Fiscal Cliff threatens unemployment aid

By Alyssa Donovan

December 31, 2012 Updated Jan 3, 2013 at 2:55 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.--The unemployment office was a packed house Monday as many people came in to file for their federal aid, some of whom had just been laid off.

Andrew Miller, who filed for unemployment said, "There's people that really need this money. People say go out and look for a job but we're doing it. In Peoria, there are not any jobs."

Miller was laid off by G&D right before the holidays.

"That really hurt us a lot. I've got a car payment and bills to pay and now we are basically back under the gun," said Miller.

Without a deal from congress, even more people will be losing their jobs.

Investor Joe Stowell said, "This shouldn't have come to a last minute effort and consequently, it is. It's unfortunate, but I don't think it's any secret in the market. I think the market that's part of the problem. The market has lost confidence in our government to act on what's in the best interest of the country as a whole."

Some feel that our leaders need to work a little bit harder.

"I wish they could really get their act together and get something done for this country," said Gregory Purcell of Peoria.

Those who are currently unemployed are depending on the federal aid. They are hoping those benefits don't get cut.

Miller said, "We need it. If they do [cut benefits] there's going to be a lot of people out here with a lot of issues. A lot of homeless people, a lot of people losing everything they've worked hard for."

Ebonie Davis who filed for unemployment said, "Jobs come and go like money comes and goes. We need to keep the jobs or the unemployment. We need to survive!"

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