'Extending Unemployment Benefits is Good for Families, Good for
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke this morning
at a news conference held to urge the Republican leadership not
to adjourn for the year without passing an extension of unemployment
benefits. Below are her remarks:
three years since President Bush took office, he has added $3 trillion
to the national debt and lost 3.2 million jobs, the worst record
on job creation since Herbert Hoover.
year, the Republican majority said, 'bah humbug' to laid-off workers
and allowed unemployment benefits to expire at Christmas time, leaving
millions of families with no way to put food on their tables, pay
their bills, or pay for their health care.
Halloween, Republican leaders seem poised to play the same cruel
trick on American workers again by not extending unemployment benefits
before Congress adjourns. Democrats will not allow Republicans to
abandon workers again.
than two million Americans, who want to work, have been unemployed
for more than six months. This is not just a number. This is about
the more than two million people and their families who are not
sure they can make ends meet. Democrats are fighting for these families.
is why House Democrats, led by Representative Darlene Hooley, are
signing a discharge petition today to force Republicans to take
up the Democratic plan to extend benefits.
"The Democratic plan boosts the economy -- each dollar spent
on unemployment benefits will boost the economy by $1.73. Our plan
helps families who will spend the money right away on necessities
such as food, clothing, shelter, and medical care. Extending unemployment
benefits is good for families, and it is good for the economy.
discharge petition will let every American know whether their Member
of Congress stands with unemployed workers or abandons them."