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Strouse Calls on Congressman Fitzpatrick to Extend Emergency Unemployment Insurance, Raise the Minimum Wage

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"This is about ensuring our friends and neighbors can earn an honest living and provide for their families.”


Bristol, PA - Today, Kevin Strouse, former Army Ranger and Candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania's 8th District released the following statement:

“It is time for Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick to take action to protect the livelihoods for all Americans by restoring jobless benefits for 1.3 million Americans--including more than 6,000 residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties.”
 
Strouse said that Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) is a critical lifeline for people trying to put food on the table while looking for jobs to support their families. He said that Congress’ delay would hurt the jobless and further harm the economy in Pennsylvania’s 8th District during tough times.

“Congressman Fitzpatrick should take action to pass an extension of jobless benefits as soon as possible. With Lockheed Martin and Teva Pharmaceuticals closing their sites in Bucks County, and Merck laying off employees in Montgomery County, more than 1,500 people in the 8th District will be looking for work while trying to support their families. Extending long term unemployment benefits will help Bucks and Montgomery families make ends meet in this difficult job market.”

Strouse also reiterated his support for an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, a move that would boost wages of over 700,000 workers in Pennsylvania.

“Congress should pass the extension of jobless benefits and move on to the issue of raising the minimum wage. This is about ensuring our friends and neighbors can earn an honest living and provide for their families.”

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Kevin Strouse is a former Army Ranger, CIA Officer, and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his wife, Amy, and two young children, Walter and Charlotte. Kevin earned his BA from Columbia University and a Masters in Security Studies from Georgetown University, graduating with honors.

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