Pocan pushes for unemployment extension
|By Gina Duwe, The Janesville Gazette, Wis.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
It's real people such as Ransom and Marko who are trying hard to find a job but now face the daily stress of doing it without the backup of unemployment, Rep.
Pocan gathered the local residents for a press conference at
For each week that
Nationwide, 1.5 million people were affected when the benefits expired, including 27,000 in
"You'd think that would be an issue that has so many times in our recent history has united people from both parties," Pocan said. "Unfortunately we're not seeing that right now. We're seeing the Republican leadership in the House unwilling to."
He said he differs sharply on the issue from his neighboring colleague, Rep.
Seifert also included an excerpt from Ryan's interview with
Nothing was offered to pay for the extensions, which would have "blown a hole in our deficits," Ryan said.
"A 13th extension of this emergency unemployment extension from the 2008 crisis, we have a lot of evidence showing that it will prolong unemployment. Our focus is getting people back to work," Ryan said. "We want jobs and we want pro-growth policies that help create jobs so we don't have people going on unemployment in the first place."
But Pocan said the benefits are crucial for people already stressed by joblessness, and he's hoping the thousands more affected each week will result in action in a matter of weeks, not months.
"Eventually people are going to realize it's something we have to do. It's not a left or right issue," he said.
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