Ms. CHU. Mr. Speaker, over the next few weeks, the American people will be celebrating the warmth of the holidays with friends and family alike.
But for nearly 1.3 million people, the situation will be desperate. The pains of long-term unemployment will be compounded as their benefits totally run out on December 28.
These people have struggled for months on end to find work after losing a job. They include thousands of veterans who recently completed their military service, and they include families who need unemployment benefits to clothe their children and put food on the table.
It is unconscionable that this budget deal does not protect these vulnerable families who had no part in causing the recession that put them in such dire circumstances.
As we go into this holiday season, let us help those in greatest need. Extend unemployment benefits.