Last week Congress failed to extend unemployment insurance, a decision that will negatively impact almost 2 million people in the United States trying to get by and make ends meet as our economy continues to struggle to recover. This week, Washington Post writer Ylan Q. Mui explained the current state of affairs in her piece, “What do the jobless do when the benefits end?” in which she sites Father Larry Snyder as the voice for the jobless and the advocates for unemployment insurance extension:
“Some members of Congress are just in complete denial about the severity of the economic downturn,” said the Rev. Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, which has seen demand for food and other forms of aid jump since federal benefits lapsed. “Some people are interpreting the fact that we’re seeing signs of economic recovery as saying, ‘Okay, folks are all right,’ ” Snyder said. “That’s just not true.”
We continue to advocate and speak up for groups like the unemployed during this economic recession and we are proud to advocate for the less fortunate in these situations.