Unemployment Extension Tier 5 Update July 29, 2010: 99ers Still In Peril – The Unemployment Extension Bill or HR HR 4213 had been passed and signed into law. Many jobless Americans were happy, except for the 99ers. The 99ers will continue to endure the hardship since the Unemployment Extension Act of 2010 did not include a Tier 5.
So far 99ers who needs a Tier 5 constitute about 9.2 percent of all unemployed. These Americans have been unemployed for over 99 weeks, the legal time unemployment benefits expires. The number of 99ers have increased from just 221,000 in 2007 to as many as 1.4 million Americans as of July 2010.
A number of Democrat Senators continue to pursue the Tier 5 Extension Bill which will effectively extend unemployment benefits to 99ers. “There are a number of people who have maxed out, they’ve been looking and looking for work but haven’t found it, and there is a separate act that would extend those benefits to them. Extending this was really important. There are some people who go beyond the 99 weeks and we’re gonna try to do that next,” says Sen. Charles Schumer, Democrat New York.
Another Democrat, Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan said that she is working on a bill and on possible ways to pass a Tier 5 Unemployment extension. “I’m working on a bill to help them because, when there are five people out of work for every one job opening, it’s the right thing to do.”
So far the Unemployment Extension Act of 2010 or Unemployment Extension Bill excluded the following from the final bill passed on the House and the Senate and eventually signed by President Barack Obama.
It does not add a Tier 5 extension. It does not make tiers 3 and 4 available to states that weren’t eligible before.
It does not include the $25 added as part of the American Recover Act. Congress stripped this out to make the bills more affordable.
Those who are supportive of the Bill and a Tier 5 Extension are being advised to email, call or immediately send a letter and contact their respective Senator or Representative and inform them of their desire for a Tier 5.
For 99ers we welcome your comments and also feedbacks on how your local politicians (Senator and Representative) are responding to the call for an Unemployment Extension Tier 5.
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