UPDATE 6/18/10 For CA recipients of unemployment insurance, an announcement and clarification from EDD regarding immediate FED-ED stoppage as well as information regarding continuing befefits for those who are currently on one of the four tiers. No other news on deadline extensions is available as of this week.
UPDATE 6/17/10 Cumbersome H.R. 4213 is not doing well, but is not dead yet. Only part of the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act deals with extending the deadlines to apply for benefit extensions, the COBRA subsidy and the continuation of the weekly $25 stimulus payment included in relief checks. The rest of the bill is up for equally heated debate (see link to amendments and votes in body of post below), much of which is focused on how to pay for the proposals.
Please check the links below to keep abreast of what is happening.
UPDATE 6/10/10 via OpenCongres.org: Latest actions on H.R.4213 – American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010
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The Senate is anticipating action this week on H.R. 4213. There’s a lot crammed into this bill. Take a look at the number of amendments under discussion to get an idea of why this sort of issue takes so long. (If this link does not work, go to the Bill Summary & Status page and click the amendments link.)
One of the compromises in the jobs section of H.R. 4213 is to extend eligibility to apply for currrent tiers only through November instead of December. Still under impassioned debate is the question of how financial support for the unemployed will be funded. This aid includes 65% COBRA subsidies and the $25 weekly stimulus payments that have been added to unemployment insurance checks.
No fifth tier before year’s end
Adding extra weeks, or a fifth tier of extensions, for 99ers is highly unlikely at this point. According to a report by Huffington Post last week, “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Congress will not take up any measure to give the long-term jobless more weeks of unemployment benefits beyond the 99 weeks available in some states.”
It has been suggested, however, that the addition of a fifth tier might be addressed near the end of this year. According to various reports, much will depend on whether the economy has shown significant improvement by then.