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Congress doesn't care about unemployment

Posted by on Apr. 24, 2013 at 4:34 PM
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It stands to reason that lawmakers who often decry the high jobless rate would want to be seen publicly trying to tackle the problem, right? Well, apparently not.

When a hearing to explore how to get the long-term unemployed back to work kicked off on Wednesday morning, only one lawmaker was in attendance. That was Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who was holding the hearing in her role as the vice chair of the Joint Economic Committee. The Joint Economic Commitee is one of a handful of committees whose members come from both parties and both houses of Congress. Klobuchar was eventually joined by three colleagues (in order of their appearance): Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, Maryland Rep. John Delaney and Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings. All four are Democrats.

Lawmaker schedules are often packed with votes, hearings, meetings, press conferences, the works. By 10:30 a.m., when the long-term unemployment hearing began, more than 25 hearings had already kicked off in the House and Senate. But elected officials also often try to show up at important hearings, even if only for a few minutes, for no other reason than to be seen. For a group that often bickers over how to solve the nation’s biggest economic problems, Wednesday’s hearing represented a perfect chance to do just that: be seen discussing how to tackle the intractable problem of long-term unemployment.

The long-term unemployed have it incredibly rough: their ranks have swelled in recent years, accounting for a larger share of the unemployed; the problem is compounded by eroding skills; and the psychological effects of unemployment can take a toll on them and their families. In a 2010 Pew survey, close to half of the people out of work six or months said being unemployed for so long had strained family relations, and more than 40 percent said they’d lost contact with close friends. Just being unemployed for a long period makes individuals less employable. It’s what Kevin Hassett, a former economic advisor to Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, called a “national emergency” at Wednesday’s hearing.

The purpose of the meeting was to explore bipartisan solutions to tackling the problem, including: equipping the unemployed with new skills; encouraging the private sector to hire more of the long-term unemployed by providing incentives, such as tax breaks or subsidies; improving the economy; and improving education. It's a daunting task, experts say, but not an impossible one. 

after starting with one Senator the Joint Economic Committee session ended with four: Sen.Amy Klobuchar, (D-MN) Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-CT) , Congressman John K. Delaney (D-MD),Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD)

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mustbeGRACE
by Silver Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 4:36 PM
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Obama has created zero jobs.

ZERO.

HE is the commander in chief.

Try overcoming his" *uck it" attitude.

I'd skip it, too.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 4:39 PM
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I don't understand the problem with trying to deal with lawmaking in a bipartisan manner.

Despite the fact that Obama does not not like to do this.

JoJoBean8
by Silver Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 4:39 PM
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They don't care about fixing the problem.
blues_pagan
by on Apr. 24, 2013 at 4:40 PM
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Oh that is right, turn everything into "Obama did it" while you sit back and watch Congress, who is the LEGISLATIVE branch (aka they create the bills and laws for the nation to help it succeed), simply let things go to hell in a hand basket.  

Do you know how government works?

Quoting mustbeGRACE:

Obama has created zero jobs.

ZERO.

HE is the commander in chief.

Try overcoming his" *uck it" attitude.

I'd skip it, too.


blues_pagan
by on Apr. 24, 2013 at 4:42 PM

LMAO, and Boehner is more bipartisan...give me a break.  They all just need to go.

Quoting SallyMJ:

I don't understand the problem with trying to deal with lawmaking in a bipartisan manner.

Despite the fact that Obama does not not like to do this.


Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 4:52 PM
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People are out of work, good deal.

Actions have consequences - we didn't vote for peace and prosperity.

We voted for coziness with the Muslim Brotherhood, Government Dependence and keeping white men out of our vaginas.

That's the big problem with the country, why we keep voting for these fuck sticks, not everybody is working, everybody is still eating.

If a significant percentage of our country wasn't  stuffed full from their neighbors efforts and clicking the remote, we might wake up.

Hey who got kicked off of DWTS last night?


Quoting blues_pagan:

Oh that is right, turn everything into "Obama did it" while you sit back and watch Congress, who is the LEGISLATIVE branch (aka they create the bills and laws for the nation to help it succeed), simply let things go to hell in a hand basket.  

Do you know how government works?

Quoting mustbeGRACE:

Obama has created zero jobs.

ZERO.

HE is the commander in chief.

Try overcoming his" *uck it" attitude.

I'd skip it, too.



 

blues_pagan
by on Apr. 24, 2013 at 4:54 PM
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Proof Billie, we need hardcore proof.  Sorry that this president isn't the type like the one before him that just invaded and blew shit up to appease people like you.  

Also, I really hope you don't call yourself a Christian.

Quoting Billiejeens:


People are out of work, good deal.

Actions have consequences - we didn't vote for peace and prosperity.

We voted for coziness with the Muslim Brotherhood, Government Dependence and keeping white men out of our vaginas.

That's the big problem with the country, why we keep voting for these fuck sticks, not everybody is working, everybody is still eating.

If a significant percentage of our country wasn't  stuffed full from their neighbors efforts and clicking the remote, we might wake up.

Hey who got kicked off of DWTS last night?


Quoting blues_pagan:

Oh that is right, turn everything into "Obama did it" while you sit back and watch Congress, who is the LEGISLATIVE branch (aka they create the bills and laws for the nation to help it succeed), simply let things go to hell in a hand basket.  

Do you know how government works?

Quoting mustbeGRACE:

Obama has created zero jobs.

ZERO.

HE is the commander in chief.

Try overcoming his" *uck it" attitude.

I'd skip it, too.





romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Apr. 24, 2013 at 5:15 PM
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When our lawmakers "work" and pass legislation we are usually complaining it puts us in worse position than we were before they "worked".

Maybe seeing only one of them in there isn't such a bad thing....

blues_pagan
by on Apr. 24, 2013 at 5:26 PM
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Here is what I wish would happen, with the sequester I wish that their pay would be cut to nothing.  Hell lay them off for a bit and allow the President to pass whatever needs to be passed to get this country back on the right path and the road to recovery.  Congress is a waste of time and I have to say I am really upset with my lawmakers who were not there.  They will be hearing from me on this one.

kcangel63
by Amanda on Apr. 24, 2013 at 7:08 PM
I don't even know what to say about this.
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