Congress' inaction on unemployment is bad

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What is wrong with this country and the people who report what is going on with our federal government?

The bill to provide extended benefits to the long-term unemployed has been stalled in the Senate, where once again bipartisan politics is being played.

This bill is so important to not only millions of unemployed Americans, due to no fault of their own, but the dependents of these folks.

The Senate Republicans continue to try to kill this bill by asking the question, “Who is paying for this extension of unemployment insurance?” Well, how has it been done in the past? It has always been paid for from the government’s emergency fund. It has been done that way no matter whether there was a Republican or Democratic president in the Oval Office. So why is it any different now?

The affected unemployed Americans are losing their homes, cars and the money necessary to put fuel in their vehicles to continue to search for suitable work. What is suitable work? I would consider suitable work to be a job that pays almost twice what the state minimum wage pays. This, too, is a subject that needs to be addressed.

Meanwhile, the government is going to fine all Americans who do not have health insurance. They have been told that “affordable” health insurance is available under the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare). Meanwhile, they have no idea how they are going to pay their next month’s rent or car payment or they haven’t figured out how they are feeding their three children their next meal.

To add insult to injury, House and Senate members have just returned from a break. Why do they need or deserve a break? How can they take any break when they know that millions of unemployed Americans have had little or no income since the end of December, and that number is growing daily?

ED GOULD
Apollo


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