FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 20, 2010
U.S. Senate Moves to Pass Benefits Extension and Do Right by American Workers
Following is a statement by Elizabeth Lower-Basch, CLASP senior policy analyst, on the U.S. Senate clearing the way to extend unemployment insurance benefits.
"Since early June, millions of struggling workers have been waiting for the Senate to put politics aside and do the right thing for workers and their families. Long-term unemployment is the highest it's been since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began keeping track. Extraordinary circumstances require extraordinary action.
"Workers of all income levels have been affected by this, the worst job market in more than 20 years, but low-income families have been hardest hit. They are least able to deal with the vagaries of the economy and political whims. Extending unemployment insurance benefits means more families can keep a roof over their heads and put food on the table. The Senate's action today is long overdue. "