A 99ers and tier 5 updates for the unemployment extension brings us an increase in jobless totals, but not an increase in benefits. Although the Senate is going to leave to campaign soon, there's no confirmation that the bill "Americans want to Work" S 3706 is going to be debated on the Senate floor next week.
With the GOP's focus on the "Pledge to America" and passing the Bush era tax cuts, the unemployment extension is not on the minds of anyone in Washington.
A rally is planned at the Lincoln Memorial on 10/2 for the extension of jobless benefits, although the ultimate success of the rally has been questionable because the Senate will have already taken their break.
Still yet, on November 30th the current tiers available will expire. Even though there was a fax campaign by a grassroots agency called the American 99ers union, little has been done to change the politicians' minds about the bill.
So what is it? Do the sponsors of S3706 really care, or was the creation of the proposal just a well-timed political moved used to create false hope?
The economy isn't getting any better. Last week, 12,000 were added to the totals of the unemployed applying for benefits for the first time. The long wait for the unemployment extension doesn't appear to have made any headway leading many to wonder if there's even hope for a Tier 5 extension.