An Emergency Unemployment Compensation extension bill was introduced to both the Senate and House this week. The bipartisan effort was spearheaded by Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.)
Funding for the EUC was terminated on Dec. 28, 2013 and 1.3 million lost benefits, and Democrats report the number who would now be eligible if the program is revived has surpassed 3.1 million. The program began in 2008 during the recession and provided longer term compensation to unemployed job seekers . . .