Millions of hardworking Americans will be cut off from the emergency lifeline of federal unemployment insurance, unless Congress acts to fully renew the program before it expires at the end of February.
Congress has never cut back or allowed these programs to expire when unemployment was anywhere near this high for this long.
Yet, as a Congressional conference committee takes it up, House Republicans have pushed for drastic benefit cuts and harsh new requirements — slashing federal unemployment insurance by more than half in the highest unemployment states, and stigmatizing jobless workers with mandatory drug testing.
Their plan would erect harmful new barriers to benefits, making it harder for ordinary Americans to access their unemployment insurance — and force an early cut-off of UI for nearly 3 million Americans this year.
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