Statement of OFA-PA Director Elizabeth Lucas Urging Congress to Pass Unemployment Insurance Benefits Extension
Philadelphia – With federal funding for extended unemployment insurance benefits running out earlier this week, 800,000 Americans have already lost their benefits and nearly two million Americans are expected to lose them by the end of December. In response, Organizing for America-Pennsylvania (OFA-PA) State Director Elizabeth Lucas released the following statement urging Members of Congress to pass an extension:
“Although the economy is on the road to recovery, the job market remains extremely tough for millions of Americans. For many of these individuals – who lost their job through no fault of their own – unemployment insurance provides a lifeline during tough times. During the Bush Administration, Members of Congress put partisanship aside to extend these vital benefits for those Americans most in need. Unfortunately, since President Obama took office Republicans in the House and Senate have opposed, obstructed or delayed the extension of unemployment benefits and are doing so again.
“OFA volunteers across Pennsylvania are urgently calling on Members of Congress to stop playing political games and immediately extend this important lifeline to millions of Americans who depend on them.”