Sunday, July 25, 2010
For some states, the wait could be much longer. It all depends on the agencies that are going through the paperwork, certifying that those who have filed for benefits are, indeed, eligible to receive them.
HR4213 passed, finally, after a GOP lead filibuster was broken last week. Now, the focus is on getting retroactive benefit checks to those whose benefits lapsed. Then, the focus will be on trying to pass legislation that will allow those who have exhausted all 99 weeks of benefits available to have access to a longer lifeline.
A Tier 5 unemployment extension is the only way that some American families will stay out of poverty. Such legislation hasn't been suggested officially, but many are hoping that a measure will be brought up for politicians to review.
Of course, funding such a bill would be difficult. Given that the benefits extension bill was hard to pass at $34 billion, figuring out how to fund a new level of checks would be a challenge.