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Congressman Brad Schneider

Representing the 10th District of Illinois

Rep. Schneider to Introduce Measure to Break Gridlock, Extend Unemployment Insurance

Mar 11, 2014
Press Release

U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) will file a discharge petition on Wednesday that would break through the gridlock and force a vote on extending unemployment insurance, which has lapsed for 2 million Americans. The House would be required to consider the legislation if a majority of Members sign the petition. 

“Failing to extend unemployment insurance, a critical lifeline for many of our families, is shortsighted and hurts our communities and businesses,” Schneider said. “If my colleagues want to vote against the extension, I respect their right to disagree; but failing to even allow a vote goes against the very progress that families and our constituents demand. Partisan politics must not be allowed to get in the way of doing the right thing for our middle class families. That’s why I will file a measure to end the gridlock and force a vote on extending unemployment insurance.” 

Schneider has been active in calling for an immediate vote on unemployment insurance. Rep. Schneider and 48 of his freshman colleagues sent a letter to Speaker Boehner demanding that he call an immediate vote to extend unemployment insurance. In January, he hosted a roundtable discussion to talk with constituents who recently lost their unemployment insurance. 

On Dec. 28th, critical unemployment insurance lapsed for 1.3 million Americans, including more than 80,000 people in Illinois. The number of people who have lost unemployment insurance has now risen to 2 million people, with an average of 72,000 people losing their insurance each week.