by Jennifer Swift
Jan 7, 2014
02:24 PM
Connecticut Politics

Unemployed Connecticut Woman Introduces Obama for Speech on Unemployment Insurance

Unemployed Connecticut Woman Introduces Obama for Speech on Unemployment Insurance

Screenshot from C-SPAN

Unemployed Connecticut resident Katherine Hackett introduced President Barack Obama at an event today at which Obama called on the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a bill extending unemployment compensation.

According to CBS, Hackett, of Moodus, wrote to the President about the trials of being without a job. The New York Times reported Hackett said while raising two boys who now serve in the military, she "never asked for a handout."

The Times reported: 

Mr. Obama was introduced by Katherine Hackett, who said she was unemployed and looking for work. She said she had “never asked for a handout” while raising two boys, who both now serve in the military.

She said she tries to save money by heating her house to just 58 degrees and wearing a coat inside. And she said she has lost weight because food is expensive. She urged lawmakers in Washington to extend the benefits so she and others can continue to look for work.

In his remarks, Mr. Obama praised Ms. Hackett and said her story was representative of many others who have written to him.

“When we’ve got the mom of two of our troops who is working hard out there but is having to wear a coat inside the house, we’ve got a problem,” the president said. But he added: “It’s one that can be fixed.”

About 22,000 Connecticut residents lost unemployment benefits at the end of December when the bill preserving them expired. The U.S. Senate, narrowly avoiding a Republican filibuster, passed a bill Monday to extend benefits by three months. 

 

 

Unemployed Connecticut Woman Introduces Obama for Speech on Unemployment Insurance

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