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Legislation[ edit ] Legislation to extend unemployment benefits had been blocked from coming to a vote on the floor of the Senate through minority Republican filibuster or holds.
This began in February with the block of an unemployment benefit funding bill vote for already authorized and granted unemployment checks for those who had not exhausted their benefits by a single Senator, Jim Bunning R-KY.
Bunning's position was that he wanted the bill paid for out of previously allocated funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of Senators who did not initially support Bunning's position since used this argument to block or delay votes on unemployment extensions that could not achieve a supermajority to reach the floor for a vote.
This gave the Senate its 60th vote for the legislation and the funds were released to the states to pay unemployment compensation to those who were eligible and who had not yet exhausted benefits as of July The bill was referred to the Senate Finance Committee prior to the Senate breaking for their summer vacation: The bill has an unemployment rate threshold of 7.
Creating an additional tier of benefits for those who have exhausted their unemployment insurance. Doubles the general business tax credit to encourage businesses to hire the hardest hit Americans.
Tier 5 Unemployment Insurance Under S. Provides 20 weeks of additional unemployment insurance for states with 7. This tier will benefit the people who have exhausted all of their benefits. Would apply retroactively to everyone who has exhausted all of their previous tiers in recent months.
However, benefits would not be paid retroactively. He or she would not, however, be paid out for the three months in which no benefits were received.
If a claimant is going to exhaust benefits in two weeks, he or she will move right onto Tier 5 and receive 20 weeks of benefits.
People who are unemployed still need to meet current UI law requirements such as job searches. The bill is co-sponsored by Representatives Michael F. But in a labour market like this it's not going to make them more likely to find a job because the jobs aren't there.
This is a departure from how unemployment benefits have been funded in the past. Republicans have countered the Bush tax cuts are stimulative and therefore do not require funding. Orrin Hatch proposed an amendment that would require unemployment beneficiaries to pass a drug test to qualify for programs: I will say to them now, may God have mercy on your souls.
Nobody likes that, but it may be one of the tough love things that has to happen. The jobs are there, but if we keep extending unemployment, people are just going to sit there.
Unemployment benefits make people lazy? Not so, where she reported how the economist Mark Zandi cited the lack of available jobs  in response to a statement by Senator Judd Gregg R-NH that unemployment benefits discouraged the unemployed from looking for work.
Each unemployed person has a 'reservation wage' — the minimum wage he or she insists on getting before accepting a job. In Septemberthe private sector added 64, jobs.
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