There were many different speculations on what was going to happen with unemployment over the past few months. Many people grew leery as the deadline of February 28, 2010 grew closer. Senator Jim Bunning had decided to filibuster the bill H.R. 4691 because of a previous bill passed by the senate called “pay go”. This meant that any bills that they past, they were to first make sure that there was enough funds to cover the full cost. There however were not enough fund to cover the bill causing Bunning to filibuster it come time for the first vote back in February and again on march 1, 2010.
Finally after the long debate between Reid and Bunning the bill was later tonight to be passed. Thankfully there are many people who are on unemployment that were able to keep their benefits. These benefits for some also include COBRA insurance. This vote could not have come at a better time. Many people who are claiming either the original unemployment benefits or the extensions Tiers I, II, or III were set to lose them later this month. Over 1,000,000 people almost lost the only source of income that they had left. I was one of those people myself. The few freelance writings that I do may get me a whole cup of coffee and a donut each month. Or two newspapers per month. My writing does not support me or my family. I am one of the many that have had to rely on the unemployment benefits to be able to sustain a household.
I lost my job in January of 2009 due to having laryngitis while working in a call center. Even with a doctor’s note, the company let me go. I received unemployment and almost immediately it was being fought by the company stating that i had done something over a year before the termination date and they fired me due to misconduct. It was found to be that they had no leg to stand on. I have looked for work everyday from then until now. Still because the company I worked for closed putting another 400 people out of work, there is no job market in my are. Many companies do not want to hire someone who is on unemployment because of fear that if things do not work out the person will file an unemployment claim against them.
Not only do our elected officials have a necessary reasoning for keeping unemployment, but they should also find way to benefit the companies that hire people who are currently collecting unemployment in order to try to reestablish the economy and better the chances of people like myself in being able to find a full time job that will sustain a family. This would also help in getting people like myself in being able to get off unemployment because I know that myself and many others would much rather be getting a decent paycheck instead of the little bit of money that we receive on unemployment.