need the help for right now or I will lose my apt and my car, if that happens I have to re do all my paper work about the interviews I’ve gone on.

March 6, 2014 at 1:33 pm
(326) Garrett says:

It amazes me that our Government ” For The People” cares about no one but their own pockets and their party affiliations. I don’t vote along party lines , I vote for what I feel is going to benefit us all ( so sometimes the GOP has good stands , sometimes the Democrats do). This situation with EUC is ridiculous. People need to be able to live without the fear of no lights or heat in the winter or worse case scenario , no where to lay down at night, while they actively search for work. I was laid off in October and my State benefits ran dry Mid February. Despite what the GOP or Dems say, Job growth is not ballooning like they are forecasting or blatantly lying about . I may not be in the same boat as many of my fellow commentor’s ( since thankfully I am married and my spouse works Full time) but the effects of me not receiving any state or federal benefits while i search for work is daunting. Any supplemental income is better than nothing at all and the fact that we aren’t receiving ANYTHING is a sign for change. I think when these mid term elections come up, we fire them all. Then we take the time to hire responsible adults to run our country. Not 35-75 year old bickering children!

March 6, 2014 at 4:14 pm
(327) Darrell Wilson says:

I see where the government is giving Ukraine 1 billion dollars but want help the 2 million Americans who voted for them for unemployment benefits its okay to help other countries but take care of Americans first

March 6, 2014 at 11:51 pm
(328) shirley says:

Well from what I’ve read there will be no vote this week. It is on the books for next week, but what for I cant tell. Monday is my last day in my appartment. I have some money to stay in a really cheep room for a few days. I fell so depressed hoped we woud have an answer by now. Does our Goverment realy care. They have fancy dinners, vacations every month, free trips, somewhere to sleep and I bet it wont look like the room Ill be forced t stay in. Extensions are needed now not next week.

March 7, 2014 at 2:37 am
(329) Jose Trujillo says:

It is time that we find new blood to represnt us , not politicians who dont care since they are getting their Fat Checks , and dont give a heck about us the persons who used to work and made America what it was, so please think on the next election before voting and No I am not talking about hte parties but for a person who is NOT a politician but someone who cares for the people.

March 7, 2014 at 8:03 pm
(330) terri says:

THE TWO MILLION PEOPLE THAT ARE STRUGGLEING FROM YOUR IGNORANCE AND YOU TAKE CARE OF ANOTHER COUNTRY AN NOT TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN PEOPLE ‘.YOU ELECTED PEOPLE SHOULD BE IN ARE POSITION IN THE PUBLIC YOU GET TO RETIRE IN TWO YEARS WITH OUT WORK N FOR A LIVEN YOU HAVE TAKEN ATVANTAGE OF THE AMERIICAN PUBLIC TRUEST AN SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE THE CONSTITUTION WAS NOT WRITTEN FOR YOUR IGNORANCE AN MIS TRUST IN THE PEOPLE THAT TRUST YOU .YOU DONT CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE AN THE LAWS YOU DEAL OUT TO THE PEOPLE SO WE SHOULD NOT CARE ABOUT YOUR SELFISH LIVES AN MAKE US PAY FOR YOUR MISTRUST IN US

March 8, 2014 at 4:14 am
(331) DawnDawn says:

The Senate Democrats need one more vote to break the filibuster and pass an Unemployment Benefit Extension. There are three Republican Senators they are focusing on as most flip-able. Please call each of these three key Senators today:

Rob Portman of Ohio at 202-224-3353

Mark Kirk of Illinois at 202-224-2854

Dan Coats of Indiana at 202-224-5623

March 8, 2014 at 4:26 am
(332) DawnDawn says:

I will never vote for a Republican, as long as I live! Calling us lazy when congress only works 118 days this year. Do they think only Democrats are on UI?

March 8, 2014 at 1:30 pm
(333) Jerry Stunod says:

Another week gone by and seems ne end it sight for extension. already had to move out of my apartment with my roommates, cell phone and internet service will be next to be shut off. The only thing it seems I have is my car to go seek employment, but lately I have to place band aid repairs to keep running. I am in CT and Senators murphy and blumenthal to need to tell other senators we mean business and help. Remember when a lady from morris CT was invited to the white to speak on how she lost her job, then her benefits ran out in dec. She also mentioned I believe she had a son in Irag. At the white president O’bama was clapping and applauding her, big deal. O’bama you are no help either. You are probably the worst president we have ever had. You are a loser just like some of the other senators. Extensions need to be restored right here, right now. If not, I will be seeking welfare assistance. Is this what our country wants to see, more people on welfare and food stamps. Speaking of welfare and food stamps, you don’t congress putting a halt to welfare and food stamps. why not!. As of late, this congress is starting to be a joke.

March 8, 2014 at 8:42 pm
(334) DawnDawn says:

Jerry, you’re angry at President Obama but not the Republican member of congress, who refuse to help? President Obama and the Dems have been trying to get us an extension.

I am sorry for your situation and hope help comes to you soon.

March 8, 2014 at 11:30 pm
(335) Chris says:

I will NEVER vote for ANY Republican again if EUC is not renewed. This is an outrage!!! I have worked for 40+ years and this is the first time I have ever collected unemployment and because the economy is improving (compared to what???)I am only eligible for 16 weeks??? Then could I please have the money I paid into they system for the past 40 years???

March 9, 2014 at 10:39 am
(336) joanne says:

This is an outrage, EUI Extensions need to be restore ASAP!!
Calling us lazy when congress only works 118 days this year. Do they think only Democrats are on UI?

The people really, really need to go out an VOTE on the MID-TERM ELECTION!!!!!

ELECTIONS DUE MATTER…AND IT WILL SEND A MESSAGE TO ALL THOSE ON CAPITAL HILL!!!!!

March 9, 2014 at 10:53 am
(337) joanne says:

Pass an Unemployment Benefit Extension ASAP!!! This is an outrage!!
Do the republicans really think only Democrats are on UI?
Congress calls us lazy when they are only working 118 days this year.

THE PEOPLE REALLY NEED TO GO OUT AND VOTE THIS MID-TERM.
ELECTIONS DUE MATTER AND IT WILL SEND A MESSAGE TO ALL THOSE WHO VOTED DOWN THE EUI BENEFITS ALONG WITH OTHER BILLS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE…

March 9, 2014 at 2:35 pm
(338) Sherry says:

I collected Unemplyment for 6 months and cut off after working my job for 13 years. How am I to seek work with car or phone because I can’t pay the bill. It’s sad to say it looks like you are setting is up for failure. We are American and we should not be going thru this. Keep in mind we are the people that pay your wages and vote for you. We need our unemployment back. We should be posting resumes right now not fighting for what we should have. Only in America.

March 9, 2014 at 3:47 pm
(339) shirley says:

I will go out and vote. The state im in both sides voted for the extension. Im going to be moving to a state that republican s voted against it so I will vote them out. I made enough money selling my furniture to rent a room for a couple of weeks today is my last day in my appartment so an extension is coming to late for me to keep my apparment and furniture. 46 Years of employment im out of work 15 months and Im called lazy. I lost my job because of Obama care in the health industery. Im willing to work but despite what is being said the jobs are not there. Extensions are needed to help us job hunting soon to be homeless people.

March 10, 2014 at 9:45 am
(340) DJ says:

Sinking fast! Why is it easier or acceptable for the GOVERMENT to hand me food stamps Instead of unenployment? I need to pay my bills! I need to be able to pay for gas for my car, pay for insurance, pay to inspect it and register it. I need to pay for my phone my Internet, a baby sitter.
I will not have the ability to even look for a job without these things? I guess I’ll become dependent on the GOVERMENT soon at this rate. I’ll move into public housing and collect all the goverment assitance programs availible soon, because that is where congress is forcing me!
It’s pretty sad that I have worked since I was 8 years old. I delivered news papers. I had 3 routs with three different news papers. I’ve always worked! I was in the Army! But now I can not collect a bennifit I feel I paid into all my working years. Over 40 year I have worked and when I need help all I can get is FOODSTAMPS!!! How do I pay my bills with food stamps? How does Congress think Foodstamps are better than extending unemployment? How does this make sense?
Thank you Congress (Republicans) for taking my ability to find work almost impossible! I want congress to know do to the reluctance to extend UPC, they have put me in the poverty line.
I will be 100% dependent on the GOVERMENT in less than 30 day!!!
Thank you Congress for exersizing your ability to do nothing and make a living at it! Bravo!!!!

March 12, 2014 at 3:39 pm
(341) katie says:

I just received an email in my inbox from Senator Cory Booker. He states in the email that last week the republican senators put forward a plan for renewing unemployment insurance…..which then got rejected by house speaker JOHN BOEHNER! JOHN BOEHNER’S office states they are not even bringing the issue up for a vote. NO PLAN! So people, don’t expect anything soon from our wonderful FEDERAL GOVERMENT!

March 13, 2014 at 12:36 pm
(342) Robert says:

The Senate has 2 bills for unemployment extention and no vote scheduled. I was lucky enough to find 2 temp jobs last year and was laid off both. One for lack of work after 90 days and the other and I’m only guessing that looking at the 4th quarter they decide to reduce staff a week before Thanksgiving after 140 days. I ran out of benefits first week of Feb.. Haven’t been able to find a job even part time had one interview and one phone interview. I look up unemployment news every day hoping for something to happen and it hasn’t. one bill is 10 days old and the other is 7 days and no vote. I vote Congress to get fired. 2 weeks vacation and no vote what’s going on. People are hurting in ways you can’t even imagine and you don’t do your job and call it politics. I call it immoral!

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