July 20, 2010

Whitehouse Praises Critical Senate Vote on Unemployment Extension

Washington, DC – With millions of Americans still struggling to find work in this difficult economy, the U.S. Senate today took action to assist those in need by extending emergency unemployment insurance benefits through November 30. According to the Department of Labor, around 6,000 Rhode Islanders have lost their unemployment benefits since Republicans began blocking the extension in May. Today, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement regarding the cloture vote on the extension of these important benefits.

“After far too many weeks of watching Republican obstruction in the United States Senate, tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders can now breathe a sigh of relief that we’ve finally extended unemployment insurance benefits. This extension will boost our economy as these dollars quickly flow into local businesses, and families out of work will know that they can put food on the table while our economy struggles to recover.”

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