A new Washington Post report further details the mess that Senate Republicans created when they let emergency unemployment relief expire nearly a month ago. Trump’s unemployment stunt – a chaotic executive order enabled by Senate Republicans – “may only provide [a] three week boost” and some states even fear that the “confusing criteria may prevent them from sending any new aid at all.”
After Senate Republicans wasted weeks bickering among themselves and insisting they didn’t see “a big need” to extend the critical emergency unemployment relief for millions, President Trump announced executive orders that would gut Social Security and Medicare, “create confusion,” and cause “a financial headache” for many states who already face “multibillion-dollar budget shortfalls.” Now, millions of Americans are unlikely to get any lasting relief.
Despite creating “an urgent crisis” by blocking expanded unemployment relief, Mitch McConnell and his caucus are on day five of their latest summer vacation as millions of Americans remain out of work and face difficulty providing for their families. Senate Republicans’ August recess comes after they refused to extend a critical lifeline and also blocked critical funding for the Postal Service – putting voting rights at risk, delaying the delivery of Social Security payments and prescription drugs for veterans and seniors, and harming small businesses.
Are Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans still blocking urgently needed relief? Yes.
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Washington Post: Trump’s unemployment extension may only provide three-week boost, federal guidance reveals
By Tony Romm