“The filibuster-breaking vote came moments after Democrat Carte Goodwin was sworn in to succeed West Virginia Democrat Robert Byrd, who died last month at 92. Goodwin was the crucial 60th senator needed to defeat the Republican filibuster. The Senate gallery was packed with Goodwin supporters, who broke into applause as he cast his "aye" vote,” according the Associated Press.
Every single Republican voted to stiff working people, with the exception of sane Republicans Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. Republicans have used the excuse to stiff workers and try to stall the economic recovery that it will increase the budget deficit, and that they insisted any benefits be financed by cuts to programs elsewhere in budget because it will increase the budget surplus.
“Many Republicans have voted in the past for deficit-financed benefits extension — including as recently as March and twice in 2008, during the Bush administration. But now they are casting themselves as standing against out-of-control budget deficits, a stand that's popular with their core conservative supporters and the tea party activists whose support they're courting in hopes of retaking control of Congress,” according the AP.
It’s just funny that now they are crying about a deficit when it’s being used to help working people actually survive in the mess they created instead of for tax cuts for the richest 1 percent, a useless war and a bailout to Wall Street. It was the Bush tax cuts that helped turn a budget surplus into a huge deficit and sent the country to the edge of a complete economic collapse.
But we were hearing from many prominent Republicans how the unemployed are lazy and actually think people would rather collect unemployment small amount they get from unemployment than work. This was also a move to make the President look bad and stall the economic recovery.
Republicans are hoping voters have a short memory in November.
The Michigan League for Human Services (MLHS) announced that by this past Saturday Michigan would have 104,000 workers with lapsed unemployment benefits. Michigan was losing $200 million a month because of the loss of benefits. MLHS said unemployment benefits are one of the most effective economic stimulants available because jobless workers use them to pay bills and keep the dollars circulating.