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Washington, D.C. (Apr 22) – With the Senate minority dragging their feet over nominations, and arguing against Financial Reform hopes are fading that the Senate will have time to introduce any additional aid in the form of unemployment extensions for the nations long-term unemployed.
Petitions, action committees, and planned “cyber actions” are abundant on the net to which seem to be keeping those unemployed busy while awaiting answers regarding their job search efforts however, all in all chances of these efforts pulling off forcing legislation can only be labeled as a ‘miracle’ for now.
At issue is funding, and of course a lack of initiative on the Republican side of the aisle in either bodies of Congress to openly and willfully support further aid to the nations unemployed.
Petitioners, and job seekers may want to begin concentrating their efforts on forcing their elected officials to spend a little FEMA cash and start building temporary housing communities to provide food and shelter for the tens of millions of Americans that have suffered at the hands of this unnatural disaster, GOP economics, and outward distain for America’s working class.
The House Ways and Means Committee still has time to find some $27 billion to extend the existing EUC programs out until the end of the year however, that will only handle a relatively small percentage of both the unemployed and underemployed. In fact, the program may see even quicker closer since; estimations have enough people exhausting unemployment benefits under all programs by the end of July, to falsely lower that percentage utilized to trigger the unemployment extension program below levels thusly, cutting millions more from the program.
Last week’s hearings on unemployment failed to produce any promises of additional funding but, did venture into programs such as work-sharing programs to avoid layoffs. This allows employers to trim hours for which they pay, and then utilize Unemployment Insurance funds to offset the difference.
Senator Max Baucus stated, “Our unemployment system deserves attention. And it also deserves innovation” to which, leaves many to interpret those remarks as they may.
Rep Jim McDermott, Chairman, Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, delivered a statement today referencing the targeting of the TANF program, stating “The current high rate of unemployment actually increases the rationale for expanded training and education opportunities. Since it is harder for many TANF recipients to quickly enter the labor market, it makes sense to use the time to increase their skills and thus their future employability.”
So it would appear that Congress may be switching gears away from requesting funding for additional weeks for which we all know, the Congressional Republicans will stand hand-in-hand and object to any further spending regarding assistance to the unemployed, and look for alternative ways of training unemployed Americans for future jobs.
Hang tough America, and remember that come November if the GOP shifts power in Congress, it can and will get a lot worse.