Why aren’t the United States Senators pushing the Unemployment Benefits Extension bill through with more urgency? The U.S. Senate took 10 days for the Holidays before they will finally reconvene on June 7, 2010 to discuss the Unemployment Benefits Extension bill. Why isn’t this handled with more urgency?
Millions of jobless Americans will be depending on the Unemployment Benefits Extension bill to pass so they can make ends meet. So why would the United States Senate not get the bill passed through in a shorter amount of time?
It’s very frustrating for those of us who have exhausted a portion of our benefits and are seeking to enter a different tier of the unemployment extension benefits. Whether you are Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 or even Tier 4 –the prospects of not receiving the unemployment benefits extension are quite scary. Many Americans will be faced with those prospects as the United States Senate takes it’s sweet time trying to come to a consensus over the passage of the extension. It’s a scary time for those who face losing unemployment benefits and those who just happen to fall on the June 7,2010 date in terms of exhausting all benefits.
What should happen? The United States Senators should pass the bill just like the House did in the next few days. What might happen? The United States Senate could argue the bill and how we will pay for the Unemployment Benefits extension package for the next few weeks. That would leave many Americans without benefits. The longer the battle rages on, the more jobless Americans will be added to the group going without pay. It’s a Senate decision that could have major consequences the longer they battle it out.
I am on Tier 1 of the Unemployment Benefits Extension. I have yet to reach a year but my unemployment benefits have been exhausted for Tier 1. For me to go to Tier 2, I need the United States Senate to do me a huge favor. Pass the unemployment benefits extension bill quickly. It seems kind of odds that many Americans have been allowed to go 99 weeks on the current Unemployment Benefits package and there is a possibility that my unemployment could run out well before 52 weeks. The economy or job market really isn’t that much better than it was a few years ago. I don’t want the people who ran out at 99 weeks to go without either. I believe Tier 5 of the Unemployment Benefits Extension should also be added. The job market is horrible and many Americans are faced with the prospects of not having income for longer periods of time. Until the job market improves, there needs to be an emergency Tier 5 for those who have exhausted their 99 weeks. At the same token, those of us who have not yet reached Tier 2, Tier 3 or Tier 4 of the Unemployment Benefits Extension need the same help those people have received.
The statistics are staggering. Earlier this year, there were 6 prospective employees for every 1 single open job. That means 5 out of 6 people are going to be without a job regardless of what their interview skills are, how bad they try to land a position or how closely their skills set matches a particular position. That means we aren’t anywhere close to having a solution for the problem of unemployment. It’s a crisis that more than one out of every ten people is going through right now. That’s a major crisis and a major emergency. The Senate critics will argue that such an Unemployment Benefits extension can not be funded. The big problem with that philosophy is that 10 percent of people in the United States could be faced with no income or just one family member with an income being generated. How scary is that? Americans will crawl into a little ball and not spend a dime if more people have less money. The debt will grow even larger if millions of Americans are faced with the prospects of no income. It’s basic common sense. There does need to be a way to fund these unemployment benefits.
Maybe the Senate will need to address that issue after they pass the Unemployment Benefits package. It won’t be pretty if they don’t. Millions of people will face home foreclosures, defaults on car loans and the prospects of not being able to put food on the table without the unemployment benefits extension package.
I find it amazing that we, as Americans, rush off to help other countries when they have tragedies. I think it’s one of the things that makes America great and the United States who we are. The irony is that our own U.S. Senate is taking it’s sweet time to help it’s own people who are struggling with a major crisis. If one of ten people were facing a deadly pandemic-wouldn’t we rush as quickly as we could to find a cure? It would just make sense if the Senators would move in a more swift fashion when addressing this issue.
I believe the U.S. Senate should pass the bill and add an emergency Tier 5 until the job market improves at least somewhat. I feel deeply for those people who are trying sincerely to land a job but have been striking out for nearly 2 years. It’s unfortunate that the job market is as bad as it can be. Until that changes, Americans without jobs must be protected.