The speaker questioned the stateís ability to implement the program retroactively. We can re-start the unemployment insurance program through the end of the year, maintaining an individualís weeks of eligibility but providing benefits and evaluating job search efforts going forward.
The speaker wanted unemployment benefits tied to job creation. Two pieces of jobs legislation are pending action by Congress. There is a package of tax provisions impacting business and individuals that expired at the end of last year which need to be extended. And the Highway Trust fund is going to run out of necessary funds this summer. Unless Congress acts, more than 100,000 transportation projects could be delayed, and as many as 700,000 construction jobs could be put at risk. We should include a six-month extension of unemployment insurance alongside either of these legislative packages.
Thatís what the American people would call a win-win solution.
Rep. Sander M. Levin is a Democrat from Michigan and serves as ranking member on the Ways and Means Committee.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.