Extending Assistance for Unemployed Americans

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“I have always been a strong ally of the disability community and have paid close attention to the concerns many have had with this rule.


“Tonight, President Obama reminded Congress and the nation that what makes America great is the spirit of service and hard work that manifests from realizing we are all bound together by a common cause. ...


Mr. Speaker, September should be a particularly important month for this House. It will be a month of contrast. It will be a month in which the American people will be able to see that the Republican message to the American people is ‘you're on your own,’ while Democrats say ‘we're on your side.’


I am pleased to be here. I’m a Baptist, and from time to time, the preacher will say, ‘I want a witness!’ And what the preacher means is he wants someone to get up and say ‘amen, what you say is what we need to be saying.’


Last week, Majority Leader Eric Cantor released a memo detailing the House’s legislative agenda for the month of June. Although the memo touches on several legislative priorities, including three appropriations bills, there are important priorities missing from his agenda. 


With 3 million Americans now cut off from the emergency unemployment insurance that ought to be there to help them make ends meet while they continue to look for jobs, Congress must act – and act now. 


Mr. Speaker, what a waste of the people's time for Congress to spend this week on politics and not policy. We are about to vote on a resolution that is really a partisan political message.


We know you’re all focused on the contempt resolution and Benghazi, but don’t forget that the House will be debating a permanent extension of the research & development tax credit later this afternoon. To recap some numbers for you, before you write your stories:


This morning, there was a room available for some of the citizens of our country to come to Washington and their Capitol – their Capitol, with their office building, and their office and tell their story. They cut us off.


Note to Speaker Boehner: your "I was just kidding" defense for attacking your own Members for not moving immigration reform doesn't seem to be working. Politico reports:


As Budget Chairman Paul Ryan continues his “poverty messaging tour” today, with both a Budget hearing and CBC meeting, your ever-helpful Democratic Whip press shop put some questions together for you to ask him. There’s a lot to choose from, including his budget that disinvests in the majority of critical programs that prevent poverty and help people get out of it, and a voting record that doesn’t reflect an interest in ending poverty. Here are just a few questions to get you started:


This week, House Republicans begin pursuing an agenda laid out by Leader Cantor in a memo titled, “An America that Works.” Unfortunately, the GOP memo shows exactly why, under their leadership, this is a Congress that doesn’t work. What they have put forward is an agenda that works for some, while denying access to opportunities for millions by ignoring immigration reform, raising the minimum wage, renewing emergency unemployment insurance, or creating jobs.