A new New York Times report details how millions of Americans will be “vulnerable to eviction and hunger” if Congress fails to renew two emergency unemployment lifelines and a federal eviction moratorium that are set to expire at the end of the year. But unelected Senator Kelly Loeffler has made her position clear on extending the critical jobless aid that millions of working Americans have relied on amid the pandemic to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads:
“We don’t need incentives not to work… I am not seeing a big need to extend the federal unemployment insurance.” – Senator Kelly Loeffler, Fox News, July 22, 2020
Since much of the federal emergency unemployment aid expired more than three months ago, Loeffler and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have refused to negotiate on a serious relief effort that could pass Congress and help Americans. Instead, they took a month-long summer vacation, turned their backs on the millions of Americans who desperately need help, and pushed stunt bills that were nothing more than political cover.
“It’s easy for Senator Loeffler to not see ‘a big need’ to extend emergency unemployment relief when she can simply hop in her private jet and fly away, but she is ignoring the hardworking Georgians who have been struggling for months just to put food on the table and stay in their homes,” said DSCC spokesperson Helen Kalla. “Loeffler’s cavalier and out of touch attitude towards the hardships Georgians are facing in this pandemic is one more reason she’s not fit to represent them in the Senate.”
New York Times: Millions Face Loss of Jobless Aid: ‘Without It, I’m Dead in the Water’
By Ben Casselman