FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2010
Senate Once Again Fails to Pass Critical Jobs Legislation
(Washington, D.C.) Following is a statement by Elizabeth Lower-Basch, senior policy analyst at CLASP, the Center for Law and Social Policy, regarding the Senate's failure today to pass the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes and Preventing Outsourcing Act of 2010.
"The Senate once again failed to pass a bill that would extend unemployment insurance and provide other desperately needed support to those most severely affected by the recession. This failure harms the nation's most vulnerable families and risks damaging the fragile recovery. The nation largely agrees that the unprecedented economic slowdown requires bold policy solutions, yet senators have yet to come to a reasonable compromise. Lawmakers should set aside their partisan differences and pass this important legislation. Unemployed workers and vulnerable families can't afford to wait."