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Democrat FL 24

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  • Addressing Our Unemployment Crisis

    by Representative Frederica S. Wilson

    Posted on 2013-03-19

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    WILSON of Florida asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Ms. WILSON of Florida. Mr. Speaker, it's now been 807 days since I arrived in Congress to address jobs, and the Republican leadership has still not allowed a single vote on serious legislation to address our unemployment crisis. More than 12 million American families do not have the luxury of waiting on this issue. They are devastated. There are five students in my [[Page H1577]] district who graduated from Harvard in 2011, and they're still looking for work. Think of the lost talent.

    It's time for Congress to understand that unemployment is an urgent national crisis. It results in lost tax revenue, higher government expenditures, and unbearable levels of human suffering.

    Mr. Speaker, our real deficit is unemployment. Let's eliminate this true deficit by bringing the President's American Jobs Act to the floor for a vote. It deserves a vote.

    Mr. Speaker, our mantra should be: jobs, jobs, jobs.


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