H.R.6556 - Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act

To provide for the further temporary extension of the emergency unemployment compensation program, and for other purposes. view all titles (3)

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  • Official: To provide for the further temporary extension of the emergency unemployment compensation program, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Popular: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act as introduced.
  • Short: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act as introduced.

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  • WasMiddleClass 12/21/2010 1:11pm

    Responding to a comment from a reader, Colliss wrote yesterday: “I am hard containing both my contempt and anger at Congresswoman Lee’s antics (and in my mind there is no other word for it). She could have introduced this earlier but did not. Sort of reminds one of the much welcomed and acclaimed ‘Americans Want to Work Act’ introduced by Senator Stabenow who, as near as can be ascertained did nothing – absolutely nothing – to get it out of committee and then made a half hearted attempt to pull of a unanimous consent request which even she must have known would go nowhere.”

    Michael Colliss worked for 21 years as a staff member in Congress.

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    WasMiddleClass 12/21/2010 1:12pm

    “Look, I have learned long ago that you really cannot predict how far Congressmen will go for attention and good press. That is alas part of the game out there. But to do this during Christmas week and raise people’s hopes when there is no way this will happen in this or any alternate universe is about as heartless as it gets. I think she may think that people will not see this as an almost transparent attempt to get some good press. So, in addition to not caring about adding stress to the 99ers (as if they do not have enough already) apparently the good Congresswomen from California thinks the 99er community and advocates for unemployed are stupid as well,” Colliss wrote.


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    where 12/21/2010 1:37pm

    this is off subject a bit, But that start treaty thing it is obvious that the GOP is dragging the dem,s over the coals for Obamas snub at the GOP and not doing ONE bipartisan thing yet. In the mean time we can see how much they all care about us.

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    WasMiddleClass 12/21/2010 1:47pm

    It is all a big frigging game to them. I wish I could afford to move to another country after learning all I have learned since being unemployed.

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    davidak 12/21/2010 2:46pm

    right on was give me my fucking social security money now and im outta here…fuck these people and the games they play….were not included in their plans anyways…just our money….

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    WasMiddleClass 12/21/2010 3:10pm

    We will be lucky to even get our social security by the way things are going.

  • n0bama4me2010 12/21/2010 2:46pm

    ‘americans want to work act’ never included any job growth policy. essentially its about paying people to not work all the while ignoring illegal immigration, outsourcing, a extension for the 99er long term unemployed, and positive local job growth policies, it had nothing to do with work or good jobs.

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    WasMiddleClass 12/21/2010 2:52pm

    Don’t you have someplace to go for Christmas………

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    Darkknight 12/22/2010 1:38am

    Yeah, he’s got someplace to be their gathering the wood as we speak….

    N0bama roasting on a open fire,
    Conservashits nipping at your nose,
    UI carols being sung by a choir,
    And 99’ers dressed up like the eskimos.

    Everybody knows a repuke and a conservashit,
    Help to make the season drowel.
    OC posters with their eyes all aglow’,
    Will find it hard to sleep tonight.
    They know that Bambi’s on his way,
    He’s loaded lots of Limbaugh and beck on his sleigh,
    And every mother’s son is casted away,
    While n0bama really is here just to play.
    And so I’am offering this simple phrase,
    To posters from one to ninety- two,
    Although its been said many times,many ways,
    N0bama you’re a Shmoo

  • WasMiddleClass 12/21/2010 2:55pm

    SyFy ran a documentary with Lester Holt from NBC about 2012 earlier, and they mentioned a survival forum in the show. The forum now has 20,000 people on it after the show.

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    davidak 12/21/2010 6:06pm

    got a link was?

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    WasMiddleClass 12/22/2010 3:42am



    I’m not impressed with the forum. There are better ones on survival.

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    davidak 12/22/2010 3:50am

    thank you was…

  • sclark113 12/22/2010 2:08am

    House Poised to Adjourn with No Consideration of HR 6556 or Help for the “99ers”

    And the link is


  • Darkknight 12/22/2010 2:12am

    Bambi, just in case you missed it on 3706 just for you !

    Deck the halls with Nobama,s Balls
    Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
    Tis the season to sleep in halls
    Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la la
    Don we now our Eskimo apparel
    Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
    Troll the conservashits Yule tide carol
    Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

    See the Flaming Repuk’s before us
    Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
    Listen to them sing their chorus
    Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
    Follow them in merry measure
    Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
    While they hide all their treasure
    Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
    Fast away the old year passes.
    Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
    Sad the new year, we’ll be kissing repuk’s ass’es
    Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

  • WasMiddleClass 12/22/2010 3:44am

    Who are the homeless?

    There are some general facts of which people should be aware. To begin, the number one cause of homelessness, as listed by the homeless themselves, is job loss, at 24 percent of respondents. The second salient fact is that homelessness has nearly doubled over the past two years. Yet, official statistics on unemployment show a slight drop over this time period. The conundrum is solved when one knows that “unemployment” is usually calculated on the basis of the census over households. Obviously, the homeless are not among those respondents. The more appropriate measure of unemployment is calculated on the basis of reported loss of job openings by employers themselves. Calculated in this manner, there has indeed been a small recent rise in the number of the unemployed.

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    WasMiddleClass 12/22/2010 3:45am

    Here are a couple of other facts that have not emerged in the general statistical assays.

    Among the unemployed, perhaps the most obdurate of all precipitating causes is so-called “over-qualification.” The seriousness here is nearly universally ignored as a result of a kind of reverse discrimination. When serious enough, these people cannot even get a job as a dishwasher. Think: Every employer wants some kind of recent employment references, which they will certainly verify. Who is going to hire a dishwasher with a PhD — or more? I personally know of instances where such people, despite hundreds of applications for jobs most readers would never be willing to even consider, have endured years of frustration and, eventually, homelessness.


  • sclark113 12/22/2010 3:45am

    2010 Unemployment Extension – Wall Street Journal Gives 99ers Some Much Needed Coverage


  • WasMiddleClass 12/22/2010 3:49am

    99ers Protest Unemployment Extension With Candle Light Vigil

    One of the more discussed articles on this site had interesting comments left by those in opposition to cutting off the 99ers benefits. You can read those comments here.

    As a working American, it is difficult to see why people need a free ride past 99 weeks which amounts to almost two whole years. We were a country built on hard work and making opportunities happen for ourselves, and two years is more than enough time to scramble an opportunity together. Every fast food, department store and Starbucks seems to be hiring and if I desperately needed to support my family, I would have no problem working two full time jobs to do so.


    Perhaps some viewers here would like to educate them that we can not even find one job, never mind two full time jobs.

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    GreenHornet 12/22/2010 4:05am

    Was: the point of the fact is, those fast food, department store and Starbucks position might be hiring, But as myself who’s occupation for the last 30 years has been a CDL-truck driver, have applied to these positions in the recent past, only to be told that I’am over qualified…..

    Can someone tell me how anyone could be "Over Qualified’ to servre a cup of joe !!!! or how to flip a Hamburger !

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    WasMiddleClass 12/22/2010 4:25am

    That is why I posted the article above it first. It explains that well.

  • WasMiddleClass 12/22/2010 4:53am

    Can anyone verify claims I am reading in forum posts that this bill (H.R.6556) is paid for with unspent stimulus money???

  • davidak 12/22/2010 5:43am

    was where did you read that?

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    WasMiddleClass 12/22/2010 6:30am


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    WasMiddleClass 12/22/2010 6:34am

    This is a reply I got on another site.

    Here is how HR6556 was to be funded according to the bill.

    (b) Clarification on Authority To Use Funds- Funds appropriated under either the first or second sentence of clause (iv) of section 2©(2)(D) of the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act shall be available to cover the cost of additional extended unemployment benefits provided under such section 2©(2)(D) by reason of the amendments made by subsection (a) as well as to cover the cost of such benefits provided under such section 2©

  • WasMiddleClass 12/22/2010 6:44am
    the fact that Rep Lee drafted this bill as an ‘emergency expenditure’ means that this was no serious attempt to the help the 99ers. A staffer in Rep. Scott’s office told me this morning that HR6556 will not be coming out of committee. When I first called Rep. Lee’s office, the message machine stated the ‘office was closed’‘; a second call resulted in a staffer telling me that they are trying to pay for the bill by using unspent stimulus funds and ’other things’. The staffer also told me they tried to get this bill included in the tax package and pulled it out as a stand alone bill when that effort failed.


  • WasMiddleClass 12/22/2010 6:50am

    Though the 111th Congress is expected to end for the House tomorrow, you can bet Reps. Lee and Scott will offer H.R. 6556 again when the two lawmakers return on January 5, 2011.


  • WasMiddleClass 12/22/2010 9:38am

    No Urgency in Obama White House to Save 99er Millions


  • WasMiddleClass 12/22/2010 2:41pm

    The Obama administration’s inability to obtain an improved tax revenue for federal coffers is the latest farce in the comic American tragedy unfolding before our very eyes. This government appears incapable of understanding that printing increasing amounts of currency while realizing deteriorating tax revenues and generally lethargic economic conditions is the direct path toward default.

    forget the feel-good reports coming out the main stream media. They are nothing more than post-meal flatulence from a body fed on the gassy and rosy statistics generated by payroll economists. Ridiculous new configurations in the English language are evidence of the totality with which financial journalism has been compromised. Who ever heard of something so utterly vapid and oxymoronic as a “jobless recovery”?


  • sclark113 12/23/2010 2:34am

    It’s time to start developing a new strategy to press for passage of the expansion of unemployment benefits for 99ers so we are ready come January 5’TH and the start-up of the 112’TH Congress. I encourage all to put on your thinking caps and start to examine how we turn this effort up a notch or two!

    Leave comments on the following articles with your action ideas. We must find a way to unify our message and show our strength going forward.

    Parts 1-4 – Unemployment Extension – a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing!





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