Congress restructures unemployment benefits
February 16th, 2012
05:55 PM ET
10 years ago

Congress restructures unemployment benefits

New York (CNNMoney) - The 99ers? Call them the 73ers.

Beginning later this year, the maximum number of weeks the jobless can collect unemployment benefits would be reduced to 73 weeks, under a new deal being hammered out in Congress.


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. GI Joe.

    With the economy improving, that should be plenty (unless the republicans muck it up - they way they seem to like to do)

    February 16, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    We need mandatory drug testing for our lawmakers.

    February 16, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I hate republicans for refusing to help those they put out of work.

    February 16, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. Namejkane fl

    Maybe after Nov, the republicans will want99 weeks after they get kicked out of congress.

    February 16, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    73 weeks is still way too much time to still call it unemployment. The intent of unemployment is to cover people in transition from one job to another. After 6 months it ceases becoming a transition.

    February 16, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. @OmegaRaiel

    Must be the anti-poor GOP in the House.

    February 16, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. tamara reina

    It is time for more than just a job well what can a person say your money is being control by congressman

    February 16, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  8. Larry in Houston

    well, they had to give a little – to get this thing through. IF they hadn't – I mean, if they kept it at 99 wks – it probably would have trouble going thru – I remember when I was on un-employment, it was 6 months – then you had to "sign up" again for another 6 months, then they cut it down to 3 months ( after the initial 6 months)

    February 16, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Did they include drug testing for lawmakers?

    February 17, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Ed Schultz must be having conniption fits.

    February 17, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  11. DENNA

    You know, if Congress had spent more time trying to create jobs instead of fighting with President Obama, they would not have to increase the amount of time people can collect unemployment. For all of you who crack wise that the unemployed are lazy and don't want to work, I hope you get a taste of what they are suffering. Maybe you will be more understanding if you are unemployed and can't pay your bills and can't get a job, even though you are not lazy. Try something positive – write to those GOP obstructors in Congress and insist that they do something about this mess they caused with the stupid policiesl Make yourselves useful.

    February 17, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |