Some people say that the economic recession has ended, but experts warn that the economy is almost certainly not improving. Profits for big corporations are up, but ordinary Americans are still suffering from extremely high levels of unemployment.
U.S. Representative Jim McDermott offered legislation this week to help. He introduced H.R. 3548, the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act, a sensible bill that extends unemployment benefits for 13 additional weeks, but only in those states where unemployment remains above 8.5 percent. It’s the right kind of economic stimulus, intelligently targeted to people who need it most, and who will spend the money instead of stashing it away.
Yesterday, the bill passed the House. “By passing this legislation we have told the American people that we stand with them and will not abandon them at a time when decent hard-working Americans are struggling to regain their economic footing,” McDermott said after the roll call vote.
Sadly, a few Democrats couldn’t be bothered to offer a hand of assistance to people who are still suffering under the bad economy. Even though 66 Republicans crossed the aisle to vote in favor of extending unemployment benefits in hard hit areas, these Democrats refused to help. By voting against this legislation, the following 17 Democratic members of the House of Representatives have told the American people that Congress will abandon them at a time when hard-working Americans are still struggling.