This week Congress will consider legislation to reauthorize extended unemployment benefits for the rest of the year. It's going to be an epic fight: Republicans in the Senate will likely do everything they can to stand in the way of a bill projected to add $123 billion to the deficit, forcing Dem leadership to round up a super majority for a last-minute Friday vote before Congress adjourns for its Memorial Day recess.
Too bad the jobs crisis, in a big way, has already left this bill in
the dust. Hundreds of thousands of people have exhausted their extended
unemployment benefits. In some states, laid-off workers can receive
checks for 99 weeks -- and that's all they're going to get. This bill
isn't for the "99ers" and there's no proposal on deck to give them
additional weeks of benefits.
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Long-Term Unemployment: No Help For The 99ers