Cicilline Unveils ‘Faces of the Unemployed’ to Congress
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In an effort to pressure House Speaker
"I rise today to show you and my colleagues the faces of the Americans they are hurting by refusing to renew unemployment benefits.
"Just three days after Christmas this House leadership left these people out in the cold and made it more difficult for them to provide for their family, to buy food and to pay their mortgages or pay their rent.
"It's been 4 months since House Republican leaders turned their back on millions of unemployed Americans and the situation grows more dire for these individuals and their families with each passing day.
"For far too long, this
"Well, today I hope that will begin to change and that the Speaker and other Republican leaders will understand what's happening to real people because of their refusal to extend unemployment benefits.
"I'm launching something called the 'Faces of the Unemployed' to show my colleagues on the other side of the aisle just who they are hurting.
"This poster board will be outside my office and we will be adding people to it as they share their stories and it will force my republican colleagues to look into their eyes as the pass them in the hallway and to understand that these individuals should not be invisible.
"These are real people,
"It's disgraceful that while the Republican budget would spend billions of dollars abroad and protects special interest tax loopholes that encourage companies to ship American jobs overseas, this body can't provide immediate relief to the long-term unemployed who are still recovering from the Great Recession.
"In the end, this debate is about more than dollars and cents. It is about the families who continue to lose unemployment benefits with each passing day that the House fails to act. It is about the more than 200,000 veterans and more than 1 million children who have been affected by the loss of these benefits.
"It is about Michael from
"It's about Paula from
"It's about Lillian from
"These stories are not unique to
"These people aren't republicans or democrats, they are hardworking Americans who can't find work and need our help.
"It's time to put aside our differences and come together to provide immediate relief to these struggling families.
"In tough times,
"These photos and stories will be posted outside my office, and I hope many of my colleagues will do the same, to serve as a reminder that this is about the individuals and families who are hurting every day because we have not extended this critical lifeline.
"I hope this will put a face on the real stories of the people who are hurting and cause the Speaker to bring a bill to the floor that will extend unemployment insurance so that we can answer the call and do everything we can help those most in need."
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