Boxer Speaks on Need to Extend Jobless Benefits for Long-Term Unemployed
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) spoke on the floor after the Senate voted to overcome a Republican filibuster and allow consideration of an extension of unemployment insurance for more than 1.3 million Americans and 222,000 Californians who are still struggling to find work.
“There are people out there that are at their wit’s end,” Senator Boxer said. “Holding their lives together, keeping their homes at 55 degrees when they have little children in it, not knowing if they can pay the rent, not knowing if they can go to the grocery store, not knowing if they’ll be homeless, not knowing what the future holds. The least we can do in this chamber is stand up and fight for them.”
Senator Boxer added, “Federal unemployment benefits have been extended no less than 28 times since 1958, 15 times under Republican presidents and 13 times under Democratic presidents. So this is nothing new… The fact that it’s been make such a big deal is incomprehensible given the circumstances of us recovering from the greatest recession since the Great Depression.”