Langevin to Take Oath of Office Today; Will Call for Extension of Unemployment Benefits

Jan 7, 2003
(Washington, D.C.)–Congressman Jim Langevin will officially begin his second term in the United States House of Representatives at noon today as the 108th Congress convenes and he takes his oath of office on the Floor of the House.

 Not only is this the beginning of Langevin's second term, but also his first foray into the House Leadership team as a Senior Deputy Whip under newly-elected House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD).

 Langevin’s first act in the 108th Congress will be to join his fellow colleagues in calling on the Republican Congressional Leadership to immediately extend unemployment benefits to the 800,000 Americans and 2,800 Rhode Islanders whose benefits expired on December 28, 2002.  If Congress does not act soon, Langevin warned, over 1 million additional American workers, including 5,200 in Rhode Island, will see their benefits run out by the end of March.

 “I want to thank the people of Rhode Island’s Second Congressional District who have entrusted me with such a great responsibility.  I will continue to ensure that their voice and concerns are heard in Washington,” said Congressman Langevin.  “We have many issues to tackle during the upcoming session: providing affordable health care to all Americans, especially children; improving access to quality public education; protecting our national security; and getting people back to work and our economy back on track.”  

“While I remain steadfast in my commitment to our war on terror, I will not ignore the critical domestic problems facing our nation,” Langevin added.