Transcript: Remarks by Katherine Hackett on the need to extend federal unemployment insurance benefits – Jan. 7, 2014

Partial transcript of remarks by Katherine Hackett, of Moodus, Conn., at a White House press briefing on extending unemployment insurance benefits on Jan. 7, 2014:

Good morning. My name is Katherine Hackett and I am from Moodus, Connecticut.

I am very grateful that President Obama invited me here today in response to a letter that I wrote to him about the discontinuation of federal unemployment insurance.

I am unemployed and I will be significantly affected by this decision.

Job loss is devastating and I am working very hard everyday to look for a position.

In the interim, unemployment benefits have been absolutely essential to cover my bare necessities.

I have cut expenses everywhere possible and I am not just sitting home enjoying the good life. My cuts include heating my house to 58 degrees, wearing a hat and a coat to stay warm because oil is expensive. I have lost weight because food is expensive.

As a single mother, I worked many different jobs and never asked for a handout while I raised two wonderful boys.

Both of my sons are serving in the U.S. military. It was very hard for me to let one of my boys serve a year in Afghanistan but I did and he was proud to serve his country.

I hope our leaders in Washington can find a solution to help families like mine…

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