• I am one of the 1.6 million who lost unemployment insurance

    I am the sole provider for our family.

    After 16 years of working for a cold storage facility, I lost my job as an office manager. Due to company budget cuts, office manager positions were cut across the country, and for the first time in my life, I was unemployed.

    I'm the sole provider for our family. My husband had a kidney transplant a few years ago and now suffers from heart disease, and we now care for our 10-year-old granddaughter who is disabled. Having a steady income is really important to our family. With the loss of my job, we had no income. I knew there was financial assistance available, and on July 15th, I began collecting emergency unemployment insurance.

    For months, I applied for jobs. Looking online and in newspapers, I applied for more than 400 jobs altogether—which led to only two interviews. I would take any job right now, I'm not being picky. But I was either too qualified or not qualified enough.

    In early January, Congress failed to renew unemployment insurance for me and 1.6 million other Americans who are in a similar situation—and now my family has zero income.

    Next month we're going to put our house on the market and try and sell it. Hopefully, we can sell our house and avoid having it foreclosed on. I know a lot of other people are faced with these circumstances too, and this isn't a game. Getting your house foreclosed on isn't a game.

    I know something will open up, it has to, but right now, things are really tough. I've worked since I was 14 years old, I pay taxes, but I hit a rough spot, and now this one crucial lifeline is gone.

    This is a real problem that affects millions of families across the country, and Congress needs to fix it. It's not a game, it's not politics. It's about giving assistance to people who are trying to get back on their feet.

    Join me in telling Congress to restore unemployment insurance.

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