House Speaker John Boehner points out in a statement that the temporary emergency unemployment benefits extension has been in place since 2008, has been extended twelve times and has been in place longer than any previous program. Boehner further points out that the expiration of this program does not affect those who are eligible for twenty-six weeks of benefits.
Without finding a way to pay for this expenditure, nearly forty percent of the cost of this program will be paid for by our children as the cost will have to be borrowed.
Seems to us that the White House messaging continues to tout its jobs numbers, the drop in unemployment and the improvement of the economy,doesn’t seem to square with the continued call for extension of benefits that are supposed to be available in a poor economy and unemployment situation.
Here is Speaker Boehner’s Statement
WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement after the Senate vote on the extension of “emergency” unemployment insurance.
“Far too many Americans are still unemployed in President Obama’s economy. For each of them, it’s a personal crisis that we cannot overlook. Getting these people back on their feet starts with a strong safety net – six months of unemployment benefits – that we continue to have in this country. But the ultimate solution to joblessness is more jobs.
“That’s why the House has passed bill after bill that, taken together, would create a better environment for economic growth, investment, and new hiring in America. Dozens of bills are awaiting action in the Senate that would provide job skills training for the unemployed, ease job-destroying burdens on small businesses, promote innovation and education, create energy and infrastructure jobs, and get rid of the president’s health care law that is making it harder to hire workers in this country. To help Americans find new jobs, the president should call on the Senate to act on them.
“One month ago I personally told the White House that another extension of temporary emergency unemployment benefits should not only be paid for but include something to help put people back to work. To date, the president has offered no such plan. If he does, I’ll be happy to discuss it, but right now the House is going to remain focused on growing the economy and giving America’s unemployed the independence that only comes from finding a good job.”