Please call your US Senators now!

Mitchell Hirsch
National Employment Law Project
January 06, 2014
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A nationwide call-in mobilization is now underway to press Congress to renew federal unemployment insurance, and every single call matters!  The U.S. Senate returns today and your Senators need to hear from you right now.

More than 1.3 million Americans were abruptly cut off of their federal unemployment benefits last week after attempts to renew the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program were blocked by Republicans in both the House and Senate.  Another 72,000 unemployed jobseekers lost access to those federal benefits this past week, and an additional 72,000 will lose unemployment insurance this week and every week until the program is restored and lost benefits are paid retroactively.

A bi-partisan 3-month reauthorization of federal EUC benefits is set to be the Senate's first order of business.  It is co-sponsored by Senator Jack Reed, a Democrat from Rhode Island, and Senator Dean Heller, a Republican from Nevada, and would give Congress time to craft the provisions of a full-year renewal.

Please call 877-267-2485 to reach your U.S. Senators.  Tell them to renew federal unemployment insurance and restore this vital lifeline for more than 1.3 million Americans now!

The Reed-Heller bill has the support of all 53 Democrats and 2 Independents, but 60 votes are needed to even allow the bill to come up for debate.  At least four Republican Senators will be needed to join Sen. Heller in favor and allow an up-or-down vote on the bill.  It is crucial that both of your Senators hear from you -- but it's particularly critical if he or she is a Republican.

Please call 877-267-2485 to reach your U.S. Senators.  Tell them to renew federal unemployment insurance and restore this vital lifeline for more than 1.3 million Americans now!

Call today, call tomorrow, call the next day -- and every day until the renewal of federal unemployment benefits passes!

The expiration of federal EUC benefits is causing severe hardship for the more than 1.3 million Americans and their families who had these vital benefits shut down December 28.  Many unemployed jobseekers and their families will swiftly slide into poverty and homelessness unless these benefits are restored and EUC is renewed.  The Senate must do the right thing and act responsibly on behalf of the American people, their unemployed constituents and the nation's economy.

Please call 877-267-2485 to reach your U.S. Senators.  Tell them to renew federal unemployment insurance and restore this vital lifeline for more than 1.3 million Americans now!

Once it passes the Senate it would then go to the House.  So, you can also call 877-267-2485 to reach your member of the House of Representatives!  Please call now -- and keep calling each day until we get action!

Thanks so much for making the calls!


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