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  • Unemployment Insurance Extension

    by Representative Donald M. Payne Jr.

    Posted on 2013-12-12

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    PAYNE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. PAYNE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today on behalf of over 90,000 unemployed New Jerseyans at the risk of losing their unemployment benefits on December 28 if Congress fails to act before the end of the year.

    Despite what my colleagues on the other side think, unemployment insurance helps during hard times, and people forget that we are still recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression.

    Patrick, a carpenter from Rahway, New Jersey, struggles to find employment through no fault of his own. His family will not be able to afford their mortgage if this critical lifeline is cut.

    Malene from Maplewood, New Jersey, is an educated professional, but has been unable to find work since February. In her letter, she wrote: When do my elected officials start caring for me and the millions of other people struggling to survive--not living, but scraping by? Vote to extend the unemployment benefits which equate to hope for many families in the new year. I urge the House leadership to address this looming expiration of the unemployment benefits for millions of Americans before leaving this year.


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