A 99er 5 tier unemployment extension update brings a bit of shocking news. There are some 99ers who are lobbying for a "no vote" on November 2nd. This, of course, is very shocking considering that the hopes of an unemployment extension would be jeopardized if the unemployed population does not vote.
There are two democratic bills proposed for the Tier 5 extension. Stabenow's "Americans Want to Work Act" is a pivotal bill which seeks to extend unePublish Postmployment for 20 additional weeks to those in states with over 7.5% unemployment. It also provides for a $2,000 tax credit for each employee hired - giving employers incentives to create jobs.
The Berkeley bill is somewhat less lucrative, but is "better than nothing." For states with over 10% unemployment, the bill seeks to add unemployment benefits, but there's no job creation measure.
For the most part, the Democrats are the only party lobbying for the unemployed. If there truly is a "no vote" by the 99ers, this will jeopardize the results of the election.
Currently, the GOP has a great chance of gaining back the House and the Senate in November. If this occurs, the expiration of current benefits is all but certain. The GOP filibuster of the unemployment extensions earlier this year made millions have to wait months for benefits to resume.
The unemployment extensions must continue, and a tier 5 needs to be created. THe only way to ensure that happens is to vote in people who support the bills.