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Don't allow the premature release of the deficit commission report create a diversion away from the urgent problem of unemployment benefits extensions.  The diary below contains a link to the AFL-CIO petition and a description of the current status of the extensions.

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The emergency extensions program is scheduled to end November 30 unless Congress votes to extend it.  Congress has been on recess since the beginning of October and will return next week for only four days before Thanksgiving break.

That's all the time we have left before the program expires.

Different states are reacting to this differently.

California will continue people on the extensions they have on or before Nov. 30, so benefits will be paid on the current extension beyond Nov. 30, but people can't go on to the new extension.  

The Washington State ESD website states that they don't expect the program to continue so they are shutting down the extension operation on Nov. 30.

99ers have no eligibility for future extensions at this time.

The AFL-CIO Working America Main Street blog states that the number of people unemployed for longer than 6 months is 6.2 million.  They reported that 9.5 million people used the extension program.  

I have read estimates like 3 million as the number of people who will lose their benefits on November 30.

In the state of California alone the number of people immediately affected by the expiration of the program is 550,000.  I.e., there are 550,000 people currently receiving extensions in California.

Here is the status of the bill in the Senate.  It is in the Senate finance committee and Sen. Max Baucus, the chair, has not released it even for a hearing.  It doesn't even have a hearing scheduled and there are four days left before the expiration.  We have to call the usual members of the finance committee: Conrad, Baucus, Snowe, Kyl, Hatch and tell them personal stories about the unemployed.  I am telling their offices about the 60 year old American women living in cars in the community where I live.  The moderate Democrats who need to be called are Schumer and Cantwell.  Menendez is on the committee.  He supports both the renewal of the extension program and a new Tier V for the 99ers.  I have not called Rockefeller's office yet.  I have called Reid's office repeatedly - have not received a definitive answer, but right now it is in Baucus' hands.  

This needs to get on the floor and passed and we have six days left.  Or the Congress has to cancel some of the recess for the rest of November until this gets done.

I have to say that I am appalled by the way the Congress is playing chicken with people's lives over this issue and over the lack of advance planning dring the early fall, knowing that these recesses were going to occur.  If there isn't an outcry, nothing will happen.

Originally posted to proud2Bliberal on Fri Nov 12, 2010 at 06:23 PM PST.

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  •  Totally agree. (5+ / 0-)

    And for what it's worth, I'm posting this on my FB status every day or two.  I'm urging people of all political persuasions to call their Congressional representation.  I'll add your suggested members to my post.

  •  I have two in my family on extended unemployment (4+ / 0-)

    benefits.
    Signed and sent.
    People need this extension.
    I hope you make the rec list.

    "The Public Option = Peace of Mind for all Citizens."      -- R.L.

    by Canaryinthecoalmine on Fri Nov 12, 2010 at 06:33:47 PM PST

  •  I also called Gregoire's and Richardson's offices (4+ / 0-)
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    bablhous, Nulwee, ninkasi23, JesseCW

    I called the office of Gregoire (WA Gov) to complain about the ESD website essentially communicating that they were giving up.  I asked that Gov. Gregoire unite with other Democratic governors and publicize the issue and fitht for the people.  I also called Richardson;s office about the same issue.  NM is not affected as much as WA and CA, but Richardson is a very strong personality and if he speaks out that could help.  Richardson still has another month and a half in office, so he cal still accomplish things.  So I suggest calling his office and asking him to fight for the people on this.  I would also suggest calling the governors of PA and MA.  

  •  Posted on my FB page (7+ / 0-)

    Here's hoping it helps and this makes the Rec List.

    It's looking like a very bleak holiday season for us unemployed, lazy, worthless people.

    Yea the whopping $1200 a month I receive is allowing me to live like a pampered princess.

    "make sure to put me back in the bed! I don't want to be on the ceiling!"

    by donnamarie on Fri Nov 12, 2010 at 06:50:03 PM PST

  •  I was on them until I got called back for (3+ / 0-)
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    bablhous, donnamarie, proud2Bliberal

    seasonal work at my previous employer.  My fiance was a 99'er who ran out of benefits this past summer.  Luckily he was called back to work as well.  But come Jan. we both may be laid off and once again claiming.  It is very frustrating to think if they don't pass an extension NOW many millions of people are going to be w/o any form of income right before the holidays and in the coldest months of the year!  How do you pay rent AND your highest utility bills of the year with no income let alone worry about food and proper winter clothes for your family?

    On a side note my employer has a big United Way drive going on as well as incentives to donate food items to our assistance center that gives to UW as well so I know while I can I'm going to pitch in and help as much as I can.  I have a feeling food banks are going to be hit hard this season.

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    by ninkasi23 on Fri Nov 12, 2010 at 06:55:08 PM PST

  •  A good friend of mine was laid off from (2+ / 0-)
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    Nulwee, proud2Bliberal

    Cisco here in Silicon Valley this very week. They reported lower revenue last week.

    "Democrats treat dogs like people and Republicans treat people like dogs."

    by Templar on Fri Nov 12, 2010 at 10:09:44 PM PST

  •  I can't help wondering how these millions voted - (2+ / 0-)
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    sebastianguy99, Nulwee

    if they did - when it has been very clear that the Repugs don't give a shit about the unemployed. Sure seems like they could not have won if the millions of unemployed would have "put the car in D"!

    "Democrats treat dogs like people and Republicans treat people like dogs."

    by Templar on Fri Nov 12, 2010 at 10:13:39 PM PST

    •  The Rs won in states with low unemployment (0+ / 0-)

      For example, in California there are 550,000 people on the extension program and the Democrats won, but in New Mexico there are 7900 people and the Republican won.  The Republicans were elected primarily in rural states.  

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