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Petitioning The U.S. Senate

Establish eligibility for Emergency Unemployment Compensation Tier I, II, III and IV

This is a petition to extend benefits and urging the senate to pass laws to create jobs

Letter to
The U.S. Senate
We, florida families on umemployment want to share with you our struggles so you can understand how being denied unemployment hurts families.We are urging you to extend benefits for all tiers and help pass bills which help create jobs.

Amy Rogers never thought she'd be out of work for this long, especially with a Master's degree.

But it's been a year and a half now, and still, she says, there's nothing.

"Ordinarily, the field of social services has plenty of jobs to be had, but what with everything scaling back, no body's hiring," Rogers said.

After she lost her job, she and her 9-year old son lost their home. Now, she worries, her benefits may be gone too.

"I've got at least one more two-week check coming, but I don't know if there's more coming after that," she said.

Amy Rogers is not the only one worried. More than 200,000 people will lose their unemployment benefits this week. That's because Congress failed to extend the federal program which provides them, before taking a two-week recess.

"It's going to be real bad here because the unemployment's going to run out this week," said Pamela Jones, who says her husband is losing his benefits. He lost his job two years ago, then she says his health made a turn for the worse.

Now she is not sure what will become of them.

"I don't know what we're going to do. We just go day by day and hope that some good will come out. Friends have helped us here and there," Jones said.

Amy Rogers and her son have relied on the kindness of others too. But after a year and a half, they say it's not easy, and without benefits, it may soon get even harder.

"You just have to get back up and keep going. Of course having a child is a big motivator also," she said.


The impasse means thousands of people will begin to lose jobless benefits when a current extension of unemployment insurance expires on April 5.Both political parties in Washington are playing a shameless political game forcing hundreds of thousands of Americans hardest hit by the lingering recession to suffer more.

Extended unemployment benefits expired Monday for thousands of people still out of work because the Senate went on its traditional spring break without approving yet another one-month extension of the program for those who have been unemployed the longest.

Please do not allow our benefits to be held hostage by lone Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. Coburn says he is refusing to vote for the measure because it adds to the national debt. There is no revenue stream or matching budget reduction to pay for the insurance benefit extension.

The hanging vote is nothing but a cheap and insincere ruse. His stunt is similar to an earlier one in February by Ken. Sen. Jim Bunning, another Republican. Neither of these two lawmakers were upset when Congress agreed to continue funding losing wars in the Middle East using borrowed sums of money that make these $10 billion extensions pale in comparison.

The notion of throwing a fit over too much government borrowing holds water. Holding up the insurance benefits of Americans to prove a political point that is destined to fail is nothing but a mean-spirited, self-centered sham.

The current tier system is unfair and hurting american families. Here is a rundown on the current system:

•Tier I: Under this new law, unemployed workers currently receiving benefits from their regular state claims now have until March 27, 2010 to exhaust their state benefits and establish eligibility for EUC Tier I, which provides up to an additional 20 weeks of benefits.
•Tiers II and III: Unemployed workers currently receiving benefits on EUC Tiers I, II, or III can now qualify for the next level of benefits if their current tier is exhausted by April 3, 2010. EUC Tier II provides up to 14 weeks of benefits and Tier III provides up to 13 weeks of additional benefits.
•Tier IV: Those who exhaust Tier III benefits by April 3, 2010 can establish eligibility for Tier IV benefits, which provides up to 6 additional weeks of benefits.

According to these benefits you could have as little as $1.00 left in your account on April 3erd and so you would not have exhausted your benefit by the given date you would not be eligible for additional relief. The unemployment rate in Florida is one of the highest in the country. Florida April jobless rate is seventh-tenths of a percentage point higher than the national rate of 8.9 percent and 4 percentage points higher than the state's rate a year ago.Construction remains Florida's hardest hit sector due to the near collapse of the state's housing market. It accounted for 26 percent of total job losses with an April-to-April decline of 105,200 jobs, or 19.8 percent.The education and health services sector is the only one gaining jobs among Florida's major industries, showing an increase of 17,000 over the 12-month period, or 1.6 percent. Most of that was due to growth in nursing and residential care facilities. It is very difficult to find work if you are not in this field so this growth does not help most florida families. We are asking Congress to extend the filing date to establish eligibility for Emergency Unemployment Compensation when they reconvene April 12 for (EUC) Tier I, Tier II, Tier III and Tier IV so that Florida families can feed their families while they are looking for work.Florida families are falling apart here. Its not our fault that the economy is so bad. Most of us have worked full time jobs and sometimes two jobs to feed our families! It's Congress' job now to take effective and aggressive steps to create jobs and extend unemployment through the end of the year, so that the economy can get back on its feet!This money is needed and and it would be fiscally irresponsible to spend money in other areas when real money is needed here. Almost 1 million people would see their benefits exhausted by the end of April.It’s unconscionable that members of Congress would be so callous to the reality of those struggling through the recession and having to live week-to-week on unemployment benefits that they would permit such a travesty to happen and go on vacation.


Florida Unemployed Families