No Tier 5 extension yet: Here’s the contact list for senators, reps


As of April 25, 2010 there are no plans in place to extend a fifth tier of unemployment benefits to those exhausting regular and FED-ED emergency payments. If this changes, we will post an update, though as always we recommend that you regularly check the unemployment office associated with your state.

In the meantime, here are the contact lists for United States senators and representatives if you would like to let them know what you are thinking.

From the official United States Senate website, here is the contact information for state senators. Please note that each state handles unemployment insurance benefits slightly differently.

From the official United States House of Representatives website, here is the contact list for representatives from all states.

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  1. I recently ran out of benefits through Edd,had never recieved not one extension.Last check was recieved the first week of June.Now my question is that I recieved a grant for trucking school through the WIA program and my counsler filed extension for me through the EDD.Now I’am worried after recieving notice that I qualified extension till Nov 2010,Later recieved letter stating re-termination due to bill not being signed.Do you think congress will sign the bill?

    • Hello George,

      First, congratulations on following a new path and on receiving a grant. Very best wishes to you for your success!

      My personal opinion is this: Washington will find a way to extend benefits, though it’s all being bogged down because too many politicians want to be known as the One Who Saved America. Thus, there are countless bills and there’s endless filibustering.

      There are rumors that President Obama might sign an Executive Order, but that also depends on where a particular bill stands in the Senate, because of legal issues regarding the balance of power. But it could happen.

      When the Senate returns on Monday, I think some kind of action will be taken towards passing H.R. 5618 because it has the section that stops the “temping penalty,” giving more people the option to accept part-time or temporary work without losing their benefits. My personal opinion is that this is the best back-to-work bill that has come through (and it also drops the hotly-debated weekly $25 stimulus payment), so it has the best chance.

      Thanks for writing, George, and again, please accept my warmest wishes for a prosperous and happy future.

      ~ Anne

  2. I RECENTLY BECAME A 99ER. I WAS HOPING FOR A TIER 5 EXTENSION BUT DO NOT KNOW IF THIS WILL EVER HAPPEN. IHAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIND A JOB FOR ALMOST 2 YEARS. I JUST WISH WHEN THEY PASSED THERE MOST RECENT EXTENSION THEY WOULD HAVE EMPHASIZED THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITHOUT BENEFITS AND WITHOUT JOBS THROUGH NO FAULT OF THERE OWN.

    • Hello, Duane. Thanks for adding your voice.

      There is some talk of the 99-er emergency funding being addressed at the end of the year, but not before it. In the meantime, have you been able to get help through food banks, local clinics and county health links?

      I hope the contact list will help.

      Good luck!

      ~~ Anne

    • Hello, Duane. Here’s some hope for 99ers: https://annemaclachlan.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/alert-tier-five-possible-after-all/

      Senator Stabenow of Michigan is sponsoring S. 3706: The Americans Want To Work Act.

      Good luck!

  3. i have received unemployment through 5th extension and it has been exhausted, now I want to go training school to get better career. is there anywhere i can apply for the tuition waive?

    • Hello Ester,

      Thanks for writing. I’m afraid I don’t have the answer to that question.

      From doing a quick Google search, I do see that states administer tuition waivers differently. In any case, this is not an income, but a waiver; you still need to find the means to pay other bills (as you probably already know very well).

      I would suggest contacting your state’s department of education, and checking with the admissions office of the institution where you would like to study. Most admissions offices are happy to help out potential students, and they are fully informed on all the financial aid available to people in various categories – seniors and veterans, for example. They should also know of some scholarships that are available; these might cover living expenses, books and in some rare cases, more. Often you will need to do your own research to see if you qualify, but they can generally point you in the right direction, at least.

      Don’t forget to check out your local community college. Many are low- or no-cost to residents, and have dedicated faculty who teach valuable certificate classes.

      I hope this has given you a head start. I admire you for taking fresh steps to the future.

      Good luck with your new direction! Please check back, won’t you, and let us know how you’re doing?

      Anne


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