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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Abaratarrr 12/20/2010 4:05pm

Nancy pelosi has the authority to block the budget if the unemployment extension is not attached, she can draw a line in the sand and say they if unemployment benefits are not extended that the government will be shut down, Please contact nancey pelosi and let her know that the recent 13 month extension does nothing for the long term unemployed (202) 225-4965 or AmericanVoices@mail.house.gov, more benefits for the long term unemployed is entirely up to her at this point.

where 12/20/2010 8:47pm
in reply to Abaratarrr Dec 20, 2010 4:18pm

It would be a damned shame if our staving freezing butts caused them discomfort!

WasMiddleClass 12/20/2010 7:00am

A New Bill for 99ers, But Is It Too Late?
December 20, 2010 – by Donny Shaw


WasMiddleClass 12/21/2010 4:47am


The following was posted in the comment section of an article written by Michael Colliss titled “H.R.6556-Latest Attempt to Expand Unemployment-Serious Attempt or Cynical Ploy” at ALLNEWS247.com by a poster known to me only as Jerry. I do not know Jerry personally but I presume by his comments he is a 99er and in his comments he asked everyone reading his comments to “Copy and paste this to every blog and unemployment advocacy organization you can!”.


n0bama4me2010 12/21/2010 12:05pm
in reply to davidak Dec 21, 2010 11:06am

that is why when i heard people praising the writers of this i told them it was all a stunt. gullible people everywhere. why not do this extension 11 months ago? seriously think the democrats or black caucus is going to draft a 99er rescue bill 3 days before christmas? BS! i called it and it was BS. everyone should be calling their office saying they got played. oh well. we got nothing to lose with the new congress. obama ried pelosi failed america. they are bad for america. they are bad for 99ers. does anyone doubt it now?

Abaratarrr 12/21/2010 9:12am
in reply to Abaratarrr Dec 21, 2010 8:48am

Nancy could force the issue and refuse to fund the government 6556 is not attached. It is all up to nancy pelosi at this point.

GreenHornet 12/21/2010 5:47am

Cool, a new Bill !!! lets hope it doesn’t end up fluttering in the wind !

MaxwellsSilverHammer 12/21/2010 9:18am
in reply to Abaratarrr Dec 21, 2010 9:12am

I think the GOP wouldn’t mind the failure to fund the government, Im curious is the black caucus a bipartisan group?

katmels22 12/20/2010 11:29am

Emal Ed Schultz, ask him to mention the bill, and that we need support for it! I Called Barbara Lee’s office, was told that there are no more commitees meeting after tomorrow(tuesday). So this need to be done now, Her aid said they are working to obtain alot of support to get this passed. Here is a link that should work for the ed show email, if not go to msnbc.com to the ed show and emai. The first time I attempted to email it said some error code then I tried again, (arrowed back to the page) then it was sent. Its worth a shot! http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30031533/

nancym 12/21/2010 5:37am
in reply to WasMiddleClass Dec 21, 2010 4:47am

I think there’s some missing logic in that line of arithmetic he presents, but other than that, right on! Personally, I’ve started to pay more attention to other forums that are not for the purpose of organizing the unemployed, because all this preaching to the choir for two years may be good for solidarity (even considering the sniping on these forums), but it does little to really get the information out to those who might be sympathetic but are otherwise uninformed.

nancym 12/21/2010 5:37am
in reply to nancym Dec 21, 2010 5:37am

I visited a progressive forum a few days ago and posted some stuff and got attacked right away for criticizing anything Obama did, even though I presented my “Obama support credentials” pretty thoroughly I think. The problem I found is that some, not all, of these liberal people who supported this tax cut deal so fervently didn’t even know what was actually in the bill! They ignored the lack of help for the unemployed as a whole, or didn’t realize the difference, and seemed to think that this bill gave funds to Medicaid (it doesn’t!) and that it would help small businesses by cutting down on the SS payroll taxes (the cut is only for the employee’s share!), and stuff like that.

And then we have Hatch on the other side of the spectrum. This country really needs an education.

sclark113 12/23/2010 3:59am
in reply to WasMiddleClass Dec 23, 2010 3:06am

Was – “…necessary to have the bill paid for…”

This comment will make my sheet as a possible action item for the 112"TH. As a moderate democrat, I do not understand the Democratic Party’s insistence that ALL unemployment extensions be emergency spending just because that’s the way it’s always been done before! Perhaps relief for the 99ers must be done differently – that to get relief it will have to be paid for as you suggest.

Taking this position going forward is no free-be. We will be challenged with answering the question “What cuts are we willing to take to make these funds available.” I ask everyone here to consider the biggest hurdle that we face, and that hurdle is this:

We are looking for a political solution to a socioeconomic problem! We must always keep in mind that without a political solution, no legislation will be passed that favors us. How do we get into their heads and create a win-win for the politicians while serving the best interests of the 99ers?

Darkknight 12/22/2010 1:38am
in reply to WasMiddleClass Dec 21, 2010 2:52pm

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

Abaratarrr 12/21/2010 9:18am
in reply to Abaratarrr Dec 21, 2010 9:16am
  • refuse to fund the government if 6556 is not attached
sclark113 01/30/2011 5:12am

Tier 5 Unemployment Extension – Meeting with Representative Jim Gerlach (R, PA-6)


where 12/20/2010 1:20am
in reply to BPennett Dec 20, 2010 1:12am

It is insanity they keep pushing stupid bills, Most they know wont pass, But in true form of a public servant they are going to show us new and amazing ways to waste time and money all the while accomplishing nothing!

MaxwellsSilverHammer 12/20/2010 4:59pm
in reply to Abaratarrr Dec 20, 2010 4:18pm

Alot more people are watching this than 3706, I hope the trolls dont follow

ssari30 01/06/2011 11:33am

When will all of you wake up!!?? They don’t give a fuck about us period! FUCK the Democrates and FUCK the Republicans!! What they did before the holidays was just a smoke screen so the 99ners wouldn’t ruin there holiday vacation.

WAKE UP PEOPLE!! It’s time for an uprising, I have 100 strong and we are going to attack congres head on!!!!

duerz 01/06/2011 5:30am

We’ll let me introduce myself – I’m a 99er in Michigan. First there was Stabenow, now Lee with bills that are supposed to help us. How long has this been going on – well for a while now. I really dont think they(congress) are going to take any more steps towards helping us. You see the fight is diminishing, less people are talking about this, and that is exactly what they want. Introduce, then do nothing. Three used to be alot of people on You Tube stating their case, now its all old posts. They want us to give up!!

WasMiddleClass 01/02/2011 7:12am

Hoping for light at the end of the tunnel

Ron Hanson of Bozeman lost his job more than 18 months ago. Recently, he has begun to fall behind on bills and credit card payments.

“I have worked all my life and now I might end up homeless, too,” he said after reading about community efforts to set up an overnight shelter for homeless people in Bozeman.

“People are losing their homes and cannot file bankruptcy because we do not have the money,” he said. “Things will get better, but right now none of us can sleep at night. We need some protection and all of us (have) to start over again. If any of us found a job, it would take five years just to see light on the end of that tunnel.”

Six in 10 unemployed Americans have been job-hunting for more than a year, according to a survey released this month by Rutgers University that also found “dramatic erosion in the quality of life for millions of Americans.”

Abaratarrr 01/05/2011 10:14am
in reply to lonnienyssa Jan 04, 2011 1:58pm

The democrats still have the power to give is a tier 5 anytime they want, and it looks like now it is going to be even easier for them.


We just need someone to introduce legislation and fight for us. If the dems will attach the language of this legislation with offsets to the defense spending bill or budget it would be guaranteed to pass.

WasMiddleClass 01/18/2011 2:17pm

State of the Union and 99ers Circling Drain,

Many Americans, who aren’t yet homeless, are now living two or more families in single family units, and are now being evicted because there aren’t the funds between them for rent or mortgage payments. Court systems throughout the US are beginning to encounter 99ers, not as criminals, but as defendants in court-ordered foreclosure and eviction proceedings. Lawyers and plaintiffs are suing these 99ers to vacate residences, collect delinquent payments, charge with court costs and pay lawyers fees. If not apparent, 99ers have exhausted all means of support. Courtrooms are crowded with an inundation of 99ers because Congress refuses to acknowledge them as constituents in need of congressional intervention and support.

WasMiddleClass 01/18/2011 2:16pm

ABC releases further footage of 99er interview on tier 5 unemployment extension

After initially showing only a small part of an interview it taped with 99er Dawn Rayner, ABC news today released further footage from the interview.


sclark113 01/04/2011 5:41pm
in reply to lonnienyssa Jan 04, 2011 1:58pm

Sorry to let you know that technically this bill is dead as it was introduced in the 111’TH Congress which no longer exists come Wednesday when the 112"TH Congress starts – bills cannot carry over.

Read the article about Scott and Lee that I posted a link to at 11:04 am regarding efforts to get the bill re-introduced into the House in the 112’TH Congress.

WasMiddleClass 01/18/2011 2:18pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 18, 2011 2:17pm

99ers have nowhere to go once forced from residence. Most shelters throughout the US were operating beyond capacity before the increasing onslaught of 99ers began joining the ranks of homelessness. The only place left for 99ers are the streets of every US city…


wstaff 01/18/2011 5:33pm

Well this maybe my last post. No money or job to keep my internet running or pay for rent were I currently live. Thank you most for those who have hung in there and tried to show the Government such as it is and appreciate the friends I have met along the way. While January 26 comes closer I have yet to give up on looking for work. They will never break my back and all continue to fight even if not in a open forum such as this. While I understand their reasoning to kill the health bill first it does nothing to cure the current problem of 99ers.

WasMiddleClass 01/19/2011 4:13am

I am so damn sick and tired of listening to the Republicans spewing all their “job killing” BS about the health care bill, and wasting lots of time and money trying to repeal it when they know it is impossible to do so. So far I have seen nothing from them to actually try to help the tens of millions of unemployed in any way. They got their big tax breaks for the rich, that they insisted would create jobs even though they did not for ten years, and now tie up congress just to put on a show, while lying through their teeth about the reason.

I am no fan of being forced to buy health care, but that will not even take affect until 2014. That is a lifetime away for the 99ers.

Neither party seems to be concerned in the least about the very real disaster unfolding of millions and millions of Americans being left with no way to support themselves, and ending up homeless on the streets.

WasMiddleClass 01/19/2011 4:15am
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 19, 2011 4:14am

In this way we can think of the bill as being job destroying in the same way that winning the lottery might be job destroying. Many people who take home multi-million dollar jackpots opt not to work because they no longer need the money. The Republican methodology would have us worried about “job killing” lottery jackpots.

AP deserves credit for doing the sort of basic fact checking that good reporters do. This sort of reporting provides valuable information to the public.


WasMiddleClass 01/04/2011 3:29am

With an endless supply of cartoons striving to fill a niche of information lack created by the silent but deadly combination of attention deficit disorder and a fear and loathing of anything math related, below we present the latest animated explanation of how the recent transition of the American Dream (purchased entirely on credit), was virtually guaranteed to become an American Nightmare… and how this is nothing new in the grand scheme of things.


wstaff 01/13/2011 7:59am
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 12, 2011 12:31pm

and growing everyday. We need to get HR 6556 back on the floor before any other business is done. Rock groups can get up on stage and raise funds for people all over the world but not one response from them when it comes to the unemployed? When we do not take care of our own first it tilts the voting poll one direction. I say we need to DEMAND this BIll be Herd before any other business be done.It has to be brought back up. Here’s a thought,Lets ask Congress to tell a child they can get the basic necessities of life because they do not care. I gave a young family $50 dollars so they could enjoy Christmas. I could afford to give away $50 dollars but did it because I understand the problem of our Government.

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