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Rep. Pete Sessions Says Extending Unemployment Benefits is 'Immoral'

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Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) says that he opposes extending unemployment benefits to Americans, who have been out of work for more than six months, because such help would be "immoral."

“I believe it is immoral for this country to have as a policy extending long-term unemployment [benefits] to people rather than us working on the creation of jobs,” Rep. Sessions said on Tuesday, notes The Huffington Post.

"Too much of the time we have been hung up on, instead of job creation, we talk about the symptoms that are related to unemployment and long-term unemployment,” added Rep. Sessions.

"In this case, the president of the United States thoughtfully articulates the need for us to make sure we help people, but I believe he errs on the side of not pushing jobs bills," claimed Rep. Sessions.

However, Rep. Sessions failed to mention that Republicans blocked President Obama's jobs bill, The American Jobs Act, in 2011.

According to CBS News, that jobs bill included, "$140 billion in spending on education, transportation projects and public workers, including police officers."

Rep. Sessions also did not explain why Congress could not extend unemployment benefits and work "on the creation of jobs" at the same time.

ThinkProgress.org reports that 1.6 million adult Americans have lost their long-term unemployment benefits, which also hurts an estimated 2.3 million dependent children of these adults.

Sources: The Huffington Post, ThinkProgress.org, CBS News


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