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 02/10/2011 11:04am

H.R.589 is where we will be…

sclark113 02/10/2011 9:57am
in reply to wstaff Feb 10, 2011 9:29am

Bill H.R.6556 has been re-submitted into the 112’TH Congress under H.R.589. Follow the link below to move your comments to the active site for H.R.589!!!


wstaff 02/10/2011 9:29am

The Term “Semper Fi” meant “Always Faithful” has always resonated in this former U.S.Marines heart.There are many other service personnel like me out there. Trying to find a job and raise a family is not as easy as it once was, but we continue to search. Sacrificing our lives for a better country and protect and save lives of people we do not even know and yet, the best decent thanks each of us receive is a job well done, a piece of paper that acknowledges our pride and commitment for outstanding service to our country. This said and not that I am ungrateful, but it does nothing to secure a job on the outside. It does nothing to put food on the table or shelter over the many families that continue to be impoverish and struggling. “We the People” simple three words that voiced our American way of life, had purpose and meaning. Now is not the tie to turn our backs, but come together as One Country in our darkest hours. Your fellow American Man ,Woman and Child need you America !!!!

wstaff 02/10/2011 9:09am
in reply to sclark113 Feb 10, 2011 3:31am

Scott- Thank you so much for your continued effort to help the 99ers. I did post on the latest story you wrote. I am not sure of others but I am finding it hard to get work and I’ve tried everything short of holding up a business and demand work. We need to drive a petition that the HR 6556 Bill Be priority in both Houses. 99ers that are not out on the street live only on hope, those of us that can continue this fight need to make the unheard voices herd once and for all. If we can raise 1.5 million signatures and call it an emergency Bill
they be dammed not to hear us.

sclark113 02/10/2011 3:41am

Just had to share this with everyone, his guy’s a diamond in the rough!

Mister Corporate Big Shot, the Brute!


sclark113 02/10/2011 3:31am

Tier 5 Unemployment Extension – New Unemployment Claims Data for Feb. 10’TH


sclark113 02/10/2011 3:04am

2011 Unemployment Extension – the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act


sclark113 02/10/2011 12:42am

If you did not get a chance to see the Ed Show last night, please take the time to follow the link provided – Ed was in rare form providing GREAT support for the 99ers and mentions a brief story about one of “Michael’s Plan” volunteers Gerry DePietro that attended the press conference in D.C. yesterday (God Bless her!).


I also want to personally thank all that have responded to my article yesterday – it did my heart good to see all of you respond. We all know that now is the time to quadruple our efforts again – we have been too quiet for too long now – it is time to shake the tree again – God Bless us one and ALL!

Abaratarrr 02/09/2011 3:02pm
in reply to Abaratarrr Feb 09, 2011 3:01pm

“Those who complain about the spending associated with this bill ignore two key factors. First, this bill costs only a fraction of what we spent on tax breaks for millionaires last year. Second, unemployment benefits have always been considered emergency spending.”

“The bill would provide 14 weeks of emergency unemployment benefits to people who have exhausted all their benefits and are still unemployed.”

The more clicks they get the more money they make the more money they make from stories about the unemployed the more they will write about the unemployed.

Remember to google “unemployment extension” “long term unemployed” and other such terms several times a day. We have won this fight before we will do it again.

Abaratarrr 02/09/2011 3:01pm

News about us, they desrve traffic for writing about us please visit these sites

“Boehner has indicated he might support more benefits — if they are paid for by other budget cuts. Lee’s spokesman, Joel Payne, told mlive.com, the Michigan state online news site, that there is no budget offset to pay for the cost of the bill.

Payne said his boss would be open to budget offsets, but thinks the benefits should be classified as emergency funding and the cost added to the deficit."

“Lee said her office estimated this bill would cost $16 billion. She said she would look for budget cuts to offset its cost if Republicans refused to allow the bill to reach the floor under an emergency designation excepting it from pay-as-you-go rules”

WasMiddleClass 02/09/2011 1:38pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Feb 09, 2011 1:38pm

“The jobless isolate themselves because we’re ashamed,” Dawn Bliesener told the crowd of about 20.

“We want to change that.”

That’s why Bliesener helped form the People’s Center Jobs and Unemployment Crisis Committee. They meet weekly (Thursdays, 5 p.m., 37 Howe St., New Haven) and, “We will help you with rent, foreclosure, food, heating clothing. You name it, I will find it,” says Bliesener. “We will help you with resumes, with finding jobs.

“I have been without. I know what it feels like.”

Bliesener lied about her age to start working at age 14. Now, at 55, she says, “I’ve paid into the state of Connecticut and the federal government all those years. They’re not giving me anything that’s not mine. We do not sit around on a hammock waiting for a government check.”


WasMiddleClass 02/09/2011 1:38pm

Solidarity Amid Connecticut’s Unemployed

HAMDEN — Beth O’Connell earned $22 an hour at AT&T before she was laid off three years ago.

The mother of four has since lost her home, declared bankruptcy, moved in with her mother-in-law, and exhausted her 99 weeks of unemployment assistance.

After applying for hundreds of jobs and getting only a few interviews, she landed part-time employment as a lunch aide at an elementary school. She now earns minimum wage for 15 hours a week. There are no benefits, and if there’s no school, there’s no work.

“We want our benefits extended beyond 99 weeks,” she said at a rally last week outside the state Department of Labor’s office in Hamden. “We need help.”

As O’Connell spoke, volunteers handed out flyers to people entering the Department of Labor. The flyers advertised a new group in New Haven that aimed to help the jobless get access to services and asked them to lobby U.S. Congress to extend unemployment benefits.

WasMiddleClass 02/09/2011 1:37pm

Well people…I think we are looking at terrible odds on winning this one…but what the hell, if we don’t win at least we can go out fighting like hell!

CT aint lying down!

Abaratarrr 02/09/2011 10:49am

Barbra lee just passed us the football we need to run with it,

Please contact all of your local news papers and news media organisations, also contact national news organisations.

Let them know that a 14 week unemployment extension has been introdused in the house by barbara lee

if contacting by email give them this

and this

time is of the essence strike while the iron is hot, to you writers out there please do a piece on this, this a is a call to action.

wstaff 02/09/2011 5:07am
in reply to WasMiddleClass Feb 08, 2011 4:24pm

I will get this link out to those I know still living in rental properties. To many of my friends are walking the streets now. Does give me a idea to print fliers with this info tho, a step in the right direction.

wstaff 02/09/2011 4:53am

The unnecessary rail system;


wstaff 02/09/2011 4:49am

WasMiddleClass – You bring up some great points. I just read today that Americans will be spending 53 million on a new rail system? Now why I first argue wasteful spending, I wonder if it wasn’t part of the package deal by the Chinese loan. 53 million would be a great start in getting the homeless and unemployed off the street as well as build jobs. Yes? It will be interesting to hear the (talking out of both sides of the Mouth) In the coming months. Republicans want to stop the over spending but in the same breath want to send pork barrel spending on projects that could be placed on hold until the jobs increase and we get every unemployed (American) back to work.

sclark113- Supposedly Senator Lee is suppose to bring the bill back up today..that of course is after the who rah rah taking place this afternoon.

sclark113 02/09/2011 2:51am

Tier 5 Unemployment Extension – Where Have All the Advocates Gone?


WasMiddleClass 02/08/2011 4:25pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Feb 08, 2011 4:24pm

It’s sad that, in a country where thousands of people will rally in New York, Atlanta, and San Francisco to support the citizens of Egypt, no such rallies are in progress objecting to the abuse of Americans by our own government. And yes, when you’ve been stripped of your income, your personal standing, and your dignity by filthy Wall Street shenanigans and then the government dedicated to looking out for the People turns its back on you, that’s abuse.


WasMiddleClass 02/08/2011 4:24pm

99ers Organizing To Rally for Tier 5 Unemployment Extension; CBO Estimate Questioned
February 8th, 2011, Michael Danielson

NREUI — the Nationwide Rally to Extend Unemployment Insurance — is seeking names and locations in an attempt to set up a massive, coordinated, peaceful demonstration to encourage Congress to enact a Tier 5 unemployment extension. The rally hopes to see at least 25 people at each of at least 50 unemployment offices across the country. They currently have less than two hundred names; if you know a 99er, send them a link!

WasMiddleClass 02/08/2011 3:55pm

They have no problem affording this!

US Media & Egypt Coverage: Dodging the Real Issues & Fudging the Real Culprits

$60 Billion US Aid to Egypt=$60 Billion Current Net-worth of Mubarak Family


WasMiddleClass 02/08/2011 3:54pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Feb 08, 2011 3:54pm

Oppression, unemployment and poverty are not just Northern African struggles. They are also prevalent in America. Ironically, homeless Americans are already on the streets, just not yet transitioning their poverty into rage.

Most of us who are housed see homelessness as a nuisance, a blight on America’s landscape. But for those who struggle on the streets battling freezing weather, empty stomachs, and young bullies who beat up on homeless persons, homelessness is not a nuisance. It is oppression.

I wonder if the tipping point for rage against homelessness will occur when homeless Americans use their large numbers to object to this country’s policies against poverty.

Or will an uprising have to wait until housed Americans join them?


WasMiddleClass 02/08/2011 3:54pm

Could Homeless Americans Create an Uprising?

I wonder what would happen if a million fed up homeless Americans finally said enough is enough. Could they become angry enough over the lack of employment, the dearth of affordable housing, and the violent treatment many receive on the streets, to start an uprising?

Many homeless Americans are already turning to social media as an outlet for their rage and disgust for a society that allows humans to live on the streets. Kevin Barbieux, The Homeless Guy, has been blogging for years. Eric Sheptock has become known for using Facebook to advocate for homeless persons, and the website We Are Visible, created by Mark Horvath, is poised to get many more voices of the homeless heard.

Could homeless social media activists stir up the rage among homeless Americans?

WasMiddleClass 02/08/2011 3:53pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Feb 08, 2011 3:53pm

That shows that all those out there saying just take a low paying job don’t know what they are talking about. Even if you found a low paying job you could not afford a place to live, and no landlord would rent to you.

WasMiddleClass 02/08/2011 3:53pm

From Portraits of Homelessness in Connecticut,

Despite our best efforts, homelessness in Connecticut has reached alarming levels. Last year, Connecticut’s emergency shelters alone served 11,700 people, including more than 1,500 children

Connecticut has a total of 2,189 shelter beds.

This year, CT PIT 2010 revealed a startling number of people becoming homeless for the first time. Almost half of all families and 40% of single adults in shelters reported that this was their first homeless experience.

Homeless families in Connecticut work and have income. A quarter of adults in families with children were working at the time of CT PIT 2010. Notably, one out of every four homeless families reported receiving federal social security or disability income. Only a third of female single parents in Connecticut’s emergency shelters reported receiving cash assistance.


WasMiddleClass 02/08/2011 3:52pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Feb 08, 2011 3:52pm

…Political leaders grand stand in front of television cameras, “Homelessness should not be tolerated in this country!” But when the lights turn off, political business continues as usual.

Homeless agencies practically beg for resources to help the lines of people wanting help. But the number of homeless persons in this wealthy country continue to be obscene.

Is there an end in sight?


WasMiddleClass 02/08/2011 3:52pm

Are Homeless Counts Like Counting Sheep?

If you were one of those compassionate Americans wanting to help resolve the sad state of homelessness in this country, you may have woken up hours before the sun rises to help your local city count homeless persons.

I know how it works. You drag yourself out of bed hours before you typically get up, so you can scour the streets counting the heads of sleeping homeless people.

One, two, three, four. Forty five, forty six. Seven hundred thirty seven, seven hundred thirty eight.

If you were in Los Angeles, incredibly the homeless numbers turn into five figures. Eighteen thousand three hundred and forty nine… You get the image.
Every other alley you look down, every freeway overpass you walk under, and nearly all parks seems to have some sleeping person rolled up in a ball fending off the early morning January cold…

WasMiddleClass 02/08/2011 3:50pm
in reply to wstaff Feb 08, 2011 1:07pm

Hang in there friend. You are not alone.

Now that the site is working and it does not take an hour to get a post posted I will post my things here that apply to what you say.

wstaff 02/08/2011 1:07pm

I mean after all you live in a glass house with a cute white picket fence everything in your world is great? Right? And the press is not any better.
Clearly all other news is more important..Right? Unemployment ? Didn’t the government just say things are looking better? After all they are gods spoken truth and why would they lie to us ? President Obama invites super singer to white house for super bowl party!!! “A hope for change” is what he said during election time. How about 1.3 million still out of work and increasing daily? Is this the hope for change you were looking for? The biggest Power in the world and not one crumb,small coffee or hey lets invited a few homeless people into our home for super bowl? Although I know you have to play it in the interest of what they tell you to say. Homeless person/s in the white house just wouldn’t be good “PR” (public relations)for the government because that would mean that they actually care….Right?

wstaff 02/08/2011 12:58pm

“I Will not be beat Down” For those friends I have met here, I am Back although only a little better then before. Still out of work but hey sold my gaming computer for 250.00 just to get the internet reconnected, but it’s alright. Separating needs and wants and one day hopefully I will get myself out of this god forsaken wrath called homeless. People have really forgotten what a dollaris really worth. It can buy a cup of coffee on a winters night. Buy a burrito for a person who is very hungry. Millions of stories just like this over the blogging internet. I have given to those in need beyond my own means,but I am no hero…NO. Something this country is lacking and continues to lack. People helping people !!!!! The government only wants one thing to happen in this recession. They want the 99ers to just go away. Not surprising you bring the issue of unemployment up and senators will quickly try to change the conversation or plainly just walk away.

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