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High Unemployment for Returning Veterans

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. HIGGINS. Mr. Speaker, tonight, I will join Members of Congress Mike Quigley and Pat Meehan in an ice hockey game with and to benefit the wounded warriors. The Wounded Warriors is a great organization that takes care of our returning injured soldiers. Congress, however, is not living up to its responsibility to do the same.

The unemployment rate for returning veterans under the age of 24 is 29 percent. Congress just approved $53 billion for road and bridge repair next year--a very weak response to a big and important issue, particularly when you consider that we just spent $90 billion rebuilding the roads and bridges of Afghanistan.

If you really want to say ``thank you'' to the veterans on behalf of a grateful Nation, let's nation-build at home and put our veterans to work in rebuilding the America they so honorably defended.

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