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August 13, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Chuck Schumer [D, NY] took time out of his day back in D.C. yesterday to talk with reporters at The Hill about the Senate’s legislative agenda for when they come back into session on September 13:

Schumer said the Senate in September will focus on a bill to promote small businesses, a child nutrition bill, a tax-credit bill for companies and possibly a vote on the Bush-era tax cuts or the START arms treaty between the United States and Russia.

So, on the jobs and economic recovery front, it’s more tax credits and incentives for businesses, but still no help for the millions of unemployed people who have exhausted their benefits — the so-called “99ers” — and for those who will be in long-term unemployed in November when the extended UI benefits program expires. Schumer and the rest of the Senate Dem leadership have signed on as co-sponsors of Sen. Debbie Ann Stabenow’s [D, MI] 99ers bill, but so far there’s no indication that that they are going to do anything meaningful towards getting it passed.

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    LucasFoxx 08/16/2010 10:00am

    Or, you could read and see it on Donny’s post from last week.

  • UnemployedAndLooking 08/14/2010 12:24pm

    No Jobs and congress takes a break , No benefits for people who have exhausted their Unemployment benefits and are staving and/or homeless and congress takes a break. So the question is Congress to stupid to see the USA is in a bad situation or is it that they just don’t care ? Vote these people OUT . Los Angeles had a Rally asking where are the jobs 1000’s showed up.

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  • eavina30 08/16/2010 7:10am

    Tier 5 to survive, In November we will remember to all my 99ers

  • sruthj217 08/17/2010 4:19pm

    I WANT TO KNOW if the Democrats and Congress is for “Saving Jobs in Our Communities” what is up with this article (below)

    So I’m being billed through a new initiative by Obama to train Southeast Asian workers to fill 3,000 and more good paying positions at American companies instead of Americans? During the worst Recession in living history?
    I would think every unemployed worker in the nation would be picketing this one!
  • sruthj217 08/17/2010 4:20pm


    Report: Obama Launches New Program to Help Corporations “Take Advantage of Low Labor Costs” Abroad:

    U.S. To Train 3,000 Offshore IT Workers

    Despite President Obama’s pledge to retain more hi-tech jobs in the U.S., a federal agency run by a hand-picked Obama appointee has launched a $22 million program to train workers, including 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions, in South Asia.

    Following their training, the tech workers will be placed with outsourcing vendors in the region that provide offshore IT and business services to American companies looking to take advantage of the Asian subcontinent’s low labor costs…

  • nana 08/18/2010 2:59am

    What about jobs in the US. We need a Tier V and we need job creation in the United States. Companies are not going to hire until they see the economy improving. We need something that will create new business on businesses expanding because there are jobs that are gone forever because of shutdowns and movement to other countries. That should be the first thing on their agenda. If their schedule is too full they should return early. We need a Tier V NOW and We need JOBS now. We need a Tier V NOW and We need JOBS now. We need a Tier V NOW and We need JOBS now. We need a Tier V NOW and We need JOBS now.

  • sruthj217 08/18/2010 6:57am

    These American companies COULD hire workers in the U.S. And these are good paying technical jobs, not migrant farm worker gigs.
    In fact, many of them used to employ Americans just years and sometimes months ago. I’m sorry but a new initiative to essentially bill unemployed people to train their permanent foreign replacements is probably not the best use of taxpayer money in my opinion.

    Especially when there’s experienced people right here who don’t need training and some who have been desparately looking for months and even years to find work!

  • caschnejr 08/18/2010 8:07am

    I applaud Debbie Stabenow to introduce Tier 5 bill in Senate, but NOT the way it was introduced. Instead of addressing as EMERGENCY, Stabenow left it open-ended/unfunded to play politics with peoples lives/futures, to trigger filibusters, so Stabenow can point fingers to buy votes. One backer Sen. Harry Reid started whole mess by stripping out everything inc. funding extended unemployment. Reid won’t be re-elected in Nov.2010, Stabenow in Nov.2012, and Sen. Carl Levin in Nov.2014, unless they resign before. I’m from Michigan and know hardships these 2 senators from hardest-hit state have caused, by not working quickly to expedite aide to unemployed They could have urged Obama to do EXECUTIVE ORDER some time ago, all fights over expiration dates would NOT have happened, and could have added Tier 5, even Tier 6, like did w/ Tier 3/4 in 2009. No, instead Stabenow wants to do her finger-pointing and I can tell you where Stabenow can stick that finger before she is ousted from office.

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    austin9211 08/20/2010 6:05am

    o Hat’s off. Well done, as we know that “hard work always pays off”,
    after a long struggle with sincere effort it’s done.

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