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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Udall Calls on Repubs to Stop Delaying Passage of Unemployment Benefits Extension

Senator Tom Udall today called on Senate Republicans to stop blocking legislation to extend unemployment benefits to jobless Americans who are struggling to put food on the table as they search for new jobs and train for new careers.

Legislation to extend benefits to 1.9 million out-of-work Americans has widespread support among Democrats, but passage has been delayed because of stall tactics by Republicans opposed to the bill. The legislation would provide a 14-week extension of benefits for unemployed workers in New Mexico, where 7.5 percent of residents are unemployed – up from 4.3 percent a year ago, according to a statement released by Udall's office.

“These benefits are a lifeline for hardworking Americans who are out of work through no fault of their own and are struggling to find stable, good-paying jobs to support themselves and their families," Sen. Udall said. "By extending this insurance, more Americans will have the peace of mind and support they need while they work to get a new job. These benefits aren’t a hand out – they are a benefit earned through years of hard work by people facing extraordinarily difficult circumstances. Although we’re seeing signs of economic recovery, times are still very tough for displaced New Mexico workers on the front lines of this recession, and we must do everything we can to help them pull through.”

According to an article in the Washington Independent, Republicans hope to quash or at least delay Senate action on the legislation by attempting to add controversial amendments:

Republicans are hoping to attach a number of amendments related to ACORN and immigration — provisions that have delayed floor action on the UI bill indefinitely, according to the offices of both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

The Republican amendments include at least two provisions related to ACORN; one related to the E-Verify program; one to pay for the UI benefits with unspent stimulus money; and one providing tax relief.

In other words, Republicans are once again putting politics before the urgent needs of Americans who are suffering thanks to a sputtering economy -- one that was created in large part by their own ideology. Shameless is the word that comes to mind.

As a recent New York Times editorial says:

Every day that the Republicans continue to block an extension — fighting over amendments to the bill or delaying a vote — means thousands more Americans pushed closer to the edge of despair.

October 21, 2009 at 12:19 PM in Economy, Populism, Jobs, NM Congressional Delegation, Republican Party, Sen. Tom Udall, Unemployment | Permalink

Comments

It just tells me that Repulican Senators' line of thinking is typical of the rich man, who cannot any longer relate to people who struggle to pay the rent and never had the connections or capital like they have. I just can't see how their ideology will survive or how they have won elections through the years. The voting public now is a lot more intelligent collectively.All a party or a politician had to do in the past was to make people afraid of the non-white or non-traditional, as GBush Sr against Dukakis campaign tactics and rhetoric indicated, and they could be persuaded. The last election proved that they can't longer persuade the voting public to swing one way or another by the fear of the non-traditional or non-white.They are playing harder to look tough even if their constituents would prefer the extension as soon as posible.

Posted by: Danny v | Oct 21, 2009 4:24:13 PM