Discussion: P.L. 111-92, The Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2009 (166572 comments ↓ | 18 wiki edits )
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I cannot believe the Senators would become so entrenched and in a sense, arrogant, concerning the MILLIONS who have exhausted their unemployment extension benefits. With Senator Shaheen attempting to give all states 4 weeks and the states above 8.5%-13 weeks will essentially kill the bill and cost more time, which the good people out of work don't have.
When the U.S. House of Representatives debated the issue of covering all states for 4 weeks of unemployment extension during floor debate last week, and they resolved to keep the minimum rate at 8.5 percent to ensure their $1.4 billion proposal did not add to the deficit. Any attempt to raise that number would likely require lawmakers to raise the unemployment tax from $14 a year to something much higher and probably cause this bill, S. 1699, and HR 3548 to stall or worse, die!
What needs to occur is to pass the 13 weeks now (S. 1699) for the states above 8.5% and create another bill to extend the other states the additional 4 weeks. Those who have exhausted their benefits in high unemployment states are in dired straits and it seems that Congress has no problem giving themselves an automatic pay increase, current salary of $174,000.
Write and/or contact your Senators to vote yes for the unemployment extension bill currently in the Senate (S. 1699).
Congress, specifically the Senate, has forgotten the term "We the People" and who actually elects them. We need to put the heat on them and make them truly do the "People's Work".