Today the Senate will hold it’s eighth vote to extend unemployment insurance for millions of out-of-work Americans. The debate surrounding the moral and economic case for helping those most in need has been going on for so long because Republicans have been standing in the way for so long.
On seven previous votes the majority of Republicans have said “no” to America’s unemployed. As an explanation of their obstructionism, a top Republican Senator incredulously claimed that unemployment assistance is a ‘disincentive for [jobless Americans] to seek new work.’ Another senior Republican Senator said that these Americans ‘don’t want to go look for work.’ A third senior member of the GOP justified his efforts to block the bill by saying, ‘We should not be giving cash to people who basically are just going to blow it on drugs.’
It shouldn’t take a supermajority of our Senators to do what’s right. Democrats see the struggles their constituents are going through. They haven’t given up, so Democrats couldn’t give up either. That’s why we’ll keep fighting for them.