Restore Unemployment Aid to Struggling Families


Target: United States Speaker of the House John Boehner

Goal: Allow a vote on a new bill to restore unemployment benefits to struggling Americans

A new bi-partisan effort to help the unemployed is already in danger of dying. In late 2013 unemployment benefits for millions of jobless U.S. citizens ran out, and since then several attempts to restore them have failed. The latest effort to provide relief comes in the form of a Senate bill that would re-start jobless aid, but not pay unemployed people retroactively to make up for the months of missing coverage. John Boehner, the conservative Speaker of the House, has indicated that he will not allow the bill to come to a vote if it reaches his chamber.

Unemployment benefits are intended to help jobless U.S. citizens pay for essentials like housing and medical bills until they can find new work. Roughly 3 million people have been going without this assistance for months now, according to the Washington Post. Bills that would restore jobless aid retroactively, giving each unemployed person the money they would have received in past months, have all been blocked by conservative leadership in the House. The new bill would simply re-start payments, has support from liberals and conservatives and is fully paid for. The money it would supply to the unemployed would also serve to boost the economy as it is spent, increasing demand for goods and services. The bill will almost certainly pass the Senate. And yet, it is unlikely to even be voted on in the House.

As the Speaker of the House John Boehner has great power and influence over the legislative body. If he were to allow the bill to be voted on there is every likelihood that it would pass. Urge the Speaker to support democratic values and allow a vote on the extension of unemployment benefits.


Dear Representative Boehner,

A new bill that would re-start jobless benefits and help an estimated 3 million U.S. citizens has been introduced in the Senate. It has bi-partisan support, does not increase the deficit and would boost the economy by giving the unemployed more purchasing power while increasing demand. You have indicated, however, that the bill will not be brought forward for a vote in the House.

There is no valid reason not to allow a vote on this important issue. Each Representative can judge the bill on its merits, and if they disagree with its principles it will not pass. Your refusal to allow democracy to take its course is harmful not only to the unemployed, but to the lawmaking process itself. I urge you to show leadership and allow a vote on the Senate unemployment extension bill, should it reach the House.


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