Congress will have just seven days to reauthorize four tiers of emergency unemployment benefits when lawmakers return from the fall recess. Even if the U.S. Senate can somehow manage to squeak an extension through in time, 99ers -- the group of workers who have exhausted the maximum weeks of benefits available -- will undoubtedly be left out to dry.
Already, Senate Republicans blocked legislation that would have added 20 weeks of benefits in states where the unemployment rate is above 7.5 percent. In response, a group of 99ers have produced this moving video explaining the dire economic situation those 1.4 million Americans are facing. Establishing a "fifth tier" of benefits and promoting job growth, they argue, should be an urgent priority. Watch it: