Emergency Unemployment Benefits: Boehner Signals Reluctance in the House

by Jessica Schieder, 3/21/2014

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has said the Senate emergency unemployment extension bill is “unworkable” in a blog entry posted to his website by his press office.

The comment suggests that – if the Senate bipartisan unemployment extension bill passes – Boehner may not allow the bill to be considered in the House. By preventing the bill from being considered and voted on, Boehner shields others, who are against extending unemployment insurance, from having their opposition reflected in their voting record.

The blog post explained that the unemployment extension was “unworkable” because there are concerns that issuing the unemployment checks would “be costly, difficult to administer, and [it would be] difficult to determine an individual’s eligibility.”

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) issued a press release in response saying, “This is nothing but a callow excuse to try to justify, yet again, abandoning the nation’s long-term unemployed.”

Other congressional leaders in favor of the unemployment compensation extension were quick to express frustration, including Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

With 60 votes in support of the extension expected in the Senate – including five from Senate Republicans – the extension is predicted to pass the Senate next week. In the event Boehner attempts to prevent the bill from being brought to the floor, House Democrats, including Pelosi, have already begun collecting signatures for a discharge petition. With 218 signatures, the rarely used maneuver would force a vote. At most recent count, there are about 191 representatives already in support of the unemployment compensation petition.

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

  • Urge your representative to support the unemployment extension when the issue comes up in the House by entering your zip code here. You’ll be directed to a letter put together by the Half in Ten campaign.
  • Thank the senators and representatives who have fought so hard to extend emergency unemployment benefits, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) by looking up their contact information here. Let them know extending the emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) program still makes a difference, and you are still watching.
  • Call your representative using this number, provided by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME): 877-363-6141.
  • Sign a petition to the White House, bringing the president’s attention to the issue and prompting a response, here. Since calling this petition to your attention, an additional 1,700 people have signed, but many more signatures are needed.
  • Sign MoveOn.org’s petition to restore emergency unemployment insurance here.
  • Share your story via our webform here, which we will share with representatives and journalists to highlight the urgency of renewing unemployment insurance.
  • Join our Google Group to share stories and resources with others who are either unemployed or passionate about the issue.
  • Stay in touch with the Center for Effective Government by signing up for our e-mail updates and action alerts here.

 

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

 

 

For Further Reading:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Diane 9:49

There is an imposter on the blog pretending to be TNT and trying to upset everyone, saying nasty things.
You have to know TNT (she is classy) to know the real person. There are nasty and evil people on this blog.
I know the difference, you will find out also if you use the blog enough.

Hello? Is there anyone who can help answer my question? Do I need to sign up my email to get an update? Or do we get updates here?

I am new here I am confused. Do I need to sign up for something?

Do we get updated through here or email?

Can someone help please?

TNT 5:26pm

That was really good, powerful!!

Shit I am begining it will.never pass going to give this blog a break don't know what to believe or think anymore

W

So what are you really saying about Tired In Texas I am confused Please explain

YES UNION IRON WORKER GOOD TO HEAR FROM YA

GOOD EVENING EVERYONE ARE WE ALL CHANGING OVER TO THE NEW BLOG THAT CENTER FOR EFFECTIVE OF EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT STARTED "EUC CLEARS FIRST HURDLE" I AM CHOOSING TO STAY POSITIVE ABOUT OUR UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION GETTING PASSED.THERE IS POWER IN POSITIVE THINKING. "MAD AS HELL VET"DOES A GREAT JOB IN KEEPING EVERYONES SPIRITS UP AND FOR THAT I MYSELF AM GREATFUL.I KNOW WE ALL NEED THIS BADLY BUT LETS NOT LET IT CONSUME OUR LIVES WITH DOUBT WHICH I KNOW IS EASIER SAID THAN DONE.BUT IM CHOOSING TO THINK POSITIVE ABOUT A BAD SITUATION AND KNOW GOD IS WATCHING OVER US AND PLAYS A VERY BIG HAND IN THE OUTCOME OF THIS FINALLY GETTING PASSED ONCE AND FOR ALL TO BENEFEIT EACH AND EVERYONE OF US GREAT AMERICANS.

At this point I will never vote republican again because they proved they don’t give a dam about us. GOP vote for the unemployment bill and I still won’t vote for you. You hate me, but I hate you more. When I get back to work, I will support non-republican candidates. Kentucky lets vote senator Mitch McConnell out. Vote for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Ukraine Population, 44,573,205 (July 2013 est.) 
About 37,225,10 of Ukrainians tell US they don't want our help and they should be able to join Russia if they want.

US unemployed, 2.7 million (March 28, 2014)
About 4.4 million both employed and unemployed say let's help our brothers and sisters.

What is wrong with our government?

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