H.R.4183 - Helping Unemployed Workers Act

To amend the Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act and the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for the temporary extension of programs providing unemployment benefits, and for other purposes. view all titles (2)

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  • Official: To amend the Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act and the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for the temporary extension of programs providing unemployment benefits, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: Helping Unemployed Workers Act as introduced.

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    clintonrjohn50 12/07/2009 4:15pm


  • investigativeguy 12/07/2009 10:02am

    Great news but when is congress going to order the states to publicize a program to help the unemployed that already exists.I’m talking about the $3 billion program that provides FREE GAS CARDS TO THE UNEMPLOYED ,but few if any persons collecting unemployment know about it .If you dont belive it cheack it out at http://www.investigativeguy.com

  • clintonrjohn50 12/07/2009 4:18pm


  • clintonrjohn50 12/09/2009 7:26am

    Congress must act before the end of 2009 to extend Emergency UI benefits through the end of 2010.
    I am writing to urge you to take swift action to avert economic catastrophe for millions of families and communities across the country. Starting on December 26th, 2009 – Thousands of Americans will begin to exhaust their federal extended unemployment benefits provided by the Recovery Act. I urge you to enact legislation to provide emergency unemployment compensation to these families and extend them through the end of 2010.
    There are six people competing for every available job and economists continue to project rising unemployment numbers through 2010. We need to insure that a safety net is available for all unemployed workers as they try to get back on their feet and find gainful employment

    Sincerely,clinton r johnson

  • unemployed1208 12/09/2009 8:51am

    I have e-mailed Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Jim McDermott, Baron Hill, Richard Lugar,Evan Bayh… To please pass the extension of benefits before the December deadline. I hope they don’t drag into 2010… If they do there will be no recovery and unemployment is going to jump higher because of the seasonal holiday terminations. Watch and see if i am wrong. Please e-mail as many as you can to pass the deadline before december 31st..

  • unemployed1208 12/09/2009 8:55am

    I worry they know if 1 million people drop off unemployment rolls December 31st. It will falsly appear the unemployment rate has dropped and will look awfully good as a P.R lie. People know better. If the rate drops below the 10% but the true rate will climb to 16+ % due to the total unemployed and includes those not receiving anymore benefits.. Also they must address cobra insurance before december because a ton of people will drop insurance because of high premiums and the healthcare reform will be useless.

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    Sher1 12/09/2009 9:57am

    Thats up to the MILLION people to make the VOICES heard by calling,emailing,faxing the Representatives and Senators PLUS the News Media just as the 400k to 600k unemployed did with HR 3548. So far I haven’t seen too much action from the outside regarding HR 4183.

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    boufa 12/09/2009 10:30am

    The reason it is so quiet, i fear, is that the extension of the deadline for the program is being taken as a given. While I have no doubt that it will be passed, it is a dangerous assumtion. We all need to keep the pressure up until it does pass.

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    boufa 12/09/2009 10:28am

    That is NOT how unemployment rates are calculated. It starts with the number of people on unemployment. They then take a survey of people who are NOT on unemployment, but who were, and determine if they found a job, stopped looking, or are still looking for a job. This is done at random, and is approx 1000 people per month. They then punch all the numbers into a computer and see what number it spits out.

    If they don’t extend the deadline it will not have any effect on the unemployment rate. It will harm lots of other things, but that is another conversation.

  • boufa 12/09/2009 10:32am

    I have seen news stories of the things that are in the final text of the omnibus bill. I am looking for the details, and cannot yet find them. Keep your eyes out for news as to whether this omnibus bill contains the extension of the deadline or if it will be the one next week.

    Some of the news stories make it sound like a given that it will pass, and that the senate will be taking it up also next week. Normally with no debate, just a vote.

  • unemployed1208 12/09/2009 6:35pm

    bouffa. If those who lose unemployment drop off the rolls it does reflect on the % of unemployed and is often downplayed so not to stir the pot and dig up the true reality of combination of those unemployed collecting benefits and those who have run out and those who quit looking. These all combine for a rate of 15 to 16%. Thay can manipulate the numbers and try to tell the american people how great our economy and jobs created but come election time we’ll show them what kind of idiots we are!!And your right the unemployment extension is quiet and no details as to what congress may do, BUT when they passed the emergency extension it was known for 2 to 3 months in advance. and there is no mention of any new deadline extensions. BUT I guess the health plan is taking the front row of attention. Makes me also feel they want to show us healthcare better get approved or they won’t even get to unemployment bill4183!!! they worked on a finance bill tonight! why is bill 4183 not a priority???

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    boufa 12/10/2009 4:18am

    This bill is most likely technically dead. (flame away, but read the whole post first). The contents of this bill, in some form is being worked into the second omnibus spending bill (technically the Defense Depart Appropriations bill HR 3326). Whatever extension/program renewal we get, will be in that bill, thus making this one no longer necessary.

    This is a good thing. Omnibus bills, in particular Defense appropriations are generally thought to be easy to pass, and sure to be signed. (The first omnibus bill being voted on today has 285 cosponsors… and that is the one that has all of the “controversial” stuff in it.) No one knows how long the renewal will be for in the omnibus bill, could be from 1 day to 1000 years, or even if it is in their for sure. However, it has been widely reported that it is their plan to put it in there. The defense bill MUST be signed before December 18th.

  • unemployed1208 12/09/2009 6:55pm

    I usually support conseratives and they are usually correct on cutting taxes to stimulate growth and employment but they hold up issues like spending programs because it drives up our debt!! Thats true. BUT where they better get smart, if you must spend to help the unemployed survive I think they better play this one smart. win over the unemployed and work on other spending programs. I equate the current administration spending is liken to borrowing on the credit card with no balance and paying the other credit cards!!!do you spend to create jobs to a specific market such as construction and home improvement and isolate or target those who will benefit from it or do you cut taxes so every market will be freed up to hire new employees…Thats an investment into our free economy!!! P.S. wonder if the unions go to china and india and mexico…where they work for 2.00 to 3.00 dollars per hour???whoops .per day!!!WHOOPS per week!!!

  • switsail 12/10/2009 10:35am

    Any clue if H.R.4183 – Helping Unemployed Workers Act is going to fly before the end of the year? I’m getting pretty scared.

    text of my letter:

    I will probably be homeless as of the end of January if this is not acted on.

    I had nothing to do with causing this economic fiasco but now my family is getting trashed by it.

    I have been working all my life and when I need the system it is failing me.

    EXAMPLE: Claimant’s last day of work was July 9, 2009. He files a new claim effective on Monday, July 13, 2009, and exhausts his 26 weeks of regular benefits on the week ending Sunday, January 17, 2010. He is not eligible for any Emergency Benefits, since he did not exhaust regular benefits by the deadline of week ending December 20, 2009.

    Start/Effective Date: 07/06/2009
    Benefit Year Ending Date: 07/11/2010
    Weekly Benefit Amount: $405.00
    Maximum Amount Payable: $10,530.00
    Remaining Balance: $2,632.50 /405= 6.5
    From 7/6/2009 (m/d/y)
    to 1/4/2010 (m/d/y)
    is:182 days, or 26 weeks

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    boufa 12/10/2009 10:49am

    The contents of this bill, in some form, is being rolled into the Defense Dept Appropriations bill. This concept is called an omnibus bill. It should come up for a vote in the house by Wed… the house wants to adjourn on the 16th. There are no details yet as to what exactly it will contain, could be 90 day extension, could be for the rest of the year, or even into 2011. No one knows for sure. It is being fast tracked, and as recently as this morning Nancy Pelosi said specifically that the unemployment safety net needs to be renewed before the end of the year and that it is urgent top priority.

    There are 2 omnibus bills this year, so don’t get them mixed up. The one we are most interested in is the one next week. There was one that passed both houses today, and that is not it. It should get through with no problem, but keep writing and calling, we want them to add as much time as possible to it.

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    switsail 12/10/2009 11:00am

    Thanks boufa, That helps hold off the panic a bit

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    Sher1 12/11/2009 7:13am

    We all know that the problem is NOT with the House of Representatives because they will pass it in jack-flash time BUT the Senate well thats another nightmare in itself as we found out with HR 3548. No way are they passing anything in 2 wks because the Republicans wouldn’t allow it.

  • boufa 12/10/2009 7:15pm

    Put this down under the category of “My best friends, sisters, uncles, cousin, told a guy, who knows a person who …”

    Anyways, a person on another discussion board, who I have no reason to doubt, but cannot confirm either, said that they called Harry Reid’s office. His people said that the details are still being worked out, however, the only 2 options on the table right now are December 2010 or March 2011. While this is subject to change, at least it doesn’t look like a March 2010, or something silly like it. We really don’t want to have to do this all over again in a few months.

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    boufa 12/11/2009 6:08pm

    I was pulling for a year, but 6 months is good to. Remember there is no such thing as a final word. They will simply readdress this issue again in May/June, if needed. Their theory is that no harm is done to doing 6 months now, and then 6 months later if it is still needed. True or otherwise, democrats do not want to admit that their will still be employment issues in 6 months. They think they are on the right track to fix it before then. If not, they pass another 6 month renewal. No biggy.

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    jcny 12/12/2009 8:13am

    I have to say I agree with you. I guess they feel it’s prudent to see what happens in the next 6 months. JC

  • GonzoFL 12/11/2009 10:17am

    Might want to read this article.


  • unemployed1208 12/11/2009 12:31pm

    gonzo thanks for the lead. It reads if passed will extend to june 30th,2010.but it may be a tough pass, but I hope they realize the critical need for the vote. Also i think they can vote to pass certain segments of it and postpone other segments, anyone know? But as for the 12.1 trillion debt, If everyone will put their nickles,dimes,pennies,quarters in a jar and save the debt could be wiped out say by 3050?

  • Sher1 12/11/2009 1:00pm

    Very interesting msnbc article as posted on various sites, but what amazes me is Senator Durbin stating they will need the HELP of Republicans because some LIBERAL Dems will not be receptive to a WAR BILL. Come on Dick! This is planting the seed for continued political games within the Senate. The games they DO play!!!.

  • boufa 12/11/2009 6:05pm

    The renewal of the program for 6 months will be o.k. the way this particular type of bill works, is that it comes out of committee passable. The parties have discussed it with their people and they count the votes, and if they don’t have enough votes then that make changes, while still behind closed doors until they find a way to make it pass. This bill WILL 100% guaranteed pass by Friday night (12/18). What exactly makes it to the floor is unknown. Sounds like the details on the unemployment portion have already been agreed to. They may add or take away other things to make the bill more pleasant to some.

  • JohnB 12/11/2009 9:25pm


    State speeds up payments to 121,000 long-term jobless Californians

    Checks could arrive as early as midweek, with filings possibly starting Sunday, said Loree Levy, spokeswoman for the state Employment Development Department. The jobs agency had said days earlier that the payments from a federally approved extension of at least 14 weeks could be delayed until the week of Christmas — or even into the new year.

    The rapid response came as the agency decided to work around its usual paperwork and begin sending checks out right away, with agency staffers working through the weekend to prepare filings in advance of mailing the payments.


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    Sher1 12/12/2009 4:05am

    Sure hope you’re right but with the bad feelings going on with the healthcare reform debacle, I just don’t trust the Republicans. Remember Reid thought he had Unanimous Consent on HR 3548 when he brought it to the floor the first time and we all know what happened! Fingers crossed for next week!

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    Sher1 12/12/2009 4:07am

    Sorry JohnB! This reply was for boufa 12/11/09 11:50pm.

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    boufa 12/12/2009 2:32pm

    It does not matter by how much it passes, just so long as it passes, and it will. This is being scripted.. as always, and both sides have agreed on the script. They know what the others are going to do, they know the vote totals before they are cast… There is no hope and prayer on their part. Personally, I feel that this is being done to push the healtcare debate into next year. The dems want to slow down… they can blame the republicans. The republicans can tell their people that they forced it to slow down. Everyone wins. Our bill is 100% going to get done this week… the health bill is 75% chance to NOT get done before the new year.

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    boufa 12/12/2009 2:35pm

    To tell you how much it is scripted a handful of democrats waited to vote today, until they had the 60 votes that were needed on the first omnibus bill, then they voted no. They knew that their no votes were only symbolic, because it had already passed. These people are civil to each other and the set up these things ahead of time. Republicans are involved in the negotiation on our bill… Its truly the way washington works.

  • Sher1 12/12/2009 4:01am

    Good Article but if anyone believes the line of B.S. about deciding to work around the clock, then I’d like sell them some beachfront property in the Antarctic!

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