When at first you don't succeed, try, try again. That's what I was taught.
Maybe this would be a good lesson for Harry Reid and the Senate. The Majority Leader has the position, like the Speaker of the House, to bring any bill he wishes to the floor, and as often as he wishes. Think about the 46+ votes they have had in the House on abolishing the Affordable Care Act. So there's no limit on this.
The Senate leader also has the power to stifle any bill he doesn't care to debate. According to The Hill, Harry's decided to put off the plight of the unemployed for a bit. And that's disappointing because it's really his decision.
Senate Democrats are dropping the issue of extending federal unemployment benefits — at least for now — despite intense lobbying over the recess by outside groups targeting Republicans.
The timing of the next unemployment vote is uncertain, though the aide added that Reid could bring the issue back to the floor quickly if a compromise emerges.
Remember the "try, try again" reference? Now here's a novel thought, something for Nevada's senior senator to ponder. Every day that the Senate is in session, it's begun with Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black leading those in attendance in daily morning prayers. It's a tradition that's been with the senate for over two hundred years. The point is, every session begins the same way, with prayer.
So why not build on that tradition? Start every session with raising the long term unemployment bill. Even if it gets voted down by the Republican minority every day. If the Democrats want to put their money where there mouth is -- and certainly the starving millions of unemployed want to put something where their mouth is -- then bring up the U.I. bill. Doesn't matter how many Republicans they get to go along with it. Show up the senators who are voting against the unemployed every day. Make it a roll call vote. Harry has the ability to do that under the current rules of the Senate. Let's see how long these upper house members can take their names being associated and as anti-worker.
The GOP has demanded that the cost of extending federal unemployment insurance be offset with other spending cuts.
Well, the Democrats acquiesced.
Democrats are standing pat on their latest offer, which has drawn the support of only one Republican — Sen. Dean Heller (Nev.). It would extend unemployment benefits for 11 months, offsetting the $17 billion cost by expanding a provision included in the recent budget agreement to extend a portion of the sequester.
Shame the GOP and Tea Party (yes, I break them into two parties -- they are going to have two responses to the SOTU address, so that must mean they are not the same). They said pay for the program. The Democrats said, "Okay." Now the GOP-ers can't accept yes for an answer.
Let them face the public record and their constituents. Let America see who's not for supporting those with an offset spending bill to bail out those who have worked hard (you have to have worked, not just signed up, to qualify for UI). There are thresholds and it's not all that easy to qualify unless you've paid your "dues" by earning enough to be eligible. Evidently the lack of GOP support is nothing but spite.
Harry, here's the plan. Open with prayer. Follow it with a vote on saving our unemployed from starvation and their loss of shelter, then get onto other business.
The Senate voted Monday evening to begin dealing with the bipartisan flood insurance bill, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) also hopes to schedule floor work on the farm bill, military sexual assault legislation, and several of President Obama’s nominees, according to a Senate Democratic leadership aide.
All of those are important issues, but they are not any more important or urgent than the U.I. bill. Let's shame the Republicans into action. It can be done. There were skeptics on changing the filibuster rule. But Reid finally took the reins and made that happen. Well, looks like it's time Harry to take the reins again. Time, heat and food are running out on millions. This U.I. bill is the only hope for those without a jobless benefit check. So let's get America's priorities straight.