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  • Unemployment Insurance

    by Representative Lois Capps

    Posted on 2014-01-08

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    CAPPS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.) Mrs. CAPPS. Mr. Speaker, I rise to give voice to the many out-of-work Americans whose unemployment insurance was allowed to expire.

    James, from Santa Maria, California, wrote the following: I started working at the age of 16 because our father had died. I had, up until April 2012, gone to work every day. I am no slouch. I am a citizen, a taxpayer, a U.S. Army veteran.

    But now, his unemployment insurance benefit is gone. For James and for millions of Americans like him, we must act.

    Unfortunately, House leadership has ignored this plight and, in doing so, these hardworking Americans will lose the means to keep job searching.

    We must extend this lifeline for the long-term unemployed, their children, for our local economies, which gain $3 of economic benefits for every $2 invested in the program. The Senate is on the verge of doing just that. With bipartisan support, we must follow their lead.

    James signed his letter to me in bold, capital letters: ``PLEASE HELP.'' I urge House leadership and my colleagues to do just that.


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