S. 1647, The Assistance for Unemployed Workers Extension Act (277 comments ↓)

  • This bill has been mooted by the passage of another bill on the same subject or by other events. Check 'Related Bills' below to see if other bills on this subject have been passed into law. Mooted: 11/6/2009.
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  • This bill, or a similar bill, was reintroduced in the current Congress as S. 1455, The Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment Act.

S. 1647 would provide for additional emergency unemployment compensation.

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maxine mears

August 12, 2009, 2:57pm (report abuse)



(logged-in user) August 20, 2009, 6:23pm (report abuse)

This bill is better than HR 3404 since the 3 month average is 8.5% instead of 9%. I think they should give it to all states, though, or at a bare minimum stick with the 8% EB rule.


(logged-in user) August 22, 2009, 10:09am (report abuse)

thank you mr.reed


(logged-in user) August 24, 2009, 12:53pm (report abuse)

Write your Senators everyday...or better yet...call their offices. Also remember to goggle HR3404,s1647,HR155,S155 and HR3149 everyday...it's a numbers game but they do track the number of hit's on goggle. Do your part...don't be ashamed...be strong and diligent...we deserve all the help we can get.


(logged-in user) August 25, 2009, 10:53am (report abuse)

4 more states will qualify for this bill than 3404 - Arizona, Massachusetts, New York and West Virginia.


August 28, 2009, 1:40pm (report abuse)

when will they decide on this bill?


August 30, 2009, 12:22am (report abuse)

Stop whining and go out and get a job. You may have to take something you think is "beneath your station" but there is work to be had. Then you can stop living off me and the other taxpayers who are working hard just to stay above water.


September 2, 2009, 10:33am (report abuse)

I can understand your view on unemployment and there have certainly been abuses in the past. And at the same time, things have changed a great deal the past 18 months and "regular" hard working solid families who have always been careful with their money and budgeted well, driving 10 year old cars, with no fancy toys, are out of work through no fault of their own. Perhaps consider compassion and be grateful for the job you have.

Steven T

September 7, 2009, 3:32pm (report abuse)

This Senate BILL S.1647 is a much better bill than HR 3404 introduced in the Congress. I didn't see the bill on the schedule for tomorrow when Congress returns, so we have to monitor both Houses to see which bill will be brought up BUT I hope it is the bill in the Senate because my state of California is 12% and ALL the double-digit states should receive a few more weeks. It BAD all over but those double-digit states have a double whammy. What happen to the promises with the Stimulus package creating millions of JOBS?.


September 9, 2009, 11:28am (report abuse)

NEWS UPDATE:From Commondreams.org

Sep 8, 2009 ... ADA's former President, Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA), has introduced HR. 3404 to extend benefits an additional 13 weeks for workers ...

www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/09/08-13 - 17 hours ago


September 9, 2009, 11:30am (report abuse)

Everyone needs to go on facebook, twitter and every other site you can go and and ask for assistance for passage of HR3404, S1647 HR155 S155 AND HR3149.....also google each one as each google entry is tracked and reported....also you can track bills by going to Govtrack.us


(logged-in user) September 9, 2009, 2:06pm (report abuse)

This bill is on the Senate Finance Committee's schedule for 9/15. HR3404 is in 2 committees in Congress and hasn't been scheduled yet in either one. Hopefully the Finance committee will approve it (or whatever they do) and then the Senate will pass it quickly after. Then we just need the House to go along with it and pass it.


September 9, 2009, 3:51pm (report abuse)

We shall find out September 15 ..At least this Bill 1647 is schedule


September 9, 2009, 8:14pm (report abuse)

We need more than 13 weeks extension. 13 wks. run out, then what? You can't find a job and no more extensions. Help us. How can you apply for jobs when there aren't any. Help us. Please!


September 10, 2009, 3:14pm (report abuse)

Most of us have kids, mortgage, BILLS. Myself and several other employees were OUTSOURCED from our jobs after several years of employment. I currently am in college FT. the additional Unplymt benefits have sustained & assisted me w/my family demands. Thanks for passing it congress. As they are aware of lack of jobs in my small remote community.


September 10, 2009, 11:06pm (report abuse)

Just got to love the morons who say just go get a job,and you might have to work a Mcdonalds. They have absoulutely no idea until they get served a pink slip and there laying off 100's in there area . Heres a clue for you ,for every job needed there are 6 people applying right now . Do the math and please get your facts before you say " just get a job".


September 11, 2009, 8:12am (report abuse)

Never ending excuses, never ending whines. Gotta love the american way. Gimme, gimme, gimme.

Foriegner no doubt

September 11, 2009, 3:44pm (report abuse)

Clearly you are not American, because we back each other when we are down, not like your primitive dog eat dog culture. Stay in your dark hole, animal. You are the one who makes excuses for your sad existence, spreading negativity and hate.

America will find the light again. Your existence will stay as it is, ugly and LOW.


September 11, 2009, 5:25pm (report abuse)

I worked since I was 10 years old and never have been without a job this long. I am now a 39 single mom with two kids and can't get anything. I used to make 55.00 hour at my last job and i can't even find a min. wage job...I'm literally scared for the first time in my life. Please here us!


September 12, 2009, 9:14am (report abuse)

At $55.00 per hour, which is certainly doubtful, you should have been able to save quite a bit. But, even if you made that much, and again I think that is a fabrication, you simply blew it. Now you want someone else to support you. Now isn't that just the american way. Throw all your money away and then beg someone else to carry your sorry a$$. Loser.


September 12, 2009, 10:44am (report abuse)

its a shame the unemployed are last on the list ! and for the person with the rude coments . i would like to tell your a real ignorant person to say that the american people dont deserve a little help .we constantly give give give to the gov. we deserve a little help .


September 12, 2009, 12:45pm (report abuse)


I suppose you don't realize how many billions it has cost and how big the UI deficit is becoming. At some point, and I think it has already come, it is time to end this handout. I read another posting somewhere else talking about public works. Maybe if you had to actually do something for the money it would make a difference. I suspect that would shut a lot of you up if you were required to actually do something for the money.


September 12, 2009, 1:07pm (report abuse)

Culture, what culture? Oh, are you talking about the country of overweight lard-a$$es that loves lay on the couch and watch people on tv acting stupid? Or are you talking about the country of uneducated dumb-a$$es who can't read, write, or hold an intelligent conversation? Or possibly the culture of lazy non-working folk who want the rest of us to support them, just because they don't want to work?

Perhaps you can explain to me just what culture you are talking about. But I really doubt it.

To ...

September 12, 2009, 1:12pm (report abuse)

listen you American-hating f*ckhead, THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH JOBS. Government admits that. News people report on THAT.

Now go back to your smelly foreign hole and think about how miserable your sad little life is.


September 12, 2009, 1:24pm (report abuse)

We should all be posting on HR 3548's page, that is the most important bill now, and has the 8.5% criteria.

We need to bring massive attention to that bill, not HR 3404.

Go there and comment now, as well as post it on another site where unemployed people will discover it and create traffic!! Do YOUR PART!!!


September 12, 2009, 3:11pm (report abuse)

I have no friends and my daddy employs me since no one else will. I make nasty posts because I have been rejected by people all my life because I am an a-hole. Please ignore my ignorant posts and feel sorry for me since I am so lonely.

Susan B

September 12, 2009, 4:30pm (report abuse)

You appear to be one of five people I have seen using this "..." ID today. Regardless of who you are or why you do it you are acting childishly and should be ashamed of yourself.

To Susan B

September 12, 2009, 5:13pm (report abuse)

You seem to be feeding the childish behaviour by your post. Why don't you just ignore it like you were asked to? What does your post have to to do with bill S1647?


September 12, 2009, 8:49pm (report abuse)

I am an idadequate human being who feeds on others at their weakest hour.

Susan B is right I should get therapy.

I hate my life, and myself.

God help me.


September 12, 2009, 8:50pm (report abuse)

oh yes, before he died, my father [vulgarity]


September 12, 2009, 8:57pm (report abuse)





September 12, 2009, 9:04pm (report abuse)

NELP Management,

Why isn't HR 3548 on your main page?!

Is that not one of the tantamount issues on today's unemployment crisis?

Please help with exposure and pressure to pass this bill ASAP!!

Thank you!!!

ohio dude

September 13, 2009, 12:07am (report abuse)


ohio dude

September 13, 2009, 12:14am (report abuse)



September 13, 2009, 12:58am (report abuse)

http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3548/show if you want to know what site Washington really watches!!!

VOTE HR 3548 !!!! YOUR ONLY HOPE !!!

September 13, 2009, 1:05am (report abuse)

STOP WASTING TIME !! IF YOU WANT HELP GO POST AND VOTE "FOR" http://www.washingtonwatch.com/bills/show/111_HR_3548.html & http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3548/show


Reverend Josh Taylor

September 13, 2009, 9:14pm (report abuse)


You people are blind to politics and you need Jesus as your savior so he can get you out of the world of politics and into the world of spiritual freedom.

Vote NO on this bill and the house version of this bill. Let your voice be heard.

God bless.

yes we can

September 13, 2009, 10:32pm (report abuse)

Fourth Benefit Extension Needed.

Congress needs to come back from their month long vacation, and find out that millions of out of work Americans have left phone messages, jammed their fax machines, sent tons of letters and millions of Email messages demanding a fourth unemployment benefit extension.


September 14, 2009, 4:03pm (report abuse)

From what I have read a lot of you haven't walked in our shoes YET your day could be coming..My husband worked the same job for 13 years.When the plant he worked at shut down there was a 6 week notice. I can remember being so frightened. He quickly found another job 2 months after he started he was AGAIN laid off. another WV manufacturing plant closed. He has searched very hard for employment. There are no jobs and if you want to call unemployment a handout go ahead. I want to think of it as God watching out for his children that are in need. My husbands unemployment will be running out soon I pray for another extension. NOT so he can sit at home and be lazy. So our children can have a home with utilities and food on the table. For all that are walking in our shoes all we can do is hope that the economy gets better soon and our government and God keep us going until the jobs come back. For all that want to look down on us maybe you should stop looking down and offer us some help up!!!


September 14, 2009, 4:27pm (report abuse)

An unemployed is an unemployed no matter from which state he/she resides. The qualifier to be one from the state with 8.5% unemployment rate is an unfair one.The cutoff 8.5% is a questionable basis. The way the state unemployment rate is arrived is based on outdated methodology. To be blunt it is a statistical lie. In states where the unemployment rate fell below 8.5%, the unemployment rate amongst African americans, Hispanics and other colored minorities except Asians is alreaqdy in 2 digits and in some states it is increasing. If someone takes the age group, the young and the aged are already in two digits unemployment rate in many states. For the senators and congressmen passing this bill benefits may serve some partisan constituency interest but not going to help ALL unemployed living in ALL states. They lack national perspective. We need extension of benefits to ALL hard hit unemployeds. Please dump the cutoff qualifier 8.5% from the bill.

down detoilet[detroit]

September 15, 2009, 9:45am (report abuse)

you know,there is a coward who posted a comment about a week ago that is about as mindless andheartless as can be.first off idiot**** there is no jobs to be had,good or bad.maybe when your bottom comes you will relate.i also have payed,as many of have,taxes and for welfare.etc.i would like to just smash my fist down your piehole because its people of your ignorance level that bring me to this level.grow the *** up and get a grip on reality.the country is screwed!be mad at your great pres george w. for this mess.you must work for yourself silverspoon man otr lady.


September 15, 2009, 1:20pm (report abuse)

You guys would not believe the amount of people who are really suffering in the Country! Its really bad! If this bill is not passed it will get worst. Stop passing judgements because today your up the next your down! THIS COUNTRY IS TOTALLY IN TROUBLE!


September 15, 2009, 2:59pm (report abuse)

EmpressNJ is a whimp


September 15, 2009, 8:18pm (report abuse)

Has there been any new action on any of these bills yet? It's hard to find any news on this.


September 16, 2009, 4:07am (report abuse)

ok....I have two degrees and have applied at Mcdonalds. I have NEVER collected unemployment...until now..I have always carried two or three jobs. My husband who has always worked, also hasn't a job. We have both applied to even pick up garbage (NO JOBS) so...to the person whom says get a job~when we all start losing our houses (maybe a second bailout to the banks which is far more expensive) or maybe your job will be next~ irrelevant...just makes a person VERY angry when both my husband and myself WANT to work, are WILLING to work...but there is NO WORK? Get a clue guy..because hey if that unemployment check were strapped to bedpans that I would empty thousands a day...I would do it for my family and to keep us off the streets...or stick it to vomit~I JUST WANT TO WORK~


September 16, 2009, 4:15am (report abuse)

Another thing to be said~ why are we still buying foreign? and forcing our economy to be worse..shouldn't we be buying items US (at least mostly) made? support the local mom/pops?

when my hubby got laid off the very first time it was because his job was outsourced to china where the company got a tax break to do..blame the downfall there..then blame the high gas prices which sunk us further..then hubby went to school to get a degree..found a decent job with decent benefits, then got laid off.(I had figured out that if everyone that worked there took a 10perc paycut that all the workers could have stayed a year)maybe a higher unempl tax rate to co that unemploy?

they are sinking an awful lot of money into education for people to not have jobs after.

Why not give each county a certain amount of money to hire people to pick up trash? I would be out there every day! getting paid? money would start flowing they did it with the Hoover Dam? why not now? or attach to UI for indefinite time.


September 16, 2009, 10:14am (report abuse)

Congress is willing to finance ACORN who are engaged in illegal activities but not the law abiding, unemployed americans.

Diane Ca

September 16, 2009, 2:49pm (report abuse)

Ok I have worked my whole life and am now 6 months shy of early retirement, Which I do not want, I want to continue working, where I am located Mc Donalds isn't even hireing. And this is well below where I have worked for years... Work is work and want some but untill I find some I need another extension. The company I worked for went out of business due to the current economy, my former bosses are unemployed, after loseing their life savings to try to stay afloat, then followed a family break-up. So many say find a job I say WHERE......


September 16, 2009, 9:50pm (report abuse)

Every one needs to go to www.nelp.org and see beth's testimony if that does'nt get things going then God help us all.


September 16, 2009, 9:57pm (report abuse)

Please call Pelosi at 202-225-0100 and leave a message I got through today.She has a lot of power tell her to get cracking on tier 3 extension before its to late for all of us.


September 17, 2009, 3:50am (report abuse)

her testimony was very nice!


September 17, 2009, 11:33am (report abuse)

I left a message for Pelosi this morning. Thank you for the number.

I will call back periodically to ask for help. If you have any other numbers to share, please do.


September 17, 2009, 3:07pm (report abuse)

whats goin on? the moneys there lets get this done !


September 17, 2009, 9:48pm (report abuse)

Go to cnn.money.com and read what Tami Luhby wrote today at 6:23It's under latest news second one down.Maybe some hope insight.


September 18, 2009, 8:49am (report abuse)

go TO GOOGLE PUT IN house to vote on extending unemployment benefits,found 17 news articles on this issue Good luck every on.


September 19, 2009, 2:32am (report abuse)

Hey jobs are not out there, people on unemployment are not lazy people, they are frustrated people who cannot find work, they need to live too, we need this las passed.


September 19, 2009, 2:04pm (report abuse)

To all of you intollerants who like to come and leave comments against the people who are recieving unemployment, I would like to say I have run out of my benefits and am still unemployed. I got laid off of a $15 an hour job and Yes, I am looking for minimum wage jobs that are as you put it beneath me. I can't even get one of those because they say I am over qualified and they want someone who will stay with them and be happy to make that much not someone who will take the job for now and keep looking for a better one. I have put up with people like you my whole life, you were the bullys in school, the a.. holes who always thought they were better than everyone else. You probably sit on your keester because you have nothing else to do in life, no family, no friends and make people misserable by commenting and manipulating the innocent. Well Mr. ..., Leave us good people alone and go find someone else to torture, it gets pretty old here and you are certainly aren't welcome..........


September 19, 2009, 5:10pm (report abuse)

This column appears to be ignored. I assume that folks are aware of the pending House vote on HR3548, which is only a 3rd tier of 13 weeks of EUC for states at or above 8.5%. Hopefully, both bodies will pass this quickly, & the rest of S1647's issiues can be added later!


September 20, 2009, 8:38pm (report abuse)

There no bill that will help people that live in states that are below 8.5%..And what hard is I moved to a state that above that but have not work in that state only state I work in is where I can get unemployment..Already ran out of EB..


September 21, 2009, 10:54pm (report abuse)

just want to say ,dont listen to that person. if you hard working poeple are like me. i have never collected ui before so what happen to all the money i paid in. well im getting it now. i paid its mine. the gov. isnt doing any favors that money is mine and yours. and not the blowhole, that keeps saying he is supporting us.


September 22, 2009, 12:44am (report abuse)

If there were any "good people" drawing unemployment it would be easy to leave you alone. The problem is that you are all a bunch of lazy slugs living off the sweat of other peoples labors. Too bad.


September 22, 2009, 9:59am (report abuse)

USA has 50 states. Offering extension to only 25 states is unfair and divisive. In the states below 8.5 % , UE rate in the manufacturing sector is over 15% . The unemployment ther amongst African American, Hispanics and other colored people are over 10% and in some states as high as 17%. The disadvantageous young and the old workers are already in the double digit in most states. In states the unemployent fell below 8.5% the number of people actively looking for work due to withdrawal decreased the unemployment rate percentage. The cutoff qualifier of 8.5% is unfair, based on questionable data and methodology and needs correction before passing the bill. While the national un-employment rate is increasing, the economists are predicting the jobless recovery for unforesdeeable future, even the retraining is not a best option at this time for the changing marketplace, it is prudent to dumpt the 8.5% cutoff qualifier from the bill before passing.AMEND THE BILL DUMP 8.5% cuttoff.


September 22, 2009, 4:40pm (report abuse)

I am in a double digit state and if I happened to be in one that was below the 8.5 percent, I don't know what I would do. I think that is incredibly unfair. The figures are not representative of what is truly going on. Having offshored a lot of our work and having written HB1 and HB3 work permits to thousands and thousands of people who took American jobs, the government owes us more than just unemployment conpensation. I was a high-tech worker who lost out to off-shoring. I helped to train my replacements. I have two four year degress and a Masters degree and I can wipe myself with them right now.


September 23, 2009, 12:33am (report abuse)

I am also in a a double digit state CA where unemployment rate is the highest it has been in 70 yrs and we are 12.2%. I am so glad that the house passed HR 3548 331 yeahs to 83 nays.. and now we wait for the senate to address s1647. Hopefully this will pass quickly so that those that are still struggling to find employment have more time...


September 23, 2009, 5:27am (report abuse)

My guess is that there will continue to be more extensions in the future. Think about it. What is our government, and everyone else for that matter, going to do with over 1,000,000 ANGRY people? They don't even want to go there, believe me! Relax, this thing is going to pass.

By the way, I have 2 jobs and just got hired at my 3rd job.


September 23, 2009, 10:24am (report abuse)

senate has the bill.Call your guys for swift passage this week then to yhe president to sign this weekend.


September 23, 2009, 3:44pm (report abuse)

Does anyone know for sure when S1647 is scheduled for the senate floor? Any information would be greatly appreciated:)

Regarding only 9.5% states

September 23, 2009, 4:33pm (report abuse)

It does seem very unfair but hear me out, unemployment extensions have always went by percentage. In this case hr3548 will be funded by extending an employer fee of $14 per year, per worker by 24months, and also by forcing employers to report new hires to avoid overpayments. The bill will not add to the deficit. At this time if your state is under the cut off and your over 6% your state should create it's own extension. Contact your governor, if enough people in your state do you will get the extension. If enough people don't than... well trust me if there are no jobs enough people will! Hr 3548 required alot of calls from the really high unemployment states to get where it's at. But right now if anything we need to increase the state deficit in place of the 2 trillion federal. Get a hold of your state your governor will respond!!


September 23, 2009, 5:25pm (report abuse)

We do need extensions but what we need much more are jobs. We need jobs with living wages. We need jobs created here on our shores. We need an end to the H1b and H3b visas. We need to bring the jobs back to America. We need fishing poles, not fish.

Dump this flawed 8.5 % Cuttoff qualifier

September 23, 2009, 9:52pm (report abuse)

It is divisive, discriminative and will benefit only 27 states and not all of USA. Ask your senator to dump the below 8.5 % cutoff qualifier. Hungry is hungry, no matter where one lives and sleeps.

Please prevail upon such irresponsible, insensitive politicians who favor benefits to one section of Americans and ignore/deny the same benefit to others who live in simillar situation. Please make sure that they don't control Washington, no matter what political party they are affiliated to.


(logged-in user) September 24, 2009, 9:26pm (report abuse)

to the guy with no name with the nasty comments come on out to chicago you guttless punk someone will show you what your bad manners have earned you i bet your mommy is proud of you


September 25, 2009, 1:12am (report abuse)

I think that them 83 nays should get fired. Lets see how they live without any unemployment!!


September 25, 2009, 1:36am (report abuse)

To: ... 3 dot person,

You must be under undereducated. People who have worked for 10+ years pay into unemployment. So yes I think that they deserve it because they have paid into it!

Most people retire without ever touching their UC benefits atleast people actually get to use WHAT THEY ARE PAYING INTO!!!

I do not think that you are stupid I think that you really havn't walked out into the "real world" lately. You have probably have had everything handed to you. Your dad gave you a job. You probably still live with your dad. Eveyone has the right to their opinion, I just wish these people would have ignored you and not have fed into you B.S.

You go fill out a couple apps just to see what happens. If you have a phone call a couple companies and and see if they're hiring.

If us Americans are so lazy then why did this not happen sooner?

You seriously needs some higher education also you might want to make sure that your paying into unemployment if not HA HA to you.


September 25, 2009, 2:11am (report abuse)


Speaking of needing some education, you obviously have no concept of how the unemployment compensation is funded. You , as an employee, do not pay anything into the fund. Your employer does that, paying into a STATE fund. This legislation is for FEDERAL dollars to extend your payments, so you can lay around on your couch all day.

So before you pop off again and show even more of your obvious ignorance, perhaps you should get off your lazy a$$ and find out how things work.


September 25, 2009, 4:37am (report abuse)

... says, Stop whining and go out and get a job. You may have to take something you think is "beneath your station" but there is work to be had. Then you can stop living off me and the other taxpayers who are working hard just to stay above water.

We are and never was your employee, therefore we are not living off you or any other regular working taxpayer. I am living off of my old employer and if they wouldn't have laid me off then I would have to.

So you actually are arguing with your own post that is soo contradicting! Ha. Ha. Good Job now you have found out how things work. Ha Ha. That was a good 1 huh!


September 25, 2009, 8:52am (report abuse)

I heard the bill was passed

To the idiot bashing the unemployed

September 25, 2009, 9:28am (report abuse)

You think your so much smarter than congress why dont you join and teach them everything. They know with the most basic of common sense there can be some lazy people collecting unemployment. But unlike you they have half a brain and know the simple fact of there being 6 applicants for every job available. THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SINCE UNEMPLOYMENT BEGAIN. Let me guess your still confused.


September 25, 2009, 1:01pm (report abuse)

I can not beleive people would not support this extension. By doing so they are helping others keep their homes, eat and put gas in the car in order to continue their work search. Would you rather see these familys loose their homes, living on the streets, their childern not able to attend school, eating out of garbage cans? These people are your neighbors, your friends, your family. They are not some group of useless people asking for a hand out. For those of you lucky enough to be working keep your head up as you may at any time find yourself out of work. What will you do? Try finding a job at age 55, even a minimum wage job, even those jobs are not there for you at this time. Do you think someone who has worked all of their life enjoyes being on unemployment benefits? Come on people, lets pull together on this issue.

out in NJ

September 25, 2009, 4:22pm (report abuse)

I don't understand why so many are against this bill....


September 25, 2009, 5:46pm (report abuse)

i hope this bill goes through committee to the floor soon. I hope they can have passage happen in the next 2-3 weeks and not take months so more people are dealing with loss of homes and poverty. As many people have run out of their extensions in CA. Jobless rate is 12.2% and doesn't include those who have exhausted unemployment. There are 22 states with high rates of unemployment... over 8.5% and the further extension of 13 weeks would help, I wish the senate would make it 20...

It is taking time for the job market to show recovery, even if companies are doing better they are not hiring.. and state and city jobs are on hold because of drastic budget cuts..

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