U.S. Rep. Ron Kind today issued the following statement in response to the Republican plan to end this year's federal guaranteed extended unemployment benefits under H.R. 1745.
"Today, the Republicans of the House Ways & Means Committee voted to proceed with legislation that would end the guarantee of federal unemployment insurance for 4 million Americans -- almost 71,000 workers in Wisconsin alone. This is a bailout to the states by allowing them to eliminate unemployment benefits, for those in need, in order to pay off state debts or cut unemployment insurance taxes on businesses.
"This week, not only are Republicans terminating a lifeline for the most vulnerable -- the unemployed -- but at the same time they will not consider eliminating wasteful special interest giveaways to Big Oil.
"In this tough economy we cannot just cut this necessary assistance for the unemployed and their families. These benefits are critical as they look for work in this difficult, but slowly improving, economy."