Democrats want jobless benefits in `cliff’ deal

Kiersten Marek:

Jack Reed gets props in my book for trying to save unemployment benefits.

Originally posted on Aegis News Agency:

By SAM HANANEL, AP

 

Unemployment Rates

Unemployment Rates (Photo credit: GDS Infographics)

 

Hovering in the background of the “fiscal cliff” debate is the prospect of 2 million people losing their unemployment benefits four days after Christmas.

 

“This is the real cliff,” said Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. He’s been leading the effort to include another extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed in any deal to avert looming tax increases and massive spending cuts in January.

 

“Many of these people are struggling to pay mortgages, to provide education for their children,” Reed said this past week as President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, rejected each other’s opening offers for a deficit deal.

 

Emergency jobless benefits for about 2.1 million people out of work more than six months will cease Dec. 29, and 1 million more will lose them over the next three months…

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