Jobs and Unemployment Expanded
Congressman Lewis has been an outspoken advocate of policies to help people in Georgia's Fifth Congressional District who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. He serves on the Ways and Means Committee's Income, Security and Family Support Subcommittee, which crafts legislation concerning unemployment, welfare, foster care, SSI, and other critical anti-poverty federal programs.
A variety of benefits provide temporary assistance to unemployed workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Three major federal programs assist unemployed and dislocated workers: Unemployment Compensation, Trade Adjustment Assistance, and Disaster Unemployed Assistance.
Congressman Lewis strongly supported the creation of the initial Emergency Unemployment Compensation program and cosponsored legislation to create an additional Tier V of benefits to assist the many Americans who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
Georgia also heavily relied upon the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)Emergency Contingency Fund funding to subsidize summer youth and other State employment programs. Additional funding for this important initiative passed the House earlier this year, but has since stalled in the Senate.
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To find out more about critical health and human services available in Georgia, residents can contact dial2-1-1 from any Georgia based telephone number (including Georgia based cell phone numbers). While services offered through 2-1-1 vary from community to community, 2-1-1 offers information about and access to services and resources concerning basic human needs, (food, clothing and shelters), physical and mental health, employment support, support for older Americans and persons with disabilities, and support for children, youth and families.