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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I'm just saying if President was a Republican it would've been passed. They extended it 5 times under Bush


No President can use his executive order to pass this bill.

Anonymous (not verified) (3/25/14 4:57pm)

The republican president would have passed a tax cut bill, nothing for us. Were not rich paying for his campaign.

Here is the list of the Republican House of Representatives that need to be called on a daily (if not more) basis to ask for/demand their support for passing the Extension of Unemployment (EUC) benefits ASAP!

Please call the entire list (not just the state you live in). Let them know we are united and strong by saying:
"This isn't funny, we want OUR money!
Please sign the discharge petition and pass the Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits NOW!" From the Center for Effective Government.
"No more delays
We want our pay
Please sign the Discharge Petition and pass the Emergency Unemployment Compensation NOW!" From the Center for Effective Government.

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

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

To anonymous@4:41

No it would be better...If President was Republican it would've passed back in January.

Mario R 3:11

You are so funny but I understand what you are saying, going through the same thing.

Harry Reid has been fighting for unemployment from day one. Obama will sign the Bill. Ukraine should take second stage.

yes I got that e mail too from Goldman

He still suffers from it from time to time...

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