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New York, NY (Nov.19) – Current Federal unemployment benefits are set to expire November 30, 2010. (H.R. 6419) would have provided for an additional three months of unemployment extensions but fell short of the two-thirds needed for passage.
The voting was mixed with some Republicans voting in favor of the measure, and some Democrats voting against. In the end, the jobless lost. Those receiving tiers I, II, III, and IV before November 27th will be Grandfathered for their remaining weeks of eligibility for their tier only, but there will be no new entrants allowed into any tier after November 27th.
The unemployed, including the 99ers, will be recreating a breadline image of the Great Depression beginning at 11:30am in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of NY in downtown Manhattan November 20. The long-term unemployed are living in fear of what will happen to their families going into the holiday season.
Beth, one of the 99ers was mentioned in an earlier articles here at WorldNewsVine stating she would not vote in the midterm elections and she has since confirmed “she did not Vote”. Beth, along with all the unemployed, is frustrated with both the Republicans and the Democrats who are fighting in Congress and not extending benefits to the unemployed.
These benefits are necessary until jobs are created. Beth has three children and writes today “those people who don’t think we need more weeks should live in our shoes,” adding, “I’m sorry but I have 3 small children with medical problems and we could use more weeks. It’s not easy finding a job now and I’ve tried.” Another unemployed wrote, “Unbelievable, I have never felt so sick in my life.”
The Democrats are yelling that the Republicans are voting “NO” to all extensions while one Republican Congressman states, “the Majority Party has repeatedly refused to pay for these extensions. There are ways to pay for unemployment benefits, and help the unemployed, without contributing to the deficit. They fight the unemployed lose.
”Senate Bill (S)3706, The Americans Want to Work Act,” and a bill that would create a tier V for the 99ers, hasn’t been mentioned since Congress came back to Washington. With Congress out until after the Thanksgiving holiday, it is unlikely this bill will be brought to the Senate floor by the end of the year.
The 99ers can only hope a deal will be made that will include them, along with all the unemployed losing their benefits, when Congress returns and negotiations begin to extend the tax cuts due to expire at the end of this year.
High unemployment means poverty for many, an increase in the crime rate, increased suicides, more divorces with the breakup of families. No one in Washington can tell us when the unemployment rate will be below 9% again and until we have jobs, we must have unemployment benefits available or there will be real bread lines.
Brenda Hyatt – WorldNewsVine