Hoyer Statement on Senate Passage of Unemployment Insurance Extension

For Immediate Release:

April 7, 2014

Contact:

Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Senate passed a renewal of emergency unemployment insurance:

“Today, the Senate took important action to renew emergency unemployment insurance for the more than 2.8 million Americans who have had this critical assistance cut off since it expired at the end of December.  The bipartisan legislation passed by the Senate today by a bipartisan vote of 59-38 will provide much-needed help to those who have been struggling to find jobs for months and who worry about being able to make ends meet and support their families. 

“Now it is up to the House to pass this legislation, and I hope the Republicans who control the chamber will allow the Senate’s bipartisan agreement to come to the Floor for a vote without delay.  Unless the House takes action, another 72,000 Americans, on average, will lose this assistance each week.  We must work together to prevent another week going by before emergency unemployment insurance is restored.”  

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