The GOP has been against the tier 5 movement, but not because they don't want to dole out unemployment benefits. The Republicans want to "trim the fat" off the government's budget, get back to the basics, and ensure that any spending bills are backed with either complimentary budget cuts or tax revenues to pay for any benefits.
In some respects, it's not a bad idea to ensure that we are paying for unemployment extensions now. After all, we don't want to give future generations too much of a burden, do we?
That being said, the unemployment extension and tier 5 benefits need to be passed. Jobless need to make it clear that the new politicians in office will be held to the same standards we held the politicians who were voted out. No jobless benefits, no job creation, and no unemployment extension means that the house will have no job come 2012.