DSCC spokesperson Stewart Boss issued the following statement on the ongoing unemployment crisis and impending fiscal cliff that millions of Americans face as Senate Republicans refuse to act in time to extend expanded emergency unemployment relief:
“By dragging their feet and refusing to extend bipartisan coronavirus relief policies, Mitch McConnell’s Senate is making this crisis even worse for workers across the country who’ve lost their jobs and are in economic turmoil. Now, thanks to the obstruction of Senate Republicans, millions of Americans are facing a catastrophic fiscal cliff as the expanded emergency unemployment benefits that have kept so many hardworking families afloat are set to run out at the end of the month. This did not have to be yet another manufactured Washington trainwreck, and GOP senators will have to answer to voters for their harmful and out of touch response to this devastating pandemic.”
For weeks now, reports have spotlighted how “millions of American workers are suffering from economic whiplash” as they are laid off for the second time, that “the already struggling U.S. economy has begun to show signs of another shock,” and how allowing the additional emergency unemployment relief to expire will put a further “financial squeeze” on communities. And despite an overwhelming majority of voters supporting an extension of the expanded emergency unemployment relief, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans chose to take a two-week summer break instead of working on solutions in Washington.
Now, because of Senate Republicans’ inaction, the $600 per week emergency unemployment relief “will likely lapse before more aid is passed.”
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POLITICO: $600 weekly jobless benefit will likely lapse before more aid is passed
By Rebecca Rainey
July 14, 2020
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