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Rahall Calls For Extension Of Emergency Unemployment Assistance

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Reported: Dec. 5, 2013 3:50 PM EST

Photo Courtesy Of U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall's Office
Photo Courtesy Of U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall's Office

Washington, D.C.

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., called Thursday for Congress to extend emergency unemployment assistance.

The current federal unemployment programs are set to expire on Dec. 28, unless Congress acts to extend them. More than 1.3 million long-term unemployed workers would lose their benefits at the end of the month.

“Unemployment assistance is not a luxury; it is the difference between barely scraping by and falling off the financial cliff,” Rahall said in a news release. “For many families, this program is the only thing keeping them from losing their home, the only thing that enables them to continue putting food on the family dinner table, the only thread keeping them aloft as they search for work.”

Rahall welcomed former Huntington Hospice worker Lisa Floyd to Washington to testify in favor of an extension. Floyd spoke of how she said unemployment assistance helped her after losing her job.



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