From the Michigan Democratic Party:
LANSING – The U.S. House of Representatives is set to cut unemployment benefits in half and Michigan GOP Congressman Dave Camp is the mastermind.
H.R. 3630 eliminates more than one year (53 weeks) of unemployment insurance eligibility – leaving just 46 weeks for unemployed workers to collect benefits.
“We’re in the middle of the largest economic crisis since the Great Depression and Dave Camp seems to think it’s a good idea to cut benefits when people need them the most,” Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer said. “These workers are unemployed through no fault of their own and are searching for jobs to support their families. We can’t take away their safety net. This cut would severely worsen our economy and put millions of families at risk of losing their homes and not being able to put food on the table. That’s unacceptable.”
“We need to be doing everything possible to put people back to work and provide assistance to them while the unemployed are looking for work,” added Brewer. “Republicans don’t seem to be concerned with helping the unemployed or with improving our economy. The only thing they care about is defeating President Obama next year. Congressman Camp and his Republican colleagues should be ashamed of themselves.”