Putting the focus back on American families with jobless benefits (Rep. Jim Costa)

The current lapse in extended benefits is unprecedented. Since 1959, the government has never allowed extended unemployment benefits to expire when the national unemployment rate is still above 7.2 percent.

Californians are concerned with providing for their families and putting food on the table, not scoring political points. 

Extending unemployment benefits aren’t just critical to our Valley’s workers and families where unemployment hovers around 20 percent in some areas, but also our economy.

Every dollar in unemployment benefits creates at least $1.61 in economic activity and puts money into neighborhood businesses.

Now is the time to focus on middle class families and our economy — not the next election.

It’s time to pass this measure and send it to the president for his signature.

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