Extend Unemployment Benefitsby Representative Tony Cárdenas
Posted on 2014-01-10
CARDENAS asked and was given permission to address the House for
Mr. CARDENAS. Mr. Speaker, less than 2 weeks ago, more than 1 million
Americans lost access to unemployment insurance benefits. Another 3.5
million will be impacted if Congress doesn't act. American families
will lose that tiny amount of money, that small amount of money that
keeps food on the table for millions of Americans.
Has unemployment decreased? Well, it has decreased a bit. But unfortunately, unemployment is still too high for the people of the San Fernando Valley and many places around our country. Californians have already lost more than $64 million in unemployment income just in this past week.
This is unacceptable. We cannot balance the budget on the backs of Americans struggling to buy food for their families; and, unfortunately, the budget that was passed recently did just that.
We must act now and pass an unemployment insurance extension bill immediately. We need to continue the opportunity for these millions of American families to be able to put food on the table. That is the America that we grew up in, and that is the America that we have to figure out how to keep going forward.
An extension of unemployment insurance occurred under President George W. Bush, continues under President Obama, but this Congress needs to act to make sure we continue now.