Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today as the number of Americans who have lost access to emergency unemployment insurance reached 3 million this week:
“With 3 million Americans now cut off from the emergency unemployment insurance that ought to be there to help them make ends meet while they continue to look for jobs, Congress must act – and act now. Republican obstruction has blocked a restoration of this emergency insurance since December, and those who have been struggling to find work the longest are bearing the heaviest cost of Congress’s inaction.
“Congress ought to be working tirelessly to restore this emergency support for the long-term unemployed while moving forward with legislation, such as Make It In America bills, that will make it easier for them to find the jobs they seek. The Senate acted in a bipartisan way to restore emergency unemployment insurance in April, and I urge House Republicans to work with Democrats to do the same in the House without delay, or else an additional 72,000 Americans who have been desperately seeking jobs will, on average, continue to lose access to this insurance every week. We must not let that happen.”