Tom Cotton has nothing but disdain for unemployed workers, including thousands of Arkansans who are looking for work. Cotton stands with reckless Washington special interests and the Tea Party and against providing assistance to Arkansans who are searching for a job. Cotton opposes extending unemployment insurance for Arkansans looking for work.
Cotton’s irresponsible economic agenda has already caused long-term jobless insurance to expire for 9,300 Arkansans who have been looking for work for at least 26 weeks, denying families crucial relief they need and costing Arkansas’ economy nearly $2.7 million in the first week alone. As Cotton and Republicans in Washington continue to block the renewal of long-term unemployment benefits, Arkansas families and the economy will continue to pay the price, costing families and the state’s economy more every day.
“By opposing an extension of unemployment insurance for Arkansans looking for work, Tom Cotton has shown nothing but disdain for unemployed workers in his state,” said Justin Barasky, a spokesman at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “Yet again Cotton’s reckless and irresponsible economic agenda is hurting hard working Arkansans and the state’s economy. Cotton’s allegiance is to Washington special interests and the Tea Party, and not Arkansans searching for work. This proves once again that Tom Cotton is wrong for Arkansas.”
Polls show that a majority of Americans stand with Democrats to renew unemployment benefits. A recent Hart Research poll shows 55% of voters say Congress should act to maintain unemployment benefits. As GOP Senate candidates stand against unemployed American workers, Democrats will continue to hold Republicans accountable and fight for hardworking families by working to extend unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans, increase the minimum wage, create jobs, and strengthen the middle class.
Cotton Did Not Support Extending Unemployment Benefits. On the Alice Stewart Show, Cotton said: “Well, I support the traditional program of unemployment benefits of 26 weeks that help people, when they lose their job, to get back on their feet. Extended unemployment benefits is not a long-term solution, though.” [Alice Stewart Show, 12/12/13] (audio)