Maloney Continues Demanding House Leaders Vote to Restore Jobless Aid
Newburgh, NY - Representative Sean Patrick Maloney once again urged the House Republican leaders to restore unemployment insurance for more than one million Americans, including 137,000 New Yorkers. Funding for the federal unemployment insurance benefits program expired in December. It is estimated that each week an additional 5,000 New Yorkers will lose benefits during the first half of 2014. Rep. Maloney is a co-sponsor of H.R.3546, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2013, which would renew the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program for an additional year. This would restore benefits for nearly 1.5 million Americans and more than 137,000 New Yorkers. He also has signed a letter to House Speaker John Boehner asking for the cancellation of the January recess so that the House can restore unemployment insurance to families in need. Below are his remarks and a link to the video:
“Thank you Mr. Speaker. I’ve learned a lot in my first year in Congress, but I could serve here a lifetime and never understand how some Members could be so callous and so shortsighted that they are ready to cut off a lifeline for millions of Americans including 137,000 New Yorkers.
“These New Yorkers are hardworking people like Stephen from Sugar Loaf who wrote me because he needs unemployment insurance to stay in his house. Like Brenda in Fishkill, where she and her husband are both enrolled in retraining courses right now, trying to get work, and need this insurance just to make ends meet.
“Like Johnine in Warwick who lost her job to outsourcing but still has to take care of her daughter. Like Carol in Dutchess County who may not be able to take care of her disabled husband without this assistance. Like Ingrid from Highland Falls, who fought for her country in war, and now has to worry about trying to put food on the table for her children.
“We must renew unemployment insurance for people like these now because every week that goes there are 5,000 more people like Stephen, and Brenda, and Johnine, and Carol and Ingrid. These are not statistics, they are hardworking Americans and they need Congress to act and act now.”