Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Senate Unemployment Insurance Deal
Posted On: Mar 18, 2014
If the Senate acts swiftly and responsibly it looks like 2 million jobless Americans may be closer to getting relief in the form of emergency unemployment insurance. We will have to look closely at what a final deal looks like and whether it adds additional burden to workers who are already struggling. But it is a good sign that there is bi-partisan agreement and that the Senate is working together to get this done. Every day that goes by where families have to decide between heating bills and putting gas in the car to drive to a job interview is a day that we are failing America’s workers. The Senate should act immediately to extend unemployment benefits and the House should quickly follow.