Not a Single Republican Shows Up For Hearing on Long-Term Unemployment
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Apr 25, 2013
So much for the whole “jobs, jobs, jobs” slogan Republicans love to push. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar scheduled a Joint Economic Committee hearing on long-term unemployment yesterday morning, and only 3 other members of the Joint Economic Committee bothered to show up–with not a single Republican in sight. The committee consists of 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans, so the absence of concern was a bipartisan effort in this case, as it has been all too often when it comes to our nation’s long-term unemployed.
Now I understand that congressional schedules can be hectic, and often times there are multiple activities scheduled around the same time. It’s impossible to be in two places at once–I get that. But you’re telling me that every one of the 10 Republicans on this committee had something more important scheduled for 10:30 AM yesterday morning? What was it, another hearing on repealing Obamacare? Because that’s the magical cure-all for everything, right?
The fact is long-term unemployment is one of the most devastating issues facing this country today, and we’ve done far too little to address the problem. We abandoned our nation’s 99ers in favor of extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich back in 2010. Currently, almost 40% of our nation’s 11.7 million unemployed have been unemployed for 6 months or more, and this doesn’t count the people who have given up searching for work. The unemployment rate has slowly gone down over the past few years, but make no mistake about it–this is still a severe problem which continues to leave families in financial ruin and despair.
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