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UPDATE:  See below the cut ... WENY - TV  Sen. Schumer announces that Unemployment Relief Could Extend to '99ers plus Video

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Sen. Schumer: Unemployment Relief Could Extend to '99ers' (VIDEO)
Jane Park

July 23, 2010
    U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer also had some new news on extended unemployment benefits. President Obama signed the bill late Thursday night.
    It provides up to 99 weeks of support for people who have exhausted their state benefits. Schumer says there's more legislation in the works to extend past the 99 weeks.
    “There are a number of people who have maxed out, they've been looking and looking for work but haven't found it, and there is a separate act that would extend those benefits to them,. Extending this was really important. There are some people who go beyond the 99 weeks and we're gonna try to do that next,” he said.
    The senator did not give any timeline for the act.

Link to WENY Schumer Video

Please continue to call and write the legislators!  and media!  don't stop!!!!


We are celebrating this week because President Obama was able to sign legislation which renews emergency jobless benefits for millions of unemployed Americans.

I'm one who can celebrate because after being frozen between Tier 2 and Tier 3 for seven weeks I can at last look forward to paying my rent.

While the Republicans were stalling and taking their 30 hours we on Unemployed-Friends were watching together.  I posted that I was wondering how many would lose thier apartment or have their lights turned out because of this one day delay, and immediately two other posters responded:

carrier wrote:

flabbergasted wrote:
How many people will miss paying the rent this week and lose their home because of 30 hours delay? How many will have the lights turned off?

Me for one. I have to be out of my apartment on the 6th of august. Won't get relief in time.

Yep me too!
DHS paid for our electric bill mainly because I have a child, we convinced the phone company to keep the net/phone on.

August we have money for NOTHING...cant afford rent, electric NOTHING..

Gonna talk to my landlord and if she says move ...( least we have 30 days to find something ..a relative or something..least i know i wont be in a shelter.

The jobless benefits extensions for Tiers 1 - 4 and FED ED was passed and signed into law at last on Thursday.


We need to remember those who were not included, we call them the 99er's or sometimes the EXHAUSTED.  Given the extreme unemployment rate 5 in 6 of the unemployed will be one of these, and the numbers are growing alarmingly.

Tent cities are beginning to grow across the country.

Suicide calls to hotlines have increased dramatically.

Older laid off workers too young for Social Security and Medicare are considered too old by employers.

The emergency of the jobless person in this Great Recession does not end at 99 weeks.  A job does not miraculously appear.  In fact the longer one is unemployed the harder it is to get a job.

Please don't forget the 99er's.  Please don't think the problem was solved with the jobless benefit extension bill, because this bill only renewed the current extensions.  It did not add a Tier 5 extension.

The original house bill did have the Tier 5.  It was eliminated in order to appease the Republicans and some conservative Democrats.

Now Sen. Stabenow, Sen. Schumer, and others are discussing the possibility of proposing Tier 5 legislation to alleviate these long term unemployed workers.   We need them to do this ASAP.  This is truly an emergency.  These are the people who are facing the nightmare of homelessness, hunger, and despair RIGHT NOW.


Please call Sen. Stabenow and Sen. Schumer to ask them to please go ahead with the proposal and submit it before they leave on summer vacations.  

Rep. McDermott has said that "if the Senate can pass a bill to help the 99ers, it will surely sail through the House, as "there is nobody that wants to do more for the 99ers" (than the House)"

Sen. Stabenow and Sen. Schumer are reportedly trying to get the bill out and are looking for support.  We need to contact them and their colleagues to encourage them in the strongest way not to give up, to please introduce this legislation now.

Here's post about the campaign from Unemployed-Friends which has more information and the phone numbers you can call....  Thank You!

"Booniebeast" From the group that created and signed the recent letter delivered to Pres O via Gibbs:

Good morning all...the 99er's need your help please. As you all know, it is pretty conclusive that the bill will be passed next week sometime. We have been fighting to get an amendment added for a Tier 5 and have been told that isn't going to happen. Now we have to move to plan B. Starting (now) we need everyone to call Reid, Pelosi and Obama and let them know that NO VACATION until something is done to help the 99ers. Harry Reid 202-224-3542, Pelosi 202-225-0100, Obama 202-456-1111.
Also calls made to the following asking them to write up a bill and bring it to the floor to help the 99ers. These people have all agreed to helping but none of them are taking the initiative to bring legislation to the floor. Chuck Schumer 202-224-6542 Sen Franken 202-224-5641, Sen Merkley 202-224-3753 Deb Stabenow 202-224-4822 Sherrod Brown 202-224-2315 Shelley Berkely 202-225-5965 Dina Titus 202-225-3252 Sen Whitehouse 202-224-2921 and the 800 switchboard number if you don't have long distance 1-800-962-3542.
Please do what you can to help, the 99ers have been without any income for almost 6 months now. many have already lost everything they own. We have been leading this fight of extensions for everyone since the fight for Tier 3 and 4. We went months without income, never given retroactive. never offered Cobra. The 99ers need everyones help desperately and quickly to stop Congress and the Senate from leaving until something is done to help. Thanks so much for everyone who is willing.

Also I know that DKos has many participants that have experiance and connections with legislatures.  

If you have ideas or perhaps some information about the status of the Tier 5 legislation efforts going on in Washington I would appreciate greatly if you could share it.  Suggestions and any help you can provide... thank you.

If you are in New York you are invited to participate in the following actions to bring the issue to the media's attention.  We are organizing the following actions...

Network Morning Shows Demonstration
Thursday July 29th @ 7 a.m. until end of show
New York City
NBC - The Today Show
CBS - The Early Show
ABC - Good Morning America

Originally posted to Frisbeetarian on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 02:27 AM PDT.


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  •  Tip Jar (18+ / 0-)

    "Why would our government connect an extension of unemployment benefits with tax cuts for billionaires?" One Pissed Off Liberal

    by Frisbeetarian on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 02:27:12 AM PDT

  •  I wonder if you could address this: (3+ / 0-)

    A friend of mine posted it in another forum and I have no idea what to tell her:

    In a weird quirk, though, my friend who was laid off in January was told he will not receive an extension for his benefits because he was laid off during an upswing in the economy (really?) but people who were laid off before him will get the extension. So even though he has been trying to find work and has been unable to do so, his benefits will be cut off at the end of 28 weeks. WTF?!

    Do you know why this is? Thanks :)

    Beyond petroleum my ass! ~ Rachel Maddow

    by Purple Priestess on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 03:08:45 AM PDT

  •  Please make the blockquote easier (5+ / 0-)

    to read, and explain to all the dummies like me what the different Tiers are. I'm disabled, I have no clue what groups of people were not covered.

    Keep posting this every few days, so more eyes have a chance to read it.



               Senator Franken
               Deb Stabenow
               Sherrod Brown
               Dina Titus
               Senator Whitehouse

    by CuriousBoston on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 03:48:20 AM PDT

    •  T & R, and my first block quote. (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      MsWings, Frisbeetarian

      I hope your effort works, that DKos can help you.

      by CuriousBoston on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 03:51:29 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Done! (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        MsWings, CuriousBoston

        I changed the blockquote, the one I think you meant to refer to, above to make it a bit more readable (I hope).

        Here is a good explanation from SFGate, edited a bit by me for clarity..

        Under the new law, people who exhaust their regular state benefits - which last up to 26 weeks - can begin receiving the first of four federal extensions:

        Tier 1 lasts up to 20 weeks.

        Tier 2 lasts up to 14 weeks.

        Tier 3 lasts up to 13 weeks.

        Tier 4 lasts up to 6 weeks.

        What is Fed-Ed?
        Fed-Ed provides either 13 or 20 additional weeks of unemployment benefits, depending on the unemployment rate in each state and certain state laws.

        There are a lot of details that vary state by state, and the benefits available in any particular state depends on it's unemployment rate... not all give 99 weeks of benefits.

        But I hope this gives you an idea of system of tier extensions in general.

  •  I contact all three of my reps already (3+ / 0-)
  •  Senator Kerry (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    NYFM, Frisbeetarian
    Last week I called Kerrys' district office, hoping he would have some influence on Scott Brown. The staffer said that Brown was not listening to anybody. ALL of the MA delegation was getting calls to talk, arm twist, or however, to get Brown to sign on. Nothing would do any good.

    I was talking to the district staffer for unemployment. Asked him about chances for another bill to cover the people not covered by this bill. He was very pessimistic.

    When are the critters going on vacation? Perhaps it is possible to shame them.

    I do not understand how people qualify by reason of their state having a certain unemployment benefit. Is this true? If it is, do you have a link, and or a short example?

    •  Hi Curious (0+ / 0-)

      Brown must think jobless people don't vote.  

      Tell the staffer not to give up, the unemployed have to fight pessimism everyday but we know Kerry and the MA delegation will have our back, they are the ones that give us hope and we will appreciate it at the ballot box.  We won't forget our friends.  Many unemployed republicans will vote Dem for the first time this Nov., so send the MA delegation staffer a hug from this jobless person for his/her efforts and tell them not to give up.

      The senate goes on vacation Aug 9 and the house on Jul 30.  

      An example of a state that has different benefits because of the state unemployment rate is New York.  To get the full 99 weeks a state must have higher than 8.5% unemployment.  NY just dropped to 8.3% so now New Yorkers receive a maximum of 93 weeks instead of 99 weeks.  This is just one example.

  •  Thanks for this info! (1+ / 0-)
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    I had thought Tier 5 was pretty much off the table.  If we could get that passed it would be such a relief for me and my fiance.  I will get an extension through the latest bill but it won't be enough to cover our living expenses.  My fiance is a 99er and July 3rd was his last week so I emailed both Stabenow and Schumer to express my support.

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    by ninkasi23 on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 06:07:49 AM PDT

  •  Who voted "no" (4+ / 0-)

    in the poll?

    Under Reagan, federal unemployment was extended for three years.

    Under Reagan.

    Unemployment was lower at that time. In fact, federal extensions have never been cut off when the rate was over 8.5%.

    And yet now, somehow it is controversial to go past two years of benefits, during the worst economy since the Great Depression?

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 06:56:49 AM PDT

  •  I'd like to see something (3+ / 0-)

    for ALL of us.

    I lost my job in January 2007. Drew benefits for a flat six months before they expired. No extensions. That was back before anyone would admit that we have a problem in this country with not enough jobs at a decent wage for the people who want to work.

    They should make benefits retroactive to anyone who has been unemployed since then, and make something available to all of those who were never eligible in the first place. Once you've been out of work for a while, nobody is going to hire you. The continued act of filling out their silly forms and pretending to seek jobs is a gigantic charade. The jobs are gone. And hiring practices by HR departments continue to keep the most desperate unemployed.

    I lost my apartment, my 401(k), and a substantial number of my possessions, as well as friends and family who refused to accept that I was doing every damn thing I could to find work. It's frankly a miracle that I'm still alive, because I sure don't have anything left to live for. I'm over 50, with two college degrees, and I couldn't get hired to do a damn thing despite my education and experience. I live with my grown daughter.

    There are lots of us out here whose lives are still in ruins, and we aren't getting anything in the way of benefits. More than 40% of the unemployed get no UE compensation at all. No independent contractors, no sole proprietors, no part-timers, nobody whose boss was a jerk who refused to pay in to the fund. And ALL of us who got laid off too soon (ha ha, she said darkly) to draw on those extensions. Only a very narrow band of people are eligible for any benefits.

    Most of us would just rather have a job, but if we are going to start yelling about expired benefits, let's go all the way back to the beginning of this mess and start helping everyone who really needs it, whether they are eligible for benefits according to their narrow and narrow-minded rules or not. We also need a direct-hire government jobs program that takes all comers and pays a living wage. Private industry isn't going to hire us -- employees are simply a drain on a business' bottom line.

    "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

    by Brooke In Seattle on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 07:13:45 AM PDT

    •  Have you gone to the unemployed friends link? (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      bgblcklab1, Frisbeetarian

      They have state by state information, too. I'm sorry. I'm disabled, my life is usually stable. This horrific abandonment of people, i don't have the words to describe it. Check my sig.

    •  I agree with you (0+ / 0-)

      you state the situation very clearly and very well.

      With another unemployement extension, Tier V, we still won't be done.

      What we really need is a massive public works and benefits to help the millons of unemployed survive.   There is great pain and suffering and it is only growing worse.  At least a fifth of the population is suffering this.

      There is a great showdown coming.

      Hang in there Brooke, God bless you.  I hear stories like yours and feel so helpless and infuriated.

  •  That this doesn't hit the rec list... (3+ / 0-)

    at one of the more popular blogs for Democrats (a Party that is supposed to be about the little guy) is probably a good indicator of how likely this move will be.

    It can't even garner enough support in this community by way of simple button clicks.

    More and Better Democrats

    by SJerseyIndy on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 07:59:05 AM PDT

    •  . (0+ / 0-)

      Right now we have to make a lot of noise and get their attention.

      Millions of Americans are losing everything.  Look for tent cities coming soon to every neighborhood, many are already there.  Every month that goes by this emergency becomes larger and more critical.

      If nothing is done by the government to help the 99ers during this Great Recession, then their plight will have attention on DKos and everywhere, trust me, because all one has to do is the math.

      thanks for your comment, you are right but don't give up.

  •  At this point there are about 13% of DKos (2+ / 0-)
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    CuriousBoston, Frisbeetarian

    readers that do not support the 99ers.  That is really sad for a progressive blogsite.

    a clever sig line here someday

    by bgblcklab1 on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 09:16:59 AM PDT

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