Congressional Black Caucus Addresses Unemployment Benefitsby Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson
Posted on 2014-01-13
in the house of representatives
Monday, January 13, 2014
Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas. Mr. Speaker, another week has
passed while Republicans in Congress continue their blockade on the
renewal of federal unemployment insurance. More than 1.5 million
jobless Americans remain without unemployment insurance and another
72,000 hardworking men and women will be cut off with each additional
week of inaction that passes by.
House Democrats have continued their push to hold a vote on extending emergency unemployment insurance. In fact, this is the third time that I join my colleagues in making sure that we renew our promise to the American people by demanding a simple vote on a three-month extension. Every day that we fail to act means more families will be left wondering how they will put food on the table or pay for basic goods as they seek employment.
Instead of devoting so much time in Congress trying to overturn the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans should reconsider the impact that allowing unemployment insurance to expire will have on the U.S. economy and American families. It is estimated that the lapse in unemployment coverage removed $400 million out of state economies in just a single week, while failing to extend unemployment insurance will cost the U.S. economy 240,000 jobs this year.
Mr. Speaker, this is an issue of restoring economic security for millions of Americans and their families. I am truly disappointed to [[Page E80]] see that the House Republican agenda for 2014 does not include renewing federal unemployment insurance. The long-term unemployed cannot wait on Congress to restore this critical support any longer, and I urge my Republican colleagues to act now.