December 13, 2011

I rise in opposition to this bill. We are now in overtime. The scheduled date for ending this session was December 8. That date, of course, was substantially later than we normally suggest ending the session. Notwithstanding that fact, we did not meet that deadline.

December 2, 2011

Coal in the stocking ought not to be what we leave for the American people at the end of this year. We’re going to have some three million people who are going to be without the ability to support themselves and their families if we don’t pass an extension of unemployment insurance benefits in the next few days.

December 1, 2011

"Now what we see, frankly, throughout America, in republican-controlled legislatures in many, many states, is an effort to make voting more difficult. To, in my opinion, suppress the vote. To require more and more documentation of people who have already registered to vote, and claiming problems that exist that do not exist."

December 1, 2011

"Should Congress fail to act, millions of Americans who rely on emergency unemployment compensation will begin to see their payments disappear starting in January. 2.1 million of our fellow Americans will have lost their benefits by the middle of February, and over six million by the end of 2012."

November 30, 2011

“There is no more important piece of legislation that we need to pass than the extension of unemployment insurance benefits."

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