Providing for Consideration of H.R. 2279, Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act of 2013by Representative Daniel T. Kildee
Posted on 2014-01-09
KILDEE. Thank you, Mr. Polis, for the time.
Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to join me in defeating the previous question, as my colleague said, so that we can immediately take up the question of the extension of emergency unemployment to millions of Americans who have lost their job and who are seeking to find their next opportunity to contribute to our economy and to support their families.
I am part of the freshman class. We just began our second year in Congress. Something about the 2012 class that I think defines us is that we believe that we were sent here by the electorate of 2012 not to posture, but to get things done, to take action, to solve problems. That is why myself and the rest of the Democratic freshman class yesterday sent a letter to Speaker Boehner asking that he immediately bring up an extension to the unemployment compensation for so many Americans.
Let's be clear about something, though. Unlike what I have heard from so many on the other side, being unemployed is not a choice; it is not a lifestyle to be sought. It is a condition that is often unanticipated, and it is one that nobody in my district that I know of who is unemployed would ever seek to try to maintain.
I can only speak for the people I represent, but I suspect this is true of my colleagues. Folks that we represent back home that are out of work would gladly, today, trade unemployment compensation for a job that puts them to work and gives them the dignity of work and the ability to meet their obligations to their family and their community. It is about survival. It is about making your rent payment. It is about being able to pay your car payment, to put food on the table for your kids. It is about being able to keep the house warm. It is not a lifestyle to be sought.
I think the notion that somehow people who are unemployed want to be there is condescending and offensive.
I urge my colleagues to join me in defeating this previous question so that we can immediately take up the work that the American people are asking us to take up.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentleman has expired.