Senate Democrats

Senators, Unemployed Worker Discuss Democratic Efforts To Extend Unemployment Benefits

Washington, DC—Democratic Senators Debbie Stabenow, Sherrod Brown and Sheldon Whitehouse held a press conference today with Virginia Hoover, a single mother who was laid off from her job last November, to discuss Democrats’ efforts to extend unemployment benefits.  In May the U.S. economy lost jobs for the fifth straight month, including the single largest monthly increase in unemployment – from 5 percent to 5.5 percent – since 1986.  Democrats know we cannot afford to wait while this problem only worsens; we have an obligation to act now.

“Middle-class families across Michigan and across our country are struggling to put food on the table when there’s an unexpected job loss,” Stabenow said.  “The extension of unemployment insurance not only provides support when families need it the most, it is one of the fastest, most effective ways to stimulate our economy.  This extension is a small step in providing relief for middle-class families that are being squeezed on all sides.”

Said Brown: “Fundamentally-flawed trade and economic policies have crippled communities and devastated families across the country.  For many Ohio families, unemployment insurance is their only economic lifeline.  It’s time for Republicans to stop their obstructionist ways and support American workers and their families.  It’s time to extend unemployment insurance.”

“Millions of Americans are pounding the pavement each and every day, looking for work to support themselves and their families,” Whitehouse said.  “The Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act could help over 3 million Americans pay the mortgage or rent and feed their families as they continue to navigate an uncertain job market.”

Said Hoover: “After getting laid off of my job last November because of downsizing, I have been working hard to find a job while putting myself through school and raising my 12-year-old daughter.  In this struggling economy, it has been difficult to find another job.  It is essential that Congress pass this legislation to extend unemployment benefits and I call on the President to sign it into law to help the many unemployed workers across the country in a similar situation to mine.”