Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Actby Representative Dina Titus
Posted on 2013-12-11
TITUS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
Ms. TITUS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today on behalf of the nearly 40,000
unemployed Nevadans at risk of losing their benefits if Congress fails
to act before the end of the year.
While our economy has slowly begun to recover from the recession and housing crisis, there are still 1.3 million fewer jobs today than when the recession started 6 years ago. Nearly 4 million jobless Americans have been unemployed for more than 27 weeks. And while a newly unemployed worker has a 20 to 30 percent chance of getting hired, a long-term unemployed worker has only a 1 in 10 chance of finding a new job in any given month.
Cutting off a critical lifeline to those already struggling to make ends meet would be irresponsible and reckless, causing significant damage to our economic growth and costing our economy nearly 310,000 jobs, including 3,000 in Nevada.
I am proud to cosponsor the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act that would extend this vital program and related provisions for another year.
So before Congress pats itself on the back about a budget deal, let's think about those families truly in need during these holidays and beyond.