Transcript for Jobless Benefits Ending for Scores of Americans Tomorrow
Meantime, tonight more than a million out of work americans about to lose unemployment benefits tomorrow. They will be cut off. Many now wondering how congress went on break and let this happen. Abc's senior washington correspondent tonight. Reporter: Time is running out for kathy biscotti. I'm in a panic, I don't know what I'm going to do. Reporter: She's been out of work since june. On saturday, she'll be among 1.3 million americans losing their safety net. When the unemployment insurance program ends. I need this, or I will be homeless. That's the bottom line. Reporter: Congress went home for the year without extending emergency relief. In place since 2008. So benefits will now last only 26 weeks. While the job market has improved. Long term unemployment is at its highest point since world war ii, with 4 million americans out of work for 27 weeks or longer. The white house is pushing for a new extension. I think we're a better country than that. We don't abandon each other when times are tough. Reporter: Some republicans prefer limiting benefits to 26 weeks. If you extend beyond that you do a disservice to these workers. Reporter: For kathy, the job search and fears continue. At this point I would take anything, just to keep a roof over my head. Reporter: Now, president obama is urging congress to pass a three month extension in the new year. But congressional republican leaders tell me, they will only be on board, if they find budget cuts somewhere else. Right there at the white house tonight, jeff, thank you.
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