Congress Should Extend Unemployment Insurance

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Leslie Helmcamp /(512) 320-0222

November 17, 2010

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Congress should extend Unemployment Insurance through 2011: 1) to protect hardworking Texas families whose breadwinners are struggling to find work after the global economic recession, 2) to protect Texas jobs in an economy only beginning to recover, and 3) to avoid shifting costs to the federal-state public assistance programs, particularly when states faces massive revenue shortfalls. With the so many workers chasing so few jobs, it is far too soon for Congress to cut off Unemployment Insurance. This emergency spending is essential to our economic recovery, and Congress should not require offsetting spending cuts. Public opinion strongly favors Congress acting now to protect families and our economy.