2010 unemployment extension is important, and unemployment extension 2010 passage has not transpired yet. The discussions are continuing on, and Democrat Debbie Stabenow is among those who want a standalone bill passed for unemployment. It comes as no surprise, given that Michigan, Stabenow's home state, has among the highest unemployment rates.
Michigan has been hit hard by the Chrysler and GM woes, with Auto City turning into a mere ghost town. From Detroit to Flint and around the state there are many Americans in the State of Michigan that have been without a job for over six months.
Currently, state benefits only last six months. Before June 2, 2010 there were up to 99 weeks of benefits available including state and also emergency unemployment compensation from the federal government.
Michigan was among the states eligible for all 99 weeks of benefits.
Will a standalone measure be passed? It seems as if Americans are becoming political pawns in a power tug of war. Trying to please both the Republicans and the Democrats is all but impossible. Republicans all but refuse to increase deficit spending. Democrats won't use unused stimulus funds to pay for the measure.
In the meantime, many are approaching yet another holiday weekend, unable to enjoy it with their families because they are worried about what is going to happen next.
And the Senators? Oh. They will get to enjoy a leisurely long break and enjoy Independence Day with their families while their constituents hope and pray for change.