DSCC spokesperson Stewart Boss issued the following statement on reports that another 1.4 million Americans filed new jobless claims this past week while Senate Republicans continued to block a full extension of emergency unemployment relief:
“Republicans made clear again this week that they will only act with urgency when it suits their political interests, like moving with unprecedented speed to try to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court before the election even while refusing for months to extend emergency unemployment relief in the middle of a pandemic and economic crisis. It’s wrong and the ‘anger’ directed at Senate Republicans for failing Americans in this crisis is well-deserved.”
Senate Republicans let emergency unemployment relief expire on July 31 and then went on a month-long recess — only to return and continue to block a full extension. Despite the alarming reports and grim warnings that the U.S. economy remains at risk, Mitch McConnell and his caucus are ignoring the urgent needs of millions of hardworking families and have instead decided to focus on rushing to fill a lifetime appointment before Americans have a chance to make their voices heard.
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