Unemployment Benefits Stop For 1.3 Million Americans
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) —
Some 1.3 million Americans will lose their unemployment benefits on Saturday.
The reason, congress did not include funding for them in the budget deal it passed earlier this month.
President Barack Obama says, "The economy is stronger than it's been in a very long time."
However, many in the valley disagree.
Fresno resident, James Roger says, "It's real tough and a lot of people in the government don't realize it. It's not that everyone wants help, but this is our way and means of surviving."
One study says another 1.9 million Americans will lose their benefits by mid-2014.
President George W. Bush started the federal unemployment program in 2008 to help ease the pain during the height of the recession.
When states stopped helping the unemployed after several months, federal benefits then kicked in giving some Americans nearly two years of benefits.
However, those benefits wound up on the cutting room floor.
Some say do not expect the gridlock in congress to stop.
The New Yorker Washington Correspondent Ryan Lizza says, "A Democrat in the White House and a Democratic-controlled Senate and a Republican House, that's historically a unique set of circumstances and not a lot gets done.
Fresno resident Barbara Stephan says, "If there is no jobs, if they can't give us unemployment then they should create some sort of jobs."
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has proposed a short-term extension for three months.
That will make it to the floor of the senate, but not until congress returns to work next month.
Here is how the rest of the valley looks.
In Merced County, some 1900 people will no longer receive a check.
In Tulare County, that number will be around 32-hundred people.
In Madera and Kings County more than 900 people will lose their benefits.
In Kern County a whopping 52-hundred people will no longer get their long-term unemployment checks after Saturday.