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    Unemployment Benefits

    by Former Representative Carol Shea-Porter

    Posted on 2013-12-12

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    SHEA-PORTER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Ms. SHEA-PORTER. Mr. Speaker, I am going to read a letter that I received from a constituent who is about to have her unemployment benefits cut. I quote: Now that I am laid off and older, I am having difficulty finding a job. I understand now I cannot get unemployment extension. I have never collected anything in my life. So now what? I am going to be homeless. I do not qualify for anything because I made too much money. I have spent my savings, applied for 500-plus jobs to an aimless black hole. What am I going to do? A homeless shelter? My credit is damaged and soon I will not pass a background check. I do not qualify for retraining programs, et cetera, because I have excellent skill sets. All I hear is I am in a perfect storm, ``Sorry, you are not alone.'' I have been a productive member of society for many years and do not consider myself a ``taker.'' How many unemployed will lose their homes, dignity, and hope? I wanted you to know.

    So, to my constituent, I do know and Americans know. It was wrong to leave without fixing this problem.


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