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Republican Obstruction of Unemployment Insurance Drained More than $3 Billion from State Economies

Feb 18, 2014
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Two weeks ago, 4 Republicans joined Democrats to extend unemployment insurance.  According to a new economic analysis, more than $3 billion has been drained from state economies since unemployment insurance expired...and counting. We need just one more yes vote to #RenewUI.

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

Pew/USA Today Poll: Non-Tea Party Republicans Support Extension of Unemployment Benefits. "Among Republicans and those who lean toward the Republican Party, 70% who agree with the Tea Party oppose an extension of unemployment benefits and nearly as many oppose raising the minimum wage (65%). Yet 52% of non-Tea Party Republicans favor a one-year extension of unemployment benefits and an even higher percentage (65%) supports increasing the minimum wage." [Pew, 1/23/14]


CBS News Poll: 65% of Americans Think Unemployment Insurance Should Be Extended. Asked "Should unemployment benefits be extended," 65% of Americans, including 65% of Independents, supported extending Unemployment Insurance. [CBS, 1/23/14]

Fox News Poll: 69% of Americans Support Extending Unemployment Insurance. "More than two-thirds of Americans support extending long-term unemployment insurance, according to a new poll. The Fox News poll shows 69 percent of people think the insurance should last at least a year - longer than the current 26 weeks." [Washington Post, 1/23/14]

Republicans need to work with Democrats to ensure more Americans don't lose this vital lifeline.

SEE THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF REPUBLICAN OBSTRUCTION ON YOUR STATE

State Projected Lost UI in Jan/Feb 2014 (total)
AK $13,865,578
AL $19,224,199
AR $21,053,352
AZ $24,431,771
CA $567,341,046
CO $53,310,738
CT $76,641,907
DC $10,362,561
DE $6,905,881
FL $128,961,678
GA $70,523,382
HI $7,465,925
IA $10,851,057
ID $5,522,265
IL $196,434,069
IN $42,058,563
KS $10,799,079
KY $44,763,726
LA $9,370,707*
MA $101,118,536*
MD $75,215,383
ME $7,845,425
MI $88,934,897
MN $3,875,463
MO $46,212,895
MS $17,655,933
MT $3,310,203*
NC **
ND $2,419,347
NE $4,459,944
NH $2,898,943
NJ $243,385,666
NM $6,808,904
NV $54,252,807*
NY $288,163,726
OH $100,876,967
OK $10,342,519
OR $54,231,118
PA $205,024,097
PR $29,272,507
RI $15,267,389
SC $23,612,481
SD $376,140
TN $32,957,284
TX $171,362,151
UT $7,455,193
VA $22,634,593
VI $4,218,164
VT $1,636,726
WA $78,178,787
WI $51,088,795
WV $14,052,918
WY $1,863,311
Total $3,090,896,696

[Updated 2/18/14 with new Ways and Means projections]

By: DPCC