Resolution Calls for Extension of Unemployment Benefits

April 22, 2014


SACRAMENTO – Senate Joint Resolution 18, introduced by Senator Jim Beall, has been passed and was chaptered last week, officially becoming California’s message to Congress to promptly renew the extension of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

“We must let Congress know loud and clear that California wants action taken on extending unemployment benefits,’’ Beall said. “At the end of last year, a faction in Congress let the extension expire, stopping unemployment checks for hundreds of thousands of hard-working people who had lost their jobs during the recession.’’

Copies of the resolution will be sent to California’s congressional delegation. Senate Joint Resolution 18 points out that the state unemployment rate hovers at 8.5 percent and there are three unemployed workers for every available job opening. Last year, the EUC program pumped $4.5 billion into the state’s economy. The program ended Dec. 28. As of February 24, more than 1.2 million unemployed workers in California had exhausted  all of their available unemployment benefits.

Senators Beall, D-San Jose, and Ellen Corbett, D-East Bay, were joint authors on SJR 18. The resolution enjoyed bi-partisan support and had more than 25 co-authors.