Extending Emergency Unemployment Insuranceby Representative Bill Foster
Posted on 2014-01-08
FOSTER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
Mr. FOSTER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak on behalf of the
thousands of my constituents who have had an essential safety net
pulled out from under them because Congress has failed to take action
to extend emergency unemployment insurance.
On December 28, 1.3 million nationwide, and over 80,000 in my home State of Illinois, lost unemployment insurance. Our economy is still recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression, and now is not the time to cut off this important safety net.
I have heard from hundreds of my constituents about this, including Yvonne, a mother of five from Aurora, Illinois. While she has worked all of her life, she is now unemployed. Without unemployment insurance, she will no longer have a car or any of the resources she needs to look for work and to get her career back on track.
Unemployment insurance is not a handout; it is a hand up. Unemployment insurance is for workers who have lost their job, through no fault of their own, and who need a lifeline while they look for work.
In addition to leaving families without a safety net, failing to extend unemployment insurance is simply bad economic policy.