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Long term unemployment benefits set to end

More than a million Americans are bracing to lose their lifeline from the government

(WFRV) - More than a million Americans are bracing to lose their lifeline from the government

Long term unemployment benefits, put in place during the recession, are set to end Saturday, leaving those who've been out of work for more than six months with no cash assistance.

1.3 million people will be affected by the change.

34-year-old Amber Wydeven from Menasha is one of them.

She's been unemployed since June, and received a notice that her unemployment benefits will be cut off December 28th.

Wydeven's monthly bills come to nearly $1,800 a month; she also has to buy $300 worth of medication a month.

"I'm extremely scared, she says. “I have gone out to every career agency I could think of, I'm online with career builder, I'm online with monster. I'm putting applications out there."

She says she has applied for more than 250 jobs since becoming unemployed.

When lawmakers return to Washington, the Senate is expected to vote on extending benefits for three months. House Republicans are willing to discuss an extension, if there is a way to pay for it. 

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