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Washington, D.C. (Jul 14) – The Democratic Leadership held a news conference this afternoon announcing the vote for unemployment extensions will come Tuesday morning after the appointment for Senator Byrd’s replacement is sworn in.
Senator Majority Leader Reid (D-NV), along with Democrats from the House blasted the Republican Party regarding their filibuster against the unemployed. Reid stated the GOP filibuster has prevented more than 2.1 million unemployed Americans from receiving checks, is designated to crater the economy. “They’re betting on failure. They think the worse the economy is come November, the better they’re going to do election wise,” said Reid. “Almost two million people who are long-term unemployed. These are not numbers. They are people.”
To date the House has present several bills to aid the unemployed all to which, have been blocked in the Senate by the Republican Party.
House Democrats during the news conference highlighted statements from the Republicans suggesting that extending unemployment benefits would prevent the unemployed from looking for work. Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV) stated, “I’ve heard this absolute nonsense from the other side of the aisle that we better not extend unemployment benefits because people are going to get used to them. As if, people enjoy living on the brink. The insult of that is beyond me.”
Representative Sander Levin (D-MI) pointed out that due to the fact that unemployed American’s receive their checks electronically there are fewer places for reporters to meet and communicate their stories to the public. To make certain the unemployed got a voice, Representative Levin invited several unemployed to come to the Capital and join the Press Conference.
To date, America’s unemployed have been denied every chance to provide for their families by the Republican Party and have relied heavily upon the Democratic Leadership for assistance. It would appear that once again, that leadership would prevail for America’s unemployed.