Washington, D.C. – The Senate failed to pass measures to restore Extended Unemployment Compensation (EUC) for long-term jobless workers. With a 42 to 55 vote, Republicans blocked moving ahead on extending benefits for the unemployed.
Observers believe that more attempts will be made to push for assistance to the 1.7 million unemployed who have been left without benefits.
Congress allowed the benefits to lapse in December. The result has been extreme hardship for the unemployed, with many facing utility shut offs, home foreclosures, and hunger.
By failing to demand that extending unemployment benefits was a part of December’s budget agreement, the Congress’s Democratic leadership helped to set the stage for the cuts.