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Tier V | More 99er Unemployment Extensions Legislation Proposed

Washington, D.C. (Aug 13) – Congresswoman Shelley Berkley is throwing her hat into the 99er unemployment extensions ring with proposed legislation to assist those who have reached their 99 weeks of unemployment extension benefits yet remain jobless.

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act is designed to create additional tiers of unemployment benefits by adding an additional 20 weeks of unemployment insurance for Nevada and other states with a 10 percent or higher unemployment rate.

“Nevada remains at the top of the list when it comes to our unemployment rate and families are exhausting their existing benefits with no hope of finding work,” states Berkley. “Those who reach the existing maximum, which can be up to 99 weeks, are being left without any means to provide for themselves or their families and they need our help desperately.”

Congresswoman Berkley and every member of Congress do not have to look far to find constituents nationwide facing an ongoing battle to stay alive. “I see the concern in the eyes of the Nevadans I speak with when I am home, I hear it in the voices of those who call and I read about this need, and the families affected, in the letters and e-mails my office receives on a near daily basis,” said Berkley. “These are our neighbors, our friends, our former co-workers, who are becoming desperate and they truly need this additional helping hand at a time when Nevada’s unemployment rate tops 14 percent.”

Emphasizing that the need for extensions is not the result of “spoiled Americans” feeling entitled to financial assistance, as many on the other side of the aisle insist, but is a statistically proven epidemic. Millions of American jobs were cut or shipped overseas during an administration gone by, leaving our nation in a massive quandary. Not enough jobs to go around, and adding to those individuals whose jobs were cut are graduating students also unable to find work.

Flippant remarks have been made by those running for re-election, along with mainstream Americans, that people like living in poverty. Each state is different, with an average unemployment check of approximately $300 a week. Those without compassion for their fellowman insist that living the high life, which does not even cover essentials, and not working is what millions of jobless prefer.

Showing an insensitivity beyond comprehension, this is far from the truth. Even the smallest amount of research from these callous individuals uncovers real life stories of the millions who would gladly take your job and let you “live it up” on unemployment. They would do so in a nanosecond.

Congresswoman Berkley’s legislation must make its way through the House Committee on Ways and Means. Berkley does serve as a Committee member.

The co-sponsor’s of The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act include Reps. McDermott (WA), Frank (MA), Lewis (GA), Schakowsky (IL) Richardson (CA), Hare (IL), Watson (CA), Cheeks Kilpatrick (MI), Kildee (MI), Doyle (PA), Linda Sanchez (CA), and Filner (CA).

T. Cahill – WorldNewsVine

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23 Responses to Tier V | More 99er Unemployment Extensions Legislation Proposed

  1. colby

    August 13, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Everyone is coming up with new UI bills now that there jobs are on the line. Where were these bill months ago when we were pleading for help. Just like I have been saying, these bills are like the carrots in front of the donkey. Leading us right to the polls.

    • David

      August 14, 2010 at 2:46 am

      One concern of many 99ers is that this bill has a threshold of 10% whereas Stabenow’s bill has a threshold of 7.5%. However for either bills to pass in the Senate, they will need to get Republican votes. And the only Republican votes they’ve gotten on the last extension and the teacher bill were from two Republican senators in Maine. So at a minimum if they want this to pass, they need to include Maine, and Maine’s unemployment rate is around 8%. The Republican Senators from Maine have already said that they favor Stabenow’s bill. Why would they turn and support this over Stabenow’s when this bill doesn’t even include them? Stabenow was smart, she knows she needs Maine which is why she set her threshold at 7.5% to include them. That gives Maine some wiggle room to qualify, even if their unemployment rate drops some from 8%. What this House bill allows for however, is something else existing in the House that can and will likely change once they realize what Stabenow realized, they need Maine’s vote in the Senate. I feel confident the threshold will be lowered on the House bill, and we’ll have two bills that will be adjusted accordingly to increase the odds for many 99ers, that they’ll see a tier 5 extension.

  2. mrm mike

    August 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    thank god somebody cares about us 99ers because 1 think we need a extension to thank you senator thank you very much

    • T. Cahill

      August 13, 2010 at 5:40 pm

      Senator Stabenow (D-MI) also has introduced legislation via the Senate to assist, concentrating on creating jobs. The problem is the insistence of the pay-as-you-go individuals who have little (nothing) to worry about because their paychecks are steady as a rock.

      This November, it is best to vote with your brain and eliminate those who have only the wealth and the special interests at heart, will to spend money freely (and/or try their best) on anything but the neediest in this country. Just saying.

  3. Peter

    August 13, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Rep. Berkley’s bill is short sited. I think her recent effort is about trying to look good in front of her constituency for re-election in Nevada.

    Note that months earlier, Rep. Berkley talked of authoring a bill that would cover many more 99rs, having a much lower cut off unemployment rate. She later decided to forget it, citing the bill would be too hard to pass.

    While Rep. Berkley’s new bill may help 99rs in Nevada (her home state having the highest unemployment rate in the US), it does not serve the needs of 99rs nationwide. As Senator Jean Shaheen of NH said last fall (in a senate floor debate) when the senate last expanded unemployment, “Unemployment knows no boundaries.” The statement is correct, because you could have states with a low unemployment rates, but have regions of those same states with much higher unemployment rates. Rep. Berkley must not have been paying attention last fall, or she doesn’t really understand the problem, or does not want to. Again, I think she just wants to address Nevada’s high unemployment problem so she will get re-elected.

  4. John A

    August 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    This should have been addressed months ago. Over a million 99er’s are with any UI benefits, and each week that number increases. It’s all pure politics now, with the fall elections coming up. They couldn’t have done the right thing months ago could they? They use us a political pawns to keep their own jobs with all it’s benefits and perks. So we get another 20 weeks, which I will be thankful for, but what happens when that ends? Some of our top economics predict high unemployment until 2014 or 2015. Are we to fight these battles every six months, only to be put off for months again. Why can’t our government revive the WPA as they did in the Great Depression? Many would gladly accept this kind of work in lieu of meager UI compensation.

    • T. Cahill

      August 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm

      Hi John A, the WPA worked years ago and there is no reason to think it would not work again. Making JOBS is the number 1 priority in this country. It’s just too bad that elections come so frequently that candidates and incumbents appear to spend more time gearing up for the next round of elections over getting some solid legislation in place.

      • John A

        August 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm

        Your so right about the elections coming to soon. Why not have term limits on Congress and the Senate. Say each member gets six year term, then they’re out, or how about just limiting their income, say to minimum wage, or more realistically, a living wage. Although, I question that, for most of them are lawyers or some other highly paid professional. Besides, they advocate how much they sacrifice to be a public servant, so it shouldn’t be an issue. I’d like to play golf 114 times a year at exclusive country clubs and have great tan to, paid for on the backs of hard working taxpayers.

        • WNV Headline News


          August 14, 2010 at 11:06 pm

          As far as wages go, they are pretty much realistic for those that don’t fall into the millionaires club… In fact, many sleep in their offices because housing in the area is outrageous and then, they have to support their homes back in their home states although, they could probably go with a 20% pay cut for now, or until things turn around… but, that’s not going to happen so be it…

          Looks like everyone needs to move to Oklahoma or Nebraska where the unemployment rate is only 4 percent… that would stir a pot that’s for sure… especially in OK where Mr. Goody Two Shoes likes to flaunt his state’s low unemployment rate… hell, there are more unemployed in the US than there are in that entire state….

          I guess the crystal methamphetamine labs that are so abundant in OK really helps reduce the unemployment rate… can’t see much other industry there…

  5. bob

    August 13, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Its going to take allot more then 20 weeks to get this economy going. how about 20 weeks for all the states 30 weeks for states 6.5 in up and 40 weeks for states 10% and up. if Ur going to get this economy up in running brake out the big guns. what do we have to lose at this point?

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  6. david grose

    August 13, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Is this like dealing with a used car salesman, the house has a 10% cut off, now the senate has a 7.5 % cut off, so which deal is better? Duh, let me see, which one saves more money, to the party of no! Which one is best, to the unemployed, brother or sister, this is getting way out of control, vote for me, and i’ll set ya free, now the next question is what about the nov 30 cut off date? If ya remember, may 30 cut off date, if you were on a tier, bang your stuck, if you had seb(state ext. benies) they had a sunset clause for june 15, in other words, your done, so after the boy’s and girl’s return to la la land, and then stick these bill’s into the, app. commities, then they tweek them, weeks are being added, then to the floor for debate, more weeks, so by the time a fix is done, your past nov 30, ya know i’m not the smartest person, but i cant get a answer from any one about how nov 30 cut off date will work, even, the dept. of labor, yes the us gov, dept. of labor dont know, now two different bill’s in two houses, so they state 20 weeks, next tier but if ya are on a tier, bang nov, your stuck, can any one out there in cyber land give me some input, my e-mail is dbuddygrose@msn.com thank you dc grose

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  8. Peter

    August 13, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    John A-

    You mentioned,

    “This should have been addressed months ago”.

    I have been in this fight since this past winter, others have been it longer. But I recall one of the excuses for “expanded” added weeks of unemployment benefits not being included in HR 4213, was because “no-one said anything.” And thus you see this wild 99r online movement taking off. It is intended to make sure Congress can’t say “no-one said anything” again.

    Also you mentioned,

    “but what happens when that ends?”
    “Some of our top economics predict high unemployment until 2014 or 2015.”
    “Are we to fight these battles every six months, only to be put off for months again.”

    I think the issue is being ignored. No one really wants to face the truth of what you say, especially the republicans. The need for continuous expansions of Emergency Unemployment benefits could last for years. Congress should just put in place a long term plan, rather than debate it every month like is happening now.

    • John A

      August 14, 2010 at 10:56 pm

      Peter, I agree with you whole heartedly! The way this economy is going, especially for those over 50, it’s a real problem. They would like us to go away, but the fact is, it looks like more will be added to the unemployed rolls in the coming months, and possibly years. This is a long term problem that I’m afraid out elected officials will turn a deaf ear to.

  9. jona

    August 13, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    dont vote for republicans in November… These people have left us with no checks and they shoud have stay and pas tier 5.

  10. jojo

    August 14, 2010 at 12:36 am

    ALL states need help. It makes me angry that they are cutting off states because their unemployment percentage is not as high as some others.
    People are hurting regardless of where they live. If one is a long termed unemployed person and cannot find a job, they deserve what every other 99’er
    deserves, and that is HELP.

  11. oscar

    August 14, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Only for states with 10% unemployment, that sucks! My statw has 8.6% and we need help to.

  12. JimH443

    August 14, 2010 at 9:16 am

    It’s not just the GOP at fault. The Dems have a super majority and could, if the had the guts, just force the needed legislation down their throats. But they don’t. They’re all a bunch of wimps. They don’t care for us one bit.

    They should ALL be voted out of office, regardless of what party they belong to. There are some exceptions, and I think every 99er knows who really does care about us. People like Sen. Sherrod Brown have been fighting for us literally all year long. It’s just taken this long to convince enough fellow Senators to get off their lazy ass and actually do something.

    • WNV Headline News


      August 14, 2010 at 9:44 am

      Wrong again Jim — What is a Super Majority? — I do not believe that is even a term used to describe either body of Congress – You have, a majority party, a majority party with a mandate (that would be 60 or more in the Senate which, neither side does), or a minority party (of course as we all know, the Senate at this moment is defined as “the minority” being the GOP, and the “the majority” being the democrats) — nope, no super majority in that group, sorry… This falls under the misunderstood category sort of like someone actually believing that Senator Reid or President Obama has the authority to declare this an “emergency” and make their own law(s), that is a fallacy as well. If God himself, were in the oval office, under our constitution he would be unable to declare this an emergency hence, funding the unemployed with unlimited weeks of unemployment.

      ::Oddly Enough:: Did you know tiny little Kuwait had so much money at one time the King, actually gave each of his citizens approximately $24,000 per year just to live on?

      • james

        August 14, 2010 at 2:53 pm

        just remember these people in washington are trying to get your votes in nov., where were they months ago when people were dieing and needed help. they really do not care about the main street working person remeber that when nov. comes.

  13. Tom Richardson

    August 14, 2010 at 9:28 am

    If the percent is used to figure who is qualified to receive a Tier 5 extension, then the proper accounting for that number should be used. In other words, use the U6 number (or something like it), that is 16.5% now, not the 9.5% as being published.

  14. stan

    August 14, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Once AGAIN we will be and are being used as pawns.These “bills” are thrown out at us to show us what wonderful caring people we have in washington to get our hopes up.Not buyin it for a second.THEY KNOW elections are around the corner,dont fall for their BS! They sure as hell stayed til the bitter end for OBAMACARE didnt they?Thus began their downfall with working with GOP.Absolutely one of slimiest ways to pass a bill ive ever witnessed. When they return from ANOTHER “recess” they will screw around again with totally irrelavant issues. Wanna Bet?

  15. SDH

    August 17, 2010 at 1:24 am

    The Republican party makes me sick, I have watched them for months now, and they really have hurt me financially at a time that I was in need. I for one wish that these kind of people did not exist but they do and they are destroying our country. That is just sad. November 2010. November 2010. My vote will give me peace of mind.

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