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Send Your Resumes

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. JACKSON of Illinois. Madam Speaker, as we enter 2011, we find ourselves in the same jobs situation as in 2010. In order to show the huge need for jobs, I will be collecting resumes from Americans who are unemployed or underemployed. I'll submit them for the Congressional Record. Unfortunately, submitting these resumes for the Record will not get anybody a job.

By collecting these resumes, I hope to dramatize the shameful condition of unemployment and compel Congress to do something about it. I hope to remind my colleagues every day that we work for those Americans who have been left behind but who want to work.

Today, I call on my fellow Americans to send me your resume and your story to If you are out of work, send me your resume and story so that I can use it to remind our government of the need to act.

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: America has issued us a bad check. It has come back marked ``insufficient funds.'' But the vault of opportunity of this Nation is not bankrupt.

Madam Speaker, sending a resume to me will not put you first in line for any job, but it will put you up front and center to remind our government of the need to act.

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