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Pelosi Statement on Republicans Voting to Block Extending Unemployment Insurance

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after the House Republicans voted against House Democrats’ effort to bring up legislation to extend emergency unemployment insurance for the three months.  This is the second time in two months House Democrats have offered a motion to force a vote on extending unemployment insurance.

“Once again, House Republicans have demonstrated a callous and shameful disregard for millions of hardworking Americans facing economic hardship.

“Each week, another 72,000 Americans join the 1.4 million who have already lost much-needed financial support after Republicans failed to extend unemployment insurance last month.  These are men and women – our neighbors, family, and friends – who worked hard, played by the rules, and lost their jobs through no fault of their own.  Instead of joining Democrats in our effort to renew this lifeline for three months, they refused to even consider a vote on legislation that had received bipartisan support in the Senate.

“Republicans’ insistence on leaving Americans out in the cold has already cost state economies $400 million and could cost our country 240,000 jobs this year.  This is exactly the kind of shortsighted and immoral position that American families cannot afford.  It is long past time for House Republicans to stop demanding giveaways for big corporations and the wealthy and to start dedicating every working hour to strengthening the economic security of all Americans.”