Our country is facing the worst unemployment rate in a generation with six million workers unemployed. If the unemployment insurance program is not extended, nearly 2.1 million Americans will no longer have a lifeline to help them pay for their housing, groceries or health care. Congress has never allowed unemployment benefits to expire when unemployment was this high for this long.
Sadly, there are some in Congress that believe the jobless don't want to work, but I know that six million workers are doing what they can to find jobs, but are coming up empty handed. It is cruel to turn our backs on those workers. That is why I am pushing for the extension of unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed. The Congressional Budget Office has declared that unemployment benefits are "both timely and cost-effective in spurring economic activity and employment," and the Economic Policy Institute has estimated that preventing Unemployment Insurance benefits from expiring could prevent the loss of over 500,000 jobs. Extending unemployment benefits makes economic sense and it is the right thing to do.