Washington, DC – In a press statement, March 31, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, “Notwithstanding this opposition to extending unemployment benefits I am confident we will pass this bipartisan legislation here in the Senate this week. Once passed, the matter is then in the hands of the Republicans who control the House of Representatives.”
The Senate measure would reinstate jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed and includes retroactive payments.
The cut of long-term jobless benefits at the end of last year has impacted nearly more than 2 million workers. Many are losing their homes and face car repossessions and utility shut offs.
Many Republican politicians assert that the unemployed are the cause of high unemployment rates. Congressional Democrats failed the unemployed when they did not insist that Extended Unemployment Compensation was included in the December 2013 budget accord.