Extend Unemployment Insuranceby Representative Charles B. Rangel
Posted on 2014-01-15
RANGEL asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. RANGEL. Mr. Speaker, if someone were to read the history of the
United States, they would think that all the Democrats in this country
were poor and all the Republicans were rich.
In the last few years of this Presidency, it amazes me how the Republicans have done a pretty good job making certain that we don't close the tax loopholes for the very wealthy and that we don't raise any type of revenue through taxes. They have fought against things such as money for jobs, the Affordable Health Care Act, and affordable housing. There are just so many things.
But then it gets to basic moral things that don't concern what party label or how you vote. It is just what happens to a person when the only thing that they are relying on is unemployment compensation. What happens when 1.3 million of these people no longer get that check? Well, I can tell you because, unfortunately, I don't come from a wealthy district. Sometimes they can't pay their rent. Sometimes they get evicted. Sometimes they can't get to their job. Sometimes their car notes aren't paid. And then we find people drifting into poverty. And that's where we really pay--not only in the misery and the pain of hardworking Americans, but we pay in terms of welfare.
Please, Republicans, pass this to give some assistance for the 1.3 million Americans.