FAIRFIELD — Rep. John Garamendi said he’s deeply disappointed that the House of Representatives failed to extend unemployment insurance and that as a result thousands of residents in the 3rd Congressional District don’t know how they’ll support their families.
A total of 2,640 people in Solano County have lost this support while about 213,000 people in California lost the benefits, according to the California Employment Development Department.
A total of 1.3 million Americans lost their unemployment insurance Dec. 28, 2013. Another 100,000 people will lose the benefits before Jan. 28, Garamendi said.
Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, who represents the 3rd District that includes Solano County, joined 114 other congressional representatives to send a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, urging him to delay the congressional recess until a vote on extending unemployment insurance.
“There are legitimate policy discussions to be had about exactly how we should extend federal unemployment insurance, but we cannot find common ground when the House of Representatives is not in session and when this legislation is not even being considered in the House. The clock is ticking,” members wrote. “This is why we urge you to cancel the pending district work period and keep the House of Representatives in session until both the House and Senate have sent legislation to the president to extend emergency federal unemployment benefits.”
Garamendi, in a press release, said he also joined 163 other members of Congress in co-sponsoring the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act (HR 3824), which would extend emergency unemployment insurance for three months to give Congress time to develop a longer-term solution.
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