GOP Demanding Diplomas, Drug Tests for Unemployed

Millions of jobless Americans are – yet, again – slated to lose their unemployment benefits if Congress fails to extend benefits before February 29, 2012.

A deal is currently on the table, but it includes numerous changes in unemployment policy brought forth by Republican members of Congress, including requiring jobless applicants to pass a high school equivalency program, a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), and to undergo a drug test before receiving benefits. The GOP also wants to cap the maximum number of weeks the unemployed can receive benefits to 63 to73 weeks. The current cap is 99 weeks.

The GOP’s unrelenting, ruthless attacks on people – jobless and poor through no fault of their own – have got to end. Click here to tell Congress the drug-testing and GED provisions are wrong, and to extend benefits for America’s unemployed without them.