As posted in last Saturday’s dampfang.com article, President Obama signed HR4213 on July 22, 2010, extending unemployment insurance benefits nationwide. Florida went against federal law by rejecting the extension. Information passed on by the Peekskill, New York office of Senator Charles Schumer (D) was written into Saturday’s article.
Since the article was published, dampfang.com received an official response from Senator Schumer, himself. In addition to passing a long-term extension of benefits, Senator Schumer believes that Congress should “…take bold action to spur job creation.”
“Tens of millions of Americans are out of work, which is why Congress has acted several times since this
economic downturn began to extend and expand UI,” said Schumer. He went on to state that in November, Congress extended UI benefits for an additional 14 weeks IN ALL STATES and 20 weeks in high-unemployment states, like Florida and New York.
The senator went on to say that in January, Congress passed a two-month extension of the unemployment provisions included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (commonly known as the stimulus package), which were set to expire AT YEAR‘S END. “These provisions included expanded eligibility, an extra $100 a month in benefits, and an income tax disregard on the first $2,400 of UI benefits. This extension presents some comfort to the unemployed, but was certainly not enough. That is why recently after weeks of obstruction; the Senate successfully passed an extension of unemployment benefits through the end of November 2010.”
But the senator also believes that restoring unemployment insurance benefits is only part of the equation to put American on a path to economic recovery. “Congress is also working on several bills to get Americans back to work. One such bill, the small business jobs bill would create jobs by providing tax relief, loan enhancements and government assistance to America’s small businesses,” said Schumer. On a note that should stand out to Floridians in these times when our public education system is struggling to improve itself despite repeated, massive budget cuts, Senator Schumer said that he is also “…proud to report that the Senate recently passed an education jobs bill which will help state governments keep thousands of teachers in their jobs as the new school year begins.”
To send Senator Schumer a message directly, please visit his website at http://schumer.senate.gov/SchumerWebsite/contact/webform.cfm