Pelosi Statement on Senate Passage of Unemployment Insurance Extension

Apr 7, 2014
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Senate passed a five-month extension of emergency unemployment insurance by a bipartisan vote of 59-38:

“Today, the Senate took the responsible step, with Democrats and Republicans coming together to restore emergency unemployment insurance.  Now, it’s the House’s turn to follow suit.  It’s time for House Republicans to drop their immoral, unconscionable opposition to the UI extension.

“Instead, Republicans have decided to leave more than two million men and women out in the cold – with thousands joining their ranks each day.  These Americans worked hard, played by the rules, and lost their jobs through no fault of their own.  As they seek new work, they’ve lost an essential lifeline to help them endure the crisis of unemployment, to ensure they can pay the bills, cover the mortgage, put food on the table, and make ends meet.  As long as Republicans refuse to act, our economy will lose jobs, and consumers and businesses will suffer. 

“Democrats have offered our Republican colleagues multiple opportunities to do the right thing and restore UI.  We have put forward a petition to demand a vote on this measure immediately.  But Republicans still say ‘no.’  With the Senate’s action today, there is no excuse for inaction.  It’s long past time to renew UI.”

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