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Dems Pressuring GOP to Extend Unemployment Insurance Again

If Congress does not renew the law, those out of work who file for unemployment benefits in 2014 will only qualify for state benefits.

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Bill Straub

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December 2, 2013 - 11:06 pm
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WASHINGTON – Congressional Democrats are pressuring Republicans to once again extend emergency benefits to the nation’s unemployed, asserting that more than one million people unable to find work will see their assistance expire just after Christmas unless the issue is addressed.

Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee signed and sent a letter to Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) asking the panel’s chairman to hold a hearing on the approaching end of the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, characterizing it as “an urgent economic issue.”

“With the end of the year fast approaching, we must hear from Americans who just days after Christmas would immediately lose their unemployment insurance if Congress takes no action,” the letter said. “We invite you to work with us in setting up such a hearing, so that the human consequences of the pending expiration of the federal unemployment insurance program are fully understood.”

Republican lawmakers have remained relatively quiet about the looming deadline. A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would only say GOP leaders would consider an extension proposal.

Legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate to extend federal unemployment insurance benefits through 2014 at an estimated cost of $25 billion. The fate of those measures remains unclear.

“Both parties have extended emergency unemployment insurance in times of high unemployment and we need to continue that now,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), a co-sponsor of the Senate bill. “The economy is getting better, but unemployment is still too high and there are still three people looking for work for every one job opening. Congress needs to focus on helping businesses create jobs, not pull the rug out from families unemployed through no fault of their own.”

The unemployment insurance system is a partnership between the federal and state governments that provides a weekly benefit to qualified individuals who lose their job and are seeking work. The amount of that benefit is based in part on a worker’s past earnings.

States typically provide unemployment benefits for 26 weeks. The temporary Emergency Unemployment Compensation, initiated in 2008 during the height of the financial crisis, allowed the states to extend that time limit. Last year lawmakers agreed to an extension and included a provision that allows individuals attempting to start their own businesses to continue collecting benefits even though they are not actively seeking new jobs.

Failure to preserve unemployment insurance will affect 1.3 million Americans who will find themselves cut off if an extension isn’t approved by Congress by Dec. 28. Another 1.9 million Americans will be denied access to the emergency program during the first six months of next year. If Congress does not renew the law, those out of work who file for unemployment benefits in 2014 will only qualify for state benefits, which last a maximum of 26 weeks. Reports show that the average unemployed person is out of work and searching for a new job for 36 weeks.

The federal government reports that 36 percent of those unemployed have been out of work for more than six months and the economy still has 1.5 million fewer jobs than before the 2008 recession.

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Lower unemployment insurance! 6 months of unemployment is more than enough. They are letting people leech off hardworking Americans for almost as long as 2 years! That is unbelievable. If you can't find ANY work after 6 months - you aren't looking. We are creating a welfare state that only engenders the politicians and the parasites that support them.
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many years ago i read a study on duration of unemployment benefits vs length of time to find employment. the conclusion was that the time to find a job from the end of benefits was pretty much a constant. this seems to say that extending the benefits increases the time people are out of work. unfortunately, i can't give the article.

i can see the point of Scottch (below), the pain will get people's attention. however, this will be blamed on Republicans, if not extended.

i have no answers. the pain is here, the dems are in control and the people voted obama in twice.
51 weeks ago
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I hate to say it, but let it happen.

Long term Unemployment benefits expiring at the same time Obamacare comes rolling in with the latest disaster may finally get the people's attention.

Human nature is such that many people only change their behavior when the perceived pain of changing is less than the perceived pain of staying the same.

Propping up the economy with massive government spending is only encouraging more of the same behavior.

Of course, if they do drop the renewal of the unemployment benefits, I'd also suggest they couple it with an effort to curtail the federal government's ability to hamper businesses....
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My last pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My sisters friend has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can't believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I do,,,,,,, http://www.jobs35.com
50 weeks ago
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I hope the Republicans don't surrender. It should not be done.
50 weeks ago
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Sure, why not? Start the printing presses. We're not broke, there are still checks in the checkbook. Ignore the data that indicates that people seem to miraculously find work just as their benefits run out.
50 weeks ago
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Anyone else want to take Sander Levin & Sperling behind the shed &.. POW!

'.. continue to look for work..' '..our economy has made enormous progress..'

Sperling - assistant to Uhdumbo for economic policy..

Listen up you 2 dipsh!ts.. be ecstatic you work in the Fed for ACTUALLY doing one's job, doing it well enough to NOT get canned is alien to you lifetime grifter mf'ers.

I recall a study as well.

Sweden had a terrible unemployment though worse long-term unemployment/ unemployment benes graft taking place.

When Sweden changed their policy to ONLY provide benes to those unemployed for 2 years or less rather than then-5 years ( seriously, 5 years leeching off others ) the unemployment #'s 'miraculously' dropped like a stone.

Are you telling me these long term unemployed folks can't find remedial work? 2 p/t jobs?

Levin, Sperling are enemies of the state. Plain and simple. I'm no economic policy guru but I'm pretty sure not only allowing but encouraging people to give up.. Sperling SHOULD have said 6, 12, 18 etc., months ago to the Jeffery Lebowski's if the world the spigot is off, get off yer asses & do what humans have been doing for as long as time itself.. feed and take care of yourself and your own!

On the flip side we've fast food employees whom look @ their job as a long-term gig (?) and expect to get paid as if they're recent 2, 4 year college grads!

Sperling, Levin, Gruber & the other bourgeoisie types in America's Illiberal politburo-like positions are eating all this communism sold under empathy B S up.
51 weeks ago
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Two points here. First, the longer someone is out of work, the crappier the resume looks. The longer they are out of work, the fewer employers willing to hire. Two, the dems are asking for this extension. What do they have to offer in terms of how it is to be paid for. The Dems have to give something up, something they can be held to. Frankly, the word of Dem Congresscritters isn't worth the powder to blow themselves to hell and gone. They've been screwing us over for decades now. Time to stop it.
51 weeks ago
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You want to increase the supply of something?

Pay people for it.
51 weeks ago
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and then we have the idiots like Pelosi that tells us that unemployment is a great way to jump start the economy.

maybe we should put her on the unemployment line, with the rest of her dems, and we can then prove that when dems are out of power, it is the best solution to the economy
51 weeks ago
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why extend unemployment insurance, the economy is doing great according to B.O. and his cronies,

Other questions, you buy insurance with a policy limits--you use up the limits, are you entitled to change the policy-contract after the fact?

Sorry, but studies being reported show that the longer a person is out, the less likely they are to look and studies are showing that people are gauging how long they have unemployment to know when they should start relooking for jobs.
51 weeks ago
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Liberals are like the medieval peasants, who in a year of drought, insist on eating the last of the seed corn. The next year, of course, there will be no seeds to plant. The answer is to find something else to eat; or in modern US terms, do NOT spend the nation out of its future. Everyone tighten their belts, eat less; friends and neighbors, help out your less fortunate neighbors. Where is Charity? Charity does not belong in the hands of government.
51 weeks ago
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Lower unemployment insurance! 6 months of unemployment is more than enough. They are letting people leech off hardworking Americans for almost as long as 2 years! That is unbelievable. If you can't find ANY work after 6 months - you aren't looking. We are creating a welfare state that only engenders the politicians and the parasites that support them.
51 weeks ago
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