Wednesday, March 10, 1954
March 10, 1954
JFK was in Washington, D.C. where he gave a speech in front of the Senate Finance Committee on the Reed bill dealing with unemployment compensation – HR 5173.
He spoke for about 25 minutes and was strongly supportive of expanding coverage, detailing in specific terms the need of his Massachusetts constituents. He argued for covering workers who worked in firms with less than eight employees, raising weekly benefit levels, and increasing the taxable wage base.