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Murkowski, others work to bring back EUC
White House backed legislation to re-new jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed unexpectedly cleared an initial Senate hurdle
WASHINGTON- White House-backed legislation to re-new jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed unexpectedly cleared an initial Senate hurdle
One of the signatures came from one of Alaska's own senators.
Senator Lisa Murkowski, along with over 50 other senators, voted in favor to continue the debate that would extend long term EUC benefits to millions of Americans including 6,500 Alaskans.
Officials are saying because of economy issues, the federally issued long term benefits were discontinued in December forcing unemployed Americans to really look for jobs.
The big step forward not only puts a positive step for out of work Alaskans, but if its passed, it would extend the benefits for another three months.
For Senator Murkowski, it's about helping others through the current economy.
"It is important we have compassion for Americans caught up in this administration's economic policy failures …. we need to see more productive actions to strengthen job creation and restructure unemployment programs."