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Sheila J.
Democrat TX 18

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  • Pass Unemployment Insurance

    by Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

    Posted on 2014-01-16

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    JACKSON LEE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Ms. JACKSON LEE. Mr. Speaker, I rise to say that we are, in fact, our brothers' and sisters' keeper, and I want to debunk the terrible definition and description of some 1.3--now 1.9--million unemployed Americans.

    I reject the theory that they only sit around for unemployment and will not look for a job unless they are not getting unemployment insurance when everybody knows that the requirements of emergency unemployment insurance require individuals to look for work. For everyone I have spoken to, including learning the story of a woman in New York who is 58 years old and who has looked for work over and over and, likewise, is desperate and devastated because she is not able to provide the bare minimum, I have introduced H.R. 3888.

    I ask my colleagues to join me in legislation that will target and train the chronically unemployed, that will provide their unemployment insurance and that will give them a stipend for emerging industry training. I say to my Republican colleagues: if you are interested in jobs, jobs, jobs, join this legislation; but right now, today, let's stay here and vote on unemployment insurance for the millions of Americans who have contributed and shed their blood--many of them veterans, many of them willing to sacrifice. All they need is a helping hand. Pass unemployment insurance.

    Where is our heart? ____________________

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