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Senate considers jobless funding
N.C. would be reinstated under provision
Published Friday, March 28, 2014 6:37 am
by Herbert L. White

Legislation that would reinstate North Carolina’s eligibility for federal unemployment funds is up for a vote in the U.S. Senate.

The extension of Emergency Unemployment compensation, or EUC is part of bipartisan proposal approved on Thursday. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) sponsored the provision to restore North Carolina’s eligibility, which ended last year when the Republican-led General Assembly passed legislation that disqualified the state from the program.

“I’m proud to support this bipartisan legislation that would restore a crucial lifeline for too many North Carolinians who continue to struggle to make ends meet,” Hagan said in a statement. “I worked hard to make it possible for our state to rejoin the program after the General Assembly’s reckless action cut off thousands of North Carolina families, even though North Carolina’s tax dollars continued to fund benefits for every other state in the country. It’s past time to right this wrong, pass this bill and help the people of North Carolina get back on their feet as they look for work.”

An estimated 170,000 unemployed N.C. residents were disqualified from extended benefits in the second half of 2013 because of state law. The U.S. Department of Labor has told Hagan that if the provision is approved, North Carolinians who were cut off from federal unemployment insurance last year would be eligible for benefits if they are still unemployed. 

The Senate bill, which would extend emergency compensation benefits until June 1, would be funded by extending customs fees for a year, end millionaires’ eligibility for unemployment benefits, and expand a pension smoothing provision that was previously enacted. 



the last person identified corrupt politicians as "republicans." interesting considering the number of democrats that have been arrested in the last week alone for being corrupt.

the problems with laws isn't that someone cares or doesn't care. it's that something like EUC has to be funded. the republicans in the senate ironed out a way that it could be funded. you can't just go passing everything that comes across and call that "caring" if we bankrupt the country in the meantime.

think about it.
Posted on March 28, 2014
Why do the intrest of Congress sway from the people who put them there. Congress makes the laws that effect the economy and the lives of Americans. Why are the intrest of Congress not on the focous of here and now in American. If there is money to help other countries, which is fine, why is there none for those who have worked hard and are entitled to these benefits. America is falling apart if it is not so aparent already at the hands of corrupt politicians ie "Republicans" who's intrest are for them selves and greedy corporations with so called "bailouts".. what a joke at the expense of all the decent hard working people...It wont be long before America is the one asking for help.. Then what...
Posted on March 28, 2014

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