Democrats want jobless benefits in “cliff” deal

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    Democrats want jobless benefits in “cliff” deal​



    Associated Press ^
    Dec. 8, 2012
    Sam Hananel



    Hovering in the background of the “fiscal cliff” debate is the prospect of 2 million people losing their unemployment benefits four days after Christmas.

    “This is the real cliff,” said Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. He's been leading the effort to include another extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed in any deal to avert looming tax increases and massive spending cuts in January. “Many of these people are struggling to pay mortgages, to provide education for their children,” Reed said this past week as President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, rejected each other’s opening offers for a deficit deal.

    Emergency jobless benefits for about 2.1 million people out of work more than six months will cease Dec. 29, and 1 million more will lose them over the next three months if Congress doesn’t extend the assistance again. Since the collapse of the economy in 2008, the government has poured $520 billion—an amount equal to about half its annual deficit in recent years—into unemployment benefit extensions. …


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    J.E.D What's tha matta?

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    That would be more beneficial and fair to those who need them than keeping historically low tax rates would be for the top 2%.
     
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    Democrats playin' into the Repubs hands...
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    House Democrats petition for a vote on tax-cut extension
    Sunday, December 9, 2012 : Looking to break the “fiscal cliff” gridlock, House Democrats are attempting to use a “discharge petition,” a little-known procedural move, to get around Speaker John A. Boehner and force a House vote on extending the Bush-era tax cuts for everyone except individuals making $200,000 and more and couples making $250,000.
     

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