EXCESSIVE UNEMPLOYMENT; Congressional Record Vol. 155, No. 110
(House of Representatives - July 21, 2009)

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                         EXCESSIVE UNEMPLOYMENT

  (Mr. MICA asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. MICA. Mr. Speaker and my colleagues, my district extends from 
Orlando to Daytona Beach. The State of Florida now has in excess of 10 
percent unemployment. Nationally, 9.5 percent unemployment. Where are 
the jobs?
  Congress passed a $787 billion so-called stimulus package. I took to 
the floor and spoke from the Democrats' side of the aisle and pleaded 
with folks that we needed jobs and we needed to invest in America's 
infrastructure; instead, we put less than 7 percent. So to date, out of 
$787 billion and $48 billion for transportation highway money, we have 
$523 million expended.
  Mr. Speaker and my colleagues, where are the jobs? People want to 
work. They don't want government handouts. They don't want government 
welfare or food stamps. They want jobs in my district and throughout 
the Nation.
  Where are the jobs, I come back to ask, that this country needs and 
our people need?