Thursday, July 29, 2010
Senator Debbie Stabenow has said "I wish that the bill we passed helped those who have been looking for work the longest – the so-called "99ers." 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." We are still waiting for Stabenow's bill that she claims she's working on.
Senator Chuck Schumer from New York is also one who has claimed to be for the 99ers, yet has done very little to sponsor a Tier 5 extension bill. He has said "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." Oh really, Mr, Schumer. When exactly do you plan on doing that?
In short, there are only two more days - one if you don't count today since it's half gone - before the Senate breaks for recess. After then, a Tier 5 bill won't be brought up for at least a few weeks. Then, we will be getting close to the mid-term election, and it's questionable if such legislation will be brought up before the election.