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SENATOR CARDIN CALLS SENATE PASSAGE OF UI BILL CRITICAL FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES STRUGGLING DURING THIS RECESSION

11.04.09

SENATOR CARDIN CALLS SENATE PASSAGE OF UI BILL CRITICAL FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES STRUGGLING DURING THIS RECESSION

Senator Urges Adoption of Senate Language That Extends Unemployment Insurance Benefit 14 Weeks to All Americans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today praised Senate passage of a strong Unemployment Insurance (UI) bill that would extend unemployment benefits another 14 weeks to all states, including Maryland. The House has passed a bill that would extend UI benefits only to states with unemployment rates of 8.5 percent or higher.

Senator Cardin urged the adoption of the much stronger Senate version of the bill that “guarantees an additional 14 weeks of UI benefits to Americans who – through no fault of their own – have found it extremely difficult to get a job in this recession.”

The Senator stressed that while the Maryland September unemployment rate was 7.2 percent, below the national average of 9.8 percent or the 8.5 percent cutoff contained in the House bill, six Maryland jurisdictions have high unemployment rates at or above 8.5 percent. Those six Maryland counties are: Baltimore City (10.6 percent); Caroline County (8.8 percent); Cecil County (8.6 percent); Dorchester County (10.9 percent); Somerset County (9.5 percent) and Washington County (9.4 percent).

“We are in the most serious recession since the Great Depression and unemployment knows no state boundary. Individuals who have lost their job and cannot find employment should be entitled to this extension solely because of their job status, not because of where they live,” said Senator Cardin, a co-sponsor of the amendment to HR 3548, the Workers, Home Owners and Business Assistance Act.

“We need to pass the strongest possible UI bill to help all jobless Americans who are facing financial catastrophe because of this recession.”

The latest Department of Labor figures show that almost 215,000 Marylanders looked for a job last month, but were unable to find employment. It is projected that more than 25,000 Marylanders will exhaust their unemployment benefits by the end of December if an extension is not passed.

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Susan Sullam

Office of U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin

Communications Director

2 comments so far

Makes me very irate for you guys in congress to make up your minds on giving the unemployed the extended 14 weeks of the UI bill! the unemployed are going homeless, broke, can’t pay their household monthly bills because of your holdups in deciding to passing this very badly needed, deserved money, to try to survive,instead of you guys making people wanting or having to commit suicides over wondering where & when or if, the unemployed are going to get their next checks!
the government never has any worries about getting their stomachs full of food or having a roof over their heads, or getting medical healthcare benefits!
Remember, we voted for you guys,in office to help us american citizens out, believing you were spending our monies right in the first place!
We sure as HELL, can have you replaced!
Quit taking so long! PASS THE 14 WEEK EXTENDED UI BILL, & FOR LONGER EXTENSIONS, UNTIL JOBS ARE CREATED THAT PAYS GOOD ENOUGH FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE A LITTLE MORE ON, THAN SUCH VERY TIGHT BUDGETS!
i HAVEN’T HAD A VACATION IN 20 YEARS!
MY VACATIONS ARE SPENT HERE & THERE AT MY DOCTORS’ APPOINTMENTS OR SITTING AT HOME,IN MY WHEELCHAIR OR IN BED!
wOULD YOU CONGRESSMEN PAY FOR A NICE HAWAIIAN VACATION FOR ME FOR 2 WEEKS!
I’M ALSO TIRED OF EVERYTHING GOING UP IN COSTS, BUT NOT MY PAYCHECK!
TELL ME, SHOULD I BE PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN NOW, WITH HAVING TO SUFFER SO MUCH, BECAUSE OF ALL THE WAYS YOU HAVE WASTED IN SPENDING OUR HARD EARNED MONIES?
I MAYBE LIVNG ON THE STREET SOON, BUT DO YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS TO ME?
I DON’T THINK SO!!! YOU GUYS DON’T SEEM MUCH TO HAVE A CONSCIOUS, ONLY TO MAYBE SAY YOU ARE SORRY AFTER I’M DEAD, BUT THEN AGAIN, WHO YOU AM I TO YOU? A NOBODY,JUST A STATISTIC, OR A POSSIBLE FUTURE VOTE FOR YOU!
MAKE THINGS IN LIFE A BIT BETTER FOR US CITIZENS, LIKE YOU GUYS HAVE IT! WE’VE WORKED VERY HARD IN OUR LIVES & DESERVE BENEFITS TO NOT BE TAKEN FROM US!
FORGET THE HEALTH INSURANCE RIGHT NOW & OVERSEAS WARS, GIVE US MONEY, PASS THE UI EXTENDED BILL NOW! WE ALL HAVE A RIGHT TO LIVE & PAY OUR BILLS TOO, AMONG BEING ABLE TO EAT RIGHT WITH NUTRITIOUS FOODS FOR ALL OF US!

They did pass the extension. I agree with the comment posted completely.



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