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  • Start Working for Working Americans

    by Representative Luke Messer

    Posted on 2014-01-08

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    MESSER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. MESSER. Mr. Speaker, there has been a lot of talk today about the importance of unemployment benefits. The truth is that too many Americans are out of work. But my constituents don't just need jobs; they need good-paying jobs.



    The President touts the job gains in our economy. Unfortunately, many of the jobs gained over the past several years aren't the kind needed to get Hoosiers back on their feet. They are the kind that require long hours of work for little pay, with few or no benefits. They are the kind whose paychecks don't go as far as they used to because necessities like gas, food, education, and health care cost more and more. They are the kind where people work harder but fall farther behind. That is not the America I grew up in.

    My America--our America--is one where those who work hard and play by the rules can afford the basic necessities of life and then have a little left over for wants, not just needs.

    It is time for Congress to spend more time working for these hardworking Americans and less worrying about those who either don't need government or already have a government that works for them.

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