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Why the Bipartisan Senate Bill to Extend Unemployment Insurance is Important

on March 18, 2014

Human Services Policy Network

A new bipartisan bill has been introduced in the Senate to restore Emergency Unemployment Compensation for an additional 5 months, and it would allow retroactive payments to when it was discontinued in December. This means that the 2,000,000 workers and 200,000 veterans who have been living without any source of income for the past 3 months will finally have financial support again.

unemploymentWhat’s important about the extension is that it does not include harmful “pay-fors” that were being negotiated earlier. These included creating new restrictions on the Child Tax Credit, and preventing eligible recipients from drawing both unemployment insurance and disability insurance. While these were suggested in the name of being fiscally responsible, cutting aid and opportunities for one struggling family in order to provide solutions for another is irresponsible and unacceptable. Programs that support families in poverty are not loop-holes or extravagant spending.

The extension of unemployment insurance would…

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