H.R.3404 - Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2009

To amend the Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act and the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for the temporary extension of certain unemployment benefits and the temporary availability of further additional emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes. view all titles (3)

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  • Official: To amend the Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act and the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for the temporary extension of certain unemployment benefits and the temporary availability of further additional emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Popular: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2009 as introduced.
  • Short: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2009 as introduced.

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  • Patriots 08/05/2009 1:36pm

    Look at the average age of baggers in grocery stores or greeters at Walmart. These people are not working because they want to; they are working because they have to. Demand for jobs is at an all time high while the number of available jobs and the pay scales of those jobs have both collapsed. The employment situation is not only an unmitigated disaster, things are about to get worse with pending state cutbacks.

    Because of expiring claims, continuing claims data will soon start looking better. The reality however, is things will get worse for another year as unemployment soars into double digits. My forecast in January was 10.8% in 2010 while the Fed’s was 8.5%. I see no reason to change mine, but the Fed upped theirs.

    The implications for housing and especially commercial real estate are ominous.


  • Patriots 08/05/2009 1:42pm

    Dire States

    Battered by an economic downturn that has collapsed tax revenues, struggling to meet demands that rise with each new round of layoffs and foreclosures, and dramatically more restricted than the federal government when it comes to balancing budgets, states (and the county and municipal governments and school districts that rely on them for revenue-sharing) are experiencing a meltdown that threatens not just social services for vulnerable Americans—as Georgia Levenson Keohane describes—but the basic infrastructure of government. The conservative dream of so weakening civil society that public services and schools no longer function is on the verge of being realized in states across the country.


  • Patriots 08/05/2009 5:22pm

    I am going to post something very esoteric. After surfing the web, feeling that darkness was closing in on us from all sides, I somehow ran across this.

    What’s Goin’ On? – Chapter 5


    Good night.

  • FLarlene 08/05/2009 11:44pm

    I wss furious when reading this letter to the editor at tampabay.com:

    I am not without compassion for those unfortunates who are unemployed. However the already accomplished extension of payments to 79 weeks from 29 by Congress was a very generous move and a costly one.

    Considering the current deficits, another extension for the reported 1.5 million jobless seems to be, in my opinion, excessive and overindulgent.

    We don’t want to transform unemployment insurance into another entitlement to be exploited. As a taxpayer I am concerned. I do not foresee another extension as a problem-solver.

    Please feel free to comment; there is a comment section

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    FLarlene 08/05/2009 11:48pm

    I wonder if my comment to this person will be posted. Most are at the St. Pete Times, or Tampabay.com. This person lived in a wealthier part of our area.

    I was livid when reading the article and in my comment told the writer that he made the Grinch look like Santa.

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    jgallop 08/06/2009 11:20am

    If Obama had his way right now he’s send us all to Bermuda , hey say that again, I’ll go..☼☼

  • ronaand 08/06/2009 2:30am

    fl arlene – people who write this are either employed or well-off (although berrnie maldoff types take care of that pretty well)
    when you’re unemployed you’re an outcast, it’s you’re fault, you’re lazy
    some of my most rewarding conversations lately come in groups where more and more family members have lost their jobs – all of a sudden, they’re sympathetic

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    dispaced2007 08/07/2009 5:55am

    When I told friends that I was laid off because the account was canceled, I was hopeful they’d be networking contacts to help me find new employment but many of them ghosted on me, when I’d call them, it would go to voice mail and no return call, I’d email them and no reply back.

    Well one of them did send a reply back, said they needed a “break” from the friendship because it was “stressful” for them to have a friend out of work because they had been out of work before and they didn’t want to hangout with me because would I’d become depressed and broke.

    They said “let them know when I get a new job”. ironic thing, when this person was laid off, I was the ONLY one to stay their friend, everyone else vanished on them once they lost thier job.

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    dlh 08/07/2009 8:12am

    Sorry to hear that displaced, but (and I’m sorry to say this) they aren’t your “friends” if they only accept you when times are good.

    “The ultimate test to verify if someone is a true friend is when you are going through difficult times. When you have money and you offer drinks on the house, everyone smiles and says that you are a great person. But when you’re broke or down, not everybody will stand by you to listen to what you have to say. Only “true friends” will stick around…..no matter what!"

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    nancym 08/07/2009 9:44am

    Sounds familiar, many of us have lost contact with former friends. It’s been hard even with those who are not trying to avoid us, since sometimes it’s hard to make small talk about trivial matters when your own survival is always on your mind.

  • ohionoeb 08/06/2009 3:56am

    Jobless Claims Decline 38,000, Far More Than Expected

    However, the number of people collecting long-term unemployment benefits rose by 69,000 to 6.31 million in the week ended July 25, the latest week for which the data is available.


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    NoGoodOnesLeft 08/06/2009 6:01am

    So the new layoffs are slowing down because everybody who still has a job is doing the work of 2 or 3 people and the companies can’t lay any more off. But there are no new jobs for the people who have already been laid off. That is why I think this bill should be made into just a straight out 13 week extension for all states.

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    abaratar 08/06/2009 9:39am

    you have to keep in mind that 10,500 people ran out of benefits in Colorado alone in July, ad that to the other states that ran out and you will see why the numbers of claims have declined.

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    NoGoodOnesLeft 08/06/2009 11:20am

    I know. That article said (I just looked at it again and they have changed it) continuing claims declined by about 148,000. Continuing claims only include regular benefits, not extensions. That is why even though intial claims and continuing claims declined, long term increased. But these articles never tell you that. They make it sound like 148,000 got jobs.

  • ohionoeb 08/06/2009 4:07am

    When emergency extensions of unemployment are included, the total rolls climbed to a record 9.35 million for the week ending July 18, the most recent data available.

    The increase in the number of people continuing to claim benefits is a sign that jobs remain scarce and the unemployed are having difficulty finding new work.


  • pslmom 08/06/2009 4:22am

    Good morning, I thought I lost this support group. I have not been on for a couple weeks. Thank you all for keeping it going.

  • ohionoeb 08/06/2009 5:57am

    White House economic adviser Christina Romer said on Thursday that the $787-billion U.S. stimulus program was stabilizing the economy despite unacceptably high job losses.

    They also said back in Jan 2009" If you pass this $787-billion U.S. stimulus program unemployment won’t go over 8%"… and we all know how that turn out ..

    stimulus program was stabilizing the economy..WHERE ARE THE JOBS!!!!

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    jgallop 08/06/2009 11:16am

    There are so many crooks out there putting stimulus money in their pockets, what a criminal country we live in.

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    NoGoodOnesLeft 08/06/2009 11:57am

    It is all greed. If people could rid themselves of greed, there would be nobody starving or homeless in this world. I have to ask, why does anybody need billions of dollars anyway? If I could win the lottery for a million, I would be happy. That would be enough to last the rest of my life plus help other people.

  • ohionoeb 08/06/2009 6:02am

    Link to the above post ..to anyone who wants to read this rediculus article about.. how the stimilus package is working to create jobs..

    UPDATE 1-Romer says US stimulus working despite job losses

  • ohionoeb 08/06/2009 7:08am

    Jul 29, 2009

    Tent cities springing up all over America are filling with the homeless unemployed from the worst economy since the 1930s.

    Meanwhile, the Obama government is going to straighten out Afghanistan and Pakistan and build marble palaces to awe the locals halfway around the world.

    The Expiring Economy by Paul Craig Roberts on Creators.com

    BUILD MARBLE PALACES ? If tents are good enough for Americams ..why ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH FOR Afghanistan and Pakistan ..Where does the priorities lie in our Goverment?

  • ronaand 08/06/2009 8:33am

    let’s see – fox news says jobs remain scarce and nbc says it’s getting better
    bau – business as usual
    the reports i read yesterday from several sources said new jobless claims would drop – a sign of recovery would have been a drop of between 55000-60000
    looks like fox was right and the romer statement on thursday was an attempted spin job

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    jgallop 08/06/2009 11:26am

    There will be thousands off the U/E books in September when TUR expires. Michigan will be in a bad way but our governor just received 1.36 billion from the feds to make us the center of technology thousands of jobs (possible) with 6,800 in the next 18 months Gas hybrid powered in Michigan . Didn’t Toyota already do this ? Didn’t Honda do this? pipe dreams up the ass….

  • ohionoeb 08/06/2009 10:07am

    Why the Economic Recovery May Be Different This Time – Economy …

    Consumer spending, which typically accounts for 70 percent of economic activity, has been so shaken that it will take years to recover. And even then, the growth will be slow and painful, with subpar job creation.


    with subpar job creation.. It’s time to worry now ..When will 6.5 Million American’s find jobs?

  • ohionoeb 08/06/2009 10:26am

    Growth is still coming from cost-cutting and federal spending, not from a pickup in real demand.

    Until real demand picks up, 7 million workers sidelined by this recession will continue to have a hard time finding a job


  • Patriots 08/06/2009 1:19pm

    It is time for me to switch gears.

    First I’ll tell you about how the general contractor that we did a job for earlier this week told us that he can’t pay us until he sells the house after we finished the job. I’ve been trying to stop my guys (and myself) from doing something that we would regret. We spent money we couldn’t afford to do the job.

    What really helped prevent a very bad ending to that story is my friends over at survivalblog.com. He recently learned that his wife is dying, and posted a reply to a story that I posted here.

    Thank you Jim Rawles for your strength when others lose track of theirs.

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    Patriots 08/06/2009 1:24pm

    Our pampered society is in for a rude wakening. Now, at the risk of sounding unkind and judgmental, the term “white trash” comes to mind. Note that this man in Indiana had no savings, plenty of debt, and obviously no food reserves. Also note that despite his “austere” budget on unemployment insurance, he wastes hundreds of dollars per month as he smokes cigarettes, drinks soda pop, drinks beer (in large quantity), gambles, and pays for commercial car washes. His wife still carries a Blackberry with an airtime contract. Why are they buying disposable diapers, when they could be washing cloth diapers? The article also mentions that the husband has gained 40 pounds in the year since he was laid off. Did he consider planting a vegetable garden? Or washing his own car? (Both would have saved money and provided exercise.)

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    Patriots 08/06/2009 1:25pm

    This couple needs a serious lesson in budget priorities. They say that they are worried about their children’s school grades, yet they still have a television and XBox games. It is time for a garage sale, to sell those time-wasting gadgets. Then regularly-scheduled trips to the local library, to get their children literate!

    This gent is in his thirties, yet he has ruined his health with drinking, smoking, and over-eating. He and his wife seem to view military service as a last resort for their high school senior son. Well, I have a news flash for them: Both the son and the father should have enlisted! In 2006, the US military raised its maximum age of enlistment to 42. (BTW, as the economy continues to worsen, I expect the military to raise their standards considerably and eventually begin turning away large numbers of candidates, just as they did in the 1930s.)

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    Patriots 08/06/2009 1:26pm

    It is also noteworthy that this man is on anti-depressants. He is not alone. Consider this article that was sent to me by Karen H.: Antidepressant Use Doubles in US, Study finds. That is alarming just by itself, but just consider what will happen if and when the Schumer Hits the Fan, and all those patients run out of their medications. (And their booze, and their cigarettes, and their marijuana, and their MTV, and their Crackberry instant messages, and their chocolate, and their American Idol, and their Dunkin’ Donuts, and their porn, and their meth, and their soap operas, and their “Energy” drinks.) This could get very ugly, very quickly, once so many millions of suddenly very cranky, very desperate people start roaming the streets. My suggestion is: Don’t be near then, in any significant numbers. Move to hinterboonies.

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    Patriots 08/06/2009 1:29pm

    In summary: I had no idea that wallowing in self-pity was such exhausting, time-consuming work. At least they have a comfortable couch and recliner. This old quote mentioned by a SurvivalBlog reader sums up their situation: “The Lord does not bless the farmer who leans on his hoe.”

    Here is my advice for SurvivalBlog readers on how to survive the currently unfolding Depression:

    Continued on,


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