If you are reading this, you are likely one of the millions of Americans who are seeking good information on the important Tier 5 situation. Below, we provide an update on previous proposals, as well as a recent proposal.
- Is a Tier 5 unemployment extension still on the table?
- Is Congress paying attention to the 99ers?
- What are the current Tier 5 proposals?
If implemented, a Tier 5 would add additional weeks of unemployment benefits. To date, the previous extensions passed by Congress (including the December 2010 extension) have only extended eligibility for existing tiers, enabling you to receive up to a maximum of 99 weeks in most states. These extensions have helped millions, but have not provided any additional weeks for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have already exhausted their benefits.
Americans Want to Work Act
Introduced by Senator Stabenow of Michigan, this bill would provide the following:
- An additional 20 weeks of benefits for people who have had their benefits expire, as long as the unemployment rate in your state is at least 7.5%.
- It would offer businesses a $2,000 tax break for hiring workers who have exhausted unemployment benefits.
As proposed, the bill would offer eligiblity retroactively, meaning that if you have already finished your previous tiers in recent months, you would still be eligibile.
Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act
Introduced by Representative Berkley of Nevada, this is similar, but would apply to fewer states.
- Would provides an additional 20 weeks of benefits for people who have had their benefits expire, as long as the unemployment rate in your state is at least 10%.
Only a handful of states would meet the 10% unemployment rate threshold.
Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) have been working on a new bill that would help the 99ers. The proposal contains the following provisions:
- Provides 14 additional weeks of emergency unemployment compensation in Tier 1.
- These additional weeks will be available for those who have exhausted all their benefits (99ers and other exhaustees) as well as those who will be unemployed this year.
- This extension would be similar to the November 2009 extension, which provided additional weeks of benefits to Tier 2.
- Adding these extra weeks in Tier 1 makes them available for all long-term unemployed and not only those who live in a “high unemployment state.”
The latest that we have heard is that further discussions are likely to take place in early March.
- What do you think about Tier 5?
- How many weeks should be added?
- Can Congress reach a solution?
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