NAACP CALLS FOR U.S. SENATE TO SWIFTLY PASS EXTENSION OF FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

Millions of American Workers have already lost Unemployment Benefits

For the past two months, 2.5 million Americans have not been receiving unemployment benefits because a minority of members within the United States Senate has blocked the necessary legislation.  Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 20, the Senate is expected to bring up this legislation for a third time.  Specifically, H.R. 4213, the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010 would, in addition to extending some expiring tax credits, grant up to 99 weeks of unemployment benefits to those eligible among the 38 million people who have been unemployed at some point over the course of the recession.   We must encourage every member of the Senate to support this important legislation and allow it to move forward.

While the NAACP appreciates concerns about the current size of the national deficit, blocking unemployment insurance is not the proper place to make a stand.  It is unfair, indecent and inhumane for the government not to assist those whose very lives may be at stake.  With unemployment rates still too high – the national unemployment rate in June 2010 was 9.5%, and among African Americans the rate was 15.4% -- extending unemployment benefits is not only logical, it is the morally right thing to do. 

 THE NAACP URGES ALL U.S. SENATORS TO SUPPORT AN EXTENSION OF FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS and to support H.R. 4213.

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