Senate To Debate Emergency Unemployment Extensions Monday
On December 29th, 2013, some 1.3 million Americans suddenly faced a stark reality as extended federal unemployment benefits they were receiving – for most, a whopping $1,166.00 a month - came to a screeching halt. If nothing changes, an estimated 4.9 million Americans could be directly affected by the end of this year. Yahoo News reports that, according to the Obama administration, the benefits payments “have kept 11.4 million people out of poverty and benefited almost 17 million children.”
Republicans have long-held that extending unemployment benefits beyond the “standard” 26 weeks provided by individual states does nothing but make people lazy and discourages those receiving the payments from looking for work. It’s as if there’s some parallel universe where people are happy to just lay around subsisting on food scraps and guv’ment cheese. So, while the GOP markets itself as the party looking out for the Average Joe – the grim reality is anything but.
A recent, scathing article in The Globalist pointed out that “The Republican Party has constantly opposed children’s healthcare, efforts to reduce deaths from childbirth, infant mortality and risk factors from premature births, as equally as it opposes programs to assist the hungry and unemployed.” Further, it pointed out;
“An investigation of legislation related to maternity care, children’s health care and SNAP (food stamps) from the 111th-113th Congresses (2009-2013) reveals how cruel (GOP) policy has thrown away the poor in favor of partisan purity, ideology and budget-policies favoring the wealthy at the expense of the poor.”
In truth, when it comes to protecting the social safety nets of those that are struggling, we must look to the Democratic Party to continue its proud tradition of action over asinine “trickle-down” mythologies.
On Monday, January 6th, as the Senate reconvenes from the Holiday break, they intend to do just that. Democratic Senator Jack Reed from Rhode Island has introduced S. 1845, otherwise know as the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension act. Co-sponsored by 21 other popular Democrats such as Elizabeth Warren (MA), Tammy Baldwin (WI) and Barbara Boxer (CA), as well as Independent progressive rock star Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Debate on the bill begins at 2 P.M., with each Senator given 1o minutes to speak on the bill.
You may review the bill below:
It’s imperative that we all take a proactive role in this debate by making your voice heard. You can contact your elected officials by clicking HERE.
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