Target: US House of Representatives Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan
Goal: Tell Republican Party leaders not to cut unemployment benefits for families in need
Despite reports of unemployment rates dropping, today our economy still has fewer jobs than when the recession began back in 2007. There are more than 2 million Americans who have lost their jobs in the recent economic downturn, and the only thing keeping them from complete destitution is the Emergency Unemployment Insurance program. The program has been providing aid to families in need for nearly five years, but with an expiration date looming, the fate of millions of lives is at stake as Congress prepares to adjourn the House and disperse for the holidays.
The Emergency Unemployment Insurance program has provided nearly 69 million Americans, including 17 million children, with a safety net to meet the rising cost of living. It has also kept billions of dollars circulating through the economy. But if Congress fails to renew the program, countless families will be forced into poverty and homelessness and will have to decide between paying bills or buying food.
By extending the program for just one year, the Congressional Budget Office has estimated that nearly 200,000 jobs can be created, helping our economy move closer towards recovery. Urge Congress not to turn its back on struggling, job seeking Americans and extend the Emergency Unemployment Insurance program.
Dear Rep. Paul Ryan,
Just three days after Christmas, the federal Emergency Unemployment Insurance program will expire, leaving millions of Americans destitute, poverty-stricken and possibly homeless. This program has proved to be a vital safety net for the countless numbers of American families whose lives have been turned upside down due to the recent economic downturn.
Despite reports of an economic stabilization, there are still fewer jobs today than when the recession began just six years ago. Factories have been moved overseas, and jobs that were outsourced haven’t been replaced. The looting on Wall Street and greediness of big banks is what caused this economic disparity, but it’s the millions of Americans who still can’t find proper employment who suffer greatly.
If Congress doesn’t act quickly, many of these families will have to decide between paying bills or buying food. I urge you to make a decision quickly, before this Christmas becomes the last decent one these families will ever experience.
[Your Name Here]
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