On Ryan/Murray Budget: Lee Blasts; Swalwell Backs

Rep. Barbara Lee votes no.

CONGRESS | BUDGET | Rep. Barbara Lee had tough words for the bipartisan budget bill passed Thursday by the House, which leaves over 1.3 million Americans without unemployment checks early next year, while fellow Alameda County Rep. Eric Swalwell boasted over its the conciliatory nature.

“We are talking about 1.3 million people who will lose unemployment benefits during this holiday season,” said Lee. “It is cruel. It is morally wrong, and it is economically stupid.” She added, “The least we can do for the millions of long-term unemployed who are struggling just to get by during this holiday season is to pass this three-month extension.”

The budget deal hammered out by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) reinstates some funding cut made due to this year’s sequester, extends Medicare payments, but does not include any new taxes.

In a letter in support, Swalwell, along with 12 members of a bipartisan freshman caucus, said the budget deal is an example how working across the aisle can move the country forward.

“No agreement is perfect and there are aspects of the Ryan/Murray budget with which all of us disagree. But, that is what legislating in Congress is all about – cooperating to achieve an agreement which on balance would improve the lives of the American people.”

South Bay Rep. Mike Honda also voted for the bipartisan budget. His opponent for the 17th Congressional District, Ro Khanna, also registered support for the budget plan, while signaling out the passing over of unemployment insurance. “No Member of Congress will embrace every aspect of the compromise budget passed this afternoon–and I am personally concerned that unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless were not extended.”



Categories: bipartisanship, budget, CD13, CD15, CD17, congress, Eric Swalwell, medicare, Mike Honda, Patty Murray, paul ryan, Ro Khanna, sequester, unemployment benefits

97 replies

  1. What a sexist remark! I will vote for the most-qualified congressman whom we already have.

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  2. I too will be voting for the most qualified congress person who happens to be a woman named Ellen Corbett. Ellen has authored many bills that have been signed into law and benefitted the middle class while Swalwell has ZERO.

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  3. Drum roll:

    Her crowning achievement will be her legacy: renaming the San Francisco-Bay Bridge the WILLIE LEWIS BROWN, JR. BRIDGE.

    She has continually shown her scorn and arrogance toward average working people and women by consecrating this transportation marvel in the name of a pimp, boss, conceited and arrogant chauvinist who has mistreated women and devalued them his entire life.

    Good job, Ellen. With someone like you singing the praises of old pimp, boss Brown…that says it all–and then some.

    Won the 'argument' and more importantly the election next year. By the way, Space HO, do learn how to spell. Your grammar is fucking atrocious.

    Merry fucking Christmas, ya'll!

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  4. If you think the Willie Brown bridge gets any traction with voters? I got a bridge to sell you.

    It's not a salient issue to voters. Hope you are not a person with any influence to Swalwell's campaign because if that's the best issue (or non-issue that you think is an issue) Swalwell has, then it will be a cakewalk for Corbett.

    Get it clear to your thick Tea Party skull .. the bridge matter does and will not matter to voters.

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  5. I had no idea that Ms. Corbett voted to rename our wonderful bridge for this corrupt politician.

    I will surely vote for Mr. Swalwell in light of this new information.

    Thank you to the good Samaritan. Keep up the good work.

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  6. Nice try Swalwell troll, but no cigar!

    So now the Swalwell troll is both sexist and racist. That says it all and then some. You have used that same post on many different articles. It's a Tea Party mantra almost, and shows how extreme you are. With sexists and racists like you backing Swalwell—Ellen Corbett will win for sure. Ellen has authored hundreds of bills that have benefitted the average working man and woman that have become law. Eric has authored 0 bills that have become law that benefitted the average working man or woman.

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  7. I think Ellen will win too but I think it will be a close race.

    I do agree when Swalwell was on the Dublin City Council he did nothing and so far in Congress also has authored no significant legislation, but has signed on to other Dems bills.

    Ellen Corbett, by contrast, has authored signifiant legislation benefitting the middle class and lower middle class, as well as the environment, women, consumers, seniors, children, education, veterans, teachers, nurses, police and fire.

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  8. Drum roll:

    Her crowning achievement will be her legacy: renaming the San Francisco-Bay Bridge the WILLIE LEWIS BROWN, JR. BRIDGE.

    She has continually shown her scorn and arrogance toward average working people and women by consecrating this transportation marvel in the name of a pimp, boss, conceited and arrogant chauvinist who has mistreated women and devalued them his entire life.

    Good job, Ellen. With someone like you singing the praises of old pimp, boss Brown…that says it all–and then some.

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  9. Eric wants to try and run against Stark again but Ellen's to smart and popular to let that happen. Eventually it will boil down to Eric running on his merits and accomplishments, and Ellen running on her merits and accomplishments. I think it's fair to say Eric has accomplished very little and Ellen has accomplished much more. Ellen wins in 2014.

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  10. I think it's more than fair to repost the following as Ms. Whorbett's greatest accomplishment. Traction you say? You don't like the truth you say? The people don't care you say? Oh Space HO not so. In fact we will constantly remind folks about Whorbett's dirty politics, lack of ethics and complete and ass-licking support for stooge politicians who have denigrated women forever

    So without further ado and back by popular request:

    Drum roll:

    Her crowning achievement will be her legacy: renaming the San Francisco-Bay Bridge the WILLIE LEWIS BROWN, JR. BRIDGE.

    She has continually shown her scorn and arrogance toward average working people and women by consecrating this transportation marvel in the name of a pimp, boss, conceited and arrogant chauvinist who has mistreated women and devalued them his entire life.

    Good job, Ellen. With someone like you singing the praises of old pimp, boss Brown…that says it all–and then some.

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  11. According to this Oct 16 article a large part of Swalwell's contributions came from the medical and pharmaceutical vested interest groups. These are the same groups that have been sticking it to the middle class and poor for years. My family and I will be voting for Ellen Corbett next year.

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  12. Nice try Swalwell troll Anon 6:59, but no cigar!

    So now the Swalwell troll is both sexist and racist. That says it all and then some. You have used that same post on many different articles. It's a Tea Party mantra almost, and shows how extreme you are. With sexists and racists like you backing Swalwell—Ellen Corbett will win for sure. Ellen has authored hundreds of bills that have benefitted the average working man and woman that have become law. Eric has authored 0 bills that have become law that benefitted the average working man or woman.

    You and Swalwell are as goofy as his picture in the Santa beard.

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  13. Drum roll:

    Her crowning achievement will be her legacy: renaming the San Francisco-Bay Bridge the WILLIE LEWIS BROWN, JR. BRIDGE.

    She has continually shown her scorn and arrogance toward average working people and women by consecrating this transportation marvel in the name of a pimp, boss, conceited and arrogant chauvinist who has mistreated women and devalued them his entire life.

    Good job, Ellen. With someone like you singing the praises of old pimp, boss Brown…that says it all–and then some.

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  14. Nice try Swalwell troll, but no cigar!

    So now the Swalwell troll is both sexist and racist. That says it all and then some. You have used that same post on many different articles. It's a Tea Party mantra almost, and shows how extreme you are. With sexists and racists like you backing Swalwell—Ellen Corbett will win for sure. Ellen has authored hundreds of bills that have benefitted the average working man and woman that have become law. Eric has authored 0 bills that have become law that benefitted the average working man or woman.

    You and Swalwell are as goofy as his picture in the Santa beard.

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  15. Our congressman is a TRUE mainstream Democrat who best represents OUR interests. He will be back in a landslide for sure.

    In the meantime, being a sport, I'll help you pack your bags and move you to Berkeley where you belong. That is your reservation of sorts.

    Getting ready to kick you to the curb. Don't have the patience or interest to take prisoners. Get with the movement, or move out of the district. Bet on it!

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  16. I too will be voting for the most qualified congress person who happens to be a woman named Ellen Corbett. Ellen has authored many bills that have been signed into law and benefitted the middle class while Swalwell has ZERO.

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  17. The Swalwell supporter who keeps posting is not mainstream. No moderate talks like that. You're one of the Tea Baggers that Swalwell courted to get elected. You are not representative of the district.

    Swalwell came in and the right time, right place and made a deal with you Tea Baggers. Now you have to deal with Corbett who's has a long history of supporting the middle and lower class. And she knows how to campaign. The super majority who are compassionate with all their neighbors and want to see an effective person represent them will vote for Corbett.

    You don't have to move Tea Bagger. Only idiots say that type of stuff.

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  18. 1.3 million middle class Americans who lost their jobs through no fault of their own, get their unemployment benefits cut off during the Christmas season, and Eric is bragging about it—horrible. What a heartless person Swallwell is. I'll be voting for Ellen Corbett because she seems to care about the loss of American jobs and the loss of the middle class in America.

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  19. Wow, another lie from the Swalwell Troll. You should be ashamed of yourself. Ellen Corbett has told numerous people and organizations she is definitely running and her son is supporting her. Just another attempt by you to change the subject which was Swalwell voting to cut off benefits for 1.3 million Americans over the holidays. You both are despicable

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  20. Swalwell only cares about the upper class, he can care less about the rest of us. Ellen Corbett cares about the middle class, the consumers, the poor, the teachers, seniors, children and those who aren't in Swalwell's income bracket. That's why she will be elected next year. Ellen has a heart and cares about the rest of us.

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  21. She'll make a great HOstess!

    That's her next job.

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  22. My husband and I will be voting for Ellen Corbett next year because we think she has done more as our Senator than Swalwell has done as our congressman.

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  23. I think Ellen will win too but I think it will be a close race.

    I do agree when Swalwell was on the Dublin City Council he did nothing and so far in Congress also has authored no significant legislation, but has signed on to other Dems bills.

    Ellen Corbett, by contrast, has authored signifiant legislation benefitting the middle class and lower middle class, as well as the environment, women, consumers, seniors, children, education, veterans, teachers, nurses, police and fire.

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  24. The topic is—-Swalwell screwing 1.3 million Americans.

    Mr Swalwell, how can taking away unemployment benefits during the holiday season move our country forward? What an a__hole Swalwell is! Never thought I'd say it, but vote for Ellen Corbett in 2014. Maybe when Swalwell is unemployed he might have a better understanding that screwing 1.3 million americans is wrong.

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  25. Shame on Swalwell for cutting off benefits for 1.3 million Americans. The extension of federal benefits was started by Bush and continued by both parties when the unemployment rate was this high.

    It's about real people, people with families struggling to meet mortgage payments, struggling to put food on the table, to make ends meet, and includes 200,000 military veterans among those folk who are losing their benefits.

    This is why my friends and I will be voting for Ellen Corbett this year….she has a heart and cares about the 90% of us who aren't rich too. Shame on Swalwell.

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  26. Our congressman is a TRUE mainstream Democrat who best represents OUR interests. He will be back in a landslide for sure.

    In the meantime, being a sport, I'll help you pack your bags and move you to Berkeley where you belong. That is your reservation of sorts.

    Getting ready to kick you to the curb. Don't have the patience or interest to take prisoners. Get with the movement, or move out of the district. Bet on it!

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  27. The Swalwell supporter who keeps posting is not mainstream. No moderate talks like that. You're one of the Tea Baggers that Swalwell courted to get elected. You are not representative of the district.

    Swalwell came in and the right time, right place and made a deal with you Tea Baggers. Now you have to deal with Corbett who's has a long history of supporting the middle and lower class. And she knows how to campaign. The super majority who are compassionate with all their neighbors and want to see an effective person represent them will vote for Corbett.

    You don't have to move Tea Bagger. Only idiots say that type of stuff.

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  28. Drum roll:

    Her crowning achievement will be her legacy: renaming the San Francisco-Bay Bridge the WILLIE LEWIS BROWN, JR. BRIDGE.

    She has continually shown her scorn and arrogance toward average working people and women by consecrating this transportation marvel in the name of a pimp, boss, conceited and arrogant chauvinist who has mistreated women and devalued them his entire life.

    Good job, Ellen. With someone like you singing the praises of old pimp, boss Brown…that says it all–and then some.

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  29. Nice try Swalwell troll, but no cigar!

    So now the Swalwell troll is both sexist and racist. That says it all and then some. You have used that same post on many different articles. It's a Tea Party mantra almost, and shows how extreme you are. With sexists and racists like you backing Swalwell—Ellen Corbett will win for sure. Ellen has authored hundreds of bills that have benefitted the average working man and woman that have become law. Eric has authored 0 bills that have become law that benefitted the average working man or woman.

    You and Swalwell are as goofy as his picture in the Santa beard.

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  30. I agree with Dan Corbett, who rightly pointed out that she isn't even a candidate. Retirement is her next gig.

    These ultra liberal dreamers are so truly pathetic it isn't even funny.

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  31. We need good old-fashioned conservative values as best represented by CONGRESSMAN SWALWELL.

    Even though he's mixed up on gay marriage and amnesty for the illegals he's the best we've got at this time.

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  32. Let's stick to the topic if you can Swalwell Troll:

    Shame on Swalwell for cutting off benefits for 1.3 million Americans. The extension of federal benefits was started by Bush and continued by both parties when the unemployment rate was this high.

    It's about real people, people with families struggling to meet mortgage payments, struggling to put food on the table, to make ends meet, and includes 200,000 military veterans among those folk who are losing their benefits.

    This is why my friends and I will be voting for Ellen Corbett this year….she has a heart and cares about the 90% of us who aren't rich too. Shame on Swalwell.

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  33. We need good old-fashioned conservative values as best represented by CONGRESSMAN SWALWELL.

    Even though he's mixed up on gay marriage and amnesty for the illegals he's the best we've got at this time.

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  34. Look at the picture of Swallwell with the beard in the above caption and that picture says a thousand words. He's a mistake prone kid who lucked into congress by running against an old man who lived in Maryland. Stark made mistake after mistake just like the kid is doing now in crowing about cutting off benefits for over a million Americans who lost their jobs because of the recession. Just like Stark we will put the kid on the unemployment line. What a joke we have representing us. Voting for Ellen Corbett in 2014 and many of my moderate friends will too.

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  35. Let's stick to the topic and not sexist remarks Swalwell Troll

    Shame on Swalwell for cutting off benefits for 1.3 million Americans. The extension of federal benefits was started by Bush and continued by both parties when the unemployment rate was this high.

    It's about real people, people with families struggling to meet mortgage payments, struggling to put food on the table, to make ends meet, and includes 200,000 military veterans among those folk who are losing their benefits.

    This is why my friends and I will be voting for Ellen Corbett this year….she has a heart and cares about the 90% of us who aren't rich too. Shame on Swalwell.

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  36. Yet still, as the new year begins, the foes of workers and the middle class are committed to stealing our pensions, outsourcing public services, dismantling workers' rights, and giving tax breaks to corporations and the super rich.

    They just left 1.3 million Americans out in the cold right after Christmas by cancelling unemployment benefits because they said our country can't afford it. We can't afford not to support these struggling job seekers — morally or economically. This will push many into poverty and homelessness, costing our economy a lot more in the long term. That's why we're pressing Congress to do the right thing now and renew federal unemployment insurance.

    Unions brought us the weekend and the 40-hour work week. Unions created the middle class. And unions are essential for protecting it — and saving America from those who are all too happy to sacrifice democracy for the sake of profit. There is a direct relationship between labor union density and income inequality. In short, when unions are strong, everyone benefits.

    Source: The Economic Policy Institute

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  37. Swalwell's a mistake prone kid who lucked into congress by running against an old man who lived in Maryland. Stark made mistake after mistake just like the kid is doing now in crowing about cutting off benefits for over a million Americans who lost their jobs because of the recession. Just like Stark we will put the kid on the unemployment line. What a joke we have representing us. Voting for Ellen Corbett in 2014 and many of my moderate friends will too.

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  38. Wow, another truth from Citizen Crusader. You should be very proud of yourself. Ellen Corbett has told numerous people and organizations she is definitely NOT running and her son is echoing that message.

    Thank you Citizen Crusader for spreading el verdad!

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  39. Ellen staff better start looking. One place they need not apply is Congressman Swalwell's office for the 2014-2016 congressional session.

    They don't take fools or Communists, thank G-d!

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  40. I'm glad the Swalwell troll is still telling lies, it tells me he is really worried. Ellen Corbett has told many people at different Democratic events that she is running including me. The fact he voted to cut off benefits to 1.4 million Americans should be the topic. Why are you trying to mislead people?

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  41. Let's stick to the topic Swalwell Troll:

    Shame on Swalwell for cutting off benefits for 1.3 million Americans. The extension of federal benefits was started by Bush and continued by both parties when the unemployment rate was this high.

    It's about real people, people with families struggling to meet mortgage payments, struggling to put food on the table, to make ends meet, and includes 200,000 military veterans among those folk who are losing their benefits.

    This is why my friends and I will be voting for Ellen Corbett this year….she has a heart and cares about the 90% of us who aren't rich too. Shame on Swalwell.

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  42. So stoked about Eric!

    My daughters and I are going to be celebrating all night long at his re-election victory.

    Wondering if Whorbett will be as fucked-up as Fortney or whether she'll make her concession call. Needs to be gracious in defeat–if she's even a candidate. Don't think she has the 'balls' to run. Oh well.

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  43. Anon 6:54——-with sexists like you supporting Eric Swalwell, Ellen Corbett will win for sure. Didn't know we had a Tea Party dinosaur left in the District. She has more balls than the flip flopping, say one thing do another Congressman. Voted for him last time, but it's Congresswoman Ellen Corbett this time.

    Try and stay on topic–this story is about Swalwell screwing 1.3 million americans, including 200.00 veterans.

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  44. So stoked about Eric!

    My daughters and I are going to be celebrating all night long at his re-election victory.

    Wondering if Whorbett will be as fucked-up as Fortney or whether she'll make her concession call. Needs to be gracious in defeat–if she's even a candidate. Don't think she has the 'balls' to run. Oh well.

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  45. Anon 10:04——-with sexists like you supporting Eric Swalwell, Ellen Corbett will win for sure. Didn't know we had a Tea Party dinosaur left in the District. She has more balls than the flip flopping, say one thing do another Congressman. Voted for him last time, but it's Congresswoman Ellen Corbett this time.

    Try and stay on topic–this story is about Swalwell screwing 1.3 million americans, including 200.00 veterans.

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  46. Thank you Steven . Keep posting the truth. All the major newspapers in the Bay Area are owned by ultra-conservative right wingers. None of them have independent journalists. They all follow the company line and do what they are told to do.

    Anon above is definitely a Swalwell staffer. Come Jan 1st of next year that staffer will be out of work and looking for unemployment benefits. Our new Congresswoman will be Ellen Corbett, and most of us can't wait for the progressive change.

    p.s. Try and stay on topic of Swalwell sticking it to 1.3 million Americans by cutting off their unemployment benefits during the Holiday season and then bragging about it. In contrast Barbara Lee did the right thing and voted against the cut.
    Ellen Corbett should win easily against this heartless incumbent!

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  47. So now the Swalwell troll is both sexist and racist. That says it all and then some. You have used that same post on many different articles. It's a Tea Party mantra almost, and shows how extreme you are. With sexists and racists like you backing Swalwell—Ellen Corbett will win for sure. Ellen has authored hundreds of bills that have benefitted the average working man and woman that have become law. Eric has authored ZERO bills that have become law that benefitted the average working man or woman.

    Try and stay on topic of Swalwell sticking it to 1.3 million americans by cutting off their unemployment benefits during the Holiday season and then dressing up as Santa. What a joke! I notice when you are losing an argument you always try and change the topic.

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