Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Rep. Keith Ellison has joined members of the Congressional Black Caucus to call on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to support an extension of federal unemployment benefits through 2012.
"Needing unemployment assistance is about being unable to find work in a weak economy with limited job opportunities," caucus members collectively wrote last week in a letter to House leaders. "Federal long-term benefits are essential supports."
In a statement accompanying the letter, Ellison noted that overall unemployment has dropped to 8.6 percent while African-American unemployment remains in the double digits, slightly rising to 15.5 percent.
The letter also called on Boehner and Pelosi to "create jobs."
'GOP Willing to Make Americans Suffer'
Ellison also weighed in on the debate on whether to extend the payroll tax holiday. Currently, many Americans are enjoying a holiday from paying the social security tax, a move instituted to spur consumer spending.
"They’re so committed to [seeing Obama fail in 2012] that they’re willing to make a vast amount of Americans suffer," Ellison said, according to MinnPost.