The Senate votes “No” to the extension for unemployment benefits and now Senator Hatch purposes drug testing everyone receiving these benefits, according to Fox News Weekend. It is easy to see the majority of the Senate, especially Hatch, has never had to contend with the crisis facing many families today.
$25 a Week Cut From Unemployment Benefit Is Another Proposal for the Unemployment Extension Bill
Drug testing to receive benefits and a cut of $25 a week off of unemployment benefits are the new proposals Senators want tacked onto the Unemployment Extension Bill. The $25 dollars was money from the 2009 Obama stimulus money added to weekly unemployment benefits to help the unemployed. Now the Democratic Senators want to take this back, according to the Huffington Post..
The Federal Additional Compensation Program (FAC) has been reauthorized each time an extension was granted. Senator Jon Tester is leading the proposal to stop authorizing the funds, which means each person on unemployment will receive $25 less a week.
Unemployment compensation is not enough money to live on, but it does help the out of work person to put food on the table and buy the bare essentials of daily living. If this proposal makes it into the bill, it takes $100 dollars a month out of an already minimal income. This is the Senate’s answer to cutting spending??? Hopefully this will not enter the unemployment extension bill.
American Families Are Facing Desperate Times Unless The Unemployment Extension 2010 is Voted In
Desperate times is the only way to describe what the out of work American is experiencing today. There has been a major change in the governments investment in helping the American people. In the beginning of this administration cash was flowing to big corporations, insurance companies, and banks.
Unemployment Extension 2010 Is a No
“Cash for Clunkers” allowed the upper middle class to buy a car with thousands of dollars off the ticket price which was picked up by the government. The American upper class and elite have been given all types of monetary help, but nothing has been targeted to help the majority of the American people, the lower and middle class families.
The unemployment extension costs nothing in comparison to all the other bail out and stimulus programs. Why is there such a stone wall in the senate when it comes to passing this bill through?
Mandatory Drug Testing Purposed For People Collecting Unemployment Benefits
Adding insult to injury, Senator Hatch is suggesting drug testing be mandatory for people collecting unemployment benefits. This is after the Senate uses the excuse of cutting government spending when not passing the unemployment extension. A drug testing component to unemployment compensation will probably cost more than the extension itself. How would the Senators like to be drug tested before being handed their paychecks? It is demeaning and belittling, and creating a stigma about the unemployed that should not be there.
Unemployment Extension Seems To Have More ObstaclesThan the Bail Outs and Cash For Clunkers.
Not only does the out of work American have to struggle to make ends meet, now the little money they receive from unemployment is being presented with contingencies and embarrassing contingencies at that. The Senate has done nothing but conjure up more hoops for the out of work American to jump through.
Would the Senators Change Their Votes if They Had To Live a Month in The Shoes of the Unemployed?
It is very apparent that many of these men and women serving the government as Senator’s never had to worry about where their next meal is coming from.
Reference: Fox News Weekend / Huffington Post