WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today urged the leadership of the House of Representatives to take up and pass the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act approved by the Senate Monday. The measure will temporarily restore benefits for long-term unemployed Americans that expired last December.
“Extending Emergency Unemployment Insurance benefits is the right thing to do. We never should have let the program expire at the end of 2013. I am pleased that the Senate has taken action but the House must complete their job and bring relief to the millions of Americans who, through no fault of their own, are still in limbo waiting for us to end this needless gridlock,” Senator Cardin said. “Unemployment rates are getting lower and we’ve restored the number of jobs lost in the recession, but if you’re one of the millions still unemployed and you’re looking for work, it’s pretty tough out there. Americans who are looking for work continue to face an historically tight job market. We cannot just leave them and their families to fall into poverty when there is a clear path to support them that also boosts our overall economy.”