Senate Democrats

The Fight Continues to Help the Unemployed

It’s been two months since Congress began debating The American Jobs, Closing Tax Loopholes and Preventing Outsourcing Act, which includes, among other provisions, tax cuts for businesses and extends unemployment insurance through most of 2010. At every turn, Republicans have denied the Senate the chance to pass meaningful legislation that would help the unemployed. The GOP has begun to argue that if you cut off unemployment benefits, that will motivate out-of-work Americans to gain employment. Democrats couldn’t disagree more. "The notion that you’re going to cut off somebody’s unemployment insurance and have them go out and find a job is just plain nuts," said Whitehouse.   Last night, Senators Stabenow, Casey, Merkley and Whitehouse led an effort to pass an extension of emergency unemployment benefits. Republicans, as they have for weeks, objected to moving the legislation to a vote.    With 15 million Americans looking for work and more than half receiving unemployment benefits, Senate Democrats will not give up the fight to provide critical assistance to those most in need despite Republican objections. "Many people haven’t seen this many people out of work since the Great Depression. When we look at the states where there are more than 1 in 10 people who’ve lost their jobs through no fault of their own, we see a picture that is, in fact, America."