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Klobuchar expecting progress this week on extension of jobless benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced today that the Senate will likely move forward this week with a bill that would extend unemployment benefits in all 50 states.

“This is critical for our country,” the Democrat said during a phone call with reporters. “Wall Street may have gotten a cold and it is doing a little better, but Main Street got pneumonia. It is premature to cut off insurance benefits now.”

Klobuchar was joined on the call by Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, and Maurice Emsellem, the policy co-director of the National Employment Law Project.

Over the last week, Senate Democrats have called out Republicans, who have proposed attaching amendments to the bill that Democrats have said are unrelated and will delay passage.

Leadership is currently working on amendments that will go to the floor to be voted on, according to Stabenow.

The senators declined to discuss exactly what the amendments would be but did mention that amendments on ACORN, e-verify and a measure to extend the first-time homebuyers tax credit had previously been proposed.

If passed, the Senate bill would extend benefits in states with unemployment levels lower than 8.5 percent for an additional 14 weeks. For states with higher levels of unemployment, it would extend benefits for 20 weeks.

The unemployment rate in Minnesota was 7.3 percent for September.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Don Logue on 10/26/2009 - 03:29 pm.

    It is important that we all put pressure on the Senators now! Tomorrow 10/27/09 is the vote. Everyone please contact Senators(especi ally Mitch McConnell (Ky), Jon Kyl (Az), Harry Reid (Nv) and John Isakson (Ga.)) and demand they pass this bill ASAP!!

  2. Submitted by Dave Francis on 10/26/2009 - 05:48 pm.


    Then we have Representative Luis V. Gutierrez, a Democrat from Chicago, has been on the road most weekends since last December trying to beckon people towards forging a favorable immigration reform package. However, it seems –IF–the bill ever becoming a reality while millions of Americans are without work or given up hoping to find a job, the financial impact will be overpowering–as well as insane. VIEW THE LIST OF LAWMAKERS WHO HAVE SIGNED ON TO COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM AT THESE CONGRESSMAN/ WOMEN WANT TO STEAL YOUR JOB AND GIVE IT TO ILLEGAL ALIENS? KEEP THEM EMBOSSED IN YOUR MEMORY AND UNSEAT THEM WHEN THEY COME FORWARD FOR RE-ELECTION.

    Call and blast your Senators and Representative at 202-224-3121 in Washington. Jamming the switchboard with your calls, as it is having an outstanding effect of–MILLIONS of angry voters on legislators. THEY ARE BEGINNING TO LISTEN AND REACT? INFORM THEM TO DO THEIR DUTY OR SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES ON RE-ELECTION DAY? Tell them you want PERMANENT E-Verify for–EVERY WORKER, a secure double layer fence and–REAL–enforcement against sanctuary state policies. Only citizens and legal residents–MUST–be counted in the 2010 Census–ILLEGAL ALIENS MUST BE EXEMPT. Read undisclosed facts, statistics and lawmakers immigration enforcement grades of politicians at NUMBERSUSA. UNEARTH the corruption in government at JUDICIAL WATCH. Your voice is needed to halt OVERPOPULATION and American Worker survival. Demand NO-MORE-AMNESTIES. They should–GO–home and come through the front door, like millions of honest legal immigrants? Report any irregularities in your workplace to ICE. Be a patriotic American, Whistle-Blower and inform of illegal activity to ICE. Your job–COULD BE NEXT?

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