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Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm Urges Congress to Pass Jobless Benefits

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Jennifer Granholm (D-MI)
Outgoing Governor Jennifer Granholm (D-MI) continues to stand behind job seeking Michiganders, urging the Congress to quick extend unemployment benefits, during the Lame-Duck session

Both chambers of the Federal elected representatives returned to work on November 29th, after the House failed to secure enough votes to suspend the normal House rules on HR-6419 “The Emergency Compensation Continuation Act" on November 18th.

Slightly over 180,000 of Michigan’s jobless will be forced to go without important supplemental income, right in time for the holiday season, to take care of essential needs. 

Throughout the nation, up to 2 Million unemployment job seekers face similar dire straits, if Congress fails to act on the legislation before the November 30th expiration date.

Below is the text of the letter Michigan’s Governor Jennifer Granholm wrote to Congressional Representatives and Senators in Washington, D.C, on November 29th.

"I am writing to urge swift passage of legislation to extend critical federal unemployment insurance assistance programs. As you know, existing federal unemployment benefits are set to expire on November 30th. If this happens, 181,500 Michigan residents will exhaust their unemployment benefits over the next five months. 

In Michigan, we are emerging from these difficult economic times, but we still have many families who continue to weather this storm. In fact, 336,000 Michigan residents currently receive state of federal unemployment benefits in Michigan. Now is not the time to pull the rug out from those who need assistance to provide for their families. 
I appreciate past actions that Congress has taken to provide assistance to the thousands of Michigan residents that have, through no fault of their own, fallen on hard times. I urge you to extend these benefits as soon as possible and I look forward to working with you to address this important matter. 
Sincerely, Jennifer M. Granholm Governor

In a similar nature as Governor Granholm's letter, Michigan's Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) appeared on MSNBC's Hardball program with Chris Matthews on November 29th, to discuss the importance of passing unemployment benefits, even if the Bush Era Tax cuts for those earning over $250,000 a year, are not extended.

"We are not going to let them hold people that are out of work hostage to give tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans", Senator Stabenow stated. "The tax policy has not created jobs over the last ten years. The question is where are the jobs?"

What are your thoughts on this article?  Do you agree with Michigan's Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) that unemployment benefits should be extended, right away, for jobless Americans? Feel free to comment on this story, below!
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