Recently, the Tier 5 long term unemployed have rallied for more help and now that their ranks are growing the Senate and House can no longer ignore them.
So late last night the house addressed it and some spoke again:
Democrat Shelley Berkeley, Nevada’s Representative has joined other states in pushing for some help.
Adding a” Tier 5″ to the unemployment benefits which have run out for so many would do the trick.
States such as Michigan and Nevada have record unemployment and no jobs to replace the ones which are gone. It is no longer an issue of ” being lazy” the unemployed have nowhere to even seek a job with five applicants for every opening in most states, it is more like 15 to 1 in these high unemployment areas
The administration can no longer ignore the crisis.
To read more about Berkeley and the extension of twenty weeks she proposed, you can visit her website.
So what happens now? The House and Senate are on recess for a month while 99ers still have to pay their bills and put food on the table. I imagine it will be some time before the legislation is voted upon.
It may just be’ lip service” by the Democrats who have done nothing for the 99ers so far. However, in their defense, the Republicans were voting down every measure they presented so far to help the unemployed.
But some more cynical political analysts were claiming the Democrats want the Republicans to vote them down so they can look like defeated heroes to the general public.
Whatever politics is going on before the November elections, it still does not help the people who need it the most. 99ers are still drifting their way to the lower class. Losing their homes, living on food stamps while employers turn them away as their skills ” don’t match” job openings.
Here’s a very intelligent summary of what comes next by 247 news:
” The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act will pass into the House Committee on Ways and Means (of which Representative Berkley is a member). They will determine how the bill is to be funded, at which point it will pass onto the House floor for amendment and voting. Presuming that the House Democrats continue to intelligently use their majority standing, it should pass on to the Senate before the Senate is back from its vacation.
The Senate will then have to determine whether to vote through the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act or its own Americans Want To Work Act. In all likelihood, they will vote on both in an attempt to make sure that one of the two gets through GOP efforts to block attempts at helping our nation’s most needy. “
Here’s the link for their coverage which is fairly balanced.