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More than a million people who rely on long-term unemployment benefits are facing uncertainty.
Lawmakers are leaving for their vacations, without passing an extension to long-term jobless benefits that set to expire December 28th.
More than one million Americans are receiving that emergency unemployment up to 99 weeks instead of 26.
"If their benefits expire, they may conclude that their job search is just hopeless. They may just leave the labor force, which means that some of them might end up on public assistance role."
Strain says people on unemployment benefits generally stay unemployed longer.