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Tsongas Uses Letter From Chelmsford Woman on House Floor

Niki Tsongas
Niki Tsongas

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday urging a renewal of unemployment insurance using a letter from a Chelmsford resident in her remarks.

Tsongas shared statements from three e-mails she received from constituents urging an extension of assistance for unemployment insurance, including a woman from Chelmsford identified as “Katie.”

In the letter read by Tsongas, “Katie” was laid off in April and urged the extension of benefits.

“(I) have looked for a job since then with no luck in spite of the news reports about the economy and how great the job market is, we all know that is not true,” wrote Katie. “I know so many folks still looking for jobs in Massachusetts – all well educated, well qualified good people.”

According to a statement from Tsongas, House Republican leadership has so far not allowed a vote on the issue, earlier this month House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Republicans would consider an extension as long as it was tied to other unemployment efforts and that it be fully funded by the federal government.  

Iron Mike January 29, 2014 at 09:42 AM
Come on Niki – just TELL us....how many YEARS do you want the govt to pay unemployment,...2,...3,...4,...lifetime?
Pat Mullen January 29, 2014 at 01:05 PM
A sheep in sheep's clothing.
Tyler Jozefowicz January 29, 2014 at 03:46 PM
tea party retirees - the enemy of the working man
Vincent DiRico January 29, 2014 at 04:09 PM
not "working man", members of the gimme crew. Take that to the bank!
steve forte January 29, 2014 at 04:12 PM
So team welfare wants to continue paying people not to work . No surprise there.
Rob C January 29, 2014 at 06:05 PM
Unemployment dries up and big surprise, they find work. I now people that have been laid off and found work within a month or two and also know people that have had work and found new work and changed jobs. The work is out there if you apply yourself and find it.
Tara Dactyl January 29, 2014 at 06:44 PM
Would Tsongas represent that liberalism is a disability that qualifies those stricken with government benefits for life?
Iron Mike January 29, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Niki has never worked a real job ever. She was given a fake one on the basis of her dead husband's name, - her only real claim to fame. She is widely acknowledges as the 3rd stupidest congresswoman.... And almost every time she addresses an audience, like a broken record she tell them about her daddy who was in the Air Force. Want to see a strange look on her face? Ask her which tax she would support cutting!
steve forte January 30, 2014 at 07:27 AM
If you want to see wages rise get rid of illegal workers. Labor like any commodity is supply vs demand . When you inject illegal labor into the picture you increase the supply. Employers who are doing everything correctly , paying a leagal wage , paying social security, paying workmans comp , paying unemployment ins, who are then forced to bring a product or service to market at the same price as those who are hiring illegals don't stand a chance.
Iron Mike January 30, 2014 at 08:03 AM
Steve, Steve,...Steve... They're not 'illegal workers', - they're undocumented Democratic voters.... They're 'Dreamers', i.e. the NEXT group of folks the Democratic Party will consign to living in squalor waiting for their monthly govt check....because Democrats "care about people".
Tyler Jozefowicz January 30, 2014 at 10:57 AM
steve forte; we agree. If the owners were not hiring them to gain an unjust advantage and the government went after the owners with good jail time, we would not have the problem. Your last sentence went right over IM's head. Example , though, a California farmer put an ad to pick lettuce in a farm county at minimum. None of the locals showed up.
steve forte January 30, 2014 at 11:04 AM
Of course no one showed up. Now if he cant get illegal help ( Im sure he can ) he will have to offer more money. That's the way it is supposed to work. I always start people at $2.50-$3 an hr more then minimum . It lets me choose from better quality prospects and I also expect to pay more for people to work in the hot sun all day instead of sitting in an ac building playing with their phone. I would prefer not to have to start them at $13
steve forte January 30, 2014 at 12:24 PM
As far as no one showing up, well that's the beauty of free markets and capitalism. If one doesn't know the correct price for a product or service ( labor included ) then the market will tell them.
Iron Mike January 30, 2014 at 12:36 PM
GREAT NEWS BREAKING! California's Evil Toad – Henry Waxman is retiring after screwing our country for 40 years! Niki will be lonely on date nite.
Steve January 30, 2014 at 01:20 PM
Iron Mike that is great news, best news that I heard all day. :) Now if only the messiah and his band of idiots would follow Waxman
Iron Mike January 30, 2014 at 01:25 PM
Let us PRAY that California's 33rd CD can find one (1) Republican – or at least a US Citizen who’s heard of the US Constitution – and can read it in English!

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