Unemployment Extension Update: Another Tier 5 Unemployment Extension for 99ers Introduced by Berkley – The Congress is still in recess and the 99ers would have to wait until September 13 for a Tier 5 Unemployment Extension Bill.
You may have heard about Senator Stabenow’s recent introduction of a Tier 5 Unemployment Extension Bill. Known as the “Americans Want to Work Act” or the S.3706, the bill would provide 20 additional weeks of unemployment insurance for individuals in states with unemployment rates of above 7.5%. In addition, the bill also includes a one-year extension of two tax credits for businesses that hire unemployed workers.
After Stabenow’s Americans Want To Work Act, another Tier 5 unemployment extension bill is more recently introduced by Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV). The bill would add an additional 20 weeks of benefits for states with unemployment rates of 10 percent or higher.
While this may sound another good news for the 99ers, the fact is that this is a half-baked Tier 5 uneployment extension bill as there are only 16 states which will be entitled to unemployment extension of benefits if this bill becomes a law. How about for those states which do not meet the 10% or higher unemployment rate?
Perhaps the best thing to happen is that this particular bill should become a Tier 6 unemployment extension bill so that those unemployed individuals living in the states worst hit by the recession could still avail their unemployment insurance benefits to help them survive temporarily while still looking for available jobs.
It would be best if our politicians would allow these two unemployment extension bills to pass the Congress. However, given the fact that the “Americans Want to Work Act” come from the Senate and this unemployment extension bill come from the House of Representatives, there is a great possibility that the two will have to argue before finally passing a Tier 5 unemployment extension bill for the 99ers. Thus, it could just prolong the agony of the 99ers for the much awaited unemployment insurance benefits.
Let’s see which of the two will the Congress hear when they reconvene come September 13. In the meantime, continue sending your stories to Senator Stabenow so that she can convince her fellow politicians to act on the Americans Want to Work Act Tier 5 unemployment extension bill with urgency.