In addition to the two million recipients who lost benefits at the end of last year, each additional week another 73,000 Americans will lose those benefits — “benefits that help them keep food on the table and a roof over their heads while they search for a job,” as Sen. Reid noted.
“All 42 Republicans need to answer for this vote,” writes Bill Scher at Campaign for America’s Future. “Why did they decide now was the time to cut off aid to the long-term unemployed, when we could help them at no cost to the taxpayers, at a time when there are three unemployed workers for every one job opening and those out of work for more than six months have the hardest time getting job interviews?”
Scher continues, “The Republican Party is now standing squarely against help for the unemployed, at any cost. And unless they shift before November, they will have to take that message to the voters.”
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