Congresswoman Shelley Berkley is urging swift passage of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that will extend unemployment benefits an additional 13 weeks in order to help jobless Nevada residents. The bill is expected to receive a vote on the House floor on Tuesday of this week.
"Nevada has been socked with a 13% unemployment rate, so there is no question that this extension is needed to help our friends, neighbors and loved ones who are still without work," said Berkley. "These checks help families pay the rent and keep food on the table when they have no other source of income, and if we don't act now, these vital benefits could be eliminated. This package is fully funded at the federal level, so there will be no cost to the state at a time when Nevada is already facing huge shortfalls, including in the state unemployment fund. This bill is a lifeline and it will aid those still struggling to find work in Las Vegas and other parts of the Silver State," said Berkley.
Without Congressional action, hundreds of thousands of workers will run out of unemployment benefits by the end of September. Passage of The Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2009 (H.R. 3548) -- which Berkley cosponsored -- will immediately benefit more than 300,000 workers projected to exhaust all available unemployment benefits by the end of September. The legislation extends benefits at no cost to Nevada or other states covered under the bill.