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  • Maryland needs federal unemployment insurance

    As our economy is continuing to recover, and new jobs are being created every day, President Obama reminds us that we still have much to do, as millions of Americans are working every day to find jobs. Until recently, people had been able to rely upon the safety net of federal unemployment insurance to help put food on the table and pay the rent.

    However, Republicans in Congress have refused to extend unemployment insurance, leaving 1.7 million Americans without benefits, including more than 20,000 Marylanders. Approximately 70,000 more Americans lose their unemployment insurance each week that Congressional Republicans don’t choose to do what is right.

    Once again the GOP is putting partisan politics over struggling American families. It is sad and disappointing that these lawmakers do not realize these are real people that rely upon this essential benefit as a lifeline. 

    In 2012 alone, unemployment insurance lifted 2.5 million Americans out of poverty, and since 2008, 17 million children have been supported by unemployment benefits. Failing to extend benefits could slow our recovery and cost the economy 240,000 jobs this year. In 2011, the Congressional Budget Office found that funding for the unemployed was one of “the largest effects on output and employment per dollar of budgetary cost.”

    And in communities of color, the need is ever greater. The unemployment rate for African-Americans – while on the decline – still remains higher than the national average. This is not acceptable. President Obama knows this, and Democrats across the country know this. Nationally, the unemployment rate among African-Americans has remained above 11% for more than four years. Renewing unemployment insurance will provide the crucial safety net that these families need to succeed.

    Join me in calling on Republican Members of Congress to renew unemployment insurance. It is time to put an end to partisanship, work with Democrats and help our citizens who are searching for jobs.

    Yvette Lewis is the chair of the Maryland Democratic Party.

  • RNC chair doesn't think two straight years of job growth is an improvement

    We got some encouraging news this morning: The private sector added 233,000 jobs in February, bringing us to two straight years of job growth and more than 3.9 million new private-sector jobs.Republicans aren't too pleased about the news and what it means for them politically, so they're trying desperately to spin what should be good news for all Americans, regardless of political party.

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  • Encouraging news on the jobs front

    This morning, we got some very encouraging news about our economy. For the 23rd consecutive month, the number of new American jobs has continued to grow. January saw an additional 257,000 private-sector jobs, bringing us to nearly 3.7 million cumulative private-sector jobs under this administration.

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  • News roundup: November 2, 2011

    Today's headlines: Nevada leaders call on Mitt Romney to apologize for his out-of-touch comments on the foreclosure crisis, and Herman Cain surges ahead of Romney in the latest poll.

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  • News roundup: October 31, 2011

    Today's headlines: Mitt Romney is called out for refusing to sit down for an in-depth interview, and new analysis finds the Republican jobs plans are unlikely to cure the nation's economic problems.

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  • Rep. Jan Schakowsky calls out Mitt Romney

    Illinois's Rep. Jan Schakowsky sent a letter to Mitt Romney ahead of his fundraising trip to Chicago, calling on him to answer major questions her constituents—and all Americans—want to know about where the famously flip-flopping Romney really stands.

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  • President Obama: "We can't wait"

    President Obama announced this afternoon that in the face of inaction and obstruction from congressional Republicans, he is prepared to do whatever he can as President to help put Americans back to work.

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