Congresswoman Judy Biggert called her recent vote against economic relief “hard to explain” given the high unemployment rate in the 13th Congressional District. But Judy Biggert still voted against the bi-partisan unemployment benefits bill supported by 49 of her fellow Republicans, including fellow Illinois Congressional Republican Tim Johnson.
From the Scott Harper for Congress Campaign:
“HARPER SLAMS BIGGERT ON UNEMPLOYMENT VOTE
Democratic candidate criticizes ‘hard to explain’ rationale
Naperville, IL – Scott Harper, the Democratic candidate for Congress in the IL-13, today blasted Judy Biggert for her vote last week against granting emergency benefits to the growing number of unemployed. In a strong show of bi-partisan support for economic relief, forty-nine Republicans joined with House Democrats to pass these benefits.
‘With unemployment rates climbing and with families suffering from rising gas prices and home foreclosure costs, Judy Biggert continues to be out of touch with the people of this district,’ said Harper (D-Lockport.) ‘She has been part of the problem in Washington and her latest vote against giving relief to people who’ve lost their job is simply unconscionable. Unfortunately, though, this vote is indicative of the real Judy Biggert.’
Biggert voted against legislation that would provide up to thirteen weeks of extended unemployment benefits to every state, benefiting the 190,000 out-of-work Illinoisans. She later admitted in an interview published today by Politico that it was “hard to explain” her vote because of the high jobless rate in the 13th district.
‘Congresswoman Biggert’s vote is hard to explain because it’s the wrong vote for the district,’ said Harper. ‘It’s hard to explain to the people of this district who are struggling; it’s hard to explain why she voted against thousands of working families right here in our community while giving herself seven pay raises during her time in Washington. But when you look deeper, maybe it’s not that hard to explain. Time after time, instead of providing relief for our families, she has been nothing but a rubber stamp for George Bush and his failed agenda in Congress.’
Harper continued, ‘Judy Biggert’s votes in Congress continue to be hard to explain but she will have to explain her record to voters this fall. And when they learn the truth, they will seek a new direction and elect leadership who will fight for change in Washington.’
The U.S. Jobless Rate increased to 5.5 percent in May up from 5 percent in April, the largest monthly increase since 1986.”
If you’re looking for change in the 13th Congressional District, then please consider a donation to Scott Harper’s Campaign. The reason isn’t “hard to explain.”