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JAN Press Conference to Demand Restoration of Unemployment Benefits, Pass Tax Extenders Bill

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 10, 2010

Contact: Germonique R. Ulmer, 202.339.9331; gulmer@communitychange.org

Jobs for America Now Brings Unemployed Workers to Capitol Hill to Demand Restoration of Critical Unemployment Benefits, Pass Tax Extenders Bill

Who: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Alan Charney, campaign manager, Jobs for America Now Campaign, and unemployed workers.

What: Press conference on the future of our nation’s job security and vital unemployment benefits

When:  TODAY!! Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. EST

Where: U.S. Capitol Room S-115

Washington One week after the House failed to include and extend critical unemployment benefits in the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010, the Senate has an opportunity to fix the bill and finish the job by passing it. For the millions of unemployed Americans unable to find the jobs they so desperately need, unemployment benefits are critical to their survival and that of their families’.

Key senators in the debate will be joined by unemployed workers who will share their personal stories of how they will be impacted if the Senate does not take a final vote on this important legislation.  Of particular concern is the restoration of the COBRA subsidy that was stripped out in the House version and that would allow unemployed Americans to maintain private insurance.  Without this important benefit, millions of unemployed workers, through no fault of their own, would have no insurance and have no choice but to depend on public care.

This bill includes other key benefits to our economic recovery including FMAP that would provide higher Medicaid reimbursements to states, providing much needed fiscal relief and preserving jobs, TANF ECF and summer jobs. Congress must listen to the voices of the American people, pass this bill and keep unemployment benefits in place for the long haul. The tax extenders bill is just a beginning, Congress must also move forward with robust jobs legislation to directly create jobs in communities and get us on a road to economic recovery.

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The Jobs for America Now coalition is a nationwide campaign of more than 60 groups organizing to put America back to work. For a complete list of participating organizations visit www.jobs4americanow.org.