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Kind says "Use wasted subsidy dollars to pay for Unemployment extension"


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAU) -- One of Wisconsin’s Congressmen is please with Tuesday’s Senate action to extend Unemployment benefits another three months.

3rd District Representative Ron Kind says extending the benefits is vital. “Obviously, the workforce and the market has not recovered to the extent where these unemployed workers will be absorbed into it, and it’s the right thing to do. It’s the fair thing to do. It’s the compassionate thing to do, as well as the smart thing to do to help our economy along the way.”

Kind agrees the economy is still needs help. “We are seeing some positive signs of economic revival and more jobs coming back, but it’s not there yet.”

Congressman Kind believes there are plenty of areas where the U.S. is wasting taxpayer money, and those dollars would be better spent paying for this three-month Unemployment benefit extension. “I think there are very sensible areas of the budget to find offsets, such as the taxpayer subsidies now going to Brazil cotton farmers because of our refusal to reform our own farm bill. This is crazy.”

Kind believes the government needs to look at the unemployment system to make sure reasonable work search requirements are in place, but says right now, there are just more workers than jobs. “This three months could give us some time to look at the Unemployment program to see what tightening up we need to do, to make it more accountable so it doesn’t encourage any idleness in the workforce, but just having it expire right now not only would hurt the local economy back home, but will bring a lot of pain to a lot of families.”

The 3rd District Democratic Congressman is optimistic the Unemployment extension can pass the House of Representatives after the Senate takes its final vote, which could be yet this week. Kind is also strongly opposed to stalling the new Farm Bill any longer.