Monday, July 12, 2010
The "Tier 5 to Survive" movement has been unprecedented. People aren't working this hard to get legislators to hear their stories because they are lazy - as some contend. Some have the nerve to actually say that those fighting for more benefits don't want to work.
However, the face of the movement is in and of itself VERY difficult. It's not easy to write Senators day after day - and trust me, finding a job would be more exciting to these individuals than writing Senators, posting messages on online boards, and facing rejection day after day as employers STILL aren't hiring.
Just how long a fifth tier of benefits would be available hasn't been discussed, but it's reasonable to assume that it would be somewhere in the neighborhood of 13 weeks or so.
Passing a fifth tier of benefits would be difficult, at best. Extending the four tiers of unemployment benefits has all but put the Senate at a stalemate. If a tier 5 unemployment extension is passed, it will have to be a bill that pays for itself in a very clear way. Creating that in and of itself will prove to be a big challenge, but one that many of the millions of unemployed workers are hoping for.