UPDATE 6/29/10: New hope? S.3520: Extension may come in stand-alone bill
UPDATE 6/23/10: H.R. 4213: Keeping an eye on the senate. A cloture vote may occur by end of day Thursday, June 24.
UPDATE 6/7/10: Please note that H.R. 4851 extended benefits into May; the new debate, H.R. 4213, is whether the eligibility for extensions and other provisions can continue through November. H.R. 4213 discussion this week; no fifth tier before year’s end
RELATED POST On hold: H.R.4213: Hope for UI deadline extension, relief from ‘temping penalty’
H.R.4213 would extend benefits through the end of 2010 but does not add a fifth tier. It is tabled until the House and Senate return the second week of June.
RELATED SUMMARY 4/17/10: California EDD and H.R. 4851 filing extension (NOT Tier 5)
Deatils on H.R. 4851 below:
UPDATE 4/15/10 OpenCongress.org is providing updated info on the status of H.R.4851 – Continuing Extension Act of 2010, which would extend the now-expired filing deadline to apply for continued unemployment insurance.
Per the Senate Floor Log “If action is not completed on the bill during Thursday’s session, a cloture vote on the Baucus substitute amendment will occur on Friday morning.”
UPDATE 4/15/10 3:39 p.m. PST: “Under a previous unanimous consent agreement, the Cloture Motion on H.R. 4851 (Continuing Extension Act of 2010) is withdrawn.
H.R. 4851 (Continuing Extension Act of 2010) as amended. Yeas and nays ordered. The bill as amended passed by a vote of 59-38.”
Here’s the Senate Page roll call list and results.
The above should be your best links to keep abreast of the updates.
UPDATE 4/12/10 via New York Times: by Carl Hulse: Senate Agrees to Temporary Jobless Benefits Extension
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Monday agreed to consider a temporary extension of unemployment benefits after four Republicans joined Democrats in voting to debate the proposal, which has become the focus of an intensifying fight over deficit spending.
Despite objections from conservative Republicans, the Senate voted 60 to 34 to move ahead with a measure that would keep checks flowing to jobless Americans who are exhausting their benefits and maintain federal subsidies for health insurance for the unemployed. The measure must clear other procedural hurdles, but Democrats hope to win its approval this week.
The article points out that the bill could still be challenged. Still, with the addition of four Republican supporters, things are looking a bit more hopeful for the newest extension to be activated.
According to the NY Times, the bill would extend benefits through early May, affecting up to 400,000 whose benefits had been cut off or for whom deadlines are looming this week.
There are so many subjunctives in use on the California Employment Development Department’s Web site these days that it’s hard to get beyond “possibly.”
According to the California EDD page regarding the extension of Federal Extended Duration (or FED-ED) benefits, anyone exhausting benefits after Monday, April 5 is ineligible for further federal unemployment insurance, at least for now.
For Californians, that means anyone laid off or whose claim began after the end of September is unable to claim a federal extension because the deadline to file was Monday. If your 26-week claim ends after that, there is currently no further (Tier 5, it would be if it existed) extension, though you might qualify for a separate federal claim.
The EDD has addressed these concerns on their site but does not offer a great deal of optimism. It is strongly recommended that you read this page to see where you may fall in terms of deadline and extension dates. Some excerpts:
The U.S. Congress is on recess and is not scheduled to return until April 12, 2010 to address the filing deadlines for federal extensions of Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.That means the upcoming filing deadlines on extensions remain unchanged for now. While the immediate effect on the 1.5 million people currently claiming UI benefits in California is limited due to some continuation of benefits in most cases, the impact could become much greater if Congress does not act as soon as it returns.
For the More Recently Unemployed
Someone who receives their last payment on their regular UI claim for a week that ends after Saturday, March 27, 2010 will not be eligible to start one of the four federal extensions currently available because the filing deadline for the first extension in the chain is Sunday, March 28, 2010. Such a situation would apply to someone who started a typical 26-week regular state claim any time after September 20, 2009.
However, even after that date, someone could still possibly qualify for the separate FED-ED extension of benefits if they haven’t already collected on this special extension. Learn more about the FED-ED extension program which provides up to 20 weeks of additional benefits. A FED-ED extension on top of a regular state UI claim (up to 26 weeks) brings the maximum total of benefits available to 46 weeks if the individual is prevented from qualifying for the other federal extensions. [Here’s Why felt a soaring hope at this point, which was shot down in the excerpt below under “For Those Already on a Federal Extension”.]
It is possible though that if federal filing deadlines and 100% federal financing are not extended, rules governing the FED-ED extension program will reduce the total benefits available from 20 weeks to 13 weeks. That could occur after Saturday, April 17, 2010. Because of this rapidly developing situation, you are encouraged to closely monitor this EDD Web site for the latest updates.
For Those Already on a Federal Extension
Since no revision on the filing deadlines for the federal extensions is expected at least for a few more weeks, the filing deadline for beginning a second, third, or fourth federal extension remains Sunday, April 4, 2010. On that day, whatever extension an unemployed worker is on, they will be able to continue to collect the benefit weeks associated with that extension. However, they will not be able to file for any further extension of benefits unless Congress is able to quickly extend the filing deadlines. That in essence would limit the total number of benefit weeks available to unemployed workers.
There’s much more, so please do check the entire page to see where you might fall.