Before Congress adjourns for the holidays, it still needs to address one of the most pressing issues affecting millions of Americans: the extension of federal unemployment benefits. If Congress does not pass an extension, the emergency benefits will expire on December 31.
At a time when 14 million workers are unemployed and nearly 6 million are now categorized as long-term jobless (unemployed for more than 27 weeks), Congress’ further inaction will force millions of Americans to ring in the new year with a loss of necessary benefits.
Unemployed Americans are granted close to two years’ worth of unemployment benefits, but if Congress doesn’t act, more than 2 million people will lose their unemployment benefits, with an additional 4 million tragically joining them over the course of 2012. This could not come at a worse time. At a time when the unemployed are desperately seeking work, this is not the time to cut off their life line.
Click here to sign a petition created by the AFL-CIO that demands Congress to act now to extend the emergency unemployment benefits.
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