S.1647 - Assistance for Unemployed Workers Extension Act

A bill to provide for additional emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes. view all titles (2)

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  • Official: A bill to provide for additional emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: Assistance for Unemployed Workers Extension Act as introduced.

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  • NoGoodOnesLeft 08/17/2009 4:19am

    I support this bill but it needs to be amended to an extension for all states. There are long-term unemployed people in every state who are unable to get jobs. A state’s rate going up slower only means there a fewer people being laid off now. The fact that it is going up proves that no new jobs are being created for the people who need them.

  • VLeichsenring 08/18/2009 12:12pm

    Being unemployed for two years has got to be one of the worst things that could possibly happen to a citizen of the United States. In a country where prosperity has always been a bragging right and a nation whose Declaration of Independence contains the famous phrase “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” as three of its natural and legal rights, has now ended up becoming a nightmare for a lot of us Americans. Unemployment is no longer a temporary setback; it is a disease that is sweeping across this country like a cancer. If you tell another human being that you are unemployed they may take a step away from you or knock on wood as if it is a contagious disease.

  • VLeichsenring 08/18/2009 12:12pm

    We as American citizens want to work and support ourselves so that we may pursue the American dream. It is our legal right! We have had that right taken away (through no fault of our own) by a government that fails to address the issues that keep us unemployed and issues that induce unemployment. Issues like creating good paying jobs, companies that send our work overseas, illegal’s entering our country taking jobs from its citizens. As long as my government fails to address these issues that keep American citizens unemployed, the government that I elected, needs to keep extending unemployment benefits to those who are in need.

  • unemployed2007 08/18/2009 1:34pm

    This is a better bill than HR 3404. However, I agree with NELP, we need at least 10 weeks for all states and up to 20 for higher unemployment states. Per even the administration,Unemployment will continue to rise for an extended period of time.

    Contact your legislators here:


  • NoGoodOnesLeft 08/19/2009 2:51am

    At a minimum, they need to change the 3 month average to be 8% to qualify. Currently, this 8.5 only makes 3 more states eligible. 8% would make 12 more states eligible. More might be eligible either way when the figures are released on Friday.

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    NoGoodOnesLeft 08/19/2009 2:54am

    And according to the Federal EB law, 8% is considered “high unemployment.”

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    embagel 08/19/2009 4:11am

    It seems that as the numbers of unemployed have grown the level of unemployment to be considered ‘high unemployment’ has also grown. Back 1 1/2 years ago 6% was considered high unemployment. Then it was 8% that was considered high unemployment. Now it’s being pushed up to as much as 9% in the house bill to provide a third tier of benefits. I would think that if 6% was considered ‘high unemployment’ at the beginning of this economic mess that 6% should still be considered ‘high unemployment’.

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    NoGoodOnesLeft 08/19/2009 5:07am

    I agree which is why I think this should just be changed to an extension for all states. If they won’t do that, then they could at least stick with the EB rule of 8% for getting the extra weeks.

  • canalguyopen 08/19/2009 6:30am
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    Forget the other states, in my opinion Rhode Island is the only one that should matter at this point. there are people dying out there. literaly.
    Rhode Island should be priority number one!

  • mike40 08/19/2009 8:04am

    This bill S1647 is for all states not just RI (would never pass if that was the case) senator Reed of RI is the sponsor of it thats all.
    I wrote to my NJ senators Menendez and Lautenberg to get this bill passed. Senator Menendez is on the Senate Finance Committee where S1647 sits now (the first step) and from what I read “The majority of bills and resolutions never make it out of this committee” and they have a very long list of bills to go through besides S1647. This is the time to push this bill for when they come back (congress) on Sept 8th, no delay we need this to continue on fast in the legislative process. Do email,write,call your senators to keep this bill moving forward..there are 13 Democrat and 10 Republican senators on the Finance committee so it should continue on with no problems if we all get our message to them.

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    NoGoodOnesLeft 08/19/2009 8:52am

    Yes, we need it to pass but we also need it changed to include more, if not all, states.

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    mike40 08/19/2009 9:30am

    I agree..all these bills are for all states in our nation..but not all states can get these extended benefits due to their states TUR..its really wrong to me to not let all the unemployed of states with low TUR’s not receive extended benefits..they are unemployed just like others makes no difference where you live..very wrong to do this to people in need of help.

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    NoGoodOnesLeft 08/19/2009 9:38am

    That is what I keep trying to point out. Just because a state’s rate is lower doesn’t mean anything. The fact that their rate is staying the same or going up slowly proves that there aren’t any jobs!

  • NoGoodOnesLeft 08/20/2009 4:38am

    MA’s rate went up to 8.8 from 8.6 and 8.3 before that. That means MA should qualify for this bill. But not the other one.

  • ohionoeb 08/20/2009 7:37am

    General Motors/Gov. Motors announces a new 300 million transmission Plant to be open in MEXICO…

    On Aug. 11 he inaugurated a new, $300 million General Motors (GM) transmission plant in San Luis Potos that will provide 350 much needed jobs in a country whose economy is expected to shrink nearly 8%


    UNBELIEVABLE.. What about JOBS for Americans!!!!!

  • ohionoeb 08/20/2009 7:38am

    Cash transfers sent home by millions of Mexicans working in the U.S fell 11% in the first five months of the year, to $9.2 billion.

    Mexico sends more than 80% of its exports to the U.S.. auto parts manufacturing and automobile assembly ..


    So, we send our jobs over to there.. then they sell them back to us ..then they come over here by the Millions to work and send their $$ back to Mexico..

    Is it any wonder we don’t have jobs for Americans..MAKES ME SICK….

  • NoGoodOnesLeft 08/20/2009 11:47am

    I don’t know if this is old news but it had today’s date on it.

    Granholm calls for extension to unemployment benefits

  • NoGoodOnesLeft 08/24/2009 4:56am

    Now that the new average figures are out, 4 more states would qualify for this bill and not the other one. Arizona, Massachusetts, New York and West Virginia.

  • canalguyopen 08/25/2009 9:22am

    By the time they get off their ass and back to work and vote our homes will already be gone.

  • cowboybill117 08/25/2009 2:05pm

    This bill should already be law. People can not look for work when they are looking for their next meal and have no place to live. I can not believe that this country has forgotten it’s people,in favor of people overseas.Stop sending our money to other countries until the American people are working again.I am 66 years old,retired and army vet.I will be on the street the end of sept.because my age is to old for most employers.America is self destructing with this new Congress.

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    katydid51 09/15/2009 7:59am

    Yes, cowboybill, I know the feeling. There are very few (if any) employers who are going to hire us “older” workers, when they can choose from thousands of twenty & thirty-somethings. I am 57, so won’t be eligible for SS for quite some time. I have been unemployed for two years (live in the Detroit area – ‘nuf said!). My unemployment benefits ran out today – I have exhausted all extensions. Without this new extension, I don’t know how I will keep things going.
    The Congress needs to understand that millions of people without unemployment will mean that thousands of companies will have no business as the unemployed with no benefits will not be purchasing groceries, clothing, services (dentists, dry cleaning) and they will turn down their heat to bare minimum. What does the Congress think will happen to the economy once millions exhaust benefits and quit spending that money?
    It makes no sense to squash these bills (HR3548 & S1647).

  • ohionoeb 09/09/2009 8:51am

    Thank-you for this information that you posted on HR 3404 today,


    Tuesday, Sep. 15, 2009

    10:00 am
    Hearings to examine unemployment insurance benefits.

  • NoGoodOnesLeft 09/09/2009 8:52am

    Why do more people support HR3404 than this bill? This bill helps 4 more states and is on the Senate committees calendar for 9/15 but 3404 isn’t even scheduled yet.

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    ohionoeb 09/09/2009 9:15am

    Good Question ..No logic to it ..I have just voted “Support for this Bill”

    The more Unemployed that comes here.. the higher the support will go ..

  • yankees2009 09/09/2009 9:06am

    people we must call and email and pester our reps in the senate to get this thing moving. its not enough that its on the schedule (although its a start), we must press this forward and let these folks in washington that the unemployment crisis is this country is real and people need help. keep calling and emailing. these people work for YOU.

  • NoGoodOnesLeft 09/09/2009 9:17am

    In MA, I only have Kerry and I don’t think anyone there even reads his e-mails. With 6867, he never even responded to all my e-mails. At least Kennedy did even if it was a lot of hoopla that didn’t really say anything. Yes, I’ve e-mailed Reid and Pelosi, too.

  • ohionoeb 09/09/2009 9:40am

    At the top of this page is a link to your Senators..Click on it and go to the Senators of your State .. It will have their e-mail address and phone #..Please e-mail and call.. Here is the one for Ohio ..

    Official website:

    455 Russell Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510

    Phone: 202-224-2315
    Fax: 202-228-6321

  • ohionoeb 09/09/2009 9:43am


    You can also try Senator George Voinovich.. but he always votes DOWN Unemployment Benefits ..Thank Goodness he is retiring in 2010..

    Official website:

    524 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510

    Phone: 202-224-3353
    Fax: 202-228-138

  • NoGoodOnesLeft 09/09/2009 9:53am

    ohioneb, have you ever been to Washington Watch? It is the same thing over there about these 2 bills. Everyone is on 3404 and hardly anyone has gone to 1647. In fact, 1647 has 59% against it in the voting. I’m trying to convince everyone over there to go to 1647, too, but man, are they stubborn.

  • ohionoeb 09/09/2009 9:59am

    I have been to Washington Watch 1 time ..(the other day when it was posted here) ..about someone that was “paste n copy” stuff from there to here ..That site reminded me of what was going on here last Sept-Nov ..

    but I will take a swing over there now ..

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