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Unemployment Extension 2014

By April 18, 2014

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Update April 18, 2014: Congress will be back in session on April 28. Hopefully, there will be action to renew federal unemployment benefits when they return.

Update April 14, 2014: The Senate has passed legislation (HR 3979) to renew federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired on December 28, 2013. The agreement would provide for a 5 month extension of federal jobless benefits retroactive to December 28.

In addition, Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) introduced a House companion bill (H.R.4415) which is identical to the Senate legislation in the hopes of expediting a vote.  there are also reports of tying the extension to a jobs bill, which would help in getting it passed. However, the House has adjourned until Monday April 28, 2014, so there will be no action on renewing EUC until after recess.

Please note that the legislation simply extends the federal EUC benefits that were in place last year through May 31, 2014. Unemployed workers whose EUC benefits were cut off on December 28 and those who have lost state benefits since then will be eligible if it's passed. It does not provide any extra tiers of benefits or provide benefits for those who had already run out of unemployment. If passed, it would end EUC on May 31.

Check back frequently for updates. I will post as soon as there is more news and details of the legislation.

Resources for Unemployed Workers

Important: Some states have advised claimants to continue filing, others say they will file for you if EUC is extended, and others won't let you file. Your state unemployment office may provide notification saying no further extension benefits can be paid. However, that doesn't mean that there isn't a chance of benefits being continued for 2014. Check your State Unemployment Office for details.

More News & Information: I will post updates as soon as there is more news on what will be happening with unemployment. Also, follow me on Twitter, add me to your Google+ Circles and like About Job Search on Facebook for more news and information.

Update March 29, 2014: The Senate voted (65 - 34) on Thursday to move legislation to restore federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired on December 28, 2013 forward. The agreement would provide for a 5 month extension retroactive to December 28 and has bipartisan support - 10 Republican Senators voted for the legislation.

Update March 12, 2014: Democrats have filed a discharge petition in the House of Representatives. If a majority of the Representatives sign it, the House will be forced to bring the legislation to the floor for a vote. However, in order to get enough signatures the petition would need Republican support. An absolute majority (218 signatures) is required for a vote. Here's a current tally of the signatures.

There is pending legislation in the Senate to continue federal extended unemployment compensation benefits for the more than 2 million workers who have run out of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired on December 28, 2013.

Update March 21, 2104: The Senate will be working on legislation to renew unemployment next week. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) said this week "Since December, Senator Reed and I have been working to get these vital benefits to the millions of unemployed Americans who need them. It is extremely disappointing that, no matter what solution is reached, there is some excuse to deny these much-needed benefits. I look forward to passing this proposal out of the Senate next week, and stand ready to help the Speaker, as well as any organization or any individual necessary, in order to make this extension a reality."

Update March 17, 2014: Both the Senate and the House are recessed until Monday, March 24th. So, there will be no Congressional action on renewing unemployment benefits until they return.

Update March 13, 2014: Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) has announced a bipartisan agreement to renew federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired on December 28, 2013. The agreement would provide for a 5 month extension retroactive to December 28. The proposal is fully funded. It would eliminate unemployment benefits to individuals earning more than $1 million in the preceding year. It also includes provisions that would provided enhanced, personalized assessments and referral to unemployment services.

Update March 7, 2014: Republican Senators have introduced legislation (S. 2097) that would extend unemployment insurance benefits for the more than 2 million workers who have run out of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired in December. If passed, the legislation would extend federal unemployment insurance benefits for five months, allowing for retroactive benefits.

Update March 4, 2014: Legislation which would extend federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits which expired at the end of December, 2013 for six months was filed today. The legislation (S. 2077, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014) is for a 6 month retroactive extension that would restore unemployment benefits for the 2 million unemployed workers who have run out. News reports indicate there may be a vote next week.

Important: Unemployment benefits vary from state to state, so check your State Unemployment Office website for details on who qualifies for extended benefits and when and how benefits will be paid or check this list of state unemployment extension websites to go directly to the information for your location.

Read More: How to File for Unemployment | How to Calculate Unemployment | Unemployment Extension | Job Search Tips for Unemployed Job Seekers

February 7, 2014 at 11:58 pm
(1) Real Richard says:

also i have no mug shot on the internet and nothing bad happened to me………just very boring….except the card playing

February 8, 2014 at 12:02 am
(2) Real Richard says:

my interview went well….pay is 15 per hour cash………………plus tips from the girls….place looked safe and calm….looks good

February 8, 2014 at 12:06 am
(3) Real Richard says:

kpv…my last “real” job was an office manager too…….but i made my career as a Foreign Exchange analyst almost 20 years…but its been 6 years since I have done that…..got no calls for an FX analyst

February 8, 2014 at 12:15 am
(4) downtrodden says:

How many needless evictions, foreclosures, homelessness and even suicides will occur because we have the worst Congress in history who could care less about what happens to a large # of the American people on Congress’s watch? I have never been so disillusioned in my life . 60 years old and live alone.Having periodic meltdowns.Overwhelming.I would bet the majority of the unemployed people affected by this are spending more time packing up or trying to figure out ways to survive, than job hunting right now. Good call , Congress! God help us all!

February 8, 2014 at 12:19 am
(5) Paul Revere's Ride says:

Human Resource Administers in companies, don’t want to hire any person over 55 or who has been out of work of any length of time. They have unwritten policies stating they will only hire people under a certain age say 40 and they have to be actively working at a professional job. President Obama has an initiative to encourage the hiring of the long term jobless people but it all a bunch of Bull. We have laws to protect people from age discrimination that Human Resource Administers stub their noses at, they know how to work the system and will not hire a person who is too old or has lost their job. There 1.6 million people that want to work, but Human Resource Administers will refuse them any employment, simple because they are too old or unemployed. Can’t the government do something to help people get a job? Job training is good, but even if you had all the degrees and skills in the world you still face with the same problem. If Albert Einstein were alive today and didn’t work for 6 months he couldn’t get a job.

February 8, 2014 at 12:41 am
(6) John M says:

Just like to say, you can sign these petitions until your blue in the face they mean little. And there are hundreds out there. That’s why you end up getting five thousand on one, and a thousand on another. And even if you got the petitions you need, what will be the result? The president makes mention of it? He still cant change the way congress behaves. He cant will republicans to stop being ass hats. They already know the will of the people and they are openly going against it.

February 8, 2014 at 12:54 am
(7) downtrodden says:

From what I have read, Reid switched his vote to no in order to be able to bring this issue back up for vote? Conflicting info put forth..did it not pass by one vote or two to reach the 3/5 votes needed to pass? If one , Reid was the one vote who kept this from passing?.. And McConnell, and the Republican parties real agenda and the amendment they want to make is that the cost be offset by repealing Obama Care ..at 1.7 million people’s expense? Someone explain these heartless millionaires logic to me please. I may be facing eviction soon, lose my ability to live independently after working 6 days a week and my company going bankrupt. and am being written off as lazy by some republicans? Currently #2 on a county job (7 vacancies) which was supposed to start in October .I may have to beg relatives to take me in and move across state. I have continually applied to jobs and will lose any opportunity to be hired in this area and will have to start all over again and I am sure many are facing relocation. What do they think they will gain by this?

February 8, 2014 at 1:19 am
(8) Jan says:

If your home is about to go into foreclosure please check out the Hardest Hit Program it benefits 18 States see the link below.


It saved my home from going into foreclosure. The program will pay your mortgage for up to two years and even after becoming employed again will continue to pay up to a certain amount until your stable. It was so easy to apply.

I ended up denying the help and short selling as I wanted to move to an area that had better employment opportunities. I figured the program could help the next person who needed it I switched over to their short sell assistance and received $4500.00.

I pray it helps someone out there!! Check to see what States it will assisit. God bless!

February 8, 2014 at 3:11 am
(9) ConcernedTim says:

(7260) tlw: More ideas on the eviction. These are not nice options, but they are legal: I don’t know how the landlord tenant laws work in your state, but some times filing for bankruptcy can stop an eviction.

If you happen to know a lawyer with a heart, he/she may be able to help you. Besides challenging service of process, there are other legal tricks a lawyer may try. When the landlord files the eviction papers, they have to check all the boxes correctly and make sure the papers are just right. Otherwise, a lawyer can challenge the paper-work. This may not stop the eviction, but it can delay, hopefully giving you time to find work.

Your best option is to pray and then hope your landlord is cool, until you get back on your feet. But the worst option, as you know, is to dodge the landlord. I know these times are hard, but my prayers are with you.

February 8, 2014 at 3:41 am
(10) Jon H says:

In his December 14, 2002 weekly radio address, President George W.
Bush reminded Congress that “no final bill was sent to me extending
unemployment benefits for about 750,000 Americans whose benefits will
expire on December 28th.”He went on, “These Americans rely on their unemployment benefits to pay for the mortgage or rent, food, and other critical bills. They need our
assistance in these difficult times, and we cannot let them down.”

What was the unemployment rate in December 2002?

It had just risen to 6.0 percent.

February 8, 2014 at 5:48 am
(11) Xxltrich says:

The majority leader.

Mr. REID. Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that I be allowed to offer a motion to reconsider the previous vote by which cloture was not invoked on

Mr. REID. I know everyone is in a hurry to leave, and I will be very brief. I wish to make sure I am clear where we stand. We are one Republican vote away from restoring unemployment insurance for 1.7 million Americans, including 20,000 veterans who have lost their benefits during the last 5 weeks. We all support this on this side of the aisle.

Right now there is one Republican vote standing between 1.7 million Americans and the lifeline they need to make ends meet. I ask my Republican colleagues to think about the woman from Nevada who is 57 years old. She is couch-surfing. Younger people know a little bit about that term, but I hadn’t heard the term before. She has because she has been forced to understand what it is–going around to friends’ homes, apartments, and sleeping on their couches. She is 57 years old, worked from the time she was 18 years old. She lost her job and can’t find a job. She is long-term unemployed. If she had just lost her job last week or a couple of months ago, she could go get unemployment, but she has been out of work for too long to be able to get it. She has sold everything she has except a clunker of a car, sold all of her personal things so she can buy gas in case she gets an interview.

People are in the same position as she in every State. Our job is to do right by them. All we need is one more Republican vote, one more Republican to step up .
Think they are voting yes next week

February 8, 2014 at 5:55 am
(12) Running out of Options says:

Home foreclosed due to a predatory loan and lots of other issues? Yep. Living with a relative and lost my extended unemployment? Yep. That, too. Why you ask?
Told I am overqualified due to having a degree? Yes once again.
Told my credit (due to mistakes when I was younger) is preventing me from getting such and such a job? Yes.
Leaving my degree OFF the application doesn’t work either. They all find it and end up calling me “overqualified.”
Oh, sure. Apply for the jobs I have a degree in? Been there, done that. They aren’t hiring right now.
No, I cannot move. I help care for the relative I live with.
So now I consider a different route. I have wanted to go back to school for a while now and at least IF I can get some scholarships or FAFSA, they will pay my living expenses and yes, I do have some. I still have to buy my groceries and help with utilities. I am now nearly a month into having NO money however and we are all struggling. Even if they do approve the extension in the future, I am wondering where to turn next. Jobs are still hard to come by.

February 8, 2014 at 6:52 am
(13) Mr Broke says:


February 8, 2014 at 7:58 am
(14) Janice says:

Nick, that’s it exactly — there are ONLY 1.7 million of us, and so they can afford to ignore us.

Maybe only 5,000 people signed because many have had their Internet cut off? Or never had it in the first place?

February 8, 2014 at 7:58 am
(15) Sharon says:

I’m fine Not True. Been in this position before and got out of it. I’m thinking of retiring now. I have no idea how much I will get monthly, but its better than nothing and if I pick up a part time job – we will be just fine. I wanted to wait one more month, when I will be 63, but I doubt if I can go that long. Was at my daughters home in Gardner babysitting my new grand daughter, Alanna, when I saw what happened in the vote. Was upsetting that it didn’t pass, but we must go on. I just feel that this is probably the worst attack by terrorists we have had in the US —- and its from our own Government. I do wish everyone luck and will be on this blog often. If I ever won the lottery, I know that my money would be there helping out everyone on this blog. And I would never ask for repayment either. Keep your chins up and maybe the Senate and then the House will get this through the beginning of next week. Enough is enough!!!! Wish they would just stop playing with the lives of so many wonderful people.

February 8, 2014 at 9:04 am
(16) Mary B says:

Article on the Farm Bill with hopes it’s accurate. It clarified a lot for me.


Business (albeit farmers) subsidies to make the Republicans happy
Food stamps to make the Democrats happy

I hope Reid can find one more Republican to vote “yes” on the extension. As someone else said, surely there is a tradeoff he can use to negotiate.

I’m very impressed with the passionate responses many of you have sent or called in to your Senators! Sessions, who has the immoral audacity to immorally say that collecting unemployment is immoral, should take a long hard look at himself. To think that he doesn’t even notice that it’s immoral to let fellow Americans, who are trying desperately to find work, go without housing, food, medical care, is beyond shocking.

February 8, 2014 at 9:15 am
(17) Steven says:

Greetings Everyone. I just learned that I was not chosen for a job I had interviewed for last week. I did a video interview and based on that interview was invited to meet face to face with the selection committee, peer review committee, CEO and what would have been direct reports staff. The Human Resources Director stated prior to my face to face interview I had done very well. Yet I learned from the recruiter yesterday I was not selected because I was a former CEO and the position I was applying for was an Administrator position. Even though the HR Director stated I had done an excellent job interviewing with the selection committee during my video interview. They even paid to fly me to South Carolina, paid for hotel, car rental, food and other travel expenses. Now I ask you what could I have done differently other than declare I was a voter card carrying Republican. I challenge anyone one of those mis-informed, mis-guided and out of touch reality puppets to change places with us. Don’t give up the fight and Let’s Keep Marching Onward to Victory !

February 8, 2014 at 9:56 am
(18) Oronde Melton says:

I wonder how all the people feel who voted for the Republicans who keep voting NO to EUC …

February 8, 2014 at 9:57 am
(19) n. nova says:

Amen! Well spoken!

February 8, 2014 at 10:18 am
(20) kpv says:

Real Richard , hope you get the job. $15 an hour plus tips is pretty good.
So no internet in jail. Didnt know that. Sounds like you had the same situation as me , during the recession had to take what i could and wound up becoming an office manager. Now having trouble getting back to what I did and since my office was small (5 employees) I cant find any manager jobs and the ones who called me back say my office was too small. they look for someone who managed large warehouses or offices etc . I am stuck in a catch 22. Older worker, long term unemployed and 2 careers on my resume that compete.

Rango , I was going to apply for the mortgage Forbearance plan but I heard that (at least at Chase) that after the year is up you have to pay it back in one lump sum. Kind of ridiculous. Your just coming out of being unemployed . how are you supposed to pay back thousands. Is yours a lump sum at the end ?

February 8, 2014 at 10:22 am
(21) Mary B says:

downtrodden (7312) I hope I remember this right. At the end of the voting, there were 59 “yes” votes, including Harry Reid’s “yes” vote. Since he needed 60 “yes” votes to get it passed, i.e. shy one vote, he changed his vote to “no” so that it can be voted on again. If I understand correctly, if he did not change his vote to “no,” he couldn’t bring it up for a vote again.

So, on the face of it, it looked like he had abandoned us. But, in fact, he did the right thing.

He sure looks tired, but then again, so does Mitch McConnell.

February 8, 2014 at 10:25 am
(22) Mary B says:

Rango: I’m so sad is is happening to you. And sad for everyone else who is going through such a struggle. There has to be an answer soon – a job, help from others, extension of EUC…..

February 8, 2014 at 11:04 am
(23) Karen1 says:

I understand that jobs should be created. Yes, a full time decently paid job is preferable to unemployment…or welfare.

But you can’t just cut off almost 2 million people while you finally decide to “create” jobs. It could take years….

I just don’t understand Republicans. And I used to consider myself one. I will never vote Republican again.

The government got us into this mess with their job killing policies, sending jobs overseas etc. The government should really help us out until they figure it all out. How do you just tell people to drop dead in the guise of “helping them to be self sufficient:” lol….They can :”retrain” us, they can pay for college, they can do a lot of things in relation to getting us “ready” for the job market, but there will still be few jobs available for all of the newly trained people, who will have to start at slave wages, and will still not be able to afford to live.

February 8, 2014 at 11:12 am
(24) Not True says:

@sharon — love the name Alana – i’ll bet she is beautiful — enjoy her and take the time off if you can — at 63 you should be able to retire. Both my parents did at 62 but they did it the right way — saved -owned the house outright, I on the other hand spent money– we took lots of vacations with the kids – did the house over. Maybe we were foolish and should have saved for that monsoon that we never thought we would get hit by. Too late now I suppose.

I have to be in at 8am — Monday. It’s been a while since i did a 40 hour week and I am sure I will be exhausted by Friday but the thought of a real pay check is wonderful. i will have to do some traveling for the company also which I HATE but it is what it is. Well I hope I like. I Heard they were trying for the extension again next week, I will pray for all.

February 8, 2014 at 11:30 am
(25) Real Richard says:

The big misconception, a lot of people have, is that these guys only work about 125 days a year and don’t work hard……I did some work for Senator Menendez, and Rep Pascrell, in NJ, and I am telling you these guys work 365 days a year around the clock…..Reid probably never sleeps…They probably work longer and harder when they are not in Washington…….so please quit it with the “always on Vacation” and “another break” talk…these people get no breaks…EVER

February 8, 2014 at 11:41 am
(26) Rango says:

Publish this on all job sites!!

Please don’t apply if you are:

Any person over 55. We don’t hire you kind here!
People out of work of any length of time. You are not employable.
The long term unemployed. Please stop bothering us.
Minorities and physically handicap, don’t bother either!
We will only hire people under 40, presently employed and look the part.

Mr. O please prosecute companies that condone these policies!

An initiative to encourage the hiring of the long term jobless people but it all a bunch of lip service.

We have laws to protect people from age discrimination that Human Resource Administers need to be aggressively prosecuted.

Mr. O You formed panels to look into every other type of discrimination… age discrimination is rampant, please help.

February 8, 2014 at 11:44 am
(27) formerproductionbldrempl says:

The last speech I heard from our President said that he has a phone and a pen.

Mr. President, it’s time to use that pen and pick up the phone!

February 8, 2014 at 11:57 am
(28) matt says:

i feel sorry about all thats happened to those of yous, but the fact is that republicans don’t care about the poor or middle class. that is a fact!!! if you are not filling their pocket they don’t know or care about you. you have a president that can easily by pass all that nonsense with the republicans. tell him to use his pen!!! and when you vote next time think what republicans have done to you and do the right thing. vote democrat, they are the only ones looking out for the poor and middle class. just think about it they just pass a 100 billion dollar bill so farmers don’t need to farm bill. and they are crying about extending unemployment that a little over 6 billion, nice guys. you do what you want but my house hold will vote democrat next time around cause you know bad times are going to be ahead and i want someone helping me, not someone that can afford it and is greedy. can you believe that millionaires are collecting unemployment because they can, now thats crazy but they are thousands of them that are. your republicans at work!!!

February 8, 2014 at 12:06 pm
(29) Steve says:

I was three weeks into Tier 1 Extended Unemployment Benefits as of the end of the last year when Benefits were ended. I work everyday trying to find a job and would absolutely love to have a member of congress come spend as much time as they wanted to with me to see the steps that I take to find a job. We can spend billions of dollars on programs that are of no value and a total waste of tax payers money, but Americans like myself are basically told to go to hell. Does anyone in Congress want to help pay my mortgage because it is past due and I will probably lose my house. Keep this issue alive the long term unemployed cannot be forgotten.

February 8, 2014 at 12:07 pm
(30) Lucia says:

@7329 Richard, Sen Reid looks like he’s on the verge of collapse. He actually was in the hospital at Christmas for exhaustion. But you will note that the comments here and on FB are the same over and over about how many vacation days these guys take, etc. Once people make up their minds about something, it’s hard to change them. People still blame him for changing his vote, no matter how many times the process is explained.

February 8, 2014 at 12:28 pm
(31) Hello from Chiberia says:

@(7328) Not True

Knock ‘em dead at the new job, Not True!

February 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm
(32) WiseOne199 says:

Hello All-

I am so disgusted at the thought that these politicians can abandon us. I am not referring to the ones who are fighting to help and make positive and the much needed changes. How could the ones who voted against simply walk out of the Washington and not have a care in the world for the millions of individuals who simply have not had there unemployment for over 40 days. Well I have faith and what goes around comes right back around. I am one of those individuals and only am I struggling but so is my daughter. I did get a job but how I am supposed to get their? So what are my options Welfare? a job in my neighborhood? The main issue is that we have no love for one another and we can see the gap on this board and others stating that we are lazy and what a handout. I thought that we were created equal? There are too many things that we let separate us which has been been set up by the devil and we need to love one another and reach for victory!!! I hope that all of my unemployment family continue to have faith and know that I truly believe that relief is coming very soon.

February 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm
(33) kpv says:

@ Richard, I think most people or atleast people who don’t just follow what they read know how much time that politicians put in. Just that alot of people are frustrated with them , fact they get nothing done and the Media crushes them constantly .
On the other side this is the least productive congress in our history so its expected people would say they dont do anything. . Its like the police, you hate them until you need them, then there your best friend. Politicians do work 24/7 365 a year. very stressful job. But it is one of the most unliked professions by people up there with Lawyers, dentist, IRS Workers , debt collectors, telemarketers and Bouncers (just kiddin about bouncers ) .

February 8, 2014 at 12:48 pm
(34) Disappointed says:

Isn’t this America where the majority rules? How is this having to be a 3/5 vote approval issue? What’s up with that? The Senators were elected by the majority of the voters and represent us and the majority wants this bill passed!

February 8, 2014 at 12:53 pm
(35) LT says:
February 8, 2014 at 12:54 pm
(36) Real Richard says:

@kpc…my other part time job is telemarketing…I am so loved

February 8, 2014 at 12:55 pm
(37) LT says:
February 8, 2014 at 12:59 pm
(38) Deborah says:

As others have stated, Senator Reid switches his vote when he determines that the bill will not pass. If he did not and it did not gather the needed number of votes he would not be able to bring back. That is just the way the senate runs. So, this morning I emailed his office, thanking him for his tireless efforts on our behalf and I included a copy of the email message I have been systematically sending out to his Republican counterparts. I think part of the problem is that many of us are just observing the inner workings of Congress for the first time (including me) and learning about the many mini steps it takes to get full support for a bill or amendment – Senator Reid is doing what he has to do in order to keep the amendment alive so it can be brought back…

February 8, 2014 at 1:10 pm
(39) Deborah says:

Fellow Californians: EDD has announced that they will be hiring several hundred people to help deal with the backlog created with the botched software update last September. I am going to email my State Senator and Assembly person suggesting that priority should be given to those whose benefits have been exhausted. I think this would be a perfect solution – who knows more about EDD and Unemployment Benefits than those who have participated in the program – including not receiving their benefits when the computer upgrade was initially done? Surely, among the almost 250,000 such Californians there would be those with the needed skill sets (some of the positions will be IT).

February 8, 2014 at 1:37 pm
(40) John M says:

Ok give me a break. For all the defenders of politicians. Yes they do work when they are at home. But campaigning isn’t doing the business of the people its doing the business of the politician. When my senators and reps are home, they are out shaking hands and kissing babies. Not actually legislating. And that’s not work. It may not be a vacation. But its not work either.

February 8, 2014 at 2:12 pm
(41) Ron says:

I find it very difficult to believe 1 vote form the Senate will prevent 1.7 million people from getting extension. Shame on US senators from helping US citizens yet spend billions on other nations (Iraq, Afghanistan, etc). I will never vote for a republican going forward.

February 8, 2014 at 2:35 pm
(42) Hello from Chiberia says:

@(7328) Karen1

You said it, Karen1!!!!!
I, for one, don’t think I’ve lost anything I had before I lost my job. I’m on the computer all day long, just like I was at work. I can still do excel and an access database is an access database. What is this “retraining” they think they need to do for us? What a crock………!

February 8, 2014 at 2:35 pm
(43) casey : Deborah , ALL says:

@7341 & 7342 Deborah

BOTH you post were TOP CLASS.

I mean it.

First thing this morning before going to ONE of the biggest Libraries in the county perhaps state and the country few blocks away from where i live Because their Computers Are So Much Better ( and virtually unlimited time that gets renewed in intervals of two/thrree hours depending on the number of people using them in the 8 Floor glass and steel ( 450 million dollar PLUS building Built as a Joint venture BETWEEN the State City and the University that It serves ) I SA W YOUR POST.

February 8, 2014 at 3:06 pm
(44) Ali says:

@ (7338) KPV, The fact that you believe this Congress is and other politicians “do work 24/7 365 a year” is beyond my comprehension. They have longer and higher paid vacations than most corporate employees in this country. They fly back home once every month for one full week and everything is paid for them, including most of their meals and other necessities. Being a politicians does not necessarily mean they are deeply involved in politics and social related events. Haven’t you seen most of our politicians live to their 80s and 90s while being perfectly healthy and active? Haven’t you seen their retirement mansions and plans? If it were as stressful as you’re assuming, they wouldn’t spend millions on campaigns to run and rerun for a position. No my friend, being a politician is not as stressful as you may think.

February 8, 2014 at 3:06 pm
(45) Lucia says:

@wise one – I believe those who voted against this are hearing from their constituents also. There are, unfortunately, a huge group of people in this country who think it’s time for the extension to end. And, there are people who are employed and not paying attention to this because it doesn’t affect them. I think those senators who voted against are doing so because they want to get re elected, and this is what their people are telling them to do. They have support or else they wouldn’t have been elected. Sad.

February 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm
(46) heiid says:

It’s amazing!!! The government CAN TAKE what they want from you, give your heard earned money to PEOPLE who NEVER paid into the taxpayer cookie jar while the people who paid into go without WHEN they NEED IT!!!

Bail out the banks but not the unemployed
stick us w/2 budgetary cuts EVEN though you’re getting very little
reward baby making fools w/other people’s money thru tax credits
single folks go home w/less because of no kids get screwed

STOP GIVING our money to other people THE ONE who NEVER paid into the taxpayer cookie jar!!!

YET the government GETS theirs NO MATTER what turmoil is going on while screwing us over.

And to hear some say, “you’re just milking the system, some are but MOST ARE NOT!

AND w/all those people out of work, WHO picks up the slack difference of less taxes being paid?

February 8, 2014 at 3:28 pm
(47) Darrell says:

I kills me that in the land of milk and honey that individuals who have paid into the system for 20 years or better and become unemployed can not even get some of their FICA money back in their time of need. To politically rangle over the EUC issue is ridiculous to me. While the Republicans are acting like babies, people are on the verge of being evicted from their apartments and homes. Stop the bull and do what you are paid to do lobby for the people all people not just your own constituents.

February 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm
(48) SOLUTIONS says:

(7339) Disappointed
The majority did vote and got these people in office. Whats a shame is most of them are in states that need it the most. When a statement about EUC comes up it really is a small minority in there view. You know I did not realize until this week about the people who have not found jobs and ran out of unemployment and don’t file taxes are no longer part of the equation. They cant even sign up for welfare or heath insurance. The idea of unemployment being down was once again created by not allowing a large portion of the unemployed to be counted as they (us) were just cut off. So in the numbers game there are 1.7 million that they didn’t have to count and that let the number of unemployed be under 7%. Im discussed that Obama keeps mentioning how unemployment is getting better. Its seems that this is the new economy….there will be no going back to the way it was.

February 8, 2014 at 3:31 pm
(49) anned says:

For crying out loud, by the time they do AND if they do vote a “yes” on extensions, most of us will be in the dog house with our creditors. Seems to me this has dragged on long enough for a mere 3 months of extension payments that may or may not be retro.Hope we all remember this along with the great “government shutdown” during the next round of voting. They all seem to be pointing the finger at the other guy as the culprit, yet who is that one “yes” vote that is holding out?
I know of folks that were on unemployment extensions for 2 years not that long ago. They managed to “rob the system” as they didn’t look for work, they were couch potatoes. They were called in every 6 months to be interviewed by the Employment Department and managed to get another extension. That kind of behavior made me angry as I knew there were many who were struggling back then. Just on this website alone, there are genuine people that are barely…just barely struggling to keep a roof over the head. Seems to me if the President is going to “get things done” without Congress’ help, this should be on the list. And maybe it is, I just haven’t read the latest arguement from this side or that side. Mainly because I am tired of the finger pointing and empty promises. Those things don’t pay my bills or put food on my table. Thank you Alison for providing information I can rely on. Your efforts are appreciated by this member of the Unemployed Committee. Wow, did I just hit on something? The Unemployed Committee?!?

February 8, 2014 at 3:40 pm
(50) Las says:

Only one vote and one republican has the chance to be a hero or a goat. They are probably afraid of being ostracized and being thrown up if the boys club. Just keep track of the ones voting against this and make when it comes time to vote, go to the polls and vote against them. It’s the only way I can think of to get back back at these heartless creatures. I don’t think a normal everyday person can become a senator seeing as they are usually from political families from way back and it is just a way of life for them. Carrying on tradition. I come from a democratic state (MA) so my senators are both on board. Hopefully we hear something on Monday or I fear being cast aside.

February 8, 2014 at 3:47 pm
(51) kpv says:

1 vote didn’t prevent the extension , just getting to the next step. . it still needs to go through the House of Representatives and there it will not be as easy as the Senate.

February 8, 2014 at 4:12 pm
(52) Yvette says:

Why doesn’t the president bypass this? I don’t understand what he is waiting on. I’ve been out of work since February 2013. Everyday I’m submitting my resume and can’t get anything. I’ve only had two interviews in 2013. I can’t believe this. I have went through my savings and have nothing now. I have applied for food stamps. That is all that they will give me since I don’t have any kids, they will not give me any money. How am I suppose to live? Well, I know they don’t care and I guess the president doesn’t care. If the president did, he would have done something by now. I’ve voted all my life. I will never vote for anyone again.

February 8, 2014 at 4:15 pm
(53) vision says:

last nite, I had a vision from God, federal unemployment will be extended….

February 8, 2014 at 4:55 pm
(54) Paul Revere's Ride says:

Human Resource Managers need to be prosecuted for Human Right’s violations and serve time in jail for not hiring the old and long term unemployed. They are the ones keeping us away from jobs. Every time you heard the words that you are overqualified in means that you are too old.

Can’t the government or 60 MINTUES do an investigation why 1.7 million people can’t get jobs?

February 8, 2014 at 4:56 pm
(55) tlw says:

I just wonder if I will ever wake up and have this nightmare behind me. Everyday a new blow a new bill a new worry.

February 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm
(56) tlw says:

@vision 7354

Did you dream say when?

February 8, 2014 at 5:04 pm
(57) ROSE says:

just a few minutes ago on fox news the president said that he will over ride the senate and pass the unemployment extension himself… did anyone catch that ?????

February 8, 2014 at 5:13 pm
(58) Real Richard says:

here is a question….the bill failed 59-39 that is 60.2% i thought the bill passed at 60% or does an abstention count as ano vote?

February 8, 2014 at 5:16 pm
(59) Lee says:

I served my country honorably in the USMC because I felt it was an honor to do so. Now, my country has turned their backs on us. Most have no idea of this site who’s out there working, and sadly..nor do they care. We lost the extension on one vote..c’mon..millions who depend on this lost by one vote? We need the media to help us out on this matter..I’m surprised they haven’t done so already. And for the Republicans and Democrats to sit and Wash and measure their d***s is intolerable! Get this done..do something meaningful that you’re being paid for..and I’m going to be honest..yea or ney..I’m taking my vote to the booth..God Bless everyone and I’m sorry we’re living in this country in a time like this.

February 8, 2014 at 5:18 pm
(60) Patricia Butler says:

Yvette, the President can not do anything more than encourage Congress (the Senate and the House of Representatives) to pass the extension. It requires Congress passing a bill to extend it. The President can not use an Executive Order to extend unemployment. It would be illegal if he did. I’m sure if he could, he would have done it already.

February 8, 2014 at 5:22 pm
(61) Real Richard says:

@kpv…….btw I looked it up and the House is just a simple majority vote

February 8, 2014 at 5:23 pm
(62) shanel says:

I was wondering were they doing something on Monday just asking!!!

February 8, 2014 at 5:24 pm
(63) Real Richard says:

Which means we need 18 republican votes in the House

February 8, 2014 at 5:27 pm
(64) shanel says:

Hello Im sorry i don’t understand what the extension is for i keep hearing different things i been on unemployment for a year and 2 month and they said that i was good until october of this year I still had funds in my account so that means im not able to collect when this pass

February 8, 2014 at 6:15 pm
(65) kpv says:

@ Real Richard, well that’s better then 32 . . Still a tall task , not 1 Republican in the House has said they support it so the Democrats will have to give something to get that many Republicans to vote with them . This system stinks when 1 guy (H Reid) controls what happens in the Senate and 1 guy (Boehner) controls what happens in the House,. Look at the Immigration bill Boehner just said yesterday there will be no bill until next year. Unreal that one person controls the course of a bills action. All Bills should be put to a vote and individual Congressmen and woman should be able to vote. Another reason why it may take weeks to get through the House. Boehner can just say no until he gets what he wants. Keystone, obamacare , tax cuts for big biz etc. AS we have seen Republicans do not care so far about public support etc. They are getting killed on not supporting a raise in the minimum wage or an immigration bill and they don’t care. the Republican party is so fractured right now.

February 8, 2014 at 6:17 pm
(66) kpv says:

@ shanel , there is nothing on the official schedule for Monday but if they feel they have 1 more Republican they can bring it up anytime.

February 8, 2014 at 6:51 pm
(67) Government Is The Devil says:

Praying for everyone affected by this. I just got a job TODAY! FULL TIME!

February 8, 2014 at 6:55 pm
(68) Jesse says:

Wait…correct me if I’m wrong. The result was 1 vote short? And Senator Reid(who was originally in support of this bill) voted or switched to ‘no’ in the end? So if he voted yes then the bill would have passed? If this is the case, what in the world is he thinking?? So many are in need right away! So many have lost their homes, lacking or no food, their livelihood! This bill needs to pass immediately :( .

February 8, 2014 at 6:59 pm
(69) SOLUTIONS says:

(7354) anned
Please read threw the post from yesterday and the day before and its clear who that one vote was. By saying that an unemployed person “robbed” the system at any time is incorrect. No one has collected unemployment benefits for “years” that never happened. My post earlier mentioned where these people are at now. They are unaccounted! This is 100% politics no side mentioned as they are both responsible.
I think by not voting you are going to let them win. Instead lets vote on the ones who have made a difference they are there. We just have to be more educated when we vote. I don’t think we can vote republican and democrat basic solely on there party but vote for the one who earned your vote. There were 30+ that voted yes and had the Presidents support but there were 58 who voted no! Those are the ones that hung us out to dry. Once and for all everybody who thinks any President can do as they please they are SO incorrect. The President has rules to follow just as we do. This is any President that we have had since the beginning there has always been checks and balances. This blog is filled with great information from well educated people iff your looking for something hit CTR F and type in what you want to find it will take you there. Reading this blog everyday has sure opened my eyes and taught me a lot.

February 8, 2014 at 7:22 pm
(70) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

Senator Harry Reid changed his vote from “yes” to “no” so the legislation could be brought up again. If he hadn’t changed it the legislation would have been history. It was still one vote short, even if he had kept his yes vote.

February 8, 2014 at 7:31 pm
(71) Rango says:

(7359) Paul Revere’s Ride

We are on the same page… if they haul in and deface people for parking in Handicap or J-walking… wouldn’t ya’ think this is grossly unprofessional discriminatory practice deserves just as much attention.

I’d love to see HR people hauled in and let them start squealing about who’s really to blame in their company.

Sting operation, on TV by the Feds… is what is needed!!

February 8, 2014 at 7:34 pm
(72) John H says:

I really believe these guys now.. I am leaving the Republican party, I’ve been a member since 1980…. I’m going to register as an Independent or Democrat.. The Republics did stand for most of what I’ve believed.. But today’s Republic party is destroying this country… I liked the Bushes, todays republicans are just robots for the very rich and special Interests for the wealthy.. Todays republicans do not care about America… http://front.moveon.org/war_on_the_poor_reich/#.UvbLICyYYb1

February 8, 2014 at 8:08 pm
(73) charlotte j says:

REPUBLICANS’ reasoning falls short as justifiable and moral grounds to refuse to provide the jobless a lifeline and a temporary means of basic survival. After all it is called unemployment INSURANCE not unemployment handout. People must have worked in the past, have sufficient past earnings in prior quarters, and must be unemployed through no fault of their own to be eligible for unemployment in the first place. In addition, the unemployed are required to look for work and be able and willing to work in order to continue to receive unemployment benefits. If you or someone you love has been severely financially hurt because REPUBLICANS are messing about holding up extended unemployment benefits, sign petitions; contact your representatives and senators; be sure to vote being mindful of your struggle; and let your voice be heard. If you are not sure who your representatives or senators are generally local libraries have that information and the information can be founded via internet searches. You may also do an internet search for the Huffington Post article entitled, “Here’s How To Get In Touch With The Senators Who Voted Not To Extend Unemployment Benefits” updated 1/25/2014 which contains links to the senators contact information who voted not to extend unemployment benefits. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/15/senators-unemployment-benefits_n_4602848.html Republicans have joined forces to shut down the bills presented regarding extended benefits for the jobless. Likewise, the unemployed may join forces by making sure to cast their votes and making sure that those whose position or whose party position is against extending benefits are not elected. If you are not sure about who is doing what, do your own research. Review the voting record of each senator whose vote was against the unemployment extension bill and which party he or she represents. Sound off, and mark your calendar come election time

February 8, 2014 at 8:48 pm
(74) Frank Stanton says:

(7359) Paul Revere’s Ride says: “Can’t the government or 60 MINTUES do an investigation why 1.7 million people can’t get jobs?”

They already did a few months ago. Pay attention to the last statement in the video. Scary…


February 8, 2014 at 9:15 pm
(75) Ti36 says:

Friends, I wish to ask for some input. This is not made with anger or emotions. I don’t wish to hurt anyone with my comment, however I would like to ask for some input. Is welfare something that is given to anyone whether they worked or not in the past? Also, is there a restriction of time a person can receive welfare? I was just wondering if a person who never contributed to a fund is given money which we paid into a fund, do the recipients have to at least prove they are looking for work? I was just wondering. Thank you all for your time.

February 8, 2014 at 10:00 pm
(76) Kyle says:

(7375) Alison Doyle

I understand <i>that</i> Harry Reid changed his vote in the final minutes to allow the bill to be brought up again, but could someone please explain <i>why</i> this has to be the case? Why would the perpetrator have to vote ‘no’ on his own bill in order to bring it back up in the future? It seems like an odd loophole. Apologies for my ignorance, but I’d appreciate anyone explaining that.

February 8, 2014 at 10:07 pm
(77) b-man says:

Question…. say you still were eligible for benefits under the extended benefit program until they were snatched away on new years day. In the meantime, many weeks later you got a job…. say the vote to renew extended benefits, can you go back and still claim for the weeks you used to be eligible for and were unemployed?

February 8, 2014 at 10:07 pm
(78) Jody says:

I have an interview Monday morning at the local funeral home in my small town. My daughter came over to visit today and when I told her about the interview she said “that’s great dad….knock em dead”…
we both burst out laughing and ended up almost in tears…
Don’t let this time of tribulation get you down 100% of the time…
Laughter really is the best medicine. God Bless

February 8, 2014 at 10:10 pm
(79) Hello from Chiberia says:

@(7380) Ti36

I know jack about welfare, and I hope I never have to find out, truthfully. Sorry.

February 8, 2014 at 10:55 pm
(80) Karen1 says:

@(7380) Ti36

You can not get TANF (welfare) if you don’t have children under 18 unless you are blind, mentally challenged (like the senators) or aged. There are special programs for people with an arrest record and drug addicts.
Drug addicts also can also get disability payments. I am not sure if they must be on a methadone or Suboxone program in order to receive welfare. I do know that if they are homeless they are housed in motels in shore towns from Sept. through May while they await placement in housing elsewhere.
People with criminal records are on a special program and must go to the social services office daily to look for work eight hours a day. You can’t do it from home. Sometimes they also do some clerical work. They are given carfare or are sent cabs if there is no public transportation in a particular area. They also receive rental assistance.
In other words, if you are not a parent, gouge out your eyes, bang your head against a wall until you are drooling or become a criminal or a drug addict.

February 8, 2014 at 11:00 pm
(81) Karen1 says:

@(7380) Ti36

…to expand on my previous answer to your questions, yes there is a time frame…there is a five year lifetime limit..but some states have reduced even that.

February 8, 2014 at 11:01 pm
(82) Real Richard says:

welfare is given to people with low or no income who have kids….no work history or anything is necessary………….but its all about the kids……the problem is the more kids you have the more you get.and some people take advantage of that … pop out more kids and get more money.there

February 8, 2014 at 11:08 pm
(83) David B says:

Well, I was going to vote Republican in the next election. After the vote for EUC I will not vote Republican. These People have no concern for anyone but themselves. We are working with a totally dissfunctional Government and this is just acceptable. Nothing is getting done. No job growth, no unemployment, healthcare costs are going through the roof. What are we even paying taxes for? Our roads are bad, the schools are bad everything is falling apart but our fine friends in Washington think life is just sooo good.

February 8, 2014 at 11:19 pm
(84) Bobby says:

Let’s put homeless shelters in the neighborhoods of these senators and their constituents, that way they have to actually see and live with the destruction they’ve caused. If after that, they’re still willing to cause it in the future, then that’s only fair. Please sign the petition:


February 8, 2014 at 11:33 pm
(85) Darla says:

After OVER one year of continuous exhausting daily efforts, I finally landed a job! I had several interviews and came close, but was always edged out by another candidate. I am 54 years YOUNG and run circles around people half my age. My sons who are in their late twenties ask me constantly where do I get my energy? Age is a friggen number.
Employers need to be aware that a work environment should contain a balance of the young and “well seasoned experienced” employee. Both can successfully contribute. I live in NJ and went on the interview on Monday in a snowstorm for a full time accounting position with a family owned sanitation company. Hell, I would have swept the floors at their garbage transfer station I am so desperate. Anyway, the owner a gentleman in his 60′s interviewed me.No HR- No Controller- No CFO-CEO-COO-or UFO :) No second -third or fourth interviews scheduled. It was conducted like they use to do in the old days! Go on the interview, connect with the employer and convey your experience and you usually were offered the job! Now every interview I went on there were over 100+++ going after the same job!! Overwhelming for both the candidates and employers!

February 8, 2014 at 11:35 pm
(86) Darla says:

Our job market and economy have suffered so much because of government greed and outsourcing to name a few. We have felt the wrath of this, and continue to suffer. It is a TRAVESTY what the game playing government is doing to peoples lives. We the once middle class will virtually be abolished. It is going to take me a while to dig out of my hole. Thank God I was still able to pay my car payment,car insurance and cell phone bill only because my sister took me in and also feeds me. I’ve always worked hard, been independent, and this was my first time EVER on unemployment and I pray my last! Unemployment is a lifeline- but not near as beneficial as a job! Our country just needs to CREATE more of these jobs to help the unemployed get their lives back! I have been on this forum from pretty much since the beginning and I am GRATEFUL to Alison and all who have contributed your advice-feelings-stories and human spirit! I will continue to read the comments, and I will pray for you all my friends. God Bless You!

February 9, 2014 at 1:51 am
(87) Extend EUC NOW says:

It is no doubt that most of us lost of our job because of this country got hit with the biggest economic recession since the depression, and that economic recession was caused not by us, but by wallstreet executives of large banks taking unnecessarily huge risk in betting in complex derivatives packages such as CODs for personal gain.

Yes, we the working class paid the price by 1. Our tax dollar bailed out these giant banks which are very essential part of our economy, which in terms gave me huge bonuses to the executives. 2. The downturned economy has caused firm/company to downsize or forced out of business, which resulted us in losing our job.

It is disgusting that our government will bail out the banks with our money but won’t help us in time of needs such as this. While all this is happening, Pentagon receives a 4 billion dollar defense spending boost.

I dont need you to protect me from foreign threats when you can’t even protect me against basic human need essential such as food and shelter.

Extend EUC now, we are know it is the right thing to do.

February 9, 2014 at 3:03 am
(88) ConcernedTim says:

@(7383) Jody: I hope they don’t put you on Crematory Oven Duty. That’s just CREEPY!

All jokes aside. God bless you and your new job JODY!!!

Just too bad someone has to die to be your customer.

February 9, 2014 at 3:57 am
(89) Bill McGrevy, Jr. says:

If I recall EUC was extended five (5) times when Bush was President til 2008. Since he was a Republican, no resistance whatsoever on the extension votes. But since our President is a Democrat and Boehner is the “speaker” total resistance to any reason to extend. Boehner and Republicans despise our President. Like him or not , He is Our President and deserves the respect of the Office. Congress is showing utter contempt for the unemployed and the rapidly shrinking middle class. So why on earth now with only 75K jobs (updated figure) created during December (and this had to include the temporary Holiday workers hired in malls and stores) and now only 113K in January for the entire 50 States they don’t pass even a modest EUC extension is mind numbing! If you can get a job it is low paying. Some jobs pay even less than UI in some States.

The madness is the unemployment rate keeps falling because more and more lose UI each month and it sounds like the jobs “created” and economy are improving because of it. How delusional!

If I see a month where 400,000+ jobs are created then I might believe things are improving.

Some states still allow you to file for UI even though you have exhausted your State’s benefits. You don’t get any benefits at this time, but you still certify you are actively looking for work. I doubt these numbers are calculated to come up with the real unemployment rate. The answer I have is WHY NOT?

I heard a report that 10,000,000 between ages 25-54 are either unemployed or underemployed. So how does that translate to a National Unemployment rate going DOWN?!?

I’m fed up. America needs a real Third Party or more true Independents! The democrats and republicans can’t even agree on the color of the sky or from which direction the sun rises or sets each day…

February 9, 2014 at 6:46 am
(90) Mark says:

Fact is this bill can pass with amendments at 50%. Democrats do not want to change business as normal for the working man. Republicans are doing what is right…even though I could use the money. Just pay for this via cuts elsewhere and it is a done deal in the Senate…but it will never pass the House as it is now. No monies are coming to anyone..this has ended and believe me you it is just the start.

Election time is around the corner and the Dems will be the first to crow they dropped the unemployment rate…but fail to mention at the cost of many people home, life, and family.

Repubs will crow they did not get pushed over by the Dems…but at the cost of the above.

Just horrible all the way around.

February 9, 2014 at 8:40 am
(91) Steven says:

Good Morning Everyone. Just filed my weekly benefit claim for EUC. I know that it is just a paper exercise that must be done. Only to learn that after February 16th the online and phone filing program will end. Alison now how will I file weekly claims for EUC?? Confused and Frustrated. The state is Ohio. Sorry and sadly to say live in the same State as gutless John Boehner. I am praying hard and everyday for all of us here and those over 1.7 million other unemployed Americans !

February 9, 2014 at 9:08 am
(92) Hello from Chiberia says:

@(7390) Darla

Now THAT is a blessing that I want to happen to me. Congratulations, and thanks for that inspiration that there are still older hiring managers in the world, and if we just run up against one, we CAN score a job.

Oh, praise the Lord for that…………!!!

Go get ‘em girl, and show him and all the rest that the over 50′s aren’t dead yet, dang it!

February 9, 2014 at 10:06 am
(93) Jim says:

Steven 7396 I also live in ohio and your not supposed to be using the auto mated calling system or the internet to file your EUC claims you have to call in and talk to someone to file them states right on there we sight been like for a couple weeks now

February 9, 2014 at 10:45 am
(94) Las says:

I agree wholeheartedly that our major problem is John Boehner. He has absolutely no respect for the president and in his mind he is top dog. He shows this by shooting down everything the democrats believe in. I still remember his smugness during the state if the union address. While everyone else was standing and clapping, he just sat there stone faced like he would rather be anywhere else.
I remember a movie many years ago with Joe Pesci called The Super. He was a landlord of a rundown tenement and charged outrages rent fees and made no renovations whatsoever. The judge ordered him to live in one of his apartments with no worldly belongings, just the bare necessities. It was only a natter of time before he realized those people deserved better. Maybe Bonehead should try walking in our shoes.

February 9, 2014 at 10:59 am
(95) Walter says:

I’m in Ohio too, can’t file euc online no more , have to call in and talk to someone to get your weekly claim in. but who knows if they extend it???

February 9, 2014 at 11:02 am
(96) Poly @ 7377 John H says:

Just become an independent; never mind parties anymore. Vote for the best candidate for the JOB! Yes, our world has changed a lot so the people need to change the ways too. I blame both parties at this point, especially the one at the top who is into Power not people.

February 9, 2014 at 11:22 am
(97) Hello from Chiberia says:


General Motors map of available jobs. Hover over your state to see how many jobs there are. Click on your state to apply:


(Heck, for a GM job, I’d maybe relocate……!!!)

February 9, 2014 at 12:09 pm
(98) Steve says:

I just cannot believe that many of our elected (by the people) Representatives are basically thumbing their noses at the long term unemployed. Aren’t the Representatives elected to Congress BY THE PEOPLE for the purpose of SERVING the needs of the PEOPLE that THEY REPRESENT and OUR COUNTRY as a whole?

Congress can throw away billions of dollars on their often wasteful pet projects, but helping people who are longer term unemployed to keep their homes and pays bills while they search for work? Well clearly by their actions or better yet lack of action on extending unemployment indicates that this is not worthy of their support.

February 9, 2014 at 12:13 pm
(99) Howard says:

As I sit here on another Sunday morning writing cover letters and sending out the resume, I really hope and pray that something positive happens tomorrow with respect to EUC.

Like others, I lost my job out of no fault of my own and I need this economic lifeline.

I was going to drive a cab (I live on Long Island, NY) but I was told I have to pay $145/day + $45 gas to even pull the car out of the lot. That’s $190 out of my pocket each day and i’d have to find $190 worth of fares before I break even and start making some money that day.

I barely have any money for food so driving isn’t an option.

February 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm
(100) Mike NJ says:

Finally swallowed my pride and applied for SNAP benefits again. Last time I did it I was receiving EUC and was only qualified for $16/mo. This time I got $347/mo and $289/mo GA.

I also got my W2 from the few weeks I worked in 2013, and along with my 1099 filed my taxes the other day. I’m getting back $3300 federal and $700 from the state, so that should help out greatly right now.

February 9, 2014 at 1:02 pm
(101) jm says:

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February 9, 2014 at 1:16 pm
(102) Hello from Chiberia says:

@(7405) Mike

Great! I’m happy for you, Mike!

February 9, 2014 at 1:30 pm
(103) Carly says:

Congressional gridlock has been a constant for several years. It is affecting everything in Washington and across the country. If you step back (I know it’s hard to do that right now), and look in at all the impasse that’s been the result of literally every bill, large or small for the past years, it helps to realize that EUC is but one of those debacles. There has been a steady collapse in all key indicators of government success in our system. It’s not the fault of any one individual. It is a collective mess.
I watched Meet the Press this morning, for only a few moments, and simply could not listen any more and had to leave the room.
While it doesn’t solve anything, it does at least help me to realize that while to us EUC resolution is our lifeline, there are millions upon millions of other people waiting for Congress to get their act together on behalf of other giant fiascos such as healthcare, jobs creation, the national budget and debt ceiling and much more. It ALL comes down to money. That’s a sad reality.
It’s kinda like, if you are a plumber, and you can’t fix a water main break, it’s pretty safe to say you aren’t going to concentrate all your time on clearing one small pipe especially if you can’t agree on how to do it.
For all the angst and posturing, all our worry and finger pointing, there are still some positives-
…hope that EUC will continue and we should know soon for sure.
….a lot more US citizens are tuning in . More awareness equals more action
…and the people trying to find work in any way possible at this moment, have learned much about ourselves and our country which will help us down the road as well.

Change is hard, especially when it is needed immediately and the people who need it are at the mercy of those they cannot touch.
Stay strong and safe. The winds of change are blowing and with any luck at all, the power of at least 1.7 million people and growing, is beginning to be heard.

February 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm
(104) MG says:

Pope Francis extolled the benefits of sharing wealth with the poor on Tuesday, warning that “unjust” social conditions like unemployment can lead to sin, financial ruin and even suicide.

The Jesuit pope has frequently railed about the excesses of capitalism and income disparity in a globalized world, and his message for Lent issued Tuesday echoed those same concerns.

At least one person gives a rip about us…….

February 9, 2014 at 1:46 pm
(105) John M says:

Love how people still think the Democrats are in the wrong because Reid wont open this up for limitless amendments. You think its taking too long now? Have them open it up the way the republicans want it.. We wont see action taken on it until next Christmas. Its just a different way to block a bill. (One that ill add is easier to defend to the people in there base who aren’t paying much attention)

February 9, 2014 at 1:49 pm
(106) Darla says:

@7397 Hello from Chiberia – Thank you for your well wishes. I am waking up from a nightmare lived for a year, and starting to see light ahead. That is something I thought would not happen, and I was starting to doubt myself at times. I tried so hard for over a year to get a job, and when officials and people who surmise that the long-term unemployed are lazy, it just infuriates me! They need to walk in our shoes! Forget the skewed figures they come up with. There are far more people struggling to secure a job than could ever be reported.
Hopefully, the government will come to their senses and help the American people. They need to extend unemployment, and also need more job creation by giving employers more incentives to hire long-termed unemployed and older workers.
Please try to keep the faith down this dark road! That glimmer of light appears when you least expect it!

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

February 9, 2014 at 2:23 pm
(107) Steven says:

Reply to Jim 7398. Jim I have been calling in 1-877-644-6562. It states when you call in the system after February 16th reporting period will no longer exist and you will have to contact your local unemployment office. Do you get the same message when you called? If so you are now saying after February 16th we will now have to talk to someone in an unemployment office somewhere?

February 9, 2014 at 2:28 pm
(108) downtrodden says:

I applied for temp. assistance..would qualify for > $400 a month for everything…a room somewhere w/ strangers. I have lived in my current lg. sized apartment for 15 years and have been able to stay independent all of my life. .Even if extended in senate..more time to pass house. Between the shut offs..internet, phone, waiting for eviction and relocating from their current addresss..:all of the applications people have out now will be useless..how will employers contact people now? The damage done will be irreparable.

February 9, 2014 at 3:06 pm
(109) Ken71 says:

@Howard….Wow! You really have to pay that much to take a cab out of the yard? Just curios! I’m originally from Long Island to….and I drove a cab for a month back in 2002-2003. I guess prices have changed a lot as far as taking a cab out of the yard since then?

February 9, 2014 at 3:07 pm
(110) thiswouldwork says:

emergency session Dem’s throw the Rep’s a bone and get the show on the road to many people with hardship at this point they cant wait any longer EMERGENCY SESSION ON MONDAY . Give the Rep’s something and get that vote the leverage thing is killing the people wheres are leverage give the cry baby Bohener what ever the hell he wants and worry about it later help us NOW ill say it again EMERGENCY SESSION MONDAY IT CAN HAPPEN !!!!!

February 9, 2014 at 3:31 pm
(111) kpv says:

Senator Portman was on Meet the Press today. he said he would only support the Bill if they allowed his amendments in but H Reid will not allow the amendments he wants. He dosent like the Pension Smoothing trick they are using h, he he has major reforms , obamacare , double dipping etc and other amendments he wants .,So basically as of today he will not change his vote . The admendments he wants the Democrats cant let happen. So essentially you can not count on Portmans vote.

This was Portman on Meet the Press.

In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” host David Gregory asked how the Republican senator from Ohio accounted for allowing 50,000 Ohio residents’ unemployment end in December. “You brought up the American worker Senator Portman, but you voted [last] week against extending unemployment benefits for those out of work,” he said. “It’s striking.”

Portman responded by criticizing Democrats for doing nothing to reform the program.

“First of all, as you know, I am one of six Republicans who voted to allow the debate to go forward,” Portman said. “Unfortunately. the Democrats wouldn’t negotiate with us on how to pay for it.”

Portman said he wanted to pay for the extension, and also explore his own proposal for reforming the program.

“The last thing we want to do is add to the debt and deficit and make the economy worse,” he said. Let’s reform this program; I have a specific proposal to do that, as do a group of Republicans, enough to get it across the floor.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), though, mocked Portman’s proposal, saying the unemployed didn’t want to hear the excuses for why their benefits were cut.

“Bottom line is, our colleagues on the other side of the aisle are telling people what’s good for them but the people don’t want it,” he said.

February 9, 2014 at 3:56 pm
(112) Karlos says:

Alison Doyle :

I have a question for you. So could it be possible for them to still reinstate Unemployment this coming week. Wont they be back in session February 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th ?

Or is this something that they will just throw to the back burner?

February 9, 2014 at 4:04 pm
(113) kpv says:

Essentially Portman said he will not support the Bill . No Portman means no extension unfortunately. Basically Portman is obstructing to make sure there is no extensions knowing that the Democrats will never give him what he wants, I cant see any way the vote gets to 60. They need Portman.

February 9, 2014 at 4:17 pm
(114) anita p says:

I have been so humbled by this whole experience of being unemployed. I have learned to take nothing for granted as your life can change in just a moment. In the past when I would see a homeless person, I would wonder how in the world did they ever get to that point. Well now I know. I’m hanging on by a thread, still have hope and I pray that I get my life back soon. As I said I will not take good fortune for granted and when I can will make a point to search out those in need and do what I can to help them. Thank you to all on this page and to Allison for being there to share stories and glimmers of hope.

February 9, 2014 at 4:22 pm
(115) John says:

Hopefully tomorrow’s emergency session brings results.

The Republicans are on record voting “no” twice and standing up to that Harry Reid. Hopefully they feel that will save them some face if Reid finally decides to give in to a concession or two. Reid’s logic is they are only talking about these amendments to extend debate and the process, and its another way of stalling it. If that’s the case, I can understand why he’s taken that position, but if just 1 or 2 concessions would move this along, then I’d support that.

Republicans have to understand that swing voters, people who vote either way, or independents that are affected by this will NOT vote Republican, and this is affecting the entire country. By the time the elections happen around 4 million people will have lost benefits and all those dependent on them are affected. Its bad political strategy to stick this out voting “no.”

February 9, 2014 at 4:26 pm
(116) Mikeyboy says:

Collected 2 weeks tier 1.

At this point, I’m sorry to say, doesn’t look like this is going to get done at all. Plain and simple.

February 9, 2014 at 4:52 pm
(117) Rango says:

… They want to explore proposals for reforming the program.

Can anyone tell me what ideas are being tossed around to re-forming the unemployment program?

I do agree, it presently doesn’t benefit most peoples needs. And today’s industry hiring processes are running amok with discrimination.

February 9, 2014 at 6:34 pm
(118) Jim says:

Steve 7412 interesting I called and heard the message I guess I’ll ask them 2morrow when I call in to file my claim with them on what all that means and what’s this emergency session that everyone is talking about all of a sudden I haven’t found anything online about it

February 9, 2014 at 7:02 pm
(119) LT says:

On 60 minutes now… cities giving homeless people apartments..

80000 so far

February 9, 2014 at 7:04 pm
(120) Ti36 says:

Good Evening Friends.

I came across this article and thought maybe this group may wish to read.


I pray you are all doing well.

February 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm
(121) Karen1 says:

Ok, so reform the program while helping the people who are losing their homes, cars, furniture etc.
Put the three month back up and then debate the details of reform during that three months….

February 9, 2014 at 7:15 pm
(122) Michael says:


What’s up with this so-called”emergency session” that is being bandied-about on this board today. Is there something that escaped me? Where are posters getting the idea of an “emergency session”?

BTW, the “emergency session” should have been held back before 12/13 when the House left DC for the holidays . . .

February 9, 2014 at 7:16 pm
(123) Sharon says:

7420 John —– Where does it say that there is an Emergency Session tomorrow? I tried to see what tomorrow would bring and didn’t see anything that said Emergency Session.

February 9, 2014 at 7:25 pm
(124) Mike in 90066 says:

Good Sunday to all.
I was receiving EUB until Dec. 28th and after that” May God Have Mercy on Your Soul.”
I honestly felt that there would be a resolution this last week, however, one carrot has been dangle in front of the senate by congress which means that it is not about having the benefits paid for, it is about sabotaging the senate, so my question to Gods in D.C. is as follows: Is unemployment a situation that only non republicans experience or do you think there are also republicans experiencing hard times? if there are republicans who are experiencing hard times my question to them is the following: How will you vote this November? still loyal to your faction are they loyal to you and your loved ones?

I feel confident that this time will not be as bad as it was in 2009, as I did submit applications in Dec. and have been called for three out four submitted applications, I also hope that everyone is able to find something, as I went through a time where no one would return a call or email for 30 months and I had no benefits of any type as the employer I worked for did not participate on UB, I had a pension which I cashed along with my 401k and my 457b, so now I have nothing left but optimism, which is what I had for 30 months, but the job I ended up truly sucked and I had to borrow money to go to work, I do not wish such situation to the worst person ever lived, but there was a good ending I ended up working for a company from Iowa and my boss was great in fact I can say that he is in the top three bosses in my entire life,

February 9, 2014 at 7:50 pm
(125) kpv says:

There is no emergency session. Tomorrow is a regular half day . They come back at 2 and nothing on the schedule for EU , nothing on the schdule all week as of today. . Tomorrow they are working on the Military Retirement pay.

Senate Floor Schedule for Monday, February 10, 2014FEB 10, ’14 9:00 AM
Daily Summary
The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, February 10, 2014. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1963, the Military Retirement Pay Restoration bill.

As a reminder to all Senators, during Thursday’s session, cloture was filed on the motion to proceed to S.1963. At 5:30pm Monday, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1963.

February 9, 2014 at 7:56 pm
(126) Real Richard says:

@John…there is no emergency session tomorrow..lol

@Karlos….they are just in session 10th 11th and 12th no way it gets thru the House this week

February 9, 2014 at 7:58 pm
(127) Real Richard says:

@kpv………..Susan Collins also said she would not support it…but she voted yes…..maybe Portman will change his mind

February 9, 2014 at 8:08 pm
(128) Ohio says:

7423 Sharon I’m with u I couldn’t find anything on an emergency meeting 2morrow either

February 9, 2014 at 8:41 pm
(129) Jman says:

Elections matter folks. So what is the IL R-Sen excuse for not voting for an extension. Last I checked unemployment rate in IL is 8.5%.
FACT: Republicans don’t care about the average Joe / Jane and Dems are too busy doing blah blah instead finding a compromise or passing this extension as part of another bill.

February 9, 2014 at 8:51 pm
(130) Robert Patten says:

There has been no mention of an Emergency Session. It appears even though the Republicans have heard us, they don’t plan on helping us. They have all had negative Comments. They want OBAMACARE repealed and that just isn’t going to happen. They have made it clear that will only approve in the house if it’s paid for and it contains a JOBS BILL. This is NOT going to happen in the Senate. We need to convince our House members to draw up a bill with Democrats and Republicans working on it, get it passed in the house then send it to the Senate to vote. In the mean time theres nothing we can do except to continue writing and calling our reps. Also, if they are the ones running for office in 2014 in November then make you feelings known in the state. and then Campaign against them.

February 9, 2014 at 8:59 pm
(131) Carly says:

This is posted on

“The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, February 10, 2014. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1963, the Military Retirement Pay Restoration bill.

As a reminder to all Senators, during Thursday’s session, cloture was filed on the motion to proceed to S.1963. At 5:30pm Monday, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1963″

February 9, 2014 at 9:20 pm
(132) kpv says:

This may be a double post but there is no emergency meeting. Its a normal half day Monday.

Nothing on the schedule for tomorrow for EU . They are just working on the Military Retirement Pay Restoration.

Senate Floor Schedule for Monday, February 10, 2014FEB 10, ’14 9:00 AM
Daily Summary
The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, February 10, 2014. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1963, the Military Retirement Pay Restoration bill.

As a reminder to all Senators, during Thursday’s session, cloture was filed on the motion to proceed to S.1963. At 5:30pm Monday, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1963.

February 9, 2014 at 9:39 pm
(133) kpv says:

@ Real Richard, Well you never know but as I posted he was on TV today and said he was not going to support it until all his amendments and reforms are taken up by H Reid. So unless H Reid allows all amendments probably not.

February 9, 2014 at 10:10 pm
(134) JLC says:

So basically nothing is going happen until after
March, smh, this is nuts..I guess they shouldn’t
Be surprised when crime rate goes up. When
People are trying to feed their families..
These people truly don’t care.. Sad :(

February 9, 2014 at 10:16 pm
(135) kpv says:

Here is a new one

A St. Louis man was sentenced to two years of probation for mailing cat feces to companies that didn’t hire him.
Jevons Brown, 58, had pleaded guilty in August to a misdemeanor charge of mailing injurious articles.

Brown, a veteran, had become frustrated with a lack of employment opportunities and sent the feces to employees of various companies.

Twenty packages were traced to Brown, U.S. Postal Inspection Service spokesman Dan Taylor said.

Brown apologized in court on Friday during the sentencing, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said.

“I’m sorry. This will never happen again.”

February 9, 2014 at 10:31 pm
(136) Sharon says:

I went on Cory Booker’s facebook and also Harry Reid’s and there wasn’t any new comments from them about extended unemployment. What do you feel – is this a dead issue? The thing is – if they wait till around the middle of February and the January stats come out for those unemployed – and we aren’t counted – then the stats are going to be a hell of alot lower. Which sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now how the hell are they going to deal with THAT?????

February 9, 2014 at 11:03 pm
(137) Rango says:

(7438) kpv
Well, he did what a lot of us would like to do. And I’ll bet there’s going to be a lot more ‘stinky’ situations as time goes on and people get desperate.
Gee, two years probation… but the company that age discriminated against him didn’t cross anyone’s mind to prosecute them.

February 9, 2014 at 11:57 pm
(138) nocalled emerg session says:

Nobody said there was a emergency session they said it would solve the problem if they did and threw the Rep’s a bone and at least pass the 3 months then work on long term it could happen IF they thought it was important enough Mr. Reid just give them something so they feel they got the leverage we need the help right NOW not next month when everything we own is gone already filed bankruptcy missed car payment wife ready to leave me times never been so hard . I plead with you give the Rep’s something in return for our lives PLEASE !!!!

February 10, 2014 at 8:28 am
(139) Jim says:

I am confused. I am 60 and my EUC ended in December. If Democrats are inclined to “continue pushing to extend the benefits,” as you say, then why did Majority Leader Harry Reid (a Democrat), vote “no”???

February 10, 2014 at 8:48 am
(140) Mary B says:

If you look here

This is on the schedule for today, and today begins at 2 p.m.

February 10, 2014 at 9:12 am
(141) Paul Revere's Ride says:

To all of us, those have been truly betrayed by our deceiving government. This is a sad time, for many of us. Men and Women, Father and mothers, who are desperately looking for work, any work. Starving children, sick children, children with no hope. Bills that cannot be paid. Empty bank accounts. Sitting in unheated houses or rooms with no running water, no power. Freezing in the winter to death. Working any job would be way easier than to go through this constant hell on earth. I see people begging , I talk to people that have multiple degrees, 20 or more years of experience, unemployed, seeking any jobs, their goal to stay alive just one more day, hoping, praying, applying endlessly for that one job that one hope that one way to raise up and get out of poverty. And because we are either too old or been out of work, it is time to take action. Since our congressman has denied us, we need to vote them out of office. We also need to demonstrate are views, we need to solve our own problems, through our right of free speech and the right to assembly. Government and major companies have shipped our jobs overseas, for their profit and gain, for our lost and pain.

February 10, 2014 at 9:16 am
(142) YayTeam says:

Thanks to Alison for this fantastic website!
There is no way we would have any clue about what was going on without her professional help and insight!

February 10, 2014 at 9:50 am
(143) Lee says:

My “affordable health care” insurance premium went from $179 a month to $373? How is this more affordable? The politicians we have voted into office should represent the American people! They are not realistic! Jobs/hours continue to be cut in the US. I hear a politician stating this a.m. that this will allow a mother to take sculpting classes or be home earlier to cook dinner? That’s an insult to our intelligence! Let’s compare salaries, benefits, comps of politicians. There is a huge imbalance here. Why can’t we cut into their employment perks for a change? Remember that WE work to support ALL their expenses and lifestyle! I want to work! I want a descent paying job! I want to be able to pay my own expenses! But right now, I need HELP to get me through the job seeking process!

February 10, 2014 at 9:50 am
(144) al says:

thank you for keeping the American people updated well appreciated alan

February 10, 2014 at 9:54 am
(145) Las says:

Jim@7443. Please go back and read earlier posts and you’ll see why Harry Reid voted no. I feel this is going to be a dead issue, especially when there are so many “vacation” and other topics that SEEM to be more important.

February 10, 2014 at 10:12 am
(146) LT says:
February 10, 2014 at 10:22 am
(147) Ann says:

I think some are saying there is an “Emergency Session” because of this http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CCAL-113scal-2014-02-10/pdf/CCAL-113scal-2014-02-10.pdf

This PDF was found through the Senate website. Let’s hope they talk about it today.

February 10, 2014 at 10:22 am
(148) Mary B says:

Karen1 (7426): That is WAY too logical! We brilliant ones have been saying this all along………sigh….

Las (7448) and kpv: I am also thinking that this ship has sailed, but you never know. The Dems have said it’s not dead yet, and they do have only one vote more that’s needed.

Also, there have been a lot of layoffs in the last month, so there actually might be an increase in the UE rate when the numbers come out. If so, that could force the Republicans to pay more attention. It’s very sad to kind of be hoping for an increase in the number of unemployed, even though we don’t really want there to be an increase, not really. Plus, the new ones are still considered to be short term unemployed. It’s the long term unemployed who are desperate for help.

February 10, 2014 at 10:44 am
(149) kpv says:

The Unemployment Rate came out on Friday and it went down again, the lowest since 2008 .Job Growth was weak but the unemployment rate dropped to 6.6%

February 10, 2014 at 11:08 am
(150) BayLee420 says:

I have contacted my Senator Reed. He has never responeded to any of my e-mails. This the Senator that has put this issue on the table. The reality of the matter is we are not important enough. There will be millions more unemployed by the November elections. They all know this. It makes no difference to them. We can say that we’ll vote them all out in November till were blue in the face. They will vote the way their $$$$ sources want them to vote. Both parties are useless. With congress having an approval rating in the teens dosen’t seem to bother them either. Obama cannot and will not even address the matter. only to say how cruel the Republicans are. Even in December it wasn’t important enough to add this to the budget bill or any bill for that matter.
As long as this matter is unresolved it benefits the Democrats. The Republicans could care less. Nothing new here.

February 10, 2014 at 11:22 am
(151) Sharon says:

Mary 7450 – yes, but when they do the unemployed for January, you must understand that they are going to count all of us who are on extended unemployment, which sucks…

February 10, 2014 at 11:25 am
(152) jannah says:

Thanks for the tip about Citizens’ Energy. I’ve been calling all morning and the phone is constantly busy. But I’ll keep trying — applications are done over the phone initially. Thanks again.

February 10, 2014 at 11:32 am
(153) Yvette says:

Can anyone answer me? Why doesn’t the President step in and do something?

February 10, 2014 at 11:33 am
(154) Real Richard says:

@Mary B…@Sharon……..the numbers came out UE down to 6.6% in January…..and we do count in the numbers

February 10, 2014 at 12:02 pm
(155) Karlos says:

Thank you for your response

So is there a time frame to when they would recall a vote for s.1845 ?

Or are they gonna throw this to the back burner ?

February 10, 2014 at 12:02 pm
(156) JAM says:

Dear Alison: Much thanks again for providing a community that we can turn to. This site offers much comfort to those of us struggling. I, as many here have never been in this predicament for so long. For those who signed up for Obama care, pay attention to your statements. They advised that our coverage would be retroactive to January 1st if we paid by mid-January but there is a glitch in the system. If, like me you scrapped together the monies and now are disheartened by another mighty bill, take a deep breath. You must call and straighten it out. It will take a long time on hold. I leave my phone charging and on speaker while I send resumes. You may need to provide a bank statement to prove payment. Another misfortunate blow against us, but one that can be fixed with patience and resilience. God willing, they will extend this week as there are so many of us suffering.

February 10, 2014 at 12:03 pm
(157) Jodi says:

Well I am another of the unemployment group. Got my eviction notice from my apartment complex. I did go and talk with them. My husband works full time but not enough to pay the bills. Lost one of our cars, both of our cell phones, credit cards, and now as of midnight our car insurance as we can’t afford to pay it. Our church helps with food as well as my family but they are all just as broke as my husband and I are. I did have a 2nd interview for a job but it will be another 10 to 14 days before I hear anything as they have to interview “other candidates”. I do pray and I do believe there is hope but if we get kicked out we will be in our car! It is against the law here to not have car insurance and they will notify the court and then if we get caught or God forbid in an accident we will be in BIG TROUBLE! We tried delivering newspapers but with loosing the insurance we lost that 2nd income, although we hadn’t even gotten paid for it yet and it really all just went back into the gas tank anyway. I don’t want to do any crimes due to you really couldn’t get a job if you got caught and right now I just feel like pulling a breaking bad! This desperation comes from no one caring enough to help us. I pray for all of us! I can’t imagine what all this stress is doing on my type 2 diabetes due to I can’t afford a dr. Well if I die in my sleep, I hope they read this in my obit as I am blaming Politicians for not taking this seriously. We can vote a trillion dollars to keep politicians in money but we can’t vote on a 3 month extention to feed people? Shame on our government and to think that my great great great great great grandfather was George Washington’s bodyguard! What for???? All this crooked political BS!

February 10, 2014 at 12:06 pm
(158) Karlos says:

Mary B…

Isn’t that just for military retirement ?
Or will they also be speaking about S.1845 ?

February 10, 2014 at 12:09 pm
(159) Jodi says:

Eviction notice, lost my 2nd car to repossession, my credit cards, my cell phones, and today my car insurance! Church helps with food thank God! I really want to pull a Breaking Bad just to not have to deal with the stress of loosing everything I and my husband have worked hard for all our life! My husband took a 2nd job a week ago delivering newspapers 7 days a week but lost it due to no car insurance now. Didn’t pay anyway to much for gas! I had a 2nd interview with a company for an entry level job and what do they ask??? Why do you want an entry level position when your previous position was so much higher??? I worked for 13 years at a major credit card company as a program admin. No I do not have a degree, I am praying I get this job and my answer was sufficient. I told them that you have to start at the bottom to learn how the company works and to work your way up. That is my goal. The more knowledge you have by starting at the bottom the more people you network with the more people you get to know you know who to contact if you have questions regarding their department. I am praying for everyone. God Bless!

February 10, 2014 at 12:46 pm
(160) mitchell says:

another vote is scheduled for this week

February 10, 2014 at 1:05 pm
(161) tlw says:

Jodi I and others are right there with you. I am so worried about all my family things I may lose cuz I have no money to put in storage if evicted.
We are in so much pain and suffering and no one seems to care.

My heart is literally broken but I keep praying. God will answer us.

February 10, 2014 at 1:05 pm
(162) Dee says:

I have been reading the comments here and I am also in the same position. My heart goes out to all of you. I am completely sick as how we have been abandoned by our Government. What a bunch of heartless people!

I think we all need to take to these politicians Facebook pages (not that the politicians read them. I’m sure they were set up and are being monitored by their aides so they seem to be in touch with the people). Also take to their Twitter accounts. The politicians may not be reading them, but the people who support them sure are and maybe it will be those supporters who will hammer it home that this extension needs to be passed now. Their supporters may not realize what has been taking place and the effect it has on millions of people and their children.

February 10, 2014 at 1:07 pm
(163) Rango says:

(7464) mitchell

So where did you here this… need the facts, please. :-)

February 10, 2014 at 1:12 pm
(164) Billy Mays Here' says:

(7454) BayLee420 way to put it in a nutshell wow am really bummed now

February 10, 2014 at 1:31 pm
(165) kpv says:

There is no scheduled vote this week. You can go to the Senate website to see any upcoming votes and conferences etc. Does not mean they cant schedule something but as of right now there is no vote this week. If there is you would hear it from H Reid when he does his opening remarks at 2.

February 10, 2014 at 1:32 pm
(166) shawn says:

Here are the NO voters…

NAYs —43

Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Enzi (R-WY)
Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kirk (R-IL)
Lee (R-UT)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Paul (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)
Reid (D-NV)
Risch (R-ID)
Rubio (R-FL)
Scott (R-SC)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)

Not Voting – 2

Moran (R-KS)
Roberts (R-KS)

February 10, 2014 at 1:37 pm
(167) Mary B says:

Karlos: Yes, it is for military pensions. I thought I’d mention it because it shows that they are not planning to discuss EUC today. Another day lost……….. Sorry I didn’t clarify why I posted it.

February 10, 2014 at 1:52 pm
(168) Renew Unemploymen says:

Renew Unemployment Insurance Immediately!

On December 28th, 2013, more than one million Americans lost the unemployment insurance. Many of them will have no way to afford a living on February. We need that unemployment insurance be renewed immediately for our people.

Go to this link to sign this White House petition :


February 10, 2014 at 1:55 pm
(169) unemployed in PA says:

I think we should just forget about an extension….its over….no one really cares ……in our govt…..Harry Reid should of let them come together for an offset….between the dems and repubs….its a joke…I really feel sorry for all the folks who dont have anything to live…I wish you the BEST! ANd where is our President? Where is the lady he represented who’s 2 kids were in the Army? Maybe she got a job, after all that! Advice is call all your local merchants…..ask if they are hiring go back to the good ol days… …

February 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm
(170) shawn says:
February 10, 2014 at 2:07 pm
(171) Adrienne says:
February 10, 2014 at 2:09 pm
(172) kpv says:

H Reid spoke and brought up the vote from last week. he criticized the republicans and said for now they are 1 vote short and can not pass it.He said in the weeks to come if they get the 1 vote they will vote again. but for now they do not have the votes. Then he moved on to there next issue the Minimum wage which is there new fight.

Essentially for now its done and he reserved the right to vote again in the future. Most likely when they come back from there home break.

February 10, 2014 at 2:14 pm
(173) grace says:

Hello, I’ve googled to find any updates about the EUC that was cut off. According to the NJ UI site, they will update us as soon the Gov. extend the program. I’ve been 2 months late with my rent and still looking for work without car or public transportation. I’ve walked to Hudson and Newport Mall and fill application as much as I can. However, they told us to do this all in the internet and wait for a phone call, unfortunately my phone was cut off 3 weeks ago. My biggest worry other than unemployed is my ostomy support. I don’t have any savings for my colostomy and I’m taking shit in a bodega bag. I called my long time friend to lend me some money for that, having a colostomy is not covered by disability or any healthcare program. I am embarrassed and all I really need is some time and a start, some of us need the EUC and use the money for resources to find a job eg. transportation, hygiene, internet or phone. EUC doesn’t really pay most of my bills and I would rather have a job and be someone else. I don’t have a phone or even an internet at my rented room. All i can do is walk in a cold weather without an ostomy bag. Please understand. God bless you all.

February 10, 2014 at 2:19 pm
(174) Jackie says:

Sign the petition at “We the People.gov” to extended Unemployment Benefits to the American people.


It only takes 2 minutes let our voice be heard and pass it on!!

February 10, 2014 at 2:21 pm
(175) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

From Harry Reid on Twitter: I hope my colleagues across the aisle will think long and hard about their unsustainable position on UI. We will vote on this issue again.

February 10, 2014 at 2:29 pm
(176) JLC says:

Well we already knew their going to vote again, but honestly their taking a long time. Now we have to wait till march even April? By the that time a 3 month is going to be behind I mean getting the retro is good of course but we are going to be in the same spot when they do hopefully pass something

February 10, 2014 at 2:30 pm
(177) Robert Patten says:

Even though we are all sending messages to our Senate , we need to also put pressure on the House, because even if the Senate did pass, the House won’t unless there is a jobs bill. The biggest problem is the NEWS….they have stopped reporting on it because we are old news for them. If we can’t keep this in the News, I mean local news mostly, as most americans watch their own local news. It is so important to get your local stations on your plight. Lets face it, every local news Anchor wants to make it to the BIG TIME….so convince you local reports to not stop reporting on it, and to put pressure on the local House of Rep’s in their area. They have that power and can get the point over to those that are working that we are not LAZY and not wanting to work. If they can convince everyone in your area, then THEY can get those people to message their Reps and Senators, with their message and ours, that’s pressure.

February 10, 2014 at 2:31 pm
(178) Larry says:

BayLee420, you got the ball rolling. I too emailed my Senator (3times) with no response.. However today at 12:15pm Mr. John McCain replied. He states that it is up to Congress to make this EUC extension happen, and that he supports an extension if it’s fully paid for.. Fact is Mr. McCain, im a single father raising a 13 year old girl… My family is strong enough to get by right now, and we AS A PEOPLE ARE STRONG ENOUGH to vote out you silly Republicans next election. Folks, lets not forget this whole thing ever happened, lets remember the cruelty we’ve been exposed to by these Republicans.. Next election lets unite and take the power back to the people.!

February 10, 2014 at 2:49 pm
(179) Truthe McGee says:

@ 7478 No. Do you know how many petitions we’ve signed that have gotten over 100,00o votes? This would be the 5th one in 2 months. It doesn’t work. I don’t care how small amount of time it takes. It does nothing. It makes no change. It has no effect. It gives no hope. There is zero point. They do not care. They know there are millions that would sign it if they knew it was there. That is not the point. The point is, they don’t care.

February 10, 2014 at 2:51 pm
(180) Todd says:

Nice job Republicans! As someone who has supported your party in the past, I am now officially voting Democrat straight down the line for the rest of my life.

February 10, 2014 at 2:54 pm
(181) Frank says:

These republicans are all rich they don’t care about the average American they just want everything there way it’s time for Obama to just go over there heads Ana extend unemployment like bush did

February 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm
(182) ConcernedTim says:

(7457) Yvette:
The President is restricted by the Constitution to really step in and do something. The Constitution prevents the President from making new legislation, unless that power is delegated to him by Congress. Believe me, Congress would NEVER delegate the power to change UE benefits to the President. The next idea is an Executive Order. Interpretations of the Constitution and the Constitution only allow the President to make an Executive Order on foreign treaties and on executive administrative staff (like staff workers in the White House). The President can only really go out and admonish Congress to get this done. He can also SIGN legislation that has passed both houses. The Constitution limits the President (Executive) power, so he does not become a dictator. His powers include 1) signing passed federal legislation; 2) veto; 3) making legislation only Congress delegates him the power to do; 4) Executive Orders; 5) foreign affairs; 6) maneuvering troops in the face of a military threat— all I can remember for now. Hope this helps Yvette

February 10, 2014 at 3:01 pm
(183) kpv says:

I sent an email to John Boehner asking him to support the Extension and I got back a explanation about how we need jobs and a request for money. Go figure. i guess he did not see the part where I said i was unemployed.

February 10, 2014 at 3:12 pm
(184) mikey 23 says:

The senator from IL where I live voted NO, Mark the maggot Kirk. How he ever even got appointed is beyond me, Chicago is extremely democratic, but I will RELENTLESSLY harass this jerk for denying us when our state is at 8.5%, probably actually 15% when you count the people kicked off UI or gave up, and he has the stones to follow the Repukes, even Heller knew he had to go with it being Nevada is so high, but this guy could actually care less about Illinoisians at all. Even if he never responds or reads my emails, it makes me feel good to berate this JERK

February 10, 2014 at 3:17 pm
(185) BayLee420 says:

I’ve been reading comments on other web sites. I try to look into sites that maybe considered Conservitive. I’m surprised to read most Americans; even some conservitive Americans believe that what our Congress is doing on the EU debate is crimminal. There are many that are just hateful and voice their disapproval of any aid to any American. To these I say; Just wait, your time is coming. I’ve been a Republican/Conservitive voter most of my voting life. I thought that most people on EU were just milking the system. The 99 weeks and all that time was a bit too much. I also assumed they were just lazy too. Well…….I got laid off in January 2013 I figured no big deal; I’ll get a new job and before you know it I’ll be back in action. How wrong I was. If your anywhere older than 55 and looking for a new position; your screwed. If your a white middle age man; your screwed. Age discrimination is what I’ve come across. I pitty anyone who says that long term unemployed are just mooches and lazy. When these people who think this are brought into their HR office and then are watched cleaning out their desks. Then have to be escorted out of the office as if you were a crimminal. The other employees you worked for years will not look at you; in fear that they may be next. It’s quite an ordeal.
I do have some hope that Congress will do what’s right, but the corruption is rampant in the Capital.

February 10, 2014 at 3:19 pm
(186) John says:

How long do they think they can wait? I really think they want to create a permanent long-term unemployed, poor, homeless class. Do they realize none of us are able to pay bills, feed kids, keep warm, keep cars with no income period. Its sickening to think they are just toying with us and don’t care what happens.

February 10, 2014 at 3:28 pm
(187) cindy says:

at 7475 good question: i would like to know too! did a vote pass 60/37. im very confused as well..if you find anything out on this plz post for all of us to know! lets stick together everyone were on in the same sinking boat…lets hope its not more bs!

February 10, 2014 at 3:33 pm
(188) JLC says:

I’m guessing the Dems are going to use the Debt ceiling as leverage to vote EUC in with retro pay, which the republicans NEED to pass, so I can see the Dems makin a deal on this. They have till the 27th of February, and I believe the house returns on the 25th so I think they will do something with this.

February 10, 2014 at 3:47 pm
(189) kpv says:

The Democrats promised to have a clean debt cieling bill so they will not according to them add anything to that bill. Also if they did it would cause another shutdown since they are not having a clean debt cieling bill and the democrats would be at fault this time. Little chance .

February 10, 2014 at 3:57 pm
(190) John says:

@KPV… I don’t know how true that is, because even Boehner says if they try to hold out on the debt ceiling they would probably end up having to vote for EUC anyway with the debt ceiling, so the Dems should play hardball because the Republicans would be blamed again, regardless of the procedure.

February 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm
(191) Rango says:

(7492) JLC-

So, I’m with JLC

Democrats will use the Debt ceiling as leverage to vote in the EUC.

February 27th to make good on this.

Anyone else agree??? Or is it Cool-Aid time.

Alison?? what do you think. You’re the ‘history will repeat it’s self’ person.

February 10, 2014 at 4:15 pm
(192) BayLee420 says:

The Long term Unemployed are a cancer to the US economy. As long as Congress ignores this the worst it will be for all Americans. This cancer will grow and grow to the point that it cannot be ignored. They will need to stop the bickering and get the job done. The Congress is in denial. They have no clue. Looking the other way will not stop this cancer and both parties are about to loose big time.

February 10, 2014 at 4:23 pm
(193) SOLUTIONS says:

You know this “lazy” thing is inaccurate! The number one cause of welfare and Ui fraud is that people work and dont report that income.
The dept ceiling is just going to another false ope. There has been 3 the last being the farm bill. The Dems will not change it to save EUC its another program that has to go threw for the larger portion of Americans.
EUC is no longer even being discussed by any one with the ability to change it. The media will no longer cover it because its no longer “news” I have mentioned several times that this is the new economy we adjust or we don’t. In most of there eyes cars, cell phones, etc are luxury items. If you still have good credit and go to a bank for a small business loan they will fall over themselves trying to give it to you.There are more small businesses opening than ever before.

February 10, 2014 at 4:26 pm
(194) John says:

@Rango… I agree. Boehner said himself that its imperative they pass the debt ceiling, and even said if they try to hold out or do some funny stuff they might end up having to vote for EUC with it, so the Democrats should do it. They let the Republicans get their way and didn’t put it in the budget, they left it off the Farm bill, now its time to attach it to a bill that needs to be passed. If they include the offset, then it won’t add to the deficit anyways.

February 10, 2014 at 4:28 pm
(195) @ 7495 says:

@7496 A cancer? Long Term unemployed are long term unemployed. They are not taking anything. Insurance is called insurance because its paid for. I can’t imagine what someone with your view thinks about those stuck on welfare, or those who can’t work because of a disability. What a heartless ignorant unintelligent response. the unemployed are people who are not at work because they can’t get a job and the previous one was lost without there fault. Now go read the definition of Welfare, and Executives who give themselves bonuses in a recession, or politicians who make over 100k a year to stand around and argue about shit every day while people suffer. Check yourself and your words.

February 10, 2014 at 4:28 pm
(196) BayLee420 says:
February 10, 2014 at 4:29 pm
(197) whatever says:

OMG people, move on already !!! Their just leading you on week after week, what don’t you get about it ??? HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN ALREADY ??!!!

February 10, 2014 at 4:46 pm
(198) kpv says:

@John , Actually what Boehner said was Republicans should not try to ask for anythign in exchange and just pass the clean Debt Bill so that it cant have anything added to it. Democrats promised a clean Debt Bill and are dareing the Republicans to say no . What Boehner aid was the Republicans need to just pass it beccasue if they did then the Republicans would add something to it.

Here is the exact quote on it

In a private meeting, John Boehner explained to his fellow Republicans why they should cave on the debt ceiling. Boehner warned House Republicans if they didn’t pass a clean debt ceiling increase, something they didn’t like could happen — like an extension of unemployment benefits.

February 10, 2014 at 4:51 pm
(199) JLC says:



Honestly, the democrats have no other way out BUT to assemble something including EUC into the the debt ceiling bill..We need EUC (Democrats, Senate) and the republications NEED the debt ceiling raised..Well we all know even if EUC gets passed the Senate it has to pass the House which is full of republicans..So this is really the only way for this to get passed through senate and house IF we put EUC into the debt ceiling negotiations.

February 10, 2014 at 4:54 pm
(200) JLC says:

Also my theory which would include that the 27 is only a few weeks away, and like I said republicans NEED the done and singed by the 27th and WE the people and democrats need this EUC bill passed ASAP and start paying people retro..So in my opinion this is the only way to get this done and fast.

February 10, 2014 at 4:54 pm
(201) Rango says:

(7496) BayLee420 –

I prefer to be known as an long term unemployed metastatic melanoma… hopefully becoming a benign gainfully employed mole sometime in the foreseeable future. :-)

For real… I hope Congress is happy, I now don’t have the funds to see the dermatologist… that I truly do need to see. No insurance now, meds ran out the early part of January.

February 10, 2014 at 4:58 pm
(202) MS says:

I read the comments and I am experiencing the same issues due to age.. I’m in my mid 50′s white male and I get as far as the phone screen and it ends.. the recruiter tries to get the age by hinting around to year graduated college and so on…

Yes we are permanent unemployed… I don’t see a cure..

Though does the gov’t have to provide for us if we didn’t prepare for this?

To burden the working public with helping us is that right?

Don’t hear me wrong, I need the EUC but something doesn’t seem right..

what happens after this 3 month extension? we will want another… this problem is going to go away with another 5 years of EUC..

We need decent paying careers and I don’t see it happening at least for me at my age..

my 2 cents.

February 10, 2014 at 5:08 pm
(203) Rango says:


….Boehner warned House Republicans if they didn’t pass a clean debt ceiling increase, something they didn’t like could happen — like an extension of unemployment benefits.


February 10, 2014 at 5:20 pm
(204) JLC says:

On C-span2 I heard that they might tie thre military bill S1963 with the debt ceiling, I didn’t hear anything yet on EUC and debt ceiling tie together..They may not do it unless they throw both of them in their who knows.

February 10, 2014 at 5:25 pm
(205) kpv says:

I just cant believe the Senate. I am watching the debate for the Reinstatement of the Military Pension and the Republicans just said they will vote yes on the Cloture vote today but they want unlimited amendments and PayFors and told H Reid to allow the unlimited amendments or they will vote no on the second vote. They cant pass anything in this Senate. Even a bill to help the Military Veterans cant pas without gridlock.

February 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm
(206) BayLee420 says:

(7498) You didn’t read my posts. The cancer is not the people on
unemployment but the response of our Congress. They are the ones that are allowing this Cancer to happen. I’m in the same boat as everyone here. If you’d just read my posts you’d get the message. The analogy of cancer was brought up by economists that stated that unless Congress acts on the Long Term Unemployed it will eat our economy like a tumor. See the post that I posted from Paul Krugman. The Punishment Cure. Then you’ll see that I’m not as ignorant as you think. Look into economy web sites and you’ll be better informed.

February 10, 2014 at 5:38 pm
(207) kpv says:

I dont understand since the Extension is pretty much dead , why don’t the Democrats start working on the long term plan they were supposed to have by end of march , , they were supposed to do after the short term 3 month is passed. Time to move on to a long term solution. They need to stop wasting time now.

February 10, 2014 at 5:38 pm
(208) Trey says:

So does it appear that we are finally playing hardball and will attempt to attach it to the debt ceiling after all?

I don’t like having to roll over every time Republicans want something, but they filibuster when they don’t.

Can’t wait for the nightmare to be over with a simple yes or no. I am tired of the false hope.

But thank you everyone here for talking with me about this for the past few weeks! Especially Allison!!

February 10, 2014 at 5:45 pm
(209) BayLee420 says:

7498 Just to keep you informed. I was diagnosed with Leukemia in 1998. I had a stem cell transplant in 2000 and have been cancer free for thirteen and a half years. There is no cure for my type of leukemia. So I don’t use the term cancer lightly.

February 10, 2014 at 6:01 pm
(210) Rango says:

- The last couple of paragraphs from New york times article (7500) BayLee420

Still, don’t expect prominent Republicans to change their views, except maybe to come up with additional reasons to punish the unemployed.

For example, Senator Rand Paul recently cited research suggesting that the long-term unemployed have a hard time re-entering the work force as a reason to, you guessed it, cut off long-term unemployment benefits. You see, those benefits are actually a “disservice” to the unemployed.

The good news, such as it is, is that the White House and Senate Democrats are trying to make an issue of expiring unemployment benefits.
The bad news is that they don’t sound willing to make extending benefits a precondition for a budget deal, which means that they aren’t really willing to make a stand.

So the odds, I’m sorry to say, are that the long-term unemployed will be cut off, thanks to a perfect marriage of callousness — a complete lack of empathy for the unfortunate — with bad economics. But then, hasn’t that been the story of just about everything lately?

February 10, 2014 at 6:20 pm
(211) Sad says:

Why wasn’t the unemployment extension included in the farm bill- it was loaded up with goodies for the republicans….
I feel as if dems don’t want unemployment to pass to win 2014 election.

February 10, 2014 at 6:28 pm
(212) ArleneS says:

(7512) BayLee420 says -

I just want to let you know that my neighbor was diagnosed with Leukemia 35 years ago – she is still with us, now in her 90′s, wsa always active, and the few times she got out of remission, the docs were always able to get her back.

My grandfather died of leukemia in 1945, when few people heard of it. He was under 50 years old, and I never knew him.

There has been a TREMENDOUS leap in the success of treatment of this form of cancer – you will make it!

February 10, 2014 at 6:31 pm
(213) JLC says:

Well being the military bill got a vote of 94-0 I believe, it said wensday that they will vote this week on raising the best ceiling so I’m wondering if they are using the Military bill to vote on raising the debt ceiling instead of EUC. Anybody else have any ideas?

In my option the longer they wait they harder it’s going to be. Their having a problem for 3 months, now there looking at creating one for at least 6 because the 3 months is basically going to pass is by with nothing going on.

February 10, 2014 at 6:33 pm
(214) Looking but not finding says:

To those demonizing the repubs and mostly ignoring the democrats timid fight for EUC with little interest from MSM. Democrats and MSM have pushed the narrative that economy is steaming along and pushed the BS decline in unemplyment percentage to 6.6. It is because of this BS narrative that they have to be careful how hard they push for the extension of EUC because, according to dems, it is their wonderful policies that have made things so much better for workers and the economy.

In other words, screaming from the top of their lungs about EUC can somewhat contradict their rosy view of all they and Obama have done the last 5 years. Which, in the opinion of this unemployed individual is GARBAGE!

February 10, 2014 at 6:36 pm
(215) Ken71 says:

Wow! It’s a hurting thing when NOBODY CARES. You would think children going hungry would maybe urge the Republicans to vote for EU.

I to was unemployed up until a week and a half ago. But I still check in to read the stories of those who were not as fortunate as me. I’m still not in the CLEAR! With 5 weeks of EU missed.

This situation has really changed my opinion of Congress. We the people, Veterans, those who have worked ALL their lives and never asked for a thing. Thrown to the side like TRASH!

With the divide between the rich and the growing more and more; America is starting to look like a Third World Country.

February 10, 2014 at 6:37 pm
(216) ArleneS says:

Interesting comments a friend sent to me:

There are 8 levels of control that must be obtained
before you are able to create a socialist state,

“The first is the most important”.

1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people.

2) Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control – Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect (food, housing, income) of their lives because that will make them fully dependent on the government.

6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to and take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion – Remove the belief in God from the Government and schools because the people need to believe in ONLY the
government knowing what is best for the people.

8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. Eliminate the middle class. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to tax the wealthy with the support of the poor

February 10, 2014 at 6:38 pm
(217) kpv says:

The Democrats promised that no bill will be tied to the Debt Ceiling. The Democrats offered the Republicnas a clean debt bill. Telling them to accept it and no bills added on . What a clean bill means is no attachments. As long as the Republicans just agree to pas it its clean then thats it.

Thats what Boehner is saying. As long as Republicans accept the Debt bill clean is there is no way to add anything to it. Now if the Republicans dont pass a clean debt bill then sure the Republicans can add something but that would cause the Debt bill to take weeks to pass. The government would shut down again and it would be the Democrats fault for adding either the EU bill or Military bill to the debt ceiling. And its not something the Republicans want , its what Obama needs to pay the Bills. . Both parties need the Debt Ceiling bill to pas with no issues.

the only place anyone is even mentioning this is here. No Democrat has even brought up the idea to add anything to the Debt bill. Thats because they will not do that,. unless the Republicans dont vote the bill then they could.

February 10, 2014 at 6:41 pm
(218) Walter says:

Michael Jackson, said it best.

THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT US…………………………………………………….

February 10, 2014 at 6:43 pm
(219) John m says:

I love how somehow people are under the understanding that Democrats are somehow working some great conspiracy to not extend unemployment. Some think they should force the issue by stalling other bills. Some think that Obama is god and can sign it into law without the consent of congress.

The reality is. Democrats aren’t going to be bullies. They aren’t the republican party. No they wont shut down the government and insist that there demands be met. No they wont torpedo bill after bill until its passed. Because unlike republicans they are trying to do things that they think will better the country. And even though they would very much like to see EUC extended ( For obvious moral and political reasons) They aren’t going to bring the government to a screeching halt to do so.

February 10, 2014 at 6:46 pm
(220) homeless says:

Im just going to keep selling plasma, lose 20 pounds already hope this week they pass the bill

February 10, 2014 at 6:47 pm
(221) Rango says:

(7512) BayLee420 – stem cell transplant, truly an amassing world we live in.
I too have a cancer -skin cancer, but I can no longer get treatment due to the loss of my insurance and can no longer afford the meds. We all have our cross to bare and make the best of it.

When and if I do get an job interview, I must put my wife’s make-up on part of my face so that sizable never healing bloody black spot doesn’t show. Yes it’s surgery time but Mr. O has done me in on my insurance, so all I can do is bide my time till better times come my way.

February 10, 2014 at 6:50 pm
(222) sam says:

I am in Georgia and like many of you have written my congressmen. In Georgia they are Chambliss and Isakson both Republicans and both voted no. I did get a response as many of you have. I have noticed it was worded almost exactly as many of yours. This leads me to believe that the republicans are not even reading our stories. It is a generic email being sent so they do not have to deal with us or hear any of our stories. I guess it is more appropriate or “politically correct” to send this chain email than to say what they really think which is screw all of you we don’t have time to listen to you on our way to our next high dollar lunch or dinner and we really do not care. The $300.00 was just enough to help with power, limited food, and a little gas to job hunt. A life changing amount however when you have nothing. The sad thing is $300 to them is a nice new purse or a pair of shoes for the congresswomen or the congressmens wives and girlfriends. I’m not lazy but, live in a smaller town where there are not as many jobs. Just seems strange to me they can not find the money to help us but, spend billions on other countries and space travel. Not sure about you but, I have no plans of visiting the moon anytime soon but, would love to pay my powerbill and know I will still have enough money to buy my kids food.

February 10, 2014 at 6:55 pm
(223) Sheri says:

I feel so sorry for so many folks out there. I, too, was unemployed from April 2013 and was just a week or two into the extension. Just in the nick of time I got a job…a good job….and it was all due to “word of mouth”. Don’t give up. I was ready to, but I prayed and things have now turned around for me! If the extension goes through I will be able to claim a 2-week period, which I really could use the money. If I had not gotten this job, I don’t know what I would be doing. It’s awfully cold in Michigan and tons of snow. I would hate to be evicted from my apt or be without utilities and food. I really cannot understand how those Republicans live with themselves and think we are “nothing but lazy trash” when most of us were professionals and can’t get a job due to being over 55. I think the President should step up and help all these Americans who really and truly do need the help…RIGHT NOW! I’m sure people have tons of late fees on rent and utilities that it will eat up one 2-week compensation already. How can they turn their backs on Americans?? I hope and pray something is done soon and until then please pray that you get the help and the job you desire! It will happen….trust me!

February 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm
(224) Real Richard says:

@Shawn…….Your list is wrong……Ayotte, Collins, Murkowski voted yes, and Ried only switche to no to get another vote

February 10, 2014 at 7:10 pm
(225) Joe says:

What’s going on here???? Did Mr. Obama lose his pen and phone?

February 10, 2014 at 7:20 pm
(226) Las says:

Finally this afternoon I got a call for an interview on a resume I submitted three weeks ago. A former neighbor who workscforvthe company saw my resume and put it on the top of the time. Part time possibly going into full time 15 minutes from my home doing the sane job I was doing before. The ad asked for a “mature” person. Well 58 and female. That’s me. Say a prayer for me please……
And continued good luck to all on this fabulous support system lifeline.

February 10, 2014 at 7:21 pm
(227) Forgotten says:

If the dems don’t link the debt ceiling to the unemployment extension then they don’t want it…..

House Speaker John A. Boehner scrambled to sell a new debt-ceiling solution to his Republican colleagues on Wednesday, encouraging them to demand a restoration of recently cut military benefits in exchange for a one-year extension of the federal government’s borrowing authority.

Though Boehner (R-Ohio) did not formally endorse the idea as his own, he did ask his lieutenants to test it among rank-and-file ­Republicans.

February 10, 2014 at 7:27 pm
(228) Craig says:

@Joe – Obama was referring to other bills when he made that comment. He can’t make funds for something like unemployment. Congress has to vote on it with 60 yeas. Obama was referring to raising minimum wage when he said that.

February 10, 2014 at 7:29 pm
(229) Rango says:

(7528) Joe
No, Mr. O didn’t lose his pen and phone… unfortunately … he knows right where they are… lip service is rampant… and we unfortunately are on the wrong end of the pen.

Queston, do you know how many ‘long-term unemployed’ where hired since Mr. O said he’d prod 300 of the largest employers to do this? You’d probably be able to count the on on hand.

February 10, 2014 at 7:56 pm
(230) kpv says:

Yes Boehner is meeting with Republicans tonight to finalize the debt ceiling plan and accept the Democrat s plan to link the Debt ceiling and the Military pension so that they can get enough Republicans to approve the debt ceiling. Seems they did not have enough Republican support for the Democratic Debt cielign plan and adding the Military benefits will bring onboard the conservatives . As I said they cant link EU to this as it would never pass. Democrats need this Debt Ceiling to pass on time and with no problems.

Here is the report from 10 minutes ago.

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio),, will address members about the leadership’s top option, which would link a restoration of recently cut military benefits with a one-year extension of the Treasury’s borrowing authority. The bargaining idea, first pitched last week over lunch, gained currency over the weekend among Republicans.

The decision to hold a Monday evening meeting — rather than waiting until the already planned Tuesday morning huddle inside their usual Capitol basement suite — highlights the growing sense of urgency for Republicans who face a truncated calendar ahead of the Feb. 27 deadline set by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. The House is set to adjourn Wednesday afternoon, first so Democrats can hold an issues retreat on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and then all of next week for the planned recess week for all of Congress.

If no decision is reached by Wednesday, the House is not slated to return for legislative action for nearly two weeks, just days before Lew’s deadline.

February 10, 2014 at 8:02 pm
(231) JLC says:

Idunno folks, call it speculation on adding it to the debt ceiling even if it wasn’t rumored anywhere but here but if they don’t include it in the debt ceiling then why would the republicans approve it, if they get their deal then they don’t have to bend backwords to approve EUC so what do the democrats have to fight for EUC?

February 10, 2014 at 8:21 pm
(232) Hugh says:

@KPV… Well If the Republicans are going to insist that the Military thing should be attached, then the Democrats should say “fine, we’ll add that if we can add EUC.”

I can’t believe the Congress is fine with people literally losing everything, not feeding their kids or keep warm, lose cars and phones. I’m literally finished. My Master’s degree is now worthless, can’t get a job with an MA and my credit is ruined.

Its time for the Democrats to stick to their guns for ONCE.

February 10, 2014 at 8:32 pm
(233) Chris says:

Thanks to our ridiculous government I’m about to lose my car and my phone. My student loans are about to default as well. I still cant find a job and it’s been a year and soon I wont even have a way of getting to one even if I found it. I wont even be able to get a call for an interview for that matter. I have a degree and over 10 years of work experience and I cant find anything. I need this extension to give me more time to find work. They don’t care at all that they just served some of us a death sentence.

February 10, 2014 at 8:48 pm
(234) Karlos says:

LAS (7529)

You got my Prayer…

February 10, 2014 at 8:58 pm
(235) kpv says:

The Democrats are adding the Military Bill to get Republican support for the Debt Ceiling. If they added EUC then no republican would support the Debt ceiling. That is why the EUC Bill will not be added to the Debt Ceiling. Democrats need the Debt Ceiling done ASAP. The unemployment Extension is pretty much dead for now folks. We just have to face reality. Wishful thinking isnt paying the bills anymore. I wish the best to everyone.

February 10, 2014 at 9:05 pm
(236) Karlos says:

So is there a time frame to when they would need to vote for s.1845 to pass or is it just something that they can throw to the back burner and bring it up whenever the choose?

This is something that many Unemployed Americans are not going to let go as if it were something minor. People are losing everything. It’s just not right. Lets take their money away, and their houses, and throw them on the street and give them hope that we would give them only a few month of assistance and then break the little bit of hope they have but not giving them anything. I bet they would not know what to do. Do we need to protest? Should I contact the News?

l wanted to Thank You Alison Doyle, I’m sure many of us wouldn’t know how to stay updated since it hard to find anything on the s.1845 . Thank you Alison, you are what gives me hope .

February 10, 2014 at 9:06 pm
(237) n. nova says:

Chris, You can get a free phone from safelink.. You will qualify because of no income and if you need to use a free computer go to your local library.

February 10, 2014 at 9:14 pm
(238) Hello from Chiberia says:

Put some turmeric (yes, it’s curcumin spice) on that skin cancer and let me know if it goes away.

February 10, 2014 at 9:19 pm
(239) JV says:

Help for the Unemployed will not be coming anytime soon…..

I wanted to share what Republican Senator Pete Session from Texas says about Unemployment Insurance. 02/04/2014

“I believe it is immoral for this country to have as a policy extending long-term unemployment [benefits] to people rather than us working on creation of jobs,” Sessions said. “A job is the most important attribute, I believe, in a free enterprise system.”


If only One more Republican had voted “aye,” more than over 1 million long-term unemployed would have access to unemployment Insurance. But two Republicans voted “no” who had previously voted “aye” to prevent a filibuster earlier in the process: Sen Portman and Dan Coats. 02/06/2014


February 10, 2014 at 9:21 pm
(240) Hugh says:

@KPV… Boehner said himself they have to pass it no matter what and they might end up having to vote for EUC depending on how it plays out, if they stall it, try to haggle, etc.

So if the Republicans have to require that Military thing, then why can’t the Democrats for once say “ok, you require this, we require this.” They are already on record voting no twice for EUC, which will cost them in November if it ends up not passing eventually, do you really think they’d allow the debt ceiling to lapse after being responsible for the last shutdown and voting no for the only lifeline for millions, EUC, which is literally hurting individuals and families in every way?

February 10, 2014 at 9:21 pm
(241) ConcernedTim says:

@(7536) Chris:

For your student loans, you can get on an IBR Program, if they are federal loans and they are consolidated. This program allows you to pay any where from $0/month to over $3000, depending on your income. You requalify for it every year. I am on this program, and my payment is $0/month. If you stay on the program for 25 years, then you won’t owe anymore. The only catch is that the amount you don’t pay will be forgiven and added to your income, after your 25th year. So if you loan balance is $150 thousand, then that $150 thousand would be added to your income. Just try to have a lot of write-offs in that year.

Like you, I have 2 Masters and a JD, with 8 years healthcare experience. It’s been over 10 months for me… still hoping and praying.

February 10, 2014 at 9:45 pm
(242) Hello from Chiberial says:

@(7536) Chris-I thought that one could “defer” his student loans if not employed.

@(7526) Sheri-I’m happy for you that you got a job. God is good and listens to our prayers. In our darkest hour, he can pull off a miracle for each of us.

@ (7529) LAS I’m praying for you!

@ (7524) Rango-Read up on Turmeric as a cure for skin cancer.
I read that turmeric has many health benefits. I told my friend to use it on a tooth abscess and it got rid of the infection!

February 10, 2014 at 9:57 pm
(243) doom32 says:

I’m 32 & lost my job in Aug, this was only a temp job but paid well & at a prestigious fashion company. I was let go due to a horrible coworker who made my time there miserable, I endured it for 2 years and I tried to get out but couldn’t find anything. I can’t find a job, I get the run around from “job agencies” who claim they want to help me. Last week I had an interview and the headhunter sent me to the wrong place. It was cold & snowy and here I am at the wrong place. I was so mad cuz I spent the train fare from NJ to NY, then I see my unemployment didn’t go through for that week. I call and call and nobody helps or answers.

I’m at my wits end. I don’t live beyond my means. I have been selling my stuff on ebay for cash just to have something coming in. I even go to the dollar stores for the padded envelopes to ship the stuff.
I go to the library for books/dvds. I changed my eating habits and only now buy/eat fruit, nuts, vegetables & other household/food items I only buy on sale looking at the local circulars/coupon sites.
I don’t use the dryer in my apt. complex anymore, I just hang dry everything. I cut the cable/internet/cell phone in half.
I even apply to do studies and they don’t even call….nobody calls it’s like a no man’s land out there….what are we supposed to do? I don’t quality for any SNAP benifits because I have a bit saved which I will now start using. When they didn’t extend the UE on Thurs for the first time in my life I can say I felt ASHAMED TO BE AMERICAN.

February 10, 2014 at 10:04 pm
(244) Jen says:

Do not give up people!! I call Harry Reid’s office every day and not letting up. It’s up to him to get this deal done. He’s the one in charge so don’t back down. 2 million of us!? Call Reid. Call your senators – it’s easy to get their phone numbers in DC online. Ask them why they aren’t talking to the media every day about this emergency. This is a Katrina of epic proportions. 2 million of us need to be ringing their phones all day every day!! Power of numbers. Do not lay down and take this. Take action.

February 10, 2014 at 10:05 pm
(245) Oscar says:

Guys I know how hard it is for everyone but forget about these guys honestly they are not in a rush to help us just move forward go apply for assistance meanwhile you guys find a job.. Good Luck to all and God Bless all of you..

February 10, 2014 at 10:16 pm
(246) Steve says:

There is a good article in yesterday’s (2/9/2014) New York Times OP-ED Section by Paul Krugman titled: “Writing Off the Unemployed”.

I’m usually not a huge fan of the New York Times but this OP ED describes the current situation that the Long Term Unemployed face very accurately.

It sickens me how the Long term Unemployed are being treated. They can pass the $759 Billion Farm Bill can be passed but they can’t approve $1.6 Billion to help almost 2 million people, many with families.

February 10, 2014 at 10:20 pm
(247) Ann says:

I thought Democrats had our backs, but lately I’ve been thinking they are playing a political game too, especially after I just read this from the 2010 EUC lapse:


Congress, under the leadership of Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, continues to drag its feet on an issue affecting 1.3 million unemployed Americans.

Congress refuses to pass the 2010 Unemployment Extension Bill before they go to recess for the July 4th holiday, according to the Associated Press.
Harry Reid Votes ‘No’

Thanks to a vote of ‘Nay’ or ‘no’ from Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, the 2010 Unemployment Extension Bill failed to garner passage this week, denying 1.3 million Americans access to additional unemployment funds.

Reid’s reasoning on voting ‘no,’ which helped caused the bill not to have the required 60 vote support for passage this week, was done to delay the bill revote from happening.

Harry Reid didn’t want the revote to occur until a replacement can be named for recently deceased senior Democrat Senator from W. VA., Robert Byrd.

Reid Delays 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension, citing the Republicans as the cause the unemployment extension benefits bill was not passed in the Senate, Reid attempted to draw attention away from his own vote of ‘no.’ “It is beyond disappointing that Republicans continue to stand almost lockstep against assistance for out-of-work Americans,” Reid told the press, conveniently forgetting to mention he blocked the revote from happening before the July 4th recess.

February 10, 2014 at 10:24 pm
(248) Carly says:

Getting very tired of all this “maybe end of the month, maybe end of the month again…” I felt so positive for 2 months, that eventually something would come about. But have learned so much here on this site and others about our government and how it all really works (if you can call it that…”works,” yeah right.)
I’m not negative by nature, but I am far more realistic now. I do not see this happening. And, if God willing, I am wrong, I definitely don’t think any reinstatement will be retroactive in terms of the many weeks lost to those of us who would have still had that small safety net.
I have consistently applied for at least 5 and usually 7 or more jobs every week. These are verifiable, legit jobs that are in my field. After 10 months, I finally got a phone interview as a preliminary candidate for a fundraising/development manager of a private school. I think I am one of probably 10 or 12 very qualified candidates receiving the initial phone call screening with the head of school. That will take place later this month. I love any chance I get to interview for or with people for a good job! But where I used to always feel that I would be selected, now I feel like my chances are far smaller.
My best wishes to everyone on this site for getting through this mess. It is ridiculous and very unfair that people would lose everything. It makes me sad to hear the stories of despair that are so unnecessary.
What I AM positive about now is that our politics and government is on the brink of major change. It has to change for the better and I believe it will after the current administration packs their bags.
I know how I’m voting next time!

February 10, 2014 at 10:24 pm
(249) Kelly says:

This is on our local news station tonight….I wish it was on the national news, but every little bit helps I guess….still not looking good though. No one seems to care if it doesn’t affect them or their family


February 10, 2014 at 10:40 pm
(250) Rep1 says:

Folks, you should always be looking for alternative means and continue to apply for any and every job you can. In the meantime I would put my top dollar that an extension gets passed before March. I wouldn’t even be surprised if the EUC extension gets thrown last minute into this Debt Ceiling deal. There is no question the fault of this is on Democrats. I.E. if democrats would just make amendments as the Republican party has asked for individuals whom are also claiming social security to be unable to claim EUC that is just one example. Harry Reid does not care at all and this is just a political battle to make everyone think the Democrats are doing everything in their power……Well they’re not.

February 10, 2014 at 10:41 pm
(251) Carly says:

So, I wrote to Boehner too and got the same form letter his staff uses to reply to all of us. it speaks about how we must add jobs (but offers no actual action items for making this a reality.) AND THEN ASKS ME FOR MONEY!!!! It made me feel sick to read such drivel. Asking an unemployed individual for dollars. Jerk.
Whatever. I’m done trying to make a dent by writing and calling politicians. They are all a bunch of selfish jerks. What an eye opener this has been.
I am done with hoping and waiting for something positive with EUC to happen, and that is the saddest part of all.
Best to all of you. I wish you all the very, very best.
I am going to look into going back to school and learning a new skill maybe working on behalf of the elderly, since that’s one business that is growing rapidly.

February 10, 2014 at 10:54 pm
(252) SayIt says:

There is a good article in yesterday’s (2/9/2014) New York Times OP-ED Section by Paul Krugman titled: “Writing Off the Unemployed”.

I’m usually not a huge fan of the New York Times but this OP ED describes the current situation that the Long Term Unemployed face very accurately.
There is a good article in yesterday’s (2/9/2014) New York Times OP-ED Section by Paul Krugman titled: “Writing Off the Unemployed”.

I’m usually not a huge fan of the New York Times but this OP ED describes the current situation that the Long Term Unemployed face very accurately.

FOLLOWING FROM KRUGMAN-DEC *8 th ( Punishing the Unemployed!) .
The good news, such as it is, is that the White House and Senate Democrats are trying to make an issue of expiring unemployment benefits. The bad news is that they don’t sound willing to make extending benefits a precondition for a budget deal, which means that they aren’t really willing to make a stand.

So the odds, I’m sorry to say, are that the long-term unemployed will be cut off, thanks to a perfect marriage of callousness — a complete lack of empathy for the unfortunate — with bad economics. But then, hasn’t that been the story of just about everything lately?

February 10, 2014 at 10:57 pm
(253) Jay E says:

@ (7549) Steve
Yes and No on that farm bill.
it was 957 Billion dollars BUT its taken them 4 years to pass it.


February 10, 2014 at 11:41 pm
(254) Say_iT_isn't_so : BUT IT IS says:

Harry Reid does not care at all and this is just a political battle to make everyone think the Democrats are doing everything in their power……Well they’re not.

February 11, 2014 at 12:10 am
(255) Paul Revere's Ride says:

Every time a foreigner gets a job in America he displaces one American worker out of a job.

Why don’t we stop bringing into this country foreign workers, until at least some of us get a job?

February 11, 2014 at 12:13 am
(256) Term Limits says:

According to a recent article in the Washington Post (link below), nearly 5 million Americans will be without jobless benefits by the end of 2014, if the EUC program is not reinstated. I hope those 5 million strong will show up at the polls, and vote out the morons in Congress!

There are 36 U.S. Senate seats up for election in 2014. Of those seats, 15 are currently held by Republicans and 21 are held by Democrats.


February 11, 2014 at 1:43 am
(257) Barbara says:

Wow, it’s not even in the news anymore. I google “extended unemployment benefits 2014″ nothing new comes up. Very sad. I guess they think if they wait long enough we’ll go away. :(

February 11, 2014 at 1:43 am
(258) John M says:

Again, Harry Reid offered 12 amendments from each side to come up for debate. Republicans wanted unlimited debate on unlimited numbers of amendments. That’s just blocking the bill with another sort of filibuster. So democrats are not at fault in any way shape or form. Republicans are against it and too scared to tell there base that they are against it.

February 11, 2014 at 8:42 am
(259) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

From Senator Harry Reid:
“We only need one more Republican to step up and do the right thing. Democrats will not stop pushing to restore emergency unemployment insurance. And in the weeks to come we will vote again on this important issue. In the meantime, I hope my colleagues across the aisle will think long and hard about their unsustainable position on this issue ? a position that hurts middle-class families.”

February 11, 2014 at 8:44 am
(260) Robert Patten says:

One thing we need to realize is although the President is talking about using his Pen and Phone, remember, he does not have the authority to extend EUC for us. If he did, he would, as it would mean more votes for Democrats in November, so there is nothing he can do. My concern for Republicans is , do they really want to go into the Elections in November with over 2 million of us out here? This would cause a problem. I know this because in my State, we have an election for Congress on March 11. We had a long time Congressman, Bill Young pass away and his seat has to be filled. For at least 40 years that seat has been a republican seat, but it’s possible this election, a Democrat make take the seat as she has shown concern over EUC as well as being discusted that the Dems and Republicans can work together for us. This will be an important platform for the Democrats no matter what the networks are saying. So its critical to make your thoughts known not only to your local Congressmen, but to the ones running for election/relection in November. And if you are NOT registered to VOTE, then go out and get REGISTERED it’s critical.

February 11, 2014 at 9:03 am
(261) Jen says:

Democrats, Republicans. All to blame. Where’s the President now? He stopped directly addressing EUC the last few days. Or Biden, where’s are ‘working class’ VP? You can’t blame the Republicans for the Democrats compliance with this. Why Arent they pushing it non stop til it gets done? They’re on to other things? Oh no. Sorry.
Call your state’s senators today whether they are democrat or republican. Ask them why this issue is so quiet. How is it that most Americans don’t even know this is going on? 2 million people and their 2.5 million kids. 1 job for every 3 applicants? How do those numbers work??? And what about the states with higher unemployment rates of 8% ???
Forget emails, CALL them. If no one answers their DC number, try their local numbers. All on their websites. Just google.

February 11, 2014 at 9:05 am
(262) One Vote Short says:

I have been faithfully reading this blog since December and I appreciate this forum so very much. I know many of you feel like its never going to pass, but with only one vote short I just don’t see the Democrats not bringing this up again. I believe it is delicate dance between the parties.

I have learned a lot about the whole political process and frankly I am not too impressed. But it’s not over by any means.

I feel for all those that are losing homes, cars, phones. etc. Today my son needed money for a field trip and I didn’t have any and he said that he didn’t have to go. That just about broke my heart.

Blessings to all. I hold you all in my prayers.

February 11, 2014 at 9:54 am
(263) Donna says:

I feel so deserted, as many as you do too…..There is no news of this EUC problem anywhere. This is the only site that seems to care, and these posts are diminishing too.

This is horrible, I feel so bad for everyone & myself – when will they even talk about it again & why is the media not interested?

I just don’t know how they can sleep at night knowing people are losing everything! Day after day, we wait for some tidbit of news – where is our President?????

February 11, 2014 at 9:57 am
(264) Adrienne says:

This was on the CNN website this morning. Awesome. Keep those stories out there. There are people in this world with HUGE hearts and full of compassion. GBU all during this sad time in our country.

Unemployed worker Jean Winsor was close to breaking point after her jobless benefits expired at the end of December.

She wore extra layers to keep warm in a bid not to run up her electricity bills and contemplated selling her living room furniture to make her monthly mortgage payment of $481.

That’s when hope came calling in the guise of CNNMoney reader Lee Bissell, who read about her plight and offered to pay Winsor’s mortgage for a month. CNNMoney first wrote about Winsor in December, when she was among a million Americans who lost jobless benefits.

Bissell is not a millionaire with thousands of dollars to spare. In fact, she is a federal worker living in Herndon, Va. supporting a sick husband, a 15-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son.

What resonated with Bissell was that Winsor had worked as a home health care aide for 12 years before losing her job.

Bissell’s 64-year-old husband is struggling with end-stage dementia, and aides like Winsor have been a godsend.

Bissell wanted to express her gratitude

February 11, 2014 at 10:04 am
(265) 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 10:05 am
(266) Todd Eagleton says:

Every politician we remember, and reflect on their accomplishments were Leaders. They put the citizens of the United States first, they stood for honesty, integrity, and they fought for what is right (without a war). They left a legacy, they made the country we live in a better place, and most of all they cared about human life with a conscience. President Obama can leave that type of legacy if given the opportunity. For the rest, what will their legacy be? It’s not too late for them to leave our country a better place when they no longer represent. They can leave a legacy and be part of that elite group of Leaders we still celebrate, if they change. Change is good when it impacts the people they represent in our great Country.

February 11, 2014 at 10:07 am
(267) Todd Eagleton says:

Reality: What it’s like to be unemployed and not have an income or the help we worked for, for many years
• Bills never stop: If you can’t pay them, the cell phone is turned off, but your billing continues. Your electricity shut-off with more late fees, turn-on fees, and of course it keeps adding up. You cannot keep up, as the late fees, surcharges, contract fees, never stop. No care for human life by these companies and their investors (probably plenty of stock investments by politicians)
• To seek employment: You need electricity, a phone, a computer, a car (including gas, insurance, registration, inspection, maintenance), a place to bathe, necessities that many don’t think about until you cannot afford them (deodorant, soap, detergent, bathroom tissue, toothpaste, etc.)
• Food: I lost 39 pounds since being unemployed 7 months ago, I was very health conscious and not over-weight. (The new diet plan called the “No EUC Benefits Diet Plan”). I doubt there is any politician in Washington that knows what it’s like to worry if you will have any food on a given day, and to have one meal a day. I doubt even the “Bar keepers son” or the “Daughter of a Farmer” experienced that.
• Rent/Mortgage: The stress and EVERY day worry of how you can keep the place you live, and how you are going to lose everything you worked your entire life to have. Many Americans are past that point, and are homeless.
• Your possessions: For the 25 years of work (since I was 15) I now have nothing. When the benefits ended, I had to sell my possessions, and they are almost all gone. I have more faith in Craigslist than I do in many of my Government officials. Craigslist and my possessions help me to survive, not the government who I paid for all those years.

February 11, 2014 at 10:16 am
(268) kpv says:

They have decided to pass the Debt ceiling clean with no Bills attached. Not even the Military bill/

From the NY Times 5 minutes ago.

Facing a rebellion over his latest debt ceiling proposal, Speaker John A. Boehner has told House Republicans that he will bring legislation to a vote on Wednesday that would raise the government’s borrowing authority with no strings attached.

“House Republican leaders told members this morning that it is clear the paid-for military COLA provision will not attract enough support, so we will be bringing up a ‘clean’ debt limit bill tomorrow,” a Republican official said. “Boehner made clear the G.O.P. would provide the requisite number of Republican votes for the measure

February 11, 2014 at 10:17 am
(269) Karen1 says:

(7558) Paul Revere’s Ride says:
“Every time a foreigner gets a job in America he displaces one American worker out of a job.
Why don’t we stop bringing into this country foreign workers, until at least some of us get a job?”

I don’t entirely agree with this statement. Unless you are a nuclear engineer, a scientist, a doctor etc….no foreigner is taking a job from an American. I speak from experience, Americans, no matter the circumstances, don’t want the dirty jobs. So unless you are one of the above, or want to be a dishwasher, bus tables, work at landscaping, all for minimum wage..the statement is not 100% correct. Besides, no one is crossing the border for work anymore. It’s bad for them here as well. I know a family from Guyana who are going home. They said they did not come here to starve, they could do that around their own friends and family back home.
It’s bad for everyone.

February 11, 2014 at 10:38 am
(270) Mark says:

I am 50 years old and I was laid off in May 2013. While I am actively searching for a new job, I relied on unemployment benefits to help me get through this very difficult time. And now that my benefits have run out I am frustrated beyond belief. You can’t get through to anyone on the phone. I wish the government would do the right thing and help those who are out of benefits. PLEASE help soon.

February 11, 2014 at 10:44 am
(271) John says:

What really floors me about the Republicans with the EUC issue is this: Its only a 3-month, paid for, TEMPORARY EMERGENCY BILL! Its just a short-term stop gap for the people who were cut off right after the holidays, and would help get passed the post-holiday bills and costs of living. It was offset and wouldn’t add to the deficit as well, and would give them time to negotiate a long-term deal, or if one couldn’t be reached, at least we would have had that post-holiday lifeline. The fact that the Republicans are pulling stunts like wanting unlimited amendments and unlimited debates is just a way to fail it without saying it, but its clear now.

The Republicans are truly cold-hearted, soul-less, despicable politicians. The fact that they wouldn’t even vote for a paid for, short-term bill just to buy time is sickening. Reid offered amendments that they would have supported, but they wanted “unlimited amendments, unlimited debate” which is unrealistic.

If Reid put forward the EUC bill drafted by the Senate Republicans, I wonder if that would pass the Senate?

February 11, 2014 at 10:49 am
(272) Patricia Butler says:

(7570) Todd Eagleton, what you said is exactly the way it is. Yesterday, I got an email from John McCain, after I wrote to him about his “nay” vote on extending unemployment. This was part of what he said: “In addition to the EUC extension, however, Congress needs to focus on policies that can build our economy and encourage job growth. Providing assistance to the long term unemployed does little good if our economy cannot provide permanent jobs to the unemployed.”

My first thought was “what about how unemployed people will survive while Congress is trying to “build our economy and encourage job growth”?

I want to reply to Senator McCain and, if you wouldn’t mind, I would like to use your words. You’ve explained, perfectly, what is happening to us while Congress debates the extension.

Thank you.

February 11, 2014 at 11:15 am
(273) nikki says:

Regardless if they pass EUC or not the damage is already done for all of us people that are unemployed and looking for work. this is a severe blow to us. and we all are in need and desperate I admit last Thursday I thought it was going to pass but no my heart goes out to everyone in this struggle best wishes to all

February 11, 2014 at 11:20 am
(274) cindy says:

what isnt fair is my neighbors–not married have kids the mother gets link card, free medical, sum money and they live in section 8. The kicker is her boyfriend father of her kids works makes $12 hr (she brags to everyone how they have a good life) and while he lives with her shes raking in all the benefits….so yes they have a pool, new truck, and nice clothes and he isnt even legal. he works for a farmer who pays cash- talk about scamming the systems. Yet there are hard working people such as myself who have morals and would prefer to work il work at a farm im a born & raised farm girl.–farmers around here want big strong men with no social sercurity numbers obviously-so as we all watched the new truck leave-i think how am i going to pay my rent, light bill, and etc…..this is america——if i had the cash i would move to a better country. this is embarrassing to be part of this screwed up nation.

February 11, 2014 at 11:28 am
(275) kpv says:

Harry Reid didnt even mention it today in his opening remarks. Said they are working on the Cola and then the Debt Ceiling and then on there break until the end of the Month. I heard on Bloomberg Radio this morning that they may try a new plan in March but unless they think they can get the 1 vote the goal now is to hammer the Republicans at the Polls with there no votes in November . Unfortunately for us that doesn’t help us . Basically its about to be old news as they move on to other things. Best of luck to everyone on here . I wish you all well and hope everyone on here gets a job soon.

February 11, 2014 at 11:46 am
(276) Paul Revere’s Ride says:

(7572) Karen1 says:
Responding to Karen1

America high tech positions are being overrun with foreigners from Europe and Asia. I recently worked in high tech company where I was the only U.S. born citizen, everyone else had a Visa. For poor dishwashers and landscaping type people I have no problem, they are hardworking people mainly from Mexico and South America, I would give then all citizenships. But I need a job now, this is my country I just want foreigners from Europe and Asia that are taking over are high tech positions stopped. Just trying to survive, and yes I did work as a Nuclear Engineer at one time.

February 11, 2014 at 11:52 am
(277) Mary B says:

Did you see this article? The link was posted on about.com. It gives stats on the true rate of unemployment, though one never knows whether or not it is accurate. Since it accounts for those who have given up looking, at least it paints a truer picture than saying the rate is 6.6%.


February 11, 2014 at 11:55 am
(278) BayLee420 says:

Instead of our representatives working for the “General Welfare of it’s People”. They work for the General Welfare of the Corporations. When it comes time to vote more able body Americans stay at home than go to the polls. It’s the apathy of the American voters that “nothing my vote can accomplish” is giving the way for all this crap happening. I really hope American get out and vote this November. However, our representatives know that they can count on the big $$$$$ more than they can count on Americans voting. When all American exercise their rights to a true representative government then something may happen.

I’m sorry to have to say this, but they will not extend any helping hand to the Long Term Unemployed. If they really cared they would of done it already. This next round of bills that are going for a vote will not have anything to do with our plight. Every one of us has been tossed to the poverty heap. Without a tear from our Congress or Senate. God I hope I’m wrong.

February 11, 2014 at 11:57 am
(279) PJ says:

This one more vote crap is a joke. Red is clueless this bill he’s trying to pass has 0 chance of passing the house. It has NO JOB CREATION MEASURES, THE OFFSET AS SCORED BY THE CBO ACTUALLY ADDS TO THE DEFICT YEARS DOWN THE LINE, AND LAST IT’S NOT BIPARTISAN IF ONLY 5 REPUBLICANS VOTE ON IT.

This ONE MORE VOTE thing is stupid if they got the vote they need they still need 218 votes in the house and almost every republican hates it so good luck getting about 19 to 20 republicans to vote on it in the house if all the democrats get behind it. The ONE MORE VOTE would have not started benefits back up again because it still needs to pass the house where republicans REALLY HATE EUC and want it ended.

For those that say it passed five times when BUSH was president, well times have changed in DC. There will still a lot of moderate republicans around. The TEA PARTY was started because BUSH’S over spending and BUSH never have to deal with these TEABAGGERS. OBAMA who I voted for because he said lowering our nation’s debt was important has raised it by over 6 trillion dollars since he took office. BUSH overspent and republicans in congress went right along it’s like they were drunk for eight years of BUSH’s presidency and as soon as OBAMA came in they sobered up and all became fiscal conservatives again.

With out better OFFSETS and JOB creation this thing is dead. If this three month passed they were never going to extend this the whole year. There is NO MONEY left to OFFSET it. They can’t find a good three month OFFSET both sides like. Good luck finding one that lasts a year.

February 11, 2014 at 12:06 pm
(280) Kay says:
February 11, 2014 at 12:15 pm
(281) Mary B says:

A little humor from the archives on political canvassing and unemployment……….


Maybe it will brighten your day a bit.

I am still searching for an article from a couple of decades ago that was called “The difference between the parties.” I thought it was in Parade and by Art Buchwald, but I’m not finding it. Anyone else remember it? It was really well done.

February 11, 2014 at 12:23 pm
(282) PJ says:

This article right here back bin OCTOBER shows you the republican hard stance toward EUC in the House and why the House was never going to pass it.

Federal Unemployment Benefits, Supersized
The Current “Temporary” Federal Benefits Program Has Already Served up 881 Million Weeks of Checks (and Counting)


February 11, 2014 at 12:43 pm
(283) Gary says:

Better vote senate out of office people

February 11, 2014 at 1:08 pm
(284) John says:

People need to stop saying it passed five times under Bush.

It’s wildly inaccurate.

February 11, 2014 at 1:11 pm
(285) HG says:

let’s just say that the 3 month extension is approved 3 months late.. There would be less than zero chance another EUC would follow.. this 3 months is only buying us time… like a band aid on a cancer..

the damage is done and irreversible unless we get DECENT paying perm work and that will never happen in this administration..

hey i have already pawned some items and will continue..

I have been waiting 9 weeks for my medicaid app to be approved and I see another month and then a rejection..

February 11, 2014 at 1:16 pm
(286) LT says:
February 11, 2014 at 1:21 pm
(287) Carly says:

For many people on this site and beyond, waiting to vote out the members who have blatantly ignored the plight of the unemployed is their only way of fighting back.
You go, Gary!!!

February 11, 2014 at 1:21 pm
(288) We The People! says:

Renew Unemployment Insurance Immediately!

On December 28th, 2013, more than one million Americans lost the
unemployment insurance. Many of them will have no way to afford a living. We need that unemployment insurance be renewed immediately for our people.

Go to the link to sign this White House Petition:


February 11, 2014 at 1:21 pm
(289) BayLee420 says:

I’ve been wondering now; How will it be Homeless? How will it be searching for some place to keep warm? How will the food at the food kitchen taste? I’ll have to keep my hair long to ward off the cold. I will not shave so I’ll have a beard to keep my face warm. I’ll have to “bathe at Duncan Donuts. What will happen to my beagle dog? Will he get a good home after I leave him off at the Animal Shelter. After 45 years of hard work. I never thought I’d be in a place like this. I could just die. I’ll be one of “Them”.

My God show mercy, oh please God help me…………….

February 11, 2014 at 1:24 pm
(290) PJ says:
February 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm
(291) chary says:

Very interesting, one of the companies listed that will not discriminate is the reason I am unemployed after 26 years being employed there. Will they hire me back. NO!!! They down sized. This whole situation is sickening. We can fight and fight and the so called USA government will do what the he** they want. They have all the $$$ plus more that they need, warm and cozy homes, fancy cars, vacations, gourmet food, etc. NOT ME! I feel strongly that they need to be stripped of their necessities and lets see what they do. How would they like sleeping in a tent and cooking over a fire for months on end. It is just plan disgusting what is happening.

February 11, 2014 at 1:35 pm
(292) Debbie says:

Carly on here wrote this:
“So, I wrote to Boehner too and got the same form letter his staff uses to reply to all of us. it speaks about how we must add jobs (but offers no actual action items for making this a reality.) AND THEN ASKS ME FOR MONEY!!!! It made me feel sick to read such drivel. Asking an unemployed individual for dollars. Jerk.
Whatever. I’m done trying to make a dent by writing and calling politicians. They are all a bunch of selfish jerks. What an eye opener this has been.
I am done with hoping and waiting for something positive with EUC to happen, and that is the saddest part of all.
Best to all of you. I wish you all the very, very best.
I am going to look into going back to school and learning a new skill maybe working on behalf of the elderly, since that’s one business that is growing rapidly.

@CARLY, Will you please paste your letter from John Boehner on his Facebook page and other Repub’s page/ Democrats too? Maybe take your letter and response to New York Times or some other popular zine. I believe the NY Times might actually publish it, PLEASE DO IT FOR US ALL. And thank you for sharing that with us, Debbie

@ Todd Eagleton,
Everything I read from you…almost anyway…WELL SAID. Thank you, Debbie

February 11, 2014 at 1:37 pm
(293) Frank Stanton says:

(7577) cindy,

You need to turn that couple in for fraud. They definitely deserve to be cut off.

February 11, 2014 at 1:53 pm
(294) ConcernedTim says:

Need your prayers. Thank God! I have an in-person interview tomorrow. Better step than the phone interviews. This position may be lower than my usual pay-grade, and I noticed that I have more education than my potential boss and her boss. However, I will show up with humility. I will be the best worker they ever had. I will be extremely loyal, until I find a better opportunity. And I will do the same for the new opportunity. This company laid me off in 2001. Working for a “lesser paying” full time job with benefits, certainly beats spending HOURS EVERY DAY APPLYING, PRACTICING INTERVIEWS AND RESEARCHING COMPANIES! I’ve been unemployed for over 10 months.

February 11, 2014 at 2:01 pm
(295) joe kubicki says:

I like to ask the republicans a question? Are you against 2 million families or are you playing politics at the expense of innocent americans that need a little help.

February 11, 2014 at 2:23 pm
(296) Paul Revere's Ride says:

(7595) Frank Stanton and (7577) cindy

That’s another reason why we did not get EUC.
It’s all a game to some people and we (the good) pay the price.

February 11, 2014 at 2:25 pm
(297) Mary B says:

Barclays is laying off 12,000 but paying big bonuses to executives. There is part of the problem! They have money but they don’t invest it in the business. They hand it off to those who are already wealthy. If the business isn’t doing well enough to keep their employees busy, then why is there enough money to give to their executives??


February 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm
(298) Evelyn says:

@ BayLee420, I understand very well. This is terrible. Unforgivable. Do you have a food pantry for dog food you can go to? Can you join a senior citizens place for food? (Only cause you mentioned 45 years.) Any church nearby that can help you? Any relative at all you can call on? You never know who may saythey can help you. I don’t get what Congress doesn’t understand about this. I think when you’re so overly paid for an ego trip kind of job you just stop considering the worries of people in our situation, the need for assistance to us is just not in their world. I had to ask a friend to borrow money because I’m too scared to be homeless, also the temperatures are below freezing. And my poor dog thank God is still here with meThis has been the first time in my life I ever went on unemployment or anything like that. 55 and had just finsihed the 26 weeks and was about to start tuer 1 if needed,which it desperately is. Had no idea extended benefits included me. Wishing the very best to all of you! Democrat all the way here! as always! Please restore the extension! We are losing hope! Getting the benefit was and IS about HOPE! Where is your soul Congress?!

February 11, 2014 at 2:59 pm
(299) Rango says:

(7589) BayLee420-

I know what your feelin’ We got a 12 month unemployment forbearance reduction on the house. However, we are at the end of the program and no jobs are in site. I’m 59 and was in global manufacturing management.

It’s an unfortunate situation… Life was good not so long ago. We purchased the house (So. Cal) at $1.2M five years ago. Had two new cars, went on exotic vacations every few months. We were California upper middle class. Then our world turned. With in the year it dropped in value to $600k. We put down $600k so all of our equity was gone, down the hole. The company I worked for tossed out the older employees for better $$ margin. Since then we’ve been living off our 401 and savings, but that too is all but gone.

If we walk away from everything we’ll still owe a lot to the banks. We can sell our personal belongings on Craigs list but we’d be lucky to get 5 cents on the dollar. Paintings, fine china and Waterford crystal we paid several hundred per piece for we are offered $20 and less.

Like the sands thru the hourglass just keeps on spiraling that last grain, signaling the end of life the way it was, is just hard to phantom, it’s really happening to us. We can’t get hired because the rush of time has left us with a patina of from times past, and all the want is for shinny and new. As they say, memento mori memento vivere.

So I’m not dead yet, and do what I do everyday without an attitude of scornful jaded negativity and cynicism and keep applying for jobs that are going to people half my age. Are we going to live, I just don’t know. But at this point in time we only exist and stave off the creditors with little creativity I have left.

February 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm
(300) l lewis says:

Why all the fighting! if you feel unemployment benefits should be extended go directly to the government site and sign the petition. The site is https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/renew-unemployment-insurance-immediately/mFKqZLgf or http://www.whitehouse.gov,

February 11, 2014 at 3:13 pm
(301) Howard says:

No debate in the Senate today (so far) regarding EUC. I’m sure there is some work going on behind the scenes, but it’s not looking good this will pass the Senate and then the House.

I was evicted from my apartment a few days ago and moved in with my mother. I’ve been looking for employment for 7 months doing everything in my power to find full or part time work.

EUC is a temporary lifeline. I sincerely hope our Congresspeople come to their senses or find a way to make this happen asap.

February 11, 2014 at 3:16 pm
(302) Lee says:

Here is the website where you can sign the petition to extend unemployment benefits (just type EUC in the petition search):


February 11, 2014 at 3:25 pm
(303) Carol S says:

This is without a doubt the cruelest thing our government could do to us. Either it is a one way or the other. I just want to know. I am really sick of this game playing. It is so unfair to just string us along.

February 11, 2014 at 3:32 pm
(304) Benita says:

My 1 year old son has been following this EUC issue with me and today he asked me what is a Republican and why don’t they want us to get the unemployment money for food. We have no food because of this. I am literally serving trash for dinner.

I honestly replied, “They are the General Opposition Party. They are all put in congress by wealthy anti government special interest groups. They send them to congress to do their dirty work which is helping themselves and hurting poor people and middle class people who may need help from the government.

They think everyone should be rich like them and if you are not, it’s your own fault and the gov’t should not be helping you. My sons asked me why do people vote for the republicans? I replied, “because they really don’t understand who they are and why they are running for office and some sick people feel the same way the republicans do.

February 11, 2014 at 3:33 pm
(305) clc says:

To SayIt 7555: I applaud Krugman who has always had a soft spot for those less fortunate (under and longer term unemployed. After reading the article, I have the opinion EUC may be dead. The media describes the economy as improving but my take is it may be improving for some, but not for those over 50+ and beyond looking for work. Eliminating EUC does nothing to improve the economy. Grocery stores and others like Target, Walmart etc will eventually feel the brunt with lower sales in an already limp economy. Since 2010, I lost lost faith in both Dem and Rep parties and I’ll not vote again.

What’s worse, Obama and our government promotes these minimum wage jobs — I wonder if Mr. Obama could survive on $10.10 an hour unless one is a teen living at home, certainly not a family. I do applaud his efforts.

February 11, 2014 at 4:06 pm
(306) JLC says:

Idunno folks I don’t see anything on the news or anything, looks pretty dead as far as I’m concerned. It’s pretty sad, but it’s going to get a point when 1.7 will turn into 2 million so on and so on, I think waiting that long will be a BIG problem at that point, plus prolly have no retro pay..They expect us to wait till march like everything is going to be ok.. Sad I pray for all.

February 11, 2014 at 4:13 pm
(307) JV says:

Republicans are making it twice as hard for the Unemployed this year.

People across the United States are having to deal with the Lowest Temperatures in Decades. Many innocent Lives are at stake when you add freezing weather and people with no Income to pay for Light Bill. No matter the circumstances Republicans vote against debate on S.1845. For Example: 02/06/2014
Rep Sen: James M. Inhofe [OK GOP} thinks that Washington is turning a temporary federal benefit into another Welfare Program.


Listen People like (7559) Term Limits Says:

There are 36 U.S. Senate seats up for election in 2014. Of those seats 15 are held by Republicans.

Republican Senator James Inhofe has a Democratic challenger in 2014 by the name of Matt Silverstein. Retire Republican James Inhofe


February 11, 2014 at 4:23 pm
(308) b says:

There was an interesting show on PBS last night. NOVA Science NOW had a program about “What Animals Think” There was this experiment on empathy. Two monkeys were in a zoo. One of the monkeys was locked behind a door that the key was in. The other monkey had full range of his cage. They gave the “Free” monkey hand fulls of food, ex fruits, veggies. The caged monkey got nothing. The “Free” monkey unlocked the door of the caged monkey so he could share his food with the other monkey. The other experiment was this. Two white rats were in a cage. One of the white rats was locked in a small cage. The other white rat did whatever he could to release that caged white rat. Even when another cage in the room had chocolate chips that these rats just love to eat. The free white rat would not eat those chips until he helped his friend out of the cage And he only ate 1/2 and left the other 1/2 for his freed friend. Monkeys and White rats have more empathy than the entire US Congress. When the show was over. I looked at my wife and she was crying.

February 11, 2014 at 4:28 pm
(309) Robert says:

What about the people that started their unemployment back in October -2013 and will end in March- 2014. Do we get any extension, I live in Nevada, we still have the second highest unemployment in the USA.

February 11, 2014 at 4:42 pm
(310) MG says:

I hate to inform you people, but I getting the feeling that the US Economy is the Titanic, and we (the stewage class) just got thrown overboard first. At least that is what it feels like to me.

February 11, 2014 at 4:55 pm
(311) JLC says:

This topic is dead untill March id say. I just called the PA unemployment office, they said they will temperary allow people to fill the weeks after December 28, but if congress doesn’t pass anything they will “delete” the weeks that was claimed. How temperary I don’t know..Somom guessing if they do pass legislation but after the PA office deleted the weeks who knows even if you get a job you may not be able to get any retro pay back.

February 11, 2014 at 4:57 pm
(312) ArleneS says:

(7611) b says: –

Your wonderful comment about the NOVA program with altruistic monkeys and rats doesn’t surprise me in the least. After reading various articles on nemployment with heartless comments from unbelievably selfish and nasty people who haven’t the slightest understanding or compassion for anyone without a job, I am convinced that if there were a catastrophe, people would trample and murder other people to save their own sorry asses. Very few would help their fellow human being. I have ALWAYS felt that animals are much better than we are.

As for the lack of news coverage on unemployment, extending benefits, etc., I definitely believe that this is part of the plan to rook the public into believing that the economy is improving, when we all know it isn’t. There is not one aspect of anything that I can see that is better than it was a year or two ago. In fact, I think things are worse. For there to bew a real change in unemployment, it would have to be at 4, maybe 5%. How can things be improving when the REAL unemployment rate is closer to 20 or even 30%?

Congress? A bunch of crooks, sexual deviants and imbeciles. None of them are fit to serve. The sad fact is, the few good ones are leaving Congress – no matter what reason they give, the truth is, they are leaving because they can see that is a losing battle trying to accomplish anything there anymore.

And while I am an older person – one who, like many of you, can’t find a job – I am ASTOUNDED at the number of OLD FARTS I see in Congress on TV. Some of them should have hung it up years ago – they look incompetent to serve, and they are proving it now.

Yes, you bet I will vote those clowns out of office in November. But so what? Even the losers walk away with a nice pension for the rest of their unnatural lives.

February 11, 2014 at 4:58 pm
(313) Rango says:

(7612) Robert

Sorry to say my upper desert Nevadian friend… it ends a few weeks from now, March is around the corner. And that’s all she wrote.

So keep plugging away on getting those resumes out… and if you can put off spending the few silver dollars you got in your pocket, hang on to them, its going to be a long-haul.

February 11, 2014 at 5:11 pm
(314) lonnie says:

if these senators and the house people were having to struggle and worry like us coalminers and other people that have been laid off…their would be no problems of getting all the votes to go through at all, it would have passed on the first time around..

February 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm
(315) kilrathi says:

US government no longer cares about its people and its clear. If Obama and democrats truly wanted this passed they would of attach it a budget or another important bill.

Writing is on the wall, no jobs, no money, no food, some people say lets vote them out, by election time many people will not have voting on their minds but a pure survival, day to day starvation.

February 11, 2014 at 5:22 pm
(316) Trey says:

You know it is pretty sad when a petition to get Justin Bieber deported gets 100,000 signatures in a matter of hours, yet a petition to restore much needed unemployment benefits to 1,700,000+ people only gets barely 5,000 signatures in a week!

Are you serious?

February 11, 2014 at 5:40 pm
(317) Adrienne says:

Does anyone know at what point we should stop filing our claims since this is obviously a dead issue. These people do not care. My only option is to take early retirement at only 62 years old with plenty to offer. But that does not even pay the rent, let alone everything else. I would think the Labor websites would probably let us know there is no longer a need to file. We will see. God bless everyone here. This has really been an eye opener in more ways than one. I have learned a lot about how this country operates, but moreso, what I need to do going forward. Bless you all and hopes some doors of employment opportunity open for us all. I will never cease to pray for you.

February 11, 2014 at 5:45 pm
(318) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

@Adrienne I think it depends on the state. People have posted on Facebook (http://facebook.com/aboutjobsearch) that some states are telling people to continue to file.

February 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm
(319) Darlene Sisk says:

I am 58 years old. I have worked all my adult life and became unemployed in July. After working for a company for 24 years, I was told I wasn’t needed anymore. Yes, I was being replaced by someone younger. I watched them do this before and it made me sick because there is nothing you can do. I got 26 weeks unemployment only. I don’t understand that some people have been on unemployment way longer, 53 weeks and saw up to 99 weeks.Can someone explain this? Seems to me that something is wrong with this picture. Yes, just like everyone else I am looking for a job,sending hundreds of resumes and nothing. I am loosing my house, savings gone. No one wants to hire an older person no matter how good they are period. bottom line no one cares in Congress. why should they? They are living it up on our expense. And it is not on the NEWS because They don’t want it to be. I understand this happens every year but I never heard about it until I had to go thru it. They need to pass it and quit the BS. contact as many people as you can, put it on facebook, twitter, call your local news stations, tell your friends, anyway that the word gets out. within minutes of me posting it I got a response. the more people that know the better for when election time comes. God bless.

February 11, 2014 at 6:11 pm
(320) @ Trey says:

Trey that is because there has been 5 now. The first one instantly got the 100,000. The 2nd one did too. After people keep on making petitions and then demanding everyone sign them, after we have already done it almost 5 times, we start to realize there is no point. THEY DO NOTHING. It is already proven. The first petition was done last year. The never said anything about it and no one gave a shit.

February 11, 2014 at 6:18 pm
(321) Uncle Robbie says:

South Carolina asks that you continue filing.

February 11, 2014 at 6:21 pm
(322) ArleneS says:

(7620) Adrienne says: -

Adrieme. I’m in the same boat as you. I turn 62 next month and just filed for early SS, not what I wanted to do, as it is a low amount and like you, I have a lot still to give to a good job, but after seeing some of the job ads today, I’m so disgusted that I don’t think I even want to work anymore. What the hell happened to decent work?

There was an ad in Craigslist in my city (Phila) for some idiot office job that paid $8 an hour – I wish you could see that stupid ad – a page that must have been written by some obsessive-compulsive, anal-retentive nutjob that I wouldn’t WANT to work for, detailing a load of absolutely insane tasks they want YOU to do, and not one mention of what kind of company this is! (Second time I’ve seen this ad in several months, so the last person obviously didn’t stay, probably ran screaming out of there – and I find this a LOT.)

Another ad for part time office work in a frame store wants you to do admin work and learn how to frame – and not only did you have to send in your resume in a very odd way (someone there doesn’t know how to open attachments or is too lazy to do so), but you had to answer 2 crazy questions! This is also something I am seeing lately – absolutely moronic idiot games they are playing with us. Who the hell wants to apply for a job like that? Whar kind of nonsense is this?

I know I will never find the 60K a year executive assistant job that I used to have, but you know what? I am not going to sink to the level of taking the kind of crap job that is all that is out there anymore. It is not only that there aren’t enough jobs anymore for us – it is the worse fact that the only jobs there seem to be HORRIBLE, low level jobs that pay non-livable wages and where people who are smarter than the owner of the company have to dread going in every day to work for an idiot and struggle to live on that. It’s not worth the gas in my car to go to a job like that.

NO. I refuse to do that.

February 11, 2014 at 6:31 pm
(323) Debbie says:

1.7 Million People out of jobs with no where to turn. This is not about Obama care the way alot of the comments on this page are stating. This is about the Republicans not caring for the unemployed. The Republicans are the ones responsible for the unemployed not receiving a check that for some is what is putting food on the table. 1.7 million unemployed need to get out to the voting polls in November and put all these sorry Republican politicians that are voting no to the unemployed receiving a check out of office. The Republican politicians should be ashamed of themselves. The government has money to give to other countries but there is no money to take care of their own. Americans pay taxes charity starts at home.

February 11, 2014 at 6:34 pm
(324) Adrienne says:

@Alison, Thank you Alison. I pray God’s blessings for you always. You have been a real trooper for us all here.

February 11, 2014 at 7:20 pm
(325) Adrienne says:

@ArleneS, This is so true. These jobs that are being posted are paying zilch, but want you to have a degree for $8.00 an hour, with a heap of administrative assignments. The part time jobs are no more promising. I do not know what I am going to do as yet, but something has to give. I have rent, food, bills, transportation, etc.as everyone here. I pray for us all. That is the only hope and joy I have. God bless you Arlene.

February 11, 2014 at 7:23 pm
(326) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

I’ve started a post on Facebook where people are sharing information on continuing to file (or not) in their states:

February 11, 2014 at 7:43 pm
(327) Jen says:

Why are people sounding so defeated on this blog?! Watch this CSPAN video and here and listen to all the callers NOT giving up! Do your part and call Harry Reid’s office every day for updates? Call CNN, CSPAN, MSNBC. Call your senators. Takes a couple hours a day from everyone. Be persistent!

February 11, 2014 at 7:54 pm
(328) Confused says:

Is there any vote for EUI scheduled? They said they would continue to bring it up but it has been almost two months and only one vote?

February 11, 2014 at 8:07 pm
(329) John says:

The Republicans aren’t anti-government… They are for government that exclusively works for/with with big business/big corporations aka Fascism/Corporatism. When the government hand guides/works for big money in ways that will benefit those businesses (subsidies, tax breaks, etc.), which also lines the politicians/lobbyists pockets.

February 11, 2014 at 8:21 pm
(330) Ann says:

I am ignorant…Can someone fill me in on how the Debt Ceiling vote today will affect the EUC vote?

Thanks much!

February 11, 2014 at 8:26 pm
(331) doom32 says:

I’m astounded no news covered the Thurs vote to restore unemplolyment…..I found this on abc news I’m writing them to contact them about what is going on, maybe we all can and see if a story comes out


February 11, 2014 at 8:53 pm
(332) JV says:

Many States will be facing some hard cold weather this week. Democrats continue to act like Unemployment is on the main agenda in the near future. The Republicans continue to show no mercy toward people in desperate need of a LifeLine.

Here is Proof: 02/11/2014


Last month Senate Democrats offered Republicans a concession in order to help the long-term unemployed. Republicans signaled skepticism because most of the budget savings come from what they consider a gimmick. Republicans rejected the offer on those grounds.

Today Republicans embraced that exact same “gimmick” voting to use it to offset the cost of scrapping cuts to military pensions. This proves Republicans have no principles when it comes to offsets.

February 11, 2014 at 9:19 pm
(333) clc says:

To Darlene 7622: Regarding your question: “I don’t understand that some people have been on unemployment way longer, 53 weeks and saw up to 99 weeks. Can someone explain this.”

As an example, I was laid off in 2008. I live in California and during the height of the downturn of 2008-2010 Calif. had 12% plus unemployment rate and the national UE rate was around 8 or 9%. During this unemployment peak, FED ED and EUC was in place equating to 99 weeks. Now that the unemployment rate has dropped in many states, weeks have been eliminated to 53 in some states.

February 11, 2014 at 9:21 pm
(334) kevin says:

Can someone tell me if the debt ceiling vote today has any effect on the EUC

February 11, 2014 at 9:59 pm
(335) Diane Madison says:

There is blatant age discrimination going on in this country. Most of the people who can not get a job are over 50. Comments about “people living too long” are rampant. It is important that the Republicans are voted OUT of office and soon for the next target will be Social Security!!!! The news media is ignoring the unemployed. We need to call attention to our plight so that people will notice. A march on your state capital is a beginning. Most of us unemployed can’t afford to go to Washington. But get involved in politics, work against the Republicans–such bastards!!!! If they are not ousted and soon this country will be ruined and only the wealthy will be able to survive. Everyone should make up a cardboard sign and stand on a street corner, not to beg for money but to call attention to the plight of the unemployed. Another thing–Republicans are cutting food stamps and any help to those who are struggling. Soon there will be no place to turn. If we don’t stop them now there will be no HOPE…….

February 11, 2014 at 10:10 pm
(336) Nick D. says:

First I would like to thank the person who posted the link to the CSPAN session with guest speaker Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner.

Someone called into the show stating the following. She said that the Republicans want the UI legislation paid for. Well what about the 16 day government shutdown that cost us $24B (billion)? How was that paid? Well, it wasn’t. Not to mention when the federal workers went back to work they were paid back pay for the days missed which, of course, is understandable. That $24B would have paid for a year more of federal unemployment insurance.

Please, whomever is contacting your Republican representative, please bring this up. I’d love to hear their answer for that.

February 11, 2014 at 10:58 pm
(337) twitchthegoblyn says:

A bit of hope and a bit of realism…

I’m 27. I lost my job last June due to a disability in a small company that couldn’t “reasonably” make accommodations. I posted earlier about how I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to afford the medication that keeps me alive. Thankfully I was just hired for a full time position (that I applied to in early December!)- that pays better than my last job, has better benefits, and is well within my field. One day I was worried on how to be alive and the next week life was better than ever.

My father lost his job Jan of 2013 (automotive industry). He recently found a (union!) job at a fraction of the pay, part time. He is just a few to years to do retirement, not that he wants to. Over the next year or two the union says he will get to full time and better pay.

Things suck with trying to be hired…but until you hear rejection or physically see the person in the position, the jobs you have applied to still have hope. My job said they ran the ad for 4 months before they hired me, and my dad’s job for 2 months. Even when you see the ad running again and again- they know they can be picky in these times. But that doesn’t mean the next time they run it they put you out of the running.

Best of luck and all my extra good karma to all of you looking for a job (because I know you would all rather be working regardless of what anyone else says)

February 11, 2014 at 11:14 pm
(338) MG says:

America is for the rich, by the rich, of the rich. You are kidding yourself if you believe otherwise. The “American Dream” is just that a “DREAM.”

February 11, 2014 at 11:14 pm
(339) kelly says:

saw earlier on the news that the state dinner being held tonight at the White House will cost just over half a million dollars to feed 300 people. Must be nice.

February 11, 2014 at 11:29 pm
(340) Ann says:

@7637 Boehner passed the debt ceiling through the house “clean” without any Conditions (BTW, the Tea Party is pissed and want him voted out).

NOW the debt ceiling is going to the Senate “clean”, and now the Senate can (if they choose) dictate the terms of a debt limit increase and could send either a clean debt limit or something “worse.”

Politico said Republicans are concerned the Senate would include in the debt limit some provision that Republicans oppose, such as extended unemployment benefits, which began expiring in December.

This is a good thing, because Republicans don’t want their hands dirty on the debt ceiling.

Let’s hope Reid attaches the EUC to the debt ceiling before they vote for it, and let’s pray it FINALLY passes.

February 11, 2014 at 11:37 pm
(341) Dan says:

The democrats DO NOT!!!! want the extension to happen you can find 6.5 billion dollars in a trillion dollar spending bill by accident!!!!!!!! they just keep bring this up for a vote without real fors every month just to blame the GOP so it will be fresh on the minds of voters come the midterm election. There both to blame. Now both of the democrats aces in the hole (the military pension fund, and attaching amendments to debt ceiling) are not being considered anymore. It’s funny how nothing got done by congress last year bt this year in the first month it looks like there best friends. The only way they vote for this is if we all go to Washington in protest. But, it’s pretty hard w/o any cash hahaha?

February 11, 2014 at 11:39 pm
(342) Paul Revere's Ride says:

(7638) Diane Madison

Yes, a march on our state capitals is needed. If we don’t do sometime soon the government will give everything to the rich.

WE NEED TO MARCH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 11, 2014 at 11:41 pm
(343) Patricia Butler says:

(7637) Kevin, no the debt ceiling vote has nothing to do with the emergency unemployment extension….unfortunately.

February 11, 2014 at 11:42 pm
(344) ann says:

Just read on CNN that Ted Cruz will filibuster the debt ceiling.

CNN article:

“However, GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a leader of the conservative tea party wing in Congress, said Tuesday he would filibuster the measure to force a 60-vote threshold.

Senate leaders had wanted to vote on the debt ceiling plan no later than Wednesday, before the arrival of the storm. It was unclear if Cruz’s threatened filibuster would prevent an immediate vote from taking place”.

When is he up for relection? He has got to go!


February 12, 2014 at 12:01 am
(345) Paul Revere's Ride says:

How about marching on our state capitals the last Friday of each month.
No permits, just show up at 10AM rain or shine, clean and simple.

February 12, 2014 at 12:17 am
(346) In Debt says:

This is my 1st statement on this website but I have been reading the comments since late Dec. 2013. There must be an age discrimination factor. I am 55 yrs old & I was fired from my job in July 2013. I noticed that my company were getting rid of a lot of the ppl who had been there for a good while & hiring in a lot of young ppl. I was there for 81/2 yrs. I think part of it was because the co. got rid of their pension program but they still had to honor the ppl that were still on it-so I guess they started getting rid of the workers who had been there & still on the pension & when the new employees took their place,they would not have to pay them a pension bc they got rid of it.-I like a lot of u have run out of money & time. All my bills r past due & I live by myself with no help. My mother passed away last yr & she was poor also but she was a great mom-she would have let me stay w/her & done all that she could have done. I have had 2 interviews for a job I think I may get but this is where that 3 month extension could have been a life saver. But now that they didn’t pass it-I may loose the job before I even get it-I wished I could have spoken at the Pres. union bc this is a perfect example of how important that 3 mo. ext. is to ppl. It’s not just to ride the Gov’t for another 3 mo’s but essential in getting & keeping a new job. I’ve always worried about being homeless & I found out just before my mom passed away that she told me that she would pray every night for the homeless. I pray that that all of you who are worried & stressed out that You(we) will survive this American tragedy & just keep in mind that God will never give you more than you can handle. Stay strong.

February 12, 2014 at 12:22 am
(347) Lee says:

They really don’t care..do they? They think we will forget about this before November..personally, I’m looking forward to it! Take care everyone..

February 12, 2014 at 12:50 am
(348) Term Limits says:


Congress has 535 voting members. There are 435 House Representatives, and 100 Senators.

The criteria for being a House Representative is:
1) Must be a minimum of 25 years of age
2) Must be a citizen for 7 years
3) Must be a resident of the state represented at the time of election

The U.S. House of Representatives shall be composed of Members CHOSEN EVERY SECOND YEAR BY THE PEOPLE of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.
—The Constitution, Article 1, Section 2

The criteria for being a Senator is:
1) Must be a minimum of 30 years of age
2) Must be a citizen for 9 years
3) Must be a resident of the state represented at the time of election

The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each state, ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE THEREOF, FOR SIX YEARS; and each Senator shall have one vote.
— The Constitution, Article 1, Section 3 (as amended)


February 12, 2014 at 1:09 am
(349) Danene says:

Hang in there everyone! I had to think outside the box in terms of finding a job. I will begin working at a Non Profit Organization as an Independent Consultant. I will make a good income. I was able to get Health Insurance through Obamacare and will put money in a Retirement Savings Account. I have over 18 years of experience with two pensions waiting for me in the future plus SS. Unemployed twice, however I am vested in retirement from both positions. The Lord has allowed me to open my eyes to possibilities. Do not give up! Keep a open mind! Praying for each and every one of you during this difficult time.

February 12, 2014 at 1:22 am
(350) Carly says:

This is one of the letters I received back from John Boehner (AKA his office staff). As you can see, it is self promoting, but offers no answer to my question about EUC. I received other letters back from the Democratic and Republican parties where I was asked for donations to their party and received no information in specific to my questions. He asks me to join him on his Facebook Page, (Like him), Youtube, etc.

January 31, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to contact me. Your ideas, comments, and questions help make possible my goal of leading a House of Representatives that listens and reflects the will of the American people. That’s why I hope you’ll keep in touch, whether it’s by signing up for my weekly email updates, or connecting with me on any of the following social networks:
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You can also stay informed by subscribing to my YouTube channel and Flipboard magazine.
Right now, my focus is what it’s always been: getting our economy moving again to make sure our kids and grandkids have their chance to realize the American Dream. Your input will be critical as we go about fulfilling this mission.
Thank you again, and I wish you and your family all the best.


John. A Boehner

February 12, 2014 at 1:45 am
(351) Carly says:

I rest my case.

John Boehner taped singing “Zippidy Doo-Dah” following a meeting today.


February 12, 2014 at 1:46 am
(352) clc says:

To Diane 7638: As an admin assistant, I was laid off in 2008 at 61. I’ve managed to work temp on and off since, surviving on unemployment and now finally social security. You mentioned my greatest fear — that of social security being the next target. You are 100% correct ! You are also correct that it is next to impossible finding sustainable work after 50, much less at 66.

February 12, 2014 at 1:58 am
(353) PJC says:

(7636) clc says: some states have been cut to 53 are you kidding me??? I live in NY and got my 26 weeks and my regular unemployment ran out in mid December. I was able to get 2 WHOLE weeks of extensions… is that fair to me? Why couldn’t tiers have been establish cutting off the very long term first while people like me never had a chance to even take advantage of EUC… IT’S NOT FAIR. I’ve worked all my life and went to apply for assistance for the first time last week there were 300 people waiting in line for Medicaid and food stamps… most of which looked like it was a usual affair for them while some were there with a dazed look in their eye like myself some were just there as a casual routine. While using their iphone 5′s and wearing stylish name brand clothes. I have to go to a food pantry this week because I waited all day and they never got to my number so I never got taken care of. My wife works and it’s less than 30,000 a year and we have 3 children a house mortgage and car payment and ever since I lost my job last year we are in jeopardy of losing everything. The funny thing is we were told SHE MAKES TOO MUCH to get most of the benefits we need to SURVIVE these days! So you tell me how is any of this fair to me. I traveled 80 miles to go to a job interview (including both ways of course) to make HALF of what I used to make before I lost my job last year when the company I was working for just closed it’s doors without warning and left us with nothing… no severance… nothing! The funny thing is the department I was working in was doing fine and we had work lined up so I really didn’t see it coming. I’m in my mid 40′s and I have to start from scratch again while my entire 401k was used up this last year. MEANWHILE tax time is here and I have to pay a nice big chunk of taxes because of that!!! I’ve been avidly searching work and have ruined my state of mind, lost 20 lbs and worry for my family’s future. IF I EVER GOT 53 weeks I’d be grateful

February 12, 2014 at 3:11 am
(354) Kevin says:

How much interest does 1.6 Billion make in a month? Who keeps that? I know who!
I worked for Skywest Airlines in Aspen. There they always threatened my job security saying well good luck finding another job. When I started they paid housing and holiday pay. I had to learn the United computer system and go to training for week with many test just to have to learn the new system that was made in the 60s and do more test etc. Then they cut my housing of $500 a month. We lived in poor mans housing so that was almost our rent. My wife from Japan couldnt get a job not speaking English but people who spoke Spanish and no English had jobs. Then they cut our holiday pay as well! I worked the hardest and knew more than the 10 year workers but they fired me over nothing. I got unemployment money for my troubles from an industry that fires people to replace them with lower wage workers and then go out and buy a bunch of new planes after saying they have no money.
Because my wife is Japanese we sold all our stuff and moved to Hawaii. We could not of done it without my unemployment money. She works for $12/hr I made more when I was 17! Now without my unemployment money we have less than $100. We might have to sell our tv and surfboard and whatever stuff we have and just go back to Japan where we both can have great jobs. Its so sad I have a better chance to go visit my old Grandma living in Japan then my own home. I had only one seasonal job here in Hawaii in 8 months. I have had more calls for jobs from Japan then Hawaii and Colorado! WTF?

February 12, 2014 at 3:48 am
(355) Daniel Moore says:

can you believe these arogant heartless bastards….they took a 2 week vacation….came back for 3 days…then went on a golf retreat in Maryland…came back..now they are going back on recess for 2 more weeks….they dont stay in DC long enuf to get anything done…people in this country are losing their homes,hungry,sick,cant buy food or meds and these SOBS go on retreat again…but you know what …we shouldnt be angry with them …we should be angry at us…we put them in office…and keep reelecting alot of them….we need to get together and march on DC,,,LIKE MILLION MAN MARCH,,,of something like that ,,,we need to kick them out of office…O BTW….I wonder if we are paying for these vacations ang golf trips…ya think so….like our great leader taking a 4 million dollar vacation….all of them really lead by example…..no //its do what we say not what we do…and we put up with this…..its really sick

February 12, 2014 at 4:18 am
(356) nancy says:

Sense of humor is still a must :D

10 awkward moments when you’re unemployed.


February 12, 2014 at 8:25 am
(357) kittykatt says:

I HATE CONGRESS they worry about the wrong stuff

February 12, 2014 at 8:45 am
(358) John says:

The government shutdown did not cost $24 billion. That was a ridiculous report at the time that Forbes later ripped apart.

February 12, 2014 at 9:16 am
(359) LT says:
February 12, 2014 at 9:17 am
(360) Mary B says:

Nancy (7655): Very cute video! No one commented on my posting in #7584 so I hope you’ll look at it. It’s a humor column on politicians going door to door, trying to win votes, including the issue of jobs. I hope people don’t mind my posting a little humor, too.

Come November, know whom to vote for – or not!!! Grrrr……..

February 12, 2014 at 9:31 am
(361) Mary B says:

JV (7610): That was an interesting article on Inhofe. He suggests that unemployment benefits are welfare, giving the illusion that benefits continue to be paid forever. You almost have to wonder if he doesn’t know that the extension doesn’t give people more weeks of benefits. Everyone’s benefits would stop after 73 (or fewer) weeks, depending on the state unemployment rate, no matter how many times the benefits are extended.

It’s an economic boost to allow people to keep looking for work, not a way of life. Ugh, they make me crazy. :-(

February 12, 2014 at 9:48 am
(362) LT says:
February 12, 2014 at 10:11 am
(363) Mara says:

Everyone please take a minute out of your day and contact Harry Reid and demand they set a date for a new vote:



February 12, 2014 at 10:15 am
(364) BayLee420 says:

When the November elections roll around the long term unemployed will be 4,000,000 plus. To put that number in prospective that’s:

Half the population of NYC (8.3 million))
Chicago and Houston combined (4.1 million)
Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio and San Diego combined (4.2 million)
Dallas, San Jose, Austin and Jacksonville combined (3.7 million)
Almost the entire city of L.A. (3.8 million)

2012 census estimates.

Post these number to our representatives. Let them do the math.

Long Term Unemployed at the moment is @ 1.7. That’s the entire city of Philadelphia.

You got to wonder what’s going on in their heads.

February 12, 2014 at 10:21 am
(365) Robert Patten says:

Interesting, Rep Boehner convinced 28 of the Republicans in the House to side with the Democrats to get the Debt bill passed. One of his reasons is the repercussion in the elections that are coming up if the bill had failed. And yes, he did compromise with the Democrats. So my question is, if he compromised in that case to prevent problems during the elections, then why don’t the Republicans in the HOUSE draft an Unemployment bill of their own, and see if it passes. It too could cause problems for Republicans during election, so it’s not impossible that it can pass. Then that bill gets sent to the senate and see what happens, instead of waiting for Senate to create a bill. Possibly if the House creates a Bill and it passes, then once Bill is sent to the Senate, there is a chance it too would pass.

February 12, 2014 at 10:48 am
(366) Gary says:

To Robert Patten Above:

I am registered as a Republican, but come November Election time I am voting all for Democrat because at least they will help me in MY time of need. The Republicans have turned their backs on ME and I will turn MY back on them this November…I will not forget who voted against EUC Extension!

February 12, 2014 at 11:04 am
(367) karlos says:

Does anyone know where I can watch whatever it is that they have scheduled for today? Is it about S.1845?

February 12, 2014 at 11:11 am
(368) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

The Senate is live on C-SPAN2:

February 12, 2014 at 11:27 am
(369) mike says:

Face it folks, EUC is dead. No one is even talking about it aside from us.

Time to move on and focus your energy elsewhere. This is not happening!

Sucks I know, but Thank Obama for NO jobs now, not the Republicans.

February 12, 2014 at 11:28 am
(370) BayLee420 says:

By the time the elections come around in November. 4,000,000 by US states.

Half of the entire state of Ohio will be unemployed (11.0 million)
Half of the entire state of Georgia will be unemployed (9.6 million)
Half of the entire state of Michigan will be unemployed (9.8 million)
Half of the entire state of North Carolina will be unemployed (9.7 million)
Half of the entire state of New Jersey will be unemployed (8.8 million)
The entire states of Maryland, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado, Alabama, South Carolina, Louisiana, Kentucky, Oregon and Oklahoma will be unemployed (all @ 4-5 million).

At the moment @ 1.7 million unemployed the entire states of Rhode Island, Nebraska, West Virginia, Idaho, Hawaii, Maine and New Hampshire are unemployed. That’s not counting Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming.

I’ve sent this list to all the House and Senate Republicans. I just hope they don’t set the IRS or NSA on me.

February 12, 2014 at 11:48 am
(371) Ann says:

The Senate is voting on the Debt Ceiling Today.

I don’t think the EUC will be attached (so sick of false hope). If it was attached, I think we would have heard by now. Besides, Harry R. and Cory Booker have both stated that the Senate would vote after the recess.

Oh well…

February 12, 2014 at 11:57 am
(372) teresa c says:


Cannot believe only about 4000 people sign this petition. What number should I call to push the gov work on this issue? Any idea????

February 12, 2014 at 11:59 am
(373) teresa c says:

Is there anyone I can call to push this issue?

February 12, 2014 at 12:03 pm
(374) Jody says:

In Michigan when you file for unemployment following a layoff you must enter your most recent employer. That employer (or one farther back if not employed by that employer long enough) is charged by the state to pay for first major portion of said worker’s unemployment. Why does the federal government not completely overhaul their system and make it completely seperate from the states UI programs and charge employers for an unemployed workers federal UI? it would be pretty simple really. When your state UI runs out then you would go to the federal website and enter your layoff date, last employer etc and they could charge the majority of unemployment to the employer and thus wouldn’t need “payfors” in any federal UI bills. I would also make it one 26 week benefit just like most states (MI is 20 weeks of state benefits) . with an extended benefit period of 10 weeks if you are in a state with more than 5% Uunemployment rate.

My point is there are lots of options like this one or many others they could use to get people help…THEY (all of congress) just don’t care about the average person. They are ALL nothing but talk. Remember that old saying…”Actions speak louder than words”… We ALL hear you congress…And we’re not buying it.

God Bless you and these United States

February 12, 2014 at 12:03 pm
(375) Ann says:

I don’t know why Harry Reid did not attach the EUC to the Debt Ceiling. I thought the Democrats knew our urgency! So disappointed.

February 12, 2014 at 12:03 pm
(376) dave domacasse says:


February 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm
(377) Jen says:

Thank you Mara for posting Harry Reid’s website. I called his morning and will call every day. Keep the pressure on!! Ask why they are doing nominations in the senate right now instead of providing emergency aid to 2 million people!! That’s more important to them?? Remind them, including the ones answering the phone, that it’s our taxes that pay their salary!! Spread the word on other websites that you guys know of.

February 12, 2014 at 12:47 pm
(378) jm says:

“(7643) Ann says:

This is a good thing, because Republicans don’t want their hands dirty on the debt ceiling.

Let’s hope Reid attaches the EUC to the debt ceiling before they vote for it, and let’s pray it FINALLY passes.”

Anything is possible at this point. I’m trying not to get my hopes up, but I do wonder if attaching EUC in a last-minute stealth move is part of the strategy. Everything is moving so quickly that probably the best resource is live C-SPAN coverage.

Cory Booker’s Twitter feed has also been a great source of information, since he’s not only a newbie Senator, but he’s also 44 years old. He’s more tuned into social media and actually interacts with Twitter users as opposed to simply sending out a few announcements.


Regardless of how one feels about extending benefits in general, I can’t possibly understand how it benefits the Republicans to suddenly pull the rug from under a portion of the population who had no idea they’d be dealing with this. How do they believe that, at the very least, approving a quick 3 month extension (while both parties hash out a more permanent solution) is destroying collective morality or plunging in the country into an economic disaster? Even in the spirit of strategy, this is causing the most immediate and direct suffering. While not all Republicans are bad people, clearly most of the ones occupying the Senate are sociopaths missing an empathy gene.

February 12, 2014 at 12:52 pm
(379) jm says:

Also, I read an excellent reader comment in Krugman’s recent New York Times EUC: the reader observed how US churches always seem to want to have a say in politics when certain issues come up. Why are they suddenly so silent now? For instance, the Catholic League could issue a statement in support of those suffering, but…*crickets.*

In addition to calling your senators, perhaps you should also be calling your local parishes! What would Jesus do?

February 12, 2014 at 1:23 pm
(380) Amanda says:

I am very sorry to say that I am from the state that produced Rand Paul….several weeks after I sent a letter to his office regarding unemployment benefits and the fact that my family would end up homeless due to the cutoff (which has now come to pass), I finally got a reply: February 11, 2014
Dear Ms. ,
Thank you for taking the time to contact my office regarding federal unemployment benefits. I appreciate hearing your views on this issue.
The Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) program began in July 2008. EUC08 provided four tiers of federally funded unemployment compensation beyond the traditional unemployment compensation (UC) paid for by employee-employer contributions (generally 26 weeks). Between this program and the permanent unemployment insurance program, total benefits provide an unemployed individual with up to 99 weeks of benefits, depending on the state. During the 112th Congress, Congress passed and I voted against P.L. 112-240, which extended this temporary program through 2013.

February 12, 2014 at 1:24 pm
(381) Amanda says:

Under President Obama, workforce participation has hit its lowest level since the Carter Administration. I understand that many Americans are becoming discouraged about finding jobs. 11 million people are unemployed, and millions more have given up looking for work.
During the 113th Congress, there have been several proposals to continue expired unemployment benefit programs. The most recent debate, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act (S. 1845), would have extended the expired program for three months, allowing individuals to collect benefits beyond the traditional 26 weeks.
The priority of legislators should be to facilitate job creation. This means reducing regulatory burdens, keeping taxes low and allowing markets to operate without manipulation. For that reason, I proposed my Economic Freedom Zones Act of 2013 (S. 1782) as an amendment to the Unemployment Extension Compensation Act. My Economic Freedom Zones plan applies to most communities with unemployment higher than the national average and excess poverty. These zones will dramatically reduce taxes and red tape so families and businesses can grow and thrive and we can get communities back to work.
Due to the excessive spending and limited consideration of amendments throughout debate of S. 1845, when the time came for a vote, I did not support this bill.
Please know that as I serve the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the United States Senate, I will work to shrink the federal government and grow the private sector, in order to restore the health of our nation’s economy.
Rand Paul, MD
United States Senator

February 12, 2014 at 1:31 pm
(382) Jeremy says:

(7577) cindy says: Nice! I was thinking the same thing. Maybe Germany!

February 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm
(383) Mara says:

No problem ,Jen! Please, also have everyone you know sign the petition. I was so disappointed that this means so much to all of us and yet we could only come up with 4500 signatures….come on people. We cannot fall through the cracks…



February 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm
(384) Rango says:

(7673) BayLee420-

Hey BayLee…
While you are counting… don’t forget the sunshine state… We are over 1 million, just by our selves… now, we just don’t have no jobs we’re out of water too. :-)
And don’t forget to count my upper desert Nevadian friends too, in the same predicament as Californians.

February 12, 2014 at 1:37 pm
(385) Paul Revere's Ride says:

Killing EUC is just the beginning; next congress will end Social Security for all eagerly people, after that they will go after your 401K, your saving, then your home. There will be no limits on what Congress will do to the American people. Most of us will be swept away in this process of turning America into a third-world nation. Our new name then will be USSA not the USA, but USSA the United Soviet States of America. We need to march on our state capitals on the last Friday of each month at 10AM.

February 12, 2014 at 1:48 pm
(386) SOLUTIONS says:

(7657) Kevin
I would love the opportunity to work in Japan. I had the chance to train there years ago. They know that there number one asset is there employees. companies in the US have forgotten that years ago.
(7677) Jody
The problem with the employer having to pay more into UI will create a hard ship for small business. I think it might work if you did it by the amount of employees they have. But I don’t think that can happen as we have seen big business gets what ever they want. They set there own rules and our government just follows along. The politicians have been bought by big business and that is who they cater to not the common US worker.
I don’t think any President can change things as they are the whole system needs to be revamped. There needs to be a third or even fourth party to vote for. When its only two we see what happens.

February 12, 2014 at 2:12 pm
(387) Darlene Sisk says:

PJC (7656) I agree. Why would they not take a look at the long term unemployed? I too only got the 26 weeks, which seems unfair to me. And who said unemployment is welfare? Who’s going to make the employers hire someone over the age of 50? I was replaced by someone younger,too. They didn’t care I was a good employer. They were doing away with the older people and I was too loyal to look for a job while I had another one. It is easier to find a job when you have a job. I had no idea people go thru this every year since the news never reports it.

February 12, 2014 at 2:15 pm
(388) MIkeH says:

Lets look at the bigger picture here. To place blame solely on the Republicans is wrong. From the very beginning (last fall), they clearly asked for 1) the extention to be paid for and 2) a jobs bill passed that actually addresses the cause of unemployment. Harry Reid has played his procedural game with this unemployment bill for the sole purpose of making this a 2014 election day issue. If he really wanted this implemented, he could have easily included it in the original budget process from late last year or as part of the recent debt ceiling debate. He and Obama chose not to! Both parties are to blame for this human tragedy. Period.

February 12, 2014 at 2:21 pm
(389) Still Hope says:
February 12, 2014 at 2:31 pm
(390) clc says:

PJC7657: I will clarify. I live in California where the unemployment rate is around 8.5%. There were 26 weeks of state unemployment here followed by three tiers of extensions in 2012-13. I don’t recall the number of weeks of each tier, but all the weeks including 26 weeks of state plus 37 weeks of EUC in CA equated to 53 weeks. I never mentioned the word “fair” on any of my comments. I empathize especially that you have a family, home, kids etc. My two sons with families are struggling as well. As for fairness, similar to your story I was let go in 2008 along with several “older worker bee” employees. Like yourself, I’ve gone through my 401K, applied for food stamps (received $15 per month that has now stopped), maxed out my VISA card to pay property taxes and emergency medical since I could not afford health insurance at 61. I’ve sold the unnecessary household items to downsize and will now have to to sell my home this spring as my only income will be social security. I have no idea where I will go.

The upside is I have worked temp for a former company that I remained in touch with for many years. I was eligible to open a new UE claim of 26 weeks in January when the temp assignment ended. I don’t expect any extensions on this claim. Ageism that is rampant which I’m sure you already know. I worry constantly about the future of this country!

February 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm
(391) Carly says:

Reinventing self. Looking into getting real estate experience while continuing my full time search to find a paying job. Best wishes to all of you, especially a big thank you to Alison and the original folks posting here. It’s been nice and comforting to support one another through this hideous time. I believe it will get better. Unfortunately most of us were caught in a period of sweeping change, confusion and outright dysfunction in our government.

I’m taking control of my destiny. No more complaining and waiting and praying for EUC to come back. I have, like most of us on this blog, a great education, more than 20 yeas of leadership and management experience, great references and connections and yet still have not found a job after 10 months of unemployment. Time for my own sea change. The worry has made me sick and sad, which is just not like me at all. I am going to turn the tide myself and try something out of the box. Found a person locally who is a very successful real estate developer/broker. He needs a little help with marketing a new development and when things start selling, I’ll start earning. In the meantime, still need an income so will keep looking. But at least my hopes are going to be more productive than when they are aimed at our Congress and Senate making the right choices.
Good luck, all! I wish I could help each and every one of us to find a great job and to get through this hard time.
Moving on now.

February 12, 2014 at 3:06 pm
(392) Open Your Mind says:

@Amanda -
I too am from KY and although I am unhappy I did not receive any EUC benefits due to the stoppage on 28 December…..what Rand Paul is saying is actually 100% accurate.
Giving money for 3 months, while helpful for many of us hurting at the moment, does absolutely nothing to solve the bigger issue…..job creation.
At some point, someone, needs to do some actual legislation instead of the easy political money toss mentality…and right this ship our country is on.
Rand Paul……is right. You may not want to hear it because it does not fit your own personal agenda at the moment…but truth is….he’s right.

February 12, 2014 at 3:13 pm
(393) TR says:

I guess this is sign of what the public thinks about the lies regarding Obamacare… The only Republican to lead a major city in Calif.

February 12, 2014 at 3:29 pm
(394) BayLee420 says:

“Do No Harm” Doctor Paul.

Has this country gone to Hell this fast or was I asleep at the wheel.
The corrupt $$$$$$$$ must be real good for Congressmen and Senators to allow Americans to sink into poverty so quickly.

You see these representatives on TV news shows acting so smug. At an approval rating of 7%. You’d think they’d hide their heads in shame.

We must vote every incumbent out of the House and Senate. The problem is a lot of them will have no party opposition. They sail through the process w/o any of their party to run against them in a primary.

We are the only ones talking and making comments on this issue. Misery loves company. The rest of the country doesn’t want to take up the issue. It’s like they know that it could happen to them at any moment. They turn their heads in denial.

Knowing there will be over 4,000,000 unemployed by November is no
incentive for them to even act. That’s what I don’t understand.

Dr. Paul. Four million people is the entire population of your Commonwealth of Kentucky.

February 12, 2014 at 4:06 pm
(395) Jeff Evans says:

So that was it then. The GOP doesn’t believe in extending benefits even though it was originally started under George Bush. I work for 40 years and then get laid off in a downsizing and I get nothing just because a democrat is president. I will never vote for another Republican as long I live.

February 12, 2014 at 4:12 pm
(396) Jman says:

(7679) dave domacasse says:

Folks u get what you vote for.
1) Republicans are heartless and only care for the business lobby.
Also, Republicans use social issues to get votes from the middle class, but they really don’t give a hoot about the average Joe/Jane.
2) Dems just play games and rather a issue than compromise with the heartless republicans.
Also, if Dems really wanted to pass this, it would have been attached to the farm bill.

February 12, 2014 at 4:25 pm
(397) kpv says:

Its over. They approved the Military Spending and the Debt Ceiling easily (Did not even try to get EU in ) . Republicans approved the Pay for that the Democrats proposed for EU to pay for the Military benefits. Basically Republicans let it be known that they will not do anything that approves EU. Other then J Reed no one mentions it anymore. And now they are leaving today early for there break due to the Snow and they are off until Feb 24th and the House is not in session until the 26th. . Out until March. (only 28 days this month) . I was always a firm supporter that there will be an extension by end of Feb but I think its done and I am ready to accept reality that there will be no EU in 2014. in my humble opinion I think thats it. i wish all the regulars I talk to every day and everyone here the best. Good luck and I hope you all get jobs .

February 12, 2014 at 4:31 pm
(398) Jacob says:
February 12, 2014 at 4:33 pm
(399) Karlos says:

So did I miss something? Did they try to vote again on s.1845 ? I tried to watch but I guess I missed it.

February 12, 2014 at 4:54 pm
(400) JV says:

46 Days and counting……
Congress continues to neglect Millions of Helpless Families across the Nation. I would not feel that much compassion or get emotional if all the Unemployed were only Men. But that is not the situation when you breakdown the numbers in all the States across the Nation. We are talking about Women, Children, and some Elderly. Many women having to fight and compete with other women or MEN applying for the same job. Children are being affected because some parents cannot afford to pay for food, utilities, or rent/mortgage. The Elderly have an uphill battle from all sides especially when it comes to the condition of health that person is in. A number of Unemployed are single, Single with Kids, so the number of factors that come into play are enormous. If anyone reads this and feels that the Unemployed are lazy, just remember one day you will be on the other side of the Table. Not all jobs are guaranteed to anyone in this day and age. I seriously doubt all of the Unemployed asked for a layoff, so you cannot blame each and everyone one. The one important Factor here is that if this Bill will not pass we must make an effort to return the favor to all those involved that voted no to Unemployment. Election Time will be coming up again so I hope everyone does a little bit of Homework depending on the State you live in.

February 12, 2014 at 4:54 pm
(401) John says:

That Portman/Coats amendment is at least an effort by the Republicans, and hopefully Reid will allow it to at least get it passed the Senate. That would put pressure on the House, and since that’s a Republican amendment/bill, it might pass with Boehner.

February 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm
(402) kpv says:

Jacob , The Cola bill was voted on and passed an hour ago , that was old news (was a Feb 11th release from Portman) . , they did not attach anything and the bill passed. . That was just Portman trying to look like he wanted to do something before he went home today . There was no amendment. .Its over.

February 12, 2014 at 5:09 pm
(403) Betsy says:

The Military Pension COLA bill has been voted on without the EUC amendment BUT I think it is encouraging that 2 Republicans have created one. I believe an amendment can be attached to any bill coming up for a vote. Someone correct me if I am wrong. I know this is of little comfort to the ones who are suffering but this is how Congress works; slowly and deliberately. The pols are still playing political football with the unemployed and now the ball is in Harry Reid’s court. Getting it through the House will be the most difficult hurdle. I guess the Republican pols are paying attention to their constituents and the latest polls. 65% of Americans are in favor of extending UI benefits. Please hang in there, folks.

February 12, 2014 at 5:10 pm
(404) Matt says:

Thank u kpv…now everyone hopefully realizes this is over with…

February 12, 2014 at 5:12 pm
(405) John says:

@KPV… Coats and Portman just put an amendments proposal forward for EUC. It could play out.

February 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm
(406) John says:

So are they going to propose that amendment for EUC separately? It seems like those Republicans are behind it so it would probably pass the Senate..

February 12, 2014 at 5:22 pm
(407) Catherine says:

@Allison, can you please give an update if any. Unfortunately, I cannot make sense of what has gone on today. It seems as if your posts have lessened in time. Does this look like its the end of the ropes right now?

February 12, 2014 at 5:25 pm
(408) Rango says:

Is this true??
Page 1-2

Targeted News Service WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 — The office of Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., issued the following news release:

Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today offered an amendment to the Military Pension COLA bill – currently under consideration in the Senate – that would pay for an extension of the emergency unemployment insurance benefits for three months and include measures to reform the program.

“With a record number of long-term unemployed in America, it’s time to reform a system that clearly is not working to get the unemployed back in a job. We need an extension of unemployment insurance for the millions who are suffering from Washington’s failed policies,” said Portman. “But we should pay for that extension so as not to add to our record debt, and we should include reforms that connect the unemployed with the jobs that are available. Our amendment is a reasonable solution based on bipartisan proposals to pay for an extension of emergency unemployment insurance benefits and reform the program so it works for the American people.”

“This amendment is based on bipartisan proposals and will help ensure that only those Americans who truly cannot find work will have the help they need to get back on their feet,” said Coats. “This is a reasonable solution that pays for an extension of emergency unemployment insurance benefits and reforms the program.”

February 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm
(409) Walter says:

I really CANNOT believe that the Democrats didn’t push hard to have at least the 3-month short term emergency EUC attached to the budget deal or the Farm Bill. There’s no way the Republicans would have blocked those knowing the backlash they received from the shutdown and the fact that Republican constituents greatly benefit from the Farm Bill. I really thought they would have used the debt ceiling for leverage.

They should have played hardball from the start and stood their ground like the Republicans always do. I am astonished that this Congress is just fine with us not paying our bills, losing our homes, losing our cars, not being able to feed our kids, keep warm in this harsh winter, etc. The Democrats are just as much to blame for not putting their feet down firm.

February 12, 2014 at 5:57 pm
(410) Real Richard says:

@jacob…ship sailed on that….COLA bill passed no UE

February 12, 2014 at 6:09 pm
(411) Kat says:

Both Houses of Congress need to feel the pressure from Americans across the country to do what’s right — pass this link along to anyone you think should be part of this fight:


February 12, 2014 at 6:16 pm
(412) BayLee420 says:

7701…..Is this story up to date? Didn’t the Senate already vote on the COLA bill w/o the extended unemployment added?

I thought I heard that the COLA bill is going to Obama for signature.

I’m so confused about this whole matter. I try to keep my hopes up, but I feel that it’s a lost cause.

Is this another story of false hope?

February 12, 2014 at 6:25 pm
(413) Karlos says:

(7701) Jacob –

I hope that’s true

February 12, 2014 at 6:55 pm
(414) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

Update from Senator Harry Reid: When the Senate returns, we will revisit the issue of extending unemployment insurance benefits. I want to be absolutely clear: This issue is not going away. We are one Republican vote away from restoring this lifeline.

February 12, 2014 at 6:58 pm
(415) Mary B says:

I just got back and missed some action, I think.

Is it correct to say that the Senate passed the “restore the military pension COLA” bill without adding to it the Coats-Portman bill for UE? If so, is there any indication that the Coats-Portman bill will be brought to a vote on its own?

I would think Reid and Reed and Company would be perfectly ok with supporting it, based on what I read.

February 12, 2014 at 7:16 pm
(416) kpv says:

Cola bill was voted on and passed and no EU was attached,, as Richard said , ship has sailed. . Incase anyone read the article it the same amendment that Portman offered the last vote that H Ried said was no good. Democrats and republicans did not support it so it was never taken seriously . portman has been getting heat at home since he voted no and this was an attempt at making himself look good since he has to go home tonight and face his people who hate him now. . Again since there is alot of questions. They passed the Cola bill and the Debt Limit Bill and there was no EU attahced and there is no EU on the agenda when they returm (But H Reid promised to re vote in a few weeks) . They are now on the break and off until late Feb. EU is for all intent purposes a dead issue unless something new happens.

February 12, 2014 at 7:22 pm
(417) Daniel Moore says:

are me you kidding me ….did I hear right….those heartless,cruel,arogant,lying bastards are going on another leave for 2 weeks….they already had a 2 week leave…came back on Monday…left on Wed. for a golf outing in Maryland…now they are going on another leave for 2 weeks….and we pay them for this…we should be more angry at ourselves for voting them in and putting up with this…I know that the president can not issue a executive order to reinstate unemployment…but if he cared he could stop their leave and order them back to work and demand that this be settled before anymore leaves

February 12, 2014 at 7:22 pm
(418) kpv says:

Mary B , The Coats Portman was just an amendment and was not a serious attempt other then Portman to save face. There was no Democratic support for it. It contained the same issue of paying for the extension with funds from the disabled that many Democrats including H Reid & Reed would never approve . They dismissed it on Tuesday when he tried to attach this amendment to the EU vote.

February 12, 2014 at 7:22 pm
(419) The Government Is The Devil says:

Face it….This issue is over. God is trying to show us to trust HIM…and no one but HIM. God bless you all!

February 12, 2014 at 7:25 pm
(420) JAM says:

Thank you again Alison for being our life line. Question? When will the Senate return? Insights appreciated.

February 12, 2014 at 7:26 pm
(421) Las says:

As much as I want to believe there is hope on the extension, I think it is over and out as well. We can’t afford to wait until March because it gives those voted for the extension too much time to change their minds. We needed another vote ASAP while we were only one vote away. Guarantee when/ if they vote again, it won’t be one vote anymore.
So sad it wasn’t included in any of the passings today. I don’t know what more we can do. It’s sad. The beginning of this blog site started off with
“What if’s, to panic, to desperation and now uncertainty.”
I pray for everyone.

February 12, 2014 at 7:27 pm
(422) Hear you @kpv says:

@kpv….so now that your almighty self thinks it is over will you please do an “Al Mayo” and leave this forum. Thank you.

February 12, 2014 at 7:36 pm
(423) MG says:

I don’t understand the Republicans – this was tailor made for them to appear somewhat caring about the American Worker and they couldn’t bring themselves to cross the goal line with no one in their way. What is wrong with them? Oligarchs and Corporate CEO’s can only vote once; no matter how much money they throw into races. The Democrats are playing them like complete fools (don’t get me wrong I am not fond of how the Democrats have used this issue). There must be something in the water at the Country Club, that is all I can say.

February 12, 2014 at 7:41 pm
(424) Ed says:

3 months!?……… 3 months!?……….. We are ALL backed up on our bills by 3 months. At this point 3 months of retro unemployment will just about cover my overdue rent – not catch up – just about cover. My rental late fees alone are over $300.00 for the last 3 months. Which by the way is more than one weeks worth of unemployment benefits. The only thing keeping us from being immediately evicted is the fact that the owner is extending us a courtesy for being long time (20 years) tenants. I’ve seen him evict people for being backed up 1 1/2 months. But he has already told me…..”Ed, courtesy doesn’t pay my mortgage so I can’t wait much longer” Very kind for a man who comes to pick up the rent in a Ferrari. I’m sorry, I know I should be grateful and hopeful but I’m at the end of my rope. I would have ended it all by now but my life insurance won’t pay out on suicide.

February 12, 2014 at 7:42 pm
(425) Frank Stanton says:

(7703) JV

Ah, so you do not have compassion for me since I am a 53 year old single man who can’t find work going on 9 months now. I am sorry I apply at jobs that women also apply for. I should just kill myself, correct? You are disgusting!

February 12, 2014 at 7:45 pm
(426) Jody says:

Well I guess what’s done is done. No sense in even following the whole EUC process now. They aren’t going to pass a 3 month bill at the end of the 3 month period. They may go back to work on something different or a 3 month non-retroactive bill when they come back in March but why bother. It’s already to late for so many. It’s a shame that people with jobs don’t care more about this issue because it would have created a shit storm if all of America was involved. But 1.7 million out of 315 million doesn’t mean a damn thing to our elected officials. We can say vote them out in November all we want but I doubt it will happen. For everyone of us that wants to vote them out they have 4 or 5 saying we’re lazy and they will vote to keep them in. I think I might check into moving from Michigan to Canada. It’s not that far away. Like 2 hours for me.

February 12, 2014 at 7:46 pm
(427) nancy says:



-You never missed CSPAN updates.
-You check all day in the about.com site, so you’re not alone.
-When a day of nothing but internet seems “normal.”
-Sleeping in is no longer a delight.
-When the working world outside your home seems like another world, or just a movie you watch everyday.
-The highlight of your day is finding a couple coins in your couch cushions.
-You’re curious about what dress shoes feel like, because you’ve been wearng sneakers every day for the last 18 months.
-You’ve seen all the ‘House’ reruns at least twice.
-You think getting a snail mail letter of rejection is progress.
-You make pages of lists of productive things to do while unemployed and the only thing you manage to do is make more lists.
-When you wonder why traffic is busier around 8 AM and around 5 PM.
-When you wonder what all those people are doing in those huge offices all day.
-When you need the comics in the news paper every morning to motivate you for job hunting.
-When emailing a resume feels like the same routine as putting the garbage can out at the road side.
-when cashing in change for dollar bills makes you giddy.
-When you call the potential employer 20 minutes after sending you’re resume to “make sure they got it.”
-you watch game shows all day, for a laugh.
-Every resume looks the same.
-You bulk cook rice and beans for when the employment insurance check runs out.
-When finding a dollar on the ground makes it feel like payday.
-All you have left in your closet are”good” clothes– All your play clothes are worn out.
-You get bored going out to breakfast on weekdays, when it use to be a treat.
-When the next step is calling in an estate liquidator to sell 98% of your stuff, so that you can give notice on your apartment and move into a furnished room. It was fun when you were 20 – less so when you’re 42.

February 12, 2014 at 7:49 pm
(428) Rango says:

Update from Harry Reid…
I want to be absolutely clear: This issue is not going away. We are one Republican vote away from restoring this lifeline….

I think we are all just intensely curious moths wanting to believe in harry Reid’s flickering flame of hope that someone in government will help us.

Like a Titanic ship sinking with 2 million people aboard, I am getting numb to the cold bellicose rhetoric of words and no action, feeling my life slipping into the cold dark abyss.

I don’t think anyone can or want to hear us anymore….

February 12, 2014 at 8:19 pm
(429) Hello from Chiberia says:

@(7690) Darlene Sisk

You said a mouthful when you said, and “I was too loyal to look for a job while I had another one. It is easier to find a job when you have a job.”

That is exactly what I did, and I regret it now. Of course, if I hadn’t done that, I would’ve missed out on 10 months of severance pay too, but, in taking ONE month of my severance time OFF, I did myself in, because I didn’t realize that I would have such a hard time finding work!!! I had no idea what LTU was…..

Now I’m LTU!

February 12, 2014 at 8:25 pm
(430) kpv says:

For the person who asked , the senate is back on Monday Feb 24th and the House is back in session on Wed Feb 26th.

February 12, 2014 at 8:26 pm
(431) Mike NJ says:

@7694 Carly: Let me know how that works out. I thought about going into real estate a few times, but everywhere I kept reading that you need to have at least 6 months worth of income saved up because you won’t make any money at all until you get settled and established. So that kind of scared me away from it.

I know a majority of people on here are in the 50 or over group, that got laid off and replaced by younger workers. I’m only 32. Got my BS in Computer Science in 2005, could never get a job in the field. I stuck with my part time job at a supermarket, and eventually went into management. Lost it two years after my promotion. I’ve been applying to companies with a comp sci resume, and to retailers with my management experience, and still cannot find anything. I’m lucky if I get a call. So it’s not just the older workers out there who are in trouble, it’s everybody, regardless of skills. How can I not get a freakin’ job in retail with over 13 years experience, including management!?

February 12, 2014 at 8:45 pm
(432) kpv says:

@Mike NJ , Both myself and my Father in Law tried real estate years ago. You need to be able to get through atleast 6 months with no income. You need to get your license . Then spend time elarnign the market etc. and you then need to becoem established or you will just make a sale here or there. And the competition is fierce. Your in NJ. Dont ever step on Donna Bruno’s feet if you try. Shes everywhere selling real estate, she is so established in parts of NJ
. Both myself and my FIL got out after making no money in a year. I then went into Buying Notes (Financial obligations) and selling them . I spent over $1,000 and never made a dime. Went back to work in manhattan at that point.

February 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm
(433) JV says:

@ (7728) Frank Stanton

I’m sorry if you miss understood me but I mean no disrespect to anyone at the age of 53 male of female. My point was that most of the Senators that address the Unemployed act as if we are all young and full of energy. They make it sound like if we are all nothing but a bunch of lazy men standing around waiting for a hand out. So no do not take your own life, at 53 your still a young guy.

February 12, 2014 at 9:17 pm
(434) DUG says:

As Alison stated earlier, “In 2012, it was passed on February 22.”

February 12, 2014 at 9:22 pm
(435) Las says:

I received an e mail from the White House today updating me on everything the President has done so I want you all to know I sent an e mail back to President Obama trekking him how disappointed I was in his handling (and lack of) extended unemployment benefits. Really doubt I’ll get a reply but it felt good to send it.

February 12, 2014 at 9:22 pm
(436) Evelyn says:

I have a question regarding monster and indeed job sites, also, even smartforce which was recommended by the NY DOL. I get NO RESPONSE from them ever and my resume is fine, it’s been looked at by the DOL as well as friends, and it is fine. No takers ever once from these sites. My question is, are these sites basically for advertisers? Are the jobs actual? These aren’t the only way I put myself out there! But wondering about those sites cause it does make it seem like there are soooo many jobs when you look at those sites. Personally, I had a bit of a positive thing happen, a neighbor told her supervisor about me and that I worked doing the same work they do, with the developmentally challenged. She told me to call her, I did. She said they are not hiring right now but will be at some point and she will be calling me. 2 days later my friend said the supervisor liked me from the phone call, and she’s going to call me as soon as they start hiring. It may be 2 months tho’. The IMPORTANT thing is that when we are all hired.. and know someone unemployed, Remember Where We Are And SO BROKEN! And Do Not Just Give Lip Service To That Unemployed Person! Make Sure You ‘Network’ For Them! Tell Your Supervisor Or HR About That Person! Never forget to help others in our boat!! Also, when hopefully we do get our jobs make sure to buy a bag of groceries each month for your local food pantry. Maybe they won’t hire me but maybe they will. Okay, so sorry for writing a long and probly boring post. Thank You Alison Doyle for providing and maintainin this outlet!

February 12, 2014 at 9:28 pm
(437) Jay E says:

The Portman-Coats amendment would:

* Fully offset the three-month extension of emergency unemployment insurance benefits by using proposals originally supported by Senate Democrats. The offsets include:

o Prohibiting overlapping payments for unemployment insurance benefits and Social Security disability benefits.

o Providing pension funding relief to accommodate for unrealistically low interest rates.

o Extending savings proposed by the Majority for an additional year at the end of the current 10-year budget window. This amendment also exempts Medicare providers from further cuts and includes specific language to ensure that sequestration of defense resources is not increased.


February 12, 2014 at 9:30 pm
(438) NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP!!! says:

Common people! DONT LET DOWN!!! Stay positive and fight for your rights!!! We are the people. Keep barking at them! SOoner or later they will get annoyed and finally listen. Be persistent and keep the GOOD FIGHT GOING!!!

February 12, 2014 at 9:30 pm
(439) Sharon says:

I went to my daughters last week. I told my Son-In-Law that I wanted to watch C-span2 and wasn’t sure what channel it was on at their home. He looked at me and said – Jeeze – watching C-span2 is like watching PAINT DRY!!!!!! You know something – He’s RIGHT!!!!!

February 12, 2014 at 9:42 pm
(440) Hello from Chiberia says:

@(7734) Mike NJ

I don’t know if you would/could relocate to Chicago, but we have a new string of grocery stores moving into Chicago called Mariano’s. They’re hiring people a lot of people with grocery experience.

It’s worth a look:


February 12, 2014 at 9:45 pm
(441) kpv says:

@ JAy , the Portman Amendment was not considered. Forget that. it wasn’t even introduced. Its the same amendment they rejected in January.

Here is the line below from the article when Portman purposed the admendment Monday from Sen Schumer. it does not have Democratic support and was dismissed.. If it was good Harry Reid would have allowed it.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), though, mocked Portman’s proposal, saying the unemployed didn’t want to hear the excuses for why their benefits were cut.

@Evelyn , I mentioned this in the past. I had a friend years ago who was a Recruiter and admitted alot of the stuff on Monster and CB are fake just to get resumes. I found that out recently. I sent my resume to a job on CB and got a call from the recruiter. Asked me to come in. When I was there she said she would send me out to some temp jobs. when i asked her about the full time position she just said oh thats filled. The job was up one day so I knew she was lying,. I see the exact same accounting jobs on Monster.com every day for months. Same recruiters . The best way to get a job is a company website or networking .

February 12, 2014 at 10:30 pm
(442) Carly says:

Mike NJ,
Yes, if you want to be a realtor, they say you should be prepared for several months with no income. I can’t do that. But I have no income now and no longer have unemployment as a support while I search. So I’m considering working at the marketing communications end of the business for an established realtor’s project. I won’t earn anything unless he does. It will help me establish some new connections while I continue to search for work. At least I will feel like I’m trying to reinvent myself in the meantime. I can’t find work at agencies any more (I’m about 15 years too old for most PR or Ad agencies, although I do keep trying to break that mold. I still apply just in case I get lucky). :

February 12, 2014 at 10:58 pm
(443) I totally agree says:

Common people! DONT LET DOWN!!! Stay positive and fight for your rights!!! We are the people. Keep barking at them! SOoner or later they will get annoyed and finally listen. Be persistent and keep the GOOD FIGHT GOING!!!

February 12, 2014 at 11:01 pm
(444) Bastille says:

Those amendments seem reasonable and not far off from Democratic amendments. This is looking more and more like a rouse from both sides to me.

February 12, 2014 at 11:16 pm
(445) Term Limits says:

I watched much of the three and a half hour “Economy & Monetary Policy” hearing on C-SPAN on Tuesday, February 11th. Janet Yellen, Fed Chairperson, was there to give testimony, and answer questions posed by the House Financial Services Committee on both sides of the aisle. Each Representative was given 5 minutes to ask Ms. Yellen their questions. The pattern I witnessed was that many of the Democrats asked questions or provided commentary and concern about unemployment. On the other hand, the Republicans seemed focused on “entitlements”, and Sean Duffy (R) from Wisconsin asked Janet Yellen at one point if she thought the time was NOW – not 1 or 5 years or longer down the road, but NOW, to address entitlements such as Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, etc. Ms. Yellen agreed with him (that the time was NOW to discuss this matter), but also said that people depend on these benefits. Bottom line is that the Republicans are evil, defective people who don’t care that you’ve worked your a$$ off, and paid into the system your entire life, with the belief that these programs would be there for you one day when you reached that golden age of retirement. The Republicans are trying to get rid of all “entitlement” programs NOW – because they don’t want people feeding off the teat of the “government of the people, by the people, for the people”. So, if you believe your vote doesn’t count – then stay home in your cardboard box (provided by your illustrious government) and don’t vote when the time comes!

February 12, 2014 at 11:20 pm
(446) Rango says:

(7744) kpv and (7739) Evelyn,

Most of the ads are collected to bolster their advertising numbers to sell their services to companies. Ethically wrong?… call a cop. There is no laws controlling their unethical actions. Point… I’ve seen the same ad run by an Executive Recruiter at CyberCoders in California for over two years.
I fit the job to a ‘T’… She kept saying, I’m trying to set up interviews, but as I found out there is no job. She must have collected thousands of resumes.

And why do you think they call them ‘meat merchants’.

One offered a temp job starting that day. I reluctantly took it, but something wasn’t right about the situation. The morning I got to the company the plant manager took me to a desk some guy was sitting at, and told him in front of me he was fired and I’m to take his seat immediately.

I lasted two weeks of pure hell before they disposed of me too. This was one serious mentally disturbed place! and after the fact ‘what have I done!. They call them ‘meat merchants’, so be careful in dealing with them. They are not your friend, they’re just their to make money off the deal. Please be careful. :-)

February 12, 2014 at 11:25 pm
(447) Evelyn says:

@kpv thanks for your feedback on that. I wish something like 20/20 could do a show on that because it does make it seem like jobs are in extreme abundance nationwide. And yes, definitely working my resume thru’ company, organization websites themselves. And even then I’ve begun calling and asking if the job opening on their site is still available because their site may not be updated. Just one example, a good place, YAI, continually has job openings on their site, tracking no., etc. They never respond and I have to say I am tailor made for job posted, they never respond, and the job is always posted. It is obviously not needed. Not putting their place down, it’s a great organization, but the constant struggle to be hopeful when seeing these job “openings” that never pan out, and now recognizing there is no opening has been as draining as any other aspect of this awful travail.

February 13, 2014 at 1:02 am
(448) Steve B. says:

Must be pretty cushy on capital hill , try the unemployment line sometime,pass the bill for EUB,been busting my hump for 36 years had 2 company take overs got screwed, and now cant find a decent paying job, isnt that nice!

February 13, 2014 at 2:47 am
(449) Mike NJ says:

@(7743) Hello from Chiberia: Thanks, but I cannot relocate at this time. I’ve gotten offers from Harry Teeter in NC, and the Marketplace in Bermuda! Believe me if I could relocate I’d be in Bermuda right now lol.

February 13, 2014 at 3:12 am
(450) Dwight From Las Vegas says:

This is really getting out of hand .
Yet again i get turned down from a simple $10 an Hr Job .
Typing test and other exams are on point then i get the dreaded Email We picked another person for the position. GRRRRRRR
This is why people go to places and run amuck and do craziness when they lose their jobs.

All these Gov officals can’t say that We aren’t trying . I know i am ive been looking for a job for almost a year . I get the same B.S everytime .
This state is rediculous, I dont want to move back to NYC to find a job but i am about to atleast i know some people there that can get me something .
owe child surport up m but now because i cant pay nothing. Now the want to suspend my license for something that is out of my control .

Is it true that if they vote on these new amended EUC bill it wont be retoactive to when everything stopped ?

February 13, 2014 at 8:01 am
(451) MS says:

I agree this issue is over.. The gov’t expects the national unemployment rate to be at 6% at the end of this year… This will not happen if the EUC is extended.

personally the sort of feels like being castoff to the Island of Misfit Workers.

at 54 male and no steady work in months I have no hope..

February 13, 2014 at 8:30 am
(452) Robert Patten says:

Well looks like congress left again for a couple of weeks, I would like to say that’s hard to believe but guess its not. And now ANOTHER snow storm hitting our country with hundreds of thousands of people without electricity again, it makes me wonder how many of the unemployed are affected in that area and did congress even think about that?
Now is see HomeDepot is going to have 80,000 jobs open up. I had applied online last week. I went to the store last night, they said they have no openings and don’t see any in the near future. I spoke to the manager. Now with the new report, Im going back today to see what they say. In Florida for every job that opens there is 4 people average applying, and like many others since Im 60 chances are very slim I will be able to find anything but I will keep trying, I can’t even get Social Security yet until I reach 62 which is almost 2 years away.

February 13, 2014 at 8:34 am
(453) Shawn says:

Sign White House Petition to pass EUC we need 98,000 more signatures

February 13, 2014 at 8:44 am
(454) Robert Patten says:

I agree we can’t give up on this. One thing you can do is to find out which Senator and Rep are up for election this year. These are the ones you need to be bombarding with Emails, Calls, Facebook’s, Twitters, etc. In the house, it is because of the elections coming up that Leader Boehner put the Debt Ceiling bill up for a vote without any amendments and it passed and the same in the Senate. The house also has started passing other bills, to try to start looking better, and the split of the Republicans between the Tea Party is hurting them too. Its at a point now that Rep Boehner needs help from Democrats to get anything passed in the House because of the Tea Party so pressure the Senators and House that are up for election and remind them they are up for election.

February 13, 2014 at 8:50 am
(455) kpv says:

I applied to Home Depot so many times. Still have not heard from them. I guess they see my college degree and 25 eyars work experiance and think I am too over qualified or too old. Now my goal is 2 part time minimum wage jobs. All that experience , money spent n college. Down the drain. It feels like you wasted 25 years…….
And to the folks who say its a ruse. sure it partially is. if the Democrats really wanted to do this they could but it would cost them . They could have attached it to any bill. (Debt Cieling, Military, Farm) They did not. They could have been vocal , going on every show and screaming about it. They for the most part did not. They could offer the keystone which Obama will eventually approve it seems. But they will not. .. They just postponed the mandare for Obamacare for 2 years this week for mid size companis. They could have offered that and didnt, Most feel Obamacare Mandate will probally be delayed for everyone soon (Mitch McConnel offered a one year extension for that) and they could just offer it now. They will not. They could offer real payfors like all the extra tarp money sitting unsued (Over 20 billion) and they dont and keep offering pay for gimmicks. . Democrats do want the extension but they only want it on there terms. They do not want to waste (in there terms) political capital on this fight. And I think the one thing we need to remember is that Republicans do not want an extension. I think no matter what the Democrats offer the Republicans will find a fault in it. So far they have.

February 13, 2014 at 9:15 am
(456) Kathleen says:

So many sad stories out there. My last year was consumed with losing my job… hubby having heart attack and second open heart surgery and now on SSD so job for him…lost our home last March…moved to a trailer in NH…lost unemployment at the end of Tier I…both of us too young for Medicare and lost my COBRA…Can’t afford Obamacare; so called Affordable care my butt…they say they take pre-existing condItions but they don’t cover pre-existing meds…such as my hubby’s $500 a month insulin ..could not afford Obama caare for it would be $650 just for him alone with no med coverage…decided to go without ins for both of us…he can’t get health ins for 2 years after being on SSD and by then he will be on Medicare…I did get get some help from a perscription assistance program…(thank God)..we just applied for Medicaid and it will be $2400 a MONTH deductible; but I’ll take that for that is something….living on early SS now so I guess we are very lucky to be at least old enough for that….I HAVE EMAILED SO MANY OF THOSE LOSER POLITICiANS AND I SIGNED MANY PEtITIONS. AND EMAILED OUR LOCAL TV STATION FOR NOT MAKING EUC NEWS MORE AVAILABLE FOR COVERAGE…ALL TO NO AVAIL…BUT NOW I FEEL LIKE MY GOVERNMENT HAS FINALLY LIFTED THE RUG AND PUSH ALL OF US ‘DIRT’ UNDER THE RUG…NO ONE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT IT IN THE MEDIA..LESS AND LESS ARTICLES ON LINE…THE PRESIDENT LOST HIS PEN AND PHONE ….AND POOR MR REID LOOKS LIKE HE IS DONE IN…THERE IS NO ONE OUT THERE TO LISTEN OR CARE….EVEN IF THE REPUBLICANS DO HEAR US THEY ARE NOT REALLY ‘LISTENING’ TO WHAT WE ARE GOING THROUGH…AND THEY DON’T CARE…MILLIONS OF DOLLARS GOING TO OTHER COUNTRIES…WHAT HAPPENED TO ‘TAKE CARE OF FAMILY FIRST’…OUR COUNTRY HAS TURNED ITS BACK ON IT’S PEOPLE..PEOPLE THAT WORKED FOR YEARS TO PAY THEIR TAXES AND NOW WE NEED THAT ASSISTANCE AND THE FUNDS ARE GOING TO OTHER COUNTRIES…GOD THAT OLD SONG REALLY HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD ‘THE RICH GET RICHER AND THE POOR GET POORER’….

February 13, 2014 at 9:20 am
(457) andrew says:

This morning, I went to a mall and apply at Spencer. Spencer is a store where they sell T shirts and other garbage such as fake lottery prank tickets and stuff. I saw 3 18 yr old employees with green hair doing nothing.

I’m 44 now, got laid off from my job as a Hotel Manager 7 months ago. I do understand that the politicians wants us to look for any job we can take such as Spencer, I’ll take this $7.70 an hour then compare to my past $18.00 an hour.

February 13, 2014 at 9:26 am
(458) Carol Sumera says:

Yes, I too applied at the Home Depot. I know people that work their and they have told me that the applications go to another state and then are disbursed to the different stores for the manager to pick from. The manager’s at the store level apparently do not do the initial picking. I can just imagine how many people applied. Yes that is very upsetting that congress just up and left with no regard for the unemployed that have to suffer through this cold. I hope and pray that this unemployment goes through but I have my doubts at this point. I am really praying for all of us. Have to try to keep the faith.

February 13, 2014 at 9:36 am
(459) jim says:

If President Obama is doing such a terrible job Mr.John and his republicans—Why are you saying we don’t need any unemployment extensions

February 13, 2014 at 10:00 am
(460) Roger says:

Good luck guys but as of this coming monday I am evicted.

February 13, 2014 at 10:00 am
(461) Shawn says:

Considering how many people are in need of EUC (1.7 million) there is only 100,000 signatures needed to pass the bill sign White House petition lets take control of our fate
( https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/renew-unemployment-insurance-immediately/mFKqZLgf)

February 13, 2014 at 10:08 am
(462) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

From MSNBC: “With Congress in recess for the next two weeks, the earliest the issue could come up again would be the end of February?nearly two months after the federal benefits expired for 1.3 million unemployed Americans. That number has since topped 1.7 million as the jobless continue to get cut off state benefits without any federal backstop.”

February 13, 2014 at 10:18 am
(463) kpv says:

AT this point they need to start working on something long term instead of trying to work on Jan-March. . By the time it got through the Senate, Boehner and The House it will be almost April. The plan was to try to get something from April to the end of 2014 and somehow have some Job bills. its 2 months gone already. Time to look for the future and how to help us. They wasted 2 months. Lets move on from an extension and work on a plan to get us Help financially and jobs going forward.

February 13, 2014 at 10:35 am
(464) Gayle Clements says:

The Democrats should thank the Republicans for the great campaign they are running. I have been a Republican my whole life but will never vote for a Republican again. I am 64 and have worked since I was 15. This is the first time I have ever needed help of any kind. I have raised two children with little or no child support. I have never received welfare, food stamps or unemployment, even though I qualified for all in the past. Now being laid off and having a hard time finding a job, they turn their backs on me and all those who have worked hard to keep their heads above water. How many of you looking for a job have witnessed others receiving welfare checks every week and they have never worked a day in their lives. Or those on disability that you see that are healthier than you are. I knew a man on disability that won the Ironman contest. Also saw another man that had been on disability for 20 years that was jitter bugging and throwing his wife over his head. Really? Maybe we just aren’t good a working the system, because we have been too hard working and honest.
Remember the Republicans on the next election.

February 13, 2014 at 10:41 am
(465) Sean says:
February 13, 2014 at 11:48 am
(466) Mary B says:

kpv: Never ever regret your education! No one can take that away from you. It’s yours. Cherish it. I realize it isn’t helping you pay your expenses right now, but it has a value all its own.

Thanks for the info on the Portman bill, though it actually seems like a good compromise. I agree with prior comments here that it makes no sense to let people on Social Security Disability, who have been deemed unable to earn a living doing anything, receive unemployment benefits, too. If they meet the SSDI definition of disability, then they are too disabled to work, and they don’t meet the unemployment benefit requirement to be ready and able to work.

For the one on this board who referred to his FICA as being unemployment taxes, FICA is a tax to fund Social Security, some for Medicare, some for retirement benefits. It has nothing to do with unemployment per se.

February 13, 2014 at 11:52 am
(467) Winston says:

The sickest, most screwed-up thing about this whole situation is the unemployment rate will keep dropping even thought it has NOTHING to do with actual jobs added, jobs had, people employed, etc., and nothing to do with those who have stopped looking for work cus its been so long or seriously long-term unemployed. They really have decided to just create a permanent long-term unemployed-poor-homeless-hungry class.

February 13, 2014 at 11:53 am
(468) Mary B says:

Evelyn (7739): If I see a job on Indeed or monster that has a company name, I go directly to the company website to apply. I’m not sure the Indeed jobs from companies are fake, but any jobs that an employment agency posts could well be fake. However, I have heard that many of the jobs on monster are fake, whether they are posted by a company or an agency, though I have no way to prove or disprove it.

That being said, I applied for a part time job at a local supermarket to decorate cakes directly on the indeed site, and I heard back from the store manager. I might actually get an interview even though they have my resume and can see all my education.

Here goes!

February 13, 2014 at 11:55 am
(469) Hello from Chiberia says:

@(7763) Roger

Aw, Roger, I pray that you have a friend who’ll let you couch surf for awhile. God bless you.

February 13, 2014 at 12:01 pm
(470) jim says:

Harry Reid is an idiot! He pushes for an unemployment extension and then when it comes to a final vote , he is the only democrat that votes against it ! It was not passed by one vote and it was his !!!!!

February 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm
(471) Real Richard says:

@Jim…it went from 1 vote short to 2 votes short…..because if it failed and Reid kept his vote as yes, he would never be allowed to bring the same bill up…….The senate leader can only bring same bill up for vote if he votes NAY!! So he had to change his vote to no

February 13, 2014 at 12:44 pm
(472) @7773. Jim says:

Harry Reid had to vote no so that it could be brought up again. The bill was one vote short so he switched his vote so that the issue wouldn’t be dead. If you are new to this forum I suggest you at the very least read Allison’s updates because you will find answers and you won’t look like an idiot posting something that clearly shows your lack of knowledge of the process.

February 13, 2014 at 12:45 pm
(473) thisismadness says:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/renew-unemployment-insurance-immediately/mFKqZLgf This petition has over 200,000 signatures on it. At this point do more signatures give us a better chance? I believe it does not as once the threshold is met, it goes into action.

Anyways, yayyyyyyyy, break time for the senate. Go home and enjoy senators. Really nice………The worst bunch of unconnected fools I’ve ever seen.

February 13, 2014 at 1:07 pm
(474) ummmmm...no says:

@ jim -

Reid changed his vote at the end of the session in order to allow the matter to be brought up again.
How it works is….he introduces it and votes yes….then watches the progression of the voting…..upon realizing the motion was doomed and did not have sufficient votes, he changes his vote to No.
This reversal then allows for a later revisit of the issue and hence…another vote.

This has been explained many times on the board.

February 13, 2014 at 1:15 pm
(475) Donna says:

@Jim ….that’s not right….Harry Reid pulled his vote at the end which brought it to 58. He did it so he could bring it up again later on. I do agree that he’s not doing enough though – these breaks are ridiculous – I never knew how many breaks they take – they don’t know what a real job is :(

February 13, 2014 at 1:47 pm
(476) John m says:

@7773. No Jim. As has been said about 25 thousand times before here and on every other forum in the world. Reid had to change his vote this time, and last time at the last second in order to be able to bring it up for vote again later. Its a procedural thing. With his vote it would have been 59. Without his vote it was ultimately 58. News outlets have explained this. There is like I said literally thousands of forum posts explaining it. I honestly don’t know how people are still missing the information.

February 13, 2014 at 1:59 pm
(477) Frank Stanton says:

(7773) jim,

Completely incorrect. The tally was 59 to 39. Reid changed his vote making the final vote 58 to 40. Reid changed his vote so he could bring the bill back up in the future.

February 13, 2014 at 2:20 pm
(478) Don says:

Lol….Again denial. Anything to coverup the whole truth. Here is an article published today saying applications for unemployment increased BUT it was due to the WEATHER!! The new excuse now being used for unemployment increases. Pleeeeeezzzze! Oh that’s right SEASONALLY ADJUSTED the other excuse. Lets see, 4 seasons right…Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Now you can use that excuse 3 more times and then start over.
I hate to say this but with the fudging of unemployment numbers, the excuses being given for unemployment increases/rates, the games in Congress doing very little to help the unemployed and especially the minimum media coverage…..its just a matter of time before someone snaps and does something very wicked to a political member and or establishment in the name of the negligence that is and has affected the desperate and despair long term unemployed. See how quick then it will be all over the News!

February 13, 2014 at 2:34 pm
(479) Patricia Butler says:

(7773) Jim, you do not understand how the Senate works. Harry Reid had to change his vote. As the Majority Leader, he would not have been able to introduce the bill again for another vote if he had voted “Yay” and it did not pass with the total of 60. When he changed his vote, the final “Yay” votes were actually only 58. It was still short one vote with Senator Reid’s “Yay” vote.

February 13, 2014 at 2:35 pm
(480) Nick D. says:

@jim (7773)

Jim, you have got to pay attention more. That is not, at all, what happened.

February 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm
(481) Nick D. says:


This is a must read. When I read the first sentence I did a double take at which party the 2 Senators come from. Please read. Hopefully, this is something that gets voted on when they get back from another 2 week vacation. Ugh. But again, READ IT! Here’s the link:


February 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm
(482) John says:

@ Jim (7773)

Check your facts big guy

February 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm
(483) mywealthcoming says:

I just felt the need to speak on this crazy situation. I never in a million years would have thought I would be on unemployment. I’m only 26, but I have been working every since my senior year in high school. my last employment was at dhs where I was a security specialist making 60,000 a year. My contract ended and my agency had no others job openings. my everyday task is to apply to as many jobs as possible. I have even lowered my standards and applied to jobs paying as low as 11 a hour, an still get turned down. I’m appalled congress would cut money owed to us hard working class that lost our jobs unintentionally. I’m at my lowest now, but thank god for prayer, its definitely got me through these hard times. some how some way god has been getting me through and even enough where I still am sticking with being enrolled in college. I lost a lot of my material things and now i live with a relative. Its hard but I can only look at this situation as a humbling experience. Im in this situation waiting for my revelation in which this situation will have only mad me better and not bitter. (count it all joy) Its going to get better people just stay strong.

February 13, 2014 at 2:56 pm
(484) Poly @ 7767 Gayle says:

The Republicans aren’t to blame entirely as the party was for the extension with an additional clause that was to help those unemployed find jobs. The Democrats said “no way” as usual and therefore extension was not passed. This administration wants us dependent on government “control” over American citizens lives including but not limited to, access to emails, conversations, forcing us to sign-up for government health care, which is not a mandate for those we elected into office, causing fewer jobs, more unemployment, along with lower wages and part-time work. I wish people could see this, rather than backing the person they voted for. Never mind what party you support next time around, but rather vote for the person you feel will do a better job. Research this person on-line, get all your facts and information next time.

February 13, 2014 at 3:23 pm
(485) Lucia says:

Cory Booker sent out an email today: Last week we came up one vote short in the Senate, but I am hopeful we can get an agreement. Martin Luther King Jr. said that we must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

I was disappointed with last week’s vote, but I’m confident that if we keep pushing, we can make this right.

I’ll be in touch,


February 13, 2014 at 3:45 pm
(486) Rita Geller says:

First of all, stop blaming Harry Reid. He had to vote no in order to bring the bill back for another vote.
I am very concerned for all of you. In my case, I took early retirement but the SS check doesn’t go very far. Luckily, I have a roommate and can just barely get by.
The government really needs to find someway to force employers to train the unemployed who have most but not all of the qualifications for a job. I noticed that a lot of the job notices list preferred qualification/experience that a lot of us don’t have because our skills are a little rusty (In my case, I couldn’t apply for a data entry job because I didn’t have intermediate to advanced Excel skills even though I met all other qualifications).

February 13, 2014 at 4:05 pm
(487) John M says:

Poly I hate hearing that bs logic. Yeah ok, republicans claim they want to see something for job creation added. Well great I love that idea. I would love to see expanded workforce training programs too. But I have yet to see a single solitary republican offer up something that isn’t Repealing the ACA or building the XL pipeline. And you will never see them offer up more spending for job training.

So you see, its all talk. Democrats would leap at an infrastructure repair bill. They would leap at workforce development as well. But you will never see a republican offer it up. Because all they do is talk. No action. So yes it IS absolutely 100% the fault of republican party. PERIOD.

February 13, 2014 at 4:11 pm
(488) OneOfHis says:

God bless you Cory.
God Bless you Lucia for replaying Kings essense of Life:
We accept finite Dissapointment But never loose infinite hope.
And Cory’s ……I’m confident if we keep pushing we csn make this right.

February 13, 2014 at 4:14 pm
(489) MG says:

I really don’t like Congressman/Senators who 100% fraudulently propose “amendments” for purely crass Political Reasons on an issue which directly affects so many Americans in dire financial straights so they can “look like they care” when they go back to the constituents. I find that to be despicable in the extreme and cowardly. What do the people of Ohio think, is that OK with you people?

February 13, 2014 at 4:32 pm
(490) jm says:

@Nick D. (7782)

Interesting…the original link can be found here: http://www.coats.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/portman-coats-offer-amendment-to-reform-and-pay-for-unemployment-insurance-benefits-

It looks like a variation on the bill version they (along with others) presented last month: http://www.coats.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/coats-gop-senators-introduce-bill-to-pay-for-unemployment-insurance-extension

I wonder if this was delayed because of the last-minute debt ceiling details? Perhaps everyone anticipated the GOP would filibuster the debt bill, and then it might have consumed the entire last week of Feb. They then found out they could get this out of the way, while setting up a quick passage of COLA. Using the new EUC amendment proposal as a starting point when they resume, they might be able to get this passed more quickly. I don’t know – I’m thinking from a management perspective that resolving EUC might be faster in the long run if they suddenly had an opportunity to knock the debt ceiling out of the way.

February 13, 2014 at 4:34 pm
(491) Joy says:

I previously worked for a government contractor and was laid off in August of 2013. There has been very few jobs in my area and the jobs that do become available are overwhelmed with applicants. I have now applied for over 100 jobs with very few opportunities or hope for employment. We as unemployed Americans need the opportunity for jobs in an effort to support our families while we are continuing to look for work without having to go on public assistance. Congress and the Senate need to be aware that just because they live in luxury doesn’t always mean the rest of us Americans have that ability. Either way they are having to pay, and in all honesty, its our children that suffer. I pray they think about that when they are analyzing there numbers. My children, my husband, and I myself is more than a number.

February 13, 2014 at 5:20 pm
(492) kpv says:

Incase anyone didnt know , the payfors that the Republicans rejected as not real that was going to pay for the Unemployment Extension was used to pay for the COLA Bill. More proof that Republicans are making up the Payfor excuse and just do not want an extension no matter what,.


Many Republican senators recently said they opposed renewing long-term unemployment benefits on principle — particularly the principle that they didn’t like the crummy scheme Democrats came up with to pay for the aid.

It turned out the principle applied only to the unemployed. Nearly all GOP senators voted Wednesday for the very same plan when it was aimed at helping people who retired early from the military.

Federal benefits for Americans who have been searching for work for more than 26 weeks — a population that’s approaching 2 million — expired on Dec. 28. The cost of providing those benefits used to be added to the national debt, but Republicans lately have been objecting and insisting that Democrats find cuts elsewhere in the budget to offset the aid.

One such offset involved extending the Medicare cuts from the budget sequestration into 2024, saving close to $6 billion. It’s a somewhat dubious cut in that it comes from spending set to occur just after the current 10-year “budget window” and in that Congress could easily reverse it before it happens.

February 13, 2014 at 5:37 pm
(493) Darlene Sisk says:

To 7776-where do you see 200,000 signatures on this petition? I only see like 4,800.. please everyone get your family, friends any one you know to sign this. You don’t have to be unemployed to sign it, just have to care. Senators you can too sign this feel free. How much time off and vacation do these people get? I want a job like that. Oh no wait no I don’t because I actually care about people………hoping for the best.

February 13, 2014 at 5:44 pm
(494) Real Richard says:

@Nick D..that proposal is over and done with…rejected by democrats….COLA voted in separately

February 13, 2014 at 5:52 pm
(495) Ann says:


I am not sure, but I feel like we may only get one last vote on EUC, and we need to do everything in our power to make sure we get that 1 vote needed to push us to the house.

Facebook, email, tweet, etc.. these senators and let them know that their lack of compassion has their seat in jeopardy!

Alabama: Sessions (R-AL)
Georgia: Chambliss (R-GA)
Idaho: Risch (R-ID)
Kansas: Roberts (R-KS)
Kentucky: McConnell (R-KY) – (THIS ONE REALLY NEEDS TO GO)
Mississippi: Cochran (R-MS)
Nebraska: Fischer Johanns (R-NE)
Oklahoma: Coburn Inhofe (R-OK)
South Carolina: Graham (R-SC)
South Carolina: Scott (R-SC)
Tennessee: Alexander (R-TN)
Texas: Cornyn (R-TX)
Wyoming: Enzi (R-WY)

February 13, 2014 at 6:09 pm
(496) clc says:

to: 7759 Kathleen, regarding your comment and mention of U.S. sending money to other countries, this morning on my local PBS station I heard that the U.S. just sent several million $$ to a nation in central Africa to assist them in their Muslim / Christian conflict dealing with the carnage that’s taking place there. That’s all fine, but the US needs to get their priorities right!

I took an a political science class several years ago at my local junior college for adult continued education. I gleaned a lifetime of knowledge about U.S. politics and policies. We are a bullying, war mongering, yet proud and powerful nation. Just ask any Native American whose ancestors were victims of government genocide!

February 13, 2014 at 7:18 pm
(497) Dave G, says:

I have sent out hundreds of resumes with no results or even a reply. I have called past company’s that I have worked for and they all say the same thing, they are not hiring people as they are just getting by with the people they have. My unemployment benefits ran out a mouth ago. The unemployment benefit I was receiving was the maximum and still was not even making ends meet. I have worked since I was 15 years old. My family is suffering because I can’t help buy food or any of the base-sicks.That really hurts. You try telling your kids sorry but there is no money for food. Many people are hurting and scared. I could never Imagine this happening to me in this country. This it not living. With an extension I hope to get by at least until spring when more work might be available. I am 55 years old. I have never been so scared of becoming homeless as I am now. Its easy for people with jobs(congress) to say, just get a job.I am not setting back enjoying being unemployed. A chance is all I ask. God Bless America.

February 13, 2014 at 7:28 pm
(498) MadelineinNJ says:

As much as I find this site a great resource for information, I had to stay away since some of the personal stories are just so heartbreaking. It’s unconscionable that this can happen to people in this day and age. But, there is hope!

I was let go in November 2012 at 59 years of age after 12.5 years in a middle management position – company-wide layoffs. In order to collect severance (6.5 months), had to sign away my rights. Have been pursuing my job search as a full-time job. Tailored resumes to the job sought. Applied directly to companies and registered with two agencies. Networked with any and everyone I knew. Attended seminars and job skills workshops. Since that time, I have had only three call-backs and interviews, but no job offers; and dozens of “we went in another direction” rejection letters. I’ll be coming up on my 61st birthday shortly. Have maintained a very positive attitude, but in late January, became terrified.

Then, out of the blue, two things happened: I had an agency that saw my resume on a website contact me with a temp job in my field – a 3-month gig at almost $41,100 less than my last salary. And the commute would be a bear, but I went for the interview, and was very positive, and if offered, would take it as any income was better than nothing. (continued)

February 13, 2014 at 7:28 pm
(499) Trying to stay positive says:

IT outrages me that the United States can help other countries and can’t even agree on issues here in this country. I’m an unemployed citizen who has always worked. I was laid off June 2013. I have been looking for work for months….Its getting very frustrated and on top of this I’m in the bracket of not being able to get an extension on unemployment. As a mother I feel like I’m letting my child down…not being able to buy…having to rely on family for support..not sure how long this will last….My last result which I was trying to avoid is public assistance..Really I have a freaking Master’s Degree and can’t find a freaking job…I ‘m so use to helping others that I can’t even help myself….bills..bills..bills…
Republicans and Democrats I don’t want to depend on unemployment but right now I need it to provide for my family.. WHAT I REALLY WANT IS A JOB!!!!! #frustratedsavingsgonepleasehelp

February 13, 2014 at 7:31 pm
(500) Rob says:

If this vote does go through? How can you claim it. My state says you can not file any weeks now? Any Help would be great.

February 13, 2014 at 7:31 pm
(501) MadelineinNJ says:

(continued from prior post) Then this past Monday, I got a call from a friend who advised me that a colleague’s client was looking for someone with my skillsets and experience, and before they went to an agency, I should contact the colleague, which I did. She then contacted her client, and I was told to call him. We had a good initial conversation, and he asked me to send my resume. After reviewing it, he called me back the day after to ask if I could come in the next day for an interview. Long story short, I went there yesterday, we had a great two-hour interview, and he offered me the job! The good news: It’s only $17,000 less than my last position’s salary, plus the offer included a 20% merit bonus after 12 months. I did insert into the conversation that I had medical benefits on husband’s plan, which I believed helped in his decision. Another thing, you have to be very positive, let them know you are open to anything, and whatever it is they talk about, you must be excited about it. I am so thankful, and prayed something would happen. After 16 months of being unemployed and having EUC run out, this is such a blessing. I never thought anything would come through! We haven’t paid bills last month, and with another mortgage payment coming up, it got very scary. Tried to apply for SNAP, but didn’t qualify. Our next step is the food banks.

So, please, please, PLEASE, do NOT give up! Keep in touch with everyone. Try different approaches. You never know from where a referral will come! I covered the gap in my employment by stating I helped out a friend who is self-employed just to keep myself involved. My friend backed me up. So, do whatever you can; and remember, finding a job IS a full-time job. Good luck to everyone out there!

February 13, 2014 at 7:39 pm
(502) Rob says:

I can’t file for any weeks for EUC in the state of Nebraska? I know its just on paper until the vote gets through, but how are all the rest of you filing for it? Just came of state unemployment 2 weeks ago. Any help out there?

February 13, 2014 at 7:55 pm
(503) Rob says:

Just wrote my congressman and told them to grow up. They are acting like kids up there!

February 13, 2014 at 8:19 pm
(504) Mary B says:

John (7790): Any thoughts on what the Dems could offer in terms of training and encouragement of job creation that doesn’t add to the debt or simply offer tax cuts to the corporations? I’m stymied by this, because if they could add something to the bill, we might actually get the votes. Of course, many of us think that they are just saying that as an excuse to vote the bill down, but maybe someone would buy into it?

To think that all those years of low tax rates on unearned income did not create jobs or stimulate the economy in any appreciable way. I guess there are only so many Rolexes, Rolls Royces and Jimmy Choo shoes that can be bought to stimulate the economy. :-)

Are there any unemployed economists out there with a solution?

February 13, 2014 at 8:29 pm
(505) Mary B says:

Ann (7798): Thank you SO much for creating the list of senators who voted “no” and are up for reelection! I live in a very blue state so my senators voted “yes,” so I can’t vote any of these people out of office, but I hope everyone who lives in one of those states will save this list for election time.

I am so offended by Senator Immoral Sessions’ immoral comment about the immorality of extending benefits that he would be on the top of my list to vote out of office. Immoral? Is he kidding? I understand their position on keeping people from being dependent on the government, but they are shooting themselves in the foot, so to speak. By denying benefits to the group of people who actually want to work and are desperately trying to work, the Republicans are forcing more and more of them into the dependency the Republicans abhor. If you have no phone, no car or a car but no gas, no internet, no bus fare, no food, no shelter – how on earth can you keep looking for a job?

February 13, 2014 at 8:30 pm
(506) Evelyn says:

@Mary B thanks for your feedback too, and good luck on the decorating cakes job hope! I go to the actual company sites itself too and call to see if it’s still open as well – if I can get an actual person on the phone. @Roger I ‘m very sorry about your eviction. I’d be in the same boat without having borrowed money for this month.

February 13, 2014 at 9:53 pm
(507) JV says:

Reply to Ann (7798)

Kentucky: McConnell (R-KY) – (THIS ONE REALLY NEEDS TO GO)

Reading this article proves that you are right!! This one needs to be Voted Out!!


February 13, 2014 at 10:22 pm
(508) John M says:

Mary that is kind of the point right? Yeah it sounds great to run around telling your constituents that your for job creation and job training and blah blah blah. But when your party has no idea what they would like to do or how they intend to pay for it. Its just empty demands.

Republicans have 0 interest in solutions just excuses as to why they wont do something. Honestly if they are against extending unemployment. Why not just come right out and say it.

Actually most of them do come right out and say it. At least some of the republican party are willing to own there position. Its just the ones who are clearly afraid of making political decisions which may cost them there jobs who get up and pontificate about “Job creation” or “Pay fors” I find it funny that the same pay for that was suggested for extending EUC wasn’t good enough for the EUC extension but it was more then good enough for restoring the COLA adjustment for military vets. Just proof that its not the pay for that is the problem. Its the idea itself. They just don’t want euc extended. So own it. That’s all I am saying. Republicans should own it instead of talking out of two sides of there collective face.

February 14, 2014 at 2:30 am
(509) d smith says:

Not bad only two months without benifits we will all be on the street those of us that are older and have a harder time finding work yet took only one session to give them self a pay raise

February 14, 2014 at 2:30 am
(510) U Lite says:

Wow! Two weeks away from this site seems like an eternity. So much reading to catch up on!!!

Just wanted to give an update from my home in the SF Bay area (while it is still my home). I had a great initial interview exactly two weeks ago. I was asked to return to the facility the next day for testing (for which I would be $25/hr for my time). I was ecstatic. The testing process was performed with three other women, and it was fun. Even better, I was contacted to return for a further interview this past Tuesday.

Unfortunately, between the testing and the interview, I received word that my father’s health had become critical. I borrowed gas money and left for Southern California. I couldn’t afford a motel, so slept in my father’s hospital room. It was finally decided to move him to hospice. The hospice folks were great, and I was able to stay with my dad in his final hours.
He had paid for a cremation plan when my mother passed away, and those arrangements were made. I was able to borrow money from my daughter for certified copies of his death certificate and the travel home. When the weather warms up and sunnier days arrive, I hope I’ll be able to find the money to take a boat off of Catalina Island and scatter both my parents on the open sea. That was one of the last conversations we all had together.

So, with a giant lump in my heart and few of dad’s last remaining keepsakes, I drove home and prepared for my interview. I think he would have been proud of the job I did, even though I found out the following day that I did not get the job.

So, here I am with a heavy heart and not much of a glimmer of hope on the horizon re: employment options. Thank you all for keeping up the good fight in my absence. Now that I’m home, I hope to devote more time to contacting the powers that be so they don’t forget we desperately need their help. I continue to remember you all in my thoughts and prayers.

February 14, 2014 at 7:47 am
(511) Terry says:

What are the chances the extension will get passed after going so long past the deadline?

February 14, 2014 at 7:55 am
(512) CYNDI says:

I live in the great State of Tennessee…Our wonderful Senators – Alexander and Corker voted NO to the extension of a lifeline for many of our states unemployed. Alexander made a “walk” across Tennessee many years ago for a campaign election. How about making another walk now – stop in to visit with many of the unemployed who are losing their homes, scraping for food, keeping their homes heated to a wonderful 58 to 60 degrees, seeing the look in our childrens faces – not understanding the helpless feeling that Mom or Dad is dealing with and most of all see the HOPELESS look on peoples faces. Think that a commercial needs to be made on showing the dire situations that the American people are faced with…..I was told on my last phone certification that i will no longer be able to phone in after February 16th..What is next??? My prayers and thoughts are with all of you…

February 14, 2014 at 8:23 am
(513) PHILLYHELP says:


February 14, 2014 at 9:11 am
(514) joe k says:

If Harry Reid was concerned about the unemployed why not throw the republicans a bone to pass the euc bill. The whole party will be greatly rewarded in the future elections. Power of the American people never forget. Give a little to get back the future.

February 14, 2014 at 9:36 am
(515) gstein says:

Does anyone know that if they reinstate the extension and you have kept filing since it was cut off , do you get the money from that time , even if you have gone back to work. Kinda like back pay. We filed for approximately 6 weeks and my husband has found something that does not qualify to continue submitting. However, wondering if we get monies for those 6 weeks. Any information will be helpful.

February 14, 2014 at 9:37 am
(516) Mary B says:

Just got a volunteer gig to help out at the food pantry nearby. Instead of just giving people a bag of whatever they have in stock, they set it up like a market, and the clients can walk through with a volunteer and pick what they need from the shelves, with some limitations of course. I think they can shop just once a month, given the high volume of people who need assistance.

I’m hoping for the day when no one needs assistance, but I don’t think we’ll ever see it……

February 14, 2014 at 10:00 am
(517) philbrt says:

Sign the petition to get as many signatures as possible to extend the EU

Go to the link below

February 14, 2014 at 10:03 am
(518) ADColeman says:

Going on vacation are you kidding me? They just got off a vacation. When do they work? People going without basics and they are on vacation. They really don’t give a damn about us. I hope voters remember all this in November and put them on vacation for good. They have forgotten “We the People” and just go on like we do not exist.

February 14, 2014 at 10:44 am
(519) John says:

What about the Bill the group of Republican Senators came up with that provides amendments and some changes while being paid for, can Reid bring that up for a vote?

February 14, 2014 at 11:01 am
(520) kpv says:

This seems to be such a forgotten issue . The Democrats have there retreat today. Just watched Nancy pelosi and Joe Biden & other Democrats speak and talk about every issue that congress has to address and never mentions unemployed extension then Obama gives his speech and outlines what Congress needs to do , he mentions woman’s pay, Immigration bill , Income equality and raising the Minimum wage , crushes the republicans for not supporting them and never mentions anything about Unemployment extension .unreal. This is where if you want it you have to say something if your Pelosi, biden and especially Obama. I get the feeling some times that this is the only place this issue is being discussed.

February 14, 2014 at 11:02 am
(521) Rango says:

By inducing the unemployed to hold out for jobs that offer salaries similar to those from jobs they had in the past, he said, unemployment insurance encourages “very counterproductive job search decisions.” Further, he argued, extended unemployment benefits in general encourage workers to hold out for higher wages, which decreases employers’ incentive to create new jobs.

At least as far as the stimulative impact of unemployment insurance spending goes, Sherk’s analysis is clearly at odds with most economists, but its appeal among congressional Republicans remains strong enough to have kept an extension of unemployment benefits from being enacted for two months, and for an undetermined time in the future.

Read more….


February 14, 2014 at 11:14 am
(522) LT says:
February 14, 2014 at 11:18 am
(523) Larry Kiz says:

Paul Ryan’s budget deal kicked 100,000 Wisconsinites off unemployment insurance and Ron Johnson’s work in the Senate kept them off. Johnson opposed extending unemployment insurance three times to Wisconsinites who desperately need it. Wisconsin deserves better. Make sure you remember them when they are up for re-election.

February 14, 2014 at 11:26 am
(524) kpv says:

@John , that bill was rejected by Democrats and its not an option . There are no currently outstanding bills, Amendments or anything to vote on upcoming . Any vote would need a new bill or amendment to 1845. After 2 months EU is in limbo at this point waiting for someone to present something new.

February 14, 2014 at 11:31 am
(525) Patricia Butler says:

(7813) U Lite, I’m very sorry about the loss of your father. Sending you prayers and good thoughts.

February 14, 2014 at 11:37 am
(526) Rita Geller says:

While we are urgently waiting for unemployment benefits to be reinstated, here are some suggestions on what we can do to survive..
1 Call the 211 emergency helpline. I don’t know if they have this service in all states but I do know they have this In Nevada and Oregon (a documentary was released a few years ago showing several people in Portland, OR using this service) They provide free information and access to basic human services including medical and mental health resources and employment support.
2. Shop at the 99 cents, Dollar Tree, etc. They have produce, canned foods,, refrigerated foods, etc which is no more than a dollar per item (sometimes they have specials i.e, 2/99cents). They also have milk and eggs which cost a little bit more.

February 14, 2014 at 11:52 am
(527) A professional says:

I am a professional; I have kids to support, a mortgage, and high oil bills due to the cold New England winter. I have been actively looking for ONE YEAR! – I am a contributor, I’m educated, I’m really good at what I do. I’ve made a lot of money for the many business owners I’ve worked for. I NEVER would have thought I’d be out of work this long, I was terminated on a whim (not due to poor performance) while working 80+ hours a week at a start-up company whose management and investors use employees to put profits in their pockets – and discard workers when convenient. Bad luck I guess, I picked the WRONG company to work for.
I spend 7-days a week searching for jobs and networking. I was paid well when working, but I am willing to take a SUBSTANTIAL pay cut just to work and contribute again. However, someone with many years experience taking a lower paying job is viewed as a flight risk, and being 40 years of age doesn’t help – yes 40 is “old” for my profession. I’ve paid into the system for 20 years – outrageous amounts of taxes, much used to help others and pay politician’s salaries. I typically vote Republican. The US Government (both parties) has let me down.
Any article that states the economy is improving is not real. I want EUC extended , BUT I also think more strict rules requiring those job searching to prove & document their search are established — I shockingly only have been asked once in a year to furnish this information! This should appease both Republicans and Democrats – documentation that those getting benefits are not sitting around watching TV all day. Also, the amount I’ve received in payments is equal to 1/6 the salary I was making. So if you are employed and reading this and think the unemployed are sitting pretty – take your current salary and divide by six and try living on that. You CAN’T, it’s enough to survive (and pay for the gas you need to get to interviews) but low enough to keep me VERY motivated to work again!

February 14, 2014 at 11:59 am
(528) Rob says:

(7815) CYNDI I also live in Tennessee now. Write to both the senators and tell them how you feel! I am ever day!!!

February 14, 2014 at 12:20 pm
(529) John M says:

Frankly for those asking what they think other peoples opinions are on the extension happening. Nobody really knows. But it doesn’t look good from my angle. Id say the topic is dead. And that if you have any last ditch emergency plans. You’d probably be best to lay them into action.

February 14, 2014 at 12:44 pm
(530) Mara says:

So far this is on the schedule for 02/24/14. I’m not sure what the other 5 CLOTURE votes will be….

At 5:00pm on Monday, February 24th, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #564, the nomination of Jeffrey Alker Meyer to be US District Judge for the District of Connecticut with up to 30 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled in the usual form. Upon the use or yielding back of time (at approximately 5:30pm), there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Meyer nomination.

If cloture is invoked on the Meyer nomination, there would be up to 2 hours for post-cloture debate. Upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate would proceed to a vote confirmation of the nomination, then proceed to the next cloture vote and repeat the process for the remaining nominations in the list above. Following disposition of the Freeman nomination, there will be a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S.1982.

While up to 9 roll call votes (5 cloture votes and 4 confirmation votes) are possible Monday evening, we anticipate that after three votes, the remaining will resume sometime Tuesday morning.

Likely votes Monday at 5:30pm:

- Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #564 Jeffrey Alker Meyer -to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut

(up to 2 hours of equally divided debate, likely one hour)
- Confirmation of Meyer nomination

- Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #564 #570 James Maxwell Moody, Jr. – to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

February 14, 2014 at 1:10 pm
(531) JAM says:

I have always been a glass is half full gal. But this issue is DEAD. We became political pawns in a pitiful game. Our unemployment fell during the perfect storm. I am deeply disheartened by our government. Senate returns 24th, Congress 26th. Nothing could happen until March, if that? So sad for so many. It is beyond unconscionable. The unemployed have been politicized and abandoned. It is plain and simply, shameful.

February 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm
(532) kpv says:

@ Mara , the other Cloture votes are other nominations. The whole week will be finishing Nominations and they are going to start the Minimum Wage fight.

February 14, 2014 at 1:26 pm
(533) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

Here’s a good article from the CNBC on the delay in extending EUC:

February 14, 2014 at 1:28 pm
(534) Janice says:

I would caution people about shopping at a dollar store without comparison shopping. I thought I was getting a great bargain on trash bags and other cleaning supplies until I did the math on price per unit. The dollar store was more expensive (and of course their products were crummy).

The book “Zero Waste Home” has some good tips for thrifty living (i.e. I wrap my lunch sandwiches in cloth napkins now, and wash them, instead of buying waxed paper).

If you receive ANY kind of food or fuel assistance you can get reduced rates from your gas and electric company. In fact in Mass. the state provides the utilities with names of everyone getting food and fuel assistance so it’s easy to apply. I think you can save 25% on utility bills, possibly more.

I’ve called Citizens’ Energy about oil 10x/day all week and it’s always busy :)

February 14, 2014 at 1:43 pm
(535) Post_IT sticker says:

It’s devastating and it’s really disappointing that the Senate didn’t figure out a way to get it done,” said Maurice Emsellem, a program director with the National Employment Law Project. “They repealed the military retiree cost-of-living cut, they increased the debt ceiling. There were some opportunities there, and it’s very disappointing that they’re leaving town again and they’re off for another week.”

February 14, 2014 at 2:48 pm
(536) U Lite says:

(7828) Patricia Butler – thanks so much for your thoughts and prayers. My father was a dedicated public servant all his life (law enforcement), and he will be much missed. I’m grateful he will not have to witness the direction our once great country is taking.

My heart aches for everyone here caught up in the uncertainty. I’m trying to get connected with hospice grief counseling. Loss of a parent, loss of a job, loss of a home, loss of my retirement savings — at 61, I’m not sure how many more losses I can take. For certain, I can’t retire on $750/month.

Time to get back to the job search. Remembering you all in my prayers.

February 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm
(537) Steve says:

Hey guys, sorry if this is a little off subject. I just reciever a letter in the mail telling me that I failed to attend my mandatory reemployment and eligibility assment that was scheduled in August. I was unaware of this. The letter states that I am either going to lose my benefits(which I already have as I am on teir 2 euc) or Everyhing I have gotten sinse August will be considered overpaid and I assume that would mean I owe it all back. They attached a little survey sheet that was just asking why I did not attend and I have already sent that back to them. That was all I was required to do. Does anyone know what I should expect? It is the middle of February and this is the first time I’ve been made aware of this. I live in PA btw. Also my first year of eligibilty was up in November and I apparently made it past that ” reassement” process inorder to claim into December. I just don’t understand why they never cancelled my benefits in the last 6 months and waited til now to tell me

February 14, 2014 at 3:17 pm
(538) BayLee420 says:

I was just on NewsBusters.com. Not the type of web site that would be in favor of our plight. Since they try to expose and combat the liberal bias

They was an article about MSNBC crying about how the Congress left for another weeks vacation and not extending EUC.

The comments were what surprised me. The majority of comments were in favor of extended unemployment benefits. Also how the GOP was shooting itself in the foot. That Americans deserve better from Congress. I’ll never vote GOP as long as I live comments that we see posted here. I’d say the comments in favor of passing EUC was 5-1.

See for yourself.

February 14, 2014 at 3:22 pm
(539) Dave says:
February 14, 2014 at 3:24 pm
(540) U Lite says:

Links to proposed House legislation can be found here:

H.R.3773 – http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/3773/all-actions/
Chairman, House Ways and Means,
Dave Camp, Republican, Michigan

H.R.2821 – http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/2821/all-actions/
Chairman, Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice,
Trent Franks, Republican, Arizona

H.R.3546 – http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/3546/all-actions/
Chairman, House Transportation and Infrastructure,
Bill Shuster, Republican, Pennsylvania

H.R.3813 – http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/3813/all-actions/
Chairman, Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
Jeff Denham, Republican, California

H.R.3824 – http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/3824/all-actions/
Chairman, Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
Jeff Denham, Republican, California

For those items referred to committee, it may be a long while before they are sufficiently modified (1,2,3 readings) to compel an actual vote. This in itself is disheartening, but the plight of the unemployed has not been totally ignored.

February 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm
(541) Hello from Chiberia says:
February 14, 2014 at 3:34 pm
(542) Hello from Chiberia says:

@(7839) U Lite

Welcome back. Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your father.

February 14, 2014 at 4:02 pm
(543) U Lite says:

From the White House blog: Helping the Long-Term Unemployed Get Back to Work

Gene Sperling and Valerie Jarrett
February 10, 2014
11:29 AM EST


White House “Best Practices” For Recruiting and Hiring the Long-Term Unemployed


I’m going through the whole list of companies in my area. Maybe other folks will have some luck with this, too.

February 14, 2014 at 4:36 pm
(544) Desert Cactus says:

My donations and taxes helped these Senator’s and other Government office to be in office wither I voted for them or not. The bottom line is there is not enough jobs at this time, the little tease that we receive from this (EUC) does help to some extent. I would like to know if there is any Government official would be willing to share there income with us unfortunate, hard working souls. We are your ticket to stay in office.

February 14, 2014 at 5:05 pm
(545) John M says:

Not to dispute your post U lite. But looking at these bills. They were not introduced by the people you say they were.
For example.
Cut and pasted info off the links you provided.

H.R.3773 – Unemployed Jobhunters Protection and Assistance Act of 2013

Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18] (Introduced 12/16/2013)
Latest Action:
12/16/2013 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
Major Recorded Votes:
There are no Roll Call votes for this bill.

H.R.2821 – American Jobs Act of 2013

Rep. Wilson, Frederica S. [D-FL-24] (Introduced 07/24/2013)
Latest Action:
09/13/2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.
Major Recorded Votes:
There are no Roll Call votes for this bill.

They are all similarly different from the way you identified them. As in they are bills written and introduced by Democrats without any republican sponsorship according to the text of those links.

I guess my question is, where did you get the information stating that the republicans you named had anything at all to do with them?

February 14, 2014 at 5:07 pm
(546) CD says:

(7840) Steve says.

my buddy had a similar situation… and yes he had to pay back 4 months of benefits… he paid amount due on installments..

it takes months sometimes to cross check the system to see if the criteria for collecting benefits is met..

February 14, 2014 at 5:11 pm
(547) John M says:

@7843 What’s more the republican congressmen you credit with the bills are not mentioned anywhere at all in any of the text on any of the pages for the bills. (Control F)

So what exactly is it your suggesting these congressmen had to do with the bills you named? Because from what I can see they had nothing to do with it other then opposition to it.

February 14, 2014 at 5:38 pm
(548) JV says:

@ (7841) BayLee420

Interesting Article!
The writer of that Blog, Jeffrey Meyer (jmeyer@mrc.org) uses the word Whine to describe all the Unemployed that are hurting. I would not use the word Whine to describe American People/families that are cold, starving, or are in FINANCIAL Troubles. Suzy Khimm from MSNBC was trying to point out how the GOP could less about fellow Republican Voters. We all know they do not care about the REST(Dem) of us. This guy Jeffrey seems to support the GOP, and based on his Blog also seems to be Whining.

February 14, 2014 at 5:48 pm
(549) John says:

I’ve spent the last few days giving various Senators’ office staff a piece of my mind. I took a sharp tone with every office worker that answered and left long, sharp messages on the ones that went to machine. How can they call themselves public servants or that they support the working class? What a joke.

February 14, 2014 at 5:55 pm
(550) John says:

Minimum Wage is not even close to being as important as EUC, and isn’t as vital to people’s survival, because yes they can raise the minimum wage by a few dollars but the cost of living will just go up by a few dollars and cancel it out. EUC is what people need and use just to survive and get by.

February 14, 2014 at 6:03 pm
(551) Mary says:

Seriously….. 45 years of being gainfully employed… and then lay-off occurred…. Never collected unemployment and now congress won’t approve the extension…. I have no other benefits…. everything is gone… and these fat jerks collecting a paycheck can agree on helping U.S. citizens who ALWAYS into the system…

February 14, 2014 at 6:04 pm
(552) Lucia says:

U Lite, please accept my condolences for the loss of your dad.

I do not believe this issue is forgotten because the Senator from NJ, as recently as 2 hours ago, posted something about it on his FB page. The collective media is a magpie, whatever is shiny and happening today attracts it. Just because they don’t consider it front page news, doesn’t mean there aren’t conversations going on about the extension.

February 14, 2014 at 6:07 pm
(553) John says:

I asked every single person that worked for the Republican Senators that I talked to how they could pass the Military Bill using the exact same offset that they said were not serious or not acceptable on the EUC bill. I also asked how they could call themselves public servants when they failed this bill that is literally the lifeline and only source of income for people who have worked hard and paid taxes their entire lives. They all had no answer of course. I asked how they could be fine with the people who were cut off losing their homes, cars, phones, not being able to pay their bills, not being able to feed their kids or keep the heat one because this was our only lifeline in a jobless economy. No explanation of course.

February 14, 2014 at 6:16 pm
(554) Mary B says:

John M (7812): I hear you. GMTA, right!!?? :-)

February 14, 2014 at 6:25 pm
(555) Kim says:

I don’t mean to be off topic with this but I am wondering what we are expected to do when our particular career field’s have dried up.
Many of our career paths are no longer viable. At what point do we try and get retraining and with many of us in our 50′s what kind of jobs are even viable when most of them require 2 years of experience to get into anyway. Does anyone have any ideas on retraining at 50+ years of age? Healthcare is supposed to be a good field but jobs other than doctor or nurse don’t really very well. Then there’s accounting but I don’t think there is as much demand in that field as they thought there was going to be a few years ago. It seems like they say that we may need retraining to get back into the workforce but just what kind of skills are in demand? I know I was studying web development but it seems like it is very hard to break into as a second career. I’m in the Bay Area so everything seems too competitive here but I can’t move due to family obligations and it’s so expensive too.

February 14, 2014 at 6:26 pm
(556) U Lite says:

Hi, John M (7849)

Please accept my apologies. What you have posted is correct and is the same information which I have in the text file of my research and from which I tried to cut and paste here.

My information came from:


filtered by “all actions.” The information was then re-verified using Votesmart.org

There was supposed to be a post before the one above (7844) showing Senate legislation that did not show up on this site. Looking at what is posted, the information appears to have been scrambled somehow en route.

Please accept my apologies for the confusion. I do try to be diligent checking each item before posting.

February 14, 2014 at 6:34 pm
(557) BayLee420 says:

(7852) JV says:

This what kind of gives me a little hope. Every comment on JobSearch is usually in favor of extended benefits for American workers. We need to look at what the other GOP/TEA Party sites have to say. There is the usual viteraol of hate and heartlessness, but an unusual amount of empathy. If not down right angst toward the GOP. The comments on most of these sites pretty much mimic what we have been saying here since the end of EUC. Surprising number of GOP members though they are not unemployed. They know of someone or some family member that is being hit hard by Congress’ inaction. The usual Obama has done this; Obama has done that is now being turned around to the GOP.

The GOP must know this is going to hurt them. It’s political suicide when their own are starting to turn against them. Hopefully there will be more and more backlash toward the GOP by their members.

Granted there are many that feel that EUC is for lazy moochers, but I believe that’s changing. It was refreshing to read the comments by long time GOPers.

Come to think of it. I’d be pissed off at the GOP too if they weren’t helping Americans survive. Although I do have a dog in the race. Me.

February 14, 2014 at 6:41 pm
(558) Sharon says:

7841 Steve — I don’t know what state you live in, but I had a similar meeting at the unemployment office in Massachusetts. I had a letter that stated the dates to choose and it did state that I wouldn’t get benefits unless I went to this meeting. After a few days of receiving the letter, unemployment called to make sure I called about which date I chose. I called and yes I did go to the meeting. Had to take proof of about a month what jobs I looked for. Also there was like a seminar on how to get a job and they took my resume to check it out and critique it. I then had to wait for about 2 hours to meet personally with one of the reps and basically she looked at me and said that everything was fine. I know the younger ones had to have phone calls to see if their phone etiquette was good for a phone interview but I never had to do that. Probably being 62 at the time – who knows. I would expect that they will go after you for the money means that you didn’t go to that meeting. I’m so sorry. I know they overpaid me for $200.00 and I had to repay it back and did immediately. Best of luck. I’m so sorry.

February 14, 2014 at 6:48 pm
(559) Sharon says:

U Lite — so sorry to hear about your Father. Its not easy no matter what age they were when they pass. Lost both my parents and I know the pain. So very very sorry. Keep your chin up, please.

February 14, 2014 at 7:34 pm
(560) Lee says:

I hold a MA degree with 42 years of work experience. Since my recent termination by an at will employer I opted to go through job readiness retraining to work in industry. I did well in the training and tested well in the final job placement skills testing, etc. I was told “my qualifications did not meet this run” at a recent hiring. I’ve applied to so many jobs without even an interview. I have paid in to unemployment all these years and now I am very, very discouraged.

February 14, 2014 at 7:43 pm
(561) ruthie says:

When is the soonest that we will be able to see if there is a date sent for another vote in the Senate? After they return from recess.

February 14, 2014 at 7:44 pm
(562) Mary B says:

(7861) Lee: Stay with this blog for support while everyone tries to figure out what to do and where to go next. Everyone is working on a Plan B, since it’s looking less and less likely that the extension will pass. But, there still could be a glimmer of hope, because Senator Reid has said he will bring this issue up again when the Senate reconvenes on 2/24.

February 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm
(563) Jay says:

@(7841) Steve – I had the same thing and I was able to go into the Unemployment Office, file an appeal, and then I didn’t have to pay back the benefits. I explained in the appeal that I didn’t receive any type of communication regarding the assessment and that was enough to win the appeal.

February 14, 2014 at 8:08 pm
(564) Ruth says:

Why does harry reid say the democrats want this when it is harry reid himself that changed his vote from yes to no???? someone is pulling our chain, looks like it is a scam of sorts to make us “think” they are for us when in reality, they vote against us.

February 14, 2014 at 8:42 pm
(565) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

@Ruth Harry Reid voted no so the legislation could be brought up for another vote.

February 14, 2014 at 9:11 pm
(566) Frank Stanton says:

(7867) Ruth,

This has already been addressed too many times. Read back a little and you will find your answer.

February 14, 2014 at 10:01 pm
(567) kpv says:

Seems Democrats are starting to admit they cant get a bill passed unless Republicans feel the pressure and so far they are not.

From the Huffing ton post today

Speaking before lawmakers at a retreat in Cambridge, Md., the president acknowledged that his ability to move legislation forward was limited, according to an attendee at the event. He doesn’t have administrative recourse over the issue, he said, and either the Republicans would support a bill because they believed there was a political price to pay or they wouldn’t.

Senate leadership aides said they will try once more before the end of the month. But those same aides were bearish about the bill’s prospects, noting that Republican members hadn’t told them what type of amendments they would like votes on in exchange for their support.

“We are going to keep bringing it up,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “And I think it still has a chance, although it is not that large a chance.”

Obama, for his part, told lawmakers that it would ultimately take an outside-game strategy to get something passed. Lawmakers would have to hear from their constituents in order to move a bill forward, and legislative trade-offs wouldn’t do the trick.

February 14, 2014 at 10:04 pm
(568) SOLUTIONS says:

@(7861) BayLee420
You would think they know it is political suicide but for some reason it seems if they feel they are above that. I think they feel with the Dems not doing well they are on an equal playing field. I don’t think the extension was ever going to be extended again. The hope that we do have is the human eliminate that is not ever going to go away. It’s very unfortunate but there are people who already committed drastic acts that we may or may not get to hear about. I think if you push a person to these level of extreme circumstance you can not judge there actions. I’ve said it many times before I feel a certain age group has been targeted 50-60+ years old. You read post that all lot of them have had great success in phone interviews but get escorted out when they get to the main interview.

February 14, 2014 at 10:10 pm
(569) Jman says:

What happened to compensation conservative?

Sounds like it got replaced by Heartless Conservatives!

Republicans -> The party of NO (with no real ideas) and stuck in the 80′s

If republicans had their way, there would be:
No Min wage
No Medicare
all jobs shipped overseas.
No women rights

February 15, 2014 at 8:31 am
(570) Janice says:

@Jman — you wrote “What happened to compensation conservative?”

I think you meant “compassionate conservative,” but that’s an awesome Freudian slip.

February 15, 2014 at 10:13 am
(571) Karen1 says:

@(7859) Kim:

“Retraining” does not matter if you are above 50 years old. No one is going to hire a 55 year old web developer, or graphic artist…..especially one just out of school.

In my area, the best I could hope for is x-ray tech or nurse (but the hiring waiting list is a mile long) or part time medical assistant which pays around 10 bucks an hour. Can’t feed my family on 200.00 a week. Medical billing and coding start out with less, and its in decline anyway. Most major companies have software to do the coding. Medical secretaries are Per Diem, or part time only and tend to hire only experienced.
“retraining” is a buzz word for Republicans. It doesn’t really mean anything other than “let’s break the Democrat’s b***ls”…

February 15, 2014 at 10:40 am
(572) Jen says:

Hi Everyone! Thank you to all for your posts. It’s good to feel connected during this scary and unjust time.

The internet is great for this support but our divided comments on various websites and social media will NOT get the job done. It is our job, all 1.8 million of us, to get on the phone and call our congressmen and the media outlets. Since they are on recess this coming week we will need to call their local offices, Democrats and Republicans. Those numbers are easy to find since each Senator has their own website. Please ask if you need a phone number and I will be happy to get it for you.

Both sides are to blame. Yes GOP blocked by one vote, but Harry Reid and the democrats kept pushing the same bill that they knew for weeks wasn’t going to get passed, wasting our time. There were other proposals by the republicans that the democrats would not work with. It’s the responsibility of both sides to negotiate a deal. As angry as I am about the GOP’s vote, I’m even angrier at the Democrats for moving onto other less time sensitive issues like the minimum wage. After all, I voted Democrat and they didn’t get it done. They’re also barely pushing in the media. I’ll be calling Chuck Schumers office 1st thing in Monday morning. Not a big chance of getting the extension? Oh really? This is a don’t take no for an answer situation. What if 2 million people were stranded from their homes running out of food because of a natural disaster? What would they say? Oh we’ll get back to it in a couple weeks?!

We must call. Every business day, all day until it gets done. If it doesn’t get done protests will be underway. People are already organizing. If you can’t make it to DC, there will be local protests throughout the country. There have already been some in NYC, Detroit and Chicago. More will come. But for now ring their phones off the hook starting again on Monday.

February 15, 2014 at 11:27 am
(573) Deborah says:

Californians – UPDATE on EDD Positions: Details below. What is great about this is that the exam is online – I took it and got 95% and put on the eligibility list and higher education can substitute in for prior working with EDD (need to include transcript or copy of degree). Filling in the application today and mailing ASAP…..

Employment Program Representatives Job Vacancies
February 12, 2014

It was announced recently that the EDD is hiring 280 more staff in the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program. Below is information about applying for positions with the EDD and/or with the State of California.

The EDD has started the process for hiring Employment Program Representatives (EPR). In order to be considered for an EPR position, candidates must first obtain eligibility on the State exam: EPR Examination.

The EPR jobs to be filled and specific job announcements by county are listed below:

San Bernardino
San Diego
San Francisco

February 15, 2014 at 11:40 am
(574) LT says:
February 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm
(575) Mike says:

#1: It really makes a difference if the votes were 59-39 vs 58-40?
#2: Aren’t there 100 senators? If they’re all not voting,then it should need less than 60 votes to pass. That’s BS.

February 15, 2014 at 12:55 pm
(576) Dawn W says:

I try to keep the faith and every time I have an interview I think this may be it, only to hear I’m over/under qualified. I apply to everything, also do a cover letter as I know how important that is. The severance I received back in May when I lost my job is gone, EUC obviously is done and I had only just started it. My husband and I fight all the time about money, and will probably not make it through this. Not sure how I’m going to make the payments next month. So that’s my story and when I read others I feel less sorry for myself at least I have no kids to try to feed. I hope for the best for everyone, especially those with families I can only imagine how difficult it is for you. Continued prayers for all of us!

February 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm
(577) Debbie says:

Man, I wish we can all hire each other and go into business together just to sock it to Congress.

Wouldn’t that be nifty…

February 15, 2014 at 3:02 pm
(578) Jackie says:

The original bill for EUC would have been passed if Harry Reid would have attached it to another bill or if he would have allowed amendments to the Bill. No ability to amend a Bill is like saying this is how it is and like it because it will never be able to change. For those of you who love change, think about that. Now the republicans are guilty also. If they wanted funds for it, take a look at foreign spending and congress salaries and other things money is being wasted on. Obviously this issue has been used as a pawn in a political farce. No one wins. R

February 15, 2014 at 3:37 pm
(579) Ryan says:

I lost my job discovering medical cures b/c the government decided funding the NIH was no longer important. Who needs disease & injury treatment, prevention and management anyway?

So there’s no jobs open in my field. tens of thousands of us got laid off.

Now they’re going to say we don’t deserve unemployment security either.

Not smart.

February 15, 2014 at 3:53 pm
(580) kilrathi says:

Obama should come out and take the blame for this, because it shoudl of been attached to the budget to begin with. Stop pointing fingers at republicans or democrats.

Some people expected this to be passed retroactively by now after all the promises from democrats and president and thus promised to pay their bills to landlords etc…. now they still cant. Once you this way behind looking for a job is least of your problems, looking to survive and have a roof over head is, and thus some will turn to crime to get by.

February 15, 2014 at 4:46 pm
(581) SOLUTIONS says:

(7874) Karen1
The medical field is still growing. the comment on coding is incorrect. With the new laws it just went into overdrive. Companies are outsourcing those jobs to companies dedicated to coding and billing. So with experience in that field a person could make a good living.

February 15, 2014 at 4:48 pm
(582) Jman says:

If Dems were really serious about EUC, then they would have worked with the Republicans to find a compromise
attached EUC with one the recent bills that was passed.

Truth is: Dems rather have EUC issue then pass something.
Real Leader/s find a way to compromise and pass things !

February 15, 2014 at 4:55 pm
(583) John says:

I agree… After the shutdown ordeal and the Republicans getting blamed and getting hammered for it they would have never failed the budget and lead to another shutdown or what have you if they attached the short-term 3-month bill to it. Not a chance. That’s what I don’t understand. The Democrats should have stood their ground like the Republicans always do.

February 15, 2014 at 5:04 pm
(584) Robert says:

Let’s put homeless shelters in the neighborhoods of these republican senators and their constituents, that way they have to actually see and live with the destruction they’ve caused. If after that, they’re still willing to cause it in the future, then that’s fair. Please sign the petition:


In the new economy, where it can easily take 1-3 years to find another job, let’s hope that people who are against extending unemployment benefits get laid off and have to find out what it feels like to have their children starve.

February 15, 2014 at 5:49 pm
(585) John M says:

I get it. Its Obama’s fault because he didn’t shut the government down to get an EUC extension. No wait its Democrats fault because they wont let republicans attach the xl pipeline or a repeal of the ACA to it. (Lets face it its not the pay for that was offered. Because republicans turned around and used the exact same pay for to restore the cola adjustments to military retirees.) ….. Its not the republicans fault. God knows they only want what’s best for you and me right? I mean how could it be wrong to want to demand it include job creation and provisions for reforming the program.. Those things sound awesome. The problem is talk is all the further those ideas go. They never have any real bipartisan ideas. Anything the democrats suggest is just outright rejected. So yeah lets not blame the party of no. Lets blame everyone else for not using the same terrorist tactics that the T party does.

February 15, 2014 at 6:47 pm
(586) BayLee420 says:

Paul Ryan tried to find a way to pay for extend unemployment. Patty Murray refused. Why? Because she and the Democratic caucus decided it was a political win for their side. Ryan wanted to pay for it by not funding money to illegal immigrants, but Murray and the Democrats thought they were more important to their careers than hard working Americans.

We are being left out to dry by the very people that says they want to help us. We are nothing but political cannon fodder. The very fact the republicans dropped the issue is just as bad, We are never going to have these benefits extended. Face the facts. By shifting the blame to the GOP is just want they want us to do. They feel that we are stupid enough not to realize we’ve been duped.

Vote every one of them out of office. Democrat or Republicans. Out they go.

Obama was asked to come up with some way to offset the cost. He has not even tried. He’d rather use us than help us. Sad as it is. This is the reality of the situation.

February 15, 2014 at 8:55 pm
(587) carol kelly says:

Obama list of companies is so pathetic. You have to be kidding me. Many of these unemployed people believed they live in a country that provided safety nets..many of them came from decent paying jobs that they worked for years at..and suddenly lost their jobs. They are in a part of the country that may not have jobs for them again… how much do you think it takes to relocate.. sell your house.. your kids etc. Are we in some sum bag country that just lets our people go..like stray dogs???

February 15, 2014 at 9:21 pm
(588) jacob says:

@7887 Baylee WAKE UP!!!!

All I have to say is wow…! Please leave your negative opinion to yourself. ITS ALREADY PAID FOR BY AMERICAN PEOPLE!!!!! The people who have worked hard and paid their taxes day in and day out. People that deserve to be given a lifeline when there isn’t enough jobs for the people that want to work in America.

BOTTOM LINE… EUC has never required a pay for because it should already be paid for by the backbones of the hard working American’s that paid into it!!!

So get off your high horse and REALIZE!!!!!

EVERY democrat in the senate voted yes… and its taking the Mountains to move for Republicans to say; YES!!!!!!!!!

February 15, 2014 at 10:43 pm
(589) Lynne White says:

I honesty can’t believe that the government didn’t approve another extension and let unemployment benefits lapse for so many hardworking Americans,

I worked for the same company for over seven years. And was laid off in January 2013. I have been looking hard for a job ever since.

From what I keep reading is that even if the Senate approves an extension it will never make it through the House?

February 15, 2014 at 10:47 pm
(590) Larry says:

Everyone, please remember to stay and talk positive about the outcome of the EUC extension. These weasel Senators rely on public opinion and I guarantee every Senator has their aides monitoring the consensus of this blog, also media from both sides are reading. If the overall thought here is that the battle is lost, they will see the writing on the wall (blog). However, if these aides and media keep reading about our plight, and our unwillingness to let the issue rest, they will have to restrategize and come up with a plan to make the EUC work. Now is no time to be weak, now is time for strength in numbers.

February 15, 2014 at 11:11 pm
(591) John M says:

I just find it amazing that you people seem to think its acceptable for Obama (which of course is completely unable to make this call ) or the democratic controlled senate should have demanded EUC be extended or shut the government down. That game can only be played so many times before people start questioning the good credit of the USA.

The last thing any of us ever want to see is interest rates blow out of control because our government treats every issue as a hostage taking situation. This HORRIBLE way of leading should die. As should the tea party for breathing life into it to begin with.

February 15, 2014 at 11:15 pm
(592) Frustrated says:

@Jacob 7891 Jacob, as a lifelong Democrat I can honestly say there is a lot of truth to @7889 Baylee has to say. Yes, now democrats have put in up for a vote but it should have been included in the budget. After it was not included in the budget it should have been attached to the Farm Bill, the COLA adjustment sailed through like a hot knife through butter. I live in California all of the Senators in the third largest economy (CA), and a Democratic governor and when it comes to EUC it is CRICKETS. They say nothing? They do nothing? Everyday they are marching with the Mexican Flag for Immigration Reform. There are no marches for the unemployed in California well over 250,000 and nothing. This is a failure on the Democratic Party, I for one am ashamed of my party for letting this issue go this far. I feel as a female, under 35, so let down by Obama. We voted for change but this is NOT the change I voted for!

February 15, 2014 at 11:30 pm
(593) Frank Stanton says:

(7891) jacob,

What you are saying is incorrect. The 26 weeks of state UE is paid for by employers, and in some states (not mine) by both employers and employees. Federal emergency benefits are completely unfunded if a pay for is not offsetting it. Don’t get me wrong, I want the UE emergency benefits as I need them, but spreading misinformation is not the way to do it.

February 16, 2014 at 12:56 am
(594) John says:

@Baylee… Is that true that Paul Ryan offered that offset and Murray refused? If that’s the case that’s very disturbing. This whole thing could have been avoided.

February 16, 2014 at 8:54 am
(595) BayLee420 says:

(7891) jacob says:

You haven’t read any of my posts. All I’m saying is that we are pawns of both parties. We can say all day long that EUC is paid by the hard working Americans. That’s really not debatable to us. The truth is the Republicans will NOT pass any EUC legislation unless there are cutoffs in the budget. That is the truth in the matter.

Both parties benefit by keeping the unworking Americans in a state of anxiety. Will they? Won’t they? They are using us as PAWNS.

immigrants children as a tax breaks. This is wwant added to the EUC legislation; along with budget cutoffs. They willDemocrats from adding any EUC bill that has NO chance of passing the HousDemocrats will not allow any of this to happen. There immigrants than hard working unemployed Americans. That’s something that we need to understand. Big business wants low wages and lobby Republicans to not extend EUC. The TEA party dosen’t want money going to “lazy bums” The Democrats feel they have a better chance politically with illegal immigrants than hard working Americans. Plus the Democrats have been lying on how wonderful the economy is going under Obama. This has bitten them in the arse.

Obama and the Democrats thought the Republican would cave in on the EUC issue. They are sadly wrong. Obama could of vetoed any of the bills that came to his desk.. He should of demanded that EUC be added to any legislation that was passed by congress. He did nothing. He is now playing golf in Palm Springs. His golf partner is the King of Jordan. He promised the King millions of dollars in aid for refugee relief. Knowing that the money to Jordan and any foreign aid could be used to help unemployed Americans.

I’m in the same boat as all of you. I just need to point out that we don’t matter. Hard working Americans that have been displaced by a true poor job market have been thrown to the wolves.

February 16, 2014 at 9:21 am
(596) BayLee420 says:

I have a good friend who is a political junkie. He follows politics like some people follow sports. He is in no way a, Republican or TEA party favorite. In fact you could say he leans to the Left further than any of would even think of. No lover of Paul Ryan by any account. When I was venting to him about how the Republicans were letting Americans suffer. He set me straight. I was shocked to hear him tell me how the 2014 budget deal went down. He told me that the Democrats want illegal immigration the key issue in the inequality of America. That the Democrats didn’t add the EUC to the budget or any bill because the Republicans want no tax breaks for illegal immigrant children w/o documentation i.e SS number. The Democrats said NO. He also told me that Obama wants this issue to continue. Just to show Americans that the GOP is cruel and heartless. When the fact is they feel illegals are more important than hard working Americans.

February 16, 2014 at 10:30 am
(597) MS says:
February 16, 2014 at 10:37 am
(598) TR says:
February 16, 2014 at 10:39 am
(599) Patricia Butler says:

(7899) BayLee420, I’m, also, a political junkie. I’m 60-years-old and I’ve followed politics since I was a teenager. I’m, also, a staunch Democrat, however, I’ve voted Republican at times. I would completely disagree with your friend. What the Republicans want to do away with is the earned income tax credit that’s given when someone with a certain income level, has children. Undocumented workers are provided an individual tax identification number so they can file taxes. They are working and contributing to society, and also paying taxes. The Democrats and the current administration do NOT feel that illegals are more important than hard working Americans. President Obama has deported more undocumented immigrants than any other past president. Republicans are stalling any type of immigation reform which, at one time, they were in favor of.

February 16, 2014 at 11:15 am
(600) BayLee420 says:

Sorry about my post 7898. I tried to edit it before I sent it. A lot of the edit got posted.

February 16, 2014 at 11:21 am
(601) John says:

I am a professional, I’m educated, I am a key contributor, I’m very good at what I do. I’ve made a lot of money for the many business owners I’ve worked for. I NEVER would have thought I’d be out of work for one year, I was terminated on a whim (not due to performance) while working 80+ hours a week at a start-up company whose management and investors use employees to put profits in their pockets – and discard workers when convenient. Bad luck I guess, I picked the WRONG company to work for and the WRONG time to be unemployed.

I spend 7-days a week searching for jobs and networking. I was paid well when working, but I am willing to take a SUBSTANTIAL pay cut just to work and contribute again. However, someone with many years experience taking a lower paying job is viewed as a flight risk, and being 40 years of age doesn’t help – yes, 40 is “old” for my profession. I’ve paid into the system for 20 years – outrageous amounts of taxes, much used to help others in need and pay politician’s salaries. I typically vote Republican. The US Government (and both political parties) has let me down…

February 16, 2014 at 11:22 am
(602) John says:

… Articles and research that conclude the economy is improving and unemployment is falling is not real. There are so few jobs out there. I want EUC extended , BUT I also think more strict rules requiring those job searching to prove & document their search are established — I shockingly only have been asked once in a year to furnish this information! This should appease both Republicans and Democrats – proof that those getting benefits are actively searching for employment.

Also, the amount I’ve received in payments is equal to 1/6 the salary I was making. So if you are employed and reading this and think the unemployed are sitting pretty – take your current salary and divide by six and try living on that (I have kids, a mortgage, oil bills). You CAN’T, it’s enough to survive (and pay for the gas you need to get to job interviews) but low enough to keep me VERY motivated to find work as soon as possible!

February 16, 2014 at 11:33 am
(603) John says:

If the Democrats really could have had EUC in the budget by compromising on that illegal Immigrant issue, than the Democrats are really dishonest and sinister, and why do they care so much about illegal immigrants that they have ruined the millions of lives that depended on EUC?

February 16, 2014 at 12:03 pm
(604) Ken71 says:

I’m a Glass is Half Full type of guy! And I will admit that it seems less likely that EU will pass. Maybe I will have to kiss those 5 weeks retro goodbye?

Don’t get me wrong; I am TRULY blessed to have found employment recently. Not the money I use to make. But something. So no complaints here.

I feel so sorry for anyone who has not found employment. Being there myself until recently. I empathize with you. I just don’t get at? Don’t they realize that those who were once receiving EU are being driven to the point of having to apply for EBT and Welfare? Not because they want to.

But because they have to. Great job congress! It seems you will have to pay either way for the long-term unemployed.

February 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm
(605) Justdontgetit says:

Well seems like EUC is getting further away so is everything else I owned I would have thought that both parties would of had a emergency session and at least do the 3 month extension guess that all the people there hurting doesn’t matter to them every Tuesday more and more people loose there benefits Both parties to blame and the president . I JUST DONT GET IT why hurt the people that voted you all in Karma will prevail if not passed next week I would assume its over for the 1.9 million people who were using the benefit while looking for work like myself I had just finished my 26 weeks and received no extra benefits so Dec.28 was my last check I’m not gonna make it past this month have used all options to pay mortgage BGE MEDS,etc… not to mention the hardship at home (if I still have one at end of month). I wonder which party will take advantage of being the one to decline the bill and which party wants to come out smelling like roses . I don’t have a clue whom ill vote for this year I hope everyone thinks hard before voting . This can effect our kids which is most important right now I cant support mine thanks to our lovely Government all Dem’s and Rep’s look at YOUR kids and think about us maybe you can see through them the position we have been put in. I know how I feel when I look at my kids and say I cant no money…………..

February 16, 2014 at 1:52 pm
(606) Lucia says:

@John – in NJ we do have to supply documentation that we are looking for work and we periodically are scheduled to attend mandatory session at the one stop office.

As far as receiving retroactive payments, when I transitioned from the state 26 program to the extension, I went for about 3 weeks without payment while the state applied for the extension. I kept going online and finally was able to apply and got the 3 weeks retroactively. Not sure if it will work that way this time.

February 16, 2014 at 2:24 pm
(607) dee says:

I only got a few weeks employment last year, I stoped working in Oct,2013. due to me being a older worker looking for a job I can tell its is going to take me a while to find the person that would want to hire me. I know employers tend to want to hire younger people, they feel that we older workers would want more money. I have been in retail management for 15+ yrs, employers would rather hire some one with less expierence becuse they would offer them less.

February 16, 2014 at 3:11 pm
(608) Joe k says:

United we stand? United states? We have immature power mongols in office.Our pillars of government are crumbling! Change all of that! VOTE!!!

February 16, 2014 at 6:30 pm
(609) Jeff says:

Alison- You mentioned that EC was passed on February 22 in 2012. Do you remember if people were able to get their money retroactively. Thanks.

February 16, 2014 at 6:35 pm
(610) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

@Jeff I’m not sure, but many states are having claimants continue to file with the presumption that it will be retroactive if passed. We’ll know more when the Senate is back on February 24th.

February 16, 2014 at 6:39 pm
(611) Jeff says:

I was able to find a part time job that pays half of what I would have made if I was collecting unemployment. It’s a job–so I am happy that I am working. Even with this job, I had to apply for SNAP benefits I am praying that they pass the EUC and that I can get get some of the retroactive money. The damage is done! Instead of living the American Dream, 1.9 Million Americans are living the American Nightmare. I didn’t think it would happen–But I pretty much lost everything. Very Very Depressing

February 16, 2014 at 6:49 pm
(612) Mary B says:

Another week on pins and needles………..a watched pot never boils!

Will keep you posted on the cake decorating gig, in case anyone is interested. :-)

February 16, 2014 at 6:54 pm
(613) Jordan says:

These heartless brain dead Senators and Congress men need to be visited by the 3 ghost of the from the Christmas Carol and see the damage the have done to the average American family.

February 16, 2014 at 9:01 pm
(614) nancy says:

According to New Jersey Unemployment website, it will be retroactive once the congress approve the extension.


February 16, 2014 at 9:10 pm
(615) Rich says:

Well, just signed up for my last regular state UC benefit check today. Used up all my 26 weeks so even if they pass the Federal UIC extension, don’t know if it will apply to me or if it will do me any good, Heck 3 months is no good at this point, which will take us to March 28 which, by the way, is almost here. Guess its a wait and see game now, maybe they got something longer in the works, like a year. which would be perhaps more feasible at this point for everybody.

February 16, 2014 at 11:11 pm
(616) ifretro says:

if the bill was(retro) to pass That would give people a lot of money they could use and for some that would 100.00 to 430.00 a week since Dec.28th 2013 That’s 800.00 to 3,440.00 I don’t think they would give that much back . I hope so but thats one heck of a lot of money times 1.9 million people or more. I know that the monies would be too late for most but I pray that it goes that way for all of us it would make things a little easier we could catch up on our mortgages and outstanding bills food on the table etc. pray it happens next week the further it goes the less likely to happen

February 17, 2014 at 12:23 am
(617) gail says:

I just pray that they pass this when they come back. It is needed by so many people. I have tried so hard to find a job but at my age its not going to happen. I am always over qualified or to old or don’t even get a response from my applications. Desperate in Wisconsin where Ryan and Johnson voted it down. I will not be voting for either one of them again. I will be out voicing my opinion come voting time. Lots of other people in Wisconsin have said the same thing. Good luck come voting time. Enjoy your perks now cause from what I hear you may be on the unemployment line just like me.

February 17, 2014 at 12:58 am
(618) Larry says:

style points to about.com.. I’da never been on ur site if it wasnt for the EUC 2014 updates from Alison AND the comments section.

Wanna be a superhero? Ya, sorry it doesn’t pay…but it does let you live in a world of legos..ie we’re establishing a clan of superheros via the comment section.

February 17, 2014 at 4:17 am
(619) Todd says:

Thank you very much for being thoughtful enough to keep this updated, I for one appreciate it very much. All the best to you!

February 17, 2014 at 5:55 am
(620) nancy says:

This sucks I have to send my 2 dachshund in an animal shelter where they can get free dog food. I can’t afford anything for now :(

February 17, 2014 at 6:32 am
(621) Roni says:

I have no problem helping Syria…. These people are in dire need! However, I also think we should help the people starving in the USA and the crisis before us….. by extending EUC.

February 17, 2014 at 8:23 am
(622) Rob says:

(7913) Alison Doyle. Nebraska Doesn’t. So I just wait and see.

February 17, 2014 at 8:35 am
(623) susan puiatti says:

Thank you for this site, the only information source I was able to find that let us know when the Senate was going to vote again after February 10th, a burning question asked especially by those who 26 weeks only benefits have run out, or in my case- are just about to run out. Susan- 25 year teacher, 61 years old,laid off in September due to school closing.

February 17, 2014 at 8:45 am
(624) Mary B says:

Sharon (7916): When I read your post, I kept thinking that we are providing assistance, so I did a little research. This is one report that shows how much we’ve given and are pledging to give in humanitarian aid in Syria.


There is just so much misery and so much NEED all around the world, not just here. It is so heartbreaking……….

Meanwhile, in the U.S., I think the point of helping the middle class is to preserve the middle class. It is part of what makes this country great. The more people we have who can provide for themselves, the better our economy and the stronger the country from a social and economic point of view. I wish those people in Congress would GET IT. Not extending the EUC is moving more people into poverty and possibly permanent dependency on the government, as they no longer have the necessary tools to look for work, get to work and perform at their best. What PLANET are they living on? I’d say Pluto, but I think the scientists took that away from us……….

February 17, 2014 at 8:53 am
(625) Lee says:

(7923) Nancy, please call the shelter to explain your situation; they may be able to donate to you or give you some suggestions. I would also check with grocery/pet stores/veterinarians to ask for (even expired) food products or coupons to cover purchases. These products are typically very usable even though they have an expiry. I would email/telephone your dog food company to see if they will help tide you over. I think you will be surprised with the results. It’s some work, but I’d do just about anything to keep my girls. I can’t image having to turn your pets into the shelter. I am so sorry….

I too am praying for an EUC extension!

February 17, 2014 at 8:58 am
(626) Mary B says:

nancy: I’m so sorry to hear about your dogs……….if they must go up for adoption, too, surely the shelter will ensure they go to a very good home.

U Lite: My sympathy to you on the death of your father. We are never ready to say good bye, no matter how ill or old they might be. At least you did get to spend time with him before the end………

February 17, 2014 at 9:17 am
(627) JF says:

OMG, what are they waiting for… unemployed people don’t have the luxury to keep waiting…. What do we do to survive in the meantime…?????????????

February 17, 2014 at 9:24 am
(628) Marcie says:

Nancy, I am so sorry to read your post. Please contact grocery stores/veterinarians/shelters to ask about any available food products. I would contact your current dog food company by email/telephone and explain your situation. You might be able to access expired products that are still very usable. Companies can send (email or mail) you valuable coupons. I would do just about anything to keep my girls and would not be bashful. I cannot imagine having to turn my pets over to the shelter. Please ask around, I think you will be surprised by the results.

I too am praying for the EUC extension.

February 17, 2014 at 9:36 am
(629) Ray Bressi says:

I watch the vote in the Senate and I let my people know from Pa that they don’t care about the people who voted them in. These people in Washington only care about voting for their party. It’s really sad to watch. Ans it’s both parties. Either one wants to give in. That’s the real sad part. Sent my Senate person an E-Mail letting him know he will not have my support next election. All the people getting screwed by Washington should show up and protest. Then maybe Washington will understand how they are hurting us, the people that voted for these clowns in the first place.

February 17, 2014 at 10:12 am
(630) Ann says:

OMG I can’t believe their out for another week …..their such hateful people just to get back at President Obama…..how could they be so mean to us . I was filling out applications on the computer over the weekend and 2 of the applications asked what year I graduated from high school and a drop down box came up and the year it showed at the end came up 1971 …..well I graduated in 1967…..so that right there proves nobody wants to higher older people ….they are looking for the younger generation …I’ve just about had it I don’t know what to do anymore . I used all my 401k plan for my mortgage because my husband passed away and I just don’t have money as the same goes for everyone else on this site. I’m so tired of going to sleep crying and waking up crying …..Its terrible to be depressed like this….I’m almost 65 so what do I do????? Is it true that the President can’t do anything about this??

February 17, 2014 at 11:10 am
(631) Kimberley says:

*Unemployment offices need to be calling people who have been on unemployment after 6 months and find out why they are still unemployed.
* Make it mandatory that they have to schedule an appointment after 6 months to decuse job placement.
* Help get them back to work by doing job placement. * Review resume and qualifications.
*Work with hiring companies and match up per qualifications. Setup interviews that are manortory to attend.
*Get feed back from companies after interviews.
*Review training programs with unemployed and
make it mandatory that they attend if needed to get
back in the work force.
*Over come obstacles such as daycare funding etc.
*Dont just let people sit around on unemployment year after year. The government needs to do more then just hand out checks. The Government as well as the unemployed need to be held accountable for playing a role in getting back to work.
*Unemployed that do not wish to work with the umemployment offices after receiving benefits for 6 months should then be removed from umemployment benefits.

February 17, 2014 at 11:13 am
(632) Ron Walston says:

I am addressing this comment directly to Alison Doyle.

The following is a quote from comment number 7858.
“I asked every single person that worked for the Republican Senators
that I talked to how they could pass the Military Bill using the exact
same offset that they said were not serious or not acceptable on the EUC bill.”

Is it possible for you to use your communication channels and expertise
to strongly emphasize this point directly to each of the Republican Senators directly to see if some of them can be moved to acknowledge and correct this inconsistency?
Thanks in advance for your assistance.

February 17, 2014 at 11:18 am
(633) JJ says:

Senate still kicking the can down the road! Obama where’s your PEN and PHONE now ?

February 17, 2014 at 11:41 am
(634) donald says:

i dont understand we are starving out here in the real world and you, the people we entrusted to help us are too busy to make this a priority in your busy schedule people are losing their homes, cars and ability to even look for work, because without the bare minimum that unemployment provides we have no where to go and this is not a priority to you america can give away hundreds of billions of dollars to other countries but we can not seem to find what is needed to extend unemployment and i can surely say if it was their pay increase up for a vote they would find a way to make it work

February 17, 2014 at 11:47 am
(635) Las says:

Was just reading an article that Janet Yellen is in our corner. She is gong to try to help in getting help for the long term unemployed. Thank god she is smart enough to see that even though 113,000 jobs were filled last month, there are still millions out of work. Hopefully she can help us out. Can’t congress see it would be better to continue to pay out roughly $300.00 per week to the unemployed instead of having them all go on welfare and end up paying for everything FOREVER? I think there should be a limit as to how long a person can be on welfare. So many people abuse the system and makes it bad for the rest of us. I am being totally optimistic about next week. Third time’s a charm!!!!!

February 17, 2014 at 12:53 pm
(636) Terri says:

Go sign this petition if you want to see emergency unemployment extended!! http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-congress-extend

February 17, 2014 at 1:21 pm
(637) Miriam says:

@ (7923) Nancy

Check out this link to help out your doggies. It breaks my heart that you have to take them to an animal shelter. I have a dachsund mix and it would kill me to have to do so. Hopefully there’s a location on the list you can call & see if they can help. If they can’t help you, google pet food pantry for your state and see what else may be available.

Click on your state to see the locations:


February 17, 2014 at 1:54 pm
(638) Steve says:

What is this crap that their on recess again.
Didn’t they just do that a couple of weeks ago.
Come on we the people are starving out here.
Like it was said earlier this country can send billions of dollars to other countries to help with hunger,but we can’t take care of our own.

February 17, 2014 at 2:14 pm
(639) Mike says:

Does anyone think there will be another vote to extend EUC on 2/24?

February 17, 2014 at 2:18 pm
(640) MARIA E OSBORNE says:


February 17, 2014 at 2:27 pm
(641) PJ says:

What’s your story of long-term unemployment?


February 17, 2014 at 2:30 pm
(642) PJ says:
February 17, 2014 at 2:36 pm
(643) Me says:

I am 55 years old and no one wants to hire me!!! What are we supposed to do, the gov’t does not care.

February 17, 2014 at 2:37 pm
(644) PJ says:

This article is bothersome the first guy lost his company. I never thought I would see articles like this in America. We sure don’t look like the richest nation in the world with articles like this. If they don’t renew EUC how many others will be living in tent cities freezing.

Homeless and living in Camden, N.J.


February 17, 2014 at 2:43 pm
(645) PJ says:

Federal Unemployment Expiration Ends Need For Weekly Certifications


This is from this article and I wonder if this is the thinking of many labor departments in other states:

“There has been a lot of uncertainty whether Congress would extend these unemployment benefits, but there has not been congressional action to resume these federal extensions,” said Labor Commissioner Burns Phillips. “After debate the reversion was not passed, so the long-term unemployed should move forward with the assumption that this congressional decision will stand.”

February 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm
(646) Sharon says:

I have contacted every senator that voted against the unemployment extension and was disheartened at the response I got from many of them. They said they have enough to do with the constituents in their own state that I should contact my own representative. I find this sickening considering they are making decisions that affect me and my family. I dont care if I live in their state… then dont make a decision for my state….

February 17, 2014 at 3:14 pm
(647) ANTHONY says:


February 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm
(648) Rick says:

All the politicians voting NEAH on extending unemployment benefits should remember they are voted in and come elections every voter needs to go online and see which politicians voted NEAH and DO NOT vote for that politician. At this point I was forced to sell my car to pay my rent and buses do NOT travel everywhere. There is something drastically wrong with our system.

February 17, 2014 at 3:23 pm
(649) recess again says:

I Just don’t get it another recess for our Gov. This cant be real must be a bad dream They really just don’t care. ITS BS that’s all I can say

February 17, 2014 at 3:49 pm
(650) James says:

They don’t care!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 17, 2014 at 3:56 pm
(651) Jewel says:

Not sure why Allison’s latest update says the house and senate are in recess this week. The senate website states there will be a floor discussion tomorrow for pro forma as well as there are current active bills this week that may recieve votes. Allison would you please clarify your update for me?

February 17, 2014 at 4:02 pm
(652) Lucia says:

7933 Kimberly. Where I live in NJ, ALL OF THIS is already being done. People are not “sitting around year after year collecting unemployment”, it isn’t a possibility. If you want to come up with an idea why don’t you ponder how these state workers would create jobs for people, since there are not enough to go around? Before you make what you seem to believe are helpful points, please get your facts straight, it’s annoying.

February 17, 2014 at 4:07 pm
(653) Jessy says:

Recess again….! Really, where oh WHERE can i land a job like them where I only have to work about 20 weeks out of the YEAR…!?!?!?
This is ridiculous. We are being used as political PAWNS, with this proverbial “carrot” being dangled in front of us…

I am PRAYING that the bill finally passes in one week and that we will all get to be paid retroactively. I know I for one could use every cent of that money. They cut my extension and SURPRISE 2 weeks later I found out I am pregnant. Who’s going to hire a pregnant woman now..? How am I supposed to get the gas money to go to job interviews and now, medial appointments..?

Cutting the unemployment extension will begin to put a HUGE strain on welfare, food stamps, etc. I hope the numbers start to come in and it makes them realize what a mess they are making…!

February 17, 2014 at 4:15 pm
(654) Kay says:

I’ve been on my job for 16 years and they decided to let me go. This is my 1st time that I ever needed help from the state. It have it’s pros and cons. However, I also have an Associate’s Degree and now attending school to further my education and have another career under my belt. I’ve been searching for a job for a while, but have no luck. It’s really ashame, because I have alot of experience and education and can’t find a job for the life of me. In addtion, have my mortgage and bills to pay and take care of my child. I’m PRAYING alot that they will allow us to receive EUC so that we at least can get on our feet. Hope all is well to everyone that is in the same situation such as I am and Pray that Congress will HEAR us.

February 17, 2014 at 4:22 pm
(655) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

@Jewel A pro forma session is just a very brief session of a few minutes. I don’t know why they have them, but this week is a state work period and they won’t be back to have regular sessions until Monday. Here’s the Senate Calendar:

February 17, 2014 at 5:03 pm
(656) Rango says:

10 to 12 million unemployed with 12 million who are discouraged or simply given up looking??

So I’m missing this… can the 12 million discouraged, simply given up looking, unemployed tell me what are ya’ doin’ to stay financially afloat.

I’d like to just give up but things like food and shelter stands out in my mind driving me to look for employment every hour of the day.

Is there 12 million people living under the freeway bridges saying ‘I’ve given’ up? Did these people ave vast amounts of savings to say, ‘I ‘m done lookin’ for a job’?

At the end of their unemployment funds… We don’t need to be countin’ them no more… because they are discouraged, simply given up folk that don’t look for work more.

And is there a group of people that have talked with the 12 million to find out just exactly is going on here? Oh, a job opportunity… no thanks I’ve given’ up. You’d be needn’ to give it to the real counted unemployed.

I think I’ll change the sign I hold on the freeway on-ramp to say ‘Just simply givin’ up! rather than ‘Long term unemployed, please help!’… ‘I need a job!’.

February 17, 2014 at 5:05 pm
(657) kpv says:

Pro Forma meetings are done when the Senate is out of town. Its usually a few minutes and involves no Senators and no legislative work can be done. Sometimes they use them to adjust future calendars or something minor. they mean nothing and usually nothing happens. Senate is out until Monday and the House is out until Wed.

February 17, 2014 at 5:05 pm
(658) Jodi says:

I lost my job on February 7, 2011. Now, I didn’t lose it to the economy or downsizing…..I lost my job because my employer decided to fire me for an illegal reason, but of course she made a nice little paper trail & made it look as if I wasn’t doing my job. I then sued the company & accepted a settlement from them. But between paying my attorney his 50%, paying taxes on the money I received, and then replacing things in my home that were broken, I hardly have anything left. I wish I could have sued them for more, because I was put through an emotional & mental hell for the last year I worked there. And the funniest part is…..the ceo of the company still works there after she caused them a loss due to my lawsuit & their attorney fees! I always hear about karma, and I saw a little of it when that ceo lied throughout her entire testimony witness stand (and thank god the judge didn’t believe a word she said), but she still has a job & I sit here wondering how I will pay my bills without a paycheck or unemployment check.

Anyway, I’ve only had one temp job (Aug 2012- Dec 2012) and that’s it. Nobody wants to hire someone who is over the age of 50, as we have been deemed “obsolete” or “dinosaurs” in todays society. I didn’t graduate from college because I couldn’t afford to keep going, so I don’t have a degree. But, what I do have is over 30 years of diversifed office skills (collections, lending, customer service, etc.). It just makes me sick when people say “all unemployed people sit around collecting a check doing nothing”, that we are lazy & don’t look for work. I always say you should never judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. When I was working, I felt sorry for people that were unemployed, regardless of the economy. I would try to help whenever I could. I feel worthless & useless because I can’t find work, and comments people make about us makes me feel even lower.

February 17, 2014 at 5:27 pm
(659) Nickles says:

I feel like such a Rube. It began as anger toward the Repubs for voting no on the extension. Then that anger shifted to disappointment from the Dems for passing numerous bills without even attempting to attach EUC to any of the bills that the Repubs wanted passed(Debt Ceiling, Cola, Farm Bill, Etc…). The Dems feel that this could be a wedge issue come November that will win them more seats in congress(House, Senate), being that everyone will blame the Repubs for this fiasco, but they are both complicit in this travesty. I don’t think that the Dems have taken in to consideration that the people this EUC situation affects will be so disenfranchised by then it won’t really matter come November, being that most will be too destitute to even care about voting, and I’m sure that the Repubs are banking on it. Those of us that are affected by EUC not being extended are a much smaller proportion of the population than we’d like to admit. I’m sorry but we as Americans have a very short attention span, and working Americans far out number those of the unemployed. For the average working American this probably isn’t even on the radar. I know that since I was employed the last 11 times that they extended it, and it wasn’t on mine. I’m just being honest. It sucks that now: I’m unemployed since April of 2013 I only got 28 weeks(2 weeks of EUC) instead of the 73 or 99 that it used to be. I thought that our elected officials cared about America and its citizens, but now I feel like a RUBE. They’d rather write blank checks for unsubstantiated wars and give aid to uproot foreign governments(Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt, etc..) then help its citizens. Shame on us ALL, elected officials and myself for being a RUBE and expecting more compassion from our elected leaders.

February 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm
(660) worried says:

Hi, I just recently exhausted all my benefits couple weeks ago.. I have continued still to file my weekly claims hoping that they would extend it.. Should I be still filing for weekly claims? I’m worried that if they do extend it that I may not get the extension or will have to reopen everything again. Can anyone tell me what I should be doing?

February 17, 2014 at 5:44 pm
(661) Ann says:

The Senate Calendar is showing that the Senate will be back only ONE DAY next week!

Their calendar shows that for the week of February 24th, they will be in session on Monday the 24th ONLY!

This is too much!


February 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm
(662) Frustrated says:

7933 Kimberly:

All those things are already being done in the Unemployment offices. There is a minimum of job connections required per week, the unemployed must report once every four weeks to speak with a career counselor and take part in any career enhancing workshops offered there. Those things you mentioned are already in place, other than the 6-month limit for those who don’t want to participate, but I never saw a person there unwilling to cooperate with the demands–in fact, many were going above and beyond, frustrated at being given the boot after all the time and dedication they put forth. It wasn’t laziness that kept those people unemployed but a lack of solid employment either due to the economy or agism (younger workers = less payrool).

February 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm
(663) Ginnifer says:

If Unemployment is restored…..would pay be retro as when it was cut off or would we all have to file again?

February 17, 2014 at 6:25 pm
(664) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

@Ginnifer It depends on the state. Some are telling people to continue to file, others are saying they will file for you, and others are saying to wait until (if) it’s passed. There should be information on your state unemployment website.

February 17, 2014 at 6:49 pm
(665) Cynthia says:

I pray that not only for me but for all that are in need of this to be passed, I am searching for work with no avail and need the income to provide food, lights and water. I ask divine favor for all of us.

February 17, 2014 at 7:42 pm
(666) Adrienne says:

@7967-Cynthia. I concur. Divine favor and intervention is what this will take. This is one for God alone. God bless us all.

February 17, 2014 at 8:21 pm
(667) MG says:

I guess the Unemployed can’t afford to give campaign donations. Looks like the Party may be over for us. I truly am stunned at this…………Is this America?

February 17, 2014 at 8:45 pm
(668) nancy says:

I went to the Animal Shelter to leave my 2 dachshund but I’ve changed my mind because the lady who’s volunteering to work there told me the dogs must be in separate cages. Unfortunately, my dogs don’t want to get separated and making “cry noise” As a result, I took them both back home. I was surprised the lady asked me if I was planning to move out for a job, I was like “you just read my mind!” She was unemployed here in jersey City also, she even pointed some of the animals that was left 2 weeks ago with the same problem, the owner leaves the town without the doggies. She said most of them lost hope with the unemployment issue. She gave me a sack of dog food good for 1 week. I’ll keep my dogs for a week I guess while I wait for a job interview and hopefully for the EUC to pass because as of now, I haven’t paid my rent since Jan. I hope there is an emergency session concerning the EUC, I mean EUC stands for Emergency Unemployment Compensation right? I mean I understand about the flood bill and all of that bill they passed but there is no sandy storm or katrina going on right now, are they waiting for that to happen? I know I’ll find a job soon but my perception on politicians will never change. I did vote and supported and even took criminal justice because I was fascinated with politics. I just lost interest, I hope everyone in congress..may all of them live forever.

February 17, 2014 at 9:19 pm
(669) Frank Stanton says:

(7958) Rango,

Unfortunately, I may fall into that category in the future. Although I want emergency UE to pass, I do not need them to survive. I am 53 years old and have been unemployed for 9 months. I have always been a minimalist and have lived well below my means. Because of that and careful investing, I could easily make it until full retirement benefits which for me is 67. My main struggle now is boredom. I am all alone with no family. I hate not working, and want a job badly!

February 17, 2014 at 10:17 pm
(670) Rav says:

To Nancy (7969) I too have dogs I have Hounds they are hunting dogs
5 of them I have gone to the restuarants in our town and get the scraps that they save for me , this is the only way I could keep my pack. Like everyone else here I have not had a any $$ since 01/02/2014
I sure hope these so called congress men enjoy their time off.

Nancy just go and ask them most will be glad to help you and your dogs out Good luck

February 17, 2014 at 11:07 pm
(671) Emme says:

Does anyone know if there is a website out there that outlines additional government support programs state by state to help and assist people when they have dropped off (or were cut off) of qualified unemployed benefits?

It’s incredibly disheartening to hear and read about the endless stories of the unemployed who have no idea where to go and what do. Where is the help? It exists, but where? Someone who has never used government assistance has no idea even where to start. Maybe Congress could vet that out for the unemployed instead of doing nothing… again.

Congress did not allow for a transitional period and that in itself is heartless! I mean it’s one thing to go from solid income to unemployment. Then to hit the EUC and have the unemployment income reduced due to federal sequestration. Then to think that you’ll have that assistance to a certain date, but not really. Then to think it’ll be retroactive when reinstated – and it may be, but then they’ll realize that they don’t even qualify for an extension anymore anyways because Congress took FOREVER to act = FAILURE.

I’m sure the Affordable Health Care Act has provisions for zero income meaning zero premium. There are food programs, general assistance, family investments programs, etc in most states after EUC. Who knows about these things? Where are the resources to continue to help the unemployed?

February 18, 2014 at 12:47 am
(672) Mike NJ says:

@ (7960) Jodi: Are you sure it’s your age and not the fact that you sued your former employer? How does that pan out in interviews?

@ (7933) Kimberley: If the state actually did this then everybody would be employed part time at McDonald’s or Walmart. They would say “Ok this is the job we have available if you don’t want it then we’ll cut your benefits.”

Yes, in NJ we are required to keep track of 3 jobs a week we apply to, but no one EVER checks it. I’ve been unemployed for over a year and I had ONE workshop I had to attend about 3 weeks into EUC, and they took my list of 12 employers that I applied to, and never asked any questions or try to help me develop my resume. It’s all BS.

February 18, 2014 at 1:42 am
(673) Jay says:

Remember the last time you voted on an elected official? Ever wonder how they vote on the issues YOU care about? Do you even want to be heard? Do it ALL on this website: http://www.opencongress.org/ and BE a proactive citizen.

February 18, 2014 at 2:08 am
(674) Lucia says:

@Jodi, I am completely sympathetic to your situation. The law worked for you, but as you say, by the time you pay the lawyer and use the settlement to live on, you really still lose out. The other issue is you probably signed something that you wouldn’t discuss the case, and it’s hard to explain to interviewers why you left. Sorry.

On another note, I applied to Comcast on Sun and got a rejection email today. They are on the president’s list of employers who pledged to hire long term unemployed. Is this whole thing a joke that I wasn’t let in on?

February 18, 2014 at 7:21 am
(675) TR says:

this is over… another state drops the certification.. why wouldn’t they keep the process to make it much easier if passed..


11 weeks and still waiting for Medicaid.. so much for 45 days application process

February 18, 2014 at 7:29 am
(676) Las says:

Hmm my last comment did not get printed. Anyway my paper yesterday only said that the main topics up for discussion on Monday would focus on immigration and minimum wage. It also said how Reid and Boehner are calling the shots and how neither one are really for US, they are consumed with battling each other. Neither one will go that little extra because it won’t look good. I am still trying to remain optimistic but if something isn’t even mentioned about this on Monday I think we’ll be in serious trouble.
My heart breaks for nancy. My dog is the light of my life (yellow lab) and she is there to help me through the stressful times. Luckily she has no clue what is going on in this cruel world. A dogs love in unconditional. I hope you find a job soon.

February 18, 2014 at 7:38 am
(677) BayLee420 says:

Yesterday I went through all by nice business suits. I’m taking them to the Consignment Shop to get some extra cash. As I was checking the pockets I found a $20.00 bill and a pack of Marlboros. It was if I had found a fortune. I held that $20.00 and almost cried. I’ll be able to get something to eat today w/o going into my savings.

February 18, 2014 at 8:05 am
(678) Lee says:

Nancy, I am so sad to hear that you felt it necessary to visit the animal shelter. Consider how impossible it will be to place your two pets together. There was a link posted for Petco that donates food to those in need. I posted some suggestions(above) for you to access dog food too. If you personally speak to people they will donate food to you. Often, stock is rotated in stores before expiration dates even come up. Please visit your grocery store and speak to the manager. Go to the local Petco or Petsmart and ask how they will help you.

I worked in social services and one of the most common statements I hear from people is that “I would have helped if I knew what to do.” Ask family and friends to pick you up dog food and explain that you really do hate to ask but you really do need to. I’m sure they would like to help you but don’t want to ask.

I am so attached to my girls and giving them up would just add more salt to the wounds of my scenario. They are now one of my biggest joys while unemployed. Don’t be bashful and ASK for HELP! If you are the type of person that has never had to ask for anything then people won’t feel pressured. If you find the concept embarrassing, it’s on behalf of your pet’s lives, and asking gets easier. Please know that you are simply being an advocate for your pets lives. You can do it!!!!!

February 18, 2014 at 8:28 am
(679) Bob says:

The Senate and Congress gets way to much time off. They should all be voted out of office.

February 18, 2014 at 8:39 am
(680) Fed up says:

The government does nothing but lie and hide the real number of people out of work if u believe it ur just another sheep in the heard !!!!! O I forgot the economy is getting better really another LIE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 18, 2014 at 9:03 am
(681) Janice says:

Nancy, I’m so sorry about your situation with your beloved dogs. Someone else above suggested it, but please check into these pet food bank resources:



Here is just a quick Google of “pet food pantry:” http://goo.gl/IeSOjP

A local “human” food pantry may have pet food, as well.

Shelters are aware that more people than ever have to relinquish their companions for financial reasons, and many may have other pet food pantry resources. Your vet may know of some, as well.

Good luck.

February 18, 2014 at 10:01 am
(682) Paul Revere's Ride says:

President Obama needs to be on the Senate Floor during the next vote on EUC and push the issue.

February 18, 2014 at 10:05 am
(683) Eleanor says:

This site is wonderful and has given me a lot of useful information. I cannot believe that the EUC extension hasn’t passed and we depended on it for basics. I am 63 years old and was let go at the end of December of 2012. I had just qualified and had been getting Tier 3 in NJ, and then the rug was pulled out from under us. I have interviewed for a few jobs, even though I applied for hundreds over the course of being unemployed, but I’m told they either went with another candidate, or that I am overqualified for the position. I don’t understand why I would be overqualified if they read my resume and asked me to come in. I can only guess it’s because of my age.

I have a question. I was able to file claims the first two weeks in January, even though it didn’t pay out, but the third week I was referred to a local office to call regarding my claim. I have been calling since then, but can’t get anyone on the phone. It’s either very long wait times, or the recording says to call back at another time. If I don’t get someone on the phone, will it affect my benefits if the EUC does by some miracle pass?

In the meantime, we have gone through our savings, and now are dipping into our retirement funds. We are thinking of putting our house up for sale in March, and trying to find a small apartment. Hope we find a place that allows pets because we have two cats. This is just crazy.

February 18, 2014 at 10:16 am
(684) Joe k says:

Harry Reid wants an on going stalemate over euc bill. Could just keep pointing finger at republicans and gain more support for his party. Seems where thrown under the bus by both parties.

February 18, 2014 at 10:27 am
(685) Ann says:

Just looked at the Senate calendar for next Monday, and EUC is NOT even on the agenda.


February 18, 2014 at 10:30 am
(686) Karen1 says:

@(7974) Mike:

What’s wrong with being employed part time at McDonalds or Walmart?

I took a part time job at a major retailer as soon as I lost my full time job. There is no shame in work, no matter who you work for.

Part time work helps to stretch out your unemployment…I got almost 4 more months out of mine. AND, you have some kind of income when the unemployment runs out and EUC no longer exists.

Youre also able to network to some extent. That is how I got my second part time job. I still can’t pay all of my bills, had to tell the oil company not to deliver any more this season, I’m still in trouble…..but there IS money coming in.

February 18, 2014 at 10:31 am
(687) tina ohio says:

I am 53 years old have worked since I was 16. In same boat as alot of people. Go for interviews, dont here any feedback for months. Some do send a nice letter stating although your experience is very desirable we have chosen another candidate. Starting to feel my age is the problem! Everyone needs to feel like they are needed,and that they belong! There needs to be some burden of proof on companys that they are not hiring people because of age. I dont need to make big dollars to survive just money to help with bills. Its a shame that cant buy food at the store with no money in pocket have to make everything last. Try to stay up beat but it is hard when you feel age has something to do with it.

February 18, 2014 at 10:39 am
(688) Sandy says:

Nancy, I am so relieved that you still have your beloved doggies. I can’t imaging how heartbreaking it was to actually drive to the shelter.

This question is for anyone: I am currently living on savings and ebay money, so I consider my situation to be less dire than so many who post here. But there’s not much left. I don’t believe that EUC will be extended, so I go through bouts of panic every night when it’s quiet.
I guess I thought that even after 50, I could find a job making burgers at Wendy’s if I have to – I’ve certainly seen employees my age working there. But I’ve heard the “over-qualified” spiel before, too, from prospective employers. Can anyone give me insight (or comfort) that if desperate, we can pay at least a few bills by securing a min wage job? Thanks.

February 18, 2014 at 11:13 am
(689) Mary B says:

I found the link below. While it’s an old article about P&G’s pet food donations for animals displaced by Hurricane Sandy, it does give a lot of links to resources for pets. I hope it might be helpful.


February 18, 2014 at 11:15 am
(690) MS says:

(7988) Sandy says:

good luck in securing a minimum wage job… I have been applying at stores, fast food and even a lot person for a car dealership and nothing in 9 months… I’m 54 and you would think I was 84 when I walk in the office for the interview by the looks I get… I only have 15 years work history on my resume.. so I’m not 37 as my resume would portray me..

February 18, 2014 at 11:20 am
(691) Bob says:

I just called the ODJFS to file the last week they told me I can because of the legislation to extend the EUC has not yet been passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives, I did this after being placed on hold for one hour.
The person I talked to said the ODJFS does not believe legislation will be passed to extend the emergency unemployment benefits when they come back in session next week.
Remember this when it comes time to vote again.
I know I will!

February 18, 2014 at 11:31 am
(692) Cher part time says:

Unemployment office is no longer taking applications for Extended Unemployment Benefits after claim period 2/16/2014

February 18, 2014 at 11:40 am
(693) Tony says:

I was just wondering, since you have a good handle on this situation, if you have a gut feeling on the chance that at least the 3 month extension will happen.

February 18, 2014 at 11:47 am
(694) cindy says:

i have gone to my local food pantry & got dog & cat food for myself & sister. In desperate times my pets ate pb & j. as long as its something. cats ate rice.! its warm & filling and cheap (can use link card to get it less that a $1) so pls do what you have to do to feed ur pets & yourselfs. food pantry, vets, anything–I grew up on a farm and table scraps was what they got..they lived happy lives (all lived past 15yrs old).! im in doubt euc will get passed in fact i just called salvation army for help with march rent since my savings is now all gone for jan and feb rent. I have been dignosed for depression & anxiety.. i had a appt with a cardiologist for heart problems.cant go to it no $ for gas- I firmly believe this is all caused by stress..maybe now i can qualify for disability i dont want to i like to work-but unable to find a job is effecting my health..my daughter & i are so broke its heart braking-were all together on this page-all in the same sinking ship..pray pray & pray it doesnt cost $$$ to do and its all we can do……

February 18, 2014 at 11:54 am
(695) CD says:

(7991) Bob says:

NO the EUC is done, over, dead, history… Move on everyone… The gov’t is NOT going to carry its citizens like it has for the past 5 years…

We all will have to accept less pay if we can find work… If kids have to quit college, or sell the 2nd car… It’s going to have to happen.. What doesn’t kill u makes u stronger.

I sold my 2 year old car and bought a 6 year old car…

February 18, 2014 at 12:01 pm
(696) SamMI says:

Kimberly commented: ”

*Dont just let people sit around on unemployment year after year. The government needs to do more then just hand out checks. The Government as well as the unemployed need to be held accountable for playing a role in getting back to work.”

Seriously Kimberly?? Everyone knows the government needs to create more jobs but that doesn’t mean everyone should be left out in the cold and cut off from their one and only lifeline in the meantime! Did you not read the thousands of comments on this thread before spewing your ignorance? People DO WANT TO WORK they simply CAN’T find a job! That fancy list you made is what a lot of states do to help the unemployed. Most unemployed people are playing a role in being accountable for getting back to work as most people having put in thousands of applications to no avail, they can’t force people to give them a job!!! Please if you don’t have anything helpful to recommend at this point kicking people while they are already down is just insulting!!

February 18, 2014 at 12:03 pm
(697) Las says:

Nancy: still thinking about your plight with your dogs and got to thinking. Since I am unemployed I have a lot of extra time to watch TV and I notice how on the Ellen Degeneres show she is always show casing hard luck stories and she is an animal lover to boot. I even think she has her own line of dog food. Anyway, why don’t you contact her? I bet if your letter reached her, she would help out and maybe even bring your (and our) problems to a public forum. What have you got to lose? I would also contact your local supermarkets as previous suggested. I know if you were my neighbor I would definitely help your pooches out. I prefer my dog go most people!! Hang in there and pray we get sine good news next week. As I said third times a charm.

February 18, 2014 at 12:22 pm
(698) Sally says:

I read that they are taking a recess. What the hell ??!! The unemployed are struggling to survive and they are taking a recess !!! Does that make sense ???!! People are losing their homes and cars. Some are STARVING !!!! My husband and I amongst the ones struggling. There aren’t very many jobs in my neck of the woods. My husband has applied everywhere he could and can. He is 57 years old. No one is calling him. I am sick and can not work. I have a rare disease that is slowly taking away my ability to function and most likely is what I will die from. Fact of the matter is we need them to help us not take a damn recess. It should be TOP PRIORITY and not just set on the shelf to get back to when they deem they are ready to get back to it. Come one now !!!

February 18, 2014 at 12:26 pm
(699) Sean says:

Don’t complain if you didn’t sign the petition an haven’t ask others as well https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/renew-unemployment-insurance-immediately/mFKqZLgf

February 18, 2014 at 1:03 pm
(700) Mike NJ says:

@(8000) Sean: Not for nothing, but that petition has been on here for weeks and only has 5,000 sigs. The Justin Beiber petition was up for 3 days and got 100,000. These petitions need to be posted by everyone on their own social media websites, other news forums, and anywhere else you can think of.

February 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm
(701) TR says:
February 18, 2014 at 2:03 pm
(702) Sandy says:

Someone earlier noted that there are several petitions – I think I signed them all. But separately, they don’t amount to much. 4,700 signatures on one, 918 on another. I don’t think they will carry much weight at this point. And I, too, have totally given up on Congress passing the extension. I’m focusing on tailoring my resume and cover letter to each job lead, reminding friends and family that I’m looking for a job. And I may volunteer for a company I’d like to work for. It could lead to a job, and for now, at least, I’ve got a little money for gas or bus fare to get myself there.

February 18, 2014 at 2:21 pm
(703) TR says:
February 18, 2014 at 2:41 pm
(704) Hello from Chiberia says:

I have an interview next Tuesday. No phone interview; straight to the in-person interview. I like it…….~!

A bit far away to travel, but I get less and less fussy every week!

In case the company I’m interviewing for has something in your town:

Send prayers, please!

February 18, 2014 at 2:43 pm
(705) Annie (the Chicago one) says:

In IL we are still able to certify so I hope that means it will be easier to get paid if EUC ever passes (I never got EUC – my state benefits ran out on 1-4-14 and I don’t know if IL automatically puts people like me on EUC if it passes or what the procedure is. Hopefully I’l have have the opportunity to find out!)

I inquired at Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army for help and did not hear back. Because of my shingles I could not make my LIHEAP appt in Feb so I go on Mar 10. The woman at DHS suggested I contact St Vincent de Paul which I did and they helped me with part of my Feb rent, thank goodness. Waiting on my tax refund which will get us thru 2 more months. After that….well, I had better be working or my family will be carless and homeless.

February 18, 2014 at 2:50 pm
(706) John M says:

All of these stupid petitions.. including the Justin Bieber petition is a was of time. They amount to nothing. So seriously if it makes you feel better to run around signing them all. Then go for it. But after signing a few already I’m done wasting my efforts on them.

February 18, 2014 at 3:07 pm
(707) Hello from Chiberia says:

@(7989) tina ohio says

I hear ya, Tina. We’ve all experienced the age discrimination that exists out there. But what I can tell you is that, on this board, we’ve seen some of our posters (who have remained PERSISTENT) get something, anything, to keep them going……a part time gig, a full time, less than they’re used to gig, found some government assistance somewhere, something!

All of us go from being discouraged, to being encouraged, to being sad reading about someone else’s plight, but most importantly, we just keep plugging along, waiting for our breakthrough!

Hang in there, girl! It’ll come. Just don’t give up! (I’m feeling encouraged on this particular day because I got called in for an interview next week.)
Plus, I’m counting my blessings, because I live with good friends who will keep me even if I get down to my last cent. They’re with me now because I took them in 5 years ago when they were down to their last cent, and we’ve been living communally ever since!
God bless you all!

February 18, 2014 at 3:22 pm
(708) Jen says:

The senate is not on vacation they are on recess and there are people answering the phones. Keep calling and have your voices be heard!
Harry Reid’s offices in Nevada – (702) 388-5020 (775) 882-7343
Ask what the senator is doing today and this week to make sure EUC is reinstated. 2 million people are waiting

February 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm
(709) Miriam says:

I’ve signed more petitions than I can count. A petition to Pres Obama to restore unemployment unfortunately won’t help us. He can’t do anything about it, not even an executive order (somebody correct me if I’m wrong). His hands are tied and it’s up to congress. That’s probably why there aren’t that many signatures on that petition. I’m pretty sure if he had the power to do so, he would’ve gotten it done by now. Sadly, it’s up to congress.

February 18, 2014 at 3:59 pm
(710) Joe says:

Congress rejecting back to back proposals for even one single extension says it all about the republican party and how they feel about the backbone of the workforce in this country (the working poor). This is a disgrace that this vote split directly down the party line. The new republican campaign slogan should be ” I got mine and screw everybody else”.

February 18, 2014 at 4:02 pm
(711) artemis814pa says:

How do we get all the names of those voting to leave us in despair? That would be a great list!

February 18, 2014 at 4:04 pm
(712) Adrienne says:

I am not understanding. If Congress is not going to extend EUC, why are we still filing claims? At this point, I cannot tell where I would be in Tier 2 or Tier 3. I could be overfilling by now, to no avail. Something here has got to give. Either they are going to try another vote or drop the whole issue. One thing or the other. People are suffering tremendously while they play these political games with one another. God help us all.

February 18, 2014 at 4:10 pm
(713) Ronnie says:

I have been reading everyone’s comments for the past month or so. And, I could definitely feel everyone’s pain. I’m a single parent of a toddler and haven’t had any income for almost two months now. My car too is in the process of being repo’d, I no longer have a cell phone and I’m over a month late with my rent. For the people who say there are jobs out there; people still should have a little integrity and no one shouldn’t have to settle for pennies on the dollar. Many of us are hard working people who happen to have lost our jobs for the first time. So, WE are not your lazy folks just sitting on the sofa doing nothing. I’m 39, who have been attending online classes in hopes of graduating in December. Unfortunately, I had to stop my courses at this time because I started stressing out about the future of myself and my child living arrangements and my focus and motivation wasn’t there. I had also started working on my own online business that I can’t launch now because I have no money to get the equipment. I can’t get a loan because my credit isn’t good. Even, with all of my efforts, I’m still in this slump hoping to get out soon! The only advice I have is to try and stay positive and know that it can only get better!

February 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm
(714) petitions says:

I myself have also signed all petitions but theres a lot of people aren’t getting them some have no computers and all that ive seen have been on line what we need is commercials on TV the one thing people do have (Some) others have never seen this web site we need someone on our side with the big thing MONEY and if you got it you don’t even know whats going on with EUC that’s why the stats are so low on petitions we need big help from big people since our president is avoiding it like a Disease its all BS they just need to DO IT ITS THE RIGHT THING TO DO we shouldn’t have to spend our last pennys on promoting something that we should already have

February 18, 2014 at 4:27 pm
(715) Term Limits says:

I would like to see each states unemployment office become a placement service for the unemployed. If there are so many open jobs available – then the unemployment offices should be able to work closely with those companies to fill each position with unemployed Americans!!!

February 18, 2014 at 4:45 pm
(716) ArleneS says:

You don’t know what will happen to them.

Contact your religious affiliation groups – churches, social workers, local agencies on aging – some of them have pet food donations, some hlep with funding, so they can give you a stipend for pet food. Like everything else, the fudning for these agencies has been cut, but many get private donations, so check it all out.

There are also eBay and Facebook pages where people can put out requests for help, I have heard – and people will chip in to help. Look into that.

February 18, 2014 at 4:45 pm
(717) Carly says:

For those with pets they cannot feed, I have a background in animal rescue. If my idea has already been suggested, please excuse the repeat. Go to your closest animal rescue shelter. They ALL get donations of almost expired pet food from local pet stores. And it’s always really good food. I volunteered for a shelter in Oregon for a while, and we were constantly receiving truck loads of food of all kinds from the community’s pet stores. Most of the time, we ended up giving it away to people who adopted pets or people who came to us saying they were unemployed and could not feed their pet. We had food for diabetic animals, thyroid issues, allergies, etc. Dogs or cats.
So, if you haven’t already, and you need food for your pet, or even vet care, please check out your local animal rescue shelters!

February 18, 2014 at 4:57 pm
(718) ArleneS says:


GOOD! Maybe when enough of us unemployed are no longer paying taxes because we have no income and are sucking the government dry on welfare programs and not pumping money back into the economy, these massive idiots will see what damage they have caused this country.

February 18, 2014 at 5:25 pm
(719) BayLee says:

(8003) TR,

Perfect example of our leaders are not listening or so far out of touch.

23% of Americans polled say jobs and unemployment was the top concern facing the country. Only 8% say the federal deficit.

Yet the Republicans have shown 98% of the federal deficit is the top concern and 2% on jobs and unemployment..

Nothing like working for “The People”.

February 18, 2014 at 5:40 pm
(720) Jman says:

“Gallup poll finds. Unemployment and jobs, named as most important by 23 percent of those surveyed, are followed by the economy in general, at 20 percent”
Source: Gallup.

GOP plan for the unemployed during this recess is –
see link


February 18, 2014 at 6:27 pm
(721) Truethe says:

Wrong. A petition was passed that was well over 100,000 signatures. Then another one with close to 46,000. Then several more with under 10,000. People have no idea how tired people are in general. So many people losing electric and phone and can’t keep voting and voting and voting. This is an obvious issue and they need to grant the extension, figure out how to handle it within that time, and get people the relief tey need. NOW.

February 18, 2014 at 7:35 pm
(722) joe says:

I hope they are all enjoying their recess while Americans struggle to survive.

February 18, 2014 at 8:28 pm
(723) Stephanie says:

It just is getting worse and worse, I am unemployed, lost my benefits like the rest of you all on this page. Today we found out the store my husband works in is closing. Here is our problem: My husband got laid off in 2009 and was collecting In Rhode Island. He had just started collecting for a month when got a job in Massachusetts that lasted for 3 days. He collected from RI for half a year, and they discovered that Mass. should pay him. They told us we owed them $10,000.00. We appealed it and lost. How can you get paid from a State when you only worked 3 days? But Mass. paid us $2,000 and we now owe RI about $6,000.
My husband works in Massachusetts, can he collect from them? Or will he have to pay back Rhode Island with his Massachusetts unemployment? If he does, we will really be screwed.

February 18, 2014 at 8:44 pm
(724) dianna says:

Extend Unemployment Assistance by Cutting the War Budget


February 18, 2014 at 9:03 pm
(725) shanel says:

(8025) Stephanie yes he will have to pay them back before he can collect any money they did the same thing with my sister it took a year before she was able to get any money from unemployment

February 18, 2014 at 9:11 pm
(726) Debbie says:

I thought in President Obama’s address he said he would sign what congress would not pass. What happened to that? I have been on unemployment since September 2013 and have been actively searching for a job and had 2 interviews but have not gotten hired. I have about 4 weeks left on my unemployment but I am afraid I won’t get a job before then. I am 54 and feel for those people my age that can’t get a job and am sorry for the people that have lost a lot by losing their unemployment when the extended unemployment did not pass. Congress thought that the immigration was more important than the unemployed. Go figure!

February 18, 2014 at 9:24 pm
(727) Stephanie says:

@Shanel 8027

Did she try to collect from Massachusetts, or another state? I thought I read that not all states participate and as of Sept 2013, Mass was one of them. Does that make any sense?

February 18, 2014 at 11:20 pm
(728) Jay says:

@(8019) Carly – Just out of curiosity, would you have any recommendations on what I should do? My dog chipped a canine tooth and need a root canal or the tooth removed. They told me that removing the tooth my break her jaw, so I would rather opt for the root canal.

But I can’t pay the $1500 for it. I’ll be back to work in April but I don’t want to run the risk of it getting infected. Any suggestion would be appreciated.

February 19, 2014 at 12:06 am
(729) NoMoney says:

“When a door Is closed God will open a window.”

February 19, 2014 at 12:15 am
(730) Jman says:

(8024) joe says:
I hope they are all enjoying their recess while Americans struggle to survive.
They don’t care.

Republicans are heartless !
Dems just want a issue !

February 19, 2014 at 12:17 am
(731) Jodi says:

@7974 (Mike NJ): Well, I do not tell prospective employers about suing my former employer. I just explain that they hired a lot of new people who basically cleaned house, etc.. Which is partially true, because many of the long time employees there were let go for no reason. But, my case was different, and for what it’s worth, I’m glad I sued them. They will never do that to another employee. Or, at least I hope so. The ceo there thinks she is above the law (that’s why she did what she did to me) & does whatever she wants. It also doesn’t hurt her to be sleeping with the president of the organization, so therefore nobody is questioning what she does. Sad situation.

@ 7976 (Lucia): Yes, I had to sign a confidentiality agreement when I got my settlement. So, I cannot really discuss what happened. (see above for more info!)

February 19, 2014 at 12:51 am
(732) Melli says:

There are options for people with pets. They vary depending on where you live. In an effort to slow the influx of pets being left at shelters, there are more and more programs to assist with pet retention. Currently over 11,000 dogs and cats killed in US shelters every day.

Just a couple of examples:


If you live in MA specifically, could also try:



I can help with additional info if people want to post their location

February 19, 2014 at 8:06 am
(733) Fed up says:

If any one remebers this same thing happened in 2010 it took 7 weeks when came back after 4th of July vac it got done and got back pay but this takeing to long

February 19, 2014 at 8:27 am
(734) lori says:

The most unfair thing about it all is that I have always worked. I claimed my last eligible week through the state the week before the federal was put on hold. I received 20 weeks of compensation and nothing else. COMPLETELY UNFAIR!!! Apparently the only thing that matters is that my taxes paid governments income all year. Its wonderful to know that their families can eat dinner every night.

February 19, 2014 at 8:36 am
(735) mpg says:
February 19, 2014 at 8:42 am
(736) WHattheflip says:

I’ve been applying for 10′s of jobs everyday, going out to stores, gas stations, etc. I have had one interview in the past 2 months.
I had received an eviction notice, and all my utilities to be shut off. A friend helped with my rent and payments as a one time loan, but now I have no money for gas, laundry, even toilet paper. Scary..

Like everyone I have worked all my life, and lived a good life. The horror that I am living now is something I have never experienced and I would not survive on a street. I would surly die. I want a job, I am ready to work, but no one will hire me. I have no where to go, I have nothing left. I am not living the American dream, this is an American tragedy.

February 19, 2014 at 9:10 am
(737) Ken71 says:

@8038 Sorry to hear about your situation. Since your EU was cutoff; have you applied to EBT? This could help you out with food. Hey! None of us want to do it. But sometimes you do what you have to do in order to literally survive.

Also check with your local churches concerning or LIHeap concerning those utilities that might be shut off. You might be able to recieve some help with paying them.

February 19, 2014 at 9:14 am
(738) kpv says:

I saw C Schumer and C Booker on one of the Shows over the weekend and Monday and they said they were going to move on to the minimum wage when they get back and put the unemployment Benefits on the backburner for now and then come back to the Unemployment extension after they work on the Minimum Wage as its just too late for any 3 month extension now (its pretty much March when they get back and they already would be working on the April ext by now ) .I guess they want to get a extension from April going forward at this point.

Here is Schumer yesterday

Given that the unemployment push has now twice stalled in the Senate, Democratic leaders are weighing whether to turn their attention to raising the federal minimum wage before returning to jobless benefits. Despite significant opposition to raising the minimum wage, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he thinks that will be an easier task than unemployment because it doesn’t require a pay-for.
“I hope we pass both, but I think minimum wage is a little easier to pass,” said Schumer, who has built his party’s strategy of voting on wedge issues like UI, the minimum wage and paycheck fairness.

February 19, 2014 at 11:08 am
(739) April says:

Thank you for the updates! It’s so stressful waiting and hearing nothing. Do you actually think it will be extended after they meet again?

February 19, 2014 at 11:10 am
(740) Hanging by a 1-NAIL says:

I’m so upset by them not passing the Unemployment. I was evicted from my studio apartment last month. Put my stuff in storage. Live with my daughter now, who by the way is upset that I have to live with her! Some of my stuff is still in her living room, because I couldn’t fit it in storage. I keep on putting out resumes and going for interviews, put NO BITE and NO CALLS. I went to a VERIZON interview a couple of weeks ago. I guess they have an temp agency hiring for them called UNO. I thought UNO, we’re going to play cards. Ha ha !! Not really, back to being serious here. I’m 54 years old next month. I went to the interview and twice on the application it asked me “are you 40 years or younger or 18 years old?”. Continued next block …

February 19, 2014 at 11:12 am
(741) Evelyn says:

@Jay, re your dog’s tooth, maybe call the ASPCA near you. Bring your proof of unemployment, anything you can to prove the inability to afford it. It’s a case by case basis at best if they can help you, but they will try if they can to do what your dog needs at a less cost. The thing is to try giving them a call. I think the initial app’t is what it is and may be over $100, but may be able to lessen the overall cost. Depends on their own funds at any particular time. And believe me I understand if the $100 is also too much. I would have to borrow it. @ Hello from Chiberia, good luck on the job interview1

February 19, 2014 at 11:15 am
(742) Paul Revere's Ride says:

Where President Obama? Where is the power of the President? US citizens need help getting a job and need help while they are searching to find employment. An emergency session of Congress needs to happen ASAP to get EUC going, now!

February 19, 2014 at 11:20 am
(743) Hanging by a 1-NAIL says:

…continuing my story.
Another question they asked twice was “Have you been convicted or have a felony?”. I was just trying to be honest and I told them “I was wrongfully arrested and let go, but I was finger printed and that doesn’t go away. They told me because of that “they can’t hire me, because VERIZON finger prints and they have PRIVATE Customer information”. I thought WHAT!!!!! I’m not a criminal and I know how to treat PRIVATE CUSTOMER INFORMATION.
The other thing on their application was regarding GETTING TAX CREDIT for VERIZON. They wanted to know if me or family or any one I know was getting “Cash Assistance, Food Stamps, Disability or Social Security”. I put NO and SIGNED IT! Why do they need to know that and isn’t that PRIVATE CUSTOMER INFORMATION!!
At the end of interview they told me “so, we don’t WASTE YOUR TIME, we can’t hire you”. That’s age discrimination and a lot of other stuff that VERIZON and UNO is doing to us UNEMPLOYED!! I’m MAD!!!

February 19, 2014 at 11:26 am
(744) BayLee says:

(8037) mpg,

Politico article may of just give us some hope. The GOP knows this issue has gone on too long. They are looking for a way out and still look good to the Long term Unemployed. When 1 in 4 Americans feel that jobs, unemployment and the economy is the top concern for the nation.
The GOP cannot look the other way. They know the Democrats will hammer them in election ads for the mid-terms in November. Americans that may not have a dog in the race are going to show the GOP the door in November. Americans know the job market is slow. They also know loosing a job can happen to any of them.

We’ll have to see and pray that our leaders start acting like grown ups and get the benefits extended.

February 19, 2014 at 11:40 am
(745) Mary B says:

Whattheflip (8038): Your post was so poignant and sad and should be heard by all the Republican senators. You sum up the issue perfectly. You want to work, you’re ready to work, you are applying for work. But no one will hire you. You can’t survive on the streets.

You are so right. This is an American tragedy. What sort of elected government officials can turn a blind eye and deaf ear to this horrific tragedy that is befalling so many of our capable citizens who have always contributed to the betterment of society?

Why don’t you send an email to them all with your post word for word – or a tweet? This is what they need to hear!

I hope something comes along for you soon.

February 19, 2014 at 11:49 am
(746) Carly says:

For Jay,
I don’t know what state you live in, but in most, there is at least one great nonprofit veterinary association that helps with vet care, surgeries, spaying, etc. for people and pets in need. In Oregon, there is Dove Lewis. You are right that you shouldn’t wait when an infection may occur with your pet. I believe February is national vet dental month! Could be the perfect time to look up nonprofit vet care associations in your area and apply for the help your buddy needs. Good luck!!!

February 19, 2014 at 11:58 am
(747) Deborah says:

Interesting article re how to revamp UI System that addresses the reality of long term unemployment.


Real solutions to America’s jobs problem
Government fixes aren’t really fixing anything. Carol Roth offers a few solutions for really getting to the heart of America’s jobs problem.

February 19, 2014 at 12:08 pm
(748) David Brefka says:

I find it pretty agitating that these so-called representatives spend more time doing nothing and being paid more than most while millions wait for them to do their jobs.

February 19, 2014 at 12:21 pm
(749) Someone told me long ago says:

6 more days and we will know. We love you Government.

February 19, 2014 at 12:40 pm
(750) 6 more days says:

6 more days.

February 19, 2014 at 1:06 pm
(751) Deborah says:

RE: 8026 Extend Unemployment Assistance by Cutting the War Budget


This is a great article – there is 5.7 Billion unspent dollars that is not needed for anything critical and could easily be redirected to fund EUC. People should direct this to their various Senators and Representatives ASAP – even to those that support EUC – gives them something to start “discussing”.

February 19, 2014 at 1:12 pm
(752) Las says:

Unfortunately 8051 we won’t know in six days. Mondays agenda is going to focus on immigration and minimum wage. We once again take a back seat. I saw an article this morning that said more men and women were now back to work causing unemployment to drop. This won’t work to our advantage but I think it is the news congress wants to hear, I take relief in post 8035 that it took seven weeks back then to pass. Difference between then and now is that back then it was July and a lot easier to handle things with warmer weather. We’ve had to deal with the polar vortex making things more unbearable. Congress has no heart. If they did, unemployment would be the number one issue. I certainly hope posting 8040 isn’t right because I don’t want to wait until April and go forward. I want answers now and be retro back to the beginning.

February 19, 2014 at 1:14 pm
(753) Catherine says:

Just because the senate is back next week doesn’t guarantee that there will be a vote or even talk about extending unemployment.
Please read through all the posts on this site. There is quite a bit of information that people share and link.
Also, start following the twitter accounts of Senator Cory Booker, Harry Reid and even the #Renewui. You will see so many posts on the subject. (especially from Cory Booker)
Everyone keeps asking the same questions on this site and it’s getting dooms gloom on here. If you read the posts you will most likely find your answers. Everyone needs to stay positive. It’s rough but we can only do our best. The extension is not guaranteed, but start going to the food banks, apply for welfare or do what ever you need to be able to survive. If you are at the point of being homeless then I am sure you are able to receive welfare and other services. But you need to take the measures and make the calls to get the information you need to be able to survive. The negativity is really starting to show more and more instead of everyone doing what they need to do like signing the various petitions, emailing, calling, tweeting the various senators, etc.
I pray for everyone on this site and I will you all well and that we all will find the light at the end of this dark and lonely tunnel.

February 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm
(754) MS says:
February 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm
(755) Bob says:

The GOP are the ones who are blocking legislation to extend the EUC extension. Remember this, and when it comes time to vote again, vote them out of office.

February 19, 2014 at 1:54 pm
(756) Somewhere in between says:

There is no work available, What more can be said. everyone is holding on to there positions in this economy so they wont end up like “the unemployed”. Employers know that so they put that into an equation, so there employees can barely survive. But the government still puts their fingers in the pockets of hard working people. so if a hard working person should lose there job through no fault of there own, there is a very minimum security available. An honest living for who. some incentive…..

Cant speak for everyone, But 270 a week for 26 weeks is not enough to pass up work and become lazy.. What is the cost of living these days? Minimum wage is a sure way to get back on your feet.Raise minimum wage. 10 DOLLARS10 CENTS AN HOUR., they do this now, 2014 Part time 20 hours a week or to there discretion Maybe next week you would be scheduled for 22 hours then 18 hrs the week after We the people are desperately applying at these places dedicating our time. Playing with the desperate. These people are animals.. Animales

February 19, 2014 at 1:55 pm
(757) CD says:
February 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm
(758) lets see says:

I will keep my fingers crossed, toes crossed and my eyes crossed. maybe that will work

February 19, 2014 at 2:12 pm
(759) BayLee says:

(8049) Deborah,

The article makes sense. If only Washington had the brains to really come up with positive solutions. Nobody that is LTU wants a hand out. We all want to get back to work. They need to allow us the funds to do just that. Washington needs to seriously start to get the LTU issue under control. By cutting off funds and not having another solution is mind blowing ignorant. Give us the funds. Then let them work out a solution that benefits all hard working (un)employed Americans.

Everyone please read the article and call your representatives. Give them good ideas on solutions. Who knows they just might listen.

February 19, 2014 at 2:25 pm
(760) Somewhere in between says:

My Heart goes out to Everyone, God Bless. We are one vote short of making a difference for all of us. Lets hope for a 0 percent unemployment rate in 2014

February 19, 2014 at 2:26 pm
(761) anonymous says:

Just a suggestion-I’m sure this has prob. been said on here before and if so I apologize for the repetition-but Temp. agencies are a good place to go for emergency situations/those looking for work. Obviously they’re not ideal for those who’ve been laid off and looking for jobs with salaries comparable to what they used to earn but it’s still something and better than nothing. I know many people who’ve gone that route until they found something better/more suitable. I’ve gotten work that way before and I’m pretty sure it’s hard for them to turn most applicants down although of course they do sometimes and they have their reasons-as ridiculous/annoying as they may seem.

February 19, 2014 at 2:33 pm
(762) 6 more days says:

(8050) David Brefka says:

I find it pretty agitating that these so-called representatives spend more time doing nothing and being paid more than most while millions wait for them to do their jobs.

300 a week for two million people. They better get to work

February 19, 2014 at 2:47 pm
(763) joe the plummer says:

I need EUC, Congress please help

February 19, 2014 at 2:51 pm
(764) TR says:
February 19, 2014 at 3:10 pm
(765) Walter says:

Lets say everyone get $300.00 a week

$300x 8 weeks (including next week)

$2,400x 1.3 Million

= 3,120,000.000

I hope this pass, I don’t even know what tier I’m on now, They to add
tier 4 back in Ohio.

February 19, 2014 at 3:21 pm
(766) 6 more days says:

According to this site 97 percent votes yes, I wonder why 2 percent would vote no.

February 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm
(767) Jake says:

my regular benefits are ending, with no job in sight with a lack of EUC i don’t how to make ends meet without any income. i am a experienced worker and i continuously get told i am overqualified. In turn i don’t get hired.
I wish that the people slowing the progress,could understand having nothing and everything to loose.
While they wait for someone else’s agenda to be included in a bill.

February 19, 2014 at 3:41 pm
(768) Lucia says:

@8045 – I wouldn’t volunteer info on the arrest that charges were dropped. The question usually “were you ever CONVICTED of a felony?” Unless you were convicted the answer is no.

February 19, 2014 at 3:47 pm
(769) ashley says:

hi I just have a question about euc. My regular unemployment benefits ended at the end of January and I was told I could not apply for euc until is was extended. Now if it is retroactive will I be able to get it retroactively or not because I did not have euc before it was cut off? Thank you in advance.

February 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm
(770) Eleanor says:

@ 8062 – I have tried temp agencies, and there are more applicants than they have positions. I check with them every week, and nothing. I have registered with them and go on their site, apply for those jobs, even if they are very low paying, but nothing. I’ve asked about this, and they say that there are a lot of applicants and just so many jobs. I told them I would take anything, but still nothing. I’ve asked them if there is anything i can do to make myself more marketable, or if they had any other recommendations, but they say my skills and background are good – but there just aren’t enough jobs. It’s so frustrating. They tell me it’s very bad in New Jersey.

February 19, 2014 at 5:06 pm
(771) Rango says:

(8045) Hanging by a 1-NAIL
So sorry to hear, you were just trying to be honest. But in-depth honesty is not necessarily the best to put forward. My recommendation is to say no to all of those types of questions. If you are ever confronted by them, best thing to say is ‘well I can’t remember, it was a long time ago’. I was arrested along with others in 1973 for streaking a junior college football game. Hey, we thought it was the in thing.

The other students said’ Oh, yes, they call him the Streak Here he comes again. Ray Evens even wrote a song about it. “DON’T LOOK, ETHEL!!” ‘n’ it’s too late. We weren’t deviates, we were just having fun.

Now flash forward (no pun intended) to 40 years later and some employment form asks the question… I always say no. And you know, it’s never come up, and if they did confront me about my past, than don’t hire me.

February 19, 2014 at 5:54 pm
(772) Ann says:

To the person saying “6 more days”, I would like to point out to you that there is no guarantee that the Senate will talk about unemployment on February 24th. In fact, it isn’t on their calendar http://democrats.senate.gov/2014/02/24/senate-floor-schedule-for-monday-february-24-2014/#.UwU1iCgSovs

I want this to pass just as much as everyone else and don’t mean to be Debbie Downer, but I don’t want anyone to get their hopes up high only to be let down, like when they took recess the week of January 20th and when they came back the week of January 27th, they didn’t talk or vote on it the WHOLE WEEK!

February 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm
(773) Kris says:

We all need help so what is the hold up there should be know thinking about it just help the people that don’t have a job and now can’t afford to go out and find one because they don’t have any money for gas or the bus
so come on and just do the right thing and help all of us what about all the children that are suffering over this.

February 19, 2014 at 7:33 pm
(774) Lucia says:

Ann, the article from Politico that Alison has posted on FB is a the most positive piece of information we’ve seen in weeks. I believe we should all be very encouraged and take is as an excellent sign. As Alison has noted many times, in another year the vote was taken on 2/22. They can add it to the calendar at any point.

February 19, 2014 at 7:35 pm
(775) 6 more days says:

Update February 12, 2014: Legislation to renew expired Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) was voted down in the Senate last week. Majority Leader Harry Reid has said that the Democrats would continue pushing to extend the benefits, and it will be voted on again: “When the Senate returns, we will revisit the issue of extending unemployment insurance benefits. I want to be absolutely clear: This issue is not going away. We are one Republican vote away from restoring this lifeline.” The Senate will be back in session on February 24th.

February 19, 2014 at 7:52 pm
(776) joe says:


It depends on the agreement. The last proposal voted on a couple of weeks ago included 3 months with retro. Therefore, you would get retro should that pass in the next couple of weeks. I am in NJ and my unemployment ended at the end of January. They will not let me file any claims at this time either.

I was hoping to get retro for the few weeks I have missed to date. Hope they pass something but I have my doubts.

February 19, 2014 at 9:13 pm
(777) Nefertari says:

This is so sad! I have 22 years of public accounting, and 2 years as a truck driver. I’ve been laid off 4 times since 2009…. I got my class A CDL when I was laid off from my 3rd accounting job in 2011. Then last year I was laid off by a trucking company. Accounting firms are hiring recent college grads and so is the trucking companies hiring only student drivers. I’m 47 years old. Last week I sent for my retirement money, which I have to pay 20% taxes on. I will use this money to open up my own business. This is the only thing I have left before being homeless. If my business fail, I am done.

The government needs to make sure every citizen has food, clothing and shelter. We have the resources to make sure this happens. Why don’t they do it.? Greed and power! But when you look at it honestly, this country as we know it now, was founding by thieves, murderers and enslavers. All money is fiat money… it’s worthless pieces of paper. But it makes or breaks a person, because the powers that be, dictated it as such… we live in a sad sad sad world full of hate and lack of love for all. This country is ran by soul-less creatures, actually all of EARTH is ran by soul-less creatures. And they have a large following…

PEACE AND ONE LOVE! will heal this world!

February 19, 2014 at 9:22 pm
(778) Rob says:

is there such thing as an emergency session and if so how do you make them pull the trigger ,do 1.9 million people have to go to Washington or do we have to catch them when there on recess every other week don’t they have to show up to get anything done seems like they work about 95 days a year obviously the issue EUC isnt important to either party or the president otherwise it would have happened were being hung out to DIE

February 19, 2014 at 9:40 pm
(779) Bhillski says:

They’d rather raise minimum wage first… They’re trying to kill ma and pa business that can’t afford to pay the extra bit. They wind up on unemployment for 6 months and then wind up working at Wally World. Government regulation is the cleaver that big business uses to slaughter the little guy. Get more control of the market.

February 19, 2014 at 9:58 pm
(780) Candy says:

Everyone should write/email their
Senators!!!!!!!! Over and over!!!!!

February 19, 2014 at 10:10 pm
(781) SOLUTIONS says:

I think the problem now is finding a way to make something work. There are multiple situations. If you were already on the highest tier in your state than I would not think they would extend it further. If you apply after and if passed then there would be no retro pay? EUC was a band aid to a big wound that just got worse. I think they just turned there backs on the people. I’ve mentioned this before that several politicians have wanted the EUC re-written and to have a solution at the end not just more money. There is no one that can come up with the right answer. So it is left to majority vote and we see were that is at. Remember there are 312,000.000 people in this country so 2.0 million I think they have decided they could let go of. The thing is 2.0 million are the workers not there families. So when you look at it that way it is easily double. EUC is open for a vote any time now so there is always some hope it just needs to happen sooner than later for some. Out of the 2 million unemployed I do not see them coming up with a solution to save everyone.

February 19, 2014 at 10:30 pm
(782) Mary Riley says:

I have almost given up on it. I am luckier than some of the job seekers. In that I am semi-retire and was looking for a part-time or full-time job to give me a little extra money. I really think that the Congress has been insensitive and I do not think that they are going to extend at least the EUC. And I so I make plans that do not include the small amount I was receiving. I think they ought to make up their mind either to fish or cut bait. I am concerned about those who really need the help. Mriley

February 19, 2014 at 10:51 pm
(783) Kat says:


Sixty-five. That’s the percentage of Americans who said they support extending unemployment insurance benefits in a recent CBS News poll.

Rarely in these polarized times do we see people so united in support of an issue, but this one is a no-brainer. Jobless Americans are selling their possessions for gas money to get to job interviews, deciding between filling needed prescriptions or filling their stomachs, and being evicted from their homes because they can’t afford to pay the rent.

It’s just not right that this would be happening in the United States of America, especially when Republicans in Congress could ease the pain of millions of unemployed people at any moment by passing an unemployment insurance extension right now.

Help us pressure congressional Republicans to pass the unemployment insurance extension.

Sign the petition by Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Governor Maggie Hassan and the Democratic Governors Association demanding that congressional Republicans pass the unemployment insurance extension.

February 19, 2014 at 10:56 pm
(784) nancy says:

Congress should use the extra $5.7 billion in the war budget to pay for a three-month extension of assistance to long-term unemployed Americans, currently numbering 1.7 million, instead of using that $5.7 billion for Pentagon contractor pork that the Pentagon doesn’t want and doesn’t need.

There are currently 14,034 signatures. NEW goal – We need 15,000 signatures!


February 20, 2014 at 12:34 am
(785) Albert says:

Got a question
I just got a job that pays 8.00hr if in the future unemployment is pass retro will I get retro? I will really need the money I,ve been living on credit
cards and don’t have the money to pay them.

February 20, 2014 at 12:44 am
(786) Mike NJ says:

@(8045) Hanging by a 1-NAIL:

Those Tax Credit questions on applications are actually there to help YOU, the job seeker, as someone pointed out to me earlier in this thread. They ask those questions because if they hire someone who is receiving those benefits, THEY get a tax credit. So it really is in your benefit to answer yes yes yes if you are indeed receiving such assistance.

February 20, 2014 at 1:26 am
(787) Stuart says:

Well, I work part time / (full time (Company does not give me health benefits.) I just lost my Dental Plan, have to pay for that now. Everything keeps going up, taxes, gas, food, etc etc…I fix computers and stressed out more with the driving and traffic. Also deal with a parent who has alzheimer’s and someday’s I feel like I am going to loose it.
I have lots of friends unemployed and they are at there wits end. Not sure what is gonna happen, but if the job markets don’t expand, there will be a war like no other in the history of the U.S.

I don’t like politicians, and think most of them are in it for themselves.
If they even cared about the American people they would be in Washington D.C. ironing out these problems. Instead there not doing much of anything, and getting paid 6 figures, and getting there jobs greased by big business.

— It is time for the American people to say enough, and FIRE them. –
- If we don’t do this now, we will have worse problems down the road. -

You can only kick the can so far before you hit wall.

February 20, 2014 at 1:34 am
(788) Cheryl C. says:

If anyone on here wishes to share their story about your struggles during this 2 months waiting for congress to do something. I am forwarding the information to media like twitter, pinterest, google plus. Please share stories as well. Get the word out, we need to be heard. Action’s need to be taken. http://www.joblessinusa.blogspot.com

February 20, 2014 at 2:09 am
(789) kilrathi says:

Some people say its only 2 million or so people affected by this… You dont realize that everyone who is starting or about to get unemployed and going on state unemployement they gonna be out of EUC too if they find no jobs and their state 26 weeks ends…. and I dont see the job situation all that great at all…

February 20, 2014 at 7:15 am
(790) Lauren says:

If federal unemployment benefits are extended when will they take effect? Will we receive benefits for all the past weeks that we have been unemployed since Dec 28 when benefits expired, or would they start back up the week they would pass the extension.

February 20, 2014 at 10:02 am
(791) Passed BY says:

I have been following this page since probably mid October for information of the EUC.
It has been interesting to watch the responses of people….which have gone from “no way they won’t do this”….to “well maybe next week”…..to “OK maybe at the end of the month”…..to “Hey?? Is this not happening?”

All I can say is we (all of us collecting EUC at the time) were all told back in October that the EUC as a program was going to cease on December 28th.
Well…..it did. No surprises, nothing sneaky. It was an emergency program that had been deemed to have run its course.
Now, we have a lot of political lip service going on as each side attempts to make it appear the other is to blame for it being halted.

Check today’s jobless report in the WSJ (Wall Street Journal) folks…….the powers-that-be are reporting declines to jobless and an economic recovery ongoing. The EUC is no longer a topic on any major news agency, nor paper other than a brief mention now and then….if that.
It is gone.
For those holding on to questions like “Will be get retro payments?”…… I’d encourage you to move on.
I dropped by this page today simply to check on how some might be doing on securing new jobs and where/how as I continue to search myself. But as far as the EUC goes…..foggetabowditt.

February 20, 2014 at 10:06 am
(792) Lenny says:

I’ve been reading on this site that extensions were stopped in 2012 and I really just want to clarify that unfortunately that is NOT true.

I was on unemployment during that time.

Let me explain what happened at the end of 2011 – Congress did not want to pass the extensions, but they went ahead and temporarily extended the benefits for 2 months until they figured it out – in February 2012 the extensions would expire.

Then, in February 2012 Congress finally extended the extensions, but took away the fed-ed extensions and shortened the tiers from 99 weeks to 73 weeks- remember. During that time, thank God we did not have a lapse.

I am from California.


February 20, 2014 at 10:35 am
(793) joe the plummer says:

I have worked and dedicated my time for several companies in my life. 2 of them were for ten years each. other multiple companies a year here and there. Only on unemployment for 6 months. not by choice… I know companies pay into an account that if they should send you packing thru no fault of your own. you will have an unemployment benefit chance to get back on your feet. 26 weeks is your deadline to find a job and maybe a hocus pocus extension. which does happen for some of us, we all don’t stay unemployed for ever, But there will always be unemployed. considering they paid into the system. do previous companies get the money back from that unemployment account. and if so why isn’t it a built up credit for hard workers. we deserve a severance, its in our make up to work That’s how we got here in the first place.. dedicating our time to an employer that will eventually leave you hanging. Bogus. Big brother decides what is fair. I always got slapped for being unfair

February 20, 2014 at 11:45 am
(794) joe says:

My conclusion: Our congress is clueless.

Increasing the minimum wage will also increase the number of unemployed. For example (using round numbers to simplify calculation): Companies would employ 2 individuals at 15.00 per hour vs. 3 individuals at 10.00 per hour. One employee will get laid off. Only need to pay insurance for two employees instead of three. The employer will make out as usual as the employee suffers. Time to leave the US now.

February 20, 2014 at 12:08 pm
(795) Janice says:

Passed By, yes, we all knew the EUC was expiring 12/28. The reason we are still wondering if Congress will renew benefits is that things are worse than ever!

You must know that the EUC program was stopped, then re-funded, in times when unemployment numbers weren’t this bad. The reason we’re all wondering about another extension is that we all know the unemployment numbers are truly meaningless, we are all working hard to find a new job that will support us, and in the meantime need rent and other bills paid. I am now receiving food stamps and heating assistance … as they say, robbing Peter to pay Paul.

I agree about the political lip service … it’s disgusting how Congress toys with people’s minds and lives.

February 20, 2014 at 12:09 pm
(796) Christina says:

@Nefertari – if you are going to use your retirement income to start a business then you need to look into a Rollover for Business Startup. This will keep you from paying taxes and penalties. Good luck.

February 20, 2014 at 12:53 pm
(797) monsie45 says:

@8093 Passed BY – You are absolutely right. I had not been on the sight for about 2 weeks. I feel bad for the people that are holding out hope for the extension. They have to face the fact, like you have, that it’s not going to pass. It’s been way too long. They are now only talking about immigration and the minimum wage. There is no way that even if the Senate passes the EUC the House will. It’s over…we have to MOVE ON! from NYC

February 20, 2014 at 1:20 pm
(798) artemis says:
February 20, 2014 at 2:08 pm
(799) Someone told me long ago says:

It is a lot safer to say fogettabowt it. Because if you are wrong no harm no foul.. I don’t think everyone is sitting around not moving on, waiting to see what the outcome is… For many ( E U C ) is the only source until a job is found. Oh O.k lets move on. That is the point
Truth is you don’t know.

February 20, 2014 at 2:14 pm
(800) BayLee says:

Wall Street Journal 2/14/14 http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/02/14/extended-benefits-kept-u-s-jobless-rate-higher-study-says/tab/comments/

Everyone of the comments on this article are in favor of extending unemployment benefits. Makes my heart feel good.

There was one comment on ” Revenge Votes” There are going to be millions of Americans that will be going to the polls in November . The sole purpose is to vote every Republican out of office. Jobs and unemployment are the main concern of 1 out of 4 Americans. The GOP can hit us with Obama Care till they are blue in the face. Americans are going to vote along with the unemployed. American voters know it’s only a matter of time and they to may well be in the
same boat.

February 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm
(801) Mike NJ says:

@(8093) Passed BY: I don’t know how people knew that it was expiring on the 28th unless they were frequenting this forum. But I was just going by the letters I was receiving from my local unemployment office. And I received the letter about the benefits expiring 11 days before the 28th, which is pretty messed up.

February 20, 2014 at 4:09 pm
(802) Tom NJ says:

Spent over 40 years in the full time workforce and for 6 of those years enjoyed a six figure income while in a senior management position in one of the Atlantic City casino’s that unfortunately closed due to extreme saturation in this gaming industry. At my age, 60, and the current job market, I’ve sent countless resumes since last May with not one face to face interview. I applied for and received food stamps for the first time in my life about a week ago, along with gas, electric, and other assistance. If I were 2 years older, I could begin collecting SS benefits that I paid into, also for over 40 years.
I guess the Republicans assume that after working for 40 years, I just now decided to be a bum.
I know there are millions of others in the same situation and I cannot comprehend why helping the long term unemployed is not the only topic in the Senate right now. Why should millions suffer because the Senate cannot come to an agreement on this CRITICAL issue.
This is not the America I grew up in.
BTW, I am also a victim of paying LIFETIME ALIMONY here in NJ, with over $400,000.00 paid since 2001, but let’s not go there right now.

February 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm
(803) chris says:

Here is one:


Will believe these careless individuals when they actually finally do something besides take another vacation.

February 20, 2014 at 5:12 pm
(804) Karlos says:

I called the 800 number and was told by a representative that I shouldn’t hold my breath waiting for s.1845 to get passed. That it could take up, until July . wtf!

February 20, 2014 at 5:16 pm
(805) @8093 says:

@8903. I found your post to be kind of condesending to those who feel differently than you. I am not sure you have been reading all the information that is out there especially the new bill that the republicans are working on this week behind the scenes.
I agree with 8101. I hope you do fogettabowt and do the same to this site.

February 20, 2014 at 5:30 pm
(806) Las says:

Ou are totally correct regarding we were all notified that unemployment was ending in December 28. It was stated on my claim that I filed in January 2013. However, extensions were always passed and a lot of people felt it would be extended again. I was not planning on it happening but I would like to see the republicans have a change of heart. I am not as bad off as the majority of people on this site as I have my husband working a good job with benefits. We also have our house paid off o I can afford to be choosy when looking for a job. However there are NO jobs for anyone over the age of 55. I am 58 and basically considered unemployable after working 36 years in the accounting industry. Too old to work and too young to collect social security. I still remain optimistic it will pass as it did back in 2010 which took seven weeks.

February 20, 2014 at 5:41 pm
(807) Lee says:

I keep hearing that unemployment statistics are down; of course they are! People are not bothering to register or they are being told not to register which is lowering the unemployment stats. It doesn’t take much intelligence to figure this out. Can anyone with the ability to help us all figure this out? I SURE HOPE SO!!!!!!!

February 20, 2014 at 5:45 pm
(808) TR says:

the calculates the cost for each tax payer based on income for the EUC

February 20, 2014 at 6:56 pm
(809) Carly says:

A few updates and tidbits…
I have had 3 interviews this week. None of them were for jobs like I have held in the past, but all three offered opportunity for me to consider reinventing and repurposing my skills set. I am over 50. I have run my own advertising agency as well as led top nonprofit organizations in my area. I have been a marketing executive, a consultant and never been laid off until the recession came along. One of the jobs I applied for, itself morphed into a different opportunity from the time the job was posted to when I interviewed. So its not just the job seekers that need to be thinking out of the box, the employers are as well. Keeps you on your toes, that’s for sure!
On the Fox News stats regarding the cost to the American tax payer of extending EUC, that is false. We have paid into this fund as well as our employers. And we all pay taxes, regardless of whether the EUC is extended or not. The funds are necessary and are there. Fox News is notorious for skewing facts and figures. Not a fan.
Seriously, how can Fox News or any of us truly know what the cost is? We are going off of what politicians state is the cost. But it is relative to pork they can or cannot wrangle around it. We’ve all seen that for weeks now.
No one should feel belittled for hoping that another extension would come about. After all, it always has before.
Americans deserve better than to feel like losers when times are tough. It’s what we are about. “The Land of Opportunity.” Well opportunity comes with a price. Shouldn’t be a human price.

February 20, 2014 at 6:57 pm
(810) Carly says:

I am one of the lucky ones. My spouse has a good job and our family has benefits and can pay our bills. But times are very tight w/o my income and we are unable to save for our child’s education or emergencies without my contribution. Everyone who wants to work, should be able to find it. Because of our recession, and the way our government now approaches economy, millions of people in this country are struggling. If it has always been our principal to support individuals, even temporarily, Pulling the rug out from under Americans while pulling the wool over them is unconscionable.

February 20, 2014 at 7:37 pm
(811) KATHLEEN says:
February 20, 2014 at 7:50 pm
(812) Carly says:

Could be a ray of something. Sounds like more he said, she said. But at least the author of that article was wondering if there could be more of a positive twinge on the horizon.

February 20, 2014 at 7:51 pm
(813) Nick D. says:

(8113) Kathleen – I may very well be. I read the actual article this one was quoting from which you can find on the Politico site with the following link:


I totally agree with what they have said. They should give us our benefits, retroactively, but reform the program.

February 20, 2014 at 9:25 pm
(814) Jessica says:

I have been unemployed for quite some time. I ran across this board by accident. I must say it is simultaneously encouraging and disheartening. When you hear about the state of joblessness from a media perspective, it is not nearly as impactful as the experiences shared from those who have firsthand knowledge. I will be praying for everyone on this board. I have faith that better days are coming.

Something else to consider would be working overseas. I know of several people who grew frustrated with their unemployment, so they left to pursue careers in other countries and fared quite better. I know that may not be the best option if you have a family, but still it is food for thought. Also if you have considerable experience in a particular industry and/or an advanced degree, teaching at the collegiate level might be an option.

February 20, 2014 at 10:04 pm
(815) Someone told me long ago says:

A ray of hope, Thank you for sharing that with this comment board. This is a real busy site with a lot of credible information, compassion and great ideas. Thanks again everyone…

February 20, 2014 at 10:05 pm
(816) clc says:

To Carly 8112: I don’t know where you live but I will disagree with your statement: “Everyone who wants to work, should be able to find it”. Not so in Calif. I’m an older worker and at 66, it’s been next to impossible landing a job much less one that pays a sustainable wage. I had a 40-year stellar and rewarding administrative career with a host of transferable skills. Since 2008, I’ve only managed to temp on occasion for companies based on my professional background “experience” and work ethic.

Those of us over 60 are pretty much done due in part due to rampant age discrimination. As for UE extensions, too much time has passed and the carnage is yet to be felt as 2MIL unemployed without “any” income will impact businesses, retail and grocery stores.

Here in Calif, the state announced today, it will begin pumping funds $$ into “retraining” the longer term unemployed for skills needed in companies today. Interestingly, most if not all the companies I’ve interviewed required past relevant work experience within the industry.
Sorry, but not everyone can or will find a job in this economy!

February 20, 2014 at 10:21 pm
(817) kpv says:

That article in 8113 is the same issue that the Democrats have been saying no to for 2 months. H Ried has rejected that pay for , using the funds from the disabled to pay for the benefits. And there are a bunch of democrats who have said they will vote no if it is included. The Disabled get to work a certain amount of hours and they are also allowed to get benefits when they get laid off.They pay into the system and the Portman amendment would make them unable to get the Benefits they live off. (DIsability is a separate thing and is not the same as unemployment) Democrats feel that taking money from the disabled is not the way to pay for Benefits. Its not as easy as some people say it is., Alot of the Disabled will be out on the streets if that happens, they count on that money that they put in while they are working. . There is very little chance that H Reid allows that Portman admendment since he has rejected it twice already. Were just going in circles here. This is just a way for the Republicans to say we tried. Also not sure how much hope I give to an article that say the following.

Unfortunately, some Democrats already see extending benefits as a lost cause. They’re ready to turn their attention to raising the minimum wage. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer told Politico, “I hope we pass both, but I think minimum wage is a little easier to pass.”

February 20, 2014 at 10:50 pm
(818) Michele says:

For those of you who have good Mr./Ms. Fix-it skills, here is a good way to make a living. I met a man who lost his job two years ago. He found a handy man to partner with him, contacted a mortgage company, and is now their people to prepare foreclosed houses for sale. They haul out junk, paint and make repairs. He was surprised that he serviced 200 houses in two years. And the best part is…he’s making a decent living.

February 20, 2014 at 11:22 pm
(819) Rango says:

The Long-Term Unemployed Might Finally Get Their Benefits

The Labor Department announced on Thursday that applications for unemployment benefits fell by 3,000 last week, which means that layoffs remain low. This is good — overall, businesses are feeling justified in keeping their workers. Hiring, of course, is another story. About 3.6 million Americans have been out of work for 27 weeks or more, and benefits for those long-term unemployed expired on December 28, 2013. Despite Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s effort to reinstate benefits, Congress still hasn’t agreed on an extension.

But according to Burgess Everett at Politico, a small group of Republican senators are now ready to work with Democrats on the issue. Since December, Republicans have rejected bills to extend benefits twice. Now, Sens. Dan Coats, Dean Heller, Susan Collins, and Rob Portman (a possible 2016 contender) are prepared to find a solution. The four met last week to develop a plan that would satisfy both parties.

“We’re still working on the same thing, which is solving the problem,” Portman insists. Coats agrees, “The substance is there for an agreement.”

Collins and Heller already voted to extend benefits earlier this month, along with Republican Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Lisa Murkowski. That effort failed by one vote. Coats and Portman voted against the bill, because they wanted to include an amendment by Portman that would prevent people from withdrawing both unemployment and disability benefits. Republican Sen. Mark Kirk tells Politico that if Portman’s amendment is written into an extension bill, it will pass the Senate.

The Senate reconvenes on Monday, so if Reid is willing to bend, the long-term unemployed may be in luck. Unfortunately, some Democrats already see extending benefits as a lost cause.

February 20, 2014 at 11:48 pm
(820) TC says:

Hate to rub salt upon an already gaping and hemorrhaging wound, but…


February 21, 2014 at 7:25 am
(821) TR says:

well this board is a tremendous help with the EUC.. maybe be a slight glimmer of hope.

Face it, it is virtually impossible to land any position that pays a liveable wage over the age of 50 and is only compounded exponentially over the age of 60..

Essentially no company wants to hire us.

February 21, 2014 at 9:22 am
(822) Walter says:

In Ohio

Effective February 16, 2014, it will no longer be possible to file EUC applications or weekly claims unless new legislation is enacted.

February 21, 2014 at 9:34 am
(823) Jeanne says:

I agree with all the comments. I have worked for 45 years. Was dismissed in July, collected only 6 months. My husband passed, my home is in foreclosure. I have to tell you that I am EXTREMELY depressed and pissed off, that as Americans we cannot or don’t care to care of our own! It is so sad to think that people are here in our country that take our jobs from us, then leave! Good luck to all that have posted and be well.

February 21, 2014 at 9:58 am
(824) Robert Patten says:

I have a friend that like myself, has been unemployed for over a year, and send’s out resumes every day. She saw the List of Companines posted on this board that agreed to hire people with long term unemployment. She had applied before at Walmart, about a month ago, but she tried it again two days ago. She got the job, Part Time, but she is very happy. She is over 50 and evicted from her apartment the first of February and has an 11 year old. Although it’s minimum wage, it didn’t matter to her, she has a feeling of self-worth again. It doesn’t mean she won’t try to work her way up the ladder, mentally it’s what she needed. For me, in Florida they have a really good WorkNet that if you are unemployed, they will provide you with training, job searches, they even offer potential employers up to $4000 if they hire the long term unemployed. There is also a program called WIA that gives grants to the unemployed for Career training. For not it’s up to $3900, but after June it goes up to $7000. This entire program was enacted back when Charlie Christ was our Governer. The current Governor wanted to stop the program, but hasn’t . He is a Republican, but then so was Charlie Crist at the time, but he cared about the people.

February 21, 2014 at 10:09 am
(825) 4 more days says:

Trust me,No salt in my wound, they are talking about extending ( L T U ) benefits. I seen it in the news.. Looks like an agreement is in the making. They may add it to the calender. of course moving on is the ultimate plan from day one, but if i should be employed after all my efforts. I still hope for an extension. No way to tell what they are going to do. But it is an issue that is coming up.
And a ray of hope is all we got. Thank you for your support

February 21, 2014 at 11:10 am
(826) John says:

@Rango…That’s great news. They were only 1 vote short last time. They’ve made their point, stood their ground and voted no twice to show they are tough on the issue. Now they can bend a little bit and still save face with their base while earning respect from us who are in dire need.

February 21, 2014 at 11:11 am
(827) Deborah says:

Hi, All: Does anyone know why Harry Reid would oppose the Portman/Coats amendment? ( That effort failed by one vote. Coats and Portman voted against the bill, because they wanted to include an amendment by Portman that would prevent people from withdrawing both unemployment and disability benefits). Personally, I think this is a reasonable amendment. Double-dipping like this should not be tolerated, especially since to collect UI you need to be willing and ABLE to work, but to collect disability you have to be UNABLE to work. I think someone else pointed that out earlier. Maybe we also need to plead with Senator Reid to allow this to be included in the EUC and also let our Senators know this too so they can also encourage Senator Reid.

February 21, 2014 at 11:40 am
(828) Max says:

People who are mentally challenge actually work and pay taxes but being they collect disability they work for places that give them human life skills like URS and they bring in a whole $150 a week and the double dipping they are referring to gives them a whopping 750 for the month. Add that together and it equals 1350 a month and the republicians want to take the 750 away and leave them with 600 a month to live. I know this because I have a sister who is mentally challenged and that is why Harry Reid won’t bring it to the table and that is why other democrats would change there vote to no if portmans amendment was put in there.

February 21, 2014 at 12:28 pm
(829) Rango says:

(8125) Jeanne
Sorry to hear you are in the midst of loosing everything. I’m in the same predicament as you. Maybe hundreds of thousands, possibly a million or so of us in the country!

The real jest of it is… We are the new outcasts of society, the ones that are in an age group no-one wants to hire. They only want to hire the ‘under forty’. And they’d wish we’d just go away.

They prefer to hire the ‘all ready employed’ and if you are a ‘long term unemployed’ you are marked as past-employable. As you may have read in my previous blogs my favorite saying is ‘we don’t hire your kind here!’ And I have experienced this several times in the past 19 months of unemployment. The first time I heard it I was incensed, now I just accept it.

This saying in its self, is a general compilation of derogatory statements I’ve and others have heard from candid moments of hiring personnel just being honest. It’s stated in many different ways and I’m no longer wide-eyed when hearing it.

This one was from a January onsite interview as I was confronted by the personnel girl in the lobby… “Oh the job was just filled, can I get someone to help you out the parking lot to your transportation?” (no, I don’t look like great grandpa, my wife says I look like Tom Hanks)

Against the law?… call a cop. No one will litigate this and point blank, they can say we don’t hire older workers to your face knowing you can’t do anything about it. It’s even well known that it’s a unwritten rule past down from company executives to not consider the older applicants.

Companies now days are realizing that the economics of retaining an older worker is detrimental to the bottom line. So, there will be many more of us joining the unemployment ranks. People that have worked & saved for decades, only to see it all dissolving into a futile attempt of unsustainable survival.

So, I don’t know other than to say ‘stay strong as best you can’

February 21, 2014 at 12:41 pm
(830) Deborah says:

Another organization that is national that is specifically for older workers which includes a paid training program, training, etc. Starts you at minimum wage with non-profit host agency and you get very personalized targeted assistance.


February 21, 2014 at 1:02 pm
(831) KATHLEEN says:



February 21, 2014 at 1:36 pm
(832) Rich says:

IF, and that’s a BIG IF they come to an agreement to extend EUC, I just hope its longer than 3 months. If it is retroactive to Dec 28 then by the time they get things ironed out it will be March 28 before ya know it.

The Senators know this, they might be thinking, and it would be most feasible to extend EUC for another year. That’s what I would do.

February 21, 2014 at 2:02 pm
(833) ingrid says:

THANK YOU 8133 for that update!!

February 21, 2014 at 2:07 pm
(834) Lucia says:

@8133 Kathleen, I agree that there are conversations in progress on passing the extension. There has been scuttlebutt in the news the past few days indicating this is the case. Keep your fingers crossed!

February 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm
(835) Dee D says:

THANK YOU DISNEYLAND!!! They hired me!!! After 15 months of unemployment! WOOHOO!! keep trying everyone! Don’t give up! They were also hiring older folks as well.

February 21, 2014 at 2:21 pm
(836) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

From Senator Harry Reid on Facebook: We’ll vote again soon on extending emergency unemployment insurance. Last time, we failed by just one Republican vote. This is important — extending UI will help our economy and reduce poverty. We must keep pushing.

February 21, 2014 at 2:23 pm
(837) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

@Dee Congratulations! That’s terrific news!

February 21, 2014 at 2:28 pm
(838) Dee D says:

@Alison Doyle, Thank you! It came just in the nick of time! I walked in that interview determined to get that job! It worked! It feels amazing to be employed once again!

February 21, 2014 at 2:49 pm
(839) Rango says:

(8137) Dee D

Congratulations new cast member… now workin’ for the mouse!

February 21, 2014 at 2:50 pm
(840) Overqualified for Restaurant s says:

For the 4188 people who stated no to reinstatement of benefits, I hope that your a** does not need them ever. You obviously have a way to have money and not have any other use for it this time. Well, if that is the case, help us out. I have a 4 year college education degree, plenty of experience and not middle age. Well, I am waiting.

February 21, 2014 at 2:58 pm
(841) Rob says:

Alison whats your take on next week you think its gonna happen or what????? its been a long time without income and a lot of applications with no hope

February 21, 2014 at 3:32 pm
(842) Just Me says:

@Dee D Congrats! I love to hear about people on this site getting a job!

I have been coming here a lot over the last few weeks. I find a sense of comradery and odd solace in this site. I too am one of the many that lost benefits on Dec 28.

I worked since I was 18 and put MYSELF through college, I hold two Masters and in Dec of 2012 my world came tumbling down. My company consolidated two VP positions into one and I was laid off, two days later my partner of 15 year left me. I have looked for work but with no results.

I will admit that the first few months, I was not too worried, I had a great savings and I had a severance package. I just knew I would get a job, I mean; I am educated, good at my job and held many awards. After a few months of no replies to my resume, I got a bit worried. My Ex had drained me of more than half of our property and savings and was working a very fine job. My dog was very sick with cancer and the vet bills alone were staggering. I had to sell my home and moved into a one bedroom, but I was still not worried.

By April 2013, my father was ill and since I was the only person he had, I sent money and paid for his living situation. I was starting to freak out a bit. I applied for Unemployment and was granted it. I was shocked to see how little I got (even though I was at the state max, it was less than 20% of my normal salary), I buckled down,and got rid of my car so that I would not have a car payment, I stopped buying things that were not important.

My father passed away and I found out he held no insurance at all. I paid for the funeral and tried to move on. Three days after my father passed, my trooper of a dog passed away too. Months passed and still no work. I was told that my resume was too intimidating. I was told to remove my education, my career milestones and to basically denounce all the hard work I had put into my career. I was also advised to file for bankruptcy.

February 21, 2014 at 3:33 pm
(843) Just Me says:


By Thanksgiving, everything that was me was gone. I had no credit cards, no savings, no family to lean on and was forced to apply for positions that I had taken when I was in college. I kept my head up and pushed through.

In January, since the EUC was cut off, I now have no income. I was approved for food stamps but I don’t have a cell phone, I was able to pay some of my rent in January but not all of it, I cut off cable and got Netzero so that I could have wifi, I use my cell phone via wifi and can make and receive calls with a free app that I downloaded.

I get up everyday at 6:30 am and start to look for jobs, by 9:00 am, I am walking the streets applying for jobs at fast food places with my fake resume. I am sure they can tell I am a bit more educated than I pretend to be, but I don’t care. I need work.

When I read about how people think we are just lazy and not looking for work, I want to scream!

The month of Feb has been my lowest point in my life! Thank god for the food stamps! But, what about soap, toothpaste, bathroom tissue or even laundry det? I do not take a shower every day for fear I will run out of soap, I only “wash” my dishes once a week because I am almost out of dish soap (instead I boil them in a pot every night). My landlord has been wonderful and knows what is going on, but it is business for her too. She sent me an email just last night saying that if the EUC does not pass by Feb 28th, she will have to have me leave. My place is fully furnished and utilities are paid for by her. I have no where to go! I have no family to lean on, none of my friends are in a position to help and those that can help have turned their back on me in my break up.

So, when I see happy things like @Dee D getting a job and that means she won’t go hungry or without heat, I am happy. I am encouraged that Congress is talking I guess. I just need them to do this faster! Not just for me, but for us ALL!

February 21, 2014 at 4:03 pm
(844) BayLee says:

(8133) KATHLEEN says:

This not only a ray of hope, but necessary for the GOP to minimize.the shellacking they are going to get in November. The long term unemployed are not going away. The slow jobs growth is not going away. No matter how Washington spins the unemployment numbers. The reality is that the GOP has their heads in a noose. They are about to stand on the trap door. They are looking for a way out.

I visit RI and MA job centers on a weekly basis. There isn’t a job seeker there that is going to vote for the GOP. Multiply that by the rest of the 48 states and you’ll see that the GOP is in dire straits on this issue.

The more time the GOP stands against the working (unworking) Americans the worse it will be for them. That’s a reality that they know is going to happen.

No matter what news report you read. Either Right or Left Wing articles. The comments are largely in favor of extending the EU benefits. The goodness of Americans will shine through. No matter what party they belong to. Americans known that it is immoral to let the long term unemployed starve and become homeless.

February 21, 2014 at 5:44 pm
(845) John says:

Maybe finally the Republicans are realizing that this is an election year and that with the longer this drags on and them voting no over and over on EUC will have bad results by November when around 5 million will have lost EUC since the beginning of the year, and are all struggling and suffering. They’ve voted no twice to stand up to the Man and get their point across, now its time to do what’s right for the American people that they were elected to work for. They would save face because they already voted no twice and stood their ground. They can strike a deal that keeps it from adding to the deficit, which is good for their wing, and use the excuse that the Democrats would have killed them in the polls with that issue if they didn’t do something about it. And to the people suffering and struggling like us, we are provided with the relief we all need and will be grateful that they finally put partisanship aside. Its gone on long enough, job growth is slow, way lower than projections, and the stock market has been dropping since EUC was cut. A lot of money was taken out of the economy which is hurting it, and the only reason the percentage is dropping is not due to new jobs, but people losing EUC.

February 21, 2014 at 6:14 pm
(846) JLC says:

Does anyone know if the 31 weeks is in affect?

If so what does that mean for people who are on tier 2 ready? Do we lose all the weeks in tier 2? Since we had 20 weeks in tier one?

Also Pa is at a rate of 6.9 I think right now, so I guess we won’t qualify for tier 3? Idunno I’m confused.

February 21, 2014 at 6:29 pm
(847) JB says:

I have been following these postings for a few months. It has been very helpful to know you are not alone in this situation. I have been unemployed since May 13. As with many others sent out 100′s of resumes with very little response and no job offers. I have sold everything I could and ended up moving back to my parents house. I am in my 50′s and they are in there 90′s. Not where I expected to be at this point in my life but you have to do what you have to do. I submitted a resume on Tuesday to a company I had applied to months ago with no response. I had a phone interview Wednsday, a face to face interview today and a Job offer on the spot ! Compensation a little better than when I lost my job! So everyone who is saying stay positive and keep trying are Right !

February 21, 2014 at 7:25 pm
(848) Sandy says:

Congrats to Dee D and JB for finding great new jobs. It’s both encouraging and inspiring to hear success stories, especially among all the sad human stories that are posted here. I am not holding out hope for the EUC, but I did read the CNN article, which sounded just a mite hopeful. I applied for a great temp job today and really thought I’d hear something positive – the project starts Monday. But I haven’t gotten a bite on my resume submission. Sooo, I’ll keep revamping and tweaking it, customizing my abundant, varied job experience for each application, fingers crossed. I, too, enjoy the comraderie I find here and hope to hear more success stories soon. Hang in there.

February 21, 2014 at 7:48 pm
(849) Frank Stanton says:

Congratulations on the job Dee D. It is very good to hear when any of us “old” folks get a job. I wish I could find a suitable job like my last one. No such luck here.

February 21, 2014 at 8:09 pm
(850) WHattheflip says:

@(8145) Just Me – Thank you for that touching story. I am in a very similar situation. I have nothing left, no family to lean on, and my spirit is gone. I will be a homeless person soon (hopefully not).

Today I had an interview for a 20 hour a week job paying $10 an hour. The manager that interviewed me acted like this job was some superior position that required a professional. I am a professional and could run circles around him, but I could not convince him of that.
Then, he told me he will be interviewing all next week to fill this position.
What? Never in my life have I experienced anything like this. It seems that everywhere I interview, all the jobs are low paying part time jobs and they treat me like I have a disease. I feel like I am in a re-make of the Stepford wives. Is this for real? I feel like the universe is playing a cruel joke on me. I have to pinch myself to ensure I’m not dreaming. Is there something in the water? I simply cannot figure it out. I desperately need a job, but no body wants to hire me even for the most menial job available. Weird

February 21, 2014 at 8:26 pm
(851) Sandy says:

Like most everyone who has commented, I too am unemployed and exhausted my Reg UC benefits at the end of January 2014. I am praying that the Senate do the right thing and pass the extension during the week of 2/24. But I also encourage all to email Each of the members of the Senate who voted NO (regardless of what state you live in):
NAYs —43
Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Enzi (R-WY)
Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kirk (R-IL)
Lee (R-UT)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Paul (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)
Reid (D-NV)
Risch (R-ID)
Rubio (R-FL)
Scott (R-SC)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS
We need our representatives of the PEOPLE to relate to our plight!

February 21, 2014 at 8:27 pm
(852) WHattheflip says:

@(8145) Just Me Oh, I wanted to mention, some food pantries have toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste.
One Catholic pantry game me soap, shampoo, toothpaste and a tooth brush. Another pantry at The Church of Christ gave me a few double rolls of TP. Amazing what I have taken for granted all these years. I never thought I would get so excited abouit toilet paper.

What’s odd is, a couple pantries I go to cut their portions of food. When I asked, they said the food banks that they get much of the food from are government funded, and the government has instructed them to cut portions. Maybe big GOV is trying to starve us.

February 21, 2014 at 8:38 pm
(853) Hello from Chiberia says:

@(8149) JB

Congratulations, JB! I’m hearing that people who go ahead and reapply to places they applied to already are now getting calls, so don’t think you can’t apply to a place a second time! It makes sense that employers are going to go through their most recent apps, not the huge pile from a month or six months ago.

So, circle back and hit them all again with your resume!

February 21, 2014 at 8:41 pm
(854) Carly says:

You misread what I wrote. I meant literally, anyone who wants to work should be able to find a job. The problem is, we can’t. This is America. We should all have jobs- but sadly, there are reasons beyond our control, bad reasons, stupid reasons, political reasons that are making it such that millions who want and need to work cannot find a job!

February 21, 2014 at 9:57 pm
(855) Carly says:

To CLC 8118,
I tried to post this earlier this evening, but it didn’t show up. I wasn’t clear, or you maybe misunderstood my meaning. I meant that this is America and everyone who wants a job/needs a job should be able to find one! But the truth is, we cannot all find one, no matter how educated, skilled, experienced, smart we are. The numbers don’t match up. What I was saying is that this is the USA, so we should have jobs for all. It is not the land of opportunity it once was.
I live in Washington. The Puget Sound area has plenty of jobs, but SW Washington State and Eastern Washington State do not have many jobs now. What there is tends to be overrun with qualified, younger applicants and the jobs are usually part time at a fraction of the salary one was making a year ago.
I am interviewing, but finding the age thing a factor in my mid 50s. The competition is stiff out there for any and all jobs.
For those on our little blog who are facing homelessness- I keep you all in prayers. With every week that goes by, things for long time unemployed seem more and more unbelievable. There has to be some good news sometime SOON!

February 21, 2014 at 10:03 pm
(856) Nick D. says:

(8119) kpv –

I’m not sure if I’m not the one who is understanding you or if you are not understanding what that amendment is about. It’s not that they want to take away disability benefits away from everybody but there are the disabled that, on top of their disability benefits, are also getting unemployment benefits on top of that. So what they want to do is for the people collecting both to have them keep collecting their disability checks but then they cannot collect unemployment at the same time.

Again, I apologize if I misunderstood. I didn’t even know that was possible where the disabled are also able to collect unemployment. To be honest, I’m not sure if that’s fair.

February 21, 2014 at 10:05 pm
(857) kpv says:

Dee D. , Congrats on the job. I cant speak for everyone here but its like another member of the class graduates. Best of luck,

February 21, 2014 at 10:08 pm
(858) Nick D. says:

(8120) Michele –

I have a friend who does something like that. He does demolition work and from most of his jobs he collects old wiring which he sells to scrap yards at a price per pound. So not only does he get money for the demolition work but he also makes, sometimes, an extra $30-$80 on scrapping some of that junk I mentioned.

February 21, 2014 at 10:21 pm
(859) Nick D. says:

(8149) JB –

Man, that is so great news. Good luck!

February 21, 2014 at 10:31 pm
(860) Dazed and confused says:

Has anyone else experienced this? I have gone through depressions to the point where I feel I need to go to a doctor the last couple of months.Times I don’t seem to know what I am doing.. Like sorting papers to throw out, organizing and downsizing for if/ when I get evicted after 15 years. Then I look for stuff and say no way..I must have shot that out??? Forgetfulness..If this was supposed to give us( lazy people) incentive to get jobs..It has been the least productive period of my life. Pace, worry, sleeplessness, make lists, lose lists..rewrite lists..I have never had a break down before but have worried about my sanity. Have come close to car accidents, blondest moments!!!!..I’m just not myself anymore and I hate it. What if a job came through and I would be so terrified of not doing well, I couldn’t perform it well enough.. I think I lost the best of me as is. Keep trying to pick myself up by the bootstraps but doesn’t last long.. It takes me forever to do the simplest tasks. Isolating..don’t want my g. daughters to to see me like this.I have lost so much faith in humanity. So sick of being poor. Age 60/ alone. Always tried to give a smile where ever I went.. Just not me anymore.I think the 1k in car problems and slumlord landlady not fixing furnace and this brutal winter maybe put me into a hole will never come out of. Powerless…Cold cruel world, eh? Pray, try to be grateful to be alive at least but always end up overwhelmingly confused/sad.

February 22, 2014 at 12:07 am
(861) Jessica says:

@Just Me

Your story is very heart wrenching. Most people would not have been able to withstand what you have been through. I must say you have incredible tenacity. I too have been told that I am overqualified and should maybe consider removing items from my resume. It is like the world is moving backwards. It is truly an employer’s market right now and I know they are just loving it. I remember watching a news special several years ago regarding a former hedge fund manager who had to take a position as a pizza delivery guy to help provide for him and his family.


Congratulations on returning to the world of the gainfully employed!

February 22, 2014 at 12:57 am
(862) wordonthestreet says:

well don’t know how true but heard that the Rep’s are ready to go in with Dem’s and make something happen anybody else heard . I have seen the calendar for next week and nothing about EUC there. Actually only think they work 1 day next week is that true?? . I too have used all my backup monies and had to file chapter 7 trying to keep my house working on modification. It still doesn’t help that much ill probable loose my vehicle if nothing happens this coming week . I have borrowed and begged to make it through this month paying for heat, Meds, insurance to drive. not to mention I got accepted for Medicaid(Obama Care) 2 months ago never received any cards finally got in touch with a human was told the problem was in there system imagine that. This by far has been the worst start of a new year ever for me and wife as well as everyone else on EUC no matter retro or not my views on our government have changed BOTH PARTIES and the PRESIDENT I think they will be surprised this November and hope most will find themselves where we are even though I know that will never happen. I hope that we find out something on Monday weather good or bad just tell us one way or another may have to become a criminal to survive and never thought I would say that but what are we to do our government has turned its back on us and the issue on hand should have been on there radar months before Dec.28th 2013 and should have never ended that abruptly it should be against the constitution for our Government to give generations before us up to 99 weeks then when I need help it all over after 26 weeks so im punished for having a job for so long then needing help Ive been looking for work for a year and its the same story as everybody else overqualified under qualified but the Pres says there plenty work well looks like ill be the guy with the cardboard sign well work for food well if anybody knows anything good fill us in and thanks for letting me vent so tired of being pooped on

February 22, 2014 at 2:34 am
(863) Jman says:

If Republicans are smart, they would pass the EUC and take it off as an issue since most Americans support EUC..

Let’s see if heartless Republicans are Smart !

February 22, 2014 at 7:45 am
(864) cindy says:

no matter what they do now-extending it or not..the damage is done for me and so many others. congrats to everyone who has found a job no luck for me..YOU CAN BET COME NOVE I WILL FIND A WAY TO THE POLLS TO VOTE EVERY REPUBLICAN OUT. I MAY ONLY BE 1 VOTE BUT EVERY VOTE COUNTS. AFTER WHAT THEY DID TO ME BY NOT EXTENDING—NO WAY WILL I EVER FORGET OR FORGIVE-i lost my job due to budget cuts not my fault-yet i feel punished for the state of illinois being broke & our goverment not helping ppl like me who have worked since 16 im 47 now,. YET help other countries and immigrants. WHAT HAPPEN TO TAKE CARE OF AMERICANS WHO VOTED YOU IN—TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN PPL TOO!…

February 22, 2014 at 8:40 am
(865) Sandy says:

I agree about voting. We can’t agree with every party’s position on every issue, but I for one am swayed by what is most critical to me and my family at election time. I have been a registered Republican for about a decade, but I, too, WILL NOT vote for anyone who has voted down EUC. I’ve watched the hearings and heard the stories of devastation and crisis that our elected officials heard. I’ve signed petitions, contacted my representatives. And if we all do the same and stand firm on this issue, they will surely feel the pinch and may act accordingly (see CNN article link above). If nothing else, it will make them and their campaign manager/number crunchers nervous and may give them a sleepless night or two. Yup, I guess I’m a little bitter at this point. Hang in.

February 22, 2014 at 8:42 am
(866) Louise says:

It’s interesting about the damage that has been done with not renewing EUC even for people who have recently found a job. I was hired at the end of January for a job and started Feb. 10th – but, I won’t receive a paycheck until the end of the week in March. Trust me, I am NOT complaining and I firmly believe that at the most crucial time when I had nothing, my prayers for a job were answered.

Still, the challenge will be once you have a job after not having EUC for 2 months (or however long it’ll take EUC renewal or one to find a job), is how to survive until you have that first pay check in hand. It’ll take time, if EUC is renewed, for lives to return to normal — for those unemployed and those newly employed. It’s a process of getting back on your feet after a long, hard fall. I’m finding that out! I’m definitely finding that having to borrow gas money just to get to work until I get a pay check is a challenge (my parents have been good at that, and of course, they know I won’t hesitate to repay that $ when I have my first check). Still … I’ll be starting out at the bottom of the hill.

Maybe I am being optimistic, I still do believe EUC will pass. That being said – it’s obviously no one can rely on it passing.

Once again, I reiterate that if you have applied for a job & never received a response … if you see that job opening again, apply. That’s exactly what I did. Who knows “why’ the 2nd time around, I was hired when six months earlier, I never even had an interview.

I also know that many of you will find a job. It took me 10 months to finally get hired (and I’d only had 1 other interview in that 10 months).


February 22, 2014 at 8:53 am
(867) Darla says:

To all who have found a job, I am very happy for you. My life now is getting better since I too have been recently hired. It will take me a while to dig out of the hole, thank God my sister took me in. I have been part of this forum since the beginning, and I am so grateful to have found it and find solace through others in the same position on this site. I was unemployed for a year, not finding anyone who would hire me despite my continuous efforts everyday searching and being granted some interviews. I am 54 years young, live in NJ,and have many years experience in the accounting field with a great work history. The 100′s of jobs that I’ve applied for had between 100 and 200 applicants going for the same position! Most of these positions were paying much less than what I made previously, but I would have taken anything! Our government cannot turn it’s back on the American people who are losing everything they’ve worked for their whole lives, and who so desperately WANT to work if given the opportunity. Give them the extension and a LIFELINE back until MORE opportunities exist for the unemployed. The government and private business sector need to create more jobs, and have those jobs welcome the LONG-termed unemployed. Once this happens, we once again will have some $ to spend, therefore, helping out the economy in a positive way. Please… as low as you feel…continue to have hope..God Bless You All..

February 22, 2014 at 9:35 am
(868) Darla @ 8158 Dazed says:

Dazed and Confused-Your comment brought tears to my eyes.Your feelings of worthlessness, abandonment , loss of focus,sleeplessness,worry, anxiety,and many more all come into play when you are in a bad stage of your life. It is because we are human, and experience the repercussions of our emotions taking a toll on us . You can view it as once having a productive routine, and because of being unemployed, the carpet is ripped out from under you. Believe me…I was starting to doubt my abilities. and my confidence weakened, although I never displayed that in an interview. I am now at my brand new job being trained by the woman retiring, and I must confess that it takes time to get back into the swing of things …trying to conceal being a little rusty..but employers mostly understand one needs some training on their systems and methods of doing things. Please try to stay strong for your grand daughters. Get free help that’s available via hotlines and groups and organizations.

February 22, 2014 at 9:48 am
(869) kpv says:

Nick D , if you are on disability you can work a certain amount of hours a week and you pay into the unemployment system. Disability is not alot of money and if they get laid off and paid into the system they get unemployment. Its no different then when you get laid off and you get a large severance. I know people who got laid off and got $30-40K severance packages. and also get $600 a week unemployment. It may not seem fair but thats just the way it is. I am not saying I agree but alot of Demcorats will not vote for that, If anyone remembers there was one who got up with his charts to show how it hurts the disabled and said straight out that if the Portman amendment is in the Bill he will vote no. There were 3-4 Democrats including H Reid who already said its not acceptable. which is why unless the Republicans change the pay for it will not pass. Even if you get Portmans vote you lose 3-4 Democratic votes. Again I am not saying I agree or disagree with it or think its fair . Just stating a fact that Demcorats do not support it and as the article says , H Reid already rejected it.

February 22, 2014 at 9:57 am
(870) Darla@Alison says:

Alison- Thank you again for your great forum and all the assistance you’ve provided and continue to provide for the unemployed. I continue to read your column even though I recently secured a job, because I will never forget the horror of being in the position of being able to just survive. I have always been a compassionate person, and my focus moving forward will be to help out and give back to those who have nothing due to no fault of their own.

Alison- please provide the crisis numbers again for the people who may be at the point of needing to utilize help lines and support groups. As this crisis continues, more and more people will need the help. Thank you so much for your devotion, and human compassion.

Also, all job seekers, please review Alison’s Job Searching Hints. I found her interview tips to be helpful even though I thought I was well
prepared . God Bless You All!

February 22, 2014 at 10:11 am
(871) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

Here’s the list of where to get help when you’re out of unemployment (2-1-1) can refer you to local resources. I also added some information for people with pets.

February 22, 2014 at 10:24 am
(872) Deborah says:

to @8160 – dazed and confused: These are all classic symptoms of a serious depression. Please call a crises hot line to at least talk with a real person. If you have any coverage, try to see a doctor. There really are good treatments that will minimize these over whelming symptoms. Look for a free clinic. One purpose of the meds is to bring your brain chemistry back to more normal parameters, thus making you better able to cope again. No, I am not a doctor, but I went through a very severe depression — please please reach out to someone….

February 22, 2014 at 1:03 pm
(873) Sandy says:

Because I think we need a little levity on this board, I had to share a job tip I heard on the radio. The station teased listeners by stating they’d announce a huge industry in desperate need of workers . . . in 7 minutes. So, having no radio in my house, I had to drive around an extra 7 minutes for the big reveal. I couldn’t imagine what it could be, thinking maybe oil and gas (booming in the next county over) or something to do with our new-ish casinos. Any ideas? Here’s a hint: Stephen King would find IT a brilliant career option . . . If I’m fighting my cat for his Fancy Feast in another month or so, sign me up for Clown School. Apparently there is a legitimate shortage of clowns in the U.S.

February 22, 2014 at 1:40 pm
(874) FAP 427 says:

LMAOOOOO SANDY…………….there are plenty of CLOWNS in congress that can have those jobs!! lol

February 22, 2014 at 3:07 pm
(875) Jeff says:

I am hoping and praying that the extension gets passed and we are also able to receive retroactive funds. As each day gets by, I get more depressed and depressed. The financial situation is a complete nightmare because of this.

February 22, 2014 at 4:27 pm
(876) Car;y says:

Shortage of Clowns?? That’s because they are all in the Senate.

February 22, 2014 at 4:28 pm
(877) Larry says:

@ Dazed and Confused, Your words brought me to tears too. I feel your pain. There are many just like us from what I’m reading here on the comment section.

Dazed and Confused you are important to the world, and your voice is heard, dear. I will keep you in my thoughts all day. Keep smiling no matter what. Call your G-Babies and tell them how much you love them..Start there.

Then do what the pros do, get some good mojo going. Start some soft and tender positive self-talk (even out loud), sometimes humming a tune clears the air. If you have incense consider burning. If not too cold open a window or two and let the negative energy out of the house.

Take a walk and tell yourself that you can get through this, that it will pass. For every wall I’ve punched there was a sidewalk I could of just as easily had walked. Above all, Dazed and Confused, you gotta love yourself more than anything.

February 22, 2014 at 4:34 pm
(878) Patricia Butler says:

(8175) Sandy, I heard the same news story. It was on CNN and I think I also saw it on MSNBC. I, immediately, thought that a good place to recruit would be the US Congress.

I’ll be 61 next month and I love to make people laugh. But, I think I’m too old for Clown College….and Ringling Brothers has a clown college.

February 22, 2014 at 5:08 pm
(879) Xochiconan says:

Just exhausted my UE as of 2/15/14. Is congress voting Monday for the emergency extensions. I’m not eligible until August to re-issue. Wow!!
Question; if the vote is a positive one do I submit a new claim immediately?

February 22, 2014 at 5:54 pm
(880) Ben says:

I lost my job in April. I have been looking ever since. There are no jobs in my hometown in Georgia–the only factory moved to Mexico, and things are shutting down every week. I saved $2000 in unemployment to move to Chicago. I couldn’t find a job. Several interviews, but when you’re competing against 100 other people, it’s kinda hard.

I got a call about a job in Los Angeles, so I went there. I didn’t get it. I applied to several others. No luck. I used to make $60k/year in IT. I applied to a fast food burger joint. No luck.

I ended up on the streets eventually when my savings ran out. I had been praying on my knees for congress to pass the extension, as I was supposed to get paid until April. After a week sleeping outside, almost getting knifed and raped, having almost everything stolen from me, I decided to kill myself. Fortunately, word got out, and my family was able to raise enough money to get me to come live with them.

I used to be a hard working functioning individual, but I don’t think I’ll ever be the same again. My mom is going to help me apply for disability. We’ll see how that goes. All I know is that I’m tired of fighting. I’m tired of complaining. They’re evil, greedy bastards in D.C. All of them. If I had the chance, I would give up my citizenship immediately.

February 22, 2014 at 6:45 pm
(881) Clarey says:

Too many Sandys on this board. I’m Clarey now, lol.
Thank you, Alison, for the regular updates. I visit your site daily, as part of my job search routine. It’s tough to not become obsessed, however.
I’m sure I’ve checked my 4 regular job sites at least 12 times today . . . I’m trying to really think outside the box – cemetery sales and (possibly) clown college are new to my list of “I’ll- do- anything-to pay-my-bills” job options.

February 22, 2014 at 6:57 pm
(882) Clarey says:

Re: Petition Block at top of page

This may have been addressed in an earlier post, but has anyone clicked on the block to sign (yet another) petition to extend UC benefits? I hadn’t noticed it before now, so I clicked it. It’s sponsored by Senator Mark Pryor (AR). I filled in the fields and clicked CONTINUE. Then I was asked to donate a minimum of $5.00 to proceed! I’m not sure whose idea that was to place that ad here, but given how desperate so many posters are, unable to buy food and gas, facing eviction, I find it to be shameful and in extremely poor taste. We are here for support and information because we don’t have jobs. Isn’t it YOUR job to fight for your constituents? Shame on you.

February 22, 2014 at 8:12 pm
(883) Bruceter says:

Well my story is very similar to others here, regular benefits ended early January, sent out numerous resumes and only getting 2 interviews in the last 6 months, dealing with depression and low self esteem all the while keeping a cheerful demeanor to the world but hurting inside with nowhere to turn etc etc. Moving out of my apartment tomorrow and the only good thing is I am without a home but not homeless. My sister reluctantly but generously is letting me stay at here house to try to get back on my feet. I have decided that the best thing for me to do now is to look at this as a means for me to reinvent myself. At 62 that will be hard but I think it is necessary, I may never get back into the field I was in for 30 years.

I am a talented artist and musician but am not afraid to try other things to earn a living and maybe even work towards being self employed so as to never be at the mercy of someone else who does not have my best interest at heart.

I did manage to raise a tiny bit of cash and will be getting Social Security by the end of March, not enough to live on but it will help and maybe getting a part time job and some freelance work occasionally. Selling some belongings I don’t need anymore and making my life simpler will permit me to live without starving, who knows. I am determined to make it and not let this be how I live the remaining years of my life.

I may also seek out others who are similarly inclined and try to live a bit more communally and less materialistic. One thing I know for sure is I will work towards getting republicans out of office. I find they have done more harm to the American worker than any foreign enemy could ever do.

Good luck to all and hopefully we can be supportive whenever we see someone who is down and out. Never forget your fellow humans when times get tough.

February 22, 2014 at 8:34 pm
(884) Lucia says:

@8183 – You can sign the petition and not give a donation. You’ll get email because you give your email address, but you can just unsubscribe. I’ve signed several of these petitions and wouldn’t give any politician a nickel.

February 22, 2014 at 8:55 pm
(885) Natelle says:

This is very helpful. Thank you so much for posting updates here, Alison Doyle.

It is hard to focus on studying or finding a job when you have no idea what to do to pay the bills. The anxiety goes sky-high. I won’t dip into my 401(k) anymore now. I know my tax refund is coming. My cats are going without vet visits. I am calling recruiters. My anxiety is so high though. I have trouble being a happy sales person when I talk to people about jobs. But I am working on it. The more I practice the better I’ll get I am sure. The more I can forget about the bills. …

February 22, 2014 at 9:50 pm
(886) ingrid says:

@8181 I’m wondering the same thing. My benefits were exhausted mid january. If it passes, will EDD automatically file an extension for me?

I can’t seem to find the answer anywhere.

February 22, 2014 at 10:34 pm
(887) New to this 101 says:

I am very encouraged by the strength that I have seen displayed by all here. I have been following this since they first announced the end. This is new to me as I have only been on unemployment once before and when it ended that was it. However now I am older an more mature. I am very shocked by the political play that I am witnesses by those elected to run in office. As I search the sights I am appalled at the comments of those that really believe that we enjoy scuffling for every dollar and cent. This sight has been a Godsend to me though. The honesty from everyone and the integrity does my heart good. I am glad that those of you who witnessed the republican blockage have opened your eyes. It is okay, let them be mean spirited for they know not what our situation is. One day we will find employment and no matter the pay the pride alone will be enough to hold our head up. I recently found employment with the Xerox company. I got hired and it felt great, however when my background check came back I was fired. I was honest on my application but still I was let go. That one week of working felt good though. It showed me why I have been sad all the time. I miss working and arning my own money. SO I decree that we all shall find solace in something to bring us joy, and I pray that we receive the votes that we need because despite their beliefs they must all face God one day and then justice shall be served. But until I shall check on all of you wonderful souls and keep you in my prayers. Thank you Ms Doyle, because you are definitely an informative in such dire times. Keep up the good work for it is not in vain.

February 22, 2014 at 11:26 pm
(888) Jan says:
February 22, 2014 at 11:57 pm
(889) FAP 427 says:

Darla i to live in NJ and i am 53 years old i have been out of work since last March and have applied every SINGLE DAY online and got NO CALLBACKS..Don’t know if its our age or all the job sites online are scams!! Anyway i to just started a job this past Friday….NOT at all what i want to be doing…………BUT a paycheck is a paycheck and i am greatful…..I have given up all hope for the euc to be reinstated ..if it is that would be nice to get the retroactive checks….but if not at least i got a job…..finally!

February 23, 2014 at 12:45 am
(890) Mike NJ says:

So I had applied for SNAP benefits a few weeks ago, and today, my wife got a letter in the mail from the social services center. It was a letter saying she should have a telephone interview on Tuesday anytime between 8am and 4:30pm (what a window), and that she needs to have all the information ready – birth certificates, IDs, rental lease, gas/electric bills…Does anyone know why she got this letter? I was the one who applied and put myself as the head of the household. And it said everywhere on the letter “Do not come to the office for the interview”, since it was telephone only. They accept all this proof over the phone?

February 23, 2014 at 7:25 am
(891) Tracey says:

Thank you for this site Alison and for keeping it current. A lot of sites that I have been going to have dropped the ball on this important issue.

February 23, 2014 at 8:31 am
(892) Bob says:

Emailing your representatives, I don’t think does any good, I really don’t think they care. I emailed Congressman Jim Renacci (2-3-14) he never responded.
I emailed Senator Rob Portman (2-3-14) and got a response (2-12-14) and in his response he lied to me, I caught his lie by researching the internet as to how they voted on the EUC extension. He voted against the extension the last time they voted.
I emailed him again (2-13-14) and asked him why the extension did not pass, to date I got no response.
All of the Republicans should be voted out of office, this is the only thing they understand.

February 23, 2014 at 8:49 am
(893) Keeping the faith says:


Please visit and tell us your story:


February 23, 2014 at 9:03 am
(894) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

For those with questions about whether your claim will be filed for you if EUC is extended, it depends on the state. Some say they will file for you, others don’t. So, if an extension is passed check with your State Unemployment Office – they will have instructions on what you need to do (if anything)

February 23, 2014 at 9:28 am
(895) Jordan says:

I’m an independent voter and the GOP will pay for this big time at the balot box in November!!!

February 23, 2014 at 11:13 am
(896) CindyGee says:

@MikeNJ – 8192 – I finally got to my local SNAP Center/ was shocked to see hundreds of computers set up (I had all my paperwork , SS cards for me and my High School Daughter.. They throw u on a computer, I entered all info (if you had a question – you had to raise your hand and hope someone noticed you) completed application , then they took all my ID, paperwork (I then requested a phone interview and asked for Expediated Food Stamps as this now beyond a pretty bare fridge!) .. Actually – 2 days later got phone interview (the letter came day after!) – very nice woman , and since I already had a card from when I first got laid off, then in Nov 2013- they took it all away, and I wasn’t getting much – well- I checked balance like she said on Friday- close to $450.00!! I almost fainted!! I’m in Brooklyn NY, and if you have a SNAP Card, people outside the Food Stamp office begging you to sign up for free phone- I have one for emergency purposes. So they will probably ask you to fax or scan the documents over – Hoping for some GOOD news this week- but all should apply – as most have NO income – for EMERGENCY FOOD STAMPS!!

February 23, 2014 at 11:34 am
(897) Rango says:


It first happened earlier this month when House Speaker John Boehner announced that he would bring a clean bill (no concessions, spending cuts, or any other side measures attached) to raise the debt ceiling to a vote. It may very well happen again next week, when Congress is back in session and a group of Republican senators is expected to strike a deal to pass an extension of unemployment benefits that their cohort has rejected twice since late December.



Politicking unlikely to break impasse in Congress on jobless benefits extension

First, Nevada politicians tried the policy route to secure extended funding for unemployment benefits. But several Senate votes on legislation have failed to win enough Republican support to guarantee passage. Now Democrats nationally have turned to political messaging to target Republicans who have stood in the way. In the middle are jobless workers, including thousands in Nevada, who lost …

February 23, 2014 at 12:18 pm
(898) Deborah says:

@MikeNJ – 8192: Hi, Mike – do not know what state you are in. I am in California. Did my SNAP app via online, Case Manager emailed me back with the day and time of the phone interview. The phone interview is for them to ask for clarification and details about what you have put on the application. As a result of the phone interview, she then indicated what documents I would need to provide and that was summarized in a follow up letter. In CA, you can then go to a SNAP office and scan it to your case manager as they assign you your own code or mail in your documents. Maybe they need to get some additional information from your wife..not sure since, I am a family of one. Hopefully, I should know something soon, since all of this happened about 3 weeks ago.

February 23, 2014 at 12:51 pm
(899) m says:

Just a reminder: Cory Booker has been excellent about engaging with other Twitter users about the issue: https://twitter.com/CoryBooker.

You can also search all tweets containing #RenewUI for possible updates. If you just enter “#RenewUI” in the Google search bar, the Twitter page with these posts will be the first result. Note: if you’re doing this via the web browser and even if you either don’t have a Twitter account or haven’t signed in, you will see “Top / All” right below the title. Click “All” for the latest posts.

(I’ve noticed a lot of older people posting, so if you’re unfamiliar with Twitter the paragraph above should help you access #RenewUI posts without a Twitter account.)

February 23, 2014 at 4:25 pm
(900) Real Richard says:

@Mikenj……i’m in NJ too…..not sure why she got letter…but a few days after the phone interview you will receive a letter in the mail…it will include an application, to fill out, and an envelope to stuff all your info in

February 23, 2014 at 4:40 pm
(901) duf says:

I now on Snap. There is also utilities assistance program. Make you everyone look into it. Remember to keep filing for unemployment.

February 23, 2014 at 5:48 pm
(902) Daniel Moore says:

I have a question …if a 3 month extension is passed this week…1)will it retro back to December and 2) does that mean that the 3 months will end in March (Dec-March) and be cut off again

February 23, 2014 at 5:48 pm
(903) Walter says:


“There has been a lot of uncertainty whether Congress would extend these unemployment benefits, but there has not been congressional action to resume these federal extensions. “After debate, the reversion was not passed, so the long-term unemployed should move forward with the assumption that this congressional decision will stand,” said Labor Commissioner Burns Phillips.

February 23, 2014 at 6:18 pm
(904) Real Richard says:

@Mikenj (cont)……you mail in the envelope with your info and wait about 3 weeks for another letter stating whether or not you got benefits

February 23, 2014 at 7:19 pm
(905) Rob says:


February 23, 2014 at 7:41 pm
(906) Daniel Moore says:

I have a very good idea…since we are unemployed and we have time…thats all we have is time…if the extension does not pass I think we should have a National Unemplyment Day…we should set a date and all of us from across the country meet in front of the White house peacefully and just in numbers shut the city down…traffic jams.blocked streets etc…if people cant afford a bus ticket…maybe we could get the Democratic party to donate money or buses loke million man march…it would sure be great publicity for them…if we cant get to D.C maybe we could do it in each of our states and march on city hall.PEACEFULLY

February 23, 2014 at 8:40 pm
(907) Sharon says:

I must say there are some nasty people on other sites who are against extended unemployment. Just to name one: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/stories-long-term-unemployment/ — Why are people so uncaring to us? When and if it happens to THEM – they will understand what we are all going through. Its hard to say who I will vote for this next election – I know that in Massachusetts, only Democrats win anyway. I hope that the Democrats are true to us all – I feel they are and that this isn’t just a power attack for the next election. Sometimes I feel that we, the ones who have suffered for not getting our extended unemployment checks since Dec. 28th, are just a small group and that our vote and protests and begging just won’t help or be counted.

February 23, 2014 at 8:48 pm
(908) Darla @FAP427 says:

FAP- Congratulations on your new job. It is a step forward, and hopefully when things improve, you will be able to move on to a better opportunity. I know it’s hell out there no matter how hard you try to get a job! It’s frustrating when you know you are applying all of your efforts, and no one gives us a chance. I wish you the best, and hope this government of ours
WAKES UP to the reality that Americans are severely struggling, and need assistance to survive! The middle class is being reduced to poverty levels! The American dream has indeed become an American nightmare…. God help us all…

February 23, 2014 at 9:07 pm
(909) Mike NJ says:

Thanks Richard, and everyone else who responded. We’ll see what happens on Tuesday. Never thought I’d be applying for SNAP, but if the government wants to screw me, I’m gonna screw them right back and get everything I can.

February 23, 2014 at 9:11 pm
(910) Jeremy says:

This will pass. So enjoy your night.

February 23, 2014 at 9:21 pm
(911) Sharon says:

I got Molly’s permission to repost this on Alison’s site:
This isn’t only affecting us – its affecting lots of others too!!!!
I would like to present a different view if I may.
I own a successful small business in Connecticut which has had a sustained unemployment level of over 7% for quite some time.
Since the expiration of unemployment benefits, we have seen a 15% drop in sales, which for us, is nearly catastrophic.
I’m an independent pharmacist and my store is known for being a low-cost alternative to the big chains that gobble up our states.
Each day folks came in to purchase small goods from band-aids to breath mints and of course, prescriptions.
I cannot tell you how many people I service that can no longer afford life-saving medications or even a quart of milk.
Their inability to spend greatly effects my bottom line.
Business owners need to speak up in defense of the long term unemployed.
We need them … a lot more than we ever knew.
I hope business picks up so that I can hire more people. I know the first in line for jobs at my pharmacy will be the long term unemployed.
Stay strong, we are with you and support you.

February 23, 2014 at 10:33 pm
(912) Adrienne says:

@8213, Thank you Sharon for caring. I too am praying that “this too shall pass” in more ways than one, for you the business person, and us the unemployed. It has been a long haul and so many have lost everything they have worked for, and some in the process of losing. I thank God for this site and for Allison who keeps us abreast of the issues at hand. God bless you Sharon and thank you again for your encouraging post. I wish you were in New York. I would come and work for you, in a heartbeat.

February 23, 2014 at 11:41 pm
(913) gail says:

I pray something happens this week. I have applied for rental assistance and hoping I get it. I do get food stamps already. Also may get health insurance thru my state of Wisconsin. Maybe now that I have all this going they will pass it. I HOPE SO . Pray they do

February 24, 2014 at 1:16 am
(914) Kevin says:

Yes when I say I am in Hawaii many people dont care, but if you ever came here ten years ago and see it again now, youd know how bad it is! This should be USA’s treasure but really it is not! They send many homeless people here. A old sick man lives on the corner. He is very sick but has no money for meds. Many people beg and sleep right in front of nice shops. At the park on the beach there are many tents and a bunch of homeless everywhere and downtown is much worse. Crimes are going up a lot in the last few months. They had many cool clubs but they closed the whole area down because there were so many groups of drug dealers ripping people off and hookers on the street. Now they will take 3 years to put in rich high end shops. Soon we wont be able to afford to live in this area or even shop here anymore! We can go shop and live near the sex shops I guess. I had many seasonal jobs in CO but my wife couldnt ever get a job there. So we moved to Hawaii. It is a lot more dangerous here but my wife who is Japanese can finally get a job. I thought I could get a job but I cant get anything. I must sell my ring to make rent this month. We together have one job so we are lucky but we can barely make it and probably wont if they dont extend it soon. Some places sell milk for $10 here. It cost a lot and all I want is a regular job. I sold everything just to come here and I had to even leave my cat with my family. If they give me the money I am owed because I was sequestered last year at Skywest Airlines, I think we can make it here. If not then I must sell my tv, surfboard, wedding ring, and ps4 cause thats all we have and go back to Japan where college students have jobs already before they graduate. Mahalo

February 24, 2014 at 2:34 am
(915) Larry says:

If you’ve been in the same boat as others who’ve taken the time to comment…

Overload the comment section here, on about.com…

There are over a million plus of us.. It’s easy to submit your words. And.. your voice is heard here. We are a sub-culture of unity, a vein into the mainstream..

When we get the benefits back, then WE push on to be the best we can…We are stronger now. We take this with us..

February 24, 2014 at 7:24 am
(916) Clarey says:

Sharon, thank you so much for sharing your insight. I hope that things improve soon for all of us.

February 24, 2014 at 9:04 am
(917) Tom says:


If unemployment is passed retro and I just got a full time job last week pays 7.75 hr. not even enough to cover my rent will I get retro?

February 24, 2014 at 9:29 am
(918) SUZY says:

This is going to be our week! It will pass:)

February 24, 2014 at 9:35 am
(919) Karen1 says:

@(8209) Sharon

They don’t care because they are ignorant. How many of those comments say “stop living off of MY taxes”? lol

They don’t know that besides paying taxes for the decades that we worked, we also pay Federal taxes on our unemployment income. so, we are not living off of THEIR taxes, we are living off of OURS. And that is what i say to them, and never get a reply back. lol

It’s the usual Republican/Tea party knee jerk reaction. They are better than everyone else, and if we all just died they’d be very happy. I live for the day this happens to one of THEM…when their savings run out after a year or two, or THREE of being denied unemployment because of their age.

I gotta tell ‘ya, I’m bitter….I PRAY this happens to all of them, from the politicians to the regular American who talk like this, who spit on us (figuratively) who think we are lazy. I want this to happen to them …

February 24, 2014 at 10:09 am
(920) Deborah says:

I came across this very recent article analyzing the true results of North Carolina’s action last year to really slash EUC. The state has been boasting how this action forced people to really look for work resulting in a real drop in the unemployment rate….Not so — good read and hopefully the Democrat Senators have people to gather this type of information for them: I have pasted in some of the article


The law took effect in July, and not long afterward, the state’s unemployment rate began to plummet, falling far faster than the national average. Gov. Pat McCrory, the Republican former mayor of Charlotte, wasted to time proclaiming it a “Carolina Comeback.”

The results in North Carolina have become a conservative talking point in discussions about the federal unemployment insurance program

Recent research has begun to cast doubt on the idea that North Carolina’s “tough love” policies are actually successful at returning people to the workforce. In a report released last week, the North Carolina Justice Center found that 89 percent of the reduction in unemployment in the state in 2013 was due not to people rousing themselves to go out and look for jobs, but to people leaving the workforce entirely.

In the six months after the new law took effect, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolina added 41,364 jobs. (Actually the state’s weakest showing in the second half of the year since 2010.) Over that same time period, the number of people listed as unemployed dropped by 93,625, indicating that even during that period of job growth, more than half of the decline in the number of the unemployed came not from people finding work, but from leaving the workforce.

The fact that people were receiving benefits was not the problem, Sirota insists. “The problem is that there aren’t enough jobs for people who want to work.”

February 24, 2014 at 10:12 am
(921) Steven says:

Greetings Everyone. It has been awhile since I was here. The stress of day to day survival just starting getting the best of me. I just got off the phone with our State Unemployment Office here in Ohio. The worker was very emphatic, helpful and sincere. She told me how I might be able to avoid the age discrimination questions on application and the request for social security number. Her recommendation was that we use 00000then our last four numbers of our social security number instead of listing our whole SSN. Also we should consult our local Unemployment Office on how to downgrade our resume so we do not have the Over Qualification label placed on our applications. I am 61 years young and not ready to retire nor can I afford to retire. Our government has truly forgotten and traded decency,humanity and moral consciousness to justified the USA 1% population. Dictatorship among the wealthy is why our fore-fathers sought refugee here in the New World. God Bless and Help Us All !

February 24, 2014 at 10:27 am
(922) Desperate in MN says:

I am a 50 year old female and lost my job in June 2013, my 26 weeks of regular ui ran out Dec. 31st. I have not received any benefits from the EUI as we all know it expired. I have had several interviews but I honestly believe I have not been given a job offer due to my age.. I have become depressed and have no health insurance (can’t afford it), we are 2 months behind on our mortgage, it has been an extremely cold winter here with 59 days of below zero lows (23 of which were in a row) so needless to say our heat bill is behind along with the electricity. I have applied for SNAP, energy assistance and reduced school lunches for our daughter. Life as an American has become very dismal. Our government does not seem to care or have the capacity to do so. WOW!! I do have another interview tomo, 30 miles from my home, I need a haircut (a job counselor through DEED told me I could use an updated hair style last week-can you believe that). But I don’t have money for one. I just am at my wits end with worry and am struggeling to see any positives in my life. I apologize for rambling, broken thoughts. I just needed to cry and vent.

I pray the senate makes a priority to address this bleak situation for myself and the 1.8 million others today!!!

Thank you for everyones words on the site as I read them everyday and I have become an avid fan of c-span.org as well.

February 24, 2014 at 10:29 am
(923) Sasha HM says:

I have been lurking on this page for some time. I feel like this is our week. I have been reading more and more about EUI in the news and what the stats are saying about unemployment and the job market. The politicians have the stats and the facts. It is getting harder and harder to ignore this issue, especially with this being an election year.

In the words of Tinker Bell: Think happy thoughts

Keep your heads up and try to find one thing that makes you smile. Fingers and toes crossed for all of us.

February 24, 2014 at 11:09 am
(924) Mark says:

And to all you..the Republicans are blocking this….

With concessions it takes 50% to pass in the Senate. There has been plenty of votes to pass this. Why is it they wont pass with concessions? I am sorry but the politicking has got me to an end.

February 24, 2014 at 11:16 am
(925) ANTHONY says:

while the senate laying back debating on a agreement on things, ppl unemployed are losing homes, food and everything else, but they don’t care about the people all they care about is themselves and the rich. i will never vote republican ever..soon they’ll be on another vacation while we sit here and suffer all because of something the government did to cause this from the start…thank you for nothing!

February 24, 2014 at 11:40 am
(926) Don says:

Do I think the Unemployment extensions will finally pass. My simple answer….YES. Why? Because the Republican Party (GOP) since the last vote has realized that they made a grave mistake. A political suicide to the party’s future by voting no and costing the livelihoods of about 2 million people which in reality amounts to as many as 4 to 5 million people not including the Owners of many stores who’s profits have fallen drastically because the Unemployed have zero monies to spend. The GOP’s chances of taking the presidency in 2016 have taken a major blow and they know it! How do they know this? Believe me they are reading and being told by petitions, phone calls, and many other infiltrated ways that the American people are pure angry with them and that the American people will make their voice heard this November and any other future elections, by using the power of the vote. The GOP see’s the numbers of resentment of their actions (which in turn means lost votes) has risen shockingly more then they anticipated! The GOP now realizes they made a huge mistake and need to repair the damage, and they need to repair the damage ASAP. That is why they approved the Dept Ceiling with no issues. The first of bills to regain face/votes. The next thing will be to pass the Unemployment Extension.
Here is an article about a petition telling the GOP to return their pay to the American taxpayers for not doing their job. Basically doing no work in the eyes of the American people.

February 24, 2014 at 11:43 am
(927) Mara says:

This is our week. They just have to do something. I have been reading a lot and it I am getting very scared for the fear of an economic crash…by not extending EUC are they preparing or planning for this??
On the other hand, if the markets will crash anyway, why not restore it??

For any economics out there can you please read and advise me if this is something we should be worried about or not? This article got me really scared, it’s all over google.


February 24, 2014 at 11:56 am
(928) Walter says:

People in OHIO that are on EUC. I just talked to someone from Unemployment office, They will NOT take any EUC claiming WEEKS!!!! anymore. In till congress pass.

February 24, 2014 at 12:16 pm
(929) Robert Patten says:

Now that the Senate is back, I think the rest of the country are going to see what we have been dealing with as far as the Bills not getting passed. You will more than likely see the same type of thing from the Republicans try to stop the Minimum Wage increase now on top of the EUC being held up, but this time, the Republicans will get a lot of slack. The polls for the Minimum Wage is 70% want it increased, and that’s Republicans and Democrats. The Republicans look bad enough because of the EUC hold up. So hopefully they will let the EUC Extension go through this time to try to save face. The problem will still be in the House unless Rep Boehner has a change of hear . We will see.

February 24, 2014 at 12:28 pm
(930) kpv says:

Not that I didn’t already know but I got some in your face confirmation today t this long term unemployed issue , so many are 50 or older , i bet most are older workers. . I went to a walk in interview for a warehouse position. I don’t think anyone there was under 50 except for me. (I am in my late 40′s)This is for a job unloading trucks and loading and unloading with forklifts for basically minimum wage. I couldn’t believe that most of the applicants were late 50′s and early 60′s. This is another issue they need to address, how do the older unemployed get positions . A huge part of the 2.3 million long term unemployed has to be 50+ years of age. If there not giving us an extension which looks bleak then they need to do something to create jobs , train us etc. This is ridiculous. I know three people who lost there jobs in the last 2 weeks. All late 40′s . They are going to get the 26 weeks but they feel there future is so bleak . I wish they would do something to create jobs.

February 24, 2014 at 12:36 pm
(931) rollie says:


February 24, 2014 at 12:45 pm
(932) Lucia says:

@Steven, I totally agree with your recommendation on the ss#. I am appalled at the number of companies who request this information on their online applications. There is no reason for them to have ss numbers that early on in the recruitment process. You can’t proceed with completing the application unless you supply it. I use all zeroes and then the last 4 digits of mine. I will be 60 this year and I do think that this information is requested as a screening mechanism for older workers.

February 24, 2014 at 1:05 pm
(933) kpv says:

Interview I had today they asked for SS#, Drivers license # and date of birth. Didn’t know they can ask that but I guess they needed it to do a background check and get bonded etc. I need the job so I put it down.

February 24, 2014 at 1:14 pm
(934) Sharon says:

I agree with you kpv (8232) I figured that out years ago – the age bracket that companies are letting people go is 45 or older. They are replaced by younger who will take less money for doing the same thing. I so wish that there were companies that were for their employees, like it used to be, instead of the employees just being a number, like now. Employers used to have a heart, now they don’t give a damn and its only the mighty dollar. So sad. Also, by raising the minimum wage, this leaves small business owners scratching their heads. Thus they will probably have to let people go and work the ones left harder and if they complain then the employer will just say “You are lucky I didn’t get rid of you!!! Get to work!!!!” I really don’t know if raising the minimum wage is a good idea at this point.

February 24, 2014 at 1:17 pm
(935) Carly says:

To Mara:
That article is 16 months old and was/is one of many inflammatory articles written by doomsayers not high ranking economists. Some of these writers are the same ones who said the world would end December 31, 1999 with Y2K. Remember that?
Well, you may be too young.
The US economy is not going to crash in a few days.
However, the US dollar is at risk for no longer being the currency that it is, and economists have warned of this for over a decade.
Me? I’m far more dismayed by the announcement that John Boehner just bought a million dollar property and I’m upset not only because I am one of the LTU, but because he has been little more than an ego with a suntan and a cog in the works for the entire time he’s been in D.C.America deserves far better than him. Lets bring back humility!

February 24, 2014 at 1:25 pm
(936) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:
February 24, 2014 at 1:29 pm
(937) Clarey says:

Mara, I am not an economist, but the article you referenced dates back to October of 2012. It sounds like you were googling a number of different articles re: unemployment and joblessness, and it’s easy to stumble upon older information without realizing it. Hopefully, our reps will take action this week and vote on some important issues. I, too, have been obsessively trolling the internet looking for updates, jobless stories and hope. Hang in there.

February 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm
(938) Jay E says:


February 24, 2014 at 1:43 pm
(939) Bob says:

(8228 Don) That is a great petition!!!!
Every one on this site should sign it!!!!!!!
And when it comes time to vote, vote every Republican out of office!!!!

February 24, 2014 at 1:45 pm
(940) John says:

I think this is finally the time where this gets done. The Republicans already voted no twice and stood their ground. They saved face with their base but are taking a beating from everyone else and will continue to take a beating and be pounded in the polls until they pass it. Also, the economy has been bad since EUC ended, and its gonna get way worse if nothing is done. A LOT of money has been stripped from the marketplace as a result of EUC. The Republicans could use the excuse that they are preventing a crash of disastrous proportions, but that they stood their ground and voted no twice.

February 24, 2014 at 1:48 pm
(941) Lucia says:

@kpv, I completed a few applications at interviews that asked for the same info, and I understand why you gave it to them. Since they also asked for drivers license number, that probably is for a background check, and it should be a separate form from the application. It saves the HR dept time, but it’s a bad practice. The hiring manager is not supposed to see that information when doing the interview. In my case I only have the last 15 years on my resume, so my age can’t be determined from that. Once I get called in and they ask for DOB for a background check, then I believe it becomes a problem. Hope you get the job by the way!

February 24, 2014 at 1:55 pm
(942) Mara says:

Thanks, Carly. A friend passed that website on to me and I got a little ahead of myself..

I am disgusted to hear the news about Boehner and his lavish purchase…meanwhile, millions of Americans are able to put food on the table.

I just wanted to share that i am 34 years old and an also not able to find employment anywhere in the State of WI OR IL. I have great work experience and have worked for 2 Top 100 companies and no luck. I have got responses from “overqualified” (what does that even mean? Yes, I will work for your $12 an hour in this economy!) to we’re not sure if we are going through with the actual hiring to we’ll call you and nothing,

I know I interview well because I have a friend hat is a corporate recruiter and we do scenario interviews to keep me sharp. No one is hiring, businesses are closing and downsizing left and right in Milwaukee. My husband worked fro JPMorgan up until July and they closed his whole department within minutes this past summer.

I know that come November, my vote will be count. So please, don’t think that it is any easier for someone in their 30′s…i’m in the same boat as everyone else. I am praying for all of us!

February 24, 2014 at 2:31 pm
(943) Bryan says:

Can someone give me the link to the c-span channel that will host Harry Reid or anyone talking about euc today. Please.

February 24, 2014 at 2:47 pm
(944) Ann says:

Well it looks like there’s nothing on C Span again today ….my stomach is in such knots…… unbelievable…..there’s so much more I’d like to write , but what for ????? All we’re doing is going over the same thing over and over again Face it , the Rep. are just cold and heartless people …..Wish I could move out of the USA

February 24, 2014 at 2:58 pm
(945) Truthe McGee says:

Harry Reid just spoke about what they want to do this week. He said nothing about Unemployment.

February 24, 2014 at 3:02 pm
(946) Mike says:

Does anyone know if there will be another vote on EUC tomorrow?

February 24, 2014 at 3:13 pm
(947) Carly says:

For Mara,
Absolutely you are right. People of every age are affected by UE. There just happens to be an over abundance of Baby Boomers and young seniors in our population and it is growing by leaps and bounds. That’s probably why there is so much on this blog about the 50-somethings. ;)
My hopes are for all of us and for our country that we somehow manage to elect people with far more efficacious behavior to our government. I voted for Obama and I was so excited for his vision and his future for America. Now, while I don’t blame just him, I feel as many do that he has let America down by not rising to the occasion as a leader of our governing bodies. He has put up walls around him just like our Congress has put up their own walls. Meanwhile, people are suffering at every level. Businesses are going under and now that EUC has been bluntly disregarded and failed to revitalize, people across this country in any job are quaking in their boots that they will be next.
No way to run a world, much less a country.

February 24, 2014 at 3:15 pm
(948) MS says:

(8236) Sharon says:

more than accepting less pay, younger applicants are hired because it will cost significantly less for the employer to offer health insurance.

February 24, 2014 at 3:26 pm
(949) sheils says:

Hi all….I dont have a tv…was wondering if theres any news on the unemployment benefits extension??

February 24, 2014 at 3:27 pm
(950) Kay jay says:

Thank God for Allison and the people on this site. Like all of you, it seems bleak with bills piling up and mortgage behind etc. I’m praying for all of us. Some of these posts break my heart. Like the woman who’s 50 and knows because of her age she can’t even get a decent chance at a job.

But this is what really got to me. Sen. Marco Rubio said he couldn’t vote for the extention UNLESS there were deductions elsewhere. Yet he voted to give 50-60 billion dollars to other countries in foreign aid. You mean we can’t go to these countries and say, hey we have to cut your foreign aid, our people are hurting and we have to help them. You mean I thought of this and HE didn’t?

My hope and prayers go out to all of us. Please try to stay positive. I try not to get political but I don’t think I’d ever vote republican again. It used to be said that the democrats are for the working people and the republicans have no heart and are for the rich. Hard to argue against that in this day.

February 24, 2014 at 3:39 pm
(951) dan says:

yep 1 1/2 hrs o typical b.s and harry reid didn’t mention unemployment ,think he has altzheimers he starts talking stops and trys to remember where he is and what hes talking about… Well God help us all

February 24, 2014 at 3:51 pm
(952) Donald says:

I don’t understand millions of people are out of work and now without unemployment it was not much but it did help and the senate and congress took a vacation last week it seems like the usual b.s where people have to lose their homes before something is done why does it have to get to that extreme don’t they represent us so why are we lacking in representation this should have been # 1 on the list since 12/28/13 never mind starting now

February 24, 2014 at 3:55 pm
(953) Lucia says:

MS you’re on to something. I was on an interview and the (young) man interviewing me actually came out and asked me if I would require health insurance, which I would. He then wished me luck and showed me the door.

To those who are discouraged about not hearing anything about the extension on CSpan, just remember that a lot is discussed off camera, and out of session. Keep the faith.

February 24, 2014 at 4:08 pm
(954) Shane says:

I bet I congress had to vote on their income, stuff would of been done weeks ago.

February 24, 2014 at 4:09 pm
(955) kpv says:

H Ried spoke about the issues this week and all the bills that they need to vote on and no mention at all of unemployment. I am sure at some point this week he will bring it up in the usual “we will get to it in the future” speech but he did say yesterday that they still dont have the votes. There is no vote scheduled this week as of now but that can change at any time if they had a miracle. Democrats did say this weekend that they were thinking of giving up for now and trying other bills like Minimum wage , guess they were serious , Seems like its old news now. Again I am sure H Ried will say something tomorrow or later in the week. so for now who the heck knows. I am not expecting anything so I am not even surprised.

February 24, 2014 at 4:12 pm
(956) holly says:

Thanks Alison for keeping on top of this for us. I’m one of the folks who is going to owe taxes. But I thought they were taking taxes out as I’d asked them to.

In my case they made a mistake back when I was on UC in 2007 and had a flag on the account that caused them to have to process my claims manually each time. Add that our governor One-Term-Tom Corbett closed the Philly UC office (good thing there’s no unemployed folks there, huh?) so the few remaining offices were swamped with work … and it didn’t get fixed for over a year.

After sequestration and a few other “you have to use the old clain first” I didn’t know that what they were paying had NOT included a tax deduction.

Not my fault, but I still have to pay … and I’m going to not be able to pay my taxes this year. :(

February 24, 2014 at 4:21 pm
(957) Rob says:

So nothing happen????????????????????? What are they doing up there???????????????????? Holy smokes!!!! Our congress?? WOW

February 24, 2014 at 4:22 pm
(958) Joanne says:

The Republican Party has only 1 vote standing between the necessary financial EUC help of 1.7 million Americans while we endure hardship under the worst winter in recently history (blizzards, floods & sub-zero weather.) Can someone on the Senate please hear us and help us! We only need one more person.

February 24, 2014 at 4:40 pm
(959) MS says:
February 24, 2014 at 4:59 pm
(960) ArleneS says:
February 24, 2014 at 5:12 pm
(961) Rango says:

I knew it… ‘time forgets all’… nothing happened on Capital Hill today, did it.

The long term unemployed, are going to be absolutely thrilled. Have you met them at all… you’ve met them haven’t you.. ‘Who’? The long term unemployed!

Oh you must meet them. I’m sure you’ll like them. They are marvelously interesting people. Of course they haven’t got two pennies to rub together any more but that’s because they’re poor from being long term unemployed. Oh yes, they are quite interestingly talented, as they had lives, like others, before they became unemployed.

Oh yes and believe you me, the long term unemployed are going to be, well not just absolutely thrilled, but also considerably less poor, for what the Congress is thinking of them today. Yeah, what with Christmas all behind us, they must be absolutely thrilled. Why I don’t understand them still whining about their great streaks of misery with the economy doing so well for the rest of us.


February 24, 2014 at 5:27 pm
(962) Dawn is Done says:

Not to be a gloomy Gus but…. age discrimination is what is keeping the majority of the long term unemployed people unemployed….the applications are skewed to filter out those of age….Has anyone else completed an application only to come to this question…are you over 18yrs of age and UNDER 40 yrs of age? if it is an online application you can’t get around it without submitting your date of birth….I call that discrimination…others however justify by say it really is a very labor intensive job… Like I can’t possibly be in good physical shape at my age..well I could run circles around most all of the young people…but can’t get a shot at proving that…..Sorry to ramble…I just am at the end of my rope and tired very very tired of this age thing…I didn’t think I was old until I tried to get another job…..ugh simply and sadly just DONE!

February 24, 2014 at 5:29 pm
(963) Jay says:

If you’re smart, you get into politics so you can make it to The Senate or The House.
It’s a great job.
You don’t have to accomplish anything during your workday.
You can vote yourself a raise.
Let’s not forget the massive amount of vacation days you get a year.

A job just doesn’t get much better than this.

February 24, 2014 at 5:53 pm
(964) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

From the Huffington Post: ” Stalled in their attempts to pass an extension of federal unemployment benefits, Senate Democrats are now placing their hopes in the hands of two Republicans.”

February 24, 2014 at 6:09 pm
(965) Rango says:

Here is the latest feedback this afternoon from my resume offered to a company by a headhunter…

…”Paul felt I was a better fit for purchasing then tooling. We do have a Commodity Manager position open (though we are the final phase of filling it) but from reading your resume I sound more tactical then strategic, the resume summary basically confirmed this, so I wouldn’t be a fit for that position either”…

Epilog: My background ‘aligns’ with their job advertisement. I should of rewritten my resume to mirror the job listing. Oh well, I would have probably ‘crashed and burned’ in the interview anyway. And I’ll bet four months from now they’ll be running the ad again… ’cause the guy they picked, didn’t work out’.

February 24, 2014 at 6:14 pm
(966) Jeff1999 says:
February 24, 2014 at 6:23 pm
(967) Rango says:

….Stalled in their attempts to pass an extension of federal unemployment benefits, Senate Democrats are now placing their hopes in the hands of two Republicans….

So it sounds like WE need to get ‘E-mails’ out to Mark Kirk and Dan Coats!!

And I’d bet if we sent a copy of the petitions to them, it would help in the cause too.

February 24, 2014 at 6:33 pm
(968) daw523 says:
February 24, 2014 at 6:46 pm
(969) Rev says:

Het lets send a few billion dollars the Ukraine to help them out ?????

Come on congress helping out starts at home

February 24, 2014 at 6:46 pm
(970) kpv says:

Here is why you have heard nothing today , Democrats have abandoned the 3 month extension and are now approaching the Republicans about a extension that would be long term. its too late to get an extension from Jan-March since its March already in 3 days

From the Hiffington Post

The Democratic leadership aide told HuffPost that the party will no longer agree to a mere three-month extension of unemployment insurance unless it is not offset. Such an extension, the aide argued, would provide little help to recipients since benefits would be applied retroactively back to the beginning of the year and at most provide one more month of assistance.
“We would be right back debating this issue,” the aide said.
The aide, who declined to detail what has been discussed so far, cautioned that if the pay-for were too stringent, it could drive some progressive Democrats to abandon their support for the bill.
IEven if the Senate passes an extension, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives is unlikely to play along. House Republicans will either consider their own version of the legislation or, more likely, not consider anything at all.

February 24, 2014 at 7:07 pm
(971) Judie says:

What does it mean when Marvin says “no amount given at this time due to a pending foreclosure”? I have been getting this message since Nov.

February 24, 2014 at 7:07 pm
(972) Rob says:

8266 So what is the deal? Nothing? They didn’t vote?

February 24, 2014 at 7:21 pm
(973) Rob says:

By the time the republicans show up for work all the unemployed will be retired or dead!!!!!!! What a sorry bunch of Americans!!!

February 24, 2014 at 7:26 pm
(974) Deborah says:

They should just do a quick passage of the 3 months (2 retro and then March) and then spend time to end of March working on extension to end of this year. That way we at least can start to pay bills, buy gas, etc. I would rather get 3 months now so we can all catch up on some things.

February 24, 2014 at 7:48 pm
(975) K & Y says:

Well that is it we are moving out of USA for good this time. I was always proud to be an American growing up. Years back I smashed my L hand and lost 3 tendons. While doing rehab no one would hire me and the job where I hurt my hand while working fired me. I had to live off of student loans until I exceeded the limit and they booted me out. I could only get a low paying job at the college, not near enough to pay my loans! I had to do all of this right after my gf died too. I couldnt get a job back then in 2002 and nothing has changed, just gotten worse! I knew Bush was screwing things up but I never knew until now how bad! When I lived overseas many people from other countries would get mad at me for being an American cause they were mad at Bush and our govt. Sadly, overseas I had the best job I could ever get, the biggest apt I ever had, and a clean credit history which I could never have here again. I cant even get a credit card cause of my student loans! While overseas I sometimes said I was from Canada just because I was so ashamed of my own government! Well I am not going to work a horrible job with low pay or no job security just to live in USA. I am not going to become homeless or sell anymore of my things for 1/10th the worth anymore! I will go back overseas to a great manager job teaching that will pay more than most teachers in USA with degrees. I will never say I am proud to be an American again!

February 24, 2014 at 7:54 pm
(976) Curious Joe says:

Some food for thought if anyone knows the answer. My situation is as follows: I was let go sept 1 2013. I was able to collect until Jan 2 2014. I am 2 months behind in mortgage and car so ready to lose house and car. I found a job at 20% less and started this week. While I starved, they denied the extension twice. Lets say they pass it next week. Does that mean because I am working “now” that I am not eligible for anything? Yet everyone that didnt get a job would get retroactive pay. At 591 a week from the time I was cut off to the time I got a job is about 6 weeks ($3546). At this point I am not holding my breath that it will ever pass, but 3500 would get me back on track with the house I sleep and shower in, and the car I need to get to work. I would like to see everyone get that retro boost and god knows we all need it, but my question is what happens to my boost? Would live to hear from anyone who really knows how that would work.

February 24, 2014 at 7:58 pm
(977) LucySF says:

I am getting a little concerned when recruiters call me for contract positions and before I get submitted they ask me for references (I use to work at a large bank when I was fully employed) and have gone back on a couple of contracts since my position was eliminated and they ask for my full social security number. Before I was only asked for the last five digits of my social. I do the research on these companies but wondering is this legitimate to ask for the full social? I am so scared of identity theft and would like to know how you all handle this situation. It’s tough as well all know searching for fulltime work and since we don’t have help to keep us going I feel that I have to provide this information if I want to be submitted. I am just hoping that Congress will get their act together and extend the unemployment benefits. When Obama says we need change yes we do limit the terms that these folks can serve, cut their salaries to 75k, and cut their pensions. That’s change for you…

February 24, 2014 at 8:09 pm
(978) Sharon says:

I’ve tried so hard to be positive, but I’m losing it. We have to remember, if the extension is passed by the Senate, it still has to hit the House and I doubt if they will pass it. This country is going downhill very fast. What a sad state we are in. I will be watching tomorrow to see how things go.

February 24, 2014 at 8:18 pm
(979) Tom says:

Alison Doyle do you have any info regarding this comment (8277) Curious Joe. I am also in the same situation just started last week for 7.75 hr. If anyone know share info Please. Thank you.

February 24, 2014 at 8:25 pm
(980) kpv says:

Just to update where we are at for anyone who missed today.

Democrats have given up trying to get a 3 month extension . Its just too late for it as its March already in 3 days. Again there will be no 3 month extension as the Democrats said they will not agree anymore to any 3 month paid for extension. It has to be March going forward now.

They are going to work with the 5-6 Republicans (Especially Kirk) on a long term extension. But that can take some time due to republicans changing demands all the time and democrats demands also.

There will be no vote this week as the Democrats approach the Republicans about a long term extension which could take some time even weeks.

We may not hear anything again about this until next week if they can get the ball rolling but in my opinion this has been what i have been saying for 3 weeks. It time to start working on the long term extension that they have been saying they were going to with reforms and such., Hopefully this does not take 2 months to get it done AND they take the House into consideration when they do this bill.

February 24, 2014 at 8:29 pm
(981) downtrodden says:

i just contacted Senator Kirk and Coats and begged them to vote for extending unemployment. Peoples lives are being ruined. No good is coming from this as is People who are trying to find jobs are losing their contact information given to potential employers through evictions and shutoffs of phone and internet services. I asked them to talk to their fellow Republicans too. Now the Dems are asking for a longer extension and more for them to bicker about and delay the passing because they will be inconvenienced by it coming back up on the floor? Good God!..SOS!!!!!! We need help ASAP!

February 24, 2014 at 8:37 pm
(982) KATHLEEN says:

I told all before that I lost my job and was on unemployment and at end of Tier One. I lost my single family home nine months ago. Husband had his second open heart surgery and was told to no longer work, so I lost his pay..He now receives SSD with no health insurance. Lost COBRA in December (3 days after open heart surgery). Filed a Chapter 7. Moved to a trailer in NH. Neither of us have health insurance now.. I can’t afford Obama’s so called affordable care insurance. It is $650 a month for hubby and no coverage for his $500 a month insulin meds (which is new since surgery). .I applied for Sanofi Assistance a month ago for insulin assistance but no word as of yet. At age 64; too young for Medicare. We are now awaiting word from Medicaid to see if hubby is approved ($2500 PER MONTH deductible) I read all the sad stories on this web page and I count my blessings. I have no little ones at home to feed-.no beloved pets that I have to find a home for. I still have my lights on and my heat. .I am not in a hospital with tubes up my arm and I thank God for ‘my’ good health. At age 64 I know we can now collect early SS we can survive. We have lived paycheck to paycheck all our lives. Worked fulltime for 45 years and this was my first time collecting unemployment. So at least there is something of hope compared to those in their early 50’s which is just as bad as being in your sixties.no one wants you;.not even Walmart. With all the sad stories on this web page there is comfort in the fact that it seems like we are all holding hands and praying for a good outcome over the next week. Our government has turned its backs on us. Millions of dollars being sent to other countries while on the home front the back bone of the country is being kicked to the curb. But I still feel that in the end it will happen. Stay positive! Check this website every night! This will happen! Hang in there!

February 24, 2014 at 9:19 pm
(983) Annie (the Chicago one) says:

I have been tweeting and Facebooking, etc – also sent emails to numerous Senators – even the President. Called their offices too. I will be destitute by mid-April without the extension (or a job!)

I am surprised I did not even get a reply – not even a form letter – from Dick Durbin who is a staunch supporter of extending EUC. (I told him to set Mark Kirk straight) as IL has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.

February 24, 2014 at 9:25 pm
(984) Confused says:

If the Democrats could not get a 3 month extension, what makes them think that now they will get longer. I know they do not think that it is fair for people losing benefits after March; but on the flip side if there is no retro active pay then all of us will be screwed. What is Harry Reid doing?

February 24, 2014 at 10:19 pm
(985) Andrew says:

Is anyone else as desperate as we are? Been hanging by our nails since Dec. March 1 looks deadly. Who would have thought it would come to this after all we’ve been through?

February 24, 2014 at 10:35 pm
(986) Lucia says:

@Kathleen if you have no income why aren’t you eligible for Medicaid through your state?

February 24, 2014 at 10:36 pm
(987) Judie says:

TO:8277 What state do you live in to receive over $500 a week unemp. benefits? Just curious….MI us $362 max, & that was less than half of my take home pay. I was ruined .from the time I lost my job,

February 24, 2014 at 10:37 pm
(988) WHattheflip says:

@(8276) K & Y – That is a great solution and if I could afford to, I would love to move out of the US permanently. I have looked into it a few times.
The US has gotten worse and worse over the years and I believe the worst is not over and may never be over.
I am not proud to be american; in fact I am a bit ashamed. It’s not something to be proud of really. I never thought I would ever say that, but for the past 12 years, I have really been ashamed. Good luck to you. I think it’s the best decision one could make.

February 24, 2014 at 11:26 pm
(989) kpv says:

Judie , NJ pays $624 and I believe Massachusetts is $650 They are the 2 most generous states (I think Washington is also over $600).

February 24, 2014 at 11:47 pm
(990) Trey says:

Why was it passed in a matter of a day under Bush, yet stalls for months multiple times under Obama?

Why do politics mess with people’s livelihood?

It’s sick really!

February 24, 2014 at 11:54 pm
(991) Evelyn says:

This is just awful to continue seeing these posts. I continue in the same boat. Had it not been for a friend who has been loaning me money as i go along each week God knows where me and my dog would be. Anyway, I have an interview tomorrow, which is great, but want to mention a couple of things that may be helpful. When writing your resume and cover letter: look at the job description, and use the very words in the job description in your resume n cover letter. You’d be surprised all the things you didn’t realize you have done, but tend to underwrite your abilities. Take some, or even many, words right from the job description. You will start to realize you do have experience you don’t give yourself credit for. Also, what I wrote in my cover letter said, “what I excel at…”. Hey, I never said those words about anything about myself, but it may have helped me.

February 25, 2014 at 12:18 am
(992) Sharon says:

When I had my job that I made $55,000 a year, I received 530.00 a week unemployment. No now though – I used to make last year 167.00 a week. You don’t make much when you work part time for $10.50 an hour and it was suppose to be 20 hours a week, but I was actually working around 35-38 hours a week.

February 25, 2014 at 12:23 am
(993) Don says:

Here is an article Published time: February 24, 2014 14:05 that seems to give some hope! The last sentence says *** “US legislators will attempt to resolve the issue Wednesday after a weeklong recess”***

February 25, 2014 at 12:24 am
(994) Kelly NC says:

I was offered a job 2 weeks ago, just to go through the “endurance test” and be disqualified. Just because I did 20 out of 25 squats. Yes I have gained weight, have had a bad knee my whole working life, and it has never prevented me from doing any job, but they don’t realize how much of a strain is put on you with looking for a job and being depressed. Who works out just to sit home and get denied all day every day?? I was offered a temp position though for 30 days, will start Wed. But along the way, didn’t know how I was going to get to the 3 separate days of traveling for 120 miles round trip each day for interview, drug test/physical and endurance testing. Had to sell off items that I hated to sell, but silver lining was in sight and didn’t want to pass it up. I said to myself, this is the biggest load of crap I have ever witnessed with getting a job. It is age biased because I knew there are not many 40+ ppl that can do squats, lift and push 100 lbs and all the other things that I had to go through just to be told I didn’t pass. What I didn’t understand, why tell me I have a job or I passed the interview and they wanted me just to be told that I can’t do the job because I didn’t pass the test. But it’s gonna work out for me. I know I’m from NC, but I was lucky to have worked in SC early last year. The mess that happened in NC is the same mess that’s going on now, other than it’s permanent here. The hiring processes became a joke. 500+ apps and counting and only heard back from 14 places. They call say they have a job, then never call back.

I pray that everyone here finds something or they extend EUC before things get too bad. That will help me greatly to repay most of the money that I had to borrow to pay my bills and just be able to take a bath, buy deodorant and toothpaste.

God bless you all, we will make it through this disaster that they have created.

February 25, 2014 at 1:04 am
(995) Lucille says:

when they came for the American Indians, I did nothing because I am not American Indian
when they came for the blacks, I did nothing because I am not black
when they came for the Japanese, I did nothing because I am not Japanese.
when they came for the Jews, I did nothing because I am not a Jew
when they came for the “Gays”, I did nothing because I am straight. when they came for the unemployed, I did nothing because I am employed.
Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.
Come November 4, 2014, when my vote comes for the Republican, they will be able to do nothing because I will help to put them out of office.

February 25, 2014 at 2:36 am
(996) Mike NJ says:

@(8288) Judie: In NJ I was getting $624/week when I first starting receiving benefits. Depending on the cost of living in the state, the benefit rates vary. NJ is one of the more expensive states to live in.

February 25, 2014 at 3:23 am
(997) Bruce says:


Tuesday, February 25, 2014




S. 1845 (ORDER NO. 265)

A bill to provide for the extension of certain unemployment
benefits, and for other purposes. (Jan. 9, 2014.)

February 25, 2014 at 3:33 am
(998) Bruce says:

EUC Benefits will be pending business for the Senate on February 25, 2014.Senator Reid will bring discussion again on the passing of legislation of EUC Benefits. A bill to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits, and for other purposes. Let us all hope and pray that this bill pass’s this week.

February 25, 2014 at 3:39 am
(999) Bruce says:

I am very optimistic that the EUC Benefit Extension will pass though Senate this week. Let us all hope and pray.

February 25, 2014 at 5:48 am
(1000) Kevin says:

They act like it only hurts the unemployed.

Well my wife who must work hard since I cant get a job is feeling it! The local shop is feeling it with a lot less in sales including my once in awhile drinks and food that I once could buy, and soon all shops once we are gone and never come back.

One local shop has closed since ECU is cut off. Tourist wont want to visit with all the homeless and crime.

They dont care though cause they took my money and everyone’s money (not monies cause monies isnt a word) and bought a new house with it for themselves!

February 25, 2014 at 5:57 am
(1001) Jack B says:

@8278 Lucy

I worked as a recruiter in the technology space for close to 20 years. Firstly, you should never give more than the last 4 digits of your SS#. There are some ATS(Applicant tracking systems) that ask for 5 but they are set up so that you can enter a false 5 and correct it before the candidate starts. If a recruiter is asking you for references BEFORE an interview, it’s unprofessional and not necessary. Tell then references will be provided at the time the interview is set up so that they can be checked before you are actually onsite or called. Reference checking takes only about 30 minutes per call. Most recruiters don’t check references for every candidate that calls in, you would be doing nothing but reference checking all day. Lastly, if they do tell you that you have an interview and request your references, get the name of the person with whom you are interviewing, this way if it gets cancelled, you can go back and check yourself. If they refuse, tell them you are working with another agency and you want to make sure you aren’t submitted twice. Any good recruiter should respect that.

February 25, 2014 at 6:45 am
(1002) Somewhere in between says:

So, has anything happen yet

February 25, 2014 at 7:00 am
(1003) Somewhere in between says:

At what time are they going to vote, does anyone know.

February 25, 2014 at 7:40 am
(1004) Clarey says:

Rango, I’m sorry you didn’t get that job you were hoping for. It’s probably worse when they say you were “close” to getting it. I hate when they tell me that it’s between “you and one other person” – I’ve heard that a time or two, usually when it’s a job I really want. But I do suggest that you tailor your resume and cover letter to each specific position. Sometimes, like yesterday, it gets my head spinning. I applied to one legal job, two customer service ones and an admin. (It was a surprisingly good job search day.) But since I’ve been bulleting specific skills in my cover that mirror their ad, I’ve probably been getting 3x the callbacks. I figure I’ve got the time, even if the cutting, pasting, tweaking and reworking the verbiage makes me a little nuts. Good luck and hang in.

February 25, 2014 at 7:45 am
(1005) Clarey says:

LucySF: your question about SS# requests from recruiters was answered yesterday. Just scroll up a little on the 24th and you’ll find a link posted by Alison citing lots of helpful related info, how and when to provide it, how the information is used, etc. And several posters here have successfully used all zeros with the last four digits of their Social on job apps and were able to proceed on to the next screen or section. Hope that makes sense – I haven’t had coffee today :)

February 25, 2014 at 8:36 am
(1006) bri bad says:

why would day vote for it when bush put on the idea? now president Mr obama why wont you use your power and help us feed our family and let us look for a job without our phone or internet or gas,insurance,or even money to have a snack looking for jobs all day how could we function without fuel in our body. Please help our fellow american before outside the U.S.A.. I’am a family of three my child is going to school without new outfit she’s have been wearing same clothes for the last year and her shoes has holes in them put your shoe on our situation please I’am begging you guys. I beat most of you guys in the office don’t even know the price of a gallon of milk, I just want to put smile on my daughter face even just a new pair of shoe new clothes that she doesnt have. Me crying everyday dropping her off at school it break my heart that is still have that motivation to go even thou she doesnt have any new outfit to wear she ask me dad can i get a new bag forget about my shoe i can just wear to sucks with it but can you buy me a hello kitty bag because my pencil keep dropping on the ground and i just dont want the kids to make fun of me anymore I love you she said but please will you buy it for me so the kids won’t make fun of me anymore. Just little things that I can give my 6yr old daughter to make her smile again. she ask dad can we play on the snow like we use to i said i love to but we cant because i dont want you to get sick as soon we get you a pair of shoe so you wont be cold honey. She responded dad I hope one day we could do the things we use to. Please america help your people that is in this country before outside the country. Pursuit of happiness George Washington.

February 25, 2014 at 8:37 am
(1007) KATHLEEN says:

@ Lucia: I think a lot of people think Medicaid is free…or easy to get. Well it really is free if we get it but even if approved I’m still paying for all hubby’s meds and up to $2500 PER MONTH deductible..but that is at least something. We applied for Medicaid (NH) last July and because I was getting unemployment and my husband’s SSD he could get approved but it was with a $4K A MONTH (PAYDOWN) deductible. At that time we still had COBRA and I thought the offer to be outrageous. So now with no COBRA and no unemployment we applied two weeks ago, again, for Medicaid and they said it would be a $2500 a month deductible… that is not for the year..it is a month…and my husband’s meds are $670 a month. But if he went into the hospital for surgery all I would have to pay is $2500 a month…and if the next month he went in for a hospital stay I again would have to pay $2500…but this is better than paying the full bill which could be over $250K as his last surgery. So that is the road we are now on.. and ‘if’ and it is a big ‘if’ I do get then end of my unemployment I have to call Medicaid and let them know and that deductible will go up to $4K a month. All our papers are in and Medicaid said it would be 3 months for approval. So we wait! Just like I am waiting for Congress and many job apps. My dream was to work full time until retirement age…I spent 25 years working Admin at Bank of America and 16 years at a downtown Boston investment firm and only made it to age 63….and those two years from 63 to 65 (until Medicare) will be tough, especially with my husband’s health history. I filled the Chapter 7 to get rid of tons of medical bills (and the home we lost to foreclosure) only to most likely to face more medical bills again in time…but hopefully we pray no surgery until we are on Medicare. Thank you for your concern in asking…it was very nice of you. God Bless America! Take care Lucia….

February 25, 2014 at 9:20 am
(1008) Walter says:

@8281) kpv

How do you know all this? Are you in congress?

February 25, 2014 at 9:26 am
(1009) Zee says:

Thanks so much for keeping me well updated. Have been following the post since last year. Thanks

February 25, 2014 at 9:48 am
(1010) V Auman says:

Question: Is there any one out there that can come up with a daily figure on the interest collected by the government on the money being withheld from us unemployed. Interesting, pass that back to us. LOL

February 25, 2014 at 10:04 am
(1011) Mary B says:

I can’t imagine how they could possibly enforce the rule that says you are not eligible for benefits if you’ve received a reasonable offer of work, but here is an interesting article. Apologies if it has already been posted here. If this deal is offered, I hope the Democrats will consider it, even though I know they are against the denial of unemployment benefits to the disabled.


February 25, 2014 at 10:13 am
(1012) Clarey says:

Just checked CSPAN – per Reid, no EUC discussion today. But they are voting on benefits for veterans, which will hopefully offer help to vets who need it. Of course, there’s no guarantee they’ll actually accomplish anything, but for now, at least, I’m still a glass-is-half-full kind of thinker.

February 25, 2014 at 10:15 am
(1013) kpv says:

There is nothing scheduled for today or this week. H Reid just gave the schedule for today . As H Rieds staff said yesterday there will probably not be a vote this week since they decided not to pursue the 3 month extension and they will be working on a long term over the next week and hope to vote on next week if they get an agreement. (again things can change but thats what we know as of now)

Here is today’s official schedule , not sure where the other poster got theres but again there is nothing happening today or this week as of now

At 11:05am, the Senate will resume Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #570 James Maxwell Moody, Jr. to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas, post-cloture with the time until 11:15am equally divided and controlled.

At 11:15am, there will be 5 roll call votes:

- Confirmation of the Moody nomination

- Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #566 James Donato to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California

- Confirmation of the Donato nomination

- Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #567 Beth Labson Freeman to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California and

- Confirmation of the Freeman nomination.

All votes after the first vote will be 10 minutes in duration.

Following disposition of the Freeman nomination, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

At 2:15pm, there will be up to one hour of debate equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees prior to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1982, the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014.

February 25, 2014 at 10:18 am
(1014) kpv says:

Walter , No I am not in congress, it was an article reported by alison yesterday.

HEre is the article from yesterday

The Democratic leadership aide told HuffPost that the party will no longer agree to a mere three-month extension of unemployment insurance unless it is not offset. Such an extension, the aide argued, would provide little help to recipients since benefits would be applied retroactively back to the beginning of the year and at most provide one more month of assistance.

“We would be right back debating this issue,” the aide said.
Instead, Democrats are now waiting to hear from Kirk and Coats what type of pay-fors and programmatic reforms they would support as part of a long-term extension. The aide, who declined to detail what has been discussed so far, cautioned that if the pay-for were too stringent, it could drive some progressive Democrats to abandon their support for the bill.

February 25, 2014 at 10:22 am
(1015) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:
February 25, 2014 at 10:22 am
(1016) Al says:

If you stayed up nights wondering whether members of Congress would be able to weather the Great Recession of the late 2000s, this bit of news should finally put your mind at ease.

Overall, members of Congress saw their personal wealth grow by more than 16 percent during the worst economic downturn in the United States since the Great Depression, according to financial disclosures submitted by lawmakers.

Even in Recession, Congress Pay Grew

The median personal wealth for members of Congress grew to $911,510 in 2009, up from $785,515 in 2008, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Nearly half of the members of Congress are millionaires.

February 25, 2014 at 10:24 am
(1017) Greg Dixon says:

Memo to Bruce: Not to rain on anyone’s parade here, but does anyone think the SENATE bill if passed, has a snowball’s chance in the HOUSE?I realize first things first, I don’t seeing the House signing off on this spending bill any time soon.(They are ALL up for re-election in the House). Wondering if OBAMA can just sign an “executive order” maindating the EUC be paid for 13 weeks? I don’t know if he would, but he seems to be signing EO’s for lots of other stuff that doesn’t help the 1.8 million off of EUC benefits. Keep the faith-Greg

February 25, 2014 at 10:34 am
(1018) Mary B says:

Curious Joe (8277): Logic says that you would get retro from 12/28/13 through the date you started working, since you were unemployed and presumably eligible for benefits for that period of time. But no one really knows what, if anything, will pass.

Congratulations on your new job!

downtrodden (8277): Did you ever get a response?

Re SSNs, I read on the about.com site (the link that Alison posted) that MA and another state require that companies have a high level of security on their websites if they are requesting ssns on the online applications. So, be sure to check that out. I appreciate everyone’s comments on how to partially hide the ssn, though. I’ve tried 111-11-1111 and, of course, it yells at me and won’t let me go forward.

February 25, 2014 at 10:34 am
(1019) John says:

@Lucille… I believe that was a parable about the Nazis during WWII.

February 25, 2014 at 10:40 am
(1020) Steve says:

Does anyone know if they are voting today (Tue) or Wed?

Also, I heard even if it’s voted – YES, that the House will still most likely shoot it down. Is this true??

February 25, 2014 at 11:03 am
(1021) Walter says:

Next week come on next thing you know, THEY WILL BE OFF FOR 2 WEEKS AGIAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 25, 2014 at 11:26 am
(1022) Rango says:

Hi Walter… KPV keeps us informed and does a pretty good job of it.

Jack B… Really good pointer on the SS number and I’m to the understanding that a recruiter asking you for references BEFORE an interview, is for leads only… yes, unprofessional and totally not necessary. Love to hear more ‘words of employment wisdom from you. I think we all would. I’m, like many others on this blog, a long term (no 20 months) over 50 (almost 60) unemployed professional… that’s on the edge of loosing everything.

Clarey… thanks for thinking of me. Right, the job probably wouldn’t have panned out for me anyway. I’m just SO frustrated with the process. (we didn’t’ hire him cause he wears a different colour of shirt we do) and (we don’t hire your kind here)… well, I wouldn’t work for this type of people anyway.

You know, the pretentiously pompous ingrate know-it-all characterized by excessively exaggerated self-esteem person. I’m an old school lifer, and look at everyone with my experience to help and their experience to learn from.

February 25, 2014 at 11:45 am
(1023) Clarey says:

kpv, I got my info from the CSPAN station showing Capitol Hill Hearings. We have two CSPAN channels with DirecTV – I don’t think I dreamed that Harry Reid mentioned vet’s benefits. The rest of what I heard matches your post. Jeez, I really need to have more coffee, lol. Thanks for your update. Looks like my EUC glass is half-empty again . . .

February 25, 2014 at 11:51 am
(1024) Yonatan says:

While the politicians argue and debate, and continue paying “politics”, there are over two million unemployed workers, without an unemployment extension, without any means of support. While the political elite went on their vacations, they left behind these worried unemployed people not knowing if and when an extension would occur. Where is the compassion and common decency of these politicians, to not help these workers, who by no fault of their own, had loss their jobs. In spite of the Republican Party’s name blaming and labeling these workers as “Lazy” and unwilling to work, the problem was due to the poor economy, which is the direct fault of corporate greed and soulless bankers without integrity. Our government found the financial means to bail out these corporate pirates, and financiers, on the backs of the hard working people of this country. Now, when these hard working citizens need assistance, they’re told that it can’t be given due to budgetary reasons. How exactly does the party who prides itself as the party for “family values” explain the reasons for lacking these same values? Please tell the American people, just how come there is money for corporate welfare and foreign aid, but not for the tax payers? When did the term “Public Servant”, change with our politicians? We are no longer govern by moral men and women who felt it their duty to represent the people of our land. We are not saturated with career, self- serving, self important, opportunists, out for personal gain and status. I hope that in the coming election, the American public, will make huge changes in the political sector. It’s time to vote these career politicians out of office for good, and finally elect quality people with integrity and compassion for their constituents. Shame on the Republican Party for not extending the unemployment benefits to these poor individuals. There is no excuse for their decision, neither political or otherwise

February 25, 2014 at 11:52 am
(1025) Michelle H says:

I have not viewed this thread in quite some time. It was depressing me to the point of wanting to end my existence. Instead I got angry and used that anger to find a job. Since my unemployment ran out I have been hungry, sick, and barely able to muster the energy to continue my job search. When you are depressed it is difficult to even function. I maxed out my cell phone minutes calling people former co-workers and cold calling for possible job prospects. I wasn’t going to go down without a fight! This country does not care if you starve, they do not care if you are sleeping in a box on the sidewalk. I spent my last dollars on fuel for my car to go to interviews. My stomach growled with hunger during my interviews. My hard work paid off! I landed two temp assignments and just yesterday I was offered a permanent full time job. I am so happy. My credit is shot, bill are all behind. I’ve sold everything I owned of value but guess what? I’m going to rebuild my life now. I’ve never been so low and rock bottom and its up from here. I’m going to save my money and get the heck out of this screwed up country that doesn’t care about its people. Good luck to everyone and I hope you find work soon. Don’t give up and get help from every source you can. I don’t have small children and I feel for the parents out there with small kids enduring this hell. Hang in there and don’t give up!

February 25, 2014 at 11:56 am
(1026) Real Richard says:

@kpv….there is a website called gpo.gov that is giving out all this false information…..this is what it said this morning:

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
S. 1845 (ORDER NO. 265)
A bill to provide for the extension of certain unemployment
benefits, and for other purposes. (Jan. 9, 2014.)

February 25, 2014 at 12:09 pm
(1027) Mara says:

Here are my concerns.. If they were to pass the 3 month retroactive payments, that would be great with helping us all catch up with life and bills and get us on our feet to only have it stopped in 3 short weeks. In the end we will all be in the same spot we are now. It’s only a temporary fix.

If they go on to a long term extension, what will happen to the retroactive payments ? Will we only get paid from the date of extension, which still doesn’t get me out of the mess i’m in…:(

I just know that something needs to happen and NOW. How can they not have a sense of URGENCY for 2 millions Americans?!?!

February 25, 2014 at 12:12 pm
(1028) Lucia says:

Cory Booker tweeted: Cory Booker ‏@CoryBooker ·
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 12:22 pm
(1029) Somewhere in between says:

As long as they vote, they can take the rest of the year off.

February 25, 2014 at 12:23 pm
(1030) Bruce says:

@kpv, The information came from the Senates website. I posted the link. It was put on the calendar for today just as maybe discussed, not a vote but things change in congress every session on a daily basis.

@Greg if this bill is brought up again in the Senate and it pass’s I do think the House will also pass it. Like I said in my previous post I’m just being optimistic that this bill will pass. When? there is no telling right now. The democrats in the senate just need one Republican vote and then it go’s back to the house for another vote.


February 25, 2014 at 12:25 pm
(1031) Kevin says:

So does anyone know that when extension benefits are reinstated if they will still be retroactive? Today I had a conversation with a edd representative who told me it will not. Am I being misinformed?

February 25, 2014 at 12:32 pm
(1032) Bruce says:

@Greg Its my understanding the President don’t have the power to sign an executive order on this bill or legislation over congress. If so I think he would have signed it a long time ago.

February 25, 2014 at 12:40 pm
(1033) Kevin in cal says:

Anyone know if the benefits will still be retroactive when they do reinstate extensions?

February 25, 2014 at 12:45 pm
(1034) dan says:

well I thought it was supposed to be the FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS THIS WEEK WAS TO RESTORE EUC what happened to that?????????? Instead its a bunch of time waisting about nominating judges,, Or maybe they see that they will need them to do forclosures and evictions,,and bankruptcys and so on,,, Its relivant that they just don’t give a rats ass about it. And Harry Reid made a statement he should have never made about HIS PROMISE TO DO THIS 1ST THING WHEN HE RETURNED OMG!!!

February 25, 2014 at 1:08 pm
(1035) Carly says:

As Alison has stated, no one knows yet what form, if any this bill will take or whether if it passes, will it be retroactive benefits or not. We just have to continue to wait and see what transpires this week and beyond. It’s the waiting that’s so darn frustrating. I can’t believe we are doing this again only to be shot down. It just has to pass once and for all. What an ordeal.

February 25, 2014 at 1:19 pm
(1036) kpv says:

Below seems to be there the most recent info for whats going on in the senate is posted. Gives the current days schedule the day before.


I think we need to be slightly optimistic that they are talking and shooting for a long term extension vote next week. My only issue is if you read Alisons post, that article from today has both Kirk and Coates as saying that the Democrats have not reached out to them yet ??/ What in the world is H Ried and J Reed waiting for. Maybe if they reached out to them on the break we would have a vote this week.

And I would like to add that a long term extension does not mean that you will not get retro from Dec28. They could make it Jan-June. We just dont know. The original long term did not have Retor so I think most assume it will not but no one knows. it very well may.

And for the person who asked about the House and them turning it down. Thast the current thinking BUT again anything can happen. Maybe J Boehner has a change of heart or Republicans have heard enought and just want to pass it so it cant be used against them in Nov. Lets get through the Senate first..

February 25, 2014 at 1:21 pm
(1037) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

Here’s an article that talks about a 6 month extension being discussed:

February 25, 2014 at 1:30 pm
(1038) Carly says:

It does take a long time to build a new life, once you’ve hit bottom. Both my husband and I were laid off twice, at the same time. We lost our home in a forced short sale, and had to move our family to another city for work which also went away for my husband with a company that lost its bank in 2008 and struggled to regain footing it never found. We have worked extremely hard to find jobs again and finally my husband found his dream job 3 years ago in 2012. He is happy and we have been trying to dig out of the financial mess that both of us losing our jobs created. It takes years. But it is possible. I was again laid off 11 months ago. Again, not my fault at all, in fact the owner of the business felt I was doing an amazing job for them. They had financial issues, so laid off the top paid executives overnight. There is a fear out there in business today that you never used to see. Snap decisions are rampant. I have had a difficult time finding work again in my field. I don’t blame anyone in particular, especially myself, but there is this perfect storm out there of a lame government, slow economy, and fear. There is a fast growing older population and slow job growth. The recipe is not a good one. And yet I still have faith that we will continue to recover, and our credit will slowly be restored and some day I will land one of the jobs I apply for everyday.
I am deeply considering reinventing myself – and doing much research into how that might play out. In the meantime, I considered going into real estate, but don’t have the resources to spend to do my own marketing and pay a company and wait the 8-12 months for income to occur. So continuing to apply for jobs every single day- and hopeful something will happen.
EUC is needed for millions of people, and each of us has a story.
I am stunned by the lack of efficacious behavior by our Congress as a body. This is not a time I will soon forget. Can’t wait for election day!

February 25, 2014 at 1:32 pm
(1039) kpv says:

The article above from Alison just annoys me like crazy. Again it mentions that no one has contacted Coats or Kirk and they are using Susan Collins to pass along anything. Dont these politicians talk ??/ and again why wait so long to talk to Coats and Kirk. Again it annoys me so much. There in the same building. H Ried just walk over to Coats and Kirk and introduce yourself.

From Alison’s article

One of the Republicans who Democrats say they’re wooing for an unemployment insurance deal said he hasn’t heard from Democratic leaders in weeks.
“At no time over the past few weeks has the Democratic leadership reached out to Senator Coats or his staff,” a spokesman for Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) said in an email to reporters.
HuffPost told Coats spokesman Matt Lahr that Democrats said they’d been using Collins as an intermediary and asked if that made sense to him. “No,” he said, “our statement stands.”

February 25, 2014 at 1:34 pm
(1040) Nick D. says:

Thanks Alison.

I was just going to post that link also. Apparently they finally realized that even if they go forward with a 3 month extension they be talking about it again in just a few weeks.

February 25, 2014 at 1:46 pm
(1041) Janice says:

Sadly, if EUC doesn’t pass, in 26 weeks or so we’ll have another 8,000 supporters:


February 25, 2014 at 1:57 pm
(1042) Walter says:


February 25, 2014 at 2:19 pm
(1043) Greg says:

Bruce-I just don’t see the HOUSE signing anything unless they ADD a bunch of amendments to the EUC bill from the Senate. Then it would head back to the Senate and the PING PONG ball continues. Nearly 2 million AMERICAN’s need help now, not 6 weeks from now. Harry needs to get us 13 weeks now to cover and save a large GROUP of people on this board-forum. The wolf is at the door for many of us and Harry needs to make a deal and get this out of the Senate and over the HR this week. Keep the Faith. Gre

February 25, 2014 at 2:34 pm
(1044) lets see says:

Sounds like we have a chance then.And This could be happening soon?

February 25, 2014 at 2:38 pm
(1045) chris says:

I would rather they vote next week with a higher possibility of passing then doing it first thing this week and it not passing then having to wait another month for some thing to happen. I think if they had the votes they would have brought it up first thing.

February 25, 2014 at 2:41 pm
(1046) April says:

I just want to thank you for this page and your updates. I have been waiting on word and at least I have a reliable source. Thank you!

February 25, 2014 at 2:46 pm
(1047) lets see says:

A six month extension from January to June would include some kind of retro?

February 25, 2014 at 3:07 pm
(1048) RM says:

I had some hope that it would pass today. but now with the CSPAN circus taking place I doubt it will ever come to fruition. sad… this lack of concern for the millions of destitute Americans really shows that “Politicians are not born; they are excreted.” ― Cicero

February 25, 2014 at 3:08 pm
(1049) Mary says:

I find it sad that the Republicans, and for that matter much of society, have failed to understand that the “unemployed our out of work through no fault of their own.” All of our stories are different, but in the ranks of the unemployed, we are one. Life happens. To me, it’s not fact that unemployment benefits were cut, but rather the way in which it was done. Why choose now, with the well-being of so many at stake, to fight for reform? The compassionate thing to do would have been to gradually cut back on the benefits. I think we all would have understood. I’m not asking for a handout. I asking for a little humanity. I am the mother of a son who is preparing for his fourth deployment, this time to Afghanistan. He is watching out for me. He is watching our for you. And he is watching out for all of America, Congress included. I would think they could learn something positive from him selfless actions. Sadly, it doesn’t appear that they have. Stay positive friends. Something good will come from this. Thank you and God Bless.

February 25, 2014 at 3:15 pm
(1050) Nick D. says:

@kvp (8340)
I know what you mean. I read the same thing just a little while ago. I got even more annoyed when on the same page as that article we read, I see a link for another article to the right. And what is the heading of said article you ask?
“A Republican Lobbyist is trying to get gay football players banned from the NFL.” The first line of the article reads, “A Republican Lobbyist is preparing legislation…. That is as far as I read. Why? This politician finds it more important to rid the NFL of gay football players then to help his fellow 2M+ Americans. He would rather waste the time to write up legislation on that then to find a way to extend UI just a little longer while they reform the program to something fair and suitable.

I just can’t take it anymore. The last couple of months going through this unemployment thing with all of you and really reading what these politicians really do is so disappointing I cannot relay it in words. This is our government? It’s gotten to the point where every article I read about Congress doesn’t surprise me anymore. I never knew they went on so many break. I’m trying to still grasp the possible fact that they all vote for their own salary increases every so often. Is that true?
Something has to be done. If there was a way of everyone getting there, the idea I’ve read, on this very board, of going to DC and camp out in front of Congress and wait for those politicians to leave the building and have everyone tell them that they’ve turned their backs on them. If there was something setup like that I would definitely want to be a part of it.

It’s like someone commented a few back about, they said this would be their first order of business when they came in yesterday and now I read that there MAY be a vote next week. That particular politicians that have been said were spoken to are now saying that no one has talked to them about this in weeks.

February 25, 2014 at 3:16 pm
(1051) Nick D. says:


I’m going to be honest with all of you. I’ll just say that I’m close to 40 years old and that I probably haven’t voted, at all, for anyone, in almost 2 decades. I find politics disgusting and a honorable-less profession.

A definition I found for politics:
Politics – to deal with people in an opportunistic, manipulative, or devious way.
It disgusts me to the core.

February 25, 2014 at 3:20 pm
(1052) Mike says:

We need to remain hopeful. Negative comments don’t help us at all.

February 25, 2014 at 3:37 pm
(1053) Mara says:

Seems like the EUC Extension Boat has sailed…Thought I’s share:

There are a total of seven bills that have been introduced in Congress that would continue the federal extension program for anywhere from three months to one or two additional years. So far, no further Congressional action has been taken on any of them.

Here are links to the proposed legislation:

H.R.3936 – http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/3936
S.1845 – http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/1845
S.1797 – http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/senate-bill/1797/text
H.R.3773 – http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/3773
H.R. 2821 – http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/2821
H.R.3546 – http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/3546
S.1747 – http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/1747
In addition, the Obama Administration has released information about federal extensions in a report prepared by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Council of Economic Advisers entitled The Economic Benefits of Extending Unemployment Insurance.

February 25, 2014 at 3:40 pm
(1054) Donna5503 says:

Did they talk about EUC at all? Is there any progress at all? I am very confused – don’t they have any timeframe in mind, how long can they drag this decision out?

February 25, 2014 at 4:11 pm
(1055) Catherine says:

Here is a tweet from H. Reid an hour ago.

Senator Harry Reid ‏@SenatorReid · 1h
We’re having good conversations with Republicans to #renewUI. I believe we should extend it for 6 months, not 3. We’ll vote again soon.

February 25, 2014 at 4:12 pm
(1056) Tina Grirffo says:

I heard that a vote is set February 26 201e4 is this true.
please advise anyone.

February 25, 2014 at 4:20 pm
(1057) U Lite says:

Been under the weather but have been praying for the folks here.

Just read:

As Mike (8349) said, let us remain hopeful. This is a community that cares for one another. Let us continue to share one another’s burdens.

February 25, 2014 at 4:46 pm
(1058) Las says:

All these postings are making me crazy. I have been on this site since day one back in December. Postings are saying there will be a vote, there won’t be a vote. Both sides are talking, neither side is talking. Who do we believe? I have CSPAN on now and they are talking about cell phone rights and private property rights. Are these really a top priority? I just don’t get it. I am hoping posting 8351is correct with a vote set for tomorrow but I can’t keep getting my hopes up just to get shot down. A march in Washington is the only way to get their attention but unfortunately we can’t afford to get there and get our voices heard.

February 25, 2014 at 5:02 pm
(1059) Mike NJ says:

So the 8am-4:30pm window today for social services to call me for the telephone interview for SNAP benefits has passed and my phone hasn’t rung all day. Wow. Now what?

February 25, 2014 at 5:27 pm
(1060) Somewhere in between says:

I knew they would not forget about us. Good night?

February 25, 2014 at 5:27 pm
(1061) kpv says:

As of now there is no vote this week. Harry Reids staff and C Booker said today that they would be trying for next week if they can come to an agreement with Republicans on a 6 month extension. . Any thing can change but as of now there is no vote . Confirmation later when they post the schedule for tomorrow.

February 25, 2014 at 5:35 pm
(1062) shanel says:

@ mike go up there that’s what I did and got my card the same day

February 25, 2014 at 5:35 pm
(1063) Nick D. says:

@Mike (8352)

You are right and I apologize. I found it the only way to vent at the time. You’re right, negativity will not help one bit but I really thought they were going to do something starting yesterday.

I really do hope they do put something together for a 6 month extension. The 3 month plan can’t be considered now as this issue will be brought up again in just a few weeks anyway. Maybe make it 4 months with the promise of reforming the program before the extension is over? I don’t know.

Again, I apologize to everyone for the negativity. I don’t mean to be a drag.

February 25, 2014 at 5:40 pm
(1064) charlean rhodes says:

praying congress passes the extend unemployment ,rent mans throwing me out Saturday march 1 ,daughter was sharing rent with me up and left .exin laws put her up to leave me hanging with the bills ,praying for the eu so I can show them putting in app ever day .god we need our extend unemployment so we want be homeless ,and can find a job .

February 25, 2014 at 5:55 pm
(1065) charlean says:


February 25, 2014 at 5:59 pm
(1066) Ava says:

Nick, not trying to speak for anyone else, but I don’t think that comment was necessarily directed at you; it may have been directed at Walter (8343). You certainly don’t sound any more negative than many other posters.

February 25, 2014 at 6:09 pm
(1067) KJ Smith says:

I would not count on anything. As other have stated the extension is a political football. I thin the majority of Americans simply do not care either out of apathy, their sense of independence, or hatred. I know I have lost connection with many friends simply because I don’t want to got through the effort of explaining or listening to their opinion on the issue. One opinion doubtless would be move to North Dakota to work in the oil fields or go to 7-11 – as if they hire anyone. Just work at getting back to work. Things are unlikely to change.

February 25, 2014 at 6:12 pm
(1068) kpv says:

Some more info

It would be a 6 month extension from January to June 30th. Retro. They are in talks to try to get the one vote they need and hope to have a vote on it some time next week. if they can come to an agreement. Just to not this does not mean there is anything as it still needs to go to the House next and thats going to be harder then what we went through here.

Here is the info

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced on Tuesday that he was pushing for a six-month extension of benefits that would be applied retroactively to when they lapsed in late December.”I’ve had some good conversations with Republican senators, plural, and I believe there’s a number of Republican senators who want to get something done,” Reid said. “The vast majority of them want it to go away. But there are some Republican senators of good will who are trying to work to move forward on this.”By agreeing to push a six-month proposal, however, he is bowing to the requests of moderate Republican members and, perhaps, hinting that the longer version may be politically untenable.egotiators are trying to find a means of paying for the measure that is appealing to Republicans while not overly offensive to progressive Democrats. By reducing the size of the extension to six months, Reid will make their task easier. Benefits would only go until the end of June, but the cost would only be $13 billion, compared to the $26 billion a yearlong extension would require.

February 25, 2014 at 6:21 pm
(1069) Real Richard says:

@Bruce………senatecalendar.gov is a part of the gpo.gov website………that is not the official senate website………..senate.gov is

A bill or joint resolution recommended for placement on the Consent Calendar must be included in the Daily File listed in the Daily History of the Senate at least 1 calendar day before it may be considered.

I am guessing that Reid was putting S1845 on the daily file everyday, so that he could bring it up on a moments notice. I am also guessing that this gpo.gov website has access to the daily file and keeps reporting that s1845 is “pending business”. But common sense states that if they are working on a 6 month extension now, that s1845 is not really pending business

February 25, 2014 at 6:22 pm
(1070) kpv says:

Essentially what H Ried is doing is saying to Republicans , You dont want a long term extension and you want the extensions to end. So instead of having a 3 month extension and workign on a year long extension. Here is a 6 month last extension. This is is , no working on any more,. Sort of appeasing Republicans who want the extensions to end. If its one final extension it might even go over better in the House. They can get this out of the way befoe the elections. Not saying this will pass but if it does this will be the last extension unless the economy really tanks again and there is a Republican in the White House. But I myself will take it. An extension until June will get me by and I “Hope” i have a job by then.

Anyone who is in Coats or Kirks district, get on them to agree to this so we can get a vote next week. This needs to go to the House before they take there next week off break (March 17th)

February 25, 2014 at 6:44 pm
(1071) Real Richard says:

also they say the 6 month would cost 13 billion…….if so then the weeks and tiers remain the same……….if weeks were cut it would cost far less

February 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm
(1072) K. stressed says:

I will just be happy if I could find work… It has been a nightmare. After losing my job due to sequestration, it has been very difficult to find work, especially because of my age. Have an excellent education (with a Masters), but it doesn’t matter (over qualified; or don’t even get a call back). I even have three different resumes and have lied to see if some job calls me, but ZERO…. I have applied at McDonalds, Burger King, Bottom Dollar, Shop Rite, and I don’t even know how many more. I have even applied and paid my state 25 dollars for each job application within the state and nothing; paid at least $150 on applications. Yes, the state of NJ charges people 25 to submit an application. The only way you can applied free is if you are on food stamps. I am on the border of losing my home and at the same time becoming an unhealthy person since I cannot sleep or eat. I pray every night and ask God to please give me and all others strength….. We all know that congress cares less about us; after all they go home every night, eat, take vacation, and care less about the individuals and families that cannot have a good life like theirs.
When election time comes, I will not even vote for anyone. For what? No one cares about me so why should I care of who is in charge or wins. Voted for the first time two terms ago and look in the situation I am.
Let’s think we are holding each other’s hand and pray for the best for us and our families….

February 25, 2014 at 7:18 pm
(1073) kilrathi says:

You better pray this new proposal of 6 month extension is retroactive… because if not…. oh god.

February 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm
(1074) kpv says:

Senate schedule for tomorrow. Nothing for EUC. . Probably the earliest you will see anything is next week.

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for up to two hours with the Republicans controlling the first half and the Majority controlling the final half.

Following morning business, the Senate will resume the motion to proceed to S.1982, the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014, post-cloture.

By unanimous consent, all time during adjournment and morning business will count post-cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1982.

February 25, 2014 at 7:32 pm
(1075) Uncle Robbie says:

Why is EUC in the Federal Governments hands? Why should they even have a say in this matter? Shouldn’t this be a state matter? I lost my job in May of 2013 in South Carolina through no fault of my own…what a crap deal our state has got into bed with DC and now we’re all being used as political pawns!

February 25, 2014 at 7:35 pm
(1076) Mike NJ says:

@(8361) shanel:

The letter I received said on it specifically 3 times in bold print at the top, middle, and bottom “Do not come to the office for this interview”. I’ll see if they call tomorrow.

February 25, 2014 at 7:36 pm
(1077) Bob says:

Update 2-25-14
Here we go again!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 25, 2014 at 7:37 pm
(1078) Carly says:

Wouldn’t it be nice to exhale again?
A few months either way will be immensely helpful and for so many job seeking people, lifesaving. I agree with the person who earlier today said the more humane thing would have been to phase out EUC rather than cut it off so bluntly and then dangle the “hope” carrot in front of the millions affected by the close out. And not only that but dangle the hope carrot over and over and over and push it out to next week, next week, next week again. I’m not feeling half the hardships or stress that many on this board are, and I’m stressed! More than anything I miss the feeling that our US government is here for us. Time for big changes indeed.

February 25, 2014 at 7:44 pm
(1079) Bruce says:

@Real Richard, to not to confuse anyone http://www.senate.gov (United States Senate) is the link I go to which takes me to another link (Floor Schedule) to the Senator Calender, which is the GPO Which stands for US Government Printing Office which provides Daily Digest, Senate and Executive Calenders. I think the best information we can get is from Alison Doyle, About.com She provided the best news I heard all day about the extension of EUC Benefits.

February 25, 2014 at 7:47 pm
(1080) Helene says:

8000 jobs today lost by jpmorgan
I wonder if rand paul think these bankers ( many probably republican) are lazy and immoral!

February 25, 2014 at 7:53 pm
(1081) chami says:

i asked god help all unemployement to get money from government
your brother from morocco

February 25, 2014 at 9:33 pm
(1082) Denise says:

I have been looking for work since sandy took my job of 18 years away from me. They say there is plenty of work out there? Well B. S. I have faxed more resumes then I can remember ever doing. I know it is my age. Wake up republicans.. My rent and utlities have to be paid…. I bet yours is….

February 25, 2014 at 9:47 pm
(1083) MW says:

I am disgusted with our government– Democrats and Rep. alike……No longer are the “Government of the people, by the people, for the people” for Americans!!!! I don’t believe anything they say anymore. Lost all faith in such flaw corrupted politicians…I can only stand side by side with Jesus!! HE the one who holds true!

Someday these politicians will not have any seats to sit in DC anymore because USA will fall like Rome!! There will be no USA soon!!

I hope for all the unemployed here they will pass for your sake…

February 25, 2014 at 9:47 pm
(1084) Mary Lou says:

I hope it will pass this week. I have been out of work for 9 months.

It has really been hard, for me because I am over 60. No body wants

to hire me. I Have 40 years experience.

February 25, 2014 at 9:48 pm
(1085) Mike NJ says:

@(8373) Uncle Robbie:

Because it’s federal unemployment benefits. You get state benefits for 26 weeks. That’s all the state is accountable for.

February 25, 2014 at 10:02 pm
(1086) Jesus says:

Thank you Alison,
I check this website almost daily for news on unemployment. I and many others really need this extension to come to pass. I have worried and stressed myself to a point where I think I may have a mild heart attack. I have lots of anxiety and no money to get treatment. Good luck to you all.

February 25, 2014 at 10:28 pm
(1087) Carolyn M says:

kpv says that the new legislation would be a retroactive 6 month extension from January to June 30th. What if a person’s unemployment ran out at the end of January? Would that mean they would get six months starting in February?

February 25, 2014 at 11:17 pm
(1088) Dee says:

Thank you to the gentlemen from over seas! Very kind of you! Pray for us please!

February 25, 2014 at 11:49 pm
(1089) Roberto says:

PUSH PUSH PUSH Every day matters isn’t there a way to have an emergency session Bill collectors don’t want to hear it and all these jobs there talking about aren’t out there .There destroying so many lives and just don’t care coming up on 3 months with no income . Ive lost a lot and will take the rest of the year to get straight even if they pass now make no sense No money saved on there end if they pay retro they still spent the same amount of money Maybe they were collecting interest on the money Come on Dem’s and Rep’s why would you make such poor examples of our Government and turning your back on your people. MAKE IT HAPPEN THIS WEEK WAIT NO LONGER

February 25, 2014 at 11:54 pm
(1090) Libby says:

Not all states give 26 weeks. I live in Florida and only got 19 weeks.

February 26, 2014 at 1:08 am
(1091) UNEMPLOYED says:

Good job on the updates provided on this page! Thanks!

This is To be delivered to The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate, and there you can read about the comments made by each of the people that signed it-


February 26, 2014 at 2:34 am
(1092) bob R says:

50 years old, college grad, can’t find a job. Lifelong Republican until now, looking at the Libertarian party. Only collected for 6 months and now have no income. Ya know, I will get by, but will change the way I think and vote in upcoming elections. We (government) can give away billions to nonsense, yet can’t help our own people. So sad, I thought the elected officials were our representatives.

February 26, 2014 at 2:49 am
(1093) Robert Roesner says:

Will not let them beat me, I actually thought we elected them to represent us! Ha, Ha.

February 26, 2014 at 2:53 am
(1094) Judie says:

Does anyone know what the Marvin message means when he replies at the end of certification “no amount given at this time due to a pending foreclosure”? I have received this since the beginning of November. They told to to continue to certify at my given time until my denial was settled, If my case was closed, I would not be able to certify , right?

February 26, 2014 at 7:10 am
(1095) Ryan Steven says:

I have a question, my claim expired in Jan while I was still on Tier 2 for EUC.

I’ve been filing as suggested. I live I’m in Oregon.

Was I suppose to do a new claim? I’m still able to file each week, in case, and I hope, EUC is reenacted.

I hope everything works out soon! this is getting crazy!

February 26, 2014 at 7:29 am
(1096) Clarey says:

To 8295 Kelly NC: I think you start your temp job today. Good luck. But can you please clarify what type of position required you to take an endurance test? I’m assuming it’s nothing I’m qualified to do, but I was wondering when I read your 2/25 post. Again, enjoy your workday :)

February 26, 2014 at 8:13 am
(1097) Kevin says:

@ 8390—–South Carolina is 20 weeks and because of that it effects all tiers by eliminating 6 weeks in the calculation of extended benefits.When all is said and done, there is thousands that are not received in benefits!

February 26, 2014 at 8:31 am
(1098) Babs says:

A comment was made yesterday by Dick Cheney yesterday that if you don’t work than you don’t eat. How mean spirited !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Unfortunately I believe that many Republicans feel exactly that way .. Do not vote Republican.
What has happened in this country? Is there no compassion or kindness for those who are less fortunate? I hear it every day in school from teachers who truly resent children receiving free lunch etc. I wonder where their hearts are. These are people pulling in 80,000 a year with great benefit packages, and there is no mercy for children from underprivileged families. Please don’t write about how poorly paid tteachers are in other states. They are paid very very well in Connecticut, and that is where I live.
Although I am Democratic and have voted for Obama twice I am wondering where he is in all this. I haven’t heard another word from him about unemployment extension since the state of the union address. I am sorely disappointed in him.
I am not writing this because I am unemployed ,but my son is . . He lost his benefits in January..
God bless you all and good luck !

February 26, 2014 at 8:35 am
(1099) Tina Griffo says:

Does anyone know when they are going to vote again..

February 26, 2014 at 8:52 am
(1100) kev says:

I believe at this point both parties are using unemployment as a weapon, Senator Reid has no real plan to get this passed. Reid has said he was working with senator Coates on the issue, Coates says he hasn’t talked to Reid bla bla bla. If Reid was serious about getting this done, it would have been done days ago. He is sending false hope to the unemployed, what he isn’t telling people is it has no chance passing the house, even if a 6 month extension passes, most wont be eligible because it will be a new tier, so the long term will not be eligible. If Reid was serious about the extension it would have been brought up a few days ago.

February 26, 2014 at 8:59 am
(1101) Steve R says:

Hello All, – can someone please please answer this question?????

If this is passed for 6 month extension – and my UE doesn’t run out until May – can I only collect until end of June?? Or do I get a 6 month extension starting in May, which would end in Nov?

If someone knows please reply – thanks soo much and God Bless!


February 26, 2014 at 8:59 am
(1102) RT says:

How much tax money is lost due to no EUC??

How can we even think about affording to give Ukraine aid if we can’t even help the people of the United States?

February 26, 2014 at 9:32 am
(1103) WHattheflip says:

Truth is, Democrats have been blocking this bill since January. I tried to tell people, but on this site, moderator will block such talk…

“At no time over the past few weeks has the Democratic leadership reached out to Senator Coats or his staff,”

Obama NEVER had your best interest at heart, and I will ALWAYS vote GOP because they are the ones that provide stable work (always have)

February 26, 2014 at 9:41 am
(1104) Annie (the Chicago one) says:

Can someone explain #8399 post that says even if 6 month extension is passed, “most won’t be eligible because it will be a new tier so the long term will not be eligible?” What exactly does this mean….and does the person who posted it know what they are talking about or are they in error?

(No offense, Kev – but I need clarification on your thoughts.) I never got onto EUC – my 26 weeks of state ran out 1-4-14.

Thanks folks!

February 26, 2014 at 9:43 am
(1105) kpv says:

To answer a couple of questions. As for when they might vote. They said hopefully next week. C Booker tweeted next week.
Bookers tweet

Cory Booker > Negotiations are going on now to #ExtendUI – I do not see a vote happening this week. Pushing hard to get it done. #RenewUI

As for if your extension ended in Dec (used up all EUC by Dec 28th ) then you dont get anything as it continues on . This does not add to overall weeks , it continues where you left off. Ofcourse cant say anything officiala s they have not released details.

if they institute a 6 month from Jan-June 30th then its that 6 month time frame not 6 months added on. If your regular state 26 weeks benefits end on June 1 then you would get 4 weeks until June 30th. if your regular 26 weeks ends July 5th then you get nothing.

February 26, 2014 at 9:43 am
(1106) Cheryl says:

If a 6 month extension is granted the start date would be from the end of Dec. till end of June period. It’s not individual based.

February 26, 2014 at 9:49 am
(1107) Annie (the Chicago one) says:

#8381 @Chami from Morocco – how NICE of you! (I have always wanted to vitit Morocca – so exotic and beautiful!)

@Jesus who thinks his anxiety may lead to a heart attack – if you are having symptoms, please get yourself to the ER – they have to treat you. And if you have zero income and few assets and you get qualified for Medicaid, they will cover up to 3 months of medical bills retroactively – so if you are not covered today, your medical bills could still be covered. This EUC/financial issue is NOT worth anyone’s life – everyone, take care of your health!!!

Congrats to those who have found employment recently – stop by and let us know how your new jobs are going.

February 26, 2014 at 9:50 am
(1108) Cheryl Martin says:

If The 6 month extension is granted it would have a retro start date of Dec.29th till The end of June. It is not individually based. Just like when it ended in the middle of a tier when we still had a $ balance. It ended for everyone at the same time although different situations.

February 26, 2014 at 10:04 am
(1109) Annie (the Chicago one) says:

Whattheflip – Reid keeps voting “no” because the GOP wants to debate (filibuster) an unlimited amount of offsets which would mean the actual vote on EUC would be delayed, possibly forever. While BOTH parties are at fault in this mess, I believe the Dem leadership in the Senate is trying to act on our interests.

February 26, 2014 at 10:06 am
(1110) gsword44 says:

Hello my dear friends..

We have to have the faith and hang in. Senator Kirk responded to my letter finally after 3 weeks. I will continue to write to him and request he vote yes. I appreciate of the support in the site and be positive and this will be done. So it is written, so shall it be done! We will get enough votes and the bill will Pass!

February 26, 2014 at 10:09 am
(1111) Judie says:

does anyone have the answer to 8394? I have tried to get through to the ui line here in MI. but it is always busy.

February 26, 2014 at 10:09 am
(1112) Cheryl Martin says:

I’ll I can say is that come Nov. everyone here needs to vote to make a real change in this country. We are not going in the right direction fast enough. If you aren’t reg. to vote then you need to make that a priority in your life. Don’t be narrow minded to think your vote doesn’t matter cuz if all those kinds of people stood up together that’s when a real change can be reached. I have never been pro Dem or Rep. I always look at the facts….the state of which our country is in….what direction it needs to be going……and what candidate best suits that job. My advice come Nov. is simple….if you are in a red state choose wisely!!!!

February 26, 2014 at 10:15 am
(1113) Judie says:

TO:8359…..If they didn’t call you, call them back today before they get a “denied” notice in the mail. What they don’say is that you are suppose to call them at that time if you don’t hear from them. Call them and at least leave a message. Hope this helps.

February 26, 2014 at 10:18 am
(1114) WHattheflip says:

I just got a call from an employer for interview. After looking at the map, I had to call and tell them I could not afford to travel that far.

So I can’t even go on an interview because the truth is, I can’t afford the gas. Thank you Mr. Obama… love living in Obama-oppression-land

February 26, 2014 at 10:38 am
(1115) Jeremy says:

@ Alison Doyle- If the 6 month retroactive gets approved. Will this also cover claimants that are about to expire on the state level?

Ex. My last certification is 03/05/14. If the EUC bill was passed today; would I be eligible for future tiers or is this only for previous entitlements?



February 26, 2014 at 10:53 am
(1116) Nick D. says:

A lot of people are theorizing exactly how they will handle the benefits if and when a 6-month extension is passed. I’ve been claiming every week since the end of Dec. until this past Sunday and it keeps letting me do it. I know a couple of people who were cut off at different times. One person I know only claimed another 3 weeks since it’s stopped and was told his funds were exhausted. Another after 5 weeks. I can only assume, if something is passed, that I would get every check I’ve missed up until now.

February 26, 2014 at 11:11 am
(1117) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

@Jeremy – I don’t know what will be in the legislation if they pass it. What’s happened in the past is that they extended the benefits currently in place up until a new deadline. When the deadline passed all EUC benefits ended. In prior years they had a rolling end so people could continue to claim until the tier they were on expired. However, we simply don’t know what they are working on, and if it’s passed, what it will include.

February 26, 2014 at 11:13 am
(1118) Annie (the Chicago one) says:

@ NIck D (#8414) I was was also able to certify today – I am in IL and every 2 weeks I keep thinking “today’s the day it won’t let me certify.” Even tho I am not receiving a cent, for some strange reason just the act of being ABLE to certify is comforting to me. Maybe it’s because I feel like I am still being counted, or maybe the powers that be at IL Unemployment think EUC will be reinstated. :)

February 26, 2014 at 11:24 am
(1119) Jason says:

If I get a job this week and retroactive EUC is passed, will i be able to collect for the period of 2014 jan~end of feb?.

February 26, 2014 at 12:12 pm
(1120) Jeremy says:

@ Alison Doyle-

Thanks. This forum is a good thing you have. Nice to see everyone working together.


February 26, 2014 at 12:12 pm
(1121) chicago says:

I am to also in illinois and I been certifying every two weeks since dec 28. I was on tier 1 when I got cut off. They could at least let every one exhaust the 3 tiers I still have a balance left its not fair I hate this waiting game I been looking for a job a whole year I work part time but cant find nothing full time here in chicago. its like 50 applicants for 1 job and its very stressful while congress keep taking vacations every 2 weeks they have guaranteed money coming in so they dont know what we are feeling like I am a democrat and i hope for all you republicans on here switch gears come november because republicans are all about the rich they dont care EUC is not even the big topic on capitol hill I trying to remain positive but I have no hope for this getting pass ever its like its a big joke to them so its time to start doing what you gotta do to make ends meet I think this Harry Reid guy is full of crap and talk its over 1.3 million people suffering just give the republican what they wont so we can eat and pay bills if he really cared about the people this would of been taking care of before dec 28 a just a bunch of bull ish

February 26, 2014 at 12:22 pm
(1122) Catherine says:

@ Jason, yes. It is considered retroactive pay.

February 26, 2014 at 12:32 pm
(1123) Gerard says:

kvp #8400 “even if a 6 month extension passes, most wont be eligible because it will be a new tier,”

You are wrong. Everyone that is certifying their claims beyond 12/28/13 will be eligble. Where are you getting your info?

February 26, 2014 at 12:41 pm
(1124) Ann says:

I have C Span on now but I still have’tnt heard anything about the unemployment yet …..are they going to vote today???? Also a week after they stopped the unemployment I called my claim in even tho I did’nt get paid, but the following week when I called they said my pin number was correct but I could’nt claim unemployment anymore. Does anyone know that if they pass it what will we do then?? Will we have to go back to the unemployment office or will we get a letter stateing we have to start calling again or what?? Whenever I call unemployment they don’t asnwer the phone …….NOBODY is making this easy for us …..not the politicians or the unemployent office , so disgusted with everything even tho I am trying my damndest to keep the faith ……good luck to all of us and try having a good day

February 26, 2014 at 1:06 pm
(1125) Robert Patten says:

A couple of things, for those that say just give the republicans what they want, well what they actually want is no EUC. They feel a jobs bill would be better to get us back to work, at least some of us. What the republicans wanted at first was simply for the EUC to be paid for, ok, they got it. Then that wanted a Jobs bill added. Once of the things the democrats offered that was turned down, was use again in other legislation. Then they pass the farm bill, cutting food stamps and saying it will keep prices down, they said if it didn’t pass milk would go up to $8 a gallon, so they passed it. Now it looks like Milk is going to go up to $8 a gallon. I agree that both sides are playing political games here. And now today, the republicans are going to add the veterans to their list of hurting people, just like they did us, by not passing the Veteran Benefits bill. Now the republicans want to see a 3 month extension, get it paid out then end it. Before they didn’t want a 3 month extension. Also they do not think this will affect elections in November either. Are they kidding…I switched my poitical affiliation to INDEPENDENT now.

February 26, 2014 at 1:25 pm
(1126) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

From the National Journal: “That agreement, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, would likely extend the benefits for six months, rather than the three months Republicans initially pushed for. However, the legislation will be retroactive, giving those on unemployment a lump sum for the amount they missed after benefits expired on Dec. 28 and new checks likely through late June.” http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/senate-negotiators-are-optimistic-on-unemployment-insurance-20140225

February 26, 2014 at 1:27 pm
(1127) TR says:

I to have the same sediments about the EUC… It’s like 1 step forward and two back.. Both sides are hoping that if this goes on long enough that the EUC will be forgotten.. How long can this really go on? It’s April and still waiting for a 6 month extension? Both sides can say it will be retroactive if they know it will never be passed..

Don’t get me wrong I need this to pay bills but try not to look upon this as the holy grail because we may all get the dirty end of the stick..

February 26, 2014 at 1:32 pm
(1128) PHILLYHELP says:


February 26, 2014 at 1:45 pm
(1129) Paul Revere's Ride says:

It amazing about Age Discrimination when looking for a job. Got a phone call from a recruiter, yesterday representing Verizon Wireless that wanted my birth date and insisted that I provided the year I was born. This is a clear violation of Age Discrimination. When I ask why he needed my birth year he said Verizon requires my birth year in their hiring process, since it all over the phone what I am to do? Sounds like Verizon Human Resource Managers are getting recruiters to do their dirty work for them. When you’re over 55 you just not going to be hired. Can’t the government require that companies hire a certain percentage of older workers?

February 26, 2014 at 1:57 pm
(1130) Help us says:

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE give us 6 more months. I paid into the system for the last 20 years and all I get is 26 weeks? Were dyeing out here, the bills are stacking up.

February 26, 2014 at 2:01 pm
(1131) Barry Blose says:

My regular claimed expired in Dec. I still have been filing for euc in case it is reinstated. On Feb. 15th I was able to open a new regular claim at a much lower rate. If euc is extended which claim can I collect from?

February 26, 2014 at 2:07 pm
(1132) dwight from vegas says:

So let me get this straight according to some People on this forum , when they do go ahead with this extension of your euc ran out before Dec 28th you won’t be receiving any more ? Please some one clarify this. This is the first time I’ve been out of work for this long. I’m 30 living in Vegas and this sucks

February 26, 2014 at 2:19 pm
(1133) Mara says:

Thank you, Alison….your posting is my RAY of HOPE and Sunshine!!

February 26, 2014 at 2:24 pm
(1134) kpv says:

Dwight, It a continuation of the program. You continue where you left off, its not a new 6 months or atleast any continuation has been that way. If you finished the full EUC before Dec 28th then your done. if you only finished the state 26 weeks then you get the EUC.

February 26, 2014 at 2:49 pm
(1135) John says:

If you exhausted your EUC prior to Dec 28/29, then you would not be eligible for any extension.

February 26, 2014 at 2:58 pm
(1136) Debbie says:

Kev said “I believe at this point both parties are using unemployment as a weapon, Senator Reid has no real plan to get this passed. Reid has said he was working with senator Coates on the issue, Coates says he hasn’t talked to Reid bla bla bla. If Reid was serious about getting this done, it would have been done days ago. He is sending false hope to the unemployed, what he isn’t telling people is it has no chance passing the house, even if a 6 month extension passes, most wont be eligible because it will be a new tier, so the long term will not be eligible. If Reid was serious about the extension it would have been brought up a few days ago.”

Singing my song! Posturing has been the way these things work. These congress men and women need to really appreciate that there is a serious problem with the lack of jobs out there…I live in NYC and even low paying jobs seem not to be hiring so much. I was at Audobon’s to apply for a cashier’s position, but there was another younger person applying. Lots of young people and aging people are having the same problems.

We need OJT attached to a new Unemployment Insurance program (at least for long term recips). But NOW we need this extension passed….but Kev has a point, this was NEVER going to happen….and the Dems never cared to deal with this beforehand. Don’t buy into the hype, AND if you do vote, I’d vote all incumbents out of your state.

February 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm
(1137) Jesica says:

Hello I have two questions if someone knows the answer please let me know Iam confused with everything I have read. So of I only got 26 weeks and they expired on Dec 28 do I qualify for the 6 month retroactive extension? My second question is, Can I open a new unemployment claim?
Thank you

February 26, 2014 at 3:11 pm
(1138) cindy says:

ok maybe this time it mite work..but im still so confused i was 8 wks into tier 2 may orginal date of expire was april 2014. so do just finish till april or go to june or am i done or how is this going to work…anybody know? any ideas anyone?? the retro will be great pay bk rent and now i have to file for bankruptcy..$650 that i dont have( my credit went to crap because of this) i was able to make pt payments but not for almost 3 months..

February 26, 2014 at 3:35 pm
(1139) Las says:

If I am correct in my thinking, just because they are talking a six month extension does not mean we all get six months. I was into week ten of tier 2 so I would assume if things stay the same then I would finish tier 2 and move into go tier three and then I am done. In my estimation I have 18 weeks due me and that would be the end for me. Please don’t go thinking you will be able to receive money through the end of June because that will not happen. Please correct me if I am wrong.

February 26, 2014 at 3:40 pm
(1140) kpv says:

Essentially you are just continuing where you left off . Example if on Dec 28th you have 2 weeks left of the last Tier in your state you would Finnish your 2 weeks and that’s it You would not get benefits until April or June . You would get a check for 2 weeks of Benefits . . This is not a new 6 months of benefits,. Its a continuation. Remember we dont know how the Tiers are going to be . They could get rid of one and you will then get nothing or they coudl reduce Tier 1 & 2 and you may not have anything left. We do not know the specifics on any of this.

Cindy in your case it will again depend on if they shortened the tiers , chance you may be done already if they reduced them, or have less time left etc but if the tiers are the same then you would get the benefits until April.

February 26, 2014 at 3:48 pm
(1141) Crystal54 says:

My husband has worked over 30 years, this is the first time in his life that he had to apply EUC, he is putting out over 30 resumes a week, still no job. What they need to take in consideration when you are over 50yrs of age,employers are less interested in you. EUC is the only income we had to be without income this long and depending on others is very hard. We must remember that the Republicans once again is the hold up here. They have money so to take over two months to make this decision is cruel to the American people. I hope you people remember when it is time to vote. Vote them out of office . Put people there that will serve the American people with the bests interest.at heart.

February 26, 2014 at 3:59 pm
(1142) Rango says:

(8429) Paul Revere’s

I’m, like many others on this blog, a long term (now 20 months) over 50 (almost 60) unemployed professional.

The real jest of it is… We are the new outcasts of society, the ones that are in an age group no-one wants to hire. They only want to hire the ‘under forty’. And they’d wish we’d just go away.

They prefer to hire the ‘all ready employed’ and if you are a ‘long term unemployed’ you are marked as past-employable. As you may have read in my previous blogs my favorite saying is ‘we don’t hire your kind here!’ And I have experienced this several times in the past 19 months of unemployment. The first time I heard it I was incensed, now I just accept it.

This saying in its self, is a general compilation of derogatory statements I’ve and others have heard from candid moments of hiring personnel just being honest. It’s stated in many different ways and I’m no longer wide-eyed when hearing it.

This one was from a January onsite interview as I was confronted by the personnel girl in the lobby… “Oh the job was just filled, can I get someone to help you out the parking lot to your transportation?” (no, I don’t look like great grandpa, I’m extremely healthy jogging daily, and my wife says I look like Tom Hanks)

Against the law?… call a cop. No one will litigate this and point blank, they can say we don’t hire older workers to your face knowing you can’t do anything about it. It’s even well known that it’s a unwritten rule past down from company executives to not consider the older applicants.

Companies now days are realizing that the economics of retaining an older worker is detrimental to the bottom line. So, there will be many more of us joining the unemployment ranks. People that have worked & saved for decades, only to see it all dissolving into a futile attempt of unsustainable survival.

So, I don’t know other than to say, it’s a new world and we aren’t on the guest list…. ‘stay strong as best you can’.


February 26, 2014 at 4:17 pm
(1143) PJ says:

If EUC does not pass how many will be living in these. This is truly downsizing.

Tiny Houses: A Big Idea to End Homelessness


In the America I grew up in one dreamed of a big house, new cars every few years, vacations, saving for my kids college educations, a solid retirement and vacations during retirement. Having a good life and job making a difference.

How this country has changed. We my soon have people in rolling houses that look like dog houses for people!!!!!!!!


February 26, 2014 at 4:31 pm
(1144) Carolyn M says:

KPV (8440) So from what I am reading my understanding of the possible 6 month extension as it would apply to me would be as follows: My state unemployment was exhausted at the end of January. If the 6 month extension is passed I would only be eligible for EUC from February 1 through June 30. Correct?

February 26, 2014 at 4:58 pm
(1145) frustrated2014 says:

I can be wrong here and I hope not, but if they didnt pass the 3 mo extension why would they pass a 6 mon extension?

I just feel we are all getting the run around. I hope not…bills piling up I cant even pay a 20.00 bill cause I need the money in the bank.

Started rationing food….unbelieveable. Think also its unfair that some people on EUC were able to collect all their tiers and recent folks were just cut off.

Nice how they are taking their sweet old time about this? Where is our President? What happened to all the Unemployed that spoke at these hearings? DO these Senators NOT have compassion for the Unemployed? Boehner just purchased a 880,000.00 Condo in Marco Island to continue to work on his tan! Sorry not a big fan of his.

Even if this does pass in Senate, has to go to the HOuse correct?

NOt giving up HOPE yet! But all kidding aside this should of been done already. Cant afford to wait another two weeks or one perhaps!

February 26, 2014 at 5:08 pm
(1146) kpv says:

Carolyn M , and everyone remember this is not benefits until June30th its Benefits until you Finnish all tiers available to you in your state If you have enough weeks to get to June then yes but lets pretend they change the tiers , If all the tiers you have in your state is Tier 1 & tier 2 and the total for them is 14 weeks then you would get 14 weeks not until June 30th. . If it stays the same and they do not adjust the tiers , Carolyn you would have enough weeks to get to June 30th. We do not know what the Tiers are like, the 10 month extension that H Ried introduced in January that was rejected , Tier 1 was reduced to I think 6 weeks. We just dont know.

February 26, 2014 at 5:13 pm
(1147) shanel says:

ok so my unemployment was suppose to end oct 2014 so i do not know which tier i was in how can i find out…and will i get the extension

February 26, 2014 at 5:31 pm
(1148) Carly says:

GovTrack.us Email Update

Feb 25, 2014 — New Cosponsor
H.R. 3824: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act
New Cosponsor: Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]

I subscribe to GovTrack for the email updates on EUCEA. Got a new cosponsor on the bill last night! Maybe that’s good news too. Go to Jerry McNerney’s website and thank and encourage him!!!

February 26, 2014 at 5:42 pm
(1149) kpv says:

Carly That is the House and not the Senate. Democrats in the House are constantly introducing legislation into the House and it goes no where since the House is Republican controlled. That one was introduced in January and was sent to a committee to fade away. All that is showing is a new sponsor. Unfortunately means nothing. Its the Bill in the Senate that matters.

Here is the info on it
H.R. 3824
Jan 09, 2014
Rep. John Tierney [D-MA6]
Referred to Committee
This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on January 9, 2014, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.
1% chance of being enacted.

February 26, 2014 at 5:42 pm
(1150) soconfused says:

SO I am confused.

I had 4 weeks left on Tier 1 of EUC when they cut off the EUC on Dec 28th.

If this 6 month ext passes, which of these scenarios would I fall into?

1. Get the remaining 4 weeks of T1 and then move to T2 and get the weeks of T2 up to the 6 month mark?

2. Get the remaining 4 weeks of T1 and thats it?

3. Not get ANY of the EUC at all? Even the 4 weeks that I originally had?

My landlord is watching this too and he is being very supportive of me (lived here without being even a day late for 6 years) but if I am not getting back pay, I will be screwed.

February 26, 2014 at 5:42 pm
(1151) Judie says:

TO JOHN: I disagree with you when you say there is not going to be any euc if it was exhausted beforer Dec. 28. I was on euc until Oct. and they told me to reapply in 30 days, and that case is what I am certifying on. I live in a county that has over 10% unemp, Does everyone on this web site have a Marvin account online?

February 26, 2014 at 5:50 pm
(1152) Real Richard says:

@kpv…….it was reported that the cost of the 6 month extension would be 13 billion, if thats the case then no changes to the tiers would be made. The cost of the full year was 26 billion. If weeks were reduced the 6 month would be far less than 13 billion

February 26, 2014 at 5:57 pm
(1153) Don says:

Folks as I have stated on one of my previous posts about who would qualify if the Unemployment Extensions were passed either for 3 months (which appears less likely at this point) or the 6 months which would equal 26 weeks (which is what Congress may try now).
Now pay attention here People so we don’t keep getting continuous posts on…… “will I qualify if the extensions are passed”
You need to find out what date your OC was!! OC=Original Claim
This can easily be found by checking your payment history (YOUR WEEKS WAITING PERIOD). It is easy for those of us that certify via internet (online) to check and find this out. If you are unsure of your Original Claim Date call your States Unemployment Office and find out. …….Now…….
…..once you know your OC Date go back onto your States” Unemployment Page. Somewhere is information about EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) and you want to find your “BENEFITS CALCULATOR or CHART.
The Benefits Calculator or Chart will list many OC (Original Claim) dates. Now find your OC Date. This will tell you how many TIERS and WEEKS PER TIER you are entitled to.
Again count the number of weeks for each tier you are allowed. For example: Tier 1 = 20……Tier 2 = 14….Tier 3 = 14….YOUR TOTAL = 48
Your allowed 48 weeks. So let’s say you were on tier 2 and you used up 10 weeks before the Unemployment ended because of the December 28/29-2013 Government shut off of benefits. That MEANS you still have 4 weeks of Tier 2 left PLUS 14 weeks of Tier 3 for a total of 18 weeks you would be entitled based on your OC (Original Claim.

February 26, 2014 at 5:58 pm
(1154) Don says:

So you must find out your OC (Original Claim Date) to see what your truly entitled to in terms of Tiers and Weeks.
So bottom line is if this Unemployment Extension is passed for 6 months (26 weeks) you will pick up from where you left off on December 28/29-2013 until you finish out your Tiers and Weeks you were entitled to BASED on YOUR OC Date!
This is not to say that there could be changes made by Congress to get this passed. However if they let it alone as like in the past when they made previous extensions the way I explained it above is how it would work.
Even if Your State has a lower Unemployment rate today with less Tiers and Weeks…as long as your OC (Original Claim) date was when the unemployment rate was higher and there were more Tiers and Weeks allowed you are entitled to all those Tiers and Weeks back then!

February 26, 2014 at 6:29 pm
(1155) Mia says:

If I was receiving emergency unemployment and I starded working on 2/20/14, will I still iligible for the time that I was with out a job and the benefits? dic 28-feb 19?

February 26, 2014 at 6:34 pm
(1156) Rob says:

DON 8453 Mine was Nov.14 2013(OC) and my state just ran out on Feb 8 2014 and Im in Nebraska? So am I SOL again?

Thanks Rob

February 26, 2014 at 6:34 pm
(1157) kpv says:

Real Richard , I agree but since one of the articles yesterday said they were having trouble coming up with the 13 billion and there is no real “actual” bill yet they “could” lower tiers to cut some cost to pay for it . Just throwing that out there since its could happen. . Not saying its a fact. I hope they leave everything as is and I think they will.

February 26, 2014 at 6:39 pm
(1158) mia nieves says:

If I started working on 2/20 will I qualify for the retro-active from 12/28/13-2/19/14 that I was still unemployed????

February 26, 2014 at 6:53 pm
(1159) Jody says:

I know it is nearly impossible to get through on the phone to speak with anyone regarding unemployment so to anyone unemployed in Michigan who is having trouble getting through on the phone lines to speak with the unemployment office- Your best bet is to go to a Problem Resolution Office. There are a few throughout the state. Here is a list:

Alpena (temporary) – 315 West Chisholm, Alpena, MI 49707
M-T-W-F 8 AM – 4 PM; Th 9 AM – 4 PM

Benton Harbor (temporary) – 401 8th St., Benton Harbor, MI 49022
M-F 8 AM – 4 PM

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February 26, 2014 at 7:09 pm
(1160) Mary B says:

Las (8440): You’re correct. The extension doesn’t add weeks, it just lets you continue from where you left off. If you had already received 35 weeks of benefits by 12/28/13 (14 for Tier 1, 14 for Tier 3 and 7 for Tier 3), then you’d be entitled to 2 more weeks of benefits. The program continues for 6 months, but you don’t get a 6 more months of benefits, because you’d already received 35 of the maximum 37 wks in Mass (Tier 3 has 9 weeks).

I hope this isn’t a duplicate response!

February 26, 2014 at 7:17 pm
(1161) Mary B says:

It may sound corny or melodramatic, but we all must try to be the change we wish for in the world. We must vote! We have no right to complain about the government if we don’t, as it really is almost a sacred right to be able to elect our government officials to represent us. Granted, many of the current crew in Congress have been less than representative of what we need and want, but the elections are our opportunity to change things.

I saw a news item that Rand Paul is the leading Republican presidential candidate. Surprising, isn’t it? We all know where he stands on extension of unemployment benefits. It’s hard to believe he is the leading candidate at this point, but clearly there are a lot of people out there who like what he stands for.

All the more reason to vote, vote, vote for the ones who will be representing US and what WE think is best for the country!

This is just so exhausting……..the never ending yes? no? maybe? today? tomorrow? how much? how long? when? why can’t they find something to pay for it? give up funding the study of the benefits of spas in Baden Baden?

February 26, 2014 at 7:29 pm
(1162) Jen says:

I will never vote democrat or republican again. They are obviously in this together. It’s just a charade one fighting the other. Maybe it used to be that way but now they are run by the same corporate machine. If this isn’t another huge message to the American people that our government is capable of horrible atrocities, what will be? I suppose it’s just harder to accept when it’s us on the receiving end and not an innocent Iraqi family.

I’m in a awful position right now. My boyfriend is barely keeping us afloat. At my internship today can’t afford to eat lunch. Working for free in hopes it will lead to a new job. But mine are luxury problems compared to the people out there who cannot provide for their children now and losing their homes and cars. My god. And you don’t hear a whisper about it on tv. Say goodbye to our beloved America. It will never be the same :( (

February 26, 2014 at 7:50 pm
(1163) LucySF says:

Jack B, Thank you for your advice on how to handle recruiters when they call asking you for references and Social Security numbers.

Clarey, Thank you for reminding about the link that was posted by Alison on how to deal when asked about Social Security numbers.

Alison, Thank you for keeping us updated on what is going on.

February 26, 2014 at 8:33 pm
(1164) Jessica says:

I have been conducting a bit of research. There are some states that have a maximum benefit of less than 26 weeks. So what are people supposed to do after 4-5 months? The more I learn, the more disheartening this situation is. This board is quite interesting as well. Keep the faith.

February 26, 2014 at 8:40 pm
(1165) Don says:

#8454 Mia you would get retroactive. Anyone who is now working but who was not working when they were claiming EUC after December 28/29-2013 will be entitled to any retroactive up until they found their job….BUT this is ONLY if Congress allows it to retroactive!
#8455 Rob…if Congress passes this 6 month Extension you and anyone else who just recently finished their States 26 weeks allowances in 2014 will be entitled to this extension. Even if your State has no tiers showing based on your OC (Original Claim) Date. Here is the reason why. Most OC Dates from about JULY 2013 had only 1 tier or NO tiers. The reason is based on your States having a better Unemployment rate which took Tiers away before you ever applied a claim (OC) for unemployment in late 2013. With this said the 6 month extension would apply to OLDER Claims (OC) that have Tiers and Weeks left as of December 28/29-2013 that people did not use because the Government stopped EUC. The 6 month extension will also apply to all those newer claims FROM ABOUT JULY 2013 like you Rob who only received 26 weeks of State Unemployment but did not receive Government Unemployment Emergency Benefits (EUC) because no EUC was in place for the year 2014 when your States 26 weeks ended….this is what Congress is trying to get passed is EUC for the year 2014. I know its confusing here but read my post several times to how it relates to your OC (Original Claim) and your States Tiers and weeks Prior to JULY 2013.
Most EVERYONE who first applied in MAY-JUNE-JULY-AUGUST- SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER-NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013 would be eligible for most if not some of this 6 month extension IF PASSED.
Others before MAY 2013 will have to check their OC (Original Claim) Date and again check how many Tiers and Weeks you were allowed as you may be entitled to what you have left, if this 6 month extension passes.

February 26, 2014 at 8:51 pm
(1166) Wanda says:

There is a need for federal unemployment extensions for those who are actively seeking employment. I have a daughter who was laid off from her job at the end of October. She had worked overtime nearly every week for almost two years at a WOMAN OWNED BUSINESS and was laid off the day before insurance renewal, she is type 1 diabetic and at the time was three months pregnant and YES she is married. Of course, she is a strong willed young lady and has been on seven or more interviews, the phone interviews go great and then she goes in for a face to face interview and you know as well a I do, when they see she is pregnant she is not offered the job. Some have the courtesy of calling and saying they decided to go with someone else and then some don’t even bother to call her at all. Sadly, her unemployment runs out just before her due date and she is beside herself of what will happen. She does not want government assistance, she wants a job. She will go on another interview tomorrow if she were called for one, just seems to not give up. Please think of those in her situation that have ACTIVELY BEEN SEEKING EMPLOYMENT but has the odds against her at this time.

February 26, 2014 at 9:29 pm
(1167) Mara says:

If you file online it should tell you when your benefit year ends and I was told by IL unemployment that’s the date you go by! Hope that helps to clarify!

February 26, 2014 at 9:44 pm
(1168) CharlotteJ says:

Retroactive unemployment benefit extensions should be granted. Both parties should work together to end the suffering of previously working individuals(the jobless) who must actively search for work in order to receive benefits. There are more individuals applying for jobs than available jobs. In order for the jobless to receive state benefits they must register for work. To lessen the stress and assist the jobless the unemployment extension benefits should be reinstated and to aid the jobless to become more marketable a work type program should be enacted which borrows from the reasoning behind previous programs such as and similar to the Community Work and Training Program (CWTP), work-study for college students, and JTPA programs (program designed to get summer employment for economically disadvantage youth should be implemented to get American back to work. As to the creation of jobs, I believe that Obama’s efforts to partner with companies willing to give the long term unemployed a fair chance at work are steps in the right direction. Finally I believe the challenges facing America will not be solved overnight and ample time has to be allowed to adequately assess and evaluate the effectiveness of steps made. Further serious consideration as to areas of off setting in the long term should be employed. While I am not an economist nor politician the aforementioned represents an average person’s opinion.

February 26, 2014 at 9:54 pm
(1169) Mike says:

I am 27 years old and recently unemployed as of December of 2013 due to the company deciding to downsize and relocate operations to a more cost efficient part of the country. I worked for a billion dollar company for over 5 years and was on the fast track to a very rewarding and successful career. All of that came to halt as notice was given that numerous jobs were being terminated due to operating expenses. Fast forward to present day where I am still unemployed, but not for lack of trying. I’ve put in numerous applications for positions that I’m well suited for, with not so much as a word in return. Furthermore, finding a job that pays anywhere near what I was previously making has been virtually impossible. 26 weeks of unemployment provided by the state is great to help support people while they seek new employment. The federal government needs to make the necessary adjustments in all of their countless programs to ensure that they can provide tax payers at least the same 26 weeks of benefits we receive from the state. I’m not asking for 2 years worth of benefits like some people have had the luxury of taking advantage, but I think 1 year worth of benefits (6 months from state and 6 months from federal) is ample and justifiable. I hope that I don’t need to exhaust the benefit time, but should I be in that situation because the job market refuses to budge, it would be nice to know that the federal government will offer some assistance, as they have no problem collecting taxes and funding all sorts of ridiculous programs.

February 26, 2014 at 10:09 pm
(1170) PVasquez says:

“We call on Congress to extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program through 2014, and prevent 1.3 million people from losing their benefits at the end of this year.”

Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:


February 26, 2014 at 10:14 pm
(1171) shanel says:

please because i can not find it how did you all find out which week they are going to pay because that means alot of people might not get their unemployment because i know i am way pass 26 weeks i am at 57 weeks I think so that means im not getting anything…i thought they said that they were trying for the long term also because back in march of last year when I went to unemployment they told me I had a long way to go and in dec I got no more after the 28th so I guess I can stop waiting on the unemployment.

and I also been looking for work I go on interviews and no one calls me back this is so said I know i will not get it forever but this would have helped me until I found something or until my husband found something better. All I can do is hope and pray!!!!

February 26, 2014 at 10:50 pm
(1172) dwight from vegas says:

Well I went down to where I had to re certify for my euc the first time they . They told me since Nevada and Las Vegas unemployment rate is so high it may be possible that people that exhausted their euc u may receive more tiers because of it . This is all depending on what Congress approves . So that’s what I’m gonna go by thanks for assisting me on trying to answer my question.

February 26, 2014 at 11:26 pm
(1173) Carolyn M says:

Thank you Don (8464)! I think I finally understand this stuff. I was laid of at the end of July 2013 and collected 26 weeks of state unemployment which ran out at the end of January. You clarified for me the difference between those already claiming EUC and those that didn’t because their state benefits had not yet been exhausted.

February 27, 2014 at 6:24 am
(1174) nancy says:

there will be no EUC anymore and the Republicans are showing no interest again even if Coats and Portman pursue the EUC.


February 27, 2014 at 6:27 am
(1175) Somewhere in between says:

Any idea when this might take form, maybe today?

February 27, 2014 at 8:32 am
(1176) Someone told me long ago says:

I appreciate all of the information on this site about unemployment, This extension for what it is would pay a lot of bills, but most of all It could mean the difference between going back to work everyday, And becoming An active member in the community. Than being a burden to society, and my family. I believe this would be a good idea of a win win shituation. I wonder what will become of this, ( E U C ). It would be silly for them to do nothing.

February 27, 2014 at 9:27 am
(1177) lets see says:

How long after the vote will it take to go thru the house. Assuming everything goes smooth. Typically speaking

February 27, 2014 at 9:39 am
(1178) Greg says:

The sad thing I continue to read is NO ONE on this board really knows the EUC law in their state and how it readily applies. I live in a very BLUE state WA. and the office that handles all the EUC claims etc. has cut back staff and you never get anyone on a phone call. If you send them an email, you might get a response back in two weeks. Just proves to me that GOVT is not the answer and is more often the problem. We are suffering because these OVERPAID reps in WASH DC did not get this EUC issue resolved in NOV and DEC because they were on HOLIDAY-Vacation all the time at a salary of well over $170K. Sickening.

February 27, 2014 at 9:58 am
(1179) kelly says:

(8466 mara) What did you mean when you said to go by your benefit year end date? To figure what out?

February 27, 2014 at 10:41 am
(1180) Mara says:

@ (8477) Kelly :

When I called my Unemployment office in IL and asked if I would still get benefits if the Bill is passed they said yes and I can verify that online by looking at my benefits end year date online. I live in Wisconsin and couldn’t find a job here so I traveled 90 miles to work each day just to work and ended up getting laid off 2 years later. Therefore, I get IL benefits instead of my home state. It just want something to happen:(

February 27, 2014 at 10:42 am
(1181) Annie (the Chicago one) says:

Don – #8464 Thank you for your very useful explanation of how those of us who never got EUC, i.e. jobless July 2013 and going forward, might be affected if the extension does pass. Very helpful!

February 27, 2014 at 11:00 am
(1182) Somewhere in between says:

I wonder if the retro will be an automatic display on your profile, And a payment will be made within a couple of days. I don’t think the unemployment office wants to answer a phone call to 2 million confused, uninformed mad L T U’s.

February 27, 2014 at 11:03 am
(1183) Annie (the Chicago one) says:

@ CINDY #8439 Unless you need to protect a large asset such as your home and need to stall a foreclosure, do not file BK while you have zero income. Creditors cannot garnish your unemployment money (or EUC if that is extended.) My point is – hold off on the BK until you receive a job offer in writing, so you can include any and all debt right up until you are receiving a paycheck. If you have to do it, might as well make the most of it. Also…you can file a BK on your own – it is called a pro se filing – and it is not that difficult. There are many online resources that will take you through the process step by step, and if you are truly broke and without any assets, you can even have the court filing fee waived.

February 27, 2014 at 11:14 am
(1184) Rira says:

A few observations.
1. Not all states will qualify for tier 3 (rate must be above 7%) and only 2 states (Nevada and Rhode Island) qualify for tier 4 (rate must be above 9%) for 2013. Rates for January 2014 not yet released.

2. Those that either didn’t vote in the 2010 election or were fooled into voting for the Conservative or Tea Party Republican candidates have only themselves to blame. Not only did the Republicans recapture the House of Representatives overwhelmingly, they also won a lot of gubernatorial and state-wide legislative offices and seats. Unfortunately, every ten years, in conjunction with the Census, the Governors of the party in power can practice re-districting or gerrymandering of the various districts which makes opposition almost impossible.

In or,der for the Democrats to win this November they need a gain of 17 seats pick up some governorships as well as state legislatures and offices, and not lose the Senate.

February 27, 2014 at 11:27 am
(1185) Brad J. Timmerman says:

I have a question -even If this EUC does pass the Senate, just how in the hec will it pass the unrelenting House in Congress?


February 27, 2014 at 11:34 am
(1186) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

@Brad My guess is that if the negotiations are successful, the legislation will be paid for and will be approved by both the Senate and the House. Otherwise, it doesn’t make much sense for them to continue moving forward. Hopefully, that’s the case.

February 27, 2014 at 11:48 am
(1187) SamMI says:

Judie how are you certifying for EUC in Michigan, they aren’t letting anyone certify right now unless it’s state benefits and also, once you exhaust all tiers of federal unemployment (unless you were only given 3 tiers and then the unemployment rate was high enough for people to start being eligible for the last tier which would be 4), you can’t apply again in 30 days and start over, you would have had to work somewhere else and get a certain amount of hours in again before you would be eligible again for unemployment.

February 27, 2014 at 11:59 am
(1188) Jen says:

Watching Nancy Pelosi on CSPAN. She’s saying extending EU is top priority and that the GOP are able to be indifferent to 2 million suffering people – but they won’t be able to ignore the negative impact on economy. I think the 2 million number now is too big for them to vote against now and help is coming. Let’s all pray and stay positive.

February 27, 2014 at 12:17 pm
(1189) U Lite says:

Here’s one approach to twisting the arms of legislators who are resisting passage of EUC (from US News & World Report):


It will be interesting to see if such ads have positive impact. At least they are trying to make legislators be accountable to their constituents.

I wish everyone well in their continued searches for gainful employment. There was a rainbow out my window this morning — God’s reminder that there is still beauty — and hope — in the world.

February 27, 2014 at 12:23 pm
(1190) Kevin says:

@8482-Rira————you are one of the few on this board that actually know what is happening in this country! Thanks for your comment!

February 27, 2014 at 12:32 pm
(1191) California8 says:

Times are hard and getting tougher.
It would be one thing if I avoided and turned down jobs.
But there simply aren’t enough jobs.
Hell…if I was in my twenties I could move back with my mother and start all over like after graduating college.
But at 42….
Hard to look for work when the phone and car are gone.
I’m not lazy or a free loader.

February 27, 2014 at 12:46 pm
(1192) Kevin says:

Yes I cant figure out why so many of you dont now your own ECU. For me I file in Colorado, even though I am in Hawaii now, all my work for last year was in CO so I file for CO. When I go online it shows my total amount for one year, and how much I have already gotten paid, and how much I have left. It tells me what day it will end and if I go under issues section it will have a backpay pending on it untill all the payments I missed are paid back. I can go under the payment info section and see how much I was paid and on what day. For the days they didnt send any money it says 0.00. If I count all those 0.00 and times them the amount I would have been paid if they didnt cancel them I know the total I would get if they passed it. I got $217 every two weeks so if they pass this I will get about $1500! I would then go right out and spend that and the eco will get boosted. So how can you all not figure this out?

February 27, 2014 at 12:58 pm
(1193) Ray R says:

do we have a timeline on when they will vote on this ?

February 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm
(1194) lets see says:

I think they are taking to long for it to be no

February 27, 2014 at 1:12 pm
(1195) V Auman says:

AT LAST: A JOB OFFER, my story is as most of these posted. No Emergency Unemployment or money since December 28th, sole bread winner over 60 years old in debt up to my #*s. Very discouraged over the whole government dealings but somehow with lots of prayer and hope with alot of persistence managed to snag a job that may let me and my wife dig out of the hole the government put us in. My thoughts and prayers go to the MANY of the unemployed not so lucky. During the breaks that the Congress people get they should be required to earn their money by reading these posts, and maybe the only few we need to pass may GROW A HEART. DO NOT GIVE UP HOPE!!!!!!!!!

February 27, 2014 at 1:32 pm
(1196) Melissa says:

I really hope we get an extension recently moved to Florida Bc I couldn’t afford living alone in jersey now I’m back living with the folks :(

February 27, 2014 at 1:48 pm
(1197) karlos says:

Alison Doyle :
I have a question. If i was on my extension and I just found out i qualify for a new claim. will i still get paid ” retroactive” for the extension I was on ???

February 27, 2014 at 1:58 pm
(1198) adolf says:

Sen. Harry Reids Youtbe account (a speech concerning EUC that both parties are in good terms so far) post him a message please to hurry up :|


February 27, 2014 at 2:03 pm
(1199) Somewhere in between says:

I was wondering the same thing,How quick after the vote passes does the E U C become active

February 27, 2014 at 2:04 pm
(1200) Don says:

#8488 Hi Kevin. To answer your question…there are many, many that file only via the phone. Many do not have internet access at home and most will use public access of the internet for jobs via the Library and or Unemployment Office. Hope this answers your question as to why allot people are uncertain of their Unemployment history and facts and figures. Sometimes trying to contact a real person at the Unemployment Office to ask questions and to get facts and figures via phone is a job in itself!

February 27, 2014 at 2:06 pm
(1201) Term Limits says:

Quite frankly, there should be a Tier or two added for those jobless over the age of 50. Age discrimination is prevalent in the workplace, and it takes far longer for older workers to find a job (IF THEY CAN FIND A JOB) once they’ve been unemployed through no fault of their own.

February 27, 2014 at 2:25 pm
(1202) Janice says:

8490 — Kevin

The answer to your question must be that each state has a different type of online system. In Mass. we have a system that tells us when our unemployment (original claim) began and ended, how much we got, etc. Mine tells me when the Tier 1 EUC payments started and ended (12/28 :) and the “balance,” but does NOT give me a running total of the many, many weeks I claimed and was paid zero, thus how much I’m currently “owed.” I actually could not put in a claim for those weeks … I think those of us in Mass. are logging into the online system AND calling in, just in the hopes that doing this with the unemployment office keeps our claims alive, as we received no instructions what to do at the end of EUC but apply for food stamps and other assistance.

They’re pretty slow with some things but very quick to close a claim if you miss filing for a week.

It’s possible many people on this board only file over the phone, in which case they’d have access to almost none of this info.

February 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm
(1203) kpv says:

@Somewhere in between
, If it passes in the next 2 weeks it then needs to go to J Boehner and he has to allow it to come to a vote and if he does allow it then it has to go to the House of Reps where the whole process of debating and voting takes place again it can take days or weeks. Then the states need to re-active the program and for States that have not been requiring people to keep filing that would take weeks (H Ried said some states may take up to 3 months) . Unfortunately we are a long way from any actual funds getting to the people who need them. But at least if it passes the Senate we are half way there.

February 27, 2014 at 2:33 pm
(1204) Don says:

#8495 karlos & #8496 Somewhere in between says. Its possible. When your Benefit Year ends you have to Re-apply this will in most cases will be a called a “New Claim” and you will then start fresh with 26 weeks State and any future EUC if available as you use up the 26 weeks of State benefits. Best bet is to call and ask if retroactive (if passed and allowed by Congress) would apply to your benefits prior of your new claim and or new claim due to your benefit year ending.

February 27, 2014 at 2:56 pm
(1205) U Lite says:

Congrats, V Auman (8493), on your job offer. You give me, and many others here, hope. I’m sure you will be blessing to those with whom you’ll be working.

February 27, 2014 at 2:57 pm
(1206) Las says:

So say EUC passes the Senate and the House, can you imagine the chaos this will create? I really doubt they are just going to hand over retro pay without making sure every individual was actually seeking work. I can see appointments being mandatory and going over work search logs before allowing back pay to be issued. Of course it will the BEST thing ever to extend EUC but I doubt we’ll see any funds for a very long time.

February 27, 2014 at 3:02 pm
(1207) MG says:

Aside from the fact that this is the smart and right thing to do (at a minimum), I believe that it has reached the point of no return Politically. Both Parties will be forced to “make this problem go away” so to speak, because neither knows where the voter wrath will fall on if they continue to play this loser game. Pure Politics. Always was. They obviously could care less about the overall health of the Economy it seems. Pretty sad, but better than the travesty that has gone on too long now since Dec 28th.

February 27, 2014 at 3:04 pm
(1208) Annette says:

I disagree with tiers being added for people over the age 50… They are
People of all ages suffering, so why should you be treated any better??

February 27, 2014 at 3:10 pm
(1209) fernando says:

can you explain the rectroactive part mention in your statement update?

February 27, 2014 at 3:16 pm
(1210) Ann says:

I thought they were suppose to vote on the unemployment this week. Another days gone by with nothing. Before we know it their going to go go on another recess. omg I have so much anxiety I hate this feeling. Something has to be done. If anyone knows anything PLEASE post it

February 27, 2014 at 3:36 pm
(1211) Catherine says:

@ Ann (8506) Please read through all the posts from this week. Also, at the top of this page it Allison pretty much sums up what is known now.

From Allison:
“Update February 25, 2014: News reports indicate that Senator Harry Reid is working on legislation that would provide for a six month retroactive extension of unemployment benefits that would have Republican support. Hopefully, there will be news on a vote to restore Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC), which expired at the end of December, this week.”

From Harry Reid:
Senator Harry Reid ‏@SenatorReid · Feb 25
“We’re having good conversations with Republicans to #renewUI. I believe we should extend it for 6 months, not 3. We’ll vote again soon.”

February 27, 2014 at 3:40 pm
(1212) Greg says:

Term Limits: You are exactly correct on the age discrimination over 50, it maybe down to 40 now. The minute you log something on an application (usually it is your college graduation year now days), your forms are trashed. The trouble is now I don’t think CONGRESS is even doing anything the rest of this week on EUC, and everyone on this board knows CONGRESS doesn’t work on Fridays. We are all adrift at sea in a very leaky boat. Sad where OUR country is today. Sad.

February 27, 2014 at 3:42 pm
(1213) Sheila says:

I have my doubts that anything will happen today. I am in the same boat as the rest of you…No benefits since December. I am ashamed of our government and the president. Mr. Obama hasn’t chimed in on this since the state of the union speech which causes me great disappointment in him. We are all losing our homes and cars which makes job searching all the more difficult. I also wonder why this issue hasn’t gotten very much coverage on TV. Actually when watching the news here in Chicago none of the stations have even mentioned this crisis. With 2 million people affected you think it would be a top story. It should have been all along and maybe this could have been settled sooner. But like I said, I have no more faith in any of our elected officials. I hope they or someone they love is in this situation one day. Please post any updates if you hear any.

February 27, 2014 at 3:48 pm
(1214) Ray R says:

why oh why are they prolonging this, its rediculious, to think that we voted for these people and in return we get the shaft ! Disgruntled American Here…There taking there time because there set right, food on there table,there bills paid, ,roof over there head,.We want the same,lets go with this extention you had 2 weeks of vacation and another week on the job. GET THE LEAD OUT AND MOVE IT …….

February 27, 2014 at 3:54 pm
(1215) lets see says:

Some posters on this site are very well informed about ecu . Its A good thing because I wouldn’t know what is going on. Keep the information coming. Lets make your vote count next time

February 27, 2014 at 3:57 pm
(1216) Don in PA says:

You know what sucks the most is we have lost are house are car have no money but go find a job found one that is making less then what my unemployment was a week oh wait a Minute i have done used all my funds driving from interview to interview and now that i have takin a job for less then what i made on unemployment can someone tell me how i am supposed to get there until i get my first check

February 27, 2014 at 3:58 pm
(1217) LocDog says:

Seems they will not be voting this week. Things are very scary for me doing my job searches, having a place to lay my head and nourishing myself. Please extend the benefits. I worked for over 30 years and never needed benefits. I have worked in the IT filed for the last 18 years. I can’t get a entry level job because employers think because of my job experience they are merely a stop gap job until I can do better. I prove my reliability by working for the same client for the last 18 years to be told I’m over qualified. I am hungry, desperate and in need. Congress needs to do something ASAP. I know during the elections my open minded vote has turned totally Democratic.

February 27, 2014 at 4:03 pm
(1218) Real Richard says:

Please people no tiers are going to be added. We should all be happy to get what we had before.

Also no one in Congress said that there would be a vote this week. Reid said “in a few weeks” and he also said “soon”

February 27, 2014 at 4:03 pm
(1219) unknown says:
February 27, 2014 at 4:10 pm
(1220) Term Limits says:

Only those who have experienced true age discrimination can understand my statement (8499).

February 27, 2014 at 4:11 pm
(1221) Robert Patten says:

It appears we are waiting on a new bill from Harry Reid, that he knows will pass. He is working on getting the votes needed too, so don’t look for it this week. It also came out in the news that congress now has an approval rate of less than 13% which is really bad. And then today the repulicans blocked the Veterans bill from passing too even though it was paid for and is affecting all veterans that served our country prior to 9/11. The republicans don’t care about the people and it’s a fact. They will shutdown the minimum wage law too, just watch. And now they hate the fact that good numbers are coming in now for Obamacare, and people are starting to like it too.

February 27, 2014 at 4:12 pm
(1222) MM says:

Hello Allison and everyone,
I haven’t posted often, but I have read comments. I do have two questions for anyone if you have time. Are you all still calling in on
Sunday for “supposed” benefits? I was except last Sunday the phone message changed saying I would need to file a new claim now. My second question is, has anyone successfully been re-hired after a termination? I have read many, many articles on Allison’s and other sites till my head has hurt. I have answered many ways fashioned after these articles, but it is difficult because the emotion is still there. Thank-you and may The Lord give us all peace and strength. Take Care !

February 27, 2014 at 4:20 pm
(1223) truthe says:

@ MG

And what about the people without gas, or a house or electric or a means to search for work because of the fact that they cut us off? They are not going to make anyone verify anything more than they already did because most people can’t even get to a job and are counting on this money to allow them to start searching again.

February 27, 2014 at 4:38 pm
(1224) kpv says:

They are not going to make everyone check in etc. That would be a mess but it will take weeks to get the program back up again. Do you realize what has to be done. half the states have not had pople file so they have no clue whats going on and a bunch of the other states recently stopped. They need to see who got jobs, who lost jobs, who is new , who left the program, who works part time and for anyone working part time they need to know the hours they worked every day . And the computer systems are so old in some states . H Reid was the one who said that some staes will take 2 months or more to get the money out to people due to all these issues. Could take up to 2 months in some states. Just a mess they created.

February 27, 2014 at 4:43 pm
(1225) Trey says:

@8505 Fernando,

The retroactive part means that when and if they pass the legislation, payments will be issued retroactively. So payments would be issued on a back pay basis. You would be paid in a lump sum for the past 2 months all at once.

February 27, 2014 at 4:58 pm
(1226) WTFLIP says:

another week another 250,000,000 people dropped from EUC how much longer do they think people can wait as said in earlier post they will be off for some BS soon and another week gone by. more and more people loosing it all. Probable make the unemployment stats look great since were off there Radar . Cant believe theres nothing posted on TV stations guess they don’t want to look bad but the people there hurting know whats going on seems like they just don’t care and remember the people working don’t know whats going on they don’t have the worries but November is coming and the Nay sayers will see hope they all end up like us . Why wouldn’t they have a Emergency session knowing how bad things are they would do it for other countries what is wrong with our Government they have left there own behind and not looking back WTFLIP

February 27, 2014 at 5:05 pm
(1227) BayLee says:

Does anyone know how Massachusetts will handle the EUC benefits if they are passed by Congress? They just say that EUC benefits stopped on 12/28/2013. When I look into my account it says that I can open another account. This only applies if I start a new Mass claim. Do they plan to mail letters to EUC claimants?

February 27, 2014 at 5:07 pm
(1228) Sheila says:

What I just can’t wrap my head around is the statements “soon”. A concrete date for when a vote will be taken is what we need. We needed that vote to pass a month ago. I am so tired of the false statements of “this week” and “soon”. None of us can tell our debtors ” I will pay you soon”. We need a date and the senate needs to held accountable if this isn’t passed by that date. I really cannot wait to vote these idiots out of office. The games they are playing is criminal. Families here are losing everything they worked their entire lives for and all our government cares about is sending money to other countries and making sure politicians get a raise every year. I am disgusted.

February 27, 2014 at 5:30 pm
(1229) ki says:

I check this board about 15 times a day and have been doing so for over a month. Alison is great and It has updated recent information at times but there are so many people that are negative and say things they feel will happen without any evidence that it will or won’t.

February 27, 2014 at 5:52 pm
(1230) MG says:

I don’t mean this as a negative comment. But, we are being punished for being unemployed, and for not getting a seat while playing musical chairs I guess. That is what this travesty feels like to me. It’s really rather cruel.

February 27, 2014 at 5:57 pm
(1231) Kcc in SF says:

Hi All.

It’s hard not to be negative when we deal with Congress. Back in Dec 2013, we hear of the big push to get it done. Then in January, its the State of the Union and the push from Obama. And in Feb it’s recess time…My thought is that Harry Reid and his team have yet to sell the bill to a few more Republicans…. As I believe Senator Portman put it…Reid had not contacted him in the last few weeks.. They really do need to break down barriers and communicate….

Also, just today the veterans bill was rejected in the senate…

My background is unemployed since Dec 2012 so I too feel the pain. I hope and pray that they get this done and will try might best to remain optimistic but if Congress does not have a heart for Vets, who do they care about?

February 27, 2014 at 5:59 pm
(1232) Gwen says:


Can you please explain why we were told unemployment was the number one topic when congress came back in session this week and it’s now Thursday at 5:53 and nothing has been addressed?? All we hear is “soon” out of Harry Reid’s mouth. This is just deplorable for our government to show such little care and concern for almost 2 million people with no income.

February 27, 2014 at 6:11 pm
(1233) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

@Gwen I honestly don’t know. That’s what the Democrats were saying prior to recess and while they were back in their home districts last week. As of Tuesday, they said they were negotiating a 6 month retroactive extension, but it’s back to more wait and see what will happen.

February 27, 2014 at 6:10 pm
(1234) Jen says:

It’s time now to start really thinking about a huge mobilization if this does not pass on the next vote. Everyone must be willing to find a way to DC or organzize something locally if the time comes.

I still think it will pass but what if it does not? The only option left would be a march on Washington. I know it’s not easy because there is the ‘shame’ factor. Many of don’t want to advertise to everyone that we are unemployed. But time is ticking now…

February 27, 2014 at 6:13 pm
(1235) kpv says:

Congress dosent work Friday unless there is an emergency so today should be it until Monday .And Monday is a half day,.

February 27, 2014 at 6:24 pm
(1236) kpv says:

Wow Senate Republicans blocked the vote for the Bill today that helps Veterans. I cant believe it. I can imagine what is going to happen when they have a bill for unemployment. I mean jeez this was for Veterans.

U.S. Senate Republicans blocked legislation on Thursday that would have expanded federal healthcare and education programs for veterans, saying the $24 billion bill would bust the budget.

Even though the legislation cleared a procedural vote on Tuesday by a 99-0 vote, the measure quickly got bogged down in partisan fighting.

Supporters said the measure would have brought the most significant changes in decades to U.S. veterans’ programs. For example, it called for 27 new medical facilities to help a healthcare system that is strained by veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

With Democrats pressing for passage this week, Senate Republicans, backed by their leader, Mitch McConnell, attempted to attach controversial legislation calling for possible new sanctions on Iran that President Barack Obama opposes.

February 27, 2014 at 6:45 pm
(1237) Greg says:

Where can I get one of them GOVT Jobs like the US SENATE where I would less than 3 days per week and make over $170000???

February 27, 2014 at 6:47 pm
(1238) rex says:

@(8529) Kcc

I said the same thing,some people on here talk as if they know (like they actually work with the government) what will happen or when i wish they would just be quiet unless they have something positive to say. But as the old saying goes misery loves company and im pretty sure were ALL dealing with misery at this point,why make it worst? Never mind them though just stay optimistic things will get better sooner than later unemployment or not. God Bless

February 27, 2014 at 6:50 pm
(1239) V Auman says:

8503-U Lite, Thank You for your kind response.

February 27, 2014 at 7:01 pm
(1240) Las says:

8525 – Baylee. You are just going to have to hang in there until the EUCis extended. I remember sometime back in December I think it was Sharin who said we were to be mailed info by snail mail. Well it is now almost March and I have never, ever received anything from unemployment telling me what is going on. I use to call in every Sunday (I am also in MA) ten weeks into tier 2. I stopped calling and applying on kind because I do not want to open a new claim. We all just need to sit tight and wait. No sense speculating until the deal is done. No offense kpv 8533 but I had to laugh when I read “Congress doesn’t work on Friday unless there is an emergency” …… What do you call this? I was appalled about the bill fr the veterans. What is going on in these politicians minds!!!!!!!

February 27, 2014 at 7:05 pm
(1241) Tom says:

Senateor Kirk (republican Illinois) said he is voting against extending unemployement benefits. He is worried aabout the deficit.

February 27, 2014 at 7:06 pm
(1242) Kcc in SF says:

Our elected officials get paid to argue amongst themselves with no regard towards the unemployed and Vets…. Vets coming back from wars… Unbelievable…

I wish everyone a good weekend under the circumstances… We pray Monday, POSITIVE progress from Congress…

February 27, 2014 at 7:16 pm
(1243) lets see says:

My question is: It could take months to receive benefits after E U C is reinstated? Why ? And does that make sense. Knowing that it could take months why would they even bother.. In the past, Did It take months to receive benefits, after E U C was reinstated.

February 27, 2014 at 7:18 pm
(1244) Ed says:

8535 Greg:
You can get that “JOB ” only when you are careless about others and only care about you self. But sorry to say you will never be there because you are in the same Boat with about 2.5 millions of Americans that really care and in NJ 14,000 more applied for Unemployment this month , also in the news the AC casinos don’t have that many jobs opening is about 50 application per ea job they have.

February 27, 2014 at 7:20 pm
(1245) kpv says:

Harry Ried gave the schedule of what they have to work on and vote on next week next week as they were shutting down for the week and didn’t mention anything about Unemployment and gave the Schedule on Monday and there is nothing on the schedule for Monday . So looking at Tuesday now. They are out until Monday at 2pm .

February 27, 2014 at 7:24 pm
(1246) kpv says:

@lets see says , in the past it wasnt stalled this long AND states were still letting people file. Most States now are not and they would need to start from Dec28th . The States should have kept letting everyone file until all hope was gone. Your talking Millions of people. Also H Ried explained that some states (He did not say which ones) have computer issues and have to manually redo everything. Your talking thousands of people.

February 27, 2014 at 7:37 pm
(1247) Nancy Fitzgerald says:

I am disgusted by the idiots I voted to protect my interests because they are too busy taking breaks to go back to their million dollar homes to think twice about the real American people!! I am ashamed of this country because of Congress. I have sent out hundreds of resumes, went on interview and yet here I am about to lose my car, my cell phone along with my children’s cell phones. I have no hope in sight and these egomaniacs are too busy taking another break from work!! I want a job where I only have to work for 3 months and get paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to continue to ignore and lie to the people who were blinded enough to elect me into office. I am ex-military and vowed to die for this country but to be honest I am ashamed of this country and how confused it has become!!!!!!!

February 27, 2014 at 7:50 pm
(1248) kristine says:

There is nothing on the senate calendar that indicates that they will talk about 1845 extension for unemployment. It seems as though we as people are again being mislead and forgotten about.

February 27, 2014 at 7:50 pm
(1249) Kcc in SF says:

Yes kpv… It’s disturbing about our struggles and to add the Vets bill being rejected because of these Senators is beyond belief…

Anyway, It looks like we will not hear anything at least until Monday afternoon…. Hang in there everyone… Try to have a good weekend under the circumstances….

February 27, 2014 at 8:11 pm
(1250) Dar says:

Nancy, Try http://www.orioninternational.com/
They work exclusively with Veterans. Hang in there!

February 27, 2014 at 8:18 pm
(1251) Ed says:

Well let see.

Car – gone
Internet – gone but Wi-Fi thanks to neighbor
T.V – gone back to big and heavy
Cel – gone
Cable – basic is about 10 ch only but i get c-span (like see paint dry)
tracfone – welcome
Sofa – gone
House – couple weeks more
kids – still not clue about what is going on.
Wife – God help me
Job- gone Jan/2013
Savings – ha ha out .
Food – help from mother and father in law
bank account – ready to be close to avoid the fees
Diabetes – in very good control (well i can only buy lettuce 0.69 )

to be cont….

February 27, 2014 at 8:28 pm
(1252) Mike NJ says:

Love all the comments from people saying they voted Republican all their lives, but no more! Too late, the damage is done! I’ve always voted Democrat and got shamed by Republicans who were relatives or co-workers for doing so. And now look. Thanks a lot everybody. :/

February 27, 2014 at 8:28 pm
(1253) SLG says:

Absolutely disgusted with the whole bunch of them. Now they’ve taken off for a long weekend. They just came back! What is this? And they have the nerve to say that we’re lazy??? We worked, paid taxes, did what was required of us and fell victim to the corruption and greed in our own Government. Well all I can say is next November it it’ll be our turn to say “NO”.

February 27, 2014 at 8:43 pm
(1254) lucy says:

Hi have been reading the stories and it breaks my heart

February 27, 2014 at 8:45 pm
(1255) Dee Mack says:

These guys take more breaks than they do work ! Ridiculous they need to be on a hourly rate I bet they’d get something done then instead they are milking the clock ( us the tax payers ) why do we have these guys what have they accomplished besides sitting on there ace in office for a couple days bickering back and fourth and then go back on break like they’ve been working so hard they need one ! Get something done then you deserve a freaking break and a paycheck !

February 27, 2014 at 8:48 pm
(1256) March_to_the_capital says:

I agree with Jen that we should make noise in Washington and be on the news headlines. Or camp in front of your senator home when they go back to their constituency

February 27, 2014 at 8:50 pm
(1257) lets see says:

Hey thanks KPV, I was wondering. I am in Florida and still, I have been able to file. And I understand some states wont let you file and some states stopped filing. Watching These guys give speech on their progress and listening to the contradictions from fellow senaTORS “plural”. These guys are full of surprises. None of them really good ones though. I thought In the past (2010) 7 weeks normally has been the trend as well as late February. Also isn’t (E U C).. Emergency Unemployment Compensation. That would warrant an emergency considering Emergency is in the name in which they are voting for. Maybe they will work Friday after all according to the calender they are taking next Friday off. March 7 2014.

February 27, 2014 at 8:52 pm
(1258) Kate says:

God help us all

February 27, 2014 at 9:03 pm
(1259) Bruce says:

@kpv Thats all speculation what your saying. Really no one knows how this is going to play itself out Congress or the State Unemployment Office’s. First things first, lets pray that it pass’s though the Senate soon, that would be some relief, but maybe not enough for me and the millions of other US Citizens. Its just sad how they are letting people suffer and our country has fallen to an all time low when it comes to taking care of its own. I put the blame on Congress and The President for not taking action to this crisis sooner. This should be considered a priority and a national crisis and a collapse in our government system. If I had a choice to speak with one of these politicians I would say find me employment or pass the extension on the EUC so I can pay my bills and survive. I rather be working, but I just can’t find a job and I have been looking for almost a year.

February 27, 2014 at 9:23 pm
(1260) JV says:

Its time to Over Haul the way the system works, and reduce the amount of income these senators receive on a monthly basis. Is it possible to limit the amount of years that are served by the people who work in Congress. As Tax payers shouldn’t we have a choice of things we expect to get accomplished in a timely manner. I hear some of these Senators are Millionaires, so it is not so much the money that attracts them to Congress. Maybe to many Millionaires working in Congress with Personnel agendas that do not like the Lower/Middle Class people they refer to as being POOR.

February 27, 2014 at 9:26 pm
(1261) kpv says:

@ lets see says , They already went home so they are out tomorrow.

Congress does not work Fridays (Most weeks) as they need a day to fly home to there districts and they work Half day on Mondays (Usually they start at 2 or 2;30) as they need to travel to Washington on Monday morning. This is standard and every week.

February 27, 2014 at 9:28 pm
(1262) Larry K says:

I have no idea how anyone in Congress can continue to take so many recesses while the people who are affected are losing everything they have worked for. It makes me sick! I think they should all take a permanent recess and hire a new Congress that cares about the american people. And Obama, you are not doing enough to help us. We have not heard from you since the state of the union speech. What has happened to our country?

February 27, 2014 at 9:43 pm
(1263) Sharon says:

Well, I’m totally disgusted with all of this and there is nothing – not a damn thing we can do about it. I watched some on c-span today and decided I had better things to do. I guess nothing was mentioned – RIGHT? Off they go – home to their comfy beds with very few worries. This has been the worst couple of weeks for me. To make it short – my husbands tooth fell out (in the front) so hes walking around with a front tooth out. My washing machine broke, my car’s spring next to the tire broke and blew my tire – Cost $568.00. And to top it off, my kitty died and I had to put her in the box. Lots of my bills are behind, electric is $1800.00 but they are very good with me. Mortgage is only 1 month behind, but Citimortgage sent my mortgage to another company (whatever that means). My husband still has his job — so happy for that. Does anyone know if I apply for Social Security if I take it now at 62 or wait till March 12th when I hit — 63? Alison Doyle maybe you can inform me.

February 27, 2014 at 9:45 pm
(1264) lets see says:

Supposedly (E U C) wasn’t on the calender this week either. But it is a topic they are working on. we did get some news on it this week… If they voted (E U C) thru, then these guys wouldn’t have anything to do when they come back from vacation. I am thinking. Job security….

February 27, 2014 at 9:48 pm
(1265) Sharon says:

Oh I have to say — since my last check, for December 28, 2013, I have tried weekly to call unemployment to report, but never have gotten through to them. I live in Massachusetts — I can tell you – the way Massachusetts is – if extended unemployment EVER goes through, we won’t get our checks until probably the middle of the summer. Some could report – others no – They are so messed up right now, we may never get our checks. Let’s all hope for next week.

February 27, 2014 at 9:54 pm
(1266) Congress makes me sick says:

It is truly amazing these Senator take all the time off that they while millions of people every day are scraping pennies together to some how put a little gas in their car to possibly get to an interview or to feed their children, yet we can give billions away to foreign countries to solve their problems. It truly does not matter whether you are a republican or democrat, We can all agree both parties are to blame for not extend the UIC. They all knew what the impact would be. Shame on them. They have the nerve to take time off when the people who voted them in or re elected them are getting evicted or loosing their cell phones or getting their car repossessed.

I have never something like this before. Though I am only 43, I spent 20 plus year in the Navy. A good friend of mine told me about this website. I truly think what these elected officials suck, Would really like to know the President has not been more active in making these two parties solve this issue.

I recently read every post from back in Dec to today. My heart goes out to all of you here. I do pray for something to happen soon.

I do personally believe they will eventually renew the UCI, hopefully sooner than later, but regardless of if that happens I think we should vote for whoever is running against the incumbent. All I know is these people need to go, They are all millionaires that could care less about the working man or women. Perhaps they could give up their paychecks for two months I bet that would more than cover the 7 billions needed to pay for the UCI. I wonder how these Senators would feel if they had no way of taking care of their families.

To all those who are scared, I know it may be difficult but keep your chins up I know in my heart it will get better

God bless all of us

February 27, 2014 at 10:12 pm
(1267) Sharon says:

(8525) BayLee — Massachusetts: The only way you can start a new claim is if you worked in 2013 — I was told this by an unemployment representative. I said – well it said something about 13 months which would include when I had a job, but he said ” No, only if you worked in 2013.” So if you did work in 2013, than you can start a new claim, but the only problem is that if you did work, than it probably would be part time, so you would get alot less money a week than you would get on EUC. I truly do not know what Massachusetts is going to do. I couldn’t do my weekly reporting at all since the last week of Dec. I was told to just wait to see if it is passed – and wait and wait and wait….. He said that we would get a phone call or a letter – who the hell knows…

February 27, 2014 at 10:22 pm
(1268) Frank Stanton says:

(8560) Sharon,

Sorry to hear you are going through all that. This link should help you regarding your social security question.


February 27, 2014 at 10:38 pm
(1269) Yonatan says:

I can’t believe that this taking so long to help these unemployed workers as it’s been already. It’s a shame that The Republican Party chose NOT to be the “the party for family values”, but chose to abandoned those that needed their help the most. I hope that the two million plus voters out there, will remember this at election time, and vote these scoundrels out of office once and for all.

February 27, 2014 at 10:50 pm
(1270) Lauren says:

Hi everyone,
first i would like to say thank you for this site i greatly appreciate the updates on a daily basis since i am not the best at understanding the “politics” of it all. What i do know is i have now been out of work 9 months and i cannot believe how hard it has been even a call-back is far and few between. I just get frustrated at the fact how many times the senate is on RECESS my goodness it is for weeks at a time, it makes you feel they really do not want to come to an agreement. I am not a negative person by nature but it is hard not to be negative especially when the last vote needed 60 and got 59 i mean REALLY hit us more when we are down. Everyday i hope for the best and whenever they do pass it i will be grateful to get ay retroactive i can get mine ended on dec 29th 2013 so i am really looking forward to it passing anything at this point would help.. I wish everyone the best and have my fingers crossed for all of us hoping this thing gets passed soon at least for some relief…god bless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 27, 2014 at 10:54 pm
(1271) Judie says:

TO:8485 SamMi…They told me to refile by Nov. 10 and I did. They also told me they base amount in quarters and all quarters count, not 12 mos. but 15 mos. It was confusing, but I refiled. Also got a letter saying they would let me know when tier 4 will be available. I certify every two weeks and Marvin says “no amount due to a pending foreclosure”. Are you in Mi also? Do you call Marvin every two weeks? They also sent a debit card to deposit any funds they decide to pay. My unemp was not even half of what I made when they did were allowing it, Mi sucks, and my area is the highest area for unemp,

February 27, 2014 at 10:58 pm
(1272) Round&RoundWeGo says:

At 1st when I heard about the unemployment benefits being cut off I flew into a panic. My husband had been laid off for the season(he works in lawn care) and I lost my job in May. The UI was the only income we had. I’ve lost count of all the resumes I’ve sent out. Not one single interview to date. NOT ONE. Even applied for walmart, local gas stations, dollar stores, receptionist jobs-NOTHING. My husband applied for a job and beat out over 200 applicants. 200! He applies over a month ago, but will start his new FT job in March. I’ve had to borrow from my Mother, and I just don’t have any faith left. We are using out tax money to survive now, but it won’t last long. Our only saving grace was his new job. I have never been depressed in my life, until now. I can’t file for UI as my state does not allow me to. I received 29 weeks of UI and was cut off. I am looking for a job but I haven’t even gotta a single call back. I am a good worker, I was laid off because as a bill collector I could not get enough people to pay their bills, and I did not make my quota. Yep. I don’t blame those people, hell I am those people now. I keep trying to think everything will be ok, but truthfully what am I to do when I can’t even get a job at a restaurant or Wal-mart? How pathetic am I? I am only in my 30′s and NEVER used unemployment before, and I have Never been without a job for longer than 3 weeks until now- no one wants me- I am useless and forgotten. Thank you Congress.

February 27, 2014 at 11:02 pm
(1273) Jman says:

“Still Holding the Jobless Hostage
The jobless are stuck between presidential apathy and conservative stonewalling.”

February 27, 2014 at 11:20 pm
(1274) lets see says:

I hope the very best for everyone in this very delicate situation. What do they think will come from delaying the vote. And their shouldn’t even be a vote. It should be them figuring out how to make it work. No Vote
Not only do they get a hefty salary but they get all of the tax payers money to play with also. We all worked into the system is why we are able to participate in a system. Its not free money
we could keep our taxes and we could decide what kind of unemployment insurance we hopefully won’t need in the future. How about social security, for when I retire. There is no clause at all they could come up with for me to save myself. I could give half of my check to the guy down the street and still not see it.

February 27, 2014 at 11:30 pm
(1275) Pink says:

All I can say is just like everyone, I am disgusted that our congress let s week by week go by and have the nerve to go into recess when innocent kids are going to bed hungry and cold. Parent such as myself have to deal through sleepless nights worrying about providing for our children. What comes around goes around and they will get what they deserve. God Bless all of you , stay strong.

February 27, 2014 at 11:32 pm
(1276) Mary says:

Hello to all. I’m in Florida and after DEC28 have not been able to file on line. Let’s see (8554), how were you able to do it? Is it the regular state unemployment or the EUC Tiers?

February 27, 2014 at 11:36 pm
(1277) Evelyn says:

I read somewhere that Congress members make something like $170,000 a year, but with all this time they get off I wonder what they make an hour, per hour actually on the job. Probly no way to calculate, but with all of our fears and worries, well it’s just beyond belief that they seem to have so many breaks and recesses while some of us are actually trying to see ourselves alive tomorrow. Well, anyway, I had an onterview and it went very well. Don’t know the results yet, I go back for another next week. Also i got a call for an interview at a different place, thank goodness. But I find it obvious, and pitiful, that since removing my graduation year from college– 1980- and only including the last 15 years in my work history, that I have now gotten 2 callbacks. Keep any indicator of being over 39 off your resume if you can, and a box of Clairol medium brown in your top draw should an interview come through…

February 27, 2014 at 11:49 pm
(1278) Nancy says:

If the lazy jerks in the senate weren’t getting paid you can bet they would be in there working together and passing legislation as quick as possible. Why all the recesses. Help your fellow Americans people.

February 28, 2014 at 12:10 am
(1279) mike says:

I,am hoping this extension gets passed soon. The money That I received before the the extension expired I was able to pay my rent and other bills. I,am 60 years old jobs at my age are not easy to find. So I was able to take a on line class to educate myself to start a different carrier. unemployment money helped pay for my class I have been offered at job as a result of my education. That,s is great news but it is in a another state that is 2000 miles away. I don,t have a problem relocating but I have no money to move and I will be on my own for moving expenses and finding a place to live. All I need is the 3 month extension and I will have the money for the move and start a new carrier. Please congress lets get this done

February 28, 2014 at 12:17 am
(1280) Laine says:

Two months today cutoff from our EUC lifeline….recess again, unbelievable. I am out of money….freezing cold and hungry. Our government has failed us, no longer can say I am proud to be an American.

February 28, 2014 at 3:12 am
(1281) Mark says:

As said before at some point the millions and millions of people impaced by this congress acting like children need to visit some of these people’s houses and explain in detail how upset they are. Maybe write it in red crayon or chicken blood on their front doorstep.


You do not do it because it is not that bad yet. Still plenty to go around and allowing hope and pride to fool you.

Take a look at Ukraine and see how people who are tired of politician crap react. Grenades into groups of police…etc etc.

Just remember all of this is because YOU vote for the same idiots year after year and they are just doing what is natural to humans if a pot of gold is set in front of them….they take it.

Wish you all the best of luck.

February 28, 2014 at 3:17 am
(1282) Jamie says:

I love this website. It is so informative and it helps out so much.

February 28, 2014 at 5:44 am
(1283) Kevin says:

Well if you must you can beg an airline employee for their buddy pass and fly to Hawaii for maybe $150, then if you brought your tent you can set up camp at any park near the beach or just sleep without one as many do. There are always free showers at the beach and bathrooms. It is usually safe except for the menially ill and other bums taking your stuff. The smartest one make a camp on the mtn side so their stuff usually is ok and they have a great view. The police never care about you sleeping there and you can stay at a hostile and use the library when you get enough donations.
Last time Obama came to Hawaii for his vacation he at least took the time during it to say something about the ECU. Sadly it was the last time he said anything and that was in 2013! He said “send me a bill and I will sign it” or it aint my problem so you get it done. On the news they showed his many cars driving around going to golf etc but they never went in Honolulu or Waikiki where so many homeless people have 50 tents side by side on public sidewalks, old men who cant pay for meds just sit waiting to die alone on the corner and never move unless they fall over and are taken to the hospital.
So if you can move to Hawaii at least youll be warm, always have a shower, always have many tourist to donate, and always be a little bit safer than cold places, or maybe even a good shot at a job! If not teaching English pays better than most jobs here and is fun. Even if I get one of these jobs and they never pass ECU I will move back to Japan in disgust of our leaders!

February 28, 2014 at 6:11 am
(1284) Grreg says:

I think most of us would LOVE to march on WASH DC, except 99% don’t have the money on march across the town where we live. And don’t forget that these Senators don’t know that and that is why they can jump in their limo’s and fly first class home or to the Islands for a relaxing 4 day break. Fire them ALL.

February 28, 2014 at 6:45 am
(1285) budsatawny says:

Why is it even in a vote…Why do 100 people get to decide for ALL of us?
What we need is a state by state vote, Senators go to their states and let the people vote, then come back into session and cast THE PEOPLES VOTE. Cut the billions they spend arming foreign countries..THAT’S HOW TO PAY FOR THE EUC!!

February 28, 2014 at 6:47 am
(1286) Clarey says:

I am disgusted with myself for continuing to hang on thinking the Senate and Congress will actually vote on EUC, never mind that they can’t agree. I finally came to my senses yesterday when the talks on the Hill were about the size of the Calories field on FOOD LABELS. Seriously, people? That’s your big concern before taking yet another long weekend? Americans are being evicted, credit ratings ruined, children are becoming homeless in greater numbers. And that’s your priority? Well, the unemployment numbers are ever increasing, and more Americans, jobless AND employed, are wise to it. So I wonder how soon before November your priorities will shift? Good luck to those not re-elected. Especially if you’re over 50. And remember Cheney’s kind, empathetic words: “Those who don’t work, don’t eat.”

February 28, 2014 at 7:05 am
(1287) Tracey says:

I had one great job interview this past week that went well, another not so well as I was not selected. Two e-mail rejections from jobs I had applied for that I was overqualified. I just hope the one great interview pans out for me. I have had 27 job interviews since December. It takes them so long to call back and I am not sure where to draw the line in being a pest and annoying or just showing great interest.

February 28, 2014 at 7:40 am
(1288) congresss makes me sick says:

My apologies to you all,

I realized UCI was supposed to EUC

February 28, 2014 at 7:40 am
(1289) KATHLEEN says:

@BayLee…Good morning….I too am filing in MA…and every Sunday morning at 7:10 AM I call SS…it asked me for my SS# and pin #…(I was doing it on line and by phone to keep each system active…I was told to do this by a friend who has gone through during the last EUC cut off)….anyways, since Dec. 28th I call each Sunday and it says that ‘Your claim is ‘current’ and to call back on or before (and it gives a date of next week)” …Now this may be foolish of me to do each Sunday but I do continue to do it only because this recording is letting me do it and it seems it might be recognizing me at the same time. But I have heard that some cannot even do this. I then get on line and sign on to my web page log on and just look at all info…just keeping my on line sign on active…this only takes about five minute for both so I might seem obsessive about it…but I feel that maybe they might know I am still out here and unemployed. So now we all wait another weekend with hopes. Lets stay home with our prayers and hopes for good news…even the smallest ‘ray of hope’ can keep you hanging in there….if in the end, when this is finally settled, and we hopefully all get some funds it will be a very long journey for those who are waiting for assistance….all I can say to all is have faith and hang in there…I too have lost a job, hubby’s job, a house, and now living in a trailer with no health insurance with extreme medical bills and perscriptions at age 64…I’ve told my sad story before so I won’t get into it; others have worse…I simply say please try to keep your chin up…and as for me it will be ‘chins’ up….God bless and..have a safe and hopeful weekend…

February 28, 2014 at 8:37 am
(1290) jam32 says:

if they do pass this 6 month extension, does anyone know how long it will take to receive the retro check? also how soon will we start to be able to file weekly again?

February 28, 2014 at 9:01 am
(1291) MG says:

Running on vapor fumes now………….Does the term “Help Mr. Wizard” mean anything.

February 28, 2014 at 9:22 am
(1292) ROBERT PATTEN says:

For those people that live in Florida, I asked the Unemployment Office yesterday about the Tiers. I asked them that if I still had $2500 on Tier 2, would I get it once Congress passes the bill. The response I received was:
“If the Federal Government brings back the EUC it would all depend on what decision that they agree on. Example:will they bring all 3 Tiers back, 1 or 2 or just Tier 1.”
So not much of an answer, but its what they responded to via email to me. So I guess this is something Congress could do that would only help some of us out.

February 28, 2014 at 9:42 am
(1293) Andy Iorio says:

im losing my car due to not being able to pay payments i have less than a year to go before its paid off how will i look fo employment? changes have to be made come Nov.

February 28, 2014 at 9:44 am
(1294) ROBERT PATTEN says:

Something interesting happened to me. In Florida if you are on unemployement, we have to go to our local OneStop Carreer center several times a year for Classes. I went last Weds for a 2 hour class on find a job. They then said our state requires I take another 2 hour class, so I signed up for a Resume class for Friday 2/27. Yesterday I got a call from a company I had interviewed with 2 weeks ago. They said I was a finalist and wanted me to come in Friday 2/27 for 2nd interview. I called the OneStop carreer center to explain I could not make the class because I may get a job and had a 2nd interview. Their response was, “You have to come to the class – No Excuses, if you don’t come your benefits could be interrupted. ” My response was, “Are you kidding, Im on Tier 2 and my benefits have been interrupted now since Dec 28th. All they would say is , “Well you need to come” So what should I do….go to interview and possibly get a job (Haven’t worked in over a year” or go to a resume class….A no brainer for me.

February 28, 2014 at 10:49 am
(1295) Annie (the Chicago one) says:

“#RENEWUI Unemployed Republicans VOTE; your idiotic “no” and roadblocking of the #EUC extension will cost you the next election!”

This is my early morning tweet and facebook message going out to all the GOP “nay” votes.

February 28, 2014 at 10:56 am
(1296) Cold World says:

As if the world wasn’t cold enough already… During one of the coldest winters ever, they felt like now would be a good time to cut people’s benefits with the idea that everyone would be fine, surviving off of their income tax however, that is not the case. I have worked since the age of 15/16 with a work permit and was recently let go from my job of 15 years, with this being my first time receiving unemployment. The lifestyle that I had provided for myself quickly changed due to the difference of my actual paycheck versus unemployment benefit payments but for them to cut my benefits after a week on EUC completely, I am watching as I am losing everything. I am no longer able to afford the simple things that contributed to my livelihood such as gas & food and pretty soon I won’t need those things due to me not having a need for them after I lose my car & home. It baffles me how the decision makers keep going on breaks and vacations, leaving us to wait and wonder. There has been NO mention of it in the news or newspapers.. No marches, no rallies, not one word about what they are going to do. No concern on the toll, mentally & emotionally, that this is having on us. It’s ridiculous how the US can get together to help other countries and organizations yet here we are, in the US.. CITIZENS in a crisis with little to no assistance. So as I sit here and reminisce on the countless times I gave money to the less fortunate and homeless, only to realize that I am now them and should have been saving my money for myself.

February 28, 2014 at 10:57 am
(1297) kpv says:

@ROBERT PATTEN , wow I cant believe they are acting like that. That is ridiculous. if I were you I would contact my local Congressmen for help. The one stop centers here in NJ will allow you to cancel for a extremely good reason and having an interview is one of them. I also don’t understand how if there are no benefits being paid they can keep making you come in for a class. At what point does that stop. You have not gotten benefits in 2 months and it looks like there may not even be any more. Ridiculous. Again I would call my local Congressmen ASAP to ask them to intervene . If not I would go on the interview. Getting a job at this point is more important then benefits that may or may not happen a month or 2 from now. or ever Best of luck.

February 28, 2014 at 11:03 am
(1298) ROLLIE says:

to (8560) yes you can collect as soon as you turn 62 but they do hold one month back.if you turned 62 over 2 months ago you probably can start right now. good luck

February 28, 2014 at 11:20 am
(1299) Tired of politics says:

Is anybody else sick and tired of politicians making idiotic decisions that affect millions of peoples of lives? I think actions need to be taken to teach Washington that the American people are sick and tired of their nonsense. Democracy has failed the people, it’s time for a new approach.

February 28, 2014 at 11:22 am
(1300) SamMI says:

Judie, yes I am in Michigan, I actually am employed but my husband is not and I keep up on this unemployment situation with him. He has not been able to certify any weeks of EUC (he has weeks remaining in the 3rd tier) since the last week of December 28, 2013 when the EUC expired. If you try and call unemployment, you will never get through so we just gave up and if it happens to be passed again which I honestly believe it will not, then hopefully he’d get the remaining weeks he was left with. I feel so sorry for everyone who is in this situation. I don’t know how these politicians can sleep at night knowing so many people and families are being affected by this.

February 28, 2014 at 11:34 am
(1301) Phil says:

Been out of work since last April. Finally got the unemployment through the state until the end of October – 26 weeks. Then Federal EUC kicked in. That was reduced by 30 dollars every week and lasted for 11 weeks. So because I have been working since I was 16 (I’m now 43), the state of MN has thanked me with only 16 weeks of unemployment. So now they think it’s time for the Federal Government to take all the slack while MN takes another $362 for 2013 taxes. The Fed’s gave me a refund which helped pay off the car! Now MN is trying to think of what to do with their SURPLUS. WTF. And I didn’t make anything more this year to get “renewed” after the 26 weeks. What a crock!

But I still do the hopeless online renewal every Monday until… I can’t help to think that the Federal government (Senators) and the states (Representatives) are just battling out a winless battle and we the (1.6 million) people end up losing everything. Thankfully job recruiters are starting to call every week instead of once a month. I’m one of those “under-employed” with a Bachelor’s level degree and 15 years of experience. It’s really hard to continue my studies.

Good luck to all of you. And like Tavis Smiley says, “Keep the faith”. But I think a lot of us are going to need more than that. How the hell do the Fed’s think 6 months/24 weeks of additional assisstance is affordable when the states are surplus-ing their coffers? Would you give it out? I just can’t help feeling we are getting strung along, again.

February 28, 2014 at 11:45 am
(1302) Kathy says:

Wow surprise, surprise. They just came back from a recess and now they are cutting out early on a Friday while the rest of us sit worrying on how we are going to buy groceries to feed our kids, pay our electric/gas bill here in the Midwest during one of the worst winters I can remember.

February 28, 2014 at 12:01 pm
(1303) Annie (the Chicago one) says:

@ Andy #8590 – Call around and ask for help. Maybe the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities or St Vincent de Paul (they are not just clothing folks – they helped me with Feb rent!) can help you with a payment. Also see if your lender will do a short term no-interest payment schedule for you until you are back on your feet. Remind them they will lose money on your car if they repo it as it’s not new.

February 28, 2014 at 12:02 pm
(1304) CD says:


in most states the opportunity for an interview takes precedence over any class.. though with the EUC situation as it is, I would go to the class and reschedule the interview.. seriously the EUC is looking for any reason to stop your benefits..

I’ve had few second interviews in the past two years and I’m still waiting on the EUC to pass.. with the number applicants interviewed at the present time an interview is worthless. I would skip the interview if it can not be rescheduled..

February 28, 2014 at 12:20 pm
(1305) bs says:


You should contact the supervisor of whoever you talked to. Then send email to that person to keep the conversation as a record. If the supervisor agree that you can be excuse, get that in writing. If not and they cut your benefit, you can always head to court.

February 28, 2014 at 12:25 pm
(1306) Mary B says:

Re Social Security benefits, the amount of your full retirement age benefit decreases by 5/9 of 1% for each month prior to your full retirement age. If you go to the link that Frank Stanton provided above (http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/retirechart.htm) you can “do the math” to prove this point. 5/9 of 1% = .00555

If, for example, your age 67 (full retirement age benefit) would be 100% of the benefit, but at age
64, the benefit would be reduced by approx 20% (36 months early, so 36 x .00555 = 20%)

64 and 1 month, the benefit would be reduced by 19.4% (25 months early, so 35 x .00555 = 19.4%)

and so on.

These numbers are, of course, approximate…..

Once you start, that is the benefit amount. It doesn’t keep increasing, except for future wages and cost of living increases, if any.

February 28, 2014 at 12:57 pm
(1307) Mary B says:

Massachusetts people (Sharon, BayLee, Las, Kathleen and others):
Re certification line and info on filing a new claim!!

Last Sunday, I called many times but each time I only heard “The system is experiencing technical difficulties. Try your call again later.” In the past, eventually after calling many times, I’ve finally heard “Your claim is current. Call again on or after [insert date for the following week.] This week, I never did hear the “current” message.

But my initial claim year was up on 2/1, so that could be why. Or it could be that the system is nutty, as we all know.

On filing a new claim, I have some interesting info, which might be helpful.

I went to the One Stop Career Center yesterday where a wonderful person, who is there to help people file claims on computers that are dedicated for that purpose, explained it all to me. Bear with me, as I know I give a lot of detail, but I hope it helps.

A week or so ago the phone certification system told me to call about my claim. It might even have said to file a new claim, but I can’t remember exactly.

Online, on the left of my “home page,” there is a link to file a new claim.

I’ve chosen not to do that yet, because I didn’t want to jeopardize the possibility of receiving the rest of my EUC benefits.

to be cont’d………..

February 28, 2014 at 1:01 pm
(1308) Will says:


If you are a veteran call your local VA they may have some programs for rent or mortgage assistance. I just spoke to a guy there and he gave me some info for vets in our predicament. I was laid off almost a year ago. Hopefully there’s something out there for us. I recently had 4 interviews and a got hired for a job pending background which should be fine but first check is still a month or more away. I’m facing eviction which I got lucky because my landlord messed up on some paperwork so the judge told him to refile but he wont mess up next time. I need something to happen soon. Getting to interviews, Eating, keeping my phone on, and home bills have been stressing me out so bad. They act like we were getting rich off unemployment when all it did was the bare minimum. I feel everybodies struggle on here. This is my first time unemployed since 17 and Im 32 and 4 of those years were in the military. My parent always told me never depend on the government because they will screw you and Im learning that first hand now. Im read this page everyday for the comfort of knowing Im not alone but Im desperate. Its hard for people who have been independent to swallow their pride and ask for help and Ive done that. I weeded out my friends thru this process but how much can you really ask for because it seems like everyone even if working are barely getting by. Im in it with all of you so hopefully they do whats right. I hate when they say we are lazy cuz we are not. I filled out 211 apps in less than a year with 9 interviews. I have a good work history, a veteran, and education. My friends ask me to help them with their resumes because mines is so good. So is me being unemployed really my fault? HELL NO. Its these imaginary jobs their talking about.

February 28, 2014 at 1:02 pm
(1309) Greg says:

My advice to the board is to keep applying every SUNDAY AM on line if our state allows that to continue in EUC (mine does WA State). If they ever pass anything it will be RETRO to DEC 28th+, so you will be paid in from that pt. forward. From what I have read, I believe first two weeks in MARCH are critical for the SENATE to agree on some funding for EUC. If it gets into APRIL and “tax season” those of us w/o EUC funding are likely TOAST, as Congress will say they are half way thru their fiscal year at that point and nothing will happen until Fall(OCT?). The NOV elections are shaping up to be very interesting either way. Keep the faith, but realize the next two weeks are critical for all of us without EUC.

February 28, 2014 at 1:03 pm
(1310) Mary B says:

FILING NEW CLAIM IN MA – continuation of my previous post:

So, this lady told me, that if you are given a link to file a new claim, you must do so to keep receiving benefits, assuming you are eligible. That is the first step.

The system will determine if you are eligible for a new state claim (the initial 26 weeks) based on earned income in this new benefit year.

(1) If it determines you ARE eligible for the new state claim, it will begin paying you the new benefit. Let’s say, because you worked part time or only at a brief temp job in this new claim year, the benefit is $100/week. It will pay you the $100/week for up to 26 weeks. If EUC is reinstated during the 26 week period, the system will then automatically look at how much your EUC benefit was. If it is higher than $100/week, the EUC (higher amount) will start up again. Then, when you exhaust your EUC benefits, it will revert to the $100/week.

(2) If it determines that you are NOT eligible for a new state claim, you won’t be paid any state benefits. If the EUC extension passes in Congress, the system will automatically revert to the EUC amount of benefit you had been receiving prior to 12/28/13 and pay you that amount until you’ve exhausted the benefits.

She said that this is how she has seen it work in the past, as she sees a lot of people who’ve been on and off unemployment benefits since 2008 when EUC first began (at least for this economic downturn). It does sound totally logical.

She also said that a link to your next step is always posted on the top of the left side of your home page on the unemployment website (after you’ve logged in). She also said, but I might not be remembering this part exactly, that if you do submit a new claim via that link, once that is done, if the EUC is extended, a new link will appear for us to apply to continue EUC benefits, but I’m not sure I have that part correct.

My disclaimer is (see next post)….

February 28, 2014 at 1:05 pm
(1311) Will says:


If you are a veteran call your local VA they may have some programs for rent or mortgage assistance. I just spoke to a guy there and he gave me some info for vets in our predicament. I was laid off almost a year ago. Hopefully there’s something out there for us. I recently had 4 interviews and a got hired for a job pending background which should be fine but first check is still a month or more away. I’m facing eviction which I got lucky because my landlord messed up on some paperwork so the judge told him to refile but he wont mess up next time. I need something to happen soon. Getting to interviews, Eating, keeping my phone on, and home bills have been stressing me out so bad. They act like we were getting rich off unemployment when all it did was the bare minimum. I feel everybodies struggle on here. This is my first time unemployed since 17 and Im 32 and 4 of those years were in the military. My parent always told me never depend on the government because they will screw you and Im learning that first hand now. Im read this page everyday for the comfort of knowing Im not alone but Im desperate. Its hard for people who have been independent to swallow their pride and ask for help and Ive done that. I weeded out my friends thru this process but how much can you really ask for because it seems like everyone even if working are barely getting by. Im in it with all of you so hopefully they do whats right. I hate when they say we are lazy cuz we are not. I filled out 211 apps in less than a year with 9 interviews. I have a good work history, a veteran, and education. My friends ask me to help them with their resumes because mines is so good. So is me being unemployed really my fault? HELL NO. Its these imaginary jobs their talking about

February 28, 2014 at 1:05 pm
(1312) Mary B says:

FILING NEW CLAIM IN MASS – last of three posts! Sorry this was so long, but the system made me split it up and I think the info is all worth the read (I hope so anyway).

Disclaimer is this (1) This is how I understood what she said. I
think it’s right, but no guarantees. (2) It might not work that way this time around. (3) She said the switch from state benefits to EUC or the restart of EUC is automatic, but I’d be inclined to check online and/or call to be sure, once and if they do extend EUC benefits, and
(3) This is for Massachusetts only. I have no idea what other states do or will do.

I also didn’t ask how they will handle certification for job hunting since 12/28, since we’ve not been able to provide any info on the certification line. I am sure the state will contact everyone on what to do, if anything. My guess is it will be a very long phone certification that we certify is accurate, but that’s just a guess.

My plan is to wait. If EUC gets passed, then I will submit a new claim to get the ball rolling. My impression is that if your benefit year (one year since filing your original claim for state unemployment benefits) has ended, you must file a new claim to get further benefits, either a new claim or EUC. It’s just my impression, though.

I hope this is helpful, clear and not TOO wordy. :-)

I’d love to hear what you plan to do…

February 28, 2014 at 1:10 pm
(1313) ANTHONY says:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/bring-back-extended-unemploymentnot-enough-being-done-our-so-called-president-or-congress/xjs05RXb…... SIGN THIS PETITION PEOPLE, LET’S STAY ON THEM AND MAKE THIS THING HAPPEN….HANG IN THERE IT’S NOT OVER YET!…PLEASE SIGN AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

February 28, 2014 at 1:17 pm
(1314) Carly says:

Next week. Next week. Next week. That’s what we have heard for over two months. My thought is that if this does not pass “next week” this time, it really truly is not going to. The third time is either the charm or the end of this one I’m afraid.
Remember, these are the same people who just damaged countless vets’ lives and that of their families to boot. I didn’t see that one coming either.
Wishing all of you the very best of whatever is possible under such bizarre circumstances. Shame on our Congress and shame on our president. He could have made much more noise about EUC. Instead he made one or two minor sound bites about his mighty pen and then flicked it off and it is obviously no longer an issue of his concern.
I’ve talked to a lot of friends who are employed and used to feel a sense of moderate security who now are fearful of losing their jobs too. What kind of message does that send to the rest of the world?

February 28, 2014 at 1:28 pm
(1315) JESSICA says:

The way that the Republicans and Democrates have handled this situation is an utter disgrace!!!! STALL, STALL, STALL, KEEP BIDING YOUR TIME WHILE FAMILIED GO HUNGRY AND LOOSE THEIR HOMES! MOST PEOPLE HAVE EXHAUSTED THEIR RESOURSES, WENT THROUGH SAVINGS, 401K’S, PENSIONS, JUST TO SURVIVE!!! HOW DARE YOU POLITICIANS ALLOW YOUR COUNTRY MEN WITH NOTHING!!! Never before have these extensions been denied! What kind of inhumane government, leaves its people out in the cold???? We’re talking about people who have worked the majority of their lives, paid taxes and lost their jobs through no fault of their own!! We are talking about people that have ONLY received their 26 weeks not 99 – WHERE IS THE JUSTICE!!!!! SHAMEFUL!!!!

February 28, 2014 at 1:42 pm
(1316) mik says:

What do they get paid for ???!! They have been on breaks more than they’ve worked and accomplished nothing !!!!!!

February 28, 2014 at 1:42 pm
(1317) Ed says:

Carly (8611) couldn’t have said it any better……..Next week, next week…… know I understand how my landlord feels!

February 28, 2014 at 1:46 pm
(1318) A.B says:

@ Robert Patten, see if you can reschedule the interview for a different time or different date. Good luck and God bless.

February 28, 2014 at 1:55 pm
(1319) Lucia says:

@Robert Patten – I would have called and spoke to someone else. I’m in NJ and had the same situation back in Dec when was collecting 1st tier. Apparently if you’re on the extension it’s mandatory that you go to these appointments, but I was waiting to hear from an employer about a second interview on the same day that I had the appt. and I sent them an email explaining I didn’t want to miss the call for the interview. They said you can reschedule one time, so they set me up later in the week. Got the second interview but didn’t get the job by the way.

February 28, 2014 at 1:55 pm
(1320) John J says:

My fear now is that renewing EUC has dragged on so long, Reid may not be able to get anything passed.
I found his comment a week ago about the Senate being “one Republican vote away” from restoring the EUC lifeline interesting. If it passes in the Senate, it still has to go to the House, right? Maybe Reid knows that the current legislation will pass the House if they can get it through the Senate. Don’t know.
But yeah, I’m running 9 weeks behind like everyone else. If they pass anything, it has to be for 26 weeks, because the retroactive portion of 10-11 weeks will only go to bail people out of the hole they are in from January and February.
I do marvel at what actually goes on in Congress, or the lack thereof. And of course, they need constant recesses from their routine schedules of getting nothing done.

February 28, 2014 at 2:09 pm
(1321) Real Richard says:

@Robert Patten……………Don’t you have a say as to when your job interview is? Also I don’t get why you would have to go to a class if the benefits have stopped.

February 28, 2014 at 2:12 pm
(1322) Real Richard says:

According to Nancy Pelosi it will pass the House if brought up there. Not sure if that is just talk or not

February 28, 2014 at 2:18 pm
(1323) Anita P says:

@Mary Thanks Mary your info is very helpful. Let’s all keep praying for that light at the end of this long dark tunnel…………

February 28, 2014 at 2:21 pm
(1324) Las says:

Mary B. thank you so much for your very informative postings. I am going to hold off on doing anything. I have not called in to claim benefits in a long time because every time I did I either got the message about a high volume of calls or that my claim has ended. I will try again this Sunday and see what happens. I really do not want to file a new claim be ause I have not worked at all since December 2012.
Sharon – very sorry to hear about your kitty. You know that song, “if it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all”, well that’s us. Happy early birthday wishes to you. I myself turn 58 tomorrow and today the transmission in my car let go. Can you believe it? I can. Right now I just have to laugh because if I don’t I’ll cry. Can guarantee we’ll be getting 12 inches of snow on Monday. Hoping for some good news come Monday.

February 28, 2014 at 3:01 pm
(1325) Anita P says:

@ Mary B Thanks for the info it is very helpful. Let’s all keep praying for the light at the end of this long dark tunnel…..

February 28, 2014 at 3:10 pm
(1326) FJDinMass says:

Good Afternoon. Been reading the postings now for months. Very informative. Thanks for the site Allison. I’ve been out of work since April of 13 and like some of you I’m an old dude (61). I have my 4th interview with a company next week in Portland, Maine. I live in Mass. It would be a remote position that I am extremely qualified for and could begin contributing immediately. I’ve got my fingers crossed.

This whole Senate and Congress thing just makes me angry. I did a little research and from what I found out, between 43 and 57% of our income goes back in some type of taxes. Besides income and SS taxes, there’s Sales, Real Estate, MV, Gasoline, liquor, Cigarette, etc. taxes that we all pay daily. If I average it about 50%, our taxes would pay for half of the EUC. This is a no-brainer, which is good because most of our politicians don’t have a brain anyway. PASS IT NOW……..

Now to really make you sick… register onto the SSA site. This will give you your total earnings since you’ve started working. Add up your total earnings and multiply by 50%. That’s approximately the amount of taxes you’ve paid. in your lifetime.

Best of luck to everyone and try to stay positive.


February 28, 2014 at 3:19 pm
(1327) Janice says:

Mary B, thanks for all the useful Mass. info. I think this happened to you because your benefit year is up. When my original 26 weeks ended I was told (I’m also in Mass.) that I would be eligible for EUC benefits for another 6 months, then would have to open a new claim (which they could of course deny). My benefit year is up in mid-May, so I hope EUC is re-funded (duh, don’t we all!).

February 28, 2014 at 3:36 pm
(1328) Mike says:


I was wondering if anyone could let me know… My 26 weeks of benefits are about to run out. I have not received any extensions as of yet. Will I not be able to receive an extension until congress passes a bill?


February 28, 2014 at 3:48 pm
(1329) Donald says:

I am sad the people that we put in place to look out for us are squabbling over issues that have nothing to do with the problem . the republicans want the democrats to do something and are holding out until they get their way I heard it was filibusters and in the mean time there is almost 2 million Americans ( and increasing weekly )twisting in the wind some of which are about to lose their homes and the senate is still holding out like two children throwing a tantrum until they get their way and still Americans are twisting in the wind. I could just about guarantee if Obama told the senate they would not get paid until they resolved the extended unemployment problems and come up with a plan to attack it and resolve the budget issues to pay for it we would have been collecting our benefits for weeks now.

February 28, 2014 at 3:59 pm
(1330) Comments from the Long Term Unemployed says:
February 28, 2014 at 4:23 pm
(1331) Comments from the Long Term Unemployed says:

Many in America are suffering and enduring huge sacrifices because of unemployment. Many of our families, friends, neighbors and fellow citizens are falling into the abyss because they can’t get work. The numbers of comments and stories are staggering, the majority of which are blending into the background and not being realized. The purpose of this group is to share their stories in an attempt to get them heard by our cities, states and government.
The hope is you will feel as much compassion and share this group with your family, friends and influential leaders that in turn will have it seen by our elected officials.

Please support the group and the petition


February 28, 2014 at 4:29 pm
(1332) Judie says:

What does F,I,C,A, mean to anyone when work is just a place to go to make money? Out of sight, out of mind… I wish we could load up the buses and travel to DC and sit out there and wait, Of course we would take breaks too, right? Do you think they would acknowledge us? Maybe CNN?

February 28, 2014 at 4:49 pm
(1333) Pos77 says:

Did anyone else get this most-timely email from Joe Biden today? As much as I’d like to donate, I think I’m better off using that $3 for a Happy Meal.
Dear XXX,

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You can make sure we have what we need to win. Chip in $3 or more before the deadline at midnight:




February 28, 2014 at 5:08 pm
(1334) JV says:

It is time to Over Haul the way the system works, and reduce the amount of income these senators receive on a monthly basis. They should be paid by the amount of work they accomplish, they don’t deserve a yearly salary, PERIOD…. Is it possible to limit the amount of years that are served by the people who work in Congress. As Tax payers shouldn’t we have a choice of things we expect to get accomplished in a timely manner. I hear some of these Senators are Millionaires, so it is not so much the money that attracts them to Congress. Maybe to many Millionaires working in Congress with Personnel agendas that do not like the Lower/Middle Class people they refer to as being POOR.

February 28, 2014 at 5:21 pm
(1335) Sharon says:

Oh here we go – Now all eyes are going to be on the Ukraine. President warned Russia there will be costs if Russia takes a military invasion. It never ends – guess if there was any money anywhere it will be going there. I wish the Government would cross their eyes and point them to the United States and whats going on HERE instead of other countries. I just don’t get it!!!!

February 28, 2014 at 5:41 pm
(1336) kpv says:

@ Real Richard , Thats good to Hear , Nancy Pelosi can get allot done. Once it get there she will take up the fight.

February 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm
(1337) waiting says:

@ mike you there no extention yet they cut everybody off who was getting the emergency funds majority of us still had a balance left over including me and when they cut the program dec 28 I didnt receive any more checks only how you gonna get any extra funds after the 26 weeks if congress hurry up and pass this thing

February 28, 2014 at 6:15 pm
(1338) PJ says:


”According to Nancy Pelosi it will pass the House if brought up there. Not sure if that is just talk or not”

Yeah well she said it had to be part of the budget too or democrats would not support it….we know how that went

The senate needs 1 more republican vote to pass it. In the house every democrat needs to support it plus 19 republicans…need 218 votes to pass bills in the house. Oh and Majority Leader Cantor and the speaker have to bring it to the floor for a vote as well. People are forgetting this still has to go through the house if it ever makes it out of the senate. This one more vote crap Reid is putting out is a sham. Need 19 republicans in the house to support it too.

I am a very left leaning democrat the democrats have made no attempt to put any type of job creation measures into this package as well, i.e. tax breaks for hiring long term unemployed, training programs to get people back to work, or something. Nope nothing….

It sounds like IF and it’s still a big IF it’s extended 6 months what happens to the long term unemployed then. EUC helps people but it has turned into a Band-Aid that is masking a very large problem that people forget about we have A LOT of unemployed people in this country and the federal government is doing nothing to tackle the problem. Putting people back to work helps the government with tax revenue, the economy, and decreases people on government services.

People always say this passed 5 times under bush, well, yeah, but he did not have to deal with the tea party. The tea party was created out of hate for bush’s over spending. Bush was dealing with old school moderate republicans. All the old school moderate republicans that are left are now scared on the tea party now…

February 28, 2014 at 6:24 pm
(1339) sharon says:

Mary B — MASSACHUSETTS: So from what you are saying, since I never have ever gotten thru to unemployment and have always gotten that message “The system is experiencing technical difficulties. Try your call again later.”, that I should be ok – right? That if extended unemployment goes thru that there were be an online link to continue? I am so mixed up – I have no car to get to the unemployment office, but will get a friend to drive me if necessary. My husband asked if I was getting ANY checks in today and I said No. Its like hes disgusted with me. Bitching about how bad his credit is etc. I said — It’s not my fault – Oh well, I’m not giving up – I will find a job someplace at 63, which I’m turning real real soon..

February 28, 2014 at 6:55 pm
(1340) Mary B says:

mike (8625): The short answer is “yes,” if they extend benefits for a period beyond the date your regular state benefits end. If they extended benefits for only two months through 2/28/14 (even though we know that’s not going to happen), then you wouldn’t get any EUC. In this case, EUC would end 2/28/14, and your state benefits wouldn’t have ended yet. But if they extend benefits for six months, i.e. through 6/30/14, and your regular benefits end on, say, 3/15/14, then you’d be eligible for at least some EUC benefits. The total number of weeks you will get will depend on the unemployment rate in your state.

February 28, 2014 at 7:01 pm
(1341) Mary B says:

Janice: Yes, my benefit year is up. When yours is up, you’ll see a link to file a new claim, too. At least I think you will! No need to file a new claim before they tell you to. I guess the one outstanding question is whether or not they will require all of us to file a new claim when EUC is extended, whether or not our benefit year has ended. I say “when” rather than “if,” because I’m trying to be positive. But I think that if your benefit year has not ended, and EUC is extended, they will just start paying any amounts you are entitled to. You might have to recertify your job hunt activities, though.

February 28, 2014 at 7:10 pm
(1342) Las says:

Sharon hang in there. Like you I call and get the technical difficulty thing also. Call this Sunday and see what happens and let me know. I am going to call and see what happens. I think we just need to sit back and wait and once EUC is passed (hopefully) hopefully the unemployment centers will notify us as what to do. Like I said before, even if it passed in march I bet it will be another two months before we see any money.

Read my post 8621 where I wished you a happy birthday. Have you decided what to do about social security? I would take it if I was 62. With my luck I’d probably drop dead at age 64!!!!

February 28, 2014 at 7:11 pm
(1343) Mary B says:

8633 (Sharon): I’m so sorry to hear about your kitty!
As for the One Stop Job Center, I wouldn’t waste time going there just to ask about unemployment benefits, though it’s good to go for job hunt counseling and classes. Plus you get to log into their system so they know you are looking.

Bottom line: You should be fine, so please try not to worry.
Watch your online account, mail and telephone for information. In December I actually got a voice mail telling me about EUC ending and where to call if I need financial assistance. Most important, be sure to watch your unemployment record on line to see if there is a link to file a new claim, even just for EUC. As I said, though, I’m guessing you will only see the “file a new claim” link if your benefit year has ended.

Tell your husband that it’s NOT the fault of the unemployed! I’m sure he knows that. He’s just frustrated, like everyone else who is struggling to keep things going.

February 28, 2014 at 7:18 pm
(1344) Mary B says:

Real Richard (8619): Where did you read that Pelosi said she has the votes in the House? I haven’t been able to find anything recent.

Based on what Alison posted here (8484), it is possible that Reid will not bring it to a vote again until he has his 60 “yes” votes in the Senate and is reasonably sure it will also pass the House. That would be logical, but then, so far the whole process has been as illogical as can be.

I remember learning about filibusters when I studied American History in high school (I was actually in a class taught by my mother!), and I never really understood how it all worked. NOW, at my not so tender age, I get it.

February 28, 2014 at 7:28 pm
(1345) Real Richard says:

Congressman Hoyer also said that an EUC extension would pass in the House if brought to a vote……Is that wishful thinking or reality?

February 28, 2014 at 7:38 pm
(1346) Real Richard says:

@PJ………..you can blame Obama for that………..for leaving it out of the budget

February 28, 2014 at 7:39 pm
(1347) Sharon says:

8620) Anita P, 8621 Las, Mary B and everyone else in Massachusetts. Thanks for all the information. It seems like in other states, its all different, so we have to hang together on this. Thank you Las — I have to tell you that Sexy Lexy, my kitty, was 18 years old. I always thought my pug would go first, but hes hanging in there. Yes we all have our problems and its not easy. Sorry about you car, Las. Yes we will be getting blasted again on Monday. My heating bill is outrageous. I have electric heat. Thank god, National Grid is helping me out. They have very good to me ever since I’ve been on unemployment. I’ll catch-up sometime. Thank you again, Alison Doyle for your blog. Its been my lifesaver since Dec. 28th. I’m also glad you screen the posts. Other sites don’t and people are so nasty to the poor people who are suffering. I hope that Congress opens its eyes real real soon… Love to all ;)

February 28, 2014 at 8:14 pm
(1348) Deann says:

Wow, just back from a long break Monday and now they get a 4 day weekend? I wish they would get something done :(

February 28, 2014 at 8:19 pm
(1349) joe roz says:

How often do these knuckle heads WORK!……Da!…… I’m hurting big Time.
Glad I’m not welfare…..Yet!

February 28, 2014 at 10:05 pm
(1350) ConcernedTim says:

@ (8626) Donald: Obama ABSOLUTELY can NOT tell the Senators they won’t get paid. The Constitution only gives the president so much power, and making laws and holding congress people’s pay is not within his constitutional power. If he tried to do that, the entity that pays the congressmen would just ignore the edict and pay them any way. A lot of people are posting that they want Obama to make this happen. He absolutely can’t. All he can do is try to persuade Congress to act and sign or veto a bill that has passed both Houses. The only time Obama can make law is when Congress has granted him that power. And we all know that Congress would NEVER give the President the power to extend unemployment. Obama’s hands are virtually tied. I don’t have a comment on his job growth policies, nevertheless.

February 28, 2014 at 11:09 pm
(1351) Steven says:

Break. We’re working on it. Break. Break. We’re working on it. Is anything ever going to get done?!

February 28, 2014 at 11:58 pm
(1352) Carolina says:

Rob Portman blames Harry Reid for impasse on unemployment benefits
It’s like the house of cards…..
Sen. Rob Portman is blaming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for the holdup in extending unemployment benefits for millions of longterm jobless Americans.
The Ohio Republican said a reasonable deal remains on the table that would attract the GOP votes needed to pass legislation in the Senate. But Portman said Reid would rather try to damage the Republicans politically by painting them as against unemployment insurance than compromising and moving a bill that extends jobless benefits to Americans in need.
Officially, Sen. Jack Reed is the lead Democrat in the negotiations, and Portman said a bill would have passed weeks ago if the Rhode Islander were actually running the talks. But Portman said Reid is really in charge and continues to block an agreement. Based on the political attacks Portman has endured back home, he presumes this is so Democrats can continue to push an issue that is an integral part of their election-
Democrats generally have been critical of the Republicans’ broad opposition to the extension — the GOP has supported others. But on Tuesday, Reid said he had “some good conversations” with Republican senators on an extending unemployment insurance. The Nevada Democrat sounded optimistic and conciliatory about the prospects for a deal, although Republicans such as Portman remain circumspect.
Most House and Senate Republicans oppose the benefits extension, arguing that it hampers economic growth and hurts the people it is designed to help. But about a half-dozen, led by Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., favor the legislation. The partisan disagreement centers on whether to offset the cost of extending the benefits for the long-term jobless with budget cuts or other measures..

March 1, 2014 at 12:00 am
(1353) Adjourned again says:

Adjourned to march3?
Do these senators ever work..next it will be st Patricks day next Easter soon March 3 month vacation,..adjourn adjourn

March 1, 2014 at 12:38 am
(1354) Judie says:

Does every state have MARVIN when they certify? It sounds like the online process is a little different from what we have in MI.

March 1, 2014 at 10:18 am
(1355) Mary B says:

Thanks, Real Richard. I’m going to look up Hoyer. I’m sure learning the names of senators I knew nothing about!

Who/What is MARVIN???? Please???

You know, the goal of extending EUC benefits is to help people keep afloat until they find a job. If they lose their electricity, internet, cars, gas, homes, food, etc., how can they take calls and get to job interviews? What part of this don’t the Republicans understand? They say extending EUC benefits will inhibit job growth and hurt the economy, but if there is no one coming into the local shop to buy the goodies, then the business can’t grow and there is no need to hire people. The Republicans think the best way to promote job growth is to deregulate businesses or to offer tax breaks. But the fact remains, if they have no customers, they don’t need more employees.

Sure, it’s more complex than this, since tax breaks allow them to do research and create new products that people will want, but really, the basic concept is this – no customers, no business.

I also get it that they are trying to lower the country’s debt. But you will never get people back to work if they can’t feed, house and clothe themselves – and can’t help themselves with the basics needed to search, apply and interview for jobs!

I wish just one Republican were reading this blog AND suddenly had an epiphany that EUC is critical to getting people back to work!

March 1, 2014 at 11:59 am
(1356) mike says:

I figured out what job I’m going for …. US Senator !!! You don’t have to do much and just learn to say “no” or “nay” or an occasional “yes “. You don’t really have a boss and may only get “a talking to” once a month and take lots of breaks while getting paid from a bottomless pit of money. There are hardly ever any layoffs and the money and benefits keep coming even after you leave the job. I can’t see a downside to this job at all.

March 1, 2014 at 12:56 pm
(1357) lets see says:

@8573) Mary says:

Hello to all. I’m in Florida and after DEC28 have not been able to file on line. Let’s see (8554), how were you able to do it?

On the website: http://www.Floridajobs.org. Is where you would find your profile. AKA “CONNECT” There is where I claim my weeks. On my claim date, I go online and, the option is always there for me. If not visited on your claim date the option goes away.. The site has a menu of information for you to navigate thru. That also changes periodically,

March 1, 2014 at 1:26 pm
(1358) nancy says:

Here are some of the proposed legislation concerning EUC. There is a possibility for a 1 year to 2 year of extended benefits. 1 year is fine because it gives us a chance to enhance ourselves first through job skills/ training for better employment while the U.S. government create jobs and handle other bills such as increasing minimum wage.

H.R.3936 – http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/3936
S.1845 – http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/1845
S.1797 – http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/senate-bill/1797/text
H.R.3773 – http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/3773
H.R. 2821 – http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/2821
H.R.3546 – http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/3546
S.1747 – http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/1747

March 1, 2014 at 1:51 pm
(1359) KATHLEEN says:

@ Mary B. Thank you for all your information instructions for Massachusetts residents. I had one week left on Tier 1. My year end for a claim says ‘Assumed Claim Effective Date: 3/23/14′…..even if this EUC is approved I don’t know if I would even be a candidate for any funds after 12/2813…I’m so confused after reading all of the various entries on this web page that I thought I would just sit and wait, while still looking for someone to hire me at age 64, and see what happens while still calling Mass gov each week and checking on line each week…because still, as of last Sunday, when I call it still lets me put in my SS# and pin # and tells me I am current and to call back next week. So I don’t know if I would be eligible for EUC. One thing I did learn through all this is how terribly run our government is….it just breaks my heart when I hear on the news all the funds going to other countries (no hatred intended here) while American’s are supposed to be living the so called “American Dream”….ya right.
Thank you very much for all your time and assistance…you have been very helpful. So foolishly I wait for good news from Congress and I don’t even know if I would be eligible….. It’s called wishful thinking!!!
Take care..

March 1, 2014 at 2:57 pm
(1360) UnemployedinDC says:

I am so depressed it’s not even funny. I’m sitting here debating about whether to put my apartment notice in today, or wait to see what happens Monday. This is my first time ever in my life having to collect unemployment.. and mine reg unemployment ran out in Jan 2014. I haven’t started on any tiers. I feel like I’m about to stroke out with the tension in my neck and head from worry.

So they are supposed to vote again on Monday?? I thought they were supposed to vote on this yesterday.

March 1, 2014 at 3:18 pm
(1361) Mary B says:

Kathleen: You’re welcome! From what you’ve said, it seems like you will qualify for EUC (assuming they vote to keep the same program and just open it up again), but you might need to submit a new application when they tell you to. So, like the rest of us, keep on checking the site and calling to certify, if the system lets you. No promises here, though!

Keep on truckin’, right?

The Mass. online system isn’t working today – not for me, anyway.

Keep on truckin’ again and again and again. Hamsters on a wheel…..

Good luck with the job search!

March 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm
(1362) Hello from Chiberia says:

@(8653) KATHLEEN

It’s called “hope,” Kathleen, and without it, we’d all die.
I hope you are entitled to EUC, and I hope you get it. I hope we all get it, including me!

God bless!

March 1, 2014 at 3:56 pm
(1363) Real Richard says:

Nancy…forget about a 1 year and LOL on a 2 year extension……..the Republicans already said they will not go beyond november. Lets be happy with a 6 month or even a 3 month extension atm

March 1, 2014 at 4:02 pm
(1364) Walter says:

Next thing you know, they’ll be off for 2 weeks this month , then it will be April !!!!!!!!

March 1, 2014 at 4:15 pm
(1365) California Girl says:

Some progressive groups are running ads against Republicans that are voting against extending EUC. They are trying to pressure on them to change their vote to YES! Please see the link below and call Senator Kirk and other Republicans that are in purple states and put the pressure. It is now or never for this vote!


March 1, 2014 at 5:01 pm
(1366) Deborah says:

For everyone not from Michigan(like myself) – Meet MARVIN

Who is MARVIN?
The staff of the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) would like to introduce MARVIN. MARVIN got his name from the acronym for the M ichigan’s A utomated R esponse V oice I nteractive N etwork, a system that allows you to communicate with the UIA’s computer by using a touch-tone or a push-button telephone with a tone/pulse switch (the switch must be set at “Tone”). Rotary or pulse telephones cannot interact with MARVIN. MARVIN uses digitized human speech to provide you with step-by-step instructions and information regarding your claim.
In his short time here, MARVIN, as he is affectionately called by the staff and customers of the UIA, has become a household name in Michigan. MARVIN has been quickly accepted by both the staff and customers of the UIA as a friendly, fast, and efficient means for the UIA to deliver services.

March 1, 2014 at 5:16 pm
(1367) kpv says:

They better get this done this week , Congress goes on there break again after Next Thursday March 13th and they are back in session on March 24th . Forget April , Congress is always off most of April for Easter. I believe this year they are off from April 10th to the 28th.

March 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm
(1368) Ava says:

I’m from Florida, and I have not been able to claim weeks since my state benefits were exhausted. (8651)let’s see, are you still on state benefits? I’m curious, because the second that EUC was cancelled, the “claim your weeks” sign that I used to be able to access on the “connect” website vanished. I have not been able to input any job searches for emergency unemployment, not even to log them in a virtual holding pattern. I have no idea how this will affect being able to claim weeks, if EUC is reinstated. There is no place on the site that I have found that explains anything, allows me to count my weeks that are due – nothing. I have received no information by mail. I can see that I have $ left in Tier 1, but no way to input job searches. There is a red-lettered message on the sign-in page, updated every Monday, to the effect of, “As of (date), there has been no change in EUC.” That’s it. I clicked the “RA” on the site page you referenced, which took me to a “connect” page, which took me to the same page I always end up at – with no way to input job searches.

March 1, 2014 at 5:40 pm
(1369) mw says:

And Congress talks about the unemployed “being lazy”, with all those days off and making 6 figures???? I totally gave up on them!! I have a job now, part time– but they still owe me for January and am not having any expectation. I remember them as i vote in November. They are all despicable doing this to Americans!!! I am better off being illegal immigrant–i would have been treated better! America will no longer exist in near future because of ignorance of Congress!!

March 1, 2014 at 7:07 pm
(1370) Judie says:

8660 DEBORAH… Thank you for explaining Marvin for me, I mentioned him in my previous comment, without realizing we are the only ones who has someone to identify unemployment with, He has a voice, straightforward, no kind of sort of answers, but the new upgrade to the program keeps you listening at least the first few times. In a way, we have to appreciate him, kind of like being in grade school again. We have a MARVIN homepage and the UIA homepage. It sounds like all that programming and upgrades they did they could have made the amount a lot greater than $362 a week since the cost of living , this year heating and electric is over the top. MI is too vast an area to claim it to be one stat e.. the Detroit area, where the jobs are vs the outlying farm areas where there are no jobs available once you have been replaced with someone half your age. I worked for over 40 years, paid my taxes , collected unemp for less than a year. I hate this period I am going through right now. I don:t recognize the person I have become. I have so much hate and disgust built up inside me, I don;t think this is good for me or anyone around me. Thank you all for listening.. blah blah, I could go on and on. I think I feel better already. On another note. I should count my blessings.

March 1, 2014 at 8:58 pm
(1371) LST says:

I was laid off June 28th of 2013, filed for unemployment on July 1st. I am 65 years old and filed for early social security at 62 as I am in the financial banking industry and as the sub prime mortgage industry failed, I had to claim unemployment in 2008. I had part time employment from 2008 to 2011 and then secured a full time employment as an Escrow Officer, of which I have over 35 years experience. The collapse of the subprime banking industry totally upended my life. I relocated from Arizona to California to find gainful employment, to no avail, after losing my home, to foreclosure. As of this date I no longer have a 401k, any savings, checking account is empty, credit cards maxed out, Minimum amount from SS, rent is due, have sold everything. I also had 4 heart attacks 10 years ago and continued working. I am at my wits end….As for the Republicans…they do not care, will not bend, have no compassion or morals. I think every Congressman and Senator should have to take an exam, regarding our constitution and job qualifications, prior to running for office. The Tea Party reps would never have been elected. Also the Gerrymandering should definitely be illegal, but, once again the Supreme Court appointees, chose to allow corporations to contribute to candidates….wrong..We the people, of the people for the people is not in there agenda. God help us all….

March 1, 2014 at 9:53 pm
(1372) Miriam says:

I hate to say this, but with storm Titan hitting the East coast starting tomorrow, I highly doubt there will be a senate session on Monday and maybe not Tuesday (depending on how much snow falls and which states are affected). I know in Philly they are calling for 9-12″ by Monday afternoon. I heard there will be quite a bit of ice as well with the storm (depending on state).

I hope not, but seems likely, at least in my opinion.

March 1, 2014 at 10:05 pm
(1373) Linda Schrier says:

Unbelievable, been out of work so long ..forgetting how to spell…lol

March 2, 2014 at 10:24 am
(1374) John J says:

We live in an age on non-governing obstruction. The classic Beltway “deal-makers” like Ted Kennedy are a thing of the past. All these yahoos want these days is their 15 minutes in front of the camera on CNN or Fox. They literally do not care about passing legislation. All we have in Washington is a bunch of uncompromising A-Holes.

Can anyone remember a time in their life when Congress has been held in such low regard? Yet on they go, accomplishing next to nothing. Just a bunch of finger-pointers playing the blame game.

They fumble around in Washington while Congress is in session, then take their frequent recesses to go home to their State or District, only to ignore the will of the people, 80% of whom think EUC should be restored.

Frankly, I don’t know how these Washington politicians sleep at night. And it’s not just because of this issue. When you consider that 70+% of the people think Congress is doing a bad job, it’s fortunate these reps aren’t ousted during their term.

Could you survive at a job where 70% of the work force thinks you suck and you generally get nothing done at all?

And some of these idiots have the gall to say we are unemployed because we are lazy. We may be unemployed, but we aren’t as worthless as tits on a boar like they are.

March 2, 2014 at 10:39 am
(1375) Steven says:

It’s looks like the most promissing bill that will pass with Republican support is H.R. 3936. Harry Reid said on Thursday that something will happen on March 5th. Not clear on what be means but lets hope that he believes this bill will pass at that time. This Bill will give a 6 month extention to July ,1 2014 and be paid for with agreement of House and Senate Republicans.

March 2, 2014 at 10:55 am
(1376) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

From Senator Cory Booker on Twitter “We have shortened the duration, offered a pay for, and more. We will continue to negotiate and try to make this work.”

March 2, 2014 at 11:08 am
(1377) Las says:

To everyone in MA – I tried calling in for benefits this morning and was told that the system was down but to hold on for an important message. All it said was extended unemployment ended December 28 (duh) so I checked on line and got the same thing. It said if I wanted to file for Regular unemployment to click here but I don’t want regular benefits so I did nothing. I will now wait to see what happens this week. Hopefully something transpires as this is getting crazy. The big snow storm we were expecting on the east coast has now been down sized so that is good news. Anything to keep these Bozos together.

March 2, 2014 at 11:13 am
(1378) Remember says:

As a child.. when I was promised, we we fix this, we go there, I will help you and etc… I realize until I became a teenage and to this day.. When someone says… I PROMISE… ITS JUST A LIE.. This is my government always PROMISING FOR BETTER… when do the PROMISES BECOME TRUTH…

March 2, 2014 at 11:53 am
(1379) Real Richard says:

@Stephen……where are you getting info from? Also anything H.R. is a House bill and would have nothing to do with Harrry Reid

March 2, 2014 at 12:31 pm
(1380) Real Richard says:

I don’t see anything anywhere about Reid saying anything about March 5th……..If you can provide a link I would appreciate it

March 2, 2014 at 1:42 pm
(1381) kpv says:

H Ried said soon , I cant find any mention of March 5th. all signs points to this week and March 5th is as good a date as any,

I saw on one of the news shows they may not be in tomorrow (Govt closed due to weather) due to the weather and travel . Supposed to snow all night tonight and part of the day tomorrow in DC but also in other states where Senators need to travel from.

March 2, 2014 at 1:48 pm
(1382) Steven says:

The only bill that states a 6 month ext. is H.R. 3936. Reid is talking about the 6 M bill. Obviously he needs his own verion of H.R. 3936 to agree to, but this seems to me his only hope to do anything by this week.
So he must be thinking in these terms. What else can he do at this point? So we need to read this Repubican bill to see how this will work. This bill does not change the present Tier system.

March 2, 2014 at 1:57 pm
(1383) KATHLEEN says:


March 2, 2014 at 2:27 pm
(1384) Karlos says:

DON (8502)

Thank you for that Info. I will be contacting EDD to see if I would be receiving the retroactive payment if this passes. I will update with what the say .

Thank you Don,
you’re Awesome

March 2, 2014 at 2:38 pm
(1385) Mary B says:

Las (8671): I called and got the usual “The system is experiencing technical difficulties. Call later.” My benefit year ended, though. Has yours ended and, if so, when? If you got told to file a new claim but your year hasn’t ended, that is verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry interesting………….

I think DC is still expected to get a lot of snow, isn’t it? Or has the forecast changed? Just our dumb luck. I would gladly divert a foot of snow here if it meant the Washington Sixty would be able to get there and work tomorrow.

March 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm
(1386) Steven says:

To go further with this wishfull thinking on the 2014 UI ext.. A bill offered by Senator J. Thune on Feb. 25 2014 (S 2038) would be the senate version of H.R. 3936. Hopfully this bill is brought to vote this week after all the confirmations (wasting time). Unfortunitly S. 2038 does not have text posted yet.

March 2, 2014 at 4:13 pm
(1387) Rango says:

(8670) Alison Doyle,

Alison, So whats up with H.R. 3936. Harry Reid for this coming Thursday, something happening??


March 2, 2014 at 4:42 pm
(1388) rex says:

we’ll see hopefully this week

March 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm
(1389) Will Powers says:
March 2, 2014 at 4:49 pm
(1390) aimhigh says:

Im hearing no congress tomorrow due to storm,hopefully its not true.

March 2, 2014 at 4:53 pm
(1391) Larry says:

No matter which state you are in, if you’re depending on the EUC extension like I am, you’re weathering a storm..

It’s been stormy for awhile, now its more like a blizzard.

Congress, we’d like some sunny skies too, thanks..

March 2, 2014 at 5:20 pm
(1392) maxx says:
March 3, 2014 at 7:45 am
(1393) Las says:

Mary (8679). My last day worked was December 28, 2012. I filed my claim on January 4, 2013. I was ten weeks into tier 2 on December 28, 2013. I have a balance in my account of over $1,200.00. I was hoping to get the rest of that plus tier 3.
We only got about 2 inches of snow on the Cape. I guess Washington got more so the big wigs can have another day off. Obama is going to be in CT on Wednesday pushing for the minimum wage increase. I just don’t understand why he has forgotten about us. I see 200 protested yesterday about the pipeline. I wish there was a way for us to get there and make our voices heard.
36 years of steady work unemployed due to company having been sold.
Never thought I would be in this situation.

March 3, 2014 at 7:54 am
(1394) Independent-SC says:

Folks, i would be absolutely shocked if this EUC passed both houses of Congress. Most of this is speculation, and actually sort of cruel giving hope to people and it’s never gonna happen. Take care.


March 3, 2014 at 8:47 am
(1395) Rebecca says:

I received my last UI income on January 7. I was able to continue to recertify through February 17th. Since then I get a message that my weekly certifications are up to date. I had heard when unemployment ran out when UI Extensions were available that I would receive a letter at the end of my state’s UI benefits that would guide me to qualifying for the extended benefits. I didn’t get that letter and I’m sure that is because the extension had expired. But I’m wondering how this will work if the extension is ever voted in? Will I have to wait for the letter and to recertify? Or will I get paid for the 6 weeks or so that I was able to do my weekly certifications then have to recertify from there? The best solution, of course, is finding employment but I’ve heard so many comments that I am “overqualified” or that I “need a degree” that I’m losing hope.

March 3, 2014 at 9:08 am
(1396) Trace says:

Iv’e decided, I telling my kids to go to school to be a congressman. They’re over paid, under worked and really don’t care about the American people. People are starving, losing they’re houses, loosing they’re cars and just digging a bigger hole. Yet congress takes another day off. Do they even work a full week?? Let’s see they have been out since Wednesday of last week. Now they have taken the day off because of weather?? Too bad my utilities don’t take a day off when it gets cold, or my bills for that matter.Also I’m not sure about other areas but my area postal workers are crying for help. I have two different friends that are working 70hrs + a week because of lack of help. Why won’t the government approve new postal hiring??? Plenty of jobs there!! Thanks congress!!!

March 3, 2014 at 9:22 am
(1397) Robert Patten says:

Some of you have asked about my previous posting about our OneStop Career center in Florida where I was required to take (2) 2 hour classes by the Florida Unemployment. My regular UC has expired and of course no EUC either, but they told me I had to go to the classes if I wanted to get the EUC if it’s passed. Anyway I had a 2nd interview scheduled at the same time, but the OneStop would not let me cancel. The company that was doing the 2nd interview wanted to make a decision the end of the day that I was scheduled, so I could not change it either. We still have a problem here in Florida getting through to anyone at UC. I sent an email with a question which they told us to do, back in January, I finally got a response a few days ago. They have messed things up in Flordia because of new Software. A lot of people that were on EUC already, when they log on , it shows all the payments they already received have been disqualified and they need to pay it back. Apparent that is a software error they are working on.

March 3, 2014 at 9:26 am
(1398) Dis Gusted says:

As I sit here, counting my pennies, I think about the countless times I have given the less fortunate and homeless, money and prayer when my life was normal but to now realize that I should have been saving my funds for myself. As if the World we live in wasn’t cold enough.. It was hectic enough going back and forth to work dodging the war in our streets but to realize that was the least of my worries. As taxpaying citizens, we should not be treated like this. People leave their own country to come to the ‘Land of the Free’ living tax free but citizens that paid taxes all their life to be ignored and put on mute is pure ignorance. We are enduring one of the coldest winters.. Sucks that we can’t turn up our heat, skipping meals and no gas money for interviews. Sorry to disappoint all by informing you that we don’t all get high & drunk off that money. That money only helps with bills, in my home. I worked all my life, paying into the system and with the downfall of losing my job, I am quickly sliding downhill to rock bottom.

March 3, 2014 at 9:56 am
(1399) Ellen says:

In AZ, it now states on the AZUI website that we can no longer file a claim because EUC expired December 28, 2013. Now I’m worried that if they do vote for the extension, all of my previous claims up to this week will be lost. I’ve worked 30+ years, found myself laid off in October, 2012. Have not been in a situation where I couldn’t find work, but times are tough all over. I feel that my age is now playing a part (57). I do hope that Congress will have a heart and put this issue to rest once and for all so we can all move on.

March 3, 2014 at 10:03 am
(1400) MS says:
March 3, 2014 at 10:21 am
(1401) Barry says:

What happened to Obamas EXECUTIVE POWER?

March 3, 2014 at 10:32 am
(1402) Karen1 says:

@ (8694) Barry

It does not extend to EUC.

March 3, 2014 at 10:38 am
(1403) Karen1 says:


Wow….and just think, I have to brave the storm in MY area because my minimum wage employer told me to come in or be fired.

In my next life, I’m going to be a congressman…

March 3, 2014 at 10:47 am
(1404) Steven says:

Last nite on CSPAN senator Harkin did respone to questions on raising the mininum wage, on the timing of doing this he said it would be after the break during the week 3/24 – 3/28. When asked why so long he said the senate and Mr. Reid have plans to further the unemployment extension first. Sometime during this week or next for sure.

March 3, 2014 at 11:27 am
(1405) Carly says:


March 3, 2014 at 11:33 am
(1406) Jennifer says:

I am in Nevada. I signed onto UI website yesterday (Sunday) to file my weekly claim as I have been doing religiously since 12/28/13 only to read that they are no longer allowing EUC claims to be filed. WHAT THE HECK!?!?! I have tried calling claim center, the only answers I get are: “we have no other information at this time” or I get hung up on after waiting for 4 hours on hold!!!
Can anyone please tell me what I am supposed to do now since claims are no longer being accepted? Any information is GREATLY appreciated.
By the way, I have been keeping EVERYONE here in my thoughts and prayers.

March 3, 2014 at 11:36 am
(1407) Theresa says:

I personally wrote a letter to Tim Griffin 2nd District, Arkansas House of Representatives about the EUC Benefits. I was laid off from my job in June 2013 and due to a Employee Non-Compete Agreement it has left me in a bind to find work in the career I have know for 12 years. Per Tim Griffin he states this ” Several bills have been introduced to strengthen the integrity of the system, including bills that would prevent prisoners from receiving UI benefits, prevent individuals from double-dipping and receiving both UI and Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, and require drug testing as a condition for eligibility. Please write your congress and speak your mind on this. I was very upset to know that the government was allowing prisoners to receive UI benefits. So to pay the prisoners UI benefits, plus give them free medical care and also to support the prisoners on death row for 20+years, while millions of other Americans that have no criminal record suffer because the economy is not hiring full time positions and paying the lowest they can?

March 3, 2014 at 12:01 pm
(1408) dan says:

according to the fiscal times article just put out 5 hours ago they say they are gonna try again this week to extend the EUC … well we will see tomorrow … Since they have a snow day they should make it up like the kids do when they have snow days

March 3, 2014 at 12:07 pm
(1409) Mark says:

They made sure they voted their back pay in right away after the government shutdown. But the h___l with us that are layed of by no choice of our own. That’s our government for you.

March 3, 2014 at 12:07 pm
(1410) CD says:

more states are ending the ability to certify weekly for EUC.. this is because most states do not foresee the extension passing… if by chance the EUC is passed then all claimants will have to follow instructions on the state website..

this will result in a further delay to receive the retro pay..

depressing at the least..

March 3, 2014 at 12:19 pm
(1411) Toni says:

(8700) Jennifer says: The EUC ended on 12/28/13 and they can’t give you any information because there has not been any to give because congress has had 3 to 4 votes since then and it has not been approve for EUC. The Republicans don’t want it and no body knows the next vote on it or now when it may be. They keep going into recess and coming back with nothing for us. It is very sad and stupid of them to do this to us but it is what it is right now. You local unemployment has no news because of this to give you on it. But keep doing your certification because if approve they may retro your claim. Good Luck and I hope this helps you.

March 3, 2014 at 12:22 pm
(1412) ConcernedTim says:

@ (8695) Barry: The Constitution DOES NOT give Obama the power to make legislation, so Obama’s hands are tied when it comes to UE.

From what I can remember, here is Obama’s Executive Power:

1. Veto or Pocket Veto
2. Respond to a military threat
3. (Commander in Chief) Strategize in time of war
4. Make legislation, ONLY IF Congress delegates that power with guidelines (Congress would NEVER EVER delegate the power for Obama to make legislation to extend UE)
5. Appoint and remove executive cabinet members, except for Attorney General during impeachment
6. Executive Orders (with Senate Consent)- only to make foreign treaties and over executive administrative staff)

No where does he have the power to extend UE, all he can do is encourage Congress to do it.
7. Sign federal legislation that has passed both Houses

March 3, 2014 at 12:40 pm
(1413) Carly says:

The issue with Obama is he has been very quiet publicly, with the exception of the state address weeks back, on the topic of encouraging Congress to reinstall EUC. Obama has not said anything publically or shown any evidence that he is encouraging Congress to bring EUC back soon.

March 3, 2014 at 1:03 pm
(1414) maxx says:
March 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm
(1415) Patricia Butler says:

Perhaps the reason that President Obama has not been actively talking about the unemployment extension is because the Republicans will do the opposite of anything he is in favor of. Instead of allowing them to continue their obstruction towards him, he is leaving it in the hands of the Democrats, in Congress, to deal with their colleagues. The President is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

March 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm
(1416) Toni says:

They are tring to get us all to get any type of job, do if they do pass it then it will less money of course. This is a game that they are playing and Obama should never say I have a Pen & Phone and not use it for such a serious matter such as EUC. I pay taxes, I vote, but now no body is getting a vote again…..For What. People are barely surviing if at all from this point. Well I don’t agree and why vote for these idiots to be in office if they can’t do the right thing for you. We are not begging and just want what is ours till we do find something. And I do look but on what transportation $$ or little food. Even if you do get stamps, when it runs out you have to wait another month to get what little they give to you. This is so unfair and wrong. And a disgrace to be an American in the land they call freedom. They get Big Checks, take recess when ever the hell they want and come back and do what. Mess with us to say No. It is reality and I hope ever the best I am just as hurt as the next person. Really.

March 3, 2014 at 1:14 pm
(1417) kpv says:

Word is they will try to get a vote this week but J Boehner already said on Friday he will contest , the Bill they are working onin the Senate is not what he wants and will have issues getting into the House. . The good part is that Democrats think if it did get in it would pass . H Reid needs to wrok on a bill that can pass the House also.

From the Financial Times today

Even if Reid finds a way to forge an extension through the Senate, the proposal’s fate in the House of Representatives remains unclear. Last week, a senior aide to House Speaker John Boehner said that the bill’s path through the House won’t be a smooth one.
“The Speaker has said multiple times that he’s open to discussing an extension of emergency unemployment benefits as long as it is paid for and includes measures to actually help create new jobs,” Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith said. “Thus far, the president or Senate Democrats have failed to offer such a plan.”
The question of whether the extension is paid for is trickier. Whether using savings from an unrelated piece of legislation to offset the cost of the unemployment insurance extension is actually “paying for” it is a debatable point, and one that Boehner is evidently prepared to contest.
The general sense on both sides of the aisle is that if Boehner were to allow a bill to extend unemployment benefits to reach the floor, it would have across-the-board support from Democrats, and would get the backing of more than enough Republicans to push it over the line. -

March 3, 2014 at 1:15 pm
(1418) Older unemployed American says:

I want to say ” hey, Mr. Obama, Mr, Reid, it is March 3rd, 65 days since the EUC expired for many unfortunate American people who have worked hard ALL of their lives and unfortunately are in this situation. I feel they listen to only themselves speak and sometimes I even wonder about that because if they had been listening to themselves they would have fixed this situation a long, long time ago!! As others have previously stated, as leaders, as those in charge to fix things, as those in charge to find solutions to make the everyday for these unfortunate Americans something to look forward to, you are FAILING MISERABLY!! Fix this now so you can focus on the many other serious matters ALSO on your agendas. If you do I thank you, if you continue on this same course of really bad discourse I pray for those you have been elected to lead and care for. Please, do the right think. Reinstate EUC now. Americans are suffering.

March 3, 2014 at 1:19 pm
(1419) Mary B says:

Las (8687): Yes, who would have thought people would be in this terrible predicament after so many years of working……….

I called the telecert system just now on a lark, and I got a new message about my benefit year ending and to call the claim center.

Kathleen: If anyone can get through on the phone or on line, it makes sense to me to keep on certifying. It doesn’t take much time and at least it proves you tried to give them the information they need.

Your story about the “college people” trying to do your job should make you feel proud of all you accomplished. What’s interesting and totally unfair is that they laid you off but brought in new people to do the job. To get away with that, they must have said the job had different responsibilities. Either way, it sounds like the new owners wouldn’t have been great to work with. I do hope you find something else soon.

Steven (8698): If what you say really is true about the extension and the senate this week, that is very exciting news!

March 3, 2014 at 1:44 pm
(1420) victor says:

Call this jerk
Senator Mark Kirk from Illinois, didn’t follow through and put thousands more into our little sinking ship.

March 3, 2014 at 1:49 pm
(1421) dwight from vegas says:

@ 8700 Jennifer

I live in Nevada too Jay keep filing everything went through for me in the filing process just keep filing. I’ve been doing it since they cut everything off. Hang in there .

March 3, 2014 at 1:51 pm
(1422) Mike NJ says:

Forget about minimum wage talk…they need to set a law for MAXIMUM WAGES for people in Washington. See how they like that.

From Bill Maher: “That is not a new idea. James Madison, who wrote our Constitution, said, “Government should prevent an immoderate accumulation of riches.” Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, they all agreed that too much money in the hands of too few would destroy democracy.”

March 3, 2014 at 2:37 pm
(1423) Mara says:

When will Senate post their schedule for this week? I haven’t been able to find anything online..

March 3, 2014 at 2:40 pm
(1424) Mike says:

We need some more positive energy around here, folks. I am choosing to believe that EUC will be extended.

March 3, 2014 at 4:10 pm
(1425) Greg says:

Heard on the radio that CONGRESS is shutdown and won’t have any hearings this week until WEDNESDAY at the earliest due to SNOW.

March 3, 2014 at 4:14 pm
(1426) Don says:

The News is reporting now that 2 million people are out of unemployment benefits. Its at a point this can no longer be ignored by any political party nor media. Annalists have provided proof that this has hurt the economy recovery drastically and could spiral out of control unless something is done ASAP! Here is an article today that will bring positive hope to all who are struggling and hoping….PLEASE READ IT!

March 3, 2014 at 4:57 pm
(1427) Adrienne says:

According to the New York DOL website, EUC is calculated according to the original claim date (OC). If my original claim date was December 31, 2012, I am in fact, done with the tiers, (if approved). In other words, there is no need in continuing to file claims. Could someone else look at this chart and confirm if I am correct. Sometimes two pairs of eyes are much better than one. My eyes are stressed.

*OC effective date Mar 18, 2013 – June 17, 2013 26 weeks of regular UI

1 – 14 weeks of EUC – Tier 1 (depending on OC date)
27 – 40 weeks total

*OC effective date Dec 10, 2012 – Mar 11, 2013 26 weeks of regular UI

14 weeks of EUC – Tier 1
1 – 14 weeks of EUC – Tier 2 (depending on OC date)
41 – 54 weeks total

*OC effective date Oct 15, 2012 – Dec 3, 2012 26 weeks of regular UI

14 weeks of EUC – Tier 1
14 weeks of EUC – Tier 2
1-8 weeks of EUC – Tier 3 (depending on OC date)
55 – 62 weeks total

March 3, 2014 at 5:07 pm
(1428) Lucia says:

Kudos to you Kathleen for doing such a wonderful job for so many years. I was a senior manager for years and do not have a degree either. It’s impossible to get a toe in the door now without it.

March 3, 2014 at 5:23 pm
(1429) Rob says:

Going in for surgery tomorrow and probably wont have a home to come back to.

Thanks Congress

March 3, 2014 at 5:45 pm
(1430) A.B says:

From Cory Booker’s Twitter Today:

Someone asked him if they will be voting to renew EUC.

Cory Booker Direct quote:

“It doesn’t look like there will be a vote tomorrow. But I and others will be working hard to get it voted on this week”

March 3, 2014 at 6:10 pm
(1431) KATHLEEN says:

@ Mary B, Las, Lucia …thank you for your kind comments…and to ‘Mike” you are right…let’s stay positive!!! I truly feel that even if Congress is still closed tomorrow that behind the scenes EUC is being discussed and battled… Mike is right we need positive thinking around here. Alison did not create this blog page for negativity. Alison is always there telling us ‘just the way it is’…and I have never once heard that it is a done deal with no EUC ….Alison’s comments always have hope. I have spoke about a ‘ray of hope’ before and we still have that. Let’s handle bad news when it happens, not now. Say a prayer if you want…cross your fingers and eyes if you want…do whatever you want to place your faith in something…cheer up it is not over yet….let’s have positive thinking for that might make things come true….One day this blog page will drift off to just a few comments here and there once we get that final answer…so while we have this support on Alison’s web page and the kindness of Alison why don’t we do it with that little bit of ‘ray of hope…OK EVERYONE…NOW, EVERYONE TOGETHER REACH OUT…OK…READY….GROUP HUG!!!! AWWWW NICE!!!!

March 3, 2014 at 6:12 pm
(1432) Annie (the Chicago one) says:

@CoryBooker 65 days and counting since #EUC cut off. 2M+ American WORKERS in DIRE poverty with zero income. #RENEWUI GET IT PASSED!!! – 03 Mar

Cory Booker
From countless conversations, emails/letters/calls & visits with NJ residents I know the urgency & will fight to get it done

Above – my tweet to Cory Booker a couple mins ago, and his reply.

March 3, 2014 at 6:12 pm
(1433) Mary says:

My mind is telling me that the EUC is not going to pass! My heart is telling me to hang on to hope! By golly, I’m trying!

March 3, 2014 at 6:35 pm
(1434) kpv says:

Congress is closed again tomorrow due to the weather. Next legislative day will be Wed. The Senate and House doors will be open but no legislative business will be conducted until Wed now.

The U.S. Senate has postponed votes originally scheduled for Monday evening until Wednesday morning as snowfall across Washington forced the postponement of legislative business.

March 3, 2014 at 7:31 pm
(1435) Kevin says:

March 11, 2011 -The biggest disaster ever happened in Japan. I lived there and had a great life. We left soon after that because of the radiation. We came back to USA in hope of a new life and an American having the American dream.
March 3, 2014 -Already been sequestrated now have no money because our Congress likes to play g