Trumka: Budget Should Help Unemployed, Protect Government Workers and Pensions

December 11, 2013

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s statement on the budget deal reached by congressional negotiators calls on Congress to extend unemployment benefits:

It is shocking that Republicans have refused to include an extension of unemployment benefits in today’s budget agreement. At the end of December, federal unemployment benefits will expire for 1.3 million jobless workers. Lawmakers must not desert these workers by going home for their own holidays without extending the federal unemployment benefits program. 

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