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An Unemployed American Should Not Be a Political Football

An Unemployed American Should Not Be a Political Football

Heather Boushey on why Congress needs to extend unemployment benefits and stop using the unemployed as a political football.

Unemployed American workers enter the second half of this year with little or no assistance from Congress in coping with the continuing ravages of the Great Recession. The conservatives in Congress who are blocking efforts to extend unemployment benefits to those out of work and searching for a job for at least six months are largely the same ones who enabled the Bush administration to drive our economy off a cliff but who now vote to hurt those still suffering from the economy’s free fall.

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Heather Boushey

Former Senior Fellow