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Akaka disappointed unemployment benefits not exended

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Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) expressed his disappointment Thursday that the Senate was unable to pass legislation extending unemployment benefits for millions of jobless Americans.

“I am saddened that people in Hawaii, many of whom have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, must continue to make do without this vital assistance. Because of our current economic problems, many families need these unemployment benefits to simply meet their basic household needs while they continue to search for work,” Akaka said. “I expect the Senate to continue working to pass an extension soon.”

The legislation (H.R. 4213) would have extended the temporary unemployment insurance program, which expired June 2, 2010, through Nov. 30, 2010.

Akaka voted in support, but the bill failed to get the 60 votes required by Senate rules to move forward. The bill is expected to be reconsidered when the Senate returns from the July 4th congressional recess.

One Response to “Akaka disappointed unemployment benefits not exended”

  1. jeannie abero says:

    please help the people, we all need our unemplyment extensions. those of us already suffering, will lose our homes, and not be able to pay for food for our children.

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