Congress returns to Washington, D.C. after a week long break for the Fourth of July Holiday. During that time, by some estimates, close to 2 million American workers lost their unemployment benefits. In addition, the long-term unemployed are on the verge of poverty. In other words, American's who have worked tirelessly all their lives are dropping into the abyss of poverty.
The future for unemployed American's is beyond bleak Congress has failed to create jobs and/or to provide a safety net for unemployed Americans. Our elected leaders act like Nero playing his violin while Rome burns.
I urge every elected official to heed the voices of the America's New Poor--- who are losing their hope, their homes and are heading into poverty. From reader emails:
"I am a forty six year old black male and I think that the way the Government and Congress is handling this crisis is disgusting. The Congress has supported two wars in the billions of dollars and they can't help the average american keep food on the table and pay the electric bills."
"I am a 55 year old single grandmother caring for (guardian) of my 10 year old special needs grandson. My 99 weeks ended mid-May. I have exhausted all of my savings and am now on my way to the welfare office on Monday morning. . . I am not asking for a free ride...I would LOVE to go back to work...no one responds to my resume....I'm too old (they want the young ones ) and yet, too young for Soc Security."
"It is clear that from the President’s office on down there really is a complete unwillingness to face the chilling reality of the gap between the number of long-term unemployed and the number of jobs available. The 99‘ers are trapped between leadership who refuse to acknowledge the desperate reality of our situation and a job market that isn’t and won’t be in a position to absorb the long-term unemployed for many years. I have been without a job since 2007 and without a weekly unemployment check since the end of March. Those payments allowed me to afford food and the tools I need to search for employment, such as Internet access and car fare. I want a job, but until those jobs are available, I need these benefits to keep my family off the streets."
Also see the video at the bottom of the page as an Indiana man talks about his situation.
Pass this article with your story to your elected officials. Maybe one of them will finally HEAR and HEED these cries for help.
STAY TUNED: I will continue to report on the Senate and their unemployment votes.
"The 99ers need a Tier V added to Unemployment Benefits petition" for a Tier V." The petition is at www.change.org. The petition has over 31,349 signatures to date according to Issa Decker, the energetic founder of the Petition.
U.S. Senate contact information: The democrat leaders are Senators Reid, Durbin, and Shumer. The republican leaders are Senators Mitch McConnell, Kyl, and E. Canter.
Toll free numbers: 1-888-245-0215
Congressional switchboard: 1-866-338-1015
Facebook: "Now: JOBLESS / Next: HOMELESS" "Tier V to survive"
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