ABQ man calls on Congress for benefits

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man is calling on Congress to restore unemployment benefits.

Coby Messier was at Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

Messier was a sheet metal worker for 14 years, but was laid off. He has been unemployed for almost a year.

He is now one of the more than a million and a half Americans recently cut off from unemployment benefits, a hot topic during President Barack Obama’s speech.

Messier talked about how he and his family are living paycheck to paycheck.

Last night, he pleaded with Congress to step in and help.

“So please, Congress, come together and let’s come together as Americans and get this passed, please,” Messier said.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he’s seeking votes for a new measure aimed at extending jobless benefits for another three months for people who have been out of work the longest.

He did not provide details on how that would be paid for.

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