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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Senate Failure to Renew Emergency Unemployment Insurance

Today the Senate once again failed to approve an extension of emergency unemployment insurance, 40 days after the benefit was allowed to lapse.  The bill fell short by one Republican vote.  Just one vote prevented 1.7 million Americans from receiving a desperately needed lifeline.  On Monday I joined Sheri Minkoff, an unemployed worker and single mother from Pittsburgh, in urging the Senate to help the millions of workers who are struggling.  Sheri, like so many others, worked for years before losing her job in an economy that isn’t adding jobs nearly fast enough.  Despite her experience, she has been unable to find work and has even been forced to dip into her son’s savings to pay for essentials.  No family should have to experience what Sheri has, especially when there are not enough jobs for those who want to work.  We urge the House and the Senate to make this right for Sheri and so many others.  And we will not stop fighting until it happens.

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