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    Unemployment Extension

    by Former Representative Steven A. Horsford

    Posted on 2014-01-14

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    HORSFORD asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. HORSFORD. Mr. Speaker, it is completely insensitive, unjust, and flat out wrong that Congress would deny the now more than 1.4 million Americans unemployment insurance, including over 18,000 Nevadans.

    Mr. Speaker, this is the week that checks stop coming in the mail. For those who maybe never have been unemployed or don't know what it is like to struggle, for many Americans this is the week that the pain takes hold.

    The hypocrisy from across the aisle is staggering. I don't quote the former President often, but on December 14, 2002, in his weekly radio address, then-President George W. Bush scolded Congress because ``no final bill was sent to me extending unemployment benefits for about 750,000 Americans whose benefits will expire on December 28.'' He went on to say: These Americans rely on their unemployment benefits to pay for their mortgage or rent, food, and other critical bills. They need our assistance in these difficult times, and we cannot let them down.

    The unemployment rate in December 2002, it was just 6 percent. Congress then extended those unemployment benefits, Mr. Speaker, by a vote of 416-4. If it was an emergency then, it is an emergency now.

    It is time to do the right thing and extend unemployment insurance for the 1.4 million Americans.


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