Congressman Tim Ryan Calls on Republican Leadership to Remain in Washington Until Unemployment Benefits are Extended

Jan 16, 2014 Issues: Helping Working Families

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan, along with 115 members of Congress, wrote a letter to House Republican leadership calling on them to keep the House in session until emergency federal unemployment benefits are extended.

“It is simply unacceptable and un-American for Speaker Boehner and the Republican House leadership to pack-up and go home for ten days when so many of our family members, friends or neighbors are forced to go without insurance benefits simply because of partisan bickering,” said Congressman Ryan. “Right now there are three people applying for every available job, and it is disrespectful for Congressional Republicans to imply that these unemployed Americans are lazy and don’t want to work. They are sending out resumes and searching for employment day in and day out and it is our job as a society to make sure they and their families have what is needed to survive.”

On December 28rd, 1.3 million unemployed Americans lost their insurance, with that number growing higher every day. The Republican House leadership has scheduled ten day recess, which begins tomorrow, without addressing the millions of Americans who are being forced to go without insurance benefits. Over the ten day recess 100,000 more Americans will lose their benefits. 

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