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2nd February
2014
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Unemployment Benefit Extension News Review today’s Update February 2, 2014:
Many out of work Americans are still in need, and over a million Americans who lost their long term unemployment benefit insurance over a month ago are still waiting for Congress to give them back the financial lifeline that was allowed to expire with the last calendar year. On December 28, 2013, long term unemployment benefit insurance expired for approximately 1.6 million Americans. These Americans have now endured weeks without unemployment compensation and its not just individuals suffering. Whole families have been negatively affected with over 2 million children enduring the loss with their out of work parent(s). The numbers are adding up too. Every week that passes without an extension adds about 70,000 more individuals to the ranks of those affected. Democrats and Republicans in Congress just can’t seem to agree on an extension plan though. Multiple attempts were made in January without success. Then, policy leaders went on recess which didn’t support process efficiency. Policy leaders are expected to reconvene this week and devote time to resolving the unemployment benefit extension crisis. The Senate is expected to vote on a three month extension plan. Data shows that an extension would likely boost the overall economy. All affected hope policy leaders keep this in mind when it is time to vote.

Genny Germano

74 Comments

  1. Viginia Hogan
    03/02/2014

    Why isn’t anyone addressing the elephant in the room? The long term unemployed are disproportionately over 50? Jerry Garcia and friends did a song back in the seventies called “Old and In The Way”. We have gotten so much worse since then. Apparently, we’re supposed to climb on an ice floe and be pushed out to sea. We have so much experience to offer. Let’s start a movement called Experience This!

  2. Tammy
    03/02/2014

    Well, they just cleared 60 votes for the farm bill which will take food stamps again away from the poor. First unemployment and now this. Please pass the unemployment extension.

  3. robert
    03/02/2014

    BEING A VETERAN AND A TAX PAYING CITIZEN FROM THE AGE OF 16 IT SICKENS ME THAT OUR ELECTED OFFICALS HAVE AGAIN LET US DOWN. THEY CAMPAIGN WITH A VIGOR ON HOW THEY ARE GOING TO REPRESENT US BY PROVIDING A LIVING WAGE AND AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE (SHAME ON THEM). NOW AT THE AGE OF 49 AND NO ASSISTANCE FOR THE PAST 5 WEEKS I AM LIVING WITH RELATIVES INSTEAD OF HAVING MY INDEPENDENCE. THE RICH ARE SELFISH AND UNCARING ON JUDGEMENT DAY THEY WILL HAVE TO EXPLAIN TO A HIGHER POWER WHY THEY ALLOWED HARD WORKING GOD FEARING AMERICAN CITIZENS SUFFER. WE ARE NEVER GOING TO FORGIVE THEIR ACTIONS AND WE BEST NOT FORGET THE PATH THEY HAVE CHOSEN. REVOLUTION HAS WORKED IN THE PAST AND I PERSONALLY FEEL IF IT WAS TO HAPPEN OUR MILITARY WOULD STEP ASIDE DUE TO THE FACT THEY PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NOT THE FAILED CONGRESS WE HAVE ELECTED IN RECENT YEARS. IN CLOSING PRAY HARD THEY CHANGE THEIR WAYS BECAUSE IF THEY DO NOT AN OVERTHROW IS CLOSER THAN ONE MIGHT THINK!!!!!!!!

  4. broke over american
    03/02/2014

    I am in the same boat as the rest of the unemployed americans. I wont say vote democrat (obama care) or republican (no benefits) so what is left ? I am at a.loss we are screwed either way we go and there seems to be no end to.the madness. I can only fall back on our constitution.and.my rights to stand.up and vote out.the.madness or stand up with my fellow americans to take back our country as i will have lost all of my pride dignity and respect if these keeps up . Really makes one.wonder.if there is a.god. what is it gonna take. Bring our.jobs back and stop dening full blooded americans there right.to life liberty and the pursuit of happyness.

  5. Erica
    03/02/2014

    My adult son suffered a massive stroke that left him disabled my employer made it impossible for me to take him to his rehab when I addressed it with our h.r. dept I was fired. I am all he has. I take care of his every need. I worked a 50hrs a and was a care giver. Our govt has no idea what It means to have 1.00 in your bank account. Lost my truck with only 9myths to go.
    Karma is real. For all those that have opposed the extension my God show you mercy like you showed me and my son.

    Go to hell

  6. Denise
    04/02/2014

    The face of people in need has changed. I hold a Master degree and have 25 years of experience in my field and I can’t get hired. I’ve worked since I was a teenager (back in the 70’s) and have paid taxes. For the first time in my life I have to depend on unemployment to maintain my household. How many Congressman would like to stand in line at a local food bank in order to feed their family??? Part of the problem is that there are no term limits or limits on the amount of financial contributions a candidate can receive. Our country is corrupted by the individuals in office and the big corporations and interest groups that brought their seats. The banks got their bail out money but did nothing to help stimulate the economy. Where is the bail out for the American people in need???? We need temporary aid and more jobs!!!Let’s remember the poor performance of our appoint officials when it’s time for elections!!!

  7. Diane Svoboda
    04/02/2014

    Firstly, Erica with the adult son that had a stroke. You may be able to collect an income as a fulltime caregiver.

    I am almost 60 and also was on unemployment but kicked off on Dec. 28th. Is anyone else as upset as I that the media has not covered this story about all of the people that are struggling? Right now we need faces and stories like we all have read to be covered on the news. WE NEED PEOPLE TO CARE and this will only happen if they see the faces and families that are hurting!!!

  8. Rob
    04/02/2014

    I was a fool and voted republican for most of my life.NEVER AGAIN……I feel like such an idiot. I too found myself unemployed after almost 13 years with a company as a manager. I have a degree but there are very few jobs out there so I went back to school full time while on unemployment…….5 classes and no help now from a government I supported my entire life……WTF……..my wife is a school teacher so needless to say we can’t make it without help right now…….thanks Republicans……..thanks a lot

    Robert SLATON

  9. Bob
    04/02/2014

    Iam a 52 year old Father of 2 and I also have 2 Step children,We live in Mckean Pa. I have Worked and Paid Taxes for 35 years and I have never been laid off and needed to collect UC benefits,I lost my Job as A Maintenance Supervisor and the Head electrician at a large manufacturing Facility last May, So my UC benefits where exhausted in Dec.I have sent out at least 50 Resumes and still know luck, I guess I don’t understand how these overpaid Assholes in DC think People are supposed to take care of there Families with know income, Whats the problem???? They act like the money is coming out of there pockets, When its our tax dollar that pays there salaries ,Iam sure I will find Work and pay taxes again, but a little temporary help would be nice, Hopefully they figure it out sooner then later, tough times,

  10. Stacy Eichman
    04/02/2014

    I have worked since I was 14 years old and hold a masters. I am also 52 and just do not understand why I am not valued in the employment arena. I have sent out hundreds of resume’s with very little response. My husband survived a traumatic brain injury in 1992 and my one and only child has a massive heart defect that will never allow her to work. I have worked full time all my life and have been the primary care giver to the two people I most love and dearly need me. My income never qualified me for any government assistance to help my damaged family so I just held me head high and did what I had to. My husband does receive Social Security disability which he paid into for more than 20 years but this does not support our family fully. Worked my full time job to provide income and medical insurance for the entire family and came home and took care of their needs and maintained a decent home. My professional and life experience seem to count for naught. What is wrong with this country? I just want to work an care for those that need me so much. I wonder how anyone in congress and the senate would hold up in my shoes. They are pampered and selfish having lost sight of the American people they represent. I will overcome this I know but in the meantime I am so disappointed with the current state of affairs.

  11. 04/02/2014

    I have used every communication I am able to find for our voice to be heard. Calls, Twitter, Facebook, comments, e mail, survey, and anything else. I inform others, repeat repeat repeat until these bullies get it.

  12. Donnie
    04/02/2014

    It’s just amazing that they can not pass a bill that helps the ppl who helped them get into office

  13. sad
    04/02/2014

    Now here is the bigger problem.. Got a job offer.. Have not had a income in over a month now.. now because you
    People want to play with our lives.. oh and this is what you wanted for me to find a job right? HOW IN THE HELL
    AM I GONNA GET THERE WITH NO DAMN MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Michael Casey
    04/02/2014

    I can’t help see that Congress is willing to cause this situation to 1.6 million people, because we are lazy. Its funny for them to make such a statement, considering they have the worst rating of all the Congress of the past.
    Government officials should realize that even their biggest supporters will turn on them when it comes times. Maybe its time for another revolution from the people who elected these senators and house of representatives.
    You want to help the American people, how about you, the government take a pay cut from your own salaries.
    So, if the bill is not passed by Congress, they would be leading the next Great Depression and you know what happens there, the economic will fall apart.
    So what I say is this, neither you are for the people who elected you, or when it comes election time, there could be some senators and house of representatives could be without a job.

  15. MJ Tobin
    04/02/2014

    Anyone on unemployment had a job previously. Some for a short time and some for 20-over 30 years. The vast majority of unemployed collecting unemployment insurance lost their jobs through no fault of their own and would love to be working again. Looking for work costs money and when those unemployment funds run out many will stop looking out of necessity. Next stop state aid, early SS and food stamps. Congress do the right thing – pass the extension.

  16. J Beck
    04/02/2014

    PLEASE make an attempt to put your personal & party issues aside and reinstate EUB. Worked my WHOLE LIFE!!! and now going into default on mortgage I worked 2-3 jobs for decades to hold onto. Please someone do something for Middle Class Americans just once. We send millions of $$ to foreign countries, outerspace and bail out banks who turn around and screw the average person. Is this the USA George Washington and John Adams designed and fought for??? I don’t think so :(

  17. Mary
    04/02/2014

    I have worked for 40 years and just lost my job in April. I lost my husband in August 2012 who was on disability. They took his benefits away & offered 274.00 for death benefits. I cannot collect his SS till I am 60 so I was depending on this UI. I have never had to collect UI until now. I lost my car, my home & now live in a Hotel which is only paid up til today.My daughter & Granddaughter live with me. So as Congress waits another week to vote you will soon have another homeless person who paid her taxes & worked all her life to have some sort of stability. Then they took it all away

  18. Hard worker
    04/02/2014

    I cant depend on democrats or republicans to get me and my family out of the hole that we are in. I’m putting my hopes in the lord,someone needs to wake congress up.

  19. Dawn DeWitt
    04/02/2014

    they are voting on it now on cspan

  20. Anabel
    05/02/2014

    Congress do something but do it now.

  21. robert
    05/02/2014

    THANKS FOR LETTING US DOWN AND ALLOWING US TO LOSE EVERYTHING INCLUDING OUR SELF RESPECT

  22. Jeanie
    05/02/2014

    Shame on you congress. Reading all of the comments above how can you sleep at night while you all took time off to relax at our Americans
    expense. Enough is enough get this extension through immediately. Why are people on Welfare not put on more stringent rules. Some people know how to work the system and it is a way of life for them. Are they looking for jobs !!!!
    Just a free ride, so do not deprive people who are losing everything they have bc none of you are by no means and never will be in this position. Enjoy your wealth

  23. robert
    06/02/2014

    VEHICLE REPOSSESED TODAY LORD GIVE ME STRENGTH

  24. Froggie Princess
    07/02/2014

    It would b diff if it wuz good stamps or Medicaid but dis iz our $ we earned!! It’s not free services but $ U as our government owe 2 us!! I had 2 move out of my house & am livin wit my best friend 2 have a place 2 lay my head!! I’ve had my own place since I wuz 18 yrs old & have been able 2 pay ALL my billz until Dec. 28, 2013!!! I have put n numerous job applications but think bout it….. There’s 2 million people out of work & only 600,000 jobs rite now!! Sumthin wrong wit dat pic wouldn’t U think!! Republicans say if our pres will let go of Affordable Act they will extend our extensions!! Well it’s time 2 do rite thing for ” We The People!!!!! ” FROG (Fully Rely On God!!)

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