Re-elect Dan Lipinski Congressman


September 25, 2009

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) voted Tuesday to extend unemployment benefits by up to 13 weeks for workers in high unemployment states, including Illinois. The Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2009 (H.R. 3548) is expected to aid over 1 million people who would have exhausted their unemployment benefits by the end of the year.

"This bill will help people feed themselves and their families and pay their bills while they continue to look for work in incredibly difficult circumstances," Lipinski said. "While voting for this bill was the right thing to do, the fact that it is necessary is a reminder of how much still remains to be done. That is why I am working to pass bills that will help the private sector create jobs and put people back to work fixing our nation's transportation infrastructure. Nationwide unemployment is at a 26-year high. That's unacceptable. We have to do everything we can to spark job creation and return to full employment. A so-called 'jobless recovery' is no recovery at all."

Congressman Lipinski continues to fight to create jobs, protect American workers from unfair trade practices by foreign nations, make sure taxpayer dollars are spent here at home, and enhance scientific education and innovative research that will ensure America remains the world's technological and economic leader.

As Chicagoland's only member of the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Lipinski continues to fight to pass a new federal highway and transit funding bill that will put Americans back to work building and repairing our transportation infrastructure. The current transportation funding bill expires at the end of September and the Obama Administration and the Senate want to wait 18 months to pass a new transportation bill. But Lipinski is pushing to pass this legislation as soon as possible to create jobs doing needed work. In the last federal transportation bill, Lipinski brought back $126 million that has been used for important projects across the Third District such as repairing crumbling roads, building bridges, and helping to alleviate congestion.

Lipinski recently introduced a bipartisan bill to restore the flow of much-needed credit to manufacturers to spur the creation of jobs. The BUILD Manufacturing Act (H.R. 2936) creates a government-backed loan guarantee program without the use of additional taxpayer money. Congressman Lipinski is also leading the fight to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent on American-made products that create and sustain American jobs instead of being sent overseas.

In addition, Lipinski is working to protect American workers from unfair trade practices. He is a cosponsor of legislation that would crack down on the illegal and unfair currency manipulation by foreign countries such as China that has been increasing our trade deficit and hurting American workers. Earlier this month, Lipinski led 28 members of the House of Representatives in sending a bipartisan letter to President Obama urging him to drop his opposition to provisions in the American Clean Energy and Security Act that would ensure a level playing field for American manufacturers and prevent job losses to foreign nations that do not limit greenhouse gas emissions.

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