April 10, 2014
By Lee Saunders, AFSCME President
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement April 7, 2014 on the Senate's approval of jobless aid to millions of Americans. Washington, DC – "Earlier today, the Senate passed long-overdue legislation to restore emergency unemployment insurance to more than 2 million Americans.
While we applaud the bipartisan work that made today's passage possible, this is a program that never should have been allowed to expire. Millions of Americans and their families depend on these benefits to put food on the table and keep the lights on while they continue to find stable work with a living wage. It's a shame that political obstruction in the U.S. Senate held up this vital aid for more than three months.