The GOP has now confirmed that it is a party entirely composed of dicks.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that Democrats are giving up on trying to break a Republican filibuster of a bill to reauthorize several expired domestic aid programs, including extended unemployment benefits.
“We’re going to move to the small business jobs bill,” said Reid when asked what would happen if the vote to move forward with the “tax extenders” bill fails, as it is expected to do on Thursday afternoon. “We can’t pass it until we get some Republicans… It’s up to them.”
[UPDATE: 6:18 PM: The bill was defeated, 57 to 41, and Democrats said again after the vote that they would move on to other legislation next week.]
Extended unemployment benefits lapsed at the beginning of June. By Friday, more than 1.2 million people out of work for longer than six months will have found themselves ineligible for the next tier of extended benefits, which were originally provided by the stimulus bill to fight the recession. Other programs that lapsed include elevated federal aid for state Medicaid programs and a “Doc Fix” that prevents doctors from a 21-percent drop in reimbursement for seeing Medicare patients.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said she believes Republicans are trying to prevent the economy from improving in order to foster an anti-incumbent mood come November.
“Cynically, for them, It doesn’t serve them in terms of the elections in the fall if things are beginning to turn around,” she said. “If they can stop the recovery from occurring, If they can create as much pain as possible, the cynical view is people will be angry and either drop out and not vote at all or vote against those in the majority.”
And that is something every Democrat running for re-election this year needs to ram home. (Except for Ben Nelson who voted with the Republicans and in essence, handed his future primary opponent a Goddamed nailbat!) “We wanted to extend help to working families! We wanted make sure Social Services were maintained. They don’t give a shit!!”.
-And as usual, Maddow nails it dead solid perfect.
The Democrats aren’t great. But they’re better than the alternative.
The upside. The unemployed can still vote.