Senate Democrats

Reid Spokesman: Republican Message To The Middle Class: Tough Luck

Washington, DC— Jim Manley, spokesman for Nevada Senator Harry Reid, released the following statement this afternoon following President Obama’s remarks to urge Republicans to stop blocking assistance to unemployed Americans:
 
“The ‘Party of No’ has been the ‘Party of No Leadership’ on the economy.  Just look at its record: when Republicans were in charge, they put special interests and big corporations ahead of the middle class, driving our economy into a ditch.  Now, they are protecting tax breaks for CEOs who outsource jobs while blocking policies that actually create jobs, like tax cuts for small businesses and a safety net for workers hurt by Republicans’ job-killing policies.
 
“To middle-class families who continue to be burned by their job-killing policies, Republicans have only one thing to say: ‘tough luck.’  If Republicans keep pushing their job-killing agenda, they’re going to drive our economy back into a recession.”
TIMELINE OF GOP OPPOSITION TO EXTENDING UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE THIS YEAR ALONE

Unemployment Insurance Extension

GOP Vote

3/9/2010         Cloture vote to end GOP Filibuster and Move to Up or Down Vote

80% NO

3/10/2010       Temporary Extension of UI

85% NO

4/12/2010       Cloture vote to end GOP Filibuster and Move to Up or Down Vote

93% NO

4/15/2010       Temporary Extension of UI

93% NO

6/17/2010       Cloture vote to end GOP Filibuster and Move to Up or Down Vote

93% NO

6/24/2010       Cloture vote to end GOP Filibuster and Move to Up or Down Vote

98% NO

6/30/2010       Cloture vote to end GOP Filibuster and Move to Up or Down Vote

88% NO

7/20/ 2010      Temporary Extension of UI

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