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house Bill H.R. 1759

Should Re-Employment Services be Available to All Unemployed Persons?

Argument in favor

All people who want help finding a new job should be able to access it, especially when they’re already unemployed. It shouldn’t be up to the government to decide who needs re-employment assistance, and who should be left to their own devices to find a new job.

IllWill's Opinion
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04/08/2019
If right-wingers want people who are out of work to find a job then they should have no problem with this bill. These kinds of programs should be available to every unemployed person. Finding another job can be very difficult and the least that the government can do is offer these services to everybody who may be having trouble finding work.
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NoHedges's Opinion
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04/08/2019
Reemployment and comprehensive health service (to include mental health services.) Let’s restore our dwindling national workforce pool before it is too late. And don’t forget about a living wage.
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Ben's Opinion
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04/08/2019
Seems like this would have broad bipartisan support, you know this whole putting people to work stuff. Let’s look and see who’s already being served and what can be improved. Honestly, we need to look at underemployment, too. Yes, there are jobs there, but what do they really pay? Can you live on the wages or is it just spending money? It’s not like the corporate giveaway that was called a tax cut has done any good. Something still ain’t quite right and there needs to be a way to get people back to work making a living wage.
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Argument opposed

Expanding the eligibility criteria for unemployed persons to access re-employment services will add further strain to underresouced state unemployment agencies. Additionally, not all unemployed persons need help getting new jobs, so giving them access to these services is an unnecessary expenditure.

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04/08/2019
Nothing in the constitution authorizes this! Stop stealing our money and then using it to bribe and manipulate the people and the states its was stolen from. Cut taxes! Cut government programs! We don’t need greedy government bureaucrats stealing our money and acting like they are helping anything by giving back what was taken.
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John's Opinion
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04/08/2019
Once again I’m sounding like a broken record but isn’t t this handled at the state level. Isn’t this done when someone fills out the paperwork for unemployment? Now maybe people don’t want just any job but when push comes to shove work is work and food on the table is food on the table. All work is honorable.
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Jim2423's Opinion
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04/08/2019
Work is out there, you may have to move but it is out there. Biggest thing now is most folks can not pass the drug test, or they really don’t want to work.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed April 9th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 393 Yea / 24 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedMarch 14th, 2019

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What is House Bill H.R. 1759?

This bill — the BRIDGE for Workers Act — would would allow the Dept. of Labor (DOL) to award Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEAS) grants to states to conduct re-employment services and eligibility assessments for all unemployment claimants. This would allow all unemployment claimants to access re-employment services and eligibility assessments, regardless of whether they’re judged as likely to need job assistance.

Currently, states can only use RESEAS grant money to serve claimants that are identified as likely to exhaust regular compensation and thus need job search assistance. DOL requires states, as a condition of receiving the grants, to prioritize those claimants who are unlikely to return to work quickly.

This bill’s full title is the Building on Reemployment Improvements to Deliver Good Employment for Workers Act.

Impact

Unemployed persons; state unemployment benefits programs; state employment assistance programs; and DOL RESEAS grants.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1759

$0.00
The CBO estimates that this bill wouldn’t significantly change the number of people who receive reemployment services and eligibility assessments. Thus, it estimates that enacting this bill would have no effect on the federal budget.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) introduced this bill to give states more flexibility in administering existing unemployment benefits to help more Americans re-enter the workforce and find good-paying jobs:

“Few experiences are more difficult for working families than when someone loses a job, which is why I’m proud my bill will help move more Americans more quickly from unemployment to a good-paying job. We need more bridges to the middle class not more barriers. I’m glad to see this bill move one step closer to becoming law as it will provide much-needed relief to hardworking families and restore the dignity that comes with earning a paycheck for every worker.”

Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL), an original cosponsor of this bill, adds:

“With over seven million unfilled jobs in this country, opportunities abound. It’s important we empower individuals to get off the sidelines and back to work. Every week a parent spends out of the workforce, through no fault of their own, is a week too long. This bipartisan fix for reemployment services will help more workers shorten their benefit durations and get back to receiving what they want most, a paycheck.”

In opening remarks at this bill’s committee markup, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) said:

“Th[is] bill builds on legislation that was enacted last year to expand and improve access to reemployment services for workers who receive earned unemployment benefits while looking for new jobs. That legislation assisted workers and also saved taxpayers’ money. Representative Murphy’s bill makes a simple but very important change to the law to make it even more effective by allowing states to tailor their programs to help any recipient of unemployment benefits get back to work faster, rather than limiting these important supports to those who are expected to remain unemployed until their benefits run out.”

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), the Ranking Member on the House Ways and Means Committee, also expressed his support for this bill at its full committee markup:

“With a record number of job openings, we need to do all we can to ensure we are getting those laid off through no fault of their own back into the workforce as quickly as possible. The Building on Reemployment Improvements to Deliver Good Employment for Workers Act - or BRIDGE for Workers Act - is an important step forward in those efforts. In this bipartisan legislation - led by Committee Members Jackie Walorski, Darin LaHood, and Stephanie Murphy - we are building on the reemployment services offered by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. It does so by making permanent a technical correction we first made in FY 2019 appropriations. Clarifying that states have the flexibility to provide reemployment services and eligibility assessments not just to those likely to exhaust their unemployment benefits, but to all those where these services could help speed reemployment. Increasing states' flexibility to determine who receives these services and when based on needs of their communities - instead of the needs of D.C. - is critical minimizing the disruption on their families. America needs these workers. Main Street needs these workers. Most importantly, children need to see their parents going to work - these reemployment services will help to make that happen sooner.”

However, while he supported this underlying bill, Rep. Brady expressed disappointment that Section 703 of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which makes permanent program changes with mandatory spending costs and mends the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, wouldn’t be considered during the markup.

The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA), the nonpartisan association of the 50 workforce agencies of U.S. states and three territories, supports this bill. In a letter expressing support for this bill, NASWA’s Board President, Jon Pierpont, and Executive Director,  Scott Sanders, wrote:

“Until the passage of the [Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018], the [Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) program] had been limited to a widely-successful pilot grant program. Today, States around the nation now have the ability to accelerate unemployment insurance (UI) claimants' transition back to employment faster than non-participants, which is particularly important in an economy desperately in need of skilled workers. To enhance these efforts, we are pleased to see the proposed minor statutory fix proposed in the BRIDGE for Workers Act that reflects your intent to ensure any UI claimant, not just those most likely to exhaust their benefits, are eligible for RESEA services and assessments. The current language in Section 306 of Act needs to be modified to ensure this intent is actualized and while the Appropriations Committee made such a modification in their FY 19 Labor-HHS Appropriations bill, a permanent fix would provide clarity and stability for states actively focused on helping claimants return to work expeditiously.”

This bill passed the House Committee on Ways and Means by a unanimous voice vote with the support of five bipartisan cosponsors, including three Democrats and two Republicans.


Of NoteThe Dept. of Labor (DOL) gives annual grants to states and territories to help them provide a range of services to recipients of unemployment benefits and help them find work. These services include individual career counseling, job search assistance, and information on the local labor market. Under current law, states can only use these federal grants to assist workers who are expected to exhaust their unemployment benefits before they find work. This restriction prevents many unemployed workers from getting valuable assistance.

According to Rep. Murphy’s office, the CBO estimates that new investments in re-employment services over the next decade would reduce the budget deficit by $600 million from 2022-2027.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

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AKA

BRIDGE for Workers Act

Official Title

To amend title III of the Social Security Act to extend reemployment services and eligibility assessments to all claimants for unemployment compensation, and for other purposes.

    If right-wingers want people who are out of work to find a job then they should have no problem with this bill. These kinds of programs should be available to every unemployed person. Finding another job can be very difficult and the least that the government can do is offer these services to everybody who may be having trouble finding work.
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    Nothing in the constitution authorizes this! Stop stealing our money and then using it to bribe and manipulate the people and the states its was stolen from. Cut taxes! Cut government programs! We don’t need greedy government bureaucrats stealing our money and acting like they are helping anything by giving back what was taken.
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    Reemployment and comprehensive health service (to include mental health services.) Let’s restore our dwindling national workforce pool before it is too late. And don’t forget about a living wage.
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    No federal budget impact. Go for it.
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    Seems like this would have broad bipartisan support, you know this whole putting people to work stuff. Let’s look and see who’s already being served and what can be improved. Honestly, we need to look at underemployment, too. Yes, there are jobs there, but what do they really pay? Can you live on the wages or is it just spending money? It’s not like the corporate giveaway that was called a tax cut has done any good. Something still ain’t quite right and there needs to be a way to get people back to work making a living wage.
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    When I became disabled, my job sent me home and said I was too sick to work. No problem, I'll get better soon and will just get unemployment in the meantime right? Wrong. If you're sick/disabled you don't qualify for unemployment. Uh, if I wasn't sick, I WOULDN'T NEED IT! I had to fight for months and months to get it. That's a stupid rule and needs to be changed. There needs to be some sort of assistance available for people that aren't allowed to work but, don't get disability yet. How are people supposed to live? Especially with astronomical medical bills every month. I've now been waiting over three years to get better or get disability and neither has happened. I even went to an unemployment agency for disabled people and they laughed in my face and said we have nothing for you, you need to go home and try to get better. Even though I'm bed bound, the non-medical people at the SSA reviewing my case keep saying I can work! Ok, then WHERE? No one will hire me, not even the SSA. Yes, I applied. So, unless you can help me find a job I can do from my bed then give me my disability! They say I can learn new skills. Ok I'm all ears! What skills can I learn from my bed and then go do? Plumber? Brain surgeon? I mean you can learn damn near anything on YouTube but... If someone would help me find something I could do, I would gladly do it! I can't stand dealing with the SSA and the tiny pittance I'll get from them if I ever do get approved comes with too many strings attached. Working is important. It's good for your mental health and well-being. Trust me. I don't want a handout, I'd like a hand up!
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    Once again I’m sounding like a broken record but isn’t t this handled at the state level. Isn’t this done when someone fills out the paperwork for unemployment? Now maybe people don’t want just any job but when push comes to shove work is work and food on the table is food on the table. All work is honorable.
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    Work is out there, you may have to move but it is out there. Biggest thing now is most folks can not pass the drug test, or they really don’t want to work.
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    Better to help people than to waste money on a ridiculous “Space Force”.
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    There’s no additional cost and the economy does better when eligible workers can work. This shouldn’t be a controversial bill.
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    Re-employment education should be available to all who want and need it. Hilary suggested this in WVa and took a lot of scruff for suggesting it. We all need to realize we can’t stop progress and if we try, we move our country backwards and other countries will take our place in the future world economy leadership.
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    Yes to re employment services
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    You want people to work and get off assistance programs and this would be a good start. Some people are fired or laid off simply because a manager doesn’t get along with them or closing of a business. There needs to be avenues to help these people find productive work to keep the taxpayers from footing their support
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    Again we are seeing another Democratic “Tax & Spend” Pipe dream. Sadly the Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) introduced bill to give states more flexibility in administering existing unemployment benefits to help more Americans re-enter the workforce and find good-paying jobs, is nothing more than taking Federal Taxpayers funds, to support activities which should be funded by state, fundings. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 4*8*19.....
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    Re-employment services should be generally available, not dolled out to a select few.
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    If somebody wants to work, they should be able to get help to do that. Workforce Centers are already in place, at least they are in Minnesota.
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    This is not the job of the federal government.
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    First, if someone "doesn't need" these services, then they won't use them, so it won't cost money. Second, having a large number of unemployed people probably costs more than this program. Third, the job market is changing and people might be out of a job because they were replaced by technology. We need to help people develop marketable skills.
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    In NY, public employment services are available to anyone, not only folks looking for a job, but folks looking for a better job. I just assumed it was that way everywhere. Learn something new every day.
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    No brainer.
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