U.S. Senator Ted Kaufman (D-DE) released the following statement on Tuesday following a cloture vote in the Senate to extend unemployment benefits to millions of Americans. The Senate is expected to vote on final passage of the bill later tonight.
"Today the Senate cleared a 60-vote hurdle to extend a critical safety net to millions of Americans out of work in Delaware and across the country," said Kaufman. "Unfortunately this much-needed relief for 2.5 million Americans, many of whom, through no fault of their own, are out of work and struggling comes after my Republican colleagues in the Senate voted on three separate occasions to deny extension of unemployment benefits. That's three votes against helping out-of-work Delawareans get back on their feet."
"Unemployment benefits aren't a handout. They go to hardworking people who desperately want a job but cannot find one. The least we can do is extend their benefits long enough to help them weather this economic storm."