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Senator Brown Supports Americans Want To Work Act | 99ers hold breath

Washington, D.C. (Aug 5) – In a show of support, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that he supports Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) in her attempt to get up to 20 additional weeks of unemployment extensions for those who have exhausted all benefits. The 99ers, at the very least, have support from Congress, individuals who understand that it is not the fact that 99ers do not want to work, but that they cannot find jobs.

“These tough economic times have made it difficult for thousands of out-of-work Ohioans to pay their mortgages and put food on the table for their families,” Brown said. “This critical bill will extend vital unemployment insurance to those individuals in the hardest-hit states who are still struggling to find work after exhausting their original benefits. It also provides incentives for businesses in Ohio and across the country to put these workers back in good-paying jobs.”

Senators Schumer (D-NY), Durbin (D-IL), Levin (D-MI), Casey (D-PA), Dodd (D-CT), Reed (D-RI) and Whitehouse (D-RI) are also co-sponsoring the Americans Want to Work Act.

Twenty additional weeks of unemployment insurance for those in States with an unemployment rate of 7.5 percent and higher could potentially fall into what will most likely come to be called Tier V. The Americans Want to Work Act also would extend the tax credit for new hires to further encourage businesses to take on new employees.

The HIRE Act provides for payroll tax cuts when businesses hire employees who have been out of work longer than 60 days, giving a $1,000 general business tax credit at the end of 12 months of employment. The proposed Americans Want To Work Act would double that tax credit to $2,000 if businesses hire 99ers or anyone who has exhausted their unemployment extensions and benefits.

More than 208,000 Ohio citizens, who had been jobless for eight weeks or longer, were hired and businesses received the HIRE Act payroll tax exemption.

The new Americans Want To Work Act is projected to save $390 million in payroll taxes if enough support can be found to pass this legislation.

To date, those opposing any additional assistance for the millions of unemployed, have come, by a vast majority, from the GOP side of the aisle. Whether this new legislation will come easily, or become another bone of contention upon which the Republicans gnaw and do nothing, has yet to be seen.

T. Cahill – WNV

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5 Responses to Senator Brown Supports Americans Want To Work Act | 99ers hold breath

  1. Marry

    August 6, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    “These Are Federal Emergency Issues Contact Your Congress & The President Now So They Have To Work Through Aug Break!!!”
    Enough is enough! Legal U.S citizens unite! Help take the steps to save our country take our jobs back and stop this illegal immigrant invasion. Support our cause before illegal immigrant criminals have more rights than us. This is our last stand! If other online articles report unemployment is around 20% and there are 310 million in the U.S census reports. Then there is as many as 62 million people in the U.S that are unemployed & are able to work fulltime. Do we have to reach 150 million unemployed before we take action? Also we must take steps to lower local city and state councilmen salaries too they are all robbing & hurting the people they serve. So please read and sign this online petition. “Petition to Reduce the Wages of Congress Men and Women from $174,000 per year to $50,000 per year at “change.org’. ” Link is below!

    Pass it on!

  2. Bren in Kentucky/Nevada

    August 6, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    I follow a lot of articles on different websites supporting the unemployed and this site has in my opinion the most up to date information. While we really appreciate the Dems introducing a bill extending UI benefits to the 99ers, don’t they realize by not staying in Washington and pushing this bill through, it will be over six months before the 99ers receive those funds. These are families with children who will be without a home by then.

    Most 99ers received their last checks in March 2010 and a bill is just now being introduced and during a vacation break for congress. It’s shameful and too little too late.

    Tax breaks for a business to hire a long term unemplolyed, while being a good idea, isn’t much of an incentive unless it’s a carrot to bring a republican on board in support of the bill. I support tax cuts for the small businesses but the amount in the bill may not be large enough to encourage hiring.

    • tcahill

      August 6, 2010 at 8:09 pm

      Hi Bren! First, of course, thank you for taking the time to read and comment. While I agree that help, should it come, is going to be down the road, the tax breaks for businesses is a “big deal”. Stories I’m following show that business owners, given the leg up to hire, are hiring. So while unemployment extensions and and additional Tier V are much needed, as stated by so many… people want a job so they can stop living in fear and just plain get back to work.

      Also, my opinion, carrots don’t work – nothing rarely works – when it comes to the GOP and helping the underdog. But, we can always hope that some bolt of compassion hits them and they see things from the streets. Living high, perhaps they are not looking down to street level to see reality.

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  4. The Economist

    August 10, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I created a wikipage entry for 99ers, if any wiki pros would like to add to or improve it using reliable sources and information, so historically this time in history is documented and remembered.


    When I first submitted it, another person in a senior role with wikipedia messaged me asking if it was widespread enough of a term and said he would remove it if there were no sources on the term being used. So I went in and added multiple sources from ABC News to the Washington Post on the term being used. Apparently some people are completely unaware of what’s going on in our world and haven’t even heard about the 99ers. They didn’t even know 1.4 million American families and growing are going through this.

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