URGENT: Unemployment Benefits About to Run out for Millions of People
The unemployment rate hasn’t changed – so why do conservative members of Congress want to change the rules for who can receive unemployment benefits?
Last Thursday, the House of Representatives voted down a measure which would have reauthorized extended unemployment insurance. If Congress does not act by November 30th, 800,000 people will immediately lose this crucial lifeline. 2 million people will lose their unemployment insurance by the end of the year, and another 1 million in January 2011.
The long-term unemployed, people who’ve been out of work for more than 26 weeks (about 6.5 months) make up 42% of all jobless workers. They need this crucial lifeline to help keep a roof over their heads and food on the table.
Congress is about to go home for Thanksgiving without extending benefits for the long-term unemployed, and conservative leaders have vowed to put their energy for the few remaining weeks of this Congressional session into extending the Bush tax cuts to the wealthiest 2%. These priorities are outrageously out-of-touch with the values of most Americans.
Please take action today.
- Send your Representative and Senators a message online.
- Call both your Senators toll free at 877-662-2889. Tell them something like this:
“Unemployment is still at record levels, and emergency benefits for workers who have been unemployed for more than 26 weeks are scheduled to expire November 30th. I urge you to renew them immediately. We need help for the unemployed, not tax cuts for the rich!”