2010 unemployment extension hasn't been passed, and the unemployed are falling more and more behind in their bills. Why? They don't have unemployment checks coming in. Ever since June 2, 2010 those who are falling off their current tiers of unemployment benefits aren't having any more funds coming in.
Of course, if the unemployment extension does pass, it will likely be retroactive meaning that they will receive a lump sum of funds to help them through hard times. However the key word is IF they will pass the extension - it still hasn't happened yet.
Early next week, the late Robert Byrd will be replaced by the governor of West Virginia, and it's expected that the new interim Senator will vote for the passage of the bill, which means that the much needed extension of benefits will finally pass.
It's important to side with caution. It's very possible that the benefits extension won't pass - again. Only one vote is needed to pass, and anything could happen in terms of Senators changing sides.
The unemployment extension only gives those within the former tiers 1-4 an extension of time to file for benefits. It doesn't extend the current potential 99 weeks of benefits any further. There are many who need a fifth tier of unemployment benefits, but so far there haven't been any talks about extending the benefits any further than they already are.
In reality, there's little chance that a Tier 5 extension will be passed, unless something happens with the economy and the unemployment situation worsens. However, those seeking a Tier 5 extension shouldn't give up the fight, as doing so would ensure that no extension would be passed.