Washington, DC - Attempts to restore Extended Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits stalled in the Senate, Jan. 14, when Republicans and Democrats clashed over what austerity measures and budget cuts would be linked to the proposed extension. Observers believe it is unlikely that any action on benefits for the long-term unemployed will take place before the end of the month.
The end of Extended Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits has impacted about 1.3 million workers.
The protracted economic crisis, which started at the end of 2007, engulfed the capitalist world and left in its wake persistently high unemployment rates. For millions of working people the results have been devastating.
It is important that heat be put on Congress in coming weeks to restore the benefits.