H.R.3404 - Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2009

To amend the Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act and the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for the temporary extension of certain unemployment benefits and the temporary availability of further additional emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes. view all titles (3)

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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 certain unemployment benefits and the temporary availability of further additional emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Popular: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2009 as introduced.
  • Short: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2009 as introduced.

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    dispaced2007 08/06/2009 11:02am

    I wonder where they gather this information for the article “The sad reality is that there are six applicants for every one job that becomes available, leaving the unemployed with literally no recourse to any type of income without the benefit of an extension.”

    I’ve applied for several jobs where I was told 600+ people applied. One of my friends applied for a job and was told 1,400 people applied! A few months ago they were taking applications for part time summer jobs at amusement park, 800 people showed up hoping to get one of the 200 openings.

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    nancym 08/06/2009 5:11pm

    That’s always sounded a little contradictory on the surface, but what they are really saying is that if you suddenly filled every job opening in the country from the pool of jobless, one-sixth of that pool would become employed and the other 5/6 would remain unemployed, hypothetically forever, or until at least one new job opened up.

    But that doesn’t mean that we all have a 1 in 6 chance of getting hired for any particular job, or that there will be only 6 applicants on average for any job. With all the variables in hiring and location and different skill sets and spreading those hire dates over lengthy periods, you can get thousands in line in any particular place, yet still have that 1 in 6 ratio for the total pool of job-seekers nationwide.

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    nancym 08/06/2009 5:11pm

    You can also think of it in terms of probability: If you were able to apply for every single job opening in the country in a single day, and so was everyone else, if all qualifications were equal, you would have a one in six chance of being hired. But that job might be in a chicken factory in your own town or an executive job 2000 miles away.

  • johnj2010 08/04/2009 2:04pm
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    Tony Fratto is a(A@@HOLE,A@@HOLE,A@@HOLE,A@@HOLE,A@@HOLE,A@@HOLE,A@@HOLE,A@@HOLE,)

    Whatever he says in tht article ignore-( http://www.cnbc.com/id/32284041)

    He’s out of a job himself & just looking for publicity Look at his last title(Former Deputy Assistant to President Bush )that should say enough about him!!!

    Dana Perino & Fratto should keep there mouth shut along with Michele “Monica” Malkin

  • johnj2010 08/04/2009 2:22pm


    Contrary to what some right wing zealots have spun on the Sunday talk shows, extending unemployment benefits does not create an “incentive problem” for the unemployed to get a job. The sad reality is that there are six applicants for every one job that becomes available, leaving the unemployed with literally no recourse to any type of income without the benefit of an extension. The national unemployment rate, already the highest it has been since the Reagan Administration, looks to be headed north of 10% in the coming months. Millions of Americans are not sitting home, watching soap operas and eating bon bons because the federal has so generously gifted them with $300 checks once a week on which they rely for sustenance. They are looking for work in an environment where job openings are scarce.

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    marine 08/04/2009 4:21pm

    I agree!

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    jgallop 08/06/2009 4:40am

    “Gifted with checks,” last I knew My employer paid in to this fund with my money, this is not welfare of cash for clunkers for government motors.. This is a fund that is set up for the unemployed, I have lost so much respect for this country, giving money to banks auto co. and the hell with the little working man.

  • 2kgs4 08/04/2009 4:00pm

    This bill needs to be amended as a straight up extension for all states, instead of prolonging the inevitable and waiting for numbers to be manipulated and published. Straight extension seems like a no brainer at this point in the depression…I mean recession.

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    johnj2010 08/04/2009 5:03pm

    This bill needs to be amended as a straight up extension for all states

    Your a 110% correct!! All states should be included same as the last extension 13 weeks acroos the board states with a rate of 9% or higher 7 more weeks!!!

    Ct had no problems with extensions until the 3 month tur of 8% kicked in- Now we are hoping when the numbers come out in August, It’s above 8% so we can get our much needed 7 week extension.


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    Patriots 08/05/2009 2:37pm

    I still think they screwed us last month. We have not been able to verify what Washington said with hours of researching federal regulations. But NELP seems satisfied with what they said, and our Senators never even replied.

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    jgallop 08/06/2009 4:43am

    The jobs aren’t out there. They are building Wind turbine farms around my area , bringing in their own crews and when the turbines quit working ( which is quite often) they wait weeks for parts from GERMANY, give me a break we are all doomed☻

  • bninfl 08/04/2009 8:08pm

    florida—- whats the latest ive been busy trying to consolidate bills, plan for future, look for job etc… too many pages to read thru and i dont like the new light look of this website… anyways whats the latest…. any new extensions? any stimulus checks for us? anything in florida new????? i dont understand this bill either and when would it go into effect, most of us will drain benefits this month from the latest extension

  • MIbumer 08/04/2009 11:29pm

    Patriots posted 8/3/09: Read, and learn the FACTS out there, and please……………………..WAKE THE HELL UP PEOPLE! before it is too late.


    With the United States’s manufacturing base sold out to China & India & other parts of Asia, there is no way this country can any longer create the 20(give or take) million jobs that are needed.

    Here in Michigan for the last Governor’s race, the ’pub’s ran Dick De Vos, trying to claim he was a “job’s creator”…..& while true, the jobs created were in CHINA.

    30 years ago I was reading that the world’s industrial base was moving ever westward. Our time is past, no more mfg. Bit by bit, piece by piece, due to corporate greed, manufacturing moved to those places where a few bucks a day is a living wage. Short of a major technological advance/breakthrough in some area or another & the birth of a new industry, that only we have & keep, the US is obsolete. Corporate America sold the workers down the river for profits.

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    Patriots 08/05/2009 1:00pm

    It’s not too late for people to learn the truth.

  • ronaand 08/05/2009 6:52am

    anyone do the cash for clunker math yet – if there no admin costs associated with the program at an average rebate of $4000, then 250,000 have been processed so far
    with 2 billion in additional funding appropriated, we’re up to an expected 750,000 cars
    given the ownership and gas mileage restrictions of the program (my wife could not trade her honda accord for a hyundai santa fe and get the rebate), are these real numbers?
    what’s the deal with this program?

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    nancym 08/05/2009 8:50am

    Can you clarify your question? Not sure what you are asking. 4k x $750,000 equals 3 billion. I think it was one or two billion originally, then an added 2 billion, right?

  • Patriots 08/05/2009 1:08pm

    I just came from my local gas station. There was a woman with two kids sitting on the hood of her car crying in the 90 degree sun. One of the kids was holding a sign saying “Broke…out of gas…anything will help”

    They lost their apartment when unemployment ran out. They are living in their car now.

    I filled their gas tank and called a friend. His wife came and got them. At least they have a safe place to park and a meal tonight.

    Something better be done soon to help people out here.

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    GonzoFL 08/05/2009 1:26pm

    Bless you and your friends Patriot. I hope your gesture is rewarded 10 fold.

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    Patriots 08/05/2009 2:26pm

    Thank you.

  • GonzoFL 08/05/2009 1:22pm

    The cash for clunkers report I heard the other day said that the dealers had sold appx 129,000 cars under this program. If that’s the case,and it was the question the radio show host was posing,that at $4000 average rebate per vehicle……it didn’t add up to a billion dollars. So….not sure how many cars have really been sold from this deal,but I’m sure we will soon be hearing reports of some of these billions being misappropriated….sigh.

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    Patriots 08/05/2009 1:28pm

    As far as I am concerned, the only ones that program helps is the auto companies that already received billions, and people with a good job that can afford a new car.

    It does nothing to help the people that really need help now.

  • Patriots 08/05/2009 1:22pm

    Fallout Running Out of Options
    For Many Americans, Nowhere to Go but Down

    MIDDLEBURY, Ind. — He sinks into the couch, foot jiggling, his gaze traveling from his wife to the television to the darkness outside, broken now and then by the distant glow of passing headlights.

    His mind settles into another round of “What if?”

    As in: What if we don’t have cash to buy milk, eggs, bread or diapers? What if our unemployment benefits run out? What if we never find jobs?

    And then Scott Nichols thinks of the words he doesn’t want to say, what for him, a 39-year-old husband and father of two, is the option he has hoped to avoid since being laid off nine months earlier.

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    Patriots 08/05/2009 1:23pm
    They already took free food from a church pantry, cardboard boxes filled with Corn Flakes and bologna and saltines, his wife, Kelly, walking in, head down, while he stayed in the car, ashen. They pawned his wedding ring, sold part of her Silver Eagle coin collection and had help from the Salvation Army paying their electric bill. Now another cliff approaches: the loss of the home they rent. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/03/AR2009080302958.html?hpid=artslot
  • ronaand 08/05/2009 1:23pm

    i guess my question is how do they verify the trade-in or is it just a subsidy for the auto industry to boost economic data for a month or two?

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    Patriots 08/05/2009 3:56pm

    It seems to me that because so many people that could afford it took advantage of the free fed. money for a new car, they are making it big publicity, about how their programs are helping us out. I suspect smoke and mirrors myself.

    Who the hell is that helping? I wish I could afford to take advantage of it. We will probably hear about many of those cars being repossessed before too long.

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    HopefromCA 08/05/2009 6:46pm

    First of all, Thanks you for posting what you have the last few days. They have been very interesting to read.

    To answer your question about the Cash for Clunkers, I feel that they are trying to reduce the inventory of the new cars, increase sales taxes for the state, increase the registration fees for the DMV, and possibly give the banks some interest off of the car loans.
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    dispaced2007 08/07/2009 5:33am

    Last night there was a blurb on TV news about “cash for clunkers”, the car sales man had a “cat ate the canary” type happiness, he said they had a very hard time selling cars a few months ago, now the demand for new cars was so great due to the program, they raised the prices of new cars so instead of the dealer getting just $300 profit per car they now get $600 profit per sale.

    It made me sad to hear the car dealers greed was taking advantage of people because car sales were up.

    Once the rebate is over, the dealers lots will fill up with new cars and few will be buying so we’ll be back to square one all over again.

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    dlh 08/07/2009 8:07am

    How sad.. but not surprised. Even though I’m not a huge fan of John McCain, he said a week or so ago, that in the weeks to come things would be “exposed” as to what and were some of this money has gone. I simple don’t believe that 250,000 new cars were sold to “regular” people. I’ll bet we find out some are using these to build smaller car businesses. I hope not, but with your comment above, I wouldn’t be surprised.

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    jgallop 08/07/2009 1:46pm

    dusolace2007 I guess they think we are contagious and we may be.

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    jgallop 08/07/2009 1:49pm

    Instead of the stimulus, rebates, cash for clunkers, rise in food stamps, the help on mortgages etc etc the government should have given the money directly to the tax payers. no brainer

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