04/02/2014 12:41 pm ET Updated Apr 02, 2014

Sandy Levin: GOP Can't Say The Unemployed Aren't Looking For Work

Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) stressed the importance of extending unemployment insurance on HuffPost Live on Tuesday.

Levin said that "[the GOP] can't say that people aren't looking for work when they are."

"If we could hear the stories of 2 million-plus people I think this fight would be over," Levin said. "I think the American people would say ... let's extend unemployment insurance."

The Senate advanced an extension of unemployment insurance on Wednesday, setting up final passage as soon as Thursday, but the bill faces a showdown in the House of Representatives before it can become law.

On Tuesday, Levin explained that he has heard from an overwhelming number of people who have worked most of their lives but are now without a job, saying, "Look, I want a job. But while I look and can't find one, I just want something to help me keep looking for a job and, yes, to feed my stomach but also to keep me going."

Levin said the House GOP "can't say it isn't paid for because it is. They can't say that it can't be implemented because it can be."

He said that after Senate passage "the spotlight is going to be on the House of Representatives and there's really going to be no place to hide."

Watch the video above.



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