(Washington, DC) – After the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act (S.1845) cleared a major 60-vote procedural hurdle in the Senate today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called on Congress to pass thelegislation to protect million of long-term unemployed in Connecticut and across the country. Now, the Senate will proceed to debate on the bill.
“Today’s vote is a critically important step toward breaking congressional gridlock on economic progress. It shows that Congress is listening – as I have done in Connecticut – to countless Americans who are struggling to find jobs and are devastated by the emotional and financial toll of long-term joblessness. Unemployment insurance is a crucial lifeline that allows millions of unemployed Americans in Connecticut and across the country to keep a roof over their heads, clothes on their backs, and food on their tables. My hope is Congress will fight for these Americans – as I’ll continue to do.”