Solano County

Garamendi ‘disappointed’ by no action on unemployment benefits

By From page A5 | January 17, 2014

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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  • Rich GiddensJanuary 16, 2014 - 8:12 pm

    I'm deeply dissapointed that Johnny, Dianne and Barbara have failed to win the war and expand our economy with jobs and prosperity for all----as per their campaign and townhall meeting promises. If the Obama / Rat Political Party economy is doing so well, then it shouldn't require ''life on the dole'' and endless forever extensions of what was supposed to be only 26 weeks of unemployment compensation---clearly what Johnny, Dianne and Barbara want. And of course, they paint the false appearence that somehow, Republicans are mean cruel racists out to starve Grandma and kill Bambi.

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  • patrickJanuary 17, 2014 - 2:26 pm

    the last time checked the max unemployment benefits for people collecting it in ca was $ 491.00 a week i can't find a out of work unemployed man to help. me around my home. I am 74 yrs old

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  • The MisterJanuary 17, 2014 - 5:36 am

    Ahhh... but at least he cares.

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  • Legend1949January 17, 2014 - 7:00 am

    So he's worried about thousands of unemployed now? He wasn't worried about jobs when the government was shelling out millions in benefits? Folks, there are jobs out there, you just can't look at them as being below you or that those jobs are for people just starting out I was at at store a while back and two younger men were filling out employment forms, they were dressed like they were going to the beach, I wonder if they were hired? If your looking for a job dress like you WANT the job

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  • S KJanuary 17, 2014 - 7:39 am

    I agree. If they also keep extending these benefits, "Temporary," will become permanent, moving us even closer to socialism. Now I have never been in this unemployed position, EVER, and am sympathetic, but I am sure that many of those people are milking those benefits for all they are worth.

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