JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown says Congress should not only extend unemployment benefits but pass a jobs bill to put Americans back to work.
“Then we don’t have to worry about unemployment to the extend we have to worry about it,” Brown tells WOKV News.
She says other countries are leaving the U.S. “in the dust” when it comes to transportation and infrastructure.
“I mean everybody understands the importance of moving people, goods, and services, and it’s just like we just stepped on stupid,” she says.
Brown says by not extending the benefits, Congress is blaming the victims of their failure to create jobs.
“It is what I have experienced in the last two years, a lot of bull [expletive].”
Republican Congressman Ted Yoho said on Monday that he’s concerned about offsetting the money. Unemployment benefits cost about $25 billion a year.
Brown says if that’s what it takes to get Congress to extend them, she’ll support offsetting the costs.
“We’ve never done it since 1972,” she says. “But if you need to do it, do it.”
Congresswoman Brown claims for every billion the U.S. spends on transportation and infrastructure, it generates 44,000 permanent jobs.