Monday, December 12, 2011

Laid off and Left out


Instead of acting to renew the vital lifeline of federal unemployment insurance, now set to expire Dec. 31st, the House majority leadership is fast-tracking a bill that would slash the federal benefits program -- drastically cutting weeks of benefits in every state, and imposing the harshest cuts in states with the highest unemployment rates.
Sound perverse?  Actually, it's even worse.
HR 3630, sponsored by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) was introduced just last Friday.  Already, House leaders are pushing for a floor vote as early as Tuesday, Dec. 13.
The bill would cut 40 weeks of federal benefits in the highest unemployment states, and between 20 and 33 weeks in most other states.  A minimum of 14 weeks of federal unemployment benefits would be cut in every state in America.
Call your Members of Congress now!  Call toll-free 1-888-245-3381.  Tell your Representative as well as your Senators to oppose HR 3630.  Tell them to support a full renewal of the federal unemployment insurance program for 2012 now!
Even if you've called previously, please call again now.  Here's why...
In addition to slashing unemployment benefits and hitting high unemployment states with the largest cuts, HR 3630 would also:
* Allow states to impose mandatory drug-testing on all unemployment insurance claimants. (Yes, you read that correctly.)
* Take money out of jobless workers' weekly benefits to "pay for" reemployment services (Yes, you read that correctly.)
* Allow states to divert funds intended to pay unemployed workers' benefits, and use those funds to subsidize private employer's 'workfare'-type programs (Yes, you read that correctly too.)
Call your Members of Congress now!  Call toll-free 1-888-245-3381.  Tell your Representative as well as your Senators to oppose HR 3630.  Tell them to support a full renewal of the federal unemployment insurance program for 2012 now!

Please call 1-888-245-3381 and connect to your Representative first, then call back and connect with your Senatorsas well.  We expect the House and Senate will both be voting on this reckless, harmful and offensive legislation this week.
And, for good measure, send email messages to all the Congressional leaders and your Members of Congress with a few quick clicks here.  Nearly 80,000 message have been sent.  Send another one of yours now!
Many thanks.
The UnemployedWorkers.Org Team
Mitchell, Chris, Maurice, Judy, Christine, Rebecca, Mike, Rick, George, Claire and Norman
www.Unemployedworkers.org

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