March 2nd, 2010
09:47 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 03/02/10

The one man filibuster in the U.S. Senate is over. A vote took place moments ago to extend jobless benefits to millions of Americans over the next month and to fund road projects. We've got the raw politics. Plus, Pres. Obama's compromises with the GOP over health care reform. See what's he's willing to add to the legislation.

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  1. Heidi

    Thank you Rolland for sticking up for us unemployed.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  2. Cheryl Doyle

    How dare he sit in his cushy job in Washington and decide the fate of thousand of unemployed Americans! I bet he'll never know or care to understand what it is like not having a job and trying to keep his home and family fed! Haven't we had a enough?

    March 2, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  3. John Stevens

    A comment was made that (The real victim here is not those who would have lost their benefits, but those who have to pay for them: our children.)

    I don't think my children would have a problem down the road paying for something that kept them in their home, kept food on the table and allowed them to be kids free of fear.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  4. Jane

    The Republicans and Democrats talk, talk, talk, but don't listen. Listening is the way to understand another person's point of view.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  5. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Rod, Johns Creek, GA Pay/go expired, it wasn't repealed.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  6. Jennifer - AZ

    It is very easy to sit back and say people are collecting unemployment because they are too lazy to go find work. Some people are, but it is wrong to punish everyone. Unfortunately, doing the right thing sometimes involves being taken advantage of by a few sleaze-bags.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  7. Chet

    Pay for the jobs bill or anything else is easy. Roll back the Reagan Tax Cuts for the Rich. Problem solved. Budget balanced.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  8. Emily

    @John Stevens,

    "30 days goes by pretty fast."

    Does it ever! When you have to pay monthly bills, time flies. 😛

    March 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  9. Deborah

    The american people do not live in DIsney Land; isn't sad that this is where Jim Bunning is living. His grandchildren will not inherit a large debt if we, the parents can't pay the bills and take care of the children now.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  10. Karen, MN

    Our government is very screwed up.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  11. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Greg Yohn,
    My heart goes to you, Hope you will find new job back....... it is already approved as passed.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  12. Steven from Taos

    Sen. Bunnings lost even the support of the republican/conservative on this because he forgot the cardinal rule of the right – if you're going to screw even the hard working( and the unemployed!) base that supports you, you have to wrap the idea in the flag of patriotism(false as it may be) or fabricate some biblical reference to support the idea.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  13. Larry

    POLITICS!! The scourgeof civilization! The truth means nothing anymore ; only whether i will be re-elected, or what my party thinks. I stand with the Senator from my state; Indiana. Mr. Evan Bayh said it best.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  14. A. Smith, Oregon

    Stick to your Guns Roland Martin, thank you for your unswerving point of view on the millions of unemployed workers across America!

    March 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  15. Vivian - Mtl

    my case– I pay for unemployment –it's deducted off my pay but I can't collect it cause I work in family business.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  16. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Go Roland! You tell him how it is for those out of work!

    March 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  17. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Emily, "They are nearly ALL hypocrites. (it seems.)"

    You are absolutely right!

    March 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  18. Gabriela Vaughan from Nicaragua

    Well, I hate politicians, and Politicians are the same in everywhere!!!I think, and it's just my opinion, that all of them are just a group of hypocrites that just make their moves for their own benefit and not exactly for the beneits of their country, at list here in Nicaragua is always the same thing!

    March 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  19. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    They think that they are fooling us, but we are fooling them!

    March 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  20. Adelaide

    I agree w/Anderson: both parties are playing the politics games. They knew ahead of time what the end result of this "opposition" would be.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  21. Charlotte

    Jobs are very hard to find.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  22. LorenaR

    just wanted to say thank you, i can always rely on this program to give good information, the CNN Fact Check is also very helpful, and really did shed light on the Bunning situation; glad he changed his mind and glad for those who need those benefits. BTW, THANK YOU, Roland for catching that comment about looking for work

    March 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  23. Joseph from Florida

    Someone should ask Roland what he thinks about social security being a net loser.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  24. bruce pa

    sen bunnings vote against pay-go just last month shows he was sticking to not only the people of kentucy and the us but also both parties.The bigger concern for me was sen kyl stating that the people who paid into the system are using it to stop looking for work.talk about elitist.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  25. todd winchester

    Why does Congress always waits till the last minute deadline of these bills that expire,,,and then vote...knowing that the pressure will be on to just get it done at ANY COST...I blame congress for this...They should be require to vote on these deadline deals weeks before...so they can debating them.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  26. Monica M. Williams

    Every vote counts –
    Kind of tired of our politicians treating their votes in the house and senate like votes for American Idol or High School Year Book Categories.

    Welcome Back Anderson : )

    March 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  27. Tom G

    It's pretty clear that what Sen. Bunning wanted to do is show the hypocrisy of the Senate who seems to not be able to follow their own rules and a sense of fiscal responsibility. What he also did was expose the American public who seemed to empower the Senate to break its own rules and disregard fiscal responsibility. It seems our government is a true reflection of our society, we want quick fixes and will go into debt to get them. The real victim here is not those who would have lost their benefits, but those who have to pay for them: our children.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  28. John Stevens

    30 days goes by pretty fast. Are they going to be working on a longer solution?

    March 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  29. Kim- Ohio

    Americans are tired of the game playing in Washington

    March 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  30. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Does anyone know anyone who had their benefits delayed? It's only been held up a day, stop with all the drama already.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  31. Jennifer - AZ

    I'm glad democrats did not go around Bunning. It was politics, but what they did was call Bunning out for holding up resources desperate people need, and he deserves to be put on the stage for it. And then tries to blame the delay on democrats because they wouldn't ignore him.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  32. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson you are so right, it is all a political game, but the voters end up suffering the consequences.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  33. Devin

    =P people ask for change but when the change they want comes the want it reversed, so confusing

    March 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  34. Jane

    Please ask the Democrat and Republican analysts why those in the House and Senate don't try to compromise for the American Public, instead are more concerned about whether or not the Republican or Democratic Parties are more worried about what party they belong to? They say they care, but they don't show it through their actions?

    March 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  35. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, everyone. Glad to hear the extension of unemployment benefits will proceed now. Eric Erickson's pt about flip flopping by Sen Bunning and most of the senate is interesting and Roland Martin's pt about how Sen Bunning went along with deficit spending under Pres. Bush holds the Senator accountable, but it is possible for Sen Bunning to stand on principle and say hold on deficit spending on this pt is getting totally out of control. However holding up unemployment benefits when nationally unemployment is a 9.7% is nervy to say the least.

    Great rept by Dana Bash.

    Yes does seem a bit like theatre of politics, Anderson.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  36. Vivian - Mtl

    we watch this game go over and over again

    March 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  37. chris

    How can a body, organization or group pass a rule or law and then ignore the rule because it in not convenient or popular? why even have the law?

    March 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  38. Joe

    Sen. Bunning is just like all other republicans and that is they dont care about the working middle class.Im glad ill be getting my bennifits back and can keep my house.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  39. Joseph from Florida

    The Bunning vote is a moot point, current infrastructure spending has already been allocated and reallocated since 1998. The 787 billion bill that was "shovel ready" should have paid for this. Way to fail on the research, Anderson.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  40. D..J.

    You know what the American people want is to go back to work and have jobs so they can have The Good Life. Roland you are right Why did Bunning do this.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  41. Emily

    I don't understand why Sen. Bunning wanted to take a stand on this Bill!

    ...and now, he is for it?! I wonder if he was "given" anything to change his mind?

    March 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  42. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I say again, what is wrong with 'pay as you go'? Don't we have have to balance our personal spending? Why shouldn't our government?

    March 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  43. Jerry

    We need term limits for all of Congress!!

    March 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  44. Shanny

    Hi all,
    Back after two amazing weeks of hollering my lungs out cheering on team Canada at the Olympics.
    Back to real life and Roland pushing the boundaries of libel!!! WOOO he's mad tonight!!

    March 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  45. Jen R

    Anderson, what is the real substance of the Pay as You Go bill on this? Does extending the benefits even actually violate the bill? I'm sure there are some exceptions and flexibility set out in the bill.

    It looks to me like the senator is just doing some grand standing for some benefit of his own.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  46. Rod, Johns Creek, GA

    Reminder, the Republicans repealed pay-go during the Bush years. They're "principle" is suspect.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  47. John Stevens

    When does the clock start ticking on the 30 day extension? Does it start when the President signs the bill?

    Thanks you!

    March 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  48. Darryl Stanton


    FYI Sen. Bunning voted against PAYGO!

    Darryl Stanton

    March 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  49. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Jennifer, I dont think he really cares because he has enough money to pay for everyone's electric bills

    March 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  50. Devin

    The benefits should have been free since WWii to bad the goverment seems to put its needs befor the peoples

    March 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
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