Rep. John Lewis Calls for Passage of Unemployment Insurance Extension

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    “As of January 11, 1.5 million Americans nationwide have been cut off of unemployment insurance.  Today that number is expected to rise to 1.6 million, with more than 72,000 Americans on average cut off every week.

    “The inability of the House of Representatives to act on behalf of Americans whose families are hungry, suffering the humiliation of joblessness and falling into poverty should not be acceptable to any of us.  This is the richest and most powerful nation in the world.  We have the way to fix these problems—the money and the resources—the question is, as Martin Luther King Jr. would say, do we have the will?

    “This Congress must act by putting aside partisan divides and come together on behalf of the American people.  We must take action and do something to help create jobs in America, and we must pass an extension to unemployment insurance to help these families make ends meet.

    More and more families are living in homeless shelters because this nation has failed to act on their behalf.  We cannot be silent in the face of this crisis of poverty in our country.  We must stand up, speak up and speak out on behalf of those who do not have a way to speak for themselves.  I call upon all my colleagues to serve the people they represent and pass this extension to unemployment insurance. “

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