Congress Passes Extension of Unemployment Benefits
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) voted to stimulate the local economy and provide stability to families hit hardest by the recession by extending unemployment benefits, the homebuyers’ tax credit, and tax relief for military families and businesses.
The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act (HR 3548) now heads to the President for his signature. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 403 to 12. The Senate passed the legislation November 4 by a vote of 98 to 0.
The legislation will extend relief to millions of workers, families, and businesses nationwide.
“With unemployment in California at 12.2 percent in September, among the highest in the nation, the unemployment extension of 20 weeks included in this legislation provides critical relief to families struggling to buy groceries and make their mortgage payments,” Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard said. “I am also pleased the legislation continues to encourage first-time homeownership through the extension of the homebuyer tax credit. Both of these efforts are essential to strengthening the housing market and our economy.”