No Plan Yet for Making Unemployment Benefits Retroactive

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Monday, April 12, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Later today, the Senate is scheduled to hold a procedural vote on House-passed legislation extending the filing deadline for unemployment benefits through the end of the month — a proposal not to be confused with the creation of a new insurance tier. That deadline came and went April 5, pushing an estimated 200,000 folks out of the program since then.

Trouble is, the House-passed bill isn’t retroactive. That means that Senate lawmakers, if they hope to help those people falling off the rolls early this month, would have to alter the bill on the Senate floor. Depending on whether or not the Republicans agree to speed debate on the bill, passage might not come until the of this week, leaving tens of thousands more unemployed workers to lose their benefits in the meantime.

And even then, the altered bill would have to return to the House for a second approval.

A spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said today that the Democrats still don’t have a plan for retroactivity.

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Comment posted April 12, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

people can still go to http://www.change.org and sign the petitions for the 99er and the tier 5 to survive causes. and also go to http://www.unemployed-friends.com to find fax-email address and phone numbers for there representatives. we have a u-tube vidieo call tier 5 to survive. we need voices and signatures, don't just let them roll over you and drop the benefits without at least a fight for them!!!!!!!


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