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:
“Senate Republicans have let Americans who are out of work go more than two months without unemployment relief as they struggle to pay the bills, buy groceries, and stay in their homes during a pandemic. When it came to rushing a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court just days before the election, however, Mitch McConnell and his caucus didn’t waste a moment. Their priorities are wrong and out of touch, and the ‘anger’ directed at Republicans for failing the country during this crisis is well-deserved.”
After letting emergency unemployment aid expire in July, Senate Republicans took a month-long vacation and left millions of Americans without relief — only to return to Washington but continue to block relief. Senate Republicans’ inadequate response to this public health crisis has been to push a stunt bill that even President Trump said didn’t meet Americans’ needs. Now because of Senate Republicans’ lack of action, the temporary patchwork replacement that still cut benefits is set to expire and “tens of millions of Americans are dealing with uncertain futures.”
Now, alarming new reports detail how millions of Americans have been thrust into a “sudden peril” as they’re left to deal with the worst economic crisis in more than a generation without Washington’s help. Senate Republicans’ inaction has left millions of Americans on the edge of a “financial precipice,” but Mitch McConnell and his caucus have decided to focus on rushing to fill a lifetime vacancy and ignore the urgent needs of millions of hardworking families.
By Tony Romm
October 1, 2020