A hint of congressional compromise: Senate sends unemployment benefits bill past first hurdle

  • Article by: DAVID ESPO , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 7, 2014 - 8:55 PM

WASHINGTON — Election-year legislation to revive expired federal jobless benefits unexpectedly cleared an early hurdle on Tuesday, offering a hint of bipartisan compromise in Congress and a glimmer of hope to the long-term jobless and their families.

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SwiftBoatJan. 7, 14 7:35 AM

At what point do we expect able bodied people to get off the government dole?

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mnfishJan. 7, 14 7:51 AM

"The Democratic agenda also includes measures designed to demonstrate sympathy with those who suffered during the worst recession in decades and a subsequent long, slow recovery" What measures? Who suffered? How did they define suffering? This statement makes zero sense. Everyone suffered in the recession, from rich to poor to middle of the road. Retirements went down the drain, house values tanked, inflation increased every year and good paying jobs are hard to find. What relief can I expect this year....another $200 check in the mail....that'll help.

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Packman_1Jan. 7, 14 7:55 AM

At what point do we stop the charity for corporations and the 1%?

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teaqaedaJan. 7, 14 8:42 AM

This is pretty simple. Give the GOP what it wants. Eliminate tax loopholes for the 1%!

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avejoeconJan. 7, 14 8:43 AM

At what point do we stop the charity for corporations and the 1%?---------What charity? Bet no one answers because they never do? They claim the rich get everything, but when asked, they can't list anything that the rich get that everyone else don't. 85% of all tax breaks go to the middle class and poor, yet they only pay 60% of the taxes.

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teaqaedaJan. 7, 14 8:44 AM

At what point do we expect able bodied people to get off the government dole? ============================================= Great question! What do you say 1%ers, when are you going to quit stealing our tax dollars with your luxury loopholes?

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DO1023Jan. 7, 14 8:56 AM

I have a great idea. Let's raise the taxes on the top 1percent. Now they create 95 percent of the tax dollars, why not 96 percent?

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avejoeconJan. 7, 14 9:01 AM

Great question! What do you say 1%ers, when are you going to quit stealing our tax dollars with your luxury loopholes?----------I'll wait for just ONE examle of those tax loopholes that the rich get that the middle class don't? And wait, and wait, and wait......

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dogmanJan. 7, 14 9:14 AM

"What charity? Bet no one answers because they never do? They claim the rich get everything, but when asked, they can't list anything that the rich get that everyone else don't." -- every time you ask, we answer... yet you continue playing ignorant... raising the exemption and lowering the estate tax rate

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teaqaedaJan. 7, 14 9:21 AM

for joe - The "bailout" begins. $10 billion to Morgan Stanley - they hand out $6.44 billion in bonuses. Goldman Sachs gets $10 billion and pays out $6.85 billion in bonuses. That $700 billion constitutes a huge transfer of taxpayer money to most of the wealthiest Americans.

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