Hillary Urges Congress to Renew Unemployment Benefit Extension

Wednesday, 01 Jan 2014 02:14 PM

By Andrea Billups

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Hillary Clinton has joined the growing chorus of support for extending federal jobless benefits with a Twitter post urging Congress to act.



About 1.3 million people lost unemployment payments when they expired Saturday. Such an extension for long-term unemployment did not get included in Congress's most recent budget deal, passed earlier this month.

After getting a late start to social media, Clinton has since used her Twitter account for personal and government-related posts.

The former first lady showed on Dec. 17 that she was worried about the effects of the move to end unemploynment benefits.



Just one quarter of unemployed citizens are receiving benefits following the decision not to renew the extension the Huffington Post reported, citing data from the Department of Labor, which is compiled by House Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee.
 
Congress may renew debate on an extension for benefits when it returns to its first session of 2014 on Jan. 6.

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