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House Proceeding 03-17-10 on Mar 17th, 2010 :: 1:08:45 to 1:12:00
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Jim McDermott

1:08:44 to 1:09:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: gentleman from washington, mr. mcdermott, and the gentleman from kentucky, mr. davis, each will con the chair recognizes the gentleman from washington. mr. mcdermott: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. mcdermott: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that mrs. capps be allowed to control 10

Jim McDermott

1:08:45 to 1:12:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jim McDermott

Jim McDermott

1:09:05 to 1:09:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: minutes of the time allocated to me and be allowed to yield time. the speaker pro mpore: without objection. mr. mcdermott: madam speaker, i yield as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcdermott: this bill, madam speaker, provides another short-term extension for a number of programs that are expiring at the end of the month. if we fail to act on this bill,

Jim McDermott

1:09:27 to 1:09:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: americans around the country will begin running out of unemployment benefits by the beginning of the next month. we've been here before. by the end of april, over one million americans will exhaust their unemployment benefits. this bill would merely continue the existing federal unemployment programs for one month as congress works toward a longer extension.

Jim McDermott

1:09:49 to 1:10:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: it does not increase the number of weeks of benefits provided by these programs. now, i know many of my colleagues are as frustrated as i am that we have to keep extending these programs every month as opposed to continuing them to the end of the year. jobless americans shouldn't have to wait until the last

Jim McDermott

1:10:10 to 1:10:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: minute to know whether their economic lifeline will contie. we need a long-term extension of these programs, a goal i very much hope will achieve before the end of the next month. in the meantime, i'm urging my colleagues to join me in supporting this critical stopgap legislation to extend unemployment benefits as well as other critcrl assistance,

Jim McDermott

1:10:31 to 1:10:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: including -- critical asstance, including help for paying for continuing health coverage under cobra. before i close, let me say that i hope we don't see a repeat performance from last month when a single republican senator blocked these vital benefits for so many americans. he complained about the cost of

Jim McDermott

1:10:54 to 1:11:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: these benefits for unemployed workers. where were those concerns when we embarked on two wars without paying for one cent of them? where were the ones where the cries of outrage about the budget deficit when two tax cuts for the wealthiest citizens were enacted with no

Jim McDermott

1:11:15 to 1:11:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: offsets whatsoever? where were my colleagues on the other side of the aisle when president bush turned the biggest budget surplus in our nation's history into the biggest deficit in our history and brought on the unemployment which is now facing us? when republicans complain about the deficit like an arsonnist complaing about the fire, he

Jim McDermott

1:11:38 to 1:11:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: lit the match but takes no responsibility to the resulting blaze. the truth is there is no better use of federal resources than helping americans that are struggling to find work. workers today are facing a situation where there are six people looking for every available job in this country. it is a bad situation.

Jim McDermott

1:11:59 to 1:12:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: so i hope my friends on the other side of the aisle will

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