Unemployment Extension 101: What You Need to Know

July 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Economic Justice, Recent Blog Posts

This week the U.S. Senate finally passed the unemployment extension. It was quickly signed into law by President Obama. A quick recap from the Christian Science Monitor includes info on who is and who isn’t eligible, how long the extension is, and how Congress will pay for it.

Because it is categorized as “emergency spending,” it is not subject to congressional pay-go rules. Budget items subject to pay-go rules must have a predetermined funding source in order to be passed. However, the $34 billion will have effects that might help curb its impact on the federal budget deficit, which was projected at $1.6 trillion in February.

“Much if not all of the money will be spent, which increases economic activity,” explains Stanley Collender, a budget expert at Qorvis Communications in Washington. “And the budget deficit is probably shrinking, not growing, because we’ve gotten more of the TARP money back and corporate profits have been higher than anticipated,” says Mr. Collender, who expects the deficit will actually come in closer to $1.3 trillion this year.

The article is thorough and factual, but it leaves out the human aspect of the legislation, i.e., “with so many Americans out of work and with no jobs available, how are people supposed to take care of their families?” and “How can anyone vote against it?”

Here’s how your Tennessee delegation voted:

Senator Lamar Alexander (R, TN) – No
Senator Bob Corker (R, TN) – No

Rep. Phil Roe [R, TN-1] – No
Rep. John Duncan [R, TN-2] – No
Rep. Zach Wamp [R, TN-3] – Abstain
Rep. Lincoln Davis [D, TN-4] – Yes
Rep. Jim Cooper [D, TN-5] – No
Rep. Barton Gordon [D, TN-6] – Yes
Rep. Marsha Blackburn [R, TN-7] – No
Rep. John Tanner [D, TN-8] – Yes
Rep. Steve Cohen [D, TN-9] – Yes

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7 Responses to “Unemployment Extension 101: What You Need to Know”
  1. Eykis says:

    While I appreciate this information – I am wondering if anyone has been able to get answers from the TNDOL as to whether they are eligible for benefits after Tier 3? I live in Ashland City, Tennessee.

    I have spent hours dialing telephone numbers to the state, most of which are “busy” and emails go unanswered.

    If anyone knows when these checks are to go out or at LEAST the letters saying when they checks are going out it would be very helpful.

  2. JOHN LEAHY says:

    THOSE WHO VOTED NO TO THE UNEMPLOMENT EXTENSION DON’T CALL LOOKING FOR VOTES,CAUSE WHAT YOU DID IS LET PEOPLE GO WITHOUT NEEDS,AND FUNDED A WAR IN ANOTHER WORLD,DOES THAT MAKE SINCE.

  3. Ken James says:

    i get so disgusted at people saying these senators voted “NO” to increasing the deficit. The Democrats said “No” to using money that was already there. It is false to say the GOP doesn’t want to help. The Democrats don’t want to yield on a F***ing thing and then want to blame the GOP. I am also unemployed but if you think the government spending money like a drunken sailor will do any good in getting you a job, you are sadly mistaken. Keep pulling that D lever and things will never get better for any of us. There is no golden goose people. Wake up. This government wants you dependent on them so you will continue to vote for them. And judging by the letters I see on sites like this, it’s working very well. Let’s see, they got the Hispanics, they got the unions, they have the African-Americans, they got the educators, the got the government workers, and now they got the unemployed. Their voter base just keeps getting bigger and those who pay the bills keep getting smaller.

  4. Steven says:

    how in the heck do i get my unemployment tho i know that they have passed this but i havent gotten a check in weeks now i dunno what to do they keep saying i am spose to get a letter in the mail but still havent gotten it yet and i cant find a job been looking everywheres no one is hiring around here but they sure are laying off left and right and going out of business :(

  5. BIll says:

    I would like to see Marsha Blackburn or Lamar Alexander be looking and submitting their resumes for a job and see what kind of response or lack of they get. No one being out of work wants to be out of work. Ask Marsha or Lamar or Bob (Corker) if they could survive on what unemployment pays? They all spend and live more affluently in one day than what one week of unemployment pays. If Lamar, Marsha and Bob all think cutting off unemployment is going to make a difference, then come up with what the solution is to getting the jobs either reinstated and created and people hired and don’t just sit back and critize the spending. Oh and stop the political posturing – this isn’t about what party you represent, this is about the people you represent – behave and act responsibily to the people who elected you!! Trust me, we will remember you when elect time comes!

  6. Vickey Shepard says:

    The extension of unemployment benefits needs to be approved without question. The people who are on unemployment DO NOT WANT TO BE! If there were jobs out here, everyone would be working just like they have been all their lives. No one would choose being unable to feed the family, pay the light bills, make excuses for why you can’t take care of your family. The children of these families are being deprived of everyday needs. This country is better than this. If we can give bonuses to the ceo’s of these companies that we bailed out with the stimulus dollars, we can certainly take care of our own who are victims of the misdeeds of all these major companies. Get real and approve the extension of unemployment benefits.

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