Take Action Today: Urge Your Senators to Renew Unemployment Insurance This Week
Congress has allowed emergency unemployment insurance to expire for more than five months. While the Senate passed a bipartisan agreement to extend unemployment benefits, House Republicans have refused to act. Their inaction has denied a critical economic lifeline to more than 2.5 million Americans and drained more than $5 billion from our economy.
The American people and our economic recovery cannot afford this delay. Unemployment insurance remains critical to unemployed workers; it kept 2.5 million people, including 600,000 children, out of poverty in 2012. By definition, these benefits are for those who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own and who are ready, willing, and able to start a new job. Our economic recovery is also in jeopardy: Letting these benefits lapse over the next year would cost us 310,000 jobs and would reduce vital economic growth. We cannot afford for House Republicans to block this program that benefits the unemployed and our economy.
Due to the slow economic recovery, it has been historically difficult for many workers to find new employment, and 36 percent of unemployed Americans have been out of work for more than half a year. Although the economy has improved since the Great Recession, there are still three job seekers for every job opening. In a period of high long-term unemployment and intense competition for jobs, it is both unfair and harmful to cut off benefits to already struggling Americans.
The time to act is now. This could be the last chance for Congress to renew unemployment insurance for millions of Americans. For many of these families, it is difficult to make ends meet without one month unemployment insurance benefits, let alone five months. Congress is currently working to resurrect more than 60 expired tax breaks for corporations; struggling families should be part of the equation. If Congress can act to protect tax breaks for corporations, which the Senate will vote on this week, they can also provide a lifeline to unemployed families.
Enter your zip code below and take action today to urge your Senators to restore this crucial lifeline for struggling American families!