WASHINGTON – Rep. Mark Takano (D-Riverside) on Jan. 9 signed a letter, led by Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), urging House Speaker John Boehner to schedule a vote to extend emergency unemployment insurance for 1.3 million Americans who lost their benefits due to congressional inaction at the end of the year.
“As members of the freshman class, we are writing to request an immediate, up-or-down vote to extend long-term unemployment insurance for 1.3 million Americans,” the letter reads.
“Mr. Speaker, our constituents elected us to Congress to govern. The American people deserve an immediate vote to extend unemployment insurance benefits. Congress – and our economy – cannot afford to sit idle as so many Americans desperately wait for us to act,” the letter continues.
“With the unemployment rate in the Inland Empire higher than the national average, it’s clear that thousands of residents, who are our family members and friends, need these benefits,” said Takano. “Failing to extend unemployment insurance for thousands of residents in the Inland Empire, and millions across the nation, is reckless and irresponsible. I hope that Speaker Boehner and the Republican majority realize the effects of failing to extend these benefits and move promptly to help the Americans who need it the most.”
After Congress let benefits expire on Dec. 28, $400 million was drained from state economies due to the lapse in federal unemployment insurance, according to a new study.