is debatable, and it's easy to see both sides of the issue.
First, can the country afford an extension of benefits? We have been overspending for years, and it's got to stop some time. Where does the buck stop? Does it stop here, or after the next extension.
Second, some believe that 99 weeks of unemployment is enough, citing that many workers of years past only had 26 weeks of benefits - even if it took them much, much longer to find a job. Does the extension of benefits encourage people to not work, or at least hold out on offers until "something better" comes along?
On the other hand, extending unemployment ensures that government spending stays within the US and benefits US citizens. It ensures that American households have the money to pay their bills and to spend on goods and services. This could potentially increase demand, creating jobs.
The bottom line is this - 99ers have a good argument for a Tier V benefits extension. Debbie Stabenow's S3706 Americans Want to Work Act is a good start. It will bring 20 extra weeks of benefits to states with rates of unemployment 7.5% or greater.
How to pay for the bill will be the problem, but hopefully capital hill will work it out.