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  • Unemployment Benefits

    by Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

    Posted on 2014-01-07

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    Congressional Record, Volume 160 Issue 3 (Tuesday, January 7, 2014)

    [Congressional Record Volume 160, Number 3 (Tuesday, January 7, 2014)]
    [Page H6]
    From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                             UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
      (Ms. JACKSON-LEE asked and was given permission to address the House 
    for 1 minute.)
      Ms. JACKSON-LEE. Mr. Speaker, right now, 1.3 million Americans are 
    asking the question, why? Why is there a debate about my ability to pay 
    for rent or mortgage or food or the necessities of taking care of my 
    family? Why, having worked for many, many years, am I now being denied 
    an unemployment insurance benefit that was utilized for the last 5 
    years and first voted on and brought forward by the Congress that 
    supported President Bush in extending unemployment benefits?
      Why is there not an understanding of what it is like to receive a 
    letter in the mail to indicate that you will get no more benefits, even 
    though you are actively looking for work and even though there are 
    three people looking for every job? Why does this House of 
    Representatives not understand that we can pass a 3-month emergency 
    relief for these individuals and debate for the rest of the year how do 
    we get a pay-for or an offset for funding it after 3 months?
      Mr. Speaker, this is an emergency. People are on a lifeline, and we 
    are killing it. It is time to pass unemployment insurance benefits now 
    for the American people.

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