Over 1.3 million Americans are facing the likelihood of losing their unemployment benefits by the end of the year, according to NBC News, Dec.11, 2013. The unemployment checks, which are slated to be curtailed on December 28th, were federally funded by the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program (EUCP) which also is not being renewed under the budget agreement. The EUCP's purpose was to provide funding for those whose state unemployment benefits had run out.
The only way that the funding for the EUCP could be extended would be for Congress to enact a separate piece of legislation aimed specifically at continuing the program. As things stand right now, there is no indication that such legislation will be enacted, or even proposed in Congress. This presents a very gloomy picture for many unemployed citizens throughout the nation who have been unable to find employment since being laid off their jobs.
One such person is Alicia Nesbitt, 56, a former college financial aid administrator from Connecticut who was laid off last New Year's Eve. Nesbitt only has two more checks coming, amounting to a total of only $348. She is just one of over a million and a quarter people throughout the country who also face the same grim outlook if the EUCP program is not renewed by Congress before the end of the year.
As for Nesbitt, she says that she never would have believed that she would be facing such a plight:
"If anyone had told me I would be unemployed and uncertain as to my future at my age, I would not have believed it."