A Senate Unemployment Extension failed as politicians continue to act like children. The Senate Unemployment Extension, which was part of a broader bill with several issues in tact, did not receive the required 60 votes needed to pass on Thursday evening. That means 1.2 million people will be without benefits by the end of the week thanks to the effort, or lack thereof, by our United States Senate.
The Senators quickly went to finger pointing-much like you would expect a fourth grader to do after the procedural vote failed. Of all the times to act childish and support party ties–particularly when so many people will be affected and devastated by the failing of this Senate Unemployment Extension. It’s shameful.
You can read some of the political “he said, she said” Unemployment Extension jibber jabber here from the New York Times.
I, as a jobless American for just less than a year, could give a crap less if the Democrats or Republicans want to spread their agenda and represent their own interests in passing any legislation. I just want them to pass this 2010 Unemployment Extension so the 1.2 million people, many of whom are already suffering, can sleep easier at night and concentrate on resuming their job search.
It is seemingly turning out to be one of the most selfish political battles many of us have ever seen in our lifetime. The House had already passed the bill and all it needed was a Senate okay. The President and Vice President have urged for this jobs bills, which includes the Unemployment Extension, to pass to help the people who are suffering. Yet, here we are 3 weeks after the Senate took up the issue still wondering and waiting on what should have happened weeks ago.
The Senate delay on the Unemployment Extension is clearly and completely obvious to me now. For one, neither side wants to represent the people who will be affected–if that were the case this issue would have been presented as one issue on one bill-period. I have also come the realization that putting this bill together with several other items allows these silly Senators to walk away with no accountability as to why they didn’t vote for the Unemployment Extension. Since there are several issues, you don’t hear a particular Senator saying “We just don’t need an Unemployment Extension”. Instead, the Senators are diverting attention toward the deficit which isn’t going to be shrinking anytime soon. Republican Mitch McConnell offered a 1 month extension tonight. Apparently the Republicans now want Unemployment Legislation? That’s funny because it seemed to me and the other 1.2 million people that perhaps you didn’t want to help the people who elected you? Why hasn’t the Republican side brought up new legislation for the past month? I am sure the good politicians could have thought of something on their 10 day vacation last month? Isn’t it ironic that the grass is always greener? Me, and 1.999 million other people, have some pretty ugly grass right now. It’s too bad we can’t hire some politician who acts like a 9 year old to mow it.
Please put me in the United States Senate. I would present a plan that included just the Unemployment Extension. I don’t really care how we pay for it-we just would. When your child is sick you don’t ask if you have money to take him to the emergency room. You just do it. We are the children of the United States yet our politicians, in their finest hour, are ironically enough the ones acting like children. “The Democrats said this” or “The Republicans said that” just doesn’t cut it. Get it done before anyone else gets hurt.
As a parent, I just want to say “I don’t care”. Just do it. The politicians need a huge whack on the behind for acting like overgrown children and allowing differences to come between them and the people who put them in office. Shame on the United States Senate for completely dropping the ball when it was presented so nice and neatly from the House. Shame on both parties for making this issue anything to do with a party issue. It’s a people issue. As in, people are hurting. Also shame on Harry Reid for even thinking that the Democrats should now drop the legislation since it has been defeated three times. That’s inexcusable. If you believe in something, we are Americans are supposed to fight for it. Especially when 1.2 million people and their families are involved. It is your civic duty to stick to the fight and not give up.
I fee like just when we need our politicians the most, they have turned their back to us. I feel betrayed. Politicians like these should be put on trial for putting other interests above and beyond the people they are supposed to serve. How is voting the Unemployment Extension down serving the people who elected you?
Both parties seemed to agree tonight that an Unemployment Extension is needed. Yet, neither is willing to bend appropriately enough to make it happen. Children. Immature children. I am not shy about calling those out who should have figured out a way to resolve this. We knew about 4 weeks ago that we were in trouble when the Senate took a 10 day holiday before going to work on this issue. The road has been tough but it certainly isn’t over. Although with each day, our trust in the political process and the lack of integrity in our United States Senate fades just a little more. This was an opportune time to make a decision that would directly help 1.2 million people in their time of need. Instead, the Senate just continued to bicker and left the people without a true answer as to where the next meal comes from.