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Republicans Say Delay In Coronavirus Relief “Was Timed Right” As Emergency Unemployment Relief Lapses & Hiring “Slowed Dramatically”

DSCC spokesperson Stewart Boss issued the following statement on reports that U.S. hiring “slowed dramatically” as Republicans in the Senate proposed gutting the emergency unemployment relief:

“Senate Republicans are defending their irresponsible delay in passing additional coronavirus relief, arguing it ‘was timed right’ even as more than 31 million unemployed Americans go without the extra support they need to stay afloat and pay their bills. Mitch McConnell and vulnerable GOP incumbents spent months insisting that the expanded jobless relief was a ‘mistake’ and that they didn’t see ‘a big need’ to extend it — now, they are facing increasing political fallout for allowing this lifeline to lapse. Republicans can try all they want to point fingers, but voters know exactly who is to blame for this crisis.”

A new nonpartisan report out this week revealed that “U.S. hiring slowed dramatically in July” as coronavirus cases surged. The new numbers mark “a sharp falloff” and suggest that “almost no sector of the U.S. economy has been untouched.” Despite the alarming report, Senate Republicans are actively fighting to cut the emergency unemployment relief even as experts largely agree that “getting rid of extended jobless benefits would come with a big economic hit.”

Read this timeline to see how Senate Republicans knowingly caused this crisis by wasting months instead of working to extend the now-expired unemployment relief program. 

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