Pushing for extending Emergency Unemployment Compensation

By KBJR News 1

Pushing for extending Emergency Unemployment Compensation

March 27, 2014 Updated Mar 27, 2014 at 1:13 PM CDT

Washington, D.C. (NNCNOW.com) --- U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin is calling for an extension of Emergency Unemployment Compensation.

"As of this week, nearly 45,000 Wisconsinites will have lost this critical lifeline since December. Wisconsin's economy continues to lag behind other states and far too many hard working people are still looking for a job," Baldwin said.

The Reed–Heller bipartisan compromise (S. 2149) is expected to go to the Senate this week. Baldwin's office says the legislation seeks to strengthen the U.S. economy while providing vulnerable job seekers and their families with a vital lifeline as they continue to look for work.

The bipartisan legislation would reauthorize Emergency Unemployment Insurance benefits for five months, allowing backdated payments to be eligible going back to December 28.

Baldwin's office points out that 23,700 Wisconsinites have lost all of their unemployment benefits, with 1,608 Wisconsinites are losing benefits every week.

Ramona Marozas