We must extend unemployment insurance

January 8, 2014

 

Rep. Doggett: While cold temperatures are breaking records, too many Americans are still getting the cold shoulder from House Republicans. Yesterday, the Senate took the first step toward restoring federal Unemployment Insurance, but the House has not done the same. If Speaker Boehner permitted a vote, the House would promptly vote to assure that those Americans, actively seeking work, receive the protection of extended benefits. As happened so often last year, what is stopping progress is another House Republican roadblock, which prevents a majority of the House from renewing this law.

In Texas, we still have more than 64,000 individuals who have been unable to get a job after six months of actively seeking work. Senators Cornyn and Cruz strongly opposed the Senate’s effort and no Texas Republican Representative has yet indicated support for the Senate’s legislation.