Senate approves 5-month extension of federal emergency unemployment compensation

Sen. Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island) SOURCE: reed.senate.gov

The Senate yesterday voted to extend the federal emergency unemployment compensation for months.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island) and Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nevada), was passed by a 59 to 38 vote more than three months after unemployment benefits expired for 1.3 million Americans in late December.

Read more: List of 38 Republican senators who voted against a 5-month extension of unemployment benefits

Senate Republicans filibustered two prior attempts in January and February to extend unemployment benefits to help workers who have been laid off for more than 6 months.

Read more: Spotlight: Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation

The extension would help more than 2.3 million long-term unemployed job seekers, including 227,249 veterans, by restoring their emergency unemployment benefits until June 1.

“Millions of Americans are struggling to find work,” said Reed. “The U.S. Senate finally passed a bipartisan bill to provide them some targeted, temporary relief. Restoring unemployment insurance is the right thing to do and this is a critical moment to get it done.”

The Reed-Heller extension will be moved to the House for a vote.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said that given the Senate’s bipartisan vote “there is no excuse for inaction” by House Republicans.

“It’s time for House Republicans to drop their immoral, unconscionable opposition to the UI extension,” said Pelosi. “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.”

Pelosi added, “As long as Republicans refuse to act, our economy will lose jobs, and consumers and businesses will suffer.”

 

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