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Over 11,000 Iowans part of 2 million denied unemployment benefits


This news story was published on March 9, 2014.
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WASHINGTON – The number of people who have lost their unemployment benefits as a result of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program’s expiration has surpassed two million this week, according to a new analysis from US Ways and Means Committee Democrats.

The estimate includes the number of people in each state who have lost coverage since the program’s Dec. 28 expiration. Every week, 72,000 people, on average, are losing their unemployment benefits nationwide without an extension of the program. House Republicans have blocked multiple efforts by Democrats to bring up legislation to extend the program on the House floor. Last month a measure to extend the program came one vote short of the 60 votes necessary to move forward legislation in the Senate.

“A financial crisis is confronting more and more families every day that Republicans fail to support an extension of this vital program,” said Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI). “One Republican vote in the Senate is all that stands in the way of two million people and their families coming one critical step closer to seeing their financial lifeline restored as they look for work.”

This report shows that 11,300 Iowans have lost their unemployment benefits. “We hope that the Senate will take this important issue up again in the next few weeks,” said Ken Sagar, President of the Iowa Federation of Labor. “We cannot afford to leave working families behind. Unemployment benefits are the difference between total hopelessness and a place to live and food on the table.”

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5 Responses to Over 11,000 Iowans part of 2 million denied unemployment benefits

  1. LVS Reply Report comment

    March 9, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    I think this was part of the cutback and only affects long term unemployment and was cut as part of the farm bill cuts. They didn’t cut the rich farmers but did cut the unemployeed. It is a shame because I am sure there were some people in this group that is not sandbagging and needs the help. Of course there are some milking the system as well.

  2. Allen Reply Report comment

    March 9, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I’m sure that there is more to this problem then what we’re being told, if the government could just be a little more transparent… 🙂

    • Maybe Reply Report comment

      March 9, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Everybody wants the government to be more transparent, they can’t get any more transparent. Anybody that doesn’t have their head buried in the sand, who isn’t brainwashed, who doesn’t believe every word that is told to them can see that our government is run by the mob.

  3. Bobby G Reply Report comment

    March 9, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Most of these people have been unemployed since Obama took office. What ever happen to that $860 billion we spent for shovel ready jobs?

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      March 9, 2014 at 8:56 am

      @Bobby G-The Obama administration bled it off to try to cover the deficit caused by Obamacare. They are trying to hide it but it is finally coming out.