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GOP blocks amendment to help unemployed workers

(Cross-posted from Legislative Watch).

Things have now sped past the point of absurdity in the GOP’s vengeful effort to block the renewal of unemployment benefits for 37,000 workers and their families.

Today, in an act of amazing irony, the House Judiciary A Subcommittee took up a bill that purports to be about improving the review process for people who are denied their unemployment insurance benefits.

Got that? These people are too busy to take up an unemployment bill that would actually do something useful, but do have time to take up an unemployment bill that’s mostly about getting in partisan jabs at the Employment Security Commission.

But wait, it gets worse. 

To make matters even more absurd/obscene, Rep. John Blust (pictured above), chair of the subcommittee, rejected as “non-germane” a proposed amendment from Rep. Deborah Ross that would have fixed the procedural problem that’s blocking renewal for the 37,000.

In other words, according to Blust, it’s beyond the scope of a bill about unemployment insurance benefits to consider an amendment about unemployment insurance benefits. 

Boy, these people really don’t want an “on the record” vote about what they’re doing to the unemployed!

11 Comments


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  2. Jason

    May 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Well I have been a Republican my whole life…I am seriously thinking about switching my parties. It is obvious that the gop does not care about the people of this state that voted them into office. I thought they would do a better job than this. We must all put it in God’s hands now because the gop does not want to help us. You can bet we as a state we will remember this come next election day .

  3. Steve

    May 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Stupid is as Stupid does. Thats what I’m say.

  4. Jesse

    May 11, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I am planning on moving back to this state.. I better pray I get a job with good benefits.. because otherwise I won’t get any help from state government apparently. I hope next election cycle they lose big time.

  5. Faith

    May 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Congratulations on devasting yet another family.

  6. Dong Chao

    May 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Lets vote all these REPUBLICAN SCUMBAGS out of office in the next elections!!! Let this mother collect unemployment! And who voted for these faggits in last elections??? WHO DID IT, HUH?

  7. Yombute

    May 11, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry that you all act so angry OR surprised. It has become glaringly obvious that both the State and the National GOP are trying to ram through everything they can as fast as they can because it’s more difficult to UNDO legislation than it is to pass it in the first place. Do you truly believe that 95% of North Carolinians are even aware this is taking place? Of course not. Fewer and fewer people (reasonable or unreasonable) are reading or watching anything that requires some thought. Reagan was a liberal compared to this bunch! Those with the money and the power are getting everything they can now because, I believe, even they know that one day the people will wake the hell up. We’ve got it pretty good compared to Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona. In Wisconsin they’re planning RECALL Elections and even KNOWING that and KNOWING they have hurt people too much and many of them may not last until the next election cycle, they STILL continue to push for more and more legislation that is detrimental to the poor and the middle class.
    Hide your Wife. Hide your Kids. Hide your Husbands too ‘cos they’re screwing EVERYBODY! Maybe we’re getting what we deserve for not caring enough.

  8. NELSON

    May 11, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    ME AND MY WIFE BOTH HAD JOBS. IT’S NOT OUR FAULT OUR JOBS WENT TO MEXICO. WE NEED THE HELP SO WE WANT BE HOMELESS. LOOKING FOR WORK EVERYDAY BUT NO LUCK ON JOBS. JUST PRAY FOR US AND THE OTHERS PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING THRU SAMETHING.

  9. Yombute

    May 11, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I’m unemployed as well Nelson. I’m praying for EVERYBODY because I truly believe things like this are going to turn this country into something no one is prepared for. BEST OF LUCK to you, your wife, and ALL of us.

  10. jerry

    May 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

    13 states have passed the extended benefits, so what is the problem with nc? either find us jobs or pass the extention. no one wants to become homeless or starve…..it is not our fault that we lost our jobs, we all want to go back to work and be independent…………

  11. Tom

    May 20, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I’m sick to my stomach with all of this back and forth with Purdue and the like. I’ve never been in such a financial hole in all my life. I’m looking and the jobs are all the way in BFE or no where to be found and the most disgusting thing of all is if I do find one I want have the gas, food, etc to take care of myself until I get my first check. I’m very disappointed, hurt and pissed. However, I continue to pray and press forward with a positive attitude. This situation want last for ever eveyone. One day we’ll be back to being able to take care of ourselves and loved ones.

    God Bless you all.

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