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Unemployment Insurance cannot be a partisan game

This weekend, unemployment benefits for 30 million Americans will start to expire.

Why?

Because Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell don't care enough to renew them.

Let's not sugarcoat this: Americans are unemployed because this administration has failed this country in its handling the COVID-19 pandemic in the most spectacularly reckless and incompetent ways possible. And now, Senate Republicans have decided to leave town for the weekend without renewing this critical lifeline for workers.

Make no mistake: should these benefits lapse, the impact on our country's economy will be catastrophic. And like too many problems in our nation, this one would hit hardest in communities of color, which are already bearing the brunt of this health crisis.

These payments have helped millions remain housed, fed, and able to keep their families safe and sustained. These are essential lifelines, and Republicans have to stop playing partisan games and focus on the people we actually represent, not just those who fill their PAC coffers.

Republicans will move mountains for corporations and special interests, but when it comes to workers their message is loud and clear: you're on your own.

No worker should be punished for Donald Trump's failures. I'm fighting every day to make sure that McConnell and Trump's power struggle doesn't cut working families off from this critical lifeline while the pandemic continues to rage throughout our nation.

Ron

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Posted on July 22, 2020.

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