By: Ross Wallen
USAction / TrueMajority
Federal unemployment insurance (UI) expired today for 1.3 million Americans, including 20,000 recent veterans, because Republicans blocked an extension of critical jobless aid for the long-term unemployed. In Wisconsin, failing to extend UI will impact 99,000 residents.
Tell Congress to act immediately and renew unemployment insurance.
Call Sen. Ron Johnson 1-877-267-2485
Democrats fought to include UI in the year-end budget plan. But the GOP war on workers knows no shame -- three days after Christmas, in the middle of winter, 1.3 million families just lost a critical lifeline.
The Senate will vote to renew UI in less than two weeks, but it won't pass unless we make our voices heard. Call Sen. Ron Johnson 1-877-267-2485
Demand that Congress renews unemployment insurance now.
Never in our history have we failed to renew UI when so many Americans are out of work.
And conservatives just don’t seem to care that for every one job available, there are three jobless workers and that UI benefits lifted an estimated 2.5 million people out of poverty in 2012 alone.1
We must end the cuts to our communities and invest in jobs and prosperity for all. We have 2 million fewer jobs today than before the financial crisis. These people are unemployed because there aren't enough jobs and Congress hasn't made the investments needed to create jobs.
Send a message to Congress to renew UI and tell them that the GOP’s reckless austerity hurts workers, our families and the economy.
1 - "New Report: The Economic Benefits of Extending Unemployment Insurance," Council of Economic Advisors, December 5, 2013