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Dems want special session to include unemployment benefits

by Dara Kam | July 20th, 2010

Two Palm Beach County lawmakers are pushing a measure to implement an expansion of unemployment compensation benefits Congress is expected to pass as early as today. The bill could bring about $270 million in unemployment benefits for about 200,000 long-term unemployed Floridians whose extended benefits dried up on June 5.

But there’s little chance GOP leaders will expand the special session on oil drilling that kicked off at noon and is already coming to a close in the House.

Gov. Charlie Crist called lawmakers into town to pass a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow voters to decide if offshore oil drilling in Florida should be banned.

The Senate wants to pass the measure but the House is expected to convene briefly and adjourn without even voting on it.

Congress appears to have settled its own impasse over unemployment benefits and is expected today to approve another expansion for the long-term unemployed.

But Floridians won’t be able to get the additional funds unless state lawmakers sign off.

Rep. Kevin Rader, D-Boynton Beach, filed a bill that would extend the state’s June 5 expiration date for the long-term unemployed benefits and wrote a letter yesterday asking Crist to expand the session.

More than 35,000 Floridians a week are losing out on the extended benefits, Rader said.

“These are families who need this money because of the economic crisis in our state,” said Rader, who failed to convince lawmakers to pass a similar measure during the regular session to avoid having to come back during a special session to extend the deadline for the benefits.

Jobless workers spend $1.70 for each $1 in unemployment fund they receive, according to some estimates.

“It’s outrageous we would not act so that Floridians get the funds that they are entitled to,” said Sen. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, one of the bill’s co-sponsors. Gelber’s Democratic attorney general opponent, Sen. Dave Aronberg of Greenacres, is also backing the measure. “It’s money for people who need it the most and who will spend it immediately.”

Rader acknowledged it is highly unlikely the session will be expanded but that “I am always hopeful that common sense and reason will prevail.”

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21 Responses to “Dems want special session to include unemployment benefits”

  1. RUcerious? Says:

    What constitutes “long-term” unemployed? is this support for the 99′ers, or for anyone over 25, and under 99?

  2. Bloggy Bayou Says:

    My Take on Charlie and the Special Session:

    http://www.practicalstate.com/2010/07/20/republicans-in-and-outside-of-florida-grow-some-fangs/

    Cheers

  3. rhonda Says:

    The unemployment benefits will be EXTENDED for TWO AND A HALF YEARS, that’s 2 1/2 years.

    and who will be paying this cost….WE WILL.

    We will be funding these payments for 2 1/2 YEARS, people!

  4. serious Says:

    RUcerious…

    the unemployment issue you are referring to adds no extra weeks…

    and the EB extension is 100% federally funded.

    EB benefits were prematurely interrupted by the end-of-program deadline.

  5. serious Says:

    rhonda…

    you are totally misinformed.

  6. Garry Says:

    rhonda….

    Not even close……

    NICE USE OF CAPS…….

  7. Mary Says:

    It does not matter in reccesion with no living jobs for millions unemployemnt should be extended for ALL Unemployed. Stop the weeks bit and extend it for ALL. Working people ned to stop the fighting on Unemployed you may be one soon!Work together this why this country is going under too many people want politics!

  8. Bloggy Bayou Says:

    Turncoat Charlie:

    http://www.practicalstate.com/2010/07/20/republicans-in-and-outside-of-florida-grow-some-fangs/

    Cheers

  9. Tag Magnet Says:

    Hey Rhonda, we ALL pay into it. Look at your pay stub where it says FWT, we ALL pay so that if YOU are jobless, YOU wont be penniless. But I think YOUR problem is YOU. Let me guess…your a christian.

  10. Bobby Says:

    Wow Ronda do you have some metal disorder ??? Ask yourself this, if you were me and you have been paying into the system for over 35 years do you first think that 26 weeks is all of that money ??? Even 99 weeks does not even come close me and all the other 99ers that have paid for years into the unemployment system, and as we all know there was a surplus. It’s over 2 million 99ers alone thats not counting the newly unemployed and even the people that have been unemployed for a few months just 99ers. So do a little math Ronda over 300 million people have paid into that system during and after Clinton, meaning also with bush so ask yourself this, why would your child have to pay ??? well ride down to Texas and ask your buddy Bush because it’s funding his war in Iraq. Also ask him where our tax money is from looking for weapons of mass distruction that never existed and were never found, that would fund the unemployment system alone. Also ask him what happened to all the stacks of money and gold that was found in Iraq. That could fund the unemployment system, so ask him where that is. Go ahead Ronda while you are crying go ask Bush. Because you are so worried, give your job to an unemployed person and you take there place but make sure it’s a 99er so you can feel the full blunt of being hopless and see if you will feel the same. Before you open your mouth check your history and check out someone thats really suffering. I bet you didn’t cry when the Republicans signed away the unemployment fund and tax money to fund Bush’s war. I to hope the special sesson will include the 99ers. It’s funny how quick people are to throw stone when they have not lived in our shoes.

  11. dd Says:

    The endless unemployment extensions are hard to justify when I am scraping by having to do whatever it takes to pay my bills. As a “self-employed” / “freelancer” / “independent consultant” for the same company for 5 years I lost my income when the company went bankrupt. . I’ve cut down everything to the bone and beyond. Sold off personal property. Taken work way below my level, almost entry level. Moved downward in housing. But the “no-work pay” for others keeps getting extended and extended and extended supported by Federal Tax dollars. It leaves a bad taste. Either widen benefits to include the rest of us who did not work on staff or let us all stew in the same thin soup. Maybe more families hung out over the hairy, ragged edge will develop some political will. There is a difference between state and federal unemployment benefits. Federal unemployment benefits extend state unemployment benefits out to 26 weeks. They must be explicitly passed by Congress, which doesn’t happen unless there’s a particularly bad recession. They’re paid for out of our federal tax dollars.

  12. me Says:

    Your jealousy is poisoning your logic.

    They are eligible for unemployment benefits.
    You are not.

    They did not choose your path.
    You did.

  13. Bobby Says:

    Wow DD I guess you are a Republican that lost most of yours too huh, well welcome to the party, we are all just having a big ole wonderful party while we are selling all of our shyt too. Thanks “ME” your very right he picked his own path, so live with it DD. Wah wah wah at least you were able to find a job, before I was laid off I made 3-5 times as much as my unemployment check was depending if I was on the road or not, boy I sure don’t miss that money at all huh DD. So yeah I’m having a good ole time wondering how I will put gas in my car, or if I will have to sell it to keep a roof over my head for another moth, wondering if I will eat next month. I just wish I had enough gas and food to take to that guy I saw living in the Wal-Mart parking in January, I just hope someone has helped him, because the heat has been like living on the suface of the sun. I have to leave my A/C off all day in the heat of the day and run it only at night just to sleep. Why you may ask, because I can’t afford to live in comfort anymore and things are getting much worse. But I’m rich because as of yet I’m not living in my car in the Wal-Mart parking lot with that guy. I can’t help but think if he had a family, if they are in the van with him, did he loose his family, is he eatting. I tell you this if they ever pass unemployment extenion for the 99ers that guy will get his first hot meal from me and I will invite him to my place to have a hot shower, my place is small but at least I could take one person that I’m pretty sure must be a 99er off the street. Maybe if we work together we can servive. And you know whats sader than that, he may think he is rich too because at least for the time being he has somewhere to go, his van. You sicking me that you are only really thinking of yourself with this pitty party your having.It’s really sad that you just wish to kill us all because of your hate and jealousy, what a selfish pile of crap you are. Hey but as we all know Republicans always only think of themselves, well and people that are in their nut kissing group with, but really just themselves. Here is a News flash for you DD we all have lost a lot in this finacial and political war, it’s not going to get better for at least 5-6 years, so be glad that you have what you have instaed of slinging hate at people that are suffering much more than you. Do you know that there have been 99ers that have not had benefits for months, some of us January, why don’t you give up your job and trade places with them if you think it’s so hard to justify the unemoployment extensions. Even better yet trade places with the guy living in his van, and stay there for the better part of a year and see if it’s still hard to justify, you want because thats what cowards do, is talk a lot about things they have no clue about and when it comes time to back your words, you run like senator Angle. Hell I wish I had the money to buy one of the very little houses I saw on line that was only 89 square feet, I would live in that because then maybe I could pay for it in cash and not have to worry about rent, but I’m just stuck like ever other 99er waiting on help from Congress who has turned their backs on us, so count your blessing DD and loose the hate, we all are already boiling in the soup with you. just turn around and look over your shoulder and maybe if jealousy does not block your view, you may see us 99ers have been suffering for months, and it’s now over 4 million of us. Ask yourself this are you really suffering ??? Ask yourself that, just think if you didn’t find that job, where would you be now DD, that is what you really should be looking at instead of throwing stones. The big differance between you and the 99ers we don’t want to boil everyone with us because of hate and jealousy, we just want help, and if you have paid into that unemployment insurance fund for over 35 years like I have then you can’t help but wonder where all that money went, next News flash IT”S INSURANCE DD SO GET IT RIGHT. Here let me help you a little more with that, it’s just like having auto insurance and when you have an accident your insurance company is telling you, “Hell no we’re not paying you we need this money for war or ourselves” and your reply would be but I have have full coverage and you paid for the rich, CEO’s, banks, two wars, Hati, Wall street, all unpaid for. But when it comes to the people some of whom made you who you are, you can’t pay me. The insurance company then tells you “Well you have to pay for that car” and you tell them hey I have paid into this insurance company for over 35 years, why can’t you help me ??? Then they just turn away and walk away from you and then tells you oh yeah we’ll help you hahaha. If you want to hate someone call your Republican Congressman or women and ask them where your money has gone, then call Bush and ask him. We all know you will not do that because everyday one our military dies over seas, you see in a horrible fashion where your unemployment surplus went DD.

  14. anom Says:

    How many unemployed miss the 4.2% unemployment , thriving economy, and record stock markets with small businesses booming from coast to coast that we had under Bush , up until the Democrats took over the houses in 2007? We also had a terrible economy under Clinton until the Republicans replaced the Democrats and ran both houses. Any of you unemployed see a pattern here?
    http://technologiez.net/2010/07/22/unemployment-benefits-in-america/

  15. Valigator Says:

    quote ” Sen. Dave Aronberg of Greenacres, is also backing the measure. “It’s money for people who need it the most and who will spend it immediately.” Is this guy for real? Where are they going to spend it? To the credit card companies? Tax assessors office? Over-priced gas for their cars? How about property insurance bills? Its amazing Aronberg gets up in the morning and finds his way to his car..this is not a guy we want in Public office, hell, with the above quote, you would think he was married to Pelosi..what an idiot.

  16. me Says:

    “It’s money for people who need it the most and who will spend it immediately.” –Sen. Dave Aronberg

    “Is this guy for real? Where are they going to spend it?” –Valigator

    Valigator…

    Where? On food.

    If they still have some sort of roof over their heads… on rent.

    If they still have a car of some sort… on gas to get to job interviews.

  17. Carlos Hidde Says:

    Valuable article. Lucky me I found your website by indicent, I saved it so I can locate it next time.

  18. richard relli Says:

    usa the powder puff country. all these
    jac ass politions are bought & paid for.
    there should be no more funded elections. i just lost my house. there
    funding these greety banker truoser stained pigs. this is one big sell out
    to the american people. i have lost everything. this is one big suc out.
    USA THE FASHIST COUNTRY.KEEP VOTING FOR THESE INCOMPATENT PEOPLE.THIS IS WHAT YOU GET. I HOPE IT TRICKELS UP SOON.

  19. richard relli Says:

    I WAS WATCHING THE NEWS & I HEARD THAT IT IS A PRIVLAGE TO OWN A HOUSE. THESE PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO BRAINWASH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHAT ARE YOU KIDDING ME. THEY SIT ON THERE ASS READING WHAT THERE SPONSERS TELL THEM TO READ. ANOTHER CASE OF BOUGHT & PAID FOR ADD.

  20. richard relli Says:

    I USE TO WORK & CREATE /MAKE MONEY WITH MATERIALS I WOULD BUY. SINCE THE BANK FORECLOSED ON MY HOUSE. PEOPLE COME BY &
    WANT TO RECYCLE ALL MY VALUABLE MATERIALS I USE TO USE TO MAKE MONEY.
    THAT WHERE OUR COUNTRY IS GOING, TO THE RECYCLE BIN. USA THE BIG MELT DOWN.
    ITS GETTING HOT.

  21. richard relli Says:

    EVERYBODY ON UNEMPLOYMENT SHOULD DEFECT & MOVE TO CANADA
    YOU MIGHT FREEZE YOUR ASS OFF. BUT YOU MAY GET A JOB & HEALTH CARE.
    SINGLE BUSINESS OWNERS WITH NO EMPLOYEES DONT GET UNEMPLOYMENT.

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