Marion Family Relieved to See End of Fiscal Cliff

By Addison Speck

CEDAR RAPIDS - A Marion family is relieved after Congress passed a fiscal cliff deal extending unemployment assistance.

Since July, the Krone family has been living on one income along with unemployment checks.

Shannon Krone moved to Iowa with her husband and two children in 2007. Krone's husband worked full time while she went back to school to be a certified medical assistant.

But this past May, Krone's husband, who was an IT manager at the time, got laid off. That's when the family began living off of Shannon's paycheck and her husband's unemployment checks.

"It's very discouraging. He's had in-person interviews, over 20 phone interviews, and sent out countless resumes," Shannon explained.

Shannon's husband has a bachelor's degree in business administration. But as the months have passed, the weeks of unemployment checks continues to shrink.

"In the beginning, I kept saying what are we going to do? He would say, it will be alright. Now the last three months I say, what are we going to do? He says, I don't know," she said.

The family has been watching fiscal cliffs negotiations for weeks, hoping Congress would extended the unemployment assistance, buying them more time until Shannon's husband finds a job.

"We've literally been sitting on the edge of our seats" she said, "It's not about us going out and buying a six pack with federal funds, it's about us being able to pay our bills."

Shannon said it's unfair that congress can make last-minute decisions that will play such a crucial role in American's lives.

"I feel like it's a great game of tug-of-war and American's are the rope," she said.

The Krone family knows there are others far worse off but that's exactly why they don't understand why congress didn't act months ago.

"It's something they keep sweeping under the rug and they are sweeping people under there with it," she said.
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