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Congresswoman McCollum: House Republicans Slash Hospital Funding and Benefits for the Unemployed

December 13, 2011
Press Release

For Immediate Release: December 13, 2011
Contact: Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) issued the following statement, opposing the Republicans' Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011 (H.R. 3630). This legislation would lose benefits for 43,000 Minnesotans compared to just extending the current law. H.R. 3630 also reduces over $17 billion in funding for hospitals.

"House Republicans have brought a bill to the floor under the guise of extending unemployment benefits that are set to expire at the end of this year. In reality, the legislation will scale back benefits by more than 40 weeks – cutting more than half of the total weeks that are federally-funded – for working people who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. In an absurd move, they have decided to permanently allow drug tests to be performed on those out of work who apply for unemployment benefits.

"While I support stopping the scheduled 27.4 percent reduction in Medicare physician payments set to begin on January 1, it should not come at the expense of Minnesota hospitals and other health care providers."

Congresswoman Betty McCollum serves on the House Appropriations and Budget Committees.