"I hate being unemployed. It is a waste of my abilities," says Stan Osnowitz of Baltimore, 67, a journeyman wireman electrician. Even with the recession, Osnowitz was able to find work on a three-year job that included overtime pay. But a five-month job he held earlier this year ended July 3, and now unemployment benefits are his only income. His savings already have been exhausted.
Osnowitz is one of the people who testified at a House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee today to address the need for extending the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, which will run out by the end of the year without any action from Congress.