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Democrat MI

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  • The Clock is Ticking

    by Senator Gary Peters

    Posted on 2014-01-15

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    PETERS of Michigan asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. PETERS of Michigan. Mr. Speaker, I rise today because thousands of folks in my home State of Michigan are looking for work, and Washington is making their job search much harder.

    The failure of Congress to find common ground to extend unemployment insurance is shameful when so many families are desperately trying to make ends meet while struggling to find work.

    Tomorrow Congress will leave for a 10-day recess while another 100,000 Americans lose their lifeline and will be left out in the cold. This is simply unacceptable.

    I am circulating a letter calling on Speaker Boehner to cancel this recess until unemployment insurance is extended. Over 90 of my colleagues have already signed on, and we are all prepared to stay in Washington to get this done.

    Extending unemployment benefits has a proven economic return. It is the right thing to do for Michigan families, for families all across our country, and for our economy.

    The clock is ticking. Let's cancel this recess now and get to work.


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