FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Press Release) – Apr 27, 2010 – , they have joined as one in their plight for an extension of unemployment benefits.
When Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, White House budget director Peter Orszag and Christina Romer, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, said in a joint statement, “U.S. employers won’t hire enough workers this year to lower the jobless rate much below the level of 9.7 percent reached in February (and) the proportion of Americans who can’t find work is likely to remain elevated for an extended period”, the writing on the walls of Capitol Hill was clear, the unemployed need help now.
The growing number who have exhausted all existing State and Federal unemployment benefits, the long term unemployed, are losing everything as the Senate and Congress look the other way, focusing solely on keeping their jobs in the upcoming November elections.
Enter the AFLTU (Advocacy For The Long Term Unemployed), who while new on the scene, their rapidly expanding membership is testament to the fact that individuals and families alike are scared. While the Politicians talk about what an extension might do to our future budget, jobless Americans know that the future is now, and it is filled with foreclosures, hunger, and poverty. Until the jobs return, they are in need of a lifeline only Washington can provide, an extension to the 99 week maximum that has been placed on unemployment benefits. The AFLTU and its supporters will begin sending a clear message to their elected officials, “if you are not willing to save our lives, come November we will not be saving your jobs”.