All – I wanted to give you the latest update on the Unemployment Insurance (UI) issue. Unfortunately it failed in the Senate today. Below is Sen. Begich’s statement about the vote. Sen. Begich will continue to work on this issue, as over 23,000 long-term unemployed Alaskans depend on UI to make ends meet. Let me know if you have any questions.
Begich Votes to Support Alaska Families
Alaska Senators Support Unemployment Insurance Extension
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today released the following statement expressing disappointment that the Senate failed to extend unemployment insurance benefits, denying millions of dollars to thousands of Alaskans.
Begich voted in favor of extending the benefits.
“It’s unfortunate that a small group of extreme Senators decided to put partisan politics ahead of protecting families today. These unemployment benefits are not a handout; workers pay into the system with the assurance that they have something to fall back on if they are out of work involuntarily. Alaskan families have already lost over $6 million since benefits expired – that is $6 million that should be in Alaskans’ pockets and going back into the Alaska economy. While the Senate failed to pass a solution today, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and I both supported the measure and we’ll continue to work towards solutions to help the over 23,000 Alaskans who have earned and deserve this assistance.”
I want to make sure you saw Sen. Begich’s letter to the Obama Administration today announcing his opposition to so-called “fast track authority” for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreements.
In the letter, Sen. Begich criticizes the Administration’s lack of transparency about the TPP and TTIP negotiations as a “frustrating situation” and demands more information about any pending agreement.
Please see the letter Sen. Begich sent today attached. begich2 I have copied Robert Henson, who is Sen. Begich’s lead staffer on trade issues. We will continue to update you and, as always, feel free to let us know if you have any questions.
Office of U.S. Senator Mark Begich
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