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Tier I jobless extension bill presented by Reps. Lee, Scott on 2/9; Jobless advocate Michael Collins passes

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Representatives Lee and Scott will
present a bill to extend Tier I jobless
benefits 14 weeks for all of the long-
term unemployed on 2/9/2011.
For Millions of long-term job seekers across the United States, a first step to draft 14 weeks to the Tier I Emergency Compensation Unemployment Benefit will occur on Wednesday, February 9th, 2011.

The America99ersUnion, an grassroots advocacy group on behalf of the 99ers –long-term unemployed individuals currently exhausted from all state and federal supplemental jobless payments- have worked with the Congressional offices and Congressional Black Caucus Chairperson Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), in their efforts to produce a measure.

An February 2nd announcement on the America99ersUnion website confirmed this information:
"The bill (known as THE EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION ACT) will be reintroduced next week. There will be a Press Conference in Washington, D.C. next Wednesday, February 9th in which they will announce the re-introduction of the bill, which would provide 14 more weeks of UI compensation to 99ers as an extension of Tier 1.
The American 99ers Union has been asked to appear with Rep. Lee and Rep. Scott to speak at the Press Conference. Several 99ers will also be present at the Press Conference, so as to attach faces to those who are suffering throughout America, the longest term unemployed... The 99ers."
One of the major points of contention in previous measures to extend benefits for the long-term unemployed, especially the 99ers, were Republican demands that additional jobless supplemental income payments beyond the point of 99 weeks be paid for out of other areas of the Federal Budget.

A previous measure by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) S.3706-The Americans Want to Work Act, introduced in August 2010, would have created a Tier V benefits by providing up to 20 weeks of unemployment payments and a $1000 tax credit to employers to hire the longest-term unemployed. The measure was blocked by former Senator George Lemieux (R-FL) citing debt concerns ‘on children and grandchildren’.
"Without knowing how much it is going to cost and how we're going to pay for it, while we're all certainly sympathetic and want to work to make people go back to work -- my home state of Florida certainly suffering with very high unemployment -- we need to know how we're going to pay for it so we don't put this debt on our children and grandchildren," Senator LeMieux stated to the Huffington Post.
Since this point, no other legislation has been drafted until the new measure by Reps. Lee and Scott, for exhausted unemployed individuals. This includes the measure President Obama signed on December 17th HR-4853 Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act.  Within this act, now law, payments were not extended for the ‘long-term unemployed’ beyond 73-99 weeks benefit, depended on state unemployment rates.  

Facebook unemployment advocacy groups Extend Unemployment Benefits and 99ers United, both managed by Brian Yeagle, are staging Washington, D.C. Congressional Representatives Call-In Campaign on Tuesday, February 8th, from 9am -6pm, in an effort of gathering support and co-sponsors for the draft legislation to be introduced by Representatives Lee and Scott on Tuesday.
“As a group we are calling HOUSE members in DC to push for an extension of benefits for the 99ers! We need a bill like HR 6556 passed or something like it. (We are) supplying 2 Toll-Free numbers to DC. The numbers are: 1-888-340-6522 and 1-888-245-0215”, noted on the Facebook event page.
Reach Out Job Search webmaster, radio host and advocate for the long-term unemployed MonicaRW will be in attendance at the February 9th, Press Conference, with the American99ersUnion Co-Founder Gregg Rosen Representatives Barbara Lee and Bobby Scott. For Long-Term Unemployed Michiganders’ who prefer to send a message of support for the Tier I 14 weeks extension legislation, can send an e-mail to


Michael Collins (Koliss) an fierce advocate for the long-term unemployed and writer on former All24/ (now, has passed away over the weekend. Unemployed Worker Action Group founder PDS Nickles made the announcement at their website on Saturday, February 5th, 2011. 
"I have just received the news that my friend Michael Colliss has passed away. Say a prayer for him and do your best to honor him by pushing your Congressperson and Senators to add more weeks of UI compensation for the 99ers! I know that this is what he wanted, what he focused most of his time on", PDS Nickles wrote.
"He was a great American, fighting for and doing what he could to help those suffering in this economic disaster", he wrote.
Reach Out Job Search News Blog highly admired the written works of Mr. Collins and referenced them in detail often on our weekly radio show. He was one of the advocates that truly inspirited us with his keen knowledge the of Congressional inter-workings of Washington, D.C., his steadfast stance on providing all the long-term unemployed with benefits and a true job creation program to return them back to work. 

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. Collins family, close friends and others he worked with at the former All24/7News site. His written voice in this fight, will not be forgotten and will be truly missed.

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