DSCC spokesperson Stewart Boss issued the following statement on the ongoing unemployment crisis and recent reports detailing the impending “fiscal cliff” that American workers are facing:
“As coronavirus cases surge in states across the country and millions of Americans remain out of work or lose their jobs all over again, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have abandoned their responsibilities. Instead of working to improve the response to this public health and economic crisis, Republicans are punting on federal support for state and local governments, vowing to gut enhanced unemployment relief that has become an essential lifeline for hardworking families, and even plowing forward with a dangerous lawsuit that would strike down the entire health care law. It did not have to be this bad and voters won’t forget that GOP senators enabled this disastrous, incompetent response to the coronavirus pandemic.”
Now, as the U.S. leads the world in the number of reported coronavirus cases and deaths and the surging pandemic halts the country’s economic recovery, new reports detail the grim financial reality that many Americans are facing. A Washington Post report spotlights how “millions of American workers are suffering from economic whiplash” as they are laid off for the second time, and a new POLITICO report bluntly exposes the grim reality of the job market and how “the already struggling U.S. economy has begun to show signs of another shock.”
Despite reports of American workers being “on even shakier financial ground as they topple into yet another period without a job” and facing a “fiscal cliff,” Senate Republicans are pledging to oppose extending the enhanced unemployment relief that passed Congress with bipartisan support earlier this year and have repeatedly “dismissed calls for immediate additional legislation.”
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