Congressional Delegation Calls on Leadership to Extend Unemployment Benefits

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    More than 48,000  people in Connecticut don't have unemployment insurance benefits and the state's Congressional delegation will be at the Capitol in Hartford today to try to call attention to the issue.

    The local delegation is calling on the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on a White House-backed bill to extend federal unemployment insurance for millions of families.

    House Speaker John Boehner has called the bill "unworkable," according to, and said it fails to include job-creation measures.

    The U.S. Senate passed the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act this week.

    U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Congressmen John Larson (D-Conn.) and Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) will attend to discuss the impact the delay in extending federal unemployment benefits has on Connecticut families.

    In Connecticut, more  than 48,000 long-term unemployed individuals have seen their benefits expire and are currently without unemployment insurance benefits.

    The news conference begins at 1:30 p.m. in Room 1C of the Legislative Office Building  at    
    300 Capitol Avenue in Hartford.

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