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"Congress has failed to act with any sense of urgency to address the unacceptably high unemployment rate," Blumenthal said. "This legislation would help ensure that job creation is at the top of the Senate's agenda, and that Congress is focused on the critically important tasks of encouraging economic growth and creating jobs, and will help break through the legislative logjam."

In a Sept. 6 letter to his Senate colleagues, Blumenthal said that while Congress has acted to address rising deficits, Congress also needs to act to "address the pervasive and pernicious problems that just as seriously imperil our economic future and social fabric."