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Tell the House It’s Time to Act on Restoring Unemployment Benefits

Tell the House It’s Time to Act on Restoring Unemployment Benefits

Since House Republican leaders allowed the Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits program to expire in December, nearly 2.8 million jobless workers have lost their economic lifeline. The Senate passed a renewal of those vital benefits on Monday and that means the ball’s back in the House of Representative’s court and lawmakers need to hear from you that jobless Americans can’t wait any longer. 

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Senate OKs Jobless Benefits Renewal, Tell the House to Do the Same

Senate OKs Jobless Benefits Renewal, Tell the House to Do the Same

More than three months after House Republican leaders allowed the Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits program to expire, nearly 2.8 million jobless workers have lost their economic lifeline. Monday, the U.S. Senate gave those workers a ray of hope when it passed (59-38) a bill reviving the program for long-term jobless workers. Now it is up to the House to keep that hope alive.

Call your House members today at 845-809-4509 and urge them to pass the emergency unemployment benefits extension now.  

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Senate Reaches Bipartisan Deal on UI

Senate Reaches Bipartisan Deal on UI

Senate negotiators announced this evening that they have reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill to revive the Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits that expired at the end of 2013. Since then more than 2 million long-term jobless workers have lost their benefits.

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Republican UI Bill Not What It Seems

Brianna Bulkley is one of 2 million jobless workers who have lost their unemployment benefits.

You’ve got to feel bad for folks who go through life so distrustful and suspicious of their fellow citizens that they believe people are always trying to get away with something, trying to game the system. Like those millions of jobless workers who would rather lay back and collect $300 or so a week in unemployment insurance benefits than go out and try to find a job that pays a decent wage and gives them a chance to support a family, keep a roof over their heads and climb a step or two up the ladder.

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Economy Adds 175,000 Jobs, but Jobless Rate Ticks Up to 6.7%

Economy Adds 175,000 Jobs, but Jobless Rate Ticks Up to 6.7%

The economy added 175,000 jobs in February—62,000 more than the January job gain but still far below what is needed for recovery—and the nation’s unemployment rate was nearly unchanged at 6.7%, compared with January’s 6.6%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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What We’re Reading Today: Friday News Roundup

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Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).

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3 Million Face Loss of UI Lifeline

3 Million Face Loss of UI Lifeline

If Congress doesn’t extend the current extended federal unemployment insurance (UI) program by the end of the year, 1.3 million jobless workers will be cut off from UI the week of Dec. 28. Nearly 1.9 million more would lose the extended UI during the first half of 2014 as their state benefits run out.

But with only nine days left on the House legislative calendar before the congressional holiday recess, a group of lawmakers issued an urgent call Wednesday to reauthorize federal jobless aid for the long-term unemployed, as Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) announced new legislation to renew federal unemployment insurance through 2014.

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What Can We Learn from the Long-Term Unemployed in the New York City Metro Area?

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Among the problems that we as a nation have been grappling with since the end of the Great Recession, which ended in 2009, is the persistence of unemployment or, more specifically, long-term unemployment. It has been commonplace to assume that long-term unemployment is because of structural change, which has resulted in a skills mismatch. There is no question that structural changes in the economy mean that jobs that were eliminated—because of shocks from the financial crisis, which led to downturns in the business cycle—are not coming back. But this may assume too much. On the contrary, the principal issue is the depth of the recession, which has led to a severe decrease in aggregate demand for goods and services.

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Sequestration’s Knife Cuts Long-Term Unemployment Benefits

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It’s tough enough being out of work and forced to rely on none-too-generous unemployment insurance benefits, but now thanks to sequestration, long-term jobless workers are seeing a reduction in their lifeline benefits.

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Millions of Unemployed Workers Face Threat of Jobless Aid Cutoff

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Nearly 2 million long-term jobless Americans will lose their unemployment insurance lifeline just days after Christmas if Congress doesn’t act to renew the federal unemployment insurance program for job seekers out of work six months or longer. The program expires at the end of the year. Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project (NELP), says if long-term jobless aid ends,

The basic economic security floor will be ripped from under two million unemployed workers.

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