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Senate blocks unemployment benefits again

In case you haven’t heard, the Senate blocked — via a GOP filibuster — an extension of unemployment benefits again yesterday.

This is a devastating blow to the 1.3 million Americans (and 20,000 North Carolinians) who will lose their benefits. Many of these — like the gentleman who called me yesterday, wondering what he’d do if this happened — are worried about how they’ll pay the rent, buy food, and pay bills.

Needless to say, 20,000 people unable to buy the basic necessities of life will also harm the state economy.

People are hurting. Congress needs to pass a real jobs bill that relieves that suffering, stimulates economic growth, and avoid the path toward Hoovervilles.

2 Comments


  1. UCubed

    July 1, 2010 at 10:57 am

    call Burr and let him know how you feel. It’s interesting that his campaign web site has absolutely NOTHING about the joblessness crisis.

  2. […] Carolina Policy Watch estimates that when the last vote to extend unemployment insurance failed, 20,000 North Carolinians lost their […]

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