NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) – Lawmakers in both the House and Senate introduced bills this week to push the deadline to apply for unemployment benefits to as far back as 2011.
Congress last month passed a record-long extension of federally paid benefits, but the law only helps those who exhaust their lifelines by year's end. So while unemployment benefits now run as long as 99 weeks, depending on the state, not everyone will receive checks for that long a stretch.
If the deadline is not extended beyond Dec. 31, one million jobless Americans will lose their benefits in January. Some three million people will stop receiving checks by March, according to the National Employment Law Project.
Some 9 million people currently depend on jobless benefits. The government reported Friday that 10% of Americans are out of work and more than a third have been unemployed for at least six months.
This must be extended. 3 million unemployed without a way to feed their families after March is not acceptable.
Tax this working lib "socialist" 1 percent to help pay for those who need during this dismal time in our history.
We cannot abandon these families and allow them to fend for themselves.
Afterall, there are republiklan cons out there that would approve of letting them starve as long as big business does not have to pay more in unemployment taxes. Of course, if they do starve that would take care of the millions without health insurance as well.
Dems call it compassion, cons call it "thinning the herd".
Even if Obama can get the jobless below 1%, the idiot wingnuts will claim it is a total failure.
Good HEAVENS what took them so long!!!?
The future looks very, very bleak for me. Out of work, losing everything. . . . can't seem to stop it.
Yes, should the unemployment benefits not be extended, the lowly
will be out of a paycheck and HEALTH INSURANCE BENEFITS, affecting their homes and their WHOLE FAMILIES HEALTH NEEDS!
That would also mean MORE FORCLOSURES!
What makes me angry is that the Republicans and some Democrats
don't care because the are unaware that most of these people are
some of the hardest working people in America!!!
Republicans, and some Democrats do NOT want to continue with
Medicare, Social Security, Unemployment, and HEALTH CARE
WITH A PUBLIC OPTION.
Those same Politicians have voted in the past to Privatize Social
Security and love to say MEDICARE is running out. Well, what I
have to say about that is WHAT DID YOU DO WITH THE MONEY
WE PUT INTO SOCIAL SECURITY? WHERE IS THE MONEY THAT
COULD HAVE BEEN DRAWING INTEREST?
Our politicians have sadly "misrepresented", "mishandled" and
"stole" our money!!!! for their own prosperity and other dumb ideas.
If an unskilled person can find a job in most towns
why can't a skilled worker find the same jobs?
Who says someone used to earning 100,000+
a year doesn't have to settle for less when the chips
are down ?
Who says if a person thinks they are above taking
a lower paying job they can live on the tax payers
for 99 weeks ?
It's common knowledge that a huge percent of
people on unemployment could be working if
they wanted to.
I meet people on a regular basis who draw
unemployment and most joke about how easy
I was behind a lady at the grocery store last week. Her basket had two cases of beer and two bottles of whiskey. Apparently the cashier knew this lady because she looked at all the booze and asked her if she had finally found a job.
The lady replied that her and her boyfriend had just found out that their unemployment benefits had been extended for 99 weeks! Then she told the cashier "IT WILL BE TWO YEARS BEFORE WE HAVE TO LOOK FOR A JOB NOW!!!!!"
That's a democrat for you!
Is this change you can believe in?
The number of Americans identifying themselves as Democrats fell by nearly two percentage points in November. Added to declines earlier in the year, the number of Democrats in the nation has fallen by five percentage points during 2009.
get the banks to lend money ,,,there is your problem