Tell Congress to Renew Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Since the House GOP left 1.3 million people out in the cold this holiday season when it refused to extend emergency unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, working families advocates, including President Barack Obama, are continuing to urge Congress to do the right thing.

Call your representative today and ask him or her to renew the emergency UI benefits: 877-318-0483.

Yesterday, President Obama said in a press conference that the benefits are a lifeline during the job search. Obama talked about one woman from California who was laid off 13 months ago. During her job search she has volunteered, sent out résumés, took seasonal work and online courses to gain new skills. The job search would be next to impossible without the jobless benefits that enabled her to pay her car and phone bills.

“This is not an abstraction, these are not just statistics,” said Obama. “These are your neighbors, your friends, your family members…that could at some point be any of us.”

The Economic Policy Institute reported that Congress has never allowed UI extensions to expire with long-term unemployment so high.

Check out this infographic below from the White House on the importance of renewing unemployment insurance:

Here's why it's so important to extend emergency unemployment insurance:

UFCW Local 1546 represents workers in Illinois and Indiana in a diverse range of industries including grocery and drug retailers; meat cutting, processing, and packing; chemical works; nursing home and healthcare facilities, and many others.