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There are about 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans who were cut off when the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program expired on Dec. 28.
The U.S. Senate just voted to extend their benefits for 3 months.
Copy-pasting from LA Times:
“Legislation to resume long-term unemployment insurance for 1.3 million jobless Americans cleared a key hurdle Tuesday in the Senate, though it remained unclear whether it would ultimately pass the chamber or clear the House.”
Assuming legislation clears the Senate, it will following have an “uphill” battle to face in The House – which I think means the GOP will negotiate hard for cuts somewhere else since shutting down the federal government Ted Cruz-style has gone out of style as of late.
The uphill battle is also a mental one as we run into the preening Scott Walkers of the world who announce people don’t want more gov’t aid because it doesn’t offer “freedom and opportunity”.
What malicious crazy talk. Megabanks never cried for fear of freedom’s loss when presented with bailouts.
But it’s a crazy world. The 1.3 million long-term unemployed are the opposite of free banks. Progressive Reps. will beg their freewheeling capitalist colleagues in Congress for three more months of extended unemployment insurance. Three more months to dance through bureaucratic hoops if states snap their fingers – and states will. Because outside of the Pope leaders don’t have the guts nor the humanity to just give the poor a real leg up in this world. America is all out of fresh good old-fashioned honest to goodness banker-level bailouts.
This while decriminalization of financial fraud in America continues unabaited, the Lords of the Meltdown walk free, and the statute of limitations clock on their crimes runs down.
To remix a few words from a popular guy in Rome, this extended unemployment insurance is necessary but it is crumb-y. It is still no justice.
“A way has to be found to enable everyone to benefit from the fruits of the earth, and not simply to close the gap between the affluent and those who must be satisfied with the crumbs falling from the table, but above all to satisfy the demands of justice, fairness and respect for every human being.” (Pope Francis, Address to the Food and Agricultural Organization, 6/20/13)
Image below came from Rep. Mark Pocan’s facebook page: