On June 10, 2010, the U.S. House subcommitte on Income Security and Family Support of the Ways and Means Committee will conduct a hearing to examine possible responses to the problem of long-term unemployment. waysandmeans.house.gov. The subcommitte is chaired by Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA).
The Ways and Means Committee maintains a page on unemployment matters at waysandmeans.house.gov/press/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=11116.
The members of the Ways and Means Committee can be found at waysandmeans.house.gov/singlepages.aspx?newsid=10462. Although Indiana does not have a congressional representative on the Committee, many other states are represented such as Texas, California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Nevada. The information contained in the press release is so vital that the entire press release is published as part of this article. With Indiana and its major cities hovering around 10% unemployment, it is vital that your personal stories and concerns be submitted as outlined below.
Please read to the end of the release because hearing submissions must be formatted exactly as described in the press release.
"June 3, 2010 Press Release
Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support of the Committee on Ways and Means, today announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing on possible policy responses to long-term unemployment. The hearing will take place on Thursday, June 10, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. in B-318 Rayburn House Office Building.
In view of the limited time available to hear witnesses, oral testimony at this hearing will be from invited witnesses only. However, any individual or organization not scheduled to appear may submit a written statement for consideration by the Subcommittee and for inclusion in the record of the hearing.
Even as the economy has started to consistently create jobs for the first time in over two years, the problem of long-term unemployment remains a significant challenge. Just under 46 percent of all unemployed workers have been without work for over six months – more than anytime since record keeping on this statistic began in 1948. These 6.7 million long-term jobless Americans face a labor market with only one job available for nearly every six unemployed workers.
Over ten million jobs need to be created to restore the labor market to its condition before the recession started in December 2007. This enormous jobs gap suggests that even robust and consistent employment growth would take considerable time to substantially lower the number of long-term unemployed workers. Studies find that unemployment leads to a variety of negative outcomes for workers and their families, including increased deprivation, increased health problems, permanent withdrawal from the labor market (sometimes by moving on to disability programs) and adverse impacts on children, including poorer educational outcomes.
In announcing the hearing, Chairman McDermott stated, "Our first step to respond to long-term unemployment is obvious -- continue the emergency federal unemployment programs to prevent millions of workers from losing their benefits. If we can afford wars, tax cuts, and bank bailouts, then we can certainly afford to maintain programs for workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. But we also need to think about additional steps to help those trying to return to work. An increasing number of Americans who have worked hard and played by the rules are now finding themselves with no job, no savings and no support. We must not abandon these workers and their families.”
FOCUS OF THE HEARING:
The hearing will focus on possible policy responses to long-term unemployment.
DETAILS FOR SUBMISSION OF WRITTEN COMMENTS:
Please Note: Any person(s) and/or organization(s) wishing to submit for the hearing record must follow the appropriate link on the hearing page of the Committee website and complete the informational forms. From the Committee homepage, http://waysandmeans.house.gov, select “Hearings”. Select the hearing for which you would like to submit, and click on the link entitled, “Click here to provide a submission for the record.” Once you have followed the online instructions, submit all requested information. ATTACH your submission as a Word or WordPerfect document, in compliance with the formatting requirements listed below, by close of business Thursday, Thursday, June 24, 2010. Finally, please note that due to the change in House mail policy, the U.S. Capitol Police will refuse sealed-package deliveries to all House Office Buildings. For questions, or if you encounter technical problems, please call (202) 225-1721 or (202) 225-3625.
The Committee relies on electronic submissions for printing the official hearing record. As always, submissions will be included in the record according to the discretion of the Committee. The Committee will not alter the content of your submission, but we reserve the right to format it according to our guidelines. Any submission provided to the Committee by a witness, any supplementary materials submitted for the printed record, and any written comments in response to a request for written comments must conform to the guidelines listed below. Any submission or supplementary item not in compliance with these guidelines will not be printed, but will be maintained in the Committee files for review and use by the Committee.
1. All submissions and supplementary materials must be provided in Word or WordPerfect format and MUST NOT exceed a total of 10 pages, including attachments. Witnesses and submitters are advised that the Committee relies on electronic submissions for printing the official hearing record.
2. Copies of whole documents submitted as exhibit material will not be accepted for printing. Instead, exhibit material should be referenced and quoted or paraphrased. All exhibit material not meeting these specifications will be maintained in the Committee files for review and use by the Committee.
3. All submissions must include a list of all clients, persons, and/or organizations on whose behalf the witness appears. A supplemental sheet must accompany each submission listing the name, company, address, telephone, and fax numbers of each witness."
Note: All Committee advisories and news releases are available on the World Wide Web at http://waysandmeans.house.gov.
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