Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act—Motion to Proceed—Continuedby Senator John Cornyn
Posted on 2014-01-06
CORNYN. Mr. President, this is a serious issue, but if this was
anything other than a political exercise, the majority leader would
have rescheduled this vote when we did not have 17 Members of the
Senate unable to be here and vote on this.
I have no doubt as to what the outcome will be on this cloture vote, but I believe it is purely a scheduling matter. It ought to be postponed to a later time when we can have a real debate so we can look for a way to pay for this extension of unemployment benefits and how to get the economy growing again so people can find jobs. That is what people want; they want to work. They don't want unemployment compensation; they want jobs so they can provide for their families.
Unfortunately, because of the timing of this vote, we know what the outcome is, and it is transparent that this is a political exercise and not a real effort to try to fix the problem.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The majority leader.