In an email blast sent out yesterday, the AFL-CIO has taken Congress to task over soon-to-lapse unemployment insurance benefits as part of a public relations push to extend those benefits through 2012.
"Unless Congress acts now, lifeline aid for nearly 2 million workers who have lost jobs will be cut off Dec. 31 as the extended unemployment insurance benefits expire. In Tennessee alone, 40,500 will lose unemployment benefits," reads the press release. "Over the course of 2012, an estimated 6 million U.S. workers struggling to find jobs will lose these essential benefits if Congress continues to focus on keeping tax cuts for the 1% who crashed our economy rather than helping the 99% by extending unemployment insurance."
To further shame Congress into doing something, the AFL-CIO launched a website today recounting the stories of jobless Americans whose only lifeline is government assistance because job creators like those in Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey's favorite novel, Atlas Shrugged, are too busy hoarding their money in preparation of the impending apocalypse (Although, to be fair, Ramsey probably just watched the most-excellent film adaption).
The site takes dead aim at House Speaker John Boehner over the impending snafu, saying that the congressman from Sun Tan City, Oh., "continues to block a clean and immediate extension of emergency unemployment benefits." Boehner insists that any extension of unemployment insurance be accompanied by matching cuts in other areas, which the LA Times rightly opines would result in even greater job loss.
If Congress does fail to act, expect any of the modest gains made during the Great Recession to evaporate and be replaced with this: