Monday, July 26, 2010

Senator Schumer: 99ers Tier 5 Extension Bill Coming Soon?

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) recently discussed that there are millions of Americans that still need jobless benefits, as they have exhausted all benefits available to them.  He is quoted, in the video linked below, of saying the following: 

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

Sounds like those who thought they were forgotten really haven't been.  If Schumer is successful, along with other members of the House and Senate, of bringing such a measure to vote he will become one of the most popular politicians currently on Capital Hill.

After all, the recently passed legislation doesn't provide a true extension of benefits to those who have no where else to turn.  The job market, especially in states like Michigan and Nevada, is horrific and finding a job is almost impossible.  Providing an extra layer will allow people to relax and focus on their job search.

Even though this news is promising, there was no timeline discussed as to when the 99ers can expect forward movement on the extension.

Reference with Video: WENY-TV

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