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Congress Must Restore Unemployment Insurance Benefits For Millions of Americans Looking for Work
The first priority for the 2nd session of the 113th
IMPACT OF NOT EXTENDING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS:
1.3 million: Number of Americans who lost their federal unemployment insurance on
2 million: Children in families receiving federal unemployment benefits in 2012.
1.9 million: Additional number of Americans expected to lose their unemployment insurance coverage in the first six months of 2014 as they exhaust their state benefits and are unable to receive federal unemployment insurance - with 72,000 losing their benefits each week during the first half of 2014.
200,000: Number of jobs our economy could lose if unemployment insurance is not extended, according to the
2.5 million: Number of people, including 600,000 children, who were kept above the poverty line in 2012 because of unemployment insurance, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities http://www.offthechartsblog.org/snap-and-unemployment-insurance-kept-millions-out-of-poverty-last-year-census-supplemental-poverty-measure-shows/.
HOUSE REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO HELP AMERICANS SEARCHING FOR JOBS:
SOME REACTIONS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY:
New York Times Editorial: "One of the first votes the
Los Angeles Times Editorial: "Rather than cutting off benefits to those Americans now,
Sacramento Bee Editorial: "The November jobs report was positive news going into the holiday season.
Tampa Bay Times Editorial: "Extending unemployment benefits does not encourage malingering and joblessness, despite what congressional Republicans claim. Society gains when workers are given the ability to look for a job commensurate with their skills and experience -- which was the point of unemployment insurance." [
Contra Costa Times Editorial: "A year-long extension would cost about
New Jersey Star-Ledger Editorial: "
Connecticut Post Editorial: "By refusing to help pass a sorely needed extension of unemployment insurance, these lawmakers are breaking a long tradition of bipartisanship and risking the health and well-being of more than three million men and women across the country trying to find a job in a difficult economy." [
Livingston Daily News Editorial: "We've been treated recently to some good economic news in the form of a decent jobs report, but we're a long way from a robust recovery. Now is not the time to allow unemployment benefits to expire." [
Buffalo News Editorial: "
Akron Beacon Journal Editorial: "Thus, failing to extend federal jobless benefits wouldn't just be callous, it would burden the fragile economy, aggravating the primary problem, a stubborn lack of demand." [
San Antonio Express-News Editorial: "But extending unemployment benefits in a period in which the nation is still short jobs is not about grousing. It's about fairness and refusing to make those least able suffer the most pain. And it is also about not dealing a blow to a still-recovering economy by taking money out of Americans' pockets." [12/13/13]
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