Thursday, October 1, 2009
Report from the U.S. House
Legislation will help workers who lost jobs
Last week, Congress passed the bipartisan Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2009 (H.R. 3548). This important bill will help ensure that individuals suffering from job loss during today’s tough times are still able to support themselves and their families until they can find new employment.
Specifically, the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act provides up to 13 weeks of extended unemployment benefits in Mississippi, bringing the total amount of potential benefits to 46 weeks. These benefits will help workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own buy necessities for their families and continue their mortgage payments, both increasing consumer demand and reducing foreclosures.
In addition, this legislation is fiscally responsible and will not add to our nation’s deficit.
Without congressional action, many hard-working North Mississippians would have lost their unemployment benefits by the end of September. I am extremely pleased to have had the opportunity to pass this important piece of bipartisan legislation and will continue working hard to help put North Mississippians back to work and provide much-needed relief to North Mississippi families in the face of today’s difficult economic conditions.
As always, please continue to keep me informed about your opinions and concerns by phone at (202) 225-4306 or by visiting my website at www.childers. house.gov
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