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Senators Casey and Specter support extension of benefits for unemployed workers

02.23.10

FEBRUARY 2010 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Senators Casey and Specter support extension of benefits for unemployed workers

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, January 26th- Pennsylvania United States Democratic Senators Arlen Specter and Robert Casey and 29 other members of the Senate sent a letter to the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus urging an extension of unemployment benefits and eligibility for the CORBA Premium Assistance Program through December 31st, 2010.

Labor statistics show that nearly 40 percent of the unemployed, more than 6.1 million people, have been out of work for six months or longer. Many of the workers and their families lost their health coverage when they lost their jobs. On average a montly health care premium payment to cover a family costs $1,111.00 which is 83.4 percent of the average unemployment check.

The senators urged quick action on the extension of the unemployment insurance provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRAct) through December 31st, 2010 including the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program, the Extended Benefit program, an increase of $25.00 per week in state and federal benefits and the suspension of the federal income tax on an individual’s first $2,400.00 of unemployment benefits.

Both programs are scheduled to expire on February 28th.

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