By The Hill Staff - 06/04/10 12:59 PM EDT
"If we can afford wars, tax cuts and bank bailouts, then we can certainly afford to maintain programs for workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own," he said in prepared remarks.
Not every Democrat agrees with that statement, however.
Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) recently told The Hill that they are troubled by the continuation of relief given the historically high deficit and a debt limit that has soared beyond $13 trillion.
McDermott's hearing will address the issue of continuing assistance to unemployed workers as well as present possible policy options for long-term unemployment.
According to the congressman, studies find that unemployment leads to a variety of negative outcomes for workers and their families, including increased health problems and permanent withdrawal from the labor market.
"[We] need to think about additional steps to help those trying to return to work," McDermott said. "An increasing number of Americans who have worked hard and played by the rules are now finding themselves with no job, no savings and no support. We must not abandon these workers and their families."