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Unemployed in Kansas City worried about benefits after fiscal cliff

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If Congress can't reach a compromise to avoid the fiscal cliff, more than 2 million Americans stand to lose their unemployment insurance benefits, including thousands of people on both sides of the state line.

Jacqueline Williams is a face of unemployment. She receives a weekly benefit that would likely shock most.

"$116 a week and that's not really enough. It's getting me through," she said.

Williams joins the millions of others across the country who are receiving their unemployment benefits under the federal extension who stand to lose them when they end this week.

For Williams, the money barely gets her by.

"(It's me and) my husband and he's disabled. So $116 isn't getting far because he has medication. He has diabetes; we have to get him back and forth to the doctors and all that," she said.

She's been on unemployment since August and has been coming to the Full Employment Council regularly.

"I'm going to do my four-week report for my unemployment and get on the computer and look for some jobs," Williams said.

While she's unemployed, Williams is working on passing her General Education Development or GED tests. Friday she was meeting with a skills counselor to help her with her job search and building a resume. She hopes that Congress meets in the middle and comes to an agreement soon.

"I hope they do, though, I really hope they do," she said.

Until then Williams remains focused on the future with the hopes of finding a job and going back to school.

The fiscal cliff deadline is Monday.

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