Tier 5 Extension Bill and American Wants to Work Act: It’s Future and Importance – The US Congress and the US Senate is still sitting and sleeping on the American Wants to Work Act which incorporates a Tier 5 Extension for the benefit of 99ers. The need for a Tier 5 of benefits had been a long standing issue and many are clamoring for its approval however, Republicans and conservatives are opposing the bill because they say it is costly.
American Wants to Work Act or Senate Bill 3706 principally authored by Sen. Stabenow of Michigan contains important provisions which will help 99ers and the unemployed. Among the provisions are: (1) Creating an additional tier of benefits for those who have exhausted their unemployment insurance; (2) Extending the successful HIRE Act payroll tax exemption through the end of 2011; and (3) Doubling the general business tax credit to encourage businesses to hire the hardest hit Americans.
This provision should have been included in the first Employment Bill passed by the US Senate and Congress last month but in order to advance the bill and do away with major opposition from even some Democrat stalwarts the provision was removed.
Republicans and conservatives are calling the bill bad spending because it will create more deficit however they are in favor of the rescue package for Wall Street and other large companies. The 99ers and average American families who needs this bill battle a daily situation of life and death finding a means of living and source of daily needs for their family.
The Republicans also supported the war in Iraq and Afghanistan which cost more then $3 Billion in American money. Why would they oppose something that would help people in the United States? The war against unemployment and poverty at home is the more important battle than a war overseas which in fact cannot be won by the United States.
Perhaps, the 99ers and those who had suffered so much from unemployment can show their sentiments during the November mid-term elections. The chances of Republican and other conservatives getting the votes from unemployed and 99ers are very slim and for sure this will be a big election issue. As the call of 99ers for a Tier 5 Extension Bill continue to fall on deaf ears, their family are suffering as well.
The chances of the Tier 5 Extension Bill and American Wants to Work Act being a law this year is sadly very slim. With the mid-term elections closing in for sure no one will risk to stand on highly contested issues. For those who are employed and are rich they see the Tier 5 Extension Bill as lavish and unnecessary but for 99ers and the unemployed it is a means of getting back on ones feet.
As a simple advise those unemployed who are still covered by unemployment benefits should really exert more effort to look for a job before their employment benefits run out. Others should not see the benefits as a source of income but rather as a tool to get back on a job.
Continue to send letters to your Congress Representative and Senators and show them the need for the Tier 5 Unemployment Extension. Also, join rallies and support groups such as Help the 99ers and Unemployed_Friends.
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