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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  • Comm_reply
    WasMiddleClass 12/23/2010 3:06am

    Now we know that the cost of the bill is so low compared to the tax cut deal we need to hammer them with that.

    I believe it will be necessary to have the bill paid for to stand a chance in the new Congress.

    I’m sure many 99ers will have little to do but think over the holidays…

  • Comm_reply
    sclark113 12/23/2010 3:59am

    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?

  • Comm_reply
    WasMiddleClass 12/23/2010 4:10am

    There was that money the Republicans supposedly found to pay for the date extension of the old tiers. The price of a tier v now appears to be much less than that. We should look into that.

  • WasMiddleClass 12/23/2010 2:55am

    This stand-alone bill would cost approximately $15-16 billion dollars, according to a CBO analyst. That’s a relatively small amount considering that millions of people would be helped, including millions of 99ers who have exhausted their unemployment benefits. 99ers began exhausting all benefits in March 2010. Estimates of the current 99er population range from 3-5 million and that population is expected to grow considerably during 2011.

    A startling revelation about H.R.6556 is its relatively low cost compared to the $26 billion in taxpayer money that was lost when Congress and the President decided to raise the estate tax floor from $3.5 million to $5 million. That change helped 6,600 estates save more than $3 million each. Yet a cost of $16 billion to help millions of unemployed is deemed too expensive by many in Congress, especially Republicans. How Congress can jump to give multimillionaires more in tax breaks than they are willing to give 15 million unemployed is revealing.

  • WasMiddleClass 12/23/2010 2:56am


  • WasMiddleClass 12/23/2010 3:08am

    I’m reposting the post from Sclark on this page so no one misses it.

    It’s time to start developing a new strategy to press for passage of the expansion of unemployment benefits for 99ers so we are ready come January 5’TH and the start-up of the 112’TH Congress. I encourage all to put on your thinking caps and start to examine how we turn this effort up a notch or two!

    Leave comments on the following articles with your action ideas. We must find a way to unify our message and show our strength going forward.

    Parts 1-4 – Unemployment Extension – a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing!





  • davidak 12/23/2010 3:17am

    26,395.024 unemployed in america……………..http://www.usdebtclock.org/

  • sclark113 12/23/2010 3:40am

    2010 Unemployment Extension – Dec. 23’RD Department of Labor New Claims Data


  • sclark113 12/23/2010 6:25am

    Please review the following graph from the DOL:


    The climb in unemployment from 01/09 on represents the huge number of new 99ers that can be expected in the next weeks and months to come. Those that have dealt with the issues of how to survive as a 99er, those that still have an active voice, will soon be called upon to help millions of future 99ers navigate their way through the landmines before them.

    This is not a drill…this is already happening and will continue on in great numbers for the next year without some form of relief. Please, do the very best that you can to help navigate the new 99ers into survival mode!

  • Comm_reply
    WasMiddleClass 12/23/2010 1:51pm

    We are going to have a lot of new recruits to train no doubt. There will be a lot of lost 99ers hitting the web soon. All of us old timers still online will have our work cut out for us.

  • 99Survivor 12/23/2010 6:39am

    Wastebook 2010


  • sclark113 12/23/2010 6:46am

    Tier V Extension and “The Stubborn Facts” – Where Do We Go From Here?

    And the link is


  • HopefromCA 12/23/2010 6:57am

    I think that a candlelight vigil is an event where everyone including family can gather, light candles, and show their support for a Tier V and make a big impact on the media. We could do this by having a peaceful candlelight vigil at the center of every town in the U.S. at the same time. When we have over 25 million unemployment as posted earlier and who knows how many more if its done peacefully and timed right I believe we can make an impact on communicating to Congress through the media that something must be done. I have plenty of candles I plan to share if this was to happen.

  • WasMiddleClass 12/23/2010 2:02pm

    99er Nation to Santa Baby 2010: Please Bring us a Viral Video Tonight


  • WasMiddleClass 12/23/2010 2:27pm

    Must See: Nordea’s Chart Of The Week – Collapsing US Import Demand

    Cargo stagnation

    We have understood that Chinese cargo ships have been told to proceed at ‘wind speed’, because of a collapse in US import demand – this is partly visible in the activity amongst Long Beaches shoremen – hence, is this the final proof that the inventory rebuild that drove the recovery in the autumn is OVER?


    Maybe millions of 99ers with no money to spend, and millions more working for peanuts now have something to do with that??

  • WasMiddleClass 12/23/2010 2:46pm

    Once again we were treated to the idiot patrol in the mainstream media making claims that are of dubious worth on this number release. Let’s look at the report and suss out what’s up.

    “In the week ending Dec. 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 420,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 423,000. The 4-week moving average was 426,000, an increase of 2,500 from the previous week’s revised average of 423,500.”

    Ok, we still have a “4” as the first number. Wake me up when the first number is a “3” and the second one is no higher than “5”. That’s consistent with some level of private payroll growth.

    There’s your seasonal hiring. It’s not very strong, but it’s present. That’s good, and about half of the total is almost-certainly seasonal hiring as opposed to EUC and Extended benefits (which could be roll-offs, and probably are.)

    The bad news is that last week three times as many people got added to the rolls.

  • Comm_reply
    WasMiddleClass 12/23/2010 2:46pm

    Now what we don’t know, of course, is how this translates into the employment report.

    We’ll get that in another couple of weeks. What I don’t like is that the trend here supports only very light hiring coming into the season – perhaps enough to move the needle by a tenth on the unemployment rate. In a word: Yuck.

    There are anecdotal state-level reports that tend to confirm this, as we’ve seen state-level unemployment levels ticking up in a number of important states, including Georgia. The national report for December will be interesting, and I’ll get to either validate or refute what appears to be a clear trend – that is, that we’re rolling over again – for employment in general.

    Coming into the holidays that should not be happening if in fact there is any sort of building strength in the labor market.


  • WasMiddleClass 12/23/2010 3:18pm

    The 99ers write a holiday song

    They’ve held rallies and lobbied Congress for more unemployment benefits. Now, the 99ers have written a holiday song.


  • WasMiddleClass 12/23/2010 3:39pm

    The Golden Horde

    We live a long ways away from big stores, so I’ve never had the inclination or interest to participate in Black Friday events, particularly the kind that requires camping out for three days in advance. (This year in north Idaho, it was zero degrees on Black Friday, and the thought of sleeping outdoors to snag a $50 laptop seemed ludicrous.) But it wasn’t the camping I found disturbing; it was the animal-like behavior shown by the crowds once the store doors opened. They were heedless of fallen shoppers, preferring to surge ahead in order to snatch and growl and snap and bite over a coveted piece of merchandise.


    I found this disturbingly similar to the attitude of those people that will turn their back on millions of former hard working Americans just because their jobs were stolen from them and it may cost a few dollars from those people to help the unemployed stay alive.

  • sclark113 12/24/2010 2:17am

    2010 Unemployment Extension – 99ers Get a Non-Response Response from Vice-President Joe Biden


  • WasMiddleClass 12/24/2010 5:57am

    WASHINGTON, DC A joint federal-state task force intends to apprehend Santa Claus, whom it regards as a dangerous fugitive, Department of Homeland Security spokesperson Chet Waldron told reporters yesterday.

    US Senator Joseph Lieberman (Ct.) has called on the White House to support designating Claus’s North Pole workshop a terrorist organization. “We’ll see how long people keep supporting this bastard when they realize we can seize their assets and lock them up in Guantanamo,” Lieberman enthused to a National Press Club audience.

    While the administration has yet to formally endorse Lieberman’s proposal, “We’ll keep looking,” Waldron told reporters. “Americans concerned about their safety can be sure that we’re going to put a stop to this persistent threat.”


  • WasMiddleClass 12/24/2010 9:31am



  • WasMiddleClass 12/25/2010 8:35am

    We Need Each Other this holiday season; reach out to an unemployed friend

    We Need Each Other

    Dear UCubed Leaders and Activists:
    For America’s jobless, the next two weeks may be the most difficult of the year. The bright lights, crowds of shoppers, holiday parties and gift-wrapped boxes contrast darkly with their bleak job prospects and depleted finances. As the nights grow longer and colder, their gnawing hunger to be back at work grows even more intense.

    These two weeks wear heavily on the unemployed. Memories of better days flood their idle moments. Their children search for signs of brighter days ahead. Friends and even family avoid eye contact. And strangers stare at the telling signs of distraction and distance.

    These are the weeks when we need each other.

  • Comm_reply
    WasMiddleClass 12/25/2010 8:36am

    So call a jobless friend. Send an unemployed co-worker an email. Use the message function located under the My Account tab in the top gray bar on UCubed (you have to be signed in) to connect with other jobs activists. Or post your hopes and resolutions for 2011 here.

    But make those calls and emails spirited, uplifting and encouraging. Light a fire or a candle to shatter the darkness. And toast each other’s indomitable will, unbelievable persistence and extraordinary skills.

    Let’s help each other get through these next two weeks. Then, in the New Year, let us redouble our efforts to get 31 million Americans back on the job.

    In Unity — Strength,
    Rick Sloan
    Acting Executive Director
    Ur Union of Unemployed


  • sclark113 12/25/2010 11:33am

    Tier V Extension – Where Do We Go From Here? Part One – Educating the Public

    And the link is


  • WasMiddleClass 12/25/2010 1:18pm

    I couldn’t sleep last night.

    I was up from 2 until 6, having another one of my Conversations with God.

    “Tell me about Christmas,” I said. “What is it really all about?”

    And I heard, “What do you mean, what is it really all about? I’ve told you a million times what it’s all about.”

    So I said, “Tell me again. I think I may have missed it.”

    And suddenly my head was filled with a Christmas Carol – one of the happiest and most triumphant of all the melodies of Christmas.

    “Joy to the world,” the song began, “the Lord has come.”

    But I couldn’t get into it. I kept wondering, what is joyful about the coming of someone who is going to be a lord over us?

    God! I said…I don’t understand this!

    And God replied, “You’re right. You don’t.”


  • RubberBoots 12/25/2010 7:24pm

    The exstention that Obama signed did nothing for these people. It only allowed recently laid off workers to continue past the regular deadline. I in no way think trading these hostages for a tax break for the rich was a good thing as a matter of fact it was an obvious ploy to keep all of Americans temper down against the rich tax break witch threw our national debt even further to the extreme ringer.

    75 percent of Americans do not even vote even as registered voters.

    I hope this is a wake up call for people in this country to vote, because as you see there are villains in congress that finally 10 or so years ago passed a bill to allow 10,000 factory jobs to move over seas under the bush administration. Bushes comment on this was they couldn’t find people to do these jobs butt C’mon, you know the truth. The truth is he couldn’t find people in America willing to work for 50 cents an hour. Many of these so called 99ers have been working any where from 5 to 45 years.

  • RubberBoots 12/25/2010 7:25pm

    They know what work is and our country let them down.They know how to pay taxes, they know how to struggle and they sure have had to eat some unbearable crap lately. America was built on the working class and that is what actually makes our country strong not wall street so please sign this petition.

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  • sclark113 12/26/2010 12:28am


    An “unemployment fact sheet” has been developed which is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format which is being made available to all from Michael Colliss of ALL247NEWS. This sheet has been formatted for most printers, and also can be forwarded to all people on an individuals email address book. If any reader would like this sheet, simply send an email to mcall247@verizon.net and put “info sheet” in the subject line and you will receive the .pdf file usually within 12 hours. You will also receive a list of suggestions you may want to consider as to how this sheet can be utilized in your own advocacy efforts.

    Send email to: mcall247@verizon.net -- Subject in email “info sheet”

    This is only Step 1 – let’s circle the wagons around the facts – further steps in this effort will be released soon, but this is a great start for being able to help inform the public, the media, and our politicians going forward.

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