Perez rebuts the idea that the Senate's unemployment extension would be too hard to implement—one of Boehner's favored excuses for not bringing the measure to a vote—by noting that the governors of the high-unemployment states of Nevada and Rhode Island, the former a Republican, say their states could implement the Senate bill, and by pointing to his own experience as a state labor secretary. But most of all Perez emphasizes the human need, framing it in terms that push back against Republican accusations that jobless people are just being lazy:
In the months before and after the expiration of EUC benefits, I have met with numerous people struggling to get back into the workforce after a long period of unemployment. Their determination inspires me. Their full time job is to look for a job. One person shared that he had successfully beaten cancer years ago, and "fighting cancer was far easier than fighting long-term unemployment." I travelled to Ohio recently and met with a group of determined people seeking employment, one of whom said " I've got no quit in me, because I do not want my son ever to think that his father is a quitter." These people embody the spirit and resilience of the long-term unemployed, who are working tirelessly to get back into the workforce.Their fight is a difficult one, though, in an economy with no jobs for 60 percent of job seekers and with people unemployed for six months or more facing discrimination. Not that Republicans care. They'd rather voters not realize it, but all their excuses about challenges implementing the Senate bill are just a thin cover for the basic view that unemployed people don't deserve help, even in a bad economy.