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Dan Kildee, Jim Ananich hold roundtable discussion

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(01/17/14) - Congressman Dan Kildee spent the day with unemployed workers, who say they're hurting because U.S. lawmakers failed to extend federal unemployment benefits.

Right before the holiday break, Congress passed a spending bill that did not include extending federal unemployment benefits for 99 weeks.

More than 43,000 jobless people in Michigan lost their benefits at the end of December.

"The reason that we wanted to sit down with the folks today is to make sure we hear the real stories of people who are struggling with this. And in many ways contradict what some of the Republicans in Congress are trying to do. And that's portray that some of these folks prefer to be on unemployment instead of actually working on a job," Kildee said.

"It's time to stop playing politics with these people's lives. We need to make sure we extend the benefits to these folks," said State Sen. Jim Ananich.

No action will be taken on extending unemployment benefits anytime soon because Congress is in recess next week.

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