Juli from Wisconsin

"My unemployment insurance is helping my family stay afloat while I look for work in this terrible job market.  But, if lawmakers in Washington fail to act to renew the federal unemployment insurance programs, my benefits would be cut off completely shortly after Dec. 31, 2011.  This is a very scary thought as we have one son in college and another that will be going a few years down the road.  My husband and I live a very modest life.  He works a physically-demanding blue collar job.  We live in a 60-year old, one bathroom home that’s about 1400 square feet.  We don’t have brand new vehicles and we have always lived within our means.  We use coupons on a regular basis whether it’s for buying groceries or other necessities.  We are doing everything we can to save money.  If my unemployment benefits were cut off completely and I still could not find work, we would not be able to pay our mortgage or real estate taxes and could lose the home we have lived in for 23 years.  It’s a disgrace that anyone should have to worry about losing their home because they can’t find work, not to mention people in their late 40’s/early 50’s who are supposed to be more financially “secure” by that age.  This should not be happening in America."