The unemployment extension hasn’t been passed, but the jobs bill for small businesses has. The lending act passed for small businesses is meant to stimulate job growth. However, there’s no discussion of an unemployment extension! The benefits we need to survive as 99ers likely won’t come before the four already existing tiers expire on November 30, 2010.
The only thing I didn’t understand about the passage of the extension of time to file for benefits extension is that it expired on November 30 – instead of expiring on January 31 or even February 28th after the new Congress members were able to get situated in their new posts.
Given that it’s the mid-term elections, there’s little focus on the unemployment extension. However, there are millions of Americans out there who need this, either because they have been without work for over 99 weeks or they find themselves near running out of extensions.
While Congress is worried about businesses big and small, they should be worried about American workers. We are the engine that runs this country, and without us nothing else matters. They need to think about the unemployment extension, and soon before this engine runs out of fuel and America is left stalled and stranded for good!