By Brooklyn Reader

April 9, 2014, 8:00 am

 

House Speaker John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner

The U.S. Senate finally passed a bill that would extend long-term unemployment insurance benefits on Monday, but the House of Representatives continue to find fault in the measure and are less eager to do the same.

House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, is calling the bill “unworkable,” because it fails to create jobs (although a jobs creation bill has very little to do with a decision on whether to extend insurance benefits).

Boehner also says the bill cannot work because individual state governments will have trouble finding the 2 million people who’ve missed out on the benefits since they lapsed in December.

The Congressional Budget Office has said repeatedly that emergency unemployment benefits boost jobs because claimants plow their benefits directly into necessities such as food and shelter.

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, representing Central Brooklyn, is urging House Republicans to “do the right thing,” and allow a vote on the legislation, as further delay will injure the ability of the economy to continue its recovery.

“The Senate has put partisan politics aside and courageously taken a substantial step forward on behalf of over two million long-term unemployed Americans,” Jeffries said.

“Over 198,000 New Yorkers have been cut off from federal unemployment compensation benefits since December 2013.  It is time for House Republicans to act.”


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4 Responses

  1. Diana Jackson

    people who are eagerly awaiting approval will not have to be found they monitor the news daily on the internet they can’t pay for because they have no unemployment stop making excuses and just do it already

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  2. BERNARD BARNETT

    I BELIEVE THAT MR. BONER NEEDS A REALITY CHECK. NO MATTER WHAT PARTY YOU ARE WITH HE STILL IS A PUBLIC SERVANT. AND IT IS TIME FOR HIM TO FACE SOME VERY HARD TIMES.

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  3. Kim Luke

    This is so Unbelivable?’, there are no words to describe the suffering for these people who have lost thier income. How do you so eagerly help other countries and leave Americans hanging out to dry!

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  4. mark

    I believe Mr. Boner needs to be removed from Speaker of the house because he does not care about Americans. Like a president said once How can he claim to love America so much when he clearly hates Americans. I heard Mr. Boners ad for reelection and he says that he is there for the Veterans well I served in the U. S. Army for nine years and because Mr. Boner disapproves of the Unemployment bill I am losing my car, my house and I must look for scrap metal to feed my family. I made a whopping $32.00 this week Mr. Boner. Get a life!

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