A lame duck stands up for the unemployed

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Governor Edward Rendell fired a lame-duck salvo to Congress — imploring lawmakers to extend unemployment benefits for millions of jobless Americans

“When House members sit down to Thanksgiving dinner with their families next week, I hope they remember to say a prayer for the tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians who will lose benefits next month because Congress failed to do the right thing,” said Rendell.

Republicans defeated the extension because the $12 billion dollar cost is not being offset by savings in another part of the budget.

Representative Charles Boustany told Bloomberg News, “We all want to help those in need, but the American people also know someone has to pay when government spends money, and it shouldn’t be our children and grandchildren.”

Pennsylvania is actually faring much better than the rest of the nation with an unemployment rate a full percentage below the national average of 9.6 percent.

However, as Governor Rendell underscored their are 83,000 Pennsylvanians out of work as of Friday afternoon.

“When House members sit down to Thanksgiving dinner with their families next week, I hope they remember to say a prayer for the tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians who will lose benefits next month because Congress failed to do the right thing,” said Rendell.

U.S. House members will get another chance to consider extending benefits on November 29. a day before relief is set to expire for thousands of people.

“We’ve seen that federal investments in our nation’s economic recovery are paying dividends, especially in light of how the resurgent General Motors has made a strong comeback with the help of American taxpayers.”

Rendell went on to say, “those individual taxpayers deserve an equal chance to rebuild their lives, and Congress must not miss this opportunity to help them do so.”

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