Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has introduced the Americans Want to Work Act. This legislation would create an additional tier (Tier 5) of unemployment benefits for those (known as the 99ers) who have exhausted their unemployment insurance benefits.
In addition, the legislation would cut taxes for businesses that hire new workers who have been looking for work. The bill is cosponsored by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Harry Reid (D-NV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Carl Levin (D-MI), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chris Dodd (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).
If passed The Americans Want to Work Act will provide 20 additional weeks of unemployment insurance for individuals in states with an unemployment rate of 7.5% or higher. This new tier 5 would benefit people who have exhausted all of their benefits, which is 99 weeks in high unemployment states.
In order to receive this tier, individuals would still need to meet regular unemployment insurance law requirements.
The best course of action to help get tier 5 unemployment benefits passed passed is to contact your elected officials and ask them to support a long term extension of unemployment benefits:
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