The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “SENATE Republicans make new offer on JOBLESS BENEFITS” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/senate-republicans-offer-jobless-benefits-000150761–business.html).
“Prospects of 1.4 million unemployed Americans getting their FEDERAL JOBLESS BENEFITS back SOON (?) BRIGHTENED (?) on Monday (January 13, 2014) when U.S. SENATE Republican NEGOTIATORS (?) offered a new plan to extend the emergency relief for THREE MONTHS“. There are FIVE things to note here. First, “soon” is a relative term. POLITICIANS NEVER TRULY DO ANYTHING “soon”. POLITICIANS, as we know, are infamous for DRAGGING THEIR FEET. Secondly, HAVE THESE “prospects brightened?” This is THE QUESTION for this article. Thirdly “negotiators” are “negotiating” in the SENATE, but THE HOUSE must pass the Senate bill in order for the bill to go to the White House. It may pass the Senate, but passage in THE HOUSE once again is UNCERTAIN AT BEST especially with all the TEA PARTIERS in the House. Fourthly, once again, we have to pose the question/wonder: do POLITICIANS “negotiate?” It seems like all they do is SQUABBLE OVER EXTREMELY MINOR ISSUES/NOTHING. On top of this, “three months” is clearly NOT a lot of time.
“Senate Democrats and Republicans planned to meet privately on Tuesday (January 14, 2014) to evaluate the proposal. A vote on it could occur within days”.
“Long-term unemployment benefits expired on December 28 (2013) and President Barack Obama and his DEMOCRATS (Democratic COLLEAGUES) in Congress have since pressed for an unpaid extension of up to ONE YEAR“. “his Democrats” should be replaced by “Democratic colleagues” because President Obama DOES NOT OWN the other Democrats and as we have seen THERE’S NO GUARANTEE THAT THEY’LL SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION THAT HE SUPPORTS.
“Republicans have INSISTED on a shorter extension while also DEMANDING that the $6.5 billion cost of extending benefits for three months be covered by government savings elsewhere”. “insisted” and “demanding” are basically the same fundamental characteristic of “Difficult People” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
According to “eight Republican senators who have taken the lead in TRYING to reach a deal“, “We continue to NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH (?) and we are all ENCOURAGED (?) that we are MAKING PROGRESS (?) on a package that COULD pass with BI-PARTISAN SUPPORT (?)” There are FOUR things to note here. First, do POLITICIANS “negotiate in good faith?” Secondly, SHOULD WE BE “encouraged (because) we are making progress?” Thirdly, ARE WE “making progress?” Fourthly, “could” IS NOT a guarantee. On top of all this, as we’ve seen, “bi-partisan support” has been THE EXCEPTION rather than the norm on Capitol Hill. In fact, HARDLY ANYTHING has been “bi-partisan” recently.
“In announcing that Republican negotiators had offered a three-month deal”, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid DECLARED: “I CAN’T automatically agree to it“. Does this mean that DEMOCRATS are now causing trouble? This is the first sign of TROUBLE. As the Senate Majority Leader, Reidshould be RALLYING SUPPORT for proposals, something he’s NOT doing here.
“Assistant Senate Republican Leader John Cornyn declined to make a prediction, saying, “At this point, WE DON’T EVEN KNOW IF Democrats will back it. … I’m NOT optimistic“. THIS IS REASONABLE with HARRY REID already declaring that his support for this proposal/idea IS NOT guaranteed either. WOW. For once, we have a REASONABLE comment/remark from a REPUBLICAN, but unfortunately NOT in a GOOD way. Cornyn has been the “Senate Minority Whip” since JANUARY 3 2013 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Cornyn).
“Senator Orrin Hatch, senior Republican on the Finance Committee, which oversees jobless benefits, said he would support a bill if it is “done on a BI-PARTISAN (?) basis“. What’s “bi-partisan” in POLITICS these days?” Or more accurately IS ANYTHING “bi-partisan” in POLITICS these days?
“Senator John Thune, a member of the Republican leadership, told Reuters that he EXPECTED the measure, if put to a vote, would garner enough votes to pass, EVEN IF most Republicans OPPOSE it”. Is this a REASONABLE EXPECTATION? (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). Thune has been “Chairman of the SENATE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE (since JANUARY 26, 2012)” (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Thune).
Finally, “Republican Senator Jeff Flake told Reuters“, “I DON’T KNOW if there will be the votes for it … probably NOT mine“, “saying that paying for the program 10 years from now (2023) was “a GIMMICK“.
To conclude, “SENATE Republicans make new offer on JOBLESS BENEFITS“, but unfortunately, the prospects for this “offer” DON’T look promising