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[Hillary] Clinton Upset Over Senate's Failure to Extend Unemployment Benefits
Hildabeaste's Senate website ^ | May 11, 2004 | Hillary? (probably an aide)

Posted on 05/11/2004 10:45:53 PM PDT by upchuck

[FREEPER NOTE: The RATS lost by one vote. sKerry was in Kentucky campaiging.]

Clinton Deeply Dissappointed Over Senate's
Failure to Extend Unemployment Benefits


Senator calls on President Bush to show leadership
and do the right thing for America’s workers

Washington, DC - Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed her deep disappointment over the Senate vote today, opposing an extension of unemployment insurance benefits. The vote was 59 to 40. In her statement prior to the vote, Senator Clinton pointed out that it would only take a few words from President Bush to turn the tide in favor of providing assistance to the 1.5 million Americans who have lost their benefits since January of this year. "I call on President Bush to show strong leadership on this issue and do the right thing for our workers and for the economy by pushing more members of his party to support this measure," Senator Clinton said.

"I am deeply disappointed that once again the Senate Republican leadership has chosen to play politics with America's unemployed. The Senate amendment would have provided critical unemployment benefits for those New Yorkers and Americans who are down on their luck and out of work – the ones who need it the most," Senator Clinton said.

Senator Clinton was a co-sponsor of an amendment to the Senate Jobs Bill which would have extended unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks.

Since September 11 2001, Senator Clinton has been fighting to extend unemployment benefits. She championed the successful effort to extend unemployment benefits in January of 2003. Senator Clinton was a co-sponsor of a bipartisan amendment to the Jobs bill under consideration in the Senate. The most recent extension of unemployment benefits expired on March 30. Almost 130,000 New Yorkers exhausted their unemployment insurance benefits between December and April. During the recession in the 1990's, Congress extended unemployment insurance five times; during this downturn, Congress has extended benefits only 3 times.

[A copy of Senator Clinton's floor statement I attached]

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
Statement on the Cantwell-Voinovich Amendment to
Extend the Temporary Extended Unemployment
Benefits Program
May 11, 2004

I rise today in strong support of the Cantwell-Voinovich amendment because it is the right thing to do for America's workers and the right thing to do for our economy.  Although I am pleased that we are finally voting on this critical amendment, it saddens me that we are still talking about this issue.  As many in this chamber may remember I worked with my colleagues Senator Fitzgerald and Senator Nickles to craft an unemployment insurance extension as the first legislation passed by the 108th Congress. That was back in January of 2003.  Now, I find myself feeling like its Groundhog Day.

A year and five months have gone by and times are still tough for the 8.2 million Americans who are out of work.  Little over a month ago, on March 30th, tens of thousands of Americans lost their unemployment benefits because the government's temporary extension of unemployment insurance expired.  Every week, 85,000 workers have been running out of benefits and 1.5 million have lost their benefits since January.  Since President Bush took office, our country has lost over 2 million jobs. 

I represent a state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.  In March, New York State's unemployment rate was 6.5 percent.  In New York City alone, unemployment has hovered around 8 percent since September 11th 2001.  And, according to the Department of Labor, if New York City were a state, it would have the highest unemployment rate in the entire country.  Almost 130,000 New Yorkers exhausted their unemployment insurance benefits between December of last year and today, none of whom qualified for federal benefits.

Action to help New Yorkers—and all Americans—who are out of work is long overdue.  That's why I am proud to co-sponsor the Cantwell-Voinovich amendment.  This amendment is virtually identical to a bill that I introduced with Senator Gordon Smith in November of last year.  The Cantwell-Voinovich legislation will do what my bill with Senator Smith would have done:  it will reinstate the federal unemployment insurance program and provide every unemployed worker with an additional 13 weeks of benefits. 

Ignoring the unemployed will not make them go away.  In fact today, despite Congress' inaction on this issue, long-term unemployment is at the highest level in recorded history.  More than two million Americans have been out of work for six months or more, a higher percentage than ever before.  According to the Children's Defense Fund, this represents an increase of 245 percent in the past two years alone and if the past is any indication of the future, many of these jobs will never return.  In past recessions, 50 percent of job loss is temporary; the other half is permanent.  Economists estimate that today nearly 80 percent of job loss is permanent. 

Permanent job loss isn't just a theoretical term.  It's a father with a mortgage, a mother with car payments, and a young person with college loans. We must never loose sight of that simple fact. While everyone wants to collect a paycheck, unemployment checks provide certainty in an economy that is anything but certain.

For months, Administration officials have claimed that their tax package will grow the economy and create jobs.  But the only thing it is certain to grow is our nation's mounting debt.  The last time their economic policies were enacted, Americans lost 2 million jobs.  We cannot wait to see how this debate plays out while 10 million unemployed Americans struggle. They paid into this system—some for decades—and now, when they need those benefits the most, we should provide them.

It's long past time that we take care of unemployed workers in this country.  We simply cannot keep repeating the past and let down American workers in these vulnerable and uncertain times.  After all, Groundhog Day was officially February 2nd.  And like the more 600,000 unemployed New Yorkers, I'm ready to put it behind me.

Thank you.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: hillary; unemploymentbenefits
From The Washington Post
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, 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.

Link ^.

I'm laughing my ass off on this one. Maybe The Hildabeaste should beat up on sKerry instead of President Bush :)

1 posted on 05/11/2004 10:45:54 PM PDT by upchuck
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To: upchuck
LOL Me too!
2 posted on 05/11/2004 10:48:05 PM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
ping!

LOL... Be sure to read post #1.

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my infrequent ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

3 posted on 05/11/2004 10:48:06 PM PDT by nutmeg (Why vote for Bush? Imagine Commander in Chief John Fin al-Qerry)
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To: upchuck
Kerry's official response for missing the vote - that the real legislation (and why he was not present) requires a 'change in leadership' got me laughing silly!

Their campaign is full of buffoons!
4 posted on 05/11/2004 10:48:47 PM PDT by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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To: Howlin; ConservativeMan55; Born Conservative
LOL... Be sure to read post #1. Rush mentioned this on the air today.
5 posted on 05/11/2004 10:49:24 PM PDT by nutmeg (Why vote for Bush? Imagine Commander in Chief John Fin al-Qerry)
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To: upchuck
That's what the rats get for having an "AWOL" senator.
6 posted on 05/11/2004 10:49:56 PM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: nutmeg
Isn't that great? There goes the "he wants to cut your benefits" argument!
7 posted on 05/11/2004 10:50:34 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: upchuck
Ok, John Kerry, the candidate she's endorsing, is solely responsible for her bills failure, so she condemns Bush?
8 posted on 05/11/2004 10:52:12 PM PDT by TheLurkerX ("When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro..." Hunter S. Thompson)
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To: upchuck
Massachusetts Sen . John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, was the only senator who missed the vote. Kerry was campaigning Tuesday in Kentucky.

Also LMAO BUMP.

The damnocrats can't ever seem to get it right, can they?

9 posted on 05/11/2004 10:53:54 PM PDT by kstewskis ("Political correctness is intellectual terrorism..." M.G.)
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To: upchuck
I put your thread link on my thread as well.


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1133842/posts
10 posted on 05/11/2004 10:54:34 PM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1
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To: upchuck
People who need extended unemployment insurance should just do what Kerry does -- ride a $7000 bicycle and marry two rich widows. It works for him.
11 posted on 05/11/2004 10:55:07 PM PDT by Tax Government
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To: upchuck
I nver thought I'd say this: Thanks John Kerry. No buzz off.
12 posted on 05/11/2004 10:56:20 PM PDT by CWOJackson
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To: upchuck
Guy can't even figure out when he has to return to vote and he wants us to believe he has a plan to lead this country. OK Botox Boy, so you have a plan to lead the country. Where? Over a cliff?
13 posted on 05/11/2004 11:00:58 PM PDT by McGavin999 (If Kerry can't deal with the "Republican Attack Machine" how is he going to deal with Al Qaeda)
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To: upchuck
I am deeply disappointed that once again the Senate Republican leadership has chosen to play politics with America's unemployed

Seems to me they weren't playing, they were working. Kerry, on the other hand, was showing America's unemployed how to get paid for one job while out interviewing for another.

14 posted on 05/11/2004 11:01:08 PM PDT by Dolphy (I joined the redlipstick boycott of MSNBC)
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To: upchuck
"I am deeply disappointed that once again the Senate Republican leadership has chosen to play politics with America's unemployed.

Oh just shut up and go away.

15 posted on 05/11/2004 11:05:15 PM PDT by Brads Gramma (Take THAT Kerry and Hitlery! FREEPERS ROCK!!!!)
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To: Brad's Gramma
"I am deeply disappointed that once again the Senate Republican leadership has chosen to play politics with America's unemployed.:

those slackers & malcontents should get a job. And Hillary, you need to pipe down.

16 posted on 05/11/2004 11:18:57 PM PDT by Teplukin
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To: txzman
He actually voted FOR it, before he missed it.
17 posted on 05/11/2004 11:30:14 PM PDT by Bullish
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To: GottaLuvAkitas1
I noticed, THANKS!
18 posted on 05/11/2004 11:50:29 PM PDT by upchuck (Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. - W. Churchill)
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To: nutmeg
Schadenfreude BTTT!
19 posted on 05/12/2004 1:30:42 AM PDT by lainde (Heads up...We're coming and we've got tongue blades!!)
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To: upchuck
...I worked with my colleagues Senator Fitzgerald and Senator Nickles to craft an unemployment insurance extension...
Craft? Well, if you're a witch then I guess crafting comes naturally.
(where is that "witches' hat .jpg" when you really need it...)
20 posted on 05/12/2004 1:55:39 AM PDT by philman_36
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To: Bullish
Does a senator have to be physically present to vote? I seem to remember some senator who gave another senator permission to cast his vote for him. Is this correct or am I having (another) senior moment? LOL
21 posted on 05/12/2004 5:58:36 AM PDT by Carolinamom
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To: upchuck
awe......

LOL
22 posted on 05/12/2004 6:13:13 AM PDT by buffyt (Kerry is a Flop Flipper, he Flips Flop, all the Flop that he Flips, is well Flipped Flop!)
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To: Bullish
Ha ha ha ha ha GOOD ONE!!!! LOL
23 posted on 05/12/2004 6:13:41 AM PDT by buffyt (Kerry is a Flop Flipper, he Flips Flop, all the Flop that he Flips, is well Flipped Flop!)
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To: Bullish
LOL
24 posted on 05/12/2004 6:56:07 AM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: upchuck
Her Heinous will be on the Fred Dicker (NY post) radio show Wednesday at 10:30 est. Tune in to streaming audio at www.wrow.com
25 posted on 05/12/2004 6:58:08 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: upchuck
Hillary knows that there are a lot of people who will just not work as long as they are getting benefits. She'll do all she can to keep the jobless numbers up.

Unemployment benefits are a safety net, not a hammock.
26 posted on 05/12/2004 7:33:44 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: upchuck
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, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, was the only senator who missed the vote. Kerry was campaigning Tuesday in Kentucky.

It's Kerry's fault!

27 posted on 05/12/2004 7:34:56 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: philman_36
(where is that "witches' hat .jpg" when you really need it...)

Well, now that you mentioned it and opened the can of worms :)...



<--- Looking at this you surely wonder, "How can such a bloated, overstuffed object get off the ground?"





Maybe it's a miracle of modern science, maybe it's luck, maybe it's, ahem, witchcraft? But, obviously, it can:

28 posted on 05/12/2004 2:02:12 PM PDT by upchuck (Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. - W. Churchill)
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To: Hillary
Read the want-ads. If people can't find "work" it's because they don't want to "work".
29 posted on 05/12/2004 2:26:32 PM PDT by RedwM
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To: upchuck
I represent a state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.

And the Bill didn't pass, Hurrah! I wonder how many of those people won't vote for her again.LOL

30 posted on 05/12/2004 2:47:32 PM PDT by Pagey (Hillary Rotten is (still ) a Smug and Holier- than- Thou Socialist)
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To: upchuck
Maybe The Hildabeaste should beat up on sKerry instead of President Bush

How funny is this? Returning troops are telling us that they were forced against their will to go into the room where the Senator from New York was having Thanksgiving Dinner last year.

31 posted on 05/12/2004 3:01:19 PM PDT by alrea
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To: upchuck
jeeeesss, is that a bun in her oven?!
32 posted on 05/12/2004 7:17:59 PM PDT by BigSkyVic
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To: BigSkyVic
I think she stores a basketball in there. But what do I know? I'm just another of the legion of Hildabeaste haters :)
33 posted on 05/12/2004 9:52:08 PM PDT by upchuck (Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. - W. Churchill)
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