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Some House Republicans Press For Vote On Unemployment Extension


 

By Jueseppi B.

The Democratic-led U.S. Senate agreed by a voice vote to begin debate on a bipartisan bill to renew expired jobless benefits for 2.2 million Americans.

The Democratic-led U.S. Senate agreed by a voice vote to begin debate on a bipartisan bill to renew expired jobless benefits for 2.2 million Americans.

 

The action cleared a second Republican procedural roadblock in as many weeks and moved the bill toward anticipated Senate passage later this week.

 

But the White House-backed measure is expected to die when it reaches the Republican-led House of Representatives.

 

House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, has called the bill “unworkable,” citing concerns by state administrators.

 

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Some House Republicans Press for Vote on Unemployment Extension

 

 

The bipartisan five-month unemployment insurance extension pending in the Senate appears to be driving a wedge between segments of the House Republican Conference.

 

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and other House leaders portrayed the extension as unworkable after a three-month break in such benefits, and they are arguing for GOP alternatives to spur growth and job creation. But Rep. Peter T. King of New York said Thursday he and Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo of New Jersey had sent a letter urging Boehner and his team to move the Senate proposal (HR 3979) or an alternative.

 

“We want it extended,” King said. “We respectfully request that the House immediately consider this bill or a similar measure to restore unemployment benefits to struggling Americans,” the letter said.

 

The Senate voted, 61-35, to invoke cloture on the measure Thursday, clearing the way for passage Monday, leaving House Republicans to decide on how to deal with it.

 

Five Republicans besides King and LoBiondo signed the letter asking Boehner to bring something to the floor: Joe Heck of Nevada; Jon Runyan and Christopher H. Smith, both of New Jersey; and Chris Gibson and Michael G. Grimm, both of New York.

 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers of Washington, head of the Republican Conference, said party leaders had not decided how to handle the measure and would discuss it next week. “There will be a conversation. We’re waiting to see what the Senate actually passes,” she said.

 

For some Republicans, the Senate measure presents an enticing vehicle for a flock of stalled proposals to cut taxes, curb regulations and undo mandates under the health care overhaul (PL 111-148, PL 111-152). If leadership decides to attach such provisions, they will have to weigh how far they believe they can go in pushing Democrats into a corner to accept the package before they invite criticism that they are obstructing the bill.

 

Rep. Steve Southerland II of Florida, a member of the leadership team, said the idea of adding GOP proposals had strong appeal. “I am always for doing things that get good policy done for us,” he said.

 

But he added that many conservatives favored allowing expiration of broader unemployment benefit that were created in 2008 in response to the financial crisis. “You have to overcome that argument. We need to do the right thing: allow the economy to create jobs,” Southerland said.

 

Democrats made clear Thursday they would press for quick House floor action on the Senate package, without changes. Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said he had no plans to open talks with House Republicans to tweak the package.

 

“I want them to pass this,” he said. “They can do whatever they want. … Find out what they do, then I’ll react to it.”

 

Some Republicans have urged leaders to use the bill for action on a House-passed proposal (HR 803) by Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., to meld job training programs. The Foxx bill faces strong opposition from Senate Democrats including Labor, Health, Education and Pensions ChairmanTom Harkin of Iowa, who has advanced a separate job training plan (S 1356).

 

Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, a leader of the centrist Tuesday Group of Republicans, said he was urging party leaders to combine the Senate measure with at least one of a trio GOP priorities. They include medical device tax repeal, approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and an increase (HR 2575) in the work-week trigger for the employer mandate to cover full-time employees under the health care overhaul. “I offered three suggestions. If I got one, I’d be happy,” Dent said.

 

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said she doubted any of them would be acceptable as add-ons to the measure.

 

Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the Democrats’ point person on jobless aid, said any negotiations likely will be handled in the House. Assistant Minority Leader James E. Clyburn of South Carolina said Democrats were not planning to open talks on any changes, for now, and instead would press House leaders to allow a floor vote on the Senate package.

 

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The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES): Whats Ahead.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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From Ms. Lynn Sweet:

 

Obamacare politics: A look ahead

 

White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks Monday during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington. He talked about the deadline for people to sign up for the health care under the Affordable Care Act. | Susan Walsh/AP

White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks Monday during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington. He talked about the deadline for people to sign up for the health care under the Affordable Care Act. | Susan Walsh/AP

 

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney could have been talking about a relationship that soured and then got better. “We were in a bad place in October and November,” he said at the Monday White House briefing.

 

 

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Press Briefing

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White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 

 

He was referring to the botched Obamacare October rollout, when health insurance enrollment opened for the first time under the Affordable Care Act.

 

Carney was all upbeat about Obamacare hours before the midnight Monday deadline to enroll, despite glitches at the Healthcare.gov website. Procrastinators triggered record traffic and enrollments at Healthcare.gov and at call centers.

 

So much traffic that Healthcare.gov crashed for a time Monday morning and in the afternoon — but nowhere as bad as last October, when the site just did not work.

 

“It speaks to the determination of the president and his team to get it right that we are where we are,” said Carney. More than 6 million have enrolled at state and federal exchanges, close to the 7 million Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in September would be a success.

 

To spur the stragglers, Vice President Joe Biden talked up enrolling on the “Rachael Ray Show”; Sebelius did a string of interviews in targeted markets, and White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett did 21 radio spots on Monday. John Legend was among the celebs the White House encouraged to tweet.

 

The deadline actually is elastic. All people had to do was start the enrollment process by midnight; they could finish it later and not worry about the penalty.

 

Carney used an administration messaging line of the day: “Just like when you vote on election day, if you’re in line and the polls close, you get to vote. And certainly we believe that’s the correct approach when you’re voting, and it certainly should be the correct approach when you’re enrolling in insurance,” he said.

 

And speaking of Election Day:

 

◆ Hitting the 6 million enrollment mark on state and federal exchanges — even if the number is closer to 7 million at the close of this first enrollment period — does not change the fundamental Obamacare political terrain.

 

◆ Democrats can head toward the November elections confident that there is no way Republicans can repeal the Affordable Care Act. It just can’t happen with Democrats controlling the Senate.

 

◆ Just as certain: Hurtling toward the November elections, congressional Republicans, either emboldened by Republican Rep. David Jolly’s Florida special election win in early March or wanting to work their base — will run against Obamacare.

 

“I’ve said many times, the problem was never just about the website — it’s the whole law,” said House Speaker John Boehner. He vowed that “House Republicans will continue to work to repeal this law.”

 

◆ There’s more to the numbers — and it cuts both ways during campaigns.

 

 

The Democrats and the Obama White House can correctly say far more people are impacted by Obamacare than just those who have enrolled for the health insurance.

 

There are youths up to the age of 26 who have been able to stay on their parents’ policies; many more are covered because of the expansion of Medicaid.

 

Republicans can take shots at Obamacare until the administration reveals how many youths have enrolled, because young and healthy customers are needed to keep the health insurance rates from spiking. But if that’s a problem, the impact may not be felt before November, because in the short term rates are set.

 

The GOP can inflict more damage by focusing on the people who had heath insurance policies that were not renewed under Obamacare and employer plans impacted by the law. Even Obama’s biggest fans are not happy about higher premiums some will have to pay.

 

One of the big questions during this enrollment period has been over how many folks have actually paid for their plans, a fact the Obama administration has not released.

 

Sebelius, in a surprise, told Oklahoma’s KWTV in an interview: “What we know from insurance companies . . . it’s somewhere between 80, 85, some say as high as 90 percent, have paid so far. . . . Lots of companies have different timetables for when their new customers have to send their first payment.”

 

A mystery solved, until the next one comes along.

 

Thank you Ms. Lynn Sweet.

 

 

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TeaTardedRepubliCANTS Tell Unemployed: “We Don’t Give A Damn About You, We Got Lifetime Jobs.”


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Democrats failed on Thursday to win enough Republican votes to reauthorize long-term unemployment benefits for more than a million workers cut off in December.

 

 

From Huffington Post by Arthur Delaney :

 

House GOP Says It’s Too Late To Pass An Unemployment Extension

 

 

 

Andrew Perez contributed reporting.

Thank you Huffington Post by Arthur Delaney.

 

WASHINGTON — Republicans in the House of Representatives say it’s just too late to pass legislation restoring unemployment benefits to the 2 million workers who’ve missed out since December.

The Senate advanced a bill reauthorizing the benefits in a procedural vote on Thursday, setting up passage as soon as next week. Then the ball would be in House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) court.

Boehner has voiced opposition to the bill. Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees unemployment insurance, elaborated Thursday on Boehner’s recent argument that the Senate measure would be “unworkable” even if Congress approved it — so lawmakers shouldn’t bother.

While Congress has reauthorized federal benefits after allowing them to lapse before, the House GOP argument goes, it hasn’t reauthorized them after allowing them to lapse for this long. In 2010, congressional dithering caused the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program to lapse for almost two months. The Democrat-controlled House had passed a benefits bill, but GOP filibusters tied it up the Senate.

“Given that both the House and Senate were officially on record supporting an extension BEFORE the program expired, States and recipients had a strong signal that an extension would eventually be reached,” Ways and Means Republicans said in a press release Thursday.

“This meant that during that lapse, States continued to take claims in anticipation of an agreement,” the statement continued. “States went about verifying weekly eligibility, as if the program were operating, and then just held the claims without paying them until the President signed the law. This time around, without action from either the House or Senate, States have long since stopped verifying weekly eligibility and holding claims.”

But a few states have continued verifying weekly eligibility, at least according to their websites. The Maryland Department of Labor’s website, for instance, tells claimants to keep filing: “We will continue to take the initial claims for the EUC Program after the program expires; however, we will not be able to pay any EUC benefits unless the U.S. Congress extends the program.”

The National Association of State Workforce Agencies said in a letter last week that the Senate’s unemployment legislation would be difficult to implement, though the letter did not specifically cite the fact that some state workforce agencies haven’t told workers to keep filing claims. The letter did say, however, that it would be tricky to send benefits to claimants moving through the three available “tiers” of federal compensation.

“It would be very challenging to identify these claimants, and then administer the proper payments, due to the complexity of the review process and the potential volume of claims to review,” the letter noted.

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, who in his previous job ran Maryland’s unemployment department, has said that despite the challenges identified by NASWA, the Senate bill would still be workable.

A key difference between the 50-day lapse in 2010 and the current lapse, which has lasted more than 80 days, is that the legislation under consideration would require states to implement changes to their unemployment programs, such as requiring claimants to swear they aren’t millionaires.

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Sunday The 16th Of March, 2014: The Week Ahead.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – March 17th – March 21st, 2014

 

The Week Ahead

 

Monday: The President will welcome Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to The White House.

 

Tuesday: The President will award 24 Army veterans The Medal Of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. These veterans will receive The Medal Of Honor in recognition of their valor during major operations during battle in World War II, The Korean Conflict and The Vietnam War. Later in the evening The President will attend a DNC event in Washington, D.C.

 

President Obama Awards Medal Of Honor To These 24 Overlooked Minority Service Members On March 18th, 2014.

 

 

Wednesday: The President will attend meetings at The White House.

 

Thursday: The President will travel to Orlando, Florida for a rally on The Economy. The President will then travel to Maimi, Florida for two events: DNC event & a DCCC event.

 

Friday: The President will attends meetings at The White House.

 

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March 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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President Barack Obama shares a laugh with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, during a St. Patrick’s Day lunch for Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama shares a laugh with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, during a St. Patrick’s Day lunch for Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

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The White House Blog

 

 

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Weekly Address: Rewarding Hard Work by Strengthening Overtime Pay Protections

 

Weekly Wrap Up: the President Sits Between Two Ferns, Moms Want You to Get Covered, and More

 

President Obama and Prime Minister Kenny Celebrate the “Incredible Bond” Between the U.S. and Ireland

 

“Seriously, Do You Want Your Mother to Have a Nervous Breakdown?” Listen to These Moms Share Why You Should Get Covered

 

The First Lady Encourages Military Families to Get Covered

 

LeBron James Wants You to #GetCovered

 

 

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Weekly Address: Rewarding Hard Work by Strengthening Overtime Pay Protections

March 14, 2014 | 2:51 |Public Domain

 

In this week’s address, President Obama highlighted the action he took this week to reward hard work by strengthening overtime pay protections.

 

 

 

WHITE HOUSE VIDEO MESSAGE: Premiando el trabajo arduo con el fortalecimiento de protecciones por el pago por horas extras

March 15, 2014 | 3:17 |Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, el Secretario del Trabajo Thomas E. Perez destacó la acción que el President Obama tomó esta semana para recompensar el trabajo duro por el fortalecimiento de la protección de pago de horas extras.

 

 

 

The Spirit of St. Patrick in Washington, DC

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On Friday, March 14th, the President traveled with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny to the Capitol Building for the annual Friends of Ireland Luncheon, where they joined Vice President Biden and top congressional leaders, enjoyed a bit of Irish folk music, and even partook in some rounds of singing.

 

 

 

Remarks at the 2014 White House St. Patrick’s Day Reception

March 14, 2014 | 18:26 |Public Domain

 

President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Prime Minister Kenny deliver remarks at a St. Patrick’s Day reception in the East Room of the White House.

 

 

 

President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with Prime Minister Kenny of Ireland

March 14, 2014 | 6:19 |Public Domain

 

President Obama and Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland speak to the press before a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office.

 

 

 

West Wing Week 03/14/14 or “What’s Up, Captain America?”

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This week, the Vice President and Dr. Biden traveled to Chile to attend the President’s inauguration, while this President worked on improving access to college for students, raising the minimum wage, and negotiating a peaceful settlement to the conflict in Ukraine. He also got out the word about this year’s March 31st deadline for health insurance applications, congratulated NCAA champs, and designated a new national monument.

 

 

 

Dems Stage Anti-Issa Show on House Floor

 

 

 

The Alarming Truths About GMO’s

 

Published on May 13, 2013

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/art… Watch this video and discover the hidden truths about GMO, and its potential harm to the environment and ecosystems.

 

 

 

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Raise the Wage

 

My Brother’s Keeper

 

Year of Action

 

The President’s 2015 Budget

 

Get Covered

 

Violence in Ukraine

 

 

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House Passes $1.1 Trillion Bipartisan Spending Measure…But The Bill Excludes Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment Benefits AND SNAP.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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House Passes $1.1 Trillion Bipartisan Spending Measure…Excluded are the benefit programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps.

 

The House passed a $1.1 trillion bipartisan spending bill to finance the U.S. government through Sept. 30, a turnaround from the Tea Party-fueled discord that caused a 16-day partial shutdown in October.

 

The Senate will start considering the measure today with the goal of sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature as soon as possible. The administration supports it.

 

Three months ago, Tea Party Republicans’ refusal to fund Obama’s 2010 health-care law led to a government shutdown that proved disastrous for the party in public-opinion polls. This time, Republicans agreed to finance the health-care law while Democrats accepted far less spending than they had proposed.

 

“In this agreement, no one gets everything they want,” Representative Nita Lowey of New York, the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, said in an interview at the Capitol yesterday. “It’s a good bill, a solid bill.”

 

The bill swept through the House on a 359-67 vote and was on track for a big Senate vote by week’s end. Republicans voted for the bill by a 2 1/2-1 margin, and just three Democrats were opposed.

 

The measure funds virtually every agency of government and contains compromises on almost every one of its 1,582 pages. It covers the one-third of government spending subject to annual decisions by Congress and the White House, programs that have absorbed the brunt of budget cuts racked up since Republicans reclaimed control of the House three years ago.

 

Excluded are the giant benefit programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps that run on autopilot and are increasingly driving the government deeper into debt.

 

This above statement is n outright lie perpetrated by dumbasses. Social Security funds itself by workers paying into the assistance program from the very first job they hold, until retirement.

 

Tea party Republicans, chastened after sparking a 16-day partial shutdown of the government in October in a kamikaze attempt to derail President Barack Obama’s health care law, appeared resigned to the bill.

 

“I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of opposition,” one tea party leader, Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, said before the vote. “The die has been cast for the next year on budget fights.”

 

To buy time for the Senate debate, Congress on Wednesday sent President Barack Obama a three-day funding bill in time to avert a scheduled shutdown at midnight. The Senate cleared that measure by an 86-14 vote and Obama quickly signed it into law.

 

The bill increases core agency spending by $26 billion over the fiscal 2013 year, after last year’s automatic spending cuts took them to $986 billion. But it’s $31 billion less than Congress passed last March before automatic cuts known as sequestration took effect.

 

The Pentagon faces a tight squeeze even as it avoids what would have been another $20 billion wave of automatic cuts. The Pentagon’s core budget is basically frozen at $487 billion after most accounts absorbed an 8 percent automatic cut last year. Adding $6 billion to Obama’s war request provides some relief to readiness accounts, however, though active duty troop levels would still be cut by 40,000 to 1.36 million. It includes $85 billion for overseas military operations, a slight cut from last year.

 

The bill includes war funding on top of $1.01 trillion for government operations, an amount lawmakers agreed on in December as part of a two-year budget. While many Tea Party Republicans in the House opposed that plan, Speaker John Boehner criticized Republican-allied groups that campaigned against the budget deal.

 

We are able to fund war, but unable to fund the sick, starving, and unemployed in America. Simply dumbass.

 

Taxpayers for Common Sense, a Washington-based advocacy group that opposes government waste, said a person would have to read the bill at more than a page a minute, without sleep, to understand the entire measure in time for the vote.

 

“While we’re happy Congress is finally getting its work done -– albeit more than three months late — this is not how legislation that is funding all of government should be done,” Steve Ellis, vice president for Taxpayers for Common Sense, said in an e-mail.

 

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, a Kentucky Republican, told the Rules Committee Jan. 14 that he hoped the rush was a one-year-only event.

 

“I only wish we could consider each and every bill in this package separately, but unfortunately, the timing gives us one shot and one shot only to get it done,” Rogers said.

 

Lawmakers have said a more regular appropriations cycle will reduce the threat of shutdowns and provide certainty to businesses and investors.

 

NASA, the FBI and the Border Patrol all won spending increases at the expense of cuts to the Transportation Security Administration, Internal Revenue Service and foreign aid. There’s money to repair the iconic cast iron dome of the U.S. Capitol, full funding for food aid for low-income pregnant women and their children, and a $150 million increase over 2013 for high-priority transportation infrastructure projects. Army Corps of Engineers construction accounts get a more than $300 million hike over Obama’s request for flood control, shoreline protection and environmental restoration and other projects.

 

The bill fills out the budget agreement sealed last month by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the heads of the House and Senate Budget Committees. Murray and Ryan left it to the chairmen of Congress’ appropriations committees, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., to work out the details.

 

This bill is great….if you are not A Student. A Veteran. A Senior Citizen. On Unemployment Insurance while job searching. A Mother on SNAP. In other words, if you are the 99% of Americans, you are fucked.

 

Again.

 

Happy Bipartisan Spending Bill Day.

Happy Bipartisan Spending Bill Day.

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