Republican Lawmakers Call for House to Consider Unemployment Benefits Extension

Apr 7, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – Following today’s Senate passage of a bipartisan deal to extend unemployment benefits, U.S. Representative Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) along with fellow Republican colleagues Jon Runyan (NJ-03), Chris Smith (NJ-04), Chris Gibson (NY-19), Michael Grimm (NY-11), Peter King (NY-02) and Joe Heck (NV-03) are requesting immediate consideration of similar legislation by the full House. 

            The full text of the lawmakers’ letter sent this afternoon is as follows:

Dear Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor:

As you know, emergency unemployment benefits expired in December, immediately leaving approximately 1.3 million Americans without benefits.  Since then, many more people have lost benefits each week, bringing the number of long-term unemployed Americans without government assistance to greater than two million.

Today, a bi-partisan deal was passed in the U.S. Senate that would retroactively restore unemployment benefits and extend these benefits for 5 months.  As many Americans continue to struggle without benefits, we respectfully request that the House immediately consider this bill or a similar measure to restore unemployment benefits to struggling Americans. 

We appreciate your consideration of this request, and look forward to working with you to advance this important legislation.