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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

New Analysis: 40,000 in Wisconsin Cut Off Unemployment Benefits

Mar 5, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today issued the following statement on an analysis by Ways and Means Committee Democrats which shows more than 2 million Americans have been cut off of federal unemployment insurance benefits including almost 40,000 Wisconsinites:

“This latest analysis shows more than two million people have lost their unemployment benefits as a result of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program’s expiration.  One vote in the United States Senate is all that stands in the way of relief for nearly 40,000 Wisconsinites who have lost their unemployment insurance benefits and are still desperately trying to find work. Instead of offering a helping hand, Republicans in Congress have given the long-term unemployed a cold shoulder.  Every additional week that Congress remains in a stalemate, 1,600 additional people in our state will lose unemployment insurance, meaning that without action, almost 100,000 Wisconsinites could be left without these vital benefits by the end of 2014.”