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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Unemployment Extension and Tier V New

 Democratic Leadership’s Plans During the Lame Duck Still Unclear

November 15th, 2010.  Michael Colliss

The United States Congress returns to Washington today for what may be the most crowded agenda faced by any lame duck session in history; it will certainly be among the most contentious.  As millions of Americans who lost their job through no fault of their own wonder if there will be an unemployment extension and a Tier V passed during the belief lame duck session, it appears that the uncertainty as to how the U.S. Congress will address these concerns is anything but resolved.
There are two separate “parts” of any federal unemployment insurance extensions; the reauthorization of Tiers I through 4 which are due to expire on November 30 and of course the enactment of a Tier V which would add more weeks of benefits for those who have been unable to find a job and have exhausted all weeks of unemployment insurance yet have still been unable to find a job. Please continue reading this article at where you will be able to also read and/or submit comments.

More important points made in Michael Colliss' article at
  • There is a definite desire on the part of the Democratic majority that will exist in the lame duck session to pass extensions of eligibility for Tiers 1 through 4.
  • The Democratic leadership in both Houses, but especially the Senate freely acknowledge that any unemployment legislation will absolutely needs at least some Republican support to pass.
  • The Republicans do not seem to be amending their position that any unemployment legislation is paid for with offsets even if their goal of continuation of the Bush tax cuts is met
  • The possibilities of a Tier V expansion continue to exist, but it should be recognized that getting support for such legislation may be even more difficult then just the reauthorization of Tiers 1 – 4
  • It is almost certain that no significant action on any form of unemployment insurance legislation will take place until after Congress comes back to Washington on November 29 after the Thanksgiving Day break. 
  • Unemployment Extension&Tier V News – Democratic Leadership’s Plans During the Lame Duck Still Unclear News 427 MCollis
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