From: The Honorable Frank A. LoBiondo

Sent By: mark.aitken@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.R. 4970
Date: 6/27/2014

Dear Colleague,

In light of renewed efforts in the Senate by Senators Reed and Heller through the introduction S.2532, we have introduced companion legislation, H.R. 4970, to extend unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for the long-term unemployed. This bipartisan bill allows eligible job seekers who were cut-off on December 28, 2013 to continue where they left off in the UI claims process.

Both the House and Senate bills would strengthen reemployment and eligibility assessment (REA) and Re-Employment Services (RES) programs while ensuring individuals receiving emergency unemployment compensation are eligible for enhanced, personalized assessments and referrals to reemployment services when they begin their 27th week of UI (Tier I) and 55th week of UI (Tier III). The legislation is also fully paid for.

In December 2013, Congress failed to extend emergency unemployment benefits, forcing 1.3 million Americans to lose access to their federal unemployment insurance.  The number of Americans without their eligible benefits has subsequently grown to 3.1 million.  We can no longer wait to act.

If you would like to become a cosponsor of H.R. 4970, please contact Mark Aitken (mark.aitken@mail.house.gov) with Rep. LoBiondo or Troy Nienberg (troy.nienberg@mail.house.gov) with Rep. Kildee. We appreciate your consideration of this important legislation.

Sincerely,

Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02)                 Rep. Daniel T. Kildee (MI-05)