Extended unemployment benefits expired in December 2013 after Republicans in the House blocked an extension of the program. Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has proposed new bills that she claimed in a statement, "would not be necessary had the House adopted the amendment offered by the Democrats which have extended unemployment benefits." She continued, "I strongly supported that alternative because we should not be depriving hard working job hunters of this compensation."
Rep. Jackson Lee proposed H.R. 3888, the "New Chance for a New Start in Life Act," which gives out grants to the unemployed that may be used to pay for "job training."