WASHINGTON, DC– With the holidays quickly approaching many individuals are worried about what they will do when their jobless benefits run out in December. Over 2 million people are expected to be effected by the cut unless Congress extend the benefits. Most individuals who have been collecting the benefits have been out of work for 6 months or more. It is not known which way Congress will lean when it comes to extending the extension after Thanksgiving.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, plans to bring the issue back to the floor after Thanksgiving. She wants to try to enact an emergency measure that extend benefits that will get individuals through the holidays. But Senate Democrats want the jobless benefits to get resolved in a year-end negotiation.
The bill that failed in the house on Thursday would have given jobless Americans three months of extended benefits this would have carried them through the holidays. The bill was brought to the floor by Democrats under the fast-track rules. It required a two-thirds vote to past, but Republicans opposed the legislation because they were denied a chance to attach spending cuts.
So, in the mean time millions of jobless individuals worry about what this will mean for them and their families for the holidays. But for now most will have to wait until after Thanksgiving to see what Congress will do about extending their benefits.
In most states jobless people are now eligible for up to 99 weeks of unemployment benefits in most states. The first 26 weeks are state funded.