Cope, a retired Army officer and businessman from Midlothian, is challenging Sen. John Cornyn in the March 4 Republican primary. He said the three-month unemployment benefits extension under consideration in the Senate following a procedural vote on Tuesday is a tough call. That's because unemployed Americans are the unwilling victims of the Obama administration's failed economic policies, yet the benefits can't go on forever.
"I feel for those whose unemployment benefits have run out. They would prefer to be working, but that's not an option for them now," Cope said. "The nominal 7 percent jobless rate is a phony number, thanks to the shrinking labor force. The honest rate would be well over 11 percent."
Cope said he does agree with Senators such as Rand Paul of Kentucky, who has made the point that long-term extension of employment benefits holds people back from taking available jobs and prolongs unemployment. That's why Cope said he would insist that this is the last such extension, and that it must be paid for out of cuts elsewhere in the federal budget.
"Otherwise, the people who are still working will just have to pay even more in taxes to cover this expense, or we end up borrowing the $6.4 billion and adding it to the national debt," Cope said, "a debt that Democrats and too many Republicans, including Sen. Cornyn, have helped to run up to $17 trillion."
Information about the campaign and Cope's positions on the issues confronting Texans and all of America can be found at the campaign website, www.CopeTexas.com, and the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/