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As some of you may be aware, in April, Congress passed a retroactive 2 month extension of federal unemployment insurance programs and a two month of extension of time to qualify for the COBRA subsidy. These programs expire however at the end of this month.

Probably on Wednesday, the House of Representatives will be take up a bill that would extend Unemployment Insurance and COBRA through the end of December 2010. There will be fierce debates over whether to approve this extension based upon the cost of the bill and the claims that it will add to our federal deficit. As if this extension of benefits would even marginally impact our federal deficit….LOL.

Needless to say, the persons who oppose this bill are short sighted. Even if you don’t personally need the relief, if it is given to others, it helps support your community and probably will keep the foreclosure crisis from getting worse than it is.

Please contact your Congresspersons this week and let them know that this relief needs to be supported to help out all for the workers of this country. You can call the Capital switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and they will put you through to the right office. Tell them that you demand that they vote in favor of extending unemployment and COBRA benefits through the end of the year.

If you wish to click on a link that will allow you to e-mail the appropriate representative from your district go to This is a link by the National Employment Law Project.