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Families & The Federal Budget

While Congress Debates Tax Cuts for Millionaires Emergency Unemployment Benefits Could Expire for Millions of Jobless Workers

November 16, 2010
by Jasmine Tucker The unemployment situation is dire, especially among those who have been jobless for an extended period of time. Unfortunately, the situation is not likely to get better any time soon—national unemployment in October was above nine percent for the 18th consecutive month and is...
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Families Like Ours Need Help

November 16, 2010
The loss of my husband's job could not have come at a worst time for us. I work part-time at a supermarket, and the way the economy is my hours were further cut. The unemployment checks we received helped a great deal, and we were able to survive. But our nightmare began after the year was up, and...
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Will Congress Be the Grinch that Stole Christmas?

November 16, 2010
This time of year, many are planning their Thanksgiving menu and visits with family over the holidays and New Year. But a huge number of Americans are facing a much colder holiday season. Unless Congress acts now, two million workers will find it difficult to even put food on the table once their...
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Families of the Recession: What the Unemployment Rate Means for Kids

November 16, 2010
As if it hasn’t already done enough, the Great Recession has effectively ruined the first Friday of every month. Why? This is the day each month that the U.S. Department of Labor releases the nation’s unemployment rate. And it probably doesn’t require much explanation that for the past two years,...

Stephen King, can you write about losing unemployment insurance?

November 16, 2010
This Halloween, we asked MomsRising members to share their stories of the scary job market and the response was, indeed, frightening. We received over a hundred stories from all across the country sharing the trauma of not being able to find work during a time in which there's only one job opening...
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Spook Congress for America's Families!

October 28, 2010
That bone chilling, pit of fear in your stomach feeling. Could it be Halloween? Or possibly, could it be the very scary job market? Currently more than one in six working age adults - or 26.8 million people - are either unemployed or underemployed. And it's tough to find a job when there’s only one...
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An inexcusable delay

April 9, 2010
Whenever I go on vacation, I always leave some task undone--like emptying the garbage can, or putting my mail on hold. But failing to extend millions of people's unemployment insurance benefits? Never, even in my most hurried state, would I go on vacation and neglect to do that. It's simply...
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The Crisis of American Families & the Bias Against Mothers

May 13, 2009
Shocking but true: There is a tragic lack of support for American families and a deep bias against mothers. A full quarter of U.S. families with children less than six years old live in poverty. Nine million children are without healthcare coverage and many more are under-insured. Fourteen million...
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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

April 16, 2009
Click here to read the whole post from Your (Wo)man in Washington. Written by MOTHERS Guest Blogger, Kelly Coyle DiNorcia
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Paid Sick Days in Connecticut

September 9, 2008
We're making great progress in the fight for paid sick days in Connecticut. Join our efforts today to ensure paid sick days for all becomes a reality in Connecticut. Why bring paid sick days to Connecticut? • Roughly 44% of working people in Connecticut don't get a single paid sick day all year...
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