Unemployment benefits are an important part of the social safety net that protects working families from the worst effects of the economic cycle. Beyond their role in helping families cope with job loss, unemployment benefits contribute to economic recovery, by putting money in the hands of consumers, helping restore the demand for goods and services.
Senator Levin’s Record on Unemployment Insurance
- Feb. 17, 2012 – Sen. Levin supports extension of middle-class tax relief
The Senate passes legislation supported by Sen. Levin to extend for a full year a cut in federal payroll taxes and extending emergency unemployment benefits. Sen. Levin calls the extension "important tax relief that is focused on middle-class families who have suffered greatly during the Great Recession."
- Dec. 17, 2011 – Levin votes to continue payroll tax relief, but says measure falls short
Sen. Levin votes for legislation to prevent an end to payroll tax relief and emergency unemployment benefits, saying the bill is misguided in several ways but that the extensions are vitally important.
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