Extend Unemployment Benefits
Please extend unemployment benefits before they expire on November 30th.
Without the extension, 2 million people including thousands of
children will be in danger of facing hunger, homelessness, illness and
in some cases, death.
We can't treat our fellow citizens as disposable
people. It is not only morally wrong, but also detrimental to
our entire economy.
These benefits not only affect the unemployed and their families, but also our local and national economies. We are all profoundly interconnected in our current financial network. According to the Congressional Budget Office, more aid to the unemployed is the best thing for our economic recovery: http://bit.ly/aI9Wf5
"Opponents would have you believe that the nation cannot afford to keep paying unemployment
benefits: a yearlong extension would cost about $60 billion. The truth
is, we cannot afford not to. The nation has never ended federal
benefits when unemployment is as high as it is now, and for good
reason: Without jobs, there is inadequate spending, and that means
ever fewer jobs. A wide range of private and government studies show
that unemployment benefits combat that vicious cycle by ensuring that
families can buy the basics." 11/27/2010
Here are the facts about renewing federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and Extended Benefits (EB):
Keep in mind as you deliberate: 1) We are the citizens, the tax
payers, who bailed out the big banks with our hard-earned money and
saved our economy. 2) We the People are the ones that are too-big-to-fail, not irresponsible financial institutions that made reckless bets and crippled our country.
Going forward, please stop the bickering, fear-mongering, misinformation campaigns and partisan gamesmanship. We are in a national crisis. We need you more than ever to work together to create jobs and strive for economic security for all Americans, not just the wealthy.