WASHINGTON, DC -- With just over a day left in session before the House recesses for two weeks, Congressman Mike Michaud is continuing to urge Speaker John Boehner to take up an unemployment benefits extension package that passed the Senate with bipartisan support earlier this week. The legislation would bring relief to nearly 3 million unemployed Americans -- and 9,000 Mainers.
"It's unfortunate that Speaker Boehner is prepared to adjourn for recess and leave millions of hardworking Americans struggling to make ends meet," said Michaud. "Mainers understand the value of working hard and contributing to their communities -- but families need to meet basic needs while looking for a job. Families need to be able to pay their mortgages, heat their houses, and put food on the table for their kids -- and that's what this legislation allows."
The bipartisan Senate-passed legislation would strengthen efforts to help job seekers get back into the workforce and retroactively restore emergency unemployment insurance for five months.
"The reason this legislation garnered such bipartisan support in the Senate is because its purpose is straightforward: it's about providing an economic lifeline to hardworking Americans and, in the process, restoring our economy," said Michaud. "Every day Speaker Boehner allows to go by without acting on unemployment benefits adds to the growing financial challenges facing thousands of Mainers. There is no reason to leave these Americans and their families hanging."
Rep. Michaud is co-sponsoring a House companion bill to the Senate-passed extension. Michaud also has signed a discharge petition that would force action on the legislation.