Prospects dim for quick extension of expiring unemployment benefits

  • Article by: DAVID ESPO , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 9, 2013 - 10:10 PM

WASHINGTON — Prospects dimmed Monday for a quick extension of expiring unemployment benefits as Republican officials said they would not agree to include a renewal in any year-end budget deal.

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formergopDec. 9, 13 4:58 PM

Time for this to stop.

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erikj3Dec. 9, 13 6:34 PM

Republicans are the main drag on the economy right now. Hopefully, Dems will keep the Senate and regain the House in 2014. Maybe then the economy really will start to improve.

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theruntDec. 9, 13 7:02 PM

Republicans say the economy's crappy and it's Obama's fault. Then Republicans say no need to extend jobless benefits because the economy is humming along nicely.

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jbpaperDec. 9, 13 7:07 PM

The democrats are continually talking about how great a job Obama is doing and how our economy is doing so much better yet whenever there is talk about reducing entitlements they come back with a big NO. Keep in mind that these entitlements, SNAP and UI, are not being eliminated or even dropped down below pre-recession levels.

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jbpaperDec. 9, 13 7:09 PM

formergop: "Time for this to stop."------ Wow, for once I agree with you. It is time we stop spending tax dollars on extending unemployment benefits. We need to go back to when the UI was funded by businesses paying into the fund.

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Jakein08Dec. 9, 13 8:32 PM

People in MN are not eligible for the extended federal bennefits anyway because our unemployment numbers are so much better than the national average. These extended bennefits were cut off in MN at the end of 2012. People in many of the red states, with more people on unemployment, will suffer in larger numbers. Maybe some of them will take notice on who is cutting off their income 3 days after Christmas.

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elmore1Dec. 9, 13 9:15 PM

Send a letter to the President. He should be working across the aisle to reach solutions.

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mwellcomeDec. 9, 13 9:17 PM

I do not know if this is good or bad. I do know that continuing unemployment benefits indefinitely is not the right thing to do. The questions is, when is enough enough.

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obstakesDec. 9, 13 9:22 PM

I say let's make them permanent. After 99 weeks, or whatever it is now, let's just assume they will never be employed again and make the benefits permanent. That is what's best for them.

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potter101Dec. 9, 1311:01 PM

The regressive party and it's President put all these workers in the unemployment line but they have a unified voice saying they don't want to extend unemployment benefit and also at the same time their voice calls for lowering the taxes of the rich and corporations. They want to increase money to the military, some of it that the military leaders have said they don't even want. The regressives want to pull large amounts of money from Medicare, social security, food stamps and welfare and in the same sentence they want to give what they save to the wealthy and corporations . American corporations are paying less then half of the national tax bill that they did in the 50's. This regressive voice would destroy the best American values and with the party of no are willing to have the country collapse, rather then giving into a black president that they hate.

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