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Congress Links + Unemployment Benefits

July 21, 2010 - by David Moore

The major unemployment bill (H.R. 4213) is of course our most-commented and most-tracked bill by users over the past month. For all the best info: peruse its latest news and blog coverage from around the Web, see the highest-rated user comments, visit our community-generated Benefit Wiki project to better understand how it affects your state, read our helpful past coverage of the bill’s long journey, and send us your questions: writeus at opencongress dot org.

Today’s Congress Links ::

  • Republicans delay the vote to extend unemployment benefits for those who have been out work.(Reuters)
  • Gail Russell Chaddock discusses why extending unemployment has been so difficult this time around.(Christian Science Monitor)
  • Sens. Charles Schumer, (D-NY) and Tom Harkin, (D-IA) are urging the Federal Reserve for more credit card protection. (AP)
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee approves Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.(LA Times)
  • House and Senate Democrats fight over the delay of the food safety bill. (Washington Post)
  • The Senate Democrats overcome a threat of a filibuster to pass unemployment extension benefits.  More coverage of this is on our blog. (NY Times)
  • With the passage of unemployment benefits extensions, Republicans say that the US cannot spend more money than it has. (ABC News)
  • Senate Democrats have said the House Democrats may cut education money in order to pass a war speding bill. (CNN)
  • Senate Democrats may not get enough votes to pass environmental legislation. (Washington Post)
  • President Obama urges Congress to pass equal pay legislation. (USA Today)
  • Sponsoring 137 bills, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is rated the most active member of Congress. (US News)

Today’s helpful bundle of Links come from OC Research Assistants Jason Rhee and Hilary Worden. Image of Sen. Schumer (who we must resist calling Chuck, as we esteem the U.S. gov’t and don’t [yet] know him personally, although Senator, holler at us, some of us are your constituents in NYC yo!) via our data- and talent-rich news partners Daylife.

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  • saturnsc2 07/22/2010 9:30am

    well as far as getting our benefit payments go it’s best not to to contact your local agency, just let them work to avoid delays as any ohone call they have to take is one less person working on your payments…

  • saturnsc2 07/22/2010 9:32am

    hopefully Obama will make quick work of signing it!

  • Minpingang 07/22/2010 12:12pm

    Well I live in Illinois and I just got back from the unemployment office to ask what is going on and they know nothing. They do not know that anything has been passed. They said I know more then they know. I am going on my 3rd tier and asked them what I need to do next. Because my benefits have run out. Said just call in on your call in date and if you are approved to go to the next tier they will deposit the money. I am how do I know if I am approved. All I got way we don’t know you will just have to wait and see. I asked do you know when I will get the money if approved. No we don’t know anything as of yet. I this a crock of crap or what. Is this just a way for them to hang onto our money a little longer. How can they not know when they are the unemployment office. How do I even know if I will advance to the third tier. How many weekes is the third and fourth teir does anytone know please.

  • saturnsc2 07/22/2010 1:16pm

    Obama has to sign the bill & it then goes into law. i don’t know at the time of this posting if he already did sign it or not, but if not he will soon. anyway as far as yuor benefits go, you should have been claiming all your weeks even though they were expired so you get them back as retro pay. when they go into law we will all get our benefits paid while they were expired. there’s nothing to do but wait….

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    hag976 07/22/2010 1:44pm

    @Minpingang- I too am from Illinois, they are doing the best they can. Check the website at: everything the state knows is in this release. Be patient, the money will come. It may take a week or so, but it will arrive. They are correct, continue to call in on your call in date and when the money is released, you will be reimbursed for anything lost from expiring tiers. Tier 3 is 13 weeks, tier 4 is six weeks and the EB is an additional 20 weeks. The employees at the unemployment office see nothing further than what is on your current tier, and they cannot tell you anything….they are mushrooms as well.

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    Minpingang 07/23/2010 7:05am

    Thank you hag976 I really appreciate it. My call is day is Tuesday I will call in. I have just now exhausted my 2 tier as of last week. So I have been lucky that I have not really had a break in mine. I pray each day that all that are waiting will get thiers soon. God Bless you all.

  • Minpingang 07/23/2010 6:58am

    I am in Illinois. I have used my regular benefits and my first tier. Will I automactially go into the third tier? Does anyone know? Plus what are the weeks for the third and fourth tiers. I can not get through to the Unemployment hot line here for our state. Nothing on their website either. I went to the unemployment office yesterday and they didn’t know anything go figure. Said I would have to be approved first to move on to the next tier. I asked how I approved and they could not tell me. I am lost I can’t get info from no one…..HELP…..

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