From the office of Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who represents Middletown in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Congressman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) will host a roundtable discussion on Emergency hear from Connecticut residents who are facing the loss of their federal emergency unemployment compensation tomorrow, December 18 at 1:00 p.m., in City Hall. She will be joined by Bill Villano, Executive Director of CT Workforce Alliance, and Connecticut residents receiving Emergency Unemployment Compensation
DeLauro has repeatedly called for these benefits to be extended, but Republican leadership sent the House of Representatives home for the year without doing so.
Due to that inaction, emergency unemployment benefits will expire on December 28. In CT, 26,000 people will lose a crucial lifeline in the middle of the holiday season. Nationwide, 1.3 million people will see their benefits cease, with that number growing to 1.9 million by June, about 28,700 of them in CT. By the end of 2014 that number will grow to 85,100 in CT.
DeLauro had called for an extension of emergency benefits to be included in the budget deal recently passed by the House of Representatives. That deal is now waiting for Senate approval.