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Congresswoman Fudge Votes No on Budget that Fails to Extend Unemployment Assistance

CONGRESSWOMAN FUDGE VOTED NO ON THE BUDGET AGREEMENT THAT FAILS TO EXTEND EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
“Congress should have used this occasion to tackle the issues challenging our nation, including growing income inequality and a shortage of jobs.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) released the following statement tonight regarding her vote against the Senate Amendment to H.J. Res. 59, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 and Pathway for Sustainable Growth in Medicare (SGR) Reform Act of 2013:

“While the budget agreement is a slight improvement over current law because it provides temporary relief from across-the-board, automatic spending cuts known as sequestration, the agreement shortchanges federal employees and turns its back on millions of unemployed Americans.  The budget agreement calls on future federal employees to bear the brunt of producing budget savings and misses out on a pivotal opportunity to extend federal emergency unemployment assistance. I could not in good conscience vote for this budget knowing that federal employees, the backbone of a functioning government, have already contributed approximately $114 billion over ten years to help reduce the government’s deficit, which includes a three-year pay freeze,” said Congresswoman Fudge. 

Unless reauthorized, unemployment benefits to 1.3 million Americans, including more than 38,000 Ohioans will end on December 28th.  This cutoff will affect more than 3 million Americans over the next six months.

“Although the economy has seen some progress since the 2008 recession, the U.S. still has 1.3 million fewer jobs than when the recession began.  In September and October, unemployment increased in Ohio while the national rate decreased.   Unemployment benefits play a critical role in helping Americans get back on their feet and strengthening our economy.  In fact, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has found that unemployment benefits are one of the most effective fiscal policies to increase economic growth and employment.

“The budget process is an opportunity to advance the nation’s priorities.  Congress should have used this occasion to tackle the issues challenging our nation, including growing income inequality and a shortage of jobs.  Instead my colleagues abandoned many of our unemployed citizens by denying them much needed resources,” said Congresswoman Fudge.

 

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