If the US can give out money to foreign governments and entities, then why not dole out some money to the citizens in need? Some say that a Tier 5 extension would benefit the economy greatly by giving American families disposable income. It also keeps families out of foreclosure and could even keep some families from using social benefits such as food stamps.
On the other hand, there are many who say that giving out money to the unemployed for longer than the current 99 weeks would give people an incentive to NOT work, possibly by turning down job opportunities that pay less than they want, in hopes of scoring the "job of their dreams" before their benefits run out. The result of this game of roulette is that many people end up jobless at the exhaustion of their benefits, and still need work.
The Tier 5 benefit extension is important to Americans, but it's not looking like it is important to those on Capital Hill. Currently, the docket includes "morning business" followed by considering the nomination of Jane Stranch to US Circuit Court Judge.