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Pelosi nixes budget deal without jobless benefits

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:13 a.m. HST, Dec 05, 2013

WASHINGTON » The leader of House Democrats says her rank and file won't support any year-end budget deal unless it includes plans to extend expiring unemployment benefits for long-term victims of the recession.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California made the comment today as senior lawmakers struggled elsewhere in the Capitol to find a compromise that would ease across-the-board cuts in the budget that both parties would like to eliminate.

Majority Republicans in the House have not ruled out extending the benefits that are due to begin expiring on Dec. 28, but say they have no plans to pursue legislation on their own.

President Barack Obama on Wednesday called on Congress to approve an extension, and House Speaker John Boehner today said he was looking for a White House proposal on the issue.

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joseph007 wrote:
let em eat cake. we need the guillotine pressed into service for ALL our elected officials.
on December 5,2013 | 07:29AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Of course Pelosi wants to extend unemployment benefits. It is an incentive for people not to work, makes them more dependent on the welfare state and makes them hard core Democrat voters.
on December 5,2013 | 07:39AM
geo333 wrote:
Boy you pegged that right!
on December 5,2013 | 07:55AM
palani wrote:
Last time I looked, Pelosi was no longer the Speaker of the House, since her obstructionist party was soundly defeated in 2010. It's too bad that the Senate and the Presidency are not as representative of the American people. (1 House member for every 72,000 citizens versus 1 Senator for every 3 million citizens).
on December 5,2013 | 08:06AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
The President won the Electoral College vote AND the popular vote handily in both elections. How else could the Presidency be MORE representative? The Senate (for better or worse) is as called for in the Constitution. Are you suggesting we change the Constitution or are you just whining?
on December 5,2013 | 08:23AM
mitsuni wrote:
Unfortunately you are right there are that many poeple on the take in America that the popular vote did swing in Obama's favor, that said he is the President of all Americans something he and his party tend to forget. All Americans elect representatives to represent them and all of their concerns deserve to be heard. The Dems view is WE WON, so we can do what we want, the rest of you can go sc%$w yourselves. That is not leadership, the President above all others needs to create and atmosphere where all Americans feel as if their vote matters and he and his party don't even attempt to here the people. The people were opposed to the ACA, polls demonstrated it, regardless the President demanded his way. Here in Hawaii the aina were opposed overwhlemingly to SB1, regardless it was crammed down our throats. I pray the silent majority stand up in the mid term and elect leaders that will do the job they are empowered by the poeple to do and they REPRESENT their constituencies and not vote party lines.
on December 5,2013 | 09:16AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Yeah, The Republicans in the House don't vote the party line, do they? And Republican Presidents didn't have the "we won" attitude at all, did they? Oh wait, how about the last Republican President: "I earned capital in this campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it" after he won. http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Bush-claims-mandate-sets-2nd-term-goals-I-2637116.php

Get real. Elections have consequences... for both sides.

on December 5,2013 | 09:23AM
mitsuni wrote:
If you read my post. No where did I mention Republicans, nor infer that they are the answer to the problem. I am advocating that the people get heard and that the people educate themsleves and vote accordingly and that the president do his job of uniting the nation and forcing congress to diliberate and pass laws that reflect the people's wishes. Calm yourself long enough to read and comprehend before launching an attack. AND please, please stop blaming Bush, it is history...it can't be undone or remade, we can only change the future.
on December 5,2013 | 09:48AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
History can be remembered. There was no "attack", just context. As I said, elections have consequences... for both sides. The country had to live with the implications of electing Bush and they will live with the implications of living with Obama. We elected them both.
on December 5,2013 | 10:02AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Also IRT mitsuni: "poeple on the take in America that the popular vote did swing in Obama's favor, that said he is the President of all Americans something he and his party tend to forget." "The Dems view is WE WON"? That wasn't partisan? So perhaps you might "calm yourself" before you post.
on December 5,2013 | 10:07AM
nalogirl wrote:
You are totally correct Ronin006, I had a friend who was unemployed when Obama gave 2 years on unemployment, as soon as it ran out... tada she got a job. Obama and this administration is creating this welfare mentality, I'm so sick of this, I hope our country can handle 3 more years of his bull. If he had any type of empathy for what working Americans are going through, he would not be coming to Hawaii this Christmas, he doesn't care. He has divided this country more than any president I know. Also I wish he would stop flaunting the 14 people that got insurance on Obamacare and instead focus on the million so far that have lost their plans. He needs to be impeached.
on December 5,2013 | 12:14PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
You obviously, from the comfort of your chair complete with access to a refrigerator full of food, do not have any empathy for those who are unemployed through no fault of their own. I sure would hate to be an unemployed worker under your leadership. Many of the unemployed have now become homeless and many are yet to come. Many of our unemployed are only one step away from becoming homeless. As a volunteer serving the homeless on Thanksgiving I got to know many of these people, many of whom once had a good job. Through no fault of their own, they lost their job. Jobs, by the way, are linked to self esteem and many of these people have lost much of their self esteem. Many have nowhere to go. Some have encamped in relatives' garages or become vagabonds. How do you find work when you don't have a cell phone or an address to put on your application? Many do not have the luxury of having family to turn to. I saw one at a library who could not even get a card because he did not have an address to put on his application. And he needed to get a card just to access the library resources. Things you and I take for granted become quite a challenge. I applaud Pelosi for looking after the needs of these unemployed who need the benefits to continue to just look for work and keep themselves off of the streets. The world is not as kind to those who don't have a family to turn to or an "address". Yes, many do game the system but that should not stop those who are honestly seeking to find another job. I don't necessarily think that these beneficiaries become hard core Democratic voters. If anything, any action by the Republicans that deny them the opportunity to have shelter and food to eat will mean that they may not vote for Republicans on the next go round. But that's beyond the point. Let's get beyond politics and just see this for what it is, a societal problem that needs help.
on December 5,2013 | 09:59AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Well said.
on December 5,2013 | 05:19PM
Dolphin743 wrote:
Pelosi just gave away any sway she might have hoped to have in these budget negotiations. By drawing this line in the sand, she just made it more likely that her entire party in the House will be bypassed. Besides, we're five years into the "recovery"---it ought to be over. Extended unemploymenet benefits are one of the reasons that the recovery is far from over. Further extending benefits will just cause people to further adapt to this "new normal" rather than moving back toward the level of labor participation we had before.
on December 5,2013 | 08:22AM
Manawai wrote:
Nancy Pelosi has made these unemployed people into "victims" and encouraged them o not look for wark by extending the fiscal security blanket. She should refresh herself on Bill Clinton's welfare reforms which encouraged people to get jobs even if they weren't the jobs of their dreams. There are jobs available but people choose not to take them as we make living on welfare too easy.
on December 5,2013 | 09:04AM
Manoahillside wrote:
Isn't 5 years of extended unemployment enough? A lot of people that can work are taking advantage and collecting unemployment.
on December 5,2013 | 10:40AM
nalogirl wrote:
That is exactly what they are doing, under this administration the welfare rolls have exploded, SSI disability is ridiculous. This is their way of wining the votes of the unemployed and lazy. Voting should be based on if you have a job and contribute to society. who on the dole will not vote for a democrat, they would lose all theri benefits.
on December 5,2013 | 12:26PM
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