Take Action to Extend Unemployment Benefits
Benefits for the jobless remain one of the most effective forms of stimulus. Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moodys.com, estimates that they generate $1.61 of stimulus for every dollar spent.
Moreover, expanding unemployment insurance is wildly popular, even among conservatives. Poll after poll shows that a vast majority of Americans support giving aid to the laid-off. And on Capitol Hill, even the most stringent deficit hawks do not object to the unemployment benefits themselves. They object to expanding the deficit to pay for them
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July 1, 2010- From the Columbus Dispatch- Benefits running out for jobless
-Send an E-mail to Senator Voinovich to encourage his support of the Unemployment Insurance Extension
To the Honorable Senator Voinovich:
I am writing to encourage you to vote ‘Yes’ on H.R. 5618, The Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act which would restore the EUC and Extended Benefits programs, retroactive to their expiration on June 2, 2010.
For too long, unemployed workers and their families have suffered the anxiety and stress that comes with all the stop-gap extensions that Congress has been passing, and given the still high rates of unemployment in this country, and the 5.3 million people who are receiving federal benefits, these programs need to continue at least through the end of November. This issue is especially important for Ohioans as our state’s unemployment rate at 10.7 percent with 321,000 people currently collect unemployment.
It's critical that the Senate approve these measures immediately to prevent further interruptions in these important programs. Please act now and make sure that millions do not face continuing joblessness coupled with an end to benefits that have kept us afloat so far.
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