Emergency Unemployment Benefits Are Not Forgotten

As politicians have shifted their focus to a discussion of minimum wage this spring, addressing the December expiration of emergency unemployment benefits, retroactively, appeared increasingly difficult. However, the Senate now appears ready to raise the issue, again, nearly two months after the emergency benefits expired.

The number of Americans, who have been cut off from unemployment insurance due to congressional inaction, will swell to just under 2 million people as February draws to a close. Approximately 1.3 million Americans were abruptly cut off from the program on Dec. 28, 2013, and the number denied benefits will continue to grow without congressional action. More than $3 billion in unemployment checks has not been distributed to unemployed workers as a result of the program‘s expiration.

The cut in unemployment compensation will continue to exacerbate shortages at food banks, elevate mortgage delinquency rates, and inhibit the ability of job-seekers to continue their search, if no action is taken.

Payroll employment, the labor market participation rate, and long-term unemployment have still not returned to pre-recession levels, and robust job growth in the near term appears unlikely. For these reasons, efforts to extend emergency unemployment compensation have attracted bipartisan support, especially among conservatives in states still plagued with high unemployment. Nonetheless, only four Republican Senators supported moving forward with the proposal in a procedural vote in early February.

Extending emergency unemployment benefits is a vital piece of unfinished business for this Congress, and it is perhaps the only vehicle of its kind that could provide relief to job-seekers trying to make it in a tough market. An extension of the emergency unemployment compensation program (EUC) should continue to be pursed for the same reasons the minimum wage should be increased-- the economy is not working for the average American. We can, and should, help low-wage job workers, those working part-time for economic reasons, and unemployed job seekers.

For a breakdown of ongoing state-by-state impacts, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has produced a concise chart that extends through December 2014 here.

 

For Further Reading:

Emergency Unemployment Benefits Are Not ForgottenThe Fine Print blog, Feb. 26, 2014

Emergency Unemployment Benefits: Ways to Take ActionThe Fine Print blog, March 6, 2014

Emergency Unemployment Benefits: Time to Petition the GovernmentThe Fine Print blog, March 12, 2014

Emergency Unemployment Benefits: Compromise in the SenateThe Fine Print blog, March 14, 2014

Emergency Unemployment Benefits: Boehner Signals Reluctance in the HouseThe Fine Printblog, March 21, 2014

Emergency Unemployment Benefits Extension Clears First Hurdle in the SenateThe Fine Printblog, March 28, 2014

Extending Emergency Unemployment: Senate Finally Expected to Vote to Extend Benefits   and Rush through Corporate Tax CutsThe Fine Print blog, April 2, 2014

Emergency Unemployment Benefits Bill Passes the Senate, Increasing Pressure on the HouseThe Fine Print blog, April 8, 2014

Stories of Americans Cut Off of Emergency Unemployment CompensationGovernment Matters, April 22, 2014

Emergency Unemployment Extension Expected to Take Back Seat to Tax ExtendersThe Fine Print blog, April 25, 2014

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see...you did hijack this board. no one wants to hear about you drinking or anything else unrelated to this. pm eachother that crap.
see...you did hijack this board. no one wants to hear about you drinking or anything else unrelated to this. pm eachother that crap.
Shit I thought they were voting on it this week. Shit by next week I'll be shit outta luck. Lights, water, internet, phone will all be turned off. Man this is fucking ridiculous!!! Hope all their Bitch Ass fucking die! I hope their kids grandkids and family members fucking die!!!
I want to take a dump on the congress floor or crop dust the room. Not trying be on welfare most of them are like "after that government cheese we eatin steak....." To all the fat cats liven on the high horse.... I'll believe ya when my shit turns purple and smells like rainbow sherbet......
I can say what ever I want. This is America I have to quote mark wallberg from the movie Italian job "were all stressed out on this one"
Congress hijacked my brain and told me to get a job at mcdonalds...
Are you tired of unemployment being compared to Welfare? The last time I checked, if you are on welfare, you don't have to do a darn thing except NOTHING and work the system. If you are unemployed and receive benefits, you have to WORK to find a job (which is a full-time job). You have to keep a detailed work search log, keep checking in and respond in a timely manner with your local Workforce Commission and logging into their website to search for jobs and make payment requests. The welfare recipient is not subjected daily to discrimination, depression and rejection as the Unemployed are. Did you know that food stamps used to look like "play money" (similar to what is used in the Monopoly game). Some activist politicians thought it was degrading for them to use this form a payment, and they gave them ATM cards that are re-loaded with their funds. The receivers of welfare benefits get free food, free child care, free medical, free dental, free medicines, low subsidized housing or free rent, and they also get a lump sum of CASH to use as they please. I'm sure you have seen them in front of you at the grocery store. They are dressed in designer clothes, have their hair done, fake fingernails, pedicure, and have their alcohol and cigarettes. You watch them with their litter of kids get into their brand new car! The unemployed have to find a way to deal with their daily depression. The unemployed who get benefits had to WORK for that money from their individual state. The amount of unemployment compensation (UEC) varies in each state, but it can be anywhere from 4-6 months. You also must have worked long enough to have funds in your "account". Over the years the UEC has dwindled in length of time and how much each person gets. On average the UEC recipient will get about 1/3 the amount they made every two weeks. There is also a maximum amount a person gets. For example, if you made a six-figure income, you will only receive the maximum for your state. In Texas that amount is $440 bi-monthly. How do you make up for the gap in the amount of your bills and the EUC benefits coming in? You have to use your savings, retirement, or beg, borrow, or steal it. The unemployed have to cut their bills to a minimum, sale things, move, have items repossessed, and have their credit destroyed. What did they do to deserve this? In most cases nothing!
Get VERY VERY F'ing Mad!!!! The Army taught me skills that never go away!!! I will teach them to those who will never give up or forget what is being done to us. Congress, House, Dems, Re(pubics)LOL, keep delaying, by next week for most of us it will be too late to bounce back. We never learned your names during your "grassroots" handshakes and kisses....because you NEVER were there with or for us!!!! But now, we ALL know who you are. Since we have found out in the hardest way that no part of our lives that we built are safe.....then FOREVER, yours will not be either. If Obama goes down in history as the worst president....then Bo(e)ner, McC(unt)nell, Puss(Paul), Mc(cane) , Foolbio, Mur(der)kowski, and ALL of the others in Washington will sink along with him and be remembered as dishonorable treason comitting traitors, cancers, viruses, and enemies of the states. Hate spreads and people of your ideology set the foundation centuries ago. As a grown man, I have shed more tears and grew more grey hairs from politics of the last 6 years.
So I guess NEXT TUESDAY is when they are going to vote. A whole week from now. If we tell our phone, electric, gas, etc. providers to wait one more week after being 2 months delinquent, they don't care. They don't want to hear it and will cut us off immediately. Meanwhile these clowns in office accuse us of living a life of luxury and exotic vacations on our EUC payments. I think they have us confused with all of the businessmen from AIG, the banks, the auto industry, and everyone else who was part of the gov't. bailout. The ones who took their bailout and paid off their top executive bonuses. Why doesn't anyone call them lazy takers? Oh yeah, corporate welfare = perfectly OK! Why do we reward those who put our economy down the toilet? Why do we punish and insult those that worked hard to build giant corporations into what they are? Why does the gov't. fall all over itself giving people like Mark Zuckerberg money and taxbreaks when he is the one who can afford to pay?
tex yes I just did....I also read where seattle times is reporting on all of the people writing to them about this...check it out.......I will think...give me a few .....AND TO ANONYMOUS BITCHIN ABOUT THESE POSTS.....CHILL OUT DUDE...........WE ARE TRYING TO GATHER INFO AND SHARE IT BECAUSE IF YOU HADNT NOTICED.....WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT THAT IS RAPIDLY SINKING.....SO DO NOT PATRONIZE ANY OF US.......WE ARE TRYING TO HELP.....SO IF YOU DONT LIKE IT....DONT READ IT....IT HASNT STOPPED YOU OR ANYONE ELSE FROM EXPRESSING THEIR VIEWS ABOUT THIS HORRIBLE SITUATION OUR GOVERNMENT HAS PUT US IN......GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS...