Congress doesn't care about the unemployed

December 01, 2010

How can Congress not be acting when thousands of Marylanders and millions of Americans are losing their unemployment benefits during the holidays? ("Anxious time for laid-off workers as unemployment-benefit program expires," Nov. 29.)

My partner and I were laid off from a government contracting job at the same time back in May. We have both sent out hundreds of resumes and gotten no job offers. We have had our home foreclosed on and had to move into a one-bedroom apartment. Now we are trying to figure out how we can afford to pay rent when we lose our benefits in less than two months.

Congress needs to act now. People cannot find work. I've worked for over 20 years, and now they say they are not really concerned if I lose the rest of what little I have left. They need to act now and help the people who are really trying to find work in this economy before real people end up homeless with nowhere to go.

Chad Bynion, Dundalk

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