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Jobless Who Voted Against Democrats in Election 2010; Might Ended Future Benefits, Pelosi Says

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Unemployed job seekers who voted for Republicans or sat out the November 3rd, midterm elections upset with the current leadership of Democrats in the House and Senate membership; may have cut off their unemployment benefits in a failed spite effort, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told the Huffington Post.

Although Pelosi said that extending federal unemployment benefits is one of her top priorities for the lame duck session of Congress that convenes next week in Washington D.C. Senate Republican opposition will make it a challenge.

Senator Elected Mark Kirk (R-IL) will be seated in former President Barack Obama seat in Illinois during the first week of December 2010

Appointed Senator Roland Burris (D-IL) will be exiting the seat. With the change, the Democrats in the Senate will only have 57 seats, plus 2, for a total of 59 seats --with Independent Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT)-- caucusing with the Democrats   

And in January 2011, when the new House will be control by the Republicans, Pelosi said, that "challenge will approach impossibility."
"It's a funny thing," said Pelosi. "I have this impression that some of the people who did not vote Democratic, because they — they didn't vote Democratic — are people who don't have a job. And they need unemployment insurance and the Republicans are not for it."
Earlier this year, Republicans repeatedly blocked extensions of federal unemployment benefits because of federal deficit concerns. The bill H.R.-4213 "The Unemployment Compensation Act of 2010", was finally signed by President Obama on July 22, after Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins (R's-ME) crossed party lines to end the Republican filibuster on the bill. Expiring on November 30th, up to 2 Million jobless will immediately without supplemental income payment, if Congress does not extended the legislation. 

On September 28th, S-3706 "The Americans Want to Work Act" sponsored by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for, 99ers, jobless individuals who exhausted between 73-99 weeks of benefits; was blocked by lame-duck Senator George Lemeiux (R-FL), citing deficit concerns.

Republicans did come out after the election, however, saying that they would be willing to pass the federal unemployment benefit extension if Democrats were willing to enact $5 to $6 billion in monthly spending cuts. It is unsure were the spending cuts would come from at this time. Traditionally, unemployment insurance were seen as emergency spending, not previously subject to offsets in the budget. 

What are your thoughts on this article? Do you believe that some of the unemployed ended future extensions of unemployment compensation by either voting for Republicans or sitting out during the November 3rd, elections? Feel free to comment on this story!
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