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House Proceeding 09-22-09 on Sep 22nd, 2009 :: 1:40:55 to 1:44:25
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Jim McDermott

1:40:35 to 1:40:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: for what purpose -- the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from washington rise? >> mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3548 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. h.r. 3548 a bill to amend toe supplemental act to provide for

Jim McDermott

1:40:55 to 1:44:25( Edit History Discussion )
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Jim McDermott

1:40:56 to 1:41:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: the certain additional emergency unemployment compensation and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from mcdermott, and the gentleman from kentucky, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizeshe gentleman from washington.

Jim McDermott

1:41:17 to 1:41:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: consent that all members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on h.r. 3548. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. mcdermott: mr. speaker, across america, there are people who are hanging on by a thin economic lifeline called unemployment insurance. without the passage of this

Jim McDermott

1:41:40 to 1:42:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: bill, that thread will break for other one million workers before the end of this year. plunging them and their families into an economic abyss and threatening to reverse the positive signs we are beginning to see in the economy. we could prevent that, this afternoon, by passing this bill. this legislation will provid

Jim McDermott

1:42:01 to 1:42:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: an additional 13 weeks of extended benefits t individuals in hard-hit states, specifically those with a three-month average unemployment rate at or above 8.5%. it's important to note that this legislation is fully offset and does not increase the deficit.

Jim McDermott

1:42:23 to 1:42:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: america felt the bare knuckled brubt of what has already been called the great recession. excuse me. nearly 3/4 of a million jobs were lost in the month of ja cris head on. the steps we took earlier this ye an economic catastrophe and toward recovery.

Jim McDermott

1:42:45 to 1:43:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: don take my word for it, former john mccain economic advisor mark zandee said, without the stimulus, job losses would have been immeasurably worse. even as economic indicators show improvement, we know we cannot replace seven million lost jobs overnight. recovery will take time.

Jim McDermott

1:43:07 to 1:43:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: there are still six unemployed workers for every available job. so extended unemployment compensation isn't a convenience. it's a necessity. since i iroduced this legislation two weeks ago, my office phones have been ringing nonstop with calls from americans all across the country who have exhausted or oon will exhaust their

Jim McDermott

1:43:28 to 1:43:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: benefits asking when is it going to pass. i've heard from paraplegics who cannot find jobs because attorneys are competing against them for employment, from coractors who are still reeling from the collapse of the housing market and from school teachers whose local school districts could not afford to keep them on the

Jim McDermott

1:43:49 to 1:44:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: payroll. without quick action, they will become unable to afford their mortgages or health coverage. providing these americans with modest economic lifeline is not only the humane thing to do but it's in the economic interest of the country. every u.i. dollar generates

Jim McDermott

1:44:10 to 1:44:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: $1.6 in positive impact -- $1.64 in the positive the economy. that supports existing jobs and our fragile housing market. in other words, u.i., unemployment insurance, is a win for every american. i urge all members to support

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