The current Extended Benefits law, was not written to deal with with such a long period of high unemployment over so many years. This is why the EB program has been "triggered OFF" in every state over the past year. We still have high unemployment with little year to year change. Our rates now would "trigger ON" the EB program again in almost all states, when compared to the unemployment rate just prior to start of the "financial meltdown/economic recession/downturn".
But, instead the law was only been updated in 2010 to "look back" three years to compare UI rates for triggering ON/OFF these vital benefits (that most people never got access to because the law was written to pay EUC08 before EB, usually forcing the claimant to lose EB entitlement entirely over multiple benefit years that otherwise had eligibility). It is now 2013 and the UI rate continues to reflect the same economic conditions that the law fails to take into account.
Originally the EB program was meant to cover a two year "recession" or less. This is reflected in the law by the "two year look-back trigger", which is how States know to turn ON or OFF the EB Program during a "recession or sever economic downturn". The "trigger" compares the Unemployment Rate from the past two years, to the present day and will either trigger ON or OFF depending on this unemployment data.
In December of 2010, Congress recognized that two years was not enough given our high rates of sustained unemployment. So they extended the trigger to three years.
But, Congress has barely kept up with our Economic Problems that have far exceeded everyone's worst fears. It is 2013, and Congress allowed the EB program to expire, State by State, through most of 2012 despite Economic Warnings that have come true. This has led to the year long extension of the EUC08 program (with all its unresolved flaws), through the end of 2013, but NO consideration has been given to the Extended Benefits program, which has suffered from being stuck with the same "three year look-back trigger" that they extended in 2010 but have not looked at again since then despite a great need from them to do so.
We the People, should not let bitter congressional partisan politics, and their total detachment from our day to day fears, needs and struggling realities, keep us from petitioning them to make a logical change to the law that they already have examined at least once during our economic woes.
They should have addressed this issue with the extension of the EUC08 program, but recent partisan matters surrounding the "Fiscal Cliff Fiasco", have shown how lacking our congressional representatives are. They should have examined our economic situation much more thoroughly, but instead are too busy with partisan infighting to do right by the rest of citizens of this country.
Ask Congress to amend the Extended Benefits Law, to address the EB Program "look-back trigger anomaly", so that these important benefits may once again be "triggered ON", to help to speed up our too slow Recovery Efforts.
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