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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed a letter with Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee urging House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to pass the Senate's renewal of the federally funded unemployment compensation program that expired in December. That makes Sandoval the first Republican governor to publicly support an extension of the compensation program passed in 2008 to help Americans who have been unemployed for 27 weeks or more.

Rhode Island has the highest official unemployment in the nation at 9 percent, while Nevada is No. 3 at 8.5 percent. When the program for the long-term unemployed expired at the end of last year, 21,700 jobless Rhode Islanders immediately lost their compensation and 60,300 Nevadans lost theirs. Nationwide, the suddenly cut-off were tallied at 1.3 million. In the 14 weeks since then, an additional 980,000 or so Americans have exhausted their state jobless benefits and would be eligible for the federal program if it were renewed.

S. 2148, passed with votes from six Republican senators a week ago, would provide a retroactive extension lasting until the end of May. But chances in the House are dicey, to say the least. Boehner has said he wants job provisions added to any bill presented for a vote, but won't come up with any. House Republican Reps. Pete King, Chris Gibson and Michael Grimm of New York; Frank LoBiondo, Chris Smith and Jon Runyan of New Jersey; and Joe Heck of Nevada have all publicly come out in support of renewing the federal program. But it will take more than their votes to get the extension approved.

As Laura Clawson has noted, in addition to Boehner's call for job provisions, House Republicans want any renewal to include offsets and other provisions that amount to poison pills. These include approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and more business tax breaks.

The Chafee-Sandoval letter (dated April 11) states, in part:

As you know, long-term unemployment remains unacceptably high despite the fact that our economy has been recovering from the worst recession in generations. When our country has experienced similar rates of long-term unemployment in the past, Congress has consistently acted in a bipartisan fashion to extend emergency unemployment benefits.

Some groups have expressed concerns with the inherent complexities of administering S. 2148. Despite these challenges, our states are more than capable of implementing this legislation, including the administration of retroactive benefits, which we have successfully done in the past.

Stonewalling renewal is not about logistics, but GOP's you're-on-your-own philosophy. It's possible that with enough maneuvering and enough Democratic giving in on offsets, an extension will be approved. But Congress is on vacation until April 28. If a the Senate-passed extension does manage to obtain an okay in the House, the compensation program will be near its next expiration date.

Originally posted to Meteor Blades on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 02:34 PM PDT.

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  •  I'd bet that Boehner is once again forced to drop (5+ / 0-)

    ..the Hastert rule on this:  

    S. 2148, passed with votes from six Republican senators a week ago, would provide a retroactive extension lasting until the end of May.

    But chances in the House are dicey, to say the least. Boehner has said he wants job provisions added to any bill presented for a vote, but won't come up with any. House Republican Reps. Pete King, Chris Gibson and Michael Grimm of New York; Frank LoBiondo, Chris Smith and Jon Runyan of New Jersey, and Joe Heck of Nevada have all publicly come out in support of renewing the federal program. But it will take more than their votes to get the extension approved

     - emphasis added on the retroactive part

    ...Nevada can't be the only state where high unemployment has the republicans with their lousy policies cornered. And as 2014 approaches even more so

    This is very good news - am I being overly optimistic? I hope not

    Thx MB

  •  Of course, it's moot, because it will be (7+ / 0-)

    all retroactive.  It will help, but not for long. We need a more permanent solution.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 03:00:14 PM PDT

    •  We do, indeed. I've written about that need... (8+ / 0-)

      ...repeatedly. But the p-t-b, for some reason, don't listen to me.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 03:15:04 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  So, how long should it last? (0+ / 0-)


      We need a more permanent solution.
      You do realize this is an employer funded insurance plan, right?  It was only set up for 26 weeks of benefits.  Extending it indefinitely is unsustainable.  The only viable "permanent solution" is letting the extended periods lapse.

      At some point the "emergency" extensions have to wind down.  We are over 3 pct points down in uninsured percentages from when we initiated the emergency extensions.

      When should it go back to "normal"?

      •  When full employment is possible! (2+ / 0-)
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        kfunk937, MEAT HELMET

        When we have more people looking for jobs than there are jobs for them, people need more than 27 weeks of unemployment. When we've shipped so many jobs overseas, and have done nothing to favor actual job growth and creation, we need to support those who can't find work. When hunger and homelessness are at all time highs, we need more than 27 weeks of unemployment compensation.

        I'm an over 50 IT professional. My last two layoffs were both long, because age discrimination is rampant in IT. Both times I finally returned to work only when the hiring manager was a generational peer. This last one only recently ended, and that after 15 months. Sadly, too many of the younger managers and HR people who interviewed me figured why hire an older worker, when we have 3 equally qualified candidates who will probably be a "better fit" because they are the same age as the rest of the team.

        Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your shackles. It is by the picket line and direct action that true freedom will be won, not by electing people who promise to screw us less than the other guy.

        by rhonan on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 09:38:18 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  We have never had full employment (0+ / 0-)

          The best we had under Bush was, I believe, over 5% UE.

          As far as jobs go.. I agree we need more.. lots more.  But, as an over 50 IT pro too, I see more and more of our jobs going to H1B workers willing to work slave hours for slave wages, and the rest of the jobs are being shipped to Mombai.

          We are 5 years into this recession, but has there been any reduction in the number of employees we have imported year after year, when Americans are fully qualified to fill those positions? No.

      •  FUTA base was last raised in 1983 (0+ / 0-)

        Making the program sustainable is not the problem here.

        Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

        by benamery21 on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 04:01:28 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for using the phrase "unemployment (4+ / 0-)
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    compensation." Verbiage is important.

    That said, the problem Congress has is that every spending bill they pass brings them that much closer to being unable to deny that managing the currency is their duty and obligation and if the citizenry has been stinted, it's their fault.

    The reason dollars are passed through the Federal Reserve, in addition to being a boon for the banks, is that it enables Congress to pretend that the rationing strategies it follows are mandated by some other force. Admitting that they've been using the public purse to enhance their power and longevity in office would open them up to voter revenge. Bad enough that the Tea Party has sent in a cadre of people who aren't willing to compromise. That the Tea Party people haven't caught on that they've been suborned by the corporate henchmen is not a situation that's guaranteed to last. Eventually, they'll figure out that the reason they have no clout is because the old guard is holding on to power for dear life.

    Old-time Democrats are not exempt. They have good reason to be irked at the Kochs. Which is not to say the Koch brothers are right -- only that they've got a point when they suggest that Congress is corrupt.

    by hannah on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 03:07:28 PM PDT

    •  The Tea Party is a convenient excuse (0+ / 0-)

      used by the moderate wing of the GOP.  In actuality, Tea Party members of Congress are a very small minority, especially in the Senate.

      While vocal, they have no power to speak of.  But they are used as the convenient excuse by GOP leaders to do nothing.. or keep voting to repeal Obamacare..

  •  Not surprised... (2+ / 0-)
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    mbh1023, shoeless

    He's basically got no opposition in the run up for reelection (a couple of clown car fringe right wingers in the primary and no real democratic opposition) and is wildly popular.  Plus he's already more than pissed off the far right in this state and nobody (but them) cares.  

  •  Stonewalling renewal (10+ / 0-)

    is about starving people.

    It's not just "unemployment" its the food stamps too.

    Republicans are systematically nixing every last thing a human being needs to survive in this country, they are doing it with impunity, they are doing it with glee.

    They aren't nerds making a calculation error: they are sociopaths with an ugly, ugly agenda.

    Legal means "good".
    [41984 | Feb 4, 2005]

    by xxdr zombiexx on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 05:05:45 PM PDT

  •  How long before he changes parties? (0+ / 0-)

    Over the last several years, I've found that conservative ideology is sort of like a pile of oranges at the grocery store. If you pull out one, the whole thing tumbles down.

    How many times have we seen a conservative like John Cole break with the party over one issue, and then discover that the problem he found is widespread throughout the conservative belief system?

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 08:32:49 AM PDT

  •  democrats needs to beat republicans with this (3+ / 0-)
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    Republicans lose their jobs also. I ran out of benefits in early Feb and just recently took a job paying me about 60% of what former job did. If this passed I would get 6 weeks of benefits back that I missed and had to dip into my 401K
    Lots of people are like me and are pissed over this. The old 26 week UI period is out of date, a year is realistic. In a way it's true Unemployment benifits make you choosy about taking a crappy job but when you lose it and have  no money they get you to take anything and lower your standard of living. I no longer make enough to spend on anything but things like the mortgage and utilities.

    •  That's not a bug, it's a feature (0+ / 0-)

      If you're unemployed you can take any crap job they figure.  Then you end up on contract work, so you can forget sick days, vacation days or health insurance. Ignore being under paid or adding to any bit of savings you could try to have, or build back since you lost that initial stability.

      Meanwhile if you're unemployed be sure to open that Chase Account so they can monitor all of your transactions and nickle and dime the little bit that you have left.

      Then when you finally do get a non contact work job, be prepared to be severely underpaid still, with no ability to make up for what you lost.

  •  Does he see the handwriting on the wall.. (1+ / 0-)
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    Sandoval my have realized what the rest of the Republicans seem to discount, that is, their war on the Middle Class will have damaging consequences in the elections.

    However, he my also need to reconsider his support for Clive Bundy, because  this situation will  become increasingly more toxic.

    The land belongs to the American People, not Bundy. Do  Bundy and his sons also get millions in  our tax dollars through the Farm Subsidy Programs? Look what they currently charge us for the beef grazing on our land.

    This is like the middle class bail- out of the banks, middle class subsidies to Big Oil and other Corporations who show their gratitude by increasing gas prices, parking their money in Foreign Banks, and  who also refuse to give jobs , loans, decent wages, unemployment benefits, equal pay, to tax payers from whom they mooch millions.Thanks to their Republican politicians.


  •  Not quite the reason... (2+ / 0-)
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    MrJersey, kfunk937

    Nope.  He is for renewed unemployment insurance because the lack causes a huge gap in the NV budget and therefore  he will have to go along with a tax increase.  Plain and simple.  Same as with Medicare expansion.

    Now don't get me wrong, I am happy he chose sanity over lock step anti-Obamaism, but  it's his single emphasis on taxes that drives all his decisions.

  •  Hummmm (0+ / 0-)

    sounds like he is dipping his toe, er, hand into the GOP Presidential circle jerk.

    Ted Cruz (R-Tx) America's Prick

    by jackandjill on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 08:49:56 AM PDT

  •  Repub;ican "job provisions" (0+ / 0-)

    Tax cuts for the rich?  Labor and environmental deregulation?  Democrats using Republican rhetoric, i.e., "job provisions"?  Surprise me.  (As if.)

    Pay no attention to the upward redistribution of wealth!

    by ActivistGuy on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 09:10:28 AM PDT

  •  Bagguers begin frothing... (1+ / 0-)
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    The Old Grouch

    3, 2, 1...

    Ugh. --UB.

    The Republican Party is run by the KOCH BROTHERS.

    by unclebucky on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 09:21:26 AM PDT

  •  Anyone want to bet the "clown car fringe right- (0+ / 0-)

    wingers" beat him out in the Primary?  The boys and girls from Right-wingnutistan will certainly do their best to try.  And the current "average" Republicans don't have either the intentions - or the guts - to throw that bunch out, and get back to basic responsibility, and some semblance of "respectable" political party entity.

  •  Reid better watch out for him (0+ / 0-)
  •  It's this kind of thing that makes (1+ / 0-)
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    me doubt that "demographic inevitabilism" will really come to pass to save us from future Republicans in office. Republicans have, and will continue to have, these kinds of moments when enough of them say (and sometimes do) the sane or right thing, which keeps people voting for them. It's only a matter of time before other Republicans will come out in favor of some immigration reform that isn't "kill 'em all, except for when we need cheap labor", lessening the attraction conservative immigrants have for the Dem Party. They don't need too many of those votes to keep holding the reins of power, after all . . .

    "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

    by bryduck on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 10:09:20 AM PDT

  •  Sandoval is teeing up (0+ / 0-)

    To knock out Harry Reid in two years.  

    ... the watchword of true patriotism: "Our country - when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right." - Carl Schurz; Oct. 17, 1899

    by NevDem on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 10:42:24 AM PDT

  •  Brian Sandoval scares the heck out of me (0+ / 0-)

    His political antenna is amazing; not only is he pro-choice but whether it's not defending same-sex marriage bans in court or embracing the ACA in its entirety, he basically sheds all the excesses of the right that other Rs embrace out of fear and, as a result, suffer disaster consequences (See Romney, Mitt & Self-Deportation).

    So he has the unique distinction of being the only top level R who doesn't take unpopular positions due to fealty to an unhinged base and, not surprisingly, is extremely popular in NV and has a brand that almost stands apart from either party. The reason why he scares me is cause he uses tactical moderation as a means to gain credibility to pursue what is still a conservative economic agenda.

    I really, really hope Harry Reid succeeds in pidgeon-holing him in to complete his term, as opposed to running against Reid for his seat in '14. If Sandoval runs for the Senate, Harry Reid is gonna have to pull another miracle out of his hat.

    •  I wouldn't be too scared ai (0+ / 0-)

      I think your take on Sandoval as an administrator and as a politician is spot on.  But, to win the presidency?  He either would have change parties (which I don't think would be a big ideological change for him) or move way to the right to win the GOP primary.  If he rhetorically moved that far to the right to win the primary, and survived the right-wing back lash, he'd then have move to move back to the center (and again suffer a right-wing back lash) to win the general election.

      Yes, he is a popular Governor in moderate western state (hell, I even like him, which I can't think of any other R I use the "like" word with), but as a national GOP candidate?  I don't see how he could pull it off.

  •  Don't Take too Much from Sandoval's Endorsement (0+ / 0-)

    Yes, Brian Sandoval is a Republican (if you have any doubts, check out the gutted NV education budget).  But, and I know this rare in GOP politics, more than being a Republican, he is a Nevadan.  Nevada was really hit hard by the late Bush years recession and has been one of the slowest states to move measurably to recovery.  Don't take Sandoval's endorsement as a sign that the GOP might be moving in a sensible direction (cripes, Dean Heller is for an unemployment extension and he is waaaaaay to the right of Sandoval).

    I think in this case, Sandoval is just trying to take care of his (read that as NV) constituency. I would advise against reading this as any kind of precursor of GOP leadership sentiment change.  Sandoval is a throw back to the Ike era Republican; current Republican's would love to jump on his popularity, but none of them are going to endorse his overall platform.


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