Maloney Commends Senate Vote to Restore Emergency Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Newburgh, NY - Representative Sean Patrick Maloney commended today’s key procedural vote in the U.S. Senate to consider restoring emergency unemployment benefits for three months. Passed by a vote of 60-37, the Senate bill would restore benefits for more than 110,000 New Yorkers who lost their unemployment insurance benefits – including several thousand throughout the Hudson Valley.
“Unemployment insurance is a vital investment in our economy and our communities – the refusal of some in Congress to restore this critical lifeline will cost us thousands of jobs, hurt our neighbors, and weaken our economy,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “I will continue to partner with small businesses and local communities across the Hudson Valley to create jobs and spur economic development but ending unemployment insurance for the tens of thousands of New Yorkers still struggling to find work undermines these efforts and threatens our future.”
"Today’s Senate vote is an encouraging sign that the outrage being expressed by millions of Americans over the year-end shutdown of Emergency Unemployment Compensation for 1.3 million Americans has penetrated the warmth of Senate offices even as jobless workers and their families were left out in the cold,” said Christine L. Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project. “While we are pleased the Senate has overcome this procedural barrier, we are deeply concerned that some members will attempt to convert the upcoming discussion about renewing this crucial lifeline of support into a rout on the basic unemployment insurance program or attempt to force draconian cuts in other safety net programs to pay for EUC renewal. We encourage the Senate to pass the Reed-Heller bill as introduced without further delay. And, we urge Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor to add renewal of the emergency unemployment compensation to the list of must-do items the House will take up and pass in the very near future."
Each week, an estimated 5,000 New Yorkers will lose their benefits during the first half of 2014. Rep. Maloney is a co-sponsor of H.R.3546, Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2013, which would renew the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program for an additional year, restoring benefits for 1.3 million Americans and more than 110,000 New Yorkers.