Wed @ 9:45A: Lee+Scott Re-Intro 99er/Unemployment Bill

Rep. Barbara Lee

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Is it a “long shot?” Who knows.  First you have to introduce the legislation.  Then you have to fight.  Will Tea Party Republicans in the House who are in locations dealing with unemployment rates at 12% be against extending unemployment benefits? How much will the legislation cost? Will the White House support it? On Wednesday at 9:45 am, Reps. Barbara Lee and Bobby Scott will answer all those questions and more as they re-introduced their long anticipated bill to provide unemployment insurance to those who have already exhausted it.  American workers are enduring the the worst jobs situation since the Great Depression and Lee + Scott will be challenging their colleagues as well as the prevailing “budget cutting” political winds to pass their bill.


WHO: Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-09) + Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) /// Gregg Rosen, Co-Founder, American 99ers Union /// Dr. Heidi Shierholz, Economist, Economic Policy Institute /// WHAT: Press Conference  /// WHEN: Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 9:45 a.m.  /// Any media with cameras are asked to pre-set at 9:15 a.m. WHERE: Capitol Visitors Center, HVC Room 200

From Rep. Lee’s office: Lee and Scott to Stand with Economic Policy Institute and American 99ers Union; Unemployment Benefits More Stimulative to U.S. Economy than Millionaire Tax Giveaways


Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congressman Bobby Scott will join Gregg Rosen of the American 99ers Union and Dr. Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) to introduce The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act, legislation to extend emergency benefits to long-term unemployed workers.  Many of these long-term unemployed workers, known as 99ers, have exhausted their benefits and need this assistance to support their families, make ends meet and contribute to our economy. The bill would provide 14 weeks of emergency unemployment benefits to people who have exhausted all their benefits and are still unemployed.

Not only is providing these benefits the right thing to do, but it is sound economic policy that will support our economic recovery.  Economic experts, like Dr. Shierolz from EPI, believe that extending these benefits will have a greater stimulative impact on our economy than handing unpaid-for tax giveaways to multi-millionaires.