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Congress finally meets on unemployment benefits

The on-again, off-again meeting between House GOP leaders and the sponsors of a bill to create a new tier of federal unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed finally took place on Thursday in Washington.

Jackie Headapohl of MLive.com reports:

After the meeting, Rep. Lee issued a statement: “We had a productive meeting with the Speaker and the Majority Leader to discuss this critical issue of providing aid for long-term unemployed workers,” said Representative Barbara Lee. “With almost 5 unemployed workers for every available job, it would be unacceptable to allow millions of displaced workers who have exhausted their benefits to have no safety net to help make ends meet. Speaker Boehner encouraged us to work with the House Ways and Means Committee to move this bill forward, and while we will certainly do so, we maintain that these long term unemployed workers deserve a floor vote now. Frankly, where there is a will there is a way, and we hope that the Republican leadership will show some serious will to move this vital effort forward.”

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