Today, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Ranking Member of the Human Resources Subcommittee, joined his colleagues to call for the extension of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program as debt negotiations continue.
"It is almost the night before Christmas and once again, I gather with my colleagues seeking assistance for 2.1 million jobless Americans who would be left without hope, wondering whether they will be able to put food on the table during the New Year if Congress fails to continue the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program. Three unemployed workers, surrounded by scores of other folks who have lost their jobs, told their stories at today's press conference and wiped tears from their eyes as they discussed the importance of these benefits to their families. One woman who survived breast cancer and is now raising her 14-year-old grandson discussed how she is not sure where they will live if she loses the lifeline of unemployment insurance while she continues to search for work. Unfortunately, these stories are all too common. In Texas, more than 110,000 people remain unemployed. As debt negotiations between Congress and the White House continue, we must work together to ensure these folks continue to have insurance. We must not push them over the cliff," he said.