To the Readers' Forum:
Do you know someone who is or has been unemployed? I do. You probably do too, since there are more than 7,700 unemployed adults in our county. Our county's unemployment rate, at 7.3 percent, is higher than the national average.
The government should provide some relief for these unemployed adults and the children in their care. Yet our Congressman, Tom Reed, has a record of voting against support for unemployed and underemployed people. This past September, for example, he approved cuts in the SNAP program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps), which affected both unemployed and underemployed families in our area. He also voted against raising the minimum wage.
Long-term unemployment benefits recently expired. Congress will soon be deciding whether to restore them. This past December Congressman Reed said he favored letting these benefits expire. How will he vote on their restoration?
Let Congressman Reed know what you think he should do. After all, he is our representative in Congress. He may be contacted:
By phone: 202-225-3161
By email: https//reed.house.gov
By mail: 1504 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Contact Congressman Reed's office. Let your opinions count!