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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    nancym 12/03/2009 12:11pm

    Heh-heh. Here we go again, Athena. :) Might as well stock up on popcorn for those late afternoons watching CSPAN. (Arghhh.)

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    Anonymous 12/03/2009 1:01pm


  • Rlukas 12/03/2009 10:48am

    im sure the march 2011 deadline is going to be taken back to December of 2010. Also this bill has a greater chance of passing on it’s own. The cost for just extending the benefits for 1 year is between 75-85 billion. Start adding the Cobra subsidy to it and it goes over 100 billion.

    The big thing this bill has going for it is this, the unemployment numbers tomorrow are probably going to stay flat or tick up, 1.1 million peoplle in january are going to be without benefits. I know about the abortion that was the voting of hr3548, but the size of the people exhausting benefits this time around is absurd. The government is already getting a ton of bad press about no job creations and about how many people are struggling to make it right now. Maybe this doesnt get done by Christmas, but early January. A lot of political pressure from every angle is going to be in on this. It’s simple, if millions of people stop getting benefits, the economy is going to slide right back into

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    unemployedinMASS 12/03/2009 12:55pm

    It’s also good if people keep calling their congressmen and representatives. Pressure from their own constituents about how bad the unemployment problem is and how much we need this bill will be the real motivator to getting it passed quickly. NELP is great with helping people e-mail thier reps, but phone calls is what makes the real difference, I think. And as we know from other comments some congressmen and reps are woefully ignorant as to how bad it is out here and how much people really need help.

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    nancym 12/03/2009 1:17pm

    That’s for sure. That’s why it’s great now that we have an actual bill number to give them, even if that bill changes, so they can see that 21 House reps have already signed on to the bill. I called my Senator today and suggested why doesn’t he just copy this bill or something similar and put it through the Finance Committee now.

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    unemployedinMASS 12/03/2009 1:29pm

    I’m glad that of those 21 co-sponsors, is Massachusetts’ own Capuano. It makes me feel just a little less powerless to know that someone from my state can see that we need this help.

  • Rlukas 12/03/2009 10:49am

    a recession

  • mjh 12/03/2009 11:01am

    we are going to be in a world of hurt for those that have no income starting Jan. 3rd, for sure. I feel for those people somewhat if they are not able to make ends meet because Dec. 24th – Jan. 2nd pretty much is a complete wash with the holidays, and we are going to be in trouble as this drags out likely 45-60 days from now.

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    BrokeInOhio 12/03/2009 1:59pm

    MJH.. you have got to be a male by the way you speak. males tend to use the left side of the brain , and woman tend to be able to use both at once. Your thought and words at times are jumbled. or is English your 2nd language?

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    BrokeInOhio 12/03/2009 2:02pm

    I love to guess what people are.. I ma guessing male in his 50’s and single, and just now starting to loose a little hair

  • Rlukas 12/03/2009 1:50pm

    Multiple media sources have reported that the jobs initiative being developed by Congress would be in addition to a costly “safety net” that would again extend unemployment payments for those whose benefits have run out and renew a program that offers the jobless a 65 percent subsidy for health insurance premiums under the COBRA program.

    As to the timing of the jobless relief, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she hopes the jobs package could pass by the end of the year, though she admitted that the time left in the 2009 Congressional calendar may mean it’ll have to wait until early next year. Congressional Democrats, however, are hopeful of extending unemployment benefits and COBRA subsidies in an upcoming omnibus spending bill.

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    Rlukas 12/03/2009 1:50pm

    the omnibus bill is not the jobs bill. The omnibus bill is due by the end of the year

  • BrokeInOhio 12/03/2009 2:18pm

    To the tune of “up on the roof top”

    Up in the morning to make my call
    Will today be the day or another stall
    Down to the pay phone I must go
    used all of my minutes calling Ohio
    which number should I dial
    will they lie to me
    Oh waiting for my check , the money they said I would see
    waiting for my check, looks like the bi*ch lied to me
    My bank is empty no money today
    back to the phone again I say

  • bl5 12/03/2009 3:08pm

    ok…so this would allow folks that will be exhausting their regular 26 week UC claim to transition on to EUC Tier 1?

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    nancym 12/06/2009 4:09am

    Yes, I haven’t read the Senate version yet, but this one will do that.

    Section 2 (a) extends the entire EUC program.
    Section 2 (b) extends the additional $25 supplement.
    Section 2 © extends full funding for the EB program (which would rely on state laws to be extended in states that had cutoffs to correspond with the previous federal cutoff dates).

  • boufa 12/03/2009 6:03pm

    I’m pulling for pre-christmas. These guys are all about the smoke and mirrors on how something looks. Do you want to be the Congressman who get so-so headlines in the middle of january, or the Congressman who brings “Much needed relief in time for the holidays”. It plays better in the press. (Of course I am biased)

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    unemployedinMASS 12/03/2009 6:39pm

    I absolutely agree. I don’t think any Congressman wants to be the one to hold up this bill (when it gets on the floor) and be charged with ruining Christmas for people and leaving them without money to pay for heat, etc.

    Anyone hear about President Obama’s upcoming Tuesday, December 8th speech on the economy? Apparently he is going to outline his plans on unemployment (possible extensions, maybe?). In the same way as above, I don’t think the President would hold a meeting about the economy and not mention the December 26th cutoff date and the fact that it needs to be seriously extended.

    I think this all might be the perfect storm for us. The President proactively addressing job creation (with the jobs summit) and then the economy. Christmas just two days before the deadline of all extensions.

    If this bill is going to happen, there’s not a better for it!

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    Doingtherightthing 12/04/2009 8:41am

    I have to agree with nearly 30,000 unemployed workers losing benefits daily 1st of 2010. They won’t be doing the side step like they did on the 3148,this has serious consequences not only for us but for their futures as well. Just too many people to ignore this time around .

  • unemployedinMASS 12/03/2009 6:39pm

    If this bill is going to happen, there’s not a better time for it!

  • UnempTN 12/03/2009 7:05pm

    RluKas, I hope this does get attached to the omnibus bill; otherwise, it will not pass before December 31. The real problem is not in the House, where most Representatives, including mine, understand the need for the extension. The problem is in the Senate, where the sole emphasis seems to be on healthcare “reform”. I have written my senators, and with the exception of an acknowledgement from Senator Alexander, have heard nothing. If this does not get through the Senate in one way or another, it will not happen. The Senate would likely have to act on an omnibus bill, but a jobs bill is likely months away. Still, if this legislation does not pass, the effect of millions of the unemployed and their families being eliminated from the consumer sector and losing any means of sustenance will have devastating moral and socioeconomic consequences. Maybe congress is just waiting for the jobs numbers at 8:30 to decide if they really want to act?

  • unemployedinMASS 12/03/2009 7:39pm

    I’m sorry, can you describe what the omnibus bill is? This is the first I’m hearing about it. Thank you.

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    Rlukas 12/04/2009 12:40am

    the omnibus spending bill, is a bill that is used for funding of various government departments, projects, laws etc. It funds a wide range of things and the one coming up soon is important.

  • mjh 12/03/2009 11:39pm

    Broke: nope, your off by about 15-20 yr’s on your age estimation, go backward some, mid 30’s still despite many people often times think older, and no hair loss, well ahve had receiding (spelling) hair line for 6-7 years in same spot but no noticeable change over that time. often told & know do think ‘outside the box’ in how look at things, break them down in business sector, etc… Actually get along better with females or relate well with them analytically speaking due to work envrntmt./settings.

    Let’s hope the legislatures can get moving forward on this precious bill as there is a LOT OF WORK that needs done between now and Dec. 23rd IF we can expect this bill to somehow have chance of being enacted during the precious month of January. I will be (as have been) telling everyone run into whom is on UI insurance about this latest current bill introduced & contact methods for their legislatures.

  • need2knowinOHIO 12/04/2009 2:12am

    based on the amount of time Congress took to pass this last extension and the amount of time the states are taking to pay us….I think we should start hounding them for another extension.
    We will need it, for sure but it’ll probably fall on deaf ears.
    Anyone think we will get another extension?

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    boufa 12/04/2009 7:47am

    Politically, and that is the only real way to look at things with Congress, I think 99 weeks is as far as they will go. I realize that there are many people out there who need more. The reality is that 100 weeks is a much bigger sounding number than 99. Sorry.

  • Rlukas 12/04/2009 4:03am

    The BLS report shows teh unemployment rate fell to 10%. It really didnt fall, the revised OCtober numbers would have made the unemployment rate at 10% in october. So we kind of did stay flat but: The government is playing around with numbers. Remember, they dont count anyone not actively seeking work after 4 weeks of not searching for work.

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    Rlukas 12/04/2009 4:03am

    The nation’s unemployment rate fell in November because the number of jobless Americans dropped by 325,000 to 15.4 million. The jobless rate is calculated from a survey of households, while the number of jobs lost or gain is calculated from a separate survey of business and government establishments. The two surveys can sometimes vary.
    The rate also dropped because fewer people are looking for work. The size of the labor force, which includes the employed and those actively searching for jobs, fell by nearly 100,000, the third straight decline. That indicates more of the unemployed are giving up on looking for work.
    The participation rate, or the percentage of the population employed or looking for work, fell to 65 percent, the lowest since the recession began. Once laid-off people stop hunting for jobs, they are no longer counted in the unemployment rate.

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    Rlukas 12/04/2009 4:04am

    those that are on extended unemployment benefits count in the numbers those that havent searched for work after they lost their benefits dont count in the labor pool or anyone thats off of benefits and havent looked for work in 4 weeks. And Octobers revision of numbers kinda points that the unemployment rate was over exaggerated in OCtober at 10.2%. Revised it’s at 10% in october so in theory, Novembers numbers held the same.

    Longterm unemployed went up after coming down the last 2 months. I guess for a lot of people to beleive we have turned the corner jobs wise, we have to see this for the next few months.

  • VLeichsenring 12/04/2009 5:35am

    New Federal Unemployment Insurance Extensions
    (Updated December 3, 2009)Read full story:

  • JohnB 12/04/2009 6:34am

    Unemployment Checks Hit A Snag At EDD Office

    Some are out of a job and now out of cash. A federal safety net to extend unemployment has hit a snag. The federal government has the funds, but the State of California can’t quite figure out how to get it out to the people who need it.


    Now looks like the third week in Dec before the first checks go out.

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