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  • Unemployment Insurance

    by Representative Mark Takano

    Posted on 2014-01-14

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    TAKANO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to show my support for the reinstatement of emergency unemployment insurance for thousands of residents in the Inland Empire and millions of other Americans across the Nation. These Americans rely on these benefits so they can put food on their table, so they can pay for heat, and so they can continue their search for work.

    Now, my friends on the other side of the aisle will have you believe that these millions of Americans are just too lazy to find work and that they are only interested in handouts. My Republican colleagues believe in making the long-term unemployed more desperate and that this desperation will be the necessary motivation for them to find work. Well, when has an unpaid gas bill ever created a job? When has forcing someone to go to sleep hungry ever created a job? Let me remind my colleagues that the Great Recession was the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and that there are still three people competing for every job opening. While our recovery is gaining momentum, it has been the wealthiest that have benefited the most, leaving far too many Americans behind.

    Let's extend these emergency benefits for the long-term unemployed. Let's create jobs, not desperation.


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