Trumka: Failure to Extend Unemployment Insurance Is 'Shameful'

February 5, 2014

On Tuesday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) to call on the Senate to pass Reed's bill that would reinstate extended unemployment insurance benefits for three months, retroactive to December. In the 38 days since the benefits lapsed for workers who have been unable to find jobs for more than six months, 1.7 million job seekers are without much-needed payments. A preliminary vote is set on the Reed bill Thursday, with Republicans expected to continue filibustering the benefit extension. If the bill fails, more than 3 million additional Americans are expected to lose benefits by the year's end.

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