H.R.589 - Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011

To amend title IV of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for additional weeks of first-tier emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes. view all titles (4)

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  • Official: To amend title IV of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for additional weeks of first-tier emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Popular: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act as introduced.
  • Popular: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011 as introduced.
  • Short: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011 as introduced.

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  • sclark113 06/28/2011 7:25am

    Well, here they go again. Michigan Legislators and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce are demanding even more pain for jobless workers.

    Two bills pending before Michigan’s House of Representatives would further dismantle the state’s unemployment insurance program and impact thousands of unemployed Michiganders struggling to make ends meet while they look for work.
    The bills, scheduled for floor action as early as Tuesday, would impose deeper cuts and roll back eligibility requirements under the state’s unemployment insurance (UI) program, after Michigan already became the first state in the country to enact a six-week cut in state benefits, scheduled to begin next year.

    Both bills are being pushed by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.
    With unemployment still over 10% in a state ravaged by the recession, the House bills would deal yet another blow to Michigan’s economy and thousands of job-seekers and their families.

  • sclark113 06/28/2011 7:26am

    One bill (HB 4781), introduced by House Commerce Committee Chair Representative Wayne Schmidt, would reduce UI payments by adopting the most restrictive formula for calculating weekly benefits. It would replace the current highest quarter of earnings formula with the average of 52 weeks of earnings. That formula is used by only 11 states and lowers weekly benefits for anyone with unevenly distributed earnings, including retail and service workers who rarely have consistent hours, as well as workers on unpaid family and medical leave and those who experience unplanned gaps between job assignments.

    Schmidt’s legislation would also cut unemployment insurance for low- and moderate-income earners – anyone making less than $40,000 a year. While weekly benefits currently replace at least 53 percent of wages for workers who don’t qualify for Michigan’s maximum weekly UI benefit of $362, the Schmidt bill would lower the wage replacement rate to just 47 percent.

  • sclark113 06/28/2011 7:29am

    Send a message now! Tell your Michigan State Representative to reject further cuts to unemployment benefits!
    Under the Schmidt bill, UI claimants with modest prior earnings would experience a 12 percent reduction in their weekly benefit amount. An unemployed worker who previously earned $35,000 a year would lose $42 per week in unemployment insurance, dropping from $358 to $316 a week. The effect on workers with uneven earnings is even more substantial and can result in over a 50 percent reduction in weekly benefits. A person earning $25,000 with one-third of her wages concentrated in a single quarter, for example, would face a $116-per-week penalty relative to current law.

  • sclark113 06/28/2011 7:30am

    The second bill (HB 4782), introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman, would also make it easier for employers to deny workers’ legitimate UI claims if they are laid off. The bill broadens the definition of “misconduct”— which disqualifies a worker from receiving UI benefits—to include instances where workers are fired because they are unable to meet production quotas or perform work correctly, even if those failures are completely unintentional and do not constitute misconduct.

    Taken together, these measures would impose across-the-board benefit reductions for low- and moderate-income earners, and severely restrict access to benefits for thousands upon thousands of job-seeking Michiganders. At a time when the legislature should be putting Michigan back to work, these bills would rub salt in the wounds of jobless workers—making it even harder for people to get by while they look for jobs.

  • sclark113 06/28/2011 7:32am

    The effort to further punish beleaguered workers by attacking unemployment insurance once again is just another example of some state lawmakers’ narrow-minded and myopic view of what is good for Michigan’s economy. Lawmakers interested in supporting the state’s economy should vote against these latest attacks on the unemployed and Michigan’s working families.

    Send a message now! Tell your Michigan State Representative to reject further cuts to unemployment benefits! Vote ‘No’ on HB 4781 and 4782!
    Please send your message now! Start by going to the message page and entering your full Michigan address — and include “St”, “Rd”, or “Ave” etc in the address field. Then click “Participate” to send a message to your State Representative.

    Many thanks,

    The Unemployedworkers.org Team

  • where 06/28/2011 11:04am

    A nice bit of news,


    How much “Bailout” money did we pay them?

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  • nancym 06/28/2011 3:20pm

    Is there something genetically wrong with these people in the state legislatures?! That stuff for Michigan is almost word for word the kind of bitter pill that Rick Scott has already made the state of Florida swallow against the will of the majority. Probably was written by the Koch brothers’ lawyers, a template for all the states and their eventual evisceration of the middle class and any form of real democracy.

    Did I say eventual?

  • WasMiddleClass 06/28/2011 9:32pm

    Look at that!

    Even Legion is back! And Mr Clark is spending a little more time here again!

    It feels like home again ;)

  • WasMiddleClass 06/28/2011 9:35pm

    I spend nowhere near as much time reading and researching now as I have done for the past few years since I am working now. I’m working, but not at a job with any certainty, or a guaranteed 40+ hours per week, like I had all the rest of my life. It is a fight for survival every day now (still), and I never even know if I will have any work next week now.

    When I do now go to read what I have found to be accurate and trusted sources of information over the years it makes me feel like we are on the Titanic now….

    So many sources, from investigative journalists, to ex intelligence people, to ex military brass, to ex noncom’s, to many ex insiders, to a hell of a lot of really smart people, all seem to be singing the same warning song these days… Iceberg dead ahead, and the crew has gone insane…

  • WasMiddleClass 06/28/2011 9:38pm

    I figured if nancym and I kept the old place kicking some others would show up sooner or later :)

  • WasMiddleClass 06/28/2011 9:46pm

    9:35pm cont…..

    Or maybe the crew was told “I will make you rich if you help me sink the ship, to hell with the passengers, I have big insurance money waiting!”

  • Sher1 06/28/2011 10:05pm

    Bernie speaking on the Senate Floor 6/27/11 asking the President not to yield to the GOP with devastating cuts hurting those who can least afford it, while the RICH get RICHER.


  • Sher1 06/28/2011 10:07pm


  • Sher1 06/28/2011 10:08pm

    After Senator Bernie Sanders speech today, its crystal clear “LESSER OF TWO EVILS = THE DEMOCRATS”

  • Sher1 06/28/2011 10:10pm

    President Obama has scheduled NEWS CONFERENCE tomorrow morning 11:30am with BREAKING NEWS! The party of NO is being given a ONE-WAY ticket to IRAN.

  • WasMiddleClass 06/28/2011 10:34pm

    And all the 99ers got jobs, bought houses, went on vacation, had a bunch of kids, and live in LALA land now too…because Obama took care of those millions of American citizens so good….

  • WasMiddleClass 06/28/2011 10:45pm

    One question….

    Why did Obama come with the idea to cut heating assistance?

    I know several 99ers personally that would not have been able to keep warm last winter without it.

  • WasMiddleClass 06/28/2011 10:46pm

    The NO EVIL crowd is growing fast…

  • Anne2012 06/29/2011 8:27am

    If WasLowerClass had not made snarky remarks to me I would never have responded in like, however, that is to be expected, I guess, from a low-class pendeho.

  • nancym 06/29/2011 9:09am

    Don’t be distracted by personal jabs, sex scandals, the Casey Anthony case, the latest viral YouTube video, onslaughts of talking points written by the Koch brothers, idiotic statements by candidates, blog politics, or anything else until you do this action alert for common sense:

    Shared Sacrifice

  • Sher1 06/29/2011 9:13am

    Latest CBS-NYTimes poll shows majority of the American people BLAME this economic crisis on President George W. Bush. A embassy built in Iraq thats BIGGER than the Vatican in Rome?? Where is the OUTRAGE people!! We are being screwed every which way and humble in its acceptable or so it seems. Other countries are out there,we should be to! The President and Democrats/Independents have to continue this truth as President Obama did in a speech the other day. $2 TRILLION dollars spent on the WARS in Iraq & Afghanistan with over 4500 US Soldiers dead and THOUSANDS injured physically and mentally! The WAR CHEST is full of spendable CASH and its being spread around the Internet blogs as we have seen prior to the November 2010 elections and are gradually seeing the same returning with the ugly verbiage & profanity. President Bush left behind a $12 TRILLION national debt! President Obama INHERITED that debt along with 2 WARS and a RECESSION! “LESSER OF TWO EVILS = THE DEMOCRATS”

  • nancym 06/29/2011 9:18am
  • nancym 06/29/2011 6:54pm

    I may have posted this before, but this is the first official printing I’ve seen of this:

    Rick Scott’s solution to the crisis with the economy; note the first “reform” that goes into effect as of now, defining misconduct- including while not at work!:


  • BPennett 06/30/2011 7:18am

    IN anticipation of our INDEPENDENCE DAY celebrating… As our “top” LEADER the President, whom ever it may be, is responsible for ONE primary thing!!! Arranging the order in which things get done… prioritizing whatever issues may be at hand at any given time… that said there is nothing that comes close to comparing to issue of the “unemployment crisis”….Nothing even close…. yes, there are other things that need to be done but nothing is even remotely as important as this issue….and let’s set something straight. We know that government “DOESN’T CREATE JOBS”….but is most certainly should INVEST ALL ITS TIME AND ENERGY DEVOTED TO CORRECTING A CRISIS OF THIS MAGNITUDE AND WORKING WITH BUSINESS….to create jobs. This effects our population at every level…and needs “WHOLE HEARTED” attention..not the fragmented attention it has gotten thus far but UNDIVIDED ATTENTION…this is where “THE SAUSAGE IS MADE”….how can our government be so misguided as to not get this point??

  • Anne2012 06/30/2011 7:30am



  • nancym 06/30/2011 9:04am

    Wow, I missed this one. Did everybody read Donny’s blog post on the 23rd?:

    Another Jobs Bill Killed

  • nancym 06/30/2011 9:15am

    And I guess I missed this one too, from June 21 on OC. In spite of what seems to be just a few people posting here regularly anymore, did you all know that we are apparently the “hottest issue among users of OpenCongress” with this forum linked in the blog post?

    As GOP warms to tax revenues, will anyone in Congress stand up for the long-term unemployed?-

    And I never thought I’d ever say this, but from that article, I might even have a glimmer of respect for Tom Coburn. Dissing Grover Norquist takes some balls in Washington!

  • WasMiddleClass 06/30/2011 9:18pm

    Every time I turn on the news now I hear how the Republicans refuse to hear anything about any so called tax increases, even if it is only cutting the subsidies given to huge oil companies, while they make record profits. They refuse to hear about tax deductions taken away from the richest of the rich when they are paying the lowest tax rate in their lifetimes. All they want to talk about is cutting EVERYTHING that helps the other 99% of Americans, many of whom need a lot of help now, and if they don’t get their way they will let our country go into default and cause God only knows how much more financial calamity….

    And somehow they still spin it to say what they want will create jobs. Hmmm, then why was there ZERO net private sector jobs created under the 8 years of Bush and the same things, even during war time, when war spending is what got us out of the great depression?


    And I still have BIG problems with the Democrats now too.

  • WasMiddleClass 06/30/2011 9:26pm


    You say

    “If WasLowerClass had not made snarky remarks to me I would never have responded in like”

    I suppose that is why you called multiple members here scum also?

    Your persona description is posted all over the web. I will not bother to post it here again too.

    PS: The timeline of your posts is so telling. HA.

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