Congressman Butterfield Urges Swift Senate Action on Jobs Bills

Jul 19, 2010
Press Release

Congressman G. K. Butterfield today urged U.S. Sen. Richard Burr to stop blocking important legislation that would propel America’s economic recovery and put North Carolina back to work.

“At a time when so many North Carolinians are out of work, it is troubling that the Senate Republicans are unwilling to do more to help families who are suffering during these tough economic times,” Butterfield said. “People in North Carolina need to let their senator know that working families, teachers and small businesses desperately need relief.”

Over the past several months, the U.S. House has passed a host of bills that would create jobs and stimulate the economy but bill have been stymied in the U.S. Senate by a slate of senators including Burr.

While the national economy has shown signs of improvement recently, the current pace of job creation is evidence that government action is needed to further stimulate our economy. While the national unemployment rate currently stands at 9.5 percent, the latest unemployment numbers show North Carolina is suffering with an unemployment employment rate of 10 percent.

Butterfield said that Burr has blocked legislation that would extend unemployment benefits for 2.5 million Americans, provide $1 billion for 350,000 youth employment jobs program and $2.5 billion in emergency assistance for needy families working in public and private sector jobs.

Additionally, Burr is impeding the funding of $1 billion for the National Housing Trust Fund, which will provide communities with funds to build, preserve and rehabilitate rental homes that are affordable for low-income families.

Other provisions being blocked by Burr would:

• Provide important tax cuts to put money back in the pockets of working families;

• Help restore the flow of credit to enable small businesses to expand and hire new workers by extending small business loan programs;

• Expand career training programs for Americans who are looking for work;

• Extend eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits for workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own;

• Ensure that seniors, military service members and Americans with disabilities continue to have access to doctors they know and trust; and

• Close tax loopholes for wealthy investment fund managers and foreign operations of multi-national companies.