Mass. Senator releases new video talking up compromise measure to extend unemployment insurance benefits.
“Hello, I’m United States Senator Scott Brown and I have the honor and privilege of serving the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
“I want to speak to you about extending unemployment insurance. Last night, I introduced a bill in the United State Senate to extend unemployment insurance for one year without increasing taxes or adding to the astronomical national debt. Nearly one million workers across the country, and roughly 60,000 in our state, will lose their benefits by the end of next week if we fail to act.
“The decision is not whether we should extend the benefits, it is how should we pay for them. Some of my colleagues want to pay for unemployment benefits by raising taxes or adding to the national debt. I disagree. There is a better way.
“The compromise bill I introduced last night would extend unemployment benefits for one year, without raising taxes or adding to the national debt. And it would be paid for by using unspent federal funds, some of which have been sitting around for years – and I might add that this is an idea that was supported by 21 of my Democratic colleagues in the Senate just last night.
“My idea is a bipartisan compromise proposal; it is something that we should all be able to rally around. I am confident that if we work together, we can not only extend the benefits to the millions of workers who need them, but we can do so without increasing taxes or adding to our deficit.
“We can’t keep spending and borrowing with no regard for the future. We must be fiscally responsible and provide for the needs of our citizens without putting more debt on the credit card.
“Bipartisanship is a two way street. And if you have followed my voting record you know that I will support a good idea when I see it. And I hope my colleagues will support my proposal. My compromise idea will prevent families in Massachusetts and the entire nation from losing their benefits.
“But let me be very clear, this is just short term relief to provide for Americans in need. But the best way to help unemployed Americans is by implementing pro-growth policies that will create jobs and put people back to work permanently. And that will continue to be my top priority and my focus in Washington.
“Thank for listening to this message. I want you to know how proud I am to represent the people of Massachusetts.”