Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement after reintroducing the National Commission on Employment and Economic Security Act. Joining him as original co-sponsors of the resolution were Representatives John Conyers Jr. (MI-13) and Barbara Lee (CA-13). (Please see a copy of the legislation attached).
“I am pleased to reintroduce the National Commission on Employment and Economic Security Act, legislation that establishes a national commission to examine the issues of economic and psychological insecurity within our workforce that have been caused by employment displacement,” said Congressman Hastings. “When Americans lose their jobs and their incomes shrink, too often, they face the loss of their family’s health insurance and, subsequent to the loss of income, even their housing. The mental health of the American worker is integral as we continue down the road of economic recovery.”
“I am a proud original co-sponsor of the National Commission on Unemployment and Economic Security Act. While we are still recovering from the greatest recession since the Great Depression, unemployment numbers are unacceptably high, income inequality is growing, and our nation’s promise of opportunity is slipping from view, this bill would address those concerns and help to ensure that we have an economy that works for all,” added Congresswoman Lee.
“With the ongoing jobs crisis in America, I am fully supportive of the re-introduction of the National Commission on Employment and Economic Security Act, which will study the impact of unemployment and economic insecurity Americans face and then offer remedies. Over the last year a quarter of the American population was unemployed or underemployed, and did not earn enough to support their basic needs. We must act to curtail these circumstances before they become entrenched and systemic. I truly believe this is a measure both parties can come together to support and shed light on the real effect and devastation unemployment causes, and in turn lead the Congress to work on legislation that creates jobs for all Americans,” said Congressman Conyers.
“Luckily, we are on the road to recovery from the recession that began in 2007, and 7.8 million jobs have been created during 45 straight months of private-sector job growth across the country. Our economy is recovering, but the need for this vital research is no less critical. Congress must face this problem head on,” concluded Hastings.
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.