More than a million people will soon no longer receive unemployment checks and will have to figure out what they will do to survive. Reports have started coming out that an unemployment extension in 2014 is possible, and according to CBS News on Jan. 4, 2014, President Barack Obama says that expiration of those benefits would be "just plain cruel."
As early as Monday, Jan. 6, 2013, Senate Democrats will move to vote on a three month extension for unemployment benefits for the 1.3 million people who lost them just after Christmas in 2013.
Some say that the passage of the measure are "hanging in the balance."
“It’s not determined yet, but we’re going to do everything we can,” Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island said in an interview. “Hanging in the balance is probably the right way to say it.”
Until everything is put to a vote though, there are so many people trying to simply figure out what to do. They don't know how to pay their bills or get gas for their cars or even put food on the table for their families. Some have resorted to pawning whatever they can to get cash.
An unemployment extension in 2014 is a huge deal and could end up saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.