Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada's Third District released the following statement today after Republicans blocked efforts to extend unemployment benefits for Nevadans who are struggling to find work.
"Just this past weekend, I held another Congress on the Corner to hear directly from my constituents in District Three, and so many of them are hurting. With unemployment at a record high of 14 percent, many Nevadans are in need of help during this tough economic time. That is why I stood up to fight for them and vote to extend unemployment benefits for so many Nevadans who want desperately to find work.
"But instead of siding with the American people who have been dealt a difficult hand by the unbridled greed of Wall Street banks that nearly brought down our financial system and threw the economy into a recession, Republicans turned their backs on them. Extending unemployment benefits while we work to create good jobs in Nevada can mean the difference between a family making a mortgage payment or losing their home to foreclosure.
"While these benefits are necessary to help Nevadans in the short term, I am hard at work fighting to create jobs in Southern Nevada that get people back to work. I supported an energy bill that would invest millions of dollars in Nevada for renewable energy, creating thousands of jobs that cannot be shipped overseas. And by voting for tax cuts for our small business, I am working to once again make them the engines of growth that power our economy."