S.3507 - Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008

A bill to provide for additional emergency unemployment compensation. view all titles (3)

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  • stubsnews 09/22/2008 3:58pm

    Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 (Introduced in Senate)

    S 3507 IS
    110th CONGRESS
    2d Session

    S. 3507
    To provide for additional emergency unemployment compensation.


    September 17, 2008
    Mr. REED (for himself, Mr. KENNEDY, Mr. BAUCUS, Ms. STABENOW, Mrs. BOXER, Mr. OBAMA, Mr. SCHUMER, Mr. WHITEHOUSE, Mr. BROWN, Mr. DURBIN, Mr. LEVIN, Mr. ROCKEFELLER, Mr. KERRY, Mr. BIDEN, Mr. LAUTENBERG, Mrs. FEINSTEIN, Mr. HARKIN, and Mr. DODD) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

    A BILL
    To provide for additional emergency unemployment compensation.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


    This Act may be cited as the `Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008’.


    Section 4002(b)(1) of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (26 U.S.C. 3304 note) is amended—

    (1) in subparagraph (A), by striking `50’ and inserting `80’; and

    (2) in subparagraph (B), by striking `13’ and inserting `20’.


    Section 4002 of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (26 U.S.C. 3304 note) is amended by adding at the end the following:

    `© Special Rule-

    `(1) IN GENERAL- If, at the time that the amount established in an individual’s account under subsection (b)(1) is exhausted or at any time thereafter, such individual’s State is in an extended benefit period (as determined under paragraph (2)), such account shall be augmented by an amount equal to the lesser of—

    `(A) 50 percent of the total amount of regular compensation (including dependents’ allowances) payable to the individual during the individual’s benefit year under the State law, or

    `(B) 13 times the individual’s average weekly benefit amount (as determined under subsection (b)(2)) for the benefit year.

    `(2) EXTENDED BENEFIT PERIOD- For purposes of paragraph (1), a State shall be considered to be in an extended benefit period, as of any given time, if—

    `(A) such a period is then in effect for such State under the Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970;

    `(B) such a period would then be in effect for such State under such Act if section 203(d) of such Act—

    `(i) were applied by substituting `4’ for `5’ each place it appears; and

    `(ii) did not include the requirement under paragraph (1)(A) thereof; or

    `© such a period would then be in effect for such State under such Act if—

    `(i) section 203(f) of such Act were applied to such State (regardless of whether the State by law had provided for such application); and

    `(ii) such section 203(f)—

    `(I) were applied by substituting `6.0’ for `6.5’ in paragraph (1)(A)(i) thereof; and

    `(II) did not include the requirement under paragraph (1)(A)(ii) thereof.

    `(3) LIMITATION- The account of an individual may be augmented not more than once under this subsection.’.


    Section 4007(b) of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (26 U.S.C. 3304 note) is amended—

    (1) in paragraph (1), by striking `paragraph (2),’ and inserting `paragraphs (2) and (3),’; and

    (2) by striking paragraph (2) and inserting the following:

    `(2) NO AUGMENTATION AFTER MARCH 31, 2009- If the amount established in an individual’s account under subsection (b)(1) is exhausted after March 31, 2009, then section 4002© shall not apply and such account shall not be augmented under such section, regardless of whether such individual’s State is in an extended benefit period (as determined under paragraph (2) of such section).

    `(3) TERMINATION- No compensation under this title shall be payable for any week beginning after November 27, 2009.’.


    With respect to weeks of unemployment beginning after the date of enactment of this Act and ending on or before December 8, 2009, subparagraph (B) of section 204(a)(2) of the Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970 (26 U.S.C. 3304 note) shall not apply.


    The amendments made by sections 2, 3, and 4 shall apply as if included in the enactment of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008.

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  • Anonymous 09/22/2008 5:10pm

    it’s to bad that they are not going to do anything till after the election.

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    Anonymous 09/22/2008 5:43pm
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    dude, just post a link that was a total waist of space

  • Anonymous 09/22/2008 5:56pm

    Hmm…I see the decorators have been here. “Flags”? and new funky captcha code…very nice.

  • Anonymous 09/22/2008 5:58pm

    What up with the flags

  • Anonymous 09/22/2008 6:11pm

    Any news? Hopefully will add to WSBOB??

  • Anonymous 09/23/2008 2:23am

    I have a feeling this is the bill they are gonna push, less money. They have to cut corners when it comes to the unemployed you see. I’ll tell you what CA. and Mi. needs this extension badly!

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    Anonymous 09/23/2008 10:32pm
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    if unemployment is going to pas it has to ba attached to anouther bill, so far they are not attaching it to anything.

    And sadly nothing with Obama’s name on it is going to pass and there is no way the pres would sign anything with obama’a name on it, Obama is constantly talking Sh*t about him.

    The Dems know this the do not want the unemployment extension to pass they just want to be able to blame the republicans for it not passing.

  • Anonymous 09/23/2008 2:32am
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    I think we’ll get the UI ext but after the election unfortunately, agree?

  • Anonymous 09/23/2008 3:59am
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    I guess we can say “America has been declared a disaster area” and eligible for federal aid.

  • Anonymous 09/23/2008 4:53am

    What good will it do to pass after the election?? This kinda stuff draws voters, This is exactly how Bush got re elected he inacted a 26 week unemployment extension. He loved the unemployed then, see they are all snakes..

  • Anonymous 09/23/2008 4:55am

    The republicans are gonna vote for this , they like their gravy ass jobs to and don’t want to get voted out.

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    Anonymous 09/23/2008 7:18am
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    I live in FL. I called both senators. Bill Nelson’s office stated it would be worked on this week. Mel Martinez office did not have a clue.

    If the people in Congress and Senate want their jobs, they will vote for this bill.

    Today they are too busy bailing out the titans of Wall ST.

  • Anonymous 09/23/2008 6:51am
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    what legislation has Obama passed?

  • Anonymous 09/23/2008 6:52am
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    why won’t the democrats put unemployment into the wall street bailout?

  • Anonymous 09/23/2008 7:19am
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    I’m with you – if they would bail us out along with Wall Street we could stop stressing b/c our checks end in 3 weeks. I feel like there aren’t enough of us calling and emailing this time – I feel panicked at the lack of urgency I feel about getting this passed. I wish Hillary would engage in this fight with us in the Senate.

  • stubsnews 09/23/2008 7:20am

    Democrats to Offer Stimulus Measures
    ‘Protecting Main Street’ Is Avowed Goal

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    By Paul Kane
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Tuesday, September 23, 2008; Page A09

    House Democrats plan to unveil legislation this week that would offer tens of billions of dollars to stimulate the domestic economy, relax restrictions on offshore oil drilling and guarantee loans for the auto industry as part of the measure that Congress must pass to fund the federal government into next year.

    As they prepare to consider a separate plan to address the nation’s financial crisis, Democrats made clear that they would include a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits and at least $25 billion in loan guarantees for the auto industry in the “continuing resolution” needed to keep government functioning, said aides familiar with the package.

    House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said he has told White House officials in the past few days that Democrats see all the initiatives as part of a broad negotiation, even if they move in separate bills.

    “We’ve made the point that all of these are important,” Hoyer said.

    Aides and key lawmakers were drafting the final details of the package last night, with the aim of releasing it today and moving it to the floor for passage later this week. Rather than placing the measures in a separate stimulus bill, Democrats are leaning toward adding them to the massive continuing resolution needed to fund federal agencies because Congress did not pass any of the 12 annual appropriations bills.

    That omnibus bill must pass by Sept. 30, the end of fiscal 2008, and Democrats hope to use that deadline and the urgency of passing the financial legislation to extract more money for what they call “protecting Main Street.”

    In a series of statements the past two days, House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has warned Democrats against trying to use the pending $700 billion bailout for the financial industry as leverage for more domestic funding. “That proposal should be considered by the House without additional, unrelated spending that could imperil speedy action on behalf of American families, retirees and small businesses,” he said.

    Republicans also are upset about Democratic plans that would not allow a ban on offshore drilling to expire Sept. 30. The early draft of the resolution includes language Democrats passed last week that would open the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to drilling 100 miles offshore, or 50 miles from the coastline if states passed legislation approving it.

    The move has upset environmentalists, who say more offshore oil exploration could harm the oceans while doing little to affect gasoline prices.

    But Republicans noted yesterday’s surge in oil prices to more than $120 per barrel as evidence of the continuing need for more domestic production. They contend that most oil reserves are closer than 50 miles from the coasts, as well as in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, which would be off-limits under the bill.

    “The time for faux drilling language and partisan political games is over,” Boehner said.

    In addition to extended unemployment benefits, the resolution is likely to include increased funding for home heating assistance and food stamps for the poor as well as billions of dollars in disaster relief aid for Gulf Coast regions ravaged by hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

    It also will probably include at least $25 billion for a loan program designed to help the auto industry transition to production of more hybrid and alternative-fuel cars.

    Democrats, particularly in the Senate, also have been pushing for increased funding for highways and bridges. But that might not be included in the must-pass continuing resolution, aides said.

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    stubsnews 09/23/2008 7:34am
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    You’re welcome gal, good to see you back on the forum.

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  • Anonymous 09/23/2008 9:19am

    What is a Continuing Resolution?

    The national government’s budget calendar runs from October 1st through September 30th of each year. Each federal department, agency and program is authorized to spend congressionally specified amounts of money. That money cannot be spent, however, unless it is explicitly appropriated for a given purpose. For example, an agency might be authorized to spend $2 billion on a program, but it does not actually have that money to spend until it is appropriated for that program.

    Each year, the Congress must pass and the President must sign 13 separate appropriations bills by October 1st to fund all of the national government’s departments, agencies and programs for the following year. If the Congress and President fail to pass all of the appropriations bills, there will be some agencies and programs that do not have the money appropriated to them that they are authorized to spend. In other words, there will be no money to spend on some legally established programs and national government functions.

    In most instances, the Congress and the President will agree to a Continuing Resolution which temporarily funds the programs and agencies for which appropriations bills have not been passed. A Continuing Resolution (CR) must be passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President. Generally, a CR funds agencies or programs for a month or two at the same funding level as the previous year. The main purpose of a CR is to keep the government running long enough for the Congress and President to work out an agreement on all 13 appropriations bills. Currently (on November 8, 1999), the national government is functioning under a Continuing Resolution while the President and Congress work out their differences on the remaining appropriations bills.

    While the President and the Congress almost always agree to Continuing Resolutions to keep the government “open,” a breakdown in budget negotiations between President Clinton and the Republican Congress in 1995 led to a temporary government “shutdown.” Having failed to agree on a new Continuing Resolution after the previous one had expired and having failed to agree on a number of key appropriations bills, several departments and agencies were left with no money to spend. For a short period of time, some parts of the national government did not function.

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  • Anonymous 09/23/2008 11:09am

    Sept. 23, 2008 – 1:47 p.m.
    House Leaders Bargain With White House Over Stopgap Spending Bill

    House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer , D-Md., said Tuesday that Congress is likely to move a continuing resolution running into March, despite the Bush administration’s preference for a much shorter time period.

    The stopgap spending bill, known as a CR, is likely to go to the House floor Thursday, according to House Rules Chairwoman Louise M. Slaughter , D-N.Y.

    Hoyer said the White House wants the bill to sunset earlier, probably in November, to force Congress to hold a post-election session when it could address pending free trade agreements.

    But he said Democratic leaders have made it clear that there will be no votes on those trade pacts before the Nov. 4 election and probably not at any time in the 110th Congress. Hoyer opposes a lame-duck session.

    “Since trade is not on the table the administration’s ardor for a short date [on a CR] is diminishing,” Hoyer added.

    “March is being talked about,” he said. “I don’t want to predict what date will be on the table” when the decision is finally made, he cautioned.

    It was not clear when the House would take up legislation to keep the government running after the current fiscal year ends Sept. 30. Hoyer indicated the situation is changing by the hour.

    He said Democratic leaders are working with the White House not only on the length of the stopgap bill but also on its contents — specifically the additional funding lawmakers want to attach for disaster aid, energy assistance, food stamps, unemployment insurance, infrastructure spending and other priorities.

    Congress has not cleared a single one of the 12 regular appropriations bills for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

    Slaughter said she has heard that the CR package will carry full fiscal 2009 funding for the Pentagon, homeland security and veterans programs, while continuing funding at current levels for other programs.

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    Anonymous 09/24/2008 8:20am
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    the CR passed the democrats didn’t even attempt to add unemployment benifits

  • Anonymous 09/23/2008 11:14am
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    what does that have to do with unemployment?

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