Emergency unemployment relief is set to expire tomorrow, after Senate Republicans “wasted” the past week “bickering” among themselves instead of working on an actual plan to renew this desperately needed aid. Republicans’ “embarrassing” infighting stalled the extension of a program that has been a critical lifeline for millions of hardworking families, and is supported by an overwhelming majority of voters.
Senate Republicans are trying “to downplay the episode” even as they are privately “flabbergasted” by the delays. The reality is that Mitch McConnell and his caucus “were supposed to be ready for this moment.” For weeks, reports have detailed how “millions of American workers are suffering from economic whiplash” and allowing the additional emergency unemployment relief to expire would put a further “financial squeeze” on communities.
But instead of working on solutions to avert this mess, Republicans took a two-week summer break in the middle of July. Now Senate Republicans have left Washington again for the weekend — still no closer to having a plan, and leaving millions of Americans across the country in the lurch.
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POLITICO: Republican infighting leads to embarrassing setback on aid
By Marianne Levine and Jonathan Bresnahan
July 23, 2020
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