The unemployment extension for the 99er’s was not mentioned as the lights went out in the House last night. The Congress adjourned for their holiday break yesterday, with Barbara Lee’s unemployment extension bill for the 99er’s laying somewhere in the cold halls. As the Representatives from Connecticut and the rest of the nation head home for the holidays, will these lawmakers give any thought to how the 99ers are celebrating this holiday without any unemployment benefits?
The Representatives of the House do not have to worry about an unemployment extension being their only hope for an income, like the 99er’s will. As the members of the House make their way home to their big country estates and grand Mc Mansions their cares will all be left behind. The Congressmen and Congresswomen home’s will be filled with family, friends, and lots of toys for the kids.
Their tree lined yards are on the back snowy roads of Hartford County, New Haven County and the other areas of the state that make a perfect setting for a New England Christmas. That same setting is a nightmare for the 99er’s because it means cold, and the cold means they need to find a way to heat their homes, if they are lucky enough still to have one.
For many of the 99er’s around the country, the struggles are not with fulfilling Christmas wishes, their attention is on the basic necessities. The basic necessities they could barely afford while on unemployment benefits, but not at all now, without the extension they desperately need.
The 99er’s were given some hope with the bill that Barbara Lee and Bobby Scott co-sponsored in the House, which would have given them 14 more weeks of unemployment. The bill was barely whispered in the media and non-existent on the floor of the house this week.
With the changing of the guard in the Congress when they all come back from the long holiday break, the unemployment extension for the 99er’s will not be facing some of the same supportive faces that it once did, the same holds true in the Senate.
Michael Colliss, a writer for All 247 News, realistically laid out the chances of Barbara Lee’s bill seeing the light of day in the House in an article he wrote this week. Colliss, who spent over 20 years as a staff writer in Congress, does have a better handle on the direction this bill will go in than most. He feels it was done in name only, to appease Barbara Lee’s voters and nothing more.
The bill was never mentioned, just as Colliss predicted, and although miracles do happen, the cards are all stacked against this bill receiving some divine intervention.
The unemployment extension bill was held hostage by the Senate Republicans which resulted in the creation of the “Obama deal” being created as a “compromise.” Now the unemployed 99er’s are being exploited to make a member of Congress look good to the people she was voted in to serve just so she can say “I tried,” as Colliss writes? This should be the last group of people used for these ploys.
Reference: All 247 news, Fox News Live