Unemployed 99ers are told 'NO' in President Obama compromise with the GOP

Chicago JwJ at the Unemployment OfficeImage by Jobs with Justice via Flickr
The 99ers, unemployed job seekers
were not included with President
Obama's 'compromise' with the GOP
As news is still breaking on the unemployment extension ‘compromise’ of President Obama and the Republicans, it appears the ‘99erswere not included in the deal.

First, let us to confirm who and what the 99ers are and are not. The 99ers are unemployed American Job Seekers who have EXHAUSTED all forms of jobless benefits extensions. 


These 6 Million and growing jobless individuals have been without any form of supplemental income payments since April 30, 2010. The 99ers are  those who were NOT included in the reported President Obama ‘compromise deal' with Republican Senate and House leadership. 


Two  Million job seekers unemployment benefits were exhausted on November 30th.  This group is the ones that were included in the 'compromise deal' with the GOP.

Unless Congress passes one of the two pending pieces of legislation, S.3981 or HR-6419, unemployed job seekers in the above 'compromise' group,  will complete receiving the supplemental income payments up to December 31, 2010.

It is imperative to understand who the 99ers are and who they are not. President Obama appears to recognize the difference in these groups of American job seekers by the statement he realized during his Press Conference on the ‘compromise deal’ on December 4th, reported by Politico.

Obama chastised liberals who he said would rather have the Bush cuts expire at the end of the year than compromise, calling on them to legislate for working families instead of waging symbolic fights in Washington.

“As sympathetic as I am to those who prefer a fight over compromise, as much as the political wisdom may dictate fighting over solving problems, it would be the wrong thing to do,” Politico reported President Obama stated.

One of the only ways that the Exhausted 99ers could have been included in the ‘compromise deal’ of President Obama with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and after January 2011 upcoming House Speaker John Bohener (D-OH), is that the 13 months of negotiated unemployment benefits include an additional four weeks of payment for the 99ers. 

No media resources have reported to date that his type of ‘deal’ was reached in the White House negotiation process.

All 24/7 News.com writer Michael Colliss, a top writer on unemployment issues, confirmed in a December 6th article that an extension for the 99ers was not on the Presidential agenda within deal terms for allowing for a two year tax cuts for those earning over $250,000 a year, including very wealthy tax earners.

“As unemployment activists became aware of the terms of the supposed deal, which apparently will not include a Tier V or other expansion of weeks many expressed disbelief bordering on anger”, writer Michael Colliss stated.

Mr. Colliss was also one of the first media resources this evening to confirm that there is no 'Tier V' unemployment extension, at all, in this 'deal'.
"There is no expansion of federal unemployment extensions via a Tier V or addition of more weeks.", reported on All 24/7 News.com.
The Americans Want to Work Act-S.3706, sponsored by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) is the only legislation that addresses job creation, tax credit and an extension of a ‘Tier V’ unemployment benefit. Precisely, Senator Stabenow’s bill would offer up to a $2000 tax credit for employers that hire the longest term unemployed.  Additionally, the measure would provide up to 20 weeks of supplemental income payments to the ‘99er’ group.

An up or down vote on the bill was blocked on September 28th, after a stand-alone filibuster by Senator George LeMieux (R-FL), citing deficit concerns. Ironically, it is estimated that the compromise with Republicans will add 1 Trillion dollars to the $13.7 Trillion dollar deficit. 

What are your thoughts on this article? If you are a 99er, are you disappointed in President Obama leaving out any 'deal' for the America's Longest-Term job seekers? Feel free to comment on this story, below!
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