"We want people out there scraping and clawing and looking for work and not just sitting back waiting."
Reaction from Tennessee Citizen Action's Mary Mancini:
“If Mr. Wamp sincerely believes that the people of Tennessee are ‘sitting back waiting’ instead of looking for work then he clearly doesn't know the people of Tennessee…. Unemployment is 10 percent statewide and close to 20 percent in some counties. That's not because Tennesseans do not want to work. It's because there are no jobs available."
Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council President Jerry Lee:
"We’ve got people out there scraping and clawing and looking for jobs already and there are six applicants for every job. If it wasn’t for these extensions on unemployment, we’d have people not just losing their homes, their families and cars, their families would be going without food and they wouldn’t have gas to go to a job if they found one. The culture was created on Wall Street. Working people didn’t create this situation.
"It's okay with these conservatives to extend the tax breaks for the wealthy and for weeks and weeks it was not okay to extend unemployment. I don’t know where the double standard comes from. The (jobless benefits) extension is federal dollars; it's not putting the burden on NFIB folks."
“As I have travelled to all 95 counties, people tell me over and over again they want to work. They need jobs, not lectures and attacks from Congressman Wamp. My goal is simple we have to put Tennesseans back to work, not blame them for being unemployed.”