At issue is the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Fund, which should have been one of the most popular programs in Congress. A key component of the Recovery Act, the fund subsidizes jobs with private companies, nonprofits, and government agencies, and has single handedly put more than 240,000 unemployed people back to work in 32 states and the District of Columbia.
Governors, including Mississippi's Haley Barbour (R), have sung its praises, and urged its extension. In July, CNN called the TANF Emergency Fund "a stimulus program even a Republican can love."
Except, Republicans didn't love it. Senate
Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) led the floor fight this week, and was even willing to accept a compromise: instead of a year-long extension that Democrats had requested, Durbin sought a three-month extension, at a cost of just $500 million, in order to keep the fund alive through the end of the year. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) refused to allow it.
"The majority has known this program was going to expire at the end of this month all year and has taken no steps to reauthorize this important social safety net program," said Enzi, who blocked Durbin's request for "unanimous consent" for a reauthorization.Enzi either isn't very bright or he hasn't been paying attention. Dems first tried to reauthorize the TANF Emergency Fund in March, but Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) blocked it. Dems tried again earlier this month, but Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) blocked it. Dems tried again this week, but Enzi blocked it.
Over 240,000 people put back to work and we let this program die? WHAT IN THE FUCK MAN??? And nobody made a stink?? Nobody went on national Tee Vee to scream and shout about it??? President Obama didn't use his weekly address to call the Republicans out for this?
Look, I'm voting and I'm voting Democrat November 2nd, but dammit guys help a brotha out here. There's got to be SOMETHING you are willing to fight for especially when its a winning issue. Do you think if folks knew that this program was just defunded by Senate Republicans that they wouldn't hold it against them? If so give me the name of your weed dealer because obviously your kush is better than mine.
And the media who already doesn't engender much confidence has totally dropped the ball on this one. Its a wildly successful jobs program. Unemployment is still unbearably high. People are living off unemployment benefits and welfare just getting by because they can't find work. And none of the news stations think this is a big story?
Man I don't even know what to say...