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    Nomination of Robert Leon Wilkins to Be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit

    by Former Senator Carl Levin

    Posted on 2014-01-09

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    LEVIN. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that I be recognized to proceed as though in morning business for 15 minutes, but prior to that I be able to yield to Senator Reed of Rhode Island for 5 minutes and that not be counted against my time; and that I then be recognized after he is done.



    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there objection? Without objection, the Senator from Michigan is recognized and yields to the Senator from Rhode Island.

    Unemployment Insurance Mr. REED. Mr. President, I wish to thank the Senator from Michigan, my chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and I simply wish to make a few comments about this afternoon's proceedings with respect to unemployment insurance. The reason we were here, and we can't lose sight of that, is that 1.3 million Americans, as of December 28, lost their extended unemployment benefits. They are without the modest support of roughly $300 to $350 a week. Every week, 73,000 more Americans lose this support. We are going to see this number grow and grow and grow and grow while we talk and talk and talk and talk.

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