Wednesday, August 18, 2010
There's also a House version of the bill, from Shelley Berkely (D-NV). The House bill only covers states with 10% unemployment or higher, whereas Stabenow's cutoff is 7.5%. Stabenow's bill also includes provisions which give businesses a tax incentive to hire displaced workers, whereas Berkeley's bill is only to extend benefits to jobless workers.
No matter what, the fact remains - Americans are suffering and are in need of help. With unemployment rates not really facing any form of relief during the past couple of years, there's the strong reality that our economy is not in an optimal position for job growth. Those without jobs are without luck, and we owe it to them to help them out.
Currently, up to 99 weeks are available to states that meet criteria. The Stabenow bill would add an additional 20 weeks of benefits.