99er Bill Re-Introduction: This morning Reps. Barbara Lee and Bobby Scott re-introduced their legislation to extend unemployment insurance for those who have already exhausted it. Lee has offered an estimated cost of the legislation of $16 billion dollars — but there is no official Congressional Budget Office score — this is only an estimate. CLICK to READ: LEE-SCOTT 99ER BILL Bill number is coming… PS: Rep. Scott had to leave this presser early to fight off the GOP’s attempt (H.R. 5) to roll back President Obama’s health care reform law in the House Judiciary Committee. The GOP continues to invest much time in health care as many of the Democrats offer job related legislation.
What the bill does (via Rep. Scott’s office, thanks David…)
- Provides 14 additional weeks of emergency unemployment compensation to Tier I.
- Adding these 14 extra weeks to Tier 1 makes them available for all those who are chronically unemployed, and not just those who are currently collecting unemployment benefits from a “high unemployment state.”
- The additional benefit will be available for all unemployed persons who have exhausted their benefits as well as those who will be unemployed this year.
- This unemployment compensation expansion is similar to the expansion that was passed and signed into law in November 2009 which provided an additional week of benefits to Tier II.