Take Action: Unemployment Insurance

What can you be doing right now to make sure everyone in your community has enough to eat?  Here’s an idea from the Food Research and Action Council (FRAC), the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States:

Urge House Members to support Unemployment Insurance (UI) by weighing-in with their leadership and urging a vote on the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act. The Senate passed its version of H.R. 3979 on April 8. The legislation would restore emergency unemployment insurance benefits retroactive to January 1 for nearly 3 million long-term sidelined workers. To date, the House Leadership has blocked efforts to allow a vote on the bill.

Emergency Unemployment Insurance funds ensure that families and individuals still looking for work can purchase food and meet their basic needs during a difficult time.  Read more on the gridlock here from CBS.

American Flags, Creative Commons license

American Flags, Creative Commons license

If you’d like to encourage your representative (find your representative here!) to push the act to a vote, here is a sample message you can send:

I write to urge you to bring the the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act to a vote.  These emergency funds support local households – my friends, family, and neighbors – as they struggle to make ends meet and get back on their feet. Congress needs to take action on this issue, and I hope I can count on your leadership to speak up.  People in our community cannot afford to keep waiting, and political gridlocks shouldn’t take precedence over the health of people in our community.  

Take a stand!

-Lisa

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