Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee pushing unemployment benefits extension

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HOUSTON, TX – Now that the holidays are over, Congress is back at work.

At the forefront, of course, are those unemployment benefits that ran out at the end of 2013.

There seems to be bipartisan support for extending them, but the process of making that happen has been sluggish.

But hey, it takes a minute to get back into the swing of things, right?

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee took a little break from her duties on the Hill to come home and tell us her position on the issue, as if we had any doubt.

“I’m introducing legislation, we’ll introduce it next week, and I ask Republicans to join this legislation, that if you’re unemployed that you would get the unemployment benefit and a stipend to pay for targeted training that is targeted to the department of labor most needed positions,” she said.

A reported 69,000 Texans lost their unemployment benefits. If the legislation passes, those benefits would be extended for three months.

“It is shameful that we have not extended the unemployment benefits, and I am fearful of the 12,000 here in Houston growing to be a larger number. And my message is that we’re going to find some way to do what is right,” said Jackson Lee.

These days, any little bit helps.