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Federal extension for unemployment - Update 6/29/2010

by Chris -
(United States)

Hello all you still unemployed people out there.

As of June 2, 2010 our senators have been playing political games. They are the ones holding up a new extension ..

Yes, I've received another email from NELP .. just in case you haven't signed up for their newsletter updates yourself.

For GOVERNMENT, it's CORPORATE BUSINESS as usual and I'll leave any further irony to you.

Federal Unemployment Extension News

Friends -

We have NOT given up and we are asking you to keep fighting with us to reauthorize and extend the federal UI programs. Congress goes on recess at the end of this week, but there is time before then for both Houses to pass a stand-alone bill that extends the eligibility deadline for Emergency Unemployment Compensation and the full funding of the Extended Benefits program through the end of November 2010. A stand alone bill would be stripped of job creation elements that generated opposition in the Senate, with the aim of picking up needed support to move quickly.

We are calling on the House of Representatives to act first, and pass this bill by Wednesday afternoon at the latest, so that the Senate can receive the bill in time to have a final vote before they head into recess on Friday. News reports confirm that leaders in the House are working on bringing UI benefits to a vote, but we need your voices to propel them to action.

Time is of the essence and we need all of you to help us make this happen!!! We know you are probably fatigued from all the unsuccessful fights of the last month, but that is exactly what our opponents want - they want you to give up - but we know better. We are all fighters and we must continue to demand that Congress do its job and support those who are unemployed through no fault of their own.

Please share this message with your friends and family and please take action TODAY! Click here to contact your member of Congress


The National Employment Law Project's team

P.S. Thanks to all who shared their story with the public last week as part of our daily count down to the Senate vote. To share your story please click here.

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Jul 01, 2010
UI extension
by: Anonymous

I wonder how many laid-off dads will be jailed for missed child support payments? Cost of UI benefits = $300/week. Cost to house a prisioner = $480/week. Hmmmmmm. Our politians are so totally out of touch with reality.

Okay, go ahead, get me started on how all government is out of touch with the reality of the majority of our lives.

Don't misunderstand me though. I believe if you helped create a child you have a responsibility to care for that child at minimum with money, I even understand why unemployment benefits could be attached for child support, which by the way is addressed in the
Mometary Entitlement chartbook (page 27) at Doleta.

But as with many laws, the purpose seems to be to control and or punish those considered the deadbeats or cheaters of society. Unemployment is set up no differently. All the restrictions are there to punish the deadbeat and cheaters and for the rest of us .. to deter us from becoming deadbeats and cheaters.

If you really want the ear of government and have any hope that they will listen and make exceptions due to "personal needs" and the current situation you need a corporate identifier in your name .. Like BP.

Heaven forbid they raise taxes the still employed and in business with have a cow .. some of that money might actually be used to help unemployed Harry the really sharp guy down the street with a good business idea, get a small business grant so that jobs might be created. Free grants? There is no such thing. All grants require an obligation in return.

How about this .. if at the beginning of a person's unemployment when they still have some money put aside to survive on .. they are allowed to try to make their own money .. maybe, just maybe they wouldn't need to collect an extension.

Yes, it's screwed up. We are ALL treated as if we ALL have the mentality of a deadbeat willing to take advantage of the piss poor system.

Jun 30, 2010
Another thing to put on your to-do list for today 6-30-2010
by: Chris -

Another newsletter from NELP with a phone number to call. If you have been unable to get an extension or if you think you will need an extension .. you need to make your voice heard .. so call as suggested


Friends -

We have a brief window of opportunity to get Congress to reinstate the EUC and EB programs before it goes on a week-long recess for the 4th of July. Today, Rep. McDermott (D-WA) introduced H.R. 5618, The Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act, which will, if passed, restore the EUC and Extended Benefits programs, retroactive to their expiration on June 2, 2010.

We are working to get a vote on this bill tomorrow, June 30th, and need your help. We are asking you to contact your Member in the House of Representatives and demand that he or she support H.R. 5618. Please call (202)224-3121 today to reach your member of Congress. If we all keep fighting, we can make this happen!

So this week it's very important that all of you contact your own Representatives with a consistent message: abandoning the unemployed will NOT help cure the deficit problems, it will only enhance those problems. They MUST act within the next few days and vote to restore the EUC and EB programs and funding through the end of November, 2010. DO NOT GO HOME until the job is done!

Please share this message with your friends and family and please take action TODAY!


The National Employment Law Project's team

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