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Senate Rejects Extending Jobless Benefits- Measure Fails By Kerry's Missed Vote
AP ^ | 5/11/04

Posted on 05/11/2004 5:34:48 PM PDT by 11th Earl of Mar

By MARY DALRYMPLE, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - The Senate by a single vote rejected an election-year effort Tuesday to extend federal unemployment benefits.

 

Democrats tried to attach the benefit to a corporate tax bill. On a 59-40 vote in the GOP-controlled Senate, they fell just shy of the 60 votes needed to overcome objections that extending the benefits violated last year's budget agreement.

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites), the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, was the only senator who missed the vote. Kerry was campaigning Tuesday in Kentucky.

The amendment would have offered emergency federal unemployment benefits for six months, temporarily giving 13 weeks of extra assistance to people who exhaust their state benefits — typically 26 weeks.

The unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent last month as employers added nearly 300,000 new jobs. The Labor Department (news - web sites) has reported that payrolls have risen for eight months in a row, with almost 900,000 new jobs created so far this year, most within the last two months.

Republicans seized on April's employment report as evidence that more federal unemployment benefits are not needed.

"The employment picture in this country is looking up, by any measure," said Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. "I believe it's time to end the program."

Democrats said the extended benefits are needed because the economic recovery still hasn't replaced 1.5 million jobs lost since President Bush (news - web sites) took office.

"Keep our social compact and extend these needed unemployment benefits," said Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.

The amendment's sponsor, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said it would have cost $5.8 billion to offer the temporary benefits, which would have been drawn from $13.3 billion in the unemployment insurance trust fund. Republicans said it would cost $9 billion.

Kerry spokesman David Wade said, "John Kerry has fought again and again to extend unemployment benefits for workers left behind in the Bush economy. The reason we haven't succeeded is because George Bush opposes extending unemployment insurance and so do his allies in the Republican House of Representatives and 39 Republican senators."

Steve Schmidt, a Bush-Cheney campaign spokesman, said: "Last month, John Kerry was pushing for the extension of unemployment benefits. Today he had the chance to actually vote on that question but was too busy playing politics when he would have made the difference in the Senate."




TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: awol; haha; jeanfrancois; kerry; unemploymentbenefits
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1 posted on 05/11/2004 5:34:48 PM PDT by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
That is delicious.
2 posted on 05/11/2004 5:38:13 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Release all Photos)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Nice goin', Jean-François!
3 posted on 05/11/2004 5:38:21 PM PDT by dighton
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
True war heros resign from the Senate when they decide to run for President!! Traitors and cowards have no confidence in themselves and probably wouldn't resign.
4 posted on 05/11/2004 5:38:33 PM PDT by Tacis (,)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
beautiful
5 posted on 05/11/2004 5:38:36 PM PDT by Maynerd
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To: 11th Earl of Mar; Eagle9; freedox; chesty_puller; GRRRRR; MouthOfTheSouth; Memother; joan_30; ...
Measure Fails By Kerry's Missed Vote

A man for the sheeple Bump

6 posted on 05/11/2004 5:38:41 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK (If the price of Freedom be blood "So be it " I shall give all i have that our Children be FREE !!!)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Oh, this is really good!!! LOL, it's downright hysterical.
7 posted on 05/11/2004 5:38:55 PM PDT by dawn53
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
BWAA HAA HAAA

This guy is a buffon!
He keeps running a campaign like this, he'll make George McGovern look like William the Conqueror.

( musn't get excited, musn't get excited, they could still dump him )
8 posted on 05/11/2004 5:38:58 PM PDT by Will_Zurmacht
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Kerry is just too much.
9 posted on 05/11/2004 5:39:08 PM PDT by ambrose (AP Headline: "Kerry Says His 'Family' Owns SUV, Not He")
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Rats! The AP left out the. "Measure Fails By Kerry's Missed Vote" part. How convenient...(Church Lady Voice)!
10 posted on 05/11/2004 5:39:27 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: 11th Earl of Mar; All
"I’m an internationalist. I’d like to see our troops dispersed through [sic] the world
only at the directive of the United Nations."
Hanoi John Kerry, The Harvard Crimson, 1970


HANOI KERRY
has a Campaign Platform
Just like the old days!


"It is a fact that in the entire Vietnam War we did not lose one major battle.
We lost the war at home and at home John Kerry was the field general"

- Bob Elder, Swift Boat Veteran For Truth


"I do not believe John Kerry is fit to be commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces,"
said retired Rear Adm. Roy Hoffmann, chairman of the organization.
"This is not a political issue. It is a matter of honesty."




The book that Kerry
wishes would just go away.
HanoiJohnKerry.com is a blog with a primary purpose. That purpose is to counter the preposterous claims of Sen. John Forbes Kerry (D-MA) that he has any legitimate claim to any sort of "brotherhood" among combat veterans of the War in Vietnam.

While it is generally supposed that his service as a Naval officer on a "Swift Boat" in that theater was adequate and honorable, there is much to question regarding his readiness to allow the accolade "war hero" to be applied to him.

Likewise, it is not at all uncommon for more senior Naval officers to raise an eyebrow at the swiftness and relative comfort by which Lt. JG Kerry attained those medals, and who is available to vouch for the efficacy of his being awarded them (since, as boat commander, it would be his own task to make recommendation for awards for all personnel, including himself, on the Swift Boat).

But most egregious was his conduct, words and associations upon his early-out (from SEA) return to the USA and discharge from the US Navy. His leadership role with the radical pro-Communist (inaccurate to deem this group "anti-war") group called "Vietnam Veterans Against the [Vietnam] War" (hereafter VVAW).

It was while climbing the social and political ladder of the pro-Soviet Left as a principle of VVAW that John Kerry found his political soul-mate in Hanoi Jane Fonda. Granted, these politically formative years for Kerry were prior to the more outlandish acts of Fonda that earned her that name, but it is easily documentable that Fonda did not under go any radical transformation in belief or character from the time she and Kerry were working the same side of the street to the time she traveled to Hanoi, NVN and entered US history as the most overt traitor to ever NOT be charged, tried and executed.

John Kerry went to his own overt extremes to demonstrate that, politically, socially and in lowness of character, there wasn't a nickel's worth of difference between he and Fonda. Thus, in the spirit of fairness and accuracy, we are reasonably certain that he will be agreeably flattered by calling him Hanoi John Kerry.

Here, testifying before the Fulbright Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is where John Kerry, spokesman for Vietnam Veterans Against the War, cemented his position and moniker as "Hanoi John" Kerry. This was the occasion where US troops still in the field in Vietnam learned from one of their FORMER brothers-in-arms that they were heinous murderers and war criminals. HJK would now like to call on them for support in his bid to be the new Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. Perhaps the most preposterous hypocrisy of all.




11 posted on 05/11/2004 5:40:58 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Hanoi Kerry is a traitor)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
...election-year effort...payrolls have risen for eight months in a row...

From AP. And it ended with a Republican quote. I don't think this woman should start her own car for a while.

12 posted on 05/11/2004 5:42:14 PM PDT by prion
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To: Mike Darancette; Mo1; onyx; Amelia
So much for the "he's cutting your benefits" argument!
13 posted on 05/11/2004 5:43:09 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
"I'm all for a REAL war on Terror."

Let's hope Kerry is placing a limit on the amount of time he can collect.

14 posted on 05/11/2004 5:43:29 PM PDT by CWOJackson
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
So Kerry is a fiscal conservative.

hehehe

That'll mess with some FReepers--Kerry's non-vote stopping Jobless benefits.
15 posted on 05/11/2004 5:47:17 PM PDT by TomGuy (Clintonites have such good hind-sight because they had their heads up their hind-ends 8 years.)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Kerry was AWOL, AWOL I tell ya!
16 posted on 05/11/2004 5:48:21 PM PDT by Real Cynic No More
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To: Mike Darancette
I think that this is the second time he has missed this vote and pushed this off... I wonder what his real intentions are...
17 posted on 05/11/2004 5:49:22 PM PDT by max_rpf
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To: All
Screw them I am running for President

I am a multimillionaire, I have more money than John Bersford Tipston

And so it goes

18 posted on 05/11/2004 5:52:11 PM PDT by crusty codger (Arrogance often covers a minimum of intelligence)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
simply hilarious.

I was for unemployment extensions before I decided to not vote on it.
19 posted on 05/11/2004 5:58:52 PM PDT by votelife (Elect a Filibuster Proof Majority)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Excellent. It's about time the lazy liberals get off their butts and find work.
20 posted on 05/11/2004 6:06:10 PM PDT by b4its2late
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
I guess it doesn't matter if Kerry is AWOL from the Senate this year, even to the DemoRATS. I wonder if anyone has thought about how Bush has been running a war and campaigning at the same time. Geez, Kerry can't even manage to make a simple vote. What a F'ing WUSS.
21 posted on 05/11/2004 6:06:36 PM PDT by PattonReincarnated (Rebuild the Temple)
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To: votelife
You know, in that picture of Kerry testifying during the 1970's, he looks just like Shaggy from the Scooby-Doo cartoon.

Guess Hanoi Jane really did lead him around by the leash....

22 posted on 05/11/2004 6:10:10 PM PDT by tenthirteen
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
I'm curious how Specter voted on this. Did he pay Bush back for his support? I doubt it. He never has before, and I don't expect he will if he is reelected.

I assume the 59 include the usual suspects--Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Lincoln Chaffee.
23 posted on 05/11/2004 6:11:19 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
hehehe. You can't make up a candidate as inept as this one.
24 posted on 05/11/2004 6:11:31 PM PDT by Darlin' ("I will not forget this wound to my country." President George W Bush, 20 Sept 2001)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Har har! To quote Homer Simpson from the tomacco epsiode, "but what can I as one person do?"
25 posted on 05/11/2004 6:12:04 PM PDT by Puddleglum (Are you a Republican? ARE YOU? Lord Kerry demands an answer!)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
LOL!

New George Bush Ad:

Voice over: Kerry sure talks a lot about American's being unemployment yet, what is he doing to help the unemployed?

Cut to: Empty Senate chair while vote for the unemployment insurance falls short

26 posted on 05/11/2004 6:12:16 PM PDT by BossLady (What do your choices cost you????)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Hell, when I first heard of this, I figured that Kerry's vote would just mean a tie and Cheney could break the tie.

But now I find that it was a cloture vote and KERRY MISSED IT.

Let's see how Partisan Media plays this in the morning. You can bet that I'll be looking at the NYT, Washington Compost, LA Times, etc..

Karl Rove should be able to ride this one at least through the election.
27 posted on 05/11/2004 6:17:04 PM PDT by jackbill
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To: votelife
"I was for unemployment extensions before I decided to not vote on it."

LOL LOL LOL Too funny!!!
28 posted on 05/11/2004 6:17:10 PM PDT by Lockbar
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
LOL! Kerry has sh*t in his own nest this time. Extending jobless benefits on and on is exactly what keeps the need for jobless benefits in demand. Thanks to you Kerry, the unemployed stay at home and sit on their assites, will have to seek employement that is plentiful and the whole damn world will be able to see that, it ain't the economy stupid, it's just the liberals, making sitting on your ass more profitable than working.

Thank you Senator Heinz-Kerry.
29 posted on 05/11/2004 6:20:40 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Republicans who die between now and 2 Nov. will be voting for Kerry. Stay healthy!)
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To: Howlin
So much for the "he's cutting your benefits" argument!

If Kerry keeps this up, he's gonna have to have surgery on another body part soon

30 posted on 05/11/2004 6:21:05 PM PDT by Mo1 (Make Michael Moore cry.... DONATE MONTHLY!!!)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
What an idiot!
31 posted on 05/11/2004 6:21:34 PM PDT by LoudRepublicangirl (loudrepublicangirl)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
In other words, Hanoi John is nothing more than a titless Hanoi Jane.
32 posted on 05/11/2004 6:24:08 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Republicans who die between now and 2 Nov. will be voting for Kerry. Stay healthy!)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
He isn't the nominee - he knows it and doesn't care any more.

If he wants to shoot his mouth off about Iraq and the "scandal", he should at least who up for the hearings.

Now this with the unemployment? He isn't the nominee and he's bitter - wants to take down the ship is my guess.
33 posted on 05/11/2004 6:25:29 PM PDT by mabelkitty (Karpinski Six -- brought to you by the Media, Inc.)
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To: Howlin
So much for the "he's cutting your benefits" argument!




Ha!
Bump that straight to the top!
34 posted on 05/11/2004 6:26:05 PM PDT by onyx (Rummy's job is winning the war, not micro-managing some damn prison.)
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To: Mike Darancette
"That is delicious."

Better yet Kerry was busy campaigning in a state he's sure to lose by 15 points
35 posted on 05/11/2004 6:27:59 PM PDT by boxsmith13
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Ironically, Kerry has been running an ad locally which says he cast the deciding vote on BClinton's job creation package around 1993.

Trouble is, from other reports, it was Bob KerrEy, not John Kerry, who held up the legislation until he got some perk and then cast the deciding vote.

Johnny must have gotten himself confused with Bobby.
36 posted on 05/11/2004 6:29:54 PM PDT by TomGuy (Clintonites have such good hind-sight because they had their heads up their hind-ends 8 years.)
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To: boxsmith13
Yuck, yuck, yuck, yuck, yuck!!!
37 posted on 05/11/2004 6:30:20 PM PDT by livius
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Realistically, this was probably a Republican trap for Kerry. I suspect that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist had one or two Republican Senators in his pocket who he could have pressured into switching their votes to prevent cloture if it had been necessary.

If Kerry had returned to Washington, D.C. to vote on the measure, some Republican would have switched and Kerry's vote wouldn't have mattered. But in that case Kerry would have wasted a day (at least) of campaigning and disrupted his schedule for what would have turned out to be a pointless vote.

Instead Kerry stayed on the campaign trail and the Republicans made him look bad for missing a "decisive" vote. Frist probably deliberately encouraged some Republican Senators to vote for cloture just so that the absent Kerry would be the difference. And it also helped those Senators in close re-election races if they could say they supported more unemployment benefits.

If my analysis is correct, the neat thing is that the Republicans can play this game over and over. The amendment to extend unemployment benefits can be attached to other measures, forcing Kerry to again have to choose between interrupting his campaign or being blamed for the loss. If he comes back for a vote, one Republican Senator who previously voted for cloture will switch on the grounds that the amendment isn't "germane", but then say that he'll consider voting for it as an amendment to a more pertinent measure. And thus the game can continue.

38 posted on 05/11/2004 6:32:04 PM PDT by dpwiener
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To: Perlstein; Howlin; William McKinley; LS; Mark Felton; Willie Green
Shrum doesn't even know enough to count votes ahead of time in the Senate. Ouch. Poor Senator Kerry, he's got the worst political team in modern history.

Even freshmen Congressmen know to count who's voting for what before missing (or not) a vote or roll call.

Worse, apparently even political veterans and insiders like Senator Kennedy and Clinton aren't even calling to give him a heads up about the status of the Senate floor.

39 posted on 05/11/2004 6:35:24 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: All
Kerry the dweeb drives me nuts. The best I can do today is:

Hey John, why the long face? and

Teeny Tommy is totally ticked.

40 posted on 05/11/2004 6:38:15 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: dpwiener
he he he...
I think you may be on to something...
Damn that Evil Strategrey!

41 posted on 05/11/2004 7:06:33 PM PDT by Will_Zurmacht
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To: TomGuy
it was Bob KerrEy, not John Kerry, who held up the legislation until he got some perk and then cast the deciding vote.

Johnny must have gotten himself confused with Bobby.

"Actually, I was Bob, until I was John."

42 posted on 05/11/2004 7:23:56 PM PDT by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: Mo1; Peach; doodlelady; Maigrey; cyncooper
oh, this is good! ping
43 posted on 05/11/2004 7:33:28 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (sKerry is a sKunk!!)
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To: prairiebreeze
Isn't that something?

Hahahah
44 posted on 05/11/2004 8:01:32 PM PDT by Peach
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To: BossLady
Excellent! I emailed Ed Gillespie earlier this evening and pleaded with him to 'please,please'make an ad about this.This is TOO GOOD!
45 posted on 05/11/2004 8:17:39 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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To: Big Steve; deport; blackie; nickcarraway
Kerry missing vote ping!!
46 posted on 05/11/2004 8:18:33 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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To: b4its2late
Excellent. It's about time the lazy liberals get off their butts and find work.

Its only going to make the unemployment rate godown even further in the next couple of months as the people that are perfectly happy collecting unemployment will have to get off the dole.

47 posted on 05/11/2004 8:25:12 PM PDT by Go Gordon
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK
Thanks for the ping!
48 posted on 05/11/2004 9:53:45 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Lady In Blue
thanks...... Kerry has missed most votes this year and many last.... He needs his paycheck docked for not being on the job but then again we know most of his votes would be on the liberal side....
49 posted on 05/12/2004 5:17:28 AM PDT by deport (To a dog all roads lead home.......)
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To: Lady In Blue
Kerry is missing more than votes. :)
50 posted on 05/12/2004 9:33:53 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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