I received an emailed from Diane Feistein, and rsponded to her. Thank you for responding to me which is appreciated. If California is over 9% unemployment, then how come many unemployed people, are cut off from unemployment benefits as of week ending 05/12/2013. Please explain, as my unemployments are gone. I don't know what I am going to do. I search for work within IT field (I have a degree B.S. in Computer Information Sharing), but now I am applying for a stock clerk but I still can't find a job. Below is the response from Diane Feinstein. According to her, the California unemployment rate is above 9%, so why are unemployment being cut.

Dear Ms. Melough:

I received your letter and want to thank you for sharing your support for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. I appreciate hearing from you, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.

I am moved by many of the personal stories I have heard from hard-working Californians who want a job but simply cannot find one. UI benefits are crucial in providing assistance to unemployed individuals while they search for employment.

On February 17, 2012, I voted in favor of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-96). This law continues emergency unemployment insurance benefits through January 31, 2013.

Since the economic downturn began in 2008, Congress has enacted several measures dealing with UI benefits, which I have supported. Most recently, on February 17, 2012, I voted in favor of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-96). This law continues UI benefits through 2012. It does not include any additional weeks of benefits. Under the new law, unemployment benefits will be scaled back in several stages throughout the year, ultimately reducing the maximum number of weeks of benefits available from 99 weeks to 73 weeks. Only states with an unemployment rate above 9 percent, which currently includes California, will be eligible for the full 73 weeks of benefits.

While this law includes changes to the unemployment insurance benefits program, I voted in favor of this legislation because it will continue to provide an estimated 550,000 unemployed Californians with help paying for basic needs as they look for a new job. If Congress did not extend the federal tiers of this program, benefits would have been reduced to 26 weeks.

I share your belief that Congress must protect these benefits. I want you to know that I sent a letter to Senators Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Max Baucus (D-MT), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Robert Casey (D-PA), members of the Conference Committee established to draft legislation to extend federal unemployment benefits, urging them to support a full extension of unemployment emergency assistance for the same duration as in 2011.

Please know that I appreciate hearing your support for these critical benefits. I will continue to do everything I can at the federal level to create more employment opportunities for Californians. If you have further questions or comments, please contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.

Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator


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