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    Extend Emergency Unemployment Insurance

    by Former Representative Joe Garcia

    Posted on 2014-01-09

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    GARCIA asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. GARCIA. Mr. Speaker, our priority in Congress should be to find solutions, to boost our economy and get people back to work. While we are still working to get our economy back on track, Americans need to be able to feed their families and support themselves. It is about fairness.

    That is why I urge my colleagues today to extend the emergency unemployment insurance. For every dollar spent on unemployment insurance, we generate $1.55 in new economic activity in its first year, which is why we create more jobs and will get Americans back to work.

    In Florida alone, 70,000 people have lost this essential lifeline during the holiday season. And if we don't act, this number could double in the next 6 months.

    Mr. Speaker, this is simply a question of fairness. It is the right thing to do for our families and for our economy.


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