DSCC spokesperson Stewart Boss issued the following statement on the new report that jobless claims rose again this week while Republicans in the Senate proposed gutting the emergency unemployment relief that they already let expire this past weekend:
“Last week as more than 1.4 million Americans filed new jobless claims so they can feed their families and pay their bills, Senate Republicans let that emergency unemployment aid run out. When the corporate special interests wanted a massive permanent tax giveaway, Mitch McConnell and the GOP majority didn’t stop until it was done — but now that hardworking families need a lifeline, Senate Republicans have shown no urgency and instead are working to cut unemployment relief. There’s no agreement in sight, but GOP senators are getting ready to take yet another long weekend. In a few months, voters will give them all the time off they want.”
Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans spent months refusing to work on additional coronavirus relief, wasted weeks bickering among themselves, and then waited until the last minute to unveil an unemployment proposal that would cut payments and is so complicated it “would take months for some states to implement.” Now millions of Americans are about to lose the support that has helped keep them afloat during this crisis, and the Republicans lapse on emergency unemployment relief is threatening to “rattle the entire economy.” The GOP proposal is so complicated that even Republicans have “little confidence” in it — in fact, Georgia’s Republican labor commissioner called the Senate GOP proposal “the dumbest idea ever.”
By Arthur Delaney and Igor Bobic
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