Despite recent gains in Congress related to the unemployment insurance extension, millions of Americans remain without vital benefits more than five months after payments expired.

This lack of progress has caused problems for out-of-work citizens, employers and politicians from all states – and that has focused the attention on the discussions currently taking place in both the House and the Senate.

Recently, a new proposal to link an unemployment insurance extension to a corporate tax-cut bill failed in Congress, according to the Inquisitr. The bill was proposed by Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, and included a component that would retroactively pay benefits through the end of May. The goal was to connect the unemployment insurance legislation to the more popular corporate tax bill, forcing either both to be approved or denied.

“That’s not going to happen,” Heller told the Washington Examiner. “There just isn’t the appetite I had expected on the Left to address the issue.”

If the measure had been approved, it could have improved the likelihood of the unemployment insurance extension being passed in the House, the media outlet reported. Now that that course of action is no longer possible, Heller has expressed interest in finding a new way to link the jobless bill with other legislation.

Maryland Congressman speaks to House
Maryland Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger recently spoke in front of the House of Representatives, alongside many of his state’s jobless residents, about the lack of progress with the unemployment insurance extension.

This meeting coincided with the beginning of Maryland’s “Faces of the Unemployed” project, which hopes to bring to light the problems families are facing across the country. So far, more than 33,000 local residents have lost benefits since the program expired at the end of 2013.

According to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, the state’s unemployment rate has actually been on the way down – now at only 5.6 percent in March, based off of recent data. That is the lowest level experienced since November 2008.

“With better choices, come better results,” Gov. Martin O’Malley said in a statement. “Maryland continues to show strong growth and resilience, with our private sector leading the way by creating 10,900 jobs over the past 12 months, or nearly eight out of ten new jobs. March marks yet another month of solid gains for our economy. Every choice we make is about creating jobs, expanding opportunity and strengthening Maryland’s middle class. The most important job we create is the next one.”

At Corporate Cost Control, we work closely with employers across the country to better manage the nuances of unemployment insurance. Legislation changes on the state level could impact you today, and we welcome any questions or concerns you may have on a wide range of topics.


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