The extensions that have been passed Congress do not provide any additional (new) weeks of unemployment benefits for the long term unemployed (99ers) who have run out of all unemployment benefits.
However, 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.
The best course of action to help get a long term extension passed is to contact your elected officials and ask them to support a long term extension of unemployment benefits:
When You Run Out of Unemployment
There are a variety of other resources available for individuals are running out of unemployment benefits or whose benefits have expired, and for their families. Here's information on what to do when unemployment runs out.
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