Last December, House Republicans argued for a one year extension of unemployment benefits in an attempt to distract the American people from becoming aware of their real motives – to reduce the maximum duration a person is able to apply for benefits, and force states to decide if people applying for unemployment insurance should attend GED classes and undergo drug testing.
Karon, Los Angeles You have no identity in a society which defines your value by what you do. My sister and I live together. I am retired on a pension and she worked for Deluxe Labs which sent their work to Canada. If not for unemployment, and her income from unemployment, we would not be able to keep our home. I am so grateful for this temporary fix as she attends school to become a court reporter and once again have an opportunity to work.
Sherri, Los Angeles My husband has a BA degee in Art. He was a art director for 15 years here in Los Angeles until the company closed. Its been 2 years and no job. He went to UCLA to certify in a new profession only for it to be in a recession, too. He is trying many things. We have 2 daughters, teens. I cook all of our meals, shop at thrift stores for clothes when needed, volunteer at church, while looking for work myself. I was raised not to take handouts, but I cannot be too proud. I don't have health care nor my husband. I need $2000 worth of dental work (i have a temp crown my 2 front teeth) but i can't purchase now because we have to eat. We are down to 1 car. it's a 1998 model. No luxeries here. Also, our home is facing foreclosure....modification has not come through....still waiting...We are a caucasian family..not rich, just working people that can't find work. we need help.
Tracy, Los Angeles I am a college graduate unable to obtain employment in my field of studies (healthcare) because I lack experience (as a Surgical Technologist).How do I gain experience, when facilities do not hire college graduates? I have served in the US Navy, lived a drug-free life, never been in any legal troubles,and I can clear background checks and drug screens with flying colors.I have returned to school as an RN student to gain additional skills yet I can not secure a single job. Really? I have applied for employment in retail to custodial to healthcare and if I a get response I am rejected due to: limited availability, lack experience, or thank you for applying but the position is filled. I am left feeling rejection and hurt in to my heart and soul wondering will I ever be able get off welfare before my clock runs out? I am scared. Scared of falling deeper into poverty and not being able to climb out of this web.It's embarrassing to tell my teenage child (repeatedly) I didn't get the job and to see the look on her face. Then, I spend the next day or so with a migraine unable to get out of bed.The thought of volunteer work in a healthcare facility have been placed on ice due to transportation cost. Scared, hurt, sad, anger, disappointment, embarrassment, not valued, disrespected etc. are just a few of my feelings on being unemployed. I do not know what else to do. I'm hurting.
When Congress reconvenes this month, a bipartisan conference committee will meet to discuss a year-long solution to extend these vital resources before the temporary fix expires. It is imperative that we once again let Republicans know that we will not sit quietly while they try to play politics with the American people’s livelihood.
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