A webinar will take place on Thursday, December 19 beginning at 4PM EST to discuss the federal budget deal.
Congress is expected to finish work on a bipartisan budget agreement next week.
The bill as passed by the House will make it possible to start to reverse cuts to Head Start, senior meals, housing and many other needed services. But it asks federal workers to pay much of the cost, while not saving one dime from closing corporate tax loopholes. And it leaves out the renewal of federal unemployment insurance. That failure means that on December 28, 1.3 million long-term unemployed people will immediately lose UI. If the expiration remains in place throughout 2014, more than 4 million people will lose access to UI.
- Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN): Co-Chair of the76-member Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep. Ellison has been a staunch supporter of investing in meeting human needs and is a leader in fighting to continue unemployment insurance.
- Debbie Weinstein: Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs and federal budget expert, Debbie will tell you what you need to know about the budget deal. Succinctly.
- Christine Owens: Executive Director of the National Employment Law Project, Chris is a national spokesperson and expert about unemployment insurance, and the 2010 recipient of CHN's Human Needs Hero award.
Co-sponsored by the Coalition on Human Needs, the National Employment Law Project, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Center for Community Change, Community Action Partnership, National Women's Law Center, Service Employees International Union (SEIU).