Emergency Unemployment Benefits Are Not Forgotten

by Jessica Schieder, 2/26/2014

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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Hi everyone!
Have you had a chance to do your daily "call list of Senators" I posted earlier?
It only takes about 35 minutes to call all of them and leave a voice message saying:
"This isn't funny, we want OUR money! Please vote for the Emergency Unemployment Extension of benefits NOW!" From the Center For Effective Government group.

I am working on the "House of Representative call list" now and it will be up shortly.

Seven things you know about the expiration of EUC benefits:

1) Long-term unemployment is still at its highest level since World War II.
2) The long-term unemployment are having a difficult time finding jobs (duh).
3) Long-term unemplyment takes an extreme toll on people's health and well-being.
4) The expiration of benefits took away the ONLY source of income for most.
5) The myth that the long-term unemployed will find jobs if benefits are stopped is not true! There are not enough jobs to go around!
6) Congress is doing very little to address the REAL problem which is finding long-term unemployed jobs.
7) Long-term unemployment is destroying the U.S. economy taking millions of jobs away and billions in revenue.

House of Representatives Minority Leader Senator Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is still trying to get House to sign discharge petition to bypass Speaker of the House Senator John Boehner (R-OH).

Call Senator Pelosi with support:
(202) 225-4965

Call Senator Boehner to pass EUC/allow vote:
(202) 225-0600

Good Morning Vietnam!
Give 'em heck this week! Let them know we are a united front! Call, email, fax, and use social media to let the politicians know:

"This isn't funny, we want OUR money!"
Please pass the EUC benefits NOW!
From the Center for Effective Government!"

There are now 4-articles from the Center for Effective Government with blogs under each article.

To simplify things, we need to "migrate" to the newest one come Monday. People who are "newbies" will be searching for the most current articles. The last article on here was from 3/14 titled, "EUC Benefits, Compromise in the Senate."

Please switch over to that blog on Monday so we can be ready with information to share with everyone and ways To TAKE ACTION next week!

Important facts and Washington contact numbers for EUC bill (S2077)

Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) is the sponsor of the EUC bill : (202) 224-3542.
Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) is the co-sponsor of the EUC bill: (202) 224-6244.

On March 13th a Senate bi-partisan compromise was reached and the following Senators are now listed as co-sponsors of the bill:

Senator Rob Portman (D-OH): 202-224-3353
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): 202-224-6665
Mark Kirby (R-IL): 202-224-2854
Susan Collins (R-ME) 202-2523

Please call them and know they have our support from the Center For Effective Government in Washington, D.C.!

Here are the list of Senators that voted against Extending the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC):
*All phone numbers start with (202) 224-

Last name, First, Party-State, last four digits of phone number
Alexander, Lamar (R-TN) 4944
Ayotte, Kelly (R-NH) 3324
Barraso, John (R-WY) 6441
Blunt, Roy (R-MO) 5721
Boozman, John (R-AR) 4843
Burr, Richard (R-NC) 3154
Chambliss, Saxby (R-GA) 3521
Coats, Daniel (R-IN) 5623
Coburn, Tom (R-OK) 5754
Cockran, Thad (R-MS) 5054
Collins, Susan (R-ME) 2523
Corker, Bob (R-TN) 3344
Cornyn, John (R-TX) 2934
Crapo, Mike (R-ID) 6142
Cruz, Ted (R-TX) 5922
Enzi, Michael (R-WY) 3424
Fischer, Deb (NE) 6551
Flake, Jeff (AZ) 4521
Graham, Lindsey (R-SC) 5972
Grassley, Chuck (R-IA) 3744
Hatch, Orrin (R-UT) 5251
Hoeven, John (R-ND) 2551
Inhofe, James (R-OK) 4721
Isakson, Johnny (R-GA) 3643
Johanns, Mike (R-NE) 4224
Johnson, Ron (R-WI) 5323
Kirk, Mark (R-IL) 2854
Lee, Mike (R-UT) 5444
McCain, John (R-AZ) 2235
McConnell, Mitch (R-KY) 2541
Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK) 6665
Paul, Rand (R-KY) 4343
Poretman, Rob (R-OH) 3353
Risch, James (R-ID) 2752
Rubio, Marco (R-FL) 3041
Scott, Tim (R-SC) 6121
Sessions, Jeff (R-AL) 4124
Shelby, Richard (R-AL) 5744
Thune, John (R-SD) 2321
Toomey, Patrick (R-PA) 4254
Vitter, David (R-LA) 4623
Wicker, Roger (R-MS) 6253
2-Did not vote:
Moran, Jerry (R-KS) 6521
Roberts, Pat (R-KS) 4774

Good Morning Vietnam! (EUC family)!

I've been working on the House of Representative "target list" and hope to get that to you soon so we can call them like we did the Senate.

While Congress is on vacation next week, we need to continue pressure on the Senate since it still needs to go through the finalization passing process when they get back on the 24th. Let's not act like this is "a done deal." I am hopeful the bill will be passed along to Mr. Bonehead (Boehner) and group the week of the 24th. I don't think
anything will be done on Monday the 24th. The politicians are in "vacation mode" before and after. They barely came to a compromise late on Thursday, and didn't work on Friday. Monday will be catch-up and also I'm sure they need to get the bill "prepared and official" before it goes up for "the vote."

Continue to make your calls, e-mails, faxes to the Senators. Get on their Facebook pages and leave comments and invite people to join us here! Each correspondence with the politicians, you should be mentioning "our EUC movement" from the Center for Effective Government. They need to know we are a mobilized, effective, and determined group that will not take "no for an answer!"
Have a great day!


TNT and WIZ. We are on the 3/12 blog.