This morning the president signed into law a bill (HR 2642) that will extend unemployment benefits for an additional thirteen weeks for long-term unemployed workers. Some relevant links:
- Analysis of key measures in HR 2642 from the Associated Press;
- Remarks at the signing from President Bush;
- Text of the bill;
- History of the bill from OpenCongress.org.
This piece of legislation is enormously important to many Americans. While I've been covering its long, strange trip through Congress since early April, the number of daily hits on this blog has increased more than eight-fold, most of them from people seeking out information about the unemployment extension. Many readers have commented on my earlier posts, telling their own personal stories. In particular, check out this post from April 16, and this post from May 19.
My thanks to everyone who commented here. Good luck to all of you in your job searches.
Note: This is about the first unemployment extension passed in June 2008. For more recent news, click here.