HR 3404 - Unemployment Extended Benefits

Aug 8, 2009 Full story: About.com 1,123

Representative Jim McDermott, Washington, introduced legislation , H.R. 3404, which would an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits for workers in states where the overall unemployment rate on a three-month rolling average is at or above 9% . In addition, the legislation would continue provisions in the Recovery Act set to expire at the end ...

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Joan from California

United States

#354 Nov 5, 2009
Anyone know anything about a "sunset provision" that might affect this extension? See this article from the Orange County (CA) Register (online):

http://tinyurl.com/73966h
Joan from California

United States

#355 Nov 5, 2009
This is a response to my question on the sunset provision on the forum for HR3548:

JustTheFacts(logged in user) November 5, 2009, 1:14pm (report abuse)
@Joan The only 'sunset' aspect of this bill was a proposed amendment that related to TARP which failed in the Senate. There is no sunset. There is actually an extension of expiration dates from 12/31/2009 to the end of 2010.

Guess we'll just have to wait and see!
Merlina Sacramento CA

Sacramento, CA

#356 Nov 5, 2009
10:35 pst. Politics are so confusing to me, don't understand procedures. Did anyone see what just happened and explain it? Chair said 2/3 affirmed and rules to be suspended to proceed, but McDermott interupted, then chair said postponed. I dont' get it. McDermott is sponsor of bill and supports amended. What just happened?
Merlina Sacramento CA

Sacramento, CA

#357 Nov 5, 2009
10:55 pst. House is now voting on bill.

“Clearwater, Fl ”

Since: Oct 09

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#358 Nov 5, 2009
passed the House
Merlina Sacramento CA

Sacramento, CA

#359 Nov 5, 2009
HR 3548 passed the House 403/12, all 12 nays were Republican. President is to sign by tomorrow.
Let's all celebrate folks!!!
God Bless
Lynn

Brandon, FL

#360 Nov 5, 2009
Thank you all for the updates. And Thank GOD for answered prayers!

“Clearwater, Fl ”

Since: Oct 09

Location hidden

#361 Nov 5, 2009
I heard Obama is to sign it into law tomorrow..........

BUT,then it's up to each state to get their azz in gear to send out the checks,thats gonna be a big problem here in Fl,the state is so slow,good luck to you all.
Merlina Sacramento CA

Sacramento, CA

#362 Nov 5, 2009
From The Hill.com :

Obama set to sign unemployment extension Friday
By Sam Youngman - 11/05/09 03:49 PM ET

President Barack Obama will sign into law on Friday legislation that extends unemployment benefits and continues the $8,000 homebuyer tax credit.

The White House said Thursday, shortly after the House passed the bill, that Obama will sign the bill that "builds on Recovery Act provisions aimed at spurring new job creation."

The Bureau of Labor Statistics will announce what is expected to be an uptick in the national unemployment rate on Friday morning as the number nears Obama's prediction of 10 percent national unemployment by year's end.

The House voted overwhelmingly in favor of the legislation after the Senate passed it on Wednesday.

The measure extends unemployment relief for up to 20 additional weeks and creates a tax cut for struggling businesses in addition to the one-time extension of the homebuyer tax credit, the White House said.
confuse worker

Van Nuys, CA

#363 Nov 5, 2009
I will exhaust my first six months of unemployment on FEB. of 2010. Everything Iíve read indicates that unless you exhaust your first six months by 12/26/09, you donít get the second 6 month extension ??? this doesnít seem to be FAIR for people that just got laid off between July/August of 2009 ícause their unemployment will run out JAN/FEB OF 2010 and wonít qualify for a 1st extension Ö corret me if I m wrong .. did they change the qualify date as well ???
Joan from California

United States

#364 Nov 5, 2009
Total weeks of Federal benefits available to individual states (from NELP):

http://tinyurl.com/yjnc5yn
Jay From CA

Union City, CA

#365 Nov 5, 2009
I am still a bit confused. I am scheduled to run out of my second extension (13 weeks) in mid-January. I've exhausted my initial 26 weeks and then the additional 20 weeks (first extension), and am currently on my second extension. The way the bill is written, will I be able to collect the Fed-Ed extension since my unemployment will run out after the end of the year.

I apologize, but this is a bit too confusing for me.

Thanks in advance.
Joan from California

United States

#366 Nov 6, 2009
Since quite a few people on here live in CA, see the below link for new EDD info:

http://tinyurl.com/ydveued

To: Jay from CA - I think you would be eligible for the 3rd extension (20 weeks).The one that is being signed today is the 4th extension.

Since: Nov 09

Jacksonville, FL

#367 Nov 6, 2009
i feel this is a waste of federal funds some are on their third extension while some are still trying to get the rest of their first initial claim
Joan from California

United States

#368 Nov 6, 2009
from the HR3548 forum on washingtonwatch:

BILLS November 6, 2009, 9:53am (report abuse)
From Unemployed-Friends.org and Opencongres.org :

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2009 (H.R. 3404) would continue most of the EUC provisions into 2010 and extend EUC payments through June 2011. Those provisions include:

Extending eligibility period for EUC Tiers 1 and 2 into 2010 (currently set to expire on December 26, 2009)
Extending cutoff date for the 33 weeks of EUC payments to June 2011 (all EUC payments are set to cease after June 6, 2010)
Continuation of $25-per-week payment originally established by the 2009 stimulus bill
Continued 100-percent federal funding of the Extended Benefit Program (currently set to revert to a 50/50 state/federal split on January 1, 2010)
In addition, H.R. 3404 would provide an additional 13 weeks of EUC (similar to the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act for states with a TUR above 9.5 percent. A similar Senate bill (S.1647) would set eligibility at 8.5 percent.[1]
Joan from California

United States

#369 Nov 6, 2009
President Obama has signed the bill. It will go into effect this Sunday (11/8/09). See below link.

http://tinyurl.com/ykq72df
confuse worker

Van Nuys, CA

#370 Nov 6, 2009
I will exhaust my first six months of unemployment on FEB. of 2010. Everything Iíve read indicates that unless you exhaust your first six months by 12/26/09, you donít get the second 6 month extension ??? this doesnít seem to be FAIR for people that just got laid off between July/August of 2009 ícause their unemployment will run out JAN/FEB OF 2010 and wonít qualify for a 1st extension ???? Since HR 3548 pass...do we have to vote for HR 3404 ? or does HR 3548 include (Extending eligibility period for EUC Tiers 1 and 2 into 2010 (currently set to expire on December 26, 2009)
Extending cutoff date for the 33 weeks of EUC payments to June 2011 (all EUC payments are set to cease after June 6, 2010)???? Please help =)
Joan from California

United States

#371 Nov 6, 2009
From NELP

EXCERPTS:

We've spoken with some key folks in state UI offices throughout the country.

The first payable week of benefits under the new extension is the week ending November 14, 2009.

Benefits would not be legally payable until after that date.

You should also know that as long as you qualify to receive these last tiers of benefits before Dec. 26, 2009, you will be able to collect the full amount of them, even into 2010.

While the entire EUC program has not yet been extended into 2010, you will be "grandfathered" into this last tier of benefits and will receive them in full, so the promise of 14-20 more weeks of benefits is not an illusory one.

Generally, the states are asking that you refrain from calling.

However if you have changed your address since you last filed for benefits, you should contact the state agency right away.

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT:
http://tinyurl.com/y9orsov
Still Confused

Troy, MO

#372 Nov 6, 2009
HELP!

I have been collecting unemployment since March and have exhausted my first 26 weeks. I am currently collecting the (EUC) first extension of 20 weeks which will expire in the second week of Jan of 2010. How does this Bill help me beyond that date? Everything I read says you have to exhaust ALL claims( inital 26 weeks, first extension, second extension etc...)by end DEC of 2009 to continue into new "extensions"........ after my EUC period expires in Jan....what will happen in my situation ? THANKS!
Linda

Roseboro, NC

#373 Nov 7, 2009
I am in the same situation. Quite frankly, the wording seems vague to me regarding eligibility as of Dec. 2009. Does that mean you were eligible for unemployment BY THAT TIME, or you were to have exhausted all extentions by that time? The grandfathering wording makes me lean toward the possibility that we CAN take advantage of this even if we haven't exhausted our respective extensions by Dec. 2009.
Quite frankly, with so many states having different extensions, etc., it's difficult to dictate to an individual what they can expect. Really, go to your state's UE site and see what they have listed there for specifics would be my advice. Some of us just have to sit and wait for that letter, explaining how much we get and for how long.

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