Mr. WILSON of Ohio. Mr. Speaker, by July 17, more than 112,000 people in the State of Ohio will lose unemployment benefits due to the Senate's inaction. For out-of-work families, these benefits help pay the rent, they buy food, and they pay for health care when there isn't a paycheck coming in.
During these tough economic times, extending unemployment benefits is one of the most efficient and fast-acting ways to stimulate our economy. That is why on July 1, I voted in favor of the 6-month unemployment benefits extension, which would continue benefits until November 30.
With the Ohio unemployment rate growing to 11 percent in June, this emergency relief is absolutely necessary for Ohio, and I will continue to fight for the passage of a long-term unemployment package. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass the 6-month extension immediately. The time to act is now.